Proposed ethanol plant information, see p. 2 April 8, 2005
Wilson gymnast goes to Nationals, see p. 3
“Sin City” and “Beauty Shop,” see p. 4
Bullboard’s Back! See p. 8 Vol. 36, No. 8
WILSON BILLBOARD Pope’s funeral sparks unlikely gestures from world leaders Aidan Lewis Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Israel’s president said he shook hands and exchanged words with the presidents of archenemies Syria and Iran. Britain’s Prince Charles took the outstretched hand of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, an outcast according to European protocol. In the spirit of peace in which Pope John Paul II lived, his funeral Friday brought unexpected gestures from the remarkable group of world leaders gathered in front of the marble facade of St. Peter’s Basilica. French President Jacques Chirac, who has had his differences with the United States over the Iraq war, bowed to kiss the hand of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who smiled broadly. U.S. President George W. Bush stood by with hands folded. In Catholic tradition, a moment comes near the end of a Mass known as the “sign of peace,” when congregants are asked to shake hands with one another.
That moment had special meaning at the pope’s funeral. Dignitaries were seated in alphabetical order, according to the names of their countries in French, the accepted language of diplomacy. Vatican officials said they were satisfied at the mix of princes and presidents, saying the dignitaries clearly felt comfortable in a nonpolitical atmosphere. Only two seats separated Iranian-born Israeli President Moshe Katsav from President Mohammad Khatami of Iran, a country Israel accuses of sponsoring terrorism and possibly targeting Israel with nuclear weapons. The two men, who are roughly the same age and born in towns just 50 kilometers (30 miles) apart, exchanged greetings in Farsi, Katsav told the Israeli media. However, on returning to Iran, Khatami strongly denied shaking hands and chatting with Katsav, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported Saturday. “These allegations are false like other allegations made by
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Israeli media and I have not had any meeting with any one from the Zionist (Israeli) regime,” the agency quoted Khatami as saying. The Israeli also shook hands twice with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who sat one row behind him during the service. Israel considers Syria the most implacable of its immediate neighbors. Katsav said the first handshake occurred when he turned to greet the leader of Switzerland. “The Syrian president also stood there. We exchanged smiles and shook hands,” Katsav told the Web site of the Maariv daily. Arab satellite station AlArabiya said a member of Assad’s delegation confirmed the handshake, though he denied any political meaning. Katsav’s spokeswoman, Hagit Cohen, said it was too early to say whether the handshakes would yield diplomatic fruits, but called the exchanges historic. “There is no doubt that this is a precedent, it was a historic moment and unique opportunity,” Cohen said. However, Katsav played it down. “I don’t think this has any diplomatic importance,” he told Israel’s Channel Two television. “We are cultured people and say hello nicely and shake hands, but I don’t think our differences have disappeared.” Katsav, who decided at the last minute to attend the funeral and upgrade Israel’s representation,
See Pope, p. 3
Kyung Joo Cha Wilson Women on the Alternative Spring Break in Tarboro North Carolina.
Spring Break spent helping Habitat for Humanity Kyung Joo Cha Staff Writer During Spring Break, from March 13 to March 19, 10 Wilson College students and Professor Dickson participated in Habitat for Humanity. We arrived on Sunday afternoon in Tarboro, North Carolina. What is Tarboro Habitat for Humanity? It is a Christian housing program to provide opportunities to build one’s own house or buy it at a low cost. Of course, people who cannot afford to build a house with traditional loans are qualified for this program. That is, volunteer laborers like us and donations help people to build houses. The first working day, before we arrived, the wood framing of houses was already finished, and then our volunteers worked on the interior by nailing. We measured the size of the wall and cut the adiabatic plaster board as an interior material. Finally, we made the wall with nailing. Although it took a little time to get accustomed to nailing and dust I breathed, I got a feeling of satisfaction. The second day, some people usually worked on the exterior of the houses. Construction of exterior work with vinyl was somewhat easy; however, our inspector, Mr. Gregory, re-
quired us to do a thorough job. Therefore, we measured the size of the exterior wall of the house accurately, and cut the vinyl to size. The others fixed the roof using leather. The third day, we finished the interior work of the other houses. It was rainy and cold, so it became harder to work. However, everyone did their best and became skillful in nailing and cutting materials. The fourth day, it rained heavily, so work was canceled. Thus, our habitat members went to a movie, and then we had some sausages and pancakes at a church. It was really a great time. We were introduced as volunteers for Habitat, and we had free time to talk with many people. The last day, we finally finished building a house. For five days, I learned how to nail accurately, use an electric saw, and affix vinyl to exterior walls as well as realized that teamwork is a very important value. It was really an unforgettable experience to me and to every member of the group. It made me smile that mere volunteering would help the poor. I hope that someone lives comfortably in the house we built. *Habitat homepage- http:// www.habitat.org
8 April 2005
Ethanol and local environmental politics Matt Steiman Guest Writer Those of you that have been following the local news have probably heard about the plans to build an ethanol plant in Franklin County. The Penn-Mar Ethanol Company has purchased a tract of land in the Cumberland Valley Business Park (located on land formerly owned by Letterkenny Army Depot), a short drive from the Wilson campus up behind the farm. The proposed plant is proving to be a very interesting case in environmental politics. Some local farmers and business people support the idea, while many other residents are strongly opposed to the new industry Ethanol is an alcohol made from corn, commonly manufactured for use as an additive to gasoline. Corn kernels are dried and mixed with water, and then yeasts are added to ferment the mash into alcohol and carbon dioxide. After fermentation, the spent corn can be used as a high protein animal feed called distillers grain. Gasoline that is oxygenated with ethanol burns cleaner than untreated gas, and thus the fed-
eral government has promoted and mandated its use to meet clean air standards. In an abstract sense, ethanol can be considered a renewable fuel, since the base raw material used in the process (corn) can be grown on farms indefinitely. For these reasons, ethanol initially comes across as a “green” technology. Largescale farmers often favor ethanol plants because they create a market for their corn, and provide a readily available animal feed supply via the distiller’s grain. Production of ethanol in the US could help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, thus contributing to our national energy security. Ethanol plants also provide some jobs to communities in which they are located. In the short run the Penn-Mar plant will occupy over 100 people in its construction, and will provide 35 to 40 permanent skilled labor jobs once it is up and running. For more detailed information about the proposed plant, visit www.pennmarethanol.com. However, many people in the community are opposed to the ethanol plant for environmental,
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health, and safety reasons. Opponents to the plant cite complaints from residents living near other ethanol plants in the Midwest, and numerous documented cases of violations of environmental codes by the industry. The most obvious concern is the smell of the ethanol factories: when alcohol is brewing on a large scale, the yeasty odor of the plants can permeate the air in the surrounding area. Residents living within a mile or two of existing plants complain that they cannot relax outside their homes if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction. Some feel that their quality of life is so reduced that they will be forced to move, and that their property will be devalued. A potential safety concern is the storage of ammonia (used as a nutrient source for the yeasts) and gasoline on site. In case of an (unlikely but possible) accident, the law requires Penn-Mar Ethanol to file an evacuation plan for the area within two miles of the plant, and there could also be advisories for residents living with five miles of the plant to stay indoors with their windows shut (Wilson is within about 5 miles of the plant site). Citizens are also concerned about heavy truck and rail traffic that will occur as the large amounts of corn are transported to the site through our community, and the huge
amounts of water that the plant will require to operate (over 100,000 gallons daily). Other considerations include the possibility that it may take more energy to grow corn and make it into ethanol than is actually contained in the resulting product. Large-scale corn production is also accused of water pollution via fertilizers and pesticides. Concerned residents have organized a grassroots campaign called “Citizens for a Quality Environment”. See their website www.c4aQe.org for more information. All of this concern came to a head at a recent meeting of the Letterkenny and Greene Township Supervisors. The meeting, intended to be a public forum for questions about the ethanol plant, erupted into disorder when over 400 people showed up to voice their opposition. The event was pretty exciting for our normally placid community! Angry and frustrated residents, mostly middle aged and elderly, demanded that the meeting be rescheduled because many who came to voice their opinion could not even get in the door to the packed meeting hall. The organizers of the community opposition, wearing bright white T-shirts printed with “No Ethanol Plant in Franklin County”,
dotted the crowd and passed out signs. One man even wore a gas mask for effect. Not all who attended the meeting were opposed to the plant, but it was obvious that all were hoping to learn more before the project begins. In the end, the township supervisors postponed the public forum until April 28th at 7:00 pm (for a larger venue TBA). One member of the Greene Township zoning board informed me that despite the public opposition to the ethanol plant, they may be legally bound to approve the plant if it meets all of the local ordinances regulating such industries. The candor of the crowd at the public meeting suggested that approving the plant could cost the democratically elected supervisors their jobs when they come up for office again. As with most environmental issues, this one is not black and white. We are a society that uses large amounts of foreign derived non-renewable fuel, and ethanol is one attempt at a solution. Whether or not it is truly sustainable, and if it is right for our community remains to be seen. This will prove to be a hot-button issue for our community over the coming year, and residents are encouraged to learn more.
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8 April 2005
Orr Forum discusses sex and shame in religion Heather Layman News Editor Wilson’s 41st annual Orr Forum was held in the chapel on March 28th. The topic for this year’s lecture was Sex and Shame: From Ancient Israel to Today, and it was presented by Dr. Alice Ogden Bellis of Howard University’s School of Divinity. Throughout the day, various workshops were held that covered topics in the Bible from feminism to sexuality. At 7:30, the lecture was held, and close to seventy five people attended. The Orr Lecture was entitled, “The Story of Dinah and Shechem Reconsidered.” This biblical tale comes from the 34th chapter of Genesis. In this story, Dinah is the only daughter of Jacob who travels into the city to meet with other women. On the way, she encounters the prince,
Shechem, and they have a sexual encounter that, to many people, implies rape. The story goes that Jacob gathers his sons and they request the Shechemites to be circumcised. As the men heal, Jacob’s sons go and slaughter them for violating their sister. The story is controversial, Dr. Bellis stated, because it is unclear whether the story is about rape or romance. From the original Hebrew version to the literal interpretation of the King James version of the Bible, it appears that Shechem has feelings for Dinah. In the feminist prospective, this is a rape story where the outcome of Shechem and his family was clearly deserved. But from a non-feminist perspective, the story is about ethnic values and interracial issues.
From Pope, p. 1 Charles had originally planned to wed Camilla Parker Bowles on Friday, but pushed back the marriage by a day. According to the strict seating protocol, the front row was reserved for monarchs and the presidential delegations from Italy and John Paul’s country, Poland. Behind them, Bush and Chirac were separated only by their wives. Israel, Iran and Syria were thrown together. The gathering made for a rare display of religious plurality: scarlet-robed Roman Catholic cardinals, black-clad Orthodox clerics, Arab head scarves, Jewish skull caps, Central Asian lambskin hats, and black silk veils worn by some of the women. Khatami, dressed in a black turban and round tinted glasses, kissed Assad on both cheeks.
was also embraced by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The two countries have no diplomatic relations. Prince Charles and Mugabe were another unlikely pair to exchange a handshake, a move that drew criticism from at least two European Union legislators. Mugabe sidestepped an EU travel ban _ which does not apply to the Vatican _ to attend the funeral. A spokesman for the prince said Charles, who was seated one place away from Mugabe, was “caught by surprise” when the Zimbabwean leaned over to offer his hand, a spokesman for the prince said. The heir to the British throne finds Mugabe’s regime “abhorrent,” the spokesman said in response to the criticism of the gesture.
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AT THE MOVIES “Beauty Shop” “Sin City”recaptures manly men and brazen broads trims talent David Germain AP Movie Writer
Christy Lemire AP Movie Critic NEW YORK (AP) _ Just one degree of separation now exists between Queen Latifah and Kevin Bacon. After seeing “Beauty Shop,” you’ll wish they’d never met. Bacon bafflingly embarrasses himself here as the effeminate Austrian owner of an upscale Atlanta salon, whose cruel treatment prompts Latifah’s Gina Norris, the hairstylist she played in “Barbershop 2,” to open her own shop. With his shaggy blond locks, orange fake-bake tan and tight shirts, Bacon’s character, Jorge, resembles the runner-up in a Kato Kaelin lookalike contest forced to regurgitate lines like, “So when you get zee breast implants, huh?” Maybe he wanted a change of pace after his haunting performance last year as a reformed child molester in “The Woodsman.” The world may never know. Meanwhile, Gina’s new staff consists of head-rolling, fingerwagging, chicken-and-waffleeating ghetto stereotypes, with a clientele of white women who want to be just like them. Mena Suvari plays an uppity socialite who flirts ruthlessly with Gina’s lone male employee, James (Bryce Wilson, and he IS gorgeous). Andie MacDowell crams collard greens into her mouth and ends up with an enviable booty. Worst of all is Alicia Silverstone as Lynn, the salon’s only white stylist, who initially is ostracized by her colleagues but ultimately earns their approval when she starts wearing her hair in elaborate styles like theirs and talking like them, albeit through the morass of a fake-sounding Southern twang. So much for accepting people for their differences. It’s easy to imagine why hiphop-star-turned-actress Latifah would be drawn to this project _ she’s also a producer _ based on the success of the “Barbershop” films and their spirited social commentary, at least in the first one.
Such dialogue is hard to find in “Beauty Shop,” directed by longtime music video director Bille Woodruff (“Honey”) and written by Kate Lanier (“Glitter”) and Norman Vance Jr. (TV’s “Girlfriends”) from a story by Elizabeth Hunter (“The L Word”). Here, stylists including the perennially pregnant Ida (Sherri Shepherd) and the earthy Miss Josephine (Alfre Woodard, spouting lines from Maya Angelou) discuss topics like the need for bikini waxes and whether the metrosexual James is gay. The movie does have, however, the admirable message of appreciating female beauty in all its shapes and sizes _ and without the aid of plastic surgery. Latifah manages to eke out a modicum of grace amid the hackneyed antics _ though the repeated mention of Cover Girl cosmetics, which Latifah endorses, is shameless. Paige Hurd also emerges unscathed as Gina’s daughter, an aspiring pianist, as does Djimon Hounsou as the impossibly hot electrician who lives above the salon. (Although his suave, open-shirted arrival in the film, to fix Gina’s faulty wiring, is the stuff porno flicks are made of.) Seeing Latifah’s charisma turned on full-blast, as it was in her Oscar-nominated “Chicago” performance, makes you long for something better for her, and for black women who are tired of having Hollywood depict them in such a cliched way. “Beauty Shop,” an MGM Pictures release, runs 105 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.
NEW YORK (AP) _ “Sin City” is simultaneously the most boldly original comicbook adaptation yet and one of the nastiest films in a long while. With wicked glee, director Robert Rodriguez piles on and piles on, his frenetic hodgepodge of imagery often dazzling yet hurled so fast and thick, the result is the cinematic equivalent of being hit by a bus. This two-hour bullet-train of a picture is packed with images startling in their originality and action that frequently flirts with utter odiousness. The movie is a masterful technical achievement with the emotional underpinning of a stunted male adolescent. Adapted from Frank Miller’s noirish comics, “Sin City” is a movie where men are men and women are target practice, there for the slapping and stabbing and shooting, and any other indignities their male masters dream up. In a traditional full-color film, the gore of “Sin City” would make the movie unwatchable. Presenting it in stark black-and-white, with occasional splashes of color, makes the movie’s blood and guts palatable, though only barely so in its most extreme moments. The Jekyll-and-Hyde filmmaker (Rodriguez also is the man behind the “Spy Kids” family flicks) takes the carnage even beyond that of his bloodsoaked vampire tale “From Dusk Till Dawn.” With a huge, well-chosen cast and the blessing of Miller, who was on set as Rodriguez’s co-director, “Sin City” is a gloriously stylized world unlike anything you’ve seen before on screen. As he did with much of “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” Rodriguez shot the actors against green-screen backgrounds, using computergenerated visual effects to add the jutting buildings, seedy alleys and other bleak backdrops of Miller’s Sin City.
The filmmakers spin three tales of corruption and violence, the stories and some of the characters loosely interconnected so the trilogy flows seamlessly, without the abrupt transitions of most anthology movies. The most engaging story is that of the hulking, not-sogentle giant Marv, played by Mickey Rourke, unrecognizable behind makeup that makes his face resemble a carved cinderblock. After an unaccustomed night of sexual bliss with the beautiful prostitute Goldie (Jaime King), Marv wakes to find her dead and goes on a vengeful rampage to identify her killer. “When I need to find something out, I just go and find people who know more than me and I ask them. Sometimes, I ask pretty hard,” says Marv in a delicious bit of understatement. The one honest cop in Sin City, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), is at the center of another hunt as he scrambles to save an 11-year-old girl from a sexual predator (Nick Stahl). Hartigan’s story picks up eight years later as he again encounters Nancy (Jessica Alba), now an exotic dancer, and is reacquainted with her tormentor, who has mutated through medical treatment into a glowing fiend known as Yellow Bastard. The hero of the third story is ex-photographer Dwight (Clive Owen), a pal to the prostitutes of Sin City who tries to help them cover up the death of a vicious, crooked cop (Benicio Del Toro). Among the roster of other key Sin City denizens: Gail (Rosario Dawson), the ironfisted leader of the town’s prostitutes; Miho (Devon Aoki), her deadly samurai ally; the cannibalistic killer Kevin (Elijah Wood in a role as far from his heroic Frodo Baggins as imaginable); Bob (Michael Madsen), Hartigan’s turncoat partner; Shellie the waitress (Brittany Murphy); Marv’s
nursemaid Lucille (Carla Gugino, the “Spy Kids” mom who tosses aside family-film values with an amazing nude scene); Sen. Roarke (Powers Boothe), Yellow Bastard’s plotting father; street-wise young hooker Becky (Alexis Bledel); Manute (Michael Clarke Duncan), a mountainous mob enforcer; and Josh Hartnett as a seductive hit man. Rodriguez pal Quentin Tarantino spent a day as “guest director,” overseeing a perversely funny scene in which Owen and Del Toro drive through the rain. “Sin City” is meant as good, gory fun, an homage to the manly men and brazen broads of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Yet the sexism of “Sin City” often slips into misogyny. What may work as pulp entertainment on a comic-book page read in privacy becomes unsettling when played out graphically on a movie screen as an orgy of violence against women. “Sin City,” released by Miramax’s Dimension Films banner, runs 124 minutes. Two stars out of four.
8 April 2005
Wilson Woman’s Observations of Czech Controversy over WWII Commemorations Stephanie Lingle Guest Writer The Czech Republic’s Defense Ministry is currently making plans for May events marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. However, many of these plans are being debated throughout the country. To understand the controversies surrounding the issue, one must first understand the history of the Czech Republic, and why Czechs might have more difficulty honoring Soviet liberation than their neighbors. By the 1930s, a large population of German immigrants had settled in the Sudetenlands, a mountainous region along the western border between Germany and Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was a democracy at the time, operating under a multi-party system. These German immigrants had formed an influential political party, The Sudeten German Party. Hitler, who had recently taken power in Germany, had members of the Nazi Party infiltrate the group and they became his “fifth column.” As international tensions with Germany increased, Hitler called the leaders from Britain, France, and Italy to meet with him in Munich on August 29, 1938. Although Czechoslovakian President Beneš was notably not present, the four leaders signed the Munich Agreement, giving the Sudetenlands to Germany. Both Britain and France had previous pacts for mutual defense with Czechoslovakia, yet they chose to follow British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s “Appeasement Policy” to give Hitler what he wanted in the hopes of keeping his ambitions under control. Czechoslovakia, left without a fighting chance, had no choice but to capitulate. On March 15, 1939, German tanks rolled into the heart of the country and the nation was separated into the Slovakian half, which formed its own collaborationist government, and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (collectively called the Czech Lands). When Hitler was not successfully appeased, he
invaded Poland and WWII was officially started. Throughout the duration of WWII the Czech Lands were in misery. Czech Jews were sent to their deaths at concentration camps, one of which was located within the nation at the Fortress of Terezín. Prague, the capital city, was bombed accidentally by Allied Forces. After members of the Czech Resistance assassinated Chief of Reich Security, Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazis retaliated. They went to the village of Sedlice, where they executed every man, deported the women to concentration camps, and sent the children to live with families in Germany. The town, including all of the homes, the church, the public fountains and statues, was burned to the ground. All that was left of Sedlice was an empty field. Throughout the country, freedoms were wiped out and people lived with constant fear and shortages. When the end of WWII finally came, there were tensions between the Soviet Union and the Anglo-American forces, both of whom had arrived simultaneously to liberate the Czech Lands. American soldiers began liberation from the western border, but were given orders not to go too far into the country for fear of offending Stalin as his troops began liberation from the east. Although today there is a memorial to the American liberators in Plzen, the Soviet Red Army has traditionally received credit as the nation’s liberators because they freed Prague. The Red Army, as they marched through the nation, liberating the citizens from Nazi control, also spread the ideals of communism along the way. The Czech people, exhausted and tired after years of war-time suffering, were not as concerned with personal freedoms and civil rights as they were with finding a home and providing for those family members who had managed to survive. They needed the stability that communism seemed to promise. Therefore, Soviet liberation also marked the beginning of nearly 40 years of subsequent Soviet-controlled communism. In 1968, Alexander Dubèek, the
new head of the Czech Communist Party, kicked off “Prague Spring” by enacting democraticstyle reforms; people were given additional freedoms in an effort to create “socialism with a human face.” Czech artists, writers and journalists felt free, for the first time, to publicly criticize the communist government. Fearing revolution, Soviet-led troops once again entered the country. This time, the Red Army was not a force of liberation, but one of occupation that would last for the next 20 years. Protestors in Wenceslas Square in Prague were crushed under the tanks. Jan Palach, a student from the school where I am studying now, set himself on fire in utter despair. Given this background, it is understandable how Czechs today
would have mixed feelings over celebrating the end of WWII, which represents for them both the end of Nazi terror and the beginning of a new kind of oppression. As plans are being made, buried feelings are now resurfacing. Sixty years is not, after all, a long time. Some Czechs wish to downplay the role of the Soviets liberation from Nazi occupation, while others assert that history should not be denied just because it is inconvenient. While a few organizers have expressed wishes to invite German officials to the commemorative events in an effort to rejuvenate the new feelings of friendship between the two nations (characterized by tourism and lucrative trade agreements), other Czechs have pro-
tested that it would be inappropriate to invite Germans to attend events that celebrate the end of their occupation of the nation. The likely compromise on the part of the Defense Ministry will result in low-key events, with government officials placing wreaths and making short speeches. However, several prominent Czechs, including popular filmmaker Vaclav Marhoul, are planning their own events involving parades and gatherings in public squares throughout the country. However, this Wilson Woman will happily be having her own commemoration under the pines and maples by then! Some information on current events courtesy of The Prague Post.
A memorial to mark the liberation of neighboring Austria by the Red Army in Vienna.
8 April 2005
EDITORIAL Make a difference: join a Wilson is Home Wilson College club! Christy Córdova Editor in Chief Wilson College clubs and organizations do make a difference, not only to those at Wilson College , but occasionally to people far distant from Chambersburg, PA and the Wilson College campus. In late October of 1998, Hurricane Mitch hit Central America, and especially Honduras, causing massive flooding, extensive damage and many deaths. The Wilson College Spanish Club responded to this tragedy by raising money (about $1500) to send to the devastated area through the Fundación Maria. This contribution was used to benefit the children of Honduras. On January 30, 2001the Children’s Car and Skate Track was unveiled in a Tegucigalpa . Park. The wife of the President of Honduras, Maria Eugenia de Bulnes, expressed her gratitude to the Wilson College Spanish Club, and noted: that “this is the only recreational area with ecological surroundings… in Tegucigalpa. The race track is fully equipped with children’s cars, tricycles, skates, scooters and protection gear” and is
especially aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7. It also noted that “approximately 72,000 children will benefit from this project.” Several photographs which were en-
closed with the letter showed children at play in the new park and one displayed the unveiling of a plaque in the park, commemorating the donations that made it possible. Among the 12 or so donors, including the White House Correspondents and Mattel Toys, it also lists the Spanish Club of Wilson College. We bring this to your attention to remind you that clubs are important organizations on campus. Whatever their purpose, social, literary, political,
athletic, etc., clubs can make a real difference not only here on campus, but also even beyond our immediate surroundings. If we, individually, have a serious interest in making them work, it is not a waste of time to join. While not all clubs or individuals will get the recognition they deserve, clubs exist to bring people of similar interests together, to promote important goals, causes, ideals, and even to put friendship, leadership and solidarity into practice. Clubs exist to remind us that we are not islands, but part of a larger whole, and that together there are purposes and goals that we can pursue. What good can we, as members of clubs accomplish? Well, look at these smiling faces from Honduras, and then look at ourselves and decide that we want to make a difference. Whether you join the newspaper, yearbook, athletic teams, musical groups, dance ensembles, community service, or the Spanish Club, do your part. Make Wilson College a better place and yourself a Wilson College graduate prepared to live a life of service that will bring honor to yourself, your college, your community and your country.
Wilson College Spanish Club brings smiles to the children of Honduras.
Dorothy Marie Malinowski Guest Writer There are a few things every Wilson woman knows. We know that we don’t always get along. We know we don’t always agree. We know that we will always have issues with each other. But above all else, we know we will always have Wilson. Now really what does that mean, to always have Wilson? What is Wilson? Wilson has, over its life, become many things. Yes, Wilson is our college, but most importantly, somewhere during your four years here, Wilson becomes more, it becomes your family, it becomes your home; whether or not you wanted it. For most of us, this is a fouryear home. You enter with a class of timid freshman, and you grow to be proud independent women by your senior year. But when that plan changes, because of grades or a change of major and you must remain an extra year; you not only gain the title of super senior but you learn things here aren’t always what you thought. You gain new perspective when you become a super senior. You reach the end of your fourth year, and while the rest of your class is planning for the future, you are planning next year’s classes. Because of this, you see things that they do not. I won’t go as far to say that I liked everyone in my class all the time, but I can say I didn’t hate anyone. Everyone, whether or not I even intended it, became a part of me, because they are a part of Wilson. It’s sad to know that the faces and personalities you have come to know over the last four years won’t be there next fall. This is really it. Therefore, I will bestow upon you what I’ve figured out Wilson to be besides our home. Six long years ago when I started looking for a college, I had one requirement that had to be fulfilled. The college must be small and established before 1900. I wanted a place with history and tradition. But I didn’t want a place where I would get lost or forgotten
about. Wilson is that. I know that now. Wilson has many lovely qualities, its “pines and maples” or its “gently flowing stream” this is our college campus a “peaceful spot it seems” whether in the “beauty of the morning” or covered in “twilight shadows”, it has a “sweetness unsurpassed.” Our memories and the memories of those before us will always be there. Wilson is also at times the bane of our existence. Whether it was issues with the food, communication, administration, students’ rights, or one of the billions of problems with this school. Furthermore, the science labs are top of the line, or at least they were the time of our birth. The library had books that are older than most of our professors. Wilson is truly timeless. But that’s the point, Wilson is classic, it transcends time. Walk on the green and forget about the cars, what century are you in? Wilson is living history, our living history. Wilson is beauty and majestic, and real. That is why I came here, I knew somewhere deep down that this was the place for me. Nowhere else would help me grow into the person I am today, and nowhere else would allow us to become what we have. The growth we get from what Wilson is, must be protected. There isn’t a better way to state just what Wilson is, or what Wilson truly does, except to use Bertha Pifer’s words: For there is no place like Wilson Though we search o’er land and sea. She is small but she is mighty And she’s wonderful to me. For her name is Alma Mater, And we’ll ever stand as one Firmly pledged to love and honor Till the sands of life are run. ~Bertha Pifer 1921
8 April 2005
Phoenix FACE-OFF! Love is blind
Just say no! Chris Hunt
Heather Layman News Editor In the days of yesterday, the word marriage held very formal meaning. It meant a man and a woman who loved each other said some vows, a white dress was worn, and usually a church was involved. These vows were rarely broken. Welcome to the future and the world of today where marriage has many forms. There are those traditional type marriages where a man and a woman fall in love, buy the white dress and find a beautiful church in which to say their vows, but there are also marriages that are arranged in a short week and take place in a chapel in Vegas, lasting only until a few weeks later. Everlasting love is rare. The days of liberal love are here and now. Love is a flighty thing. It comes and goes sometimes. It happens when you least expect it. But love is a powerful emotion that exists in all humans, and at this rate, there is a lot of love in the world. With the current world population at 6.5 billion, and a slightly higher ratio of women than men, what about the leftovers? Are there some people who just have to accept dying alone because there aren’t enough people to partner up equally? Or what about those people who are on that third time’s a charm marriage? One form of love is with same sex partners. Two people meet, find a soulmate, fall in love, and want to get married. Except there is not a white dress, or there are two white dresses, because this happy couple is not made of a man and a woman. This happy couple is of the same sex. This should not matter because marriage is about love, not procreation. I know plenty of married
couples with no children. With the world population at such a size, it shouldn’t matter that same sex couples do not reproduce. Many people feel same sex marriage is wrong because it’s unnatural, and what’s natural is to create offspring. I have to disagree. Marriage is about love, not the ability to carry on the species. If that were the case, men would go around impregnating women to carry on the species, but there’s no need for that. We’re overpopulated already. Marriage is a vow of love. It should be available to anyone who feels ready for it. Marriage should be about love, not about a man and a woman. I mean, really, how long do marriages between men and women last these days anyway? It’s got to be worth investing in something for a change. I think that love exists in many ways and forms. Same sex love is just one of them. There are so many people in the world, but limiting yourself to a gender cuts your number in half. If your soulmate happens to be in your same gender, does that mean you will never find your true love or be happy? I’ve always heard the saying, “All’s fair in love and war.” It’s true, in a way. Love is love, no matter where it is found, or who it is with. It doesn’t matter if the person you love is the same sex, the same age, or the same race. Love is a feeling that exists and cannot be turned off like a water faucet. I believe in love. I believe in true love, blind love, rose-colored glasses love. I even believe in same sex love. It’s a beautiful thing. Love. Does it really matter who falls in love with whom as long as happiness exists?
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Staff Writer Alright, here I go. I’m going in, face first. I know it may be tough. But hey, I’m a man, I can take it. What I’m about to say may offend a few. It may offend a lot. Or maybe it won’t offend anyone at all—well, except maybe my pet llama who’s really hungry as I write this. Anyway, here goes! You know that whole thing that all sorts of people in all sorts of places have been talking about? You know that….umm….thing? You know what I’m talking about…don’t you? What? You don’t? Alright..well...maybe you don’t. GAY MARRIAGE! There, I said it. Whew, that actually didn’t hurt much. I suppose to please my editor though, I have to say a little more than that. Alright, well, here goes: I’m not an advocate of same-sex marriage. In fact, I really don’t like it, umm…even a little bit. For the reasons why I’m not a fan, please refer to my website at www.spineless.com. Well…on second thought, maybe I should just tell you. Besides, if you go to my website you’ll see that it’s not actually mine—it’s my sister’s. Oops! I forgot I don’t have a sister. Truth be known, I don’t like same-sex marriage very much because, well, it’s different, you know. Oh come on, you know it is! How can you not know something is a little strange about the idea of one man marrying another or two women marrying each other. I know, I know, it’s also strange that for every marriage there are 3,536 divorces all across the Fruited Plain, but you’re not going to trick me into changing the subject—especially since I’m on a roll. WARNING: The next few things I’m about to say may be unsuitable for the faint of heart, so I would advise those folks to read and reread the following paragraph at least 50 times to get your heart back into shape. (Note: out of the fear of my expert opinion being incorrect I have not consulted with your cardiologist). There are a few perks that come with marriage. First of all,
it’s nice to have someone always there to take care of your every need—say, for instance, someone to squeeze your pimples. Another benefit is sex (just because I rank them in this order doesn’t mean you have to). Speaking of sex (this is the part I warned you about), when a man and a woman put their bodies together and…well…you know…do that thing they do, there is a sort of, well…natural fit. Something akin to picking one’s nose. I think God knew what he was doing when he created the finger of man—and yes, woman’s too—at just the right size to get the job done (he did a particularly excellent job in my case). But in any event, if you put two men together in the holy order of patrimony—oops, I mean matrimony—the second greatest benefit of marriage (sex, remember?) becomes well…somehow changed. It’s like the parts don’t fit. Now, since I’ve never actually tried it myself I can’t be absolutely sure, but I have a pretty good idea of how men might try to make it fit. Unfortunately, however, due to spatial constraints, I can only express to the men with same-sex attraction that I’m concerned that you may poke out an eyeball should you attempt to pick your nose (come on, you know what I mean). Unfortunately, for the females who are attracted to other women, I’m afraid you’ll never be able to pick your nose at all (figuratively speaking, that is) unless you—well, never mind… I know there are many more things that can be said about same-sex marriage. Much has been said by those in favor and much by those who oppose it. Personally, yes, I think it is wrong. But, if, like me, you’re interested more in a personally handcrafted pimple squeeze every now and then, than you are in that sex thing, I say what the heck, take a walk down the aisle with that man, woman, or llama of your dreams. Just remember, llamas are easily offended.
8 April 2005
BULLBOARD Phoenix Family News Extermination at Wilson: A pesky task is finally squashed We cover all the goings on around campus!
Kate E. Did Resident Crazy Lady At the last big residence council meeting held sometime last month, students voiced their dislike of the extermination of the dorms, causing them to be kicked out of their homes for four hours. “I have nowhere to go,” says sophomore Sally Dally, “and my guinea pig, Chubby, has nowhere to go either. I can’t let him in the room or he will be exterminated too, and I’d be really sad about that. So I take him to my classes and wander around all day like a homeless person.” Many students share the same sentiments. “I always sleep in the afternoons,” says Liz Laze, a freshman, “but on extermination days I’m not allowed to go to my room. Do
you know how grouchy I am without an afternoon nap? My roommate can’t come within sixty feet of me!” In fact, there isn’t a single Wilson student out there who favors extermination, so residence council has decided to eliminate it for the future. They warn students to stay tidier to help keep the bug population down, and to step on creepy-crawlers immediately before they reproduce. They figure that if everyone works together, perhaps the bug situation won’t get out of control. But that was almost two months ago. Students must now leave their rooms in groups to prevent armies of insects from carrying them away. So far, only one student has been taken to the Underground Quarters of the Insect King and Queen, and
fortunately she was recovered safely with only a few cuts and scrapes. “I was so terrified,” said Janie Rainy, with tears in her eyes. “I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and my roommate was sleeping so soundly. I really thought I could make it,” she sobbed. “I was washing my hands when I noticed them behind me through the mirror. I tried to scream and run, but they came after me so fast and carried me away to their underground world. The king was as tall as me! I never knew how important it was to keep the insects at bay!” Residence council plans to hold an emergency meeting on the matter. Until then, don’t forget to travel around campus with your friends, and always carry a can of Raid!
Tips Today: How to Get into a Gggrrrreat Grad School! Finola Job-netwerk Your newest career services professional!
Seniors are wondering what the secrets are to help their grad school application stick out so that they are accepted into a good, solid program. Here are some easy tips to remember:
Do NOT get involved. This means sports, student government, clubs, etc… This way you can say that you have only focused on your major and have not explored other areas. Stay away from volunteer work! This only makes you look bored in college. Why would anyone want to support our community for no pay? This shows you have no drive. Grades, agh, who uses letter grades anymore
anyway. It’s about effort, not the outcome. Apply late; as not to seen too desperate; grad schools do not like this. Wait until the very last minute. This also helps keep your stress levels down so you can focus on graduation and drinking. If you have to write a personal statement or essay, be sure it is not longer than 1 page and do not put any research into it. This shows that you know exactly what you are talking about and do not need professionals to back up your facts. See how smart you are already? When you fill out the applications, write in red, purple or gold ink. They love to see the artistic side of you. You can also doodle in the margins if you wish, (smiley faces always work, even for dotting your I’s).
Finally, don’t ever call and check the application status. This make you seem even more desperate. Wait until you receive a letter or phone call (e-mails are used now also) then, when they say you’re accepted, which they certainly will, say that you figured and you’ll see them in August. Do not seem too grateful. After all you did all the work.
Remember, this process is all about you, not what you have done to make your world a better place through education. If you follow these easy tips you are sure to make your way into a great school where you will shine above the others. Good luck seniors and see you in grad school!
Wilson to “do away” with meal plan and dining hall Cokie Coler The Cookie Monsta Recently, there have been many, many complaints from the students about the quality of food served in our dining hall. “Since the complaints are so numerous,” said Maggie the dining hall rep., “We have decided to just cut the program all together.” There are many other reasons for this as well. First, at noon exactly there is an influx of people who wish to eat. This line is very long and students are sick of waiting. Sarah Meats said, “I go to the dining hall to eat not to stand around and wait my turn. I wish people thought the same.” The dining hall decided that since students have no patience anymore, they will have to fend for themselves. Second, there have been many complaints about the WWC program and that they have to share a space with traditional students. The dining hall didn’t wish to upset one of the two groups by just kicking one out, so we will all lose out. Besides, between the children crying and the traditional students laughing and cussing loudly, the noise level has just gotten too high for anyone to eat in peace. Third, the dining hall is sick of catering to vegetarians and
vegans. “Who would make the choice not to eat meat or cheese?” said Kim Bakes, who makes our meals. Because they have to cater to so many different people, they are losing money and the school would really like to see that cash in the general fund. Lastly, as we all know, the open houses and guests who visit campus receive much better food than the students on any other day. This has ticked off the dining hall staff who have to prepare the food and serve it. Josh Fish said, “It is not fair to all those pretty, young girls, that students who may or may not go here, get better food. I talk to all the students and they deserve the best, don’t you Amy? Hi Amy, see you at dinner?” Josh went on for a while, and finally stated that it’s “just not fair.” I told him that my mother used to say that life wasn’t fair, but I have decided she’s just a liar. So students say goodbye to the dining hall and food services and say hello to Giant and your new refrigerator. There will be more ovens and microwaves placed in all the dorms to accommodate your cooking needs. The school would like to remind you however, watch yourself, as not to burn the building down.