In February, the UC generously agreed to fund part of Quench issues 5 and 6. I fronted the money we’d been promised, we printed the ish, and then I filed a completed project form. A month went by and no fat reimbursement check appeared in my mail, so I decided to follow up.
From: quenchI got a response:
To: Jane Fang
I filed a completed project form for UC grant #831 (to Quench, for issues 5 & 6) on 4/15/06. I was wondering when I would get the reimbursement check. The grant was for $700 and that's a lot of money for me to front out of pocket for this long. Any idea how much longer I need to expect to wait?
Thank you for your help.
From: Jane FangI was confused. Incidentally, the UC Website sucks monkey balls (large ones).
To: quench, Lori Adelman, Raymond Palmer
Thanks for your email. I am no longer the Finance Committee chair this semester but I have forwarded your email to this semester's chair, Lori Adelman, and this semester's Reconciliation Chair, Ray Palmer. They should be able to answer your inquiry. Please do not hesitate if you have anything else!
From: quenchRaymond Palmer takes over:
To: Jane Fang, Lori Adelman, Raymond Palmer
I'm sorry about that, Jane. The UC Website still lists you as FiCom chair; that's why I was confused.
From: Raymond PalmerWhoa, wait. The UC screwed up, therefore I need to go “harrass” (sic) some random guy? If he’s been “quite delinquent with audits recently,” shouldn’t you be knocking his ass back into line, pronto? Why are you sending me to do it?
To: quench, Blake Kurisu, Lori Adelman
So sorry. Your grant has been selected for an audit and James [last name withheld] should have contacted you for an audit where you give him your receipts and he gives you your check. I would advise you to call him and harrass him as he has been quite delinquent with audits recently.
Well, whatever. I can jump through some more hoops; I just want that money. But it’s not that easy: the guy is unlisted.
From: quenchThis is the point where it gets totally ricockulous and I start to despair:
To: Raymond Palmer, Blake Kurisu, Lori Adelman
Ok, what's his phone number? It's not on facebook, I already checked, and no one answered his room phone. Maybe you could track him down and have him get in contact with me? My phone number is ###.###.####, and I check email often.
From: Raymond PalmerWHAT? I am so confused now. Here are a few of the questions I have:
I don't have his number... maybe lori adelman has it (she's been cc'ed) Other advice is to stalk him... wait outside his room or talk to his roommates. He's been doing this to MANY people... and I want to apologize!
Did the UC really just tell me to both STALK and HAR-RASS someone in order to get the money they already promised me?
…and what do this kid’s roommates have to do with anything?
Why am I being sent in circles, and why did it take a month (and me following up) to be told that I needed to give receipts to someone?
WHERE IS MY MONEY?
UPDATE: We have just learned that this "James [last name withheld]" character has been Missing In Action for the past two weeks (see comments). Do your part to help the UC locate their fallen comrade! If you see this man: Please contact your local UC reps immediately. That is, if you can find them.
Please contact your local UC reps immediately. That is, if you can find them.
UPDATE AGAIN (5/15/06 11:44am): Lori Adelman has taken control of the situation! All is not lost.