Si se puede.

From a schoolwide email received the other day:

Over the weekend several students requested that they be allowed to reschedule their Monday final examinations to enable them to participate in the May 1 National Day of Action on immigration rights. After consulting with the faculty who are giving exams that day, Dean Schill has decided to permit any student who wants to participate in the National Day of Action events to reschedule his or her examination to Tuesday, May 2...

I am reminded of the old adage “the show must go on”. Scheduling around legitimate holidays is one thing. But this seems a little rich. If you want to spend your day as throngmember #35,141, great. But why should the school make accommodations for you? I mean, can’t you go join the rally in the afternoon, after the exam? There’ll probably still be space available.

You know, I really wanted to go to Coachella this year to see Depeche Mode and Massive Attack, but it was inconveniently scheduled this past weekend, during reading period. I should’ve made a bigger stink on behalf of my own special interest group, People Who Enjoy Electronic Pop In The Desert (Or Would Like To, Anyways). Why can’t the Dean feel our pain for a change?

01 May 06

Comments

As much as I enjoy your blog, sometimes you can be such a jerk. You can argue that joining the protest doesn’t validate rescheduling exams. But comparing a desire to protest an important issue to a concert is insulting.

Posted by: Bruce at May 3, 2006 09:37 AM

Bruce, people are people. So why should it be you & I should get along so awfully?

It’s obvious you hate me, though I’ve done nothing wrong. I can’t understand what makes a man hate another man. Help me understand.

Posted by: MB at May 3, 2006 10:23 AM

Someone’s obviously never seen Footloose.

Posted by: IP at May 3, 2006 11:07 PM

And Depeche Mode? I think Depeche Mode is surprised anyone’s still listening to Depeche Mode.

But then again, I guess Morrissey’s still touring. Maybe everyone in America is still 14 and self-absorbed.

Posted by: Bruce at May 4, 2006 05:18 PM

I think letting 2L finals stand in the way of attending Coachella to see Depeche Mode is prima facie evidence of recklessness.

Besides, the protest may have been an either-or proposition for people with 8 or 24-hour finals. One could, however, go to Coachella and still make it back on May 1 to rock Fed Courts. Or whatever you had.

Posted by: at May 4, 2006 06:49 PM

do you think they will let me have the week off to go patrol the border?

Posted by: el juero diablo at May 5, 2006 02:14 AM

Tony, you can start patrolling immigration issues by demanding that everyone who was not here before 1492 to leave back to their native country.

Posted by: AA at May 5, 2006 06:30 PM

and so you prove my point - the school has no business making judgment decisions about the validity of extracurricular activities - especially during finals. By doing so they run the risk of 1) appearing biased, 2) giving the very clear exam rules no effective meaning, and most importantly 3) providing an additional distraction that students do not need. The mere mention of the minutemen seems to have distracted you from the Blog’s main point and engendered some ill feeling in you. Imagine if you had to go study for and then take a final right now. You had a choice to read this blog - most of us don’t have a choice to read our school email. BTW, i feel relatively safe saying that 1) I know, work, and have worked with more illegal immigrants than you, 2) i have more good friends who are illegal immigrants than you, 3) I have helped fill out more I-765s and I-485s than you have, 4) have witnessed more injustices of the current immigration system than you, and 5) spent more time at the rally down wilshire on monday than you did (i just didn’t try to get my final postponed for it). my point was not to promote my immigration views (which i didn’t, because those aren’t my views), but rather to support the rights of people to be able to take finals without having other’s immigration views given the impromontor of school support.

Posted by: delegate zero at May 5, 2006 10:52 PM

i think you mean imprimatur.

Posted by: anal law student at May 6, 2006 02:23 AM

its an anti-french thing; french fries = freedom fries, impramatur = impramontor, repondez s’il vous plait = holla back etc.

Posted by: lakers on the money line at May 6, 2006 02:44 AM

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