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::We bring you a break in our regularly scheduled  'positive October' for a short rant::

I had a conversation today with the Chinese post-doc whom I am trying to get into a regular ESL class.  We'd run into a bit of trouble, not just because he would be starting the class late, and thus would need extra tutoring to catch up, but because his TOEFL scores were too high to qualify him to take the class and be reimbursed by the Institute.  So he came to me wanting to know what the TOEFL is and why he has to pay the tuition himself.  I ended up having to grab one of the Chinese post-docs on the floor to be my interpreter because I didn't understand what the problem was.  To make a long story short, he never took the TOEFL.  In direct violation of Institute rules that state that you can't hire a foreign national from a non-English speaking country who has a score of less than 500, his PI, who is also Chinese, hired this guy knowing his English was poor and *falsified* a score for a test he never took.  ::headdesk::  

After a few minutes of gaping at the man like a landed carp, asking my interpreter to please ask him again if he is certain that he never took the TOEFL and receiving an affirmative answer, I did the only thing I could do, which was dump the whole sorry mess firmly into the lap of the Institute Chairman.  I don't think he was appreciative.  But it is definitely NOT my job to deal with Staff misconduct - it's his.  And schadenfreude is utterly failing me, dammit.

::end of rant . . . back to our regularly scheduled pleasantries::

October 6th: a completely ordinary day.  Ordinary is vastly underrated in my opinion.  :-)

October 7th:  It was sunny and warm and the only clouds in the sky were figurative ones.  I just wish I could have been outside enjoying it!

October 8th has yet to be determined, other than the fact that I should be in bed right now.  We're heading to another feis this weekend - the last one until the regional championships in November.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Oct. 8th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
1. Ordinary days have so much to recommend them, and the older I get, the more I treasure each one.

2. I hope your colleague gets in serious trouble; I just hope it won't also mean trouble for the illegally-hired one, but it probably will. That's just one of the reasons that your colleague's behavior is so infuriating: because s/he is tampering with people's lives. (Of course, I suppose the hirer could have had all sorts of humane reasons for bringing this person in without the qualifications. But somehow I suspect not.)

3. You did exactly the right thing in turning it all over to the chair. That's why those people get the big bucks.
Oct. 9th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Your wish has come true. The guy's a ass in many senses of the word and has apparently been seriously pushing the limit with both his Chair (he's not in my department, thank heavens) and the Institute, so rumor is that his contract is not going to be renewed. That still means he's got a year to find another job though. As for the poor post-doc, I spent a good time on the phone with our office of Postdoctoral Affairs making sure that they understood that he had no part in the deception. His PI decided that since he and everyone in the lab was Chinese, he didn't have to worry about following the rules. He wouldn't need to speak English anyway! What a jerk.

The Institute Chair actually came to me today and apologized for being short tempered with me yesterday, and assured me I'd done the right thing, which was nice of him. Still, it could have been a less stressful day.