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Wondering how this slipped by me! I guess this goes in the “bad press & institutional silence” folder.
I was driving through Uptown today when I saw the large sign in front of the FIJI fraternity house offering a reward for clues as the May 25th house fire has been ruled arson. According to my Google searches, this story broke on July 9, with a less than eye-catching headline from the Oxford Press and was picked up the next day by the HuffingtonPost. The Miami Student ran a story online July 11, but didn’t bother to tweet about it until a week later on July 16. Finally,  on July 17 the Oxford Press resurfaced this story in two sentences framing an expose on the “Storied History” of the house, maybe hoping all the pathos would distract us from the crime that happened in our false-sense-of safe college town. 
Now, when this fire happened on May 25, this was all over my radar—Facebook friends were sharing pictures and news articles and posting statuses about the tragic fire; multiple tweets and retweets expressing shock, sympathy, horror regarding the fire from the Dayton Daily News, Oxford Press, Miami University, and Miami Student accounts, as well as the Oxford Fire Department and Oxford Police. 
All of these sources seem to have brushed aside the follow up: that is, the arson investigation. Although there are tweets connected to the news stories, they very much downplay the criminal nature of the arson, and everything about the reportage here doesn’t dare bring up the obvious suspects: the students living in the house the weekend this fire happened—all but two of whom were conveniently not around when the fire destroyed this storied home of some of Miami’s most privileged past and future alumni. 
Just as when this school gets national attention for rape fliers and racism, it clams up when it appears the time-honored Greek tradition of harboring criminals is out in the open. Yet again, this institution chooses to remain silent and protect their resources when bad press comes their way threatening to dismantle the image. 
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Wondering how this slipped by me! I guess this goes in the “bad press & institutional silence” folder.

I was driving through Uptown today when I saw the large sign in front of the FIJI fraternity house offering a reward for clues as the May 25th house fire has been ruled arson. According to my Google searches, this story broke on July 9, with a less than eye-catching headline from the Oxford Press and was picked up the next day by the HuffingtonPost. The Miami Student ran a story online July 11, but didn’t bother to tweet about it until a week later on July 16. Finally,  on July 17 the Oxford Press resurfaced this story in two sentences framing an expose on the “Storied History” of the house, maybe hoping all the pathos would distract us from the crime that happened in our false-sense-of safe college town. 

Now, when this fire happened on May 25, this was all over my radar—Facebook friends were sharing pictures and news articles and posting statuses about the tragic fire; multiple tweets and retweets expressing shock, sympathy, horror regarding the fire from the Dayton Daily News, Oxford Press, Miami University, and Miami Student accounts, as well as the Oxford Fire Department and Oxford Police. 

All of these sources seem to have brushed aside the follow up: that is, the arson investigation. Although there are tweets connected to the news stories, they very much downplay the criminal nature of the arson, and everything about the reportage here doesn’t dare bring up the obvious suspects: the students living in the house the weekend this fire happened—all but two of whom were conveniently not around when the fire destroyed this storied home of some of Miami’s most privileged past and future alumni. 

Just as when this school gets national attention for rape fliers and racism, it clams up when it appears the time-honored Greek tradition of harboring criminals is out in the open. Yet again, this institution chooses to remain silent and protect their resources when bad press comes their way threatening to dismantle the image

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Saturday’s outfits: July 20, 2013

My polka dotted 50s housewife dress (Ann Arbor Treasure Mart, 2012) for an afternoon tea party hosted by my soon-to-be roommate Kathleen & me.

Then, my $1 LBD (Plato’s Closet, 2011) for an outing to Neons in OTR with these lovely ladies & le Tony, where I ran into HS friend James.

Great day!

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July 12-18
  • Polka dot day! with three wardrobe changes
  • Early morning wake-up by the painters + walk + breakfast at Half Day Cafe with le Tony
  • Afternoon picnic & hike with Kathleen at Hueston Woods
  • Early evening walk uptown + finishing “Yellow Fever” draft at Kofenya
  • Almost Famous
  • Dinner with le Tony’s grandparents, movies, babysitting
  • American Beauty
  • "Yellow Fever" paper revisions + submission
  • Oppositional Conversations timeline revealed
  • Museum date: lunch & tour led by le Tony’s granny
  • Fancy celebration dinner with le Tony’s family for his accomplishments
  • gym 2x

Weekend Wishlist:

  • lasagna cupcakes
  • polka dot cake 
  • tea party
  • Comfort Woman" paper revisions
  • packing 
Yesterday night: July 19, 2013 
Le Tony & I went dancing in Cincinnati last night. I wore my sister’s 2009 prom dress to a bar. Lol.

Yesterday night: July 19, 2013 

Le Tony & I went dancing in Cincinnati last night. I wore my sister’s 2009 prom dress to a bar. Lol.

We’re not Native to America, we were here before ‘America’.
Leonard Prescott, Former Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community (via nativnuance)

(Source: until-i-can-be-quiet, via camemiman)

Forgive. Forget. Fake it. Chin up. Wear lipstick, make lists, make sure your voicemail isn’t full. Mix protein shakes, send timely thank you notes, sip drinks more slowly, stare at adults’ eyebrows, smile without dimples, develop perfect posture. Be gracious, be kind, eliminate self-pity. Look in the mirror and shift your internal monologue from ‘How do I look?’ to ‘This is my face,’ from ‘What the hell am I doing?’ to ‘This is my life.’ Capitalize your emails, read the news, walk briskly, stay focused, and never, ever let on that you are somewhat lost and sometimes lonely and so completely confused (and would someone please just let me know what it is I’m supposed to do next, where exactly I’m supposed to go–). Just keep going. Go, and do not stop.
Jennifer Schaffer, A Checklist For The Age 19  (via thatkindofwoman)

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Today’s outfits: July 18, 2013
Weather in Oxford & Cincinnati: deathly hot again with a chance of storms, H 91/L 73

Repeating two outfits from last month today: this one for Spanish class and this one for dinner tonight with le Tony’s family at a fancy schmancy restaurant to celebrate all his successes. 

» Texas State student leaders call for discipline of 'Big Brother' contestant

Texas State students call for expulsion of Aaryn Gries, but honestly, this is a huge stretch, as the VP of student affairs already told the writer, because of the first amendment. A student at my current university ran a racist twitter feed that targeted students at this school and nothing happened because of the first amendment. And, as I’ve alluded in my previous post about this situation, that isn’t productive action anyway. TSU is a large state school where many people make comments like Aaryn’s every single day; there is no reason she should be made an example and scapegoat while those people don’t face any kind of consequence. They can, of course, discipline her, perhaps outlining sanctions that use this bad publicity as a departure point to have conversations about diversity that can have long term impacts on their students. 

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Today’s outfit: July 17, 2013 Weather in Cincinnati: Killer H 93/L 73
I dropped by le beau’s apt this afternoon after Orientation planning lunch to head out to our museum date (with a tour of Italian art led by his Granny!) & he was wearing that & I was wearing this: ESP
Black & white polka dot tank (Goodwill, 2012)
Yellow skirt (Goodwill, 2013) 
Black & gold gladiator sandals (from Mom, 2011)

Today’s outfit: July 17, 2013
Weather in Cincinnati: Killer H 93/L 73

I dropped by le beau’s apt this afternoon after Orientation planning lunch to head out to our museum date (with a tour of Italian art led by his Granny!) & he was wearing that & I was wearing this: ESP

  • Black & white polka dot tank (Goodwill, 2012)
  • Yellow skirt (Goodwill, 2013) 
  • Black & gold gladiator sandals (from Mom, 2011)
» The One Thing You're Not Supposed To Do | This American Life

This is a few weeks old, but I finally got around to listening: another one of my brilliant Kenyon friends doing something awesome. Marco Saavedra’11 (black robe, purple vestments) on This American Life talking about purposely getting arrested and detained in order to get released with support from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. 

Instead of saying “I am Trayvon Martin” it would do more good for white people [and non-Black people] in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin case to recognize all the ways they are Zimmerman.

As in, if you live in a “safe” suburban or gated community that is mostly white and that is considered a “good” neighborhood because it excludes people of colour [especially excluding Black people] then you benefit from the same conditions that created Zimmerman.

If you benefit from “police protection” to your property that depends on racial profiling of people of colour [especially Black people] and brutality towards them then you take part in the same systems that create Zimmerman.

If you have the racial privilege to work, move, live in mostly white spaces and have limited contact with… [Black people], particularly “low income” …[Black people], then you live with the same social and economic policies of casual segregation that create Zimmerman.

It’s good that people recognize the injustice of Trayvon Martin’s death, but if that recognition is not accompanied by the work to recognize and undo the systematic economic, social, educational and employment policies that create neighborhoods where Black people are seen as threatening trespassers - and how people benefit from this racial privilege - then no true anti-racist work can occur.

Nobody wants to say “I am Zimmerman” but until we recognize how Zimmerman reflects institutionalized racism there will continue to be more Trayvons.

El Jones (via writeswrongs)

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On “Big Brother” and hate speech

You can’t try to tell me that in 15 seasons of CBS’s Big Brother that there haven’t been racist, sexist, homophobic, and classist slurs exchanged between guests—both in confrontations, in confidence, and in the DRs. What has made this season so special as the twitterverse and blogosphere collectively freak out because of various hate speech uttered by Aaryn, GinaMarie, Spencer, Kaitlin, and Jeremy so far this season? 

(If you haven’t been paying attention read: this, this, and this.) 

Of course I follow the stories and track the hash tags, like a good critical race theory student and long-time BB fan should. Most of the posts around this issue express horror and disbelief, call for evicting Aaryn (the one drawing the most heat), and say unhelpful, equally problematic things about the players deemed racist, sexist, and homophobic bullies. With almost no nuance coming from anywhere—including CBS—this tweet was a refreshing reminder: 

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Bashing the five houseguests at the center of this BB controversy is the least productive means of getting them off our TV screens, and a Change.org petition to remove Aaryn is just a band-aid, if I may use medical metaphors. Removing the problematic houseguests only addresses the effects rather than the root of the problem: the way reality TV shows are cast, season after season, in show upon show. Whether you’re watching “games of chance” like Masterchef or American Idol, tests of skill and will like the Amazing Race and the Biggest Loser, or the isolate strangers together types like BB and Survivor, the casting favors conventional White America and tokenizes minorities across race, sexuality, age, and class—and if they can knock out a 2-for-1 minority casting, they will, like in BB6 when Beau was the token effeminate gay man and the token Black man on the show. 

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July 5-11
  • free pizza at La Rosa’s from the Reds
  • fireworks at Lake Lakengren in Eaton
  • Cecelia’s birthday party
  • Sunday work day 
  • Drafting “Yellow Fever” paper
  • Skype date with Suey (+Julian)
  • Fancy 8-month date night with Phancy-Shin dinner in the park, playing in the water garden, & dessert + fancy cocktails at Stella 
  • Fancy dress, crappy booze party
  • Hyde Park date night & pig hunting 
  • Revolutionary Road & cookies + sorbet/ice cream
  • gym 3x

Weekend Wishlist

  • Picnic + hiking at Hueston Woods with Kathleen
  • Poolside reading
  • Revisions
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