I try not to be a complaining blogger, but this has been a tough, tough week.
Tooth: I went in for the root canal yesterday and the endodontist said that the tooth was cracked in two places and cannot be saved. So now I"m waiting to hear about getting in pulled. Ugh. At least I'm on antibiotics for the infection and that seems to be getting better.
Threats to my campus: over the weekend a student posted a long rambling rant on social media, including some language about taking care of problem people and having the ability to do that. Another student posted on social media that this student was planning a shooting on campus on Monday, and pulled selected information from the first student's rant. This went viral on campus. The police investigated and sent out a message that said, basically, 'this person is not a threat' but I started getting questions about cancelling class starting early Sunday evening. After checking with a few students, I did cancel class--and campus was empty on Monday. Later on Monday, the family of the first student issued a statement that the student was in the hospital and would leave the state once the student was released---information that police, I guess, cannot share. I talked about it with my undergrads yesterday---they were completely freaked out and at the same time afraid to skip class because of repercussions. This is such an awful environment for our students. It really must change.
Stupid university: a story came out in the Portland paper that our University was a member of a climate-denial lobbying group. I spent much of Monday crafting a petition with a student environment group to have the University withdraw. Stupid university. We sent the petition to the President and said 'withdraw or we start a petition' and later that day, the President withdrew (I think he had other things other than the petition to inform him, but jeez).
Grad student issues: nine PhD students have come to the end of their funding for their degree and they have neither finished not have jobs. We can only afford to give three an additional year, and I'm on the committee that had to decide which 3 to continue. This is the worst decision of my life. We had a way that the committee shared responsibility and no one person dominated the decision but this is just awful.
Alabama: no words.
Thanks for letting me vent. This has been a term where life has interfered to a great, great degree. It may be a message from the universe telling me it is time to retire.
But on the good news front: Marmalade the alpaca had her cria--I'm going out to meet her this morning. And more Botanique: