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Femion » 2006 » December » 17

The Misadventures of dad’s crazy colleague

December 17th, 2006

Shiraz Dossa has been a professor in the political science department at St. FX along with my dad for as long as I have been alive. Recently, he’s found himself in a bit of a controversy. Being half Iranian, he decided to take his daughter to Iran for a trip, and just happened to take advantage of a free trip there to if he gave a lecture at a conference.
Now, there’s nothing odd in that. However, since that conference happens to be the biggest holocaust denier’s meeting in the world, it can ruffle more than a few feathers. This appeared on the CBC national news:



Later, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent out foreign minister Peter Mackay (also representative of Pictou-Antigonish riding) to declare his disapproval.
The whole thing is leaving quite a tar on the university. It’s been the constant topic of discussion of all the profs ever since the 13th of December (even more than the CCRL/health centre controversy). He’s supposedly coming home tomorrow, because he’s got to turn in his marks, and Pierre’s family has had their holiday vacation delayed for the weekend so that his dad, Sean Riley as seen in the clip above, can personally question Dossa before the media do.
I don’t think there’s much the university can do, however. Dossa is tenured, and he has academic freedom. There should be standards of professionalism within the university, and St FX should be able to control where it is represented.
The one person I feel sorry for is his daughter, who worked on the Gillis Gazette for me last year. She’s really nice, but her father is probably the most hated man in Canadian academia right now.

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My Luggage was Car Sick

December 17th, 2006

I was going to post about coming studying for exams. But then I actually studied for exams instead of procrastinating by blogging about studying, which is a pretty dull subject anyway. So then I was going to post about writing my exam, but when my exam was over I felt too much like celebrating by doing more interesting things than being on the internets. So then I could have posted about celebrating, but then you would have heard about what I do to celebrate (go to Pete’s Frootique and watch Titanic with Joi and other people in Eliza) and realized what an un-cool teatotalling nerd I am.
By the way Mary is my friend. I haven’t talked about her since September but it doesn’t mean she hasn’t been my friend in that time. I am writing this because Mary recently started reading my blog. Hi Mary!
This post was going to be about how glad I am to be back home for Christmas on the day that I got home, but there are two reasons why this cannot be the case. First of all, I’m posting this at 12:30 am, so technically it’s not the day that I got home, but the day after I got home. Secondly, it is almost twelve hours after I got home, and I believe that news about your life on a personal blog follows the N = I*T equation (Newsworthyness equals importance on life times timeliness) and the importance to my life factor of being home does not outweigh the fact that it’s old news.
I spent my twelve hours trying to shrink my itunes library down to 20 GB, having lots of conversations with my parents about stuff, calling Joi who was at the Halifax Airport, and watching A Barenaked Christmas (Barenaked Ladies Christmas special). Before then, I was on the Acadia lines bus, driving myself crazy because the only radio station that was consistently within reach of my radio was CJFX (it’s amazing that, being of my generation, I actually know how to use a radio), so I was listening to ads for the Antigonish shopping mall and the Kirk street building which are each a stone’s throw away from my house and wishing that I was right there right then and off of the bus.
Though I survived the trip, I think my bag got a little nauseous. Because as soon as it hit the floor of my room, it started barfing up clothes, just like this:

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The top part has been censored because some reader’s Christmas presents got in the picture. And it still hasn’t cleaned up after itself. If we were still in Eliza, it would get a twenty dollar fine for that.

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