Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sure This Isn't The Onion?

Some minority students at the University of Michigan have apparently felt intimidated by the interior wood paneling found throughout the historic Michigan Union building.
Anna Wibbelman, former president of Building a Better Michigan, an organization that voices student concerns about university development, stated at a student government meeting in late March that “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling” found throughout the 100-year-old building, the meeting’s minutes state.


  1. I have a cartoon clipped from the newspaper some 30 years ago. A woman is setting a man up with a female friend of hers, and she describes the woman as nice, normal, sweet, etc. In the last frame she says, "Oh, and don't wear plaid, she's afraid of plaid."

    Onion, indeed!
    (But then the black students who were graduated this spring from Harvard requested -- and got!-- a separate black students only graduation ceremony).

  2. Since "wood" is an archaic term for insane, wood paneling is obviously a matter of culturally appropriating mental illness.

    OTOH, maybe I shouldn't give them ideas for the next protest...