The Mid Semester Crunch is upon us now and the nice quiet world of “la-de-dha” is now broken with thoughts of panic-shrieks, hysterical laughter, uncontrolled pacing, sleep deprivation, writer’s cramps, writer’s block, writer’s psychopathy, writer’s envy, writer’s denial, writer’s headaches, sporadic normlessness, hyper criticism and static daydreaming. Oh does it get any better after this?
So over the last week I’ve been going like mad cranking out assignment after assignment, trying to keep up, keeping the grades up to my personal satisfaction, all this while trying to maintain a social life–very difficult to do under these circumstances. Predominately, the mid semester crunch is when the rules of the College/University say that at the mid point some form of grades must be present so that students can decide whether or not they should withdrawal from a particular course. So, the result is that you have a flurry of assignments just before the withdrawal date, and on top of that, the first bunch of exams start to appear. I should also point out that this is indicative of third and fourth year classes, not the undergraduate ones where exams are laced throughout the term.
Last night, my CRIM4900 class, we had to watch a video, a Holly-weird one, and then start writing an reaction essay about it–due next week. The CRIM4900 class is a seminar style class that has a specified topic that varies from term to term, so this term the topic is on Sexual Deviancy. The video called The Woodsmen staring Kevin Bacon, is about a convicted child sex offender who has just finished his sentence and is starting to reenter the community. For non-criminology students, and post graduates, this movie would no-doubt raise a lot of temperatures. Surprisingly, for me anyway, the “big scene” was not that shocking, it was a different scene that shocked me where the main character was just about ready to re-offend and his victim, an eleven year old girl–Robbin, started talking to him about her experiences, and he changes his mind and tells Robbin to go home. I will not spoil the plot for you. But surprisingly my personal reaction to it was totally different when compared to my first reaction of when I first saw the video a few years ago. I see that dealing with sex offenders academically has change my viewpoint–I see it as more of a science rather than an emotional reaction. Still, no matter how many cases I’ve read on these topics, emotion is always present. It is very hard for me to get into the mind of a person who does these acts and try to explain it.
Well, Time on the blog is running out and I must close. Other then that, I spent some time listening to the CBC Radio drama-series called Canadia2056 written by Matt Watts (spelling)?… I Love it–it is pure Canadian. It is worth a listen–very funny and well written.