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EDITORIAL

Missing class not a big issue

Stuff & Things
Kelly Marcella

Campus Life Editor

As students, we pay a fortune to attend this fine institution. A damn fortune. So, to me, it only makes sense that class attendance should be an optional event at all times.

People constantly remind others to shut up while in class because it costs something around $5 million an hour for class time. Maybe those busy gossipers — who clearly do not want to be in class anyways, but are only there to accumulate participation marks — should just not go to class.

Participation marks are ridiculous. Doing the work required should be enough to prove you deserve to get the credit. If I can bullshit my way through an essay or multiple choice exam without having attended class (or done work for that matter), that should prove beyond a doubt that I am intelligent, even if it’s only in the wonderful art of bullshitting. And if my lack of individual initiative results in my miserable failure in the land of the dunces, then that’s also my choice.

Now, I have to admit, I’m mostly a nerd when it comes to my work. I do all the reading and am usually fairly good at attending class (this year anyways), but I still hate the fact that people are marked on class intelligence and in some cases making intelligent points about the week’s latest theory on post-modernism.

If you have some brilliant statement to make, by all means I want to hear it. But for those of you who have no idea what you’re talking about, don’t waste my time.

Yes, it’s true, I am an incredibly opinionated person. Some may even say I like to talk. But to be perfectly honest, I hate people who only talk to hear themselves speak and don’t realize when they’re repeating themselves. Tip: shut up, no one cares (if you want to call me a hypocrite, I don’t want to hear that either).

Back to my point. Most classes are incredibly rewarding to attend. However, there are a minute few that each student will likely encounter over the course of their university careers that really aren’t worth the two to three hours a week. The time allotted for the class would be better spent doing research or writing essays on the topics of the day.

Why force people to go to class? Then all you get is a bunch of people that don’t really care about what’s going on. Read: painful.

If I’m forking out thousands of dollars for classes, I think I should be allowed to decide whether or not it’s worth my time to go to said classes. If I want to piss away my hard-earned money, that’s my problem. Those students who choose to do their work will be rewarded accordingly, usually receiving much better final course grades.

Clearly, that’s why I choose to go to class and read the mounds of English novels and history texts thrown my way each week. That decision was mine — and shouldn’t be one I am forced to make.

 

 

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