talkingsoup: (i hate everyone)
Fuck everything.
talkingsoup: (i hate everyone)
Red eye.

Jet lag.

Sick kitten.

Panic attacks.

Insomnia.

One hour of sleep.

I hate everything.
talkingsoup: (i hate everyone)
So while we were dancing in Worlds of Music today, my toe cracked open and started bleeding a little. No big deal. I figured I'd walk halfway across campus down to the Health Center and get a band-aid to make sure it stayed closed, you know? I figure it'll take like a minute.

So I get to the Health Center and ask for a band-aid and maybe some Neosporin, and what do they tell me?

They can't hand out band-aids. You have to buy them. Because handing out band-aids is a liability.

...What.

I had to get in line for the medication room, then had to wait about five minutes while they processed the transaction. For ten band-aids and some antibacterial cream.

Now. I work in retail, so I know how much it sucks to deal with angry customers. Which is the only thing that stopped me from bitching them all out.

This? This is me furious.

It's one thing to have a customer get angry just because they're impatient. And yeah, I am impatient, but this is different than like, some new cashier taking forever to sell me something. The bleeding had stopped (it was just a tiny bit anyway), but suppose it had still been bleeding? I could have been bleeding into my shoe while they made me wait to buy my goddamn band-aid. For all they knew I could have had hepatitus or AIDS!

And they're worried about liabilities from handing out band-aids?!

Yeah, I know, suing is a big deal, especially on college campuses. But for fuck's sake, all I wanted was a band-aid. Would they have made me wait that long if I was bleeding visibly? Would they bandage me up and then say "oh by the way you have to pay for that." It's like a lifeguard resuscitating you and then demanding 100 dollars on the spot.

I've been forgiving of the Health Center in the past, despite their egregious displays of incompetence, the fact that they lost my prescriptions not once or twice but three times, the fact that they misdiagnosed my friend as having allergies when she had pneumonia, the fact that they've been known to bandage the wrong limb and the fact that they charge ten bucks for you to just lie down when you're about to pass out from anemia. But this is incompetence and unrealistic stupidity on an absolutely unforgivable level.

My family does not fucking pay $50,000 a year so that they can deny me a fucking band-aid when I need one.

And I know it's likely not directly the Health Center's fault--rather it's the policies of Ithaca College. But that just makes me even more pissed off. There is no reason why they can't just hand out a band-aid to someone who is bleeding. I don't care that I wasn't bleeding badly--what if the next person who comes in really is bleeding badly?

It is the most unfathomably stupid policy I have ever encountered on this campus, which frankly, is full of ridiculous policies. I don't think I can bring myself to ever go to that pathetic and incompetent place again.
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I have problems expressing myself sometimes when it comes to things that really mean something to me. So I'm going to try and be as concise as I can and not let this degrade into a rant.

I found out today that my Global Conflict and Terrorism professor, a woman I highly admire and whose class is one of the best I have ever taken in my entire school career, has been under personal attack by other professors in the Sociology department. Apparently this has gone on for years, and has degraded to personal attacks on herself, her politics and her family. Worse than that even, apparently last year when she applied for tenure, some of these people actually sabotaged her file and circulated rumors about her, which effectively shot down her attempts to get tenure. And further, this year has apparently been worse than ever, as even people who were on her side before have started attacking her as well.

The reason I decided to pursue a major in Sociology was because I fell in love with the field after Soc 101. It seemed so open-minded, so broad and multi-faceted--Sociology looks at the way that people and societies interact, and how everything connects and works together or against each other. It looks at the roots of the world's problems--global conflicts, politics, racism, inequality and so on--and at ways to try and solve them.

And now, here I am, finding out that in the very department of the field I fell in love with is using discriminatory, political and racist tactics to attack a woman on a personal level. Why? For no discernible reason other than the fact that certain high-level faculty members simply dislike her. And certain others, students included, dislike her grading system (she refuses to place major stress on grades, and I guess that's outside the comfort zone of some students).

My professor is teaching us things no one else has the courage to teach us. She tells us the truth. We learn about places and people the rest of the world chooses to ignore. It infuriates me that this woman, who really, truly cares about teaching her students, has been suffering like this for years. And apparently any time a student tries to speak up, they're just ignored.

I don't know what I can do, but I'm going to do something. A club, maybe. This kind of things happens too often in this country and around the world; people who dare to tell the truth are attacked and defamed. What we need is a Truth-Speaker Anti-Defamation League.

And also, maybe I should just drop out of the Soc major, and my my reasons explicitly known. I've been upset for awhile with the fact that I need to take such specific and stupid classes for the major.

At any rate, I'm not going to fucking sit down anymore.

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