Friday, February 26, 2010

...or Forever Hold Your Peace

With the notable exceptions of soap operas and romantic comedies and with the days of dowries dwindling rapidly (I never did get those 40 goats I was promised), the use of the phrase, “Speak now or forever hold your peace” is becoming increasingly rare in the enlightened arena of 21st century wedding ceremonies. It is even rarer for a person to actually stand up and boldly object to the marriage, thus throwing a massive wet blanket on the hugely expensive reception about to happen and ruining the day forever for the (up to that very minute) happy couple.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is one of the maxims attributed to Pubilius Syrus in the 1st century BC – “Let the fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.” Bob Cox used this phrase as the preface to an on-line article in which he reminded his readers to “never… speak until the time is right. And the time is right when the other person is ready to listen.”

As regular readers of this blog know for certain, this fool is not known for holding his tongue and hence the mantle of "sage" has never been bestowed upon his (read “my”) shoulders. I never need to be extended an invitation to add my two cents. Others are far more reticent.

However, be ye fool or sage, faculty or student, staffer or neighbor, or all of the above, PLEASE do not miss out on your FINAL chance to come out and participate in the LAST pair of Master Plan Town Hall Meetings. This is it. The consultants and committees are finalizing the Plan and their presentation to the University Board of Trustees and they want to know what you have to think about their ideas for the UIC campus of the future.

The time is right. And boy, are they ready to listen.

West Side
Thursday, March 4, 2010
1:30 – 3:30 PM
MBRB – First Floor Auditorium

East Side
Friday, March 5, 2010
10:00 AM – Noon
Student Center East – Room 605

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.” (No goats are required; goatees are optional.)

Question of the Week: What possible excuse could you have for passing up this opportunity to help create the Plan for the future of this campus?

Until next Friday…

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