Monday, November 26, 2007

New Nephew!

This is our new nephew Reed Eldon Neilsen. He was born on November 24th, and weighed in at 8 lbs 11oz. He is so cute and fun to hold. You can count on him sticking his tongue out at you.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

ASU prizes diversity not tolerance.

A petition has begun to put an initiative on the ballot to eliminate race as a usable factor in admitting students. This would prevent the admissions board from practicing affirmative action. The Dean of the law school is opposed to this and thinks that the law school's actions are supported by the Supreme Court's decision that the University of Michigan could use diversity in the classroom to justify affirmative action in admissions.
Here is my problem with the Dean using that case as support for the ASU policy: it doesn't benefit the school if the students are intolerant of each other. At least four times this semester I have overheard conversations mocking my religion, calling me a fool because of my beliefs, and lampooning that which I feel is sacred.
In the Michigan case the Court did not require any factual findings to support the claim that diversity is a benefit that was sufficient to support racial classification. It was simply assumed that the benefits to the class would outweigh the harm to students that would be denied admittance to the school.
That lack of factual support is more apparent at ASU. The school admits people from different background, we get together at school, and then I get mocked behind my back (the acoustics in the law school force you to hear around corners and across rooms, it is usually annoying).
If the Dean thinks that diversity is so valuable, maybe she should balance it with tolerance.

Kathy wants to make her point again.

Another shot from the diamondbacks game. They play something like 162 games, and I am sure that we missed at least half of them. There were fireworks after the game, a good time was had by all.

The Diamondbacks Game

Since we have been married I think I have watched more baseball games on TV then I have ever cared to watch so I made Levi actually take me to one instead of watching it on TV. Doesn't Levi have the most beautiful eyes you have ever seen?!?!?!

The First Post

If there is any proof that I am whipped, this is it.