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Last week on Post Academic (5/30-6/5)

Posted in Housekeeping by postacademic on June 6, 2010
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At the end/beginning of the week, we like to point out some of the posts that have either cycled off the front page of lost in the shuffle from the week just ended on Post Academic.  Besides the return of Broke-Ass Schools and the continuation of our Alcoholic Horndog Tenured Professor Stereotype film series, the last week is pretty easy to recap: resumes and CVs.  You can start with Caroline’s first post musing on resume objectives and work your away forward, or end with Arnold’s CV vs. resume grudge match comparing the two forms and go backwards.

Or if you’re sick of listening to us on the topic, just check out the video above by web jokester Liz Thompson, who made a YouTube on “How to Write a Resume!”.  It’s part of a series of “How-to” videos by Thompson, and it captures the silliness of resume writing pretty well.

And sorry, no Zizek-SNL update this week, mostly because Arnold didn’t get to attend the UCI talk and ask him if he knew about the campaign.  For those of you counting at home, the Facebook fan site seems to have stalled out at 5,358 members, thought that’s still a pretty impressive number.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Follow-Ups (Yes, with another Zizek/SNL update)

Hope you are all enjoying your Memorial Day weekends!  We just wanted to follow up on a few stories we’ve covered here on the blog.

"UC logo" (Public Domain)

UC Budget Crisis: Earlier this month, we wrote about how the Governator was refusing to sign a state budget that did not include substantially more robust funding to the UCs, the Cal States, and community colleges, to the tune of replenishing $848 million of the $1.7 billion taken out the higher education systems.  The go-to blog on issues related to the UC budget crisis, Remaking the University, offers a skeptical take on Gov. Ahnold’s talk about funding increases to higher ed.  In particular, Michael Meranze points out that the tuition hikes for 2010-11 are still in place.

While we’re not exactly sure what’s happening on that front, the breaking news on the budget front from the UC–surprise, surprise–is all about further cuts and not about refilled coffers.  The latest involves a streamlining of the UC system to maximize efficiencies by centralizing certain operations like payroll and purchasing (that’s my best approximation of admin speak), rather than letting each UC campus do its own thing.  The LA Times has decided it likes this move, although Remaking the University that the news only obscures the fact that the “UC’s state funding remains destructively low”.

Middlesex U Philosophy: A lot has happened since we covered the impending shuttering of the Middlesex U Philosophy department.  Four Middlesex Philosophy students and three faculty members were suspended by the university for participating in “occupation” events.  This action has triggered a response from intellectuals from Europe and the U.S.–with Etienne Balibar first into the breach–rallying in support of their colleagues and decrying the decision of the Middlesex admin.  The suspensions have only intensified efforts to defend the Philosophy dept, leading to another set of protests this past Thursday.  For more info, check out the Save Middlesex Philosophy blog.

"Slavoj Zizek" by Mariusz Kubik (Creative Commons license)

The Slavoj Zizek/SNL Campaign: This wouldn’t be an end of the week follow up without an update on the Zizek/SNL Facebook campaign.  The member roll of the Facebook fanpage has swelled to 4,760 and the effort has yielded write-ups in Inside Higher Ed and even Huffington Post.  All the attention has swept up the campaign’s originator, Alexander Hanna, who sent an email to the Facebook fans urging them to spread the word to likeminded folks and  “actually make this happen”–so we’re doing out part!  Don’t know if 4,760 viewers would exactly constitute a ratings bonanza for SNL, since it took at least (more than?) 500,000 fans to get Betty White on SNL–though, hey, 4,760 fans is nothing to sneeze at, especially when the Post Academic Facebook fanpage has been stuck on 58 members for a while now!  Maybe a reality check is in order, but 4,760 fans could probably get Zizek on Carson Daly or something?

And get this: the man himself is speaking at UCI this coming Friday, June 4.  What if we got a little hat with a “Press” tag stuck in the band and asked Zizek whether he knows about the campaign?  That might make for a more memorable academic celeb sighting than the Homi Bhabha fiasco.

Last week on Post Academic (5/16-5/22)–With Zizek/SNL update!

Posted in Housekeeping by postacademic on May 23, 2010
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First things first: The Zizek SNL petition on Facebook is gaining steam–well, as much as these things do.  Since we posted on it Friday, the member count has gone up from 967 to 1,415, though I can’t say we should take credit for the spike.  In the meantime, we found an imagined monologue for a Zizek appearance in the comments section of Gerry Canavan’s blog.  And if we really are going to daydream about this thing the right way, maybe a more intellectually engaging musical performer than Britney Spears (which was an earlier choice on the FB fanpage; now it’s Laibach) could be paired with the force-of-nature Slovenian critical theorist.  We (or, at least, Arnold) vote for M.I.A., who would actually be a really current get and who would be willing to bring it with some pomo and poco to match wits with Zizek.

If you’ve got a better idea for musical guest to go along with Zizek and/or have a really strong imagination, offer your suggestions and thoughts in the comments section below!

"MIA at Bonnaroo 2008" by Jack234 (Creative Commons license)

"Slavoj Zizek" by Pablo Secca (Creative Commons license)

Host Slavoj Zizek + musical guest M.I.A. = Best hypothetical theory geek Saturday Night Live ever?

If you hadn’t noticed, the rest of the week on Post Academic was also pretty rousing, touching on hot-button issues like the adjunct crisis and the Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban. We also wondered whether a little time off from academia wouldn’t be such a bad idea for aspiring Ph.D.s and would-be tenure-trackers.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekends!