From here,

Things are afoot at Harvey Mudd College, an elite STEM school.  The natives are restless.

Last month, too, a controversial report regarding student workload and faculty opinion of students leaked to the student newspaper, The Student Life. A committee examining the college’s classroom environment commissioned a study from the Center of Inquiry at Wabash College in Indiana. Two representatives from the center visited campus and conducted focus groups with students and faculty members.

Some faculty members, meanwhile, told the interviewers that students were not prepared for their classes, and that they’d observed deterioration in the quality of students accepted to Harvey Mudd over the years. They described students as wed to their phones and not committed to the sciences.

I could believe the “wedded to their phones” line.  I wonder about the balance between the genders on this issue.  Do women have their face in the phone more?  What are the two sexes doing on their phones?  Personally, I was once criticized for having my face in the phone during lunch, but I am an INTJ, and I was doing INTJ intellectual development stuff with it.  What about everybody else?

Also, the quality of students have decreased.  I wonder why…

When administrators didn’t respond to the demands, Klawe said, the students staged the sit-in April 12.

Students who staged the sit-in did not respond to interview requests. FEMUnion at Harvey Mudd, a student group that advocates for women in science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields, wrote in a Facebook message to Inside Higher Ed that the student organizers “were tired” and did not wish to be interviewed.

Since when does a woman student advocacy group have nothing to say?  Perhaps their position would not stand up to scrutiny.

Klawe described the significant shifts that have occurred on campus in the past decade — white men have historically dominated at the college — until it attempted to diversify the campus, a campaign that has seen relative success.

While leadership there has recruited more women — to the point where they comprise nearly 50 percent of the student body — gains in the numbers of Hispanic and black students were sluggish until recent years, Klawe said. As a college recognized for its sciences, Harvey Mudd competes with institutions like Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both with higher profiles.

I see.  The women are 50% of the student body of a STEM college.  Let that soak in.

There was probably an enormous effort taken to get there.  As we all know, women really don’t like STEM (at least large numbers of them).  Sometimes, they like the concept of being a STEM person, but then the work sets in.  That is not appealing.  The work, the challenge of STEM is probably best tackled by those who have lots of testosterone, making them single minded and driven.

Students pointed out a couple years ago that all lecturers in a campus speaker series were white men, Klawe said. In a required, basic course for engineering majors, women performed poorly until the college tweaked how it was taught, bringing in a hands-on component in which students built mini robots that could function underwater. The same mathematics concepts were being taught, but in a way that would appeal and allow women to thrive, Klawe said.

So they made the introductory engineering course more hands-on.  That probably would favor the fellas one would think, as guys are very oriented to hands-on mechanical things.  Probably, the girls enlisted the guys to help with their robots, easing their load in the course.

Normally, girls do well in typical classroom learning, the memorize and regurgitate regimen.    Perhaps the tweak was to make it more in this form.  Would this was the allow women to thrive change?

Probably the reason that the College is having so many issues is that they have distorted the situation.  Undoubtedly there are lots of students who really should not be there, either because of lack of preparation, desire or temperament.  It plays out in frustration directed toward most everything except the real problem. Square peg — meet round hole.

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99 comments on “Restless
  1. Spawny Get says:

    There must be quite a temptation for men to pretend to be gay in college nowadays. Just as a way of getting away from the psycho fembots and the I’m just a Gurley, please help wittle me types too.

    Modern colleges are fecking doomed.


  2. SFC Ton says:

    Always reckoned college boys didn’t have to pretend to be gay

    Liked by 1 person

  3. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    There are only eight hundred students at Harvey Mudd. Any attempt to diversify is going to result in a lot of students who don’t have that many friends like them. They are going to felel isolated. And for having 50% women, I don’t know any engineering school that can claim that. It sounds too much like affirmative action going over the top.
    My memory is decades old, but Harvey Mudd is one of at least four colleges that make up the Claremont Colleges. They all are different in their emphasis.
    I looked them up,.There are eight.

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  4. Yoda says:

    If pretend to be gay one does.
    Special privileges obtain one can

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Yoda says:

    Fifty percent STEM women really high it would be.
    Almost inconceivable it is.
    Perhaps Stephanie Crowder one of them she is.
    Many advantages she would have

    Liked by 2 people

  6. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Too much favor has been extended to protected classes. It is now open season all year on white, straight, Christian men.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Yoda says:

    Apparently the female students Mudd wrestling they are

    Liked by 1 person

  8. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    They may have wrecked a good small school.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Spawny Get says:

    The lovely, lovely foreign woman that was the public face of an attempt to fuck any meaning out of BREXIT gets…Brillo’d

    Liked by 1 person

  10. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    What is it with these people? They do seem to have difficulty understanding the concept of majority rule.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda at 5:18am,
    That looks like a bad idea to me. A very bad idea.


  12. Yoda says:

    A woman says “you’re not my type,” she even cries out “no.” But even after the 23-year-old Turkish man rapes her for four hours, leaving her unable to run properly — for two weeks! — a German judge says he’s not guilty of rape. Why? His culture.


  13. Yoda says:

    Save the Queen God should.
    Ninety one years old she now is

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Yoda says:

    Comedian Lavell Crawford has found himself in hot water with the LGBT community after an interview in which he said he feared backlash from the “gay mafia” for performing gay jokes and also said gay men should “try p*ssy” first.


  15. Yoda says:

    Movies stars so much insight they have

    Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg says she rejects the traditional concept of gender, claiming instead that it is a construct that can be “pretty much whatever you want it to be.”

    Liked by 1 person

  16. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I have been watching too many Girls und Panzer music videos.


  17. Spawny Get says:

    I doubt that this was the intended reaction to Jeremy


  18. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I don’t think he is funny, but I am glad that she found humor in it.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Yoda says:

    American race-faker Rachel Dolezal has returned to the limelight with her first ever visit to Africa on a lecture tour about race – a move which has been met with outrage


  20. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    After seeing that, Yoda, there only remains one thing to be said,


  21. Spawny Get says:

    Tim Farron (the very definition of a mong) ‘leads’ (stop laughing at the back) the liberal democrats (stop retching at the back). There’s a plan for a fish finger to run against him in the General Election


  22. Spawny Get says:

    From ’92 (is my guess) nothing much changes for the left (except the faces, slowly)

    Corbyn’s fecking worse…laughing as I cry at the state of politics here. disMay is making a lot of doubt inducing statements…she ain’t Thatcher mk II, bruv


  23. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    Have people over there managed to make politics a form of entertainment? I may be just guessing, but would that be an indicator of high civilization? We can but hope.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Huffington Post South Africa has gotten the man who wrote a hoax article for them fired.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. RichardP says:

    re. Amandla Stenberg: perhaps she also believes that feminism can be whatever we want it to be?

    Words are important. But they can be so constricting, right??

    Don’t Fence Me In


  26. SFC Ton says:

    The majority of people are dumber then a sack full of hammers so majority rule is usually pretty stupid

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Spawny Get says:

    Well that’s cleared that up

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Yoda says:

    Rachel Dolezel “Moldy Locks” on steroids she is

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Yoda says:

    Nicola not always incoherent and half mad she is


  30. Yoda says:

    More relatively coherent footage this is


  31. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    When it comes to Rachel Dolezal, it needs to be said again, “Ungawa!”

    Spawny Get,
    A trick like making your accent so thick as to be incomprehensible should be beneath the First Minister.


  32. Yoda says:


    Not really the first minister speaking that was.
    Though some Scots a think accent they have


  33. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Tracy Ullman that was not. Image of First Minister that was. Fooled I am.
    I remember commenter Tam the Bam. His accent was so thick, he was incomprehensible in print.


  34. Spawny Get says:

    Saner than the political establishment

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Spawny Get says:

    Here’s Stanley to explain the current UK situation


  36. Yoda says:

    with a lot of Labour MPs deciding not to stand for re-election, the party has over 400 vacant slots to fill. Where can Labour find good candidates? On Twitter, they hope:

    Could you be a brilliant local MP? We’re looking for parliamentary candidates for the #GeneralElection. Apply now:

    — The Labour Party (@UKLabour) April 21, 2017

    Somehow that “pursuit of fairness, equality and justice” isn’t going well these days.

    Labour’s Twitter ad produced a lot of snarky comments, including this one:

    @UKLabour Have you tried Tinder?

    — Nice Guy Nick (@Neek1974) April 21, 2017

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  37. Spawny Get says:

    “with a lot of Labour MPs deciding not to stand for re-election, the party has over 400 vacant slots to fill.”

    Everything is rather speculative at the moment. disMay will win. But many wonder if there’ll be a spectacularly low turnout. It has been pointed out that many people may have previously only voted tory to keep out laba / limpdumbs / scoznaz. Maybe this time they’ll not bother because laba ist gefuckt(?) disMay has alooooong track record of talking tough but doing sweet fuck all.

    As things stand I cannot see me voting tory as my MP is/was a remoaner tory.

    UKIP has been continuing to screw itself via unnecessary buffoonery so it’s done its best to lose many of the 4,000,000 they had last time. But people don’t trust disMay (so the UKIP vote should be helped by her)

    It’s a flustercuck, but a flustercuck without the prospect of the worst case scenario; a laba victory

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  38. Spawny Get says:

    May well prove useful

    Liked by 2 people

  39. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Somali pirates not having a good day.

    Liked by 1 person

  40. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    It is a gift and one of a very high order coming from an eight pound apex predator.

    Liked by 1 person

  41. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda at 4:17pm,
    A feminist sees some advantage to traditional conservative women’s perspective? Yes, it all has to do with how much advantage women can take of men. Also, there is more than a little apex fallacy in her outlook. However, she may be trying to close the barn door after the horse is gone.

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  42. Spawny Get says:

    Melanie is a frequent participant on ‘The Moral Maze’ a BBC radio series (so you can listen without VPN). She’s usually sensible. But in this case…don’t do us men any ‘favours’ by ‘allowing’ us to be workhorses, thanks love. I don’t appreciate women analysing male psychology when they have no interest in the parts that don’t advantage women. Maybe that’s an injustice but I’m busy right now with an impending barbecue under a lovely blue sky with acceptable temps if you’re sheltered from the wind and in sunlight…which I am

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  43. Spawny Get says:

    With such a stable gun platform I’d expect one guy with a sniper rifle to be able to trouble the pirates over a mile out. Why they’re fucking around letting them get into easy RPG range, I have no idea.

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  44. Spawny Get says:

    If you want any mole corpses, just say


  45. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    Just guessing, but I think they are working with modern, fully automatic weapons and they wanted them to come in close to injure as many of them as possible.
    Which leads me to question, why hasn’t one modern navy dusted off the Q-ship concept? A disguised armed merchant ship could do them a lot of damage.

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  46. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    You’re not barbecuing moles?


  47. Spawny Get says:

    Not a lot of meat on a mole. Might be suitable as a Roman delicacy


  48. Yoda says:

    No, woman delicacy.
    As in “from Wome”


  49. SFC Ton says:

    Y’all should leave the sniper commentary for snipers

    Being a sniper ain’t easy. More shit working aginst you then for you

    Sniper work on a boat is fucking tough. It ain’t stable. Point of aim being of by a fraction of an inch can mean you miss by a mile. Being on a boat means all three axis are in motion. Many many of fractions of inches getting twisted on you

    Try to one shot ghost a hostile who is on a small boat is fucking tough. See above

    Shooting a fast moving target is a whole other series of math problems

    To many factors in play for my drunk lazy ass to get into but y’all get my point

    The guys doing a marine security like that are hamstrung due to a fuck ton of international law. None of which do I much understand but often they are limited to pistols only or no weapons are all depending on port of calls

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  50. Spawny Get says:

    “Y’all should leave the sniper commentary for snipers”

    I thought I might get a sniper’s comments. Then I read them and learn…which is great

    Liked by 1 person

  51. Spawny Get says:

    I’d just let a bunch of ’em plink at the boats till they’re in range of something else, if necessary. Riding in a boat with holes appearing around me silently would prove discouraging…to me anyway. Maybe that’s my 3 digit IQ talking, maybe the locals wouldn’t worry about that kind of voodoo magic


  52. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    In light of what was said, how does naval gunnery work? We know that it does, it does well, and has done for a long time.


  53. Spawny Get says:

    Scotland mind

    McTories at 32% holy haggises

    Liked by 2 people

  54. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    There is an election in France tomorrow.

    I hope that takes your mind off British politics for a minute or two.

    Liked by 2 people

  55. Yoda says:

    Have a stiff Irn-Bru the Glorious Patriarch should

    Liked by 1 person

  56. Yoda says:

    Stabilized gun playforms easily made they are
    Rule of engagement the problem it is


  57. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    “Rules of engagement the problem it is.”
    We are talking about pirates here. Real. Bad. Guys.


  58. SFC Ton says:

    lol @ 3 digit IQ.

    One would think the larger boat could just run over the smaller boat but I reckon there are reasons why that ain’t so. There are always reasons why


  59. Cill says:

    “how does naval gunnery work?”
    By GFCS


  60. SFC Ton says:

    No idea fuzzie

    I imagine it’s based on bracketing, large volume of fire and so,easy luck

    Which is polar opposite on the precision, long distance, direct fire target interdiction game


  61. SFC Ton says:

    But think about it
    Naval gunnery is gone, replaced by planes and cruise missles and the like
    Snipers are still around so I am thinking the naval gunnery was never the 1st choice but their only choice


  62. SFC Ton says:

    LOL Cill might know why the big boats don’t run over the little guys

    Damage to hull and prop is all I could come up with


  63. Cill says:

    I can’t shoot accurately long range from my boat, but to improve accuracy for shorter range, gyro and torque can reduce roll by 95%.

    I don’t know about the Somali pirates, but the Asian pirate boats are too fast and maneuverable for ships. Asian pirates can board a ship, load up the loot and be gone, all while the ship is travelling at full speed.

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  64. SFC Ton says:

    There you
    Agility vs size


  65. Spawny Get says:

    To be fair I was talking about experts shooting from a supertanker in seas smooth enough for speedboats to roar in on. Not speedboat to speedboat.


  66. Spawny Get says:

    Also; lasers to temporarily blind the boat crew. The Russians have used them on surveillance planes iirc.


  67. Spawny Get says:

    Having had the Tories nick most of their policies…
    Subjects that UKIP had gone very quiet on after Nigel left. Currently not doing great in the polls.


  68. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    A thumbnail biography of St.George.

    Liked by 1 person

  69. Farm Boy says:

    There is a new post


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