First, I want to thank everyone for the great responses and advice. I talked it over with one of my best friends and I went straight to the vice-deans office. For those who didn't read yesterday, check the post from yesterday, but basically our professor refused to refund us $50 each and said we HAD to donate it to Haiti.
So I talked with the Dean and started explaining the situation and before I could even say 1/3 of what I needed to say she immediatly started interupting me and not letting me talk at all! I tried explaining that we were told the $200 would be used ONLY for food and that money isn't usually left over. However, since there was she wasn't refunding our money, but instead we each had $50 leftover and we had to give it to Haiti.
The dean said the professor was in the right and was doing a good thing giving all OUR money to such a good cause and not the department. I mentioned again that that money was intended for OUR meals. Well the basic summarization of her opinion was "tough luck and deal with it". I even mentioned that the teacher put the money into her personal checking account, NOT the department funds and I wasn't the only student who was bothered by this.
She also seemed suspicious of me because I told her I had $60-$75 I didn't use and I told her at least two other girls had done the same thing. "Oh, how do you know that?"
Because I kept track of what I was spending?! (I didn't say that obviously), but I did say I just kept tabs for records.
"Now, why would you do that?"
(because I'm a college student who watches what she spends?)
Again, half the time I tried to speak she interuppted me. At one point she finally said "ok, when you gave the money its like a democracy and everyone puts something in the pot and you just can't divide it equally amongst everyone". If you don't like the fee you never should have taken the class, she said. Ug...you're missing the point.
"Well, the class DID vote on this." she said.
"Yes...the majority agreed, but that was still only 60% of the students. And a lot of us said it wasn't our money, but our grandparents or parents money and we don't know if they'd like us spending their money for this when they intended it for a class".
This is a democracy and they ruled out.
That's basically what happened and I was on the brink of tears when I left because she was so rude and didn't care what a lowly student had to say compared to a professor. Grrr...I did call my mom and told her the situation as well as one of my grandmothers. My grandmother said "I'm sorry, but you really can't fight those people". No...no you can't. So...there's $60-$75 I would've used on books or to pay my tuition deposit. Thanks!