In late-breaking news from here at my dining-room table Financial Accounting 12:30AM study session, there is a chance my final exam scheduled for today (Friday) may be cancelled due to a flu outbreak in Mexico City & surrounding areas. El Universal just reported that the Secretaries of Health & Public Education have decided to cancel all classes from preschool through university in order to control a possible flu epidemic. WTF???
There has been a flurry of instant messenging/facebook activity among my colleagues as we try to determine whether avoiding a suspicious respiratory infection is sufficient grounds for postponing our exam & being forced to think about accounting for even ONE MORE DAY. My vote (thanks to my mother’s insistence on me getting a flu shot this year) is a strong NO: FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!!
Anyway, more news to follow shortly from the apparently cursed land of Mexico. Any chance of us convincing all those druglords that there is a “drop” going down this weekend at an infected pig farm? Is that actually a word druglords use to describe a drug deal or have I just been watching too much NYPD Blue from the 90’s?
Well sure enough, all the university campuses were on lock down today & for the remainder of the weekend. Since we could not go to campus to take our test, our accounting individual & team final exams turned into take-home, open-book, open-note exams (which I must admit was a pleasant surprise). It was all the more amusing as I had written to the professor earlier in the week asking if there was a chance that we might be able to use 1 page of notes during the exam, and he denied me. So, I felt obligated to send him another email today clarifying that although I did want to use notes and my husband does work for the all-powerful US Embassy, I did not incite an outbreak of influenza in Mexico City solely to get some help with accounting. 😉
As proof of how seriously us MBA students were taking the flu threat, here is a pic from the arrival of classmate Walter to the portion of our team exam: