If you kill someone in self-defense, it’s just manslaughter, right? I might have to send thugs after my Physics TA, who is the worst TA I’ve ever had in any subject. Wow.
My name is Seth Kinast and I am a junior currently enrolled in section 902 of PHYS 1311, with Sohrab Hossain as my TA. I was told you were the administrative contact for this semester’s 1311 labs and so am writing with a problem I’ve had recently.
I approached Mr. Hossain last Tuesday, the 15th, with my lab workups that were due that week, as well as a makeup lab. Rather than accept them at that time, he requested that I put them in his mailbox by 5:00 the following day. I put them in his box around 3 as the physics office was closed by the time I left lab. The next week he passed back the lab but I did not receive mine. Upon inquiring, he declared that he had never received my labs and intimated that I had not turned them in, when obviously I had even attempted to give the packet directly to him the previous Tuesday. Mr. Hossain informed me that he could give me the average of my other labs as a grade for the missing one, but I do not feel that this is acceptable as there is no reason that my grade should suffer due to his failure to keep tabs on the whereabouts of my packets. I am not the first student who has had lab work disappear after being turned in to Mr. Hossain, rather the third or fourth that I’ve heard of; indeed, another student had his work go missing the same day. I am fearful that this mishap may not be a singular occurrence, and from what I understood, this “average of other labs” rule only applies to the first time labs go missing. Having maintained a 4.0 all the way into my junior year, I really wouldn’t like to have that slip just because my TA continues losing labwork and thus kills my physics lab grade… not to mention the added work now set upon me of rewriting two previous labs and submitting them again.
I am hopeful that policies could be implemented that don’t involve the intermediary of mailboxes; I would feel much safer giving my labs directly to my TA, so that there is no excuse if they go missing again; he informed me that placing labwork in TA mailboxes was a course policy and not his decision.
I appreciate your taking time to read this note. If you could let me know the official stance on grades for lost labwork, that would be wonderful. Have a great week.
Of course I didn’t include the “Hossain is the WORST TA EVARR!!!!11ONE” part. But blah! I have two labs to redo now, and I probably won’t get full credit for them. I’m frustrated.
seth@eos:~ $ ssh -L 6667:irc.chat4all.org:6667 sethsite@server
Golden. No packet shaping will prevent ME from using IRC! I continue to find more reasons that Linux is just the best OS for me.
The funny part is that this is going to use a lot more of OU’s bandwidth than it would if they just allowed IRC. But, not many people know how to SSH-portbind. So it evens out I guess.
I have my second Java project, an RSS aggregator, pretty much finished… but we’re just starting on design discussion today in lab. I’m glad I have such a fun time programming, otherwise I think I’d find myself a little bit scary.
The handlebars on my awesome $29 bike started coming off. I was afraid I was going to find myself in the hospital after they suddenly snapped in the middle of riding while I was going 20 mph down a sidewalk. Thankfully Sam has many, many tools, and I was able to borrow a wrench and fix the thing. All my tools are tiny delicate creatures for fixing computers and things. Not bike-worthy.
I really should get my French done before class…
WordPress 1.5 is out. Gogogo.
Time to fire up Kompare and diff, should take about 10 minutes instead of 2 hours! <3 Linux.
Update: Boom, done. 12 minutes.
This turned into such a good day. It sure didn’t start off too great, but it ended awesomely.
So I went in and demoed Sunbird for the Honors College people and am going to go back later to set things up, I think they really liked it! Hopefully this can be my in to OU IT.
As I was coming back up to my room, I saw Maria and was able to give her her Valentine. She asked a question about the Outstanding Freshman Award, which I thought was what I had been nominated for. Turns out they were different, and the app was due tomorrow (today)! So I dropped everything and got the app all together, then after ballroom dancing Sam came over and studied zoo to keep me company while I worked on the essays. Got it all done and ready to turn in! I think I have a good shot.
Ballroom dancing. I could do no wrong tonight, I was hitting every move and making every beat. So then as I was “gloating” to Sam and Amber as we went to get food, Amber looked at me and said “you still have your nametag.” Yeah, if you don’t turn in your tag, it counts as an absence. Oops. I could do wrong. Ran back and turned it in and all was well.
Then the best news, Maria found out that Honors students will be allowed back into Cate, yes! No apartment hunting. No extra money paid out. No icky feelings. Just yummy Honors I guess petitions + protests + the newspaper on our side = winnar. Yes.
App all printed, off to bed for a fun time of sleep-in! And then homework. And things.
Kristen is perhaps my favorite person in the whole wide world.