My heart goes out to all of the students affected by the closure of the final Art Institute locations in California (Hollywood and San Diego). I heard about the Orange County location closing back in December, so it was only a matter of time.
This blog entry is not Art-related.
I’ve decided to go public and speak on my former Psychology 165 (class title “Human Sexuality”) professor Olga Perez Stable Cox over at Orange Coast College.
“What the fuck does politics have to do with human sexuality?” Listen man. Here’s what people on the net aren’t seeing. In her lectures, there are BOXES where you can anonymously write and submit questions, asking her for input and advice. A student probably wrote “Hey Olga, I’m gay and I fear for my safety at night in my apartment complex. Please advise” or “I’m an international Muslim student and these Trump supporters continuously say rude things to me” . Shit like that.
Someone who’s also supposed to be an adult took a class on a topic that’s ALREADY controversial, recorded and shared a SMALL portion of a classroom discussion.
I get flashbacks of my high school basketball coach Jesse Miramontez (ironically, now an assistant coach at Orange Coast College) telling us how Bush and Osama maliciously planned 9/11 towards the end of a huddle. Or when my Spanish teacher Julie Zweig told a female classmate off by blurting “enjoy working at McDonald’s for the rest of your life”. Just this past summer in Communication Studies, my instructor Shauhin “Shaw” Davari (coached the school’s Speech and Debate Team to 1st-place in numerous competitions, winning gold medals along the way) spoke on Trump in a condescending manner. I mean he wasn’t trashing Trump as much as Olga did, it was more like a “I’m shaking my head at this dude” type of way.
Olga, who’s done so much for the community for the past 30 years, was caught up in the heat of the moment. Haven’t we all? Yeah. Was she out of line? Yeah. Do I support her? Not necessarily. I support the course. There have been students who talk about being raped, some molested growing up, some deciding to come out in class; guest speakers who openly talk about their sex change or their specific fetish, under the impression of not being judged. The platform truly is a therapy session for many. So out of respect for everybody’s confidentiality in the class, no one should be recording video/audio! If one has some kind of disability and needs to record the lectures… Well that should’ve been arranged before the semester even started. Olga fought hard for this class to be a transferable course, and I think it is one of the most essential. There is no other class that comes as close to Human Sexuality where people begin to acquire a stronger sense of perspective.
An apology to conservative students? If that’s what it takes. Because if Olga hangs it up now, it’s a win for the harassers. The people who showed up to her house and took pictures, the people who think diversity is code for white genocide (who also probably dislike fusion food), the people who endorse inflicting violence as an answer. She should comply and do whatever’s required to get back to her passion of teaching again. Because a class as important as that is a lot bigger than your political ideology. Try not to fly off the handle next time. Do what wrestler Triple H did when he got suspended for breaking character: Take punishment from your employer and move on.
Update Monday January 30:
Posted on every classroom door of every building is this sign.
This blog entry is not Art-related.
I loathe coding. And I still get nightmares from high school Spanish.
Couldn’t keep up with the course material despite getting help from tutors, and after week 6 or 7 all it was doing was mess with my happiness. And that’s where I draw the line. Had I kept going I probably would’ve ended up even more miserable, and not spending time being an artist.
I couldn’t go on like this if I had to get help for everything. I’m going back to ART. Any punkass employer who wants a combo programmer/designer… go fuck yourselves. Those unicorns exist but probably wouldn’t be good at either.
Paid the professor a visit during his office hours to say goodbye. One thing I didn’t like was how these Practice-It projects aren’t covered in the course. Dude justifies it by saying “in the world of programming, things are constantly changing, and there will be bumps on the road”. I sort of see his point but come ON. That could be said for practically any major. Fashion design is always changing. Political legislations change all the time. But I know its no excuse. Pretty disappointed in myself that I couldn’t tolerate a preliminary course in Computer Science, but I did everything I could. And I’m glad I gave it a try.
My first Withdrawal.