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Joseph Vincent Paterno, 1926-2012

Today I was going to reflect on the fact January 22, 2012 is the one year anniversary of the passing of Mr. William Schreyer. Sadly instead we remember one of his closest friends, Coach Paterno. It is a truly sad coincidence that these two great men who transformed their respective fields and each of whom left such an indelible mark on Penn State should share this anniversary. The circumstances of the last few months are […]

SacredTechs.com – a competition

Why don’t we have a bit of fun with this? Dr. Robert Cargill and I are getting ready to launch a collaboration that we think will be of interest to the Biblioblogging world and beyond. The project is called: Sacred Techs So here is the competition. What do you think this will be? I will give a lovely Penn State – Schreyer Honors College mug to the first person who is the most correct. Only […]

No duh: Drinking doesn’t help with studies

Just back from SBL and getting ready to be descended upon by 10 relatives, but I caught this in the Penn State Newswire. How would have thought that engaging in excessive use of alcohol could effect your grades? College students who engage in binge drinking tend to earn lower grades than students who don’t abuse alcohol, according to a newly released report. The Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State conducted a study that […]

British child trade

No, it is not illegal, that is the problem. As Australia apologizes today for its part in receiving up to 150,000 children from Britain, children who were “taken from single mothers and impoverished families in Britain,” as migrant workers Britain is doing it again. Similar practices continue to exist in Britain and there are calls for even more aggressive actions. I realize that children have to be protected and Jim W’s Total Depravity posts all […]

The NCHC conference heats up!

This is more excitement than I really need. The situation is this, I was immersed in researching for my paper on Ezra-Nehemiah for SBL (ok, napping) when I heard all these firetrucks and sirens. Well, it is DC a big city with a lot going on in it. Then I realize I smell acrid smoke. I pay a little more attention. I look out the window. Sure enough! There are the firetrucks. Well, no alarms […]

Must we always forgive? Must they repent?

I am in Princeton for a couple of days and quite busy, so just a brief post. Driving down late last night I was listening to this past week’s BBC Broadcasting House, a weekly news summary. The first 20 minutes are fascinating reflections by victims of past terrorist attacks, the 1984 Brighton Hotel bombing by the IRA and the 2005 London Underground bombing. The question each addresses, and one person is a vicar, is whether or […]

Why I love England

For stories like this. Two drunk thugs thought they would attack what they thought were two transvestites. Oops. Best part of the story? The couture commentary. Dean Gardener, 19, and Jason Fender, 22, singled out the two men walking along a street in wigs, short skirts and high heels. Bare-chested Gardener was caught on CCTV confronting one of the men in a pink wig, black skirt and boob tube – then seen swinging a punch, […]

Recession or Depression?

Am I the only one to notice that the news media over the last five months now refers to this “economic crisis” (it is still a crisis) as a “recession” rather than a “depression”? I believe that recission is now technically accurate but the rhetorical shift is interesting to say the least.  

Scotland prepares for war.

BBC News is reporting that a zoo in Scotland has breed super-deadly frogs. The NOW Show wants to know why. Could it be war? A frog so poisonous that it can kill up to 200 people has been successfully bred at a Fife aquarium. The golden arrow poison dart frog secretes toxin from its skin, which is used by south American tribesmen to poison their blow-gun darts. At least one person is certain that the […]