The Ampersand, in a rare moment of clarity, was correct: this column is, and always has been, intended to troll the rest of the campus. Contrary to their interpretation, that does not meant that I, the author, am not a conservative Republican (I am). What it means is that I am not a self-important, pretentious, intellectually vapid idiot. You see, when this column was first conceived, it was conceived as a sort of satire in the tradition of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” That is, while the conclusions I ended up reaching in the column were largely reflective of my own views on issues, the reasoning used to arrive at them, with a few rare exceptions, was designed to be a mirror—an uncharitable mirror—that I had meant to hold up to the utter lack of intellectual seriousness that was exhibited by-and-large by the Left-activist wing of this campus.
For much of you, this is probably a Sixth Sense-esque “now it all makes sense” (it’s a twist!). Others will most likely see this as a cop-out to cover the logical shortcomings in Holt’s writings (these people are simply wrong). Others will no doubt question Holt’s methods, pointing to the “real” damage his column did to the reputation of government professor Melayne Price (the original copy is on the ACB, while the Argus website still has the retraction and the studentresponses). Still others will pretend they knew all along. But no response will be as good as that of Jon Zamboni ’10,whopoints out the dialectal purpose of Holt’s trolling:
Micah Feiring ‘11 and Ben Firke ‘12 are seeking your support in the WSA Presidential and Vice Presidential elections.
In case you missed the WSA’s all-campus email, it’s election time again! The WSA is an instrumental voice on campus and next year that voice will be heard like never before. I’m Micah Feiring, and I’m running for President because I want to stand up for the student body and deliver results. Running with me for Vice President is Ben Firke.
This year we co-sponsored the resolution to protect Financial Aid and worked to pass the Green Fund, which finances $85,000 for sustainable projects each year. I raised thousands of dollars to start a free late-night student-run café and fought for more lenient drug and alcohol policy. Ben revolutionized transportation with ZipCar, busses to the Meriden Amtrak station, and exposed the meal-plan flaws that cost students hundreds of dollars each semester.
Next year we will continue to protect financial aid, promote sustainable practices, and improve student life on campus. We will support campus culture by creating a state-of-the-art concert space. We will demand greater academic flexibility, improve the class registration system and implement a student-run EMT response program.
You can learn more about us at our Facebook Group. We encourage you to Google all the candidates and make an informed decision. We are confident you will choose the candidates with a track record of Proven Results. We get it done!
Bring your pre-frosh to this college classic (based on the Dartmouth chapter of Alpha Delt). There will be snacks, and the event if free, though we encourage everyone to bring a $2 donation for Relay for Life.
Date: Saturday, April 17 Time: 8-10pm Location: ADP living room Cost: suggested $2 donation for Relay for Life
Cheryl Tan ’11 sends this word of an event by The ADP Music Series (in conjunction with the Music Department)
This week, the ADP Music Series presents a performance and workshop by Az Samad.
Currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, guitarist Az Samad has performed in festivals and venues in San Francisco, Boston, New York, West Virginia, Austria, United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia. Az has studied guitar with Eric Roche (UK), Thomas Leeb (Austria/LA), Don Ross (Canada), Mick Goodrick (Gary Burton Group), David Tronzo, John Stowell, Jimmy Wyble, Ben Monder (Maria Schneider Orchestra) and Bryan Baker (Steps Ahead). He has also participated in classical guitar master classes with Mark Teicholz and Muriel Anderson as well as taken private lessons with Steven Lin, Patrick Francis, Grisha Goryachev, Scott Tennant, Willliam Kanengiser, Gyan Riley and Ron Burczon. As an educator, Az has been a faculty member for the Berklee College of Music Summer Guitar Sessions since 2007 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude (dual major in Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance). Az is now working on his second solo album, a follow-up to the now rare out-of-print CD, “Acoustic Gestures.”
For more info, log on to: www.sonicbids.com/azsamad
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Introduction to Contemporary Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar by Az Samad
This workshop explores contemporary acoustic guitar techniques as used by artists such as Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Andy McKee, Alex De Grassi, Thomas Leeb and Eric Roche. Guitar percussion techniques, harmonics, two-handed tapping and alternate tunings will be discussed. Examples will include excerpts from the repertoire as well as from Az Samad’s original repertoire and arrangements
Date: Monday 3/29 Time: 6pm Location: World Music Hall
Workshop: Date: Tuesday 3/30
Time: 5 pm Location: World Music Hall
Admission to each event is free. No tickets are required.
This event is co-sponsored by the Music Department