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Fourth Annual Vagina Monologues March 2, 2007 The Gatepost Page 9 Moaning, groaning and so much more! VDay 2007 Cast LIVING/ARTS Page 10 The Gatepost March 2, 2007 BSU celebrates Black History Month By Jimi Mulvehill EDITORIAL STAFF vigil. This annual tradition Feb. 11. The game consist- T he Black Student is held on the first day of ed of a variety of questions, Union (BSU) hosted February and occurs on the with accompanying music five events this stairs of Dwight Hall. or video clips. February in honor of Black Bartley said, “The vigil Freshman Tracy Pierre- History Month. is meant to give recognition Louis said the game show According to the to African Americans who was her favorite BSU President of BSU, Priscilla have positively contributed event. “It was a lot of fun. Bartley, the five events to the African- American It gave us all a chance to were a candlelight vigil, a community.” learn something about theme dinner at the cafete- At the event, each BSU black entertainers that we ria, an “African Americans member lit a candle in didn’t know before. Plus, I in Entertainment” game honor of an individual and won twenty bucks.” show, a soul food dinner gave a short blurb about Even though the game and a comedy night. him or her. When every show was popular among Bartley said, “We have candle was lit, the national many BSU members, really focused on getting black anthem was sung, Bartley said the lack of our name out to the campus which concluded the attendance was “disap- to raise the amount of evening. pointing.” attendance at these events, The theme dinner in the “The idea that the ques- as well as Monday meet- cafeteria was held on Feb. tions were going to be ings. We want 8. based around black culture people to know that we are The feast featured tradi- scared people off. When I here to share awareness.” tional foods such as told people about the event, Senior Curt Chiverton, Dominican Republic-style they would say that they who serves as education chicken and cheescake would feel embarrassed for chair of BSU, said the five flan, Jamaican jerk pota- not knowing anything events fulfilled all expecta- toes, Nigerian peanut soup about black culture. I just Kristin Will/The Gatepost tions. “With rooms already and fried plantains and let them know that even Orlando Baxter cracks jokes with the audience. reserved, it is hard to do Haitian fried pork, rice and black people are continu- everything you want, but beans. Nigerian, Jamaican ously learning about black Corey Manning, Orlando Black History Month. we did the best we could, and Dominican music were culture. There is nothing to Baxter, Sean Bedgood and They combined educational and everyone enjoyed it.” played during the event. be ashamed of. We’re all in James “The Glow” Goff. and entertaining program- The first event that The game show about a learning process togeth- Senior Edwin Alphonse ming to make this month a kicked off Black History African Americans in er,” she said. said, “They put on a great success.” Month was the candlelight entertainment was held on The next event hosted by show, and I never stopped According to Bartley, BSU was the “soul food” laughing. It was a great BSU has a lot to cover in dinner on Feb. 21. The way to conclude Black the upcoming months, foods served at the dinner History Month.” including discussions and included fried chicken, Many members were fundraising. baked macaroni and encouraged by the events Bartley said they will be cheese, collard greens, rice, put on by BSU. having a discussion about beans and cheesecake. Junior Sarah Charland sex, which will definitely According to Bartley, the said, “It has been really encompass the use of pro- night began with the expla- interesting to learn about tection and the problem of nation of where the term the black culture through AIDS in Africa. “soul food” came from. the eyes of my peers BSU will also plan The evening concluded because I did not have the fundraising events, volun- with trivia about African- opportunity to do so when I teer opportunities and give American history. was younger.” recognition to some of the Senior Vladimir Lessage Chiverton said Black people who have con- said, “Soul food is deeply History Month and the tributed to the ongoing suc- engraved in black history, events “give us the oppor- cess of the club. and it was a good thing that tunity to really teach people Bartley said BSU is here BSU thought of doing the about the accomplishments to emphasize that it’s dinner.” of black achievers from the important to celebrate The final event was the past to present. Even black culture all year Comedy Night in the though it’s only a month, round. “Black culture is Forum. This was held on we try our best to put on as highly commercialized dur- the last day of Black many events as we can.” ing the 28 days of Black History Month, Feb. 28. David Baldwin, director History Month, but BSU’s The comedians who per- of Multicultural Affairs and mission is to make people formed were Chris Tabb the advisor to BSU said, “I aware of Black culture 365 (who has appeared on think that BSU did an days of the year.” Kristin Will/The Gatepost excellent job planning Sean Bedgood makes the audience laugh. “Comic View” on BET), Panelists discuss illegal immigration March 2, 2007 The Gatepost Page 11 By Alden Needel EDITORIAL STAFF allowing immigrants in without full Association (NAFTA), which she but even if they don’t pay them T he United States of America legal protection is a problem. feels is damaging to the Mexican directly, if they pay rent, part of has always served as a home Grant wanted to ensure that the economy. In 1994, NAFTA was that rent is going towards property for immigrants. People attendees of the event understood created and called for a reduction taxes for the land. … They are con- have fled from their native lands to that the problem of illegal immi- of tariffs between the United States tributing… not as much… but escape racism, unjust persecution gration is not unique to the United and Mexico. This neoliberal eco- that’s because typically, the wages and imminent danger to reside in States. Zimmerman honed in on the nomic policy was a failure because of undocumented immigrants are the U.S.A., where they are some- social attitudes toward immigrants it led to decreased wages for the lower. times faced with more racism and and illegal immigrants. Mexicans, and Mexicans cross the “They’re not a burden. … unfair labor practices. The event, sponsored by The border to flee from the poverty, They’re certainly not hurting the Last Wednesday, the panel of Office of Multicultural Affairs as Hartwick said. taxpayer,” she said. FSC professors all shared the part of the “Diversity Dialogue Ambacher and Hartwick agreed As the event was coming to a stance that America’s immigration Series,” was moderated by Director that the United States has done close, Student Trustee Jake policy and Americans’ negative David Baldwin’s undergraduate nothing to encourage or promote Oliveira asked whether undocu- attitude toward immigrants need to intern, Kevin Surprise. fair labor practices. mented immigrants should be change. Surprise’s first question was, Surprise’s other questions were granted in-state tuition. Government professor John “Why do you feel immigrants geared toward the role that racism The panelists agreed that this Ambacher, Dr. Robert Grant, pro- come to the United States illegal- plays in illegal immigration, the should be allowed because higher fessor emeritus of history and edu- ly?” effects that immigrants have on the education benefits the state as a cation, Geography professor Elaine Grant jokingly replied, “Because American economy and the effec- whole. These undocumented Hartwick, Economics and Business they can’t get in legally!” He tiveness of the current proposed immigrants will be able to get a job Administration Professor Karen emphasized the arduousness of bills under the Bush administra- and health insurance, and will not Perman and Sociology professor what immigrants have to go tion, such as the guest worker pro- pose a threat to our economy. Ellen Zimmerman discussed the through to come to the United gram and the fence along the bor- Dr. Grant ended the discussion issue of illegal immigration, and States. These people make the rad- der. with a grin on his face, saying, focused on its causes and its effect ical decision to leave their homes, While it is obvious that immi- “Full disclosure: my wife is an on American politics, economics their families and grants face racism immigrant - legal!” and culture. their languages in America, Grant The overall feeling at the end of While each of the professors behind, and it is noted this racism the event was that Americans need offered their expertise and opinions usually because These people make the radical is not new. He to understand their own reason as on different aspects of illegal they need work, decision to leave their homes, their cited the strong to why they are so opposed to immigration, they shared the com- are running away families and their languages anti-immigration immigration. munal desire for a drastic change in from danger or are behind, and it is usually because movements in the Nate Phipps said, “I believe they the treatment of illegal immigrants. trying to pull they need work, are running away 1920s, and the are essential to the economy - President of Amnesty themselves out of from danger or are trying to pull historical year in immigrants and illegals. I think International and the Active poverty. themselves out of poverty. 1892 when the people forget how hard immigrants Sociologists Nate Phipps said that “There is a Chinese were work.” his “only complaint is that there tremendous push -Dr. Robert Grant excluded from Senior Editor of the Journal of wasn’t any opposition to the opin- to do this, and the America. This Critical Thinking, Adam Silvia, ions offered. pull is the oppor- racism may be the said, “In the wake of the Super “It was fairly one-sided, even tunity to work in result of the Weekend initiative, I am glad to see though I don’t think that was their the United States,” Grant said. notion that immigrants take jobs that some effort is also being made intention. It would have been nice Ambacher personalized Grant’s away from Americans. to enhance academic involvement having someone offer an alternate story, as he reflected on how in Zimmerman wanted to look at outside of the classroom. Student- opinion, even if it was just to stim- 1854, his great-grandfather left these economic situations from faculty interaction - academic ulate the debate.” Germany at 17 years old and trav- another perspective, stating that interaction - is a very important pil- As part of their introductions, eled across the world to reside in immigrant labor, “whether or not it lar of a successful college commu- each panelist voiced his or her the United States. His great-grand- takes jobs away from Americans … nity. The event was finally a step in position on the subject. Ambacher father joined the Union Army and actually serves a function of help- the right direction towards improv- criticized the word choice of fought for four years - just so he ing us maintain a higher standard ing involvement and interaction.” Americans to describe people who would be granted citizenship. of living. Oliveira was impressed with the come to our nation. “I have a prob- The reasons for immigrants to “I’m not saying that that justifies turnout for the event, but was dis- lem with the word ‘illegal’ in terms come to the United States have not the low wages,” she reassured the appointed that the same view was of immigration. We have always changed in the last couple hundred audience. Illegal immigrants are shared among the panelists. “I was been a nation of immigrants,” he years. People everywhere want getting paid low wages, which, in kind of shocked about the econom- said. “economic opportunity … political turn, lowers the cost of services and ics professor … [and] her views on Other panelists, such as freedom and liberty,” said goods for Americans. this issue. Usually, economists Hartwick and Perman, focused on Ambacher. Ambacher disagreed. He said tend to be a little bit more conser- the United States’ global economic Offering a slightly different per- that low wages have nothing to do vative on the immigration issue.” policy, and how this has created spective, Hartwick jumped into the with immigration. It has to do with SGA President Dave Callaghan more problems and poverty for discussion, rebelling against the the absence of unions, the change said the panel discussion changed other countries. terminology and ideology the other in the economy and Wal-Mart, his views on undocumented immi- “Many of the current problems panelists were discussing. She dis- which was met with laughter from grants. “I thought that the first half that are occurring in the Americas agreed with the ideology that the audience. of the word, ‘illegal,’ stated it all. today are a result of … policies that Americans have been taught, Perman discussed how undocu- However, after listening to the come out of the countries like the “which is that immigrants come mented immigrants affect the debates … it doesn’t make any United States, which create a histo- here because it is a land of econom- American economy. She said, sense to … spend so much money ry of poverty and create conditions ic opportunity. I think people “There is research that suggests on keeping them out … when of despair - forcing people to come… for basic survival,” she that they are actually contributing instead, we could spend [that leave,” Hartwick said. said. to the expansion of the U.S. econo- money] restructuring the whole Perman believes that the current Hartwick also discussed the my. … In some cases, undocument- organization.” immigration policy is flawed, and North American Free Trade ed workers do pay taxes directly, A A Page 12 The Gatepost March 2, 2007 broad with the ussies By Stephanie McNulty until December, when they have dents can get copies of them by an activities fair in the central STAFF WRITER their summer holidays. logging onto WEBCT, which is courtyard. There are over 100 Macquarie Uni is located in very similar to FSC’s Blackboard booths showcasing the various H i FSC! I started classes North Ryde, a suburb Northwest of site. activities that are available to stu- this week at Macquarie Sydney. At FSC, we usually just have to dents on campus. Companies Uni. In Australia, every- The Uni has around 30,000 stu- buy textbooks, but at Macquarie around Australia also reserve these one shortens University to Uni. dents and 8,000 international stu- Uni, we have to buy bound aca- booths to try to hook students onto This is the first semester of the dents. The campus is very large demic papers known as readings their various products. school year at Uni and we are in and the buildings don’t have names for all of our lectures and tutorials. This first week at Uni has been classes until Apr. 6. Then we have - they have numbers, such as E7B. Some of mine are thicker than the fun but a bit confusing because it is a two-week break and classes Courses here are made up of lec- actual textbook - and just as expen- different from FSC, and it’s much resume on Apr. 23. Students are in tures and tutorials. Lectures are sive! larger. This week, there are no classes until the first week of June. held in very large lecture halls and This first week of classes is tutorials and I didn’t figure that out Then, we have a two-week study the professors do not take atten- called “O Week,” and there are var- until after I went to the room and break, and exams end on June 30. dance. Tutorials are much smaller ious activities around campus found no one there. But I’m learn- Students then have all of July off and held in regular classrooms sponsored by SAM (Students at ing, and the Aussie students are and return for their second semes- where attendance is taken. Macquarie), a student group very very friendly and helpful. ter in August, and are in classes All lectures are recorded and stu- similar to SUAB. SAM sponsors March is Women’s History Month In honor of Women’s History Month, the following are some of the world’s most recently elected female Heads of State: Michelle Bachelet – Chile 2006 President of Chile—the first woman to hold this position in the country's history. She won the 2006 presidential election in a runoff, beating cen- ter-right billionaire businessman and former senator Sebastián Piñera with 53.5% of the vote. Bachelet, a surgeon, pediatrician and epidemiologist with studies in military strategy, served as Health Minister and Defense Minister under President Ricardo Lagos, and is fluent in Spanish, English, German, Portuguese and French. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – Liberia 2006 President Johnson-Sirleaf, a former economist at the World Bank, is the current president of Liberia and Africa's first elected female Head of State. The Liberian elections commission announced her victory on Nov. 23, 2005, following the 2005 election. She is the third black female Head of State in the world, after Eugenia Charles of Dominica and Sylvie Kinigi of Burundi. She is often referred to as the "Iron Lady." Angela Merkel – Germany 2005 Chancellor Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany, the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to lead the reunited Germany and the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation-state in 1871. She is also, as of 2006, the youngest person to be chancellor since the second World War. Merkel, considered by Forbes Magazine to be the most powerful woman in the world, is only the third woman to serve on the G8, and is currently, as it is Germany’s turn in the rotation, head of the European Union. Submitted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs Like to write? Join The Gatepost! Meetings Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the College Center March 2, 2007 The Gatepost Page 13 The Oscars’ best and worst dressed By Kelly Raymond gown, an original shade of pale colored gown with diamond detail- The Chanel Couture gown with STAFF WRITER green, was simple and elegant. ing in the shape of a bow along the bead and feather detailing was not his year’s Oscars’ fashion Most gratifying was the draped neckline. Kirsten’s best pick. The “Marie T was mixed between splashes shoulder detail that cascaded down of color and soft design to the floor - a soft touch. detail. Less was definitely more. WORST DRESSED These stars didn’t get the memo Antoinette” star could have chosen a better color as well. The pale color of the gown did nothing Some of the most obvious trends Jessica Biel on what not to wear. against her pale skin and sort of included draped necklines, soft, The former “Seventh Heaven” washed out her facial features. flowing trains and off-the-shoulder star never looked so sophisticated! Meryl Streep straps. Celebrities like Cameron Biel glided down the red carpet in a You would think after having Cate Blanchett Diaz and Kate Winslet were among vibrant fuschia gown by Oscar de starred in this summer’s most fash- Someone should have hung her the best dressed, while Meryl la Renta. The little black belt rest- ion-savvy film, “The Devil Wears over a dance floor and called her a Streep and Kirsten Dunst were ing just above the waist gave the Prada,” she would have learned a disco ball. Blanchett’s sparkling, among the worst. gown originality and is sure to start thing or two. Meryl, just what on skin-tight, asymmetrical gown by a new fashion trend. earth were you thinking? The black Armani wasn’t satisfying in the BEST DRESSED Prada dress was anything but flat- least, which begs the question: how Bravo! Naomi Watts tering and the chunky jewelry did- in the world did she make People Watts brought old Hollywood n’t help, either. Miranda Priestly Magazine’s best dressed list? Cameron Diaz glamour back. The pale yellow would be so disappointed. Diaz looked absolutely stunning. gown with its black sash, by Gwyneth Paltrow There is no better way to show off Escada, was simply astonishing. Emily Blunt Not since the powder-pink ball a tan than by wearing white. In a Yellow is a difficult color to wear, Blunt looked like a tube of gown she wore to the 1999 Valentino Couture gown, draped in yet the stark contrast brought on by bright blue Crayola fabric glitter. Academy Awards has Paltrow Cartier diamonds and sporting her the black sash really made this “The Devil Wears Prada” star’s proved she’s fashionably alert. The new dark locks, the actress was gown stand out. fashion sense was just as disap- Zac Posen gown she wore to this simply glowing. pointing as Streep’s. If it was at all year’s award ceremony can be Rachel Weisz possible to be too shiny and too described in one word: dull. Pale Kate Winslet You can’t go wrong with Vera blue, Blunt’s Calvin Klein strapless orange chiffon? Pleating? Disaster. Also in Valentino Couture, Wang. Weisz looked oh-so-glam- gown was. Winslet looked dazzling. The orous in a strapless, champagne Kirsten Dunst CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS Get Great Babysitting Jobs Through Us! J o i n T h e G a t e p o s t ! Simply visit our website, M e e t i n g s quickly register & start e v e r y Tu e s d a y earning $13-$17+\hr. caring for kids in their own homes. i n t h e We have the jobs if you have the time. The next edition of www.parentsinapinch.com C o l l e g e C e n t e r The Gatepost is just a click away! M e e t i n g R o o m will run on $25 Bonus with 1st job! March 23, 2007. Parents in a Pinch, Inc. 2 1 6 At The Movies Page 14 The Gatepost March 2, 2007 “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” By Cory Welch STAFF WRITER realities of warfare. The touring from Iwo Jima” is even more iron- Watanabe), the ordinary grunts M ovie critics have tended to regard Clint soldiers certainly don’t feel like ic in its subversion not only of war with ordinary lives before the war Eastwood’s “Letters heroes, having left behind their imagery, but of our own American and the gruesome, surreal battle from Iwo Jima” as the more ambi- dying comrades to become poster notion of the war film as a genre. imagery of warfare. tious companion to “Flags of Our boys for the American cause. “Letters” plunges us straight into Except, in this very traditional Fathers.” Both films, both directed Adam Beach, who plays a Native the heart of battle almost as if we war picture, the enemies are by Eastwood, portray Americans butcher- WWII’s Battle of Iwo ing the heroes - Jima. we’re identifying “Flags” tells the closely and intensely story completely from with the horrific the American perspec- plight of the tive, while “Letters” Japanese soldiers. tells the story com- Eastwood’s triumph pletely from the here is his ability to Japanese perspective. deeply humanize the The fact that “Letters characters, much from Iwo Jima” is more so than we’re completely in Japanese used to seeing in our would certainly make own traditional war that film a more ambi- movies. Ken tious business endeav- Watanabe’s General or in the United States. Kuribayashi embod- But it should be recog- ies nobility and duty nized that the very in the face of futility. attempt to portray a There is great sad- battle from two unique ness in the General’s perspectives - through awareness, from the two companion very beginning, that Hollywood films - the battle is absolute- humanizes both the ly hopeless against Photo courtesy of IMDB.com heroes and the so- the might of the A still from “”Flags of Our Fathers.”” called enemies. The American military entire project as a whole should be American soldier and one of the were watching Spielberg’s “Saving machine. And Kazunari regarded as a tremendously ambi- “heroes,” is a standout as a con- Private Ryan” - as pro-American Ninomiya, as the innocent ordinary tious and humanistic endeavor. flicted hero who confronts and hyper-patriotic a war picture as soldier Saigo, shines with a basic If anything, “Flags of Our American racism at seemingly we’ve seen in the past 10 or so kindness of the human spirit. And Fathers” is the more then there are the ambitious of the films. Americans, faceless The movie revolves and dehumanized. It around one image, the is scary to watch, famous photograph by from the terrified Joe Rosenthal of the Japanese perspective, raising of the American hundreds and hun- flag by six faceless sol- dreds of American diers during the Battle tanks and troops of Iwo Jima. Those crawl silently and soldiers, having been quickly onto the made famous by that beaches of Iwo Jima photograph, crisscross like invading roach- America on publicity es. stunts that somehow Of course, the revolve around the genre of the war film indelible image. relies on certain basic Eastwood switches conventions that back and forth from seem a little shop- these soldiers’ publicity worn. “Letters” and stunts to their real bat- “Flags” are hampered tle scenes on Iwo Jima, with banal framing often to striking effect. Photo courtesy of Google Images devices - they both More interestingly, A still from “Letters from Iwo Jima.” begin and end with Eastwood has taken this the tired device of the famous image as a means to every street corner of the publicity years. In every way, “Letters” is present-day event or a narration explore the tenuous relationship tour. the traditional, classical war film that sets the movie going. And between the powerful imagery of If “Flags of Our Fathers” uses we’ve been seeing for years, both movies occasionally lapse heroism and patriotism and the true the imagery of patriotism and hero- replete with the noble, respected into schmaltzy sentimentality too ism with great irony, then “Letters commander (a magnificent Ken typical of the war picture.
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