Monday, May 31, 2004

Whiner of the month for May

This one's such a no-brainer that I do not even need to solicit nominations - the biggest whiner this month was now ex-York student Dan Freeman-Maloy.

I counted seven articles in five newspapers about him. Makes me sick. Move on. Go to Ryerson. Or Carleton. We don't want you back, Dan.

And that's the truth about York.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Sorry, Ian, but you don't speak for me.

Though I too think education needs to be made a priority, I stop short of endorsing the federal NDP because I see some major flaws in their platform. I can't sanction a "spend first, think later" policy.

I accept that about 20% of Canadians do choose the NDP, like its policies and elect its representatives in their ridings. But I don't sanction anyone to endorse them on my behalf.

I pay the Canadian Federation of Students $7.20 per year, I have heard rumours that that may be ending soon, but I am not sure if this is true. But I hope it is. The CFS, on their website, have all but endorsed a political party.

If they are democratic, should they not ask their membership (i.e., me and everyone like me) who to support before going and supporting someone?

Of course, they are not democratic. They are nothing more than a left wing "ideocracy" that only speaks for me if my opinions happen, by happy coincidence, to jive with theirs.

Let me set the record straight. Ian Boyko may have my $7.20, but he does not speak for me.

And that's the truth about York.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

I thought this was math class, so why are we discussing politics?

The issue of profs polemicizing in the classroom is a major issue, fortunately it has been dealt with not only here but also on the blog, whose post "Freedom in the Classroom" links to, where students whose ordinary math, history and economics classes have turned into political propaganda centres can report these occurences.

York students should of course be having flashbacks to the January 2003 visit of academic Daniel Pipes, whose talk was almost blocked for political reasons, basically because he runs a controversial website called Campus Watch where he critiques Mid-East scholarship for its inaccuracies and blasts to smithereens the idea that perhaps - gasp - your professor is not always right.

So, all university students out there - York people and otherwise - use your brain, and stand up for your rights. Demand to be taught math in math class.

And that's the truth about York (and all universities).


Sunday, May 23, 2004

You call that a protest?

When you go to York, you get used to seeing lots of protests. They traditionally include yelling, screaming, crowds, and noise.

Dan's protest had none of the above. A group of people (most of whom didn't look like students) stood around and blew into cones made out of bristol board. I could barely keep from laughing as I made my way to the library Thursday afternoon.

It was small, it was reserved, and no one was around to see it. The Star says no one was in class either.

I doubt it did anything but then it was different from the traditional scare tactics of the Palestinian lobby - nobody yelled in my face, called me a fascist, or forced propaganda into my hand on the way to class. I wasn't even asked to sign anything without being told what it was. If Maloy's expulsion served to teach these people that there is a need for courtesy while protesting, then maybe it is a good thing.

And that's the truth about York.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Give him a trial, THEN kick him out....

Oops. No trial was given to recently expelled student Dan Freeman-Maloy. Man that guy likes to shoot off his trap and court media attention. He'll have to forgive me for not giving a darn regarding his untimely expulsion. Maybe York made a stupid political and legal move by getting him out, but we should still be glad he's gone.

He doesn't seem to care that he disrupted classes and exams. He doesn't seem to care that he is trumpeting his right to "express himself" by completely railroading everyone else's right to go to class and pursue academics.

And the local media is completely taking him up as a cause. Have they forgotten that one should theoretically be able to study at a university?

NOW: Expelling dissent, May 13 - 19, 2004 - Expelled student a born rebel

eye - York U stumbles - 05.13.04

I'm still glad he's gone. York should try him, and if he is found guilty, kick him out once and for all.

And that's the truth about York.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Good riddance, and thanks for disrupting my class

A university is a place for what? No, not protests, EDUCATION!

I know that protests happen on campus, and I get that people need to express themselves. But one student has taken things much too far.

Check out this article from - "York U. expels student for 3 years"

I have taken many classes in Vari Hall. I cannot tell you how aggravating it is to be sitting on the third floor of Vari and trying to write an exam while people are yelling below. But ok. People will yell. Add a megaphone, and "activist" Maloy has suddenly dropped the class average of everyone in that exam by about 5% - 10%.

That is not "excessive". People like Maloy are a blight. I am here to get educated. You use a megaphone twice in Vari - and he doesn't SEEM to deny that he did it - and you owe ME and everyone else in that classroom trying to write an exam, an apology.

We're better off without him on campus. And that's the truth about York.

The Price of an Education

I pay 4,183.50 in academic fees for a year at York at present.
That doesn't bug me.
People whine about tuition. Well, you pay for the fact that you won't be spending the rest of your life flipping burgers.
I'm okay with that.
But I am paying hundreds of dollars every year to ridiculous organizations that don't deserve to get my money unasked. Sure, I give to charity, but they don't take without asking.
Listed here are the supplementary fees for the university.
Nobody is going to tell me that $2.10 for the sexual assualt survivors support line is unrealistic. Take the toonie. I don't need the extra cup of coffee.

but I pay:
$19.20 for my student government, YFS
$28.50 for my college (which means i am paying for them to go to Mamma Mia for $40 a pop and buying the banner paper they use to advertise it nonetheless)

So i am investing almost $50 every year into student government.

$3.50 for a radio station listened to by NO ONE...
$7.20 for the Canadian Federation of Students, a lobby group most famous for shutting down schools in protest of the Iraq war and getting arrested a whole bunch.
$3.00 for the Ontario Public Interest Research group (I'm the public, and I'm not what do they do exactly?)
$.90 for the World University Service of Canada - can it be simultaneously both Canada and the world?

....among others.
I'll pay for the student centre because I get value from it. I'll pay for the legal aid services, because that sounds like a safe $1.50 investment. I'll even pay for the women's centre out of the goodness of my heart, though it seems suspect that there is no men's centre.

But it seems to me that just because a couple thousand students in the 90's thought this was a good idea, I have to be saddled with it.

People whine all the time about tuition is too high. Why aren't we talking about the fact that when you show up for an education, they tax you for student politicians and activists trying to play grown up?

We hear about "rights" and "justice" all the time. Well, us silent students have rights too. You want to hang out on your bandwagon? Well be a dear and stop it long enough for me to get off.

I don't need to pay for this. I just came to get a degree.

And that's the truth about York.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Whiner of the month for April

So I did not want to resort to pulling my whiner-of-the-month response out of excalibur, but it was perfectly clear when I read the April issue that the York whiner of the month is in fact Shamini Selvaratnam, who is apparently unable to take a joke. Check this out - it made the front cover of our student paper. Must have been a slow news week.
Agenda “racist” from Excalibur Online
This was a tough one, though - there are lots of whiny people who wrote whiny things in excalibur this month.

It could be worse, though...I could have had to read people whining about York in a real newspaper, which happened a lot this year.