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Thankful there's no place like Tacoma | The News Tribune
By Tom Llewellyn, reader columnist, content marketing director at Russell Investments
20171119  campus  historic.architecture  appreciation 
20 days ago by uwtacoma
Tacoma Paper & Stationery channels UWT’s urban vibe
by Elizabeth Moggio and Wes Neeley, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
20171116  TPS  campus  construction 
25 days ago by uwtacoma
SF State Experimental College Makes Its Second Go-around
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The Experimental College is being restarted within the Political Science Department this fall semester with four courses being taught by students.

This pilot revival program was inspired by the college’s first run at SF State back in 1968, where students designed courses that they wanted to be taught and formed an untraditional way of teaching.

Following that same model, Lecturer Kathy Emery – who has been instrumental in bringing the program back to life – worked with four students as they prepared to teach a class that they felt wasn’t being represented.

“The four courses that are being offered this semester come out of the individual student’s passion [and] concerns, and it’s not being taught to their satisfact[ion] in the regular curriculum,” she said.

The four student teachers, Alisar Mustafa, Ben Feldman, Cesar Plascencia and Ray Larios, all worked with Emery on their curriculum over the summer after submitting a proposal.
plsi  student  undergraduate  faculty  campus 
27 days ago by sfstatelca
SF State Ensemble Keeps Afro-Cuban Jazz Alive
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Director John Calloway has been part of this program for 18 years and learned that music will constantly evolve through his students. He believes a genre that’s so old, but so impactful, should be shared among all musicians, who should use this knowledge to enhance their own style of music.

Also known as Latin jazz, this type of music combines South American rhythms with a “tinge” of Spanish influence, which explains why most of the vocals were sung in Spanish.

“From what I have seen today in our performance, we have come along way since the start of the semester,” Calloway said. “These bright students have exceeded my expectations on what they are capable of doing on stage.”
mus  student  campus  faculty  undergraduate 
27 days ago by sfstatelca
Künstler betroffen von Antisemitismus- und Sexismus-Vorwürfen
In einer gemeinsamen Erklärung zeigen sich Studentenwerk und Künstler betroffen. Es sei zu keinem Zeitpunkt beabsichtigt gewesen, "herabwürdigende Darstellungen von Juden wieder aufleben zu lassen." Alle Beteiligten hätten in dem Bild von Einstein den Menschen mit seinem Humor und Wortwitz gesehen, nicht den Juden Einstein.

Die Künstlergruppe sah sich durch die Kritik und Forderungen, Bilder abzuhängen so sehr bedrängt, dass sie beschloss, die gesamte Ausstellung abzubrechen. Zudem habe es Hinweise gegeben, dass Gegner Aktionen planten, sagte Magull. Es habe eine Eskalation gedroht.

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände, äußerte sich besorgt darüber, dass die Kunstfreiheit in Frage gestellt werde. Hochschulen seien öffentliche Räume, in denen die grundgesetzlich verbriefte Kunstfreiheit gelte, sagte Kulturrat-Geschäftsführer Olaf Zimmermann. Er fordere deshalb diejenigen auf, die das Abhängen der Bilder durchgesetzt haben, ihre Haltung zu überdenken. "Die Studierenden und die Professoren sollten die Freiheiten in unserem Land, gerade auch im eigenen Interesse, mit Nachdruck verteidigen und nicht leichtfertig aufgeben. Debattieren ja. Zensieren nein!", sagte Zimmermann.

Die dem "KomiTee" angehörende Göttinger Künstlerin Marion Vina sagte: "Wir sind von den Vorwürfen überrannt worden." Sie selbst sei erschrocken über die massiven Vorwürfe. Ihre eigenen Bilder mit der Darstellung unbekleideter Menschen seien "im Vergleich zu vielem, was in der Werbung zu sehen ist eher harmlos". Zudem handele es sich bei allen Bildern der Ausstellung um Satire. Sie hätte sich einen Dialog mit den Kritikern gewünscht.

"Es ist schade, wenn das Studentenwerk in einem universitären Umfeld, das sich der Aufklärung verpflichtet fühlt, satirische Kunstausstellungen, die auch provozieren können, nicht zeigen kann", heißt es in der Erklärung weiter.
db  Censorship  Art  Campus  CampusPolitics  IlliberalLeft 
4 weeks ago by walt74
Streit um abgehängte Kunst: Kulturrat spricht von "Zensur"
In Göttingen zeigten sich das Studentenwerk und die Künstler betroffen von der Kritik an der Ausstellung. Zu keinem Zeitpunkt sei geplant gewesen, "herabwürdigende Darstellungen von Juden wiederaufleben zu lassen", hieß es nach der Abhängaktion am Mittwoch in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung.

Die Jüdische Gemeinde Göttingen hatte eine Karikatur kritisiert, die den jüdischstämmigen Wissenschaftler Albert Einstein mit herausgestreckter Zunge und Schweineohren zeigte. Der AStA und eine Studenten-Initiative störten sich bei anderen Bildern an der Art und Weise, wie nackte Brüste und ein Po dargestellt wurden.
Censorship  Art  db  Campus  CampusPolitics  IlliberalLeft  Sexism  Antisemitism 
4 weeks ago by walt74
Kunstausstellung „Geschmackssache“ (Images)
Nach Beschwerden und öffentlicher Kritik an Bildern der Künstlerin Marion Vina in der Kunstausstellung „Geschmackssache“ haben Künstler und Studentenwerk die...
Censorship  Art  IlliberalLeft  db  Campus  CampusPolitics 
4 weeks ago by walt74
“Geschmackssache“ in der Zentralmensa – Ausstellung nach Beschwerden abgehängt
„Wir haben uns gleich zu Beginn der Forderung der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten angeschlossen, die Bilder abnehmen zu lassen“, sagt Silke Hansmann, Vorsitzende des Allgemeinen Studierendenausschusses (AStA), zu den ausgestellten Bildern von Marion Vina in der Zentralmensa. Die Bilder zeigen mehr oder weniger nackte Geschlechtsteile, worüber sich einige Studenten bei der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten Doris Hayn beschwert hatten. Hayn dazu: „Ich teile die Sicht, dass die Ausstellung Bilder mit diskriminierendem und sexistischem Inhalt enthält“. Daher begrüße sie es, wenn die betreffenden Bilder nicht weiter in der Mensa ausgestellt werden – wie es nun tatsächlich der Fall ist. Als Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der Universität sei sie für die Universität zuständig und habe deshalb nur begrenzte Möglichkeiten, was andere Bereiche und Institutionen wie das Studentenwerk betreffe, erklärt Hayn. Deshalb habe sie die Beschwerden an das Kulturbüro des Studentenwerks weitergegeben und setze sich dafür ein, dass Sie Gehör finden und ernstgenommen werden. Auch Silke Hansmann vom AStA habe dem Geschäftsführer des Studentenwerks Göttingen, Jörg Magull, per Mail mitgeteilt, dass sie die Forderung der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten unterstützen. „Als Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der Universität gehört aktiver Umgang mit Sexismus selbstverständlich zu meinen Aufgaben“, so Hayn weiter.

„Mehr Sensibilität“

Die Einschätzung, dass die Bilder sexistisch seien, teile auch sie, erklärt Hansmann. Auf das Argument der „Kunstfreiheit“, mit dem das Studentenwerk auf die Beschwerden der Studenten reagiert hat, entgegnet sie, dass sich „alle auf dem Campus wohlfühlen sollten“. Deswegen müsse das Studentenwerk, von dem sie sich „mehr Sensibilität“ wünscht, auf die Beschwerden reagieren und die Bilder abnehmen. Die Zentralmensa sei ein öffentlicher Raum, den die Studenten tagtäglich zum Essen besuchten, keine Galerie, in der man sich bewusst für das Anschauen solcher Bilder entscheiden könne – oder eben dagegen.
Censorship  Art  IlliberalLeft  db  Campus  CampusPolitics 
4 weeks ago by walt74
The Surprising Revolt at the Most Liberal College in the Country
As tensions continued to mount, one student decided to create an online forum to debate Hum 110. Laura, a U.S. Army veteran who served twice in Afghanistan, named the Facebook page “Reed Discusses Hum 110.” But it seemed like people didn’t want to engage publicly: “I did receive private responses from people who wanted to participate but who were afraid to do so,” she said. One student drafted a comment but deleted it “because I realized it wasn’t worth the risk of having basically 80 percent of my social circle vilify me for my opinion on an honestly relatively minor issue.”

“It was very much like we weren’t people to them—that we were just a body to use.”
Another student wrote to Laura in a private message, “I'm coming into this as a ‘POC’ but I disagree with everything [RAR has been] saying for a long time [and] it feels as if it isn't safe for anyone to express anything that goes against what they're saying.” Laura could relate—her father “immigrated from Syria and was brown”—so she stood in front of Hum 110 just before class to distribute an anonymous survey to gauge opinions about the protests, an implicit rebuke to RAR. Laura, who lives in the neighboring city of Beaverton, said she saw this move as risky. “I would’ve rethought what I did had I lived on campus,” she said.

If Facebook is no place to debate Hum 110, what about the printed page? Not so much: During the entire 2016–17 school year, not a single op-ed or even a quote critical of RAR’s methods—let alone goals—was published in the student newspaper, according to a review of archived issues. The only thing that comes close? A clarification regarding a school dance:

[RAR] requested that students, specifically white students, give a suggested amount of five dollars to RAR if they planned on consuming black and brown culture at the ball. This money, explicitly regarded as reparations, was collected at the door by student activists ... [the ball organizer responded], “we are in support of Reedies Against Racism but want to make it clear that their event is unaffiliated with ours.”
The student magazine, The Grail, did publish a fair amount of dissent over RAR—but almost all anonymously. The sole exception was Ema, who contrasted the dangers of growing up in Mexico City with the “coddling” culture promoted by RAR. In “Unpopular Opinion,” an anonymous student—“a low-income, first-generation American person of color”—recognizes RAR’s “valid points,” but said that its supporters’ “holding pictures of dead children in my face” during Hum 110 is “making it harder for me to learn.”

* * *

This school year, students are ditching anonymity and standing up to RAR in public—and almost all of them are freshmen of color. The turning point was the derailment of the Hum lecture on August 28, the first day of classes. As the Humanities 110 program chair, Elizabeth Drumm, introduced a panel presentation, three RAR leaders took to the stage and ignored her objections. Drumm canceled the lecture—a first since the boycott. Using a panelist’s microphone, a leader told the freshmen, “[Our] work is just as important as the work of the faculty, so we were going to introduce ourselves as well.”

The pushback from freshmen first came over Facebook. “To interrupt a lecture in a classroom setting is in serious violation of academic freedom and is just unthoughtful and wrong,” wrote a student from China named Sicheng, who distributed a letter of dissent against RAR. Another student, Isabel, ridiculed the group for its “unsolicited emotional theater.”

Two days later, a video circulated showing freshmen in the lecture hall admonishing protesters. When a few professors get into a heated exchange with RAR leaders, an African American freshman in the front row stands up and raises his arms: “This is a classroom! This is not the place! Right now we are trying to learn! We’re the freshman students!” The room erupts with applause.

I caught up with that student, whose name is Pax. “This is a weird year to be a freshman,” he sighed. Pax is very mild-mannered, so I asked what made him snap into action that morning. “It felt like both sides [RAR and faculty] weren’t paying attention to the freshman class, as it being our class,” he replied. “They started yelling over the freshmen. It was very much like we weren’t people to them—that we were just a body to use.”

Next I met the student who shot the video. A sophomore from India, he serves as a mentor for international students. (He asked not to be identified by name.) “A lot of them told me how disappointed they were—that they traveled such a long distance to come to this school, and worked so hard to get to this school, and their first lecture was canceled,” he said. He also recalled the mood last year for many students of color like himself: “There was very much a standard opinion you had to have [about RAR], otherwise people would look at you funny, and some people would say stuff to you—a lot of people were called ‘race traitors.’”

Another student from India, Jagannath, responded to the canceled lecture by organizing a freshmen-only meeting on the quad. “For us to rise out of this culture of private concerns, hatred, and fear, we need to find a way to think, speak, and act together,” he wrote in a mass email. Jagannath told me that upperclassmen warned him he was “very crazy” to hold a public meeting, but it was a huge success; about 150 freshmen showed up, and by all accounts, their debate over Hum 110 was civil and constructive. In the absence of Facebook and protest signs, the freshmen were taking back their class.
For the anniversary of the boycott that gave rise to RAR, the group planned another boycott, on September 25. In the intervening year, the Reed administration had met many of RAR’s demands, including new hires in the Office of Inclusive Community, fast-tracking the reevaluation of the Hum 110 syllabus that traditionally happens every 10 years, and arranging a long series of “6 by 6 meetings”—six RAR students and six Hum professors—to solicit ideas for that syllabus. (Those meetings ended when RAR members stopped coming; they complained of being “forced to sit in hours of fruitless meetings listening to full-grown adults cry about Aristotle.”)

“The movement cannot continue to manufacture an enemy that has agreed to review the syllabus [and] bended over backwards on all accounts to accommodate the free speech of the protesters,” wrote Misha, another freshman, in the first op-ed critical of RAR published in the school paper. Yet the more accommodation that’s been made, the more disruptive the protests have become—and the more heightened the rhetoric. “Black lives matter” was the common chant at last year’s boycott. This year’s? “No cops, no KKK, no racist U.S.A.” RAR increasingly claims those cops will be unleashed on them—or, in their words, Hum professors are “entertaining threatening violence on our bodies.”

For the anniversary, RAR arranged an open mic for students of color. Rollo, a freshman from Houston, described how difficult it was to grow up poor, black, and gay in Texas. He then turned to RAR: “No, I won’t subject myself to your politically correct ideas. No, I won’t allow myself to be a part of your cause.” He criticized the “demagoguery” that “prevents any comprehensive conversation about race outside of ‘racism is bad.’”

Rollo later told me that RAR “had a beautiful opportunity to address police violence” but squandered it with extreme rhetoric. “Identity politics is divisive,” he insisted. As far as Hum 110, “I like to do my own interpreting,” and he resents RAR “playing the race card on ancient Egyptian culture.”

Over at the lecture hall, RAR covered the door with photos of police victims so that anyone entering would have to rip them. Shortly into Ann Delehanty’s lecture on The Iliad, a RAR “noise parade” shut it down—the third class canceled that month, after Kambiz GhaneaBassiri refused to teach the Epic of Gilgamesh in front of signs tying him to white supremacy. Where Delehanty had just stood, a RAR leader read a statement about how Reed is complicit in “modern-day slavery” because its operating bank, Wells Fargo, has ties to private prisons.

But her words faltered as she watched the freshmen walk out. “The thing that heartens me,” said Pax, “is that most of the student body followed the professor into another classroom, where she continued the lecture.”

* * *

Support for RAR seems to be collapsing; only about 100 students were involved in this year’s boycott, a quarter of last year’s crowd. There haven't been any Hum protests since the upperclassmen who participated in the noise parade were barred from lectures. RAR’s list of demands keeps growing, but its energy is now focused on Wells Fargo. That could change when reforms to the Hum syllabus are announced this fall, but for now, the lecture hall is free of protesters.

Reed is just one college—and a small one at that. But the freshman revolt against RAR could be a blueprint for other campuses. If the “most liberal student body” in the country can reject divisive racial rhetoric and come together to debate a diversity of views, others could follow.
Campus  db  IlliberalLeft 
4 weeks ago by walt74
Distortion and Fuzz Cause a Buzz in SF State's DesignSpace
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Light took an anthropological angle on the pedals as his knowledge about them developed. “Guitarists fetishize these pedals, in the sense that they’re viewed as mythical or powerful,” Light said. “They connect some people with their guitar gods.”

The mystique surrounding pedals is what led Light to focus his exhibit on “the guitar effects pedal as cultural artifact.” He wanted to show the history and diversity of guitar effects pedals, as well as the collecting obsession, which meant compiling a suitable collection of pedals and writing informative descriptions. Light said the most difficult part of the curation was securing all 63 pedals that ended up on display, most of which are borrowed directly from manufacturers.
dai  campus  anth  alumni 
4 weeks ago by sfstatelca
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Evaluating Campus Security
The standard campus entry policy is not working anymore.
campus  security  public  notifications 
4 weeks ago by Adventure_Web

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