The Hidden Limits of the ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ Buffet

Here is a fun little piece that discusses the strategies employed by owners of all-you-can-eat buffets and some ways to work the system (via Neatorama).

 

By and large, though, the curious economics of AYCE deals (did you know that if the buffet costs more, you’ll find it tastier? It’s true!) allow restaurants to take champion eaters in stride. “For every big, hungry guy or gal who can really eat his or her weight in crab legs, buffets count on a few who won’t,” wrote Bourree Lam for a column on the smorgasbord business in The Atlantic. It’s this law of averages that makes it difficult for any random customer to get the boot over a massive meal — even if that’s what they’ve set out to accomplish.

Source: The Hidden Limits of the ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ Buffet – MEL Magazine

The Tipping Equation – The New York Times

Here is an interesting story about tipping from the New York Times

It was a woman, a man and their two children. She had walked their daughters to the bathroom. He grabbed my hand and said: “I want you to know you are so beautiful. Take this.” And there was a piece of paper in my hand. He said: “You can call me any evening after 9 p.m. She goes to bed.” I wanted so bad to go tell his wife, but he was the one filling out the credit card slip. I needed the $20 tip.

Source: The Tipping Equation – The New York Times

Reservoir Dogs Tipping Scene

Reservoir Dogs was among Quentin Tarantino’s (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, etc.) first movies. Like most of his movies, it is super-violent with plenty of vulgar and insulting language. Regardless, this is a fun scene:

 

Writing Awards

The USCA Department of English

2018 Writing Awards

Submission Guidelines for all awards are available in H&SS 204.

 

The Phebe Davidson Prize in Creative Writing

The Phebe Davidson prize in Creative Writing was established in honor of distinguished South Carolina poet Phebe Davidson. The prize, normally a significant monetary scholarship, is offered annually by the USCA Department of English to a full-time, currently enrolled student at USCA whose work demonstrates superior achievement in creative writing. While the competition invites work in four genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama), only one award will be presented in a given year. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of professors from the Department of English. The Department reserves the right not to present the award if the judges do not recommend a winner.

 

The Mona L. Martin Prize in First Year Writing

Through the generosity of distinguished USCA graduate Mona L. Martin (B.A. English, 1995), the Mona L. Martin Prize in First Year Writing, normally a significant monetary scholarship, is offered annually by the USCA Department of English to a first-year USCA student who demonstrates excellence in expository writing. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of professors. The Department reserves the right not to present the award if the judges do not recommend a winner.

Submission Deadline: March 21, 2018

Baltimore Rising

If you are even slightly intrigued by the Baltimore described in The Other Wes Moore, the following documentary should be of interest:

A couple years ago, a young black man in Baltimore, Freddie Gray, was killed in the police van as he was being transported to the precinct. Several officers were arrested in charged in his death. All were acquitted.  The documentary covers what happened after, including the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, a change in “community policing,” etc. It’s worth a watch.

If you are thinking, “Well, that’s Baltimore,” think again. This is about any medium to large city in the United States–including Augusta, Columbia, Charleston and–gulp–maybe even Aiken.

 

Blog Prompt #8 (12/1/2015)

For your final blog post, explain specifically and exactly what changes you have made to each of the previous drafts. Consider this blog post as a start for the Reflective Letter to be included in the Final Portfolio.