What’s Dennis Reading? – March 12, 2014

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When May I Shoot a Student?
by Greg Hampikian, The New York Times

Thanks to a bill passed in Idaho, the state’s colleges and universities now permit guns on campus, creating widespread controversy and an unnecessary evil that professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University, Greg Hampikian, facetiously commends as the perfect way to deter violence on campus.

How to Get a Job at Google 
by Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times

In today’s world, where the brand-name of your school and the number of leadership roles you held on campus seem like the only ways to avoid unemployment (or worse for some, underemployment), Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google, asserts that people should be wary of equating a degree with the ability of being proficient at any job. What you know, not how you learned it, transcends any Ivy-league education or leadership position.  And in an age when innovation is increasingly a group endeavor, the job world also cares about a lot of soft skills- leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn. This will be true no matter where you go to work.

Statistics Shed Little Light on Rape Rates
by Carl Bialik, The Wall Street Journal (*subscription required)

According to criminologists there is a definite discrepancy in the number of rapes occurring and those that are officially recorded. Official figures include only crimes reported to police, creating what criminologists call the “dark figure” of unreported crime. The missing incidents can greatly outnumber reported ones, especially for rape,and the rate of underreporting can also vary sharply by country. Even more disturbing, a nation that makes headway in encouraging more victims to come forward will appear, in its official statistics, to have a worsening rape problem.

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