January 6, 2009 Leave a comment
It is sad that my first post of the year involves criticism of a policy that should’ve been resolved ages ago.
This morning, some CFAD students sporting long hair were reprimanded by our respectful security officials. When asked why they were reprimanded, the security personnel told the students that the Regent of the College ordered that the ID’s of these students be taken and to have a personal audience with him to get them back. With reluctance, the students gave their ID’s. I witnessed this incident earlier today when I was walking with my friend reprimanded by the security personnel.
If I remember well, the previous student council and the college administrators struck a deal allowing long hair in the college provided that it will be neatly tied. And based from what I see everyday, I think the long haired students follow the rules. They have been tying their hair religiously and have been following their end of the agreement.
I think that the agreement between the students and the administrators must be respected. Generally, administrators of large corporations or domiciles cannot change policies out of self-itch or impulse; a policy change must be a result of a compromise between the employees and their administrators. Change without compromise can bring disorder and chaos in the system; thus introducing disagreements and conflicts. Why do we have to further the burden of these CFAD students when they have been following the agreement?
Since my AB days, haircut issue is a very important matter to me. The haircut issue, in my opinion, provides the students with a perspective of how our administration formulate policies. And in the span of 5 years, I think that the university has not done its best to liberalize this policy. While it is an imperative for some majors to have clean haircuts because of their work or profession, such is not true for some colleges that dwell on their creative juices and whose primary fuel is their sense of freedom. It is not just to compare a Nursing student to a CFAD student in terms of this policy; for a nursing male needs short hair for sanitary reasons while the CFAD student does not.
If an institution cannot have a final workable solution and agreement on this trivial issue of haircut, I do not think that there will be any healthful policies coming underway. Also, if the administrators of CFAD do not know how to negotiate with the students directly, or through their representatives and find a clearcut solution to this problem, I think CFAD will be trapped in a filth of hair as it has been for almost 8 years now.
Peace. I wonder if the instigator of this policy will be happy if all his male students are bald? Peace again.