Exactly what is going on at our institutions of higher learning? Is there even an interview process anymore, or do these colleges just hire people straight off the street, stick them in a classroom, and hope for the best? Aren’t these colleges charging students enough that they can afford to hire professors that won’t, oh, call 911 when the ROTC students are doing drills on campus? Apparently not. Not at the University of North Dakota, anyway, where the above incident actually happened.
What’s more remarkable about this story is that the professor – the English department’s esteemed Heidi Czerwiec – isn’t even embarrassed about her silliness. Quite the opposite, in fact. Instead of hanging up the phone and praying that her colleagues would never learn how few brain cells she has left, Czerwiec wrote an open letter to the Grand Forks Herald describing her harrowing encounter with (GASP) guns.
“I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window,” she wrote. “My first thought is for my students’ and my safety: I grab my phone, crawl under my desk and call 911. The dispatcher keeps me on the line until someone can see if ROTC is doing maneuvers.”
Czerwiec, of course, soon learned that was exactly what was happening. At that point, her “fear” turned to “rage,” as can often happen when one is embarrassed to mortification. She grew even angrier when a university official called to admonish her for calling 911. She vowed to keep calling 911 each and every time the ROTC cadets practiced their drills on campus.
“I guess I’ll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks – and I will. Every time,” she said.
Well, hopefully that will trigger your arrest on the grounds of interfering with the emergency lines. 911 is not a joke, Professor.
But this attitude towards guns is a joke. Don’t think for one minute that this professor every actually thought she was in danger. No one is that stupid, not even a liberal. It’s not easy difficult to tell the difference between an ROTC drill and an attack. Is Professor Czerwiec under the impression that American universities are often assaulted by gangs of white men with rifles and camo, performing elaborate sequences of synchronization? Of course not. She’s using this as some lame statement against guns, against the military, and probably against the patriarchy.
These are the people teaching the next generation. Chew on that.