I finished my 6-week F.L.A.R.E. (Financial Literacy and Renter Education) class this afternoon. They gave each of us a certificate.
Was Québec responsible for Canada's decision
not to participate in the 2003 war in Iraq?

Kevyn Jacobs
Québec Politics and
Québec-U.S. Relations
Western Washington University
Click to read my final paper )
The deed is done. I applied for, and was granted, a hardship withdrawal from my Interpersonal Communications class (COMM 327). That means I will be finishing 9 credits this quarter instead of the 14 credits I started out with.

What this means for graduation is still unclear. I met with my adviser at Student disAbility Services this morning, and he thinks it might be possible to graduate me anyway with what I have. That would be SO sweet!

Of course, it's also still possible that I will need to take one more upper division class during summer quarter. One more is do-able. I should know within the next 24 hours what the verdict is.

Whatever the outcome, finish this quarter or next, one thing is clear: I won't be able to walk and receive the diploma until August. It's past the deadline for submitting graduation requests for this quarter, so no matter which outcome, I won't actually get the diploma until the August ceremony. Oh well.

My apologies to everyone I got excited with my anticipated June graduation date.

I'm at the finish line. I'm limping across, but I am almost there....
PLSC 445B – Québec Politics and Québec-U.S. Relations
Western Washington University
Mid-Term Journal Article Review
Kevyn 'Hagrid' Jacobs
12 May 2008

Haglund, D. (2006, Winter). Québec's America Problem: Differential Threat
Perception in the North American Security Community. American
Review of Canadian Studies
, 36(4), 552-567. Retrieved May 4, 2008, from
Academic Search Complete database.

Click for article review )
Team Observation #1
Observation Notes
Interpersonal Communication – COMM 327
Hagrid Jacobs
Click for the observation notes )

For my Global Postwar Film class, I had to give a short presentation on the political context of Frantz Fanon and the film we are watching tomorrow, The Battle of Algiers.
(Click to see my slideshow.)

At the end of this presentation, I showed the class a short clip from the motion picture, demonstrating an example of how Fanon's ideas about colonial brutality are applied in the film.

(Shameless plug: This presentation created using OpenOffice.org, the FREE alternative to Micro$oft Office!)
Note: For my COMM 327 class, we were asked to bring in a favourite quote about interpersonal communication. Here's my contribution:

"You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."

"Why, what did she tell you?"

"I don't know, I didn't listen."

-From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
Our first assignment for my Intro to Fiction Writing class was to write two pages, one of pure fiction, the other of nonfiction. The object is to see if the instructor and class can figure out which one is which. Regular readers of this journal will, of course, recognize the nonfiction one immediately.

Truth... or Fiction? (Part I)

The pirate strode into the ethnic restaurant near the docks, looking for a new first mate. Captain Porthos shook the rain off of his pea coat and long ginger hair, and looked around the establishment, his eyes not yet accustomed to the gloom.
click for more... )
Today was the last day of the DVR WorkStrides class that I've been taking for the past 3 weeks. It's been an interesting class, and while some parts of it have been sheer review (like affirmations and goal setting) or things I am just not ready to do right now (like job hunting, while I get emotionally stablized again), there have been a few really good things that have come out of the class.

First and foremost is developing a clear concept of my dependable strengths, which has been really valuable, and I think will help me a lot when I do make a move back into the job market. That exercise alone was a tremendous boost to my battered self-esteem. It reminded me of strengths I had, and had forgotten I had, and got me to write them all down in a job-finding tool. I also learned a lot about networking and job benefit negotiations from that exercise.

Second, is that the class got me out of the house, where I'd otherwise just wallow in self-pity. WorkStrides and got me doing something productive again, while I wait for school to start in January, and since I am not working. (Right now, because of my emotional instability, and the insurance problems, I have a real disincentive to work. More on that later.)

I produced a lot of work in the class, and though my starting the fluoxetine regimen right in the middle of it was hard, and then doubling the dose 5 days later was doubly hard, I made it through, and even produced some interesting writing and art.
And third, it made me some new friends (some of who are reading this journal entry right now... Hi McKenna!). The makeup of the class was quite diverse - in age, background, and ability - and it was nice to be in a social situation where I got to interact with people on a more-than-shallow level, cooperatively. Much of the work was done in small groups, and it let me interact with other people in a safe environment. (One of the instructors described my style as that of being a "consensus builder.")

Today being the last day, it was kind of like the last day of school. As an exercise, Anita handed out a bunch of 3x5 cards to the class, and instructed us to write something positive about each member of the class on them. They could be anonymous, or not, as we wanted, and anything we wanted to write, short or long. Then Anita distributed the cards to the people they were about. It was kind of corny, like everyone signing each other's yearbooks on the last day of the school year before summer vacation, but it was nice to see all the nice things people wrote about me.

The ones I received are to the right. Click on them, if you'd like to read them. Zach, McKenna, Kat, Bonnie and Anita were all especially dear to me, and over the last 3 weeks, I really am grateful that you guys were all able to share with me.

Then, at the end of class, we had a graduation ceremony, with cake and punch, and personalized certificates of completion. I'm sorry it's over, because I'll miss my new friends, but I'm coming out of it with some new tools, and a newfound appreciation of just how amazingly talented I really am!


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