Academic Tyra

Academic Tyra turned 2 today!

Academic Tyra turned 2 today!

I wish this was an update not a #TBT

Remember when we called on Smith College to get it together and admit transwomen? Yeah, still hasn’t happened and since then Mills and Mount Holyoke have explicitly changed their admissions policy to welcome transwomen. 

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Check out this badass statement from the Mount Holyoke admissions page: 

"Mount Holyoke remains committed to its historic mission as a women’s college. Yet, concepts of what it means to be a woman are not static. Traditional binaries around who counts as a man or woman are being challenged by those whose gender identity does not conform to their biology. Those bringing forth these challenges recognize that such categorization is not independent of political and social ideologies. Just as early feminists argued that the reduction of women to their biological functions was a foundation for women’s oppression, we must acknowledge that gender identity is not reducible to the body. Instead, we must look at identity in terms of the external context in which the individual is situated. It is this positionality that biological and transwomen share, and it is this positionality that is relevant when women’s colleges open their gates for those aspiring to live, learn, and thrive within a community of women.”

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Get it together, Smith College, before Mount Holyoke is officially the cooler and queerer school in the Five College Consortium. 

Editors note: Yup, that’s Detox from Rupaul’s Drag Race in the first GIF. Seemed appropriate cuz, ya know, gender performance. Plus, I have had it. Officially. 

Watching the bros of ANTM Cycle 21 really renews my gratitude for Smith College.

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Thank you, Kelly, for the eye rolls and for calling Ben out when he hit on Tyra. Ew!

TyraTips: On Eating with Professors

A student recently asked on FB:

How do u meet a professor at a breakfast place??? Do u wait inside or outside? Do u sit?? Do u buy them food?? Do u order stuff while u wait? What are the manners???

SUCH A GOOD QUESTION. Eating with professors/advisers/colleagues can be quite stressful. 

If the weather is nice, you should sit outside to wait for them. You could also go inside and get a table. The important thing is to arrive before them.

You do not buy them food. If they are nice (and remember their broke student days), you will get a free drink or meal out of this meeting. Eat it and don’t be too picky!

If you’re very hungry and know you’re going to ordering a full meal and there wasn’t a clear “invitation” to food, I think it may be better to go ahead and order. If you’re just going to have something light and a coffee, it’s ok to wait. 

In the event you get a generous professor to offer to pay for your meal, don’t order all the expensive things on the menu! You’ll look silly and desperate. 

Follow these tyra tips (#typs?) and enjoy your meeting! 

One of my favorite people at work left!

When I first heard, it was kind of hard to process through the denial, hangover, and lack of coffee. 

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But I quickly recovered because she is leaving for an awesome opportunity and totally deserves it. But still! Leaving!

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At the end of the week, everyone got together to say goodbye and say nice things to her and I was super into it but also CAKE AND CUPCAKES!

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We all miss her, but it was awesome to see her exit with grace and the legit adoration of co-workers. image

In an economy that relies upon/creates a flexible/insecure workforce, leaving jobs and/or watching others leave is just a reality. Thankfully, this one was a happy goodbye. #madrespect