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Dutchess Community College Interview: Assignment from Teaching Demo.

*Villa Maria Students, please disregard this post, it isn’t for you! Work on the assignments I gave you last class: interviewing a classmate and your pitch for your midterm.*

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How you look is everything

“Every little hair that grows on the body has a function..”
Makeup will enhance our personalities?

Are you kidding me? A 44-page extensive dress code? While UBS states that detailed guidelines are meant as recommendations as opposed to strict rules, I think I’d still be unnerved if I wanted into work today and was given a list of recommendations how to look, smell, eat and what make up I should wear. Some commenters suggest this isn’t news, and that wait staff and retail workers are given similar recommendations. Sure, many of those jobs have dress codes, uniforms, etc. But if you’ve walked into a mall or ate out recently, you’ll have noticed that the rules aren’t that strict.

Another NPR commenter noted that the guidelines say “Clothing as an essential vector of non-verbal communication”.–and expressed dismay. My Communication students ought to know this is true. I remember one Medaille Media Day where a local newscaster explained how if she changes her hair/clothing, she tends to get a great deal of comments/calls that day. Not on her work, but on her appearance. My favorite was when a viewer told her her hair style was “too distracting.”

Laughable as it all is, isn’t there some truth to this? My mother has told me about interviewing potential employees who wore too much perfume or a shirt a little too low cut. I once interviewed for a job and where during the interview I couldn’t stop staring at the interviewer’s metallic teal eye shadow. It wasn’t that it looked bad, just that it felt out of place. And TLC’s What Not to Wear wouldn’t still be on if how we dressed wasn’t still a social issue.

So, I ask you, where is the line in a dress code?

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Study skills for the faint of heart.

So I thought I’d ask the experts: YOU. I am tutoring a high-schooler who is struggling a great deal, with just one class. She’s a straight A student in everything but this class (AP Bio for those asking). The topic is one she could care less about, the book is…well not the best book I’ve ever seen for students…and she doesn’t seem to be getting much out of the class. I have made a series of suggestions for helping her teach herself, as well as meeting with her to go through homework and projects. Part of the problem (I think) is that this has been such a pain for her for so long that she just can’t find a way to care. I don’t entirely blame her.

Surely you have all had classes where you need/want to do well but are essentially on your own–due to difference in learning/teaching styles, a challenging text, etc. What do you do to study for such classes? What do you do to teach yourself in general? I will be passing on your suggestions to my young friend.


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An idea

Based on recent conversations I’ve had with students, as well as comments and questions that get brought to gender and communication (com 398) I think there might be a valid need for a student club on campus just for women. A place where they can talk about women’s issues: work-related, relationship/friendship-related, self-esteem, body image, creating an identity, etc. Said group could incorporate movie and discussions, readings and discussions and group speakers. If you’re interested (we need about 13 to have a student group) leave a comment here saying so and indicating which time is better for you to meet:

Wednesday 2/27 at either 9:30 or 12:30

Thursday 2/28 at either 11 or 2:20

Get enough people interested and we can go from there.


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How does THIS keep happening? And why?

Cross posted on the department page.

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