Just for Fun…

A list of the Greatest Sociologists of All Time.

I can still recall on the first say of my first graduate level sociological theory class that the Professor, John Bellamy Foster, stated, “So, this term we are going to be studying D.W.M.” And, someone asked, “Does that mean Dead White Men?” And, Foster responded, “Well, yes. But, here we are actually talking about the Holy Trinity: Durkheim, Weber, Marx.” And, of course for John Foster, Karl Marx is at the center of the Holy Trinity where Durkheim and Weber are largely afterthoughts. My cohort and I joked that our two required theory classes should really be called “Marxism I” and “Marxism II”.

In any event, I do believe that my list is biased towards “Dead White Men”. However, I would note that this bias is more the result of centuries of oppression towards women and people of color where these individuals were not permitted to enter the field of sociology rather than a result of my own personal bias.

TEDxEugene : Coming Soon!

I am very pleased to announce that I have been granted a license to hold TEDxEugene. The theme for the event is “Change, Adaptation, Grace, and Redemption.”

I am currently in the very early stages of planning the event, looking at venues, and recruiting a solid team to help with the event, speakers, as well as sponsors.

If you are interested in becoming part of the TEDxEugene team, please email me at appleby@gmail.com !

UO Student Brought Up on Five Violations of Student Conduct Code For Yelling “I Hit It First”

You can read the Register Guard story here:

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/32067261-75/uo-student-in-hot-water-for-sexually-suggestive-verbal-tiff.html.csp

Or, you can read the The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education story here:

http://www.thefire.org/four-word-joke-results-five-conduct-charges-university-oregon-student/

I think for people that have been uninformed about my case and the trials and travails that I have endured in the effort to clear my name….. Or, better yet, for individuals who might not know me at all and their only relationship with me is a defamatory, fabricated, and false article published about me by the Daily Emerald….This new case provides a good example of just how out of control the University’s Student Conduct system operates.

Probably similar to this student, I thought that there would simply be no way that given the facts that anyone would think that I had done anything wrong. I only found out later that the University’s system wasn’t one of Justice, but rather a system of kangaroo courts where 100% of people brought up on student conduct charges are eventually found responsible for violating the conduct code.

Unfortunately, while I had hoped that my case would lead to some reforms in the UO’s student conduct process that would both better protect accused students as well as victims and survivors; Instead, what we continue to see is a system where both the accused as well as survivors and victims are railroaded by bureaucracy and have their rights trampled upon.