Tish Hayes

Pulitzer NOT Awarded for Fiction

This year the Pulitzer board chose to not select a winner from the short-list of fiction finalists. While this is not the first occurrence in the Pulitzer’s history, the decision has frustrated the jurists, publishers, bookstore owners, and readers alike. Ann Patchett, author and bookstore owner, has an excellent op-ed that succinctly articulates why the failure of the Pulitzer board to select a winner is so problematic.

It’s time…

To talk about it. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is promoting healthy sexuality to prevent sexual violence.

Use SAAM’s resources to get a conversation started or join the Counseling and Career Development Center here at MVCC for these upcoming events:

Sexual Assault Awareness: Presenter Suzanne Cusack, LCPC Tuesday, April 10, 1 p.m., S117A
Sexual violence happens everywhere, and every day to females and males of all ages. It is not just a victim’s problem; the friends and families of survivors also are affected. Because sexual violence is everyone’s problem, we can solve it only through the efforts of women and men working together.

Medical Advocacy, Presenter Pillars Community Services, Thursday April 12th, Noon, S117B
The Medical Advocacy presentation is geared towards individuals who will be working in the medical field that may encounter a victim of sexual assault. Topics that will be discussed include, evidence collection (rape kit), providing medical care to minors, rape trauma response, victims’ rights, how to respond to a victim, etc.

Sexual Violence in the LGBT Community: Presenter Pillars Community Services, Monday April 23, 2012, 11am, S117A
Sexual assault can happen to anyone— regardless of their race, class, age, appearance, or sexual orientation. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people are subject to the same spectrum of sexual violence as the general population. Attend this presentation and help become a voice against sexual violence.

Denim Day/Week April 23rd-27th 2012-Student Union
Denim Day is a campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. Wear jeans this week to show your protest against sexual violence. There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape. Join the Counseling and Career Development and GLOW April 23rd-27th in the student union to help raise awareness about sexual violence.

Diversity or Discrimination?

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the case Fisher v. University of Texas bringing the issue of affirmative action again into the national discourse. Affirmative action supporters fear that this new case could bring an end to integrated and diverse college campuses. Opponents see it as an opportunity to end a practice they consider unconstitutional. Articles in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education provide the details of this current case, along with some context for the controversy the case will cause. For an overview of the issue, take a look at the CQ Researcher report Affirmative Action.

Attention Science Fiction Fans

Monday saw the beta launch of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction–The third edition of this critical and authoritative SF resource.  Why is this exciting news? Because this new online edition is browsable in all sorts of fun ways, like by Theme or Author, and every entry is full of links to other entries. Yes, this means that you will lose hours (days?) reading up on your fave SF novels, comics, and TV shows. Like my Doctor Who search which led me to TARDIS which led me Time Machine which led me to Time Travel which led me to End of the World. Seriously, so much fun! And it’s all free!!!

The sky is falling!

In this image provided by NASA this is the STS-48 onboard photo of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) in the grasp of the RMS (Remote Manipulator System) during deployment, from the shuttle in September 1991. The satellite is 35 feet long, 15 feet in diameter, weighs 13,000 pounds. U.S. space officials say they expect a dead satellite to fall to Earth in about a week. NASA has been watching the 6-ton satellite closely. NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting 6-ton satellite will fall later this week. It's just that if they're off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or New York. Or, say, Iran or India. (AP Photo/NASA)

Ok, to be accurate, the sky isn’t going anywhere, but there will be a big satellite hurtling from space to the earth in the next few days. Scientists aren’t sure where it will re-enter the atmosphere, but have assured the public that it is unlikely that anyone will be hurt as it lands. Take a look at this article up at NPR: Earth to Satellite: When Will You Hit and Where? for more details. Be sure to scroll to the end of the article for the link to NASA’s updates on the satellite’s status.

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