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  •  We have a mentorship program here... (7+ / 0-)

    ...but not enough students to make it as effective as it could be.  We have several programs which outreach to students to get them involved with each other.  Unfortunately, our dorms are too old and too small and most of our students commute.

    Too many students don't connect with the community, having a pattern of car, cell-phone, class, cell phone, car, having barely talked to any of their fellow students.

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    by rserven on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 09:24:59 AM PDT

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    •  I can definitely see the potential (3+ / 0-)
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      impracticalities of the mentor suggestion, and the commuting aspect is definitely one I can see being a real hurdle to overcome. I guess my thought is that a number of students believed Cho was odd, but there is a very basic psychological phenomenon in which people who observe odd, unsettling things as part of a group will often rely on the idea that somebody else will speak up or voice concerns. Maybe real one on one interaction with a student could have changed behavior, or at least gotten it noted early on. I can understand why the department chair didn't have many good options. After all, there are plenty of odd students on any given campus, and kids in creative-writing courses often like to test group comfort levels by being intentionally provocative.

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