On alma maters (matri? almae matres? HELP)

January 14, 2008


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(Note: I originally was going to post this on Scrapple Spring Rolls, but got so tied up in the language issues that I thought it might fit here.)

I graduated 6 months ago. (More than that, actually, but let’s go with the figure of 6.)So why does my school have no official record of this? Still? Now, this is less alarming than it seems, first because I have an official diploma in hand, and second because they have NO record of ANY class of 2007 graduates– no alumni or alumnae can log into their alumni page. (A rephrasing: No alumnus or alumna log into his or her page, if the lucky graduate received a degree this May.)
So, y’know, it’s not my problem and all I have to do is call them every so often and nag them about actually entering these folks’ names into their database. I now wonder if this is common, or if my alma mater is not, perhaps, as “with it” as other matres/maters. (Matrixes?!? AGH)

(Full disclosure: Latin declensions, cases, plurals and all that just confuse the bejeesus out of me. I relied heavily on Doc Durden’s Guide To Good Grammar to make this post. No wonder everyone just says “alum”–but to me, that sounds like a chemical.)

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5 Responses to “On alma maters (matri? almae matres? HELP)”

  1. Vox Says:

    Dude, they just got me in the database about six months ago. I stopped sending in alumna updates when they requested them because they never actually used them.

    (You can just use “alumni” if you’re referring to a mixed group. Declensions were okay – it was cases that got me confused. Ablative? Locative? Five semesters, and I still don’t know what that means.)

  2. Rachel Says:

    I wrote a letter to President Scott. That’s how stubborn I am.

    Have I heard back? Of course not. But it made me feel better.

    So did they actually request an alumna update from you or did they ask for an alumni update?

  3. Vox Says:

    Alumni. Because the Office of Alumni Relations or whatever they’re called now didn’t take five semesters of Latin. :-(

  4. Rachel Says:

    Surprise ;)

    I didn’t know you took five semesters. Was that with Deanie? I wouldn’t have been able to do it, although I guess the knowledge would have come in handy when…um…making snotty blog posts. And that’s about it.

  5. Vox Says:

    Yep! It was awesome. I miss Latin class. (And it also comes in handy when visiting old churches and reading church records, so at least it isn’t totally wasted.)


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