Friday, October 24, 2014

When "no more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks" was chanted at the beginning of the school year at UNC

U.N.C. Investigation Reveals Athletes Took Fake Classes. (The New York Times, 10/24/2014)

The article shares this example from September 2008.
Academic counselor for the women’s basketball team  Jan Boxill sends department administrator Deborah Crowder a paper to be graded. 

Ms. Crowder responds via email:  “Did you say a D will do?  I’m only asking because 1, no sources, 2, it has absolutely nothing to do with the assignments for that class and 3. it seems to me to be a recycled paper.”

Ms. Boxill replies:   “Yes, a D will be fine; that’s all she needs."

Irony of ironies.

The Times article notes that Jan Boxill is currently the director of the university's Parr Center for Ethics.  She is not, however, currently listed on the staff webpage.

Meet Interim Director Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, who, if the Parr Center's mission statement is any indication, will be a busy man for awhile.

Last month Boxill was named the 2015 Warren Fraleigh distinguished scholar by the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport.   As far as I can tell, there's been no official word yet on whether this honor has been rescinded, but if you find Jan Boxill's name anywhere on the IAPS website, please let me know.

The Daily Tarheel describes the campus shock. 

I can only assume that all the books about Democratic Presidents were checked out

Woman charged for torching books at Tacoma library.  (, 10/21/2014)

According to this curious report, the person responsible is "no stranger to library workers".
Most of the books damaged were in the American History section and consisted of biographies of George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon. 

Library workers don't believe the motive was political.

Major Retailers Adjust Their Business Model

Target thinks outside the (big) box. (Fortune, 10/24/2014)

Thinking smaller.
“U.S. consumers are moving back to cities. We have to make sure we have a footprint in that environment,” Target CEO Brian Cornell told Fortune. “If we have an opportunity and we find the right footprint and the right format, we’re going to follow the consumer.” Cornell took the reins in August, replacing Target veteran Gregg Steinhafel.

Unlike its supercenters, Walmart's smaller stores have contributed significantly to the company's bottom line.

Related post:
Supercenter Meijer plans to expand into southeastern Wisconsin. (8/31/2014)

Wisconsin Counties: Population 65 and Older

Counties that are significantly above the state average of 14.8%.


The 18 counties that are below the state average of 14.8%.


SourceUnited States Census Bureau.  State and County QuickFacts.

Wisconsin Fall Election Preview: Assembly District 75

Democratic incumbent vs. Republican challenger

Stephen Smith, Democratic incumbent

Romaine Quinn, Republican challenger

Quinn easily won the August 12th Republican primary.

75th Assembly District. Includes all of Barron County and portions of Burnett, Polk, Washburn, Dunn, and St. Croix counties.

Public libraries in the 75th Assembly District
Barron Public Library
Calhoun Memorial Library, Chetek
Cameron Public Library
Clear Lake Public Library
Rice Lake Public Library
Shell Lake Public Library
Thomas St. Angelo Public Library, Cumberland
Turtle Lake Public Library

Related posts and notes:

1st Senate District  (9/6/2014)

2nd Senate District.  7-term Republican Rob Cowles (Green Bay) is not up for re-election this year.   Cowles also served in the Assembly from 1982 to 1987.

3rd Senate District:  3-term Democrat Tim Carpenter (Milwaukee) is running unopposed.

4th Senate District.  Three-term Democrat Lena Taylor (Milwaukee) is not up for re-election this year.

5th Senate District (9/8/2014)

6th Senate District.  Freshman Democrat Nikiya Harris Dodd (Milwaukee) is not up for re-election this year.
  • 16th Assembly District.  11-term Democrat Leon Young (Milwaukee) is running unopposed.
  • 17th Assembly District (sorry, somehow got lost in the shuffle; need to re-do)
  • 18th Assembly District.  Freshman Democrat Evan Goyke (Milwaukee) is running unopposed.

7th Senate District.  (9/9/2014)

8th Senate District.  6-term Republican Alberta Darling (River Hills) is not up for re-election this year.   Darling also served 2 1/2 years in the Assembly (May 1990-January 1993)

9th Senate District.  (9/15/2014)

10th Senate District.  4-term Republican Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls) is not up for re-election this year.  Harsdorf also served 12 years in the Assembly (1989-2001)

11th Senate District.  (9/22/2014)

12th Senate District.  First-term Republican Tom Tiffany (Town  of Little Rice) is not up for re-election this year.  (Tiffany also served in the Assembly for 2 years -- 2011-2013.)

13th Senate District.  (9/23/2014)

14th Senate District.  3-term Republican Luther Olsen (Ripon) is not up for re-election this year.  (Olsen also served 10 years in the Assembly, first elected in 1994.)

15th Senate District.  (9/29/2014) 

16th Senate District.  3-term Democrat Mark Miller (Monona) is not up for re-election this year.  (Miller also served 6 years in the Assembly -- 1999-2005.) 
17th Senate District.  (10/3/2014)

18th Senate District.   Freshman Republican Rick Gudex (Fond du Lac) is not up for re-election this year.

 19th Senate District.  (10/8/2014)

20th Senate District.  2-term Republican Glenn Grothman (West Bend) is not up for re-election this year.  Grothman is, however, running for the open seat in Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District.
  • 58th Assembly District.  Republican candidate Bob Gannon (Slinger) is running unopposed to replace Pat Strochota (R-West Bend).
  • 59th Assembly District.  Republican candidate Jesse Kremer (Kewaskum) is running unopposed to replace Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade).
  • 60th Assembly District.  Republican candidate Robert Brooks (Saukville) is running unopposed to replace Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg), who unsuccessful ran for Wisconsin 6th Congressional District. 

21st Senate District(10/14/2014)

22nd Senate District.  5-term Democrat Bob Wirch (Kenosha) is not up for re-election this year.  (Wirch also served 4 years in the Assembly.)

23rd Senate District.  (10/15/2014) 

24th Senate District.  3-term Democrat Julie Lassa (Stevens Point) is not up for re-election this year.  (Lassa also served 5 years in the Assembly.)

25th Senate District.  (10/22/2014)
  • 73rd Assembly District.  3-term Democrat Nick Milroy (South Range) is running unopposed.
  • 74th Assembly District.  (10/23/2014)
  • 75th Assembly District.  (10/24/2014)

26th Senate District.  Democrat Fred Risser (Madison), first elected to the Assembly in 1956 and to the Senate in 1962, is not up for re-election this year.

27th Senate District.  4-term Democrat Jon Erpenbach (Middleton) is running unopposed.