More about the Mizzou SJWs – ‘they want a firepit’
I guess what strikes me as so interesting is the sense of entitlement in the following as well as demanding someone else pay for their demands, both monetarily and with their time. It begins like this:
Just days after protesting students defenestrated the University of Missouri’s president and chancellor late last year, interim leadership issued a statement lauding “our brave students who sacrificed their own needs to do the work that should have been done long before they joined our community.”
“The students tenting/demonstrating are asking for a generator for their campsite,” wrote Chief Diversity Officer Noor Azizan-Gardner on the morning of Nov. 6, four days into Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike. “Is there any way that we can help with this? Let me know if this is even possible.”
“We got them power this morning,” wrote Gary Ward, the vice chancellor for operations and chief operating officer at MU, two minutes later.
So power provided as requested even though no generator was put out there. Result? Sorry, not good enough. Less than 4 hours later:
“I just heard from the students that they have one power strip with 8 outlets on it and it’s connected to one of the power sources on the quad,” writes Azizan-Gardner, copying Chancellor Bowen Loftin, in addition to Ward. “The students are concerned that they may trip the circuitry if they overload it. So, they have texted me that they need to have more power outlets and/or a small generator so that they can have heat and refrigeration this weekend. Please let me know how we can provide this for them.”
Heat and refrigeration. Because, you know, protesting should have all the comforts of home paid for by the institution against which they’re protesting. No wonder there are so many feeling the “Bern” on campus.
This time, Gary Ward wasn’t quite as into helping:
Ward responded less than enthusiastically: “That is all we have and I had folks come in first thing to get that. I am very concerned with providing a gas generator for safety concerns. That also requires us to have a person come in and keep them in gas. I very much appreciate our students and their right to protest but they are right now killing grass and putting stakes in the ground where we have underground sprinkler system. No other group or individual have been allowed to set up home on our quad. Typically when a tent request comes in the request needs a [procurement code] to pay for all the associated expenses. I request they move off our quad that many of our folks have worked very hard to make enjoyable for the entire university community. It really was not designed for a campsite.”
Sanity! Hey, the quad does not belong to them, they’re making demands that no one has ever made and they should be moved off. And oh, by the way, those that do set up tent camps usually pay “for all the associated expenses”.
The answer from the administration? A giant cave:
The administration then briefly deliberated whether a resolution could be reached with the protestors soon. After one notes the enormous national news coverage, Chancellor Loftin recommends “that we handle power by providing a generator of our own or access to more power from campus.”
“Will do,” Ward responds.
Ward is being the “good soldier”, but the administration simply ignored their own rules and took the easy way out because they didn’t have the stomach to facedown the protesters like the administration at Ohio State did recently. Result? Well, when you give an inch, you can expect them to ask for a mile … especially if they’re not paying for it:
About an hour later, Ward writes back: “The generator is set up. They want a fire pit.”
Freakin’ hilarious if it wasn’t so sad a statement on many students and the administrations of many academic institutions. Protest and demand that others not only heed your demands but pay for the amenities of your protest as you imagine them.
And on the other side, just lay down and let these people run over the rules of the institution and cave into their absurd demands.
What kind of life lesson is that? While this may work at Mizzou, they’ll be standing in an unemployment like faster than you can say SJW if they tried to pull this nonsense at work. Of course there are many corporations out there caving in to racial extortion, so that’s not quite as true a statement as it once was. But you get the point.
No wonder Mizzou is closing dorms this coming fall semester. The administration there deserves everything they’ve gotten … and frankly should have suffered even more for their wormy conduct.
That’s no way to run a University.