Thursday 25 March 2004

The Art of Standing Still





I can't remember the last time I had time to stand still. Anyway...

For those of you in the know, the crisis has been averted. At a meeting early this morning, Dr. Oliver cleared the way for the newly dubbed Operation Vocabulary to go ahead, and with the help of a smattering of people from across the University community, this operation will be a great success.

Reflections of the Cross went down famously on Wednesday night, and will do so again Saturday afternoon. Readers on the South Shore are heartily encouraged to be at St. John's Lutheran Church, Mahone Bay, this Saturday, March 27, at 3PM. A beautifil aftenoon of music and contemplative readings awaits you.

In other news... how does one even start to comment on something like this??

Though I have less than no right to be, I am disappointed, maybe a little broken, nonetheless. It's not as though I should have realistically expected something to come from nothing. It was, however, for me, a broad departure from the typical; a departure in which I saw myself step out of my comfort zone, say things that I meant, and then instead of running back inside, and hiding under the table, I stayed there. I stood by what I said, what I meant, what I felt and still feel, and I wasn't embarrassed by it.

No, scratch that. I was immensely embarrassed by it, but the words were true. And, like a friend or yours or mine pushed before a court for a crime they did not committ, the words deserved better than to stand there alone. So I stood with them, and whatever cae with them.

It is the Order of Things.

Tuesday 9 March 2004

Confessions of a Teenage Werewolf

So, I've got a few confessions I need to make.

Firstly: About that last blog entry, about the faculty reaching a deal? I made that entry under duress. I didn't want to exclaim my excitement at the resolution of the situation, but people were prodding me to post, and I had nothing else of substance, except general pissing and moaning, to say.

Apparently, none of you were sastified by the quality of that post, and have continued to harp for more, so here you go.

Secondly: I found myself in an awkward and entirely unpleasant situation during the strike. I saw people, for whom I had great respect, take positions on the issues which entirely baffled me. And I was forced to subscribe to less than four separate camps to hold my set of views.

Those far camps are namely: mainly pro-faculty (I stand behind most of the demands of the faculty association, including intellectual property rights, discipline, improved health insurance, and day care); mainly anti-admin (mainly because of the alleged dirty tricks of people like Garry Alexa); mainly pro-Gail (I genuinely think Dr. Gottlieb was trying to do the best she could for Acadia, and that she was given shitty advice from her senior management team); and completely anti-student.

Though it was completely inconvenient for us to be sidelined for two weeks like this, and will undoubtedly make my like a living Hell for the remainder of this semester, this was not the students' fight. We belong in that argument no more than I belong in a fight between my parents, or any more than the government belongs in a fight between a private employer and their employees. Not to mention, as envisioned by our Students' Union, being pro-student seems to be equivalent to being anti-faculty, which I find to be a logical fallacy.

I also find it offensive that an elected representative body should decide, from within itself, what position to take on an issue, when the general concensus of the electorate differs. It is not the job of the Students' Union to act as a political gambit, a tool in achieving it's own ends. It is the Union's job to determine and then (zealously) represent the actual point-of-view of it's constituents.

Related to what I said above, I think some administrators, though I disagreed with the position they collectively took, deserve kudos for doing the best they could in a tough situation. Particularly to Provost Paula Cook - who had the unenviable task of being the frontman of the 'evil Admin' to the student body -- I'm sure you did the best you could to pass on whatever information you were allowed to.

Scott Roberts, Poet, Wizard. Acadia pays you too much to do a job that we already had getting done. You don't need to be here; Acadia does not need another spin-master.

And to the faculty - welcome back. Even though the deal you've been presented isn't a great indicator of it, it is good to have you here, and better yet to have you back.

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