13 06, 2016

Children, Teens and Gun Violence


This week marks the tragic first anniversary of the nine shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, and in December 2016 it will be four years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children, ages six and seven, were killed.  As a parent and grandparent, I know we all want our kids to grow up healthy and happy, and provide them with a safe place in which to grow. I don’t own a gun and never had the desire to, but leaving politics aside, those who do own guns certainly bear a greater responsibility to the rest of us […]

15 01, 2016

The New SAT: What did we do to deserve this?




The new SAT will soon become the standard bearer for the College Board’s standardized test. It faced an enormous amount of criticism when it first surfaced in sample form last year and the CB spokespeople had a difficult time explaining their reasoning and why the drastic change was being implemented.

A couple of answers to this appeared to make a lot of sense: the old SAT had some biases, it was not based on current educational standards and higher predictive outcomes were seen as favoring the “haves” while disenfranchising the […]

7 09, 2015

Date Rape on Campus


Rape in College

If you’ve read “I am Charlotte Simmons”, by Tom Wolfe you see how Charlotte, a first year college student is sexually assaulted in college. brutally by a fraternity brother. She turns the situation around by adhering to her home values, and in the end, her attacker gets his comeuppance.
Charlotte was excited about starting college, meeting new people and be popular. Like in the musical Wicked, “popular” is the drumbeat at Charlotte’s college, and she is surrounded by girls who, like in the musical, are as cool and pretty as Glinda. Charlotte is more like Elphaba, who does not fit in because she comes from […]

27 07, 2015

The Nursing Major


Are you interested in nursing? There are two avenues to gaining admission to nursing programs: direct entry immediately upon graduating from high school and entry after two years of college. Direct admission to a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing or BSN is super competitive these days. The colleges that take high school graduates directly into this major require higher grade point average and standardized test scores than for general admission to Arts & Sciences.

So it is helpful for students to think through and decide whether or not they are completely sure of wanting to major in nursing or should instead apply […]