Monday, February 26, 2007

Ethnic studies credit?

Sarah Hewitt was kind enough to submit this, adding Albion College to the list of colleges we've seen submissions from.

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Know someone at Albion? Why not forward this site to them to help us spread? More readers = more papers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it was a policy, not a battleship"

oh my God amazing

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a suggestion - don't start including papers from schools like Albion, or Northwood, or Central Michigan - the whole point of your site, in my mind, is how much laziness and idiocy there is at U of M, supposedly one of the best state schools in the US.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kind of agree with anonymous #2, and I don't think it's quite as funny when the papers are from supposedly lower-tier schools; it's kind of like making fun of high-schoolers.

I want to see the Harvard randoms, and the Columbia randoms.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

were you the one who corrected it? it didn't look like your handwriting...

and i agree with Anonymous Numbers 2 and 3... it just wasn't quite as funny... I also think it works better when the papers are from Michigan, because we've all been in the fishbowl, so (I know I'm not phrasing this right, but hopefully you'll be able to understand what I mean) it's easier to relate, in a sense... we know where the papers are coming from. I can kind of imagine someone sitting in the fishbowl an hour before their class, BSing a 7 page paper, or I can think, wow, I thought mine was awful, but if someone turned this in, well, this is what I'm competing against. It makes them matter to us... with this one, it's some random paper from Albion. Who cares? If I wanted to read crappy papers, I would just google "crappy papers" ... If I want to read crappy papers that will make me feel better about my own crappy papers because I know that other people at my school are writing papers that are just as bad, I come here. I think that's a big part of it - deny it if you will, but in reading those papers, we can relate to them.

Wow. That was kind of long.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous heidi said...

Seems as though you have two audiences, AHFB. Maybe it's time to split off all of your out-of-state or non-UM correspondences into another blog? You can cultivate your mixed-college audience on one while focusing on Michigan on the other. Just a thought.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous jb said...

I agree. Papers from Albion and GVSU are low-hanging fruit.

1:10 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

Well, here's the thing:

Summer is coming up. During the summer my paper supply is pretty much going to dry up. If I have to post Michigan papers every single day this semester, no way am I going to ever have enough papers to do even a weekly blog come summer.

I thought this was funny regardless of where it came from. I get what you're all saying, but I don't mind having other colleges up here. And there's certainly no way I have time to run yet another blog.

On a sidenote, Sarah did the commentary on this one. Guess I should have noted that but I figured the different handwriting and the WYO tag was enough.

I know you guys all come here for Michigan papers that are destroyed, and that we've had fewer of them recently. I'll see what I can do, but I feel like they're getting more vigalant about cleaning through papers at the fishbowl.

Tuesday's update is gonna be something plagiarism related, but I'll get you a paper for later in the week.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Skullturf Q. Beavispants said...

My two cents: I read the blog religiously, even though I have no connection with U of Michigan. (I found AHFB when a linguablog I read linked to it.) So to me, the appeal has nothing to do with "Hey, I've sat in that fishbowl, these are who I'm competing against."

That said, though, I agree to some extent with the commenters who said the snark is more effective when the students attend a supposedly upper-tier school.

And I can't believe I never thought to google "crappy papers" before. I'm going to go try that now and see what comes up!

3:17 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

If you (or anyone else for that matter) come across any relevant links, lemme know and I'll give em a link at the bottom of an entry

4:00 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Is this the Sarah Hewitt from Michigan Radio News?

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a UM student, but I read AHFB religiously.
It's really disappointing to hear someone refer to the other Michigan colleges and universities as "high schoolers". I was accepted to UM, but decided to attend another college because they gave me a full ride. Don't be so judgmental, just because someone goes to Albion rather than UM doesn't make them a high schooler.

4:53 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

^good point anonymous^

I too know smart people at colleges named.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Technical McLiteralson said...

in fact, going to albion makes them precisely NOT a high schooler!

the fact that we (i too) know smart people at smaller colleges is insignificant. the point is that Michigan is supposed to be a prestigious school: papers from other schools should theoretically cover a wider range. so it's not a big deal to find a bad paper there.

Example: [insert your favorite author] goes to JoeBlow Community. Fine, then some good students go to JBCC, but it's not as interesting to talk about the bad papers since there's (probably) more.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous jb said...

It's really disappointing to hear someone refer to the other Michigan colleges and universities as "high schoolers"

This was never done. The poster never said they were high schoolers, just that this was "kind of like" making fun of them. You're describing a metaphor while anon used a simile.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, this is Sarah Hewitt (not the one from public radio, though I like listening to her, if only to hear my name a lot...)

I think lots of pompous Albion students and officials would be pretty offended to hear that we're not an "upper-tier" school, but most of the students I'm friends with (read: smart students) agree that Albion sucks balls. We have great professors (PhD required and lots of office hours) but they let pretty much anyone in if they're rich enough.

We're filled with the rich kids from the suburbs who were too stupid to go to U of M.

So yeah, I get the point about the non-U of M papers. I do kind of object to Albion being thrown in with schools like Grand Valley (defininitely a class below Albion, academically) but we're not in the same class as U of M either.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous jb said...

Sarah, the only reason I mentioned Albion and GVSU in the same sentence is because they are both not Michigan. No offense intended otherwise.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Albion isn't lower-tier, kids. Sorry.

Besides, funny shit is funny shit. I guess I always thought the point of the site was to make people laugh. Hey AHFB, maybe you should just tell everyone it's from U of M and then it wouldn't be a problem.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Sarah's friend and, lo and behold, I chose Albion even though I was accepted to U of M. While Albion is less selective than U of M, I feel that my academic experience so far has been far superior to anything I would have had at a large state school.

The point is, we're not a "low-tier" school and it's interesting to see that wide variety of schools who brag about their academics, but seem to settle for mediocrity.

4:50 PM  

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