Sunday, September 26, 2004

I should be studying

My blog buddies went away!

Fuki and Being American in TO are AWOL.

Both blogs were major influences on me, and now they haven't published in months.

Casualties of the blogosphere. Or extended vacation. Or perhaps trapped under something heavy.

Where oh where is One Ordinary York U student???

I keep getting messages from everyone from the PNP/YFS crowd to people who don’t even go to York asking me where TTAY has been…Sorry people, but some of us, being ordinary students, go to class! And read thousands of pages of boring psychology horses***. And wish we could blog all day and all night. But we can’t.

 

Yay laptop – we can blog in class!

 

Consider this an open call for York whiner of the month for September.

 

And if you want to send emails expressing hate/love/anger/grave concern, or just vote for Whiner of the Month, try thetruthaboutyork[at]yahoo[dot]ca.

 

Later peeps.

Fun new blog!

I always like fun new blogs. The challenge of course is to keep them up.

So I found a new blog that can only be described as libertarian and big-word-loving. 50 bucks says the people operating Pro Libertate Veritateque are in law school and read dictionaries for fun.

It's nice, though, that 3 people in 3 different cities can all blog together. Don't believe what the stupid university prof types tell you, that technology is bad, reason is bad, and we should all live in caves. It is technology that permits people to conquer space in a manner never before possible prior to the advent of technology.

Big word loving libertarians of the world, unite!

Big club funding scandal

Let's say you are a particular ethnic club at York. You get $11,000 a year to run programs.

Then a new administration comes in, sees that there are hundreds of ethnic clubs only getting $100 a year, and cuts your funding to $4,000.

What do you do?

Call them racists.

Choice quote from my fan, Mr. President:


YFS president Paul Cooper says the goal is to create more equality. He says that last year $60,000 was allotted for 7 services and $12,000 for over 200 clubs. At the end of the year, the clubs budget was depleted, but the services budget had a lot left over.


The response from the clubs who lost their thousands has been crazy.

Take the editorial written in early September:


Our student government has long since ceased to be an effective organization for students, but these services still are, and they need your help.

As I write above, I pity all you new students because this is your government, and I feel the need to apologize to you, because it was us who elected them, it was our mistake that you’re paying for. Let us not make the same mistake twice.

Let me tell you something, Excalibur. I voted PNP once, and it was the best decision I ever made. I would do it again in a minute.

PS: Excalibur's website sucks. It's slow, and you can never find anything. And then when you try to blog something, it gets all f***ed up. Damn journalists.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

A re-emergence

School starting again has made things nutso over in TTAY's crib. But still, I crawl the net, wishing I lived in debt-free Alberta, where student papers are good and recognize their own finite nature.

PS: Excalibur sucks this year. There is this, this, and most recently, this.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Clarification

Who ever knew a news release could be satirical?

Those of you who've been reading a while know that I get intrigued by reader mail, and I certainly got one I didn't expect this week - from YFS president Paul Cooper himself.

While he says he likes my blog in general, he wrote ("I love the way you write"), he asked for a clarification on my August post, where I criticized his press release endorsing the Tories.

As requested, I am clarifying: His press release is merely recognizing the positive aspects of the Conservative platform on education, not an endorsement. He says it was meant satirically, and as a response to the CFS' Report Card on Education which was blatantly unrealistic.

And we all know my personal opinion of the CFS.

And a thought? Personal contact with elected officials is rare. I appreciate that my president took the effort to contact me personally, even though I'm not powerful or influential - I'm only one vote in January.

But you know what?

Come January, Cooper has my vote.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Yee haw! It's quiz day!

I love Internet quizzes. Especially ones that make me Tennessee! Keep reading for more about me...




You're Tennessee!

A vibrantly musical individual, you probably know how to play multiple
instruments. At the heart of your love for music is the guitar, though you have a soft
spot for violins, which you refuse to call anything but fiddles. Fiddlesticks aside,
you are very thin and have excellent posture. If you ever run for elected office, you
won't even be able to get your hometown to support you. I guess that's why they call it
the blues.



Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Look at me, I'm an ardent pacifist!




You're Catch-22!

by Joseph Heller

Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you
see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense
of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an
ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You
could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of
people.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

I'm a cheese-eating surrender monkey!

Sacre bleu! Je suis francais!

I took this quiz, and look what happened!



You're France!

Most people think you're snobby, but it's really just that
you're better than everyone else. At least you're more loyal to the real
language, the fine arts, and the fine wines than anyone else. You aren't
worth beans in a fight, unless you're really short, but you're so good at other
things that it usually doesn't matter. Some of your finest works were
intended to be short-term projects.

Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid



I'm so glad these mean nothing!

Friday, September 03, 2004

Whiners - the repeat edition, part 2

The votes have been tallied, and by unanimous decision, it appears that May's chief whiner is at the top again - the top of the whiny list for his recent article about his mistreatment (wah wah wah...) in the Excalibur. So with no further ado, I dub Dan Freeman-Maloy whiner of the month.

Whiners - the repeat edition

A Canadian Press story features April's Whiner of the Month. It's visible in the The Calgary Sun and National Post:

"OTTAWA (CP) - The only barrier between Shamini Selvaratnam and her dream of a law career is the skyrocketing cost of tuition, which has risen again this fall across Canada.
The 23-year-old York University sociology major has the marks - an academic record full of A's and B's, though she still laments a lonely C from two years ago that she views as a blotch on her record.
She's earned those marks while often holding down two jobs, working more than 20 hours a week in places such as restaurants, call centres, and at school.
But she begins her final year of undergraduate studies $22,000 in the hole and figures her debt burden would swell to nearly $100,000 if she began law school, which costs $15,000 a year for five years.
'By the time I finish my studies I'd have like, a small mortgage - a mortgage someone might have on a house, I'd have for my education,' she said in an interview. "

I understand the complaint in reference to people who don't make a lot of money, but honestly, Shamini - become a lawyer, get rich, and pay off your loan.

Lots of us work our asses off to pay our way through college, but you don't see us bitching about it.