Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I got an email solicitation from this student

At first I thought it was spam, then I thought it was kind of clever, and finally, I was irritated by his nerve. (Then I deleted it.) I don't know his financial situation, but if his parents can afford to pay, as the article states, why is he emailing me? It is presumptuous! I have a lot more worthy charities on my list. Plus, I am an adjunct - my position is practically volunteer work. Hey, I completely sympathize with the unfairness of a mid-year tuition increase. I am upset about the economy, and I am more disgusted over Governor Paterson's inept management of the State budget than many people seem to be. When I read the article, I became even more irritated at this obnoxious guy than I was when I received the email. I have a news flash for him: you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. The faculty are terrible but you still have the audacity to ask them for a handout? Why would someone with that attitude think he was worthy of my support? Now that you've had your 15 minutes of fame: Get lost.

The menu with the ability to link within the text seems to have vanished from blogger. Not sure what is up - but that is the reason for the title with the link, it is the only way I could do it.

In other news, we got a Christmas tree from the boy scouts on Sunday. It is a beautiful scotch pine. And I discovered yesterday that I need oral surgery! Blah. Right now, I am waiting for a guy to come and clean our chimney. I wish he would come, so I could go back to focusing on grading. (And let the dogs out of the bedroom.)


Sya said...

Well, I suppose some people are willing to do anything. At my institution, they're still debating on whether or not to increase tuition, cut jobs, or cut departments. I'm pretty sure they won't cut my department (it's pretty large and the profs actually have grants which bring in the money), but hey, you'll never know.

On my end, the link button is still there when I log into Blogger. Maybe they're doing some maintenance. But you could still put links in the text via the old fashioned way, i.e. html.

howzerdo said...

I don't think my department will get cut either. The school of education is an important revenue generator, and our enrollment is strong.

Thanks for the html pointer! I didn't think of it.