College Education in the 21st Century Syposium: Reminder

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Michelle Togut

Michelle Togut resides in North Carolina with her husband and pets. She has worked as an adjunct professor of history, contributor and writer, and small-firm attorney, among other things. These days, she's trying to sell real estate. For fun, she reads political blogs of all persuasions, practices yoga, drinks wine, hikes, reads, and volunteers for a local animal rescue.

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  1. Avatar NewDealer says:

    Hey. I sent a copy of my essay to Tod. I can send it to you tonight as well if you want.Report

  2. Avatar dhex says:

    is the deadline today or tomorrow?Report

  3. Avatar Michelle says:

    Well, I didn’t really set a deadline. I’m perfectly fine with getting stuff by sometime this weekend.Report

  4. If I manage to pull something about medical school together*, do you want me to send it to you first, or just post it when it’s ready?

    * by no means a certaintyReport

    • Avatar Michelle says:

      Please send it to me, Doc. Depending on the entries, I might group things thematically. And I certainly hope you can get something together.Report

  5. Avatar James K says:

    I’ll put together a post on what types of knowledge we should be teaching people to make them better citizens. I’ll be giving my thoughts, but I’m mostly interested in getting a discussion going.Report

  6. Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

    I’ll write on grad school in history. There is this seemingly bottomless well of bitterness within me, I find.Report

    • Avatar Michelle says:

      You went or are going to history grad school?Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      “In early medieval Germany, graduate work consisted of having ones fingernails forcibly removed from one’s fingers with tweezers while running on a giant wheel and being flailed. Between that time and today, graduate school has only gotten worse.”

      To be fair, of all the graduate programs I have knowledge of, history is the worst.Report

      • Avatar Murali says:

        I’m having an awesome time in my graduate philosophy program. I don’t know if it is the funnest, but it ranks up there.Report

  7. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    Just to keep the authorship straight, if I get one done (73.5% chance), I’ll put it in the queue in draft form and let you publish it, Michelle.Report

  8. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    That is a lovely picture of a lovely campus selected for this post. After lo these many years it still makes me happy to see it. Excellent choice.Report

    • Avatar Michelle says:

      It’s my undergrad alma mater. Are you also a graduate?Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Oh yes. Santa Cruz dorm my first year; a cruddy little apartment off Embarcadero del Mar my second year; and a better place in back I.V. across the street from Francisco Torres, almost to Ellwood, my last year. Lots of Freebird’s burritos and Woodstock’s pizza.Report

        • Avatar Michelle says:

          Holy shit! I suspect I predated you by a few years but I know that territory well. I was at Woodstock’s more than once, but I don’t remember Free Bird’s. There was also some Mexican place where they never bothered to card anyone (can’t remember the name).

          Was Borsodi’s still around when you were there?Report

          • Avatar Burt Likko says:

            The year before I started attending, Borsodi’s got bought out and became known as “Javan’s.” I never went there all that much other than for the actual coffee, although I learned far too late that I should have hung out there more often as this was where the musicians went to do impromptu gigs to warm up for a show on campus or in the park. Apparently I once missed k.d. lang doing an acoustic set there by about four hours, and I swore up a blue streak about it for days afterwards.

            Also during my last year there, The Graduate became “The Anaconda.” Never could figure out why they needed to change a perfectly good name. Certainly better than back when it was known as “Bank of America.”

            Carding was pretty light at a place called McBurley’s, which sold Fatburger-style burgers and cheese fries next to the bike tunnel onto campus, and which got most of its business from the Delta Tau Delta house next door back before the DTD’s got their house ticket pulled for hazing pledges and McBurley’s got caught one time too many not asking for ID when they should have. If the staff were carding, three guys owned a golden retriever who loved drinking beer as much as his masters, and they’d buy your pitcher for you if you gave some to the dog. In retrospect, that was probably not really in the dog’s best interests, but in my defense, I was nineteen.

            Good times…Report

            • Avatar Michelle says:

              Good times indeed. I think the Bank of America was still the Bank of America most of the time I was there. It then became a video arcade. And the Mexican restaurant I used to frequent was Serranitos. Great place, albeit kind of a dive.

              I worked for the Daily Nexus as a reporter and later editor and spent lots of time hanging out in the offices under Storke Tower. I took my husband on the grand tour a few years back. The campus has really grown. Lots of buildings I didn’t recognize. But the surroundings always overshadowed the buildings anyway. If I ever won the lotto, I’d go back to live in Santa Barbara. Happy sigh.Report

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