Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Beyond Pathetic: Food Drive for Charlotte School of Law Students
Feed a Hungry Law Student: On January 27, 2017, the Charlotte Observer featured a Michael Gordon piece that was headlined “Charlotte School of Law starts food drive so students get something to eat.” Check out this opening:
“Cut off from millions of dollars in federal loans because of their school’s chronic failings, students at Charlotte School of Law still don’t know how they’ll pay tuition, rent and utilities.
Now they are apparently running out of food.
In response, one of their professors announced Friday that some faculty and other law school employees have started a food drive to make sure students of the reeling school have enough to eat. Scott Sigman, director of the school’s clinical programs, sent out an email alerting students that the stockpiled food is available in the student commons.
“I know that times are uncertain right now,” he wrote. “If you are low on funds and in need of food, please take what you need, keeping in mind that others may have needs as well.”
Students have been racked by financial anxiety since shortly before Christmas, when federal officials announced that they had made Charlotte School of Law the first accredited law school ever to lose access to federal student loans. Last year, Charlotte School of Law students received almost $50 million from the program for tuition and living expenses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced it had broken off negotiations with the school to extend some of the loans through the spring semester.
The government agency and the American Bar Association have both accused the for-profit law school of hiding chronic problems with admissions, curriculum and test scores from students. But the cutoff of federal money has left students pondering how they will pay for school and living expenses. There are reports that some students have stopped attending classes because they can’t afford gas for their cars. Observers say more than half the student body has already left the school.
Some of those who have chosen to remain are struggling to meet basic needs.
“How can we be prepared for class when we can’t feed ourselves?” said third-year student Margaret Kocaj of Charlotte. “How can we study when we have headaches because we can’t afford to eat? This is our reality now. There are no words.” [Emphasis mine]
There are also no words to adequately describe for your stupidity in choosing to attend a FOR PROFIT, FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN!! Did you think that a law degree from this stench pit would lead to a great career?!?! Who told you that attending such a cesspit would be a good idea – or a smart investment?
Other Coverage: On January 30, 2017, the National Law Journal published a Karen Sloan article entitled “Charlotte Law Prof Starts Food Bank For School’s Students.” Read the following segment:
“Robert Barchiesi, a third-year student who is among a group of students suing the school, said the situation leading to the need for a school food pantry and GoFundMe campaign is “truly incredible.”
“I think it’s a sad situation, when a law school becomes a food pantry for its own students because it failed to meaningfully work with regulators on a solution that could have given students a different option to finish their degree and regain access to federal student aid,” Barchiesi said.
The Education Department on Dec. 19 announced it would pull federal loans from Charlotte students, citing concerns over accreditation shortfalls and misleading information about the school’s bar pass rates. Since then, negotiations to extend the loans broke down, apparently over the department’s insistence that it remain open only through May. School officials have said they are hoping for a more favorable outcome under the new Trump administration.
Sigman said the idea for the food pantry came from him and several other faculty members. On Friday afternoon, he sent an email to all students alerting them that free food donated from faculty and staff was available. But he quickly realized that student needs went beyond just food, and he stared the GoFundMe campaign, which aims to raise $250,000 that would be divided evenly among students who agree to use it for living expenses like rent, food, gas, utilities, and medical expenses. As of Monday morning, the campaign had raised more than $5,000.
“I want to help them,” Sigman wrote on the campaign’s web page. “I can’t imagine how I would have succeeded in law school in the circumstances that [Charlotte School of Law] students face.” [Emphasis mine]
You feel so sorry for your students, but you charge them $42,320 per year in full-time tuition, right?!?! Yes, that makes perfect sense, pig. How much was your cost of attendance, when you attended West Virginia University Commode of Law?
Conclusion: What’s next for these idiotic students? Perhaps a blanket drive or donations for coats and clean underwear from the Salvation Army? Maybe the “professors” will chip in and purchase new socks and gloves for these young men and women who want to become lawyers. In the final analysis, if you pay $42,320 in tuition to attend a FOURTH TIER PILE OF GARBAGE, then why are bitching about utilities, food, and other bills? These are the costs of living, which you would need to pay even if you were not in school. It’s time for the students at CharloTTTTe Sewer of Law to take a good, hard look in the mirror. You made the decision to go to an outrageously expensive toilet, knowing in advance that you would face an uphill struggle to: (a) pass a bar exam; and (b) have a chance at a decent legal career. Make sure to load up on plenty of protein, Dumbass!
Posted by Nando at 4:48 AM