Volume 93, Issue 12

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Neglected coverage for do-gooders

From Generation X to degeneration

Campus Rec strikes back at lineups

Goodbye, but we never met

Here she is, Mrs. America

Love it or censor it

Killing rabbits for art

Goodbye, but we never met

Admittedly, I am not the best person to comment on the passing of journalism and media, information and technoculture professor Andrew Osler. I never knew him personally, we never even spoke for that matter. But at the same time I feel like the university community just lost an incredible person.

I was scheduled to take his MIT 134F class this semester, covering freedom of the press and print media policy. Before his passing, only one lecture had taken place – he simply went over the introductory information and other compulsory tidbits.

But in that one hour I sat listening to him, it became apparent he was more than your average professor. The mere fact he was willing to share his home phone number with his students shows the unique quality of Mr. Osler.

He encouraged us to call him anytime, no matter how late, or how small the problem. In the large scope of life, such little acts are almost always forgotten. But it is these small moments which set some people apart.

Because of my love for journalism and the kind-hearted nature of professor Osler I was increasingly excited about the course. And even though I am still eager to attend the class, it hit me surprisingly hard when it was announced at the start of what would have been Wednesday's lecture that he had passed on.

Some might find it corny or melodramatic, but despite the lack of a personal connection with him, I was saddened all the same. Sometimes when it happens so close to home it's a little more startling.

My appreciation of Mr. Osler has only grown since then. From what I've read and what I've heard it has become clear Western not only lost a professor, but an author, media expert, scholar and for me personally, a fellow journalist.

I had hoped, this year, to include him in a new feature in The Gazette, which focused on commentary from professors. I was looking forward to his input and advice on my own young journalistic career.

My condolences to his family and friends. And although it seems strangely selfish, I wish I had been able to know the man they undoubtedly appreciated and loved.

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