This space will be dedicated to letters from people who want to teach, learn and do their work in HMB give their persective and side of the story. Be sure to visit this blog for continual updates on fresh new letters. The first letter is from a teacher. Read and learn on what he/she has to say.
LETTER #1: A teacher's point of view.
I teach a class in HMB and we have been moved to another location. Because I teach, I am also required to hold office hours as a resource for my students to ask questions and/or get help. Obviously these office hours have been cancelled - there is no other office on campus. I guess I could arrange to meet the students in the Marketplace in SUB but that would kind of be defeating the purpose, wouldn't it? I'm in my office to work distraction-free when students are not with me.
Anyway - I received an email from a student yesterday right after class saying that he was sorry he wasn't able to come to my class because he was so tired from working on the protest for so long and that he had been told to go home and get some sleep. He then stated, "I'll see you during your office hours so I can catch
There are two things wrong with this picture:
1) You want to see me during my office hours so that your own life isn't inconvenienced by the protest but you're willing to screw up an entire campus for your own selfish purposes?
2) Its ok for you to go on with your own life - get some sleep, catch up on homework, etc. but it's not ok for the rest of the campus who is not involved with the protest to go on with our own lives?
It also brings up a point I've wanted to ask the protesters but have been cautious because of the verbal abuse and cyberbullying tactics these students use for those against the protest or who are neutral. The point is: The purpose of this HMB lockdown is to stop the University in its tracks. Crude, but effective. So why aren't these protesters' lives stopped in its tracks? Why are they going to class? Going home for a shower? Getting food? Having cookouts outside of HMB? Hello? Squatters, anyone?
Indeed. Now, protesters are being inconvienced from their protesting at HMB and expect teachers to flex and bend over backwards for them? Remember folks, it is the protesters who decided to hijack HMB. They are inconveniencing everybody on campus. It's virtually shut down. If protesters don't want to be inconvenienced, then DON'T! ask the teachers to make adjustments.
Letter #1 is surely an eye opener on the hypocrisy of those protesters who hijacked HMB last week.
Be sure to read Silent No More! previous blogs number 1 and number 2.