Students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) can look forward to less shuffling between classrooms, more books on the shelf at the Coop, and a better experience in section next spring, thanks to a new pre-term planning (PTP) initiative that will be implemented this October.“Pre-term planning will allow us to use resources more effectively to improve students’ overall educational experience,” says Noël Bisson, associate dean of Undergraduate Education. “Best of all, the system allows us to preserve the traditional exploration of classes at the start of a new semester.”In late October, students will be asked to identify courses they are thinking of taking in the spring using a new online PTP tool on the Office of the Registrar’s website. College seniors and first- and second-year students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) will get to participate first. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will follow on a staggered schedule. The process will wrap up for the College in mid-November; early December for the GSAS.Bisson and her colleague, Stephanie Kenen, also an associate dean of Undergraduate Education, say that it’s important for students to understand that PTP is not pre-registration. Students are not bound to take the courses they select and are free to explore different classes early in the semester. Registration will proceed as usual, which also means that participation in PTP does not guarantee a place in a limited-enrollment class.Faculty will provide useful information about spring term courses so that students can make informed selections during PTP. Jay Harris, dean of Undergraduate Education, has asked faculty to activate course websites and update with relevant information — including course descriptions, a list of preliminary topics and readings, and a rundown of assignments and requirements — at least a week before the process kicks off.With some sense of student interest, administrators and faculty can make better decisions about resources. They can, for instance, hire teaching fellows in numbers more appropriate to each class. The fellows in turn will know earlier what subjects they will teach, and will have more time to prepare. Bisson says this will lead to better section meetings.“It’s not counterintuitive,” she says. “Graduate students who know what they’re teaching ahead of time will do better as teachers.”Bisson says that PTP will also give the Registrar’s Office a better idea of how many students will enroll in a class, allowing them to place courses in spaces that are neither too big nor too small. As a result, students will be subject to less disruption and scrambling in the first weeks of the semester.“The information will help enormously with classroom assignment,” she says. “The way things are now, we have no idea how many students will be in any given course at the end of the first week. So many can show up to the first couple of classes that we need to move it to a larger room. Then half of them decide not to take the course, so we have to move it someplace smaller. This can happen two or three times, so students and faculty can’t really settle down until the second or third week.”Bisson also says that PTP data will lead to more accurate ordering of course materials, reducing the chances of a Harvard student’s least favorite sight: an empty shelf in the Coop’s textbook department.“When course materials sell out, students put their energy into tracking down books instead of class work,” she says. “That leads to a poorer educational experience.”Even though PTP selections are not binding, they will still give faculty and administrators the information they need to make improvements. That’s because PTP numbers should accurately track enrollment for many courses, even when students who initially express interest in a course do not end up taking it.“Pre-term planning undertaken at peer institutions has shown that what matters is the overall number of students interested in a particular course, rather than the interest of any particular student in that course,” Bisson explains. “For instance, say 100 students indicate interest in a particular course. When registration time comes around, it’s likely that close to 100 students will end up enrolling — but not the same 100 who had originally selected the class. Someone usually takes the place of the student who decides not to enroll.”Bisson says that PTP will begin paying dividends in a few semesters, when enough data has been collected and analyzed. Until then, there will be bumps along the road.“We don’t expect the PTP numbers and enrollment numbers to match exactly,” Bisson says. “Some courses will correspond more closely. Some will have larger error rates. We’ll understand enrollment patterns a lot better after a few times through the process.”PTP will be back in the summer to allow students to make selections for fall term. Incoming freshmen will not participate, however, so that they can have access to advising resources before picking classes. For now, students can find out more at the PTP website, by emailing [email protected], or by visiting the website of the Office of the Registrar and clicking from Undergraduates to Pre-Term Planning.
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ome on down – the price is right……As documented in an earlier column – I always think it’s important for the punter to have an idea what a price SHOULD be and then compare this to the actual odds.This is the complete opposite approach of most punters who look at the odds and THEN try to fit a bet around them.Good case in point is the Norwich v Spurs game today (4pm. Sky). I was fully expecting Spurs to be odds-on for this – so was naturally surprised to see them odds against and have to bet accordingly with Star Sports.Spurs are very much still pushing for a top four finish in the Premier League whilst the Canaries are perilously placed right next to the relegation line and have really struggled to score goals this season, especially at home where their average is just 0.84 goals per game !.Norwich have won only one of their last 11 matches and were brushed aside by Spurs in the reverse fixture in September.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Sep 2013 Premier Tottenham 2-0 NorwichJan 2013 Premier Norwich 1-1 TottenhamOct 2012 Capital One Norwich 2-1 TottenhamSep 2012 Premier Tottenham 1-1 NorwichApr 2012 Premier Tottenham 1-2 NorwichDec 2011 Premier Norwich 0-2 TottenhamDec 2004 Premier Norwich 0-2 TottenhamSep 2004 Premier Tottenham 0-0 NorwichApr 1995 Premier Tottenham 1-0 NorwichDec 1994 Premier Norwich 0-2 TottenhamThe irony of today’s match is that a Norwich defeat could mark the end of Chris Hughton’s tenure at Carrow Road. He is already odds-on to be the next Premier League manager to get the boot (or ‘leave his position’ as is more politically correct these days). Hughton, of course, has a long history with Spurs both as a player and as part of the management team but there will be no place for sentiment this afternoon from Spurs who could draw level with Liverpool in the table.Norwich need points and they need them now. They have an astonishing end to the season with their final four matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal !!Spurs are continuing to play good football under Tim Sherwood and only Chelsea have a better record in the Premier League since he took the helm.Snap up the odds against for another win that might well condemn Hughton.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points SPURS at around 11/10 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 41.91 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 31.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
Share8TweetShareEmail8 SharesUnited Against RacismAugust 3, 2018; HyperallergicWe were startled to see the majority of The List removed from Great George Street this Sunday. Did you or anyone you know see something? Do you know why it has been removed?Help us find out what happened! pic.twitter.com/3yCMoOqFow— Liverpool Biennial (@Biennial) August 1, 2018When artist Banu Cennetoğlu first happened upon what would become The List in 2002, it contained about 6,000 names. Each represented a refugee who had died within or near the borders of Europe while seeking asylum. Cennetoğlu has made it her mission to publicize the growing list of names ever since, “using public spaces like billboards, transport networks, and media publications.”Most recently, a version of The List was installed on a construction wall on Great George Street as part of the 2018 Liverpool Biennial. Last week, that installation, which included 34,361 names, was “anonymously removed by unauthorized persons unaffiliated with the arts festival.”As reported in Hyperallergic and on the website for the Biennial, no one seems to know who removed The List. Liverpool city officials had no knowledge of who might have removed it. The developers who own the site where the wall sits—now stripped bare and with just a few wisps of The List remaining—are reviewing CCTV footage for clues as to who might have taken it down.The list upon which Cennetoğlu’s work is based is a document compiled by UNITED for Intercultural Action, which identifies itself as a “European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees.” This umbrella group represents a network of 550 NGOs in 48 countries who work to track refugee deaths, which European governments do not openly report.It has been suggested that The List may have been removed in response to “the divisive, misleading, and misinformed immigration policies surrounding Brexit.” Cennetoğlu worked with The Guardian to release a printed version of The List along with its June 20th issue, to mark World Refugee Day. Copies of The List are available at exhibition venues in Liverpool and on The Guardian website.Of course, whoever was responsible for removing the art installation did not make The List itself go away. The work of documenting the lives lost continues and likely will for some time to come. Removing an art installation will not solve the complex challenges facing Europe and a post-Brexit UK when it comes to immigration and the treatment of refugees. In fact, it’s possible that the missing art installation—and that now-empty black wall on Great George Street—will draw even more attention.—Eileen CunniffeShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shares