I think it’s safe to say that this has been one of the craziest semesters I have ever had here at the University of Illinois.
Professors in the beginning of the year actually had provisions for H1N1 flu absences in their syllabi. We have already had several waves of soybean aphids and Asian beetles invading campus – I’m pretty sure I have a healthy supply of dead “ladybugs” lying around my room at the moment. Two high-ranking officials in our administration resigned, all to much fanfare, leaving my school without significant leadership and with a tainted reputation, no less.
And now…the GEO have threatened to strike.
Imagine if they did. Well, actually, all signs seem to point to it being a definite possibility. At any rate. Imagine if it actually held out for a long period of time – more than a couple of days. The entire campus would essentially shut down, with no teaching assistants there to teach us lowly undergraduates. The three papers I have due for next week would be useless, because I’m not allowed to turn them in while my teachers are on strike. This is ridiculous. While I am all in favor of the graduate student employees earning a living wage, I am not fond of the idea that my studies are going to be disrupted. I don’t know. Who knows.