liberalarts

being black...

Being black is not as bad as some make it seem.

You learn at a young age not to make so many excuses,

such as,

“It was only a toy gun,” or

“I have my hands up,” or

“I can’t breathe,” or even

“I know my rights…”

because they don’t save you from much anyway.

You learn that you must smile, you must smile, you must smile through your pain

and never complain because

a moment of frustration could define your entire life,

like, who would want to be the angry black girl forever?

you’ll even be advised to not care about the injustices you always face because one day—

you’ll become numb and it’ll be okay, it’ll just make you a better person anyway!

you learn quickly that others can be excused for being the way they are,

but you will never own that option, so Dunbar I finally understand what you mean

because I’m beginning to comprehend the meanings behind this mask.

Being black, you can make it out the hood and be at your prime,

and still your skin will always be noted and still that skin be shot down

(chill I’m talking metaphorically or am I?)

every single time.

You will learn how your community, your ghetto is solely responsible for their turmoil,

because thanks to Bill Cosby,

the world is now finally aware that the question isn’t what kind of police officer would shoot someone over pound cake, but why is that kid stealing pound cake anyway? duh.

The smartest thing they ever did was putting you against your own.

Being black you will wonder about your little black child and learn that the safest place they ever could be, was in your womb.

Morrison didn’t lie about that.

You will learn that slavery has been romanticized to the point of mythology,

and you will think that if the people were really able to fly, then they would have spread their wings a long time ago.

You’ll be comforted with “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”

and given the gift to wonder, why are they trying to kill you in the first place?

You can’t imagine how quickly your perception of the world should change once you’re tall enough to be a threat,

Because even if you’re 12, your height should’ve forced you to know better.

And if public school wasn’t enough,

then the school of hardknocks that you’ll inevitably enter will give you a solid education.

So the world will teach you, and the system will teach you,

that being black can’t be as bad as they make it seem.

I think that one of the things that I loved the most about being here was the feeling that anything was possible; just infinite choices ahead of you. You’ll get out of school and anything can happen. And then you do get out and life happens, you know. Decisions get made, and all those many choices you had in front of you are no longer really there. At certain point, you gotta go: “Oh,I guess this is how it’s going out” and there’s something a little depressing about that.
—  Jesse - Liberal Arts
What is Glendon?

Is it a University?

Sort of.  It’s a part of York University, Canada’s third largest university with over 54,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  All Glendon students receive a York University degree.

Is it a college?

Yes, a college of York University.  You will still receive a York university degree, but your college affiliation is Glendon.  This system of Universities having colleges is part of an old British system, one that the University of Toronto follows as well.  There are 9 colleges of York: Bethine, Calumet, Founders, Glendon, McLaughlin, New College, Stong, Winters and Vanier. Every York student is affiliated to one college.  It helps determine which Frosh week, residence, student council and intramural sports teams you participate in.  It’s sort of like the houses in Harry Potter.  Harry may be in Griffindor college, but he still obtains his Hogwarts degree.

Is it a faculty?

Yes!  The faculty of a university is determined by majors and they often have separate rules for admitting students.  For example, Glendon is a liberal arts faculty and as such only offer liberal arts porgrams.  Winters is a Fine Arts faculty.  However, it gets confusing as the Faculty of Liberal Arts encompasses multiple colleges including Founders, Vanier and New College.

Is it a campus?

Once again, yes!  Glendon is the bilingual campus of York University.  Our campus is located in midtown Toronto at Bayview and Lawrence, while the Keele campus is located at Keele and Steeles, Northwest of us.  Our campus is significantly smaller: We have just over 2,500 students.  Our average class size is 26.

 

So there’s the official explanation, but what makes Glendon special?

1.       Our focus is liberal arts meaning social sciences and humanities.  We offer 20 different programs including: French Studies, English Studies, Hispanic Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Translation, Political Science and Education.  We offer your traditional BA (all of which are bilingual) and iBA bilingual and trilingual.  An iBA has an international edge.  You must obtain a higher level of French (and Spanish if trilingual), take internationally focused classes and study abroad.

2.       We are bilingual!  What?  What!  This often scares people as they don’t quite understand how it works.  At Glendon, you must graduate with a bilingual BA.  The requirement is an intermediate level of English and French.  This is equivalent to one course at the second year level in French.  Now, if you come in and you don’t know any French, we will put you in the lowest level.  If you take one French as a Second Language course every year, by the end of your four years, you will reach the requirement.  If you studied French in school, maybe you’ll start at a higher level and reach the requirement sooner.  We do a placement test when we are admitted to determine which French class we should be put in.  After completing my requirement, I began to take classes taught in French, ie they teach you Logic but all instructions and assignments are in French.  This improved my skills a lot, but it’s not for everyone.  We offer certificates of bilingualism, certificates of bilingual excellence and certificates of trilingual excellence for those who are interested in higher levels.

3.       As a mentioned earlier, we are small.  Our entire campus has seven buildings and just over 2,500 students.  Your average class size is 26.  Now that being said, average does not mean all.  The biggest lecture hall we have is 250 seats.  Smallest class?  I had a class of 3.  There is really quite a range of classes you can have, but either way you will get a lot of individual attention.

4.       However, we are a part of York University. You have all the benefits of their campus as well.  We have a free shuttle between the two classes that comes fourteen times a day, so it’s easy to travel between the two.  The main campus offers over 5000 courses every year and has over 350 clubs and 50 restaurants.  So, you can study in the small world and get the benefits of the big.

However, these are all stats.  What really matters is you!  Can you see yourself at Glendon?  I chose Glendon for the small campus and bilingualism.  I have always wanted to speak French and 12 years of core wasn’t cutting it.  I felt like I would fit in here and I would be able to achieve my goals.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but Glendon would give me the skills to get there.

 

So that’s your Glendon explanation!  Happy days and see you later.

  • A person with a business degree says, “How can I get paid when it works?”
  • A person with a finance degree says, “How much do you need to borrow to get it to work?”
  • A person with a degree in science says, “How does it work?”
  • A person with a degree in philosophy says, “Why does it work?”
  • A person with a degree in theology says, “Who makes it work?”
  • A person with a degree in mathematics says, “How many ways will it work?”
  • A person with a degree in liberal arts says, “Would you like fries with that?”
  • A person with a psychology degree says, “Why do you want fries with that?”
Our society is gripped by an epidemic of negativity and cynicism. Especially on the Internet. Everyone’s opinion is just flying around and a lot of it is so negative. Often people don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re having a bad day and anonymously say negative things. To me, it’s more fun and it feels better to talk about something you love. You don’t need to deal with the stuff you hate and you definitely don’t need to wallow in it.
— 

Josh Radnor

Quadrivium

Quadrivium (rarely: quadrivia[1]) comprised the four subjects, or arts, taught in the Renaissance Period, after teaching the trivium. The word is Latin, meaning “the four ways” (or a “place where four roads meet”),[2] and its use for the 4 subjects has been attributed to Boethius or Cassiodorus in the 6th century.[3][4] Together, the trivium and the quadrivium comprised the seven liberal arts (based on thinking skills),[5] as opposed to the practical arts (such as medicine and architecture).

The quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. These followed the preparatory work of the trivium made up of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In turn, the quadrivium was considered preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy (sometimes called the “liberal art par excellence”) and theology. The word “trivia” has been rarely used to refer to the trivium.[1]

These four studies compose the secondary part of the curriculum outlined by Plato in The Republic, and are described in the seventh book of that work.[5] The quadrivium is implicit in early Pythagorean writings and in the De nuptiis of Martianus Capella, although the term “quadrivium” was not used until Boethius early in the sixth century.[6] As Proclus wrote:

The Pythagoreans considered all mathematical science to be divided into four parts: one half they marked off as concerned with quantity, the other half with magnitude; and each of these they posited as twofold. A quantity can be considered in regard to its character by itself or in its relation to another quantity, magnitudes as either stationary or in motion. Arithmetic, then, studies quantities as such, music the relations between quantities, geometry magnitude at rest, spherics [astronomy] magnitude inherently moving.[7]

Origins

At many medieval universities, this would have been the course leading to the degree of Master of Arts (after the BA). After the MA, the student could enter for Bachelor’s degrees of the higher faculties (Theology, Medicine or Law). To this day, some of the postgraduate degree courses lead to the degree of Bachelor (the B.Phil and B.Litt. degrees are examples in the field of philosophy, and the B.Mus. remains a postgraduate qualification at Oxford and Cambridge universities).

The study was eidetic, approaching the philosophical objectives sought by considering it from each aspect of the quadrivium within the general structure demonstrated by Proclus, namely arithmetic and music on the one hand,[8] and geometry and cosmology on the other.[9]

The subject of music within the quadrivium was originally the classical subject of harmonics, in particular the study of the proportions between the music intervals created by the division of a monochord. A relationship to music as actually practised was not part of this study, but the framework of classical harmonics would substantially influence the content and structure of music theory as practised both in European and Islamic cultures.

Modern Usage:

In modern applications of the liberal arts as curriculum in colleges or universities, the quadrivium may be considered as the study of number and its relationship to physical space or time: arithmetic was pure number, geometry was number in space, music number in time, and astronomy number in space and time. Morris Kline classifies the four elements of the quadrivium as pure (arithmetic), stationary (geometry), moving (astronomy) and applied (music) number.[10]

This schema is sometimes referred to as “classical education” but it is more accurately a development of the 12th and 13th centuries with recovered classical elements, rather than an organic growth from the educational systems of antiquity. The term continues to be used by the classical education movement.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrivium)