Friday, August 26, 2005

Accounting - Strong Enough for Men, But I Like It Too 

The first class of Accounting for Lawyers was last night, and I found it interesting. The professor clearly is into it and enjoys what he does. He held my attention, even though he meandered into his Republican politics momentarily while explaining that he's recently moved to Maine after living in Massachusetts all his life and being unrepresented in Congress by "certain senators who won't be named. Like Kennedy." He's now much happier in Republican Maine, with his Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Although he's basing this happiness on one of his new neighbors having told him that Olympia Snowe is "pretty good." Oh, and the professor referred to her as "Senator Snowden or something." But as long as he sticks to the accounting, he seems fine.

The enrollment in the class struck me as a bit odd, though. First off, the registrar lists the enrollment max as 85, and it's in one of the biggest rooms in the building. My other 85-capacity class this semester is Wills, Estates and Trusts, and it's full. People I know were wait-listed for it. So I was expecting this one to be packed as well.


Lots and lots of empty seats. I looked around to my side of the room, and found that the population was nine guys and me. I quickly surveyed the other side of the aisle, and found seven more guys and four more women. So there are 21 people in this 85-seat room, and only 5 of those 21 are women. I haven't been this outnumbered since my AP Physics class in high school (2 girls and about a dozen boys). In 1981-82 Irena Rakin and I were the first girls to take AP Physics in my school in about 16 years. But back to the present.

All my other classes at NESL have been fairly well-balanced, with the balance being towards more women if anything. NESL was "founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the only law school established exclusively for the education of women." It's been coed since 1938, and became New England School of Law in 1969.

On my side of the room it was really strange, because there were two of us in the 2nd row, one guy right behind me (the three of us ended up clustered together because neither of them had the book yet, so they looked on with me when he referred to a balance sheet in the text), but the other seven guys were all lined up at the far end of the last row. It was like they were the sports reporters at a ball game.

At one point the prof. was saying how when you're in a partnership, the government doesn't care if it was you or your partner who stole the tax funds. They'll come after whoever they can get. He then said it's like in The Fugitive, when Harrison Ford is backed up against the end of the outflow pipe, with a huge drop behind him, and he tells the US Marshal... "Who was that, that played the marshal?" Of course I piped right up with "Tommy Lee Jones." He didn't quite catch it, and asked me to repeat it, but before I could, all seven of the sportcasters chimed in "Tommy Lee Jones." I think perhaps they were embarrassed to have been bested on a piece of manly movie trivia by a girl. Or maybe they were just sucking up. In any event, it was wierd.

Oh, and his point was that Harrison Ford tells Tommy Lee Jones, "I didn't do it," and Tommy Lee Jones, whose only job is to catch the fugitive, not judge his innocence, responds, "I don't care."

So if you're in a partnership, make sure those taxes get paid. And if you're in a mostly empty classroom with a bunch of your friends, either spread out a little bit or move down a couple of rows so you don't look so silly.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:54 AM