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Vol. XXVI, Issue 5
"Jamie is my emotional bustier."
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The Independent Media Center, a.k.a. providers which maintained links to the infor- the behest of Switzerland and Italy, Calyx was harassed by the Secret Service at the behest of "Indymedia," has become a victim of harassment mation. But the reasons behind the seizure most the US government. On by the FBI and foreign authorities. Another example of Indymedia affiliates Thursday, October 7, two of Indymedia's inter- likely have to do with the fact that the Swiss and net servers in London were seized by the FBI. Italian authorities that requested it may have a being bullied by government agencies involves The servers, hosting almost two dozen affiliate grudge against Indymedia. For instance, the list harassment of a writer working for an websites as well' as radio streams for several of Indymedia affiliate websites shut down as a Indymedia affiliate in Cyprus. Petros Evdokas radio stations, were maintained by a US-based result of the seizure includes one based out of wrote an article exposing actions spearheaded web hosting company, Rackspace. The seizure Nantes, France which posted photos of Swiss by US intelligence and the UN to influence a caused the websites to go down. Disks and hard undercover police agents in charge of last year's referendum on the "Annan Plan" to reunite drives containing valuable information were G8 summit events in Geneva. Apparently the Cyprus. Authorities questioned Evdokas' parSwiss were not happy about this; Indymedia ents in Oregon and tried to get them to incrimtaken as well. Rackspace issued a statement the day reports that the Swiss and the FBI had been in inate him in writing.-- According to Indymedia, after the seizure admitting that it had complied contact with each other, and that the FBI subse- "this case illustrates the US policy of interferand an ence in even the most minute internal affairs of Rackspace approached with a court order from US officials ordering the quently company to submit the servers in question; Indymedia activist in Seattle regarding the case. other countries and it shows the degree to which however it could not divulge any further infor- Interestingly enough, the FBI has admitted that the local authorities jump when the US says to." mation under the guidelines of the subpoena. Indymedia's actions in posting the photos were The Cyprus case further shows how even indiFurther complicating matters, on the same day not even a crime. At last check, the matter vidual journalists and their kin are not safe the FBI admitted to French and Italian media appeared to be settled; but it is possible that from harassment from authorities trying to stithat while a subpoena had been issued, the the Swiss authorities still had an axe to grind fle dissent. Of course, Indymedia is not the only vicseizure was not an FBI operation. Instead, the with Indymedia. Moreover, another of the affected web- tim of suppression at the hands of authorities. FBI claimed that the subpoena had been issued at the request of authorities in Italy and sites is based out of Italy, where in 2001 the A community radio station in Santa Cruz, city of Genoa was the site of mass protests dur- California was raided by US marshals and FCC Switzerland. All the while, Indymedia itself received ing the G8 summit. Indymedia played a role in agents on the morning of September 29. Free no direct, official word from either Rackspace or allowing activists to organize during the Radio Santa Cruz is a a-non-e-ommercial pirate It also published information con- radio station that broadcasts without a license UK and US authorities on why their servers had protests. what the authorities wanted out in the in defiance of FCC regulations. It has received been taken and their operations disrupted as a trary to About a week after the seizure, on open. The Indymedia website asserts, "For its strong support from the local community. But result. October 13, the hardware was returned with no part, Italy Indymedia can only assume that the this mattered little to authorities, who raided the house in which the station was based and official explanation of why it-had been done or request is motivated by the Italian government's towards Indymedia, which has been stole the station's broadcasting equipment. attitude who had ordered the seizure. overtly hostile ever since the 2001 G8 Summit Other pirate radio stations have come under Indymedia is an independent, grassroots, alternative news network started in in Genoa." In the Italian city of Bologna, a pub- attack too, including a station in San Francisco. While not directly related to the 1999 World Trade lic prosecutor investigating an anarchist organduring the Seattle issued a request for informa- Indymedia case, the Free Radio Santa Cruz case Organization protests in order to provide inside ization reportedly information about the event that the corporate tion-to authorities in the US regarding material further illustrates how independent media is posted on Indymedia's Italian site. Indymedia coming under attack by those who would silence networks would not report, providing journalists with a wealth of information through its speculates that the FBI then issued the order to it for their gain. This has enormous implicaSince that time, journalists and seize Indymedia's hardware in the UK, out of tions for all of us who value free speech and a website. free market of ideas. In this age when governactivists have set up dozens of independent which the offending websites were based. ment propaganda passes as "news," when sanimedia centers (IMCs) in every continent, creattized blurbs on the nightly news pass as hard ing a decentralized system to report oh local journalism, when exposes on the exploits of and international news and events. The flagship celebrities overshadow relevant issues, and website proclaims its devotion to "radical, when a parody news show on Comedy Central accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth." often provides better information than the Which leads us to wonder: why were the "serious" major networks, it is clear that indeservers taken? According to Indymedia's flagpendent, grassroots media is the last bastion of website (www.indymedia.org): "Talking to ship true journalism in this country. Indymedia volunteers, Rackspace stated that Readers may be interested to learn that 'they cannot provide Indymedia with any inforThe Stony Brook Press was the target of an mation regarding the order.' ISPs have received investigation at the hands of the Secret Service gag orders in similar situations which prevent about five years ago. Following the publication them from updating the concerned parties on of an anti-George Bush editorial, Press writer It adds, "An Indymedia what is happening." However, all that is known for certain at Glen Given was subjected to harsh questioning system administrator stated: 'We do not know if Rackspace is under a gag order, or what legal this point is that Italian arid Swiss authorities at the hands of the Secret Service. Also, copies restrictions were imposed requiring them to act requested the server seizures; their precise of the issue with the editorial in question were this way, or whether their legal department had, motives are still up in the air. As of this writ- confiscated and destroyed. So don't ever think ing, Indymedia still has precious little infor- that you or I or this humble newspaper is enough time to study the request.'" In the absence of any official informa- mation regarding the incident and the underly- immune to the sort of underhanded tactics used against Indymedia. All are suspect in this New tion regarding the incident, Indymedia and its ing motives. this is yet World Order. One thing is clear though: allies can only speculate as to the exact nature Journalist Amy Goodman often speaks of of the seizure, and the subsequent shutdown of another example of government authorities than twenty affiliate websites as well as attempting to stifle and silence Indymedia. the importance of independent media in a time more losses of data from these websites. Some have This is, after all, not -an isolated case. of war. Fledgling organizations like Pacifica suggested that this was politically timed as it Indymedia has had conflicts with authorities in Radio, Truthout, Indymedia, and countless independent radio stations and community occurred a week before the start of the third the recent past. One example of this occurred during the newspapers across the country-including The session of the European Social Forum, a gathering of antiwar and anti-globalization activists Republican National Convention in New York Stony Brook Press-work hard to speak truth to taking place in London. Indymedia had intend- this summer, when Indymedia's New York affil- power. But those in power naturally dislike our ed to broadcast the' rallies and demonstrations iate posted the names of GOP convention dele- work, and undoubtedly they do whatever is in live via streaming video on its websites. The gates. This was public information that was their power to stifle these voices. Indymedia is International Federation of Journalists suggests freely accessible on other websites. Yet the not the only victim here; all of independent media is constantly under threat from corporate that the seizure is related to a recent court case Secret Service attempted to obtain user connecactivists who uncovered tion logs from Indymedia website users (infor- and governmental forces. It is imperative that against Indymedia security flaws in electronic voting machines mation that Indymedia does not keep in order to we support independent media in order to preThe website had posted maintain their privacy) from the New York serve a free, safe space for grassroots journalmade by Diebold. affiliate's web hosting provider, Calyx. Calyx ism and activism. And it is imperative that we leaked memos and internal documents regardflawed machines, and Diebold had refused to provide the user information. In the speak out against attempts to suppress indeing the responded by threatening Internet service same way Rackspace was harassed by the FBI at pendent voices in the wilderness.
The Illusion of Manir ige
By Michael Prazak
There has been a great deal of talk about politics, democracy and marriage recently. All three involve the recent surge of republican ilk our government has had elected into office. Red States and Blue States (and the lone Purple State) all had a decision to make November 2nd, and the contest deciding our future president went off, presumably, without a hitch. But to many immersed in the neon glow of flickering states and fantastical projections, another issue snuck under the radar, one that was infinitely more telling than the presidential race. The legality of Gay Marriage was placed on the ballot, and many states overwhelmingly voted against it. Now, if one takes into account the states that made this controversial decision, one is hardly surprised at the outcome. Southern, largely Christian and morally conservative came out and voted their minds on the issue, and their minds said, "No gay marriage." The results of these propositions were disconcerting to some and comforting to others. However, by all understanding of the term marriage, and its application, the banning of gays participating in this act flies not only in the face of the United States civil rights policies, but also fails to consider the institutional repercussions of such a ban. The argument of such a law on a moral front loses all credibility, as our nation is supposedly one that holds as one of its tenants the separation of church and state. However realistic this separation really is, is of course debatable, but this is what civics books have told me from 9th grade and on, so I shall take them at their word. The term marriage can be understood in, several ways, but the most prevalent senses of the term are as thus: as a tool of language, as an issue of legality, and as an. institution.- So by these standards of evaluation, is the banning of gay marriage justified? Is there imbedded, in any of them, some justification for the implementation of a policy that would deny a right to a minority? Make no mistake; as much as this is painted as a moral and social issue, this is a. civil rights issue. Due to that fact, each of the aforementioned aspects must be considered. Linguistically, the term marriage hardly has any static or universal meaning. In our own country it is defined as a legal union between individuals. Some states have taken this interpretation at face value, and allowed for unions to exist between the same sex. However, others have taken the term to imply that this union should only exist between a. man and a woman, as it was intended when the laws of marriage were founded. However, it should also be noted that the term marriage is merely that, a word, a tool of language, pragmatic in nature, and easily employed in a million different senses. It means a different thing to a Baptist minister in Virginia than it does to a polygamous Mormon in Utah. Let's not even consider what the term marriage can mean at an international level. Looking at the term linguistically is sort of a facile approach to the issue of gay marriage, as the main concern of many attempting to get gay marriage passed is the legal aspects of the term. They want the union between them and their same-sex partner to be considered on par, legally, with those between a man and a woman. Proponents of same-sex marriage are seeking an extension of spousal benefits, as well as legal tax status. Many in the government, attempting to assuage the tumult caused by this issue have suggested that Gays be allowed to enter into civil unions. One that would be legally equivalent to marriage however would remain a separate entity. Now, I'm quite certain those two vague yet powerful words in that sentence might have rang in your mind as they had in mine. Separate and equal. Or in their more ominous ordering and inflection: Separate, but equal. Additionally, the debate over whether or not to consider this issue one of states-rights has also gained prominence recently. However, the granting of individual status for each state in regards to marriage does present a few problems. It is generally understood, that though the granting of a marriage license is typically done through the state, these licenses will be honored and applied outside of the states of their origin. This is problematic in two senses. First, it would become possible for people to get married in a state that allows same-sex unions, and then simply move to states that don't allow it. second, it would ignore the fact that it is the federal governments mandate to ensure equal and unified rights to all. Thus, it would become a duty of the government to ensure that the right to marriage was extended to all people regardless of race, religion and sexual preference. As issues go, this one is a muckity-muck amongst muckity-mucks. It draws our government and politicians into a realm that is best left untouched by Bureaucracies. Since this nations inception, there has always been a tacit understanding of the dangers of religions and government getting too snug in the rug. Is marriage truly a moral issue anyway? It's the granting of status that, if anything, facilitates the pursuit of happiness spoken about by the old white men who started this country. By making same-sex unions a criminal act, we equivocate it to things like murder, and theft. All which are considered morally wrong in our country, regardless of religious views to the contrary. All that are viewed as illegal due, not to some ancient slab of stone with them Sinscribed on them, but because they violate our most basic rights. Is allowing a man to marry another man really at that level, or are the idiots railing against it hiding from their own fears and inadequacies. So, this debate will rage on, people missing the point and ignore the madness of traveling down this path. In seeking to abort the perceived slippery slope of immorality that they think would occur, they instead push to hard and overcome the crest, starting a tumble in the opposite direction. One that slowly but surely eliminates the rights of every individual curtails freedoms and ensures static social mores, hiding behind language that conceals the truth of such legislation. By "all deliberate speed" they will continue to stifle civil dissent and stamp out any progressive policy. And We the People will yawn and ask for more snacks. We'll close the windows and turn the volume up on our TVs to better ignore the screams of our neighbors. And as the credits roll and the commercials start not a soul will ever miss the shades of life we used to know, tubes flickering on the reflective pale that is the face of the entire nation.
This is an impossibility, not only in concept, but also legally. Therefore, many have sought to simply ban the action, instead of considering an alternative, or modifying their practices. Marriage and family values as an institution are under assault, and the passing of a bill allowing for same-sex marriages would expedite the moral decline overtaking our nation. I've tried to remain calm and rational for this entire article, but all I can say in response to that is: bullshit. For such a sacred union, Marriage is certainly a contrary fuck. Our highly moral nation is one that sees divorce rates rise yearly, up to an astounding 50% as of a few years ago. It seems that the populace may not hold the institution of marriage as sacred as the politicians imply. If our government had never made marriage a legal union, then we would not be facing this issue. If marriages could only be granted by religious orders, then the separations enacted between church and state would keep this "moral" act safe. But it isn't a religious issue, it's a legal one, and once they invoked the term marriage in a legal sense, they unwittingly started the ball rolling of progressiveness and equality.
Dubya's Re-Elec on: An Environmentalist's Point ofBy Joanew Leong
Like the rest of the well-informed educated part of the country, I was on pins and needles on Election Day worrying about the results. That night, as I watched the map light up red for Bush down south, my hope continued to dwindle.. The next morning, I woke up on my couch and the TV was flashing KERRY CONCEDES, BUSH WINS. I was stunned and sickened and I was so depressed, I didn't leave my building that day except once. The campus had an eerie feeling to it, and it probably felt that way because the overwhelming majority of the campus voted Kerry. I blame the hicks down south and the uninformed Middle America who voted for Bush based on his religious views, and not on the real issues at hand. IEblame Republican sneaky voting procedures and I blame it on conspiracy theories. I will probably never be able to prove any of it but what I have on my side is facts. George W. Bush will go down in history as the president with the worst environmental record ever. Many people don't really care about the environment, but maybe it's because they don't know exactly how much it really does affect
is inconvenient to the industry." Five of the strongest programs to reduce air p6llutants are in talks of being obliterated. Team Dubya wants to lower the regulations for pollutant causing companies that emit thousands of toxins into the air we breathe. Once again, Bush chooses large corporations over the American people. *Bush's Administration doesn't get anymore fucking deceptive than this. In July 2001, Mark Rey, a former timber industry giant, is appointed under Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Yes, thank god he picked a forestdestroying, tree-logging tycoon to run that position. Mark Rey is a strong supporter of deforesting our protected national forests and he continues to fight for the right to destroy whatever natural wildlife regions are left. Yay for evil. *Oil spills and thrills in the summer of 2001. Bush proposes opening up the Gulf of Mexico for offshore drilling. This is an extreme hazard to the quality of the water and marine life in that area. Any coastal oil-drilling will inevitally result in oil spills, water pollution
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staffers write about the other equally important issues, I'm going to tackle this one. We'll take a chronological look at the viciously has Bush ways attacked the environment since his early days in office. *The devastation begins in January 2001 when Bush proposes a plan that would open up the Artic National Wildlife Refuge for oil. This would not deter the rising gasoline prices or significantly increase our oil supply. Instead it would be destroying the grandeur of the Artic Wildlife Refuge that has .enpoetc irgnrtos Area u•nsiervatiuon AtC, is givoeen protected for generations. *Once again, instead of what is doing ing the thumbs up for the deforestation of the best for everyone, the Bush Administration Tongass. While Bush stalls on the protection of doesn't care. March 2001: the Kyoto Protocol all our national parks, the timber industry is was rejected. It was an international agreement wasting no time to cut down as many acres of signed by eight of the largest industrial nations forests as they can get their evil hands on. The in the world to reduce the greenhouse gas emis- Tongass is home to thousands and thousands of wildlife species. Many medicinal properties are sions, *Bush backs out on his most significant in the plant-life just waiting to be discovered in environmental campaign- promise. Claiming it the Tongass, and at this rate, they are probably would be too costly, he decides that he will not already destroyed. *Bush finally leans toward environmen-. regulate the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions which is the primary cause of global tal spending, but at a heavy cost. November warming. Studies conducted show that control of 2001, Bush proposes 19.1 billion dollars for CO 2 would not have any negative impacts on the energy research, national forests and parks and conservation programs. However, they comproeconomy. *Arsenic is the new flavor in our drink- mise by giving industries practically the ing water. Bush towers the standards for mining unlimited access to do whatever they want. So companies so arsenic seepage is more readily now there is logging in our national parks, oilavailable in our tap water. He chooses the bene- drilling in our national monuments, and cruise fits of the mining companies over the safety of ships roaming free in the fragile ecological sysmillions of Americans. It would only cost $3 a tem. *February 2002, the attack on the month for those living in arsenic-high areas to Endangered Species & Habitation Protection contaminant. clean up this cancer-causing *May 2001: Bush announces his energy begins. Only several hundred acres of land are plan which will include using more fossil fuels put aside for animals on the endangered species and focusing more on nuclear power. His plan list. Bush is now lifting those protected acres, would imply an increase of non-renewable including another half million acres of protected land reserved for endangered species. resources like coal and oil. *March 2002. Coal-fired power plants no Area *Bush attacks the Roadless Conservation Plan created by Clinton and longer have to maintain anti-pollution equipapproved by 95% of 1.6 million public com- ment due to the Clean Air Act's new provision, ments on it. Bush would allow logging companies the Clear Skies initiative. Now the pollutant to deforest and create roads through thousands causing plants have to voluntarily clean up their act, but if they don't, oh well. The governof acres of nationally protected forest regions. *July 2001. "The Bush Administration ment isn't going to regulate it anymore! *April 2002. Tens of thousands of poor is trying to weaken the Clean Air Act because it
lands. Doesn't anyone remember the devastating effects of large oil spills in the 1990s? I know I will never forget the heart-wrenching sight of thousands and thousands of dead oil-covered seals, whales, fish and birds all washed up on the beach. the 2001, *.August heavy logging continues. Our largest national forest, the Tongass in Alaska, is making timber and logging industries salivate with greed. The Bush Administration, instead of upholding Clinton's Roadless
children on Medicaid will no longer be tested for lead levels in their blood. It lifts the requirement to test all children on Medicaid for lead levels and allows them to pick and choose. Surprise little Timmy!! You have brain damage and learning disabilities that all could have been prevented!! *The Dubya Administration announces the end of funding for graduates doing research in the environmental sciences. Graduate stu-dents who has worked so hard to get into this prestigious program has now been informed this program no longer exists. Thanks to Bush for hindering advances in environmental protection once again. *May 2002. Bush allows mining wastes to be dumped into rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. The 25-year old Clean Water Act has been obliterated. Bush's "reasonable" explanation was that the wastes would cost the mining industries up to about 3,000 extra jobs and it would cost them too much and they would go bankrupt, so just dump it into our waters because it's just so much easier thlat w-ay.- G-td miners, and other ore miners thank Bush for his wonder gift to the mining industry. *New twist in the logging controversy. August 2002, Bush firmly states that the prevention of forest fires is so important that logging is a necessity. The more we cut down, the less chance of a forest fire to occur. Well, then, if the president is always right, we must get to work and cut them all down. If there are no trees left at all, there will be no forest fires! Brilliant work once again Mr. Bush. *Global warming? What are you talking about? We don't deal with silly tall tales. *The Bush Administration shocks even those who cannot be shocked. At an international endangered species conference, the US representatives shocked the other nations by proposing the increase for commercial trade of elephant ivory over the next three years. ELEPHANT IVORY!! WHAT THE FUCK!? Of course, the union declared they refused to lift the ban on elephant ivory. What the fuck were these assholes in the Bush Administration thinking? This enthusiasm for elephant poaching and killing is repulsive and further concludes my belief that the Bush Administration works for the powers of evil. *December 2002, the leniency for industrial pollutants regulations begins. The Bush Administration releases a report on their plans of doing away with 300 federal regulations that would diminish safety rules that protect America's environment and public health. *Drilling in the Rocky Mountains found to be a mistake. Projected amounts of oil in this protected range discovered to be a fluke. There was a significantly less amount of oil found than they had anticipated. Whoopsie. Well, now what are we going to do about those gaping holes on the side of that beautiful mountain? *In January 2003, the EPA announces that our drinking waters are safe even though they contain twelve times the number of contaminants considered to be safe. This is caused by atrazine, a weed killer, which is banned by many other countries but not ours. The EPA claims that there is no link between atrazine and cancer even though the own manufacturers of the poison repeatedly tell us they found links cancer. and prostate atrazine between Environmental agencies throw their hands up flabbergasted. *During February 2003 to May 2003 several nationally protected forests were opened up for oil-drilling and logging. More
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provisions of the Clean Air Act are exterminated. The Endangered Species Act continues to be cut away. Environmental laws and regulations are eradicated left and right. *The Environmental Protection Agency chief administration Christine Todd Whitman resigns. In May of 2003, after two years in this high ranking position, Whitman can no longer deal with the travesties of the Bush Administration. Entering into office, she had an honest approach and truly believed in helping to protect the environment. However, over the past two years, watching environmental policies overturned and her opinions ignored and viewed as a defiant opposition to Bush, she had enough. Her previous environmental records as governor of New Jersey were extremely commendable but Bush the ongoing destruction of the Administration finally does it for her. I don't blame her; I respect her for everything she has done so far. But for now, evil is winning. *The EPA continues to ignore that mercury is a severe problem in drinking water. 1 out of 6 American women who drink tap water has so much mercury in her system that her children pose a serious risk of birth defects. Babies born to these women with dangerous mercury levels will have heart problems, liver and kidney damage and a number of other birth defects. People who also eat fish in these mercury contaminated waters will have health problems. Mercury emissions are caused by careless manufacturing companies that allow mercury seepage into the waters. Bush okays this. *September of 2003. Get ready for danger. Regions marked off as hazardous and unsafe because of high level of PCBs (cancer and neurological disorder causing chemical) is being opened up to land developers as safe before it is cleaned up and made.safe. *November 2003. Nuclear wastes that were previously stored in carefully monitored facilities will now be placed in regulai landfills not equipped to handle these hazardous wastes. "The Bush Administration is looking to save its nuclear industry pals some money at the expense of public health and the environment,"' said National Resources Defense Council attorconstant barrage of environmental violations is heard over and over. Dangerous mercury emission ignored. More provisions of laws and bills protecting the environment are done away with. Large-scale companies and industries that violate environmental polices are no longer responsible for their actions because Bush will waive it and throw his support towards them. Bush has been the bane of Greenpeace, the NRDC, the Sierra Club, and many other environmentalist groups' existence these four years. The fact that now he has four more years to fuck up the world, I can't imagine what else he is going to do. Greenpeace has informed me of deforestation in other countries as well. Mahogany trees in the Amazon Rainforest have been illegally cut down and transported to the United States. There are so many opportunities for large companies to destroy, the environment and Bush allows this all to happen. When asked about his environmental policies, Bush often adamantly professes that the air and water is the cleanest it has ever been. I can't stand his smug monkey face as he spews out lie after lie!!!! The fact that he consistently puts large companies and the privileged few over the general health, safety, and care of the public infuriates me to no end. I know many people believe there are more important issues to tackle right now but the environment is just as important because it affects us so tremendously. Theair we breathe and the water we drink are the basic necessities of maintaining animal, plant, and human life. How can anyone in their right mind taint the bare necessities of any living creature? Bush had re-election and public opinion to worry about during these last four years and now since that pressure is gone, he's going to unleash crimes never seen before. The worst has yet to come.
ney Geoffrey Fettus. *President Bush cuts federal spending for endangered species in February of 2004. It isn't enough that millions of acres of their homes have already been destroyed in three years, but the funding to protect them is cut as well. This is yet another ploy for Bush to help his privileged few friends at the public's and endangered animal's and plant's expense. *March 2004. Bush gives the green light for cattle ranchers to legally kill over 460 freeroaming bison. The excuse was that the bison was transmitting brucellosis to their cattle even though no link has been found. These buffaloes were nearly extinct once, we do not need another threat like that again. *Oppose Bush and your legs will be broken. In July of 2004; Andrew Eller Jr., a Floridian panther scientist, is under heavy persecution after speaking out against his supervisors who used faulty science to allow land developers to invade the habitats of panthers. *Throughout the entire year of 2004, the
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One student was arrested for refusing to hand over his camera. Other students were followed for several blocks' after leaving the protest. A helicopter hovered overhead and more cop cars joined the already numerous police cars followProtesters exchanged coning the protest. cerned glances, one stating, "They're surrounding us." The remaining 20 protesters completed the march ending in Love Park with no violent confrontations or further arrests. But the message seemed clear; that intimidation was the ultimate goal. The presence of over 10 cop cars and a helicopter was enough to make anyone feel uneasy and that was the intention. Even small peaceful marches will be met with hostility in the post-election environment. We are entering a second term with George W. Bush, which if the protest in Philadelphia was any indication, will be another sad and scary four years. Philadelphia was not the only city to hold protests following the election. According to IndyMedia.org, a protest in Tuscon, Arizona attracted a crowd of about 200. The article cites incidents of unprovoked police violence including six arrests, the firing of pepper bullets at protesters, and the discharging of a canister ofAn Assistant pepper spray into the crowd.
By Jackie Hayes
On November 3, 2004 a group of about 40 huddled in a tight .circle in Love Park, Philadelphia to take part in a post-election speak out and march. The weather seemed to fit the general mood, gloomy and overcast, with clouds looming in the not so distant horizon. Many clutched signs stating 'Fuck Bush' and 'Revolution is Necessary', their hands frozen Although a stiff around the cardboard. depressing day, it was an inspiring sight and was coupled by inspiring words from those who spoke. The group had gathered at 4pm to speak out about the election and march through Philadelphia in protest of Bush's agenda. The march began in Love Park, located at JFK plaza near center city, continued down through Second Street, and made its way towards the BenFranklin Bridge, connecting Philadelphia with As they approached the Camden, New Jersey New Jersey boarder, multiple cop cars pulled up behind them. Over a mega phone the police warned, "If you cross over to New Jersey, you will be arrested." After -a few moments of confusion the protesters turned around and headed back towards center city. Yet, Philadelphia police continued to slowly tail the dwindling crowd.
Police Chief commented to one Indy Media member that, "A lot of people made it clear that they probably wanted to make more symbolic gestures than just chanting or just holding up signs." His fear of escalated action didn't seem grounded in reality, since there were no incidents of property damage or violence. Was his comment just a reflection of the post-election jitters caused by pre-election hype? Or are we approaching a pseudo-1984 era boarding on a police state? An article in the New York Times, labeled this election year 'The Year of Passion,' stating, "this was an awful campaign: too much heat, too little light, so much wrong, not enough The passionate campaign fueled an right." already charged electorate that was /sharply divided by the War in Iraq, domestic issues; and 'moral' issues. Another article appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle characterized the election as an example of, "the year partisan polarization spun out of control." No doubt the country has become strongly divided and polarized over the previous four years, which has lead to predictions of a strong reaction from whichever side lost the election. The anticipation of post-
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This country is supposed to allow freedom, how does reducing freedom of any kind help society? Arguments like "well, it's a slippery slope, what's next, legal murder" are shallow and pointless retorts. First of all, we do have legal murder. It's called war and the death penalty. Innocent people have died in both cases. That's murder. Senseless death can be logically deemed to be bad, and therefore, you can create laws about it. You don't need a bible for laws against murder. The bible has no traffic laws, and some, like forcing people to wear their seatbelts, are laws that saves lives, and once again weren't handed down to us from God, Jesus, a mystical flying wombat or any other deity. By banning gay marriage all you do is murder civil rights. For the most part, members of the Republican party are the ones most in favor of a gay marriage ban. Like the Patriot act, does this not increase the power of government, is this not government encroaching further into people lives? Is this not what the Republican party supposedly abhors? Chew on that for a little while. Give us one example of gay unions causing harm, one example of how these people are destroying society. See if you really, really can. Because we here can really, really show you lots of gay and lesbian people throughout history who have contributed more to society than hate mongers like Falwell and friends.
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Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah are all states that few of us here at The Press will probably be visiting soon. These states became the first, and hopefully only, states in the union to pass a state wide gay marriage ban. This is a shameful and ludicrous act, undermining some of the more basic ideas this nation was founded on, and supposedly still continues to run on. What is the purpose of the ban? Other than hurting people, what does it accomplish? Has there ever been an argument for the gay marriage ban that does not stem from religious beliefs? People are entitled to their religious beliefs, and they have every right to oppose the gay unions within the walls of their place of worship, but what right does government have to take the viewpoint of religion? Is our government secular, or Christian? Is www.godhatesfags.com the new White House web site? Should we all listen to Jerry Falwell (a good close personal friend of the president) when he says that the real reason for 9/11 is because god is angry at us for having gay people in our country? We triple-dog-dareany of you to give us a convincing argument against the civil liberties of gay people. The only catch is you can't use the words God, Jesus or religion. Try coming out against gay marriage without the crutch of religion. See where it gets you.
Dear Administration, The Students Have Spoken
Recently, Stony Brook University held its 2 0 t h annual Student-Faculty-Staff Retreat. The event took place at a veritable mansion in Glen Cove and the pampering was a-plentiful. But what is the function of the SFS Retreat, you say? Well, put bluntly, the weekend was devoted to ironing out the kinks between the various groups of people at the university. The Press' own Executive Editor was in attendance to make sure that everything went off without a hitch and to deliver the concerns of The Press'loyal readers to the administration. The weekend was very successful in the sense that many ideas were proposed and overwhelmingly agreed upon by students, faculty, and staff alike, but one cloud looms; will the administration put any of the things suggested into motion? The reason this remains a concern is two-fold. The first point is that we, the students, are used to getting cfeated and ignored, so we'll believe it when we see it. The second point arises from the retreat itself. One main problem that everyone at the retreat noticed was communication between the students, faculty, staff and administration. Things aren't as successful as they ought to be because no one listens to anyone else. So this begs the question: Will the administration listen to us this time? They are in the position of power at this university. They have the resources to effect a positive change. Collectively, we have given them millions of dollars each year. And the students have told them exactly what they need to do to fix a lot of the problems at Stony Brook. We should not just float through college with the notion of "you win some, you lose some." We should start demanding improvements to the quality of life here at our university. Besides... there's more of us than them. It was actually fantastic that students were invited to participate in a forum where the next four years of their lives were being decided. In fact, the administration should attempt more talks of this nature to directly involve the students in the growth of this university. Communication should not take place once a year at $10,000 a clip. The Pressis not worried though. Just to let you know what to expect, the main points of the retreat were more than clear. Students don't want their voices suppressed and they don't want the university to discourage activism like it is currently. Dissent is not only healthy, but the retreat stressed tradition. Years ago, students used to take over entire buildings! Students want more art around campus and in buildings instead of the plain old boring cinder block towers we take classes in. Art, specifically our art, is what spurs creativity and a healthy learning environment. More art! And finally, COMMUNICATION! The administration must talk to us and listen to us or this school is destined for failure. That is the Stony Brook University we want. Now give it to us.
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Noam Chomsky Supports State Slavery
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"If there's going to be an army that will by people who are disadvantaged while the die. Never mind that the "disadvantaged" that fight brutal, colonial wars, and that's the only elites stay on the sidelines. You know, "rich Chomsky speaks of would be the ones targeted likely kind of war. . . it ought to be a citizen's people start the wars, poor people fight them." by the State to die in a foxhole halfway around army so that the attitudes of the society are And while thatjmay be true, the solution he is the dVrld. proposing is beyond horrible. reflected in the military." Rep. Charlie Rangel also proposed the reinstatement of the draft, supposedly in order -Noam Chomsky, to make it more egalitarian and have people from I used to be under the impression that all walks of life, rich and poor alike, serve their Noam Chomsky. was an intelligent, decent, and country. I say that's bullshit. It was bullshit moral man-at least, more moral than certain when Rangel said it, and it's bullshit when people and institutions he opposes. I used to be Chomsky says itnow. Conscription is nothing under the impression that his ideas held great more than slavery, and by advocating a draft, ie But in a recent speech is basically advocating slavery. As if that wasintellectual weight. Chomsky stated that he supports a draft in n't bad enough, by advocating conscription--for order to create a "Citizen's Army." His reason- any reason--he is basically advocating the bruing is that the current system is a "mercenary tal war machine which conscription serves to He believes, as feed. -army of the disadvantaged." If you support the draft, you therefore many others do, that instead of reflecting the ideas and attitudes and socioeconomic diversity support war as well as state slavery. Nothing is of society, our current army is largely staffed more cowardly than forcing others to sacrifice their lives and their freedom for your own personal cause. Nothing is more cowardly th n And/never mind that . has contradictadvocating that others die for you against their own volition. Such is the ideology of immoral ed his seemingly anti-war/anti-state principles by dvocating the draft in the first place. Let's communists, fascists, and totalitarian state worshippers who disdain individual rights and just be h est and frank here; "egalitarian" or not, consctiption is state slavery, and it is evil. liberties. So we can conclude that Nom Chomsky, But isn't it a paradox for an anarchist of any anarchist, dissident, and anti-war activist, stripe (or any moral person for that matter) to actually supports shipping innocent people off advocate the expansion of state power? Perhaps to die in a disgusting and immoral war for the Chomsky isn't aware of this paradox. Or pergood of the State! Go back and read that sentence haps he chooses to ignore it in favor of "egalia few more times so that the meaning really tarian" ideals-a euphemism for coercing people sinks in. Noam Chomsky ought to be that last to surrender their lives to satisfy his own person advocating such a 9-orrid absurdity as worldview. Either way, his rationale is morally bankrupt and should not be taken seriously. the draft. Chomsky ought to be ashamed of himself. The world is just full of surprises, isn't Warmongering politicians support conscription it? Never mind that war itself is the sys- (i.e. slavery) and war for the good of the State;, tematic mass slaughter of innocent people for he supports it (i.e. slavery) in the name of political and economic gain. Never mind that "egalitarian" ideals. Either way, it seems that forcing other people to finance this evil with he has no problem forcing other people's chiltheir (extorted) tax money is evil in and of dren to give up their lives (as opposed to his) in itself Never mind that forcing people to fight wars paid for with other people's money (as and die against their will is coercion and opposed to his alone). Is there really any meanaggression and a violation of basic human ingful difference here? Perhaps President Bush should've nomirights. Never mind that wars only serve the interests of the inherently immoral institution nated Noam Chomsky for Attorney General known as the State. Never mind that, even if an instead of Alberto Gonzalez. If Chomsky really "egalitarian" draft were to be resurrected, the. is the type of person who believes in an "egalielites would, for the most part, be able to avoid tarian citizen's army," I think he and Bush
The Greatest Democracy in theWord... for Some I--· c ,·I ; By Joe Filippazzo
The media has a very specific role in our society; to inform the public of the complete truth to the best of their ability so that the public may make erudite decisions. If those media groups have access to the truth and purposefully present the facts on a slant to promote a certain ideology or agenda, they are abusing their power of access to the truth. To circumvent this worst-case scenario, we hold journalists to a very high standard and we trust them to deliver the truth. But what happens when the idea of journalistic integrity is abandoned and the public is lied to? The 5th annual George Goodman Symposium, which took place on November 3r d in the Wang Center, addressed this very issue in the context of the independent media's role in a time of war. With speakers Amy and David Goodman (both independent journalists, children of George Goodman, and coauthors of The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them) the current condition of freedom of speech in our country and the persistent question of "How did we get here?" were the foci of the symposium. So, how did we get here? Over 1,200 US troops and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis dead, free speech "zones" set up at the government's convenience, legislation like the PATRIOT Act. on the books and, worst of all, the fact that many Americans seem to be fine with the current state of affairs. Amy and David Goodman believe that the cause of our woes is the corporate media that lies to the public and reinforces complacency instead of letting us know the truth and inspiring us to ask questions. The media is not supposed to keep the public at bay with fear as they are doing currently. According to David Goodman, the media is acting as the "megaphone for the rulers" instead of the "exception to the .rulers." They accomplish this with "embedded" reporters, which are journalists that-travel with the troops into Iraq. Where it all goes awry, though, is ,when the media only covers one side of the story; the soldier's perspective. Then the truth is filtered even more to paint a very specific, very government-friendly portrait of the war. After a station like FOX is done with it, the final product that we see on the 7 o'clock news presents the American public with pure fiction. casualties are those of a few freedom-loving American soldiers who were taken from us by those barbaric, devil-worshipping towel-heads. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, says we should challenge the media to challenge those in power since lives depend on it. The media should be our sanctuary for dissent but instead, the current system of reporting in mainstream media is completely unacceptable. The media must be separate from the government simply because `all governments lie and it is the job of the media-to not just tell the truth, but dig for and expose it as well. This is the reason why media is explicitly protected in the Constitution! In her talk, Amy held that people in America aren't stupid; they are just great at absorbing information. If the media skews the truth, the public has no way to tell that they are being deceived. In fact, Goodman says that we are living in the age of pundits, which always benefits the liars and cheats. The average sound byte is only 8 seconds long; not nearly enough time to explain anything. This type of selective reporting shows that the media right now has "nothing to tell and everything to sell." The only: way to circumvent the lies put forth by corporate media is to use a wide variety of news sources, including independent media channels. The media is dangerous to the government because it allows people to speak for themselves. It is to be the ultimate in checks and balances by giving the public the complete truth and allowing them to decide if their government is working in their interests or not. But don't be mistaken. The media is not supposed to work against the government; it is supposed to work for the public.
The only thing we see on the news is US soldiers marching to a destination or US tanks rolling through peaceful streets - never an Iraqi civilian woman collecting her children's charred remains. It's as if this perfectly legitimate war to bring freedomjto far away lands has cost no innocent people their lives. In fact, the only
An Interview with Amy and David Goodman
The Stony Brook Press:In the past election, half of the people that voted in this country did so for George Bush and the war machine in Washington. Do you think that "folks" are deluded or is it just that the corporate media only provides us with a very narrow scope of current events? Amy Goodman: Well, I think it's all the media and I think that they have acted as a megaphone for the administration instead of channeling it and holding them accountable. They just amplify the fear mongering that the administration practices and it's inexcusable. Bush could never have done it by himself. Yeah, he could scream from the rooftops with a little megaphone but hot a lot of people would hear him. But he has a global stage and he's got the global media. Press: Why do you think the corporate media puts this spin on the news? What do they have to gain from it? Amy: It's that they share the establishment consensus. They reflect the views of the Democrats to the Republicans and often those views are one in the same. And they don't go outside that spectrum. In The Exception to the Rulers, we call it the "access of evil." It's their trade of truth for access and it's unacceptable and inexcusable. Random elderly woman: We've come to take you home. David Goodman: This is all being recorded. Amy : [to elderly woman] One sec... Press:This is going in the paper. David: Do you want her name? A my: That is my aunt. Press:Well, it's nice to meet you. Cue handshake. Press: Well, very straight forward, which media outlets do you think people can actually trust? Amy:I think that you need to get a diversity of sources. Democracy Now! Is a great place to begin because it is a link to so many different places. Everyday we're covering the latest news stories. It's giving you a sense of all the different places you can go and having conversations with people who are closer to the story, not your typical reporter but the people who are involved themselves. Lots of newspapers are important and newspapers from different places. And on the Internet you can afford to do this because you can just go around [and read news] from other countries. They may have their own government's bias but it's different from ours and so you can have a sense of all the different spins. It's so important that there are websites like CommonDreams.org and Mother Jones, David writes for Mother Jones, and Media Channel... just getting views from all over. Press: In your talk, you mentioned that the New York Times helped Dick Cheney out of a difficult situation once by skewing the news. When confronted by other media groups, Cheney simply cited how the Times agreed with him and, even though what the Times printed turned out to be false, the subject was dropped on account of the Times' reputation. How can an independent media source David: Well, I think that an important thing to remember is that of the people who voted, which is only half the number of eligible voters; half of them are opposed to Bush and that's a significant number of people. People don't just vanish because Bush is president. There is an enormously receptive audience to critical thinking and criticism and doing what the media is supposed to do. Press: Do you want to talk election shop for a second? Press: A recurring theme of the symposium was "How did we get here?" in reference to the terrible state of affairs our country is in today. I guess the next question would be, "Where do we go from here?"
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gain credibility when the already reputable corporate media says differently and no one questions it? Amy: Just keep doing what you're doing and you gain credibility because people start to see that what you're saying is true. It reflects their experience and people they know and you build your reputation by doing this. Amy nods. Press:Doyou think that the media was a factor in voter 'turnout? Amy: Yes. Absolutely. And if the media really lets people know what's going on and also challenges the politicians, when [people] go out to vote, they'll actually get meaningful alternatives and meaningful choices. Press: Do you think that the election would have turned out differently if the media offered the public a wider variety of viewpoints? Amy: Absolutely. If people weren't duped by, not just by the government, but the media that acts as the messengers of the government, I think that they would have challenged these politicians and they would have demanded honesty and truth. Aunt: It's time to go. Press: I just have two more. Amy: Okay. We're almost done. A un t: Oh, okay. Press: Do you think that Bush's re-election will spur a stronger Democratic candidate in 2008? Amy: I think it will spur a very strong antiwar movement in this country. It will let peopleknow that it's a matter of life and death. Press: ... if they haven't figured it out already. Amy nods. Press: Here's the obligatory, "Do you have a note for aspiring independent journalists?" Amy: Dave? David: You can change the world through what you do. Keep doing it. Press:Thank you very much. Amy and David: Thank you.
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order to pass environmental laws, for instance, is, most of the time, a long and arduous road with a dead end. Most mainstream environmental organizations have had few successes (and many drawbacks) over the Bush presidency, and the millions of dollars that groups like the Sierra Club or National Resource Defense Council raise are going to waste. These groups are on the defensive, funneling money into the legislative process, in order to make sure that Congress doesn't allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or revoke the Clean Air Act. While these well-funded organizations are on the defensive every time Republicans control the country, there are a few grassroots, low-budget, and yet very radiant activist groups that are pushing the confines of activism to a new scale. Groups like Rainforest Action Network are the frontier for environmental activism ii the 21s t Century.
By Matthew Rammelkamp
Ok, so Bush won the election. Get over it. It wasn't surprising. I mean, I don't actually believe that 3.5 million more people voted for Bush than they did Kerry. But I'm sure you all heard about the new electronic voting machines owned by Diebold, going into mostly Democratic-voting precincts. The CEO of this company even said he would do "everything in his power" to get George W. Bush reelected. Heck, he even donated to the Bush reelection campaign and slept over at the White House! The electronic machines have no paper trail and have not been certified to be accurate by an independent commission. The government wants the election rigged; they won't allow independent U.N. election monitors in to observe the election and report on its fairness. If Gore won the popular vote by over 500,000 just four years ago, it's really hard to believe, honestly, that people actually like Bush more now, and voted overwhelmingly like they did. So, the election was rigged. But you knew it would happen, so why be so upset? This is just proof that we can't put all our faith in the political system. for change. Think about all those people who put money into getting Howard Dean elected. Or those average citizens, who care about the environment and humanity, who raised money for Kerry's campaign. Think about all the money wasted on MoveOn.org and other organizations with the sole purpose of kicking George W. Bush out of the White House. They failed! Well, OK, technically, they won. But Diebold and other voting disenfranchisements overpowered the popular vote. In key swing states, these inaccurate electronic voting machines might have changed every one in ten votes from Kerry to Bush (although this was reported even -in Bayshore, Long Island, New York). They are also easily susceptible to hacking, there have been cases of power outages before the machines saved the voting results, and they have proven to have many other malfunctions. In a school board election, Diebold's machines were proven to miscount one in ten votes. The votes went to the opposite candidate, and when the exit poll results didn't match with the election results, the loser asked questions and they found out one in ten people voting ,for her were actually voting against her; the results were overturned, and she now sits on the school board. Of course, Kerry or the corporate media would never ask these questions. "Everything in my power to get George W. Bush elected." Do these words mean nothing to us? Of course Bush would win! Don't be so astonished. Don't mourn-organize! Take all your anger and frustrations, and instead of throwing bottles off a roof or driving really fast, why not get involved in an activist organization that does not rely on the corrupted electoral and political systems to achieve change? Voting can only go so far, and politics is based on compromises. Also, you are putting faith in some rich white guy to stick to his campaign promises, which he will need to balance with other special interests (who paid for his campaign?). Voting, although not unimportant, probably is the smallest amount of democracy you can participate in. DontJustVote.com put it this way, "Elections in this country are the reddest of red herrings. Liberals have been so fixated on them as to forget most other means of applying power; losses in elections have demoralized and disempowered the Left in general." Further, "But it is not voting that gives power to politicians, just as it is not not-voting that could take it away from them; they have power because we place our power in their hands, because we fail to apply it deliberately ourselves." Voting representatives into power, in
Many scientists and environmentalist fear that the next four years are going to bring the world into a global-warming catfstrophe because the president has refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol, and is going to overturn every environmental law on the table. People see the last four years as a wreck of havoc on the environment, courtesy of George Bush* and his appointees to the Environmental Protection Agency. Mapy people simply see no hope. However, in the past four years, with George Bush in the White House, I have seen some of the most emotional and successful environmental victories ever in the history of the world. These successes have been accomplished by grassroots activists with surprisingly low budgets, compared to mainstream groups with millions of members. For instance, the nonprofit Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has won a historic victory in global finance reform. The activists realized that corporations cannot plunder the rainforest, create large oil projects and wipe out endangered species if they don't have the money to do so. After three full years of pressure, Citibank has caved in to their demands. Citigroup, the largest bank in the world, has agreed to no longer fund environmentally destructive practices in any of its branches worldwide. The policies go into effect immediately, and restrict the company from financing any coal projects, phase out oil and -natural gas funding, and create investment funds dedicated to renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar and biomass. The com-
pany will no longer fund illegal logging, and will. shift investments towards independently certified sustainable logging. Citibank will no longer fund projects that adversely effect indigenous peoples, and they have adopted a set of "Equator Principles"-only funding the preservation and light, non-extractive use of forest resources in forest areas of high ecological value. All of the Citibank funding policies are being overseen on a board with environmentalist and even RAN members. The monumental reform of the banking sector has recently been passed onto the world's second largest bank, Bank of America/Fleet, which agreed to exceed Citibank's set of environmental policies on the eve of a day of international action. I doubt the NRDC and the Sierra Club would be able to pass a law forcing these banks to change their funding practices if they put all of their millions of dollars together! Even if a law did pass (with tons of opposition from the entire banking sector-it just wouldn't be possible), it would probably be unenforceable or found unconstitutional in court: However, the RAN set of principles is totally enforceable because RAN members are at Citibank meetings, looking at their corporate files. However,-thepractice of protesting a company and never stopping until they give in cannot be stopped; the first amendment isn't going to be changed anytime soon, and neither is the dedication of people who care about the environment more so than to just vote once every four years for a president other than Bush. After another three year campaign, ending in 2003, RAN has forced Timber Giant Boise Cascade to eliminate paper and wood products from endangered and tropical forests, and to extend the policy to all of its suppliers; the only American forest products company to apply such a policy both domestically and internationally. In 2000, RAN convinced the country's two largest home builders, Centex Homes and Kaufman & Broad, to eliminate their use of wood from endangered forests, phase in certified wood alternatives, and implement wood-use efficiency measures in new home construction. In 1999, after a two year campaign, RAN forced Home Depot to stop selling old growth wood products. Immediately following this, seven of the remaining top ten lumnber retailers agreed to meet or beat Home Depot's plan. Within sixteen months, an estimated 25% of the U.S. lumber market has committed to eliminate wood from endangered old growth forests and to give preference to alternatives. In 1998, RAN and the Clayoqubt Rainforest Coalition forced 30 leading corporations to end their use of old growth wood products. The companics, which include Kinko's, Nike, Starbucks, Hallmark, and Hewlett-Packard, committed to survey their suppliers and to ensure that they are not purchasing products made from old growth. RAN's successes date back to 1988, when they forced Burger King to cancel $35 million worth of Central American rainforest beef contracts. Right now, RAN is not sitting around waiting four years in order to vote Bush out of office. Bypassing the political system altogether, and taking the fuel-efficiency issue straight to the culprit, Ford Motor Company. Ford has the lowest fuel EPA fuel economy ranking for five years running, and hopefully with enough energetic citizens involvement, enough pressure will be exerted that they will be forced to agree to a higher fuel economy; 50 MPG by 2010 and build a zero-emission fleet by 2020. It might be a long campaign that takes a few years, but it's less likely for congress to pass a law mandating a higher fuel efficiency, especially with Bush in the White House. And once one company starts
Steals Election Again Bush -Treatment of Animals. They have helped pass a few laws from time to time, but their major successes come from voluntarily getting companies to agree to their higher standards of animal welfare. Thanks to PETA, the majority of cosmetic companies have voluntarily agreed not to test on animals. On the contrary, laws like the Animal Welfare Act, the infamous piece of animal legislation that exists, barely has any jurisdiction or enforcement. It doesn't protect animals on factory farms at all, due to intense lobbying by factory farm trade groups. Not to be deterred by the inabilities of winning'through the legislative system, PETA has astonishingly forced the world's largest fast-food chains to implement sweeping changes in their animal welfare policies. McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, and even the giant supermarket chain Safeway have all agreed to PETA's list.of recomfnendations to
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to cave, they all will: The domino effect of RAN global finance and old growth campaigns show us that even planned protests and the momentum of past victories can exert huge influence on the business decisions of some of the most powerful corporations in the world. On the contrary, there are few important and effective environmental laws that have been passed quickly; without being tied up in committees, filibustered, debated and voted down several times. In fact, it seems when an administration (like Clinton's) finally gets the chance to pass some good laws, like the U.S. Roadless Rule (a landmark conservation initiative that .puts nearly two-thirds of all national forests off-limits to new roads and commercial logging), the administration's time is up and you have to deal with someone who is going to overturn them, like Bush did. Thus, the inevitability that legislative politics isn't the answer. The Free Burma Coalition (FBC) has had a notable success which is worth mentioning. The Southeast Asian country of Burma is the second poorest country in the world, due to its human rights violations. In the 1990 general election, the results favoring the National League for Democracy (82%) were annulled by the military, and a ruthless dictatorship took over and has ruled since. They have the highest rates of systematic military-rape in the world, and even the U.S. State Department condemns the country as deplorable (why we aren't fighting for a regime change there is a question on my mind). The FBC in 2000 launched a boycott on apparel companies importing or sourcing from Burma. Each company was singled out, protested and boycotted. One by one, every single major U.S. company pulled business operations out of Burma; Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Federated Department Stores, the Gap, etc. As time passed, these large companies saw that the smaller companies were having a competitive advantage by having their apparel made in Burma, where the workers are paid probably the lowest wages in the world. As a result, a trade group representing all the apparel companies was pressured by Nike, Adidas, etc., to get legislation passed banning all apparel made from Burma from being imported into the U.S. The law passed quickly with no opposition, and soon afterwards, President Bush himself even signed a law for complete sanctions on all goods made in Burma, not just apparel. The boycotts and sanctions have hurt the Burmese government's military strength, probably leading to the current cease-fire and negotiations that are now happening. Probably one of the biggest lessons on activism can be learned from your favorite ani-
eliminate some of the most cruel factory farming practices (they are now campaigning KFC to agree to those terms). The reason the spreading of vegetarianism and veganism has been so successful is because people take action themselves, volunteering and educating others, rather than working (or fighting) with the government to try to change laws. Eliminating the U.S. government subsidies on meat and dairy which make those resource-extensive luxury items so cheap is impossible, passing laws to make sweeping factory farm reforms is impossible, and forcing restaurants to have vegetarian items is impossible. However, we see a large range of veggie options and restaurants just for vegans all over, and a significant portion of the population is vegetarian now, and it's not because of, it's despite of, the government's actions. The government and politicians will never care about your issue, whatever it is. Don't waste time with politicians; get out there and take action yourself. Things will actually get done because you care about them. One of the reasons Oxfam and Global Exchange have been so successful with the implementation of fair trade coffee is because they don't go to legislatures, they take on comnoni a, tlh m o!
the Americas Watch campaign has not been successful is because they are fighting against a government military base, and I think those people who "cross the line" and get arrested in Fort Benning, GA every year are going to prison for no reason. I admire their determination and dedication, but for a campaign to be successful, it should not just stir emotions, it should be well thought out. As many of you may be disappointed and angered at realizing that Bush has stolen yet another election, don't cry. It's going to be business as usual for Bush, which means trying to fuck all of us over as much as possible. However we choose to fight back is up to you. I have tried to make an argument against using the political system due to its ineffectiveness. I think you will agree that if we come together and raise our voices against these corporations, we can achieve victories that we would have never dreamed would happen if it was up to Congress and the President, whoever he is. I don't see it being too long in the future until corporations are targeted so habitually and recurrently, that they will use their own money and time to pass laws protecting the environment, human rights and worker rights. Such was the case with the apparel companies lobbying for sanctions on Burma. I think that when enough companies agree to PETA's animal welfare standards, or when enough companies agree to RAN's global finance initiatives, they will use their power and money to cut out the competition, and laws will make these reforms legally the industry standard. These strategies can be applied for all industries, under any issue, as long as you use the right tactics. Don't waste your timite in Washington; the cause you support is probably too important. Rainforest Action Network 221 Pine St., Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94104 USA Tel: 415-398-4404 www.ran.org People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 501 Front St. Norfolk, VA 23510 Tel.: 757-622-PETA www.peta.org Free Burma Coalition P.O. Box 9573 Berkeley, CA 95709 www.freeburmacoalition.org School of the Americas Watch PO Box 4566 Washington DC 20017 202-234-3440 www.soaw.org Oxfam America 26 West Street Boston, MA 02111 800-77-OXFAM www. oxfamamerica.org Global Exchange 2017 Mission Street, #303 San Francisco, CA, 94110 415.255.7296 www.globalexchange.org "Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
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Foreword Before I begin my discussion of independent media and the free market it is critical to distinguish between what I call "free markets" and "corporate fascism." Free markets involve individuals exchanging goods and services voluntarily. No one is forced to support any business that he or she does not want to. Coercion, whether by business or government, is shunned. Businesses succeed and fail on their own merits, with no government intervention or The market is self-regulating: regulation. hucksters and scam artists and fraudulent products and undesirable business practices will be weeded out. A free market is conducive to small business and -a decentralized economic model. Under corporate fascism, government and big business do favors for each other, enriching each other at the expense of the taxpayer and the consumer. Those who are wellconnected can circumvent the law if they grease enough palms. The government sees fit to control all aspect of trade and commerce, and it taxes people to death and then some on order to support its actions and its favored, industries. The state plans the economy more or less depending on the circumstances,,and corporate interests are given priority over public interests. Corporate fascism (or state socialism for the matter) is conducive to big business and centralized economic planning. Introduction Did you know that in the 1800's New York City, as well as most cities, had dozens of competing newspapers, instead of the few we have today? There was literally something for everyone; the diversity was staggering. This was a hallmark of the free market at work. With the growth of government power and regulation "in the public interest" (read: in the corporate interest) came the growth of the corporate media Asking for more government regulation and the propaganda press.. Now, instead of a diverse and democrat- is not the solution to the problem because govic media, we have news networks that dissemi- ernment intervention in the market is what has nate sanitized information, censor dissenting created these problems in the first place. The viewpoints, push a pro-war, pro-corporate, pro- FCC and other regulatory agencies supposedly statist agenda (with a leftist bias or a rightist are run "in the public interest," yet a look at bias depending on which network you tune their actions will show that this is never so. The into), and ignore issues of consequence in favor government, under the guise of "de-regulation," of fluffy stories about Hollywood celebrities. In 'relaxes the rules andoes favors to its political the process, independent media has been supporters and them alone, allowing tycoons to pushed aside and marginalized.. The news has monopolize the airwaves. In a free market with become watered down and polluted by propa- no government intervention whatsoever, these ganda to the point where it no longer informs, tycoons and their ill-gotten conglomerates but dis-informs the citizenry. In short, the could never exist. media is no longer ours. The realities of the free market Government is not the answer! These conglomerates and the tycoons' Some critics suggest that if only the gov- wealth do not exist because they necessarily ernment would place regulations on the media, provided better quality service to their cusproviding for public access television and tomers, and they do not exist because they did radio, funding "public" media projects, limiting better than their competitors. No, government; 'how many stations any one company may own, favoritism is what got these inferior businessforcing media organizations to provide "equal people where they are, not free and fair competime" in order to provide "balanced" coverage, tition. In a free market, businesses must sucthen we could have better quality media. If only ceed and fail on their own merits, but under our the state would use its power to create a safe current system of corporate fascism, governspace for ideas, then there will be a freer mar- ment and big business do favors for each other ' ket of ideas and information outside the influ- in a vicious cycle of statist fellatio. And the ence of commercial networks. But there are two result is that the major networks are beholden to their government benefactors; hence the endproblems with this. First, "public" media is funded by the less stream of propaganda that passes as news. But organizations s.uch as Pacifica Radio government, anid it is ultimately beholden to is common sense that if the state are different. The advent of listener-sponsored government-it gives you a check it can tell you what to do with radio was a breakthrough in communications. it...and it will. Therefore we cannot fully expect Stations built up a loyal base of listeners and such "public" media to be truly free and inde- could operate outside the fickle influence of pendent of the state and its various special interests. The state ultimately owns "public" media-it has the discretion over what is to become of it. At any time, the government could shut down NPR or hand it over to corporate interests. Corruption will eventually spoil the dream. Secondly, at whose expense will these "public" media institutions be created? Is it right to force taxpayers to fund media outlets that they don't agree with? Would it be right to force a right wing Bush supporter to pay money to see Fahrenheit 9/11? Would it be right to force a left-wing MoveOn.org devotee to financially support Fox News? If you answered "no" to both questions, then you can see why "public" media is a red herring and why forcing taxpayers to fund media outlets they don't like is wrong. In a free market, no one is forced to support a business they don't like. Nobody forces you to shop at KFC-if you don't like how their chickens are treated at the slaughterhouse then you don't have to buy their Buffalo wings. So "public"'media is a euphemism for state-controlled media. And it follows logically that in this time of war such "publicly owned" and government-controlled media outlets are the last place we would expect dissenting voices and real information. So how, then, do we achieve a more free market for dissenting viewpoints and relevant information? In this way corporations and governments. these independent stations had the freedom to provide programs and viewpointg absent in the mainstream media. These stations are beholden to their listeners; they are truly "public media." This tradition continues today. For instance, WBAI in New York City reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners in and around the New York metropolitan area, and it provides fresh, inspiring, intelligent programming that you just can't get on the other networks-not even on government-funded "public stations" PBS or NPR, which are ultimately beholden to the government and corporate entities which funds them. The existence of these radio stations, even nonprofit outlets like WBAI, is an example of the free market at work. Without tyrannical agencies such as the FCC, and in the absence of government favoritism in broadcasting, public media could undergo a renaissance. People and communities would have more freedom to create and maintain their own media institutions without the hard heel of the corporate fascist state holding them down. Media outlets such as radio and the press would have to succeed and fail on their own merits; if any-oeoutlet grew to geat prominence and power it would be due to its competitive success, not government favoritism. There would be greater diversity of viewpoints. Individual people would have more freedom and more choices. It would lead to a truly democratic media. The Internet provides us with a great opportunity to educate, entertain, and inform millions of people from all over the world. The existence of the Internet is what has fueled the revolution in independent news websites like Indymedia. It has allowed activists to organize and raise money far mdre easily than in the past. It allows individuals to circumvent the media institutions owned by corporate fascistsanyone can start up a website of their own, advertise it, and spread their message. It is the closest we have ever come to a truly free, unrestricted market for ideas. It is vital that it remain unregulated by government entities hoping to advance the empires and fill the coffers of big business allies, at the expense of the free flow of information and ideas. Is commercialism really evil? Critics of a free market policy will argue that public media should not be "tainted" by commercial interests. But what exactly does this mean? Any economist will tell you that competition is a good thing; it spurs entrepreneurs to constantly strive to provide better service to their customers. Competition among cell phone companies, for example, has brought us to a point where almost everyone owns one; they are cheap and affordable whereas in the recent past they were not. Each year computer technology becomes cheaper and more efficient. Competition creates higher quality goods and services. And this holds true in the media as well. The profit motive could spur commercial media networks to provide better service to customers in order to survive and succeed. In the same way computer or cell phone companies strive to please the consumer, media networks strive to please their entertainment and information-hungry customers-in order to make a profit. Consumers always have the option of boycotting the network if they dislike its coverage. The biggest problem with the corporate media is not necessarily that it is commercialist but that it is beholden to government and its special interests, which necessarily limits
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racy, the powers of the government are, by law, clearly defined and sharply limited." So, by react harshly to November 3r d protests in both limiting the avenues whereby minority views are Philadelphia and Tuscon and may be a viable expressed and increasing the power of governexplanation for these 'isolated' incidents. But it ment to oversee independent organizations, it is might also indicate a deeper problem, the rise of pushing our country farther away from democraauthoritarian-like practices in the U.S. as a cy and closer to an authoritarian state. The viable and legitimate solution to perceived or Patriot Act gives the FBI and CIA extended scope imagined threats. to monitor independent organizations, creating a In Cornel West's Democracy Matters he repressive environment in which free speech is By Marcel Votlucka highlights three dogmas that have interfered jeopardized. Some basic characteristics of authoritarfreedom of the press. However, it is certain- with the continued progress of democracy in the ly true that even in a free market, corporate U.S. and abroad. He states, "The third prevailing ian states, as exemplified through Nazi Germany, sponsorship of media networks means that dogma in this historic moment is escalating Soviet Russia, or Maoist China, include concenauthoritarianism. This dogma is rooted in our trated control in a central party, glorification of these sponsors and not consumers have a larger role in controlling what we watch and what understandable paranoia toward potential ter- the state, the use of propaganda to coerce the information is put out. While the profit rorists, our traditional fear of too many liber- population, and focus on symbols (instead of motive can be a very positive force, it has its ties, and our deep distrust of one another." He reality) to rally populations behind an official drawbacks. Thus, non-profit, non-corporate, cites the Patriot Act as a prime example of state vision. The last election has placed the The Act, passed majority of political, economic, judicial, and milgrassroots, independent media does the best increasing authoritarianism. under the pretence of securing America domes- itary power in the hands of the Republican Party, and surest job of preserving the integrity of tically against further terrorists attacks, also with the implications of pushing through a neojournalism as a public service. Non-profit, grassroots media outlets chips away at personal liberties and targets left- conservative agenda, including the possible Under Section 802 of the USA overturning of Roe v. Wade, the passage of a such as Indymedia or Pacifica Radio provides ist activists. hard-hitting journalism and quality pro- PATRIOT Act, a person commits the crime of national amendment to ban gay marriage, and the gramming largely outside the profit motive. domestic terrorism if within the U.S. they engage partial privatization of many social services. Yet even Pacifica Radio survives on the basis in activity that involves acts dangerous to human The conservative Republican agenda may not be of listener donations-i.e. money. And unless life, that violate the laws of the United States or news to anyone, but the way in which the Bush you are fortunate enough to be granted free any State, and appear to be intended: (i) to intim- Administration is executing it is. The justificawebspace or own your own servers, you have idate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to tions for war were based on lies that were acceptto pay an Internet service provider to host influence the policy of a government by intimi- ed and publicized by the mainstream media. your hard-hitting journalistic website on its dation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of Any dissenter was considered antipatriotic. On top of a frightening domestic agenda, servers. So even "non-profit" media outlets a government by mass destruction, assassination are not totally free from the profit motive and or kidnapping. Unclear at best, this section of our occupation and involvement abroad in issues of money as a function of funding their the Patriot Act is ambiguous and allows room for Afghanistan, Iraq; and the Middle East reeks of loose interpretation. Could organizing a protest an imperialistic mentality. His proposed War on basic operations. Unfortunately for idealists, in this be perceived as an intention to coerce a civilian Terror has no clearly defined boarders or enemy. world "money talks and bullshit walks." population? Could aggressive lobbying be con- It has been used to justify a pre-emptive war and There are limitations to the profit motive as a sidered coercive intimidation intended to influ- the violation of the Geneva Conventions. Any function of the free market and itis important ence government policy? It certainly would not other leader pursuing a similar war path would Yet, to acknowledge them. But turning to "Big be a far stretch to imagine how the Act's ambigu- probably be prosecuted for war crimes. Brother" is not the answer to these problems. ity could be used to hinder legitimate acts of dis- through lies, propaganda, and coercion he has Overall, the dynaiiic of free market forces sent and target peaceful activists. The wording kept the majority of the country rallied behind and the end of corporate fascism mean that we has the underpinnings of an authoritarian state: this destructive agenda. . .One page of a U.S. government website In an article entitled "Factors of as consumers of media would have greater power and freedom, and more diverse: choices (usinfo.state.gov) explores the question, "What is Personality and Their Correlation to Persuasion' a Demcracacy?" Iresponse the site states, "All by Chia Chaing, she describes the characteristics ... thani we do now. democracies are systems in which citizens freely of an authoritarian: personality. She writes Conclusion: Free markets equal a free make political decisions by majority rule. But "'People possessing authoritarian personalities rule by the majority is not necessarily democrat- tend to adhere rigidly to conventional values, to . . m ed ia ic: No one would call a system fair or just that obey proponents of these values, and to exhibit The free market is our greatest tool for permitted 51 percent of the population to overly negative views of mankind. They tend to allowing a more diverse, free, and democratic oppress the remaining 49 percent in the name of be highly reliant on the moral authority of their media. Instead of clamoring for government to the majority." So, basically, in the post-election own reference groups, to make absolute judgenvironment, just because Bush won by a small ments regarding the values they hold, and to see set up a freer public media, we ought to clamoring for government and its big business ter- majority does not immediately indicate that we the world in black and white. .. They are not easiJust because he's earned ly swayed by messages that seem to contradict riers to get out of the way. Only by abolish- have a democracy. ing the FCC and related entities, and forcing 'political capital' does not mean he can spend it either their beliefs or the authorities they rely networks and outlets to succeed and fail on at the expense of the remaining 'minority.' One on, even if the messages are rational and logical." their own, without any help from the state, election every four years is not enough to prove a Bush exemplifies all the characteristics of an will the media remain free and independent. country is democratic, especially if there are authoritarian leader, including his rigid adherOnly then will people have the freedom and incidents of fraud. It doesn't give the majority ence to conservative values, his reliance on the power to speak truth to power. By work- overwhelming support to do as they wish to the Cheney, Rove, and others in his tightly knit circle for all moral direction. Also, his interpretaing toward a free market, we will be pulling other 49% of the population. The site continues explaining, tion of international relations as black and the rug out from under the corporate fascists that so desperately need state favoritism in "Thousands of private organizations operate in a white, 'you're either for us or against us' and the order to gain control over the media. By democratic society...Many of them serve a medi- fact that he has completely discredited any critrelinquishing power Over the airwaves and ating role between individuals and the complex icisms of the war, whether they are coming from the presses and the Internet and letting indi- social and governmental institutions of which concerned citizens, soldiers, or members of the viduals and communities in the free market they are a part, filling roles not given to the gov- CIA. ernment and offering individuals opportunities It's not just another four years of Bush create media outlets for themselves, the govto exercise their rights and responsibilities as that is scary. It is the fact that 'the majority' has ernment will do more for the "public interTherefore private backed a President that adheres to practices that est" then it does now with tyrannical entities citizens of a democracy." organizations, separate from the government, are closer to authoritarian than democratic. I like the FCC, which seems to care more about operate and give minority views an avenue for have hope (and proof) that the entire country is exposed breasts than protecting free speech. In short, a free market equals a free expression. Organizations like A.N.S.W.E.R. or not complacent to what is happening here and the NAACP or the ACLU, etc, act independently, abroad. I think many realize how dire the curmedia. through legitimate channels to espouse minority rent political situation is. I also hope this pop(sometimes majority) opinions.. ulation is willing to fight for furthering democThe site later concludes, "In an authori- racy and uttimately rejecting authoritarianism. tarian society, virtually all such organizations would be controlled, licensed, watched, or otherwise accountable to the government. In a democ-
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and Iraq. He barely campaigned in red states, considering them a lost cause. What would have happened if he really tried to show them how our vision of the world is better? Who knows? All I know is. that we didn't try. Not at all. This is why the "swing states" were in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey. These are Northern states where Republicans went and campaigned and tried their hardest to convince that their version of America was better. We didn't go to Georgia or Texas or anywhere else; we just gave up, as many want to give up now. How about we stop sending spineless people like Gephardt, Daschle, Biden and Pelosi to Congress? I understand that these people are elected by their local constituencies, but it personally angers me that these people, who refuse to stand up for the America Democrats want to have, are chosen time and time again as the leaders of the liberal agenda. And now who are the Democrats thinking about in 2008? Hilary Rodham Clinton, who never met a microphone she didn't like, or a position she couldn't fudge on. I apologize if I'm going off on a tangent here; this has been a pet peeve of mine for quite some time. Let's face it, folks. This election was runhalf-heartedly on so many levels. John Kerry campaigned only in blue and battleground states, taking half of America for granted, ran on a policy of "I'm not Bush," thought the youth vote would come out to support him in record numbers (which, if you look at exit polling,. didn't happen at all) and preyed on the unspoken belief among liberals that Bush as an imbecile and would reveal himself as such at some opportune moment before the election in such a way that even the most arch conservative folks would jump up and say, "Wow, I was an idiot for being homophobic, anti-abortion and anti-gun control." Instead, they started behind, against a President that, at best - AT BEST - lost millions of jobs (whether it's 1.7 or 1.2 million is irrelevant), had serious issues raised about the President's handling of Iraq, turned the US into a global pariah, all without us being that much safer here at home. AT BEST! Even with all that, ,Kerry almost won. Now think about how we would have done if we, as a group of people who have a vision of America, actually attempted to bring our message to all Americans instead of sitting on our heels and taking a group of votes for granted. Think about it. -Then tell me, are you ready to give up just yet?
Last Election Day, people got a snapshot of the United States of America. What they saw startled many, especially those who didn't vote for incumbent President George W. Bush. Although many rely on the "lies, damn lies and statistics" mantra, I do believe that in this case, the numbers do indeed tell the story. -A CNN exit polls showed that the most important issue people voted on was not terrorism or Iraq. It was not even the economy. It was moral values. -Out of those people, 80% of them voted for George W. Bush. -A poll mentioned on Air America Radio stated that 60 percent of the people they polled didn't care who the President was, as long as that person shared their moral values. -In every state where initiatives to ban gay marriage were considered, the measures passed. In Mississippi, it passed with 96% of the vote. Put a different way, only one out of ten Mississippians believe in gay rights. There is only one- ONE - lesson to be learned from the 2004 election. And that is that there is a cultural war brewing within America. A war between those who are for gay rights, women's rights, gun control, and affirmative action, and those who are against it. A war between those who believe that stem cell research can save lives and those who (foolishly) believe it is the destruction of life. A war between those who understand the separation of church and state and those who believe there should be no such separation. In fact, you can see the battle lines. Just look at a map of red and blue states. Or look at the amount of satirical talk about secessionism and the like, or calling the South "Jesusland." It's funny, but it's partially based in truth, as satire is. More telling, there are few outcries against this type of thinking. No one thinks it's wrong to argue such things because, well, there is truth in it. People are starting to believe that Mississippians and us New Yorkers may be united on things like health care, the economy, or a host of things, but the Mississippian will vote differently than we will because the Mississippian will vote for a candidate who will hang up the Ten Commandments on their wall. So where does that leave us? Well, that question begs another question: Can you honestly say that the Democratic Party made their best efforts to convince people in the red states that their candidate. was best? Can you say they made the best
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Folks, secessionism is surrender. It's us saying, "they don't understand why we're right, so we're going to just up and leave." Are we really going to be quitters? Are we really going to give up the fight against homophobia? Against the right to choose? Against stem cell research? Against the idea that guns are weapons of destruction? Are we really going to run away, tail between our legs? How about we stand and fight? How about we put our foot down and say, "No, dammit, this is what the world should be!" and then doing our damndest to make America that way? How about we really do it right? How about we pick a platform and then a candidate who shares our views and is not willing to acquiesce to attempt to gain more voters? John Kerry completely capitulated on gay rights
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So, you've reelected, statistically, our worst commander-in-chief ever. Well, congratulations! I purposefully use 'you' as a relative term which includes neither myself nor the majority of people reading this. And the latter is true for more than one reason: A) thankfully, I am writing from Democratic New York; and B) due to lesser intelligence, fewer Republicans will read this, or any other article. And, as frightening as it is, that is indeed a fact: this past election day, each state voting for the Democratic candidate, John Kerry, had a higher mean IQ score. Coincidence? I think not. I must admit that from the start I was not overly interested in the election because I do not allow the ignorant views of politicians to directly affect my life. Instead, I find it quite beneficial to live my life "under the radar". It still surprises me how easy it is to do this considering our supposedly fool-proof national security. For the record, though, I did my part and voted. Nevertheless, it was a statement made by some Republican official in the early hours of the day following the election, once Bush's victory was beginning to be clear, that struck a nerve. We were publicly informed that, once their control of each branch of government was complete in January, the Republican initiatives would begin to be put into effect. And at the top of this list were getting the okay to drill for oil in our Alaskan wildlife preserve and the banning of gay marriages. Holy fuck! I could only hope, deep down inside, that many people had a problem with this, and that the rest, had they understood the facts, would have as well. So let's start with oil, our precious commodity. The reason we've waged an unnecessary war and, in turn, adversely affected a great deal of lives, whether it be the countless, innocent middle-eastern people, the thousands and thousands of soldiers and their families or simply anyone with a conscience. Why would we do that, you ask? Well, aside from the obvious purely economic advantages, it is a well-known,
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some information to truly comprehend or hold a position,on; this is the case with many issues. That said, I have a serious proposition: a voting eligibility exam. It would not require much intelligence to pass and retain your right to cast a ballot, and you may hold any political views. All it would ask of voters is to do no more than about a half hour of research every four years, and then prove some level of familiarity with the current political issues. Then maybe our country would,no longer find it justified and necessary to rewrite our over two-hundred year old constitution to disallow homosexuals the ability to wed or to remove every woman's right to an abortion. Except for, probably, all those pesky conservative Christians. I am sure there are many Christians out there with a true sense of modern morality who believe in unwavering equality, regardless of sexual preference, and I salute you. But for those without, for those who see no contradiction in taking away the rights of a person who is attracted to a member of the same sex and appointing rights to an organism who does not yet have the ability to feel pain or, medically speaking, anything else, for that matter, whilst stripping its mother of a feasible and sometimes necessary choice, I can only hope something happens to give you a new point of view; something drastic. Oh, I don't know, like a homosexual son. Or, maybe, a sexually assaulted, underage daughter who's been unwillingly impregnated. Do you think then they'd want their daughter to have options? So, as I'm sure a good amount of the country would merely dismiss all of this, hopefully evolution takes its course. However, I am proud to know that many people agree with me on at least some level, and to them I share empathy and appreciation. And to everybody who reads this, to avoid giving the wrong impression, I wish to inform you that I am only this arrogant when I know I'm right. Lastly, pertaining to the imminent civil war in our country, I only hope intelligence will prevail when it truly counts.
scientifically extrapolated fact that in twentysome-odd years the entire world will have utilized its Supply of oil. And that means it's gone forever. Better stock up while we can, right? It wouldn't make sense to allocate some money towards researching alternative forms of energy, since, in about two short decades, our country's greatest source of energy will be obsolete.
We need that money for more important things, like funding anti-homosexual or anti-abortion campaigns. At this time I ask for the latter three sentences to be taken as more than a little sarcastic. Anyway, back to the point: the Republicans wish to drill in, and inevitably destroy, one of the world's grandest and most delicate wildlife preserves. This project would take years, and the results would produce, at current consumption rates, which is increasing every day, no more than a few months of oil. The latter issue', admittedly, requires
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While playing Killing Joke's "Another Bloody Election" driving to the polling place, I arrived at the local firehouse around 9:30 AM getting ready to cast my vote on Election Day, 2004. Very anxiously I wait to be signed up and next thing I know I am introduced to the voting machine. I pushed the big red handle to my right direction and I saw before me a wall of switches. I took all the time in the world to look at all the candidates and the proposals in question. I switched on for Presidential Candidate John F. Kerry (along with Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards) and also switched on for Charles Schumer. I also switched on for New York State Senate Candidate Jimmy Dahroug, a friend of mine who I went to high-school and hung-out in circles with who left me totally mystified when I opened the paper to see that he was runningTor district office. I was wondering where he was in the last couple of years... It didn't matter if they were all Democratic votes. I saw them as individualsthat I saw were very informed choices and I felt that they could fit the job description well. As I lifted' the window out of curiosity and slide it back down I tried to vote for Kerry but the switch didn't give. "I'm fucked", I thought. I tried forcing the lever down as hard as I can and I totally flipped out and panicked because it just didn't give. Republican conspiracy! I knew it! Fortunately the golden-age ladies who ran the show informed me that I could write in my vote, though it felt funny that the pencil had an eraserattached to its butt end. After all, it was my very first time voting. As soon as I cast all the votes I wanted I pulled the red lever backwards with a great big "YEAH!" and head back home. Past the rides from Huntington to Stony Brook, my girlfriend Jenny and I sit down and talk politics as usual over lunchtime. She'd always tell me that she fell in love with Presidential hopeful John Kerry because he was someone new, different. He was a sturdy, upright, and hearty man in which she believed in because she was very upset and angry of the way Bush had handled his affairs and the direction of this country. She did think that Kerry had a lot of promises: promise to slow down the war of Iraq to a halt, put an early end to the war, and had no intention of a draft. He also offered to slow down the outsourcing, and even went to say to raise the minimum wage. He was the one to race against President Bush. What a race it would be. A race that had the American people on the edge of their seats, counting closely to their heartbeats and revving up their'frustration and outcries. Never has there been a searing hatred and apathy for both sides, the liberals and conservatives. Democrats and republicans. And no one had any idea that it would be this close. After months of fear, indifference, division, and Lady Uncertainty, the American people would finally see who would reside in the White House. That day in Stony Brook, it started out bright in the morning, then fleeting into the afternoon it started to become overcast. The weather here in our lives that day couldn't be as less than the perfect setting to an event in American history like this. Later that night me and Jenny had a class with Professor Prusslin. Our topic for that week was Media and Politics. In between class we both raced downstairs in the Douglass building to switch on the bigscreen TV to see that Bush was leading Kerry
87-77 in electoral votes. In a matter of two minutes the figures shot up 112-77, and in a matter of another hour Bush's votes raced itself over Kerry's 177-112. For the both of us Kerry voters, things weren't looking, or feeling, good. In the end, she was worried on the ride back home, hoping that somehow Kerry would finally spring ahead. It never happened. November 3, 2004. That morning I saw that the one who would win Ohio would win the entire election: it looked like Bush was winning in individual votes over Kerry in Ohio, and it looked like Bush was in reach to win it. Jenny on the other hand wasn't excited. Instead, she felt hopeless, sad, and border-lining on internal outrage. On the way to class Wednesday morning she said a lot of how she was very let down, worried and disappointed on how the election and the direction of this country would turn out. She had a lot of coinplaining to do and she did exactly that, because it was her God-given right to do so. Later on that say I stopped by at the Press offices and the mood was chill. That all changed to disappointment again when we all found out that Kerry was going to wave the white flag and give his concession speech. Then came Bush's victory speech. It was declared that Bush was the winner. The curtain falls, the election was over. Not yet was our day over, as we both came home wondering what happened. I was meaning to say something about the presidency and the election all along, to give myself some space provided by the good Press and give out some random thoughts, which I am about to give. Because I can't do it any better than this. I have never felt so hopeless and so sick to my stomach with any presidency before. No, I'm not saying this just because the punk community said so. In fact, it's coming from half of the entire country. For those who've seen the donkey, elephant, and bicycle race of 2004, it was so close. Never have I felt a country and people so divided and split on a presidency, before. I didn't vote? the. last time around because at the time I wasn't involved in politics, rather just shouting out slogans because the magazines told me so. Obviously I saw that in the last election it wasn't about the people, it was more about the lawyers and judges. It didn't matter that more people voted for Al Gore, instead we ended up getting a president we never voted for in the first place and it's all thanks to George W. Bush's brother Jeb Bush, Kathleen Harris, and the Supreme Court. And look where we're at. Bush started off his presidency playing a lot of golf and doing a lot of relaxing in the better part of the first six months. What a way to celebrate after forever tarnishing a democracy. He declared the first time around that he would try his best to bring Democrats and Republicans to work together to a bi-partisan relationship. Instead, what we see are two sides at each other's necks. And then we didn't hear from Bush that 'much up until the fateful 9/11, which should have never happened if only Bush had taken seriously the advance memos and warnings handed to him a month prior to the attacks. Taking himself seriously, he thinks to himself minutes on end in a classroom if what was whispered into his ear was true. Ever since he has been playing some serious "catch up" making up
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to his mistakes. Despite dropping the ball and ignoring the prior memos of a possible attack on 9/11, Bush has decided to play the "good boy" and tried to compensate by going all out to fight terrorism and doing what needs to be done, in which a good amount of this country sees him as a hero and a savior. And then there was the attack of our civil liberties, thanks to the introduction of John Ashcroft's Patriot Act which out of nowhere was introduced with very little notice, jeopardizing freedom of speech, privacy, and giving authorities new and improved powers, access, and the slowing down to a right of protest. This mention of the Act wouldn't be complete without the words "broad" and "sweeping" for the sake of doing so. So something that happened to us on 9/11 wasn't our fault and we lost so many lives that shouldn't, so the reasonable thing is to take away some of our civil liberties and freedoms while we fight for the liberties of another country (not that I don't want to see a free Iraq). IMakes alot of sense to me, for sure! What. was really laugh-out-loud funny was the introduction of the Terror Alert System, which was a 24-hour hoax to keep people in fear and in check so that they would think that Bush would save them a second time around. Fear people into thinking that Bush would be our hero, saint, and savior. And to vote for him too. Freedom of speech was never before in jeopardy. The FCC eased regulations so that there would be more ownership and control amongst major media moguls who already had a big share and control over the media before. This resulted in fewer people owning more and more outlets dictating and controlling to a craft what we heard and saw on TV. The media also panicked like salon queens after the Janet Jackson/Super Bowl Halftime "wardrobe malfunction" that they started to poorly try and clean up what was deemed filthy and dirty on the airwaves. Never mind the other 99 percent who have broken this rule... "Howard Stern is really destroying society, let's go after him!" And it wasn't just Howard Stern, it was also a select few who spoke against Bush and his policies and presidency, pointlessly derailing some careers because they chose to speak out, because this is America after all. Never question a man's presidency or his ego, I guess. (I had some very important information on this paragraph, but what you didn't know before was that it was taken out by the Republicans due to another one of their Republican conspiracies. And no, you didn't hear about this, either!) This is a country that half of it voted for Bush, just enough for him to represent the whole country. But before, he has usually ruled upon his beliefs and not with an unbiased opinion, so he thinks and chooses for us. What makes a difference, then? So much for freedom of speech let alone freedom of free thinking! So he thinks that people should be ignorant of opposing ideas and shun them to be part of his little club...me thinks I should? He thinks a marriage ban of gays and lesbians should be passed because he can't stand the presence of gays...so me thinks I should say "right on!"? He thinks he's a great leader for our country despite leaving such a mess. Methinks he's an absolute moron. Self-appointed officials, connections, easy access. It no longer matters that hard work and determination will get you a job. It's whether you agree with Bush and if you're on his good side that now matters. Think like him
and wishes are granted. What was more hilarious than an episode of Full House (yes, I was sarcastic) was Fox News, the overly conservative journalist carnival act who declares itself "fair and balanced" yet was more lopsided than a drunken and hazed Courtney Love in court, who with other news outlets ran that color-coded scheme. Earlier this year, we heard Bush declare his statements against the gay and lesbian community, saying that he would have approved of an amendment to ban all gay marriages because it ruins the sanctions of marriage between a man and woman. Gays and lesbians don't ruin the union of marriage: has Bush ever heard of the idea that maybe cheating i sruining marriage as we know it? In fact, by his mixing of church and state he has himself attempted to impose his religious views on the people as if to deprive the rights of gays and lesbians. I know of and have met people who are gay or lesbian, and I may even have someone in my family who may be. Why wouldn't I want to see them happy in their lives? How does depriving their certain rights to live just normal straight people do anything? Because it's really heartbreaking to see that those with a different sexual preference suffer through life not doing things that millions of other people'do. Outsourcing was another hot-button topic. What a great idea: take away several thousand jobs and give them to other countries sothat a select few CEOs can save money and make more profit. Or, it's not that I want people around the world to not work and be unable to provide for themselves and their families to feed themselves, however the transfer of materials to make a better infrastructure for other countries and to have people help learn others to build it is something more suggested. Hardly any funding for HIV/AIDS patients: that is nowhere near important as, funding for more of our weapons! And what about protecting our environment? Bush has also let his hands slip of the Gun Control Bill. Well, he is from Texas, after all! And he has also drilled the deficit/debt even deeper to the point that we, and even our children from the next generations, will pay for it. I'm going to have to start planning to spend my money so that I may never have to eat healthy, buy a big house, save in a bank, or even enjoy myself or with my family ever again. As if I'm struggling enough. While bombing Afghanistan and playing hide-and-go-seek with bin Laden, why not take over Iraq while they're at it? If you can't finish one thing, start another! The administration (including Colin Powell) had set up the big dogand-pony expo to show us that Iraq did have weapons of mass destruction which to them was a small enough of an excuse to go ahead with taking over Iraq. Speaking of which... The war in Iraq obviously isn't going too well. So many of our soldiers and innocent Iraqi civilians dying to me is just downright uncalled for. Yes, Saddam Hussein was a threat to his own people, and the Iraqi people really needed a change so that he had needed to be ousted. Now it's more than what they bargained for. The way this war is being handled was and still is a disaster as it is rivaling Vietnam. And really, no weapons of mass destruction were found, so what are we really doing there? But soldiers are needlessly there to protect other interests, so it seems but I could be wrong or naive. Are some people even saying that the war is all about personal greed? Then may I suggest that the soldiers get a cut of the money, and
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maybe also the Iraqi and American families who have lost their loved ones in the midst of fighting? Bad idea. I highly doubt anyone would accept dirty money, let alone be shut up by it. Now we head to the Republican National Convention, which was a sight to see. Ignorance was bliss. It disappointed me to see how so many citizens and people had the burning questions that millions needed to know, yet what was the. answer if they even got one? "Four more years! Four more years!" Either that or we can shut those up who just don' disagree with one man' actions. The media score more points by showin; protestors being defeated beaten, arrested, and takel away. Conservatives love ti see that. So, again, thl return of McCarthyism wa ever-growing and th demonizing of protestor who were deemed terrorist because of what they spok out for and that what thei do was so "un American"...let's not forge about France who at lea did have a kinder, more re sonable heart only for T idiots to just say "shut uj to. Once again, Rall Nader had to run fc President. As if he didn get it the first time aroun and again was and is still to blame by some for robbing some of Kerry's votes. I understand that people do need to eject Bush out of office, you're not going to do it by voting for a candidate that just won't win. I was hoping for Kerry to hold out until the last recountland maybe we would hopefully see a brand new President that would bring us change and a ray of sunshine to a stifled and suffocated country. Instead, he waved the white flag. So much for fighting for the last vote, John Edwards says. All that gasping for air, waiting for months to vote, for nothing. All the bloodrush to vote so that what happened four years ago would never happen again. This time around the results were damn close. The number of youth voters was the same as last year, and more voters came out than any other election on record, though I don't feel that 115,000,000 voters were a record. Already there's talk of Hillary Clinton running for the 2008 Election in response toBush's eight years of office and to win back power to the Democrats for the sake of the Republican half taking over. Others say that Rudolph Giuliani will try and run the race. Some will go far as to make the presidency a Bush Franchise. Maybe two terms for Jeb Bush and two terms for each Bush daughter. "24 more years! 24 more years!" Despite so much support from the musicians, artists, and celebrities to rally to vote and to rally against Bush like never before, Kerry's supporters had lost in the worst possible way. So close it's a kick in the teeth. In fact, if it were up to me, I'd rather save the win for Kerry than the Boston Red Sox. You can only have one Boston, Massachusetts victory at a time -and I'd rather have seen the Sox defeated, not Kerry. No voting difficulties this election. No
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debates of hanging chads, mismarking, recounts, absentee or re-appearing ballots, though people were challenged for their vote based on their prior convictions and in some extreme cases their racial background. The darlings of the election were the electronic voting machines. Despite fearing a possible hack or manipulation, not much was being reported against them let alone doing something about them just in case. In fact, a paper trail wasn't required for the election. Makes sense because maybe it would've been easier than crossing out votes with a black marker. And at times I feel that we are so hypnotized sitting in front of the TV or hiding our faces behind the newspapers hat we don't ever having the ieed to feel to do anything ibout anything anymore. We're ow a people that just sits here, numb. No anger, no voice, o action. We just gave up acause now most of us feel we in't do anything about anything yymore. And now that President sh will be our President for Snext four years, Americans 11 be crossing their fingers er counting them since the st four. It doesn't matter if gas ces are going up, people are ing their jobs or their lives, or t our rights are beiiig discardit's all about that 1 percent. It didn't matter that Kerry held up and edged Bush in all three debates, how Bush had constantly lied to us, went against public opinion and sometimes flat-out ignored us, it's "moral" causes that really mattered. That gays and lesbians shouldn't be married and have rights like everyone else, but soldiers dying for grejed isn't such a big deal. That people in the South and the Midwest were just enough to make a difference. So when we're on every countries shit list and we're being pushed towards the end of the world, would it really matter? Bush has now realized that both sides of the coin have really been divided on the issues. "United we stand, divided we fall," as we say. He now wants to reach out to the Democrats. Good luck. As if they didn't try to reach out to him before. And so the story goes. On a final note, I'm not a Democrat. I'm not even an independent. I consider myself an individual. And people of all walks of life and political backgrounds have enough reasons to dislike Bush. Though The Press welcomes any and all viewpoints regardless of origin, it should also be clear that the Press does not ever tell people how to think, mainly it is an outlet for people to become who they want and say what they want, no matter if they take one side or even become fair-and-balanced. I admit, I'm not happy and I like millions of others dissatisfied citizens out there tried to make the difference. All I wish for is that maybe, maybe we can get through this turmoil and all of us and everyone overseas can get on with our lives and see a positive finish (in both contexts) to all of this. So here goes the end of this article: "God bless America."
Loss i Young Soldiers
By Laura Positano
killed in both the Vietnam and second Iraq wars. Ever wonder why we can vote at eighteen? The protests of eighteen year olds who lost brothers, cousins, and boyfriends, as well as that of "draft dodgers," that "if we are old enough to fight in a war, we are old enough to vote," is what enabled this to happen. Today's generation's casualties of war have inspired MTV specials such as Gideon Yago's Diary, where he interviews young soldiers and shows the humanity behind the headlines. Young men and women who joined for various reasons and come from diverse backgrounds are united, it seems, in their will to live, to beat the enemy, to make their family proud. The targets of the Vietnam and the current war used guerilla tactics (dressing up as civilians, for example). After getting accustomed to an enemy in civilian clothes, today's soldier will, unfortunately, suffer the long term traumatic effects of these tactics, akin to the Vietnam veterans who struggle with high alcoholism rates. The Vietnam wall, all stoic and cold, is a physical symbol for the Vietnam era. It represents an era ambivalent about its veterans, it also represents an era of many people not caring about the individual views of veterans, veterans who lost naivet6 and became pacifists after seeing good friends blown up in front of them. Today's equivalent to the Vietnam Wall is the memorials found in cable news. On MSNBC and the like, a wall of photographs is displayed recognizing brave troops overseas. CNN used to have segments in honor of recent casualties on a daily basis. Yet maybe CNN stopped because after seeing so many vibrant, smiling memories onscreen everyone knew were gone, the pain was too much. Or maybe people began seeing that war is not a John Wayne film. As wonderful as those films may be, we all have to accept that war is not glamorous and that lives that once could have cured diseases or mend international relations are lost forever.
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A New York Timesphoto spread featured a young soldier, M-16 in hand, standing guard over the body bags of his comrades. Comrades who perhaps a day earlier were reminiscing about home and singing the latest songs on army radio in their bunker. Underneath the poignant photograph of the casualties is a protest sign, raging on about the United States' place in the country of war. If there were not a photograph of men burning draft cards, one would think this dates from 2003 or 2004. In actuality, this photo spread is from May 16, 1967, the day before my cousin Michael was killed. Iraq is similar to Vietnam in that it may be incapable of being finished any time soon, or at least not how we want it to end. My cousin died outside of Pleiku, formerly called South Vietnam. Pleiku is depicted on a nmap in the paper that day as near an area where "American helicopters ran into heavy fire." Michael was only nineteen when he perished, on his second tour of duty as a member of the fourth-infantry division. He was a radio operator; not something normally viewed as in the line of fire. So he went, a young man full of intelligence, patriotism, and an eagerness to make an impact in the world. The summer before returning to Vietnam, family members had an ominous feeling that was great enough to warn him not to sign up again. When one is young, it is hard to listen to those who have more wisdom than we want to admit. We want to make a change in the world now, we want to belong to something bigger than ourselves. All of these motivations led Michael not to heed the warnings of relatives who experienced World War II, knowing about the mess that war is. Ironically, he was untouched in his first tour, according to relatives who knew him, but upon his second he was in a hostile situation with the enemy. How cruel war can be, regardless of the, justifications given by an incumbent president. Vietnam was similar to this war in many among which is having military respects, planes over a country's airspace that we are not embattled with. A May 16, 1967 article reports a dispute between China and America due to the "crash of a United States Air Force fighter bomber onto Chinese soil." The North Vietnamese "shot the fighter bomber, leading it to fragment over China, where the Peking [government] displayed alleged fragments carried by American planes."
In the ongoing Iraqi war, Turkey refused to grant the United States the airspace en route to Iraq, citing sovereignty. Let's realize the reality here: both China and Turkey were expressing a wish for steadfast independence of national interest from the most powerful country of the West. Vietnam was a war of unsuspecting captives, such as my cousin, who were not in positions on the frontline. Reuters reported on May 15, 1967 that "ten United States aircraft were shot down, resulting in the capture of many pilots in Hanoi." In the current war, media stories abounded with the news of captured cooks and supply officers, most recognizably Jessica Lynch. Many people in their twenties and late teens were
Ask Arnold Anythiing
By Lord Arnold of Austria
Governor Shwarzenegger in no way contributed to or endorsed this article Thank God. Dear Arnold: No matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to make any friends. I'm in the sixth grade, and it seems like everyone else has a million friends except for me. Maybe I am a loser, just like everyone says. Friendless in Long Island Dear Friendless: Stop whining! You ah acting like such a girly man. You need some discipline! You cannoh run around acting like sissy because you hav/e no friends. Take it from mee. I've got arms df steeeel. You need to pump up, girly man. Dear Arnold: Dear Boiling: You must releease your frustrations. Alaska is cold, like Mr. Freeze cold. You must say to those assholes you meet, "I am Freeze! Hear the chilling sound of your doom!" Be ahssehtive, little man. Dear Arnold: My best friend sold me a guitar tuner for thirty dollars. I get the feeling that he ripped me off. I mean, it doesn't even work at all. It actually looks more like an old pager. Should I confront my friend? What if I'm wrong? What if it's a new kind of tuner, and all I'd be doing is making a fool of myself? Should I put it off for a while? I live in a cold place. Everyone is so boring. Sometimes I just want to kill them. What should I do? Boiling in Alaska Hesitant in Florida Dear Hesitant: You need some courage. First of all, IT'S NOT A TUNER! You hah been played the big hand, my mai man. You must tehhhminate his ass. You must grab him by his little throat and be like: "You are terminated, little man with my hand around your throat." If that doesn't work, kill yourself. You need to die. Later man. Email Arnold
SA Commentary Advocating the Dissolution of the Student GovemmrGoldman ant SBy Sam
First off, a disclaimer: Having finally I have realized that the Undergraduate found work, I have not been able to go to any student Government, as it is built, is essentialmeetings of the Undergraduate Student ly flawed. Its Constitution was built by the Government Senate. Everything I know about Administration, in closed door meetings, to crewhat has been going on, I have gleamed from ate nothing more than an administrative agency speaking to USG Senators and reading postings designed to dole out the Student Activity Fee, from both sides on StonyBrookSucks.com and they have succeeded beyond all hopes. However, in discussions with other Undergraduate Student Government's basic, Press members, one word comes to mind again overriding concern is...the Undergraduate and again and again: Circus. Student Government. It's almost as if USG is So, instead of focusing on the intricacies involved in a yearlong budget process for the of this particular school year in our student following year. The way USG is currently strucgovernment, I want everyone to step back and tured, and with Administration knee-deep in look at things from a "big picture" perspective. everything they do, they have no time to do the The National Council for the Social things a student government is supposed to do, Studies proclaims the following: "As one of the and so they go undone. most important purposes of education is to prepare young people to become active and informed citizens of the communities in which they live, it is essential that students be given meaningful opportunities to participate in the governance of the school community ... Effective student governments serve a number of important purposes in our schools. They are laboratories in which students can learn and practice essential citizenship skills, respect for human dignity, and the value of the democratic process. They provide students with effective forums for advocating new ideas and initiating school improvements. Effective student governments also provide a platform for the orderly expression of conflicting viewpoints and procedures for resolving conflicts when students disagree with policies and decisions that affect their lives." Over the past two years,. what has the Undergraduate Student Government done to advocate new ideas? What have they done to initiate school improvements? Have they been a Now, apologists for USG will claim that it's forum for students to voice their disagreement a new government, still in its infancy, and it with University policies and procedures? Have needs this time to iron itself out. Horseshit! A they given students an opportunity to actively whole year was spent on its Constitution before participate in the governance of the school comUSG was even certified. They spent all of last munity? year workin,g out the kinks, developing The answers are pitifully inadequate. Financial Policies and Procedures, and the like. Over the past two years, the only things that They spent all of last year determining how have been accomplished have been the creation Senate was going to work. The Press wrote last of an entity to fund campus religious organiza- spring semester that there was no excuse by tions, and an effort to drastically increase THEN for USG to be functioning how it should. transparency in the budget process. What is How can USG still be in a "transitional period" notable is that both these initiatives were bul- after over a year? If it's taking so long'for USG lied through the legislative student government to become an effective organization, doesn't that by forces outside student government, and, with tell you something? the case of the transparency initiative (a.k.a. But let's make sure we keep our distance. the Club and Organization Bill of Rights), USG is Let's assume, for a second, that we cloned 50 Jon seemingly pretending that it never happened Lawsons, and they all occupied a position in (which, if I could be allowed to interject, angers USG. Every member of the Executive Council, every member of the Senate, every Justice, The Press immensely). Last spring, Former USG President Sandy everyone was on the up and up. Raise your hand Curtis and I had a long conversation when things if you feel USG would do what a student governwere all over (another aside: I don't hold ment is supposed to do; if you feel USG would be grudges against any member of last year's USG, the organization we all wish it to be. I thought so. save one; grudges are poisonous and unnecesThe fact is, the Undergraduate Student sary). I asked her, "Do you think that USG, as an institution, is a good thing for the student Government needs to be blown up. It is, as curbody?" She answered in the affirmative. I told rently constituted, absolutely impotent. It is her I thought she was wrong. It is what student unable to do anything other than deal with the government does with the power it is given that bloated bureaucracy it has created for itself. determines whether it's a positive or negative USG should not be concerning itself with USG; it thing for the students of Stony Brook should be concerning itself with the student University. Officers in student government are body. Again, the apologist rears its ugly head. supposedly the most powerful students on this campus. They supposedly wield enormous "Sam," it says, "most of this year has been taken influence on the faculty members they work up by infighting with elections being thrown with, and with the administration of this school. out and the CORE folks poking into our busiThey supposedly have the ability to convince ness! It's not our fault!" Again, horseshit! If Administration to improve the student life elections went how they should, and the CORE issue was handled the right way, there would be experiences for the students of Stony Brook. I say "supposedly" for obvious reasons. no problems, and for USG members to claim they are not at least partially at fault for having it stretch into something lasting well over a month, especially with USG paying ridiculous money to a parliamentarian whose job it is to make sure stupid things don't happen in Senate meetings, and "training meetings" designed to make sure Senate knows what it's doing, is ridiculous and false. And no, I don't need to be present at Senate meetings to say that. Lastly, Administration has no business butting into USG business; whether or not they did the right thing (I have no idea) is completely irrelevant. What happens to elections should be the business of the Undergraduate Student Government and the Undergraduate Student Government only. USG needs to be rebuilt from scratch. It needs a budget process that is thorough enough to treat clubs fairly, yet not take months to do. It needs transparency built into it and not grafted onto it. It needs real teeth, and to be truly independent of Administration; It not only should be unafraid to fight for the rights of students even when it has to, but it should be able to function in such a way that the branches of government get the chance to. It should be filled with people who are willing to work without pay, instead of people who have no problems making a complete jackass of themselves by proclaiming that they don't get paid enough. Consider this: So far this semester, the student government of the University of Florida has passed over 100 pieces of-legislation. They range from the banal and minute to the profound and important, but at least they attempted to do things. Closer to home, a couple of years ago, SUNY Binghamton was able to save a patch of wooded land on their campus that has a similar relationship to their campus as the Bamboo Forest does to our campus. To do so, they publicly spatted with their administration - and they won. There are so many things a student government might do here at Stony Brook. They could save what's left of the Bamboo Forest; they could overhaul Student Activities so it actually works; they could fight for a better meal plan and lower meal plan prices. So many people feel that student government, in any form, is useless, and that nothing will ever change here. But how will we know unless we get a chance to? We will not get a chance to find out with this student government. Blow it up.
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went on this trip even though she is an FSA not USG employee. Ms. Amberly Timperio of The Press fortunately was there to report on what was accomplished, which seemed very basic training, nothing really against the meeting, but nothing proving its usefulness either. Esam was not involved in the decision to go on this trip; it was an idea from Administration to get more support from Student Government. His true colors began to show with the lack of attention he paid to the needs of clubs on campus, particularly religious-orientated. Religious clubs on campus needed a better situation than receiving the small or nonexistent amount of funds they saw. An Ad Hoc Committee was formed with Senators, and then brought down to two members who would discuss the details. When their document was presented to USG Senate however, Esam berated it, calling it confusing and directly insulting members of Senate and Gallery. He berated thebill while he was chairing the Senate. The chair of a meeting is supposed to be impartial. If he/she can't remain impartial, he/she is supposed to step down for that portion of the meeting. In another display of his biasness, he began. acknowledging whomever he believed would support his ideas, people he had worked with last year, like Kfier Kuba. Virginia Morgan also spoke on the issue, introducing herself with her proper title of "VP of Clubs and Organizations" and many in the gallery looked dumbfounded, as they allegedly claimed never to have met with her before. Vincent Rasulo and others tried to speak on defense of the Bill, since most others were concerned with the ineptitude of Rustum Nyquist, who claimed that he had a problem with "Five Points," none of which he could actually name. Fortunately this Bill passed, and Religious Clubs (to which 85% of all students actively participate in) are fully represented. It remains the job of the Vice President to appoint members of Judiciary but Esam has sidelined this important branch of USG government, making them no where as effective a check on the egregious errors that have occurred this year. Things such as the Las Vegas trip,--whose very purpose is questionable, could have been Judiciary. for up for review brought Unfortunately, no member of Executive Council or (more shamefully) Senate brought this to Judiciary's attention. Judiciary instead has been allowed to run illegally through no fault of their own but by the inaction taken by Esam and his failure to meet his responsibilities. The work committed by Esam on the Grievance Board counts as one of his most obvious forms of deceit. It had a legitimate enough purpose, to investigate wrongs done by any of the candidates during their time for campaign. However, wrongs were found (Romual JeanBaptiste campaigning early) and no action was taken. This was a foolish road to take. Whether or not he would have won without this violation is debatable and it is not my call. Even had there been a penalty reduction used against him his victory would have most likely been assured. During the meeting an Anti-Asian racial slur was allegedly said by one of Romual's "witnesses." Instead of any sort of action taken against this person by the grievance- board, at least asking for an apology, his racism -was tolerated. And so was the violation done by who is now Freshman Representative Romual Jean-Baptiste. How does Esam fit into what appears to be typical complaints? Well, during the next Senate meeting the Chair stepped down to "inf6rm" Senators of what really happened. Fortunately, enough Senators were able to see past his self-interested agenda defending actions that were clearly illegal by the Elections By-Laws. A document categorizing these illegal actions "101 Violations" was passed among all Senators. Those who had discovered Esam's deception voted against it. This vote of Senate seemed to assure the wronged parties that action would be taken by an Ad Hoc committee. In all honestly, it appeared as if no Senator or Freshman Representative would be removed by these investigations. The Ad Hoc Committee was created to investigate the election results. The chances of any of these newly elected officials being removed from office were minimal at worst. Senate created this Ad Hoc committee to give everyone enough time to go over election results that were posted on Monday morning instead of Friday evening, due to a problem with encryption. Clearly the Ad Hoc committee was a check on the Elections Board's actions, fully justified. Esam did not think so. Ironically referring to a rule in USG Constitution (ironic because he didn't feel it proper to consult other documents, like Elections By-Laws when he was clearly in the wrong) he had an Iraqi War Veteran Jon Lawson removed due to an inability to meet GPA requirements. Since the removal of Senator Jon Lawson's vote turned the-vote-onSuspension of Elections a technical tie, he used his vote to overturn the Senate's ruling by a retroactive nullification. USG is based on the American System of government, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe our government operates under removing votes after they have been cast, I mean I guess Esam doesn't believe in a government where other people can make decisions. The removal of Jon Lawson from Senate is an embarrassment not only to the Senator himself, but also to the University as a whole. Where one man can by decree not only remove Senators but also nullify votes is a scary place to live. Unfortunately, welcome to Stony Brook, where people like Esam can do as they please so long as no one opposes them. His actions have proven to many his biased ness, his inability to control Senate or Gallery, and the general anarchy that results from these meetings. Esam has, in his defense, claimed in the Statesmanthat the USG government is in a "transitional period" and that the three branches (Judiciary, Executive Council, and Senate) all need more refinement. The words "transitional period" harks back to last year with the inexcusable actions of our former President. Refinement of the branches of government sounds misleading, as it was directly his job to appoint new members onto Judiciary. Why has Esam decided to ignore the needs of Judiciary? A nice step towards "refinement" would be to remove incompetent people such as Esam. Claiming The student body hasn't participated? I would like to remind Esam that several times the gallery has been full, like the Bill for Religious Clubs on campus; he has fully ignored their concerns and desire to speak. Through this he blames the apathy of campus and poor Senate training. Well, a good way to judge the training session that occurred this Tuesday would to have allowed media like The Press and The Statesman to report on the goings-on there. Instead, it was a closed meeting, exactly what happened to media last year. The student advocacy members of The Press promoted are being taken behalf and secrecy is not only being justified, but promoted. Secrecy is employed by Esam to notify newly elected Senators to be seated after Jon Lawson was removed from Senate. Of course he urged these 6 Senators to tell anyone else about this, as was stated in the email passed around among all Senators and the newly elected Freshman Representative Romual Jean-Baptiste,
By Silence DoGood
USG has been the focus of ever greater attention by media outlets as varied as StonyBrookSucks.com, the Statesman, and of course, SBU TV. All of these have covered events which pertain to clubs' funding on campus. Clubs fortunately have had a Club & Organization Bill of Rights which prevents them from suffering the many abuses past student governments have subjected them to. In fact, the Press was influential in this Bill's passage, and all students thank them for their advocacy. Some of The Press's past accomplishments are being rolled back, starting with the closed training session which occurred on Tuesday, November 9t h, where only those on a list were allowed inside. The Press worked to have training sessions open to the public. Unfortunately this has now been ignored, and if such an important rule is being ignored, who knows how long it shall be before the entire Club & Organization Bill of Rights is ignored. It troubles me to notify students that not all members of USG are working on behalf of students' interests. For them, it is more important to follow Administration by documents -written (Chancellor's Guidelines which are not even legally binding) rather than pay attention to the results of student advocacy. .One of these USG government members in particular has worked in opposition to student interests in my opinion. That person is Esam Al-Shareffi, who originally seemed to be working on behalf of students. Even last year, there were signs of his true intentions. But all of this shall be explained, from his evolution from to Senat'or and President Pro-Tempore, Executive Vice-President of USG. Esam's involvement began last year, when he began his serve in USG Senate. From his position in Senate, he was voted into the position of President Pro-Tempore by his fellow Senators. During a large part of the year, he did in fact represent students' needs and interests. His advocacy on behalf of students' needs was commendable, -and his position as President Pro-Tempore justified. The first hints of his shift towards the interests of Administration came unexpectedly, with his support of actions taken against Bill Schwalback. For those who were not here last year, Bill Schwalback brought to the attention of Senate the wrongs they committed. Instead of listening to his legitimategrievances, the Executive Director Lou Medina decided to call up the police to remove him from Senate, using force. Esam supported this decision to remove Bill from Senate, but not much attention was paid to his opinion, primarily because he did such a fine job promoting student's needs like Club & Organization Bill of Rights. His support for Administration in this instance would foreshadow the later abuses he would make as Executive Vice-President of USG. The spring 2004 USG elections were exceptionally fascinating, for they removed the former President of USG whose name since has become associated with "tool" and is almost a curse word in certain circles. Esam ran unopposed for the second most important position in USG. His speech given to those gathered at the debates even condescendingly referenced this, joking ending with "your only choice." Voteswere tallied up, and Esam's victory was assured-. Personally I voted for him since I had thought he would make an excellent Vice-President since I had believed him to be impartial. How he proved me wrong! One of the first actions USG Executive Council participated in was a training session located in Las Vegas. Administration believed it to be a good idea, so this trip brought everyone associated with Executive Council for tests that a retarded puppy could pass. Sonia Guttman
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who said in the Statesman that "If the faults are in the system, I feel it's unfair to make faultless members suffer for it." He had the ability to ignore the reality that his campaigning several days early actually made him not faultless, but a guilty violator of Elections Board By-Laws. Esam did not of course inform anyone about any of the wrongs committed by those found guilty by the Grievance Board. Instead, he felt with holding that information would be more useful to his ends. Also including a nonvoting member who was not a student (head of NYPIRG Eric Bruzaitis) to council the Grievance was a little self-interested as Esam had previously interned for this good organization. Eric serving as a non-voting member is somewhat inappropriate as he does not attend Stony Brook as a student, but as a worker for NYPIRG. Deception has been employed by Esam on an almost daily basis; following the removal of Senator Jon Lawson he decided that a training session would be best for all Senators. Fine by itself, but keeping the meeting closed was against what the Press had so heavily promoted the year before. The session was held in SAC room 225, much smaller than the SAC ballroom B. In fact, unknown to any of the Senators, but known to Esam as he was seen walking down there, all of SAC ballroom B was set up for a Senate meeting, with the tables, microphones, and everything necessary to run a meeting. This setup confused many active members .of the gallery who regularly attend Senate meetings. Not only did Esam go down there, he did not explain to anyone why SAC ballroom B was not the site of the Senate "training session." The lack of democracy in USG can be directly attributed to Esam's alleged deliberateand malicious acts. Judiciary has not been treated with the proper respect and neither has Senate, both of which he is directly involved with. Thursday further displayed his abilities to undermine the power, of Senate. He filed a petition against the Council of Religious Entities. Due to this action religious clubs' funding again is held into question. The petition suspends any action that could be taken to help religious clubs on campus, who have for far too long been ignored by USG government and Administration as a whole. Esam's work has ruined what was a golden opportunity to work with some of the most active clubs on campus. Religious clubs are disappointed with his clear lack of faith in democracy, allowing the old, unfair system- of funding for religious clubs to occur. Members of religious clubs are encouraged to go to Senate and Executive Council meetings to meet this representative who represents
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no one but himself. Esam had once been an excellent representative of student iinterests. Unfortunately this is no longer te case. His rule is not enlightened, but tather quite tyrannical. People's concerns have been silenced; advocacy he once promoted has instead been ignored. Many promises he had made last year no longer carry weight, rather he has recanted his earlier support for media on campus. Open meetings do not occur with as great frequency, who knows how long before the Clubs and Organizations Bill of Rights is not just ignored by violated. Religious clubs cannot trust someone who disregards their legitimate grievances. For far too long religious clubs on campus have been treated unfairly, their first chance at better representation and it is taken away by an incompetent Executive Vice President. My sincere concern is with the student body as a whole, if people such as this claim to represent the student body, I fear for the USG government. If someone such as this is elected and fails the student body as a whole, I believe that person ought to never again participate in student government, knowing the malicious intent he works allegedly for. I plead on behalf of all students to please consider the aforementioned when you make decisions.
Racism at Stony Brook Univer ity
Among all schools in the East Coast, Stony Brook University has the largest Asian and Asian American population on campus; in both number and percentage of the total number of students enrolled. SBU is also one of the most diverse schools in the nation, in terms of all ethnicities present on campus. Knowing these facts, it is only natural to assume that our school would promote democratic and multicultural experiences for students. However, this assumption is simply mistaken, unfortunately. Recent controversial incidents within Undergraduate Student Government have gone beyond the usualincompetent-student-activity-fee-abusers screwing up their jobs. People have been speculating a rumor that, a "racial slur" was used against Asian American during the alleged "illegal grievance meeting" after USG election. The fact is, this rumor is very true; many USG senators, Executive Council member Esam, Judiciary member Artie, election board chair Leighton, and Eric, a non-student paid by NYPIRG have all witnessed such racist act. Yet, nothing was done nor was any word even said by the board in charge of the grievance meeting on. Do you think it was just a simple mistake that racial bias was promoted by silence? Let's trace back a bit. In the beginning of Fall 2004, I attended 'many clubs to meet freshmen who might have been interested to be involved in student gov-ernment. My buddies and I interviewed many individuals new to SBU, and attempted to advocate activism on campus. A shocking discovery was .made when I interviewed an Asian American student who was in the EOP program. When I asked her if she would run in the Freshmen Representative, her reply was: "I can't, I'm in EQP, 'we' have already decided who will run..." Who exactly is "we" in this context? Do EOP students come together and have their own little election before the real USG election occurs? Once a person has won the EOP election, is no one else from EOP allowed to run in student government? Can people with passion and will to make changes for the better no longer run for an office if they're in EOP and not "EOP elected?" I'm sure this is what EOP students were told during their six-week training camp the summer before their first year in SBU. EOP students are not allowed to bring cell phones to school during those six weeks, no contact with non-EOP student was allowed until late night after the programs ended. There was a designed absolute isolation. Does this sound like organized brainwashing? You bet. If you take a look at the EOP students who are in USG office now, you'd see no "multiethnicities." You would see "one race" running the whole show. transfer student with no GPA, during the debate weeks after the application! At the time it seemed that Leighton was only being an incompetent Election Board Chair. However, people with no GPA were elected as Senators this year! Wait a minute! Leighton was the chair of Election Board last year, and he is still the chair this year? Guess what, his term has expired yet he allowed people who were not eligible to run last year to run this year, as an "expired" chair! Enough ranting ablout the election process, let's take a look at the clubs and organizations. First year new clubs are not allowed to apply for a yearly line budget, they have to apply for a base funding of 750 dollars through Special Services Council before the evaluation at the end of first year. The process is simple: you fill out a form and wait for a decision just like how most things "should" be done in USG. However, one Asian-American-interest club was at first refused their 750 dollars without proper explanation. I introduced this club to USG President Jared Wong, and President Wong pressured the SSC Chair to give proper explanations. Another Asian-American-interest club has been functioning on SSC base funding for 4 years, but it takes only one year to get on the line budget! Another Asian-American-interest club was "forced" to get on SSC base funding after it was promised a recommendation for line .budget by the Executive Vice President Esam. According to USG Treasurer Rajat, USG lost all paperwork so they have no record of that club's past. To make it fair USG has to deny theirline budget. What about all those clubs who have been on line budget for the past several years??? If paperwork were lost and no record is left, how can you say it's fair to force some clubs on base funding, and give line budget to others? I do not see the logic here, do you? Is everything I stated here non-issue? Are my points of view over reacting? Imagine Asian identical incidents but replace Americans with African Americans. What would people say and do? Remember the Civil Rights Movement?
Is this the kind of diversity we expect from a school like Stony Brook? Not that it's a problem if something like this happens in a while; but this has been going on for many consecutive years. To make it worse, how would you like to hear the "racial discrimination" in election processes? Many Freshmen Representative and Senate candidates got their applications completed on time and properly...only if they were already friends with the current incompetent USG officials. Guess what happened to Asian American students who went to the USG office to apply? They were told "no seats" were open anymore, they were told to goback later, given the wrong applications, they were told that they would be contacted later but never were. What more could've gone wrong with this process? Oh wait, there's more! Last year an Asian American student was told that she was not eligible to run for Senate because she was a
This past Wednesday NYPIRG held its Homeless to promote annual Sleep-Out Awareness. Cheryl Lynch is the project leader for the homelessness outreach project and this is her third sleep out. A personal friend as well as an accomplished activist I feel compelled to give her a shout out, wink and high five. Good job Cheryl. So, back to the sleep out. It was set to be in Mendelson quad between Gray and Amman, kick off at 8pm. Unfortunately I got there late, held up by a midterm, ("bane of my existence" subject) but I digress. A week before we had amassed a collection of cardboard boxes to be used as shelter, compliments of Students for Choice and Kinko's. Set up began around 830 and by 10ish there was a small gathering of people by a cardboard wigwam in the center of the quad. Dinner was supplied: an aluminum tray full of corn and rice left over from the Oxfam harvest dinner that had happened earlier at the SAC. Aren't we a lucky few. After some reinforcements to the wigwam, (it really did look like an Algonquin structure), the evening began. The first speaker was Mark, a guy who currently works for a Port Jefferson men's shelter. He discussed the different parts of the Port Jeff program and homeless issues in general. First he discussed the functions of shelters and homeless outreach programs. Some men can get an apartment and free rent for a week while they go out and find a job. He also touched on the current issue of homielessness today and what the next four years under the current administration mighthold for those on the streets. The President will probably cut more funding for homeless outreach programs. The next speaker was Jamie, a Stony Brook senior, who shared his story of life on the street. His account gave me a unique per-
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spective since each story I hear about homelessness is different. I'm sure that his life spent homeless has undoubtedly had a part in shaping his distinctive character. Matt, a NYPIRG chapter member was the last share of the evening giving a brief statement about a man he used to give rides to on Route 347 since the guy worked at the mall but couldn't afford travel expenses. His moral was-"pick up hitchhikers, some of them are unable to afford transportation fare and you should help a person out". The rest of the evening everyone hung out, chatted and had I was feeling grumpy, tired and quite claustrophobic so after a half hour of feet, arms and torsos as bedding I bounced. Now, it was pretty cold out and I was planning on sleeping in one of the cardboard boxes but then I went with comfort and crashed at my boys place in gray college, only a stone's throw from the sleep out location. So, I didn't stay out the whole nightsleep and-comfort won out, but the aim of the sleep out was most definitely not lost on me. I found that the sleep,out did indeed raise homeless awareness at least for myself. Jamie's story struck a chord and I realized how life can really fuck you over and at a young age sometimes the only way you can get out of it is getting out of the house even if that means you have no place to go other than a train station or a friend's car in their driveway. I've been so fortunate that I haven't been driven to that point, yet many of my best friends have. So not only did the story open my eyes but so too did the actual sleeping conditions. I got a taste of what it might be like to be driven to the point where you have nowhere to go to rest your head at night. Another friend of mine reminded me of how dangerous it can be to be homeless, since she had been taken advantage of when she was in a most vulnerable state-with no safe haven of a home. So, all in aH I think that the NYPIRG sleep out was very successful, since there is at least one more person who realizes how much of a great misfortune it is to be homeless and have nowhere safe to call home. I HIGHLY suggest that all who read this article attend the next sleep out this upcoming spring semester, it's an awesome experience. Pardon the cliche but next time you see a homeless person on the street remember that could be you in a blink of an eye.
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a good time. The weather was pretty cold so we all soon retired to the wigwam. The small structure was able to hold up to 14 of us. We were scrunched but it was all good; we were amongst friends after all. Since I had pulled an all nighter the day before, (getting things ready for the sleep out), my body was kind of on the exhausted side. So, by 4:30 am I was about ready to get some sleep, which apparently was not an option. It was packed in our little structure and
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of what it is like to live without a concrete home; to experience just a glimpse of homeless life. By the morning, our home had collapsed and we were subjected to the elements of nature. The temperature had gone down into the 30s. The
What most people think a-homeless person looks like is your grungy middle-aged man holding out a cup, asking you for money in the city. However, the answer to the above question is families with children, which constitute 40% of people who become homeless. You might not think you know anyone that is homeless, but be assured that you have a friend or a friend's friend that is or has been homeless. On this campus alone, I know at least six fellow students that do not have a room to call home around school. These folks crash on couches or floors in a friend's room, in different club offices, in the academic towers, or even in the emergency waiting room at the hospital. This past Wednesday, November 10, Adom (a kick-ass RA in Ammann) and myself put together a sleep-out through NYPIRG's Homeless and Hunger Outreach Project. We collected lots of cardboard boxes and headed to the pit in the Mendelsohn inner-quad with a crew of about 20, and lots of stragglers stopping by. We built a shack out of cardboard for our shelter, and brought some sleeping bags to stay warm. That was our "home" for the evening. This gave everyone that stayed until the morning an idea
also learned statistics and facts about why people become homeless, and what kinds of people We were all then touched by are homeless. Jaime's story of being homeless and just how hard life is on the streets. When the speakers were finished, we opened things up to questions. One of the last questions asked was "How are we helping the homeless by sleeping here?" My response to that question was that the project is two-fold, with outreach and awareness. The sleep-out was an awareness event for you and me right here at Stony Brook. Everyone that came to the event left with an insight into understanding the hardships of being homeless. Most of the crew that spent the night came up to me afterwards and said that they are truly grateful to have a room to call home and the ability to eat whenever they are hungry. Hunger and Homeless NYPIRG's Outreach Project is doing a few more outreach projects this semester, including: volunteering at a soup kitchen; Stuff-A-Bus (in which we wind made it even colder. The morning dew stand out in front of Stop and Shop collecting made everything damp. The birds came to eat up enough food to stuff a bus); and Got Points? (in any crumbs of food we had left behind. They which students purchase food for the homeless even went into the collapsed hut, where people with the extra points on their meal plan at the end of the semester). If you want to be a part of were still sleeping. During the evening we had two speakers. the Homeless and Hunger Outreach Project stop The first speaker Worked at a homeless shelter by the NYPIRG office anytime. We are located in for men and the second speaker was Jamie, a fel- room 079 of the Union basement, next to the low student here at Stony Brook who had been SINC site. You can also email me at homeless for six years. Everyone that listened calynch @ic.sunysb.edu. learned something new about homelessness. We
How To Avoid Being a Jobless Scholar By Tionna Tee Smalls
Imagine this: You are a senior in a prestigious college. You have interned at some of the highly reputed companies in the world, you have a 4.0 grade point average. You finally graduate and when you go out in the "real world" to apply for a job, you are turned down. It hurts just thinking about this but for those who are soon to graduate this may soon be their reality. Many students who graduate from a highly rated school find themselves unemployed. In this game we call life, there are rules and in order to know the rules, you have to be prepared for hard work and some disappointment. Many people enroll themselves in school on what is called the four year plan. The four year plan is the student who passes all their courses and graduate, planning on getting a job right after college. The problem with the four year plan is that you live in a country called America and in this place; only being smart would not get you anywhere.
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ing-that's why he received a C in the class. You may think that he is an idiot for putting work over school but in the end, you will see that you are wrong. Jobs hate training people. It takes. time and money to train a new employee and everyone knows that many huge companies don't want to lose either one. If you know how to: incorporate volunteer work or a part time job in| your intended field and good grades, you are wa hot commodity. Just remember that no one real ly cares that you interned for Hospice Care if you are going for an acting job. It's more impor tant to work in the field that you are applying for. Next thing that is very vital to your success is MASS MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS. Mass media consist of the television, the radio, theI newspaper, etc. I don't care what field you are heading to; whether it's modeling, business, or nursing, there is a show for-it on television. UPN's "America's Next Top Model", produced by supermodel Tyra Banks is a reality televisiinn shnow hased on
Why All Honors Programs Suck inComparison to University Scholars
By Nicole L. Barry
Stony Brook has well known and prolific Honors programs: the Honors College, WISE (Women In Science and Engineering) and Scholars for Medicine, you know, the people who dorm in Roth, with air conditioning and a minute's walk to the saddest excuse for Chinese food in the history of Chinese food. They're smart, have great grades and some of them are Presseditors. As a high school senior, you send in an application, essays, and letters of recommendation for these prestigious programs, hoping your GPA and SAT scores are high enough to get in (and at Stony Brook, the numbers are what matter.) Ard not everyone gets in. Lots of people get REJECTED. And yes, that would have included me. My grades, not weighed, were not 3.5-4.0 material. I took more classes, and more difficult classes than my peers, without classes like Chorus and Band to boost my average (and you know as well as I that an easy 99 in Chorus can help any average.) But here's the great thing. We have a program on campus that doesn't care if those numbers fit a certain standard. They notice intelligence and motivation. They notice you took five AP classes and filled your schedule chock full of extra classes and still did damn well. It's a five year old program called the University Scholars program, and it kicks the shit out of all the others. My suitemates and I, all members, jokingly at first referred to our program as "the reject group." Every single one of us had been rejected from either Honors College or WISE or both. But, as it becomes more clear to us now than ever before, we realize just how cool our Honors program is. There's no lengthy application, no letters of recommendation, no essays, just a simple flyer that comes in your mail because when you got rejected from the Honors College or WISE, someone looked at your application and said "This person is still really smart." If you don't get the flyer, you can apply (ie: request) to be admitted into the program. It's a lot less stressful. We're housed in Toscanini, Tabler Quad, and the director of our program is Dr. William Oberst, the director of all the Learning Communities programs on campus. Our class is held in the Toscanini lounge, a 4 credit seminar course that knocks out a DEC G first semester and a DEC F second semester. Basically, whave discussions for two hours on logic and evolution, do group activities and write two papers. LRN 104 and LRN 105 is where our obligation ends. There are no thesis pape.rs, there's no special program to follow, and no GPA requirements. We get the same advanced registration privileges that the other Honors programs do, and register at the same time. A small group of about 40, the University Scholars freshman group is laid back, fun, and very, very, very passionate about how they feel about creationist/evolutionist theory. Or at least, that's how it seems. A lot of us are friends, and have become really close through this program. Dr. Oberst is possibly the kindest, most lovable professor on this campus. And he brings us Dunkin Donuts on Thursdays. Yes, I'm pretty sure it's the consistent flow of donuts that makes this program rock so much.
with the four year plan student is that he depended on his grades alone. He thought that an employer would look at his resume and all of his honor society certifications and say, "We have a good one." The problem with that ideology is that in the 21st century, .that
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becoming a model. I don't want to even become a model and that show teaches me so much. So does Donald Trump's "The A p p r e n t i c e . " Television is taking over manual training and learning things on your own. Thanks to my journalism professor, I have learned that
having good grades is a good thing to have when you want to get internships but this is the job market ruled under our Chief Commander, President George W. Bush and in the Bush world, you can't get anything without something. You want to become successful, here are some steps. These steps will help you avoid being jobless and still living at home with your mama when you are 30 years old. First, the main word in success is NETWORK. In this world where kids glamorize "rims" and rappers, networking is one of the only ways to get what you want. I am not saying picket in front of your prospective employer's home waiting for him to come out so that you can show him your resum6. I am saying be smooth. When you meet someone that may be able to help you in the future, don't wait for them to make the first move. You must be AGGRESSIVE in order to get to that next level. You have to tell them what you want and with the right skills, you can get a business card out of anyone. You must come off as being true. You just can't walk up to a person and act all nice so they can give you their card. You must simply let them know who you are, what you want to do, and with the right grace and luck you are in there. Once you have the card, you are halfway in there. The problem with the "Here is my card" trick is that many potential employers have secretaries and would block your calls if necessary, and many of them do not check their email at all or by themselves personally. You must call immediately so that the person whose card you have will remember you. Call with the same ease that you had the day you met that person. Secondly, you must intern, volunteer, or do something toward the particular field you plan to expert in. No employer wants dead weight around the office. Yeah sure, you may have a 4.0 grade point average but nothing beats experience. Someone that has a C average may get a job before you do. Why? Because while you were in class being the all you can be student, your fellow classmate was working or volunteer-
York Times everyday, you will become smarter. The New York Times teaches me better than almost half of my classes in college. If you look at the television or read about someone's experiences, it will help you. Also read self-help books like Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad or Gail Evans' Play like a Man, Win like a Woman. No matter what industry you are heading to, it will help you. Reading will bring a lot of motivated and positive thoughts. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. Your attitude can make or break you. Everyone knows that in order to have a job working with the public, you must keep your personal life home. An employer does not care if your boyfriend cheated on you or you did horribly on your GRE exam. All the employer cares about is you getting the work done. You are also going to have those bosses that get on your nerves, especially women bosses, but you have to suck it up so that you can get to that next level. No one likes a grouch. Stay positive and you will make it very far. Having work ethic is extremely important. We all have had jobs where people go to work, sit down, read the newspaper, get on AOL Instant Messenger, and don't do anything. Those people may seem like they get away with everything but believe me they do not. Employers recognize greatness, and you will be rewarded in the long run. Lastly, you must always stay true to yourself. Everyone wants to make it but you can not lower yourself to get what you want. You will never gain any respect from those who work around you if you do. Allow yourself to be mentored and trained but don't become someone's butt of jokes. You do things you feel is right. Sleeping with your boss or practicing Quid Pro Quo is not right. Hang in there and you will make it where you want to make it and always remember those who help get you there and help someone else who is need one day. In the words of an actor named Leon (Above the Rim fame), you don't owe me, you owe yourself, and the ones that cared enough to get you here.
From its earliest meetings, Club Om, the club dedicated to providing education about Hindu and Indian cultures, did everything right. Club Om President Vinay Venugopalan had an ice breaker, food and an entertaining, informative, consciousness-raising game. Club Om Vice President Nishant Parmar helped present a semester schedule of events ready at the beginning of the semester. Club OmSecretary Snehal Natre had publicity strategies and more planned. The game was a Jeopardy-style game with categories including Famous People, Geography, Scriptures and Holidays, Words and Language and Miscellaneous. Here are some of the questions. This movie about an Indian won nomination for best movie at the Oscars. Answer: Who is Ghandi? This director is the most successful director of Indian origin in Hollywood. Answer: Who is M. Night Shyamalan? This Desi play is currently on Broadway. Answer: What is Bombay Dreams? This is the world's only official Hindu country. Answer: What is Nepal? India has the largest---------__ in the world. (Democracy.) This is the most famous Dravidian language still spoken in south India. Answer: What is Tamil? This Sanskrit-derived word describes the ultimate reality of Utopia. Answer: What is Moksha? Other questions included: Which Desi DJ is famous because of his remix of Night Rider? What is the most populous city in India? (It's not Bombay.) What is the name of the end of the Vedas? Who is the only Indian author to win the Pulitzer Prize and for what book. Answer: Go to a Club Om meeting and ask! The game was a lot of fun, not just because of the questions that you 'won't hear from Alex Trebek's mouth, but also because the members of Club Om clearly had a good time learning while competing. The semester events schedule included a Carnival with henna painting and Indian/Hindu food and music. Also planned was a Diwali Festival on November 11 in the Wang Center, arid more. Club Om also plans to do some fund raising for good causes. The Diwali Festival is typically celebrated on the day of the new moon immediately preceding autumn. Dewali commemorates the festivities that took place in Ayodhya after the return of the victorious Ramachandra, considered the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. This year it was on November 11 in the Wang Center from 7pm and lasted until 12pm. Whether you want to learn about Bollywood, Desi contribution to Hollywood, the Vedas or other aspects of Hindu or Indian Culture, Club Om has an event for you. Club Om has biweekly meetings, and their last meeting was on November 17, 2004 from 7 to 8:30pm in SAC 308. For more information contact club email@example.com.
The Commuter Student Association (CSA) is Stony Brook's largest (and only) student'run organization dedicated to serving the needs of the University's large commuter student population. The organization sponsors recreational and cultural activities, lobbies on behalf of commuter students with the administration and represents commuters in our student government's legislative branch (the USG Senate). In short, the Commuter Student Association (CSA) is the primary organization representing Stony Brook's approximately seven thousand undergraduate commuters. CSA meetings are Wednesdays at Ipm in the University Cafe in the Student Union (not the SAC) enter the Union from the gym side. Meetings include WiFi internet access, some training in procedure, free food and an X-Box. Bring your Halo 2 discs! CSA also has several November and December 2004 events planned including a Harvest Dinner, Mood Indigo, an evening Concert Series, Study Sessions and more. If you're a commuter and want or need some way to get involved on campus, there are plenty of ways to get involved through CSA, now more than ever. You- can email CSA at commutercornerl @yahoo.com and let them know what's on your mind. Come and be a part of it!
The Asian Students Alliance (ASA) had its first general body meeting on Tuesday, September 14 in SAC 306 at 8:30pm. President Cathy Lee introduced the ASA cabinet including Vice President Elaine Shiang and Treasurer James Han. The mission of the ASA was originally to provide a forum where South Asian, East Asian and Asian American people and clubs could voice common concerns as well as plan activities together. Since that time, ASA has maintained that mission while also expanding into a club with its own membership and activities. For example, ASA events now include Asian Night, Halloween Grams, Walk for Beauty, Nations of Asian Semi-Formal, JCA's Spring Fest, East Coast Asian and Asian AmericanStudent Conference, and more. ASA maintains its original mission by working with other organiza-. tions such as CASB, JCA, GSO, TSA, KSA, PUSO, SASA, AAJ, SBCSSA, and many more. After an explanation of the ASA's origin, activities and mission, everyone in the room introduced themselves and elections followed. Open positions included Secretary, Public Relations, as well as Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Representatives. The two winners of Freshman' Representative were Lina O and Angeline Seah. In high school, Angeline Seah was active in Cheerleading, Key Club and is now a member of the Honors College. In high school, Lina O was active in Adopt a Grandparent, Violin and worked two jobs one in a pediatrician's office, the other in Social Services. Lina O is a member of EOP, and participated in the EOP's six week summer orientation and fall class preparation. Other winners included Kacey for ASA Secretary, Lisa and Lily for ASA Sophomore Representative, Jon for ASA Junior and Jason for ASA Senior Representative, Representative. A tightly contested race for Public Relations required a run-off election with Jasmine winning.
When asked whether either of ASA's Freshman Representatives would run in this fall's campus wide race for Freshman Representative in the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Lina O said she would not run for USG Freshman Representative because EOP had already picked their candidate for USG Freshman Representative, a Haitian-American EOP student, Romual JeanBaptiste, as the official EOP candidate for USG Freshman Representative. Likewise, Angeline Seah is being courted by SSC member Elaine Shiang to serve on SSC (an organization with a checkered past that is supposed to fund new clubs and special events), so she was unlikely to run for USG Freshman Representative candidate as well. ASA plans many interesting activities this year, but putting forth a candidate to represent the Asian and Asian American community may not be one of them. ASA's biggest event of the year is likely to be Asian Night 2004 on Friday, November 19th in the SAC Auditorium at 7:30pm, and was the topic of much discussion. Asian Night 2004 will feature Eliot Chang, a comedian whose appearances include Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and appearances in both NYC and LA. In keeping with ASA's tradition of fun activities combined with consciousness-raising, Eliot Chang will also speak about his experiences as an Asian American in Hollywood. Also appearing will be Hip-Hop newcomer Flow Sik. Students will also put on various fun, serious and irreverent skits and songs. Comments about last year's Asian Night were that entertainment and enlightenment combined to make Asian Night an amazing event. With lots of effort by ASA members and participating clubs, such as the Tae Kwon Do Club, PUSO, Martial Arts Club, Sikh Club, Break dancers and the Lion Dancers, this year will be a smashing success as well.
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South African All-Stars Band with Bakithi Kumalo, Grammy Award winning bassist CSA, Tuesday November 16, University Cafe 7-llpm, FREE admission to all undergraduates with student ID. "Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Bakithi Kumalo is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and vocalist who has collaborated with Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan and many others. Thought of by many as one of the most talented living bassists, Kumalo possesses a unique musical style reflecting influences from around the world, including South African traditional folk, contemporary jazz, salsa, and electronica." Visit www.boneinthenose.com for more information. Harvest Dinner with Khana, South American Andean indigenous musicians CSA, Thursday November 18, Union Ballroom 5-9pm, FREE admission to all undergraduates with student ID. A traditional Native American fall harvest dinner with the South American Andean indigenous musicians group Khana. Last year's Harvest Dinner was well attended and featured Native American performers from the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, traditional food, and much more. Pre-Thanksgiving Punk Blow Out!!! CSA, Tuesday November 23, University Cafe 7-9pm, FREE admission to all undergraduates with student ID. Punk rock is back! Well, it is for one night that featuresA Reason for Being. Mood Indigo -Havana Nights hosted by WUSB's Felipito Palacios'Londa Nueva CSA, Tuesday November 30, University Cafe 7-llpm, FREE admission to all undergraduates with student ID. Mood Indigo is a semi-formal style event that features light food (Hors d'oeuvers) and mock Casino style gambling such as Craps, Roulette and Blackjack. Past themes have included Cotton Club, Speak Easy, Elvis and Valentine's Day. This year's theme is Havana Nights as hosted by WUSB's Felipito Palacios'Londa Nueva. (See wusb.org)
NYS DMV Mobile Outreach Program Tues and Wed December 7&8, SAC Lobby 9:30a-3pm "Skip a trip to the DMV when DMV comes to you...make your appointment today by calling Senator John Flanagan's office at 631-361-2154. Forms and other necessary information you will need will then be mailed to you in advance...credit card, money order, or personal check only."
Finals Help Study Sessions CSA, Fri, Sat, Sun December 10-12, Location/time TBA, FREE admission to all undergraduates with student ID. Last year's Study Sessions were well attended and featured help in MAT 125, 126, 127, 131, 132, and some AMS courses as well. ***If you can, please bring an unopened, unwrapped toy for the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
After VSA president, Cindy Ho Mai, introduced herself at the Monday, September 27 meeting of the Vietnamese Student Association, there was a power point presentation of the clubs goals, history and vision. The VSA goals, available on their website, included creating a collective vision for the organization, having fun and teaching people about Vietnamese culture. Next came an improved version of a common ice breaker in which people were asked to say their name, major and what they hoped to get out of VSA. This was not just an ice breaker but also an informal survey of member's interests. That was followed by one of the funniest and most creative warm ups ever, with a twist or two-literally. Members formed a circle and linked hands in such a way that they were knotted together. The task became to untie the knot. Much laughter and fun followed. Think of a non-naughty game of Twister. How well past events met VSA's collective vision then became the topic of discussion, and discussion was also supported, in part, by power point slides. For example, a previous event in which VSA participated, Asian Night, had the theme of interracial dating. This was a timely topic because the VSA president at the time had both black and Thai ancestry, and was dating a VSA member. Skits at the event included the
reactions of parents, friends, and relatives to interracial dating. Also discussed was how one defines the meaning of "traditional". Event planning for the Fall 2004 semester came next. The theme of this year's Asian Night is stereotypes, so of course the topic of Vietnamese nail salons came up. Some levity followed the admission by one member that some members of his family are indeed part owners of a nail salon. But, on the serious side, it was also pointed out that less than five percent of Vietnamese have anything at all to do with nail salons. Stereotypes may result from the positive human ability to pick out anomalies combined with a negative habit of overgeneralization. Other events discussed include the VSA 2004 Fall BBQ at noon on Sunday October 3 on the Tabler Front Lawn, Vietnam "Food Network" Night, Karaoke Night, Vietnamese Traditional Dress Fashion Show and, in the spring, a Conference and Concert, Water Puppets and the Annual Spring Picnic. VSA, the Vietnamese Student Association, stands out from many other groups even before one goes to a VSA meeting because their website is up to date. But the real fun starts when you go to their meeting. Good ice breakers, novel warm ups, serious goals and a lighthearted mood made this VSA meeting a great experience.
The Malik Sigma Psi Fraternity, Incorporated held a tribute to women in SAC Ballroom B on Thursday, September 3 t h. It was dedicated to appreciating and celebrating, all women-mothers , wives, sisters and daughters-and all their dedication, community service, emotional and physical support. The title of the event was The Velvet Side, and was so well attended that all the spots at the tables were taken, and extra chairs were needed. The event started with light music, followed by "pop dancingT" and a power point presentation of women from around the world with the theme that there was a message in the pictures. Love, happiness, joy and other emotions in the pictures revealed that attraction can be a function of the love a person shows and the passions they share. Poetry, music, and dedications came next. The Coalition's McKinley Stacker IV (vocal) and Michael Dada (keyboard) delivered an outstanding Rhythm and Blues guest performance. An awards ceremony followed which recognized Tasika Sutton of IFSC, Maria Terrana of Student Union and Activities, Aja Holmes, Daniela Tompson, former USG President Sandy Curtis and many more. The Gospel Choir then gave a stunning musical performance including many classic and modern spiritual songs. Ricky Lamour then presented some closing comments which were followed by refreshments. After the show, sophmore Keli Lovell described tribute to women as a "very elegant and thoughtful event." SBU student Lisa Patrick said it was "beautiful and we need more stuff like this...it shows us that chivalry is still alive." Also, after the show, Vice President Haynes Harris explained individually that the Maliks are not a "greek" organization in the traditional sense as they have rites of passage rather than a rush, and membership is by invitation only. The Maliks also strive to reclaim legacies and cultural traditions. Malik President Ricardo Lamour quotes the Malik website, "In a climate of mis-education, truth awakens change." (http://www.malik77.ofg/) Indeed, many events planned by the Maliks do not shy away from challenging topics such as "Latino Leaders" and "Light Skin vs. Dark Skin: Is there really a difference", and an "AIDS Banquet." One of the biggest events of the semester is the 15th annual Malik Star Search on Friday, December 3 in the SAC Auditorium from 6-11pm. With 15 years of publicity, the Malik Star Search has grown into one of the biggest talent shows on Long Island. It will feature dancing, rapping, singing, stepping and more. Tryouts for the Malik talent show are still happening. If you would like to audition your fun, serious or irreverent skit, song or dance, .contact Malik Vice President Haynes Harris at 631-632-0557. Tickets will be on sale for $5 on-campus/$8 off. If it is half as good as The Velvet Side tribute to women, the Malik Star Search will be one of the best shows of the year.
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Let's take a moment out of our lives to take a closer look at gay, lesbian, bisexual and even straight stereotypes. We all know what a stereotype is; a set of roles or attributes given to an entire group of people, which usually ends up being wrong. Let me paint ya a little picture. There's a man walking down the street wearing an Armani jacket with Gucci shoes. He's looking kind of stylish and neat. He sees someone he knows and starts up a conversation-"Hey girl!" He flops his hand (limpwristed), onto the shoulder of his friend, retracts it quickly, leaving his hand limp in the air by his shoulder for a moment before putting his arm down. He and his friend gossip and talk a little about the show they were in together. They wrap it up with a peck on each cheek and he strides off. Here's another one. There's a woman, or is it a man, walking down the street. No, it's definitely a woman. It's kind of hard to tell because she's wearing work boots and overalls with paint all over them and is walking with giant steps, sort of haphazardly. Her hair is cropped short and she's not wearing any makeup. She coughs, turns her head and hocks a loogey into the grass. She runs into a friend and they reach out to half-slap, half-shake hands. They talk about their last camping trip, the football game and their jobs doing construction and painting. They wrap it up by saying goodbye and a slight wave. Do you get similar images in your head when you hear the words gay or lesbian? Well, as we saw at the guess the straight person panel, some people still do. The panel was sponsored by James college and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA). There were two panels, a male panel and a female panel. Each consisted of all queer people except for one straight person on each panel. The audience had a chance to ask the panel any questions, but without the use of pronouns or anything that would necessarily reveal the sex of their partners. There were questions ranging from, "What kind of music do you like?" to "Do you have a strapon?" At the end of the allotted time, the audience was asked to guess whether each person on the panel was gay/lesbian, bisexual or straight. I think the results turned out to be the.most interesting part of the panel. One by one, the sexuality of each panel member was revealed. The audience was completely surprised. One of the lesbians on the panel had only three people guessing that she was a lesbian. Also, a bisexual woman on the panel was overwhelmingly thought to be a lesbian. On the men's panel there was a gay man that the vast majority of people thought was straight. In fact, only one person was able to guess that he was gay. Another gay panelist was only guessed to be gay by six people, but the straight panelist was thought to be gay by six people also. As you can see, sexuality is not something that you can tell from the outside, or even from. talking to someone. Basically, what this panel teaches us is that the only way we can know someone's sexuality is if they tell us.
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I saw three major computers. The Danger Room, the machine that amplified Xavier's abilities, and the machine that kept Xavier in a stasis while holding Cyclops and Storm at bay. I don't think I'll be getting into the code behind this stuff but I am going to try to vaguely explain algorithms and if it were even possible. The Danger Room provides seemingly endless simulations for the X-Men to combatand train with.. The robot we encounter in the Danger Room needs to have some sort of artificial intelligence. I'm not talking the kind that is going to think for itself, then exterminate humanity, then spawn three movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm talking some type of routine that takes in outside input and determines appropriate reactions. The robot would need sensors to figure out what's going on around it. Perhaps a heat sensor that tells it where the Xmen in the room are. It could then fire it's heat missiles at them, but wait, it fires missiles at the mannequin civilians. Kitty then disrupts ft by phasing through it; I don't understand how that works. The cage that Wolverine is in would need some sort of closed circuit on each bar piece that could detect if the circuit had been broken or not. Maybe infrared beams along each bar so if they were cut by the claws then i-t would indicate that the bar was also cut by an adamantium claw. The target grid makes the most sense, it's an 'if' statement. If the force detected on it is X then we stop the sequence. The machine that amplifies Xavier's abilities is akin to Cerebro, so I am going to talk about Cerebro. I don't know what Xavier sees when he's jacked into that thing but it can't be the holograms we see in the X-Men movie. The, technology simply doesn't exist; As for amplifying telepathy... damn. It could either give him a drug that boosts his abilities or telepathy is a form of energy that can be amplified by waves. I don't know of any drug that grants telepathy. If telepathy is a form of wave-like energy then we would need to emit the same wave and have it coincide with the Professor's to create giant crests. Waves going out of the Professor's brain would not help him alone so telepathy must be some sort of sonar that comes back to the Professor after it has been emitted. If we can generate the wave then detecting one would be just as easy. We start generating waves to coincide with the Prof's and then we're done. Holding Storm and Cyke is easy enough, it's like really strong roller coaster braces. But we're amplifying the Prof's abilities again so he can't block out their pain. See above. His stasis can be monitored like they do in hospitals and I'd assume they could keep him thoroughly doped to maintain his stasis. That would all I still hate that take hospital equipment. Danger Room robot.
which would shape his view of Homo Superior A car and their relationship with mankind. crash that forced his wife into labor would serve as the catalyst towards a genocidal future for William Stryker. Delivering the baby himself, he immediately noticed the child was genetically different than he, a mutant, in the world that he lived. In response to this scenario, Stryker took it upon himself to- murder his recently born son and his wife. But why react in this way, why use this event as a means to embark on a crusade to exterminate mutants? This leads one to ultimately confronting the possibility that William Stryker had always had this hatred within him, and the confrontation with the reality of a mutant child merely served as an incidental and superficial justification for the vision of terror he sought. One can find an interesting correlation between William Stryker, as a paragon of the bigoted genocidal individual, and the personality described by Jean-Paul Sartre inAntiSemite and Jew. Here, Sartre confronts the reality of racism and hatred through the liberating eyepiece of existential theory. Major in the tenants proclaimed by Sartre is the idea of the Anti-Semite being in control of the creation of the Jew, or the other. By saying this, he means to claim that the individual who is titled "Jew" is arbitrary and This idea is reflected in inconsequential. maybe the most famous passage from this book: "If the Jew did not exist, the Anti-Semite would create him." This rather simplistic statement has far reaching repercussions in terms of the This is application of existential theory. reflected in the passage where Sartre examines the idea that the Jew is not free not to be a Jew. This would immediately seem to contradict a foundational idea found within Existentialism; that of universal freedom. However, Sartre is careful to magnify this statement with the aforementioned claim. The Jew is not a Jew in terms of his individual traits, but rather is the Jew because the Anti-Semite claims him as such. It is the Anti-Semite who assigns all the negative and hated characteristics to the Jew, not the Jew himself. He simply exists, and exists as is, not participating in the process of
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Willi-am these ideas, Considering Stryker becomes less a victim of his own fate, and more a active component in the cycle of hatted existing in the World Marvel. He can very easily engage in the emotions he feels towards mutant kind. However, to blame the mutants for this hatred and thus allow them to suffer the repercussions of it, he acts in bad faith and is thus privy to a grave injustice. William Stryker is a man who allows his hate to define, and, doing so, defines a people as an object of this hatred, victimizing them overtly, for sins over which they have no control. Stryker good sir, thou art a dick, stultus.
human beings with powers or abilities that go beyond the scope of normal humanity. Stryker has built an evangelical movement that is about to reach its denouement by declaring war on the mutant populous, and a frightening number of people are behind him. An important puzzle to unravel here is why Stryker holds such hatred for mutaintsAhati he would rally millions to his cause of seeing them all slaughtered. It is revealed that, years ago, Stryker's wife gave birth to a mutant, and Stryker was so disgusted with his new son that he killed him and his wife moments after the birth occurred. At that point, Stryker was convinced that his mission from God was to continue what he had started and ultimately cleanse the world of the mutant race. What he failed to realize, however, is that God didn't tell him anything; Stryker was actually being driven by a mixture of projection and guilt. The second that Stryker laid eyes on his mutant son, he questioned his own humanity. If he could produce a mutant son, then what was he? Stryker may not have consciously known the answer to that question, but he believed he was something other than human. In response to this, Stryker has projected his hatred of himself onto the mutant race in order to stay sane. Instead of blaming himself for what happened, he blames mutants. Not only this, but Stryker needs to alleviate the guilt he feels over murdering his wife by making her a martyr. To Stryker, she wasn't killed by his irrational hatred, but rather by God's Will to smite mutantkind. In order to justify this action, Stryker has made God's supposed will the premise of his crusade to destroy every mutant on earth. To begin his holy mission, Stryker deftly utilizes the principles of social psychology to develop a zealous following. The Reverend held his first major rally at Madison Square Garden, the ideal place to sway the minds of a large group. With the sheer number of people, Stryker need only to pack the building with believers, use the peripheral route of persuasion to appeal to their fears and emotions, and you. instantly have tens of thousands followers who, under the principle of groupthink and deindividuation, will now be willing to think irrationally and act in such ways that they would never do in a more intimate setting. If all goes according to plan, Stryker will have a fervent religious following that will have no qualms in aiding him in his quest to kill millions of mutants. Although he ultimately fails, the story of William Stryker serves as a warning of how dangerous a man can be if he knows how to get people on his side.
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On October 2 6 t h , Rockstar North, the creators of the Grand Theft Auto line of games, released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The newest GTA game is what we expected from Rockstar, it's GTA: Vice City plus much, much more. Allow me to explain-what I mean by that. GTA: SA (for short), is significantly different from its predecessors. In this game, your main character is Carl Johnson; a gang member who left San Andreas after his- brother was gunned down. 5 years later, CJ's mom has been killed, and he has to return home. As soon as he gets back he finds himself back in the kind of trouble he was hoping to avoid. As much as he would rather run back to Liberty City (where he has been for 5 years), he can't because family's family, and he won't rest until he avenges his mother.
By Jamie Mignone
Fuck Vincent Gallo. He made the worst movie I've ever been ashamed to have brought a friend to. Brown Bunny sucked ass. It sucked so much ass that it has permanent ass-breath and ass withdrawal would set in if it were possible for it to refrain for the most minute theoretical time unit from sucking ass. The film ass-sucking league has closed its books and its members have stopped debating. It is all over, Brown Bunny sucks the most ass ever, fucking asssucker. Vincent Gallo wastes the viewer's time with his grille up in the frame, without a damn thing going on in the background for loooooooooooooooooooooooong periods of movieseat-ass-numbing time. In total, between increments of equally mind-numbing inaction, there are about twenty-five lines of dialog in this terrible excuse for a movie. There only seemed to be music during mundane driving sequences, where the poor bastards watching the worst film ever made are subjected to the worst music ever made, good old Gordon-fucking-Lightfoot. If you happen to be curious because there has been a relatively high amount of hype over this piece of shit amongst artsy film enthusiasts, then let me assure you, the critics who damn this film are the ones who are right. The "plot" is thus: this guy Bud drives around, he only talks to girls with names in common with flowers, and then there's a twist. Here, however, is the break between the idea of "surprise ending" and "fucking stupid." His ex-girlfriend is just a fantasy, as she was raped and killed with their unborn child after smoking crack at a party. Bud was a scaredycat and ran away because he thought she liked being cracked out and raped, so he didn't help her. So, his hallucination of her, Daisy, has to smoke crack and suck him off on screen before she can reveal to Bud and to the audience that
she is dead. Vincent Gallo, you are a stupid, stupid man. Your protagonist does not draw sympathy after cleverly being portrayed as undeserving of pity, rather, he is your petty manifestation of your love for your own cock. I feel dumber now that I have seen it. Chloe Sevigny has been raped enough on film, thanks, and now that I've seen her slob your knob on the silver screen
By Joe Rios
GTA: S.A. is a look at "Thug Life" at it's very beginning back in the early 90's. The one major drawback to the plot is that -it works under the assumption of "I'm Black. I live in a poor neighborhood, therefore I MUST be in a gang." That concept is actually rather racist, but it does reflect the rampant gang mentality, and undeniable amount of gang warfare during that time. GTA: S.A. has some new customizability that is worth noting. For example, in this game, you have stats like "stamina, sex appeal, respect, muscle" etc. that you work on over time to make your character significantly better from when you start. In addition, your can customize CJ's hair, clothes, and for the first time ever, his car (of course HIS car is any car you feel like taking). There are also new types of game-play that have never been in a GTA game before. Now
you can spray graffiti, participate in gang wars for territory, and break into houses to steal items, which you later sell for money. In fact, there isn't much of anything that you do in this game that IS legal. There is so much going on in favor of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that you might wonder what could possibly be wrong with it? I'll tell you. The primary problem with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, is that it is a Grand Theft Auto game. The concept of being able to just massacre people in the-sreets while on a bloody rampage, has lost its novelty to some extent. While Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a great game, one has to wonder how long Rockstar can keep selling these games, but then again I guess since people have been buying it like crazy, it can't be doing so bad. Another drawback to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, is that it is pretty much just a Grand Theft Auto: Vice City expansion pack. It's the last game, plus a much larger map, and while you have control over an assortment of new vehicles such as bicycles, airplanes, and a slew of new motorcycles, the game is not remarkably different from its predecessors. As long as there is a market for people who want to have a ridiculous amount of violence in an urban setting like Los Angeles, or Miami, or any of the other GTA settings, there will be a market for these games, and if you have the money to spend on it, go and buy Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It will keep you entertained for hours on end.
and get raped in the same movie, I can assure you that I am dumber now. Thank you, asshole. This film could more have been effective in doing whatever it was trying to do if it were six or seven still photographs with a sentence single underneath each, outlining the "plot." WORST MOVIE EVER!
Cake - Pressure Thief
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By Joan Leong
Cake's distinguishable sound is as consistent as their album covers. Most people probably heard of this Sacramento alternative-rock band through their mid-90s hit "The Distance." Since then, many have called them a one-hit wonder but that does not do justice to this band in any way. Just because this band hasn't had a smash hit on MTV for a while does not mean their loyal fan base are gone or they are anything short of awesome. John McCrea's vocals has somewhat matured since their previous albums but their funky sound, colorful trumpet play, electric guitar and eclectic songs all add up to a wonderful album. It's relieving to see a band that hasn't changed their unique style to succumb to whatever crappy crap is popular in the music world today. The album is able to produce a variety of songs for every emotion. Some of the songs are mellow and cool in a dark way like "Wheels" and "Dark" and "Take it All Away." These three songs is what you would hear playing in an artsy cafe on Bleecker Street in New York City where everyone there are intellectual artists of some sort. I also suggest these three for makeout music because there is something sexy about the beats but some of the witty and sarcastic lyrics might throw off the mood. Pay it softly in the background. The rest of the album is bubbly and spirited. Cake incorporates all genres of music into the rest of their songs. You can hear hints of jazz, pop, neo-soul, ska and even bluegrass
1Ings will be so fucked up. I wish I wasn't just a pedestrian breathing all this in. " This is definitely music for the long drive to the beach. From what I can tell, a good number of their songs are about relationships. Instead of sounding like a whiny emo kid, .they are able to employ clever metaphors into their songs. "She'll hang the baskets on the walls. But I've seen it all before, heard the slamming of the door. Come summer, come fall, come winter. There will be baskets on the floor." The entire album is very enjoyable and one of my favorites is "The End of the Movie" which has a very sixties rock sound to them. In my interpretation of the song, I believe it's about faith in people. "They'll pull you down. You'll frown. They'll tar you and drag you through town. But you still don't like to leave until the end of the movie." I highly recommend this album. Other people might dislike the fact that they do not seem to- evolve or change in the musical style but I commend them for it. I believe they still write incredibly creative songs and that's all that matters. There are so many bands that have switched to being political or screamo because instrumentals in tneir songs. '-uitar ivian, "Dime," and "Carbon Monoxide" are songs that that is what is going to put them on MTV. The will remind you of the summer. I especially fact that they stuck to their true nature allows liked "Carbon Monoxide" because it was very me to respect them all the more. And finally to ska-ish with a message behind it. It made the the sad emo kids out there, listen to the final environmentalist in me skip for joy just a little track, "Tougher than it is" because Cake wants bit to see a band show concern for the air we all you to just chill out and stop making life so breathe. "Don't you care? Don't you care? After hard. car after bus after car after truck. After this my
Kid Val Emmich Slow Down Donovan By Melanie
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A boy on the verge of pop but tipping on a sort of rock and roll/grungy sound is what, I would call Val Emmich. I have to say the only reason I picked this CD up was because it has a young man walking by himself along a subway platform, so I figured it had to be some singer/songwriter, one man and his guitar, John Mayerish type of music. Surprisingly, each one of Val Emmich's songs on his first full release, Slow Down Kid, are fully equipped with electric guitars, bass, drums and sometimes Christmas bells. This New Jersey guy has a lot to complain about and so little time to do it. Val's vocals are enjoyable, and his lyrics are, most of the time, meaningful, not just the usually pop nonsense. For example, the first track off the album is called "Medical Display" and is about someone watching anoth"Linen er person lying on their deathbed. sheets conceal you / And in minutes you'llbe gone / Our exchange wontt bring any understanding." His vocals on this track turn to screaming, "release you release you," and show he has the emotion to back up his words. "I am suffering / From a make-believe disease / Life is terrifying / So I just sit here dying dying dying." At 15 years old Emmich .was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, which is an influence in some of his songs like the-one above called, "Unstable." It'seems like he was a young kid thrown in a situation that deals with adult problems'. He vents in his lyrics and gets out the frustration of not being able to do a great deal of physical activities in life. Many of his songs deal with him trying to fig-
ure out the important moments of his life and the pieces that fall between. In "A Voice," Emmich speaks of the constant thoughts going though his head, "You're not going to die in my mind / You're still alive and well / If you leave so does my sanity." My favorite song on here would have to be "Shock," the guitar here leads me back to the Mayer style. But Emmich twists it around to a bitter rock song, "You're supposed to be my friend / Don't lie to me / Just turn and walk away / I could punch your fuckin' face." A more upbeat song, "Bury Me" is just your usual plea for help found in little poems you wrote in ninth grade with lyrics like, "today I'm sick of everyone," and "go ahead and bury me." At 23, I hope Emmich has resolved all the, "the world hates me" problems, because overall I see a lot of talent shining through all the helpless words. The passion that Emmich displays defHis thunderous initely comes from within. sounds lead him far away from any simple coffee shop musicians. He does border on your, average teen pop musician, complaining about their petty problems. Since his problems are a tad more real, Slow Dow•n Kid is worthy of getting a listen. I would call him the male Michelle Branch with, a touch of Phantom Planet, who are both trying to stray away from the pop titles. The last track on the album, called "Slow Down Kid," pretty much ties up the album by saying, do not worry so much about all these problems. It is a slower song accompanied by a piano which is usually the way to go in a song of that title. It is hard to
tell if Val Emmich is falling into or out of the constant cliques of popular music. Hopefully he will continue to fall away from it and produce a sound that will become his own.
Assembly of Dust - The Honest Hour ·
By Rob Pearsall
help me realize that this band is more than country, the occasional guitar solo is enough the keep me listening through the entire album and there's something I like about Genauer's voice. The whole band seems to fit together fairly well. They form a cohesive unit that's damn solid. I say all this because, once again, I am not the target audience for this album. I think they're good but I don't like the album very much. I don't like most of the songs. I don't like many of the interludes. I don't like the lyrics. By this point I'm over the fact that Assembly of Dust is not a metal band. They could probably make a good metal band; I don't know if Andrew Herrick- has the stamina for double bass, but he should give it a try. Enough
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The name of the band, Assembly of Dust, sounds metal. I was hoping to listen to some guitar solos, double bass, arid maybe some. Opeth type growling or lyrical singing akin to Blind Guardian. There are few things better than listening to someone who has an intimate relationship with their guitar, solo off with double bass pounding in the background like a rampaging beast who has forgotten why he rampages and continues to rage because it's all he knows. I like metal. I like punk and ska. I am not the target audience for this album. Assembly of Dust reminds of Jackson Brown (who I like) infused with country. The pacing of the songs and some of the vocals reminded me of The lyrics and the playing Jackson Brown.
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not like country music. Not liking the genre, is not helping me write this review. I feel that this band is actually pretty good. I especially liked Adam Terrell's solo in "Man With a Plan." Reid Genauer definitely reminds of Jackson Brown's singing. The keyboards are a nice touch. When I think of country, I think ten-gallon hats and frilly boots with spurs. I know this is just a stereotype brought on by line dancing but I can't help it. The keyboards
n't take to on this album. I briefly looked over the lyrics after listening to the album. All the songs had the same feelings. There were feelings about coming and going; I got the vibe of missed opportunities and what-ifs, it basically came down to life. How we travel through it, how things change, and a lot of reminiscAll the songs ing about it. seem a little romantic in their view too. I guess this particular view comes with age. Maybe I'll live a little too fast
and really regret the way my time was spent. Maybe I'll look back and relate to some of these songs one day. Today I'm looking at four more years of bad decisions, a year or so of college, and plethora of things to do in that time. Ooh, "Honey Creeper" just came on and it fooled me again. I must confess I've been listening to the album again to help me write this;. It starts off with a nice porn riff and then turns soft, Terrell comes back with a purty solo but it doesn't last long enough. Now I'm stuck with how he doesn't have "Miss Honey Creeper" anymore and how he's wanted her back. Going a little backwards in the playlist but the song "Harrower" has a major flaw. I haven't heard the term "sharecropper" since junior high social studies. The word is stuck in my head from being in the refrain. Stop "Bus Driver," stop. It breaks into the typical fast southern skiddle (skiddle is probably not a word, let alone a wordused to describe a southern beat. I just think 'skiddle' when I hear that beat). and God help me, I want out of this hoedown. "Never let 'em go, never get away. Never let 'em go, never get away," but I want out! I've got to stop listening to this. I think these guys are a good band but it is definitely not my cup of tea. I think it's for the over 40 crowd and I've got to give this CD to my dad. I bet he'll enjoy it. Meanwhile, I'm going to get a ticket for the knitting factory and call it a day.
Kill Radio - Raised on Whipped Cream
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By Erik Salomon
summing up our childhoods, where we came from and what we learned and what we were told was truth, that a lot of it was absolute bullshit, and a lot of it is just devoid of meaning...we almost had to unlearn things that had been taught to us at an early age that we had just accepted and figured, "That's the way the world works," because people just say stuff. It's not that other generations that are older than us are wrong in their advice, but they did not have the same parameters and the same consequences and the same issues that we have today. We have completely different issues. Everyone just needs to recreate themselves and not let anybody else define their inner capabilities. You define them yourself." You can check out the band at They have www.KillRadiorevolution.com. four Mp3s available to download or listen, pictures, reviews and even the music video for their song "Do You Know." There is also I a link to where you can buy their CD. haven't checked out any of the music stores on the Island to see if they carry it, but if they don't, you can E-mail KillRadio and So...um they will make sure it gets there. yeah, this band fucking rocks. The CD hasn't left my CD player since I got it. They do not currently have any shows scheduled outside of California. E-mail them and ask them to play your town next time they make an East Coast tour! If there is enough interest, perhaps we could convince these guys to play at the University Caf6.
Here is to choosing a book by its cover! While I was sitting in one of our weekly SB Press meetings, I was handed a bunch of CD's in order to pick one out for review. This attention. my caught KillRadio band Naturally, I was automatically driven to the disc with a naked baby sucking down "whip its" as it cover. The album is called Raised on Whip Cream. KillRadio is a four-piece Punk-Rock Most band from Los Angeles, California. people I have talked to on Long Island have never heard of them, but they are signed to Sony/Columbia records and were also on last "Raised on Whipped year's Warped Tour. It was Cream" is the bands first album. released only a couple of months ago, on September 7t h 2004. The band combines heavily politically influenced/PUNK lyrics with a relentless rock sound, and non-stop attacking guitar riffs. They are the turn I have been waiting for punk to take. A band that isn't afraid to say what they are thinking. You know, the whole "fuck the system and fuck you too!" attitude that punk used to have. Somewhere along the line, punk lost all its drive for political and social change, and became KillRadio is widely socially acceptable. bringing music with a political message back to the forefront. I am glad to hear that a band like this is getting attention from a major record label. It could mean good things for all of you out there that cant wait for the day when the radio might actually play some music YOU WANT TO HEAR.
Brandon Jordan is the bands vocalHis voice sounds like ist/guitarist. Operation Ivy's "Jesse Michaels" with an alternative rock twist. Growing up in L.A., I think it is safe to assume that Jordan had been to a few Op Ivy shows back in the day? Jordan sings about social and political issues, namely: mainstream radio (duhh), war and peace, redneck agendas, lies, and the empty headed minds of today's generation. Having enlisted in the military after high school, only to withdraw shortly after, he has personal feelings toward this "war on terror" that we are fighting. In "Pull Out," he sings "I need your opinion like I need a. bullet to my head. You didn't care then, so why care now, unless you're cashing in on the dividends... I'm not going to sit on the side of the road, watching brothers die, or pretend 'Cause that soldier could well its kosher. have been me." In "A.M.E.R.I.K.A," Jordan directs his anger directly at President Bush when he sings; "The informed citizen became un-American, for reading a book instead of Supporting peace watching the television. and not the president. Rather die on the cross than for a fucking Republican." When asked in an interview with "Rebel Yell" why the band chose to name their album Raised on Whipped Cream, "We picked Jordan responded by saying: whipped cream because it's this object, this food, decoration, dessert, that's totally devoid of meaning or nutritional value. It's totally empty and fluffy, it doesn't have much to it, substance-wise. We feel like,
The Dark Sideof Oz
The Huntington Cinema Arts Center played The Wizard of Oz with the Dark Side of the Moon soundtrack and I, feeling compelled to finally understand the meaning behind the myth, undertook the investigation and attended. For years the rumor has circulated, that if you played the 1939 movie along with Pink Floyd's 1972 album, amazing synchronicities would occur as if the album was produced to coincide with it. The theory is widely accepted to be true, and having attempted the remix myself and failed to produce any results due to technical difficulties, I thought let's see what the professionals have figured out. The key is you're supposed to start the album after the third roar of the MGM lion. Well, like most things magical, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The first run of the record works the best. Because the album is only 41 minutes long and the movie is like 86 minutes, you have to either restart the CD or put in another one for the end. At this showing in the Center, after the first run of Dark Side, they put on Wish You Were Here, and for the last ten minutes was the end of Dark Side again. They told us how they were going to do this before the, show even started, which dashed some of our hopes for a seamless flow of music and images, but when it began and we heard the strange coolness of Pink Floyd playing over the somewhat dilapidated brown and white credits of the Wizard of Oz, it was obvious we were in for some synaesthesia. There's a lot of transitions in the album that coincide with scene changes in the movie, perhaps more so than with any other album-, movie combination. I'd estimate an awe inspiring "coincidence" like every five minutes or so,
By Adam Kearney
farm: there's a lot of dirt, animals, and empty space. Not a lot of dough was spent on the set. Then the tornado comes and plops her down in Oz, and as she peers out of the doorway into the colorful, and need I say expensive, arrangement of flowers and sparkling blue fountains of downtown Munchkinland, the cash registers of Floyd's Money come on. At this point everyone in the theater starts cheering. And it's really funny. She's a Kansas farm girl wandering around a sparkling fantasy land in full Technicolor as cash registers ring and the all familiar bass-line of Floyd's ironic tribute to getting paid begins. The coincidence reeks of conscious intent. And if it was intended, was it also part of some grand design that I would be observing this phenomenon during a lunar eclipse? This might also account for the fact that I arrived a half an hour late, the show was sold out, and I still managed to get in for free. Either way the experience of a synchronicity, or a seemingly meaningful coincidence, is usually a subjective, entirely personal affair, and yet here is an urban legend describing such an occurrence and it is widely accepted and verifiable by anyone who has seen it. Determined that in discoursing with the people involved in this weird mash up I might fully understand what the hell it's all about, I tried to get the grandson of the midget who played the Mayor of Munchkinland on *the phone. I only got to speak with his agent. He said, "Haven't you ever heard of The Ozzorcist, or Ziggy Starfighter? Those synchros work just as well, they just don't get hype in the press." Ahh, I thought, I guess anything's an amazing conspiracy if you can make people believe it.,
when a song would change or there's a sound effect that goes perfectly with what's happening Between these transitions where onscreen. .everyone laughs or is thinking holy shit this real, the mood and meanings of the songs form a
good backdrop for what's going on in the film. Veteran fans of the movie and the album could be refreshed by this original synthesis even if slightly disappointed by dramatic scenes in the movie that weren't represented by Dark Side. Pink Floyd's trippy electro-spook sound is fitting for the innate trippy-spookiness of The Wizard of Oz, which is sometimes lost on the springy ballads. synchronicity The most startling throughout the film, the one instance that proves the theory's worth, is during the transition from black and white to color, when Dorothy's house crashes in Munchkinland and she looks out the door. Let me backtrack and say that the entire movie you are treated to a bleak portrait of life for Dorothy on her Kansas
Halo 2. Still a "Must Bu
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also a few new On November 9th,one and a half million ing multiplayer mode). There are vehicles, improvements on the ones from the old (estimated) people agreed to accept a semester a massive collecof poor grades, lackluster work results, and an game, and most significantly, tion of new weapons. One might consider this overall lack of sleep. On November 9t h, the very but there is long awaited Halo 2 came out for Microsoft X enough to make the game a winner, more yet still. There are all new maps for splitBox. I, one of those 1.5 million, was at the mall significant change of at Midnight to be able to get my copy as soon as screen mode, and the most all, the incorporation of the X Box Live system, humanly possible. By the time I got my copy and perfectly (Of course, it got back to my dorm room it was lam, and my which has so far worked has to because X Box live was the supposed rearoommate and I played until the sun came up. It was a good departure though, from Grand Theft son for the delay on the game). While Halo 2 has plenty working it its Auto: San Andreas, which had been played nonfavor, it also has numerous things that now are stop before that day. It was only just a short while ago that I a sever disadvantage. For starters, the headshas a gauge to monactually beat the game, and the end results are up-display (HUD) no longer itor your health, only your shields have a gauge. both very positive, but also VERY negative. I do much when you are will do my best not to spoil anything for those In addition, you cannot holding 2 weapons at once, and attempting to do of.you have not yet beaten the game. or get into a Halo 2-brings to the player everything anything, like throw a grenade vehicle, requires you leaving one of the two they wanted that they couldn't have from the first Halo. The graphics are mind blowing, the weapons on the floor. The HUD problem and the weapon issues cinematic scenes are significantly more realissignificant, but are not nearly as significant tic looking, and of a general better quality. But are For starters, the game the improvements on existing features of the as the plot problems. begins with you back home near Earth, with no game are perhaps not as significant as the feaexplanation as to how you got back from deep tures that were added in all new. In Halo 2, you can hold not one, but TWO space (there is a book however that does the job enough, you get to play smaller weapons at a time, effectively making nicely). If that weren't as 2 different characters which can be confusyour character a two-fisted "Bullet Hose." In main problem is not that. addition, you can now attack characters that are ing at times, but the The problem is that some of the plot seems to be in vehicles (something particularly useful dur-
By Joe Rios
left out simply because they are trying to tell two stories at once. Finally, the most significant outrage to me as a Halo fan is that the ending of the game is a cliffhanger. You are left not knowing what the fate of the universe is going to be. The original Halo left an opening for a sequel, but Halo 2 leaves a DEMAND for it. My sincerest hope is that after a much-deserved vacation, the folks at Bungie begin work on Halo 3. Halo 2 has developed a cult-like following. The number is somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million copies that were reserved (I get different numbers from site-to-site) but those kind of numbers are something significant. Many music CD's and movie DVD's don't sell that well in the first few WEEKS, and these were pre-orders! Bungle and Microsoft have managed to outdo themselves, and as I sit at my desk, forcing myself off of X Box Live *to write this very article, that becomes very clear to me. Halo 2 is an AWESOME GAME, make no mistake about that! It has some shortcomings which I wish had been handled before the game was released, but that aside, Bungie has managed to bring to its fan-base a game that is more than we could ever imagine and a game that is going to keep MILLIONS entertained for some while to come. So what is the final verdict? Well since day one my opinion was that Halo 2 was a "Must Buy" and that has not changed. Now go buy the game and save the Universe!
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Firefoc : A Thoroughly Boring Perspective
You use a computer. You use the Internet. To do anything useful, or have the same experience as everyone else, you must use Internet Explorer. The day has come where it can be definitively said: No longer. On History, and Microsoft Since Microsoft first realized that the Internet would change computing with or without its help, the company has desperately been playing catch-up. From the days of BBS, gopher, telnet, IRC, and finally HTML, they were content to follow developments at a leisurely pace. But as the first graphical browser (NCSA) gave birth to other browser applications, one began to rise rapidly in usage, acceptance, and a mass of features and ease-of-use. For most users, Netscape Navigator became synonymous with "the Web" itself. Microsoft would have none of it. Version 3 of Internet Explorer (IE) gave Microsoft a competitive Drowser. ny their 4 version (frankly superior in many aspects) product and shrewd business tactics (found illegal in jurisdictions) some threw a stranglehold on a drowning, bloated, and slowing Netscape.
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obscure browsers, their inclusion and seamless, tidy integration makes Firefox an impressive browser and platform for future extensions. After a short "preview release" period last month, some final bugs were promptly squashed, last minute touches added, and the already refined interface made even more elegant. While millions of people have already downloaded the preview release in just weeks, the long-awaited version 1.0 has drawn much attention and acclaim. Already endorsed before its release by business periodicals and national newspapers as a safer, saner choice for users, more people are bound to pile on to the Firefox bandwagon. As for future development, rumors run amok about integration of a new Google tool for your own local computer's files. Great things seem to be in store, and Open Source software may have a new flagship to tout its benefits. Microsoft Reacts...Sort Of
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Before beginning this article, I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my rant, even though it was never meant to be published. By responding to my ideas, you have shown they have at least a minimal level of validity. Perhaps in the future I will write an article addressing the ideas you put forth, though I doubt I would waste my time doing so. Below is what a finished article might have looked like if the editors of The Press had not published my rough draft (a comical and extremely crude rant.) What has become of sexuality in America? Straight, gay, metro-sexual...what do these terms mean? I think they mean very little. Instead, I subscribe to the philosophy that a deep loving relationship can be established with any other human being if one is selfless enough. In these days, where it can be considered sexist to attribute any particular gender role to a...particular gender, it seems we have become a genderless society. If so, then there is no male, no female; instead, merely humans with different parts that can be altered with modern science. Even our hormonal balances can be doctored and "treated" to the point where you don't know if the "man" sitting next to you was always a "man" or was once a "woman." Hence, I ask again, from the perspective of a human born with a penis who dedicates himself solely to a single human born with a vagina at one time; what do people mean when they say they are gay (not lesbian)? Does it mean they are a human born with a penis who prefers another human born with a penis as a sexual partner? If this is the case, the deciding factor appears to be physical and not emotional. If the deciding factor were truly emotional, they would consider themselves bisexual, accepting humans.with both penis and vagina (one at a time). You see, this article is addressing only those men who insist they are only attracted to men. I am calling them on their flagrant sexism.
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__ On a Halloween Sunday the Stony Brook Seawolves men's soccer team defeatedthe Maine Black Bears by a score of 1-0. Approximately 400 supporters turned up for the match at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. It was a defensive, yet entertaining, hard-fought battle from start to finish. The home side would immediately get on the board in the first minute before the Black Bears even got a touch on the bail. It all started when striker, Anthony Barberio sent a long ball for defender Zach Norwood to run onto. Norwood on the right wing sent a cross for striker Chris Megaloudis to head it home from 5 yards out. "We got off to a good start. We struggled later on in the match and gave the ball away cheaply. We needed to keep the ball on the ground," stated Norwood. The next opportunity for the Seawolves would come in the 13th minute. Norwood's outswinging. corner found defender Mike Salvador on the far post. His header went right into the. hands of Chad Mongeon. Stony Brook would continue to create opportunities the, following minutes. Norwood would find Megaloudis on the left. Catching Mongeon coming out, Megaloudis de.cided to. chip one from 11 yards out only to see it sail just high over the bar. In the 24th minute left winger, Jose Sura, shot from 20 yards out, following a Black Bear defensive error, sailed just inches wide. Maine would get their first opportunity in the 31st minute. A Black Bear forward was able to turn from point blank only to have the ball brilliantly tackled away from defender Rob Fucci. .The second half saw the home side once again with the better chances. In the 57th minute, Sura, with a ton of space sprinted towards goal and laid one off to striker Bright Animdee. Animdee's effort from 7 yards out sailed wide of the near post. Seven minutes later, Sura, given a ton of space once again, sprinted towards goal and fired one from 22 yards out sailing inches wide of the far post. Things got a bit physical in the 72nd minute. It was a 50-50 challenge between striker Chris Scarpati and Mongeon. Scarpati taking a whack at the ball, connected with Mongeon
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instead. Mongeon got back up and shoved Scarpati. "It was a 50-50 ball. I read that their defender was going to head the ball back to their keeper and I happened to connect with the goalkeeper. I can definitely understand his reaction. But I thought he definitely should have gotten a red card for retaliating like that," said Scarpati. The Black Bear's first real opportunity would finally come in the 86th minute. A 24 yard effort from Maine was easily handled by goalkeeper John Moschella. The shot was Moschella's first test of the day as his defense was well organized the entire day. "We were very good defensively. We could have been more patient. Young guys are always a bit impulsive. But we came out and got the win," said head coach Cesar Markovic. With the win, Stony Brook improves to 10-5-2 overall and 3-3-2 in the conference. The Seawolves need a win against Northeastern in order to assure themselves a ticket to the America East playoffs.
Boston, Mass- On Tuesday afternoon as I surfed the Seawolves athletic web site, I saw something truly shocking. A road trip was being offered to its supporters. This was not a road trip for a football nor basketball. But it was one for the men's soccer team. It was nice to see some attention given to soccer. Being a soccer fanatic and realizing how rare this occasion is, I was definitely not going to pass it up. Full credit has got to go to the athletic front office for setting this up on such short notice after Seawolves defeated Vermont the past Saturday in a shootout after a 1-1 regulation draw in Vermont. With so little time, the marketing/communications department was able to gather approximately thirty fans on the bus. It was Wednesday afternoon at 2PM as I boarded the bus. I was on my way to watch the Seawolves. take on the Boston Terriers in the America East semifinal at 7PM. It was my first trip to Boston and it was quite an adventure. Just minutes before arrival at Nickerson Field, things took a turn .for the worse. The directions available only included the directions for a car, not the bus. Only vehicles of a certain of a certain height can go through the tunnel we were about to go through. With kickoff time nearing and fingers crossed, the driver took the risk and succeeded. Appoximately 460 people attended the match. Though on the road, the Seawolves supporters were clearly the louder side, as numerous members of the Stony Brook women's soccer team provided the much needed vocal support throughout the full ninety minutes. It was a different story on the field however. The first half saw most of Boston with the
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majority of the possession at Stony Brook's end. Certainly, the fellow supporters that came along The unfortunate happened in the 2 5th minute also deserve a lot of credit for making the trip a off a stunning goal from Federico Bianchi, in hilarious one. what would, prove to be the game-winner. :: Despite the unfortunate end to the seaBianchi with a cutback, sent son, the Seawolves had an a bending left footed shot arguably highly successful from 15 yards out to the far season finishing at 11-6-3. post leaving no chance for The season also saw a huge Seawolves goalkeeper, John rise in attendance under Moschella. coach Markovic. The second half saw "My goal is to put the Terriers put on quite a Stony Brook on the soccer diving show, 'going down map and to compete on a numerous times a Seawolf national level as soon as defender went for a chalpossible. Our team will lenge. The referee somehow play an entertaining style of soccer that we hope will bought all the acting and flashed 'the yellow card receive tremendous support numerous times at Stony from the local community," Brook players for nonMarkovic stated before the bookable offenses. Lon g season. balls were lofted by the rNot to criticize the forSeawolves into the box to no mer coach, Scott Dean, but avail, as the Terriers' the level of soccer has defense remained solid. clearly improved. The finisher would AtteAding matches, for the h come for Boston in the 6 7t last three seasons, I saw a minute off a miscue in the clear difference between backline. Moschella came Dean .,Y _.and Markovic. Under 1• , •_ :,. . .t I- _• _
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to collide with a fellow defender. Bianchi would take advantage of the loose ball and get the insurance goal shoot ing to the lower far post. It was about 9:30PM when I got back on the bus. The bus would arrive back on campus at around 2AM. It was unfortunate to see it all end. Nevertheless, kudos once again to the folks in the marketing/communications department.
lofting long balls from midfield for the forwards to run onto. Under Markovic, possession is valued a lot more. The current team is a lot more patient in the buildup while at the same time, mixing up the attack. Attractive soccer means nothing without wins, but coach Markovic has been able to put together a combination of attractive soccer as well as winning soccer.
Seawolves Chew Up Black Bears OnFriends and Family Day 1-0 By Antony
On a drizzly and cloudy Halloween eve, the Stony Brook Seawolves women's soccer team closed out their last home match of the season by the defeating the Maine Black Bears 1-0. About 180 supporters turned up on Friends and Family Day at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Few opportunities would come for both s ides in the first half. Neither of the two ,oalkeepers were kept busy. The Seawolves would score what proved t o be the game-winner in the 1 4 t hminute off a blunder from Black Bear keeper, Tanya Adorno. Striker/left midfielder, Kelly
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Bahnsen, off a throw-in found striker, Victoria Feliciano. Feliciano from about 26 yards out chipped one past the outstretched fingers of Adorno, as she backtracked to no avail. The Black Bears would get their first crack on goal in the 30th minute. A 20 yard shot from the left was easily handled by goalkeeper, Cindy Bennett. The second half saw the visitors pressure heavily from start to finish. Erin Corey's' shot to the near post in the 47th minute from point blank was parried away' from Bennett. Following the save, a-cross w-as_ sent in front to Heather Hathorn in front only to see her shot hit the cross bar from 4 Yards out. Seconds later, another low cross was sent in front only to see the shot hit the cross bar once again for Maine. The pressure would continue for Maine. A hard whipping cross from the right wing was knocked away by Bennett, following a quick restart, before a Black Bear forward could connect on the cross. On the very next sequence, Bennett would deny Corey once again saving her 13 yard effort. Stony Brook would get its first opportunity of the second half in the 5 9 th minute. Midfielder/right back, Chelsea Van Horn was able to win the ball at midfield. With right winger Danielle Lewis making a great run down the wing, Van Horn was able to send a brilliant long ball to Lewis leading her to a breakaway. Her chance from 9 yards out sailed just wide of the far post. The Black Bears would get another golden opportunity four minutes later. Followinga scramble, left back, Jess Rogers, was able to stop the ball from going past the goal line following a back-heel shot. Bennett would come up with the biggest stop of the game in the 7 6 th minute. The service off a free kick was sent in from 40 yards out. Bennett was able to deny the point-blank header to the near post to preserve the 1-0 lead. "Her.e's a quote that I always use, 'They're a good team, but we have Cindy (Bennett) and they don't'," stated head coach Susan Ryan. "It was a must-win game for us to have a chance at making the playoffs. We found a way to win. We await the result of the other conference game," stated Ryan. Unfortunately, Hartford defeated Vermont by the score of 2-1 which eliminated the Seawolves from the playoffs. Nevertheless, Stony Brook still ended the season with high honors. The team has just been recognized by the New York Metro Chapter of soccer officials for sportsmanship. Coach Ryan will be honored on November 16th for the achievement. Bennett was just named the America East Goalkeeper of the Year,- defender, Krista Shilts, was named to the America East AllRookie Team, Teliciano was named to the America East Second-Team, and right back, Kirsandra Seaton, received honorable mentions.
Retail Hell: What NotTo Do
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It's approximately six more weeks until the corporate world's biggest capitalist holiday celebration is bestowed on the working class who with short arms and deep pockets are situated to try and please their spoiled-rotten rich children and style-Nazi loved ones, and to inch their noses up their bosses' Hershey highway just a little more. Therefore, shoppers will try to do their best to get their deeds done and over with. Did I mention this holiday was called "Christmas"? I work in retail and 95 percent of the time shoppers are nice, straight, fair, and inthe-know. However, in the event that other shoppers are uninitiated, pressed for time, the full moon is out, or even that they are just a little bit more "special"- that the rest of us, their flaws and habits will happen to show. In fact, ask anyone else working behind the register or on the floor at Macy's, JC Penney's, or their favorite repressive retail work environment and they will tell you that retail, specifically, will bring out the worst in people. We don't know why, just as much as we're still trying to figure out how the Boston Red Sox plowed through the New York Yankees and managed to win the World Series, but that's a totally different subject. Shoppers will try to bend the rules or maybe unknowingly get on employee's nerves just to have their way and have a little fun. Whether it's to save money, having that essential item, dressing to impress, or just wanting to get things done, shoppers will bring themselves out in a variety of colors and moods that somehow will peek out for us retailers to deal and square against. And on top of us dodging whip-cracklin' managers, doing twenty things at once, and dealing with lazy rich girls who only are there because their mommies and daddies told them to get a real job, there's always just a little more room to ply your teeth out of your mouth without the anesthesia by using your anti-social skills to fend off against the vicious, greedy, and conniving. Most of us sacrifice our free time to be here to put up with their hippopotamus crap, so they should be thankful that we're doing favors for them. Hiding in a filth-infested underground warehouse in some fancy Tiffany gift store, here
is a list we retailers constructed of things that customers should not do when shopping at their favorite stores. And if you, a shopper, do happen to be reading this? Follow it well, and you won't get hurt. Don't camp out in front of the store before opening or hunt us down when we're not even in the store. If you really need to hang outside for hours on end like a group of thugs straight outta' Compton in front of a 7-11 just to be the first one in the
"coupon"? Now it's got me thinking about those Bingo housewives from Arkansas that I don't want to have anything to do with.) Don't have us looking for an item that you know will either take forever to look for or is impossible to look for. After all the blood, sweat, and tears if you decide that you don't want it, line up in front of me and deserve to be shot point blank in the face. (Disclaimer, the Stony Brook Press does not condone violent acts against other people. We're really peaceful people, yo.)
brick road, and made the left turn at Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico just to find out that your Aunt Gelda in Brooklyn didn't like the snakeskin boots. Just get to the point, because we're better robots than listeners. And I really do need to go to the bathroom.
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Don't ask us how much a sale item is. Don't ask us to figure out what the discounted price of the item is. Use your brain instead. It should work.
Don't call us up on the phone. There's only two cashiers and thirty people Don't be in a rush. You know that waiting very patiently on line. People calling up you're on your way to pick up your grade-school the store are like the same people who cut in demon spawn at the bus stop. Then what the hell front of everyone on that line and expect to be are you doing shopping here? Which leads me to. treated first. Let me put you on hold while you sit there and listen to Cyndi Lauper for a halfthis... hour and when the last person on line is done, Don't leave you kids in the car. then I'll answer your question of if we have this I'm not kidding. If I hear that you're leaving the or that, in which we'll reply with a very quick car running with your kids in the backseat of a "NO!" Volvo while you're being rung-out for pantyDon't bring-your family on line. hose, I swear I will smack you cross-eyed... Sure, I'll scan you. And while you're at it, bring in your other five generations so they can be scanned without waiting in line, and I'll get yelled at. Don't ask the same thing over again. "Excuse me, do I get my %10 off each item? Don't forget to take off the %10 percent off the stockings. Did I get my %10 off the stockings? I got %10? Now I get %10 off of each item of the whole receipt, right? So I did get %10, right? Wait a minute, you forgot to take %10 off the stockings. Can you redo the whole thing so I get %10 off the stockings?" Holy shit, lady! I never knew you were a fucking game show host! Damn! Don't forget to feed your children. I eannot stress this enough, people. If you're shopping with us five times a week and on each day you're spending $1,000 on us, then would'you still remember that you have kids at home waiting to eat? For chrissakes, aren't they
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Don't forsake the kids. And when you do bring the kids out of the Volvo, letting them run around screaming like Power Rangers on Prozac while you do nothing but talk to your. auntie about your vacation isn't going to help, Don't have us look for a price for an item without a tag.There are millions of other shirts in the store that have. tags. Can't you pick one of those out? Oh, but you want that one. Don't reminisce. No one cares about the time back in 19186on how your sister, aunt, daughter, or grandma saved all that money shopping with us...especially when Fleetwood Mac is playing on the muzak. Don't use a calculator. Calculators are supposed to make you look and be smarter. Playing rocket scientist with a calculator convincing yourself that you saved money at the desk with people behind you waiting in line makes you instead look much more stupid. Don't play storyteller. We don't need to hear your agony on how you dodged the Iraqi no-fly-zone, skipped down the yellow-
Don't ask for the manager. It defeats the purpose of me being the Holy One telling you what the store policy is, only for my manager to tell me that I'm wrong. That really bruises my ego, for sure! Don't sweet talk us. Don't make those flushed, seductive, crying-eye looks. It's
store, seek professional help and get a life. Don't ask us for help when we didn't clock in yet. Give us a chance! Not until we go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, and then arrive at the cash desk but not before we get situated with our perfect alignment of office supplies, straightened bills, and our four-point upright standing position where the aisle number lights are in a straight highwaylike succession, then you can ask us to help. Don't hunt us down with your eyes. You'll tend to look like those furry little ferrets creatures that fear the sunlight and only come out at night to bow down to your kings and to scavenger what's left of the waste that are discount coupons. (Oops, did I say the word
very repulsive and it doesn't make us want to give you thirty cents off of your Morrisseyquality thrift-store shirt. Don't come in at the very last minute and start shopping, only for us to take another half-an-hour after closing scanning you out. We are closedbut we will be open tomorrow. We have lives too and do need to go home to eat dinner, get drunk, have sex...you know? Don't come in at the very last minute toodo massive returns. You'll be a likely candidate to be turned away to go home after going 90 miles-an-hour in a 15 mile-anhour school zone in your blazin' SUV o' death, hauling six bags of goods all the way to the register. It'll be so funny when we start laughing.
Retail Hell: What Not To Do Continued...
Don't throw your items on the counter and then look for your tickets. If you were in a war and came across an enemy soldier, do you have your gun ready and loaded or do you tap your enemy's shoulder and then tell your enemy to hold on while you fidget for your gun and then get ready to shoot? Same thing here. The time it takes you to decide whether or not you really needed the leopardskin fur coat for the anti-PETA rally you could've looked for your papers then to make the lop-sided profit/exchange experience a little easier. Don't jet. I'm not the lantern boy in your front lawn, standing there like a jackass when you finally get to the register, drop off your items, and then decide to get "one more item" while a line of 50 people are standing there watching you embarrass yourself. Don't get over-excited. Wow, out of nowhere you saved $1.34 on a $3.00 piece of string. Stop jumping up and down: this isn't The Price Is Right, and you didn't win anything. Don't babble on the cell-phone. If you weren't on the cell-phone looking like a self-righteous untouchable socialite then we wouldn't be standing here an extra half-hour
correcting my mistakes now, would we? Don't flank. Do you see me helping someone else? Do you see that we're busy? What makes you so important that you can cut the line for me to drop everything and help you on your fantastic magical journey to find a wedding dress? Don't cry. People are getting killed halfway around the world, you're so worried about a $5.00 off discount. And you drive around in a BMW while I drive a broken-down Chevy. You're so amazing. Don't befriend us. We're not darlings, nor this is The Cable Guy. We're not going to eat in your little "fish-market" that you claim to own and operate. Rather, we are the lit.tie red riding hoods, you are the wolves. Remember that. Don't be nervous. Now if it were a mint-condition issue of The Uncanny X-Men #1, I'd understand. What you have is a pair of pants worth only $19.99. Don't get nervous if I don't fold it the right Way because more likely it will probably be on the floor in a hotel room later that same night.
By Vincent Michael Festa
Don't play yourself. Because 45 year-old women trying on Juicy Couture for 14 year-old girls to attract 18 year-old guys is as sad and depressing as condoms for small men. Don't "pretend" to forget. After I complete your 75-item transaction, the last thing I wouldn't want to hear from you is "ohhh, I forgot to give you this coupon Please?!", and look at mne with those crying eyes. Again...war, soldier, gun? Don't ask the age-old question "do I look fat in these jeans?" If you do, I'll embarrass you like KRS-One did to MC Shan back in the 80's. Word. And finally... DON'T STEAL. If you can't afford it, don't bother. That's life. It's not worth risking your career, your families' well-being, or your ability to function well in life over a silly toy or candy bar. I promise you, you will bend over or eat the banana-split. The choice is yours. Now you know what not to do. Don't have me see you in line the day after Christmas. Thank you for shopping with us and have a pleasant evening.
Buyers and Sellers: Bew;are
By Tara Lynne Groth
are obvious means of advertising and promotion that are too logical to outline; almost more commonsense than conceptualizing supply and demand. What can be garnered here is the ability to understand how other people are promoting themselves and then keeping ahead of the competition. For a girl, wearing a tube top may milk the attention of a guy by accentuating an individual's distinguishing attributes. This is a superficial example'. Before an investor will endorse a company, a business plan must be created and it requires a description of the business. Mission statements must be composed, competition analyzed, examination of the strengths and weaknesses must be completed. Much research and development takes place to accomplish these objectives. As individuals, an equivalent of an investor, we describe ourselves to other "investors," do some "research" by asking a friend if they know so-and-so, and pros and cons are tallied in deciding whether or not the investment will produce a favorable return. Furthermore, everyone has their own personal history of "research" between the sheets, which can make or break a relationship for some people. The similarities between the way business is conducted and how we, in a way, "solicit" sexual relationships, are not few at all. It leaves the possibility that our sex drive is directly proportional to the stock market. Okay, that would be going too far. But not in jest, there appear to be innate patterns mirroring each other in the formation of intimate connections with people and in the rigid structure business of functions. One is more of a pleasure source than the other, yet both operate under the same logic. We may each be individual businesses, sole proprietorships searching to form a partnership, or in some cases a corporation. There are advantages and disadvantages to these forms of ownership as well, but that sounds like another article. Is business more exciting than dating? Or have sex/love become business transactions? If one were to attend a business school, or own a business, there are specific elements that are beneficial to understand in order to be successful. In writing and in business it is repetitively preached to "know your audience" in order to maintain effective communication. Without knowing your audience how can you satisfy their desires and give them what they want or need, or keep them coming back for more, or make them a customer for life? It may be considered that there is little humanity present in the corporate world. White collar, walking suits, the 9 to 5, I need not list the balaal characteristics. When taking into account the intimate relationships we form throughout our lives, there is more of an essence and enthusiasm attached to them than what one may feel for investment banking and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Do we spend portions of our day fantasizing about sex or about Disney stock? However, where is the difference between the two? There are so many similarities... Marketing has a core based on what are referenced as "The Four P's." In no specific order: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. Products are to be purchased and then consumed, usually after the item's features are compared to that of its competition. Do you buy the computer with the CD burner or the DVD burner-or both? Or do you have a suppressed sentimental attachment to your Commodore64? Similarly when someone chooses to form a personal relationship there is a comparison taking. place. Whether it is conscious or not, the advantages of one person over another are analyzed as well. Honesty, loyalty, and excitement in people are qualities that add value and a certain guarantee that cold, heartless, impotent people can't offer. This is a good time to have a competitive edge, unless of course the buyer has brand loyalty and will always go after a similar type of person. Pricing doesn't necessarily need to string along the monetary connotation. If it. were, there would be the cost-oriented and competition-oriented pricing approaches, maybe even a payment plan with low introductory APR. A person may appear affordable, yet the fine print reveals that an exorbitant balloon payment will be required down the road. Maybe this person will become a distressed former lover who slashes your tires, cha-chingi In matters of interpersonal relations there are emotional and temporal exchanges as well. Is the person carrying bumper-stickered baggage of depression? Or are they invasive and overly cheerful like'those folks concocting your latte in Starbucks? You may find yourself thinking that you have better things (or people) to do while in their presence. In some areas this may be diagnosed as Buyer's Remorse! Keep your receipts, keep your receipts. Place represents the venues of distribution: is the product easily accessible? Some people just emanate that unattainable glow. When a product is overly available, it seems everyone has one, like iPods and downloadable ring tones (for which most people download the same tones, defeating the purpose in differentiating themselves). In this instance, products become mainstream: you know what you're going to get. There is a definite product life cycle. When you purchase a gallon of milk-you know it's not going to taste better in a month. On the flipside Twinkies have a longer shelf-life, yet they're not made with anything real. What a conundrum. Additionally, with distribution in mind, there are certain values associated with points of purchase. Meeting someone in a bar or at a barbecue sheds a different light on their character. Consumers feel more confident making a purchase where their money can get the most for its value. We all have what's called a "perceived value" of products ard stores, and in other people. Hot Topic isn't perceived at the same value as Dolce & Gabbana. In a similar respect, people who shower are favored over those who don't. Promoting, or in its early personal stages-flirting, requires the most investment in the majority of situations. Singles on the prowl may utilize the services of personals advertisements in newspapers or on the Internet. These
Sigh of Relief. Gasp of Horror.
By Amy Wisnoski
The 2004 Presidential election is over. There's no more campaigning, convincing, or debating to be done. And now that it is done and my team has been squarely defeated, I find myself afforded with the profound opportunity to reflect on what I have learned in the past couple of years. The first thing I've learned is that America seems to have missed the boat as far as political equality goes. I don't think we should, we could, or might elect an African-American, Jew or (emotionality intact) woman as our President, I think we must. I don't know why I've taken so long to realize this but I am thoroughly angry with both the Democratic and Republican parties for completely failing to ever embody an entire half of this country's population. I am tired of hearing the excuse that women are too emotional, particularly when our President, penis and all, practically threw a temper tantrum when he thought he wasn't going to be allowed to respond to what his opponent had said. I think enough is enough, we've let the men try for the past two hundred and thirty years. To be honest, I don't see how we could do things any worse. The second thing I've learned is the term "anti-American." I really hadn't heard it used at all until this election season began, and have had quite sometimes to chew on it and decide what I really think about it. And, not surprisingly, I've decided I don't like it. It's a slippery, completely arbitrary term used to make people feel badly about themselves. On a more personal note, I'm tired of being called antiAmerican for disagreeing with certain choices made by my leader. I mean after all, he is my leader, he's supposed to be working for me, so if I don't like what he's doing, shouldn't I vocalize that dissatisfaction? Wouldn't it be antiAmerican to just sit back and allow my government to make terrible choices than in no way are representative of what I want done? I mean surely that would be much less in my country's interest than staying informed and asking completely appropriate and valid questions. The last thing I've learned in the past couple of years is- that fear is absolutely incredibly powerful. We were all terrified after what happened in New York City on September 11, 2001. And sadly, a lot of us are still scared now. Fear makes you vulnerable. People can be convinced to do almost anything ifthey are scared enough. I think the most disgusting, anti-American, anti-HUMAN thing a person can do is take advantage of another person's vulnerability. I hope we don't have to suffer through another event like what happened in 2001 ever again. But more than I hope for that, I hope that if something like that does happen again, we are fortunate enough to have leadership that will not take advantage of our trust in them during our time of fear and vulnerability. And I hope our leadership doesn't do everything with their power to perpetuate our fear, but instead tries to make us legitimately safer and restores hope within us. I don't see hope arriving anytime within the next four years. But maybe I'm wrong. I hope I'm wrong.
Media Etics: Reporters Privilege
For two issues in a row I've done a little piece about media ethics. This will be the third installment in that series, and I hope that in terms of feedback, the third time's the charm. I'd love to write a piece that instead of just being a rant is something more like a reporter's Ann Landers, but as of yet, the address firstname.lastname@example.org is yet to receive a single letter. Even from a spammer. That's quite sad. Send me your comments, your questions, and concerns, and I'll do my best to answer them. I"m nowhere near as talented as our very own Amberly Jane, but for journalistic matters, I can hold my.own. Now, on to this week's column. Reporter's privliege is one o0 tne most often cited, yet seemingly least understood aspects of journalism. Reporter's privilege, very simply, is the ability of a reporter to protect their sources, and the reporter being protected from having to reveal that source in a court of law. This is actually an issue that has come before the Supreme Court, but for the most part is governed by individual states. The rights of reporters vary, with states like Texas having laws that hurt journalists more then help to places like California where some of the best reporter's privilege laws can be found. Reporter's privilege is a complex matter, involving considerations of the nature of the crime, where it was committed, and rulings of past courts. The Supreme Court of the Unites States has actually ruled against reporters being protected from having to report their sources, but there were some notable dissention letters handed down with the ruling. Courts of law can force a journalist to testify, or hold them in contempt, but to have the journalist appear in court at all should only come to be if there are no other options, and there are no other witnesses available. Using journalists in this matter should be the last resort, but they are no different from any other person in the eyes of the law.
By Dustin Herlich
Laws that protect reporters are commonly referred to as Shield Laws. One of the best resources for reporters these days is the Internet. On the Internet there are many web sites and societies dedicated to media and journalistic issues. Some of them, like the Society of Professional Journalists arid the Student Press Law Center, are invaluable, helping to keep The Press among others out of trouble, and can help you too. While SPLC is geared mainly for people in college, SPJ and The Committee Reporters for Freedom of the Press are available to writers and reporters of every level but geared for professionals already in the field. The web site for the SPJ is http://www.spj.org/ and the website tor the The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is http://www.rcfp.org/ the specific site for their page on Shield Laws (which is the most extensive, and has several search and comparison options) is http://www.rcfp.org/privilege/. Other sites that may be ofin-terest-on-this-topieare the Student Press Law Center web site at http://www.splc.org/ and the first amendment center's page on this issue available at http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/fa clibrary/libraryexpression. aspx?topic=reporters _priviliege_topic This installment is a little lighter then the last few, because honestly, I want to see if people are reading this or not. Send me some mail, and I'll go more in depth about all this. I will say that if you are considering extending reporter's privilege to someone, make sure it's worth it!! Spending time in jail, or having to help put someone behind bars you might not want to send to jail could really put a damper on your day. I suggest that before; you go about protecting a source, or writing a story that might need a protected source, you consult one of the above web sites, which probably does a better job writing it all up then I could have...
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Should you Boycott Statesman's Advertisers?
"Getting out the vote is important..." (Statesman 11/01/2004, pg 1) Which elections? Statesman's? What Statesman elections?!?!?! Isn't Statesman the same "paper" that had about half its staff defect to the SB Pressbecause according to Statesman's own reporters Statesman hadn't held elections in years? Well, yes it is. (See SB Press 9/28/04 pg 10)
Is Statesman the same paper that, in order to get Student Activity Fee funding, submitted a constitution stating that they would hold an election every semester? Well, yes it is. (See SB Press 9/28/04pg 12) Isn't that receiving funds under false circumstances? Well, in many people's opinions it is. Is it a cruel joke when Statesman published an article admonishing us about the general election "If you area resident student... ...you can vote tomorrow in the SAC..." (11/01/2004), yet Statesman had been electionless for years? Well, yes, in many people's opinions, it is. Non-Local
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BTW - each student pays a Student Activity Fee, $165 for fulltimers, for an annual total of about $2.2 million. That's $660 from every Local student over 4 years for a grand total of about $8.8 million for USG, the Staller Center student government on Stony Brook University to spend, or misspend on Heritage Inn at Port Jeff. Teachers Fed. Cr Union democratic or anti-democratic organizations. Statesman continued to propagandize what many believe is administration's viewpoints when Rohit Das wrote in reference to recent USG elections in which over 100 violations were alleged, "...the senators clearly recognized the mistakes they made..." (10/28/2004, pg4) But wait! Senate does NOT run USG elections, and the Election's Board by-laws clearly state that the Election Board Chair shall "Be ultimately responsible for ensuring that all elections conform to the requirements of these Bylaws." [Article III Section 1, page 3 of the Election Board ByLaws]. Is Statesman following administration's lead in trying to deflect blame away from certain people? Is the Statesman administration's stooge? Well, in some people's opinions it is. (See SB Press 9/28/04 pg
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Should you Boycott Statesman's Advertisers? That is a highly individual choice, but here is what some people are saying to certain advertisers "Hi, my name is ____ ,and my friends and I no longer buy or patronize those who advertise in the Statesman, located in Stony Brook, New York. I recommend that you advertise in the following publications instead: The Stony Brook Press, 631-632-6451 or email@example.com (www.thepress.info), Blackworld 631-632-6494 or firstname.lastname@example.org, En Accion email@example.com, Shelanu 631-632-6451 (messages) or firstname.lastname@example.org, and banner ads at www.stonybrooksucks.com via email@example.com"
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