Letters to the Editor

Professors need to use Blackboard better
I would like to comment on the use of Blackboard by professors. Some professors use Blackboard quite effectively. A good example is the Anatomy and Physiology lab, coordinated by Allison Butler, where assignments and announcements are posted on Blackboard in addition to timely posting of grades. I feel, however, that most of my professors have used Blackboard as a tool to be lazy. They post all their assignments, dates and requirements at the beginning of the semester and require students to print out tons of postings, but then neglect to ever post a single grade. At times, some of these professors are posting things for class and not even announcing it.

I think that if students are going to be required to regularly check Blackboard, then professors who require such activity should likewise consistently post grades. I have one professor who requires Blackboard to be checked but still hasn’t posted an exam score from two weeks ago. This makes it difficult to gauge where you stand in terms of grades. These are the same professors that typically do not respond to e-mail in a timely fashion.

College has become a “Jump! How high?” event. Professors need to keep in mind that without teaching, a lot of them would not have money to fund their research. Students are the reason the university exists. Let’s make sure that we also get what we’re paying for.

Tapia Hansen
Girdwood


Maggie’s health in danger at zoo
Maggie, the ailing elephant at the Alaska Zoo, needs to be sent to a sanctuary without further delay. First, the Alaska Zoo persists in keeping this social animal isolated and alone. Next, they tell us that a treadmill will keep her “active” during the long winter months she’s kept in a tiny indoor cage. Now, firefighters and winches have been called in to haul a collapsed and ailing Maggie off the floor and keep her standing.

Elephants who fall or lay down are in trouble, and it often means death is imminent. When prone, the sheer mass of an elephant’s body puts intolerable strain on their organs.

If the zoo persists in delaying, the decision will likely be made for them. Maggie will be dead.

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Jennifer O’Connor
Animals in Entertainment campaign writer

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals