Should colleges punish swearing By scott jaschik, inside higher ed At hinds community college, swearing can get you introuble. “Public profanity, cursing and vulgarity”Are all punishable with a $25 fine for a first offense, and a $50 fine for a second offense.Further, the offense of”Flagrant disrespect” (Which may be demonstrated by swearing, as became clear tuesday when a controversy over the code went public)Can earn a student demerits that could lead to suspension. Hinds appears to be relatively rare among public colleges in regulating speech in this way.And the foundation for individual rights in education has taken up the case of a student who faced charges following an incident in which after class, but in the presence of an instructor he said that a grade he had just received was”Going to f up my entire gpa. “The instructor first threatened to place the student in detention and when the student pointed out(Correctly)That the college doesn’t have detention, the”Flagrant disrespect”Charges were made. A spokeswoman for the mississippi college declined to comment on the case or even to confirm the college’s policies as described by the foundation for individual rights in education. (The college’s student handbook, however, is consistent with the foundation’s description of the rules. )Adam kissel, director of the foundation’s individual rights defense program, issued a statement calling the rules at hinds unconstitutional. “Hinds community college simply is not empowered to set itself up as the vulgarity police,”He said. Several experts on student conduct toward faculty members said that they were surprised that a policy like hinds’ existed at any public college or university and that they agreed with the foundation’s analysis that it violates first amendment rights.Several, however, said that professors do face real difficulty with profanity and numerous other forms of rudeness from students.Supreme court’s 1971 decision in cohen v.California that barred california from making it a crime for someone to wear a jacket with an expletive on it. “I’ve worked with a few public institutions that want to regulate profanity in public places,”He said, but it is difficult to do so. “My advice is to try informal approaches, particularly helping offended students challenge their peers.And sometimes a private, candid conversation with an offending student helps. ” Pavela and others noted that the situation would be different if the student started shouting obscenities in the middle of a class or in other ways that disrupted a campus. “If you stand in a financial aid office and scream and scream and scream, that’s not a first amendment issue, that disrupts the office,”Said w.Scott lewis, associate general counsel of saint mary’s college, in indiana, and president of the association for student conduct administration. Lewis gives seminars for many colleges through the national center for higher education risk management, andHe said that a consistently popular topic is how to train faculty members to manage their classrooms in ways that enable them to be respected by students. “We don’t train faculty members on that,”He said. “They are trained to be great physicists and political scientists, not on how to manage a classroom. ” Several societal trends appear to be related to an increase in student rudeness, lewis said.Many students these days”Have a sense of entitlement, backed at times by their parents,”Many more have mental health issues, and many feel significant stress over the economy.Adding to these factors, he said, many professors say that they don’t feel they are even”Allowed”To challenge rude behavior. On the web:If student texts in class, professor will leave Inside higher ed archive:Business(School)Casual While lewis doesn’t want them to challenge the behavior through the student disciplinary system,He said that faculty members can promote civility.He said that they should talk about expectations on the first day of class and in the syllabus, making expectations clear. “You need to talk about rights and responsibilities,”He said. Some professors go too far, lewis said, in removing the distance between themselves and their students, and this is part of the problem. “You need to establish your role as a professor, and that means not having students use your first name, but calling you professor or dr. “He said. Similarly, attire sends a message, he said. “If you show up for class in cargo shorts and a ratty polo shirt, you may feel that you are being one of the students.Well, you may accomplish that and become a peer”Who doesn’t get the same respect as a professor, he said. (Lewis, who still teaches, said that in front of a class,”I would be, at worst, in business casual. “) Others argue for more informal responses.The group blog rate your students is no stranger to the topic of rude students.This post from february, for example, on such activities as in class nose picking, tobacco spitting and deodorant application, might make some think that an f word or two wouldn’t be so hard to take.One of the anonymous(And non tenured)Professors who moderate the blog shared some of the responses coming in to a question about the swearing incident and punishment at hinds community college. “What would i do?I would just say ‘you should have thought of that before turning in mediocre work.’ And that would have been the end of it,”Said one of the blog’s readers.Another said: “Foul language is not in itself worth a reply in my mind.We’re not our students’ mommies or daddies and disciplining them for what amounts to a poor word choice is simply not something i care to do. ” The blog moderator said via e mail that”The truth is that the modern student has a vulgarity lexicon that is rich and delicious, and occasionally the odd word will squirt out even during class.The proffie in question could have handled this a thousand different ways before dipping into whatever archaic document they have there in mississippi that allows the passing out of ‘demerits.'” Added the blogger: “It’s not inconceivable that the student merely over reacted to a bad grade(What?When does that happen? ), and a more pleasant response might have accomplished more than the resulting punishment ever will. ” Readers:What’s the rudest thing you’ve witnessed a student do in the presence of a professor or a classroom setting?Share your stories, but keep ‘em clean!Guidelines:You share in the usa today community, so please keep your comments smart and civil.Don’t attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent.Use the”Report abuse”Button to make a difference.Read more.
I never get sent any knickers There are very few adult actors who can morph into an adolescent at the click of a finger:Kris marshall’s one of them. He’s a natural comedian, and at 41 years old he doesn’t look a day over 30, dressed in white converse hi tops, baggy denim jeans and grey t shirt, while his floppy red hair hangs over his black ray ban specs. Kris can’t help but crack a joke before answering every single one of our questions, making it difficult not to picture him in the role that catapulted him to fame, the sarcastic teenager nick harper in bbc1’s my family. Yet he’s trying his best to convince us he’s better in non comedy roles. “I actually started off doing straight roles,”He tells love sunday, as that natural smirk appears across his face. “I consider myself a serious actor with a funny face and good timing, but maybe i’m just lying to myself.I’ve done a lot of serious stuff that people don’t recognise me for. ” Kris may be right, think back to ds luke stone in itv’s murder city or pasha in itv’s doctor zhivago, but there is, however, one role of his which we can’t forget doting husband adam from the bt adverts. Kris in those heart warming bt adverts His memorable performance in over 40 ads may have helped raise bt’s profile but, in an ideal world, kris says he’d like to be known for more than a promoter of high speed broadband. “Some people know me for my films, others know me for prison(Joke), others know me for taking my kid to school,”Kris says. “Bt was great but it’s three years since i stopped doing those ads.But you don’t get to choose what people think.As long as they’re not throwing mud at me it’s fine. ” And now, lucky kris is flaunting his acting prowess reprising his role as di humphrey goodman in bbc1’s death in paradise, a detective series set in the idyllic caribbean islands of guadeloupe. Sounds more like a jolly holiday than work to us! “I know what you mean, and it is like that 80% of the time,”Kris explains. “You stand there on the beach and you think,”It’s lunch time, i might go for a swim”.But then the other 20% it’s the hardest job i’ve ever done because it’s so hot, i’m pssing with sweat.It’s like getting into a sauna, putting on a suit and doing hamlet. ” And that’s not even mentioningthe self inflicted pain he put himself under sampling the local 80 proof rum. “It’s so strong everyone at some point or another falls foul of the rum,”He laughs. “It’s like drinking satan’s urine.That’s a nice way of putting it.If you have three and you don’t eat it’s game over.The next day you’re sweating rum out of every pore. ” Listening to his drunken pursuits, it’s hard to imagine that kris’ wife of three years, hannah, 36, a yoga teacher who he met in his home county of somerset, and baby son, thomas, Two, were also on the caribbean islands during the six months of filming. “Don’t get me wrong, most nights i went home, had some dinner, saw my son if he was still awake and went to bed because we were filming at 5.30am in the morning, ‘ Kris explains. “But i’m not a monk, you couldn’t do that day after day.So friday nights were daddy goes crazy nights. ” As talk turns to his wife and family, who live with him in bath, kris’ body language changes he’s more mature than he likes to portray through his jokey demeanour. And since having his firstborn, he’s become rather picky about the acting roles he accepts. “I really consider my roles quite carefully now whereas i wouldn’t have done that before,”He says. “I’m much more choosy because i want to spend time with thomas.For example, i got offered a film in toronto on the back half of last year.Did i want to go all the way there to do this film?No, not really. ” Kris’ little bundle of joy has not only changed his perspective on life, but also forced him to accept a few home truths he never realised before. “I’m not as chilled out as i think i am,”He admits, swigging a can of coke. “I’m actually a real worrier.I worry about myself but about my son too.If he’s got the snivels i’m like,”Oh, what’s wrong with him? “I think it’s always like that with your first child.If we’re lucky enough to have more kids i’ll be like,”Yeah, whatever, sew the arm back on, it’s fine. “‘ Joshing aside, this kris marshall is very different from his late 20 something self, when he played nick harper and life was one big party. “There was a lot of attention, but i found out very quickly that i didn’t like it much,”He admits. “I loved it for a while but then i realised i’m really not the kind of person who goes to premieres or hangs out at the groucho club.It’s all hollow.I’m happy with my mates down the local pub.Nowadays, no one bats an eyelid anyway.They just go,’who’s that old geezer?’. ” Even though it’s been a while since hisHeyday, this old hand hasn’t lost his touch just yet.He Still gets fan mail sent to him, including the odd scary letter. “My mum looks after my post when i’m away,”He says. “She read me a letter over the phone this summer it was so bizarre i can’t remember exactly, but it began, ‘for the attention of your sins’ what does that even mean?It went on about something beginning to permeate through the ether.It just sounded like something russell brand writes in his book. ” Surprisingly, there’s one thing kris is yet to experience in his 20 odd years in the industry. “I’ve never got sent stuff,”He explains. “Like i want to be sent pants or knickers.Why does no one send me pants?I could wear them and everything i wouldn’t even wash them. “
Schoolpolo shirts Since school polo shirts are so versatile, they can be used as part of a uniform or just for hanging out.The folded collar, with a double or triple button front, lends itself nicely to any kind of event.You can wear these shirts untucked with jeans and sneakers.You can wear them with skirts or khakis.Wear them with slacks, add a belt and some loafers, and you’re ready for a comfortable slightly dressy evening. School polo shirts look great on people of all ages.Little boys and girls look adorable in polos sporting their older sibling’s school logos.Parents take pride in their children’s schools by wearing these shirts.If a parent has a child who is involved in any extracurricular activities such as sports, arts or academic clubs, she will be all the more proud to wear these shirts around town. Parents like to show off their children whenever possible.However, it isn’t always appropriate for parents to wear t shirts.They may be at work, in a meeting or just out and about.Some won’t want to wear t shirts.They want something a little dressier.School polo shirts are perfect for such occasions. School polo shirts as uniforms Maybe your school is looking into getting uniforms, but you don’t want anything too fancy.You want something that will keep the students focused but won’t make them feel stuffy.In this case, many opt for polo shirts.They are nice looking, but aren’t as restrictive as button down shirts.Just a simple design of the school’s name and mascot over the breast pocket will often suffice.
7 Overvalued Luxury Stocks To Sell Or Short Luxury goods are toast.If you own a luxury goods company, i would sell it today.If you need a hedge, considering shorting some luxury goods stocks. During the 2008 09 financial crisis, luxury goods companies’ sales, profits and stock prices tanked.During the rebound they have grown dramatically, andmany stocks are now above their pre crisis highs.This situation will not last.I analyzed 7 established companies that sell luxury priced products and concluded that they are very vulnerable right now.The seven are:Estee lauder(Nyse:El), Polo Ralph Lauren(Nyse:Rl), Tempur Pedic(Nyse:Tpx), Coach(Nyse:Coh),Tiffany Co(Nyse:Tif), Nordstrom(Nyse:Jwn)AndLululemon(Nasdaq:Lulu).And europe.A variety of factors will rein in spending among the wealthy while increasing costs at luxury goods companies: 1)Stock market volatility and decline The wsj ran an astute story about luxury goods sellers and potential for slowing in demand.The economist did a roundup of how market volatility causes economic contractions.One of the articles referenced by the economist explicitly predicts a short, sharp recession this year.The volatility of 2008 09 was a classic example that these articles are right. 2)The recent renewal in home price declines Similar to stock declines, there is a wealth effect impact by declining home prices.Given the decline started in 2006, no one knows where the bottom is, so people will assume it is far away. 3)Continued economic and political uncertainty Republicans vs.Democrats.Tea party vs.Republican establishment.Republicans vs.The fed.Rich eu countries vs.Indebted eu countries.Mideast people vs.Tyrants.Rioting in greece, england, israel(!? ).Dogs and cats living together pure anarchy!Our current reality will take some getting used to.People will start to sit on their wallets to see how it will shake out. (Don’t get me started on the potential for a hard landing in asia in the next few years. ) Higher taxes are coming.The rich have had a great run with low tax rates.In addition to materially higher income taxes, expect higher sales taxes at the state level and eventually a national vat tax.Every proposal obama offers includes higher taxes on the rich someday soon the republicans will relent.If not, rates will rise automatically in 2013.The fiscal math just does not go around without higher taxes on the rich.Rich shoppers will begin to factor in their higher future tax burden soon, possibly as early as this christmas. In addition to headwinds on revenue, costs are rising as well.Over the next few years, these luxury goods companies will have a double whammy of cost inflation.Demand for raw materials has been outpacing supply in the past 5 years oil, cotton, gold, silver are all elevated.Wages in the emerging world are growing at the same time that their currencies are rising.The cost advantage of producing overseas is eroding. Valuations are near peaks While some parts of the market are inexpensive even with a recession companies in the luxury goods sector are priced near their peaks.It is as if the market does not see any chance of declining revenue or earnings.Using six companies(Excluding lulu which is relatively new), I created a basket of Luxury Stocks to illustrate their PS and PE trends. Historical p/e and p/s data from msn money. With sales likely to slip, costs likely to rise and high pe and ps ratios, these luxury stocks are likely to fall over 30% from current prices.During the crisis in 2008 and 2009, these companies’ earnings fell by an average of 27.5%.In 2009, the p/e ratios averaged 15.3, 29% lower than the current 21.5. Compound these two and stock prices could fall almost50%.Mind you, 15.3 was the average P/E ratio for the year.In march, 2009 it was significantly lower. A situation akin to 2009 could theoretically bring down prices of this basket by more than50%.One could perform a similar analysis using the price to sales ratio during the last crisis it dropped 61% over two years.Let’s hope that the europe situation resolves itself and all we are faced with is a double dip recession.Even if we only have a mild slowdown, most of these companies are priced well above the past five year pe ratios. Lululemon headwinds, competition, fad? In addition to the six companies in the basket, i will single out Lululemon(Lulu)For a special shout out.It obviously doesn’t have the history of these companies, but its valuation is in nosebleed territory at 52x ttm earnings.In addition to the economic headwinds all these companies face, lulu also faces competition from gap’s(Nyse:Gps)Athleta brand and others.The final unknown for lulu is how much more growth the expensive yoga gear market has is it just a long range fad?Regardless, it is certainly priced for perfection. With all the market uncertainty, it is tempting to ride out your winners.In this case, i would sell el, rl, tpx, coh, tif, jwn and lulu and buy something more defensive, or obviously inexpensive.If you have the risk tolerance and knowledge, consider shorting them.
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