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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 26, Issue 2

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a
tim e
i n
l i f e
w hen
y o u
b u c k le
dow n,
p u t
y o u r
n o s e
t o
th e
g rin d s to n e ,
a n d
e n d e a v o r
th ro u g h
h a rd s h ip
t o
a c c o m p lis h
y o u r
g o a l.
T h is
w as
n o to n e
o f
th o s e
tim es.
I t
w as
re m a rk a b ly
e a s y ,
i n
fa c t,t o
d q c id e
t o
g o
t o
L as-
V egas
fo r
th e
N a tio n a l
C onference
o n
S tu d e n t
L e a d e rs h ip ,
S e p t.
1 7 -1 9 .
I
m ean,
th e y
re a lly ,
d id n 'tn e e d
t otw istm ya rm
aw h o leh e llo fa lo t.
A s
y o u
m ay
k n o w
i f
y o u
d ig
th is
fin e
p u b lic a tio n ,n e a rly
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w as
s p e n tto
s e n d
1 0
m em bers
o fS to n y
U SG
t o
S in
C ity
fo rth is
c o n -
fe re n c e .
Y ou
m ay
a s k
y o u rs e lf
w hy
m oney
w as
s p e n t
fly in g
9
s tu d e n ts
a n d
a n
a d m in is tra to r
(w hattu rn e d
o u tt o
b e
th e
la r g e s ts h o w in g
fro m
a
s in g le
s c h o o l),
t o
a
c o n fe re n c e
o n
le a d e rs h ip .
W h a t d id
th e y
h o p e
t o
g a in ?
A nd
y o u
m ay
fu r-
th e ra s ky o u r s e l f w hyT h e P ressd o le d
out m oney
(a b o u t
$ 9 0 0 )
fo r
m e
t o
g o
t o
th e
c o n fe re n c e
in
V egas.A ll good
q u e s tio n sth a tw illb ea d d r e s s e d
i n
th efo llo w in g
a rtic le .
F irsto fa ll, I'd like
t o
s a y
th a tI 'm
g o in g .
t o
e n d e a v o r
t o
b e
in c re d ib ly
fa ir
a n d
h o n e s t
in
th is-a rtic le ,
a n d
a lth o u g h
T h e
P ressa n d
U SG
h a v e
o fte n
b e e n
in fa m o u s
o p p o n e n ts ,
I
m ust
a d m it
th a t
th e
c o u n c il-m e m b e rs
r e p r e s e n te d
S to n y
B ro o k
w e ll,a n d
w ere
a c tiv e
a n d
a tte n tiv e
d u rin g
th e
c o n v e n tio n ,
w h ic h
a t tim es
d ra g g e d
o n
a n d
o h
a n d
o n .
A sfa r
a s
Isaw ,
th e y
d id
n o t
u s e th e. t r i p
t oV egas
a sa ne x c u s e
fo r im m o ralo r
la s c iv io u s 'b e h a v io r,
o re v e n
e x te n s iv e
p a rty in g .
(L e a v eth a tt o
m e).
T he
t r i p
w as
le g it,
a n d
th e y
tre a te d
i ta s
s u c h .
I nfa c t,
Ith in k
i tw o u ld
h a v e '
b e e n
fa rb e tte rfo rth eg ro u p
t o
c u tlo o s e
ab it-
som eo f th e m
c o u ld
s u r e ly
u sei t .
T hat h a v in g
b e e n
s a id ,
Ife e l
Im usta l s o
a d m it
th a tI
d o n 'tb e lie v e
i n
g o v e rn m e n t,
a n d
I
c e rta in ly
d o n 't
c a re
m uch
fo r
le a d e rs h ip ;
th e y
a re ,b u re a u c ra tic
s tu m b lin g
b lo c k sth a tr e s u l t
in
h ie ra rc h ie s
a n d
o th e rirra tio n a litie s
o f
p o w e r,-
w h ic h
lu lly o u
in to p ro m o tin g
th e
f a ls es e n s e
o f
s e c u rity
th a t
i s
th e
s ta tu s
q u o .
H ow ever,
Ia ls o
k n o w
th eb e n e fito fg o o d ,o ld -fa s h io n e d
com m on
s e n s e ,
a n d
som eo fth ein fo rm a tio n ,i fn o t p re v i-
o u s ly
know n,
w o u ld
c e rta in ly
b eh e lp fu l
t o
th e .
lis te n e r.
(F o r
in s ta n c e ,
u n d e rs ta n d in g
th e
c o n -
c e p ts
o f p riv ile g e
a n d
d is c rim in a tio n .).
W hen
If i r s tc h e c k e d
in toth e c o n fe re n c e
a n d
re c e iv e d
m y
p r e s s
c re d e n tia ls ,
th e y
h a n d e d
m eap a c k e tc o m p le tew ith
m y
'C e rtifie d 'S tu d e n t
L e a d e r
W eekend
R e tre a t
m aterials;
a
p ro g ra m
s c h e d u le
fo r
th e
w eekend,
p h o to -c o p ie d
c h e a t
s h e e ts
fo r
th e
te s t
I 'l ld i s c u s s
la te r,
a
h a n d y -
d a n d y
n o te p a d ,
a n d
b e c a u s e
w e
c a n
n e v e rfo rg e t
a b o u t C a p ita lis m
-
som ele a fle tsm eantt op e d d le
com m on-sense
in fo rm a tio n
fo re x o rb ita n tr a t e s .
T he
p ro g ra m
s c h e d u le
b o a s ts
th a t
y o u
w ill" e x p l o r e
s tra te g ie s ,
d is c u s s
n e w
id e a s ,
a n d
a c q u ire
te c h n iq u e s
fo r
'im p le m e n tin g
q u a lity
cam pusin itia tiv e s ."
T hats o u n d s
w ell
a n d
g o o d ,
b u tw h a t's
th e
p ra c tic a la p p lic a tio n ?
W ell,
le t's
d iv e
h e a d -first
in to
th e
fra y ,
s h a llw e?
F rid a y ,th ef i r s tn ig h t,w as
p ro b a b ly
m y
fa v o rite
n ig h to f p ro g ra m ;i t w assh o rta n d
sw eet,
a n dw e
w ereb a s ic a llyju s tm e e tin g
e a c h
o th e r
a t
th a tp o in t,
c o z y in g
u p
t o
th ep e o p lew e
w o u ld
b e
em bedded
w ith
a llw eekend.
W e
a ls o
to o k
ap ra c tic e
te s tt o
b e
a" c e r -
tifie d "
s tu d e n t
le a d e r.
(T h e
r e a lte s t
w o u ld
b e
ta k e n
o n
S a tu rd a y .)
T hey
s a y
i n
th e
b ro c h u re s
th a t
o n c e
y o u
becom e
" c e rtifie d ,"
y o u
h a v e
e s s e n tia lly
a c q u ire d
a ll
th e
n e c e s s a r y
s k illz
( s ic )
t ob e
ab o n a
fid ele a d e r.
T he
p ra c tic e
te s tc o n ta in e d '1 0 0
a c h in g -
ly - e a s y
m u ltip le
c h o ic e
a n d
tru e /fa ls e
q u e s -
tio n sc o n c e rn in g
e v e ry th in g
fro m
p a rlia m e n ta ry
p ro c e d u re ,
t o
c o n c e p ts
o f
d is c rim in a tio n ,
c o n -
flic t
re s o lu tio n ,
a n d
a v e n u e s
o f
p u b lic ity
a n d
p ro m o tio n .
P a
, .
A
sam ple
q u e s tio n :
W hatw o u ld
b e
c o n s id e re d
a n
o b s ta c le
t o
e ffe c tiv e
tim em a n a g e m e n t?
A .
s e ttin g
g o a ls
B .
p ro c ra s tin a tio n
C .
w ritin g
dow n
al i s to fo b je c tiv e s
D .n o n e
o f th e
a b o v e .
S o ,
y e s ,
th e
answ er
i sm ost
o b v io u s ly
B .
L ik e
Is a id ,com m on
s e n s e .
W e
fille d
o u t
th e
S c a n tro n
s h e e ts ,
m ak-
in g
p a tte rn s
w ith
a ll
th e
p e n c ile d -in
b u b b le s ,
a n d
th es tu d e n ts
a tm y ta b le
ju s ta b o u tfe llo v e r
w hen
th e y re a d
ap a rtic u la r:tru e /fa ls e
q u e s tio n :
# 9 0 :
'W e
k n o w
a llth e re
i s
t o
k n o w .'
W hat d im -
b u lb
yes-m an
w o u ld
answ er'tr u e '?
A h,
b u tth ete s ttrie d
t o
th ro w
y o u
fo ra
lo o p
a t
tim es.
F o r
in s ta n c e ,
d o
y o u
k n o w
w hat
"quorum "
is ?
Iju s tle a rn e d
th is
la s tm o n th ,
b u t
i ti sthe num ber of m em bers
y o u
n e e dp r e s e n t
at.
y o u r
m e e tin g ,
i n
o rd e r
t o
c o n d u c t
b u s in e s s
le g a lly .
F rid a y
n ig h t
w e
a ls o
p la y e d
a
gam e
w herew e
g ra b b e d
a
p a rtn e r,a n d
e ith e rle d th e m
a ro u n d
b lin d -fo ld e d
o r
th rew -a
y e llo w
h a p p y -
fa c eb a llb a c k
a n d
fo rth .N otsu rew hat th ep u r-
p o s e
o f th is
e x e r c is e
w as,b u tIh a dfu nd e fa c in g
th e
h a p p y 'f a c e
b a llw ith
a
la rg e
A narchy
s ig n ,
a n d
a t le a s tth el i t t l e
gam esb ro k e
u p
th e m o n o t-
o n y
o f
lis te n in g
t o
a
tru ly
c ra z y
m o tiv a tio n a l
s p e a k e r
(M ic h a e lD eR osa
-
m ore
o nh im
la te r).
O n
t o
S a tu rd a y ,
w here
most of
th e
s tu -
d e n ts
s a tth ro u g h
ro u g h ly
1 2
h o u rs o f 'in fo rm a-
tio n m e a n tt om ake
y o u
am oree ffe c tiv e
le a d e r
...
i fy o up o s s e s s
th e
a tte n tio n
s p a n .
B ear w ith
m e,
a sIh a s h
th iso u t.
T he
f i r s t
p ro g ra m ,
o n
d iv e rs ity
is s u e s ,
w as
a c tu a lly
q u ite
g o o d .
E n title d
" In te n tio n a l
a n d
In c lu s iv e
C o m m u n ity
B u ild in g :
F ro m
A w areness
t o
C o lla b o ra tio n ,"
-
w h ic h
i s
ju s t
a
lo n g
w ay
t o
s a y
's e n s itiv ity
tra in in g ,'
th eg o a lo f
th is
p ro g ra m
w as
t o
" e n g a g e ,
e x a m in e
a n d ,
e x p lo re
th e
d y n a m ic s
o fd iv e rs ity
a n d
id e n tity ,-
a n d
h o w
th e y
im p a c tth e
te a c h in g
a n d
le a rn in g -
e x p e rie n c e ."
T he
p r e s e n
te r,
a
la rg e
a m ic a b i
b la c k
m an
b y '
t h
nam e
o f
D r.
J a im
W a s h in g to n ,
w as
cer
ta in ly
a n
in te re s tin
a n d
d y n a m ic
s p e a k
e r.
T oo
b a d
w e
d id n
h a v e
h im
a lld a y .
D u rin g
h i
le c tu re ,
h e
s tr 'e s s e
som e
k e y
p o in t:
o p p re s s io n
i s
p e rv a
s iv e
a n d
im p a c ts
t
a ll-
i tm ayn o tb eo t
fa u lt,
b u t
w e
m u:
a c c e p tre s p o n s ib ilit
fo r
h o w
w e
s u s ta i
th e
C y c le
(
O ppression,w h ic h
n
d o u b tr e s u l t s
i nd e n ia l,
h o s tility ,
a n d
ac u ltu re .
o fs t e r e o t y p e s .
H e
a ls o -s ta te d
p a s s io n a te ly
th a t
th e re
a re
" n o
q u ic k
f ix e s " ,
b u t
in d iv id u a ls
d o
g ro w
a n d
c h a n g e .
" T h e re
i s
H O P E !"
h e
k e p t
re m in d in g
u s.
N ext
u p
D r.
W a s h in g to n
g a v e
u s
a
p ro -
g ra m
o n
" C o m m u n ic a tio n
a n d
C o n flic t
R e s o lu tio n .:
L is te n ,
L e a rn ,
a n d
S p e a k ."
D u rin g
th is
p ro g ra m
w e
d e lv e d
in to
v a rio u s
le a d e rs h ip
s ty le s ,
v e rb a l
a n d
n o n -v e rb a l
c o m m u n ic a tio n
p a tte rn s ,
a n d
h o w
c o m m u n ic a tio n
i s
in flu e n c e d -
b yg e n d e r
a n d
c u ltu re .
I 'l lt r y
t o
b o il
th is
a ll
dow n
fo r
y o u .
I n
e r?
is e
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ro n m e n t,
D eR osa
w ent
o v e r
th ek e y
t o
e ffe c tiv e
o rg a n iz a -
tio n-
p rio ritiz in g .D eterm ine
what
i s
m ost
u rg e n t
a n d
m p o rta n t,
a n d
a c c o m p lis h
th o s e
th in g s
f i r s t .
A nd
h e
id d e d
h is
ow n
'd e e p
th o u g h t'
" D o n 'tle t p e rfe c tio n
b e
th e
enemy
o fg o o d ."
P r ic e le s s .
I no rd e rt o
in tro d u c ep a r-
lia m e n ta ryp r o c e d u r e ,
D eR osa
had
afe w
s tu d e n ts ,
in c lu d in g
som e
fro m
S to n y
B ro o k ,
g iv e
th e ir
b e s t
L o o n e y
T u n e s
im pression.
A nd
th e n
h e
b u s te d
o u t th e
costum es,
a n d
e v e ry o n e
fro m
E lm erF u d d
t o
M arvin
th e .
M a rtia n ,
th e
T asm anian
D e v il
a n d
T w e e ty
B ird
w ere
re p re s e n te d .
T hey
c o n d u c te d
afa k em e e tin g ,m adem o tio n s
i nc h a r -
a c te r,a n d
v o te d
o nth in g s
lik eg e ttin g
rn o re
c a r-
ro tsfo rB ugsB unny,A
s tra n g e
w ayt ote a c h
p ro -
c e d u re ,
b u ti t b ro k e
u p
th eh u m -d ru m
a n d
p e o -
p le
w here
h it
w ith
fly in g
o b je c ts ,
w h ic h
is
a lw a y s
e n te rta in in g .
T he
fin a l
p ro g ra m
o n
S a tu rd a y ,
rig h t
b e fo re
th ete s t,
w as:" P u b lic ity
a n d
P ro m o tio n
-
S h a re dV isio n
a n d
B estP ra c tic e s ,"
a n d
w e
w ere
a g a in
s tu c k
w ith
D eR osa,
w ho
w as
b y
th is
tim e
g e ttin g
h o rse
a n dr a s p y ,ju m p in g
u pa n d
dow n
in
h isN ik e s .
Q u itetiresom e.
T he
p ro g ra m
c ritiq u e d
's o lid 'p rin c ip le s
W hatD o e s ItT a k eT oB ea'C e rtifie d 'L e a d
AL ittle V e g a s -b ra n d
Com m onS e r
B y A m b e rlyJ . T im p e r io
o rd e rt o
lis te n ,w e m usth a v e
a
p o s itiv e ,e n g a g e d
a ttitu d e .
(C lear
y o u r
m ind
o f
a ll
d is tra c tio n s ,
a n d focus). A cknow ledge
a n ye m o tio n a l s ta tey o u
m ayh a v e . (M aybey o uh a v eaw ic k e dh a n g o v e r ,
o r
a
s e v e re
c a s e
of cram ps.)
S et
a s id e
y o u r
p re ju -
d ic e s ,a s k
q u e s tio n s ,
a n d
m ake
e y ec o n ta c t.
A p p a re n tly ,
w e
lis te n
a t
a p p ro x im a te ly
2 5 %
of ourp o te n tia l-
ig n o rin g ,
fo rg e ttin g ,d is -
to rtin g
o r
o th erw ise
m is u n d e rs ta n d in g
7 5 %
o f
w hat
w e
h e a r.
(O r
w as
th a t4 0 -6 0 ,
I
c a n 'tq u ite
rem em ber.)
W e
a ls o
fo c u s e d
o n
c o n trib u tin g
fa c to rs
t o
c o n flic t,
s u c h
a s
assum ptions,p o o rc o m m u n i-
c a tio n ,
a n d
p u ttin g
p e rs o n a l
a g e n d a s
a h e a d
o f
th e
te a m .
A re
y o u
a
tu rtle ?
A re
y o u
a
s h a rk ?
M aybe
afo x ,te d d y b e a ro ro w l?N o,I 'm
n o t ta lk -
in g
a b o u t your sexualp ro c liv itie s ,
e a c h
o n e
i sa
c o n flic t
m anagem ent
s ty le
-
th e
tu rtle
h id e s
fro m
c o n flic t,
th e
s h a r k
fo rc e s
o th e rs
t o
a c c e p t
th e irw ay,th e
te d d yb e a r
w o u ldra th e rb e
lik e d ,
s oa v o id s
c o n flic t,th efo x
s e e k s com prom ise,a n d
th e .ow l
b ite s
th e
to o ts ie
ro ll
p o p
a fte r
th re e
lic k s .
N o,
n o ,
ju s t
s e e in g
i f
y o u
w ere
p a y in g
a tte n tio n .
T he
ow l
i sth e
w ise
c o n flic t
re s o lv e r,
w ho
v a lu e s
b o th
g o a lsa n d
re la tio n s h ip s .
A fter
lu n c h ,
w e
h e a d e d
b a c k
i n
fo r
" O rg a n iz a tio n a l
M a n a g e m e n t:
T im e ,
S p a c e
a n d
'T h e
E ffe c tiv e
M e e tin g ,"
h a n d le d
b y
M ic h a e l
D eR osa. D idy o ue v e r m eet som eonew hoh a s been
g iv in g
th e
sam e
le c tu re
fo r
s o
lo n g ,
th a t
th e y
s o u n d
w ooden
a n d
re h e a rs e d ,
a n d
la u g h
a tth e ir
ow njo k e s
b e c a u s e
th e y
liv e
i n
a
w o rld
o fth e ir
ow n?
W ell,
th is
g u y
k in d
o f
s c a r e d
m e.
H e
w as
m a n ic ,n o ti n
ag o o d
w ay,a n d
h ek e p t c o n s ta n tly
te llin g
u s
n o t
t o
w o rry
a b o u t
th e
'c e rtifie d '
le a d e rte s t-
a si fw e w erew o rried
t o
b e g in
w ith .
D u rin g
h isp ro g ra m ,w e w eres u p p o s e d
t o
le a rn
s tra te g ie s
fo r
e ffe c tiv e
tim e,s p a c e ,
m e e t-
in ga n dp e r s o n a ls t r e s sm a n a g e m e n t.H ow
c a n
w e
re d u c e
s tr e s s ?
W ell,
b e s id e s
n o t
lis te n in g
t o
th is
m a n ic
s p e a k e r,
w e
c a n
m anage
o u r
tim e
e ffe c tiv e ly ,
m anage
o u r
s p a c e
e ffe c tiv e ly ,
a n d
m anage
o u r
m e e tin g s
e ffe c tiv e ly .
H m m ,
seem s
lik e
m ore
com m on
s e n s e .
A fter
s e v e r a l
a u d ie n c e
m em bers
d e s c rib e d
th e ir
id e a l
liv in g
a n d
w o rk in g
e n v i-
W hatD o e sI tT a k eT oB ea'C e rtfie d 'L e a d
o f p u b lic ity
a n d
d e lv e d .in to
w hatm o tiv a te s
a n d
a ttra c ts
in d iv id u a ls
t o
c o n s id e r
p a rtic ip a tio n
w ith
a n
e v e n t,
c a m p a ig n ,
o r
p ro g ra m .
F o r
in s ta n c e ,
th e
tw o
b a s ic
ru le s
o f
p u b lic ity
a n d
p ro m o tio n
a re :
1 ) R e fle c tio n
-
w ho
a re
y o u ,
a n d
w hat
d o
y o u
d o ? ,
a n d
2 )
P ro je c tio n
-
W hat
a re
y o u r g o a ls ,a n d
y o u r m issiona sa n
o rg a n iz a tio n ?
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s a id
w ith
s p a s tic
g le e
th a t
a t
le a s t
1 0 %
o f
m o n ie s
a v a ila b le
fo r
y o u r
e v e n t
s h o u ld
b e
fu n n e le d
in to
m a rk e tin g ,
th e
im p o r-
ta n c eo f w o rd -o f-m o u th ,
a n dth a tth ea im
o fp u b -
lic ity
i s
t o
g a in
a tte n tio n ,
a ro u s e
in te re s t,
a ro u s e
a
d e s ir e ,
a n d
g e t
y o u r
c o n s titu e n c ie s
t o
a c t.
A ll
d e lig h tfu l
m ish-m ash
th a t
is ,
p o s s ib ly
a g a in ,com m on
s e n s e .
A t th isp o in t,th ep ro g ra m
w asa d jo u rn e d
fo r
a
l i t t l e
w h ile
b e fo re
th e
te s t,
a n d
I
h a d
a n
in te re s tin g
c o n v e rs a tio n
w ith
S o n ia
G u ttm a n ,
U SG
In te rim
A d m in istrativ e
D irecto r.S h e
w a n t-
e d
t o
k n o w
m y
p u rp o se
i n
a tte n d in g
th e
c o n fe r-
e n c e .
W ell,
o b v io u s ly
t o
re p o rto n
i t
-
o u r
ow n
P ressb ra n d
o fc h e c k s
a n d
b a la n c e s .
S o n ia
i s
a
s tra ig h t-s h o o te r,
th a tm uch
is
c le a r,
a n d
h e r
a im
i n
g o in g
w as
t o
b e
a
m ore
e ffe c tiv e
le a d e r,b u ta ls o
t o
h e lpth eS to n y
B ro o k
U SG
t o
b e
th eb e s t
s tu d e n tgovernm ent
th e y
c a n
b e .A
re s p e c ta b le
e n d e a v o r.
S h etru lyb e lie v e s
in
th e
s tu d e n ts ,
a n d
I
h a v e
n o
d o u b ti n
m y
m ind
th a tth e y
g le a n e d
a llth e y
p o s s ib ly
c o u ld
fro m
th e
c o n fe re n c e .
H o p e fu lly ,
w e 'll
s e e
som e
re a l-
l i f e
a p p lic a tio n s
o f
th is
a t
S to n y
B ro o k
i n
th e
fu tu re .
S h e
a ls o
a p o lo g iz e d
fo r
a n y
re a l
o rp e r-
c e iv e d
" c o ld -s h o u ld e r"
th a t
I
m ay
h a v e
g o tte n
fro m
a
fe w
U SG
m em bers,
b u tIto ld
h e rth a tth e
la c ko flo v ew as
c o m p le te ly
u n d e rs ta n d a b le ,
a n d
th a ti t ' sn e a rly
im p o ssib le
t o
o ffe n d
m e anyw ay.
" I t 's
a llg o o d ,"
Is a id ."B utw hata b o u tth ef i s c a l
C o n tin u e d ...
B y A m b e rlyJ . T im p e r io
c r i s i sth a tU SG
i sfa c in g ? "
S h e
e x p la in e d
t o
m e th a tth e re
i sn o
f is -
c a lc r i s i s ,s a y in gth a tm oney
w as
a llo c a te d
som e
sem esters
a g o ,'a n d
n o w
th e re
i s
in d e e d
a
su r-
p lu s .(L o o kfo ra na rtic le
i n
a nn e x ti s s u e ,w h ic h
a d d r e s s e s
th is
s o -c a lle d
'f is c a l
c r is is ',
a n d
th e
m is u n d e rs ta n d in g s
in h e re n tw ith in .)
W ell,
I
to o k
th e
'c e rtifie d '
le a d e rs h ip
te s t-
a n d
i tw asE X A C T L Y
th e
sam ete s t
a s
th e
p ra c tic e
exam ,
n o
c h a n g e
i n
o rd e r
o r
a n y th in g .
H ow ever,
m ine
w a s n 't
g ra d e d
b e c a u s e ,
b e in g
a
p r e s s
a ffilia te ,
I
d id n 't
p a y
th e
$ 2 2 5
re g is tra -
tio n
fe e .
S o ,
I 'm
te c h n ic a lly
n o t
a
'c e rtifie d '
le a d e r,
b u t
I
n e v e rw a n te d
t o
b e
fo llo w e d
a n y -
w ay.
M arch
t o
th e
b e a t .o fy o u r
ow n
d ru m ,
a n d
d o n 't
w o rry
a b o u t
th e
s p a s tic
m o tiv a tio n a l
s p e a k e rs
w ho
c la im
t o
p o s s e s s
a llth eansw ers.
S om etim es,
a
l i t t l e
com m on
s e n s e
w o rk s
w onders.
T h eR e c e n t B e h e a d in g sa n dA b u s eI nI
W e
a re
n o w
o n e
y e a r
a n d
1 6 9
d a y s
in to
th e
"w ar
o n
te rro r."
T h e re
h a v e
b e e n
c o u n tle s s
h o rro r s to rie s
s in c eth is
w ars ta rte d .
T her e c e n t
b e h e a d in g
o f
A m erican
E u g e n e
A rm stro n g
is
a n o th e ro n e
t op ile
o nt o
th el i s t .O n
M onday,
a n
Islam istw eb siter e l e a s e d
a
v id e o
o f th eb e h e a d -
in g .
A rm stro n g
i s
show n
o n
th e
g ro u n d
i n
a n
o ra n g e
ju m p s u it
w ith
fiv e
m asked
in s u rg e n ts
b e h in d
him .T he
fiv e
m asked
m en
re a d
a
s ta te -
m ent
lis tin g
th e irr e a s o n i n g
b e h in d
th is
a c t
o f
v io le n c e ,h o w
m uchlo n g e rth eo th e rtw oh o s ta g e s
h a v e
t oliv ea n d
w hat th e ir dem ands
a re .T hefiv e
in s u rg e n ts '
o rd e r
w as
th a tth e ir
M u slim
w om en
b er e l e a s e d
fro m
th ep riso n sU m m
Q asra n d
A bu
G h ra ib .
T heU S
re p e a te d ly
d e n ie sth e y
h a v e
a n y .
fem ale
d e ta in e e s
i n
th o s e
p riso n s
e x c e p t
tw o
w om en
w ho
w ere
fo rm er
m em bers
o f'S a d d a m
H u s s e i n 's
re g im e - w ho
a re
i n
h id d e n
lo c a tio n s .
H ow ever,th eg ro u p
J ih a d
a n d
U n ific a tio n
s ta n d s
f i r m
i n
th e ir
dem ands
d e s p ite
th e
U S
d e n ia ls .
" S in c e
y o ud id
n o tr e l e a s e
o u rs i s t e r s ,h e r e 's
th e
f i r s t
in fid e l.
W e
w illa p p ly
G o d 's
la w
o n
th e m ,"
s a id
o n eo fth e
m asked
m en.H e
th e n
p ro c e e d e d
t o
b e h e a d
E u g e n e
A rm strong.
T he
tw o
o th e r
h o s ta g e s
A m erican
J a c k
H e n s le y
a n d
B rito n
K en
B ig sle y
w ere
a ls o
th re a te n e d
w ithd e a th
i fth ein s u rg e n ts
dem ands
w ere
n o t
m et.
O n
T u e s d a y ,
th e
d a y
a fte r
th e
b e h e a d in g
o f
A rm strong,
th e
m asked
m ilitan ts
dem ands
w ere
n o t m et.J a c k
H ensley
w o u ld
h a v e
c e le b ra te d
h is
4 9 th
b irth d a y
o n
W ednesday.
N ow
th e
fin a lh o s ta g e
K e n n e th
B ig sle y
rem ains.
H is
h e a rt-w re n c h in g
p le a
fo r
h is
l i f e
t o
P rim e
M in ister
T o -n y
B la irw as
b ro a d c a s to n
a n
A rab ic
w e b s ite .B ig le y
s ta te d
th a th e
i sn o th in g
t o
T o n y
B la ir,th a th e
i so n ly
ju s to n e
o f th e
m illio n s
o f
c itiz e n s
o f
th e
U n ite d
K in g d o m ,
b u t
h e
d o e s n 't
w antt o
d ie .H e p le a d
fo rh islife ,fo rth eliv e s
o f
th e
Ira a i
w om en
i n
th e
n riso n s
a n d
th e
IT ra i
c h ild re n .
H a v in g
b e e n
i n
I r a q
fo r
q u ite
som e
tim e,h eh a s
firs t-h a n d
e x p e rie n c e
o f th em isery
a n d
d e s p a ir
fa c e d
b yth eIra q ic itiz e n s
s in c e
th e
w ar
h a s
b e g a n .
H e
p le d
fo r
a ll
th e
v io le n c e
a g a in s tb o th
s id e st o
s to p .H is
w o rd sw ere
c h ill-
in g
a n d
a n
a llto o
r e a lre m in d e ro fth es la u g h te r
a n d
m ayhem
th a t
i so c c u rrin g .
T he
argum entfo rth is
w arw as
t o
e n s u re
a n d
p ro m o te
hum an
d ig n ity
a s
I'v e
h e a rd
fro m
o u r
gdvernm ent
o ffic ia ls
o v e r
a n d
o v e r
a g a in .
H ow ever,
h o w
d o
y o u
e x p e c t
fo r
th e
p u b lic
t o
b e lie v e
th a t
w hen
w e
a re
h y p o c rite s ?
I f
w e
c a ll
th e m
b a rb a ric ,
w hat
s h o u ld
w e
c a llo u r s e l v e s ?
In fo rm a tio n
c o lle c te d
b y
a
U N
te a m ,
a
W ashington-based
W ar
C rim e s
P ro je c t
a n d
th e
o ffic e
o f A fghan A rm ed
F o rc e sr e v e a l e d
th a tla s t
y e a rU S
fo rc e s
i n
a
fo rw ard
o p e ra tin g
b a s e
b e a t
a n d
to rtu re d
e ig h t
A fg h a n
s o ld ie rs
fo r
1 7
d a y s
u n til
a n
1 8 -y e a r-o ld
Jam al
N aseer
d ie d .
A c c o rd in g
t o
th e
s u rv iv in g
v ictim s
te s tim o n y ,
th e y
w ere
" p u m m e le d ,
k ic k e d ,
k a ra te -c h o p p e d ,
h u n g
u p s id e
dow n
a n d
s tr u c k
re p e a te d ly
w ith
s tic k s ,
ru b b e r
h o s e s ,
e tc ."
T hey
w ere
a ls o
im m ersed
i n
w a te r
a n d
o th e rs
w ere
e le c tric a lly
s h o c k e d .
T hey
re c e iv e d
n o
m e d ic a l
tre a tm e n t
o f
a n y
k in d
a n d
w e r e n 't
g iv e n
a n y
c h a n g e s
o f
c lo th e s .T hese
s o ld ie r s ' w ere
w o rk in g
o n
as e c u -
r i t y
a n d
s u s p ic io n s
c h e c k p o in t
w hen
th e y
w ere
s e iz e d
b y
U S
S p e c ia l
F o rc e s .
T hes e v e n
s o ld ie rs
w ere
p la c e d
i n
th e
a u th o rity
o f
lo c a l
A fghan
'p o lic eb e fo re
b e in g
tr a n s f e r r e d
o v e rt o
a
p riso n
i n
K a b u l.
T hey
w ere
r e le a s e d
a fte r
a u th o ritie s
fo u n d
n o
e v id e n c e
th a tth e y
h a d
co m m itted
a n y
crim es
o r
h a d
a n y
tie s
t o
a n ti-g o v e rn m e n t
g ro u p s .T heP e n ta g o n
is n o w
g o in g
t oin v e s tig a te
th is
c a s e
fu lly
a fte r
th e
L A
T im e sp rin te d
th e
sto ry .
T h is
c a s e ,
a lo n g
w ith
th e
h o rrify in g
e x n o s
.
o n
th e
a h n u s e
i n
th e
A hn
G h r a ih
n r io n n
B yJ o a n
L e o n g
k e e p s
u s
aw are
th a t
w e
a reth e
n o tth e im m a c u -
la te
h e ro e s
w e
m ake
o u rs e lv e s
o u t
t o
b e .
T h e y
to rtu re
p e o p le
a n d
w e
to rtu rep e o p le .
A t th ee n d
o f th e
d a y ,p e o p le
a re
s t i l lp e o p le
re g a rd le s s
o f
n a tio n a l
b a c k g ro u n d .
M y
h e a rt
h u rt
fo r
K en
B ig sle y
a sIw a tc h e d
h isd i s t r e s s f u lp le a
fo rh is
life .
A sh e
b ro k e
dow n,
Ib ro k e
dow n
w ith
him .
W h a te v e r
h a p p e n e d
t o
hum an
com passion?
W e
a llw itn ess
th e
p a in
a n d
su ffe rin g
o fo u rfe llo w
m an
b u tit n e v e r
seem s
t o
s to p
u sfro m
co m m it-
tin ga tro c io u sa c t s .Id o n 'tc a r efo r
th edam n
lie s
th e
governm ent
i s
s p e w in g
a t
u s
a b o u t
th e
p ro g re ss
i n
Ira q .
I
d o n 't
fu c k in g
c a re
w h ic h
fu c k in g
lia r
becom es
o u r
n e x t
p re s id e n t
a n y -
m ore.
Iju s td o n 'tk n o w
h o w
m uch
m ore
h o rro rI
c a nta k e .
M y
h e a rta c h e sfo rth isw o rld .
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