Thursday, February 6, 2014

In other ivory towers: Evanston, IL residents fear 'transient academics'

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In Ann Arbor, people fear recent downtown development targets a narrow demographic of wealthy undergrads. In Evanston, IL the Southeast Evanston Association has announced opposition to plans to build an extended stay hotel downtown over fears that it will attract the wrong kind of academics--transient academics--as guests. Do you think they mean visiting faculty and adjunct professors? I have known some pretty rowdy post-docs in my day. The comments are pretty priceless comments on the article. Several speculate that the "wrong kind of academics" are really frequentist statisticians, you know Northwestern is full of Bayesians.