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Alaska's fiddling sociologist

Busted: How Your Professor Caught You Plagiarizing

Students: do you ever wonder how professors catch plagiarism? Following are some tips to avoid getting caught:   when you copy something from Wikipedia, make sure you delete hyperlinks after pasting into your document; avoid copying online material that uses words … Continue reading

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Lady Athletes

You never know when a bar conversation will wind up being some sociologist’s blog post. Earlier this week, I was hanging out at the Golden Eagle Saloon, a favorite local bar in Ester, AK. There were footballs games playing silently … Continue reading

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No More Duct Tape Bandaids

There is no question that the University of Alaska (UA) is facing a massive budget crisis. What we have been doing–tinkering with the structure, adding more layers of bureaucracy, reducing programs through faculty attrition, instituting horizontal cuts that create frustrating … Continue reading

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Bonusgate

The University of Alaska is in fiscal crisis. Programs are being cut, jobs eliminated. Hiring freezes, tuition increases, cancelled classes, and massive student loan debt are the new normal. Staff are being downsized and can be furloughed as early as … Continue reading

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Title IX Profiteers

Updated 7-26-14 Capitalism is like water. Just as water will always seek the tiniest nooks and crannies in which to seep, capitalists seek niches in which to earn profit. As anti-rape activists have seized on Title IX as a tool … Continue reading

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End Gendered Violence: We Won’t Wait for Judgment Day

The Juneau Empire is running a story today about the trial of Robert D. Kowalski. In 1996, Kowalski shot his girlfriend, Sandra M. Perry, to death, but because he maintained that her death was accidental, he was not charged. At … Continue reading

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Alaska’s Weed Economy: Go Local

Steven Aufrecht’s blog compares the emerging Alaska cannabis rush with the old Alaska gold rushes. I think he’s got a point. Aufrecht points out that only a few got very rich from gold. Many people got a little something from … Continue reading

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