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Archive for March, 2008

Spring in the District

Ah, spring in DC. For those of us who have now survived both a DC summer and a DC winter, the coming of spring has brought with it great expectations. We can now look forward to the arrival of warm days, cherry blossoms, and the temporary respite from an overabundance of Uggs. While there are many wonders that arrive with spring, there is also an outbreak of something so overpowering, so consuming, and so unbearable (yes, those are all synonyms) that it creeps into all of our daily activities and threatens to destroy spring altogether–The Tourists.

But don’t fret. I, like many of you, am a diehard lover of spring, and in an effort to preserve the joy of the season I have come up with a few suggestions on how to avoid the swarm of tourists and such disasters as having your computer bag get caught on the handle bars of a passing bicycle built for two (Yes. They are out there my friends, they are out there).

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UPDATE: Dean’s Jeans Day is cancelled due to weather.  Sorry kids. -sai

 

Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain because Dean’s Jeans Day is here! In an effort to show that law students know how to do more than study, the law school is hosting the GW Law Games in conjunction with DJD. From 2:30-6:30pm, there will be games in the quad including a giant obstacle course, inflatable rock wall, moon bounce, bungee run, gladiator joust, bouncy boxing, and quarterback challenge. Several of these events constitute smacking the hell out of each other – with foam and/or protective gear, granted, but it’ll be good to take out some of that pre-exam aggression on some students or profs before partaking of the free BBQ and beverages provided by the Deans and Faculty at 4pm.

 

Katie Earnest

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As the candidates continue on the road to November, they search for any endorsements that they can get. Other politicians, actors, and musicians throw their names around in the hopes of getting their favorite campaigner elected. Clinton and Obama seem to be doing well at getting big names out to support them, but where are all of Sen. McCain’s celebrities? If you feel bad that he doesn’t have the pop culture support that Clinton and Obama do, the McCain girls might make you feel a little worse for him.

Paul Stepnowsky

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For those of you who don’t know about it yet (or maybe you just don’t care), the Institute for Constitutional Studies here at GW Law is holding a panel discussion on Professor Sanford Levinson’s new book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People can correct it).

Panelists include Professor Sanford Levinson, of UTexas Law, Professor Randy Barnett, of Georgetown Law, Professor Nathan Brown, of the Elliot School, and the Honorable Professor Jamin Rashin, of AU Washington College of Law.

It will be an interesting discussion, in part because Professors Levinson and Barnett share similar slots on the ideological spectrum; Levinson is a strong supporter of original meaning and Barnett a libertarian philosopher.

Prof. Brown is a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a professor at our very own Elliot School, and specializes in comparative politics and democracy.  The Honorable Prof. Rashin teaches Con Law at AU and is a state senator in Maryland.

Here are the details:

7:00pm at the Elliot School, 1957 E Street NW, Room B201A.  Open to the public.

If any Sua Sponters are planning on going, let ole’ Fish know!

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We Can Do Better

A few nights ago we all got an email from Bryan King to fill out the SBA survey.  I thought, “great, a chance to voice my concerns about the SBA.”  But the survey didn’t quite address my concerns, because they are not about the lines for alcohol being too long at Barrister’s Ball, but they are more serious, and go to the very root of the SBA’s purpose.

What I’m talking about is elections.  I was very disappointed by how SBA elections were run.  There was less discussion of substantive issues than there was during my high school government elections.  The SBA has proven itself to be a great social events planning association.  Barrister’s Ball, bar reviews, thirsty Thursdays, the Halloween festivities—they were all great events.  However, the SBA has not been successful in working for students needs with the administration.  

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Strange Priorities

Number of emails in the past three days about that strange “student engagement” survey: 2.

Number of emails EVER about financial aid: 0.

Is anyone else troubled by this?  Seriously, how hard is it to send out ONE email saying, “Hey, I know some of you might be concerned about when your financial aid paperwork is due, by the way it’s April 15, and you have to wait because our supplement’s not ready”?

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Feminism’s Problem

The Feminist Forum at GW hosted an event today yesterday called “Sex Sells and Women Pay the Price.” I wasn’t able to attend, but judging from the title and the fliers, I assume the discussion was centered on the exploitation of women in the media. I think it’s a good thing to talk about this. If you watch 30 minutes of TV, any preview for a movie aimed at the male demographic is more than likely to have an attractive woman in little clothing. Today more than ever, women are defined by their physical characteristics and their outward appearance. What I don’t understand is why some elements of the feminist movement would willingly fall into this objectification trap.

So-called “pro-sex feminists” grew out of feminist objections to pornography in the 1980s. Pro-sex feminists argued that if feminists aligned themselves with religious groups who opposed pornography, then they were giving in to patriarchal control of sexuality. A woman’s agency to engage in sexual behavior is essential to her femininity, argued the pro-sex feminists. If a woman desires to take part in pornographic material, for example, then it is her right as a woman to do so. But this silly argument with regards to pornography runs into a problem when you consider the differences between men and women.

Men respond to visually sexual stimuli more than women. We’re simply wired that way. A manifestation of this biological difference is the ridiculously high frequency that men view pornography compared to women. And it’s no doubt that the viewer of pornographic material makes the women objects of his pleasure. This objectification exploits women for their superficial characteristics and skews the viewer’s conception of relationships and sexuality in general. So why are pro-sex feminists so eager to liberalize access to an industry that is dominated by a patriarchal conception of sexuality? So long as men are so visually stimulated, and so eager to objectify women with porn, shouldn’t all feminists (indeed all people) be opposed to the porn industry? Aren’t pro-sex feminists uncomfortable aligning themselves with men who would love unfettered access to pornography only for their base viewing pleasure?

Adam Alba

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