U of O Watch mission, in the words of Foucault...

"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

U of O Watch mission, in the words of Socrates...

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video of president allan rock at work

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Students call on President Allan Rock to disarm and chalkon

From: Joseph Hickey
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 7:36 PM
Subject: Protect student rights: call off Protection Services
To: allan.rock@uottawa.ca, Allan Rock
Cc: "Claude J. Giroux", "Rédacteur en chef, La Rotonde", "Chef de pupitre Actualités, La Rotonde", "Chef de pupitre Web, La Rotonde", Charlotte Barrie , Fulcrum News Editor, Fulcrum Editor-in-Chief

Mr. Rock,

Members of the same U of O "Protection" force that yesterday facilitated an illegal police intrusion into the Student Appeals Centre (SAC) office and the violent arrests of student Marc Kelly and SFUO President Seamus Wolfe [today] came uninvited and disrupted the student-organized Chalking Day event at the Morisset cement poster backing walls.

Please back off Mr. Rock.

There was absolutely no "Protection" need that required a muscular intervention and disruption of our event. Student participants were harassed by Protection agents and their pictures were taken without their permission.

Despite your unfortunate intervention, the event was a success. Over 30 students contributed to filling the backing walls with colourful political messages of all types. We recommend that you read these messages Mr. Rock.

The "Protection" officers displayed disturbing unprofessional behaviour. They openly threatened the ludicrous criminal charge of "damaging University property" but then proceeded to watch and not even warn most students who contributed to the chalking. They threatened criminal charges backed by their photos but did not intervene or call Ottawa Police to stop the alleged dreadful "damage to property".

Political and informative messages in chalk on a campus wall is not a criminal offence. Drop the guns and handcuffs, Mr. Rock. Send your "Protection" agents to actually protect. For example, they could protect freedom of expression.

We ask you not to remove any of the student participants' messages, and to respect Chalking Day. The "Protection" officers did explain your logic of hiring an expensive removal crew in order to demonstrate "damage" and assign it a monetary value, but don't go there Mr. Rock. Don't go there. Don't spend our tuition money to remove our free expression. Your officers and lawyers have better things to do.

Consider instead adding your own message to the wall, about one of your human rights projects in Africa, say.

Also, we welcome your suggestions about parts of the chalking that could be removed. In this case we would do [it] ourselves (using water and a brush).


Student Chalkers of the University of Ottawa (SCUO)

Joseph Hickey
Mireille Gervais
Liam Kennedy-Slaney

cc: Claude J. Giroux, Director of Protection Services
cc: media

1 comment:

Lance Crossley said...

In October 2008 my niece and I just happened to be walking through the university centre at Ottawa U when it appeared that an event was about to take place at the stage. We sat down and before not too long I noticed Allan Rock appear. We stuck around for his speech, and afterward students spoke. The first student that spoke was Marc Kelly. He was emotionally stirred up. I later learned that he had just got suspended. He seemed like a man after righteousness. I liked him, and did a little research on what was going on. This is how I came to know Denis Rancourt. I've watched some videos, and like what I observed. Who can stand up to a person who follows a righteous cause? I submit nobody. Those in power try to categorize those who follow after righteousness as having mental issues etc. Of course I don't agree with that, but I have had my battles with unrighteous authority so I kinda know what Denis and Marc went through, and are still going through. Don't quit guys. Work within the parameters of the law. Observe the enemy squirm. The wicked know not at what they stumble. crossleylance@yahoo.ca