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General Academic Discussion / Re: Shelia Jackson Lee Insane ...
Last post by dlehman - April 15, 2024, 12:53:41 PM
So, apparently she claims that she meant the sun, not the moon.  I tend to believe she isn't quite as stupid as the discussion thus far treats her.  Mixing up "sun" and "moon" is akin to the many misspeaks we've heard from Biden and Trump.  Perhaps the real story should be how ignorant our entire political system is - that I could go along with.  But I think this focus on Sheila Jackson Lee's comments are cheap shots. People say things that are wrong and walk back all the time - why is nobody addressing her response to the ridicule? 
The State of Higher Ed / Re: DEI programs in the news
Last post by marshwiggle - April 15, 2024, 12:39:50 PM
Ontario university seeks math professor who self-IDs as woman or gender minority

QuoteAside from being an "exceptional scholar and researcher," the tenure track position, ranked as an assistant professor, is looking for candidates with a PhD or equivalent in pure mathematics or a related discipline.

"To address legal requirements for supporting underrepresented groups in the CRC program, eligible candidates for this search are required to identify as a woman or gender minority, which is defined to include individuals who self-identify as women, transgender, gender-fluid, nonbinary and Two-Spirit people."
General Discussion / Re: The Tax Man Cometh!
Last post by secundem_artem - April 15, 2024, 12:36:00 PM
Quote from: ab_grp on April 15, 2024, 07:49:05 AMWe're waiting excitedly (/sarcasm) to see if our CPA filed an extension and intends to complete our taxes or if I'm going to have to do so.  They were a great little local business but got bought out last year by a national group, and we have had zero correspondence from them! For others who use a CPA (especially part of a firm), I would be interested to know if you get any kind of updates that they have received your files, they plan to prepare your tax returns, the returns are ready for review, or an extension is being filed, or...?

Same thing happened to me.  Every year, worse service at a higher cost.  Last year they put me so far down their priority list I needed an extension - that never happened with the mom & pop firm I used to use.  Now, they just mail me a large envelope with a checklist, tell me "put your crap in here" and I drop it off at their office and hope they do something with it.

I downloaded Turbo Tax this year, did it myself for 1/3 the cost and basically the same outcome as the CPA firm used to get me with respect to return being accepted and refund/tax owing calculated.
General Discussion / Re: The Tax Man Cometh!
Last post by hmaria1609 - April 15, 2024, 11:57:08 AM
Got folks who waited until the last minute to get their tax materials copied, printed, or both here at the library. Argh!
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Calvin College Fires Pres....
Last post by Hibush - April 15, 2024, 11:12:38 AM
Quote from: Christianity Today articleBoer became president of Calvin at a time when the school had been under pressure to abide by the rules of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, in particular the church's teaching about sexuality. In 2022, the denomination ruled that congregations and church members must abide by church teaching on marriage and sex—which state that only heterosexual sex within marriage is allowed.

In the fall of 2022, Boer told Religion News Service that Calvin will continue to be hospitable to its LGBTQ students. "I don't want to be the president of an institution that isn't welcoming to everybody," Boer said.

That would be a different split between a board and a president than we are used to seeing. But also reflects a move away from the middle that is more common.
The State of Higher Ed / Calvin College Fires Pres. Pre...
Last post by downer - April 15, 2024, 10:55:39 AM
The BOT gives some info here:

Boer is a former oil executive and son of Christian Reformed Church missionaries. He became Calvin's president in 2022.
Research & Scholarship / Re: April Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - April 15, 2024, 10:33:58 AM
Hoping to make real progress on the grading, followed by streamlining. Maybe even starting to write my report...
Teaching / Re: Favorite student emails
Last post by Parasaurolophus - April 15, 2024, 10:26:49 AM
Not an email, but feedback on a course: "Every topic was quite interesting and i like every topic but they are also boring "
General Discussion / Re: The Tax Man Cometh!
Last post by Langue_doc - April 15, 2024, 10:14:30 AM
@lightning--I used Turbo Tax for a couple of years around ten or so years ago, but went back to H&R Block because of some problems with the former. I don't recall what these were, but have had no issues with the latter. My taxes are relatively uncomplicated, which helps with the filing and the refunds.
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by Langue_doc - April 15, 2024, 10:11:10 AM
ab_grp, thanks for the link. I'm so glad to hear that Will Shortz is recovering.

Just found my scraps of paper with the LB solutions: winklers/squamous and standup/pylori for the previous day. Squamous sounded familiar so it might have featured in an earlier puzzle--I don't think I've encountered this word in any other context. Langue_doc, you need to do better than using scraps of paper for writing things down.