February 2013

  • Waiting for a Course to Open a New Section? Here’s Something You Can Do Instead

    Barry Lenson

    Getting shut out of a course is frustrating. Worse yet, it can put your plans into free-fall. If your college requires you to complete a science course with a lab component and all the courses that fulfill that requirement are full, for example, you could have to delay your graduation date, return to school for an extra semester, and pay a ton more money too. But that’s not the only situation that can derail your educational progress. Let’s say, for example, that you’d like to complete a few courses at the community college where you’re enrolled before you transfer to one of your state’s larger public universities. You’d like to get a general civilization course or a course in U.S. history out of the way, for example, so y ...

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  • A Whole Ton of Stuff You Never Knew about Groundhog Day

    Barry Lenson

    I was driving across Pennsylvania a few weeks ago when I passed a road sign for the town of Punxsutawney. Frankly, I was shocked. Of course I knew about a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil – the groundhog who either makes an appearance on Groundhog Day or fails to do so – but I had never realized that he was named for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, his home town. When you are as ignorant as I am, life becomes a journey of constant discovery. And now I know a ton more about Punxsutawney Phil, because I have visited the official Groundhog Day website.  For one thing, I learned to spell Punxsutawney. Try it, it isn’t easy. There is a ton of information about Groundhog Day on that website. For example, I never knew that there is a ...

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