Never doubt the power of course evaluations, Quakers. Sure, they unlock your grades and provide future generations with difficulty ratings, but they also go straight to your profs’ hearts. Think your comments through, or you may get a strongly-worded, passionate email to the listserv of a class that ended six months ago calling you out.
And oh boy, is that what happened with a certain JWST course. One professor has not taken kindly to his evaluations and sent out what can only be described as a well-written rant (filled with legit points). One kid’s evaluation called the prof fell “woefully short” (fighting adverb!) of expectations – he/she had no motivation since it was so easy to get a good grade.
“It really saddens me to think that you — whoever you are — think of your education as little more than a mechanical process whereby you can get a good grade point average,” scolded the prof. He continued to decry the “‘read this or you will perish in this course, bla-ha-ha!!!!!’ dimension” of Penn classes.
We gotta hand it to the dude who must be one of the most dedicated educators at Penn. Check out the email’s full text, complete with Céline Dion reference, here:
Coq [kok] noun - some sort of interactive theorem prover in the comp sci world and, more importantly, an obvious source of endless jokes that someone finally took advantage of…by advertising Coq lessons to the entire CIS listserv. Who was bold enough to offer them? Read the rest of this entry »
Everybody’s HAD IT with those kids who email an entire class listserv three days before a midterm begging someone, anyone, to send them the entire semester’s worth of notes because their computer “mysteriously crashed” or they “missed class.” Nobody has fallen for it. Ever. And carelessly losing your laptop in Mexico during Spring Break isn’t likely to garner any sympathy, but the email below sent to one HIST431 class may be the most enticing plea ever:
Dear frienemies and people I have never met,
I come to you all in a time of great need, dare I say great peril. I returned on Friday from Puerto Vallarta minus one shiny new Macbook, with which I had embarked. Is it currently in the hands of Mexican Banditos, using its awesome computing power to gain control of the cocaine trade, or was it taken by the lady who cleaned my villa? The answer: I may never know. Read the rest of this entry »
UTB loves the Internet. Penn loves the Internet. Suffice to say, we’re just one big Internet-loving community filled with a number of people who forget that what you send in an e-mail may be posted on the Internet. Which is why our final Best Of 2011 brings you the best of listserv abuse, e-mail snafus and some all-around gems. Take note for 2012, or odds are high you end up on this very list next year.
Three Cheers for the Engineers
Who boldly hacked into an administrator’s e-mail account and sent a message cancelling select engineering classes for the day.
Teachers Is Pimps, Too
In which one student has an atypical reason for losing his class notes and his professor zings him about it…over the class listserv.
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What’s that smell? It isn’t from fresh cookies out of the oven, but rather fresh grades posted to Penn InTouch! Well when one Penngineer checked his grade, he was very disappointed by what he saw. To find out where everything went wrong, he emailed not just his professor, but the entire class. Whoops!
This kid probably wishes it ended there. Instead, the exchange between him and the professor continued as everyone else watched. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s all shout a collective “UGH” to those kids in our classes who think they can spam the listserv right before reading days in order to make up for not going to class all semester. That’s right, we’re calling you out! (UKWUR, kisses.) One savvy STSC student finally put his foot down after receiving one favor-seeking e-mail too many by sending the e-mail pictured above. Kudos to you, kiddo. Guard that Information Age information!
We’re usually not ones to call out specific people, but seriously, Theos, stop using the internet. Half of Penn, as well as some angry alums, were cordially invited to a gathering on Saturday. One such alum responded to all with a snarky request to learn how to use BCC. Was she just pissed the VIP list was apparently not so VIP? Find out after the jump!
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Live from the UA meeting: the College Student Announcements listserv will now be changed to a digest form, sent out every other day. Yeah, it’d be better if they sent them out weekly, monthly, or never, but hey. This is progress.
What started with a deleted study guide on a shared Google Doc escalated into full blown drama for the students of CLST 240: Scandalous Arts. Who deleted the information? Was it a spiteful student who wanted their peers to do badly? Can we blame it on technology? We may never know the answer, but we do know this: it was Scandalous indeed. Full emails with commentary after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »