Rules for Class Attendance

Legitimate excuses for missing class:

I was injured and was taken to the hospital (and here is the note from the doctor/paramedic/ambulance driver/voodoo surgeon).

I was sick (and here is the note from the Dean/doctor/faith healer/local voodoo priest).

I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown (and here is the note from the Dean/shrink/licensed mental health care professional).

I play competitive sports and will be away that day for a match/meet/mud-wrestling contest. (Note future tense)

My dorm room flooded/burned down/fell over in an earthquake (and here is the notice from the newspaper/the Dean/the Fire Marshal/the Army Corps of Engineers).

A close relative was very sick/injured/dying/dead so I had to fly out of town (and here is the notice from my family/the Dean/the hospital/the funeral home).

Non-excuses for missing class (All of which your professors have actually heard):

I needed to pick my mother up at the airport.

My boyfriend/girlfriend/long-lost cousin/ET arrived unexpectedly in town.

My boyfriend/girlfriend/alien lover broke up with me.

I am taking two classes whose time slots conflict.

I overslept/needed to sleep/felt like sleeping/was overcome by that soporific feeling I sometimes get in the afternoon and didn’t feel like drinking any more coffee.

I had work for my other classes.

I needed a break.

I am not interested in _____ (insert topic of the week).

I actually believed those Master Card ads that say I deserve whatever I want.

My dog/cat/goldfish/pet mongoose died.

There was a rerun of Star Trek on TV.

The lecture conflicted with my aqua-aerobics class.

I invented a time machine for my senior project and was trapped in 2071 when everyone else was in class, but I promise that three years from now, when I’ve gotten all the bugs out of the system, I’ll go back to last week and make up the class.

Origins of Dissertation Topic

At the Director level in the newspaper industry, I saw what I perceived to be reticence on the part of certain newspaper leaders to embrace digital change. I wondered if their hesitation was related in any way to their employment and educational background (in the literature, this is called ‘functional background’). For example, do leaders with a marketing background differ in their embrace of digital change than leaders with a journalism background? In addition, I wondered if there is a relationship between functional background and firm performance? This question gave me independent and dependent variables that I could measure. After a few weeks of research at Walden Library (which is a terrific digital library, by the way, IMHO), I discovered the leadership theory of Upper Echelons by David Hambrick. By having an existing theory that addressed my topic of interest, with its supporting literature, my dissertation path was created.