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Should the Student Assembly Go? Yes

(04/30/99 9:00am)

When Liam Kuhn first approached me about writing this column, I was delighted because I thought that the SA was really messed up and I wanted to rip on it. Little did I know that Mr. Kuhn (pronounced coon -- as in "let's go hunt some coons in our back yard and then fry them up for supper after beating our wives") was merely acting on orders from the SA and that my column was merely intended -- like Case Dorkey's on Tuesday -- to offer a semblance of opposition to what Liam and Josh clearly wanted: the defense of Student Assembly.

The Process

(04/30/99 9:00am)

Ten days ago, we were elected. Right away, we were confronted with the question of how to choose the two students for the newly-announced trustee steering committee. So we pondered. Should the campus elect both? Should the Assembly choose both? What process is the most fair, assures the best balance, and involves the most number of students possible in decision-making? We had a lot of options before us, a lot of people to talk to and a lot of thinking to do. Now we've come to a conclusion.

One For the Dogs

(04/29/99 9:00am)

The springtime is finally here! Which means that there is no better time than the present to go out and get a dog. That's right! There are thousands of undeniable and compelling reasons why everyone should run out and acquire some canine companionship right this minute, most notably the following: The springtime is finally here! And going to the pet store gives you a good excuse to also go to the liquor store for me.

Life, Literature and Experience

(04/29/99 9:00am)

During the past 50 to 100 years, traditional interpretations of culture and literature have been greatly undermined. In the past, it was thought that works of literature expressed something about the human spirit, and that a person's appreciation of both life and his fellow human beings would be greatly enhanced by reading the "classics." The twentieth century has seen a great reversal of these understandings, however. No one greater typifies this general revision than the German-Jewish critic Walter Benjamin, who committed suicide during World War II in 1940. His most powerful and most disturbing idea is that experience doesn't truly exist, as an individual's behavior is scripted entirely by his culture, and that the true perception of reality is instead dictated by shock and trauma.