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BC Administration Clarifies: ‘No, We’re Not Being Silent, We’re Just Ignoring You.’

BC Administration Clarifies: ‘No, We’re Not Being Silent, We’re Just Ignoring You.’

Old Articles September 30, 2016 The New England Classic

GASSON HALL — In the wake of Thursday’s “Solidarity March” that inspired hundreds of students to speak out against the injustices committed against marginalized populations on... BC Administration Clarifies: ‘No, We’re Not Being Silent, We’re Just Ignoring You.’

GASSON HALL — In the wake of Thursday’s “Solidarity March” that inspired hundreds of students to speak out against the injustices committed against marginalized populations on their campus, administrators issued a statement on Thursday afternoon: “We see you, we hear you, and we just don’t care.”

When a group of students of color met with the University to ask for greater representation among faculty members and advisory staff, their requests were met with apathy: “I mean, I guess I could widen our search to include a more diverse group of candidates,” said the person whose literal only job is to hire personnel who fit the needs of the university, “but that would require putting out more bulletins, and I already sent out a whole bunch.” In this meeting, one student proposed that non-Eurocentric history classes count towards the University Core. The administrator did not even scribble this request on his notepad, shaking his head. “No, no, our students love learning about white colonialism, they’re used to it from their elementary and high school educations up until this point, so why change now?” he responded. “And besides, all the lesson plans and curriculum are already drawn up, and I don’t really want to have to make new ones, there’s a football game this weekend and Leahy wanted me to order a couple new toy drones.”

“We hear you,” administrators told organizers who came to them with complaints of prejudice towards the disabled community on a campus that has become increasingly hostile for wheelchair users to navigate due to recent construction projects, “it’s just much easier to pretend we don’t.” When these advocates for students with disabilities pressed further, because honestly, how hard could it be to make sure that the Braille in academic buildings reads correctly, the administration merely shrugged. “I know we’re being investigated by federal authorities for blatant violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said one higher-up, “but disabled students make up such a small percentage of our campus population, do their needs really matter?”

The LGBTQ+ population on campus also had the audacity to ask Boston College to break their silence regarding hate speech on campus and to follow up on their proposal for an LGBTQ+ resource center, noting that it is 2016 and every other college campus adopted these programs, like, five years ago. With the popularity of the Spectrum retreat and the Queer Peers mentoring program, students said, this would be the perfect time to dedicate more time and energy to ensuring that all of our siblings in Christ feel welcome and free to be themselves on a campus that touts itself as a home. \

When one advocate proposed, also, a school motto that doesn’t isolate the non-binary and genderqueer population, the administrator turned his head the other way to look out at the academic quad. “Look at all that beautiful grass,” he said, absent-mindedly musing, “Hey, do you want to see a cute and quirky Boston College music video? C’mon, you’ll love it! Forget about your other problems.”