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11th-May-2006 11:23 am
shh nobody cares what you think
I tend to be Sieve-Brain Girl when it comes to remembering plots and details of things I've read (which can be great, as it lets me re-read things with almost as much enjoyment as the first time I read them), but wasn't this the beginning of a Roger Zelazny book?

From the article:
Lechner's extended academic career has made him a celebrity of sorts. His never-ending student life has been featured in newspapers and on network television shows, not to mention campus publications across the nation.

By this spring he had completed 234 college credits, or about 100 more than needed to graduate, and was taking seven more....

Michelle Eigenberger, an editor at The Royal Purple, said Lechner may have achieved celebrity status, but most students are tired of it.

"It's getting old," she said. "For the sanity of the rest of the campus, we want him to get out of here."
Maybe it's because of my exposure to the community college system, where you can take classes forever as long as you pay the fees, or maybe I'm a little sensitized because I was a "non-traditional-age student" for most of my college years, but I think the "most students" need to spend less time worrying about their fellow students and more time worrying about more substantial issues. If he's disrupting class or interfering with other students' ability to learn, fine, discipline him. But if it's just "we're tired of seeing him around", get the hell over your overprivileged selves.
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11th-May-2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Doorways in the Sand, which, if I recall correctly, was fairly good.

And I agree with you; I fail to see how this guy is disrupting things. Plus, he's paying double tuition so really the other students need to mind their own damn business.
11th-May-2006 09:22 pm (UTC) - As with many things...
There is more to this story than what's written there. He was the topic of much discussion yesterday morning on the radio. I don't fully understand why anyone cares about him staying another year, but a lot of people apparently did feel he was a bit of a disruptive presence on campus. He's apparently an attention grabbing man-whore who has a habit of going after much younger little college girls and telling them he's a lot younger than he is (he apparently looks it), though that last bit is something probably many guys would do if he could get away with it. Like I said, I didn't fully understand the situation, but it's not a normal "non-traditional age student" situation. It sounded more like a plot for a bad comedy movie.
11th-May-2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, sounds more Harry Potter like than Zelazny. But it's been a while since I've read Zelazny. Aaah, "Jack of Shadows".. I should dig that one out again.

I have little difficulty with plot and concepts, but no retention whatsoever of character or place name or particular facts. It leaves me with a "wow, I learned a lot!" feeling after reading a book, but absolutely no way to discuss the book except in the most abstract terms.
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