Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I Think That I Shall Never See A Petition Lovely As A Tree

With regards to the planned "deforestation" in front of Avery Hall on the WSU campus, I could really care less. WSU is not the center of our universe and there is a lot more that goes on in this community than the undergraduate penchant for revolutionary drama encouraged by their mentors in the ivy-covered halls of academe.

On the one hand, those are trees that were planted by the university, not some old-growth cedar grove, and the university can do with them as they please. On the other hand, there is a certain delicious hoist and petard element to this whole situation. As long as the professors professional activists are busy biting the hand that feeds them and are not agitating and meddling in the city of Pullman's business, I'm happy.

But the online petition started to save the trees has provided for some rather amusing comments:
46. Don't Destroy Our Campus!!!!
I love the big old trees on campus. The forest-y look is what attracted me to WSU in the first place. The trees make campus beautiful and wonderful to walk around. HOW DARE YOU DESTROY A TREE!!! Trees are irriplaceable. They make our air cleaner and our environment gorgeous. This is disgusting! I cannot believe I am associated with a university that would do such a horrible, phallic act!!!
7/17/2008 9:09:47 AM
"irriplaceable?" Yikes. A mind is also a terrible thing to waste. With spelling errors like that, it seems the English Department's biggest problem is not trees being cut down. "Phallic act?" Must be a Women's Studies major.
527. When There's Nothing Left To Sustain, Why Talk About Sustainability?
A military officer boasts of destroying a village in order to save it; a bomb is labeled a "peacemaker;" and institutional racism is labeled "diversity." So we shouldn't be surprised to see the cutting down of trees labeled "beautification." But it doesn't change the truth. Save the trees and cut down the lies.
John Streamas, Comparative Ethnic Studies
7/14/2008 3:56:01 PM
Ah, yes. War, racism, cutting down trees...It's all the same to ExStreamas. What a maroon.
579. Save the Avery Grove Trees and the Murrow Yard Trees too
This is ridiculous. Cutting down a tree here and there that is diseased or otherwise problematic is one thing, but this sort of clear cutting is absurd and, I would add, anti-environmental.
Christopher Lupke, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Cultures
7/13/2008 9:40:16 PM
I'm suprised Lu Laoshi didn't implicate the "Forbes Gang" for the "clear cutting."
585. Cougar pride?
Where is the pride in our heritage when we propose to cut down so many trees that in addition to their important shading function and great beauty are a rich part of WSU's history? And where is the imagination of our planners that they cannot find a way to keep the trees while making useful improvements?
T.V. Reed, Professor of English, Avery Hall
7/13/2008 3:24:07 PM
And where is the UFCW and their big-shot Seattle lawyers?


April E. Coggins said...

Will PARD start a petition at the CUB demanding that people vow to never shop or work at WSU because WSU plans to cut down trees? Or is this somehow different?

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

I just added my own name to the petition.

Save the trees! We need them for future wars! Oh.. crap, never mind. Wrong cause.
Paul E. Zimmerman

I can't stop harassing moonbats. I just can't!

Satanic Mechanic said...

I wanted to put down- "Nuke the trees" or "Cut English Professors jobs not trees".

Pave the planet.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Hahahaha! They edited my comment! Now apparently all I said is "Save the trees!"

This petition aims for the PARD petition standard, apparently.