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Tips for Surviving Freshman Year of College

Over the last few years, I've discovered that the single most frequently read post on this blog (FAR outnumbering any other post or topic) is this item from June of 2008 that contained advice for college freshmen, offered a couple years earlier by Ben Jones, an assistant director of admissions at MIT, to the incoming class of 2010 there.  I think the post was picked up by sites like StumbleUpon, because it gets dozens of hits a day.

Recently, I received an email from a woman who came across that post in the course of doing some research for a piece she was editing, which she wanted to call to readers' attention.  It offers tips for surviving freshman year of college. You can find it here.  It's commonplace fare, not as interesting or fresh as the advice from Ben Jones.  But I offer it to you for what it's worth.  Cheers. And good luck. 

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Best Marriage Proposal Ever

Hard to top this (via Crooks & Liars):

Isaac wanted to propose to his girlfriend, so he enlisted over 60 friends to stage a Busby Berkeley street-show lip-dub extravaganza ambush. What follows is five minutes of heart-stoppingly sweet and romantic wedding proposal. I mean: Z. O. M. F.G.

On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent's house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He "wanted to play her a song"…

What she got instead was the world's first Live Lip-Dub Proposal.


Chicago Gala

Last weekend (March 28th), Sue and I were in Chicago for a gala event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton.  Below, you see Sue, me, and the Grand Ballroom. (Click on each thumbnail to pull up the full-size photo.)


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The last time I was in that ballroom was in 1995, when David Yalof and I delivered a paper at the annual American Political Science Association convention.  The hotel was packed, and the APSA was using every available space in the hotel.  Yalof and I spoke in that huge ballroom before a "crowd" of about 14 people. Pretty humilitating.  But it was a damn good paper.