Random stories from Appalachian State University.
“I was in a crisis pregnancy and my parents and the father of my baby wanted me to abort. I did not. I have a 2-year-old. It is hard but…..” Her voice trailed off.
“And I bet your parents are glad they have a grandchild, aren’t they?” CBR Staffer Jane Bullington replied.
With tears in her eyes, she smiled and said, “Yes”
[Jane makes us all cry sometimes. … but maybe for different reasons. But we don’t want to get into that. Anyway, …]
“It is not alive until it comes out the vagina,” a woman told Jane.
Jane responded with a question, “Have you ever seen an ultrasound of a baby in the womb?”
“Yes, and it is not alive.”
“Maybe you missed your high school biology class,” Jane suggested, trying not to laugh.
“I am a biology major and you are stupid!”
Consumer alert: This wannabe scholar should demand a refund from ASU’s Biology Department. Just sayin’!
More educational malpractice?
“It is an inanimate object only,” a young man said. Riiiiight. If this genius ever took a biology class, he too is entitled to a refund.
A functioning conscience.
“This is so awful; I don’t know how people can do this to a child,” a young woman said in tears.
Are you edible?
Some young men in preppy clothing walked by, laughing and goofing off. “Is that edible?” one of the young men hyucked.
CBR’s Jackie Hawkins replied simply, “No more than you are.” The goofiness calmed down after that.
GAP under the microscope.
GAP is frequently the subject of classroom discussion. The teacher of a persuasive writing class reported that his students spent the entire class talking about GAP as an example of persuasive speech. They discussed not only the display itself, but also the brochure that we hand out. Even students who would not yet admit to a changed mind had to agree that GAP was an effective use of persuasive argument to communicate its message. We knew that!
Law and Order
As Jeanette Schultz offered a pamphlet to a professor who was hoofing it passed the display. Instead of politely declining, the woman snarled in Jeanette’s face, “Get the F*** away from me!”
Although this kind of aggressive behavior is common, but what happened next was not. Two police officers who were standing nearby seized the woman by her arm and pulled her away from Jeanette, firmly telling her to stop her aggressive behavior and public use of expletives. That was not how she was to act in public, they said. The woman calmed down. When she realized that the police were serious, she made the absurd claim that she “felt threatened” by Jeanette. The police who had seen the whole thing rejected her claim. With a stern warning the woman walked away chastened.