Here is an actual e-mail I received today! hello ms. cindy please excuse me for today.My liecense plates expires at the end of this month.I just got the money over the weekend to pay for everything.This is my only day i have,friday is the last day.When i get out of school it would be to late. I dont' like missing class i need all i can get. Thank you
I think liecense says it all.
ms. cindy this looks legit to me.A few peple i know writ like this and also theyre juggling jobs and its to hard to save money when your barely getting by.See Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickeled and Dimed.
But I agree with Annie about the note, and I would sign my reply with a "How to Send Email to a Professor" link. Then I would shake my head and wonder how aware this person is of the impression ze is making.
I will require a note from the DMV for that absence to be excused. Next number, please.
For the Open Thread: I like the Twitter feed in the margin and all the rest of Beaker Ben's effort to keep the page going. Thanks, Ben!
Aw, thanks Proffie G! Really, it's all window dressing. The stuff that people (like you) send in for posts is what makes the page worth visiting.
Regarding the twitfeed in the right column, to the guy tweeting "To the girl cheating off my chem test next to me, I circled the wrong answers on purpose #TooBad #SoSad," why is your test next to you instead of in front of you, and why are you tweeting during a test?
I, too, like the twitfeed (thanks for pointing it out, Proffie G!). But I don't understand why a professor would bother killing a student who cheated: the trouble! the expense! the years in jail! the weight on one's conscience! and then having to do it all over again right away, if/when one emerges from jail and gets another teaching job! Seriously, that proffie needs to apply the "don't care more about their educations than they do" rule.
My thoughts exactly. The paperwork alone would be worse than anything the student might have done.
I am on a committee. I can't say what we're supposed to do, but suffice it to say that we are to come up with a plan for an initiative on campus. It is very clear that this plan has already been written and that we are supposed to guess what it is and recommend it to the administration, so they can say that they have faculty input. We sit and say things, then look at the Vice President of Bullshit to see if she's nodding or not. Then we say different things. We are not unlike mice in a maze being led by a piece of cheese on a string. This would be a post, but Jesus, what's new?
The difference is that the scientist usually lets the mouse get the cheese.
How can students just not bother to turn in a paper? And then look me in the eye and tell that to me? Then at the end of the semester ask me what they can do to make up for that glaring zero.