Changing Your Organization’s Name

Posted On Sep 10 2016 by

Names are a central feature of our lives. In a very real sense without names we are unknowable. Names tell us Who and What, sometimes even Where. Use of a person’s name signals some contact with or knowledge of that person. To “know” a person is to know their name, even if prefaced by “Mr.” or “Miss” or “Mrs.” To know a person well is to use his or her first name. To know a person very well is to use a nickname or some other endearing personal term. Americans name people, places, things, and organizations for deeply philosophic reasons, …


Academical Fencing

Posted On Sep 10 2016 by

In the 1700s student fraternities in many German Universities adopted the duel with sharp swords as a ceremonial right of passage. Each university dueling corps community had different rules, known as the comment. The comment regulated the weapons to be used, the number of blows to be exchanged as a phrase, and the number of phrases the fencers would engage in. They also regulated the amount of protective equipment that could be worn. There were two basic forms of weapons used in academical fencing – the rapier and the heavy saber and its descendants. At the University of Jena and …