– For months, we’ve been debating where Monroe Community College should locate its downtown campus. Meanwhile, another local college has built one right under our noses.
SUNY Brockport spent $33 million to convert a former office building for Xerox and Global Crossing into a state-of-the-art adult training center. The Rochester Educational Opportunity Center will be right next to ESL, behind Frontier and across the street from The Strong.
The new REOC facility is markedly improved from the current 1960s-era one on Andrews St., which is more like a rundown elementary school than a post-secondary educational facility.
Like MCC, Brockport has been working for some time on a new space. But unlike MCC, Brockport has made the process look comparatively easy. And unlike MCC, there’s been no talk of the safety of downtown. There’s been no calling downtown “medieval.” Brockport emphasizes on its website for the MetroCenter that downtown is safe.
– The New York Times went deep into the story of the LeRoy girls. Its findings bolster conversion disorder. Two passages were particularly striking:
Most cases resolve quickly. Authorities say something reassuring about the environment, the symptoms fade and everyone moves on. “Things only go wrong,” (epidemiologist Simon) Wessely wrote in 1995, “when the nature of an outbreak is not recognized, and a fruitless and expensive search for toxins, fumes and gases begins. Anxiety, far from being reduced, increases. It is only then that long-term psychological problems may develop.”
In her book “Hystories,” the feminist critic Elaine Showalter argues that hysterical epidemics require three ingredients: physician-enthusiasts and theorists; unhappy and vulnerable patients; and supportive cultural environments. The physician-enthusiast generally offers “a unified field theory of a vague syndrome, providing a clear and coherent explanation for its many confusing symptoms,” she writes.