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09 March 2009 @ 11:53 pm
I am taking two courses with a teacher.. both online. I got feedback from one of my tests and on one of the answers I got this response:

"This is so sad I don't know where to start. You don't know the meaning of ____ or ____. "

The answer was spot on on explanation and definition, however the opinion part was incorrect (as in I picked the wrong one..) I'm not upset with the answer being wrong. Well slightly, but I am eliciting the opinion of another teacher of the same subject on that. But.. is that an even reasonable feedback response. Would you expect this from a teacher. Should a teacher be this rude?

Or am I being sensitive because it is my own work. Can someone give me an outside view?

Feelin' : angryangry
01 March 2009 @ 05:11 pm
Come one, come all, to a night of festivity, revelry and merriment at
Your Inner Vagabond in Lawrenceville, PA, hosted by the Pillar of
Fire, Pittsburgh's only officially condemned (by the rabbinic council)
heretical Jewish group. Bring your best alcohol, drums, songs, magic,
stories and fun people to share with everyone. (This party is 21+.)

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I'm excited to be returning to undergraduate study after an eleven year hiatus and have just applied to and registered for CCAC starting next semester at Allegheny campus. After initial excitement and self-congratulation, I am now sitting down to figure out all the ways in which I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. ;)

Advice appreciated on all fronts but especially the following n00b questions:

1) Is there a decent, printable map of campus online anywhere? I know this sounds ridiculous but I honestly can't find one. All they seem to have is some Flash based thing that doesn't print out in a usable form.

2) Commuting from Oakland, any general preference between 54C and 500?

3) Textbooks, where do folks recommend getting them, and when? Are there resources beyond the campus bookstore for finding used deals, like bulletin boards where kids advertise them? Best to seek them before classes start, or after meeting your professors and seeing what their syllabus really says?

4) Haven't explored the North Side much yet beyond baseball games and dinners at Max's...are there any good cheap, possibly fast, preferably non-chain eats in the vicinity of campus?

Finally, if I'm not being too selfish with others' time here, I would love to hear any feedback you have on the classes I've just signed up for or these instructors:

PHL 101 Intro Philosophy (Eskridge)
PHL 111 Religions of the World (Eskridge)
FCL 103 Mythology (Michel)
PHS 107 Intro Astronomy (Turnshek)

I'm especially wondering if any of these are going to be super intensive in the writing department...I'm not scared of essays but the whole formal research paper thing always gives me hives.

Thanks in advance! Also please feel free to let me know if there are any other active CCAC related online forums out there.
11 November 2008 @ 03:35 pm
So, I'm thinking of applying to the Nuclear Medicine certificate program. I already have a BA in Art, so this is a career change for me, not my first time in school. Anyway, I read in the program outline than all prerequisites for admittance into the program need to have been taken in the last 5 years. This would be Algebra and Biology for me. Problem is, I took those classes back in 1996/1998. Are they really going to tell me that even though I've already taken these courses, and have a degree, that they are not going to honor my credits (that the college has already given me transcript credit for)? I just can't imagine how or why they would do this. Has anyone else had this problem? Any advice would be appreciated.
21 September 2008 @ 10:55 am
The Pillar of Smoke, Pittsburgh's only group devoted to the
exploration of aboriginal and heretical Judaism, invites you to this
year's celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Please come celebrate the
birthday of the world with us, with food, wine, ritual, drumming,
dancing, and of course, the blowing of the shofar. Jews, non-Jews, and anyone in between are welcome to attend -
after all, the birthday of the world is something anyone should be
able to celebrate.

The time: Tuesday, September 30, at 12:00 PM

The place: The tree circle in Frick Park (the part of the park with
the big blue slide, but further back toward the walking paths)

What to bring: It's traditional to wear all white for Rosh Hashanah;
we suggest one colorful accessory, just to emphasize that it's a
joyous occasion. If possible, please bring some kind of food that can
be shared with everyone else present; kosher or vegetarian is
suggested, but anything without pork or shellfish in it is most likely

Please RSVP, so that we know how many copies of the ritual book we'll
need. Please also feel free to contact me with any questions.

If you'd like to look at the ritual, it's here.

L'shana tovah! (Happy new year!)
21 August 2008 @ 02:37 am
Hey, folks, welcome back for another term.  Allegheny Campus looks about the same as ever, with one exception.  Does anyone know why there is a big hole being dug in front of Milton Hall?  Best answers I can come up with are:
  • Future landfill for the English profs to throw away old term papers.
  • Tunnel for the CCAC stop on the North Shore SIDE Connector.
  • Building new computer lab so you don't have to climb 5,280 steps to wait in line to check your e-mail.
  • Holding area for people who treat college like it's the 13th grade.
  • Fortified bunker complete with small arms cache and food in case of zombie invasion.
  • Casino satellite location - win a scholarship!
  • Oil/Natural Gas well and mini-refinery.
  • Milton Hall is built atop a giant burial mound.
  • The hole is unimportant.  Time digging it is the new fine levied for late books at the library.
As you can see, my answers aren't very good (or funny).  I could just go and ask, but that would take the fun out of things.
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Feelin' : curiouscurious
Listenin' to:: The Beatles - 05 - Fixing a Hole
20 August 2008 @ 09:35 pm
Don't be afraid to order the older edition online for classes like English, Biology, Sociology, etc. Anything besides math or computer classes that have specific problems that will change. I've been ordering the previous edition for several semesters now, and for the most part, nothing changes, or just a page or two does, and you can always photocopy things that have been updated.
11 August 2008 @ 03:57 pm
anyone know when summer grades will be posted? ccac central's not working for me.
Listenin' to:: Leave-Barenaked Ladies-Stunt
03 July 2008 @ 09:16 pm
Got an e-mail from the school today.  It reads:
Dear James,

-> 15 Week classes start on August 18, 2008

-> 13 Week classes start on September 2, 2008


CCAC has changed its registration and course add policies. Students must register and finalize their schedules earlier than in previous semesters.  Please review the new policies and register soon.

Course registration deadline:  Students must register and pay for credit courses by 11:00 p.m. the evening before the first class meeting. Students must register and pay for Internet courses and telecourses by 11:00 p.m. the evening before the start date of the term.

Course add deadline: Students who register and pay for credit courses before the start date of the term may add courses during the first week of the term. If the class to be added has met, the instructor's approval is required.

Eligible students can register or drop/add online - CCAC Central e-Services - https://ccaccentral.ccac.edu/WebAdvisor/WebAdvisor until the day before the start of the class.
I'm new to Pittsburgh and I was just wondering - someone told me that Pitt students can use their student ID to ride transit buses. Does CCAC have a similar benefit? I'm excited that I just noticed I can ride pretty easily from my apartment to campus.