Archive for July, 2012

going greek

My advisee Matt Supple, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life here at Maryland, is quoted in this article!

“Practice, practice, practice in the mirror, saying your name, and see what you look like when you listen,” advises Denise Pietzsch, an etiquette consultant in Ohio who works discreetly with clients heading to Miami University. “If you’re a great active listener, they will remember you because you let them talk.” Her typical fee: $125 an hour.

Ms. von Sperling offers a Friday-to-Sunday intensive, for $8,000. 


[i have an upcoming article on greek life and $/cultural capital, a follow-up to the one on diversity, or lack thereof]


Syhabout’s praise brings to mind a comment Choi made about the inspiration behind his rice bowl restaurant Chego: It was about never again having to hide his Asian self. As a kid, when friends came over and opened his family’s fridge door, he recalled, “There’s fish guts, you know, pickled daikon, braised mackerel and gingko nuts. You can’t show that life a lot. A lot of times you get the stink eye, like. ‘What the f you got in your refrigerator dude?’ Even to the toughest dude, that’s a very sensitive moment, and so you hide a lot of that stuff. Well, Chego was a poem to that. It was like, ‘Let me show you what’s really in my refrigerator.'”

encyclopedia brown, boy detective

awkward black girl

income inequality + marriage

There are some nuances this article misses (and others that it gets), still, the big picture is sobering:

But for inequality more broadly, Mr. Western found that the growth in single parenthood in recent decades accounted for 15 percent to 25 percent of the widening income gaps. (Estimates depend on the time period, the income tiers and the definition of inequality.) Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution found it to account for 21 percent. Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute, comparing lower-middle- and upper-middle-income families, found that single parenthood explained about 40 percent of inequality’s growth. “That’s not peanuts,” he said. . . . 

Forty years ago, the top and middle income thirds had virtually identical family patterns: more than 95 percent of households with children in either tier had two parents in the home. Since then the groups have diverged, according to Mr. Western and Ms. Shollenberger: 88 percent at the top have two parents, but just 71 percent do in the middle.

“Things remained extremely stable in the top third,” Mr. Western said. “The middle is increasingly suffering some of the same disadvantages as the bottom.”


superhero studies

The issue for the conventioneers was that after struggling since the 1970s to have the comics taken seriously, they have now succeeded, perhaps too well. The geek culture has been around long enough to create a tenured intellectual elite, and, by and large, these professionals see nothing but trouble in the fantasy world.

[cue: dramatic music]

race by phone

(swiped from ryon j. cobb, abd)