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The NonTraditional Life: Welcome back!

The NonTraditional Life: Welcome back!

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2012


Filed under The Non-traditional Life

I’m beginning to wonder if these winter breaks are worth it. Three weeks off at a time when many of us inevitably come down with a cold that turns into either a sinus infection or pneumonia, and sends us back to spring semester with almost no memory of having had any time off. It’s one of the joys...

The NonTraditional Life: Don’t you just hate it when . . .

The NonTraditional Life: Don’t you just hate it when . . .

Al Fairchild, Staff Writer

December 8, 2011


Filed under Columns, Opinions, The Non-traditional Life

A national television commentator who passed away last month began many of his segments with the phrase, “Don’t you just hate it when…?” and then he’d slide into a rant — albeit a humorous one — about whatever it was he disliked that day. I loved to listen to Andy Rooney, but I’ve...

The NonTraditional Life: Suspicious death on campus

The NonTraditional Life: Suspicious death on campus

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2011


Filed under The Non-traditional Life

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about the Kellett School. And, yes... there was a suspicious death. Someone murdered the Kellett Tree. It happened a while back. You’ve seen them. Those contorted evergreens that have been knocked sideways by some power they’ve had no control...

The NonTraditional Life: What’s a nontrad? (continued)

The NonTraditional Life: What’s a nontrad? (continued)

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter

November 3, 2011


Filed under The Non-traditional Life

I was expanding my original list of “Ways to Recognize a Non-trad” when Jenni Heinrich, who writes the column above this one, saw my ideas and asserted that I was only writing about “old” non-trads. She was right. Non-trads come in a variety of flavors—old, young, tall, short, male, female…...

The NonTraditional Life: How to give back to Lakeland

The NonTraditional Life: How to give back to Lakeland

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter

October 13, 2011


Filed under The Non-traditional Life

Danny Spatchek, Editor-in-Chief of the Mirror, stopped in while I was writing one of my columns. “You’re just having too much fun with this,” he said, “and that’s not right.” “Besides,” he continued, “I hear you’re ruffling some feathers among the faculty and the Muskie fans...

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