Saturday, April 24, 2004

Coming Soon.....

We are now accepting nominations for the York whiner-of-the month club for April 2004.

I will be appointing a York whiner of the month every month for the silly and whiny things York students do.

Examples include: People who whine about parking (shut up and take the bus if you don't like it....maybe then we'll be able to take a deep breath in 30 years...) and people who whine about stupid things in the different York papers. (I don't really care that you could not get into the class you wanted. Take something else and shut up about it.)

Email thetruthaboutyork-AT-yahoo[dot]ca with your nomination and reason for nominating this person. All emails and names of nominators will be kept confidential. All entries must be received by April 30.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Please don't let my civil rights get in the way of your free speech...

The end of the semester for most students brings a great sigh of relief as the classes are done, exams are finishing up and we can be done until September.

I am excited for other reasons. I finally get to write the letter I have wanted to for a very long time. As final grades are being released, I can tell the university (and the world) about my horrible now ex-professor without having to worry about him unleashing venom upon me in the form of a crappy final grade.

Free speech is the greatest thing in the world. It grants power to thinking people and enables communication. But like every awesome tool, it has this tremendous potential for abuse.

I do not like sitting in class and listening to my professor bash an entire nation of 300 million people. Could he bash Sweden without getting fired? Could he bash Africa? Why does it make the papers when the administration says something stereotypical about Africa but it makes no waves when a professor tells a class of 300 that Canada should keep all Americans out of this country? How can Canadians, as thinking, equality-seeking people, sit back and watch as a professor, a person of influence, tells a class such hateful and spiteful things about 300 million innocent people?

York students are afraid to stand up and fight back in an age where many many profs and TAs take part in demonstrations and strikes and use academic forums such as lectures and tutorials to spout fiery venom that has nothing to do with the class they are teaching.

And that's the truth about York.

Friday, April 16, 2004

The Truth About York

What the heck is going on at York?

I picked York because I wanted somewhere where the students care about stuff. About politics, about culture, about whatever.

York University is a good school, don't get me wrong. I am sure that I will get a good job when I graduate. I am not sure that I will be able to finish my time there, though, without being marginalized for my religion, my nationality, and my political affiliation.

Read the Toronto Star lately?

They write stuff about campus, and they don't know what's going on here. And no one tells the students anything. The doors are closed. We have 16 campus newspapers on campus and does anyone know anything?

This blog is my way of getting out there and saying that out of the 48,000 of us York zombies, someone actually gives a hoot about what is going on. There are "good guys" and "bad guys" and "in-between" people and I think the truth needs to be told once and for all.

And that's the truth about York.