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A Time To Speak

Making people uncomfortable is one of my hobbies. I'm always hoping that half the people get the joke and the other half are the joke.

Josh Homme


Chapter Nine

When things start to become uncomfortable

Craig

Who was your favorite teacher and why?


Craig

I started this thread, so I'll go first. I had a bunch of teachers that I really enjoyed, but my favorite was Dr. Brooks, for sociology. He loved to tell stories about the countries he had visited, and they were always funny. He could make an hour-long class go by in what felt like five minutes. Besides that, he was a decent human being who took a real interest in all of his students. I wonder if he's still alive.


Alecia

He went to be with the Lord the summer before last, Craig. I'm sure his wife would love to hear your memories of him. You can find a link for her email on the FCU site.


Win

Mrs. Potter, who taught Math for the Elementary Teacher. I was ready to quit that class until she sat me down one on one during her prep time and showed me personally how a couple of algorithms worked. And she told me that I was a lot smarter than I ever give myself credit for. I've never forgotten that.


John

Mr. Hynson, Basic Circuits. He helped me play an epic prank on my lab partner. When my partner got called out of the lab suddenly one day, he left his computer on. Mr. Hynson and I re-did the keyboard on it really fast so that every time you pushed the letter A, a Q would come up instead. We transposed about half the numbers on the number pad too, like if he tried to type an 8 it would put a 3 in instead. Just enough so that he could type a little bit and think everything was okay, and then wham! He couldn't type anything.


Mitch

Mr. Hynson was my campus dad. He was pretty cool about stuff like that. He kept the rules, but he could take a joke, too. He had a good sense of humor.


Peter

Some of my teachers were okay, I guess. There's none of them that I really looked up to.


Neville

My art teachers were all heroes to me. Since most of them were gay, they could tell that I was really struggling with my identity and they did their best to affirm me and show me that I was loved no matter what. It was an incredibly brave thing for them to do in that environment.


Mitch

What teachers are you talking about, Neville?


Neville

I hesitate to name them publicly here, Mitch. I don't want them to get in trouble. They choose to teach at FCU, knowing that they could be dismissed at any time if their orientation is discovered, and I know they helped many other gay students besides just me. They don't deserve to be outed on this page.


Faith

Homosexuality is a sin, and those who practice it cannot inherit the kingdom of God. See Romans, chapter one.


Neville

I choose to forgive you for that remark, Faith. Go in peace.


Faith

Isn't this a Christian page? I thought this was supposed to be a Christian page, since it's a page having to do with a Christian university.


Starr

Getting back on topic, I really loved Mrs. McKenzie, who taught me several English classes. I still follow the rules for composition that she taught us when I'm writing in my professional life. Her teaching was incredibly practical, and she could get her point across to us effortlessly. She was a masterful instructor.


Regina

It's not fair to tell Neville to shut up, just because his viewpoint is different than yours, Faith. He can be on this page if he wants to be here. He is an FCU victor, just like the rest of us.


Faith

I didn't tell him to shut up, Regina. I'm just surprised to see such a strong gay presence on a page that I thought was a Christian page. What are the rules on this? Is there a moderator on this page?


Katrina

There used to be a strong moderator presence, but I haven't seen any of them here in ages.


Regina

QUIT TELLING NEVILLE HE DOESN'T BELONG HERE. QUIT IT NOW.


Peter

Can we talk about teachers we didn't like? I'd have a lot to post on a thread like that.


Faith

I don't know what I did wrong. I just asked a question about what this board is supposed to be.


Stan

It's supposed to be for people who made it through FCU without losing their minds. It's supposed to be for people who can see through all the Foothills BS and aren't going to let themselves be abused any more. You should read the page description before you start posting on a page.


Alecia

It seems like several people here are jumping on Faith for asking a legitimate question. I'm sorry, Faith. It hasn't been fair to you at all.


Faith

Should I just leave?


Alecia

Please don't go.


Neville

No, please don't leave. There is room at the table for all of God's children, and none of us should be casting anybody else out. You are welcome here. You are loved.


Stan

Alecia, are you a moderator on this page?


Alecia

No, Stan. Are you?


Win

When did this suddenly get confrontational? I thought we were having a fun discussion.


John

I think we should all just kind of sit back and chill a little here, guys. This thread went downhill awfully fast. Let's just all give it a rest, okay?


Katrina

But now you're telling everyone here to stop participating. You're telling them their voices don't count. You're telling all the people on this page to shut up unless they follow your rules.


John

I have NO IDEA what you're talking about, Katrina. Obviously there were some buttons pushed in this thread. Sitting back and letting everyone cool off just makes sense. Nobody is telling anyone they don't count.


Stan

John, are YOU trying to be a moderator now?


John

Like I said, I'm just trying to help settle things down. I am not a moderator.


Stan

Then quit trying to play like you are.


John

FU, Stan.