Saturday, July 21, 2007
Allow us to vent, and hand me the Liquid Paper, will you?
Had a few minutes before a meeting last Friday [why does anyone schedule a meeting on a Friday after 3pm? :) ], and started rereading the core documents of USC, beginning with the Role and Mission of USC.
"The central mission of the University of Southern California is the development of human beings and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit."
"...development of Human Beings and society as a whole"
We kept reading, but it doesn't get any better. There is NO MENTION of any other creature other than humans.
What a big bummerinski!
What about the rest of the animal kingdom? Is it wrong to expect more than this human-centric view from a self professed world class university of the 21st century?
The good news is there's an easy if somewhat time consuming solution:
Find every written copy of this and liquid paper out "human beings" and write in "ALL beings."
And of course we'll draft a letter to the President and Provost ASAP. If we know USC, this should all be cleared up by the middle of next week, tops. Of course we'll keep you posted.
BTW, Do you think this mistake is an "American Thing" or a "Human Thing"?
Maybe we'll set up a poll in the future to find out. Polling is a very imporant tool that could work for this. Whether we should have a poll about this would actually make a very interesting poll, wouldn't it?