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Ski Trip Opinions: Yay, Nay, or Meh?

Editors’ Note: All submissions are anonymous.

“While the ski trip does not reflect well upon our Faculty, I don’t believe it will have any lasting impact. That being said, as a matter mere human decency, I am dismayed by the behavior of some of the students who went on the trip. The standard of behaviour is simple: show some damn respect! What happened is reprehensible, especially in light of what the ski resort cleaning staff had to deal with. The ski resort’s reaction is perfectly justified. On how it was all handled: I’m sympathetic to the concerns students have raised. Sending an email to every practitioner at this school was, perhaps, unnecessary. I also don’t agree with the naming of the two students in the email. Notwithstanding these concerns, I am convinced that the situation will blow over. If this has taught us anything, it’s that we need to work harder as a student body to ensure that we maintain our privilege to host parties and trips, but we must do so in a manner respecting those who clean up the messes that we leave behind.”


“I was asked to provide my opinion on student conduct that has recently besmirched the law school’s reputation. Being a pure, honest, and hardworking student, I decided it was my duty to deal with the situation. I wanted to know how bad the damage was, so I went straight to the great-god-of-information. I Googled the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Shockingly, to my absolute disbelief, there were no reports of the horrendous acts that had occurred. No mention of the youths disregarding authority. No mention of the drinking, smoking, possible marijuana use or, the worst one, premarital sex. It seemed the only coverage was being given to things like tuition hikes and budget cuts, which paled in importance to the reports of a student standing on a desk. (Dead poets society be damned). How could the national media not have seized upon the absolutely disgraceful reports of loud music, curse words and students staying up past midnight? I hope these tales are lost forever, lest the reputation of lawyers as peaceful, sober, honest, wholesome, defenders of justice be defiled. I shall light a candle for all our souls tonight.”


“Hear no evil, speak no evil – and you’ll never be invited to a party.” — Oscar Wilde


“If PR class has taught me anything, it is this: though the public perceives us as a group of people worthy of a class unto our own, we most certainly are not. Professional-shmoshmeshional! Put that JD designation through the wash, and we are but plumbers in nice clothes and a far greater debt load. The fact that many of you are so off-put about our behavior only confirms that debilitating and unhealthy stereotype: the lawyer as the holier than thou paragon of anthropomorphized justice. Get over yourself, and start accepting you for who and what you are: just one more plain-jane member of society. #sorrynotsorry. Is this how plain-jane members of society act? NO! This is how entitled children act. The perpetrators of this behavior are just as guilty of buying into the garbage mentality that shows like Suits takes great pleasure in selling you! We are not special. Stop acting like we are. Where does this leave us? At a point in our lives that all too many of us are scared half-to-death to accept: that we must work day in and out to EARN the privilege that will one day attach to our names. Many will fall from their place in the sun that believe that place is their god-given right. Once again, #sorrynotsorry.”


“Recently, there have been concerns about this school’s reputation. From talks with alumni, this school’s culture did not develop overnight; it’s been part of the U of A for a long time. That culture is a major reason that alumni and current students came to this school. Compared to previous ski trips and social calendars, this year was not much different; if anything, it may have been tamer. However, history is not an excuse for certain individuals acting disrespectfully. The majority of issues seem to be caused by individuals, not the student body at-large. That is why it is illogical to put a freeze on student events or hold organizers at fault. The vast majority of students use these events as a release from law school (which is really quite terrible). Unfortunately, a few bad apples have besmirched the reputation of others. The suggestion that the student body has a systemic problem is misguided. The U of A is ranked second in the nation for elite firm hiring and only behind the U of T, the major feeder school to the nation’s largest legal market. So why is it that a school in Edmonton, a fairly small market, attracts and prepares some of the nation’s best talent? Is it the gorgeous weather? Is it the recently remodeled building? Is it because the number of staff and professors has rapidly declined? Call me crazy, but it might have something to do with the school’s culture.”


“The Dean was absolutely right to be concerned about the reputation of the school. I believe this elitist attitude that law students are above the rules is being reflected in the LSA. I have not appreciated the LSA’s response surrounding partying. I was disgusted that instead of taking ownership to the issues laid out by the Dean, the LSA chose to be more defensive about the outcomes of their events. Although the ski trip is not technically an LSA event, it was clearly done under the name of our law school and by members that are part of the LSA. I do believe certain actions occurring over the year have divided the student body and have made attending further events uncomfortable. I have heard from other students that they don’t want to attend something like Carbolic because they don’t want to associate with the “party” crowd. Also, I just don’t want to associate with someone who uses a kitchen as a washroom.”