Something Should Happen

In the few days since the University of Illinois made headlines for students complaining about having to go to school in the cold, there has been little public response from the university, particularly regarding what might happen to some of those students that posted all the negative things on Twitter and other forms of social media. I may be a crotchety old graduate student, but something needs to happen to those that made the most egregious tweets, even if it is just bringing them up before a disciplinary board with the threat of expulsion or other punishment. I’d gladly redirect some of the $50,000 I paid in tuition for the school to identify some of these students that painted the school in a negative light.

That said, the only “public” reaction that I have seen is three separate mass e-mails from various “leadership” on campus, mainly asking the student body to be civil in their discourse and to stop giving the university such a bad image, the things you would expect someone doing spin control to say. Continue reading “Something Should Happen”

Racism, Sexism, and Overreaction at UIUC

When I got in my car this morning to head to school, my dashboard thermometer read 0 degrees. It had warmed up a bit by the time that I actually arrived at school, to a blustery 3 degrees, but it was still pretty cold. However, these low temperatures were something that I was expecting after selecting to attend graduate school in the Midwest; I’m smart and rational enough to understand that when winter rolls around, it is going to get cold and I might have to wear an extra layer or two to keep myself warm as I moved between the two buildings that house the majority of my classes.

The last time the Polar Vortex moved through Champaign, we were on our winter break, so you didn’t have people complaining about having to go to school. However, with the second batch of Polar Vortex coming down the horn over the weekend, and with temperatures expected to dip below zero on both Monday and Tuesday this week, I’m sure a lot of the students that were still recovering from weekend hangovers were expecting to be able to stay tucked into their widdle beds and not have to go to school like adults. Continue reading “Racism, Sexism, and Overreaction at UIUC”