History over immediacy
Posted by Nick Milne on November 3, 2010
From an astounding e-mail I just received from the university:
For Remembrance Day 2010, the Senate of the University of Ottawa has resolved to grant academic accommodation that will allow students, if they so desire, to attend November 11 activities between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. without affecting their academic average. The following is a copy of the Senate resolution:
The Senate asks professors who teach courses on November 11, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., and who have scheduled exams or other assignments for this period, to offer, as far as possible, academic accommodation in order to allow students who want to partake in Remembrance Day activities to do so without having their academic average affected.
The Great War: Still winning since 1918*.
[* = From an excellent turn of phrase by Edmund Blunden, speaking in however biased a manner of the Battle of the Somme in 1916: "By the end of the day both sides had seen, in a sad scrawl of broken earth and murdered men, the answer to the question. No road. No thoroughfare. Neither race had won, nor could win, the War. The War had won, and would go on winning."]