“Student Senate voted against this club instatement last night, as the majority of Senators found the name ‘Yacht Club’ to have a particularly offensive association with Yacht Clubs and a recreation known for being exclusive,” wrote Taylor Novick-Finder (PZ ’17), an Environmental Senator, in an email on Pitzer’s Student Talk thread.But there was more at work than the choice of a name.
Never mind that providing students with cultural capital that might serve well in Silicon Valley or Chicago or much of the East Coast is a worthy goal of higher education, to the derivative and tendentious drones in the student senate, it's freakazoids über alles.
“It doesn’t matter what it is called, the club itself is a classist and inaccessible activity for people who are not wealthy,” wrote one Pitzer student. “Pitzer’s money would be going towards a luxurious classist, elitist yachting activity (alienating students on campus who are lower income) instead of going to support for example queer and trans people of color, disabled students, working class students, indigenous/Native American students, etc.”What's next, a student from modest circumstances gets accused of "cultural appropriation" (more wordnoise, people) when he joins the sailing club? Fortunately, not everyone at Pitzer is an idiot.
“I think you are missing the point that this club would open up access to sailing for people who have never been able to experience it, like myself,” wrote Kyle Dalrymple (PZ ’17), a member of the Senate’s Faculty Executive Committee. “Additionally, I will stress again the approval of a club has nothing to do with the budget allocated to it.”On the other hand, student government did allocate $5000 to a tattoo club, thus enabling low status individuals to acquire additional markers of low status. Campus Reform suggests the story is "almost a satire." Perhaps. But in the absence of aesthetic standards, there is no satire, only absurdity.