April 14-20 is a tough week for the nation, and not just because taxes are due. From school shooting massacres and terror bombings to presidential assassination and sinking ships—this week is historically grim. Every year, as we remember these somber moments, it seems harder to accept that not only do such horrific tragedies exist, but also that they keep happening in the world we live in.
Paying respect is not only found in keeping these events in mind, but also in living and enjoying life. Love and peace and happiness must prevail, and in my mind, that means taking in joy and silliness when you can get it. Here’s hoping for a brighter future for this week.
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What’s new this week:
Professor Robert Bulman of Saint Mary’s College of California wrote an insightful piece on how teaching informs scholarship—not the other way around.
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom offered his thoughts for a Chronicle article documenting measures of progress in sexual assault on campus.
What we’ve been talking about:
Check out Kyle Gunnels storify recap of the PRSA Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit 2015.
What we’ve been reading: 
Teresa Valerio Parrot
I happily subscribed to reddit’s new weekly email digest this week and look forward to my first Upvoted Weekly post.
Each year, this week is a roller of emotions. The high is April 14th’s free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s (one of my top five favorite days of the year). One of the lows—taxes. Two articles exploring what “sucks” about taxes caught my eye. First, Bloomberg arrived in my mailbox to remind me that “The IRS Sucks.” And Wired shared “The Psychology of Why Taxes Suck.” The two are great reminders that it’s not easy working for the IRS and apparently it’s lonely, and we are responsible for our own financial woes since we “make economic decisions based on the tax code, not the economics of the situation.” The solution? More ice cream!
Erin Hennessy
I found this piece about congressional treasure hunters fascinating. The Library of Congress sends teams all over the world to find “critical yet obscure” resources that provide vital information to policymakers and researchers at home.
My Moleskine notebooks are my constant companions and it seems the folks at the notebook company are seeking to sell me more items so I can truly live the Moleskine lifestyle. Here’s a look at their strategy, which you can read while I wait patiently for their new store to open in Washington’s Union Station.
Ali Lincoln
I’m a sucker for articles about humanities and liberal arts, and this article was no exception. Glad to see that there are some small beacons of hope for them. And this liberal arts presidential take on choosing a college was a very interesting read for me as well. 
Kristine Maloney
This story has my head spinning, for so many reasons—including what it says about the kind of stories valued in some newsrooms. It’s also a great reminder to think twice, not only about what you choose to post online, but also about how you choose to engage with the media. 
It’s not easy to admit when we’ve made mistakes, but apologies are important and can go a long way toward repairing damages. Here’s one from a local Massachusetts newspaper’s managing editor who wrote an insensitive photo headline and then apologized in a column.
Kyle Gunnels
This piece from The Chronicle about US institutions and study abroad was a pretty good read.
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