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Committing to ungrading, in an emergency and after

(03/27/20 4:00am)

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced a transition to online learning, my social media feeds were full of urgent questions from colleagues in academia. We wondered about what goals still made sense, and how to support our students when many of our own lives had been (and could still be) upended. One thing many of us seemed to agree on was that, at a minimum, it would be both kind and practical to abandon the notion that making distinctions between a B- and a B was a good use of our remaining time this semester, or what our students needed from us right now.

Is Travis Scott ready to sit atop rap’s throne?

(03/26/20 4:00am)

As counter-cultural and independent as rap claims to be, it is still a hierarchical institution. One-hit wonders hope to land a salaried position in the form of a record deal, VPs try to ambush their competition for promotion and at the top of Mount Olympus sits the pantheonic council, led and domineered by Zeus. The office of Zeus, elected by rap’s free market, is of paramount importance to the shape and sound of rap.