Cheat Fiercely, Harvard.

Cheat fiercely, Harvard,
cheat, cheat, cheat.
Demonstrate to them our guile.
Although it’s neither just nor meet
It’s obviously the Harvard style.
How we shall celebrate our victory,
We shall all smirk at teams less sly than we
(How jolly!)
Say ‘unstable’ if you’re caught, and
Cheat, cheat, cheat!

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Sigh. Another cheating scandal at Harvard.

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My talented readers are invited to add verses.

At this point, I’d have a bit of a problem keeping my ego in check.

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize.

“She is from the German minority in Romania and from that experience, she writes extraordinary accounts of being an ethnic minority in a totalitarian regime. But this is not overtly political writing; it’s very poetic and elliptical. She’s an extraordinary writer.”

Herta Müller’s British publisher reacts to her having won the Nobel Prize for literature. 

Details here, and I’ll see what I can find of hers in English today — maybe something I can blog about.

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Two Updates:

First, from an email I just got from Vladimir Tismaneanu, a colleague of Mr UD’s who knows Muller:

 

Harsh critic of Communist dictatorships in EE.  As she put it, she lived for over 30 years in a dictatorship. This topic haunts her writing: fear, anxieties, courage, survival, dignity.

One of her best known novels, Der Konig veneigt sich und totet (The King Bows and Kills).

It’s a most appropriate decision twenty years after the fall of the Wall of Shame (the Berlin Wall), a tribute to all those who refused to bow…

And second, excerpts from an interview with her on Radio Romania.

Don’t Forget There’s a Contest Going on Down There!

Down there! A
few posts down!
Take a look, and
think of something
clever.

An inscribed copy
of this book shall
be your reward
should you triumph.

Another CONTEST!

The last one was way successful, so here UD goes again.

Please read the following article from Ontario’s Daily Commercial News:

With a nod to [Waterloo's] industrial past, and an eye to a green future, designers unveiled plans on January 7, 2009 for an uptown school that aims to attract sharp minds from around the world.

To be built on land where whisky barrels used to roll, the Balsillie School of International Affairs will transform an empty Seagram’s distillery site into a tree-lined campus with understated brick buildings, living roofs, a public auditorium and central courtyard.

“This is an institution that will go head to head with the rest of the world,” declared Shirley Blumberg, principal architect for the project.

Speaking at a packed open house at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Blumberg said the school was designed to be “functional but not fancy,” as per the wishes of its namesake and chief bankroller, Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie.

Balsillie is giving $33 million to the new school, while University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will add $25 million over 10 years.

The site connects to the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The project will be built in phases, with ground preparation beginning by the end of this year.

City council will be asked to approve the site’s master plan on Feb. 23.

Although the economic downturn will affect the timing of later construction, the section housing the Balsillie school will be the first to be finished.

It’s designed to hold about 25 faculty, plus 70 to 100 students.

Future plans call for another academic wing to hold other university programs, plus a proposed 12-storey building that would serve as housing for faculty and students and an underground parking garage.

Okay, so here you have a new university rising from the ashes of a whisky distillery. A … frothy atmosphere for puns… In fact, ol’ Shirley up there already did it… The place will go head to head…

So — Readers are invited to come up with a university motto, presidential inaugural remarks, copy for promotional brochures… stuff like that.

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As with the last contest, the prize is an inscribed copy of Teaching Beauty.

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