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September 23, 2005

Some things never change

I received an interesting e-mail today. It was from the (rechristened) Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University, writing me to inquire as to why I left their program. While I give them credit for polling ex-students to see how they can improve, it was also a stunning example of how little changed since I left. One of the last questions on the survey is whether you lived on-campus or off-campus your freshman year. The remaning questions are only to be answered if you lived on-campus. I selected off-campus, clicked "Submit Suvery," and was informed I had to enter a number in the "Number of semesters on campus" box. So I entered 0 and clicked Submit again. I was now informed the number had to be 1 or 2 semesters. I picked one just to shut it up, clicked Submit, and got another error. Now it wanted to know which dorm complex I lived in during the 1 semester I just lied about. Fascinatingly, there is a "None" option in the list although it's rather difficult to live on campus your frosh year and not be in a dorm. What's that option for? People living in the basement? Nonetheless, I selected "None," and held my breath to click Submit once more. It finally took this time, and off went the survey to the buffoons in the College of Engineering. Sorry; Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. After submitting the survey, it struck me: the message had promised that, while your results would remain confidential, you'd be entered into a drawing for a 20GB iPod. The survey never asked for any personal information. So not only is it completely impossible for anyone to win an iPod by completing the survey, but I could pass the link along to everyone I know and they could pose as former engineering students. In short: The survey itself is yet another example of why I left that godforsaken program of study.

Posted by Colin at September 23, 2005 6:22 PM

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