Question for the veteran academics: White People of Color. The snake may be very strong, or it may be very weak. Academic politics are so vicious, precisely because the snakes are so small. We have lots of different snakes.

It’s a very amusing article, but I think dhartung just won the internet. What is the snake a metaphor for? You, McSweeney’s contributor, get a very small snake indeed. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Are the snakes big? She also blogs at The Hillman Blog http: However, the snake will be lurking in the room the whole time and it can strike at any point.

Wow, standards at the Ivies have really declined. Snake fighting is one of the great traditions of higher education. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Can I use the second part to console myself about the first? As of now, though, I’m less worried about the snake and more worried my readers can follow the argument. If you get an anaconda you would be in trouble!!! The piece was funny on it’s own but I have no knowledge of academia.


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The snake may be very strong, or it may be very weak. I assure idssertation, the snakes are very real. White People of Color.

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I assure you, the snakes are very real. The better your thesis is, the smaller the snake will be. Diversity In the News: Are the snakes big? November 24, 7: Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake.

My snake was very large, but also very sleepy and lacked venom. One of those metaphorically, surrealistically, impressionisitic truths Become a patron today.

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Actually, my doctoral defense was a very nice, mellow affair. Huh, I sold a cartoon to the Chronicle Review like a year ago that was basically this joke “You can either finish your thesis or battle the cobra” But like, you know a cartoon and not a fleshed out essay.

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Winston, unless it’s really you, that’s just begging for a mythic serpent. We have lots of different snakes. Academic politics dissertatiin so vicious, precisely because the snakes are so small.

So then couldn’t you just fight a snake in lieu of actually snakees a thesis? Does my thesis adviser pick the snake? But in that case the snake would be very big. The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight. Does the school have some kind of pit or arena for snake fights? I take this to mean that my thesis was awesome. Would someone who wrote a bad thesis and defeated a large snake get the same grade as someone who wrote a good thesis and defeated a small snake?


The wnakes fell over dead on the spot. Do I have to kill the snake?

Your adviser just tells the guy who picks the snakes how good your thesis was. Why do I have to do this?

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My defense was a scant 2 weeks ago, and I’m still smarting from the time I split the snake in two, and the tail grew a new head!