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About sineanahita

Alaska's fiddling sociologist

Wrong Thinkers Anonymous

After Charlottesville, I was one of the few people in my circle of acquaintances who refused calls to “punch Nazis.” I do not believe that meeting violence with violence will stop further violence. Instead, I try to understand why people … Continue reading

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The execution of Sociology

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has hit hard times due to the state’s budget crisis. Academic programs are being slashed across the state, and dozens of faculty jobs have been eliminated. Across Alaska, nearly 1000 people have lost their university … Continue reading

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Adjunct Office Hours

To ease the pain, people at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) make jokes about the plight of adjunct instructors.  At UAF, adjuncts usually do not have dedicated office space. They are often expected to use their own computers and to … Continue reading

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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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