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Thursday, December 01, 2005

goings on

Holy cow is there a lot goings on! A record number of visitors yesterday!

Before I get into UC campaign issues, please take a moment to read Chip's post and Sarika's addition about World AIDs Day. While student politics and the fun of it all takes on a heightened importance to those of us who enjoy it, we shouldn't lose perspective and forget that (as Sarika notes): there are currently 40.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS, 4.9 million people were newly infected this year and 3.1 million people died this year of HIV/AIDS.

Now, to UC shenanigans...

The big event yesterday was the UC debate: read the Crimson article and then the discussion thread from CC and let me know which you think is more helpful to you as a voter. In case I'm not being obvious enough, check out my thoughts on the Crimson's pre-debate coverage.

Most importantly, the candidates will be joining us starting this afternoon to discuss the first of three questions. Look for those within the next hour, and please please please contribute your thoughts. This is a great chance for anyone who joins us to engage the candidates and share whatever thoughts, frustrations, opinions or questions they want!

C'mon then! Share some wisdom!


At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how do we "engage" the candidates here? Are you going to forward our comments to the campaigns for them to respond? Will the candidates be participating in the comments section themselves?
- Ben Milder

At 2:17 PM, Blogger andrew golis said...

Well, the candidates don't have to respond to questions and criticisms, but I certainly think they would look bad if they didn't, especially if they're good questions/criticisms. I also think the candidates should/could engage each other.

But, I can't hold a gun to their heads, so if they want to post and then let things go from there, that's there choice.

At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Tom Hadfield said...

None of the candidates can afford to not be engaged. Many more people read this blog than were at the debate last night. This is the perfect forum for moving beyond the 45 second sound-bites. Magnus and I are certainly looking forward to explaining our ideas in more detail - and responding to any questions.

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, that sounds reasonable. Is there going to be a "200-word limit" to our responses as you mentioned earlier?

And Tom, I think it's great that you're already here at the blog as a contributor. I know you have a busy schedule!
- Ben

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some other goings on that might be interesting: South Africa's high court ruled that same-sex marriages enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/01/international/africa/01cnd-joburg.html?hp&ex=1133499600&en=a546f0f0c3befb5e&ei=5094&partner=homepage), which I think is pretty damn cool. Also, a new magazine came out today called 'Scene.' My impression is that it's basically a high society publication that focuses on 'see-and-be-seen' and takes a more or less elite slice of campus. I'd love to hear thoughts from Andrew, Katie, Jersey, and anyone else who happened to glance at it (especially about the article by Adam Katz on 'the real meaning of girl power').

At 3:30 PM, Blogger katie loncke said...

yeah, Andrew and I were having a talk about 'Scene' last night, as a few of his mates made it onto the 'top people to know' list (or something like that) and went to the publication's party. i haven't seen the magazine yet, but one of my roommates was courted as a writer for it, and from what i know about it from those emails it sounds pretty atrocious.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger katie loncke said...

and yeah, major props to South Africa. Thanks for bringing that up!

It's funny--what immediately came to mind when I read that was, how appropriate to make such an extraordinary gain in the fight for marriage equality during AIDS awareness month, since in the US the disease was first known as the gay plague, or Gay-Related Immuno-Deficiency (GRID). There was so much ignorance and stigma surrounding the disease and its connection to gay people in those days that some barbers would refuse to cut gay people's hair because they feared getting infected. And even now, people still wrongly associate homosexual sex with a higher risk of disease transmission (i posted about that a while ago). So this development in S.A. is really heartwarming.


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