$500 Million Gift Pledge (… if I win this lawsuit…)

The University of Texas has received a $500 Million pledge from Moncrief Oil, but as the Chrolincle of Higher Education reports it, the gift is conditional on Moncrief prevailing in pending litigation over the ownership of a Russian gas field. The conditional gift raises a number of interesting questions.  For example, Rob Recih of Stanford’s … Continue reading $500 Million Gift Pledge (… if I win this lawsuit…)

The Mythical Palin Effect–Women Focus on the Message rather than the Messenger

In anticipation of tonight’s debate between the vice-presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, much has already been written about the Palin Effect and what impact nominating Sarah Palin has had on the McCain campaign.  At first, many commentators thought that her nomination would convince former Hillary Clinton supporters to switch parties and vote Republican.  It’s … Continue reading The Mythical Palin Effect–Women Focus on the Message rather than the Messenger

Sports Identity (and Why I Have to Take Down my Steelers Banner)

Two interesting things happened this weekend that led me to think a bit about sports, the need for identity, and conflict.    Part One:  As we are on our way this weekend to a baseball game between the Nationals and Padres (neither of which is a particularly important team to my Brewers-Mets-Pirates family), my three … Continue reading Sports Identity (and Why I Have to Take Down my Steelers Banner)