Brian D. wrote:After electronically digging into the background of some of the potential protesters from Miami University, I may never get serious about anything again .One example? "Preferred gender pronouns", that bit of college-born linguistic nonsense is actually a thing now, maybe headed to a real world workplace near you.
My oldest son is a high school junior this year; so we are beginning to do the college visit thing. If BB62 remembers, this is the son that I carried on my shoulders for most of the open carry walk in Wilmington (I think) around 2003.
Last Saturday we visited Miami University in Oxford for their official campus visit.
Based on our experience last week, BB62 and the group should have no problems. They may not get an overly warm welcome but I do not think there will be any antagonistic protests.
Miami does appear to be into the "PC Movement". The term Freshman seems to be forbidden. Everyone that conducted the tours, that I would consider a Freshman, referred to themselves as a "First Year". The student that led our group was a Senior and referred to himself as such. However, when he talked about events in the past, they were things that happened when he was a "First Year". The faculty and administrative people that were part of the pre-tour presentation also referred to when students are "First Year" as opposed to Freshmen. I know Miami changed their mascot about 25 or so years ago from Redskins to Redhawks, even though the leaders of the Miami tribe had no issues with the term Redskin.
Miami also seems to be a school where people are expected to follow the rules. Our tour guide gleefully pointed out how the parking garage on campus was fully paid for and is fully funded operationally by parking fines. My wife and I did not have the heart to ask how long it took to collect enough in fines to pay for the parking garage. However, they do patrol the streets to make sure cars have the "authorized parking pass". A few days before our visit, I received an e-mail with a .pdf of a Parking Pass that had to be displayed on my vehicle's dashboard,with the correct license plate number added, while parked on campus. After our tour, my wife, son and I walked to a nearby restaurant for lunch. When we came back to the Farmer School of Business, there was a "gentleman" walking down the street looking at the parking passes on the dashboard of each car he went past.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to join the festivities this weekend. My younger son has a soccer tournament in Louisville, KY on Saturday and Sunday.
Have an enjoyable and educational walk.