That student, the one I was sure of cheating, the one who used a literature survey and a sorta like companion book for both hir scholarly sources, and the one I suspected of cheating on hir previous paper? BUSTED! Ze plagiarized a plot summary from on-line. Plus, none of hir sources in hir essay were listed on the Works Cited page. And neither of the two sources on hir Works Cited page were in hir essay. Ta-da! So I sent off that report happily to the provost and the chair. Yippee! I was so happy to bust hir. Ze is smug and mean and spent the entire semester smirking like the class was beneath hir. Well mwhahahahaha! I finally got hir! So satisfying.
So I’ve been in my office all by myself this semester. I move from the back of the office to the front. I knew a new person was coming in, but I wasn’t expecting her until January, and as yesterday was the final day of the semester, I thought I’d use yesterday to move the rest of my stuff from the back to the front because I have a lot of books and that was just daunting and a pain. So I get in to the office yesterday and the maintenance guys are like, "Oh hi, so and so went to get the flat, so we’ll have all this junk out of here in a minute." Me: "What junk?" Them: "Oh, all those books that were in the bookcases. We’ve packed them up and they’re on their way to the dumpster." Me: "What?? That’s all MY stuff! I came in today to move it! I didn’t know anyone was coming in today." Them: "Oh, oops. Good thing you got here when you did because these books are ready to be ditched." Me: "What about my posters and pictures?" Them: "Oh, those were yours, too? We already put them in the dumpster."
Seriously? All this girly stuff that they thought belonged to a guy (my former officemate was a guy). And no one bothered to call me either to see if any of the stuff in the back of the office, since everyone knew that last year I was in the back of the office, might have been mine? And no one thought it was odd that a graphic design professor had a ton of literature books? Thousands of dollars of books and no one thought to call me just to double check? And no one thought to let me know that someone was coming into my office yesterday?? And then to act put out when I said I wanted my stuff back out of the dumpster because it was my stuff?? I got almost everything back, but still. Who the fuck does that? How fucking hard would it have been to call me: "Hey, the new office mat is moving in. Is anything in the back of the office yours?" And then the new office mate was like, "God, did you see all the books in the book cases? What was that about? God." Me: "Um, yeah, those were all mine that I hadn’t been able to move until today." OM: "Oh, those were yours? Well, I thought it was weird that [former office mate] would have all those literature books." Ding ding ding! Um, hello! So knowing that I teach literature and that those books couldn’t possible have been former office mate’s, no one bothered to ask if thousands of dollars worth of books were actually mine before chucking them all to the dumpster?? Again, seriously? I mean, I know it wasn’t on purpose, and I did get nearly everything back, and everything "worked out" but that’s not the point. Shit like that really sours me on this place. You know, it’s those little inconsiderate things (well, this is a huge inconsiderate thing) that happens at this place that aggravate me. I’m sure this happens other places, but still. I have a bad taste in my mouth now when I think about school. It’s a good thing that I’m getting out of here for a month. As soon as they came back with my stuff, I just started bawling, so I went to the Christmas party looking like I had been crying. Plus, I was covered in dust from the boxes the people packed my stuff in. Yeah, and like the school would have given me money to replace those books either. Yeah right. I just can’t even believe it, still. I woke up this morning upset about it.
I have a scratchy throat, too. Ick. But, I will grade and I will work out and I will get to school to get stuff done. Which, maybe I might do that now. Instead of keeping all this crap here, and in case I find another plagiarist, I should just get this done and out of the way and that way I can leave it all at school for good and clean my desk off and pick up my hat that I left at my friend’s place. I should just go sequester myself for about five hours and just do it and get it over with. And that’s what I’m going to do.
Wish me luck!