Writing

War among USM Factions Looms

Published Summer 1996 Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS USA The conflict between the Administration and the Graduate STudents cannot be completely evaluated without considering how it has affected the undergraduate population. Many have wondered whether undergraduates should be involved in this conflict, but whether we like it or not, undergraduates cannot avoid playing a role in the struggle. the relevant question is, are we being involved “unfairly?” Is someone manipulating us like pawns in a sordid political game? Many of us sign the classic sigh of the petty-bourgeoisie, feeling crushed between the pincers of organized proletarians on the one hand and greedy capitalists on the other. But .. read more

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Problems of a Drunken Man

He stumbles in and can’t wait for the release. He’s been holding off for over an hour, but finally the tension builds too high. “I can’t get them loose.” He struggles, but the buttons won’t come open. He’s staggering around the bathroom in a drunken stupor. Considering asking someone for help, he notices that no one is at the urinals and no feet pop out from under the stalls. “What am I going to do now?” His blue jeans fit tightly over his legs and other body parts that might catch someone’s eye in some other situation. This and his not being able to feel his hands adds to his .. read more

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Dream Travel

The happiest day of my life was the day I dropped him off in the parking lot outside the palace and drove away, watching his every move in the rear view mirror, watching him twitch and shudder against the shadows of the palace. He was fat. The night before we stayed up late and naked in bed with the windows open and listening to the barge horns echo off the bay. And before we made love I took him to the bathroom and shaved his privates. He sat on the toilet. I used a washcloth and wet him with warm water. Then shaving cream. The sharp cold razor across his .. read more

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Dewelling on past, continues cycle of persecution

published July 3, 1996 Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Imagine the following scenario: a nation is suffering from the consequences of a harsh military defeat aggravated by a severe economic depression. Within that nation, a minority historically persecuted throughout Europe has achieved a degree of assimilation that is virtually unprecedented anywhere else. But the harsh economic conditions within the country invite a young party struggling for political survival to revive an old collection of myths and stereotypes, all designed to scapegoat the financially successful minority for the majority’s problems. Every effort is made to undo the assimilation that has taken place, and to distinguish the minority from everyone else. .. read more

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Buddhist Story Illustrates Need for Discussion

Published September 17, 1996 Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS USA In Buddhist traditions, young acolytes travel from temple to temple seeking a place to camp out and study with established masters. At each stop, the would-be apprentice must engage in a philosophical parole with one of the established monks. At one such temple a monk was assigned the duty of engaging any passing acolytes. But since the temple was full, he was instructed to carry on only speechless dialogues admission. This particular monk had only one eye. No sooner had the one-eyed monk taken up his watch than a young acolyte – we shall call him Grasshopper .. read more

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Pornography more common on campus than people want to admit

Published July 10, 1996 Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS USA We want to see a porno. I know you have them somewhere, buried underneath half-dry towels, discarded flannel boxers, and unread sociology packets. Tapes with blonde women with plastic breasts and stair-master thighs on their covers. All we wanted was to borrow about five. The idea was to write a column that would make my editors turn blue … err … umm … was to do a psychological experiment. We wanted (there are 12 of us) to borrow five tapes and watch the “best” scenes. Butthead meet Susan Faludi. But none of you would admit to owning .. read more

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