Wednesday, December 14, 2005

looking for a TA-ship

I finally decided that I am going to apply for a Turkish teaching ta-ship for next fall semester. I have been toying with the idea for a while, and since I am actually trying to get a degree in teaching, actual experience would be a plus. When I mentioned this to the bug, you should have seen the look on her face. Her first response was.."you can't". Excuse me? There is nothing barring me from applying, and past office assistants have had teaching positions. Her excuse for the comment was that there was probably going to be some problem with HR or the graduate school...but there won't be because the department has the ability to ask for an exemption to policy. For some reason she seems to think that something like that can't happen, when it has in the past, because she says so. Of course she is also telling all the students not to apply for political science but history and once they get accepted they can transfer over. What, I would like to ask, is the reason for not applying to what you intend to apply for in the first place? If poli sci isn't accepting people why try to sneak them in on the side? Not everyone gets accepted and people need to understand that. But telling me that I can't do something...that takes a lot of nerve.

The new AA starts on Friday. She seems really nice, or at least she is still in shock to be possibly working in a non-hostile environment, but if she is willing to take a demotion to work here, it must really suck where she is coming from. Now I know that Kate probably filled her in on a lot of items, based on certain things that she has said to me...so she knows what is up with the bug. The tension between the two of them is fantastic. The bug keeps trying to play up the "we are about the same age" card with her, and it isn't working. They are perfectly amiablical with each other, but you can so tell that the bug is completely threatened, I love it. Even if the new person turns out to be just awful (which I highly doubt) I could handle it if only to see the bug squirm. I don't think that they new girl is going to let her get away with stuff. Not that Kate let the bug get away with stuff as if she wasn't trying, because she did and so did "I", but the new AA I suspect will be much much more direct with her. The bug hates confrontation and I don't think that the new girl has any problem with it.

Plus you can also tell that the bug is threatened because she has been picking on Mr. 3 and (this afternoon) on me...oh but the satisfaction of that tension...it's wonderful!

1 comment:

kurdishopes said...

A plea from a worried but hopeful Kurd

I find it totally inconceivable that any self respecting Kurd would shun the democracy we have built in Iraqi Kurdistan over the last fifteen years, may I just remind those individuals that it came about with the loss of 182,000 thousand Kurdish villagers, the destruction of 3827 thousand villages, 1,754 Schools, 2,450 Mosques, 270 Hospitals. I understand that some sections of Kurdish society feel alienated at the present moment with the lack of water, oil, electricity and the apparent continuation of corruption among some officials, but this does not constitute a reason to throw away the strong position we have earned at he bargaining table in the state of Iraq. This is a critical juncture for the Kurdish people of Iraq, the choice now is weather we have a say and a stake in the new government or whether we become subordinate to it in everyway imaginable, this is a hard reality we will have to face if we do not turn out in numbers and vote for the only real option the Kurdistan Alliance 730. We Kurds have everything to lose and still much to gain, we so far have had the upper hand because our strong turnout in the January 30th elections. There are forces at work in and around Iraq which would absolutely love us not to turn out and vote because it would seriously weaken our position to the point that they could force there will upon us on the issues that we hold true to our hearts such as Kirkuk. And as Kurds we owe it to the mothers of those martyrs, who will continue to morn for all eternity and their fathers who have an empty hole in there hearts left by their young courageous sons who bloodied the Kurdish mountains fighting for the freedoms which we now take for granted.
And also please consider how lucky we really and let us look at our Kurdish brothers in Turkey, Iran and Syria and ask them which situation they would prefer, some corruption and temporary shortages of water, oil and electricity or a free Kurdistan like the one we live in . And I think we all know the answer to that question.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my article.