Extremely Infrequently Updated Commentary
JC '96 25-Year Reunion (10/2021)
A shame the reunions were thrown together last minute. I had slight hopes that due to the ongoing pandemic there would be a remote option: I live hundreds of miles from Havre de Grace and can't just bop on down for the day. But alas, I guess the reunion will happen without me.
JC Response (3/2017)
Anyway, in celebration, I wore my vintage JC tie, as it seemed relevant:
(Note: Scholl himself banned me from wearing this tie at one point).
Mr. Scholl (2/2017)
When I attended JC back in the early 90s, it was a pretty good school with delusions of grandeur. It was a small school out in remote Harford County and I think that kept it a little bit grounded in reality.
Since then, from what I gather, it has gone off the deep end in various ways. The one thing that kept me sort of interested (and donating the occasional gift) was the fact that many of the long-term teachers were still around keeping the tradition alive. One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Scholl. I can't even imagine JC without him around. Needless to say if JC somehow gets rid of him against his will, I'll feel no need to ever have much to do with the school again.
Class of '96 20-year reunion (10/2016)
Even despite that, I wouldn't have gone. Mostly because of the cost. How can an event hosted at JC cost so much? I suppose it's because there's an open bar. But I don't drink. And I suppose possibly my cohort would need to have a few drinks before they could put up with my presence, it's really not worth $100+ or whatever if my wife and I wanted to attend.
Sadly I can't see this getting any better for the 25th, so I suppose I'll never get to see most of the class of '96 again, alas.
New Motto Alert (11/2013)
Honorable mention goes to the slogan for their "Lighting the Way" initiative. Bold Actions for a Compelling Future. It makes me think of a food commercial. Bold Flavor for a Compelling Sandwich. That makes me hunger for something compelling and uncompromising.
15 Year Reunion Update! (11/2011)
15 Year Reunion (10/2011)
13 Year Reunion! (6/2009)
Primary complaint, it looks as though they let one of the students grow sideburns because of his part in the "Bye Bye Birdie!" musical. I wish I had thought of that at the time!
The school now has an equestrian team and a rugby team. Crazy. And I thought the school was a bit over the top when we were there.
I still think forcing everyone to buy a computer and have "paperless classes" is a bad idea. But then, despite being a Computer Engineer, I am a luddite. I also dislike integration of computers because in general the software is all windows based, and since I only ever use Linux I'd probably have been forced to use proprietary software. Good thing I attended JC in the dark ages!
I'll hold off commenting on the crazy new rebuilding thing they are planning. I'm still waiting for them to act on my previous proposal.
10 Year Reunion (10/2006)
I had a nice time at the reunion, but sadly a lot of people who were at the 5 year weren't at this one. Also, not many teachers showed up. I was hoping Scholl would be there, but he didn't show.
Part of the problem was the awkward timing. Hopefully next time it is over Thanksgiving when people are more likely to be in town.
A disturbingly large number of people in our class are either just about to get their PhDs, or more worrisome, just about to become doctors.
Also I hear that enrollment at JC has rebounded and they are bursting at the seams with students. Quite a change from when our tiny class was there.
Anyway that's about all I have to say about JC for now. They haven't done much to annoy me recently, except to perpetually get my current mailing address wrong.
Weird Donation Requests (12/2004)
I have donated money to JC in the past, so maybe I am on the list of sucker-donors that get this special treatment. But still, I find it weird. Not to mention that current tuition rates at the school are probably almost as much as my yearly income as a graduate student. Maybe I should send in a few packs of Ramen noodles so the students in the letter-writing slave room can have a break from the traditional gruel.
Alumni Directory (1/2003)
They are fairly unobtrusive and have indicated how to get them to stop bugging me in the e-mails, but it still bothers me at some level. Why should I have to "confirm" the way my life has gone with a complete stranger? Why should I have to opt-out of this? Sure if I had an MBA from Stanford, a fancy house in Fallston, and 2.5 kids maybe I'd be glad to brag. But sadly my answer would have to be "unemployed for 6 months, and no gf for 2 years" (although recently this has improved to the state of "living at home w my old high school job being rejected by grad schools, though I have found a nice girlfriend").
In any case I updated stuff on their little web-site and I suppose one day they'll call when I am home and I can confirm things. And I suppose JC will get its cut once these things start getting sold. It's just a bit annoying.
Class of '96 Five Year Reunion!
The reunion was held at a bar in Canton after a last-minute rescheduling.
The whole event was a lot of fun, and to those of you who didn't come... shame on you, it was lots of fun! And those of you who couldn't come because of scheduling reasons... be sure to come to the next one.
I'd estimate about 1/3 of our class showed up. Mr. Scholl was even in attendance briefly. From what I could tell, most of our class seems to be doing well, even though we are scattered across the country.
And besides that, nothing super-eventful happened, aside from Steve Dorsch winning two of the raffle baskets even though he only bought 3 tickets.
On a positive note, Mr. Scholl is still annoyed by this page [it was the first thing he mentioned when he saw me] so I guess it will stick around even though I probably won't update it for another 5 years. Until then...
New Dress Code Restrictions!
Some Random Updates
JC Will Most Likely Probably Not Give Your Kids Preference
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