Archive for February, 2006

Drum Roll Please ::First Week of Second Semester::

Posted in My University Life on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 by dragonsvamp

In the last post you can find out what happened to me on my first day of my second semester of University.  Now I will finish up by telling what occured during that first week and part of the second (this) week.  On Tuesday Amino and I ran around trying to get someone of authority to tell us that there is no rule that says we can’t take a fourth year class.  The rule book, Amino having read it twice, said that as long as the class has no prereq then anyone can take it at any time.  We finally did find the Deen of the Department told us that we could take the class.  We went to the Head of the Department and he told us the same. 

I went to the teacher at one o’clock which is the time for the class and told her that they said I could take the class.  The first thing out of her mouth was and I quote, ‘Well, I said you can’t.’  Then she told me to talk to her after class.  She wasn’t willing to let me even sit in in the class.  I waited until the class finished 50 minutes later and she repeated what she told me on our first class. Then as she walked away she almost screamed at me yelling ‘Fine, do what you want!!’  And left.  I had tried to ask her to let me transfer to another section of the same class but she wasn’t listening to anytihng I was saying.

I was exhasperated.  To make a long story short because I really don’t want to sit and retell everything that happened to me, I ended up having to drop the course.  Yes I dropped it cuz it was either that or staying in the class and mostlikely being given a grade I didn’t deserve just because the teacher doesn’t like me and because I didn’t listen to her.  It took me the better part of a week to drop the class.  And then I found out that because I dropped the class all the money I paid for that class was going to disappear, it was all going down the drain.  My dad talked to the Deen and I had to go in today and talk with him and finally after an hour of running around I got them to put the money I paid for the dropped class as credit for next semester.

 Honestly I can’t wait till I get out of this hell hole of a University.  The sooner the better.  I hope I won’t have to go into the registrations office or the Deen’s office or the Head of the Department’s office until the begining of the summer semester.  *Fingers crossed*.

 

Classes I am taking this semester totalling 15 credits (max. 18)

1. Syntax 1

2. Drama

3. English Literature til 1603

4. Arabic 101 for Non Arab Speakers

5. French 1 for Beginners

Drum Roll Please ::First Day of Second Semester::

Posted in My University Life on Monday, February 13, 2006 by dragonsvamp

I woke up at around seven in the bright and not too cold morning of February the twelfth two thousand and six.  I was nervous for today was the day I would be able to fix up my schedule and sit in on the first classes I sign up for.  I was worried that the classes I wanted would be locked hence I would have to run around the university trying to unlock them by getting certain head figures to sign a slip of paper.  I picked up my friend KC and we met up with my college buddy Amino who is in the same year as I am.  Amino and I are both studying English Literature and were hoping to get into a couple classes with each other. 

My appointment for the, as they call it here, ’sahb wa idafa’, which translates roughly to ‘withdrawing and adding’, was up first at 9.40 am.  Since I haven’t figured out how to withdraw and add the classes on the computer because it was in Arabic Amino helped me drop the four offending classes  (the ones that I could not possibly take for they were way too early or way too late) that I had signed up for previously in the end of last semester.  She also helped me add the five classes that I wanted to get into and fit my schedule.  I was happily surprised that all five classes I wanted to get into were open.  So I got Amino to hurriedly sign me up for them.  In total I had signed up for six classes. They are Syntax 1, Drama, English Lit till 1600, Classical and Ancient Literature, Arabic 101 for non Arab speakers, and French 1 For Beginners.  

When we finished at 10 am we promptly went to the Head of the Department to get a signature to unlock Drama for Amino.  The Head of the Department was ‘busy’ as the secretary (we like to call her the monster) said.  So we sat around waiting for the Head to sign the paper for at least an hour and a half.  In the end he refused saying that the class is too full to be unlocked.  Bleh he could have told us or at least the secretary could have told us that earlier.  Anyways after that Amino had her ’sahb wa idafa’ appointment at 12.10 so we went for that.  That went smoothly other than the fact that she couldn’t take Drama with me. 

The rest of the day went pretty smoothly until I decided (since Amino went to train with her coach) to sit in on the last two classes of the day, which were Classical lit and Arabic 101. So I dragged KC with me and we got to the classroom a couple minutes early.  But it was empty except for two or three other students.  Like five minutes later a girl comes in and tells the class that the classroom was changed.  So I had to hurry to the other classroom.  I enter it and its full of students and the teacher had not yet started.  I get in a seat in the back and the teacher starts by giving out they course plan.  She then explains a little bit about the class and what we are going to study.  Then said something about not having first years in the class and I raised my hand and said that I was a first year.  She told me to drop the course for she was not going to teach a first year in a fourth year class.  She went on about how it’s against the school policy and that the student had to go by the sample plan (note stress on sample).  She also went on about how it is to my benefit to drop this class because a) there are some background info that I need (though the class does not have a prerequisite) and b) she said that the registration office was going to give me a hard time when I graduate because of taking the class early.  I told her I wanted to graduate early and I had taken a fourth year class the pervious semester (Poetry) and no one gave me a problem.  Actually the registration office had told me to take Poetry.  I also told her that I am English is my native language (and I can guarantee none of the other student’s mother tongue is English) and that I had gotten an A in Poetry and that I believe I would not have any problem with this course.  In the end she was like (and this is word for word) ‘I don’t want to see you her next session’.  I was stunned. 

 After that I went to Arabic 101.  The teacher told us what to expect of the course and then let us out within fifteen minutes.  I didn’t really concentrate on what she was saying.  I was too busy worrying about the C and A Lit class.  

I then went to my favorite teacher in the whole university (she was teaching a later section of the same subject) and told her all and asked her what she thought.  First she said that it is odd for a first year to take a fourth year class and that it was the registration office’s fault because if they said we couldn’t take the class it should have automatically rejected our signing up into it to begin with.  She explained everything to me clearly and in a nice and understanding way.  She also told me that the teacher I had had taught her when she had been studying in the University and that she had a higher standing in the teacher hierarchy.  She told me she would ask the head of department and see what he was going to say about it.  So I guess I’m going to have to wait for what he says.  For it seems his word is almost like law (it is unless I decide to go to the Dean). 

Amino read the book of school rules and said that it didn’t say anything about a first year not being able to take fourth year classes.  It didn’t even say anything remotely related to such an incident.    

So all in all I had a very long day and I am happy to see it end.       

  

 

 

Random ::Things To Do In An Elevator::

Posted in RandomVille on Sunday, February 12, 2006 by dragonsvamp

I came across this a couple days ago and thought it hillarious.  I probebly will try a couple of them but boy some of them are down right odd.  Enjoy! 

 

 THINGS TO DO IN AN ELEVATOR
1) When there’s only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn’t you.
2) Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
3) Ask if you can push the button for other people, but push the wrong ones.
4) Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor your on.
5) Hold the doors open and say your waiting for a friend. After a while, let the doors close, and say, “Hi Chinel. How’s your day been?”
6) Drop a pen and wait until someone goes to pick it up, then scream, “That’s mine!”
7) Bring a camera and take pictures of everyone in the elevator while saying work it girl! And telling them to pose.
8)Move your desk into the elevator and whenever anyone gets on, ask if they have an apointment
9) Lay down the twister mat and ask people if they would like to play.
10) Leave a box in the cornerwith a wind up clock in it, and when someone gets on, ask them if they can hear ticking.
11) Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers.
12) Ask, “Did you feel that?”
13) Stand really close to someone, sniffing them occasionally.
14) When the doors close, announce to the others, “It’s okay, don’t panic, they open again!”
15) Swat at flies that don’t exist.
16) Tell people that you can see their aura.
17) Call out, “Group Hug!” and then enforce it.
18) Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering, “Shut up, all of you, just shut up!”
19) Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside, ask, “Got enough air in there?”
20) Stand silently and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off
21) Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce in horror, “Your one of THEM!” and back away slowly.
22) Wear a puppet on your hand and use it to talk to the other passengers
23) Listen to the elevator walls with your stethoscope.
24) Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
 25) Stare, grinning at another passenger for a while, then announce, “I have new socks on”.
26) Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers, “This is MY personal space”

 

Movies :: The Butterfly Effect ::

Posted in Movie Reviews on Saturday, February 11, 2006 by dragonsvamp

The Butterfly Effect

Movie: The Butterfly Effect

Cast: Ashton Krutcher, Amy Smart, Elden Hanson 

Year of release: January 2004

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/thriller

Running Time: 1hours and 53minutes

Rating: R

Crtics’ Rating(yahoo.com): C

My Rating: B

Things I liked:  How the story unravels and you are just lost when you get to the end and how everything falls into place in the end if you are perceptive enough. 

Things I did not like:  If it was a tad more organized…which might be a bad thing.  Too much sex and violence.

For more info: http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1808413764

Movies ::Underworld::

Posted in Movie Reviews on Saturday, February 11, 2006 by dragonsvamp

 UnderworldMovie: Underworld

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, and Bill Nighy

Year of release: September 2003

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Running Time: 2hours and 1minutes

Rating: R

Crtics’ Rating(yahoo.com): C+

My Rating: A

Things I liked:  I love the complexity of the story.  It is very intreguing.  The story line is heavy and with many twists and turns leaving the viewer breathless. 

Things I did not like:  I was a bit disappointed with the way the werewolves looked like when they changed. And it was a bit too gorey.  Other than that I have no complaints.

For more info: http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1808421437

Movies ::ElizabethTown::

Posted in Movie Reviews on Saturday, February 11, 2006 by dragonsvamp

 ElizabethTownMovie: Elizabethtown

Cast: Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst

Year of release: October 2005

Genre: Comedy and Romance

Running Time: 2hours and 3minutes

Rating: PG-13

Crtics’ Rating(yahoo.com): C

My Rating: B

 

Things I liked:  I really like how the story unravels and how the main character changes.  The audiance can get really intimate with the main character and really know who and what type of a person he is.

Things I did not like:  N/A

For more info:  http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1808490138

An Example of Idiocracy in Jordan ::Familiar’s Death::

Posted in Jordan Idiocracy on Saturday, February 11, 2006 by dragonsvamp

On the evening befor Eid al Adha, my familiar Koko left the house.  I nor my family had realized that he had gotten out.  Koko usually only went out to relieve himself and socialize with Yasmeen a cat who adopted us.  But he rarely ever slept outside at night.  But this night we were so busy that we forgot to let him in.  In the morning of Eid we woke up early and promptly left the house.  However, we first called for Koko and recieved no reply.  The whole day we were out and came back really late at night.   We made an attempt to find Koko again and called to him but he never showed up.

 The next morning dawned bright and beautiful and still no Koko.  That was when the Hariss (a sort of guard and handyman who lived in a room on the first level of the apartment building) told us that Koko was hit by a car on the day of Eid and that he had died.  He had taken Koko and put him in the empty lot next to our home.  My sisters woke me up crying and I instantly knew what had happened.  They found Koko’s dead and smashed body and gave him a decent burial.  But it sure made our Eid one of the worst that we ever had.

 

Now one thing I absolutely hate about Jordan is the absense of the importance of life.  Kids brutely abuse donkeys that help earn their living.  People not caring if they hit a cat or dog in the road and justifying it by saying that the animal was just in the way and they had no intention of swerving…even if they had the chance to save the life of the animal and cause no harm to themselves!  They just do not care.  They do not see that these animals have feelings and souls just as much as they have.  ARGGH!!! It just frustrates and infuriates me.  How can they be sooooo unfeeling? so uncaring?

It even makes me more angry because Islam teaches the opposite.  And most people who live here are Muslims.  Islam looks down upon the abuse of animals.  It prohibits their abuse.  But these people just do not seem to care.  And this is another example of how idiotic Jordanians are!

 

(thank God im not a jordanian!)