01 April 2005

Judgment day...

So, I received input from several mentors and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they all wanted the same things from the advisor. I am not sure how to read that. Does that mean that the advisor's actions were that noticeable or what?

There was little contact with the team since we landed in Manchester on Sunday. I was not able to let the drive team know that I was pursuing their complaint. On Thursday night, one of the members of the drive team posted a message on the boards about the incident.

What I didn't say previously was the the advisor realized that a mistake was made and that an apology was in order. Nothing was done, apparently, and that is the reason the drivers posted an accounting of the incident.

Needless to say, the advisor was a bit put out over the manner in which everyone learned about the incident, and I can certainly understand that feeling. However, in retrospect, that apology should have been delivered on Saturday night.

The meeting with the company's FIRST team started, and I told everyone about our successes at Cleveland. Next on the agenda was the "problem" and what to do to solve it. Two of the folks did not have any history with the advisor, and two did, myself not counted. The behavior patterns that I described were corroborated by the two members with the longest history with the program. While the discussion of what I wanted to do next was progressing, one of my team's mentors came to the room with a letter.

That letter took the wind out of my sails. It was the faculty advisor's resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

Not much to talk about now, the 'problem' has solved itself.

But why didn't (and still don't) I feel like dancing? Why did I feel empty inside?