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WSU Professor Sonya Conner Violated Contract By Skipping Class To Organize Ferguson Protest

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Welcome to another episode of Turtleboy Investigates. Everyone knows that I’ve got a thing for Worcester State Professor Dr. Sonya Conner. I can’t help it. I just dig the bad girl. It’s always been my weakness. And let me tell ya, she has been EXTRA naughty these past few months. As you know she’s one of the ringleaders of the Occupy Ferguson Lives Matter movement.

But unlike the rest of the local boobs who are involved with it, she actually has a real job. So how does she find the time to protest? Well, apparently she just doesn’t go to work when there’s a protest going on and we have proof. We went over to the Registrars office at Worcester State and requested a copy of last semester’s class schedule. The love of my life taught a class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45 called, “Sociology of the Family.” Here it is:

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Well here’s the problem. December 1st was a Monday. It was also the second of the major protests that students were involved in that week, the first being the infamous shutdown of Lincoln Square. So from 12:30-1:45 on December 1st, Professor Conner was contractually obligated to be in front of her class teaching them about the Sociology of the Family.

But check out the time stamp on this tweet:

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1:10 PM, December 1st. This was supposed to be smack dab in the middle of her class. Apparently she decided that protesting Ferguson was more important than being an adult.

What’s scary about this picture is that kids are looking to her for answers. They assume she knows what the hell she’s talking about because she goes by “Doctor” and has a position of authority. And instead of teaching kids that when you commit to being somewhere at a certain time and place, you need to honor that commitment, she’s teaching them to basically do whatever the hell they wanna do whenever the hell they wanna do it.

She’s also teaching them a bunch of crap about the Worcester Police that simply isn’t true. The Worcester Police aren’t racist. Everyone knows that. They’re just regular guys and gals who dedicated their lives to public service. But because they carry guns and handcuffs they are automatically racist. She would know too, she’s lived in Worcester for all of five minutes.

But she’s a college professor, which means she has a class full of students who paid good money to go to school there and are being denied an education because she found something that she couldn’t resist the urge to protest. She’d tell you that what she was fighting more was bigger than any class. Which is fine. But you can’t do both. If you feel that committed to protesting, then quit your job and collect unemployment with your new friend Robert Blackwell-Gibbs.

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And what kind of precedent does this set? So whenever someone feels passionate about something, they can just skip work and violate their contract? She feels passionate about Ferguson. What about the professor or teacher who feels passionate about global warming, or gun control, or abortion, or healthcare, or March Madness? Can they all just blow off their professional obligations because they feel like taking to the streets?

And it’s not like she actually accomplished anything by organizing this protest on December 1st. What has changed? What exactly did she do? How can she justify blowing off a class if it ultimately was all for nothing? Darren Wilson is still a free man. The grand jury system remains the way it was before the Michael Brown non-indictment. Although two cops were shot in Ferguson on Wednesday, and two other cops were assassinated by someone who was inspired by people like her in Brooklyn. So I guess she contributed a little bit to that.

And did I mention Worcester State is a STATE school, which means you and I pay taxes that go towards her salary? So essentially what we’re doing is paying her to organize a bunch of 18 year olds to block traffic so we can’t get home after a hard day of work. That seems reasonable.

So what do students think of her in class? We had the chance to speak with two of her students for an exclusive interview. Here is what they had to say:

“She shows anti- American propaganda films in class. She went over class time which was 3 hours as it was because all she did was talk at us. She tried to say it was a “discussion” based course but she was the only person discussing anything. Mostly views about how the government is evil and we are all sheep who are too stupid to question anything. She tried to sway us constantly to join her meetings for protesting and even cancelled class once to attend a rally I declined needless to say.

I spoke to the department head about her and found her truly offensive and intimidating. On a side note she is pretty trashy and spoke of weird personal things as well. Not sure how she is even a professor honestly. Many in class felt the same way. She was constantly trying to recruit people for her cause. I honestly feel bad for her younger students because she is so manipulative they could easily be swayed. She was encouraging “civil disobedience ” downtown and who knows what these wackos are capable of!”

How’d you like to be this student? All you wanna do is get through the class with a good grade so you can get a job and contribute to society. And your teacher is actively trying to brainwash you the entire time with her one-sided propaganda. You can’t argue with her because she controls your grade and thus indirectly she controls your ability to graduate. Meanwhile you have to sit there and watch the dumb ones in your class fall for her bullshit. She’s literally using her position of authority to manipulate the brains of college students, because of course they are so easily manipulated. Notice she doesn’t waste her time talking to tax-paying adults. Because we know better. She goes right for the source.

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Here was what the other student had to say:

“I had Dr. Conner last semester at WSU. My first impression of Dr. Conner was a good one. She was so helpful when I was preparing to enroll back into school after many years. I am a single mother and so is she. She actually offered to let my daughter hang out with her daughter in her office during class because I was uncomfortable leaving my daughter home alone. 

Once I started her class I learned quickly how she feels about the “system.” Her research methods class almost immediately turned into more of a police brutality class. I learned so much about my right to record the cops and statistics of police brutality around the country, the cases regarding Michael Brown and Travon Martin…. She gave extra credit for anyone who attended the protests.

Like I said, I am a single mother of a 13 year old. Yes, I have my opinions but the last thing I would ever do is risk my safety or future when I have a child to think about. I’m really surprised Dr. Conner puts her daughter’s needs on the back burner so much to organize, attend and partake in these rallies and protests. She actually said out loud in class that she is willing to go to jail for this cause and in the right instance, would be willing to risk her life. Now that’s quality parenting right there.

As adults in her class, we were constantly yelled at (SHE LITERALLY YELLED) because we didn’t do enough and didn’t partake in any rallies or protests and that is our right as college students and American Citizens. She often told us that we have a lot to learn from the students at Clark because they were actually doing something about this mess. She was shocked that WSU stood back and did nothing. I often wondered why she didn’t work at Clark, rather than WSU. I’m sure she’s tried. Most students at WSU work their way through school, whereas Clark students are probably a little better off. That MIGHT be the difference, Dr. Conner.

I did get an A in the class but we didn’t even get through half of the syllabus due to her weekly rants about Michael Brown. I literally passed in in 3 pages of work the entire semester and the entire class never even finished the final project. I’m all for easy A’s but I never want to be yelled at like that again.”

It’s not really surprising that she’s encouraging her students to flagrantly violate our laws at their discretion. After all, she illegally blocked the busiest intersection in Worcester with her partners in crime on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in doing so impeded the path of an ambulance.

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So not only does she come to class when pleases, she also FAILS to teach the curriculum because she’s too busy ranting and raving about her political agenda. Oh yea, and she gives EXTRA CREDIT to anyone who attends a rally. How is that ethical? You’re basically incentivizing students to be sheep. The whole purpose of college is to get students to think critically and hear both sides of issues. But not in her class. Either you agree with what she says and join her pointless, misguided protests, or your grade suffers as a result.

The bottom line is that when you’re an adult you don’t get to make up the rules as you go along.And you certainly shouldn’t be breaking the law by blocking traffic at Kelley Square. There are certain things you no longer get to do that you would like to when you grow up because you’re held to a higher standard. For most of us it’s the gym that we have to give up, and for Dr. Conner it should’ve been protesting.

It’s also come to our knowledge that she approached WSU administration about having class walkouts for Ferguson. She was explicitly told that this was a contractual violation and a fireable offense. Well, we’ve proven that she ignored this direct order from her superiors, and we fully expect her to be fired.

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9 Comment(s)
  • Dr.Eric R.
    April 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Turtle,

    If you knew the FORTITUDE Dr. Conner has been forced to have since she was a young kid I do believe even you may feel quite different, She’s a fighter, an intelligent one and had to be since the age of 5. Sonya Conner needs a film about her life story. The old cliche “don’t judge a book by its cover” really should be the catch phrase when referring to Dr. Sonya Conner. She’s LIVED it son!

    #1badcreole
    #louisianalove
    #BostonStrong

  • doctor CONner
    March 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    She looks downs-y

  • Nick
    March 14, 2015 at 7:03 am

    The whole sociology department basically went so in pretty sure Maloney was in a bind to actually take action over the violation.

  • Yes
    March 13, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Did UMass win today?

  • Lars
    March 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Turtleboy, you are the terminator for Sonya Connor – or is that toyminator?

  • Student
    March 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I vote we all sign up for “Doctor” Sonya’s class and make those discussions actual discussions!

  • Finnish Goalie
    March 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Must have made your day to receive confirmation of trashiness.

    Have inquiries been made to Maloney or Caruso to confirm why the ultimatum being ignored had no consequences?

  • Clive Mc'turtle
    March 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Solid gym analogy

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