Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Pride or Prejudice?

The e-mail from the registrar informs us that April 1 (which is actually a Sunday) is the last day for add/drops. Again, with the modification that April 1 is a Sunday, a commenter below makes astute observations that I quote in full
What is up with the Registrar letting us know today about the drop deadline of Monday, April 1. Since it is the first day after spring break, if you wanted to drop a Monday- or Tuesday-only class, you would have to have already gotten the signature before she notified us of the deadline. Similiarly, if you want to add a writing class (LAW 299) and your prof. is taking a long spring break, you are SOL. Another smooth move by the Registar!
I agree with the commenter in full. I'm just wondering WHY I agree with him/her. Is it objectively reasonable to be pissed off, or is it just all the registrar bashing around Boalt creates an expectation and we're just victims of the confirmation bias? Maybe it's our fault. The deadline is probably in some publication. Maybe it's in a memo convenient placed in my locker, or maybe it's in the planner that I can't find. Thousand to one odds it might even be online. Moral of the story, if you're considering Boalt, "self-starters preferred."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the issue is notice. They have just moved up the deadlines for add/drop this year in exchange for the convenience (haha) of electronic grades--they used to be much later in the semester. I doubt any of the informational materials or websites have been updated yet. We could have gone to ask when the new deadline would be but that would have required dealing with the unpleasant people in the Registrar's Office, something it is reasonable to try to avoid at all costs. But the original poster is definitely right that if you have a once-a-week class on Monday or Tuesday or if you or your prof. are leaving early for spring break then you are screwed. Of course, the Registrar's Office could address the concerns simply by extending the deadline for a week. Who wants to set the odds on that happening?

3/20/2007 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boring post. Can we have someone "live-blog" American Idol instead? Lest you think there isn't anything "legally oriented" about American Idol, I will remind you that Simon Cowell has been the subject of much legal controversy w/ regard to the horrible contracts AI winners get. Notably, Kelly Clarkson severed her relationship w/ Cowell's record company because of exhorbitant "managers fees" and for a time last year, she refused to license her songs to be performed on the show.

Anyway, American Idol live-blog anyone?

3/20/2007 8:35 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Gina butchered my favorite Stones song. But it was still better than the Bono/U2 cover.

3/20/2007 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:35, I think you are confusing Cowell with Simon Fuller, the show's producer. Cowell, I believe, is not involved with the contracts of the idol winners. Just a judge.

Crying girl tonight =hilarious.

3/20/2007 10:09 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

I was under the impression that he runs everything. He created the show, he's an executive producer on it, and he signs the singers to his record label. Yeah, actually, I'm right.

3/20/2007 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon Fuller is the show's creator, and the one whose label gives the winners the bad contracts. All the complaints are about Fuller, not Cowell.

3/20/2007 11:04 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Huh, I stand corrected.

3/21/2007 12:19 AM  

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