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p08 The Law of Success p10 Lord Arthur Saviles ... Night on Campus


reviews sub_culture art creative_writing


Albums 2008


Arthur Saviles ... ... niGhT on caMpus

p04Steampunk p06Crazy

Contraptions The Rub GoldbeRG Machine the banking crisis

p20Solving p12jolie

tristesse on Mars

p13Flowers p13January p14The

World after the 1st of March pot calling the kettle black? law of success


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Vigilance. No exceptions!


Did you know that while our department (FB02) registers the second largest number of students of all the university of Kassel we are also the department with the least number of professors? Ah, and never mind those 4 lecturer positions and those two EFL-positions of Koenig and Fehling that were/are supposed to be cut. Forget also about studying Spanish or French. Seriously, get over it! You see, since no one made any serious attempt at blowing the whole place due to the current situation, it can’t be so bad, can it? Surely, this must be the logic behind all that follows. That’s the situation: Our teachers are being given more work, less resources and increased class sizes and are expected to improve test scores. Students are expected to finish school sooner, with no re-runs and no personal development whatsoever. Can you be a teacher by the age of 21? You bet! Directors of universities and politicians are under pressure to cut costs. They often look at this as a simple cost analysis, where and how we can save money. They do not look at the people involved, simply numbers. Numbers do not have a voice, numbers do not tell you how it is impossible to get a word in, in a class of 100 students. But numbers can tell you that you will fail: It is a proven fact that a 1st semester student that has already been in, say, England for a year, is lucky to be able to hold his level of language skill during his time here. Of course, that’s only if it’s given that this very students does not watch German TV, but only English Channels, switches his Cellphone and Notebook to English, and has a large collection of DVDs and foreign friends to call his own. Otherwise: To bad for you, sucker. You will fail very badly! The development of Sprachpraxis is, by the way, a good example of how good or bad you are going to be made a teacher. You see, one of our lecturer positions is going to be cut. The geniuses in bildungspolitik only worship number, numbers, numbers. Not taking into account new students coming in, re-runs by unlucky students, students dropping classes, exchange students, availability of classes etc. Not to mention the fact that in a class meant to help students improve their language skills a class of 25 affords each student approx. 3mins per week of speaking time, not exactly practical. Apparently what is best for the balance sheet is much more important than what is best for the students. This is merely an example of what is transpiring in the English department, and it is as bad or worse in Romanistik. There needs to be a change in thinking by all parties concerned. Students must demand better resources, class sizes, opportunities and support; and the teachers should be echoing these demands. There can’t be a divide between students and teachers anymore. No more “students protest & teachers whine”. That’s a failed policy! If students want barricade the way into the department, teachers are obliged to cancel all their classes. No exceptions. If we don’t act, and if we don’t act soon, nothing will happen. And that’s to be taken literally, because without vigilance nothing will happen, because we are the only ones responsible for our situation! The PhoTo you can see above is from 1988, when The “fachschafT 08” (laTer To be become 02)
ProTesTed againsT whaT They viewed as The beginning of a sTeadily deTerioraTing qualiTy of language sTudies.

This and oTher PhoTos can be viewed in The fachschafTsraum (0242).



“Good evening old friend. I am most grateful that you could spare the time to pay me a little visit. Do sit down and have a glass of port. My most humble apologies for not immediately answering your message but business has kept me quite in a hurry the last fortnight. Now, what is it you wanted to show me? Is it one of your extraordinary contraptions such as the one you showed to me last month? I was deeply stirred by the fine execution of its function. I thought it exceedingly useful although I have not quite evaluated the part about “aetherical submission”, yet. Now, I do not want to sound inquisitive, but your message kept me thinking. What do you mean by “cordless electricity transmission”? I assume you are jumping onto the ‘Tesla-Coil’ train but how on earth do you want to deliver a message or photograph without sending a messenger? I wonder if this is once again one of your idées fixes like the “necroscopic spectagraph” you were talking about at our last meeting. Good Sir, I say this to you quite frankly and openly, you spend an excessive amount of time with Sir Babbage.” Just imagine a Victorian age that never was. An alternate universe in which the wonders of 19th century progress brought machines and contraptions into life which would have been impossible in our reality. Ask yourself the question “What would have happened, if Charles Babbage had succeeded in building his Difference Engine?” The Computational Age would have begun in the middle of the Nineteenth Century. The term “steampunk” could also be “retro-science-fiction” or, more precisely, “Victorian science-fiction”. Think of H.G. Wells or Jules Verne and their fantastic stories of time travel, Martian invasions, of a journey to the middle of the earth or 20.000 leagues under the sea. Think of movies like WildWildWest or The League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen. All of them are full of futuristic machines which did not exist during flickr PhoTo by cayusa, under cc



that time. The term itself was established after the publication of William Gibson’s and Bruce Sterling’s The Difference Engine. Gibson was at that time mostly known because of his “cyberpunk” novel Neuromancer. The similarities between cyberpunk and steampunk are by no means artificial. Whereas cyberpunk took our modern technology and evolved it into a new kind of dystopian future look, steampunk did the same in the other direction on the timescale. Both terms were created out of a need to differentiate more between different streams of the huge field of science-fiction. Nevertheless, steampunk did not remain a literature genre. During the last twenty years the fascination with a past that never was has evolved into a complete subculture with its own aesthetic (brass, gears, wood, iron, leather, floral ornaments and look before function) and dress code(a Victorian wardrobe with modern-day elements). Members of this subculture call themselves ‘punks’, not because they are not satisfied with their current political leaders (as a matter of fact political discussions are frowned upon between steampunks) but rather because they say, “In a world full of violence, unfriendliness and a general loss of good manners, politeness is the new punk”. A lot of steampunks derive from the

DIY-scene and are drawn towards the aesthetic of a Victorian age which never was not only because old fashioned cameras or telephones look nice, but as well because they have the growing feeling that the design of modern day technology is turning more and more into a mass produced pile of clean, white, sterile, plastic boxes with LED-lights rather than contraptions where an unbelievable amount of time was spend on every last detail to make it look pleasing. So, they take modern day gadgets, such as mp3 players, personal computers or notebooks and turn them into something that could have been made in the nineteenth century. Apart from the DIYers, members of the Gothic subculture found their way into steampunk via the dresses. Steampunks tend to dress in Victorian gowns (for the ladies) or frock coats (for the gentlemen), with modern day Gothic elements, such as dreads, Mohawks or modern boots. But even plain realistic Victorian dress can be termed steampunk, as the dress code is by no means as fixed, evaluated and elitist as it is in the Gothic scene. So, next time you see someone on the street who does in some way seem not to belong to this century, it might be a member of the steampunk genre. Dennis Wienert flickr PhoTo by vonslaTT, under cc



Crazy Contraptions
The Rube Goldberg Machine
Goldberg Machines”. It’s no surprise that the Pulitzer Prize winner had a degree in engineering. Combined with his clever ability to come up with jokes and cartoons, Goldberg caricatured the technological Zeitgeist of his time. His name has even found its place in the English language, for example when people complain about “the Rube Goldberg-like tax system”. The artist died in 1970, but his works remain up-to-date: Even today the markets are flooded with complex mobiles or complicated computer software. Moreover, students have been showing their crazy inventions at the annual “Ruben Goldberg Machine Contest” since 1949. This year, the contestants were supposed to build a contraption which assembles a hamburger with a precooked meat patty and other ingredients between two bun halves. To win the competition, each machine had to work as circuitously as possible. Searching the internet for Rube Goldberg machines makes clear that people from all over the world seem to enjoy constructing the most crazy devices. You don’t need to be a creative supermind to create your own whacky machine - a computer is enough! Sierra Entertainment published “The Incredible Machine” in 1993 and numerous successors have been released since then. All this can be traced back to Rube Goldberg’s imaginative mind. More about his life and work can be found on www.rube-goldberg.com. Marc Motyka

flickr PhoTo by Jeff kubina, under cc

Do you know these crazy machines which, once activated, perform a chain reaction with ordinary objects like cans, ropes, or marbles? Their origins can be found in America, where newspaper cartoonist Rube Goldberg created “Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts”. In each cartoon strip, Professor Butts presents an enormously complex device with an extremely simple function. The freaky cartoon character made his debut in 1914. Living in an age of technological advancement, Goldberg noticed the rising complexity of inventions and claimed that “the machines are a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results”. Goldberg’s works can be seen as a call for simplicity. With growing popularity, the comic inventions were soon called “Rube

flickr PhoTo by Jinho.Jung, under cc



The pot calling the kettle black?
So, it’s that time of the year again when the world’s economic gurus descend on Davos for the annual economic forum. However, more than a few big hitters will be conspicuous by their absence this year. As always, the media will be there in droves but will they be fuelling the fire or simply pointing out that it is burning? One notable absentee is last year’s star Richard Fuld, former CEO of the doomed Lehman Brothers, seen in the news recently as he allegedly sold his Florida beach home, bought in 2004 for around $13 million, for $10. The buyer was his wife and some cynics have suggested that the sale was a ploy to safeguard against lawsuits from angry Lehman shareholders which may force Fuld into personal bankruptcy, despite the estimated $300 million he has reportedly taken home over the last eight years. What’s more, we may see an adjustment in the power balance becoming apparent at the forum: with so many global financial institutions being nationalized, the political leaders who have always been present may begin to be considered as the new Warren Buffetts. Or perhaps the new Bernard Madoffs. We will see. In any case, we will probably see fewer private jets as they do seem to rather rile the US Treasury when they hand out billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to struggling companies. Citigroup has even been forced to cancel their order for a new aircraft – how embarrassing! As in previous years, Britain’s Gordon Brown is billed to appear, but this time as Prime Minister rather than as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The United Kingdom, possibly the second most serious casualty of the current crisis after the USA, is also feeling the pinch, so he will be even less likely to crack a smile this year. And with unemployment in the UK nearing two million, it is not just the financial sector which is affected. Such well known British institutions as Chelsea Football Club are reputed to be in danger, as Russian owner Roman Abramovich has reputedly lost between $12 billion and $20 billion depending on which report you read. Even the Queen is being forced to tighten her belt, due to a frozen budget and massively increasing costs. It seems that £40 million per year just doesn’t go as far as it used to. The $64 million question (or is it now $64 trillion?) is where do the media fit into this crisis? Have they turned a slowdown into a recession with their tales of doom and gloom? Was it inappropriate to mention the Great Depression of the 1930s in the context of a much more complex modern economy? Or was it unavoidable? Did they encourage the orgy of consumption with their daily coverage of celebrities and bling? And was it the media who loaned huge amounts of money to deadbeats? Who then packaged these debts and sold them, conveniently getting them off their own books? Who nodded and smiled and swore all was fine, right until the Chapter 11 came rolling in? As with any disaster everyone has scrambled to save their own skin, with a litany of accusations and blame-filled jibes flying between each camp. The banks are blaming the media and the media are blaming the banks – it really is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. What remains to see is whether either of these groups will be able to drag us out of the mire. Alastair Purves flickr PhoTo by neubi, under cc


The law of success
During my time in high school I was always one of the few who consistently had very good grades without really breaking a sweat come exam time. Virtually never did a task given by the teachers have a degree of difficulty where I would be rendered clueless. The worst outcome was a mediocre result, nothing serious. That resulted in me being a happier student. I could do whatever I wished after school and on top of that the teachers would treat me more favorably. Since October 2008, which was the time my career as a University student started; the above mentioned happy time is over. My modus operandi from the last academic decade did not pass the tests designed by professors and their like. Without truly dedicating time and sweat the sheer amount of information was too much to keep the level of excellence I once had in high school. The point where my talent of comprehending information at a given speed was reached and often greatly exceeded. I had come across one of the laws of success: Talent is not enough. Sure, for high school it was sufficient. I could easily work at a simple job and greatly over perform, but I would never be able to work in let’s say middle management of a fortune 500 company – never. Talent is greatly overrated nowadays. In sports potential prospects receive an unprecedented hype and sports clubs are willing to pay amounts of money like never before. In the business area this belief has also emerged on the big screen. For example Lynda Clemmons who went from weather derivates trader to head of an independent business unit in just seven years. Enrons focus on talent was probably as high as on performance, even if it meant breaking the rules. Falsely asserting the value of talent can be devastating; in the case of Enron it meant putting a leader in position that was believed to have a very high ceiling although the construction had yet only reached the basement. I have to admit that talent does play a role. Let us assume that Joe Average was born with the mathematical ability of 3, and based on his intelligence and upbringing his ceiling of that very trait was 7. If he were to devote his entire life to mathematics he would be a 7, eventually – but anything above that is unreachable for him. He would never be able to understand the implications of, let’s say, Einstein’s theories of relativity. The above-mentioned starting points and limitations exist. But it there are worlds apart between a 3 and 7 skill wise. It is up to every single one of us to fill out our projected ceilings and reach our top. A decade ago probably one of the greatest athletes of our time retired from professional sports, his name was Michael Jordan and he played basketball. During his prolific career he has won everything imaginably on and off the court. He made Nike the global company it is today, he was the first icon of our globalized world and simply his iconic image during his prime was worth billions of dollars. His potential ceiling was an unreal 10. When he played the game of basketball it looked easy, every time his leadership and skill was needed Michael Jordan delivered. Never in his life has he lost a Finals round in the championship tournament. The professional sports leagues around the world are full of possible next Michael Jor-



dans. They too have incredible athletic talent, an extraordinary physique and mind blowing reflexes. Many times have we heard of the “next” Michael Jordan, Pele, Jimmy Hendrix or Freddy Mercury. All those thought of walking in the footsteps of the all-time grates had the pieces to become all that but they did not. Simply put, their effort was not sufficient. Stephen King once said “talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of work.” I would go as far as to say a ton of work. Awesome achievements come from unspectacular preparation. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, for example, spends his entire summer in the gym. Three times a day for a total of 9 hours he goes through the motions of shooting a basketball, executing a series of moves, or simply dribbling a basketball. That preparation enables him to perform at an elite level when the season starts. Every star in every sport has to do the same in order to win it all. If you are lazy during your free time then there is no way for you to reach the top come game time. Abraham Lincoln said “You cannot escape the responsibilities of tomorrow by evading them today”. That holds true in every aspect of life. If your professor comes to class unprepared he might be able to compensate for a given period of time, but if he repeatedly does not give his best he will not only hurt himself and his skill of teaching but he will ultimately hurt you in the long run. Every one of us knows a person like that. They are stuck at being a three or four at a given skill and invest no time and thought on improving. A great deal of possible tens are wasting their time and talent procrastinating, mindlessly

playing World of Warcraft or watching useless videos on YouTube. I am not suggesting every one of you should be pushing themselves at all times in order to reach the maximum on every possible aspect of life. No. What I suggest is that you should evaluate your skills on the different talents that you might or might not have and then decide whether it is useful to invest time and effort. Let us take me as an example. I would say that my skill at mathematics or linguistics is around 3. My ceiling is somewhere around 6. On the other hand my knack for business and leadership may be around 5-6 and I could possibly reach level 8. Paired with my interest in business and dislike for linguistics/maths it is obvious for me that every minute over the bare minimum spent on the latter should be considered a waste of time and talent. My final point is that being talented is great; having a lot of potential is also fantastic, a one two punch that leaves people salivating over your services when they get a first impression of you. But consider the flip side – their high beliefs in you result in epic failure and disappointment if you fail to deliver on a task given to you based on your initial impression. If you believe that you have special strengths in certain areas then keep on realizing your potential. Fulfilling your own goals (Being a nicer person, a better friend or a better boss...) will ultimately make you and others around you more contempt and happy. Nothing else is as comfortable as a pillow of a clean conscience – unspoiled by unfulfilled tasks and dreams. Iderbat Ariuna.



Lord Arthur Savile‘s ...
Creatures creeping around campus, a smart butler, a dumb lord, an anarchist and lots of explosives… where’s the connection? Well, it’s the Red Brick Company’s double feature: The Night of the Living Bricks and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime! It was a horrible sight for innocent bystanders (who therefore didn’t have to pay any fee for being scared professionally) to be walking across campus on a very special night in January. Frightening screams were to be heard and murderers, vampires, zombies and other indescribable creatures running wild were prowling the campus. And, by the way, who was the anonymous corpse that was lying around and looked as if had been stabbed to death and had then fallen off a bridge afterwards? Was all of this the work of evil bricks or where other forces involved as well? These were the questions the bystanders didn’t have any answers to. Only the few elect were aware of the meaning and the connection of all this. And they also learned that mushrooms should be avoided by vegetarians. Are you curious to know why? Do you want to see the connection, too? Then join us on our next Night of the Living Bricks, which will surely be taking place sometime somewhere in the future, if nothing unexpected happens. And beware of the Dark Side! Lord Arthur, however, doesn’t care much for



... Night on Campus
spooky stories. He only wants to end his bachelor life and get married with the beautiful Sybil. If only there wasn’t this one small task to perform first… But it seems quite hard to send someone to push daisies, even with the help of such a welleducated and supportive butler as Baines. There are so many awkward choices to be made: When, where, how and, finally, whom? What good one could do with murdering somebody… if only one succeeded. Loaded with special effects, some of them pretty unique, the Red Brick Company succeeded in presenting yet another entertaining stage play, this time once more at K19. This semester, as in the previous semesters, the “older” Red Bricks were again joined by many new actresses and actors, enriching our “secret order” with their ideas and talents. We hope you all had a very warm welcome and enjoyed this semester as much as we did. Still, all of this would not have been possible without the people in the background, building props, selling tickets and doing sound and lighting. And of course nothing could have been done without our fantastic mentor, Dr. Heiler, and Jacqueline, the queen of text. A big “Thank You!” to you all! For more info on The Red Brick Company visit: http://www.redbrickcompany.de/



arTwork and Poem by

karin kolb


Flowers on Mars
When leafs fall off the earthly trees and human beings start to sneeze, in the sky between the stars botanic life spreads out on Mars.


A month that is kalt All ice and Schnee

Tall like houses do they grow, emitting flashing flakes of snow. Hab’ Lust to escape it Glinting stems break through the sand Und geh’ far away. cast lively colours on the land.

Wo ist es bright and sunny and Heiß? The alien flowers dance with glee, Vielleicht nach Australien, The Bahamas sind nice are specked with greatest relish. Mit einem Flugzeug, a boat or some such A pity that noone can see Aber ich should just hier bleiben, um zu üben mein…German. the desert they embellish. (Alastair Purves) (Marc Motyka)

flickr PhoTo by yxvcyv under cc


The World after the 1st of March
When I was younger I always wanted to be able to look into the future. I would have liked to have a time machine to see what’s going to come and how the world is going to change. But back then in 2009, I would never have been able to imagine that the world would be doomed ten years later; doomed because of World War III. I guess it all started with the election of a young, charismatic president in the US. In his presidential campaign he had promised to finally bring the war in Iraq to an end. However, he was assassinated soon after his inauguration and his vice-president, a 70-year old war-veteran called Adrian Shotler probably wanted to continue playing war and instead of pulling the troops out of Iraq, he sent even more. Of course, the Iraqis weren’t happy about that. I remember that the war in Iraq had started because the Americans assumed that the Iraqis were building atomic bombs. However, the American troops never found any. And since the Americans didn’t come to the bombs, the bombs came to America. How the Iraqis were able to smuggle bombs of the size of a car to the States, nobody knows. But on 1 March, 2018, three atomic devices exploded in the USA destroying NYC, Washington DC, and Chicago and killing 3 million people. It is impossible to describe the chaos and mayhem which suddenly arose throughout the world. Lots of other nations acted rashly, especially the European Union which immediately agreed to also send troops to Iraq to destroy this country and its weapons. It soon developed into a war of religions: the Muslim-based countries against the Christian-based countries. And bombs started falling in Great Britain and all over Europe, too. Nobody in Britain was safe anymore and the few hundred thousand survivors were evacuated and brought to an uninhabited island which is now called New London. But our colony doesn’t have anything to do with London. It only consists of barracks where we sleep on straw and other barracks where we eat our apportioned food. It’s always cold and windy here because the island is located in the middle of the ocean. We don’t have telephones, computers, or TVs here; things I took for granted only a year ago. We don’t even have anything to do: there’s no work because we don’t have any tools or materials to build anything with. Once a week, a ship comes over here to bring some food, letters, and more refugees. Most of these refugees are even sicker than us and except for a few doctors, who have no tools except their own hands, there is no medical treatment here. I have been exposed to an atomic explosion myself and I can feel how my hair is falling out already. Our colony mostly consists of women because nearly all the men have been drafted to fight in the war. My boyfriend Michael died 2 months ago. I still can’t imagine that I’ll never see his smile again. For me all that is like a bad dream from which I’ll awake soon. There is nowhere for us to go: nearly all the countries in Europe have been destroyed and those which are not will not take any more refugees. I am not so sure what we are doing here. Are we waiting for the end of the war? Or the end of the world? And even if the war does stop, what will we do? Will we rebuild all of Europe? Will there be anything left to rebuild? And will there be enough healthy people to produce non-retarded children? Einstein once said: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” I now, unfortunately, know the answer the first part of his saying and I am sure that Einstein is right about the second part as well. Sabine Krause 14 14


This article is about the modularized education studies, compared to the “old” education studies. The heading sounds like Black Jack, but it isn’t actually about that. But, as in Black Jack, this article has to do with a lot of mathematics. Don’t worry, you still don’t have to be a math major to read it. I don’t know about Black Jack, but the real possibility of getting a good score out of four tests is at least four times higher than getting the same good score out of seventeen tests. Of course, this is a theoretical approach. It is also easier to fail in four tests than in seventeen. Seventeen tests seems to strengthen the average. But is being average enough for today? You might ask you what the heck I am talking about. 17 and 4 is not only another name for Black Jack, it is also the relation between the old and the new, modularized, Staatsexamen. In the old version, there were four tests, one written one and three oral ones. In the new version there are seventeen modules counting for the final grade. This means not only that it is harder to fail, but also it is harder to be really successful. And seventeen scores counting is only the minimum. If there are modules involved were the final score is not set by one single test or single paper, but by a number of tests or papers counted together, the amount of scores counting rises. Where is the problem? It is harder to fail. And the test are spread over the last years of studies, not piled up at the end of them. That is OK and actually one advantage to the old system, so far. But seventeen is only the number of modules counting for the Examen, added up out of modules in both subjects studied and pedagogy modules. Only in English studies one has to finish up to 12 modules, depending on ones course of studies. All of them consist of one to three courses, seminars, lectures or practice lessons. In total one has to take up to 29 courses, most of them including some sort of test. This is definitely a very high workload and, if one takes one’s studies seriously, it is hard to finish one’s course of studies in the seven (L1 / L2) or nine (L3) semesters these modules are said to fit in. This is the first big problem. To me, today it is mostly about tests and learning for tests, like in school, and not studying and looking beyond one’s intellectual horizon, like it should be at university. It is about rules, regulations and strongly prescribed schedules, if one wants to finish on time, and not about one’s interests. It is also not about campus life or active participation in university institutions. For the modularized students it seems to be just about tests. In addition to that, the main goal of the modularization was to enable everybody to switch universities more easy and thereby set a standard of university education. This hasn’t by far come true. And, getting back to the headline, with this overload of tests it is really hard to focus on the important ones out of the many, the ones that count for the Staatsexamen. Even if one manages to focus, it is harder to get a really good grade, even though, in the same way, it is harder to fail completely. Having a less good grade means getting a less good place on the lists of people applying for both teacher training and, afterwards, teacher jobs. This could turn out a real problem, even though there are less teachers available than needed, at least up to now. My prognosis is that the average grades will drop and this will cause some trouble both for the people applying, the universities and finally for the ones working on statistics in the states education departments. More freedom to choose courses by personal interest and less control and testing would be more helpful to forge the next generation of teachers. Later on in school, these teachers won’t encounter a system as set as their university education was. And they will have to cope with that, in addition to coping with students, material, progress in teaching methods, colleagues, supervisors and with ever rising expectations burdened on them by the community. Already in university, these later-on-teachers should learn to work independently and not by extrinsic force and regulation. They should not encounter a school-like university and therefore never leave school, going from their own student career in school over a school called university to their career as a school teacher in another school. This cannot be wanted, for the pupils’, the teachers’ and the publics’ sake. by Bastin Heß



Top Albums of 2008
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<blank> music review by Marc Motyka, Franz Mutschler and Don Lowman

MyrATh hope

1 MeshuggAh


gOjirA The way of all flesh


Oriental progressive metal in the tradition of genre leader Symphony X. Wow! Let’s ‘Hope’ to hear more from the Tunisian band soon.
KingdOM Of sOrrOw

Be prepared for the next level of auditory heaviness! Listening to ObZen is a test of stamina for your ears.

The whole album revolves around death – ‘the most common thing on earth’, says Gojira.



Kingdom of sorrow

4 AndrOMedA

The immunity Zone



This album is hardly innovative, but it delivers raging riffs and midtempo hardcore metal at its best – isn’t that all we want?

More electro, more metal – great combination plus thoughtful lyrics and a tendency for jaw-dropping solos on all instruments.


Thrice The Alchemy index 3&4: Air and earth The second part of their Magnus Opus shows just how polytropic Thrice have grown to be. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons fort he Post-Harcdcore Generation.

1 MOgwAi

The hawk is howling


The sOund Of AniMAls fighTing The Ocean and the sun


Noisier and meaner than ever, Mogwai prove that you really don’t need vocals to get your message across. The Ambient record of the year.


The MArs VOlTA The Bedlam in goliath

For Concept, for spectacular structures, for wearing animal masks, for innovation, for intensity,for being the combination of great bands- and if for nothing else, then at least because Anthony Green is a Genius!

4 nine inch nAils
The slip

ful and you can download it for free on his website: http://www. nin.com/. The perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.





Because they are finally taking things back to their earlier days and are a lot easier to listen to on this record. Now dont get me wrong – this is Mars Volta – it will never be anything less than over the top.

Trent Reznor wrote, recorded and released The Slip within 2 months following his 36 song masterpiece Ghosts I-IV. He then released it, unannounced, for free on his website. It is dark, raw, noisy and power-

nO Age nouns

1 BOn iVer

for emma, forever ago


Midnight Organ fight
http://www.myspace.com/ boniver http://www.myspace.com/ frightenedrabbit

frighTened rABBiT



http://www.myspace.com/ nonoage

indie, lo-fi, punk; all apt descriptions for this brilliant duo that somehow topped their 2007 debut.

Anyone that flees the tragedies of breakup and the afflictions of everyday life by moving to a remote cabin 2,000kms away in the middle of winter and emerges with 37mins of heartbreaking beauty gets my vote.

The ability to sincerely pull off veritable desperation with a smile is a skill seldom realized. Luckily every now and then someone is able to do it.

TwO cOw gArAge speaking in cursive

4 why?

http://www.myspace.com/ whyanticon

5 OKKerVil riVer 5*
The stand ins 1 2
http://www.myspace.com/ okkervilriver

http://www.myspace.com/ twocowgarage

I’m not sure if it is the wonderful band name, the clever album title or the infectious alt-country/anti-folk songs that make me love this band.

“I’m not a ladies man, I’m a landmine, filming my own fake death.” Confusion, death and lack of identity are indicative of the lyrics on this album and the range of musical styles with which they are presented. From hiphop to indie-rock to alternative, this album is simply addictive.

A typical Okkervil River album is filled with pain, sorrow and littered with literary, historical and cultural references, the Stand Ins is no exception; lamenting the tragedies of fame, both real and imagined.





AuTechre Quaristice
Keys, strings, Tambourines

The narrowest of paths

Kenny lArKin greg “sTryKe” chin

nAs untitled

Q-Tip The renaissance

1 cuT cOpy in ghost colours



1 lil wAyne Tha carter iii


girl TAlK feed the Animals

The cOOl Kids Bake sale ep







After our first event, the Battle of the Bands, it didn’t take us long to start planning its successor. From the mindset of our Prophet sprang the new idea for what is about to come: the <blank> fest. Following our successful band contest we decided to expand the scale and this time not only give a chance to musicians but also to artists and poets to be discovered. Mark the 7th of May red in your calendar as on this day our <blank> fest opens its doors providing you with several activities. This time in addition to our evening concerts at the K19 we are also having an art exhibition, an author’s reading, a poetry slam and singer/songwriter performances at the Café Desasta and Arnold Bode straße. So as you see <blank> conquers more of the campus to be able to cover all of your interests step by step. Yet again you, as our reader, can be part of this event. Do you have any art or photography you want to display? Or are you an undiscovered poet? Don’t let your inner artist be trapped inside you. Contact us at studentpaper_kassel@ yahoo.com to tell us that you want to be a part of the <blank> fest with your submissions. In case your own creativity is at rest at the moment, don’t hesitate to spread the word about the event to everybody and don’t forget to come by on May 7th. Reunions from our last event are guaranteed... but this time <blank> goes bigger and (hopefully even) better! More info available at myspace.com/theblankpaper or www.blankpaper.de Email: studentpaper_kassel@yahoo.com or dlowman@uni-kassel.de

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artwork by Bastin Hess