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On Nov. 11, 2009, Adnan Hajizadah, an alumnus of the University of Richmond, was given a two-year prison sentence in Baku, Azerbaijan. He was found guilty of hooliganism during a scuffle in which government-sanctioned elements had violently precipitated upon Hajizadah and his friend Emin Milli in a cafe with the clear intention to harm and intimidate opposition movements in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku.
Last week we detailed four models of power dynamics in relationships: The Giver and the Taker, The Mongoose versus the Cobra, The Hand, and The Dominant and Submissive. In detailing the four models, we created paradigms that appear to leave no room for change. The Taker will seemingly always take. The Mongoose is assumed to always strike at its most vulnerable moment. The Hand presumably creates an intimate tyrant. The Dominant's name alone implies its continual dominance.
The moment my mom set that first Tofurky down on the table in front of me six years ago, I knew I had made the right decision. Even though many people thought it defied logic, becoming a vegetarian right before Thanksgiving solidified my commitment to my new meat-free diet. It was my freshman year of college and to this day, I still consider it the best, and perhaps most life-changing decision I ever made.
Last weekend I went downtown with a group of friends with the intention of going clubbing. Because of a plethora of club rules, we didn't get into any of the clubs we visited, and the night was a bust. I understand why such rules must be implemented in clubs; after all, loud music, scantily dressed women and drunken men can be a lethal combination. But, on this particular night, the alleged "rules" were not applied to everyone. Last weekend, I was a witness to racial profiling during my first (and last) experience at Tiki Bob's Cantina down in Shockoe Bottom.
Last week, voters in several states went out to the polls for a handful of off-year elections. Although most of these elections were at the local level and revealed little about the current political climate, three key races reveal a lot about the current mindset of voters.
Ever wonder why Europeans think Americans are money-obsessed, snobby and uptight? Well, I think I have finally cracked the case. It's because we are.
Let's say one of your acquaintances sees you walking across campus very late one night with a friend you had been working on a group project with, but your friend happens to be of the opposite sex. You and this particular friend happen to be laughing and joking around when your nosy acquaintance spots you. Assuming a little more to this truly platonic relationship, your acquaintance tells her roommate at breakfast the following morning that she suspects you and your friend of the opposite sex are dating. Someone else overhears this conversation. One thing leads to another, and by the end of the week, half the school has been informed that you have an STD. Sound familiar?
We lied last time when we said we would give you more translations this semester. As a group, the tenants of 507 decided it would be more worthwhile to explore the various perspectives existing in relationships that create particular power dynamics between two people involved with each other.
With technology and "going green" paradoxically taking over the world, it's surprising that the paper trail hasn't vanished from the University of Richmond. Registering for classes last week for the first time without paper pin cards, showed - as intended - another crucial step in the right direction. But sometimes it's the unintended consequences of a change that demand attention too: Why haven't we gone paperless elsewhere?
Should health care be universal? What about a public option? Will the quality of health care diminish?
Even though you've never been up at 5:30 a.m. for football practice, lifting weights, running, stretching, being yelled at, yelling back - during the summer (when many of you were on a beach, in Europe, traveling or just preparing to come/come back to this most beautiful campus), YOU can truly MAKE A DIFFERENCE if you come this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (NOT 3:30 p.m.) to the grand ole lady, UR Stadium.
Imagine, a young fawn ready for the new world, looking at the entrance to Olive Garden as if it were the gate to the Garden of Eden.
The rabid fox. The studious raccoon, trying to get into the library. The bats and the opossums, out and about with you every Friday night while you're looking for a good party. Who can forget the ducks, who ALL decide to make their mass exodus from the lake to the big hill in front of the library as soon as they see you coming, rushing to your 8:15 a.m. class?
First of all, I think that being deeply offended by the themes exhibited in Robert Crumb's work is the natural and indeed commendable response that any decent human being should feel when looking at one of Crumb's cartoons. Nobody in their right mind would defend incest or rape. I full-heartedly agree that Crumb's cartoons are incredibly vile and in many cases, deplorable.
Sunday evening I received a school-wide email attempting to place Robert Crumb in context to a situation in which the university's true goal seems to remove him from his past. The Modlin Center for the Arts does an excellent job bringing in wonderful performing guests from all over the world. But one thing that would be helpful for the future is more information about why some guests are surrounded by controversy.
Fellow members of the UR community:
Timothy Patterson is not a student in my class. I've never met him; I wouldn't know him if he was sitting next to me at a Spider football game. He never spoke to me personally about Robert Crumb or his work, even though, as students who are in my class can confirm, I've been in my office often during the last several weeks and have been very much available to talk about Crumb, and what my class is about (accurate title: American Misfit: Geek Literature and Culture), and why I feel it is important for professors at institutions of higher learning -- including the University of Richmond -- to include Crumb on their syllabus if they so desire. I would have been willing, even eager, to have that conversation with Patterson, but he apparently felt strongly enough to write publicly about the "values this university claims to hold dear," but not strongly enough to meet privately with the professor who assigned the material.
"Every woman has a rape fantasy. Every man, deep down ... hates women."
Halloween. As kids, it was the chance to stockpile more candy than a small country consumes in a year. In college, it's - surprise, surprise - another chance to party, but one of the best, probably second only to Pig Roast. Trading Snickers for Smirnoff, students suit up in their scariest, their silliest, their sluttiest. But is that all? Is that why we love Oct. 31 so much? I hope not.
During the past two weeks, the apparent war between the White House and Fox News has become more than just a minor blip on the political radar, but a major story. Each day there are numerous articles, from multiple news sources - CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, the Huffington Post and just about every newspaper and blog imaginable. Some will claim this whole debate is a waste of time, which might be true. This is why it's important to remember who it was who forced us to have this debate to begin with: White House officials.