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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
8:16 AM

Why does it make me feel so guilty to come to a class unprepared, or show up late, or not show up at all? It's not like they're paying me to be there. Quite the opposite.

You could look at it this way; there are two types of Professors. (Both of whom are of course getting paid, and for argument sake, we will presume they are making the same amount):

1) The type of Professor that comes to class well prepared with the daily topic, situtatianally intune to what the student might ask and ready for the answers. Knowledgable of who the students are and concerned about their educational needs.
2) The type of Professor that comes to class, teaches the lesson, calls on students just to put the fear of God in us, could care less who we are, and leaves when class is over.

If the Professor falls in category #2, I don't know why you feel guilty. If they fall in #1, you should respect that your Professor is the consumate professional, and show them the same respect, by preparing, showing up on time, and coming when scheduled.
Well put. Although the "fear of God" thing also depends wholly and fully on your capacity for harboring (or tolerating) such fear. It's not that I don't respect my profs, quite the opposite in fact, but I simply no longer fear them, nor do I fear being called upon in class, even if not prepared. All part of the law school dehumanizing process, I suppose.
Actually, if you're paying in-state tuition rates, the Ohio taxpayers are paying for you to go to school.
Actually, if you getting in-state tution rates, you are paying taxes in Ohio, and helping to pay tution costs, not having the costs paid by the state.
Actually, if you're getting in-state tuition rates, you ARE having the taxpayers pick up the extra $14,000 (or whatever). This is why it is such a draconian hassle to be re-classified as a resident. But hey, OH must truly be stupid if setting up legislative hurdles to discounted tuition rates robs them of extra money from in-state tuition payers.

I'm sure you had a point, Anonymous, but it might help to think about it a leeetle more.
No, actually if you think about it a little more, you'll realize as the extra $14,000 paid by out of state residents, equals what they have not paid over the years in taxes. Not what the taxpayers are paying for the in-state residents. I do have a point, the one you missed.
Swing and a miss, chuckles, and here's why:

1. Ohio residents, born and bred, who have paid OH taxes all their lives and then left the state for more than a year are now considered non-residents. So the whole "$14,000 represents the amount of taxes they haven't paid over the yearS" is ridiculous.

2. For non-residents coming right out of college, they either (a) haven't worked at all, or (b) have only worked crappy summer jobs, and therefore, the argument that the "$14,000 represents the amount of taxes (per year) that they haven't paid" is, again, ridiculous. There's no way in hell that, in OH working summer jobs they would have owed anywhere near this amount. This applies not only to kids right out of college, but for your basic I-farted-around-in-a-crappy-$30K-per-year-job-before-coming-to-law-school crowd, too.

3. If you go to the residency website, they explicitly explain why the residency requirements are so stringent - it is because tuition should cost EVERYONE the $28K, but, if you demonstrate that you want to live and work in OHIO (of which, prior residency is a huge indication), the taxpayers will foot the bill for the other $14K.

So, to summarize, your position requires EVERY student to have made and withheld EXACTLY $14K PER YEAR in their prior non-Ohio-living-mofo-status, and that they are now REIMBURSING the grand ole state for their previous lapses. If that's honestly your position, I'm sort of at a loss for a response.
Or, to boil my last post down into one, easy-for-everyone-to-understand-point:

"Students who are classified as residents for tuition purposes receive the benefit of a state-supported education, funded largely by the taxpayers of Ohio. Therefore, the residency guidelines are meant to exclude from resident classification those people who are in the State of Ohio primarily for the purpose of receiving the benefit of a state-supported education."

This conversation is boring.
This Blog is boring.
Stop bilking the OH taxpayers, you hypocrite!
Who cares? Ohio is the armpit of America anyhow.
Hey Mike, say something....interesting.
If you're so bored, why don't you just stop reading?
I can't speak for the other anonymousorum, but for me, it's sort of like MadTV. You know - the funny parts aren't funny, but the unintentional comedy - look out!
When am I ever not trying...desperately...to be funny?
Mike, I love your blog. Don't listen to the mean-spirited grumpy people. You are funny.
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