Et tu, U2?

OK. Take a deep breath. I NEVER EVER thought I would agree with Sharon Osborne (the British television talent competition judge and wife of Ozzy Osborne…of Black Sabbath fame) on anything. But now I find myself having to agree with her tweet about U2’s latest venture with Apple.  I’m just going to say it:  U2 has joined the ranks of those excellent musicians who have sold out completely to crass commercialism.  I hate it doubly because you may remember that I studied for my PhD in Ireland so I am an honorary Irish citizen so to speak.

Here is what she tweeted:

Sharon Osbourne tweet

I come to this opinion with a heavy heart.  You see I am one of the original U2 fans.  Continue reading

An “American Rover” in Ireland

For most Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to wear green.  For some, it is a day to enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day parade (Chicago and New York City are the most famous in America).   For others, it may be a day to enjoy traditional Irish food such colcannon, corned beef and cabbage, or soda bread.  On this day I always remember the amazing academic odyssey I had in pursuing my PhD there as an international student at University College Cork-National University of Ireland (UCC).  UCC is believed to have been built upon the remains of St. Finbarr’s 6th century renowned monastic school in the ancient province of Munster.

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

Why would someone choose to be an international student and travel to a foreign place when they could stay in the comfort of their own home culture?  There are several reasons:  academic excellence and global experience. My choice involved both. Continue reading