College professors in Baghdad fear that giving F’s could be fatal, says the Globe and Mail. Recently, a professor was murdered; students believe he was shot in retaliation for a bad grade.
Death-threat letters have become commonplace this exam season, and there have been at least two other recent attempts on the lives of university officials.
In a wooden cabinet in Prof. Taleb’s office, he keeps all the threatening letters sent to lecturers in his college. The pile is high and a number of them have bullets taped to them.
Students complain they miss class when they’re held up at roadblocks and can’t study because the electricity is erratic. And the dog ate their homework. So professors should pass everyone — or the final really will be final.
A professor calls for hanging homicidal students.
Poliblogger is publicizing a book drive for Baghdad University’s library, which especially needs math, science and medical texts. Books or checks payable to Books for Baghdad may be sent to Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani, Department of Biology, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 36265.