I have a question: how many of you have noticed that at the end of the spring semester, universities (or departments) get a little squirrelly?
Maybe some issue comes along that wouldn't rattle anyone in the fall, but in the spring everyone starts sending furious emails about it.
Or maybe a department meeting gets very tense all of a sudden over a seemingly minor issue.
Or everyone gets in an uproar about some announced policy that's been around for ages but now is seen as the decline of civilization and the end of Truly Serving the Purposes of a Liberal Education.
I can't describe it any better than this, but in my house, we call it the annual spring madness and all but place bets on when it will strike. I've seen it wherever I've taught, so it's not limited to one place. Have you seen it, too?