Day: September 8, 2020

Higher education in the UK is morally bankrupt. I’m taking my research millions and I’m off | Ulf Schmidt | Education

As academics in England prepare for their strange new semester, I have been making the most of the familiar countryside of the idyllic North Downs in Kent. This summer, the picnics and the walks have been bittersweet: after more than 25 years in the UK, I am leaving to take up a professorship at Hamburg University in Germany.

Why am I am going back to the country of my birth? England no longer feels like home. Instead, since the Brexit vote of 2016, I have felt like a “leaver” in a waiting hall. Now I am going, and the emotional cost will take a long time to come to terms with.

I was from Germany, but I no longer feel I am from there. My seven-year-old son was born in England. His first language is English – he is English through and through. He loves fish and chips; he

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University of Maryland names an academic department after the American abolitionist

The University of Maryland has honored Harriet Tubman by renaming an academic department after her.

Harriet Tubman posing for the camera: American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

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American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

“It is my honor to announce a major milestone in our university’s history: the first honorific naming of an academic department at UMD, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” UMD president Darryll J. Pines said in a letter on Friday.

The American abolitionist and activist was born into slavery, but escaped. She later organized and carried out missions to free other enslaved Black people in the United States.

“Historically, Black women have played a brave and critical role in social justice. Harriet Tubman’s life and her dedication to freedom and equality speaks directly to the department’s mission, now and in the years ahead,” Pines said.

The university department is renown for its “unique concentration in Black feminist thought and intersectionality,” Pines said,

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Anderson Tejeda Hits First Career Home Run from Right Side; Rangers Lose Fourth Straight

You know things are going really wrong when even the most reliable players have a rough night.

Kyle Gibson fought hard through 4 2/3 innings on Saturday night, including 37 pitches in the third inning where he allowed two runs. Nevertheless, he and the bullpen minimized the damage and kept it close to give the Rangers a chance to come back.

In the top of the seventh inning, rookie infielder Anderson Tejeda stepped up to the plate to face Seattle left-handed starter Justus Sheffield and launched a two-out, game-tying home run deep to left field. What’s more is it was Tejeda’s first career home run as a right-handed hitter. He had been exclusively a left-handed hitter throughout his professional career and just began switch-hitting in 2019.

“I wasn’t expecting that, just put it that way,” Woodward said with a smile. “I had talked to a lot of our player development

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Vegas Release Various Over/Under Odds For Boston College

Boston College continues to prepare for the upcoming season, and the bookmakers are starting to set their odds. Today released a series of odds for all ACC teams. 

As you can see below, the bookmakers are not viewing Boston College favorably. These are all based on an eleven game season.

1. Over/Under Wins 3.5
2. Odds to Win the Conference 300/1
3. Odds to play in the Conference Championship Game 99/1
4. Over/Under Average Home Attendance 4,999
5. David Bailey, Jr Over/Under Rushing Yards: 1,025.5
6. Hunter Long Over/Under Receiving Yards: 489.5
7. Phil Jurkovec Over/Under Passing Yards: 2,059.5
8. Phil Jurkovec Over/Under Passing TDs: 18.5
9. Over/Under PPG allowed in first year under Jeff Hafley: 29.8

At first glance the player numbers all stick out to me. If Jurkovec was only to throw for 2,059 yards, that would mean he is averaging 187 yards per game. That seems

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