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It’s Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us

Since it is everyone’s favorite holiday of the year, I thought we should begin the Airing of Grievances for 2008.

[Posted late. My bad. – ED]

  1. Chris says:

    Someone has to be the watchdog….

  2. Ossie says:

    When did the OC become the ASUO watchdog?

    Since OSPIRG attempted to get the ASUO to allow it to go through the budget process every two years instead of every one. A.k.a. since the very first issue of the OC.

  3. Kai Davis says:

    When did the OC become the ASUO watchdog?

    People keep telling me you guys are the campus humor magazine, but all I’m seeing is ASUO gripes.

  4. Josh M. says:

    Drew, there’s no need to feel bad about being late for Festivus. In the real, non-Seinfeld Festivus (and yes, Festivus existed before Seinfeld) there was no set date for Festivus; also, there was no pole, though the Airing of Grievances and the Feats of Strength were very real.

  5. Timothy says:

    CJ – Could also be post hoc ergo propter hoc.

    And maybe, hey, the dude is into the casualness of programs, like he wants to exploit their casual nature for some sort of ity of which we are not aware.

  6. Michelle Haley says:

    . . . And Senate did call a meeting in December. The email read:

    The ASUO Senate will be meeting on Wednesday 12/3 at 7pm in the EMU Board Room. The EMU Board Room is on the 3rd floor of the EMU.
    This is an irregularly scheduled meeting.
    The agenda is as follows:

    1. Call to order
    2. Approval of the agenda
    3. Special Requests
    a. ASUO Exec
    4. Approval of the Minutes ? 11/24/08
    5. Committee Updates
    a. ACFC
    b. DFC
    c. PFC
    d. EMU
    6. Officer Updates
    a. Senate President
    b. Senate VP
    c. Ombudsperson
    d. Treasurer
    e. Academic Chair
    f. Executive
    8. Old Business
    9. New Business
    10. Announcements
    11. Adjourn

    So, aside from the beautiful point Mr. Ciaramella made–you don’t really have a point anyway. I understand you’re a troll and all, but at least make an attempt, please.

  7. ThunderLove says:

    Oh, snap fool!

  8. CJ Ciaramella says:

    Programs “Casuality?” Now, do you mean “casualty,” as in injury or death, or do you mean “causality,” as in the necessary following of an event from a previous action?

    If the latter, I would warn that true causality is a sticky wicket. Remember, correlation does not equal causation. (The specific name for this type of fallacy is cum hoc ergo propter hoc.) In fact, the problem of causality has plagued philosophy since Aristotle. David Hume, the British empiricist, posited that true causality is almost impossible to ascertain and is merely inductive reasoning (i.e. We associate events together that often follow each other). We cannot truly prove causality but are forced to out of convenience. Of course, there are several competing interpretations of Hume’s theory on causality, but … you get the idea.

    Quantum physics (not to mention, say, string theory) has also proved damaging to the idea of true causality, at least at the sub-atomic level.

    On the other hand, maybe you meant “casuality” as in an attitude of general casualness. It’s not a real word, but I do like the ring of it!

    But yeah, this is pretty much just a non-sequitur.

  9. Programs Casuality says:

    I had to get a special request heard in December so that I could go to a conference for money lovers in Hawaii with my program, and I couldn’t because the Senate did not meet at all this month. I hope that someone will stand up for programs and file a grevience against the entire senate for not meeting in December. With the senate approving every special request this year, I should have the right to get my share of the moolah. Exec get some every damn meeting. Carina Miller got NASU 16,000 already this year. Where is my $$$$$$$

  10. Satan Claws says:


    I’m running a little late with your present; expect a grievance come January…

  11. tedTheTiniestTurtle says:

    Merry Christmas to the only blog i read semi-regularly.

  12. Johnny says:

    CJ, you are the Brandon Roy of editors, no one could win the match but you.

  13. Drew says:

    I could pin you cj

  14. CJ Ciaramella says:

    I’d just like to say that you’ve all disappointed me in many ways this year, sometimes as writers but mostly as human beings.

    P.S. Since I’m the editor-in-chief, would you all have to wrestle me for the “Feats of Strength” part of Festivus?

    Because I totally would.

  15. Michelle Haley says:

    Well, as we all know, I have grievances to air, but this forum isn’t exactly appropriate for those grievances.

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