You come off as whiny and self-absorbed. These are qualities that will not serve you well if you actually end up graduating and sailing on a license. I am sure that you will find Captains and Chief Engineers who are far more demanding and hard to get along with than this Captain Hanft. You probably can't help yourself due to the "every kid on the soccer team is a winner and gets a trophy" indoctrination you received when you were younger. . Just saying.....Quote:
As you all may know, the newly hired officer, Catie Hanft has become a tyrannical force on maritimes campus. Every day, there seems to be a new unfair code or rule that is being instated solely by her in attempt to gain more control of the students. In no way , shape, or form do these absurd rules do anything but hinder our education . I know of numerous peers who are in a current struggle to stay in school because of her constant, overbearing, insane attitude. Need I remind you this is not a public school and not a service academy and nearly every student is paying for their tuition? She is in no way fit to lead the student body or to occupy her current position. In her beginning months, she has been only seen harassing students for minute, unimportant details regarding their uniform and basic privileges. She has ignored the bigger issues and refuses to work toward making the studentís time here more enjoyable or our education more efficient. She has insisted on fixing things that are not broken. In no way am I asking to have the college host parties or return to being a wet campus, I am simply asking to have my basic rights respected as an individual. I understand I agreed to adhere to the regimentís standards, but she has crossed a line, and continues to harass students.
Her behavior however is not the thing that frightens me the most. The most disturbing facts about her lie in her credentials and previous job experience. Before she was hired at Maritime she served as a brig commander (a warden) at a U.S. military prison in Charleston, South Carolina. At no point in her life was she a teacher, professor, or school administrator. She has not spent any time whatsoever as a merchant mariner. I find this extremely hard to comprehend considering where it is we go to school. How can we relate to someone who has never sailed before? She not only has no experience in the maritime industry, but was also involved in the civil liberties violations that took place in the military prisons in 2007. The same type of violations that had her prisoners water boarded, injected with multiple serums, shackled for hours in grotesque and extremely painful positions, and various other inhumane types of torture. Captain Hanft has had no problem torturing these men and thus willingly violating the constitution of the United States. She has been proven to have no problem violating the rights of her subordinates, and it is plainly shown by her actions here. I find it extremely disturbing how someone with a record like hers can be put in charge of a student body at a public university. How can anyone expect to feel safe with someone with her background in charge? The circumstances surrounding her hiring are very shady as well. It seems as if she had just walked on to campus out of the blue and began stripping students of their rights and privileges. She has done nothing to better the college morale and is only a burden on our already rising tuition. It is not only the student body that she is constantly harassing, but her colleagues as well. So much so that every single officer that was in place before she was hired is now leaving, mostly because of her ludicrous rules that affect them negatively.
In short, there is simply no logic behind Captain Hanft being hired. She is going on trial for her war crimes this summer and has a very real possibility of being convicted. She is in no way fit to lead any kind of organization, let alone a student body. Her warden-like, hostile mentality has no place here. We are beginning to be treated like captives instead of students. If a student is caught speaking out against her to anybody, he or she is immediately reprimanded and saddled with demerits. There is no doubt the ones running this school do not want this information to come into light. If you wish to further inquire about her absurd behavior, you need not to respond to this letter, but simply ask any student at Maritime. This is not a place for someone like her.