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August 6, 2016

Because it would be too easy.....

Censured professor returns to UNM after sex harassment investigation

Are ya wondering why I posted that Albuquerque Journal headline?  Read on.......

So, for the past two years I've been hoping that I can work it out to take the honors class.  The Anthropology department ~ for whatever reason ~ holds the class only in the fall.  And there is only one class.  There are no choices in time of day, day of the week, or instructor (I see you are figuring it out).  Last year it was Prof. Wills.  One of my other professors didn't really have a high opinion.  Plus I had been at the new job for 6 months, and it didn't seem like a great idea to ask for the time off to attend the class.  

This year I managed it...

I kept seeing a story about the UNM professor, but keep missing the name, mostly because I'd be drying my hair and the noise prevented me from hearing it.  However, I was shocked to learn the name on the radio on my way home a few days ago.....he is the professor teaching the honors class this fall.  

Friends asked me if I could switch to another instructor, or wait and take it next year.  Some who had read the story felt that UNM is going to be keeping a close eye on him, so it should be no problem.  I'm not sure how I feel yet, other than a profound sense of disappointment.  


Romeo has been in training for the past two weeks, and has this coming week off until August 15th, his first teaching day.  So far he's been impressed with their attitudes and policies.  The teachers are allowed to try new classroom management and teaching techniques, and then discuss them with their coworkers for input.  As the classes are 90 minutes long, none of the kids has "homework".  Everything is done in class.  Sadly, it's been so many years since I was in 9th grade, I don't recall how much homework I used to have.  Today's parents are always complaining about their kids having so much homework ~ like 2 or more hours worth.  So I like the idea, although I wonder how they will keep the kids attention for that long.  He seems happy to be there though.  It will be interesting to hear his stories once classes begin.

For myself, I am thrilled to have insurance again.  I've already set up an appointment with the dermatologist.  I have a small area that looks funny to the same area where I had all of that radiation therapy.  Of course, I couldn't get an appointment until October.  I keep calling to see if there has been any cancellations, and feel a bit baffled that they seem so nonchalant about a possible skin cancer lesion.  And I've been noticing these lumps in my right palm that may be Dupuytren's Contracture, so I need to see a hand specialist to find out.  There's no contracture yet, but I need to find out if that's what it is.  

Well, better get busy with laundry & cleaning.  Have a wonderful weekend!
Love, 365


  1. Being accused of sexual harassment doesn't always mean that the person is a dirtbag. It can also mean that some people get dollar signs in their eyes when someone looks at them a little too long or does some other thing that pisses them off.

    He may have been accused and there were no real grounds for it.

    I hope it all works out.

    1. Well, of course the logical side of me thought the same, but also figured there is probably something to it or they wouldn't have suspended him. UNM doesn't have a very good track record of handling situations where women are assaulted, so in their haste they might have figured it's easier to suspend while they figure it out. I hope it works out too. I'll find out in a couple of weeks at any rate.


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