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October Issue 2010

October Issue 2010

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Published by OPENWIDEzine
In this issue:
The Myth of Post-MIT Careers - Stuart Thompson
Hear What You’ve Been Missing - Ray Balberman
Things to do Before You Graduate - MIT Soph Team
and much more
In this issue:
The Myth of Post-MIT Careers - Stuart Thompson
Hear What You’ve Been Missing - Ray Balberman
Things to do Before You Graduate - MIT Soph Team
and much more

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PLEASERECYCLE
    P   L   E    A    S   E     R   E    C    Y    C   L   E
Disclaimer: The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. Its contents do not reect the opinion of theUniversity Students’ Council of the University of Western Ontario (“USC”). The USC assumes no responsibility or liability for any error,inaccuracy, omission or comment contained in this publication or for any use that may be made of such information by the reader.
 Volume 10, Issue 2
October 2010
IN THIS ISSUE:
The Myth of Post-MIT Careers
Guest Article by Stuart Thompson
Hear What You’ve Been Missing
Ray Balberman
Things to do Before You Graduate
MIT Soph Teamand much more
www.mitsc.ca
“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” - Sigmund Freud 
 
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
zine.editor@gmail.com
HEAD COPY EDITOR
Taylor Pearce
zine.copyeditor@gmail.com
LAYOUT EDITOR
Mary Wong
zine.layouteditor@gmail.com
ADVERTISING AND WEB EDITOR
Jonathan Forani
zine.adteam@gmail.com
STAFFCONTRIBUTORS
WRITERS
Ray Balberman, Paula Brent, ErikaCasupanan, Gillian Marsh, Linley McConnell, Lauren Nisbet, TaylorRivers, Jennifer Spence, Emily Stewart, Stuart Thompson, JulianUzielli, Colleen Watson
ILLUSTRATORS
Gillian Cummings, Olivia Griggs, LiamGrue, Meg Hackney, Warren Kong,Gillian Marsh, Matthew Winquist
COPY EDITORS
May Chow, Meg French, Liam Grue,Katie Hetherman, Vincy Kwong, BethLucente, Andie Wright
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Thomas Pilgrim
CONTENTS
3
Editor’s Note
Winning Hearts, Losing Minds
4
New Kids on the Block 
 Three Stunning Additions to your MITSC
Letter from the President
ERIKA CASUPANAN
5
The Myth of Post-MITCareers
It takes more than a piece of paper toland a media job
STUART THOMPSON
6
Our Social Network Obsession
 And why we can’t get away from it all
GILLIAN MARSH
7
Taking Back Our OnlineIdentities
JULIAN UZIELLI
8
Hear What You’ve BeenMissing
What is the importance of music delityin the age of the earbud?
RAY BALBERMAN
10
The Great American SoapOpera
 The genre that refuses to die
JENNIFER SPENCE
11
FIMS’ Search Engine
 The Research Help Desk 
LAUREN NISBET 
12
The Blindside of Sex 
COLLEEN WATSON
13
Selling Out
 The truth about music sales
EMILY STEWART 
14
Print is not Dead
But that doesn’t mean we can’t have ablog, right?
JONATHAN FORANI
15
Things to Do Before YouGraduate
MIT SOPH TEAM
16
Do You Want to Contributeto the Zine?
 An mitZine Flowchart
BE MORE THAN A READER:
CONTRIBUTE TO THE ZINE
We’re always looking out for talented writers,illustrators, copy editors, artists, and other contributors. Make your voice heard and your work seen in the ofcial FIMS undergraduatestudent publication.Contact
Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
for information or inquiries:
zine.editor@gmail.com
Or visit us online at
www.mitsc.ca
READTHE ZINEONLINE
www.scribd.com/mitZine
 
I was hesitant to write about the possible facultystrike—by the time you read this a contract couldvery well have been reached, or the strike mightalready be in full swing—but I decided that thenumber of MIT themes surrounding this issuedeserved some attention. If a strike here at Westernis news to you, westerngazette.ca/uwofa is a goodplace to start getting informed.Although students are essentially an afterthought inthese negotiations, the public relations battle (read:propaganda war) to gain student support is alive andwell. The UWO Faculty Association has cried outagainst the “culture of control” that the administrationis trying to impose, and published extensive guidesfor faculty and students about how to prepare for astrike. Faculty have made impassioned speeches totheir classes, written letters to campus publications,and urged students to write to the administrationdemanding explanations. The UWOFA even hostedan Information Picket on campus to “reach out toWestern students”.Through a variety of media including Facebookand Twitter, Western’s administration continues toafrm that they are “fully committed to reaching anappropriate and responsible negotiated settlement”.Cryptic press releases and messages emaileddirectly to students have managed to placateundergrads without addressing any real areas of contention. Assuming the administration has goodreasons to impose new provisions on faculty, theyhave done very little to make them public.Unfortunately, a condentiality clause in thenegotiations has made it very difcult for studentsto learn just how close both parties really are toreaching an agreement. The administration andUWOFA are apparently divided on several key,ideological issues (their denitions of “fair” and“necessary” are incredibly disparate), and withoutrst agreeing on what “academic freedom” reallymeans, it appears both sides are going to have anearly impossible time reaching a settlement. Tomake matters even more complicated, pay andbenets have still not been discussed.Why should you care? Any signicant changes tothe institution of tenure will cost FIMS some of itsbest professors as they seek universities with jobsecurity and research freedom. Likewise, proposedsanctions on any activity deemed to reect poorlyon the “Western Brand” could cost your critically-thinking, socially active MIT and MPI profs their jobsand dissuade competent outsiders from cominghere to replace them. Ultimately, the long-termquality of education at UWO is at stake.Advocates for the UWOFA will tell you to speakyour mind and email UWO president Amit Chakmaat achakma@uwo.ca, but I worry that there isvery little we can actually do as students. Despitebeing important stakeholders at the university,undergraduates at Western do not have accessto the kind of relevant, uncensored informationwe need to take a position and take action on thisissue. It looks like we are destined to suffer either apotentially devastating strike in the short-term (losttime, credits, and tuition), or a disastrous decline inthe quality of education in the long-term.Either way, we lose.
Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
mitZine
Editor-in-Chief 
EDITOR’S NOTE
 ARE YOU A 
MUSICIAN
IN MIT, MTP,OR MPI?
DO YOU SING, PLAY IN A BAND, DJ, PRODUCE,OR MAKE MUSIC IN ANYOTHER WAY?
Contact the
 mitZine
 about being featured inan upcoming article aboutmusicians in our faculty:
zine.editor@gmail.com
Sam Allen, MITphoto by Thomas Pilgrim
WINNING HEARTS, LOSING MINDS

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