Dang it, people -- how hard is it to write a draft of a paper?
and -- if you don't have a draft, how hard is it to send me an e-mail with your central ARGUMENT (not your question == and actual flipping argument).
Not to mention the tragedy....
One kid's girlfriend sent an e-mail from her work because their power went out and his brilliant masterpiece was trapped on his computer. We don't live in the sticks, folks -- if the power is out, it will come back in a couple of hours... if you are cutting it that close, you deserve to have tragedy strike.
Another girl's boyfriend supposedly had an accident at work and almost lost his hand.... really, I'm pretty skeptical, as she was a slacker last semester as well. I did let her e-mail her paper -- but I'm sure it isn't complete. News flash, honey - class is at 12:45 -- if your sweetie's accident was this morning, you should have had the darned thing done, or it was going to be crap anyway.
Sometimes I wish I could go all Gordon Ramsey in Hell's Kitchen on their pathetic little selves.... really, I admire the man for telling it like it is. Even with tenure, I can't have "Hell's Classroom".... sigh.