Department of Philosophy
Issue 3- Winter 2005/6
General Department Events
Two pictures from the spring end-of semester party hosted by Dave Shoemaker and Marie Lantz. Rumor has it that there were some top-notch vocal performances later in the evening on Dave's karaoke machine. I wish I'd been there to witness them!
Thanks to David Shoemaker for the photos.
Poker caught on in a big way this year. Campbell Brown lost his family inheritance to Steve Weimer, so is no longer speaking to him, and has taken the faculty members off to form their own game. A number of the graduate students still meet in secret on Friday evenings to fleece each other if they can.
Other sports were not neglected. (That assumes that poker is a sport. It's on ESPN, so it must be). Sangeeta Sangha continued in her relentless drive to improve the physical fitness of the department. She organized an intramural volleyball team, as well as wallyball at the Rec Center.
Blogging also seems to have taken hold in the past year. Department members are currently involved in significant ways with at least two blogs. Campbell Brown, David Shoemaker and David Sobel, along with alumnus Kyle Swan, are contributors to Pea Soup, a blog dedicated to philosophy, ethics and academia. Two of our graduate students, Peter Jaworski and David Faraci have set up an ethics blog, Unideal Observers, to which many of our other graduate students also contribute, and which has been noted in the Leiter Report's website.
Department renovations got under way toward the end of the semester, the carpets in the department corridors, office and colloquium room were all replaced. Many faculty were horrified, as it made it almost impossible for students to find their offices, just when they wanted to explain why their medically unidentifiable disease had prevented them from coming to class all semester, bring in those last-minute withdrawal forms, and so on. Margy and Priscilla coped brilliantly, as usual.
End of Fall Semester Party
We celebrated the end of the Fall semester with another party. No exotic location this time, but it was still fun. Here are some pics.
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