Imagining that one can’t have enough holiday fare, Collins’ annual Dickens Dinner is on Thursday. Cookie and her staff do a great job, so hopefully I’ll see you there.
Collins was still pretty quiet when I went by this morning (Sunday). I guess not too many Collinsites got back in time for IU’s drubbing of Purdue. I spent the first part of the break in California seeing friends and family. I get great pleasure from swimming outdoors there when it is too cold to do that here. I also spent a few nights in the Sierra where there has been a dusting of snow (and it is way too cold to swim). California is running its own exchange for the ACA, so there seems to be less anxiety there than here regarding intro of the new health care regime. I suppose when the shortcomings of Obamacare become fully apparent, we can just switch to Medicare for all as we should have done to begin with.
Much of my break was taken up with two tasks: a tenure review and polishing up a collaborative translation. Neither all that exciting. I did have a few good meals: Chez Panisse and Soi Four in the Bay Area and a great collaborative Thanksgiving in Bloomington. The latter featured a free range turkey raised near Spencer. Maybe not vegan, but s/he – ever wonder if we eat male or female turkeys? apparently both – was among those animals that farmers describe as having had a happy life and one really bad day.
Two weeks of classes to go. The Collins Sustainable Food Committee meets this week (Friday at 4:30 in the Coffee House). Our guest will be Marti Crouch, former IU biology faculty and food activist. She has lots of interesting (and troubling) things to say about our food system. BOEP continues to look for Pipe and Barrow editors. We’ll take applications through the week and then hopefully choose a staff (one design editor and two managing editors) during dead week. That way we can get off to a good start in January. BOEP will also present its seminar choices (for F14) to the Faculty Curriculum Committee on Friday of dead week.
Finally, we’ll be announcing our retention awards recipients this week. That means that it is time for returning Collinsites to re-contract for next year. Collins relies on a good population of returning residents: to teach Q classes, fill officer positions, and generally pass on the Collins spirit from cohort to cohort. Hopefully lots of you will be coming back next year.
The Collins calendar is packed with events this week, far too many to mention here, but there appears to be something for all tastes.
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1 December 2013