Students complain about University cancelling classes
Students at the University are excited to return to classes this week. The four missed days of school last week were “a major bummer” for Courtney Schappert (Raleigh, N.C.) and her fellow students. The back-to-back snow and ice storms left bars, beverage stores and state liquor stores empty as Falvey Memorial Library and class rooms were jam-packed with students looking to get ahead on school work.
Meanwhile, professors could not have been more excited to have a few unexpected days to travel and get away from all of the busy work for a while. As the ice brought down trees and power lines around the Philadelphia area, professors looked to take a break from the stressful semester that has included about two total days of classes. The missed days of class and accumulating make-up work seem to be of little concern to faculty. Many faculty members took their carefree attitude with them as they took impromptu weekend ski trips and vacations to New York City. Several members of the varsity track and field team, who were staying in New York for a track meet, reported seeing a visibly drunken group of faculty members frolicking through Midtown Manhattan over the weekend. The intoxicated professors were seen vandalizing a “Love” statue near Midtown’s Hilton Hotel and were reported to have been shouting that they were going to take the statue back to Philadelphia where it belongs.
In retrospect, while upset that they missed four out of five days of classes last week in addition to the two prior snow days already suffered this semester, students do not believe that the University overreacted at all.
“I’m worried about all of the class time that we’ve lost, but it was completely necessary to cancel school and evacuate the campus,” said Robert Nozzi (Buffalo, N.Y.).
Indeed, human beings have never survived a day without power, air conditioning or warm meals. People have never functioned properly without electricity, let alone retained the ability to read, take notes and share ideas. Electric power equals brain power.
One decision by the University, however, did have students puzzled. The University elected to go on with the basketball games on both Monday and Friday night even though classes had been cancelled on each of those days due to the weather. During both games, students were noticeably upset as they reluctantly stood for nearly two hours straight to cheer on the Wildcats. Many kids were surely wondering why they were forced to miss classes, but still expected to attend blowout victories over Xavier and Seton Hall. The basketball players also seemed visibly disconcerted as they took to the court. Naturally, many of the players were probably wondering why they were called “student-athletes,” a title that implies that they are scholars who happen to also play basketball during their free time, but forced to play games on days in which they were unable to attend class. Do not be surprised if the University receives hundreds of emails and letters from disappointed students, fans and alumni who don’t understand why “student-athletes” appear to be full time professionals who are expected to somehow squeak in an academic experience on the side.
The good news for students, however, is that the University plans to make up those missed school days. The most likely options are to either take away spring break or make every day of the week a Friday class schedule. Students seem to prefer the spring break option.
“I don’t know anybody who has plane tickets booked or travel plans made, but even if they did I’m sure they wouldn’t mind cancelling their plans in order to get those classes in,” commented Sydney Venables (Cherry Hill, N.J.).
Most kids are willing to sacrifice anything to make up the missed classes, and probably wouldn’t give administrators a hard time for inconveniently scheduling classes during previously scheduled school holidays.
More importantly for students is that making up those missed classes will ensure that they get their money’s worth. Kids understand that a Villanova education isn’t cheap, and that one class is much more expensive than any spring break trip to South Beach or Cancun. That’s why they came to college in the first place. Students are at Villanova to get an education, not to take advantage of every day off from school. Nobody ever hears kids complain about missing a day off from a school that costs them over $55,000, but we expect to hear somebody complain about getting shorted one dollar of change in a department store checkout line. It’s understandable that the administration and professors wouldn’t mind missing a few days of classes, and might even “overreact” to the point that they cancel classes a few days ahead of time—they get paid anyway. Students on the other hand are certainly upset that they were essentially forced to evacuate campus and denied nearly a week’s worth of a valuable education.