So this is my first blog posting in more than a week. I’m really at this lull period with the blog. Sometimes I’m not even sure why I have it. Sure, my blog gets, albeit inexplicably, a higher than average degree of traffic, but mostly I have to thank good folks like Tod Maffin who put links to my blog on his blog. Tod’s a hugely reputable guy and he’s been maintaining the CBCUnplugged.com web site throughout this lockout. If that web site isn’t a sign Canadians want more digital CBC, not less, I don’t know what is.
CBC SITUATION: Sometime next week or the week after there should hopefully be an end to this situation. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy a day that will be. I really can’t. I plan to have several drinks that night, starting with beer and ending up somewhere in the neighbourhood of vodka.
QUEEN’S: As most people are aware by now, my alma mater got rocked by a mega-street party that went out of control. 5,000 people on Aberdeen? My God. I can’t even imagine. Nor do I want to. Aberdeen was a crazy street normally, let alone during a Homecoming Party.
Far be it for me to criticize (ok, I will), but in noble efforts to avoid “tut-tuting” the younger Queen’s folk who are attending the school I will say it wasn’t every student who did this. Sure, much of the crowd was non-Queen’s students (out of towners, townies, hangers-on). But let’s call a spade a spade here. There were a lot of underaged Queen’s folk who got so loaded they smashed beer bottles over cop’s heads and set a car on fire. That’s a bit much, no?
Sometimes I think when a university like Queen’s lets all these academically high strung folks in, they should take a better look at the whole person. Are these people actually mature enough to handle it? Better yet, maybe Queen’s could try to also make a considerable effort to completely dismantle the alcohol culture that comes with the school (and come on, Queen’s may be for the academic elite in Canada but it’s always has and still is a party school like no other in Canada).