Skip to comments.Purdue professor worries campus mask-optional policy will give people ‘more freedom’
Posted on 02/22/2022 7:50:14 AM PST by george76
In response to Purdue University moving to an optional face mask policy, an English professor complained the move would give people “more freedom.”
Purdue announced on February 16 that beginning last Friday, face masks in indoor settings would be optional “except for instructional, research and health care settings, as well as where contractually required.”
The campus currently has a five percent COVID positivity rate, according to the statement.
Professor Robert Marzec, whose specialization is contemporary British and postcolonial literature, didn’t think much of the announcement.
“I’m curious what folks think about today’s announcement concerning masks on our campus,” Marzec wrote in an email obtained by the Twitter account Libs of Tik Tok. “A lax mask policy can easily lead to a new evolution of the virus, and yes, a virus becomes less deadly as it evolves.
“Regardless of how students will interpret ‘except for instructional settings,’ I’m worried that this can only translate to more freedom for a culture of health laziness and give more fodder to the combative, politicized conception of individual freedom now rampant.”
The College Fix asked Marzec to elaborate on his message; he did not respond.
According to his faculty page, Marzec researches “the relationship between literature, the environment, the history of colonial and postcolonial cultures, subjectivity, and land relations,” and teaches courses on “postcolonial studies, 20th and 21st century British and postcolonial studies, eco-criticism, global studies, and contemporary literature.”
Aside from a pair of recent negative ratings on Rate My Professors (likely due to his email), Marzec has eight “Awesome” ratings, two “Great” and three “OK.” Some of the negative commentary includes:
He is bad at leading discussions and only wants to hear HIS interpretation of the text.” “He is condescending and extremely confusing …” “It was difficult to express your own opinion without him putting you down.” “Prof. Marzec loved to hear himself talk.”
On the other hand, students also said
“Really pushes you to think about the ethics of mitigating climate change in a new light.” “He makes you think way outside the box …” “He is the most interesting man in the world.”
Wow! When did freedom become an evil to be avoided, other than in dystopian novels?
“He is the most interesting man in the world.”
yep, more freedom, such a bad thing.
I have no doubt the same professor has no issue with the “freedom” to choose abortion, that is the ultimate health issue.
Killing babies in the name of freedom = good. Letting others with informed consent assume the risk for their own health choices - bad.
None are so ignorant and blind and the educated.
So mask optional except for “instructional” settings. Isn’t Purdue university itself an instructional setting? If masks are still required in lecture halls and classrooms this is not much movement forward. Why are college kids so placid and meek? (I have one of them.)
Makes sense to me that a commie would be worried about freedom.
When the progs got their inch.
"Combative, politicized conception of individual freedom" sounds just fine with me.
Harvard professor: Too much homeschooling freedom is ‘dangerous’.. Elizabeth Bartholet,
Leftist college professors are constantly worried America could turn into a free country. They cannot allow that.
the only freedom that needs to be clamped down is ‘academic freedom’ - THAT I can get on board with.
The Nazis/pinkos are out in the open aren’t they? Pathetic that we stand for this crap.
I am a proud Purdue graduate. BSME - 1995
Took course work in Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluids, Rocket Science, Advanced Mathematics, Multi-variate Calculus and Differential Equations, and the Sciences. Each course was hard... and I grew as a result.
Purdue’s programs are top notch being known as world leaders in Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmacology, Business Sciences, Computer Science. Purdue is known as the Cradle of Astronauts.
Suffice it to say Purdue “follows the science.”
Purdue is NOT known for an exemplary School of Liberal Arts. This professor of post-modern English Literature should stick to his expertise- mediocre, morally confused, vacuous twaddle.
Maybe the professor should vacation in Florida to be deprogrammed in a free state and by a free people.
It’s clear he considers the mask as a coercive method of mind control which has nothing to do with health safety.
If you want to wear a mask because you think it makes you safe then wear one.
If you truly believe that in order to be safe that I should wear one also....wear two and STFU.
Afraid of the Wu flu? Wear a mask. Stay home. You’ll be just fine. Just leave others alone.
According to his faculty page, Marzec researches “the relationship between literature, the environment, the history of colonial and postcolonial cultures, subjectivity, and land relations,”
Way, way too much of this horse manure going on in our schools.
Progs are showing their true colors. They hate freedom.
“According to his faculty page, Marzec researches “the relationship between literature, the environment, the history of colonial and postcolonial cultures, subjectivity, and land relations,” and teaches courses on “postcolonial studies, 20th and 21st century British and postcolonial studies, eco-criticism, global studies, and contemporary literature.”
In other words, a woke leftard.
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