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Higher Ed: The Ins & Outs of Liberal Arts

[font color=green]Note: I'm an mathematics alum from Southwestern University so please excuse my bias presenting this article.[/font]

The phrase "liberal arts" often goes hand in hand with discussions about higher education. But really, what are the liberal arts? Are they liberal? Are they arts?

How about none of the above? In the latest episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore what comprises liberal arts. Think it's literature, history, science, maybe the study of a foreign language? Think again and listen on.

This week, Ed and Jennifer explore some commonly held beliefs about what exactly comprises liberal arts. They not only answer that nagging question, "Liberal arts: singular or plural?", they also discuss how a liberal arts education is more about the approach to the subjects than the subjects themselves. And: Are you ready for another puzzler? This week's will test both your logic and creativity.

Source: http://kut.org/post/higher-ed-ins-outs-liberal-arts

The 10 minute podcast is humorous, pays deference to cat people, and has a "math-hanger" at https://soundcloud.com/kutnews/dr-ed-burger-and-kuts-jennifer-stayton-on-liberal-arts-and-higher-ed-in-higher-ed-episode-three

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Higher Ed: The Ins & Outs of Liberal Arts

[font color=green]Note: I'm an mathematics alum from Southwestern University so please excuse my bias presenting this article.[/font]

The phrase "liberal arts" often goes hand in hand with discussions about higher education. But really, what are the liberal arts? Are they liberal? Are they arts?

How about none of the above? In the latest episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore what comprises liberal arts. Think it's literature, history, science, maybe the study of a foreign language? Think again and listen on.

This week, Ed and Jennifer explore some commonly held beliefs about what exactly comprises liberal arts. They not only answer that nagging question, "Liberal arts: singular or plural?", they also discuss how a liberal arts education is more about the approach to the subjects than the subjects themselves. And: Are you ready for another puzzler? This week's will test both your logic and creativity.

Source: http://kut.org/post/higher-ed-ins-outs-liberal-arts

The 10 minute podcast is humorous, pays deference to cat people, and has a "math-hanger" at https://soundcloud.com/kutnews/dr-ed-burger-and-kuts-jennifer-stayton-on-liberal-arts-and-higher-ed-in-higher-ed-episode-three

Cross-posted in the Education Group.

Report: Man who says he was fired by Fox 7 kills self near News Corp.

A former employee of Austin’s KTBC Channel 7 killed himself early Monday outside the New York offices of News Corp., the company that owns the station, according to published reports.

Phillip Perea, who alleges in a series of online posts that he was fired by Fox 7 last year, fatally shot himself once in the chest just before 9 a.m., according to the Wall Street Journal.

In those online posts, Perea, 41, claims he was let go by Fox 7 management on May 19 for what he calls “dubious reasons.”

A promotions producer, Perea worked at Fox 7 for 10 months, according to a statement released by the station. He had previously worked for TV stations in Tyler and Harlingen.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/business/report-man-who-says-he-was-fired-by-fox-7-kills-se/njxJK/

2 more states join Texas-led immigration lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas says two more states have joined its coalition suing over the Obama administration's executive action on immigration, meaning 26 states are now part of the case.

New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that Nevada and Tennessee have officially become part of the coalition.

More than half the states are now fighting the order in a federal court in Brownsville.

Announced in November, the president's unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. The lawsuit accuses the White House of "trampling" the Constitution.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/2-more-states-join-texas-led-immigration-lawsuit/njxNQ/

Gun enthusiasts rally at Capitol for open carry law



C.J. Grisham, president and CEO of Open Carry Texas, headlined a rally at the Capitol on Monday with fewer than 100 gun enthusiasts.

Grisham and members of his organization want see the passage of House Bill 195 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford. The measure would allow Texans to carry handguns — as well as shotguns and rifles — in public without a permit.

Speaking to the crowd, Grisham reminded supporters to “be respectful, polite, but be firm” as they speak to their representatives and state senators.

“Talk to them in terms they can understand,” he said. “Speak like a politician.”

Read more: http://politics.blog.statesman.com/2015/01/26/gun-enthusiasts-rally-at-capitol-for-open-carry-law/

[font color=green]I don't think that is a handgun on the banner.[/font]

Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence

Source: AP

LAGOS, Nigeria

In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.

On a day when Nigerian troops battled extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast, Kerry played down reports that the U.S. had grown frustrated with Nigeria's military commitment to fighting the radical Islamist movement.

Kerry said the U.S. was sharing intelligence with Nigeria and stood ready to do more if the Feb. 14 election proceeded in a nonviolent, democratic fashion.

"The United States is deeply engaged with Nigeria," he said. "Does it always work as well as we would like or as well as the Nigerians would like? The answer is no."

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article8101932.html

What will Gordon's troubles mean to Manziel?

You really have to wonder if Johnny Manziel's days in Cleveland are numbered.

Manziel took some shots last week after being photographed hanging out in Aspen, Colorado, with troubled Browns' receiver Josh Gordon, the one-time Baylor Bear who seemingly has been made a history of bad choices since he got to the NFL.

Gordon, already in Stage Three of the NFL's substance abuse program, has violated it again, according to several reports over the weekend. This time, for testing positive for alcohol. It would appear he will be suspended for a year, and most feel the Browns will cut him.

It can't be good for Manziel that he's described today by Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot as “he {Gordon} was hanging out in Aspen, Colo., with partier-in-crime Johnny Manziel.”

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/aggie_sports/blogs/aggiesports/what-will-gordon-s-troubles-mean-to-manziel/article_b567e81e-a52d-11e4-8af5-b75d4181989f.html [font color=maroon]...because Aggies care...[/font]

Boehner and McConnell Bomb On 60 Minutes When Asked For GOP Alternative to Obamacare

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a disastrous appearance on 60 Minutes, the lowlight of which was their complete inability to discuss the Republican alternative to Obamacare.

Speaker Boehner went on a dodge and weave filibuster when asked what the Republican alternative to Obamacare was, “Providing more access we could have done without taking control of the entire healthcare system. When you look at Obamacare, it’s a perfect example of what Washington does. It’s a one size fits all approach for the whole country all driven by Washington bureaucrats. I’ll bet they’ve hired tens of thousands of people between the IRS and over at Health and Human Services just to run this. All of the decisions, all of the rules decided by Washington. We have a wide, diverse country, and I just think it’s time for us to look at this differently. For those who don’t have access to affordable health insurance. Helping those at the bottom I think we’re all for it, but we don’t need Washington to ruin the greatest health delivery system that the world has ever known.”

CBS’s Scott Pelley asked again, “So how do you do it? What’s the Republican plan?” Boehner answered with a weak, “We’re, We’re working on this. Having discussions amongst our members, got a lot of divergent views about how best to go back to a doctor/patient relationship that’s revered.”

Pelley kept hammering away and said that this is one of the biggest criticisms of the Republican Party is that they know what they are against, but can’t tell people what they are for. McConnell said that Pelley was mischaracterizing the success of Obamacare and claimed that the ACA will fail. McConnell said that the chances, of getting rid of Obamacare with Obama in the White House, were slim, but that Republicans were going to make the effort.

The video and the rest of this article are at: http://www.politicususa.com/2015/01/25/boehner-mcconnell-bomb-60-minutes-asked-gop-alternative-obamacare.html

Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

DES MOINES, Iowa — Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry courted Iowa conservatives on Saturday at the first major gathering of the 2016 Republican field — a chance for more than a half-dozen White House hopefuls to throw elbows, shape narratives, generate buzz and frame the choice to their advantage.

Perry, making his first foray as an ex-governor, cast himself as a seasoned executive who can actually point to achievements — unlike, say, a senator.

“I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow-course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for in 2016,” Perry said.

Cruz, who was elected to the Senate in 2012, urged Iowans to scrutinize records to make sure actions and battle scars match a candidate’s rhetoric.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20150124-perry-cruz-thrill-iowa-conservatives-at-2016-field-s-first-big-gathering.ece

[font color=green]I'm surprised that Perry wasn't casting aspersions on Louis Gohmert's asparagus instead.[/font]

Geologists solve mystery of Tibetan mountains

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, University of Kansas geologists have unraveled one of the geologic mysteries of Tibet. The research, recently published online in Nature Geoscience, shows that it is the northward movement of India, thrusting under Tibet's surface like a shovel pushing through a winter's snow, that is causing the largest and thickest mountains on Earth to stretch in the east-west direction.

The paper is the work of Mike Taylor, associate professor of geology, and two of his former students, Richard Styron and Kurt Sundell. The lead author, Styron, now heads Earth Analysis, a consulting firm in Seattle.

"Understanding how north-trending rift valleys formed within the Tibetan plateau is something that has puzzled geoscientists for over three decades," Taylor said. "I've sought the answer myself since I was a first-year graduate student 14 years ago. It's been an extremely satisfying experience to be part of the group of KU geologists who have brought it all together."

At 1,000 kilometers in width and 1,500 kilometers in east-west length, the Tibetan plateau is the largest continental mountain belt on Earth. The plateau is bordered to the south by the Himalayas, which include the Earth's tallest mountains. Geoscientists have puzzled over the mechanism that created the two and how they began to stretch and move today, but many factors have hampered research, including the region's remote location. To reach their research sites, KU geoscientists traveled to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, then made a two-week drive by jeep farther into country's interior.

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2015-01-geologists-mystery-tibetan-mountains.html
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