January 26, 2004

The Long Slow Arm of The DB Board

Posted in General at 12:00 am by Ian

So, you may recall a certain incident with no-longer-existent building. Well, it seems that things have finally caught up with me. I’ve been charged with “Damaging Harvey Mudd property ” and offered a settlement of five hours of community service to be completed before graduation. I have 48 hours to decide if I’m going to accept the settlement or take it to a hearing.

And I certainly don’t want to take it to a hearing. I’m pretty sure that I would be unable to restrain myself from making some “off color” remark like: “Tell you what, I’ll fix all the damage I caused out of my own pocket. You just make the guys with the bulldozers fix the damage they caused.” or “You know, I don’t recall what happened anymore. Could you show me the damage?”

Nevertheless, there’re some things that are bothering me. First, the other guy is no longer a student here so, he, obviously, can’t be held to do community service. Upstanding guy that he is, I bet that he would do it just out of a sense of responsibility if they asked him to, but he’s just getting a “warning,” which I interpret to mean a “nothing.” The other thing that bothers me is that, according to the Harvey Mudd Honor code:
[quote]Section VII, Paragraph D:
The investigators have five days to come up with a list of charges which will be presented to the chair and the defendant.[/quote]

By my calendar, those five days started on June 19, 2003, so we’re a bit past the deadline. I brought this up to Diana, who’s the DB chair, and asked if the case would be thrown out because of this (I seem to remember a similar thing happening in a previous case). The crux of my argument is that, really, why couldn’t they have just waited another six months, and given both of us a “warning.” She’s going to talk it over with Dean Noda and get back to me.

Failing that, my response will be that given the telescoping of time for bringing charges to me, I will inform them of my plans regarding the settlement sometime in early April.



  1. Kevin said,

    Hey, our wall! How come I never noticed this gaping hole? I suppose I may have just gotten so used the damage in that place that I just didn’t even take note of it. Seeing as how I slept right next to that gigantic bug-infested hole for half the year. Damn Foothill apartments. The only thing good to come out of that place was the hidden pop tart and porn stash we discovered. Felt like we discovered King Tut’s tomb. Only with porn and pop tarts instead of gold and, I dunno, mummies.

  2. Ian said,

    Dude, that wasn’t your wall. I mean, it was; but it was over a year after you moved out.

  3. Nikhil said,

    Sniff, snifff.. our poor, poor wall.
    How dare you assault it?

    Just imagine how you would feel if someone put a hole (or two) in your wall.
    Think about it.

    No, you think about it.

  4. Philip said,

    Isn’t there a hole in the wall of your current suite, or at least a dent?

  5. Ian said,

    Nope. It was fixed. And I didn’t make that one.

  6. Liza said,

    One of the holes was my bad, actually. 😦 On the plus side, we put up quite a lovely poster to cover it up. Refer to http://www.evilblog.net/~lklots/archives/000321.html for more.

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