I just realized it’s April Fool’s. Suddenly the week makes sense.
The past several weeks, we’ve been planning a field trip to Azagny National Park, for tomorrow. We bribed the students with extra credit, threatened them with mandatory-ness, arranged all the details, asked for the buses. WEEKS AGO. All we needed was the PO to go through.
On Tuesday, we get an email: Mandatory Social Security meeting Sat! 10-2PM!
LM says it’ll be in French, AN says we don’t need to go. Okie dokie, no problem.
Thursday, the lab tech comes into our office. AN is in class.
“The field trip.”
“Yes? Did you get a hold of [name of financial guy]”
“Well…. they need the buses for students. Can we change it to Sunday?”
*pause while I’m trying to figure out what he means, because surely…* “I’m sorry?”
“They need the buses. We can move it to Sunday.”
….wait, what universe are we in now? “No we can’t! The students have all had plans!”
“They can change their plans!”
“We have to.”
This went on for a while. A student was sitting there, doing the midterm redo (very badly, but I’ll get to that). Eventually, what can you do but concede?
Tech: “Send an email out to all IUGB saying it’s changed.”
What in the ….? “I’ll send it to my students, of course.”
“They don’t check their email. Send it to the whole school, then others can tell their friends.”
“No! They’re supposed to check their email! I’m not sending an email to the entire school over 60 students!”
Later, I talked to AN. We decided it would be best to request renting a bus, and she sent an email or something requesting that. I’m not entirely sure. She had a plan.
A half hour later, I get an email from the tech, to all the bio students, saying the trip was postponed. So much for renting a bus.
Turns out, the dean told the tech to do it on Sunday. All we can figure is that he wanted to go on the trip (which he is).
Friday night, I find out I’m supposed to go to the meeting. So much for the weekend.
The meeting was indeed in French. Once they gave a summary in English. Once they invited English speakers to ask questions. Nobody had anything to say. LM hid in her office. AN played Candy Crush, making me sit in the aisle seat and hide her because I was grading labs and it was ‘more academic.’ It started at 10 AM and ended at 2. It was supposed to end at 1.
Mercifully, the tech (who should have been around to help us find a place for the drinks since he was involved in screwing up our schedule but had an ’emergency’) called at 1 PM and I took the opportunity to leave the room. It was supposed to be a Q and A, but as far as I could tell the speaker was having fun telling humorous anecdotes.
When I saw MM whilst looking for a place to put drinks to keep them cold, she rolled her eyes and said, “Why did you go?!” Yeah. That’s the question. (First, she said “put the drinks in the office and turn on the AC… )
Anyway. Off to the park tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes…. At least the students should show up. The dean sent an email reminding them it was mandatory X-D
…and then back to class on Monday….