“Ours is not to reason why”–off-base criticisms of Susan Dench’s rejection

After reading countless comments over the years in response to BDNews articles, editorials, and opinion pieces about public higher education in Maine, I should probably not be surprised at the ridiculous reactions to my blog about yesterday’s State Senate rejection of Susan Dench for the U.Maine System Board of Trustees. In the eyes of most […]

Colby’s Presidential Inauguration: In Praise of Faculty and Liberal Arts

The weekend before last I attended the inauguration of Colby’s new President, David Greene. I represented Phi Beta Kappa and was delighted to participate along with the presidents of several other Maine colleges (Bates, Bowdoin, Thomas, and the University of Southern Maine) plus alumni and alumnae of other colleges and universities, including the University of […]

Climate Change Deep History Is Valued–Not So History of Later Times

“History Repeats” is the title of the recent online U.Maine News story about the fascinating and highly important studies being conducted by UMaine’s Climate Change Institute. Under the direction of world-famous Professor Paul  Mayewski, a team of researchers has been analyzing ice cores from Greenland that are nearly 11,700 years old. They have concluded that […]