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12 January 2004 @ 01:22 pm
some days the world gets you  
This was supposed to be a recounting of the wonderful gleeeful time had at gc. Instead we have this.

According to the angry "helpful" phone call from the dean's office, I am to be subject to dismissal at this week's committee on academic standing meeting.

At least one person out there, probably not one affiliated with Brown, is asking "So? You're leaving anyway to make money and write a trashy romance novel (these are, of course, perhaps not entirely related endeavours."

Well, yeah. But I made that choice largely because I *didn't* want to be forced out. Whether or not circumstances and future decisions have me coming back to complete my degree or not, I want to have that choice.

This is so unbelievably unfair, on the level of which this university has been unfair to Betsy. I am currently subject to dismissal because my internal transcript shows that have nineteen credits after my sixth semester -- clearly, grounds for dismissal. Except when you take into account that that's not true, which no one seems to want to take into account. Behold:

1) Our Old Friend, my Russian professor deBenedette, is quite possibly being vindictive and attempting to take me down with the rest of that hellbound department. I completed my last Incomplete for her seven months ago. Me and my academic dean have sent her a whole handful of periodic emails, along with phone calls and personal visits to her office, all but BEGGING her to fire off the damned email to let the registrar know that I passed rather than failed, as it says now, and to give me the damned credit.

2) Sedivy, my Semantics professor screwed up, and neglected to turn in the paperwork for my Incomplete that I filed with her a month and a half ago. I doubt she has nefarious reasons for it, but it's still screwing me over, because the deans have been chasing her to turn in *some* sort of grade about me (currently the grade is on my transcript as "missing") and she has been ignoring the hell out of them as well as me.

3) Dean Klawunn, my academic dean, apparently neglected to file the appropriate paperwork THAT I FILLED OUT WITH HER LAST MONTH about how I am actually IN GOOD STANDING because I will complete my Incompletes (which are supposed to count as provisional credits anyway in terms of the academic standing committee -- oh, except apparently that's not true anymore) and they should LET ME GO ON FUCKING LEAVE RATHER THAN DISMISS ME.

So I talked to the dean who called me (Dean Foster, for you brunonians), explained the extenuating circumstances, and she basically got mad at me for all this crap that is so totally not my fault. So I'm like "what do I do now?" and she's like "well, I'll talk to Dean Klawunn to confirm your story" like I'm outright LYING -- and oh, just in case, why doesn't she tell me what will happen once I'm dismissed???? Oh, but she hopes I get well soon and do "great things" if I'm allowed to eventually return to Brown. Isn't that nice. And if I'm *not* dismissed but am not in good standing then I can't go on leave at all. And *then* when I just don't show up next semester I'm in trouble. Or get dismissed again, some more. Or something. The hell?

This fucking sucks. I'm not the one who screwed up here. Yes, I was ill to all hell. Yes, because I am not brilliant or supernatural, I did not manage to complete my classes on time because of it. I'm sorry that I'm too weak for you. But, beyond that, you can suck me, because this isn't my fault and I flat out refuse to burn for it.

So, I stay here for a few days and sort this out and get yelled at by my temp job... meh meh meh. And I'm not handling this as... calmly... as perhaps I should, because I still feel like ass (hey -- SOMETIMES I don't feel like ass! I swear!). But anyway. Anger. And rage.

-- Little Red, who feels Betsy's pain, boy, does she.
feel: furious
hear: "bitch" by meredith brooks. heh.
letters from a hurricanepirateelmo on January 12th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
that's some bullshit. i don't have anything more constructive to say, but maybe if i keep repeating myself they'll hear: that's some bullshit.

dean klawunn forgot to file my paperwork for part-time status, resulting in my parents getting sent a full tuition bill, and that took some time to sort out. i hear you.

oh, and since the class i needed to complete my concentration this spring was cancelled, and i'm ineligible for any other spring class in the department, i might need to stay for the fall to take a final class???

if you want to hang out and yell sometime, let me know. why do these things happen to kappa girls with lambda keys?
cat_b on January 12th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
school sucks balls, oh yes it does. and so does beurocracy
what the hell? wow that really blows about brown. they are being ASSHEADS. do you want me to call them personally and explain the 50 ways in which they're being assheads? hey i hope that works out though--i' sure it will eventually-that is when your dean and all others involved manage to--you got it--get their heads out of their asses. did that load of complication keep you from going to your frat convention? because that would be a whole load of unfair.
yes you're right i need a cell phone hardcore--i hope to get around to getting one soon. hahaha.
KarenDreamerLadykarendreamer on January 12th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)
(((((((((((((((Gigantic Hugs, Red))))))))))))))))))))))))

I know we talked about this last night, but reading it in detail really shows how awful they have been to you. Their attitude is awful, you're trying to do everything right and they are just blowing you off. I hope you are able to resolve this to the way it should be. You deserve the chance to find the right path for yourself without burning any bridges.

((((((((more huggles))))))))

Sending you luck & love.........Karen
redbeardredbeard on January 12th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
holy shit! After the awesomness that was this weekend, you totally don't deserve this. Assheads indeed. Has anyone ever had a good experience with brown deans? Oy.

Fortunately, the truth is on your side, so this should get resolved in your favor, just....ugh, so not the way for them to handle this. What asses.

*hug from beyond the veil*