I was actually at Pitt not CMU. I was not working when I received $16k, although I did do a work study position that year. My income to get $16k in financial aid because I had an income of zero. I had one grant in the 2011-12 year but for around $200.
I did get offered the option to only take out a $104 subsidized Stafford loan for the school year. Unfortunately, I cannot take out an alternative loan. I am a US citizen and of the people that have offered to cosign a loan for me they were rejected. So alternative loans are not an option.
Hi thanks for your reply. I actually I did do a dependency override in the past and I have been listed as a financially independent student. I didn't elaborate about it in the blog post because explaining it would be too complicated to go into. Being listed as financially independent helped at first because I qualified for grants and subsidized/unsubsidized government loans, but now I don't even have grants and for this coming year I only got $104 of subsidized loans to be able to take out. It has been difficult to get in contact with someone that actually understands what is going on with my financial aid.
I agree and whom ever is doing this is motivated to keep doing it. Initially the bomb threats started in bathroom stalls and then to emails of just one bomb threat for a day. But the situation keeps escalating, today 13 bomb threats have been made.
The building I work in and practically live in as student was evacuated two hours ago due to a bomb threat, and as of today 11 bomb threats have been made across campus. The total of bomb threats made is now 126. It is ridiculous.
I do not agree with the FBI confiscating servers to figure out where the anonymous bomb threats have been coming from, but I'm kind of glad they are and feel bad for that.
But really, what you're complaining about is CYA (cover your ass) security. It's a lot easier for the person in charge to decide to clear out the building, and answer to a bit of grumbling with "just doing my job to keep you people safe" than it is to deal with the (extremely unlikely) fallout that would come from ignoring a real bomb.
Most people don't believe a bomb will actually blow up or something on campus. I think what freaks people out is notion that the person(s) making the bomb threats are trying to observe the patterns and behaviors of how people react during an evacuation.
Pitt has the tallest educational building in the US (Cathedral of Learning - which has had 14 bomb threats), plus many other buildings on campus are rather tall too. I cannot begin to imagine how exhausting these bomb threats have been to the police. Many people don't want to evacuate the buildings either. But what if some lunatic takes advantage of how desensitized and relax people are becoming to go a shooting spree... that is the more scary thought.
Honestly it seems like person(s) making the bomb threats becomes more agressive with the threats when the university makes a public statement about it or when the police think they've caught someone or have a lead. A part of me wonders if the university might provoke the person(s) behind this to do something more extreme if the bomb threats started to be ignored.
If you are uncertain if a threat was ever called in for either, how are those answers to my question? I was specifically asking about threats that were first called in, then followed up upon. To the best of my knowledge, neither of those qualify.