Alena Kavka is a student in her last year of high school at Western Springs College. Faced with the impending uncertainties of adult life, she spends most of her time looking at photos of cats on the internet and crying.
- "So the concern that Havel raises is: why does the Lecturer feel that he has to place the sign on his door?"
- "My managers know that I have fulfilled my part and that I have obeyed the order’."
- "What becomes the concern is when the sign becomes suddenly invisible— Lecturers who walk by his door may ask themselves: what is absent here, rather then what is present."
- "If Lecturers did not exhibit their public approval with the system, they would be ‘excluded, fall into isolation, alienate themselves from society, break the rules of the game, and risk the loss of their peace and tranquility and security’, no matter how fake and artificial these options may be."
- "The sign means that he officially, publicly declares that he has accepted his role in the University, and that he is ready to live in harmony with it and its structures."
- "And, as Havel argues, ‘they are both victims of the system and its instruments’."
- "Why does he need to be loyal to the University in such a visible way that all others can observe it?"
- "I behave in the manner expected of me."
- "The concept of a panorama paints a picture within which the Lecturer’s sign is just one small component, without which, the full picture would be incomplete."
- "Lectures are supervised and controlled, but at the same time they are the controllers and supervisors of each other."