Hello College Insurrection readers!

First, I want to thank Professor William Jacobson for giving me this amazing opportunity to join his “rebel alliance”. Now, a little about myself:

I am a chemical/biological safety consultant, with degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and geology.  As a freelance writer, I contribute science and technology items to various news organizations.  I am also one of the co-founders of the San Diego area’s largest “tea party” group, the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition.

As a citizen activist, I opened: Temple of Mut – The Shrine of Flaming Capitalism.  While preparing posts focused on current events, science, economics, history and humor, I alighted upon Legal Insurrection.  Professor Jacobson has kindly featured my work, and being designated as “Tweet of the Day” remains my favorite blogosphere moment.  I am still questing for that perfect bumper sticker!

The Higher Education Bubble and lack of diversity in campus discourse are two topics that I have followed closely.  My step-daughter recently received a degree in Chinese from the University of California Los Angeles, and is now obtaining an advanced degree at an affordable Beijing university.  My young son is interested in science and engineering, so I am mindful of what awaits him in the world of academics over the next decade.  A good friend authored a book that highlights the actual economic value of specific degrees.

I recall my days of student writing, which I did for Wayne State University’s “The South End”.  I still follow student exploits from my other alma mater, “The Guardian” at the University of California San Diego.  I am thrilled to be able to magnify independent conservative opinion and key news items from our campuses today by featuring student articles.

Finally, I hope to occasionally offer pieces that may prove helpful in specific college courses.  For example, we are near the anniversary of Thermopylae (the famous battle between the Spartans and Persians that occurred in 480 BC).  One of my dearest friends is a well-known military history expert who has prepared a series on that crucial conflict: MEET THE SPARTANS. I suspect my chemistry-based pieces will not be nearly as entertaining!

The fall has always been my favorite time of year, as the start of the school year also represents a time of new beginnings. I am looking forward to sharing this new beginning with the College Insurrection community. Thank you all so very much.