Back at “MAC”: Changes in Statued Structures with an “Agenda”
Being invited to hear Steve Paikin, from TVO’s, The Agenda, has brought me back to nostalgia as a once graduated student from my alma mater, McMaster University. Paikin, the moderator on this topic of the “Statue Wars” along with the 3 panel of experts, has helped me understand the importance of what art structures can mean to the masses. The L.R. Wilson Hall, was an impressive addition to the University of McMaster, and the interiors were minimalist and functional as to the contrast of the detailed baroque interior of their much older structures such as Divinity Hall and the once Hamilton Hall. Before the creation of the L.R. Wilson, I remembered enjoying a pint at the Phoenix Pub, that once resided before this new structure . I also remembered dancing, and enjoying good times with my student colleagues at The John, which was a student bar slash club, which was located at the bottom half of this prestigious building.
It is quite ironic how this topic of Statue Wars can relate to changes of structures that once resided on memory lane of McMaster University. Through all this prestige and well defined architecture is a cover up to all the personal and once archaic memories of fraternity and social student life.
This so-called, Socrates Project, coined the term “Living in Democracy” as a head liner for this topic and future series to come. That is interesting. All I know is that having graduated from McMaster, and having being born in the City, and always giving back to community, I have not felt the welcome of opportunity, only when it is to pay for a course or to support their own. Hence I know there are many who are employed at the University who did not graduate from this statued structure itself – although it is a mandate and requirement for one to be employed there. I guess there may be new structures, but the old ways of thinking will never change.
Wrestling in Burlington, Ontario – Always Fighting
In my attempts of living in democracy, I have found that no matter what circumstances life can throw at you, it can always be a challenge if the right people in power are not abiding to the rules and regulations.
Although helping bring some community members who are not well represented in hierarchy, my elders and I brought thousands of the the Canadian Filipinos to visit the Burlington Haber Recreation centre last year to help celebrate a community national wide sporting event. Though being shunned by Mayor Goldring who lost the election to Mayor Marianne Meed, I have yet not received my meeting on why I did not receive my grant of this year in art and community. I personally have met others who have received their grant and know for a fact they did not fulfill all the criteria. It goes to show if you are not with the in crowd, you will always be fighting.