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Student Motivation with Don Fraser

Don Fraser is one of North America’s leading authorities on student success and retention. A professor at Durham College for the past 30 years, Don publishes the national best-seller Making Your Mark, which has sold over one million copies. Don has delivered student motivation seminars to over 17,000 college staff at various conferences and at over 300 colleges across North America. In this podcast Don talks about student motivation.

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American Cloaca: A Memoir: 3a

Rules for Horse Tag in Herrin, Illinois

1) Runners (usu. 3-6) may hide anywhere in The Woods. Boundaries are the barbed-wire fences on the north and west sides, 13th Street on the east, and Eric’s dad’s Shop on the south. 

2) The Woods covers two acres, so there are plenty of places to hide. Don’t crowd and panic. Try pushing backward into the wicker of honeysuckle bushes that grow to eight feet. Climb high up a Shortleaf Pine and pull the needles around you. Curl in the mouth of that culvert that drains to the sandlot behind the roller rink. Lie flat in the scrub off the dirt-bike trails. Having the patience of a rabbit helps.
3) Riders on horseback will search for Runners. Usually Mr. Hays will carry two Riders, unless Eric’s cousins are playing and bring one of their Quarter Horses.

4) Mr. Hays retains the right to trot back to his stall attached to The Shop and scrape Riders off his back with the door lintel. Riders on Eric’s cousins’ Quarter Horses are on their own and accept all risks.

5) When a Runner is flushed, Riders will run him down and smack him with a tetherball on a rope. This will hurt. But the primitive terror of fleeing a large, snorting, iron-shoed force of nature will more than make up for it.

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Pat Summitt, Coach and Ambassador for Women's Sports, Dies

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, died Tuesday following a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 64. 

Summitt coached the University of Tennessee women's basketball team for 38 years, winning eight national titles and becoming a renowned and revered ambassador for women's sports. In 1984, she won an Olympic Gold Medal as head coach of the 1984 women's basketball team. She was once approached by Tennessee officials about coaching the university's men's team, The New York Times reported. Summitt declined the offer, asking, "Why is that considered a step up?" 

President Barack Obama, who awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, said in a statement that "nobody walked off a college basketball court victorious more times" than Summitt.

"Her unparalleled success includes never recording a losing season in 38 years of coaching, but also, and more importantly, a 100 percent graduation rate among her players who completed their athletic eligibility," Obama said. "Her legacy, however, is measured much more by the generations of young women and men who admired Pat's intense competitiveness and character, and as a result found in themselves the confidence to practice hard, player harder, and live with courage on and off the court."

Players recalled that intense competitiveness and character Tuesday as they shared memories of the coach. Summitt sometimes slapped the court so hard during games, she flattened the rings on her fingers, requiring them to be rounded out again after the season ended. "She has changed the way I looked at life, and the way all her players have," said Candace Parker, a former player for Summitt's who now plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association.

A 1998 Sports Illustrated profile described how Summitt's coaching often inspired her players to become mentors themselves. After graduating from Tennessee, a former player named Michelle Marciniak began mentoring a 15-year-old player named Amanda who lived near her hometown. 

"The story doesn't end with Michelle -- it goes through her, and on to people that Pat will never know, because Michelle is now the carrier of a spore," Gary Smith wrote in the profile. "Michelle takes Amanda under her wing -- plays ball with her, lifts weights with her, talks about life with her and tells her all about Pat. She tells Amanda how much she misses that lady now, how much she misses that sense of mission all around her -- the urgency of 12 young women trying to be the best they can, every day, every moment. 'Let's run,' she says to Amanda one day, but she doesn't run alongside the girl. She just takes off, barely conscious that she has already joined the legions of Pat's former players all over America who are spreading the urgency, breathing into thousands of teenage girls a new relationship with time."

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The Harm in Everyday Sexism at Work

Workplace sexism isn’t always visible. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Melbourne's Victor Sojo discusses how frequent low-intensity events of sexism can be just as harsh as more flagrant events. Sojo is a postdoctoral research fellow and research manager of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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More Turmoil at U Southern California M.F.A. Program

A year ago, an entire class of seven M.F.A. students quit their program at the University of Southern California. Now the only member of the next class has quit, the Los Angeles Times reported, renewing debate over whether USC is committed to the program. The students who have left -- last year and this year -- doubt that, but the university defends the program.

Architect's Gift to Princeton Ends Up at Kean U

Michael Graves, the late noted architect, left three of his properties -- including his residence and studio -- to Princeton University. But as The New York Times reported, Princeton turned down the bequest. The university said it could not meet the conditions attached, which included preserving the houses and using them for educational purposes. So Kean University plans to buy the properties for $20. Kean, with a new architecture program named for Graves, agreed to the conditions.

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