It’s one thing and in some ways a reasonable thing to be scared, uncomfortable or intimidated in the woods but it’s something altogether different to be scared, uncomfortable or intimidated by wood, yet that is exactly what what some students at the University of Michigan are claiming: they’re being made to feel uncomfortable by wood paneling.Seems with each passing week news breaks about the latest most ridiculous, arcane, over-the-top bit of behavioral nonsense on our nation’s college campuses. From coast-to-coast the ridiculousness is coming so fast and furious one can scarcely keep up. The latest bit of ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ comes from the University of Michigan and was covered by Breitbart:
“Anna Wibbelman, former president of Building a Better Michigan, stated at a student government meeting that “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling” of several academic buildings around campus.Like this apparently. Yep, looks pretty scary.
The primary building in question, the Michigan Union building, is a historical building on campus and serves as one of the most recognizable landmarks of the university.Although the building is set to undergo a pricey $85.2 million renovation, the wood paneling is here to stay, to the dismay of minority students who finds it presence to be “intimidating.”
“There is a significant presence of wood paneling on the interior of the building and we expect most, if not all of it, will remain after the renovation,” said University of Michigan spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald.
Although students have expressed concern about the welcoming nature of the building, Fitzgerald claims that students have not specifically complained to the administration about the wood paneling ahead of the building’s upcoming renovation.”And this is where our ‘higher education’ system is. Over-priced, banning free speech, intolerant of all points of view other than their own, inmates running the asylum, teaching there are dozens of genders and that one’s gender can change on a daily basis, segregating populations, and now coddling students to the point where they’re afraid of wood paneling. Yet these institutions claim a goal of producing mature, balanced, well-rounded individuals ready for a career in the real world.
All of this for which parents and students are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars a year, causing one to sincerely wonder if these institutions are little more than over-priced versions of preschool.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]