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Today's word on journalism

February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Craig Jessop named interim theatre arts department head at USU

January 12, 2009 Yolanda Flores Niemann, dean of the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University, has asked Craig Jessop to assume the role of interim department head for the department of theatre arts. The appointment becomes effective fall 2009. Jessop will continue as head of USU's music department.

"With theatre arts department head Colin Johnson stepping down and at this time of the year especially with the financial conditions facing the state it was decided to not conduct an external search for his replacement," Niemann said. "Craig Jessop will become interim head of the theatre department."

University policy dictates that department heads must hold the rank of full professor. Since the theatre department is small, it was difficult to find a replacement with those credentials from within, and it was decided to forgo an external search.

Meetings have been held with faculty from both departments, and the response has been positive, Niemann said. She emphasized this is an interim appointment and both departments will work together for the next several years but will remain separate. The effectiveness of the arrangement will be reviewed at that time.



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