Interesting Inflation News Links (March 14, 2009)

* Nursing Student Sues After U. of Louisville Expels Her for Online Posts About Patients (Chronicle Higher Education)

“How can you have a class of students with all As? If everyone is getting an A then shouldnt you make the class more challenging? Wouldnt some of the students receiving an A be bored because the class is too easy? Dont we rank ability in every aspect of our life?” –Joe

* Peking U. Transfers Professor to Remote University, as Apparent Penalty for Views (Andrew Mytelka, Chronicle Higher Education)

“How can you have a class of students with all As? If everyone is getting an A then shouldnt you make the class more challenging? Wouldnt some of the students receiving an A be bored because the class is too easy? Dont we rank ability in every aspect of our life?” –Joe

* CHINA SYNDROME (Paul Tharp, New York Post)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a blunt reminder of his country’s power over the US after he warned President Barack Obama against recklessly spending his way out of the recession and said he was “worried” about the trillions in US-backed securities that China owns.

* College and Research Librarians Discuss the Economy, Looking on the Bright Side (Jennifer Howard, Chronicle Higher Education)

“How can you have a class of students with all As? If everyone is getting an A then shouldnt you make the class more challenging? Wouldnt some of the students receiving an A be bored because the class is too easy? Dont we rank ability in every aspect of our life?” –Joe

* U. of Massachusetts at Amherst Releases Reorganization Plan (Chronicle Higher Education)

“How can you have a class of students with all As? If everyone is getting an A then shouldnt you make the class more challenging? Wouldnt some of the students receiving an A be bored because the class is too easy? Dont we rank ability in every aspect of our life?” –Joe

* Social Security Benefits Unlikely to Rise (Kelly Greene, Wall Street Journal)

This year, we are likely to experience very low inflation or deflation, which got me wondering how Social Security benefits are adjusted in such an environment.

* Minnesota College Returns Fossils to Sioux Tribe, Amid Questions About Fieldwork (Chronicle Higher Education)

“How can you have a class of students with all As? If everyone is getting an A then shouldnt you make the class more challenging? Wouldnt some of the students receiving an A be bored because the class is too easy? Dont we rank ability in every aspect of our life?” –Joe

* Pay freezes ‘at 10% of UK firms’ (BBC News)

About one UK company in 10 is freezing pay for staff in an attempt to control costs during the recession, figures released to the BBC suggests.

* Commodities are No Hot Commodity (Michael Kahn, Reuters America)

COMMODITIES FROM BASIC metals to agricultural products look a lot like stocks these days, losing half of their value over the course of several months last year. And now, despite the strength in gold and other precious metals, they are still floundering.

* Carroll U. Does Not Have to Bargain With Faculty Union, Appellate Court Rules (David Shieh, Chronicle Higher Education)

“How can you have a class of students with all As? If everyone is getting an A then shouldnt you make the class more challenging? Wouldnt some of the students receiving an A be bored because the class is too easy? Dont we rank ability in every aspect of our life?” –Joe

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