An Accident Paid Off My MFA Debt

Just over a month before I entered the graduate writing program at The New School I was struck by a car as I stepped into a crosswalk on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Along with minor abrasions, my left ear was mangled beyond repair, and as I faced a handful of surgeries in the months and years ahead, I worried how these might affect my expensive education.  I would plan each surgery around a break from school so that I could miss the least number of classes possible. At the time this was how I connected grad school to my accident, along with the knowledge that I would have to get the hell over it; I had an M.F.A. dream to fulfill.

Sorry We Sprayed You

Remember those college students from UC-Davis who were pepper-sprayed at point-blank range by Lt. John Pike?

Receiving $38,000 After the Internet Gets Mad at You

Police Lt. John Pike became infamous for using military-grade pepper spray on student protesters at UC-Davis who were sitting in their campus plaza with their arms linked. The students were protesting some campus issues, including a proposed 81 percent tuition hike. UC-Davis settled a lawsuit with the three dozen protesters who were pepper-sprayed for $1 million earlier this year.

They’re not the only ones who got a settlement. Pepper-sprayer John Pike received a $38,055 settlement in workers’ compensation for the suffering he experienced after videos of him spraying the students went viral. The internet got mad at him and sent him 17,000 angry or threatening e-mails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters, according to the police union. Pretty sure the internet is going to get mad at him again.

More Face-palm News About the Banks

"The banks screwed up the title transfers. A lot. They sold bonds backed by houses they didn't own. When it came time to foreclose on those homes, they realized that they didn't actually own them, and so they committed felony after felony, forging the necessary documentation. They stole houses, by the neighborhood-load, and got away with it. The $1B settlement sounded like a big deal, back when the evidence was sealed. Now that Szymoniak's gotten it into the public eye, it's clear that $1B was a tiny slap on the wrist: the banks stole trillions of dollars' worth of houses from you and people like you, paid less than one percent in fines, and got to keep the homes."