September 27th, 2017


September 27--Anonymous

The big news on campus this morning was that an anonymous email was sent out to all the college faculty accusing a specific faculty member of being a racist white supremacist, and asking why the other faculty have done nothing to get rid of him. I don't know who the faculty member is, or anything about him.

It is hard to tell much about the person who wrote the email. It could be a student, or it could be another faculty member. My guess is faculty, because even though it is not coming from a school email address, the person had to have access to the faculty mailing list. It's possible for a student or anyone to find each faculty's email, but they would have to do it one at a time, and this went out to a few hundred people. It is disconcerting.

Another email just arrived a few minutes ago from the same anonymous person, asking why the faculty member hasn't been fired, and mentioning that the faculty member's daughter is a student at the college, and should be expelled. It is kind of scary how easy it is to do something like this anonymously. It could be directed at anyone.


I got a call this afternoon from the support department for the student management software I have been battling with. Not the one we use at the school, but the one that the hospital uses. I sent a bunch of requests for support a few weeks ago, and never heard back. Yesterday the hospital sent an email asking why we weren't in compliance. I explained the situation, and pointed out that every request had been cc'd to them, and they offered to call on my behalf.

The support person I talked to was brand new, but was incredibly helpful. They had not turned on the function I needed at their end, and once they did, it worked. Only took three weeks. I really think I understand the system now, and it makes sense, even though poorly designed.

I spent the late afternoon and evening writing up a guide for negotiating through the system to give to the other faculty members, who have been equally baffled. I din't get a nap, but I'm not crabby. I'll just go to bed early.

I'm thinking about a winter garden for my backyard planting boxes. Not sure what I want to grow, other than try some garlic. Maybe some chard and some other stuff that can be planted in the early spring.

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More art around the art department. I like this one a lot.
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