Today’s paper had a number of articles on the murderous rampage of a madman in a rental truck in Toronto on Monday. 10 dead, 15 injured. Then there was an update on the bizarre Waffle House shooting last week in Nashville. 4 dead. And both articles, of course, remind us of the spate of mass murders, school shootings, cop shootings, etc. that seem to occur on a daily basis. Some days it seems the world has truly gone mad. Hell. Handbasket.
Now, amidst all this insanity and mayhem, Penn State has taken a bold stance to protect its students. More specifically those who are members of the Outing Club. Even more specifically, it has banned the Outing Club from going – you guessed it – outdoors, because wilderness activities are “too risky”.
Have the administrators at Penn State lost their collective (albeit small) minds? Where did I miss reading that 15 campers were mowed down by a suicidal maniac in a VW Microbus? Or of a misfit loser 5 pints short of a 6-pack who decided to go people hunting in the wild with an AR-15? Did it even occur to these simple-minded fools that outdoor activities can be a powerful antidote against that type of anti-social behaviour? Or that fresh air (unpolluted by the PC’ness of academia) and some physical activity might actually be healthy?
It boggles the mind.
Perhaps showing the movie Deliverance in the Faculty Lounge wasn’t such a good idea after all.