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THE CURIOUS CASE OF EDWARD GRACE

A Short Story about Community Service in Higher Education


By Larry LaForge


Copyright 2013 Larry LaForge


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A prestigious university refuses to certify one of its students for graduation. What did Edward Grace do wrong? The school says he did not fulfill its highly acclaimed community service requirement – a key component of its brand image. Mr. Grace begs to differ. He pleads his case before a packed hearing room, leaving all to ponder the true meaning of community service. All characters, locations, and events are fictional, but the underlying issues are real and cause for reflection.



THE CURIOUS CASE OF EDWARD GRACE



“Mr. Grace, you requested this hearing.” Dr. Joyce Hairston cannot hide her frustration any longer. “You’re wasting our time. You could have given me this written statement weeks ago. And what’s the point if you’re simply going to say your statement speaks for itself?”

Humanity University’s dean of undergraduate students is furious and is not above making a spectacle of poor Edward Grace. Her gaunt, sickly appearance belies the power she wields on campus. With her eyeglasses down on her nose, she peers over the rims at the object of her wrath. Joyce Hairston intends to make sure no student ever tries this stunt again.

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