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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      Subject: 10/25/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Friday, October 25.

      * [snip]

      * THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of California's Ventura County
      Community College District has bought out the contract of
      Philip Westin, its embattled chancellor, in the wake of a
      spending controversy.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/10/2002102503n.htm

      * [snip]

      campuses with a Web-based teleconferencing service that meets
      accessibility guidelines for people with disabilities. The
      multimillion-dollar plan, announced Thursday, is expected to
      save money by cutting back on travel to meetings.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2002/10/2002102502t.htm



      NEW GRANT COMPETITIONS: Grants to support
      battlefield-preservation projects.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/10/2002102501g.htm


      ENGLISH VS. AFRIKAANS: At a South African university, the needs
      of English-speaking black students are conflicting with the
      desire of Afrikaner students to be taught in their own language.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i09/09a04201.htm

      IT'S A WRAP: Mummies from the Inca Empire offer clues to how its
      communities were formed and what the people did.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i09/09a05601.htm



      A glance at the October issue of "PMLA:"
      Giving Spanish its proper respect

      Spanish courses at American colleges and universities have the
      highest enrollments of all foreign languages, yet the field does
      not garner the respect in academe one would expect for such an
      alpha language, writes John M. Lipski, head of the department of
      Spanish at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.

      He points to the widespread use among foreign-language
      professors of the acronym "LOTS," which stands for "languages
      other than Spanish" -- a distinction that he says illustrates
      the categorical removal of Spanish from discussions of language
      programs. The Spanish-language field is seen as comparatively
      "too big to handle or ... as somehow constituting an obstacle to
      the teaching and appreciation of the remaining languages,"
      writes Mr. Lipski.

      Some of the casualness toward Spanish, says Mr. Lipski,
      originates from the saturation of "junk Spanish" in the media,
      which makes the language seem inordinately easy: "Who can doubt
      that a full command of Spanish is as much within reach as a

      Yet most of the students who enroll in Spanish courses are
      earnest about studying what he calls "the de facto second
      language of the United States." Spanish departments should
      "acknowledge their mission as providing not only specific course
      content but also an entry into a broader worldview and an
      antidote to xenophobia," suggests Mr. Lipski. As such, he says,
      the field of Spanish should be discussed in academe "in the
      language of good will and common cause."

      The article is not available online, but information about the
      journal can be found at http://www.mla.org/

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