The Gustavian Weekly, the campus' student newspaper, ran a feature on the tradition that included comments from various folks on and off campus who had something to say about it. And after it was published, student Mary Cunningham (and others, apparently) removed a bunch of papers because, it has been reported, they didn't want visiting prospective students and their families to get the wrong idea about Gustavus.Last month, the newspaper printed this follow-up editorial:
Finally, whether community members agree or disagree with the issues we talk about, or our decision to publish an article on a specific topic, it is important to respect our right as a press organization to talk about these difficult topics. Throwing away newspapers is censorship of The Weekly, and hence the students' voice on campus. When people choose to censor the students' voice on important issues like binge drinking, it silences a problem and does not allow us to discuss productively, which is what we, as an educational institution, need to do.The upshot? There could be a community-wide discussion about binge drinking. Instead it's having one about censorship.
"Let's get this straight: any woman who heads to an EI [fraternity] party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy's room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK?" columnist Alex Knepper, 20, wrote in the Eagle, the school paper.
"To cry 'date rape' after you sober up the next morning and regret the incident is the equivalent of pulling a gun to someone's head and then later claiming that you didn't ever actually intend to pull the trigger," he said.
I know there has been some good coverage of the rising c-section rate on MPR. Some of it (if you actually read the care papers) is due to the impulse to induce for no reason, some of it is the impulse to section for no reason. Here's what happens when the care providers do what is automatic, and simply do not think. So many questions: Why didn't they confirm the pregnancy? They had no idea of gestational age (if the woman had been pregnant). They had no prenatal records. This blows my mind!!!!
You might want to make mention that April 2 is Worldwide Autism Awareness Day. I posted something on facebook, it seems to affect almost every family I know in one way or another.A good time to revisit a program that's one-year old today -- the Sensory Friendly Film Program
A regular at the screenings is Marianna Pollock of Virginia Beach, Va., and her six-year-old son, Xander. "We attempted a regular movie a few times," says Pollock. "We always ended up having to leave within the first 15 minutes because Xander gets so excited that he flaps and makes noise. It was very stressful."3) In the wake of a girl's suicide in western Massachusetts because of bullying that adults couldn't or wouldn't step in to stop, Boston is trying to put the genie back in the bottle.
But as the offending Facebook pages come down, new ones go up. Ranny Bledsoe -- principal of Charlestown High School, one of the most severely afflicted schools -- said, "It seems to be an absolute epidemic.''What's Facebook's responsibility in this "modern crime?" Slate tackles the question today in asking whether social networking sites should do a little less to protect the perps -- maybe turn over information without a search warrant?
Nearly 10 percent of the 900 students at Charlestown High have been victimized, Bledsoe said. Students targeted on the Facebook pages say they have been taunted and laughed at by classmates.
Why do we have this rule? "For the same reason we should be able to use the phone or send an e-mail without worrying that the government will access it without probable cause," Bankston said. "We live in a society that allows us to take advantage of technology, and use it privately, without worrying about government invasion." That seems pretty clear and, depending on your politics, of course, probably sounds like a good thing. But Bankston says that courts haven't actually ruled yet on how the protection of user content in ECPA applies to social network sites. There's a pro-privacy ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, holding that the pager company Arch Wireless shouldn't have turned over the text messages of a cop to his employer. (Another aspect of the case, City of Ontario v. Quon, is on appeal to the Supreme Court.) But sites like Facebook, of course, are different. There are the messages you send to one other person on Facebook, the posts that all of your friends can see, and the posts or pages that you make public.Minnesota dipped its big toe in all of this a few years ago when the Legislature required school districts to develop a policy on cyberbullying. But it gave no guidance to the districts on how they can police the actions of kids who often are posting offensive material from the comfort of their bedrooms.
The Web site, Gawker, highlights some fascinating marketing research that identifies sports with the political persuasion of the people most likely to be fans of a particular sports league.
The surprise is that golf fans are a bigger Republican target than NASCAR, because golf fans, who tend to be Republican, are much more likely to vote.
Basketball, wrestling, and tennis are the big Democratic sports, according to the National Journal.
Stuck in the middle are the NFL and Major League Baseball.
There's a joke there somewhere.
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There's already a fair amount of kvetching -- if the MPR newsroom is any indication -- about the possibility of rain for this afternoon's first Twins game at Target Field. You wanted outdoor baseball, Minnesota. This is a fact of life of outdoor baseball. Didn't they tell you that?
I never developed the hatred for the Metrodome that most people did, perhaps because my physical fitness regimen consisted of a steady diet of wind sprints through pouring rain to get inside to watch a ballgame.
MinnPost's Jay Weiner has dug up the statistics on how often a game might be postponed in Minnesota.
Of course, weather conditions are unpredictable, but according to data developed by the team way back in 1996, during the 21 seasons the Twins played outdoors in Bloomington's Metropolitan Stadium, there were a total of 82 games postponed because of rain, snow, cold, or "wet grounds," for an average of about four games per season
More often that not, however, the problem with rain isn't that the game might be postponed, it's that it might be played.
Which brings up the subject of umbrellas at baseball stadiums. Please. Leave them home. The rain that doesn't fall on your head, is directed to the laps of people in front of, behind, and on each side of you. And you can't see through umbrellas.
But rain is good for real baseball fans. Rain etches memories. I've been to hundreds of games in my life, but the most memorable ones are the ones that had some combination of rain or postponements.
Here are three:
-1- It's 1976 and I'm in the bleachers at Fenway. It's pouring and the Cleveland Indians (my favorite team) are in town. After three hours of steady rain, the Red Sox invited all the fans in the bleachers under the grandstand. But I stay, standing in the rain behind the visitor's bullpen, the only person in the bleachers. Because I'm a true fan, I will not abandon my duty to show support for my team. After a bit, Indians' pitcher Tom Hilgendorf emerges and throws a ball to the top of the bullpen, an easy reach for me. "Did he throw that to me?" I think to myself. I decide he did not intend for me to have a baseball. It was still sitting there when the game was officially postponed an hour later. I had self-esteem issues, which is why "catch a baseball at a ballgame" is still on my Bucket List.
-2- It's 1985, and a gorgeous evening in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, home of the Pittsfield Cubs of the Eastern League. As the sun begins to set, the game is delayed. By sun. There are only two pro baseball parks in America where the sun sets directly behind the pitcher. Wahconah Park is one of them.
Each evening, the games are halted for about 20 minutes while everyone watches the sun set.
-3- It's 1988 and I'm living in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, a two-hour drive from Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are playing the Orioles in a middle-of-the-week "getaway day" game. A mile from the stadium, the radio announces the game has been postponed because of the threat of rain. Both teams had flights to catch to get to their next city and the team was afraid any rain delay would cause a problem with their travel schedule. We head for the Bronx Zoo instead. It stays sunny all afternoon. Every Sunday morning since, I have wrestled with this question: If God is so great, why are there the New York Yankees?