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USM Uses Devine Intervention for Preview

Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS Summer 1996 I am walking around campus. Summer is in the air. Birds are singing. The flowers are in bloom. People are laughing, play volleyball, and looking remarkably relaxed. I have an excellent meal of omelets and fruit salad, courtesy of Commons, in my stomach. And I have big plans for parties that night. Is this really USM? Yes it is. It is USM during preview. It would seem that preview is the result of a huge conspiracy on the part of the administration. By conversing with certain key players, they have presented a picture of USM to the previewees that is .. read more

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USM Needs to Take Stand on Social Issues

Published Summer 1996 Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg. MS, USA The university’s commitment to its social responsibility has so far been manifested in remarkably conventional terms, funding for its community service programs, occasional faculty debates over university policies that have larger social implications and commitment (nominally, at least) to student and faculty diversity. Maybe it is time, however, that the University of Southern Mississippi participate even more fully in the difficult dilemmas facing our society. What I am suggesting is an explicit and constructive engagement between USM and the world beyond campus. Universities have long refused to take stands on important social issues, hiding instead behind the banners .. read more

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Dose of Paranoia Keeps Reality in Check

Student Printz Published July 31 1996 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS USA You must know by now that the Information Age has reached saturation, and we’re all going to die or upgrade sometimes very, very soon. In celebration, I hereby blow all of my column ideas for the summer term. Y’all are welcome to use any of these as your own ideas. After all, this is the Information Age. Everyone of you must have your own ideas by now, right? 1. Paranoia is an obligation. We live in a “free-market” economy. The freedoms of this market include the freedom of the government and corporate powers to set a target .. read more

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Claims of Nazism run rampant in the U.S.

Published Student Printz Summer 1996 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS USA Imagine this scenario: The defeat of the Germans in 1945 was actually their victory. The invading armies were brainwashed; the generals replaced by german-constructed, English speaking cyberbots; allied governments infiltrated and commandeered. The armies returned home, and their German automatons became presidents, members of Congress, and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Meanwhile, German POWS, picking cotton in Texas, fled to Montana, forming militias and awaiting the Reich’s rebirth. Sound preposterous? Not really, if you’re listening to the tone of American political hyperbole. The Nazis are everywhere. “GENOCIDE!” screams Rep Major Owens (D-NY) at Republicans .. read more

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Miss Piggy Boldly Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

Student Prints University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS Published Summer 1996The reader may not be surprised when I declare that I have never been attracted to a large blonde pig with lavender gloves. What may shock is that I regret this fact, for Miss Piggy is my shining ideal of a lady. Feminism means many different things for different women, but for me that foam, porcine Muppet has embodied its essence. As a way of introduction, let us compare Star Trek: The Next Generation’s beautiful Counselor Troi to Swine Trek’s equally stunning First Mate Piggy. Both shows are now in reruns, had male captains with problem hair, and featured “space .. read more

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Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

Published Summer 1996 Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS USA The gay marriage debate has produced some of the wackiest doomsday scenarios since nuclear winter. An idea fixation runs through it all: Allowing people of the same sex to marry will open floodgates on every form of human perversion. Consider William Bennett’s recent screed in The Washington Post. “On what principled grounds could the advocates of same-sex marriage oppose the marriage of two consenting brothers?” he wonders. “How could they explain why we ought to deny a marriage license to a bisexual who wants to marry two people?” In a sane world, it would be considered bigoted to .. read more

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Don’t Let Fear Dominate

Student Printz University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS Summer 1996 Fear is a funny thing. It stops us from doing a lot of stupid things, but it can also ruin our lives. As I start y senior year, I am having to face many of my fears. Will I get a job? One that I like? What kind of job do I want? have I done everything I can to prepare myself for the real world? Do I have enough courses to graduate? What will happen to me once I leave the security of the university? Where will I be this time next year? In five years? Ten? Seniors face .. read more

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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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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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