Oh, I can deal with you, precious. Just not in the way that you think.
I can assure you that the grades you earn will be the grades I assign.
So my question to you is, can you deal with THAT?
Hmmm ... I deal with it pretty regularly. You'll either exceed your previous level of effort, dedication, and attainment or you will be "released to succeed elsewhere".[*] [*] A fantastic euphemism for failing to obtain tenure, courtesy of the President of my current institution.
That's one of the nicer euphemisms for that. Of course, I am reminded of how in a Dr. Seuss story, "I have to go to the euphemism" was a euphemism for "I need to take a shit." I think the association is apropos.
Whaddayaknow. So did I (I'm pretty sure; we didn't really have class ranks). Now can we get back to work?