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Class 4-4-06
Well, what can a guy do? I got home from my grad class last night, drank a beer and made pork fajitas, watched Florida's blowout of UCLA in the Final Four final, then watched some Big Love and Curb Your Enthusiasm. One day my procrastination will reach epic proportions. That's how people end up failing to finish dissertations. But for now, my procrastination is manageable.

I had meant to grade annotated bibliographies of my students. I didn't do that. I'll have to grade them along with the papers the students turned in today. My goal is to grade, and turn back, a few papers by Thursday, and write out the assignment sheet and rubric for the third unit, which has a personal essay and a revision of an essay, which make a portfolio.

So, last night I realized I had nothing for class. Jess suggested that she'd come to class and talk about Arizona Together, but she pulled out of that idea, and suggested we talk about immigration. I got up at six a.m., read the paper, and noticed an interesting op-ed piece that appeared in the AZ Daily Star today, a response to a previous op-ed piece that was actually a narrative of what it was like to have an abortion in 1969. So, in class we read the first piece, discussed its details, then looked at the second one. It's looking at random stuff, trying to analyze its rhetoric. That's the point, I think.

So we did that; students wanted to turn in their papers and be done, so we did that. But talking about the issue of abortion made me tired. Both op-ed pieces, the narrative and the "don't have sex, don't have an abortion" commentary on it addressed aspects of what I want to the students to develop for their personal essays: combining personal narrative with thoughts on their ethical relation to society and the world. It'll be an "I" essay -- one where that particular pronoun appears often.

Which should be more interesting than reading these research papers. Fat stack of papers! Don't let me tell myself I don't have a real job.

I did forget one thing during class. I wanted the students to imagine a University of Arizona where there was no birth control or abortions. Imagine young women walking around, pregnant and unmarried, trying to study for a future career, or just quitting. The point is, walking on campus one sees thousands of young women, many of whom have had or are having sex, and take away the "BC," women could be made to be even more unequal than right now--birth control and abortion are also harken issues of justice. It puts a sentence like this one in perspective (emphasis added):
The female body is designed for carrying, bearing and nurturing a child, and while we may have the "right" under the law to have an abortion, actually doing this thing which is so violently opposite the natural process of life displays ignorance and arrogance.
 
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