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Mid-Semester Musings…

Mid-Semester Musings…

Hurricane Sandy is, ironically, providing a short respite… the power is still on, classes are cancelled for two days, I have a moment to make updates on the sites I’m administering, and I can finally reorganize my winter clothes… well, while there’s still power and light…

Since September, I’ve learned and accomplished far more than I expected. For starters, statistical mathematics is much harder than I thought… but much more powerful than I imagined. Probability is a way of envisioning the separation of one potential event into all of its possible actualities, and the defining attributes of the players in this universe of events are definable “after the fact.” It’s actually quite incredible. I now understand why financial analysts think they’re smarter than everyone else, but I still can’t fathom the arrogance that usurps their morality. But to be honest, the difficulty of using these statistical algorithms to make good predictions are far more valuable than any public sector salary… so any true nationalist needs to do some introspection about their tax investment if they want smart people to assist in the reformation of this country. It’s no wonder that analysts would rather make 6 times more money for easier work. (Easier you ask? Yes… because statistical research for social science and psychology is still developing out of its infancy, but the research for finance is 45 years ahead.)

The election is almost over, thank heavens. I’m, admittedly, a politically vested person. I believe in the common good, the general welfare, prevention of warfare, promotion of education and healthcare… and it’s very sad that we can’t be sure that either candidate will push these efforts. What’s even worse is the insane amount of money that runs the PACs that support these two political parties that have a duopoly on our political system… and it seems that our population is far too immature and short-sighted, ignoring the tremendous oligarchical structure that holds our pensions, municipal bonds, college funding, mortgage banking, and our news organizations. Most believe third party candidates to be impractically naive personalities. They may actually be our only way to reform a broken government.

On a personal note, the edits for our book on Model UN Education and Social Intelligence for high school students is complete and finished. The website is ready for media content and our videos from the upcoming RUMUN and HMUN workshops will be available to members, as well as my upcoming presentation on “Presentation Skills: An Application of Social Intelligence” that I’ll be giving to the Rutgers Education Psychology faculty and graduate students. The youtube channel is up and running, the copyright is initiated, and the affiliates are being notified of their ability to make commissions. If you want to help sell our book for online commissions, let me know!

My wife is also beginning her work on her little website adventure. She will be launching her site called the Uneasy Yogini within the next two months. She’ll be promoting her classes, good products, healthy food and exercise, and some nice local spots. One day she’s hoping to have her second career take over her primary… but that is several years away, and we’ve got some parental basics to get through first.

 

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A week of preparation, culmination, and avoiding the RU Screw…

A week of preparation, culmination, and avoiding the RU Screw…

Virtual Classroom 1.0

The MUNIVERSITY officially opened this week. Although it is still an evolving project, the structure of the site is finally robust for members to join, and the content will continually evolve. We’ll be posting videos of our first workshop on the Inner Game techniques of Social Intelligence.

In the course of developing this SI framework, I had finally begun researching Social Intelligence experts… and it just so turns out that they began teaching Social Intelligence strategies to business leaders 14 years ago! A man named Daniel Goleman wrote about it in the Harvard Business Review in 1998 and even billionaire Karl Albrecht had written a book on its relationship to Leadership. Strangely, I also just discovered that there are some pioneers in SI Education in the Psychology department at Rutgers! Woohoo! Maybe there is a reason for all of this…

 

Rutgers 2.0

Transitioning into the fellowship at Rutgers is also an endeavor in and of itself. I’m discovering the new registration process (no more dialup…), they retained my email from 1996, “genotype” Rutgers University also had their Graduate Student Orientation on Monday. I learned that as a fellow, I am considered “Faculty/Staff,” my health insurance is covered, and my access to the University’s resources is greater than I remember.

Having been through 4 years of RU undergrad and 6 years of grad school already, obviously I was very prepared for my re-entrance into Rutgers. I called every person who had something important to do with handling my information, e.g. Payroll Account, Professors, RU Connection, Financial Aid, Health Insurance, Parking… etc. Needless to say, I was still “forgotten.”

Despite being in the system on every other measure, my Health Insurance almost slipped through the cracks. I called to ask pertinent questions about my term bill and the options for Health Insurance. Apparently, I was not on her “list.” I could tell that there was some immediate sympathy because she suggested coming in to talk to her. There were about 4 or 5 things on my checklist to complete on campus and there is no substitute for facetime, so I showed up to the heart of graduate operations, 25 Bishop Pl.

Simona welcomed me, told me the deal, confirmed my existence, and allowed me to log in and complete 75% of my on campus checklist through her computer! She guided me through the health insurance waiver and the printing of my term bill. She gave me a bag to keep my “Bible” of RU Literature that had accumulated since admission. Then she said her father’s name was Eugene, too. Needless to say, I have found an administrative ally.

 

 

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