What’s your excuse?

By Mark Klopping |Staff Writer|


Excuses come a dime-a-dozen.

Have you ever thought about how many times an excuse has come across a professor’s desk?

Professors often remember the most obvious excuses heard, and a couple that get people laughing.

I ran into Dr. Ece Algan, professor of mass communications at CSUSB. I first began to apologize for not making it to her class. I missed her class because I was on the hunt for material to write for this article.

She smiled at me and said that this was one of her favorite one’s this quarter.

“When work in other classes becomes more important,” said Algan.

I smiled in embarrassment but I live with my choices.

She then changed the direction away from my need to miss her class.

“The top excuses are usually the car issues,” said Algan. “And my boss wants me to work.”

Professor Jo Anna Grant also had a little input on what she considers the norm.

“I usually get the typical things like my computer broke down or my printer didn’t work,” said Grant.

All professors I have talked to chew on the usual type of excuses that never seem to get old with students. Most of them are events in life that are inevitable.

Algan brings up an excuse that has been around for a long time.

“There are a lot of grandmas dying, never grandpas.” said Algan.

Professor Jose Rivera affirms her findings.

“That is true, it is always grandmas,” Rivera said.

“My inclination is to believe my students but how many times can a Grandma die?” added Rivera.

Those might be the most common excuses but Chris Dias, Social Science professor brought up one of the most outrageous.

She recalled a student once tried everything to prove he finished his paper.

Dias remembers walking to her office to catch a student struggling to hold onto whatever he had in his hands. As she got closer, she realized that it was a computer. A desktop, screen, modem and everything involved.

The excuse was not prevalent in his eyes. He was determined to prove what he had done. He explained that his printer did not work but he was ready to pull up his paper to prove that it was done.

This topped them all.

As I told Professor Rivera the story, he laughed.

“I had one that I couldn’t believe, It was that ‘I deleted my entire project—I can’t find it,’” said Rivera.

He knows that even if your project or paper is lost, if you are using Microsoft Word, it auto-saves in certain time intervals.

“In my opinion, the amounts of excuses go up getting closer to summer,” Rivera said, the students are tired from three previous quarters.

An excuse is just a part of the professor’s work-load.

It is up to the discretion of each professor to believe or disregard and to take action.

Either way, the professor has heard almost every excuse in the book.


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