Read by 01/31/08
Petition to Waive the University Mathematics Requirement
Standards Committee Members,
I am a 43-year-old member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and a very
nontraditional student currently pursuing Justice Studies at the Arizona State University
(ASU) College of Public Programs.
I entered college as the first step toward completion
of my goal – becoming legal counsel for my tribe, and statesman.
I come before this committee in good faith to request that ASU suspend, in my
special case, its mathematics requirement for undergraduate degree completion so I may
enter the ASU College of Law during Fall 1993.
The point I wish to make to this
committee is this: I do not need algebraic skills; I will never use algebra in my intended
profession; and, if forced to comply with ASU’s algebra requirement, I will be needlessly
preventing from graduating in time to enter law school next fall and face an idle
academic year before my next opportunity in 1994.
I will address each of these points in
turn, but a few words concerning my academic credentials are in order first.
Two years ago, I made a vow of moral commitment to seek out and confront
In September of 1990, I enrolled in college.
Although I had only the benefit of
a ninth grade education, I took the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination and
placed in the top ten percent of those, nationwide, who took the test.
On the basis of this
score I was accepted into Scottsdale Community College (SCC).
This step made me the
first in my entire family, and practically in my tribe, to enter college.
During my first
year at SCC I maintained a 4.0 GPA, I was placed on the President’s list twice, was
active in the Honors Program, received the Honors Award of Merit in English
Humanities, and was conferred an Honors Scholarship (see attached) for the Academic
year of 1991-1992 which I declined, opting to enroll in ASU instead.
At the beginning of the 1991 summer semester, I transferred to ASU.
I chose to
graduate from ASU because of the courses offered in American Indian studies, an
important field ignored by most other Universities but necessary to my commitment.
ASU I currently maintain a 3.6 GPA, although my cumulative GPA is closer to 3.9.
a member of the Honors and Justice Colleges, was appointed to the Dean’s List, and
awarded ASU’s prestigious Maroon and Gold Scholarship twice.
My academic standing
I will enter the ASU College of Law to study Indian and criminal law
during the Fall of 1993 – if this petition is approved.
Upon successful completion of my
juris doctorate I will return to Oklahoma to become active in the administration of