2011 Winter Issue 4 (February 4, 2011)
MTV executives claim its new show “Skins,” the import of a wildly successful British teen-drama, is intended to show “real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way.” After watching a few episodes, I wonder where the producers went to high school.
Chad Ochocinco, professional football wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on his Twitter account, "@SportsCenter since you guys are showing all my tweets on TV, show this one F*#% YOU." Go get 'em, Chad.
This year, The Carletonian is going through an extensive facelift. It began in the summer with an office renovation, moved forward this winter with a new layout and new content and will culminate in the arrival of six magical new computers over spring break.
When people ask me about being half-Asian, two things happen. First, I think of elementary school. I think about the first time someone told me I looked Hawaiian, then Native American, then white; the first time I had to choose a bubble on a piece of paper and didn’t know what to do… But I don’t respond with these. Instead, I usually give the short answer, which is just as true, and a lot more convenient: “It’s the best of both worlds. Most of the privilege, none of the guilt.”
How long would you wait in line for a ticket to a show by your favorite band? For an autograph? For a ticket to a sold-out play? Over the past few weeks, I have done my fair share of waiting in lines, whether for the train or for a sandwich. Nothing, however, could prepare me for the waits I’ve had to endure for two of the most popular shows in London. No, not “Legally Blonde: the Musical” or “Peter Pan” (starring David Hasselhoff), but Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “King Lear.”
I initially considered telling you about the weather in Ohio. I could tell you that it is very icy and cold and not at all conducive to walking to class. Then I remembered an old rule from theater: Know your audience. Keeping that maxim in mind, I realized that you would not at all be impressed with our sub-zero temperatures. It’s probably colder where you are.
Change is hard. Change often creates loss. It is disorienting – shattering norms and expectations. Perhaps the hardest thing about creating change is dealing with the entrenched interests who thrive because of the status quo, who derive their competitive advantage from the current system.
DISCLAIMER: I’m writing about slam poetry this week mainly to generate some excitement about the performance by Jared Singer and Thomas Fucaloro at the Cave tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. Also with an open mic. My ability to bring more poets to Carleton in the future will largely be dependent on the success of this event. So please come. And bring your friends.
I’ve got a serious question for everyone reading this: How many of you talk to your high school friends on a regular basis?