York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School is highly ranked among its peer schools and is considered a professional and esteemed place to study tortes or contracts or whatever it is that lawyers study.
And it seems one students is set on maintaining that level of professionalism, firing a public attack at his or her classmates over their inability not to eat in class as well as their loud, smelly and often unhealthy choices in food.
The letter has since gone viral after being posted on the U.S. gossip site Jezebel.
"I know that law school is hard. I know that having to attend more than one class is hard. I know that reading cases is hard, and paying tuition is harder still. I’m there with you," the letter begins, suggesting a reasonable debate could follow.
But, not so. It further reads: "I get it, that home life must have supremely difficult, and the public school system was so lacking that no one taught you how to behave in public, and, specifically, how to eat in public. And how not to…. I have come to the conclusion that it is not a fluke, and you all suffer from a peculiar set of eating disorders that bisect with a thorough lack of courtesy to your fellow students. "
The full email, posted on Jezebel, is worth a read. But here are a few highlights:
You do NOT need to start gorging on your food as soon as the lesson starts. For those of you with slightly less chronic eating disorders, I beseech you to please wait out the first hour before unfolding and then munching away like a horse on your chosen dish, which turns our classroom into a stable.
But the best and most passive aggressive moments come when the author, who elected to remain anonymous, began breaking down the classes choice in foods.
Food selection: if you are so unable to time manage appropriately, and/or you are utterly incapable of waiting for the break to eat, may I be so bold as to recommend to you what not to bring as your dish of the day?
Tuna sandwiches: they stink up the entire room
Deli sandwiches: see above
Apples, pineapples and other crunchy fruit: your helpless classmates are here to study. We want to hear the professor, not the gnashing of your teeth and the crunch crunch crunch
Chips: Really? I mean, really? Refer to above point about the noise. But to add, you’re dying of hunger, and you choose to stuff your face with a bag of chips? Out of all available food options? It’s not very healthy, you know.
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The reaction to the letter has not been, shall we say, what its author had ideally in mind.
The National Post reports that Osgoode's associate dean of students has announced an investigation into the email for breaching the school's code of civility as well as possibly breaking computer policies, which could result in suspension.
The law school's library staff reiterated their own food policy, but couldn't help but take a light jab at the letter itself.
And more than 200 members joined a Facebook group calling for an "Osgoode Emergency Pineapple Appreciation Day" to jokingly protest the inclusion of pineapples on the author's list of "crunchy" food.
Apparently law school can be a tense, passive aggressive, yet standoffish, place. Just last month an NYU Law student fired off an email to the entire school attacking a dorm neighbour for having a really loud party.
Who would have guessed that a “holier than thou” mass email would not be accepted with open arms?
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