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Apathy U

Home of the fighting “Whatevers”

by Published: Mar 20, 2013

This will be the third opin­ion arti­cle about this topic, which gen­er­ally proves to show that if it gets no response, it’s not some­thing our read­ers care about.

So, why, out of all of the other things hap­pen­ing on cam­pus and in the world, would I beat a dead horse and have a third arti­cle about apa­thy published?

Probably because it’s about apa­thy and the lack of response just shows how accu­rate I have been in the past pub­lish­ing arti­cles about the lack of sup­port and care­less­ness exhib­ited by Ferris stu­dents and, to an extent, fac­ulty and staff. We need to care.

On one hand, I have met and con­versed with quite a few peo­ple here who actu­ally care about their work and the world around them. However, it seems by far and large that for the most part, no one gives a fly­ing fig what hap­pens to them here.

Case in point: The arti­cle I wrote about hip­sters drew more atten­tion than the article(s) I wrote about child slav­ery. (See Words At War, “Poor excuse to be poor” March 6, 2013, and “Willy Wonka’s slave use” Sept. 26, 2012 and “I sup­port slav­ery daily” Sept. 19, 2012.)

As a writer, I’ve received more com­ments and com­plaints about things that have resid­u­ally no effect what­so­ever on the world around us. It seems Ferris (stu­dents espe­cially) has lit­tle care for what goes on in the world other than themselves.

I’ve been want­ing to write about the effects of the sequester, the drone con­flicts, gun con­trol issues, poverty and world hunger, but why would I do some­thing like that when it seems no one cares? People care more about how they look than they care about the fact that as many as 21,000 chil­dren die every day from pre­ventable causes.

I get it; think­ing about some­one else means you actu­ally have to care. I’m sorry if that’s just too much to ask of this cam­pus’ students.

Let’s face it; we go to Apathy University, home of the fight­ing “Whatevers.” People only care when it per­son­ally affects them; damn the rest of the thou­sands of stu­dents and staff that are here at Ferris.

People would rather com­plain about the lack of salt on the side­walks than actu­ally find out who con­trols the funds and how to fix it. Social media out­lets like Facebook and Twitter make it eas­ier than ever for us to com­plain, yet it does noth­ing in the way of action.

If you want some­thing changed, you’ve got to do it your­self. Complaining about it won’t solve it.

 
 
  • http://odtobe.thecomicseries.com Guelettis

    Woohoo! Go slacktavism!

    Nice topic, Jax. Of course, what would I know? I’m a hor­ri­ble vil­lain who bul­lies the poor wit­tle writers…

    Also I find it lovely and ironic that The Torch has an “I don’t care” option on the poll this time. As usual.

  • Joe

    ‘Complaining about it won’t solve it.’ And yet, here you are complaining…

  • Joe

    ‘Complaining about it won’t solve it.’ And yet, here you are complaining…

    • Angie Jancerk

      Actually, since this is pub­lished it’s a form of activism. Sure, it’s a com­plaint, but so is any protest.

  • dhdgfh­drth

    Fair-trade cof­fee is a scam. inb4 Cracked isn’t a reli­able source, check the cita­tions within the arti­cle and tell me what you dis­agree with. Occupy Wallstreet is a per­fect exam­ple of a recent col­lege stu­dent protest. It’s pretty appar­ent that news orga­ni­za­tions, reporters, etc. don’t take col­lege stu­dents seri­ously. Obviously there are going to be some stu­pid peo­ple in the group, but they made the entire thing look like a joke. We have learned help­less­ness. We’ve gone our entire lives being told what we can and can’t do, with­out being allowed to give any input of our own.

    Before you go and com­plain that no one is com­ment­ing on your arti­cles, why don’t you take a step back. You offered no advice on what we were sup­posed to do or what you are doing to pre­vent the slave labor with cocoa bean farm­ers. You sum­ma­rized a CNN report and now you are assum­ing that no one cares because no one com­mented on it. If any­one was inter­ested, they prob­a­bly googled the source (which you didn’t even pro­vide a link to) or tried to click on the link in the arti­cle (which is dead).

    http://​www​.cracked​.com/​q​u​i​c​k​-​f​i​x​e​s​/​4​-​r​e​a​s​o​n​s​-​w​h​y​-​f​a​i​r​-​t​r​a​d​e​-​c​o​f​f​e​e​-​s​c​am/

    • Angie Jancerk

      Cracked​.com is a satir­i­cal site and not reli­able news, hence why it will never be cited as such. Cracked jour­nal­ism is about as pres­ti­gious as The Onion. Its for enter­tain­ment pur­poses only. Opinion edi­to­ri­als can be for both enter­tain­ment and edu­ca­tion, or one, or the other.

      I think you missed the point of this com­pletely. Occupy any­thing at Ferris will never hap­pen because I hap­pen to agree with the author– you kids are too stu­pid and lazy to do anything.

      The author isn’t com­plain­ing about lack of com­ments. I think he’s com­plain­ing about the lack of any­one will­ing to take action in the Ferris com­mu­nity. Again, I agree. When I attended there was a Free Tibet group on cam­pus, and a host of other activist groups. The way he paints it, it’s as though no one at Ferris would even know what Free Tibet means.

      I feel sorry for you, Jax, if that is the case. It gets bet­ter once you get out of that h%*l-hole called Big Rapids.

  • Speaking Out

    I’m inter­ested in what you think should be done. What dia­logue would you start? What actions would you sug­gest? Would this just be some­thing Ferris Students would do or would this be a school wide “get rid of apa­thy” move­ment? I don’t dis­agree with you. I have seen more apa­thetic stu­dents and fac­ulty here than I have seen at any other University. You have a pul­pit, what is your sug­gested plan to fix what you see?

  • Speaking Out

    I’m inter­ested in what you think should be done. What dia­logue would you start? What actions would you sug­gest? Would this just be some­thing Ferris Students would do or would this be a school wide “get rid of apa­thy” move­ment? I don’t dis­agree with you. I have seen more apa­thetic stu­dents and fac­ulty here than I have seen at any other University. You have a pul­pit, what is your sug­gested plan to fix what you see?

  • Speaking Out

    I’m inter­ested in what you think should be done. What dia­logue would you start? What actions would you sug­gest? Would this just be some­thing Ferris Students would do or would this be a school wide “get rid of apa­thy” move­ment? I don’t dis­agree with you. I have seen more apa­thetic stu­dents and fac­ulty here than I have seen at any other University. You have a pul­pit, what is your sug­gested plan to fix what you see?