November 02, 2007

Former UD student is clueless

Adib Rushdan is a former University of Delaware student who thinks the ridiculous resident dorm thought control program is just fine:

Adib Rushdan of New Castle worked hard to improve understanding between diverse student groups when he was a student at UD because, as a black man and a Muslim, he said he saw the need for it. Incidents on campus made it clear to him that students needed better awareness.

"In a lot of dormitories, there would be message boards on students' doors where absurd things were written that might have been racially motivated -- swastikas and other symbolic messages and images that speak to racial ignorance. Things of that nature have always been seen. It's necessary to have the type of diversity training that brings in people from different backgrounds."

After a spate of hate crimes, including racial graffiti, in 2005, former UD President David Roselle instituted a "zero-tolerance" policy for hate and hate crimes.

Rushdan said minorities always are the ones who press for such programs.

"The huge push for diversity and forums and discussions -- nine times out of 10 -- comes from those individuals who most of the time are the target groups who feel separated from the majority, " Rushdan said.

What is "a lot," Mr. Rushdan? Two? Three? And "might have been racially motivated?" So, you're not sure, right? And "absurd"? It's COLLEGE, Mr. Rushdan! Young adults do ABSURD THINGS. This doesn't mean that they must go through "treatment" (to use the university's very own term) to "rectify" their absurdity.

And if the "huge push" for these diversity programs comes mainly from minorities -- because they feel "separated from the majority," why do they feel the need then to isolate themselves even further with separate resident halls, student centers, and the like? The university's Ray Street Complex is home to fifteen "special interest communities" which include, among others, an Asian Community, a Latin American Culture Community, and a Sexuality and Gender Community. Then, of course, there's Warner Hall's Women's Interest Community (which, in this era, seems silly since women now make up a majority of undergraduate students at campuses across the US).

Oh well, even though UD has halted (at least temporarily) this inane resident hall program, there are still these incredibly intellectual and thought-provoking "diversity" events scheduled for November:

Cultural Symbols
  • Tuesday, November 14th
  • 8:00 PM
  • Ray Street C Lounge

There are cultural symbols all around us. Do you know what they mean? Symbols often have different meaning based on one's perspective. Join in a simulation style event to understand these symbols and the importance of understanding interpreting these correctly in today's society.

"Simulation style." Boy, THAT oughta knock your socks off, eh? But check out that last sentence -- you can be sure university "officials" will be on hand to make sure that your interpretation of these "cultural symbols" is "correct." And you know what THAT means!

Does the U.S. enable Size-ism?
  • Wednesday, November 29 th
  • 8:00 PM
  • Bacchus Theatre

The pressures our society places on weight and idealistic beauty has caused a great amount of our population to fall to two extremes: overweight and the target of discrimination or extremely thin with many college students suffering from eating disorders. Come discover our society has created these extremes and how not to perpetuate these cycles of discrimination.

So, you see, your weight is a function of society. I'm just wondering how, with all those Fifth Avenue "ideals" of male and female physiques so prevalent in all media, these serve to "cause a great amount of the population" to become obese.

If anything, our society sends mixed messages about body image. On the one hand, fast food advertising is all over the place. On the other, programs and diets can't be missed that encourage fitness. But within our modern university, you don't really expect individuals to be able to make their own choices, right? It's society's fault we have "weight extremes"! Overweight? Not your fault. Underweight? Not your fault. Blame society. (Disclaimer: Yes, I am aware that certain factors can legitimately make one "faultless" regarding their weight, OK? You know what I mean though, right? So don't be silly.)

A bright spot: The News Journal editorial board opines that UD was out of line with this dunderheaded program.

Posted by Hube at November 2, 2007 12:55 PM | TrackBack

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I lived in Warner Hall my first year of college - it's a beautiful building.

And while I don't blame society for my, or anyone else's, obesity I do think that it has become the last "safe" prejudice. It's easy to harass someone under the pretense that it's "for their health." Sometimes, sure. Other times, it's just harassment.

Posted by: Browein at November 2, 2007 08:28 PM

Hube:

The UD diversity program was so ridiculous that even the Philly Inquirer had a front page story about it. And the reporter was unable to find a way to defend the program.

That indicates how flawed and stupid it was for UD to implement it.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at November 3, 2007 11:32 AM

I am unfortunately paying the tab for my daughter's "Understanding Diversity" class at Chapman U. here in OC. Tonight she told me that the gal from the Gay-Lesbian Alliance (and a couple other left/feminist organizations) came to speak at her class tonight for the third or fourth time. This time the entire class called her out for her belief that not seeing men and women as equal is sexism. They proclaimed their joy that they were different from the opposite sex and ridiculed her position. When you try to teach foolishness, you only reach the fools.

Posted by: Laer at November 8, 2007 12:09 AM