This is a series of emails between myself, Lesley, and our IQP advisor. Does this seem like strange, un-advisorlike behavior, or am I deluding myself?

Us: Just looking to talk to him and clarify some nebulousness.

From: Lesley Anderson []

Sent: Wed 9/1/2004 4:38 PM

To: Danneels, Erwin

Subject: IQP

Hi Professor,

Katie and I are here in the library doing some research, and we’ve noticed that our topic is rather elusive in terms of finding relevant material. Would it be possible for us to meet with you to discuss the topic and what

direction(s) we’re going to be heading in? Also, we’d like to get a better idea of what our actual project and presentation are going to entail.

Thanks very much!


Lesley and Katie

Erwin: Apparently thinks we have done nothing and points us towards Google as a source for IQP material.

From: “Danneels, Erwin” [mailto:erwin@WPI.EDU]

Sent: Wed 9/1/2004 5:05 PM

To: Lesley Anderson

Subject: IQP

You need dig much deeper! There are many things out there.

After three minutes I found:

I tried key words “script writing” on with tons of hits.

Go for it!

Us: Thinking that Google cannot possibly provide the rigorous kind of resources we want, and thinking that the amount of research completed so far has little bearing on the subject, try again.

From: Katie Ferguson []

Sent: Wed 9/1/2004 6:41 PM

To: Danneels, Erwin

Subject: IQP Meeting


Would it be possible for Lesley and myself to meet with you to talk about our IQP in a little more depth than we originally laid out?

Thank you for your help,


Erwin: Still does not want to meet with us, this time is more adamant and appears to assume we have spent the last week with our thumbs up our butts.

From: Danneels, Erwin [mailto:erwin@WPI.EDU]

Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 7:43 PM

To: Katie Ferguson

Subject: RE: IQP Meeting

Again, you first need to do more research, and then we can meet.

Us: Starting to get frustrated, we decide to explain as fully as possible the situation from our viewpoint, including the fact that I have spent a decent amount of time with Gordon, plus too many hours bathing in monitor-glow. His response still to be determined.

From: Katie Ferguson []

Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 8:38 PM

To: ‘Danneels, Erwin’

Subject: RE: IQP Meeting


We’ve done a fair amount of starting off research, including: checking out half a dozen or so applicable books from the WPI library, buying two pertinent books with my own money, setting up an interview with Prof. O’Donnell here at WPI, emailing numerous online sources, printed out four online resources, and contacted some personal friends with contacts in Hollywood.

Additionally, we have formulated a tentative outline that we would like to review with you, as well as discuss the ultimate goal of this project–what we’ll be producing as a final result, in effect. Lesley and I are available to meet with you any time after 3:00 Thursday or Friday, or we’d be happy to schedule a time next week that would work better for you.

Finally, we recall you’d suggested you would send out information on what our weekly reports need to include. Once we get this information we’d be happy to report to you that way.

Thank you,

Katie Ferguson

To Be Continued…

– KF –

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