Monday, June 26, 2006

I'm not Fat, I'm Fluffy!

I was annoyed by the headline, "Prostate Treatment Works Less For Fat Men." Fat men? Seems a little blunt, doesn't it? Don't get me wrong; I'm not big on PC speak. But I can't imagine an article entitled "Fat Women have more health problems," or some such.

Monday, June 19, 2006

When it rains...

Houston floods! I'm comfortably perched on the 15th floor, high above the chaos below. On the bright side, UH cancelled classes for today. I guess I get a couple of days more to study for that HR Management test that was scheduled for tonight.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

HR Management

As some of you know, I am taking a class at the Business school. The law school night program during the first summer session is ovvering EXACTLY the same courses as last summer, which means there's nothing being offered that I haven't already taken. So. I'm taking HR Management with a bunch of MBA types. It's a different world. There are three exams, all of which are rote memorization of definitions or lists of things. Students also have to do a presentation on a trend in HR. We do some each night. I already did mine. I talked about HR and Technology. Other have posted what they're going to talk about on the message boards. Tonight I'm looking forward to hearing about "A model of multinational enterprise subsidiary staffing composition." How very exciting! Unfortunately this is the way some of the presenters speak. I have no idea what they're talking about. Speak English please! Someone wants to talk about "American repatriate employees' retrospective assessments of the effects of cross-cultural training on their adaptation to international assignments." Why not say "Are we properly preparing US employees for work overseas? Some returning ex-pats talk about their experience." Now, isn't that better?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Somber News

An email went out to the law review group that one of our members had suddenly died while on a recruitment retreat with a law firm. They think it was either a heart attack or pulmonary embolism. I think he was in his mid-40s. He was one of the top-ranked students, and remarked on a few occasions that he wanted to be a judge.

We made fun of him because when he had a comment to make (which happened fairly often), instead of raising his hand he would hold up his pen between his thumb and index finger at about eye level. But his comments were usually sound and showed that he really "got it." I wondered if he'd known his time was up if he'd still have gone to law school, and I honestly think he would have, he seemed to enjoy it so.