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Filligar shows plenty of talent and thought on 'Succession'

(11/09/06 11:00am)

Alt-rock band Filligar has undertaken a dicey gamble by entering an already overcrowded musical niche. An excess of bands hoping to capitalize on today's baroque pop and post-punk trends has cropped up -- notably, groups like TV on the Radio and Arcade Fire. But in its latest album, "Succession, I Guess," Chicago-based Filligar projects a sweetly affecting charm that's hard to ignore -- and, curiously, hard to dislike.

A Constructive Diversity Discussion

(11/08/06 11:00am)

Two weeks ago, Provost Barry Scherr held a panel meeting to discuss filling two open administrative positions in the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. During the meeting, a few students made what I felt were two poignant but troubling observations: first, that there were very few white males present and second, that there were those who questioned the very existence of these two offices. The only conclusions I could draw from these observations were that either a) there was apathy among the white community because they felt that OPAL, IDE and the diversity initiatives associated with them had little relevance to their lives or b) there was a broad impression that diversity was "over-hyped" and rendered meaningless from the sheer institutional emphasis placed upon it.

The Message of Noche Dorada

(11/08/06 11:00am)

Noche Dorada, held last weekend, was not at all what I expected. Instead of attending a mere gathering of people enjoying amazing free food and crazy salsa dancing, I was confronted by impassioned speeches from alumni, and an informative address from a professor. Indeed, it is important to note that this night was about addressing the immigration issue -- an issue at the heart of the Latino community, and perhaps even beyond.