Sunday, August 29, 2004

Hold that thought!

It appears that the CFS and those fearmongering ladies were not the only ones to engage in partisanship during the June elections.

My president Paul Cooper released a press release praising the Tories.

While I am not opposed to praise of the Tories where praise of the Tories is due, such flagrant partisanship should not go un-booed.

Boo, Paul. Want to be a Zionist (see below) and a Tory? I will not stop you. Want to invoke the name of the office to which you are elected and purport to represent all students on a divisive issue? I shall not concur.


I expected more from my president.

Hat tip to reader Titus.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Gold medals in the whining Olympics

OK, avid TTAY readers, we have a decision to make. Can someone receive the award for Whiner of the Month twice? Email thetruthaboutyork[at]yahoo[dot]ca to tell me why or why not.

Shortlisted for this month's Whiner of the Month:

1. Dan Freeman-Maloy for a whiny opinion piece.
Choice whine:

"Throughout this process, I’ve received crucial support from a variety of individuals and organizations concerned with campus democracy. Unions such as CUPE 3903, the Graduate Students Association (GSA), and the York University Faculty Association have been instrumental in forcing Marsden to back down. However, the York Federation of Students (YFS), my own undergraduate student union, has been significantly worse than useless."

The crime of YFS president Paul Cooper? Zionism.

2. Reka Szekely for a whiny opinion piece:

Choice whine:
Students have token seats on Boards of Governors and Senates, but have no real say in how their school develops. This is ridiculous since students often have a much better idea of their changing needs than administrators do.

Currently, when a school makes a significant change, they merely go through token consultation with students. If we’re going to accept the current corporate model of universities, let’s call it what it really is – test marketing.

Perhaps Szekely is editing from Fantasyland?

3. York admin/Gary Brewer for whiny quotes:

"The tickets that York University is issuing to students who mispark are now illegal," [councillor Howard Moscoe] says.

"This decision came as news to York this summer, says Gary Brewer, York�s vice-president of finance and administration. Until we actually read about it in the media, we had no idea that the City was in the process of amending by-laws," he says."

A city bylaw making it illegal for the uni. to issue parking tickets is going to cost York a million bucks. No wonder Brewer is whining.

4. TBLGAY's Yehuda Fisher for whiny quotes:

Background: The YFS is taking the $60,000 that services got and dividing among all special interest groups, not just seven. The ones who used to get $11,000 of student money a week are now all cranky.

Choice whine:

Cooper says services should serve all York students and as a result YUBSA, TBLGAY and ASA will become clubs.

“There’s nothing that distinguishes them from the Muslim Student’s Association, the Italian Student’s Association or and other culture based service we’re trying to promote,” he says.

“I agree that if the YFS could give every oppressed group that much money to work with (we would), but we can’t.”

However, Fisher disagrees.

“As a service, we do require a larger budget and priority over social groups,” he says.

“This is an unfortunate step by the administration,” says Fisher. “These cutbacks will definitely make it a lot harder for us to provide essential services to students in regards to resources, education, outreach and visibility. This cutback will also deplete the quality of training and the number of staff we have on board as well.”

Votes can be sent to thetruthaboutyork[at]yahoo[dot]com until September 1. Anyone can vote! (You are all citizens of the blogosphere.)

Update: URLs fized. Sorry about that.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Affirmative Action Policy at York University

Not even hard to find.

There's this:

Affirmative Action Policy at York University:

York University has an Affirmative Action Program with respect to its faculty and librarian appointments. The designated groups are: women, racial/visible minorities, persons with disabilities and aboriginal peoples. Persons in these groups must self-identify in order to participate in the Affirmative Action Program. The [insert name of hiring department] welcomes applications from persons in these groups. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority."

and this:

Affirmative Action:

"York University Faculty Association and York University Board of Governors 2003-2006 Collective Agreement; Article 12.21 to 12.25

Affirmative Action

12.21 Consistent with the principle expressed in Article 12.15 that the principal criterion for appointment to positions at York University is academic and professional excellence, and as an affirmative action program to promote equity in employment of women, members of visible/racial minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities, the parties agree to the measures set out below (to be read in conjunction with Article 12.31).

No candidate shall be recommended who does not meet the criteria for the appointment in question.

Candidates are substantially equal unless one candidate can be demonstrated to be superior."


The same site lists a funny number - each unit needs to have 40% women in tenure - stream positions.

How is that equal? If we're going to be fussy already, why not 50%??

On affirmative action

Here's One Quick Thought on affirmative action from Random Pens�es who quotes a U of T ad for a classics prof.

The ad reads:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Ramdom Penseur's comments are interesting; one point he does not raise is: (quoting directly): Does "others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas" apply to Anglo-Saxon white males? What does one have to do to prove that he/she contributes to the further diversification of ideas?

I wonder what York's affirmative action plan is? It must have one; after all, the university was founded because women, Jews and minorities couldn't get into/get jobs at U of T.

Would be interesting to read something about it.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Welcome Frosh!

Ecspecially new York blogger "definition of me" The Experiences of a Bajan Girl in Toronto who is coming to York and going to be in Stong College.

My fave quotes:

I went to York yesterday and the place is HUGE


Also getting accustomed to the cold. It's not so bad anymore

Hon, wait till January rolls around.....

But welcome to York, definition of me!

(Welcome to all Frosh.)

Retire this!

A victory for liberty comes from the Liberals this time....but I'll gladly take liberty wherever it can be found.

Recent reporting by The Globe and Mail and many other fine news sources have pointed
out that mandatory retirement is set to be outlawed.

Mandatory retirement stinks of government meddling where they have no business to do so, to the detriment of seniors and to the benefit of big business.

Each company, individual and locality should be able to made individual decisions on retirement, not just shoving them all out at 65. Some people need to retire at 65 - but what about people who live to 100 in poverty and spend 35 years not working, 5 to 10 of which could have been seriously productive?

The implications for York are clear. A 66-year-old prof is more expensive to pay than a 30-year-old prof with no seniority.

Still, discrimination based on age is bad.
So we'll have older profs. Maybe that is a good thing - after all, tons of new course directors these days don't even have Ph.D.s. I'm not paying tuition to be taught by a 27-year-old with a Masters just because we forced out all the 65-year-olds.

Let them leave if they want, and stay if they want. Just give me qualified profs......

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


Thanks to selfmadegirl for a thought on academic appeals.

Why Democracy is Good (and everyone should vote)

Lots of university students will tell you that they don't vote because they don't think their vote matters. According to, George W. was elected by 537 votes last time around (I'm not sure in which state,) and 7.1 million Americans live abroad.

The message is clear - every person counts.

Of course, the message is slightly deceptive. I am a Massachusetts voter, so my state will go Kerry no matter what I do, but still, I am being encouraged to vote. Seems rather pointless.

But if we all didn't vote, then things would be bad. A perfect example: In recent years, York elections have drawn about 3,000 voters - less than 10% and less than the 4,000 supposed "angry students" who signed the anti-YFS petition. Maybe if those angry students had voted to begin with, they wouldn't have been so angered by their student government.

New rule: People who don't vote shouldn't sign petitions against elected leaders they didn't give a damn enough to elect.

Moral of the story: If you are American, go vote. I don't care if you vote Kerry or Bush (I mean I do care, but it's your choice) as long as you show the effort to participate. Otherwise, shut up about how much you hate this politician or that politician - you didn't vote, you don't have a right to complain.

And that's the truth about democracy.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Gender rant responses

The Tiger in Winter defends men in response to my rant.

Don't forget, though, that the other 50% of my anger is a female blogger thinking I'm male - kicking me out of that club, too.

Also, selfmadegirl has posted an apology, where she writes:

"Anyhow, I wasn't really thinking about it at all when I used the term 'he' (although I should have). It wasn't because I found your blog aggressive, or because you're interested in politics. I'm a girl who's interested in politics, and I can definately be aggressive and I don't regard either of those qualities as boyish. "

So now that I'm at peace with both genders, a short explanation a la Kermit the Frog: It's not
easy being green (or different in any way.)

Oh, and a note on comments: I don't have a comment section on purpose; things at York get tense and I blog for my own personal release - it's a stressbuster. People who feel the need to share things with me can email thetruthaboutyork{at}yahoo{dot}ca.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Warning: Aggressive Female On Rant

It appears that everyone on the Internet (or at least two people) think I'm a male blogger, perhaps due to my forcefulness and actually caring about politics. Jen at selfmadegirl refers to me as he, and The Tiger in Winter said it was because I have an aggressive tone to my blog.

This is ridiculous. If it is liberating for Britney Spears to walk around with her breasts hanging out all over the place, it can be equally (if not more) liberating for me to be me on this blog - not girly, not polite, not nice, not diplomatic, just me.

Anyhow, at a friend's Christmas party this year, a guy told me I was too 'intimidating', which was why I was still single.

I say, screw them all. Screw our culture's ridiculous patriarchal value system which wants me to believe that I should wear pink and get pedicures and keep my politics to myself. News flash: Pink, check. Pedicure, check. Politics: got em in spades.

So leave me alone. Because this is what a woman blogs like.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Blogger gone AWOL

Since it's August and I think it's about time for me to hit the beach, or something, posting till Labour Day will be sparse. Time for this pasty-white computer geek to get herself a tan!

In the meanwhile, feel free to check out these write-ups of moi! at
The Best of Me Symphony hosted by "...she's a flight risk.".

For fun, try this political compass designed to ask you a whole bunch of questions and then tell you something you already knew - your political position. But it's fun, so visit The Political Compass and for fun, see where your favourite bloggers rank at The Blogosphere Political Compass Project. Some big surprises are in store - did anyone know Michelle Malkin was a conservative or that Fuki was a libertarian?

Pause whilst I roll my eyes....

You know, sarcasm doesn't work as well online. But take the quiz. It's fun.