Trevor's Surprise Dissertation Defense Marching Band
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Trevor’s Surprise Dissertation Defense Marching Band

On April 3rd, Trevor Norris successfully defended his dissertation “Consuming, Schooling and the End of Politics” and was awarded a PhD in Philosophy of Education by the Ontatio Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).
On April 4th, a party was held at the Bedford Academy in his honour.
Little did Trevor know that into this party would explode his friends in the shape of a uniformed marching band, banging drums and shaking shakers—a scene from 8 1/2 with more samba and less sadness.
Anointing Trevor their leader with cape, baton, and plumed cap, they proudly paraded from the bar to (and through) OISE in a bonanza of banners and beats.
“Trevor was very surprised when we arrived at the party and he was a great sport and seized his chance to lead a parade and celebrate,” writes the event’s author, imagitator Carly Stasko, a media activist and herself an OISE student and Trevor’s girlfriend. “It was a lot of fun with a lot of organizing and help from friends and family.”
As magical and perfect a gesture of pride and affection as could possibly be, we should all be so blessed to have people who care about us so much that their feelings can best be expressed in the form of a parade.