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October 24, 2011
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Issue 9, Volume 56
Studies on the “dumb jock” page 5
SA Fireside Chat page 4
Nutrient-rich education Gardens on campus provide opportunities to teach, learn and eat By Danielle Mackenthun Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Super lecture me Among Spurlock’s packed audience were UWM marketing students. Post photo by Jesse Anderson
Morgan Spurlock speaks about his latest film for UWM’s Distinguished Lecture Series
By Kevin Kaber Assistant Fringe Editor email@example.com
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock spoke to a packed crowd at the UW-Milwaukee Union’s Wisconsin Room Wednesday night about the issues surrounding his latest film as part of UWM’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Spurlock, who is known for his culture-shocking 2004 documentary Super Size Me, dubbed his speech “The Greatest Lecture Ever Told” and went
on to explain the happenings within his 2011 film, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. The film explains the inner workings of product placement and brand advertisements within movies and television, which have an increasing inf luence on media and viewers as well. The shift to advertisements in media texts, as well as other creative placements, is a growing trend, as new technologies allow consumers to skip commercial breaks all together. Spurlock came to the idea after watching an episode of NBC’s
Heroes, in which a Nissan Rouge is conspicuously placed and mentioned throughout the series and noticeably met with characters’ obvious excitement and interest. “I just stared at the TV in disbelief and said, ‘Wow, this really happened,’” Spurlock said. “There was a commercial that happened right in the middle of the show!” Like his previous works, Spurlock puts himself in the middle of the action. The film follows him while he asks advertising companies to fund the filmmaking process. Though he
was turned down, he eventually had to turn to the individual companies, such as Coke and Pepsi, to place their brand images within the film. “We ended up calling about 650 companies over the course of the process,” Spurlock said. “From January 2009 to when the first company said ‘Yes,’ which was September of 2009 – nine months of ‘No.’” Spurlock not only developed a thick skin every time he was given a “No,” but many marketing
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Occupy Milwaukee movement, one week later Group’s first action ends in controversial arrest, hard occupation continues despite cold By Steve Garrison News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Few Milwaukeeans are as familiar with the fickle nature of Wisconsin weather as Joe Carriveau. Carriveau, 29, has endured days of cold rain, bitter wind and regular runins with the Milwaukee police, as one of several taking action against the big
banks, corporations and politicians identified by the Occupy Milwaukee movement as responsible for the current economic crisis. His voice haggard and his face and hands frostbitten, Carriveau has spent nine days in Liberty Park enduring the elements, unable to sleep in a tent because of police orders. “I come to this with my giant philosophy – things that are going to
take generations to come to – and I have decided right now that if I can teach 100 people … how to live a more cooperative life, and they can, you know, maybe pass that on to one person a piece, I will consider this a huge success,” Carriveau said Friday night. Carriveau is one of the f luctuating 40-60 people who have committed their time, energy and resources to
the growth of the movement, meeting almost every night to organize outreach and plan actions. The first action carried out by the group since the march on Oct. 15, a teach-in outside TARP-recipient Marshall & Ilsley bank, ended in a controversial arrest. Austin Thompson, 25, the
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Tucked away on the south side of the Physics building, 50 garden beds make up UW-Milwaukee’s “campus gardens,” created to help UWM students, faculty and staff grow their own food. On May 27, 2011, volunteers on campus helped to make the garden beds. The gardens are being planted on top of a legacy, as the grounds previously served as victory gardens during World War I and II. The UWM Conservation and Environmental Science class gives students an opportunity to plant and grow educational gardens. The gardens also serve UWM’s Restaurant Operations as a source of produce. The UWM Food & Garden Club has been around since the fall semester of 2010. The organization meets every two weeks to plant gardens. The club’s mission is to provide students, faculty and staff ways to grow healthy, affordable and local produce. The club also strives to teach the skills of gardening and a healthy diet, as well as “to cultivate sustainability in lifestyles and the campus environment,” according to their mission statement. UWM environmental sustainability coordinator Kate Nelson works to ensure the success of the gardens. Nelson said there is a class that teaches things like growing plants. The gardeners register for plots to garden and can grow whatever they please. Right now, the gardens are filled with squash, tomatoes, vegetables and f lowers. Usually, for the Harvest Festival, there is a big feast including the vegetables that have been grown. Nelson said that those who use the gardens enjoy them, and there is hope to expand. The next step for the campus gardens’ implementation is in the works, with plans to begin in spring. Gardens will be planted in the space between the Sandburg East Tower and the Klotsche Center. These garden plots will be determined by a student organization. The design and timing of the construction will be decided by a competition between Emerging Green Builders members. The large plots will be used by UWM Restaurant Operations, as well as students, faculty and staff, according to the sustainability communications assistant Kayla Maule.
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SA takes on voter ID law again
Senate supports new, separate student ID card for voting By Aaron Knapp Assistant News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
In its fourth meeting of the semester, the Student Association Senate once again passed legislation regarding Wisconsin’s new law that requires citizens to show a form of identification in order to vote on Sunday night. Although the senate passed a resolution supporting stickers that would have attached to student IDs last month, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has since reversed its decision to allow stickers. This latest resolution voiced the SA’s support of UW-Milwaukee developing new IDs that meet the GAB’s standards and will be available to students that request them at a cost of $1 per ID to UWM. Eric Grow, who introduced the bill, emphasized the importance of working with the UW System and a student lobbying organization called United Council to make cheap, counterfeit-proof ID cards. “If 26 different schools come up with 26 different cards, it’ll be a little bit of a mess,” Grow said.“
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Continued from page 1 “teacher” who directed public discourse about the bank bailouts to 25 protesters, was arrested at the bank for disorderly conduct related to a previous event, according to police on the scene. The Journal Sentinel reported that police spokeswoman Anne Schwartz said that Thompson entered the downtown M&I bank and “yelled something to the effect of, ‘This is a hostile takeover,’” a claim that Thompson denies. “I can say unequivocally that I did not at any point say threatening words inside the bank,” Thompson said to the UWM Post after his release on Friday. “The Journal Sentinel reported a false story, blatantly false. I am innocent. I did not break any laws. I followed the U.S. Constitution and exerted my First Amendment rights to the book.” Thompson’s arraignment has been set for Tuesday, where his charges will be formerly presented. At present, Thompson claims he is still unclear for what, specifically, he will be charged. Organizers have been undeterred, despite the arrest. A series of escalating actions have been planned for this week, culminating in a Robin Hood march beginning at Lincoln Park on Saturday, Oct. 29. Occupy Milwaukee is part of a larger movement, spawning from the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City. Although individual demands vary, members are united in their opposition to corporate malfeasance, big bank bailouts and political intransigence. Community members began organizing the Oct. 15 march in early September, holding several democratic planning meetings, called general assemblies, in Zeidler Park. Attempts to occupy the park following the march were met with resistance by police, who have rousted the group from several parks throughout the Third Ward. With help from city officials, including Alderman Nic Kovac, the group has struck a deal with police officials, allowing them to remain in Riverwest’s Liberty Park, where they currently reside. However, police officials have informed the occupiers that tents will not be tolerated in the park, citing concerns that the space will become a magnet for the homeless.
The members have held a general assembly every day since the march. Originally meeting in parks throughout the city, Bucketworks in Walker’s Point has tentatively become the base of operations for the fledgling movement. The trials and tribulations of Austin Thompson Thompson was one of approximately 25 protesters who participated in a teachin organized to educate the public on the involvement of banks in the 2009 financial crisis. The federal government provided an approximate $1.7 billion loan to Wisconsin-based M&I bank during the crisis, which was paid back with interest on July 5, 2011. Nobody was expected to be arrested during the action. Participants planned to leave once they were asked, but the specific details of the teach-in were kept secret until minutes before the action took place. Participants began filtering into Red Arrow Park around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Several key organizers, including Thompson and Peter Rickman, 29, were making preparations elsewhere. Activists in the park were told that they would enter the bank at 12:03 and sit down, pretending to be students attending a class on bank bailouts taught by Thompson. They were supposed to take notes and ask questions until they were asked to leave by bank officials, a request to which they would acquiesce. Because of heavy police presence, the Red Arrow Park group diffused into separate contingents, each waiting for noon to roll around. When participants began filtering into the bank at 12:03, however, Rickman and Thompson were already being led out by bank security, chanting, “Tax the rich.” “…M&I security did not like the fact that we were spreading some truth about the role the big banks had in causing the economic crisis, in particular, M&I’s role in it,” Rickman said. “So they booted folks out, and we went outside and continued the teach-in on the public sidewalks. For legal reasons, Thompson said he could not speak specifically about what happened inside the bank. Police quickly arrived on the scene, and the protesters formed a makeshift picket line as Thompson led the teachin from the center. Organizers ensured
the uwm post that they stayed on the sidewalk and that pedestrians could pass unimpeded. Khalil Coleman, 25, estimated that the group was outside for about 20 minutes until Thompson was arrested. “We were educating the people. We were talking about the corruption of big corporations and the elected officials and how they are in bed with the corporations instead of representing the interests of the people, and next thing you know … they came in and arrested Brother Austin,” Coleman said. A video released through the Occupy Milwaukee Facebook page shows that Thompson was arrested shortly after shouting, “This is not a recession – this is a robbery! We are being robbed!” “I cannot get inside the head of the cops,” Rickman said about the arrest. “There was no indication that any problems were going on, and the teachin just continued with the same sort of content that had been discussed up to that point, and all of a sudden, they broke in and busted up the picket line and grabbed Austin and arrested him. I have no idea why they did it.” Following Thompson’s arrest, several participants went down to the police station to inquire about his status, including Coleman. “The officer remembered us from the federal building when we protested against Ron Johnson,” Coleman said, referring to an action organized separate of Occupy Milwaukee. “He stated specifically that he was not receiving a citation this time, this was a little bit more serious, and he has a possibility of serving the max up to nine months.” Several participants, including Thompson, also said he was arrested without being read his Miranda Rights, as per the due process of law. “…Part of the American way is that we have our Miranda Rights read to us, and we know exactly where we stand before the law,” Thompson said. “That never happened. I was not read my Miranda Rights, nor was I told specifically by one single authority figure what I was being charged with, what bail was, etc.” Debbie Miller, 58, said the arrest was just an attempt to intimidate the movement, but it taught her an important lesson: “Keep the cameras on all of these protests to prove what happened.” Organizers are asking people to call the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office on Monday and demand all charges against Thompson be dropped, according to the group’s website.
Arrests at Occupy Chicago
Close to 130 protestors were arrested at Grant Park in Chicago this Sunday as part of an Occupy Chicago demonstration. Police said the protestors were charged with violating a city ordinance, and most were released after agreeing to appear in court. Other movements have used Grant Park in the past to get their message out, one of the most iconic being the Vietnam War protests.
Dark Blood to be recut and
re-released After gathering dust for 18 years, River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, will be recut and released in 2012. The film, which features Phoenix as a hermit living in a nuclear testing zone, was hidden by Dutch director George Sluizer for fear that it would be destroyed. Sluizer said he has discussed doing voiceover work with Joaquin Phoenix, who has a voice similar to River Phoenix. Phoenix was shooting the 1993 drama when he died of a heart attack outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
U.S. credit rating
to be downgraded Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicts that the U.S. credit rating will be downgraded by another major rating agency: either Fitch or Moody’s. Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating in August is not helping the state of the economy pick up, experts say. Merrill said losing a second triple-A credit rating would be yet another blow to the struggling U.S. economy. Republicans and Democrats are still at a standstill regarding a deal to reduce the U.S. deficit by $1.2 trillion by Nov. 23.
No link between cell phones and brain cancer
The Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark released a report saying that there is no link between cell phones and brain cancer. The study run by ICE looked at over 350,000 people using cell phones over an 18-year period. The World Health Organization said that a link between cell phones and cancer could not be proven but warned that it hadn’t been ruled out either. This puts it in the same risk category as your day-to-day coffee.
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Spending and deficits in the U.S. Religion and business: Debt and Deficit Reduction forum at UWM emphasizes decisive plan of action a holy marriage By Olen Burage Staff Writer
Economic and public policy experts sat in at The Concord Coalition: Debt and Deficit Reduction forum Tuesday to discuss decisive action to improve the country’s current financial situation and stop the continuing descent into the deficit. Hosted by WisPolitics.com and UW-Milwaukee’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business and moderated by WUWM public radio Executive Producer Mitch Teich, the discussion offered several prospective plans to tackle a government in debt. However vast the array of personal opinions, one clear constant was the urgency of the matter and how quickly the country as a whole must respond. “I worry about my kids’ future,” Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition Diane Lim Rogers said. Rogers said that at the government’s current rate of spending, the following generation will be left picking up the pieces instead of progressing in a sustainable economy. Her solution is simple: “The more
we save, the larger the potential for economic growth in the future.” Rogers stated that tax and spending reform are completely plausible and necessary avenues. The long term budget challenge exists because of an unsustainable deficit. When deficits get too large, government demand for borrowing gets crowded. She emphasized that recovery isn’t an overnight process. “Commitments can happen soon, but reform could take decades,” she said. While saving for the appropriate time may be an effective plan for some, others prefer an increase in revenue to provide economic stimulation. Research Director of the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future Jack Norman argued that the need for growth overshadowed the long-term implications. “We can afford additional revenue to provide stimulus,” Norman said. Norman also pointed out that the U.S. ranks 30th out of 34 of the highest taxed countries in the world. To Norman, “slightly higher taxes” isn’t such a dirty phrase. He stressed the idea of maintaining a productive economy and argued that stimulus in the short term will facilitate long term growth.
“Major projects for deficit reductions should be postponed,” he added. “We should be taxing capital gain the same as ordinary income.” President of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute George Lightbourn illuminated the troubles Wisconsin residents face as the state deficit continues to balloon. “Wisconsin has a tradition of good, clean government,” Lightbourn said, but however great the state’s reputation, there are severe financial problems that must be addressed. “In 10 years, we’ve seen our spending in state government grow five times,” Lightbourn said. “We are sandwiched between two recessions.” In those 10 years, debt has more than doubled, and the state of Wisconsin has accrued over $3 billion of deficit, well beyond what the state is able to pay. Lightbourn said that while revenue grew 10 percent, spending had grown by 50 percent, and he emphasized the need for citizens to boldly proclaim, “We need more revenue!” Despite differing opinions, one truth prevailed in the argument of how to solve the economic crisis: to doing nothing would be catastrophic.
UWM hosts first National Archaeology Day
By Chris Flood Staff Writer
Last Saturday, the Archaeological Institute of America - Milwaukee Chapter and UW-Milwaukee’s Archaeological Research Laboratory brought together UWM professors, students, archaeologists and anthropology enthusiasts to an event in celebration of the first-ever National Archaeology Day. The event was titled “Life after Fieldwork: Behind the Scenes at UWMilwaukee’s Archaeology Lab” and provided an inside look into current projects and the ways anthropologists and archaeologists study their findings after the fieldwork is done. UWM professors Dr. Patricia Richards and Dr. Laura Villamil were among some of the speakers at the event. They discussed their projects and the importance of archaeology in today’s society. Former national AIA President and current AIA - Milwaukee Chapter President Jane Waldbaum was the cosponsor for the event. Dr. Jane Waldbaum “The Archaeological Institute of America is the oldest and largest nonprofit archaeological organization in North America, founded in 1879 by a professor of classics at Harvard,”
Waldbaum said. “In those days, they wanted to sponsor digs and basically bring knowledge, primarily of classic archaeology, to the public.” Waldbaum said over time, it grew into a national and international organization. “It developed a network of local societies, which are like chapters. There are 180 altogether now,” Waldbaum said. Milwaukee is one of those chapters. “Part of the mission of the National AIA is to bring knowledge of archaeology to the general public in the United States,” Waldbaum said. “We are chartered by Congress … there are other archeological organizations in the country, but we’re the oldest … the largest and the only one that has this kind of systematic public programming on a national scale and division of chapters.” Waldbaum said they also have annual meetings that serve their more “scholarly members” by giving presentations on their latest research. She explained how National Archaeology Day came to be and how AIA became involved. “The national [AIA] headquarters are in Boston, and someone came up with the bright idea this year, as late as August, to declare October 22 as National Archaeology Day,” Waldbaum said.
Though it was short notice, “a little bit of support and encouragement” was given to see if some local chapters could host some events in October she said. “What they’re doing is showing some of the ways you deal with material after it has been brought back to the lab to be tested,” Waldbaum said. The event was meant to show people the less glamorous side of archaeology, in stark contrast to the cherished fictional life of Dr. Jones of the Indiana Jones franchise. “You think of archaeology [and people ask] ‘What’s the most important thing you ever found, the most exciting thing you ever found … Is it really glamorous to go to Egypt or Yucatan and find things?’” Waldbaum said. “Yes, all of those are very exciting, but if you don’t then take that material and study it and publish it, it’s wasted. You might as well be a looter.” She said archaeologists also have to run tests to discover who made the object, why it was used, how it was used, if it was traded and how it was made. In addition, many other questions must be answered before writing and publishing scholarly material on the excavated findings, and this event was a way to shed light on that.
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UWM’s Religious Studies Student Organization emphasizes tolerance
By Jon Gorski Staff Writer email@example.com
The Religious Studies Student Organization at UW-Milwaukee is considered one of the most active on campus, with many members involved and various lecturers brought in constantly. The group works to enlighten its members of the different religious and moral backgrounds, both nationally and globally. Founded three years ago, the group works from its limited budget to continually grow the religious studies major, not only at UWM, but also across the nation. “People think we're a bunch of Biblethumpers, but we're not,” President Dana Lovrek said. “We look at religion to understand cultures.” A trend of religious studies majors is to double major in another field, most commonly anthropology. Lovrek said that while currently there is no job market for religious studies BAs, having religious studies as a secondary degree is often times an attractive prospect to employers. According to Lovrek, it is a matter of human interest. Members of RSSO usually major in other fields ranging from computer science to philosophy. Lovrek said one of the students, an English major, joined the group so that he could accurately portray religion in the novels he aspires to write. It is becoming especially popular among business and theater students, as a cultural understanding of their prospective clients is important to gain favor among them. “In the current world of international politics, knowledge of other cultures and religions is especially important to
Continued from page 1 and advertising representatives offered to help the film’s cause. Many of the difficulties that were raised by companies and advertisers were their fear of Spurlock’s satirical and critical nature. The film depicts both the negotiations of Spurlock and the companies and actual product placements. Spurlock explained that he wanted to portray what he calls “creative corruption.” “The minute you get in bed with a brand, it’s not a 10 percent chance, 20 percent chance … It’s a 100 percent chance that these companies in some way infect the content [of the film].” For instance, in Spurlock’s contract with Mini Cooper, he could not “disparage the country of Germany” while a Mini Cooper was in the scene. He eventually found enough sponsors to fund the film. POM Wonderful, which paid a million dollars to be the above-thetitle sponsor, became the film’s official beverage, Mini Cooper became the film’s official vehicle and so on. In order to receive much of that money, Spurlock and his team had to meet a number of goals. For instance, the film had to make 600 million media impressions, play at 250 screens worldwide, on top of numerous other benchmarks. “The whole conversation around The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Spurlock said,
members of the military,” Lovrek said. In the spring, the organization will be having a weekly film series. According to Lovrek, it will have a stronger focus on more “entertaining” films in order to “have people not [be] afraid of religion so much.”
Lovrek said that while currently there is “no job market for religious studies BA’s,” having religious studies as a secondary degree is often times an attractive prospect to employers.”
There is a significant number of students who join RSSO because of their personal faith, but Lovrek said that being a part of the program assists them in opening up to other beliefs. The program will offer credited internship programs this fall. The opportunities provided emphasize community involvement, such as working with abuse victims, juvenile delinquents and victims of incest. “People don't come into UWM thinking, “I want to be a religious studies major,” but the thing is, our department is rapidly growing,” Lovrek said. RSSO will be meeting Oct. 25 to hear David DiValerio discuss “Tibetan Buddhism and the Holy Madmen.” “was for us to ask the question: Where do we draw the line? How much is too much?” To make these impressions, Spurlock sold advertisements to a high school in Florida, which were placed as banners inside of school buses and posters around its grounds. According to Spurlock, due to budget cuts, school districts have begun selling ads to make ends meet. One Minnesota high school has begun placing ads on lockers and so “its halls look like a NASCAR track.” Though not shown in the film or discussed at his lecture, Spurlock also bought the temporary naming rights for a town in Pennsylvania to promote the film. “It becomes a choice that we make as to what type of environment that we live in,” Spurlock said. “In New York City, there’s a bill before the city council talking about selling the naming rights to parks and playgrounds.” One of the only cities to ban outdoor advertisements is Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to Spurlock, the city saw increases in business and decreases in crime while becoming significantly cleaner. On a visit to the city, Spurlock spoke to a Sao Paulo city council member about the decrease in crime. “Maybe advertisements make us all crazy,” Spurlock cited the city council member.
October 24, 2011
SA’s Fireside Chat attended by eight students By Elizabeth Bradley Special to the Post firstname.lastname@example.org
President Alex Kostal and other elected and appointed members of the Student Association hosted less than 10 student constituents at the first SA Fireside Chat of the year last Tuesday in the Fireside Lounge. Despite there being numerous students in the Union at 5 p.m. when the Fireside Chat started, the vast majority of students paid no notice to the opportunity to discuss campus issues with representatives of student government. Elliot Brown, a sophomore and one of the eight non-SA students to attend, said that discussing campus issues was not his primary incentive for coming to the event. “Really, I came for the free food,” Brown said. “I stayed because I love it at UWM. It’s clear the SA does, but they make it happen. I appreciate that.” This is the third year that SA presidents have been occasionally hosting Fireside Chats, which, like Tuesday night, are typically attended by only a few students not involved with the SA.
However, some members of SA, like veteran senator Camille Ridgeway, still feel it’s important to give students the opportunity to speak with their representatives about problems on campus. “We’re here to give every student the chance to speak out and get involved,” Ridgeway said. “We hear the student voice and initiatives, then give them that underground pass that eventually affects every student here at UWM.” The SA is a student governing body with a structure similar to that of the United States government and is responsible for distributing segregated fee funds attached to each student’s tuition in order to enrich campus life. Despite holding events such as Fireside Chats and co-sponsoring more events on campus to make UWMilwaukee students aware that the SA exists and increase student involvement, the SA operates with little input and little enthusiasm from the student body. “I had class right before the event tonight, and I invited everyone because I’m always trying to get people involved, but no one decided to show up,” SA Office Manager Andrew Hapka said.
Inspired by the Fireside Chat radio addresses given by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression, the primary objective of the SA Fireside Chats is to give students the opportunity to meet the president of SA and express their concerns directly. Additionally, President Kostal wanted to spread the word about his recently-announced initiative to loosen parking restrictions around campus. “Currently, we’re working on getting campus parking meters extended to two hour time limits,” he said in an interview after the event. “Students are getting way too many tickets. Considering classes are at least fifty minutes and the time it takes to walk to and from class, it doesn’t make any sense. We’ll probably start with door knocking and petitioning to build up the issue, then bring it to [Third District Alderman] Kovac.” Kostal is also working to address student issues and concerns with offcampus student housing, safety and student advising, specifically students not being able to rate or comment on professors online.
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Continued from page 2 So it’s going to be good to work with every school in the system to standardize this, and I think that it will be really good for Milwaukee to take the lead.” Grow also noted that college IDs are the only forms of identification accepted by the GAB that also require students to bring a separate form that confirms their enrollment status, a requirement that Grow said students should work to remove. “If we go through the steps right at the beginning and say, ‘Look, let’s make this card up to standards that other government cards are up to,’ maybe there’ll be room politically to remove this extra form that we have to bring with us,” Grow said. The senate also planned to reexamine the senate bylaws, with efforts led by Speaker of the Senate
Rick Banks to put agenda-setting under his control and to revamp the process by which senators are systematically removed from office for continual absence from meetings. However, for the fourth time, of the necessary 28 senators, or twothirds of the senate, to pass any bylaw changes, only 25 were present at the Oct. 23 meeting. This time, the senate indefinitely tabled the legislation, effectively killing it. Additionally, the senate passed a resolution urging UWM administration, faculty and staff to comply with a federal law, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and require that professors post course syllabi and textbook information, most importantly the cost, online before registration. They also received viewpoint neutrality training in preparation for the senate’s upcoming task of distributing money collected from segregated fees to student resource centers and organizations.
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Ditching the “dumb jock” stereotype Athletic programs impressive in classroom, athletically
Nick Hughes (front) and Jeffery Pigg (back) work on homework in the computer lab designed for students. Photo by Kelly Diener By Jeremy Lubus Sports Editor email@example.com
Across the country, a popular phrase was coined after the Broadway play Good News, and it has yet to disappear. The demeaning term “dumb jock” still gets attached to college athletes faster than burrs get stuck to a cross-country runner. Often, stereotypes are created from some truth, but UW-Milwaukee’s Athletics department is bucking the trend, with an overall grade point average of a rock-solid 3.2. And UWM’s Academic Support Services staff is doing everything they can to provide more than 360 student athletes with the proper assistance needed to continue being equally as successful on and off the field. “Most of the teams have a team GPA goal of at least a 3.0,” Assistant
Athletic Director for Student Services Kelly Diener said. “The coaches require academic meetings and study halls to make sure they stay on task and don’t fall behind.” Women’s soccer, volleyball lead by example It has become clear that Milwaukee is very serious about how their students are performing in the classroom first before athletic achievement. Two teams performing impressively are the Panthers women’s soccer and volleyball teams. Both are rich in athletic success, and both are undefeated in Horizon League play, with the soccer team boasting a No. 10 national ranking. What is even more outstanding is their academic success. In the 2009 academic school year, women’s soccer
placed nine students on the Horizon League’s fall honor roll while volleyball added another 10 students to the list. Overall, Milwaukee placed 89 student athletes on the list. That was good enough to rank second, behind only Butler University. “For us, it really starts in the recruiting process,” women’s soccer coach Michael Moynihan, who is in his 15th season at UWM, said. “We look for girls who have a strong academic foundation. It really goes a long way in building an atmosphere that can produce success.” Despite strong athletic achievements and a national ranking, Moynihan knows he plays an essential role in helping his young ladies mature and be prepared for the challenges of life. “When we stay in hotels when we travel, the hotel staff is always amazed,” Moynihan said. “When they see a college
team come in, they have some worries. Then they see our girls in the conference rooms studying, and they always come up to us and say, ‘Wow, these girls are serious.’” Senior Keara Thompson, a health sciences major, recently won the Horizon League’s Female Athlete of the Month for September, and she is the proud owner of a 3.915 GPA. Women’s volleyball doesn’t have the national ranking, but they may have a more impressive number, a 1000 Academic Progress Rate. The APR is a measurement established by the NCAA to indicate the success of collegiate athletic teams in moving student athletes towards graduation. The women’s soccer program is not far behind with a 981 APR. Men’s cross country also boasts a perfect 1000 APR. “That’s how runners are wired,” freshman runner and engineering major Joe Morgan said. “If you can push your body to run 80 miles a week, you can push your mind to do work easily.” PASS: A budding success
The athletic department used to have private tutors come into the Klotsche Center to help athletes, as they often are forced to miss valuable instruction due to travel or competition. This year, the department is now using Panther Academic Support Services, more commonly known as PASS by students “The PASS program is very useful and helpful,” Diener said. “We have been able to plug a lot of our students into the program. We then found out many of our student athletes have been using the program. It’s impossible to be able to tutor every subject out there.” The program, which is available for all students, offers many different tutoring options to match the abundance of classes the school offers. Chris Walley took over the men’s soccer program two years ago and has seen consistent
academic improvement since he stepped foot on campus. “I have my guys meet with Kelly [Diener] once or twice a week to make sure they are on track,” Walley said. “Academics are very important for my staff and me. We always make sure the guys are using the conference rooms and doing what they are supposed to do on longer road trips.” As the academic success has increased under Walley, so has the success on the field. He inherited a program that won two games the year before he arrived and has only improved every year since. Hill guiding basketball, again Chris Hill led the men’s basketball program to a Sweet 16 berth in the best season ever for the Panthers in 2004-05. In his career, Hill helped Milwaukee win 108 games, including three in the NCAA tournament. Hill looks to cement his legacy in a new way, as the team’s newest academic advisor. “Every Monday through Thursday and on Sundays, the guys come to our study table,” Hill said. “We have study rooms and computers to make sure our young men are getting the job done. I use to sit in those classrooms like they do now, so I know how it goes.” Previously, the academic program for athletes designed their studying around an hour-based system. The system was designed for athletes to complete a certain number of hours every week. The system was later replaced by a taskbased system, which appears to be more efficient at producing success. “Every night after practice, we have mandatory team study hall where we have tasks sheets that we fill out to make sure we are getting things done,” freshman J.J. Panoske said. “Chris is always on us relentlessly and always makes sure we are getting our assignments done on time.”
Meet the Panthers: Sam Keele
All-Horizon League swimmer speaks with the Post By Nolan Murphy Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this month, the UWMilwaukee men’s swimming team took to the pool for the first time this season. Since then, the Panthers have won both of their swim meets and have started the season off strong with wins over both Wisconsin and Grand Valley State University. A major part of that early success has been senior Sam Keele from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Recently, we caught up with Keele to speak about the team and the expectations heading into the rest of the year. UWM Post: What made you come to UWM? Sam Keele: I came out on a recruiting trip my senior year of high school and really liked the environment and the people here – thought it was the best fit for me. Post: What other schools were vying for your skills during the recruitment process? SK: Texas Christian University, West Point and some Division III schools closer to home in Idaho. Post: What is your favorite part of the UWM swimming team? SK: The guys here are really a closely knit group, and it’s just fun to come here everyday and compete against them.
Post: What are your expectations for the team coming into your senior year? SK: Really good, we won our first meet at Wisconsin, which was a big win, and we stayed hot by beating Grand Valley State at home. The team is getting stronger everyday in the pool, which is always a positive. Post: What is your strongest event in the pool? SK: The 200 intermediate. Even though I was recruited as a breaststroker, I have grown into that event, and I love it. Post: What are your plans after you finish school? SK: I am a mechanical engineering major, and I will graduate next year. After the swim season concludes that year, I plan on looking for an internship in that field. Post: Do you plan on staying involved with swimming after college? SK: Definitely. Next year is my fifth year of eligibility. I plan on helping the team out in any way possible. Post: Who is your favorite U.S. Olympic male swim team member? SK: Ryan Lochte. He is just an all around great guy. However, [Michael] Phelps is obviously the man and the fastest in the pool. Post: Have you ever experimented with diving? SK: [Laughs.] No, I am terrible at it. Just a double jump on the board, and I am off.
Panther volleyball defeats Butler in three straight sets
Remain unbeaten against Horizon League opponents By Eric Engelbart Staff Writer email@example.com
Saturday night, the UWMilwaukee Panthers women’s volleyball team continued its dynamic play and extended its win streak to 12 straight matches against Horizon League rival Butler. The Panthers cruised to victory in convincing fashion, winning 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Panthers showed off a potent offensive attack, completing over 25 percent of their kills. Outside hitter Kerri Schuh was dominant, racking up 16 kills, while setter Kayla Price racked up 46 of the team’s 48 kills. Freshman Hannah Blanchard had one of the most solid games of her college career, finishing the match with nine kills. The Panthers demonstrated a well-balanced offense, as they had five players with at least seven kills apiece. Even more impressive was the Panthers’ defense, which was effective in limiting a talented Butler team to a lackluster offensive performance, including a hit percentage of .138. UWM’s defense was anchored by Morgan Potter, the three-time defensive player of the week winner, and Schuh, who recorded 14 and 15 digs respectively. The Panthers have not lost a match since Sept. 9 against Western Michigan. Their 19-4 record is impressive and should bode well
heading into the playoffs. The Panthers are undefeated against Horizon League opponents and appear more than capable of winning a Horizon League Title this season. The Panthers (19-4, 12-0 Horizon) have won 12 straight matches overall and 21 straight regular season league matches dating back to last season. The Panthers jumped out to a big lead in the first set and never looked back, establishing momentum and sustaining the high level of play that the team has been exhibiting for over a month. When the deep, talented Panthers team is clicking on all cylinders, they are extremely difficult to beat. The second set proved slightly more difficult than the first, as Butler was able to close a large gap to just a point, at 16-15. However, the Panthers rebounded and took control of the game, never allowing Butler to pull even or take the lead. The third set proved the biggest challenge for the Panthers. Butler threatened to break the Panthers 21-consecutive-set winning streak, as the Bulldogs led 21-20, before the Panthers stabilized and ended up winning the set 25-23 as a result of strong defensive play and timely kills. This weekend, the Panthers look to continue their winning ways. They host Youngstown State Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. for their last two regular season home games.
October 24, 2011
Chemistry, a winning formula
Volleyball team’s cohesiveness pays dividends on the court By Mitch Pratt Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The UW-Milwaukee women’s volleyball team is having a season in which most everything has gone right. They have had their way with conference opponents and currently have a 12-0 record in Horizon League play with six games remaining. This should come as no surprise, since the team is currently the defending Horizon League Champions, and some of the players have gone to battle with each other since their days in high school. Their familiarity with one another has definitely helped in the development of this team. “We have really good team chemistry,” senior setter Samantha Trawitzke said. “A lot of us have played together for a really long time and we enjoy being together, so it’s fun.” Trawitzke and junior defensive specialist Anna Bartz played at instate Burlington High School together. Meanwhile, freshman Hannah Blanchard and sophomore Rachel Neuberger played in the Southern Lakes Conference while at Muskego High School, and many players were on the same club teams, according to Bartz. The team’s chemistry has also been noticed by fifth year coach Susie Johnson, who says confidence and
staying cool under pressure is a major part in the team’s success. “They really enjoy being around each other and that’s such a key component,” Johnson said, who has surpassed the 80 win total at UWM. “It’s especially important in volleyball, because it’s such a small court.” Johnson also attributed the team’s familiarity with one another to the program’s recruiting process. “We recruit starting inside from Milwaukee and go out from there, and we’ve been lucky enough to have kids come from within a couple hours away,” Johnson said. “They’re very mature. The court is very calm, even in seemingly stressful situations.”
“We have really good team chemistry,” senior setter Samantha Trawitzke said. “A lot of us have played together for a really long time and we enjoy being together, so it’s fun.” Things seem to have worked out pretty well for the team this year, but they are still hungry for more. They failed to reach the NCAA tournament last year after winning the Horizon League regular season championship, losing to Valparaiso in the semifinals.
The undefeated start puts the Panthers in line to host the conference tournament again this year. “We made it [to the tournament] last year, but we struggled,” senior defensive specialist Morgan Potter said. Potter surpassed the 1,000 digs mark for her career earlier this year. Similar to basketball, the team needs to win their conference tournament to guarantee a bid to the NCAA tournament. According to Trawitzke, most of the at large bids go to bigger schools. “The Horizon League doesn’t get a lot of pull,” Trawitzke said. “We could probably go undefeated and not get in without winning our tournament.” The NCAA tournament is an great experience that the girls strive to get to every season. “You get accommodated pretty nicely,” Trawitzke said. “We get to eat at the nicest places and stay in some nice hotels. It’d be a nice way to go out.” The team turns their focus to finishing the season strong. Being the reigning Horizon League champions, they have a target on their backs at all times. “Everyone plays better against us, because we are the defending champs, and we were picked to finish first,” Potter said. “Everyone gets better in the second half.”
Men’s and women’s soccer lose on the road
Women’s team clinches conference, men’s teams’ hopes take hit By Nick Bornheimer Staff Writer email@example.com
The UW-Milwaukee women’s soccer team faltered Sunday in their first game, after clinching the outright Horizon League regular season title, losing 3-1 at Illinois State. The Panthers (15-2, 7-0 Horizon) outshot the Redbirds (10-5) 19-16 in the contest, but clutch play by Illinois State’s forwards helped the team hand Milwaukee their second loss of the season. Illinois State came out of the gates in full force, getting three shots on goal in the first five minutes. The Redbirds capitalized in the seventh minute and netted the first goal of the game. Kyla Cross centered the ball to Anna Stinson for her fifth goal of the season. It only took Milwaukee two minutes to respond, knotting the game at 1-1. Sophomore Krissy Dorre tacked on her second goal of the year in a quick turnaround. Both teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first half, but good goalkeeping kept both teams off the board. Milwaukee’s Jamie Forbes totaled three saves on the day. Illinois State retook the lead in the 62nd minute on Rachel Tejada’s 17th goal of the season after a cross from Aimee Wronski. Tejada shot six times over the course of the game putting three on goal.
The Redbirds added one more goal on a penalty kick from Jessica Carlson with just over five minutes to play, pushing their lead to 3-1 Senior Sarah Hagen shot four times, two of which were on goal, but could not find the back of the net, ending her eight-game goal streak. The loss does not affect the Panthers’ conference mark, which remains f lawless. Milwaukee has only one conference game left on their schedule and the number one seed in the Horizon League tournament already locked-up. Milwaukee will take on UWGreen Bay at Engelmann Field Friday at 7 p.m. in the final contest of the regular season. Men lose to Valparaiso The UWM men’s soccer team chance at clinching a top seed in the Horizon League Tournament became a bit less likely Saturday night after a tough 2-0 loss at Valparaiso. The Valpo attack proved to be too much in the second half. The Crusaders struck in the 61st minute when Kevin Miller put a rebound off of the crossbar into an open net for his first goal of the year. Valparaiso’s Charles Barden scored the team’s second goal in the 75th minute on a chip from 20 yards out, securing the Crusaders victory. Valparaiso remains undefeated in conference play, allowing the Crusaders to move above Milwaukee
in the standings. Valparaiso is now on top of the Horizon League, while the Panthers sit in fifth place behind two games in the loss and win columns. The Panthers (5-7-2, 2-2-2 Horizon) have not seen the win column since their thrilling doubleovertime victory over UW-Green Bay in the Chancellor’s Cup. With only two conference games on the schedule before the tournament, Milwaukee could face unfavorable seeding after their red hot start in Horizon League play. After a 2-0 start in conference, Milwaukee has gone 0-3-2 despite scoring two or more goals in every game, with the exception of Saturday’s shutout. The Crusaders (7-5-3, 3-0-1 Horizon) put seven shots on goal in the contest compared to the Panthers’ one. Both squads went scoreless throughout the first half. Valpo managed three shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, but junior goalie John Shakon got the start for Milwaukee and held strong between the pipes, recording five saves. The Crusader offense was in attack mode the entire contest, rattling off 13 total shots in a crucial Horizon League game for both teams. The Panthers take on the Wisconsin Badgers Wednesday at Engelmann Field before Loyola comes to town Saturday night.
HALLOWEEN IN MILWAUKEE The UWM Post’s guide to the best spooktacular events Oderus Urungus of Gwar, whose Halloween show at the Rave is an annual Milwaukee tradition.
By Fringe Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween is just around the corner, and nowadays, it’s more than trickor-treating with your neighborhood kids who wonder what a grown adult is doing asking strangers for candy or sitting quietly in your friend’s house dressed like Dracula while the party never really gets started. Milwaukee offers a tremendous amount of variety on Halloween weekend, annually one of the busiest nightlife weekends in the city. In preparation, the UWM Post offers up a slew of options for your All Saints’ Day weekend. Night of the Living Dead: The Puppet Show (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre) It’s going to be a packed weekend for Milwaukee’s historic Oriental Theatre, with both a longstanding tradition – the two-day Halloween jamboree edition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show – and a
relatively new one: this massive onstage puppetized version of the George Romero classic Night of the Living Dead. Dating back only to 2008, and originating then in the halls of Milwaukee’s Bucketworks, a cooperative multimedia arts company, the show blends the knowing absurdity of zombie horror with a reverence for Romero’s innovative and boundarypushing storytelling. Also, puppets. Haunted History Tours (Friday, 12 tours starting at 7 p.m., Riverside Theatre) Milwaukee has its fair share of ghost stories. The Pabst Mansion, The Rave/ Eagles Ballroom and the Pfister Hotel all have hauntings and other spooky testimonies attached to their names. The Riverside Theatre has also been considered to be manifested with ghosts from another realm. Hosted by the Pabst Theater Company and the Caper Company, HHT will allow spectators the chance to go behind the scenes at the Riverside with paranormal experts. The
Caper Company will present electronic voice phenomena recorded at the haunted theater, as well as share eyewitness accounts of unexplainable happenings. With plenty of tours all night, there will be no shortage of ghastly stories. Gwar (Friday, 8 p.m., The Rave) If you want your Halloween to be a little bit bloodier without worrying about the police being involved, the annual Gwar show at The Rave should satiate your bloodlust for decapitated papier-mâché celebrities. Local metalheads consider it an honor that this nearly 30-year-old thrash band plays in Milwaukee so close to the most appropriate holiday. With gallons of fake blood and guts being splattered in the audience, Gwar’s performance on Oct. 28 will leave you looking like the victim of a major traffic accident. Halloween Spoof Show (Friday, 9 p.m., Linneman’s Riverwest Inn) We’ve
Halloween before, but Friday night at Linneman’s, several of Milwaukee’s most notable bands will be dressing up as their musical heroes for a night of surprising and unique covers. Featured will be The Lonesome Savages (as The Cramps), Head On Electric (as Nirvana), The Elephant Walk (as Neil Diamond) and many more – along with The Get Drunk DJs, whose name suggests that this particular show will be 21+.
Bombshells performed then, there will be no shortage of allure or amazement Saturday night. Also joining the Bombshells will be Milwaukee’s resident lesbian drag ensemble, the Miltown Kings, and members of the punk rock circus group Dead Man’s Carnival, with whom many Bombshells have regularly themselves performed over the years.
Brew City Bombshells Halloween Extravaganza (Saturday, 10:00 p.m., Times Cinema)
Appealing to that sector of the human brain that makes a cartoon of topics like cannibalism, necrophilia and murder, Detroit's horrorcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse has catered to a “family” of listeners since the early ‘90s – mostly through a bizarre series of albums that serve as joker’s cards to an ongoing riddle. If the urge to bathe yourself in Faygo soda becomes too much to handle, one can join the Juggalo “family” at the drop of a hat this Saturday. (Don’t forget your face paint.)
Milwaukee’s Brew City Bombshells have risen dramatically from their smallthinking inception to become one of the most renowned burlesque troupes in the entire country, and perhaps the foremost company in the Midwest. They recently lent their seductive talents to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s opening night party, and while the Times Cinema doesn’t possess anything nearly as elegant as the sweeping staircase on which the
Insane Clown Posse (Saturday, 7 p.m., The Rave)
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October 24, 2011
Sor Juana’s sins
Living up to the name
Marissa Paternoster makes Screaming Females come to life
Flaws undermine an otherwise valiant start to Mainstage Theatre’s fall season By Steven Franz Fringe Editor email@example.com
The UWM Peck School of the Arts’ theatre department kicked off its Mainstage Theatre’s fall season over the weekend with Karen Zacarias’ award-winning The Sins of Sor Juana. The result was a product, though exceptional in parts, fundamentally undermined by a variety of factors – some inherent to the play as written, but others based on a series of sometimes baff ling decisions made by those involved in the production. Many were so theoretically minor that it’s likely that director Jenny Wanasek simply didn’t take an objective step back and look at the whole of her project. The play, about 17th century Mexican nun and poet Juana Ines de la Cruz – considered one of the first feminists in the Americas because of the way she defied the male hegemony of church authority in her writings and publications – divided the stage into two sections, one as a general space that doubled as church apse and aristocratic court and another that functioned exclusively as Sor Juana’s bedroom. But instead of dividing the stage between left and right, Wanasek divided the stage between front and back, which meant that any time a scene took place in the court or cathedral – which was often – the actors were standing a good fifty feet away from the first row of seats,
projecting louder than reasonably they should. This strange distance between performer and audience wasn’t limited to the stage arrangement either. At least six times during a one-on-one exchange, an actor would invariably end up standing with his back to the crowd, neither speaking toward them nor allowing them to see his face, which lent an odd amateurism to Sor Juana that the UWM theatre department doesn’t particularly deserve. This was only reinforced by the ambient music used to punctuate scenes, which was mostly comprised of generic f lamenco guitars playing typically cliché, and often contextually silly, short melodies. The production was also somewhat limited by its source material, which despite its credentials – it won the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play in 2000 – is not particularly strong. Zacharias’ words themselves aren’t the problem. The writing is strong and poetic and often dissolves into Shakespearean couplets that reinforce Juana’s identity as a poet and strongly connect the play with the theater style of her lifetime. But there is far too much reliance on silly comic relief, among other fallbacks, in Sor Juana – mostly manifested with Pedro (Matthew O’Rourke), an intellectually castrated courtier who longs for Juana and, at one point, simulates sex with her pillow just to generate a few laughs (with, of course, his back to the crowd).
The lead performances, however, were mostly strong and often exceptional, and even though Brittany McDonald (Juana) never diverted from a rather standard theatrical inf lection, her emotion was truthful, and her body language was sound. And her companion lead, John Glowacki (Silvio), was tremendous, delivering a f luid, commanding performance that mostly stole every scene he was in. The Silvio character, however, demonstrates another f law with the play. Not only does he represent the most generic kind of plot fallback – the would-be manipulator who assumes a false identity in order to wring profit from the heroine only to fall for her (think the 1999 Freddie Prinze, Jr. joint She’s All That) – but in making him the driving force behind Juana’s decision to pursue her own designs, Zacharias undermines her own attempts to reinforce Juana’s staunch resistance to the inf luence of men. But, as usual, other, more brilliant factors arise to balance things out a bit. Kelliann Kary’s turn as a heartbrokenbut-vengeful court aristocrat in love with Juana in the latter’s youth – but unable to admit it to either herself or certainly the religious authority of the day – was studied, complete and nuanced. In the end, the Mainstage Theatre production of The Sins of Sor Juana was appropriate to its source material: not great, but with enough standout passages and performances to carry it through to the end.
Screaming Females' Marissa Poternaster's vocal wail and guitar mastery made the band's barely-advertised Linneman's show Wednesday night one of the best in the city this year. Post photo by Sierra Riesberg By Steven Franz Fringe Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster is a diminutive pixie with a shriek of a voice somewhere between Corin Tucker and Kathleen Hanna and guitar skills that stop just short of Eddie Van Halen – and that might not even be an exaggeration. And before a crowd of, at most, 70 people last Wednesday at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, she and her band showed that you don’t need to be a superstar capable of filling up arenas to be a rockstar, even if you probably deserve the privilege. Screaming Females hail from the venerable New Jersey basement punk scene, though their musical idiosyncrasies are a little more troubled than that. On record, they draw thoughtfully and forcefully from the early ‘90s riot grrrl scene, of which Paternoster also draws her ear-piercing scream. But live, there’s an element of improvisation – which mostly involves Paternoster absolutely shredding on guitar solos absent from sometimesquiet, sometimes-patient (the concert was neither) tracks on releases like Baby Teeth (2006), Power Move (2009) and this year’s exceptional Castle Talk – that makes a Screaming Females show a lot more like a heavy metal experience than one would reasonably expect.
To state that it was a privilege to witness a young band firmly in its element long before most people seem to notice would be an understatement. Screaming Females deserved a crowd five times bigger than the one that witnessed them Wednesday, which failed to even fill up the small concert space in the back of the moderatelysized bar. But both the space and the attendance ended up being right up the band’s basement-cultivated alley, and all that was missing was a pipe or two for somebody to hang from. Singer Paternoster isn’t exactly the bantering sort of woman, and there was very little interaction between crowd and audience during the hour-long performance. But aside from a brief introduction and a few quick thanks, Paternoster chose to speak with her guitar more often than not. She was a technician on the thing, demonstrating clearly and with finality that size matters not. At about 5 foot 4 inches, it was startling to witness both the voice and the sheer electric guitar muscle that she was capable of. Even though it was Paternoster who was tucked to the side, not saying much, it was her band (drummer Jarrett Dougherty and bassist King Mike) that seemed, more often than not, to just get out of the way and let her operate – rightly so.
Far too drawn out
The Field’s new album, Looping State of Mind, overdoes ambience By Graham Marlowe Assistant Fringe Editor email@example.com
Minimalists walk a slippery slope in the electronic music world, a world that grows exceedingly dangerous as they go along. In other words, minimalism works as an effect, not the basis of a sound. The title of Axel Willner’s, i.e., The Field’s, third full-length album, Looping State of Mind, is not only an honest selfappraisal, but also a gateway to the next phase of self-recognition for Willner. Built with the elastic rhythms of house music, the music sets a mood by looping drums, keyboards and vocal samples to create slowly unfolding ambient climaxes. Not surprisingly, the songs almost necessarily break the 10-minute threshold. The point is that Willner redefines the term ambience on Looping State of Mind to mean a musical place where, unfortunately, listeners spend considerable sums of time waiting for something to happen. While this Swede owes much to composer and producer Brian Eno for the definition of ambient (Ambient 1: Music for Airports, et al) – the idea of music to soak yourself in, not necessarily to think directly about – Eno’s direct influence on The Field is limited.
The Field formula, set by From Here We Go Sublime (2007) and Yesterday & Today (2009) and perfected after a stay in Stockholm’s Nordic Lights Hotel (Sound of Light EP (2007)), has begun to absorb lounge-y, psychedelic aesthetics. Although it’s quite different from the club-style, full-band magic of downtempo pioneers Thievery Corporation, The Field’s music still doubles as a consciousness-raising experience. But Willner’s latest effort is like having one’s head stuck in a washer/ dryer, going around and around and around until a dizzy euphoria sets in. The trick is to arrive at that moment before things become stagnant harmonically. On Looping, the tracks sustain but do not build upon their forward-thinking cycle frequently enough. While Willner’s increased interest in rhythm does have its moments of glory on Looping (“Then It’s White”), this stylistic focus ultimately slows the flow of the record. In the process, some of his ideas are simply too incomplete to rebirth the crackling-with-electricity euphoria we’ve come to recognize from a Field recording. There is a problem, though, as there are instances of his technique narrowly
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Looping State of Mind, the latest from Sweden's The Field, is a drawn out and loop-laden ambient album
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Timothy Leary and Neal Cassady onboard Ken Kesey's "Further" bus, the subject of the documentary Magic Trip, showing this week at the Union Theatre.
By Fringe Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
The UWM Union Theatre is one of the most notable and diverse movie theaters in the entire country, but it can be easy to overlook, in the context of studies and the day-to-day bustle of the UWM campus. Every week, the staff at The UWM Post provides a brief guide to the theater’s most notable titles, in an effort to encourage students to make the most of this unique and vibrant resource. Magic Trip (Wed 7 p.m.; Thu 7 p.m.) The well-worn anecdotes of the “hippie” era – particularly jokes about remembering (or forgetting) the ‘60s – not only need new punch lines but an updated voice of narration. Magic Trip, a new documentary directed by Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney, seeks to illuminate misconceptions about the era and bring out the true colors of author and psychedelic visionary Ken Kesey's famed bus ride to the New York World's Fair of 1964. Built from rare footage inside Kesey's bus (“Further”), a welldeserved light shines upon him and his Merry Pranksters, who made a mockery of the straight lifestyle with a mix of seriousness and humor that often defines visionaries ahead of their time. Kesey and his brethren later became magnets for losers and utopian hangers-on, but the cultural impact of Kesey's acid-cleansed perspective cannot be understated.
I’m Glad That My Mother Is Alive (Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 5 & 9 p.m.; Sun 3 & 7 p.m.) Claude Miller was a protégé of French New Wave master Francois Truffaut, and he has gleaned from his mentor a devotion to the character and the actor that make people, not formalism, the driving force behind the success of his films. Such is the case with I’m Glad That My Mother Is Alive, his 2009 exploration of family dynamics, in which a man finds his long-lost birth mother only to discover that the gulf between the two transcends biology and may be too much for them to bridge. Silent Souls (Fri 9 p.m.; Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.) Aleksei Fedorchenko’s third film portrays a dreamlike but harrowing Russia. In it, Aist, a humble and introspective mill worker, is recruited by his best friend Miron to help with his recently deceased wife’s funeral. Both Aist and Miron are descendents of the Meryan tribe, which assimilated to Slavic culture hundreds of years ago, though their mysterious rituals, including the funeral procedure, still live on. Fedorchenko’s worried tale works hand in hand with the flowing cinematography, all while haunting audiences with the intriguing but saddening look into the soul.
A radio-friendly epic
M83’s sixth album shows us a new side of shoegaze By Patrice Vnuk Staff Writer email@example.com
The music of synthy dream-pop, or shoegaze, band M83 could be considered something to listen to while multitasking as a sort of background soundtrack. It’s perfect for studying and writing, even occasionally making its way onto a bedtime playlist. In most cases, once a band is determined to be “great sleeping music,” it can’t detour too far from the label. For M83, however, their latest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011), does just that. This music demands full attention. Gone are the days of the easy listening sounds from Saturdays = Youth, the band’s fifth album released in 2008. Hurry Up introduces another side of French musician Anthony Gonzalez’s ability to draw from ‘80s-like reverb and spoken word samples and make it something new and modern. It sounds like he went on a pilgrimage, found his faith and turned it into music. Since it’s been three years since M83 released an album, one could expect that the band worked on a lot of material. It is no surprise then that Hurry Up came as a massive double album with over 20 tracks.
Gonzalez aptly described it as “very, very, very epic” in a Pitchfork interview. But epic can be interpreted several ways. Long? Yes. Different? Sure. Not very cohesive? Some might say. Although Gonzalez has veered from his typical style – Hurry Up being more blatant, less morose and more radio-friendly – most of it is catchy and enjoyable. The problem with the album is that it’s a bit too epic. There is too much happening, too many different styles trying to be squeezed into an old mold that really don’t fit anymore. It isn’t the neat and nostalgic package that Saturdays = Youth was, which is what made it so accessible. There are glimpses throughout the album, though, that bring the listener back to another time – the same way previous albums have done. “New Map” on disc two has the happy-yet-sad feeling that dubbed M83 personal masters of nostalgic music. “Midnight City” on disc one is excellently listenable and has “radio single” written all over it. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a success on many fronts, and even though it’s not something a lot of people would expect, it gives us a fresh perspective on the band.
sideswiping a sense of tediousness, most obviously on “Burned Out,” “Arpeggiated Love” and “Sweet Slow Baby.” For music that grows with character rather than force, the unfortunate truth is that the listener often doesn’t reach
Looping’s memorable traits until halfway through them, save for a few moments. Oddly enough, these second halves evoke a noir-like motorcycle ride (“Is This Power”), as much as an introspective thought piece (“It’s Up There”). The difference is Field’s spontaneity, which is not as readily available on Looping, made creations like Yesterday & Today’s random xylophone/steel drum ending to “I Have The Moon, You Have The Internet”
feel like a natural-sounding detour. Without the endless, complex layers we’ve come to know of Field productions, the entrancing, multi-layered whole does not hold such radiance. Maybe The Field is happy with less these days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that his audience responds that way to the music.
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October 24, 2011
Former Fall Out Boy makes electropop
Patrick Stump makes a boastful debut By Kevin Kaber Assistant Fringe Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless you are either MTV, studying at a middle school or never quite got over the band, it’s likely that Fall Out Boy’s indefinite hiatus was taken lightly. The commercialized foursome had come a long way from their basement shows in Chicago suburbs, selling out stadiums and going double platinum with their mainstream debut From Under the Cork Tree (2005). But in 2009, they decided to take a break from their successes, taking MySpace with them. Per any band’s falling apart, the members usually look for other projects to work on. Patrick Stump, the former chubby singer of Fall Out Boy, went solo. After releasing a short EP, Truant Wave, in February, Stump worked on his full-length solo debut, Soul Punk, a project for which Stump wrote, sang and produced all the songs – and played all of the instruments. But why Soul Punk? Soul is likely substituting the pop of FOB’s established pop-punk label. The album, however, is void of any punk ethos (not that pop punk had any to begin with). Instead, the album maintains Stump’s pop mentality while showcasing his soulful voice. The moment its opening track, “Explode,” begins, listeners are met with a skipping synthesizer, speeding up and down. The thumbing bass drum of its chorus comes in with Stump’s shouts of “Clap if you have a ticket to the end of the world,” followed by a cadence of claps. This roughly 30 second intro is worthy of interest and is more than catchy. Its electropop style is an obvious departure for Stump, but what follows is the overall manner and influence in which the album will proceed. Stump’s citing of Michael Jackson as a major influence is an understatement. The auteurism on Jackson’s Thriller can be
heard exponentially on Soul Punk. Stump shares nearly the same abilities as Jackson, which, while sounding forced for the most part, litter every track from start to finish. Jackson’s aggressive growls, howls, “Ohs” and impressive vocal harmonies are all easily recognized. This is especially true on “When I Made You Cry” (found on the deluxe edition of Soul Punk), which not only is Stump playing most instruments found in a middle school band, but he’s also demonstrating, in an almost pompous manner, a collage of Jackson’s vocals. His boastful showcase of abilities doesn’t stop there either. On “Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers),” Stump fragments bubblegum pop, heavy guitar riffs and electronic dance music on an eight-minute track. These fragments aren’t incredible in any shape or form, even if divided into the two separate songs that it obviously is. (The first half deals with an uninteresting drunk, and the second deals with the same criticisms that have plagued FOB for years.) But the interesting part here is the irony presented within the song’s second half: “I don't have to prove myself to you/ You're standing with your arms crossed/ Nose turned up like you're saying ‘Impress me’/(Good luck).” Even if the album consists mostly of metaphors, as Stump says, it doesn’t shy away from the laughably emo lyrics FOB wrote for years. (Even though Pete Wentz wrote most of the lyrics for FOB, it must have rubbed off on Stump.) Soul Punk is an attention-grabbing departure for Stump, but it doesn’t hold much interest overall. Much of the album is predictable but works well as catchy, danceable electropop. It has the potential to grow upon its listeners after repeated listens, only if Stump’s ego doesn’t hit first. It’s hard to say if Stump’s Soul Punk vehicle will drive ahead any further, but according to his (metaphorical) self, “…if this is it, I want to go out with a bang.”
The Illinois Drivers push through Rec Center sound
Local band helps UWM beat the Friday night blues By Graham Marlowe Assistant Fringe Editor email@example.com
The wandering, aimless nature of an arcade game is a lot like college campuses on a Friday night. For The Illinois Drivers’ Alex Klosterman (vocals and guitar), this isn’t necessarily a bad place to be. “A cigarette burns down/A headlight’s leaving town/It’s a good night to be alone.” Read aloud, these words from “Review” appeal to a broadly-acknowledged emotion, but fused with the Drivers’ jangly, searching riff rock, it managed to cut through the clutter of the UWMilwaukee Recreation Center’s bowling alley, billiard tables and muffled gossip this past Friday night. While the Drivers’ music appears lifted from the lonely self-
revelation of Steely Dan songs, the Dan’s jazz-pop undertones that so divided their audience into love and hate opposites are not yet audible. (And let’s hope they aren’t until they turn 40.) The Drivers’ odd, subtle homage to the music industry’s late ‘70s – funky, high-end guitar (Klosterman), jam-band bass (Matt Martell), punk-rock rhythm – is what makes it all work, showing clusters of come-and-go passers what Klosterman could do with a band from a diverse background. While the foursome displayed a sense of humor in songs like “Fresh Meat” and “The Martyrdom of Saint Me,” drummer Zak Tanner’s interest in the rhythms of California punk rock gives a youthfulness to sentiments found in “Bubblegum” and “Beefeater,” most memorably when
guitarist Evan O’Day is chalking away with his own fuzzy counter-riffs to Klosterman, as in “Stella.” Admittedly, a venue like the Rec Center makes a band like the Drivers hard to hear, save for the occasional muffled series of “Wha-ohs” and “Yea-ahs!” There is a depth to the band’s words – sometimes as simple as morning-after wisdom – and over time, such shining moments of introspection, a la “Review,” will soon burn brighter to a wider range of faces. The Illinois Drivers are a far cry from the whiskey-soaked basement shows the area has to offer, but it is a nice change of pace once in a while. The band completed their Phantom EP earlier this fall and has been distributing them for free at recent shows.
How much gore can you handle? The UWM Post rounds up some of history’s goriest flicks By Casey Buchanan Staff Writer Fringe@uwmpost.com
Many people have different reasons for liking horror movies, enjoying the escape from reality or being “safely scared.” Others watch horror films because of the grittiness that other movies simply cannot portray. Then there are the others. You know the ones. That sub-group of horror fans that base the quality of a movie not on story or suspense, but based on the amount of gore that the movie can produce. Audiences need to look at gory horror movies the same way people look at spicy food. Some people can handle a lot, and some people prefer it mild. Either way, here are some movies that really climb the mountain of guts in order to achieve a certain level of nastiness. For those of you that prefer a lighthearted level of gore – something that you could watch with grandma and not feel awkward – movies like Halloween (1978) or Psycho (1960) would be the best way to go. These films have all the luster of great horror films, but at the same
time, utilize suspense and atmosphere to create the terror, perfect for those who fall into the “mild” category. The second, or “hot,” level of things that go splat takes gore to heights in which the majority of the masses might find a bit squeamish but easily able to handle. Movies like the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) or Creepshow (1982) fall into this category. These movies have a laughable style to them. The gore is there, and the horror is there, but it is done in such an over-thetop manner that all the nastiness of the scenes takes a back seat to the campiness. Anything after this level is not suggested for amateurs. The next level of the splatterfest genre could be titled “fiery habanera,” hot enough to make professional gorehounds break out in a light sweat. These movies come in a form similar to any Saw (2004-2010) film or Hostel (2005). Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects (2005) also makes this list. These are the movies that you overhear people in a bar talking about: “I don’t like ‘those’ kind of movies.” In the ‘70s, there were a lot of these going around. Herschell Gordon Lewis films and Lucio Fulci films were
considered the best of the bunch. Check out Blood Feast (1963) or Zombi 2 (1979) for some old school blood and guts. You will notice how far special effects have come since then. This final tier of the gore genre is not meant for the general public, and the minority of people that do seek out these films usually have to go to strange websites and risk a plethora of spyware contaminations to get a hold of the DVDs. Films like The Human Centipede 2 (2011) and the Japanese Guinea Pig film series (1980s-‘90s) are the films that gore hounds flash to one another like old war scars. These are the movies people see just to say they sat through the whole thing. These movies are gore for the sake of gore. After watching many of these, it almost seems like a running contest to see who can be the most offensive and vile. If you’re feeling adventurous this Halloween, check out some of these classics. Depending on your level of squeamishness, it might be best to stick with a “heat” level that you and your friends can handle.
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EDITORIAL The following piece represents the views of the Editorial Board of THE UWM POST. The editorial board is not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and these views do not represent the views of the university.
UWM’s dorm room dilemma
Lovell’s plan hits close to home With a new administration comes new ideas. However, one of the biggest changes instituted by newly inaugurated Chancellor Michael Lovell – requiring freshmen to live in dorms starting next year – doesn’t so much innovate as it does standardize. As of now, UW-Milwaukee is an outlier in the UW System, the only four-year school that does not have a residency requirement for underclassmen. Mandating incoming freshmen to live on campus would bring UWM into line with the rest of the UW universities. We support this decision, but not because everyone else is doing it. Rather, we support it because it’s a good idea. Research shows and plain common sense suggests that living in dorms for a year is beneficial to new students, easing the transition from home life to independent living. Residency requirements could go a long way towards bolstering UWM’s sad 15 percent four-year graduation rate, and the 45 percent of freshmen enrolled in remedial courses could especially gain from a structured living environment, helping them overcome their uphill battle towards graduation. Where we disagree with Chancellor Lovell is about extending the residency requirement to sophomores. We feel that a year in the dorms is all the university supervision students should
be compelled to submit to. Students should be able to remain in the dorms for another year, but only if they so choose. They should be given the right to control where they live after a year of successfully acclimating themselves to college life, especially because, for all the benefits, life in the dorms is not without drawbacks. One of these is cost. Dorm rooms are expensive. The cheapest plan – a three person unit in either Sandburg North, South or West – costs $4,100 per person for a full academic year. The priciest – an upgraded two person unit in Cambridge Commons – costs $6,990 per person. Add to that an additional $2,900 meal plan and $1,000 in parking, and off-campus housing starts looking pretty attractive, despite the potential for landlord, roommate and transit hassles. In addition to savings that come from living off-campus, it would be nice for students to have a year of experience dealing with problems that come from independent living under their belts as they begin their upper-level coursework. Additionally, there’s no reason to think that more new dorms will be more affordable. If anything, they’ll be advertised as state-of-the-art and cost even more. Just the fact that we’re talking about applying a residency requirement to a large part of the student body before having even finalized plans
that guarantee there will be enough space for everyone suggests misplaced priorities and wishful thinking on the part of administration officials. A one year residency requirement seems a reasonable stipulation, but requiring students to spend two years in dorms seems a needlessly authoritative condition and gives credence to cynics who argue university housing is primarily about increasing university revenue to the detriment of students. Lost in all of this is UWM’s reputation as a commuter school. To some in higher education, such a designation denotes a stigma. We feel, however, there is no shame in being affixed with such a label. A hallmark of UWM’s mission statement is that the promise of a better life is extended to all students, regardless of background or station. This is especially true in regard to an urban university, as the very term implies a large concentration of people living near where they go to school. While there is a lot of merit to a residency requirement, UWM will not foster a better sense of community by excluding or neglecting others or by instituting long-term expensive living restrictions. We hope our new administration is mindful of that as they work to realize their vision of UWM’s future.
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Occupy Wall Street
The only thing I find wrong with financial institutions is that they are necessary to be paid for most types of “legitimate” employment; this primary driver of bank usage by non-entrepreneur citizens is what makes it such a big deal when the banks change their “direct deposit” and checking account fee policies. – Nameless, Faceless This is exactly what I was thinking Saturday at Ziedler Park. I was really disappointed that the meeting which I walked 4 miles to attend ended up being an hour and a half of people debating whether or not 15 people should be arrested. It was a joke, and it severely damaged my opinion not only of the Milwaukee protests, but the progressive movement as a whole. How is the opposition supposed to take anything we say seriously if all we can do is offer a list of demands and no plans to back them up? I’m aware that to criticize the movement is to be deemed a traitor to the cause, but the Editorial Board really hit the nail on the head here. If our causes have any chance of winning people over, we need to become more pro-active in finding pragmatic means of achieving our aims. – Art Terrorist
The Social Divide
I agree that the reason for the social gap is lack of support for academic goals. Growing up in a working class family, I experienced a lack of support from the time I was in grade school. From the first time someone quizzed my financially diverse second grade class with the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I have experienced class-based cynical reactions to my dreams. Many children from less affluent families grow up believing that they are less intelligent, less capable, and more limited in their options for the future. You have pinpointed the source of the problem, but what can we do to change public opinion? – Kim Veronica Daugherty
Independent Record Stores
This article is very true. I have to drive about 16 miles to the closest record store from my area. Where iTunes did help kill the record store & the experience of truly shopping for music. I do like Amazon because I can listen to a 30 sec cut from an album before I purchase it(like old music stores did in the past). They are also quite cheaper on their new pr-order LP’s than the local guy. But when it comes to used LP’s I support my local stores (Rhino Records in Claremont Ca & The Madd Platter & Groovers Records in Riverside Ca) When I travel it is a must for me to visit the local records shops & buy from them. Ha St in S.F has a few cool shops like Recycled Records & Groove Merchant Records. I made great purchases from them last month. Kids today have been robbed of the experience of shopping for music. Talking to the guy behind the counter & asking “who’s this playing in the back ground”. It’s all too sterile. Music seams to not be personal anymore too. I doubt my friends or neighbors kids will be making a mix tape for their boy or girlfriends. Music isn’t sentimental anymore either. I still own my 1st lp. KISS Destroyer. Got it for my 8th birthday in Oct 78 at K-Mart. (I thought the make up was cool & I still own that lp today). Little did I know that single LP steered me into the direction of the music I listen to today. Who remembers their 1st digital download? Good luck still owning it 33 yrs later. You may lose or have your iPod stolen. Your pc may crash & you will lose EVERYTHING. In short I miss the local record shop (I also miss the local stereo shop but that’s for a different article). Someones iPod/mp3 collection will not be as cool as my LP & CD collection because I can hold it, read the liner notes. See what instruments my favorite bands like to use. When my friends come over for beer & music they too can do the same. There is an excitement when they go through the collection & see something they haven’t seen or heard since they were a kid. They sit there with that LP in hand & they are in 1980 or 1976 or 1990 again. Even Hahn gets in close to check out the progess of his cabbages. (Top) Strong winds last week broke off the plastic coverings of some gardens. (Bottom) Post photos by Sierra Riesberg
– Jeff Crabtrey
Arab spring, American autumn, winter of discontent?
Implications of the global “Occupy” movement By Jesse Anderson Staff Writer email@example.com
Having personally experienced mass demonstrations at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the BP oil spill, the Rally to Restore Sanity and weeks of Scott Walker protests in Madison, it’s clear that the rising discontent among our citizens has hit a threshold never before seen in my lifetime, if ever. The message is clear: people are mad as hell, and they aren't going to take it anymore. Wall Street, Washington D.C., Madrid, Rome, London, Stockholm, Zurich, Seoul, Hong Kong – the list goes on and on. “Occupy” movements have developed in over 1,000 cities in almost 100 countries. This series of events is a substantial motivator for people from all social classes, nations and creeds. Framing this as just another protest does us all a disservice. We do not need to be further desensitized to civil demonstration by thinking of it as an activity for TV. This is a collision of big business, big government and big groups of people. We need to understand what this means and what its implications are. First came the Arab spring protests, during which we had a massive solidarity movement in Madison. We are currently in the “American autumn,” which began with Occupy Wall Street and the “99%” coming together to take on the “1%.” Buzzwords galore. Essentially, the situation is about people vs. money vs. government. We (the 99%) are already at a disadvantage, as, historically, those without money tend to give in to the pressure of the money (1%). Are we really to expect that the
people at the top will fold before us? They own everything significant. We own a bunch of meaningless objects that serve no survival purpose and won't work without their oil, energy, signal, etc. These people invented a banking industry that has the power to finance everything or starve everything, including hungry governments of the world and the people under their watch.I just can't imagine them saying, “Sorry everyone, we didn't realize how upset you were. Let us change the system for you.” The people's only hope would be the government, which can't change the system, because it doesn't own enough shares in its own company to have a voice. The banks’ offspring, the corporations, control all of the major systems all people depend on: housing, agriculture, communications, transportation, public health, energy, natural resources and more. They own most of the important land, the means of production and distribution of essentially everything. This collage of conglomerates is inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. They thrive on competition, and they are sick of having to cover up broken rules and pay consequences to a government they oppose. Banks and corporate interests have been on a “starve the beast” campaign to eviscerate the government by extracting as much revenue as they can. Coupled with that, mainstream media has employed a clever campaign to make government appear to the public to be a collection of bumbling bureaucrats who waste tax money for pure pleasure. Bait and switch. Divide and conquer.
The last real opposition to the corporate empire is the drowning empire that the U.S. government built. The pieces are in place for mergers and acquisitions to take the government: an industry friendly Supreme Court; a divided political system that is either in collusion with banks and corporations or cowering like a beaten dog media that report egregious lies and objective facts as if they were equivalent; and a public that is dazed and confused and convinced the government is out to get them. Privatizing the remaining public sectors is a logical step in business. The captains of capitalism have engineered this acquisition wisely. Where does this leave the 99 percent? Trend Research Institute Founder Gerald Celente is forecasting the “winter of discontent.” Celente successfully forecasted the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 1987 world stock market crash, the last two recessions, the real estate bubble burst and more. Civil unrest, food riots and a tax revolution are a series of events that he predicted would begin in October 2011. Civil unrest: check. Like many of us, I would like to see this be a peaceful revolution in which the gathering of the citizenry finally ends the tyranny of the power elite. There are too many ways, however, that it can go wrong. There is too much power concentrated in the hands of too few. The volatility of the economy, and an angry, divided society is a recipe for collapse. As ugly as it may get, maybe this is just what the world needs. One thing is for sure: we are at a major turning point, and this will not end before impacting each and every one of us.
Conservative in college It is hard being right By Miranda Rosenkranz Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A university is a place where openminded adults gather to discuss complex ideas, philosophies and theories. This should be a perfect place to express my beliefs and grow as a person. However, I am part of a minority on campus. Whenever I express my ideas aligning with this minority, I am mocked, scorned and disliked. I am a part of the conservative minority. All too often, Republicans feel they must hide their beliefs in campus settings. As soon as I say I am a conservative, I am met with disrespect or awkward silence. These reactions are unwarranted and come from ignorance of what being a right-winger means. It’s important to remember that though I am a conservative, I do not hate Democrats. This is not a liberal-bashing session; rather, this is an explanation of what Republicans believe. These ideas need to be made evident because of the reactions conservatives receive in the university setting. First of all, I would like to clarify some things. Conservatives are not all money-hungry, women-hating, homosexual-detesting, Bible-thumping
racists. Many Republicans are open to people of all different races, morals and sexual orientations. Because American government is a two party system, each party paints their ideas with a broad brush. Just as liberals are not all socialists who want to rid the nation of religion, conservatives are not all ignorant rednecks. If this is what a conservative is not, then what is it? Being a right-winger means you value hard work, small government and social responsibility. Republicans want everyone to be a successful person, but they don’t believe the government guarantees more than the opportunity to succeed. The main reason I am Republican is because of the economy. Conservatives make legislation to keep government small, taxes low and promote capitalism. A laissez-faire approach to the economy is crucial when promoting national growth. When the economy grows, jobs increase. Republicans also like to leave business to the private sector rather than the public. Privatization allows for the market to set equilibrium prices according to the demand of the consumer. Republicans have a firm fiscal policy stance. Small businesses and entrepreneurship should be rewarded with tax credits and regulations on these institutions should be lax. Conservatives
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also preach the value of hard work, dedication and education. Individuals should not rely on the government to buy them groceries, pay their rent or provide them with health care. Instead, this is the responsibility of every person in this nation. This may seem like tough love, but the government has no place in these personal affairs. I am not a Republican because my parents were. I am not conservative because my church promotes those ideals. I am also not part of the one percent of super wealthy people in this country. I am right wing because I believe in the philosophies they promote. I am done being alienated because I am conservative. No longer will I keep my mouth shut in class for fear of being persecuted by people ignorant of what conservatives stand for. If you plan to discuss politics, governmental affairs or the economy, be prepared for ideals in opposition to yours. Do not get angry when I refute your assertions. Do not get annoyed when I rebut your beliefs. Most of all, do not be offended when I prove you wrong. I ask for respect. My ideas and beliefs are based on much thought, research and soul-searching. I am sick of being mocked and dismissed simply because I am conservative. I am a Republican, and I am done hiding it.
By Brody Hess
October 24, 2011
Breaking life's boundaries
Music inspires learning and socialization By David Rangel Staff Writer email@example.com
Few things in life can so effortlessly transcend social, cultural and geographical boundaries like music. It's a tired cliché, but music is truly a universal language. Music has the power to form friendships between complete strangers. It can be a common ground among people that may have nothing else in common. It can even bring peaceful relationships between groups where animosity usually exists. As college students, we are constantly trying to enrich ourselves as human beings. We strive to gain all the knowledge we can to make us well-rounded individuals. Music, in many ways, can be just as valuable as academic studies in helping to determine who we are. It can shape our personalities and play a part in choosing the people we surround ourselves with. We, the seekers of knowledge, should not close ourselves off to one kind of music. Rather, we should explore the unfamiliar. If we do this, we very well might find new experiences and meet new people that we otherwise may not have. I'm a non-traditional student whose formative years were in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Having always kept up with many genres of music, I find that it's a great vehicle to use to relate to students in their early 20s that I am in school with now. I can talk about current bands and know them pretty well. (Odd Future or Fruit Bats anyone?) It makes for a good social situation, and a learning one as well, when I and people years my junior can turn each other on to new artists and records. Quite honestly, it also makes me feel much less like the odd, old man out. How many times have you worn or seen someone else wearing a band t-shirt that inspired a conversation? Those people from Ireland may be hard to communicate with, but when you're all Radiohead or Bon Iver fans, conversations become interesting. Situations like these can and do lead to international friendships.
Perhaps you may send each other more music from your respective countries, enriching your pool of music knowledge all the more. Foreign language skills not required. Music can also help people branch out to other types of learning. Many readers of Jack Kerouac's books, including On the Road and The Dharma Bums, were not fans of jazz until they read these and other ‘50s beatnik literature. With jazz music an underlying theme in many books in that genre, people have been inspired to take a closer look at jazz to see what the appeal about it was to the “beats.” One of the main factors in my becoming interested in writing and higher learning was not a teacher, mentor or even my parents. It was rock singer Morrissey, the former lead singer of seminal British rock band, The Smiths. His literate lyrics that deal with the obscure in books and popular culture made me really want to know what he was talking about. His love of books, cinema and how people function in unusual situations truly inspired my interest in academics. My intention here is not to name drop or show how much I supposedly know. (I know considerably less than many.) It's just that cultural eclecticism should be encouraged. If you weren't alive in rural Tennessee during the ‘30s, Hank Williams Sr. can make you feel how it might have been. Are you a fan of big name hip-hop acts like Wiz Khalifa or Kid Cudi? Check into Minneapolis' own Rhymesayers Collective (which includes Atmosphere and Eyedea) for a different kind of hiphop spin. Add some Digable Planets, P.M. Dawn and some even older R&B (ChiLites, Delfonics) for some smooth, cold nights. Classic rock, classical, punk, garage, surf, delta blues, new country, trip hop, trance, twee pop, indie, alternative, new wave, no wave and hundreds of other labels make up one main thing. It’s all music, and all of it can teach us something. Try something new!
Don’t get addicted to a hectic lifestyle
Sometimes you need to take time to relax By Allesha Gilbert-Ewing Special to the Post firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever sent a text to a friend to just hang out? Have you ever called someone because you really needed a favor? Have you ever been disappointed when you get that dreaded reply of “I’m sorry, I can’t,” or “I would, but I am so busy. Can we reschedule?” I don’t know about you, but I am tired of so-called “busy” and unreliable people. I honestly don’t understand why so many people claim that they are too busy and can’t find time to do anything enjoyable or even help someone in need. I have a friend that I tease on a regular basis, because she always says that she is too busy to simply hang out. Last time I tried to get all of my friends together for pizza, she actually asked if I could reschedule, because she wasn’t sure if she was going to make it. “Seriously?” is the first question that popped into my head. I mean, how do you put a group event on hold for one person? One day, out of curiosity, I asked her why she is always so “busy.” She explained all the things that she does and all the programs she is a part of, and I came to the realization that she makes herself busy.
Many people, like my friend, feel that their day has to be completely filled with obligations and activities, because if it isn’t, they aren’t being productive. I argue that these people have simply conformed to the idea that business leads to importance. Now that might not sound like such a bad thing initially. However, after reading Murdoch University Associate Professor Peter Dingle’s article, “Why Busy People Waste Time and Die Young,” I actually discovered that it could be bad. In the article, Dingle claims that people who are too busy actually burn themselves out and die at a younger age. Busy people hardly take time off to just take care of themselves, and they are often stressed, sick and sleep deprived, so that clearly explains the connection. A busy schedule can also be harmful, because you will often neglect the people and things that matter most to you. Just think: how good of a friend can you be if you are never available to hangout or just chat for an hour or two? In my opinion, not a very good one. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you to make your imprint on the world. I’m not saying be lazy or slack off, but realize the importance of taking it easy.
October 24, 2011
Mock Duck Soup
She Said, He Said
Luna’s Upside Down World
PET OF THE WEEK I’m Mocha the pit bull. As you can tell I subscribe to many canine stereotypes such as playing with tennis balls and panting to help regulate my body temperature. My owner treats me well. I even get to go to movies while they’re still in the theater. My favorite movie is Moneyball. I enjoy baseball because it is a time when humans set aside their pretensions over having superior intelligence and just chase a ball around while drunken fans yell, cheer and riot when their team does not chase the ball as well as the other team. I also like the hats.
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Sphere Contend In the manner of Tenant Pelvic bones
SUDOKU INSTRUCTIONS: Fill in the squares so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once.
1 Office shape 5 Word before valve 11 Agt. 14 Anger 15 Frontman 16 Building add-on 17 Band with a scary name? (2 wds.) 19 Govt. agcy. 20 Body of water 21 Block 23 One who likes to schuss 26 Garden tool 27 Part of HOMES 28 Reception assistant? 30 Arm parts 32 “Big” sandwich 33 Continuous 36 Band with a scary name? (2 wds.) 41 Read from memory 42 Mr. Zedong 44 Tax man word 47 Take back 50 Ajar 51 Whirlpool 53 Basketball game 54 Romeo, for one 57 Weight unit 58 Support structure 59 Band with a scary name? (2 wds.) 64 List-ending abbr. 65 Eye part 66 Navy’s rival 67 A deer 68 “Last,” as a prefix, maybe 69 Face part
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6 Originally 7 No-no 8 Mud brick 9 Lock openers 10 Once, once 11 Happens again 12 Draw forth 13 Eating dishes 18 Sea eagle 22 Rule 23 American Uncle? 24 Prefix for sack 25 Allergy symptom 26 Capital of Vietnam 29 V-shaped indentation 30 Poet Oscar 31 Cell stuff 34 Official time in London, for short 35 Musical production 37 “____ you glad?”
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Fishing tool Asian ruler Sits in the sun Poem of praise Untangled City in Portugal Dennis the ____ Scat! Swindler Diamonds and clubs Small, in French Askew Clarified butter Russian ruler (var.) Compass pt. Male sib. Sends a quick note Hurricane center
solution found on page 4
INSTRUCTIONS: Fill the squares so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once: R, I, G, H, M, E, U, D, N. One row or column will reveal a hidden word!
solution found on page 4
solution found on page 4
Here is a simple but somewhat pretty problem which developed at a recent election where 5,219 votes were cast for four candidates. The victor exceeded his opponents by 22, 30, and 73 votes, and yet not one of them knew how to figure out the exact number of votes received by each.
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