The excessive and gratuitous use of vulgarity in Dawson College’s student newspaper, The Plant, is revolting.
It’s certainly enough to make an alumni like me want to disassociate himself from Dawson College as much as possible.
For years, Dawson College was a place which encouraged multiculturalism and respect for other people. It was a place of higher learning, readying young people for university or preparing them for the job market. When the college moved to the former mother house, many of us alumni were both saddened to see our former campuses disappear and pleased that Dawson would finally have a building worthy of its mission.
The recent entries on The Plant’s website are a shameful and mindless departure from the Dawson College of the past. Headlines such as “Piss Off” and “Rock Out With Your Cock Out!” and “F*uck Leggings” indicate a singular lack of creativity and restraint.
Let’s be clear: These headlines are just stupid and they make you look stupid too. Do yourselves and your college a favour and at least try to rise above the intellectual level of a drugged amoeba.
So far, you’re not succeeding.
Dawson College is still a place that fosters intellectual growth, embraces multiculturalism and serves as a place to prepare students for the job market and further education and all of that, regardless of your thoughts about The Plant.
Although it is undeniable that The Plant can get carried away or make mistakes when it comes to questions of taste, you are forgetting one important factor: The Plant is a student newspaper. The content is written by college students, is run and produced by college students and is written for college students. College students say stupid things, make mistakes and act like morons- it’s called growing up. The Plant is representative of the stupid shit that kids do and demonstrates the way in which kids test the boundaries of the establishment. The paper may not get it right every time, they may make mistakes and offend people, but so do college kids, which is why The Plant works.
Focusing solely on the select vulgarities within the paper does a complete disservice to the publication. It still does cover socially relevant issues, delivers important news to the student population and holds the Dawson Student Union accountable for their routine lack of transparency.
All this is to say- on se calme. You’re no longer a student, so you don’t get it. That’s fine. Just take it easy.
All I can say is, did you even read anything other than the voices section? Or did are you so drawn to vulgarity that you overlooked News, Arts, and Sports? I’m sure you skipped News Bites as well, which was not only stellar when it came to cleverness, but rarely used profanity. It seems as if you can’t see the forest from the trees James. Voices is 3 or 4 pages of a 16, sometimes 20, page issue and while it tends to be a well read section, it isn’t the only thing that goes into the paper. Maybe you should stick to reading the unfunny comics in the New Yorker while you sip your chamomile tea and smoke from your pipe you pretentious asshat. This is a newspaper directed at those in their late teens and early twenties. There’s nothing wrong with shutting your brain off and reading something slightly vulgar and wildly entertaining. Besides headlines are supposed to grab your attention and since that’s the only thing you read in the paper, I’d say they sure as hell worked.
Well James Ridson, you seem to see college (or any post secondary education) as way more than it actually is. Is college about being polite? About using your finest vocabulary in everything? Is it about refraining from saying “motherfucker” ? No. College is about bettering ourselves and furthering our knowledge….something one can do while still being young and immature. I enjoy life, and I enjoy fart jokes, however I do also find some of the plant’s articles to be stupid and tasteless, but who cares? Is the plant Dawson college’s mission statement? It doesn’t matter what the plant does, the school paper does NOT represent the school itself. You can disassociate from the plant, but disassociating from Dawson College as a whole only goes to show what true immaturity is. Truth is: You are a locked up angry child who does not enjoy life and feels society has force fed you a new definition to the word “funny”. I hope you enjoy your future life as a lifeless accountant (or some other boring job) while others have fun.
NOTE: I am an A+ student studying to be a math teacher at college or university level. I currently have a 100% average in linear algebra (science) and had a 98% average in Calculus 1 (science). Will the fact that I like fart jokes affect my success or how respectable of a student I am?
Keep being old-fashioned and stale and envy all of us others who enjoy life and just don’t give a fuck.
Hi The Plant,
You will see students from Dawson are involved in our art opening preceding the Toronto launch of our new documentary on Jan 24th. I think this event and film will interest you.
Feel free to ocntac tme about a press kit and on line screener.
The International Society for Ecology and Culture
PO Box 9475
(510) 548 4915
December 20, 2010
The official Canadian launch of The Economics of Happiness, a 1 hour documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization, will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, January 24th, 2011, from 5:30-9:30 pm in the William Doo Auditorium, at the University of Toronto. An artist reception will take place at 5:30 and followed by the film screening at 7 pm. The screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q & A. This event is free and open to the public ($15 donation greatly appreciated; no one turned away).
The Economics of Happiness demonstrates that millions of people are already engaged in building a better world. The film shows that countless small scale initiatives around the world are exploring potential solutions to the multiple crises we face—climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering such as stress, loneliness, and depression. These initiatives are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an “economics of happiness”.
Some of the local efforts profiled in the film range from urban gardens in Detroit, Michigan, the Transition Town movement in England, community development in Japan, ecological development in Ladakh, cultural preservation in Peru, and much more.
The film features acclaimed environmentalists, scholars and authors including, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, accomplished Bhutanese film director Khyentse Norbu, and the first Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile Samdhong Rinpoche among others.
William Doo Auditorium
University of Toronto
45 Willcocks Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
(basement of the New College Residence)
For more information contact:
(510) 548 4915
Monday, January 24th, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
The North American launch of The Economics of Happiness will highlight local examples of a global movement of community-based initiatives dedicated to addressing the multiple crises we face. Partner organizations in and near Seattle, Washington will be profiled at the event.
The film will be followed by a discussion between producer Helena Norberg-Hodge, activist chef Joshna Maharaj and a local urban farmer (TBA) and the audience moderated by author Wayne Roberts.
The launch event is co-sponsored by Sustain Ontario, Meal Exchange, New College (University of Toronto), Hart House (University of Toronto), the Office of Residence and Student Life (University of Toronto), Equity Studies, (University of Toronto), FoodShare Toronto, Local Food Plus, Toronto Food Policy Council, Sheridan College, and The Stop Community Food Centre.
The Economics of Happiness is produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge, and written and directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page.
Producer Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. Norberg-Hodge is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, the basis for the 1993 award-winning documentary film of the same name produced by John Page. She is also the co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and YES! magazine. As founder of the Ladakh Ecological Development Group, Norberg-Hodge received the Right Livelihood award, or alternative Nobel prize. She is also a co-founder of the International Forum on Globalization.
New Social Network for Foreign Language Learners
(Worldwide) – Announcing the launch of a website that allows people around the globe to practice speaking to each other in foreign languages. Bilingual Chat (www.bilingualchat.com) is a new and innovative concept in assisting language education. With growing globalization and the increase in international travel, more people are learning foreign languages. However, there is only so much that books and classrooms can teach. To really master a language a person must practice writing and speaking with friends (colloquial conversations with native speakers).
Instead of memorizing vocabulary words and performing tedious translations and verb conjugations, members of Bilingual Chat can practice their language skills with native speakers – in a relaxed, fun atmosphere without even opening a book or stepping foot outside their homes. Are you an English person wanting to improve your Russian, for example? No problem. Bilingual Chat will allow you to connect with someone in Russia who wants to practice his or her English in exchange for helping you with your Russian! All you have to do is create your free profile and start searching.
You can email, enter group chat rooms, send instant messages, and initiate video/voice chats. There’s loads of other resources as well – you can also practice your foreign language by reading other members’ blogs, write on discussion boards, play games, and read jokes and quotes. And even if you aren’t studying a foreign language but you are interested in international culture, you can still make friends from around the world, help others with their English, learn about foreign countries, and get some valuable travel advice. Bilingual Chat promotes global communication, facilitates cultural understanding, crosses virtual borders and breaks language barriers. Use of the website will advance your language proficiency in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.
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The Dawson College newspaper is largely vulgar and uninteresting. Simply bringing up topics relevant to society and student life at large isn’t enough. If publishing a paper every week means that the editing is poor, the journalism is poor and therefore the interest in the paper is low, then it is easy to see what those working at The Plant need to do.
The paper shouldn’t be an impoverished reflection of mass immaturity but encourage students to be intelligent individuals through thoughtful articles.
Frankly, I think the paper is quite shameful.
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