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Respect for political convictions

Don’t you love it when professors, whatever their own political views, respect the views of others as well?

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Only essential spending

Only essential spending is allowed when the budget is frozen, but definitions of “essential spending” vary widely.

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Occupy Wall Street has it right



Greed is a terrible thing. But getting public subsidies so students can be charged more and more . . . well, that’s not so bad.

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Ideal college president chosen


Let’s see, what are the qualifications for a good college president? These academic mice provide the search committee’s perspective.

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Fall course preparation


Our academic professor mice are so diligent in the summer, preparing their courses for fall — but publisher websites may relieve a tiny bit of the burden.

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8 a.m. class fashions

When the weather is warm, the students wear less — but some wear a lot less than others, our professor mouse notices.

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Strict policy on dating

Colleges have varying policies on faculty dating their students. Among the faculty, there’s a strong shared understanding that dating a current student is just plain wrong. And yet there’s a problem: some faculty are willing to cross that line. In this strip the academic mice show how flexible an anti-dating policy can be.

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Evil capitalism

All academic mice understand the general principle that capitalism is evil. However, there seem to be some exceptions to this principle.

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As Bad as Hitler

Modern-day evils can’t match those of Adolf Hitler, but all too often on a college campus somebody makes the comparison. Here, one of our academic mice likens the campus police to Hitler because they enforce fire lane parking restrictions. The mouse thereby invites application of a form of Godwin’s Law: “The first side to bring up Hitler in a discussion loses.” (As originally formulated, Godwin’s law said only: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”)

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Not a hate crime, thank goodness

Don’t you just love to hate hate crimes? So do our academic mice. They should stay positive — maybe the next arson will turn out better.