Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 10:42:06 -0600 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: Re: PC Language >>Unfortunately, I have no conclusive academic answer, >>but I can say from experience that on my campus >>the most regular users of PC language (with >>serious intent) are administrators in the >>Campus Housing department. > >Come to think of it, much of the PC activity (multiculturalism, globalism, >etc.) on our campus comes from the Student Activities Office. The housing >folks have long been into euphemism/revisionism. We can't call the dorms >anything but "residence halls." The housing director is "director of >resident life." On a related issue, we no longer have PE classes: we have >classes in "wellness." Speaking of wellness, I am going to the doctor >today for an annual check-up: our insurance program will completely cover >this examination under a "wellness benefit." Exactly. We have the "Wellness Center" on campus, and our dorms are touted as "residence halls" as well. In fact, Campus Housing prefers to be called "Residential Life" and I have a fabulous story from my Housing archive of madness: UIC just constructed a brand-new residence hall which opened for residents in August of 1993. That building was to be thematically grouped with others called "Commons North" and "Commons South." The new building is "Commons West." Like many universities, UIC has three-letter abbreviations for EVERYTHING (ALL), and these buildings were abbreviated, respectively, CON, COS, and hence, COW. Panic spread through Housing administration. Before the grand opening of the new building, they had officially changed the Commons abbreviations to CMN, CMS, and CMW. Among the given reasons for the sudden change: they didn't want to risk offending rural students. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;