College, Days 6 & 7

June 28

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education. ~ John Updike

Most schools have a loud system of loud bells, which startle the students and teachers at regular intervals and remind them that time is passing even more slowly than it seems. ~ Lemony Snicket

June 15

The 2022 class photo . . .

[Lest you’re interested, I’m in the 2nd row, non-red shirt, with the Supervisor next to me and Reetz in the front row slightly to the left of the Super . . . ]

High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up. ~ Stephen King

[First class of the day, a light little ditty on eugenics and CRISPR. As you will recall from a previous class, IU’s first president, David Jordan, lost his campus naming rights because he was a eugenicist . . . ]

[Steve Vigdor, professor emeritus physics, led the discussion on CRISPR. Our nonfiction book club read “The Code Breaker” this spring, so I was able to follow it with a 3rd-graders degree of comprehension . . . ]

An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex. ~ Edgar Wallace

[While Tim Londegan, professor emeritus theoretical physics, led the discussion on eugenics. I don’t recall how two physics professors knew about these subjects, but they were excellent . . . ]

[This is Ann Schertz, the professional photographer for this week long event . . . ]

[She’s trying to get all we students in place for the photo at the top of this page . . . ]

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. ~ Woody Allen

[This was the class I was least excited about it. It was nice to be surprised . . . ]

[It was a big class so the others were obviously excited about it . . . ]

My father wanted me to have all the educational opportunities he never had, so he sent me to a girls school. ~ Jack Herbert

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret. ~ Ronald Reagan

[The nitty gritty of classes . . . ]

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. ~ Benjamin Franklin

[Jeff White, professor emeritus of environment science, spent many years studying this phenomenon in Greenland . . . ]

[And here we have it . . . ]

A restaurant is a fantasy—a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast. ~ Warner LeRoy

[Fortunately dinner with some old friends saved the rest of the day. This was at Janko’s Little Zagreb in downtown Bloomington which specializes in large portions of MEAT. We all found it quite satisfying though I opted for the salmon . . . ]

[You can see a bowl of meatballs in the center of the table – ordered for all by the locals. As ye olde commercial used to say, they were some spicey meatballs!

In a restaurant, choose a table near a waiter. ~ Jewish Proverb

[Oh, and Jennifer got the shrimp, so our end of the table went seafood . . . ]

[Super got a 4-pound steak . . . ]

[I always wanted to have a dinner date with a co-ed . . . ]

I never eat in a restaurant that’s over a hundred feet off the ground and won’t stand still. ~ Calvin Trillin

[The far end of our side of the table . . . ]

[A chance to fine dine with Katie, a young lady we’ve known through her close personal relationship with Reetz since she was a little girl. Katie is now a junior at IU in environmental studies, as I recall . . . ]

[Jeff and Jennifer, like Vickie and Scott, are from Fort Wayne. We first met them at Mini-U in 2017 . . . ]

[Rick and Mary, longtime Bloomington residents, set up this gig. First met them, like Vickie and Scott, many years ago at IU’s Camp Brosius in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Their daughter and son-in-law live in Minneapolis, and Rick and Mary recently bought their “retirement” cabin near Ely . . . ]

June 16

No wonder the teacher knows so much; she has the book. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Our class on this morning couldn’t have been more topical . . .

[And this was quite a prelude to what SCOTUS has been doing to us this week . . . ]

[I remember taking this class from Professor Cate five years ago . . . ]

[When it comes to SCOTUS, she knows whereof she speaks . . . ]

Does college pay? They do if you are a good open-field runner. ~ Will Rogers

[Amazing, only the EPA case has yet to be decided, and the court is 0 for 3 so far!]

[This a Super photo somewhere on campus. I wonder if it ever had a moat?]

[This photo (sneakily by the Super) reminded me that back in the day, IU did not have a mortuary science program (likely still not?). I knew that then because we had friends in the dorm from Indiana who were at the U of M for its mortuary science degree, one of four universities in the country that offered such a degree . . . ]

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. ~ G.B. Trudeau

[Next we students trod off across campus ISO the Musical Arts Center (MAC) . . . ]

[Both the temperature and dew point were approaching 100. To the best of my knowledge, we didn’t lose any students enroute . . . ]

[Alexander Calder’s Peau Rouge Indiana outside the MAC . . . ]

Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean Emeritus, Professor of Music (Choral Conducting), was our host . . . ]

The Musical Arts Center (MAC) seats 1,460 patrons and features advanced acoustical design and technical capabilities, making it one of the grandest performance venues in the United States. Regularly compared to [2nd only to] the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the main stage is 90 feet wide by 60 feet deep. The backstage area occupies more than half the building and provides a state-of-the art theater space for technical work (

[Different angle on the Calder . . . ]

[I took a whole bunch of photos here: Discover the heights and depths of this wondrous facility as you wander through its costume, paint, and carpentry shops; dressing rooms; rehearsal rooms; and recording studio. Explore what few get to see with your guides Gwyn Richards, Tim Stebbins, and Tom Wieligman (Mini University Directory) . . . ]

[Of local interest, the son of Theatre L’Homme Dieu’s executive director recently graduated from this school . . . ]

The freshmen bring a little knowledge in and the seniors take none out, so it accumulates through the years. ~ A. Lawrence Lowell

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. ~ Gloria Steinem

You can lead a boy to college but you can’t make him think. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nobody gets through college on their own. ~ Michelle Obama

A college education should equip one to entertain three things: a friend, an idea and oneself. ~ Thomas Ehrlich

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car. But if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

When they hand you your diploma, keep moving. Just in case they try to take it back. ~ Unknown

I could have said something profound, but you would have forgotten it in 15 minutes – which is the afterlife of a graduation speech. ~ Art Buchwald

My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda

You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day. ~ Andy Samberg

At graduation you get to wear a cap and gown, but it’s a good idea to also wear something underneath it. ~ Greg Tamblyn

If anyone needs me, I’ll be reading. Please don’t need me. ~ Unknown

[The sign on the wall as one exits the costume department . . . ]

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

[An opera solo for our departing pleasure . . . ]

[The Super got a close up of the soloist (in the last post), but we can’t remember his name. He received a standing ovation . . . ]

Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology. ~ Clive James

[A little word play with the professor . . . ]

[I had Professor Hamburger for a class in 2017. I was impressed, thus the reason for taking this class. At that time, he was part of a six person scientific team (as an expert on earthquakes) under the Obama administration that traveled the world offering their expertise where requested. The program was ended under the Trump administration . . . ]

[While his class was very informative, I wish I would have opted for “A History of Hell.” It was the one time period in the entire week where I was conflicted as to which class to take . . . ]

[Our old “friends”, the Shindells, patrons of the Art Guild . . . ]

[This was the last supper, Thursday night, in Alumni Hall . . . ]

[a/k/a, the Faculty Reception (dress was business casual) . . . ]

Colleges are like old age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges. ~ Bob Dylan

If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock. ~ Claude McDonald

[I somehow manage to catch the attention of the professional photographer . . . ]

[Is there enough mustard to cover this ham?]

[And then one of favorite professors, James Madison, stopped by our table . . . ]

Professor Madison, I think I just stepped on a Hoosier?

[But we settled in for a team photo . . . ]

[And with Vick and Scott as well . . . ]

80 percent of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed and the one book you didn’t read. ~ Unknown

[And then the best is always saved for last . . . ]

[“Protecting Our Democracy: How Well Does American Politics Do That?” with Marjorie Hershey]

[Marjorie Hershey, Political Science professor emeritus, Indiana University, should video her lecture and demand it be played on all major media networks. She beautifully distilled how election fraud (enough to change results) is impossible. And she got good laugh from all when she said that those who think there was election fraud are “batshit” crazy. Then she told us not to tell her grandchildren she said that . . . ]

Apparently, reading during lunch and ignoring others is considered ‘rude’. ~ Unknown

This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s only read two. ~ George Burns

Up Next: The last day of college . . .

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