Archive for September, 2002

There’s something rotten in the state of Ireland

Saturday, September 28th, 2002

The second interim report of the Flood Tribunal is out, and has led to headlines such as Burke corruption findings put pressure on Taoiseach. I say this - and provide the heading above - not with a sense of glee, but a certain hope that this process will prove not ...

Thoughts from the mid-west #2

Friday, September 27th, 2002

One of the major live issues in American universities at present is that of the unionisation of graduate employees. Graduate unions are now recognised on over 30 campuses, but on many more university administrators are resisting such moves.Among such recalcitrant universities, one finds UIUC. Since approximately 1994, graduate students have ...

Thoughts from the mid-west #1

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2002

There's something special about a radio station which has a weekly (hour-long) show dedicated to the Grateful dead. WEFT styles itself "Community Radio for East Central Illinois", and, in line with the American fondness for everything large, operates 10,000 Watts. This from a station that one volunteer described as "Champaign's ...