I guess it is. You can ask me anything, but there’s nothing in the rules that says I have to answer.
I probably won’t. I volunteered to help out with new student registration today, I’m going to be locked into working with students all day long, so most of the questions I’m going to be asked are along the lines of:
- “Why is my class section full?”
- “Am I actually going to have to take an 8am course? I don’t get up before noon.”
- “I’d like to take 30 credits this semester & get it all over with. Why won’t you let me?”
- “Prerequisites? What are those? I want to take that 4000 level course in Fancy Science right now!”
- “Where’s the pre-med course?”
- “Why do I have to take a history course? I’m going to be a doctor!”
- “No one told me I’d need math to be a bio major! Why are you doing this to me?”
- “I can’t get into that course I’ve been looking forward to? Why does the universe hate me?”
At least I can answer that last one as an atheist. The universe doesn’t hate you, it doesn’t care about you at all.
You may ask, “Why are you volunteering to do this? Aren’t you on sabbatical?” Especially since this is such a highly stressful day for the incoming students — it’s not registration day without at least one student breaking down and crying because they’re confused by all the information coming in, and all the decisions that have to be made. I’m doing it because these are students who will be starting up in the fall, and I have to return to the classroom in the fall, and I better make sure the new students are ready for me.
Another question: “Do I really have to return to my labors in the fall?” <breaks down weeping>
Yes. Because the universe hates me.