This week, I learned an important lesson about working at TVP Communications. Don’t break Teresa’s heart. Or maybe the lesson was don’t admit when you don’t get pop culture references, lest you be shamed on social media…
Another important lesson from TVP Comms: always scroll down to read what’s going on with the team.
What’s new this week:
Drake University’s Paul Morrison talked about his “love affair” with the institution over the past 70 years. 
NASPA wrote an open letter to lawmakers urging legislators in all 50 states to reconsider bills that would interfere with colleges’ efforts to prevent sexual assault. More than a dozen student affairs associations, nonprofits, and victims’ advocate groups signed the letter, available in full here.
What we’ve been talking about:
Could Snapchat become as useful to media relations professionals as Twitter? With the introduction of the “Discover” feature last month, Kristine Maloney thinks it’s a tool we all need to be familiar with.
Teresa Valerio Parrot featured a must-read set of articles and insight for what happens when you say something you regret on Twitter.
Ali Lincoln offered her thoughts on why lawmakers in Oklahoma are wrong to try and defund AP U.S. History.
What we’ve been reading:
Erin Hennessy
I’ve been a David Carr fan since I read “Night of the Gun” and saw him featured in “Page One,” the (relatively) recent documentary about The New York Times. His untimely death last week spurred so many wonderful appreciations of who he was and how he worked. Last fall, Carr taught his first class at BU, and the last Times Media Equation column, published posthumously under his byline, describes how he approached the classroom and includes a link to his remarkable syllabus.
I also love this story partly because Dave and I have been friends for nearly 10 years, but mostly because it is such a great example of what makes our college and university communities so wonderful—good people and good places coming together in service of students.
Kyle Gunnels
This is a great read. I also enjoyed reading this and think it is in contention for one of the best higher ed headlines so far this year.
Ali Lincoln
I loved reading this op-ed about the purpose of a college education—while I definitely loved some of my “trendier classes” (like Magic Lessons, hello!), I also appreciated my traditional classes. Chaucer was hilarious. And I kept the college nostalgia rolling with this read about study abroad expectations. I also loved this poignant piece from Oliver Sacks—it is not higher ed related, but it’s well-written and full of beautiful sentiment.
Teresa Valerio Parrot
This piece not only made me feel old, it made me feel nostalgic. “The Breakfast Club” was my introduction to the existence of high school cliques (I was a bit young when it came out), but it also opened my eyes to John Hughes’ stories and a world in which I could live vicariously through Molly Ringwald. And this article is about me and Erin. She’s OK and I’m okay.
Kristine Maloney
One of things I like most about academe is that people are empowered to speak out against what they perceive as unfair. But that freedom often comes with very blurred lines about appropriate ways of doing so. This week Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic wrote about the tricky balance facing faculty and administrators and how it compares to journalism.
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