• Tue, Jan 28 - 9:00 am ET

College Students Throw Racist Temper Tantrum After Chancellor Tells Them To Go To School

Cry baby temper tantrum Geez, college kids, I turn my back for a mere 1.5 years and already you’ve made your group look awful! (Just kidding; the genre of human known as “college kids” has been historically despised by anybody who experiences nostalgia and/or has ever been remotely near an EDM show.) But really, guys–you have been especially awful with the racism lately. First the racist party at ASU, then the defending of the racist party with giggly blackface, then the gnarly revenge poo incident, and now this.

College students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign got so furious when they were not given a snow day by Chancellor Phyllis Wise despite a 30-below temperature forecast for Monday. Their initial reaction was to whine, as one might do when told absurd news like this, but then they went full-on temper tantrum status and became totally not relatable nor sympathetic.

No, really: instead of being normal human beings and either skipping or going, they decided to start an online petition insisting they get the day off. That in and of itself would be fine, or whatever, but then the #FuckPhyllis hashtag began among many UICIC students. It contained aggressively mean, sexist and racist content directed toward Wise.

 

(Many of the people who tweeted things have since taken down their Twitters, so the following are screenshots from BuzzFeed.)

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Look kids, let me tell you something: you had options here.

Examples:
- Bundle the F up and go to class. I’m from Syracuse; I used to walk in this miserable weather as a 6-year-old and my hair would literally have icicles in it by the time I arrived to school. I get it, being cold sucks and I’m officially a lame curmudgeon, but seriously?
- Tell your professor you cannot attend because the weather is abysmal. Encourage your classmates to do so, as well, in the hopes that your professor will agree and figure it’s not worth it to teach a significantly reduced class (provided you know classmates and your class isn’t 100+ people).
- Lie like an 8-year-old who wants to skip a math test (or a hungover 19-year-old, which you very well may already be) and say you’re sick.
- Simply do not go. Feel free to whine on social media for about half an hour, then stop before you turn into an asshole.

I bet this toddler would've gone. Via.

I bet this toddler would’ve gone.
Via.

Honestly, I do not quite understand how these types of things start. What kind of people in 2014 spontaneously decide to all start hashtagging something insulting toward (A) somebody who’s in power at their school and (B) another human being, period? And who seriously compares not getting a fucking snow day to the mass murder of millions of humans? The term “hyperbole” doesn’t even begin to describe that type of hilariously egocentric and oblivious talk. Eh, I guess it’s the same type of people who throw “homeless parties” and throw racist parties and condone abuse toward their friends. Basically, shitty ones. Shitty ones with an incredibly negative, overpowering groupthink mindset.

Fortunately, most people are not nearly this stupid and this obviously does not represent everyone at this university, nor college students in general; it’s just a shame that for the next couple weeks, every time a prospective student Googles that school, they’ll spot a close-minded, unfriendly environment instead of a potential option. Innumerable people are using the hashtag now to condemn this behavior rather than add to it.

Well, at least that vengeful shitting girl was doing anything but going with the mainstream crowd. Eh? You win some, you lose some.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    obviously, I used to whine when my prof’s decided to not cancel class, but this is cruel. and not okay. and there should be repercussions for this kind of behavior/racism/sexism, etc.

  • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

    Chicago is really not a place to move if a little cold turns you into a racist pig.

    • Kay_Sue

      I was just wondering myself how they get anything else done in the winter.

  • abby k.

    Where I went to college, it was winter from October to May, and most of December, January, and February were in the negatives. Our campus was set on a hill and I didn’t have a car, so I got to literally walk uphill, in the snow and bitter, freezing cold, during two seperate pregnancies to get to school each day. I chose my campus. I chose to go to school to get a degree. And I chose to deal with the cold, like an adult, instead of whining and making inappropriate ‘tweets’ (what an asinine word!). If they are going to act like over privileged, obnoxious children, then I hope the consequences fit the attitude.

  • Alfreda Wells Morrissey

    Oddly enough at my university people would whine when the teacher cancelled class, because most kids were paying their own tuition through student loans. We were losing a service if the teacher didn’t show up.

    We didn’t get much snow but occasionally class would be cancelled due to teacher being sick, union strike, earthquake. If you missed a class though, it was not really a big deal because most of the notes and homework assignments would be online. We didn’t lose marks for not showing up to class.

  • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

    Jeez, people at my school have been complaining about our president a lot because of the cold and snow and the fact that the school doesn’t really clear the campus well at all, but not like this. Like, a whiny Facebook status, MAYBE a whiny tweet, and then some ranting together in person.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a little whining and ranting, especially if you then, you know, get over it and go to class (or decide not to). But there’s a little whining and then there’s GOING BATSHIT INSANE LIKE THESE PEOPLE HOLY SHIT

  • I Like Pizza

    Kids today should stick to the whining classics: bad poetry, Alkaline Trio song lyrics, and being misunderstood. Way easier to laugh off later.

  • E_Joyce

    This is the future of decision making, political representation, and frankly they look a lot like Congress at the moment. I hope this follows them right to the unemployment line. Because free speech ain’t always without consequence. Your parents should be ashamed.

  • LouLou

    well, luckily for Chancellor Wise, making it to her position, shes probably heard a lot worse and can brush of some comments made by children. As for the students, they’l learn in due time that what needs to be done will need to be done regardless of weather.

    • brebay

      The sad thing is they’re adults. And, no, they’ll never learn, they’ll become whiny, self-entitled adults living off their stupid parents’ retirement.

  • Coco

    I went to school in Calgary, Alberta and I remember one day at the bus stop and it was -40 degrees with winchill (-40 is the same in C or F). Get some long underwear and shut up.

    • abby k.

      Can I please, PLEASE tell this to people when they complain about the cold? “Get some long underwear and shut up”-priceless :-)

    • Véronique Houde

      Yeah. I studied at McGill in Montreal, which is a school that is world-renowned for NEVER closing. Even in 1998 with the entire city being out of power for a week, McGill closed only for 3 days, and not ALL buildings were closed. Classes continued as usual.

      My very LAST day of exams EVER, there had fallen about 4 feet of snow over the course of the night. My exam was at 8. Even if the city was snowed in, buses were delayed and cancelled everywhere, hell, even the campus wasn’t completely plowed, the exams weren’t cancelled – they only allowed people to get there 3 hours late.

  • Rachel Sea

    Please tell me there is something in the school’s code of conduct that allows administrators to respond to racism with expulsion.

    • Véronique Houde

      That was my thought exactly

  • Eileen

    We missed a week of school junior year because of snow. In other words, we each lost about a thousand bucks in tuition. I fucking hated it, but I didn’t start complaining about white people and men.

  • Alicia

    As a student of UIUC, I would like to say as stated that not all students here feel that way and that a majority of the students here are very upset with the kind of behavior that was displayed on the internet. Unfortunately, the examples you listed as ways to avoid class don’t always work. I know a number of students (myself included) that have professors that don’t allot for any unexcused absences and the only way to have an excused absence is through a documented illness or funeral. I TOTALLY 110% agree that what happened was so wrong. I can’t emphasize that enough but I do wish people would realize that not everyone here is a total ass.

    • MammaSweetpea

      No worries, Alicia. When I read about crazy ass college students I take into account that they only rep about 1% of the school population, as I’m sure others do as well.

    • Alicia

      I hope other people do too! My boyfriend and I were both appalled over the behavior. I’m a History/GWS double major and the GWS students have actually created a statement of support for the chancellor. Hopefully it makes it to her.

    • MammaSweetpea

      I hope so too, good luck to you! And with any luck THAT is the next story that should be picked up and discussed by the media :)

    • Samantha Escobar

      Oh yeah, I’m sure most people do not suck at UIUC…when I was at the school I attended (Chapman University), I think our primary news-making stories involved our annual Undie Run. And all the rich people’s lazy fucking kids who attended the film school. and contribted virtually nothing.

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

      Oh, of course! I’m from Chicago, and half my high school’s graduating class wound up at Urbana-Champaign. My Facebook feed was a huge wall of embarrassed/angry alumni for a couple days there. But I think everyone knows it can’t possibly be everyone being colossal jerks.

  • brebay

    You know, it may have been a stupid decision, but when did college students stoop from expressing themselves in annoyingly verbose sentences to calling a school administrator cunt, bitch or whore? the worst part is, their parents will defend them.

  • Myra A Cottrill

    Wow. These are presumably, at least in name, adults. What’s going to happen when they have to enter the workforce? Unfortunately, are very few snow days for most of us worker bees.

  • koolchicken

    My idiot cousin spent FOREVER whining on Facebook about Mountain Day or whatever the heck it’s called. Apparently it’s a tradition at Mt. Holyoke for them to have the Dean declare a holiday and cancel all classes sometime in fall. Then everyone hikes up the mountain so they can have a catered meal at the top while enjoying the view. It’s had been really rainy that year so it kept being put off, presumably so those who are carrying the chafing dishes up the side of a mountain don’t slip and kill themselves. But all she could think about was not missing the window where the leaves were still pretty. After all she deserved it, she’d been working “sooo hard”. First cousin or not, I’m glad I’m no longer friends with her on Facebook. What is it about that age that makes normally insufferable people even worse?

  • Alexandra

    My friend’s school in upstate NY was so cold they told them AT ORIENTATION they better buy this special protective sleeve so their laptops would not FREEZE while they walked to class in what was often below zero temps…so.