There are times when I am so proud of our students at NDSU. Last evening was one of those times. It started when I happened upon a Facebook post on a student-run unofficial NDSU Facebook page called Overheard at NDSU. Overheard is primarily used as a capture point for odd, funny, or annoying things that are said or happen at NDSU. All types of things are posted on that page – even random professor comments sometimes end up on the page. Unfortunately, on some days the items posted on Overheard can be downright mean. And that is really where this story begins.
It appears that an individual posted an unkind picture on Overheard of Phillip McCollum. In typical Overheard form, random folks who frequent the page commented on the picture – some in a mean-spirited way. Phillip McCollum caught wind of it and made a post of his own on Overheard. Today I am sharing Phillip’s post and the comments from students and others on that post.
As I write this blog on Thursday evening, 615 folks have liked Phillips’ post. I find this so very heartening. It took a tremendous amount of fortitude to Phillip to stand up for himself the way he did. He is clearly a rock star.
The icing on this cake is the support shown to Phillip both through the likes and the comments to his post. Apparently, it isn’t such an unfriendly universe after all. In this case, Phillip and those who stepped up to support him spread a much bigger message of acceptance, understanding, and inclusiveness. Way to be heard Bison.
The creepy/weird guy in Sociology/Psych and Physics. I overheard that there was a pic of me on here the other day, and saw some of the comments. The picture I rather not mention what I was doing because it’s apparently “creepy”, and I wish no one will repeat it. Just wanted to say this: I have a highly functioning form of Autism called Aspergers. To cut it short, basically I don’t understand things socially as most do. Things that people think are “social common sense” I don’t get. I’ve been called creepy and weird all throughout high school, and rather not get that moniker here. Only people who may understand this is people who’ve dealt with Aspergers. The things most people find “weird” and “creepy”, I don’t know any better. Calling someone with Aspergers a “creep” or “weirdo” is like calling someone with Down Syndrome “stupid” and an “idiot”. Stigmatizing them for something they cannot help