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Take *that*, door!

Okay, I'm really glad I didn't know about this until after it happened. Apparently someone was so upset over whatever s/he was told (I think by the Financial Aid Office) that s/he broke the door to our building when s/he slammed it shut. I heard the sound of the door breaking, but I didn't know what it was. I thought someone broke a table, not that that is much better, but at least then it would have been an accident. (Often students leave their kids climbing on the furniture in the office while they are at the counters, so I thought the sound was a kid falling through a table.) When I didn't hear anyone crying after the kablam, I went back to what I was doing and by the time I finished with my student I had forgotten about the sound. A couple hours later as I was leaving the office, one of my coworkers called me over to help with the door - that's when I learned it was broken. We couldn't shut it. Any time we touched it, it started to fall on us. So four of us gathered by the doors to warn students away for their safety and tell them we were closed for the day. I had to leave to go to a dinner party, so I don't know what they ended up doing to secure the building.

While we were standing around the door, one of the four of us started talking about how the school needed to change it's policy for admissions. Right now it's possible for a student to walk in off the street, turn in an application for admission, turn in financial aid paperwork, and sign up for classes - if they have everything filled out completely/correctly they can register for classes, but it isn't really possible to get access to the FA$$ because the government understandably has strings attached to the money. When we have to tell them we need placement test scores, transcripts, or other paperwork before they can sign up or access financial aids money, a lot of time they yell at us because they don't think it us unreasonable to expect to be able to do it all in one day. It is, darn it. It's not our fault if they don't have the needed documents. Actually, unlike my coworker I am okay with the idea of being able to do it in one day - I think that's pretty cool. What bothers me is the expectation they shouldn't have any responsibility in the process, that federal/state/college regulations should be broken in their case, and that if they can't do it in one day then it's okay to yell at us or BREAK THINGS!!

I hope they know the name of whoever did it. I hope s/he is punished. Somebody (employee, student, student's child) could have hurt themselves if the door had fallen on them. IF the vandal did qualify for financial aid, they should deduct the price of the door from their grant!!!!

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disbandedtoastr
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Sheesh! That's so ridiculous!
I hope they know who it is too!
sarahtoalaska
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Well how COULD you?? Didn't you guys see how SPECIAL this person was? All of the rules and laws should have been broken for that one person! Those laws and rules weren't meant for THEM!

People are special aren't they??
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