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ANDY TAYLOR-FABE - THE EUPHIo QUESTION
CHOOSING CLASSES IN THE
AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Everyone's, or at least my,
favorite part of politics is the
hypocrisy. Oh, the silly
things one will say and do to push
an agenda. Those disgusting little
instances of the pot calling the ket-
tle black have far too often been
accepted as legitimate activity, and
many Americans buy into it.
Therefore, I feel it necessary to
compile a list of organizations,
national and local, that epitomize
sleaziness, hypocrisy and all
The Anti-Defamation League
Or "How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Christian
Right." In reaction to growing crit-
icism of the Israeli occupation, the
ADL has decided to buddy up with
the evangelical right because peo-
ple like Pat Robertson and Jerry
Falwell support Israel. They don't
support Israel for any great love of
the Jews; it's 1) out of their support
for an imperialistic foreign policy,
and 2) because the Jews returning
to the region fulfills a Christian
prophecy about Judgment Day.
Abraham Foxman, national direc-
tor of the ADL, states that current
"realities should make American
Jews highly appreciative of the
incredible support that the State of
Israel gets from a significant group
of Americans - the Evangelical
Christian Right." The same group
of people that put up billboards
about how the Jews need to convert
is now Abe's best friend. The ADL's
official slogan is "Fighting Anti-
Semitism, Bigotry and Extremism
Since 1913." Apparently after 89
years, the ADL doesn't really care
Students Allied for Freedom and
The brainchild of LSA senior
Fadi Kiblawi dedicates itself to
fighting racism (mainly Israel).
The fallacy that combating certain
types of racism is anti-racism is
proven by the fact that many mem-
bers of SAFE are openly racist.
One member posted links to a
white supremacist website on a
University-related Internet mes-
sage board in order to "prove her
point." Another decorated his dorm
room door with caricatures of Jews
with big noses. Another, in
response to a book that denied the
existence of the Holocaust, once
said in complete seriousness,
"other than that, it's a pretty good
The United States of America
President George W. Bush has
outlined a simple policy that tells
us who against we must wage war.
The criteria are: any country that
possesses and has used weapons of
mass destruction, any country that
aids and abets terrorist organiza-
tions both foreign and domestic
and any country that has invaded
defenseless nations. Therefore, the
United States of America has no
choice but to launch a pre-emptive
strike against the United States of
America, and anyone who dis-
agrees is, well, un-American.
National Rifle Association
Every single member of the
NRA probably has at least two
American flags for each gun, so it's
pretty easy to assert that those that
love their guns love their country.
They love their country so much
that they support the political force
that wants to protect us from ter-
rorism so badly that they are will-
ing to throw away our constitution-
al freedoms, except of course, for
the only liberty that may actually
cause terrorism, which is the right
for anyone to buy as many uzis,
bazookas and nuclear warheads as
one possibly desires. Furthermore,
if Saddam Hussein actually does
have a weapons stockpile, wouldn't
the NRA defend his rights?
Michigan House Co-Op
Inside this house (it is sometimes
referred to as Michigan Socialist
House), one will find a sign saying
"Co-ops Cure Poverty" and surely
a few bumper stickers like "I'd
rather be smashing imperialism"
on bedroom doors. And sprinkled
throughout the house are the
whitest kids on the block smoking
reefer and pounding brews in a rev-
olutionary act against capitalist
It's not exactly hypocrisy, but
there's a certain something about a
house full of kids that think that by
sharing tofu and rice and drinking
microbrews they're going to allevi-
ate the world of socio-economic
inequality. But if they're right, then
cheers! And pass the tofu.
It seems that these organizations
spend more time thinking about all
the things that they hate and not
enough time on how they should
behave themselves. Next time
SAFE wants call something or
someone racist, they should all
look within themselves and come
to terms with their own prejudices.
The ADL should have more com-
mon sense than to throw away their
values and make friends with anti-
Semitic, racist demagogues in
blind defense of the Israeli poli-
But people get so caught up in
their emotions that they don't even
realize that they are making com-
plete fools of themselves. And
sometimes, the public doesn't
know all the facts and doesn't
know how hypocritically some of
these very influential groups are
If more people called out these
groups for being so publicly igno-
rant, maybe they would act a little
better. That's probably expecting
- Ari Paul can be reached at
Wow, he's dangerous and sensitive.
1. 8 Mile, Soundtrack -
You'd better never let this play on
your CD player.
2. Justified, Justin Timberlake
- The pop singer has no appreci-
ation for wordplay; Justinfied
would have been awesome.
3. The Best of 1990-2000 &
B-Sides, U2 - We would think
of something clever for this, but
Zooropa and Pop sucked so bad
that we're still speechless.
4. Strippe, Christina Aguilera
- You are not talented or hot.
5. Shaman, Santana - Hear
his credibility disappearing with
every ripping guitar solo.
6. Cry, Faith Hill - We're crying
ourselves to sleep because of this list.
7. The Eminem Show,
Eminem - Watch. This will be
on VH l's so-called "Ultimate
Album" show in like a month.
8. Still Ghetto, Jaheim -
9. Live at Folsom Field Boulder,
Colorado, Dave Matthews Band -
Well, your last few albums were
sub-par, so why not do a live album?
Hey, why not take a cue from Pearl
Jam and do 200 of them. We're kid-
ding, Dave. Seriously. Don't.
10. Nirvana, Nirvana - I've
got a new complaint. This sucks.
Today is a special day. No, not because its
voltaire's birthday, because 'm sure that's wa
you thought I was going to say The joyous day to
whicha referring is the beginning of registration for
Winter 2003 classes. Butnow that I think about it, what
better to guide us through the trials and tribulations of
Wolverine Access, the course guide and the first few
weeks of classes themselves than the wit of the satiri-
cal French philosopher. And while these clever apho-
risms may not guarantee you the perfect schedule and
eternal educational bliss, they may help you to keep your
head on straight in the topsy-turvy world of registration.
"hence is a word void of seme;hong can eivt
One of the first things to remember when choosing
classes iswthat you can't be afraid to be shallow, because
things in the course guide exist fora reason. Sure, looks
can be deceiving; you can't judge a book by its cover -
blah, blah, blah; but when it comes to the course guide,
use the professors' pictures wisely. It's simple: If a pro-
fessor looks mean in the picture, don't convince yourself
that it is just ndooi chance; he is probably mean. After
all, he chose the damn picture.
And if she has very tightly clenched lips and has a mouth
that, to paraphrase Roald Dahl, looks like a dog's butt, take
it as an warning of future treachery and misery. Remember
elementary school? You could always tell who the mean
teacher was right away. Why should it be any different now?
Trust your gut; as Voltaire said, "The safest course is to do
nothing against ones conscience."
"The best way to become boring is to leave
Analyze the class description in the course guide careful-
ly If it seems particularly wordy and tedious, it right, just
might, be a preview of what is to come. If there are 12 para-
graphs about some excruciatingly boring subject, take that
as a big, red warning light. And watch carefully for what
isn't written as well. Just because the description doesn't
specifically mention a huge term paper, that doesn't mean it
doesn't exist. Voltaire was all over that: "You see many stars
at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can
you say that there are no stars in the heaven ofday?"
"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion,"
Pay very close attention to the second day of lecture.
Forget the first lecture, when the professor spends an hour
reading the syllabus and discussing the direction of the
class. The second day is the real test. If you are not absolute-
ly enthralled on this day, get out. Run. The professor is
brighighis A-game that day, ad ifyou don't likethe class
or the pronfnow, yo're going toiiate them latr.
You'tegoingtoslowlybe tsetteassand be
disg the very sight othehe person who is responsible
for your torment. You can begin to hte someone who is
actuallya very nice person but who just lappens to real-
ly suck at lectures, and why waste your contempt on pro-
fessors when there are so many scorn-worthy people out
there in the world, e.g. the French. I'm kidding of course.
No, I'm not.
"it is difficult to free tools from the chains they
If you find yourself in the above predicament with an
uninspirng professor, don't be afraid to get the hell out
of there. Too many people see choosing classes like mar-
riage. No, bad example, OK, I've got it --like buying a
new car: You're in it for the long haul. The safety and
comfort of having your classes chosen and your schedule
set is a dangerous position to be in. So get some back-
bone, find that other class.that you would rather be in
and leave the crappy class behind. As the Volt-man said,
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be ... as long as
the drop/add deadline hasn't passed."
"Anyting too stupid to he said is sung."
"Sung" is French for "said in discussion section,"
right? The point is, don't drop a class if you hit the
house numbers in the GSI roulette game. You may have
to suffer through a few painful hours of a worthless
section, but ifWthe lecture itself is good, tough it out.
"As l nga* peopke betreve in abstudtks they W Ul
continue to commit mrocides"
The specific absurdity and atrocity to which I am refer-
ring (and I'm sure Voltaire was too) are, respectively, the
absurd and erroneous belief that just because a professor
tells you to read something; you actually have to do every
bit of it and the foolhardy atrocity of simultaneously tack-
ling al assigned reading for all of your classes, rendering
you a joyless, free-timeless drone. I'm not saying that you
shouldn't do any of it. You're here to learn, and you are pay-
ing for it. But you have to find your equilibrium,ifor like the
V4Dogg explained, "Neither abstinence nor excess ever
renders man happy"
Oh, and to any of my current or future professors who
happen to read this, I can only offer one last bit of Voltaire's
wisdom: "Love trth, andpardon eror soplease don't hold
any of this againstAndy when you give out grades."
-Andy Taylor-Fabe can be reached at
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The legendary actor died of a heart
attack on Monday. Coburn had
his first hit in Hollywood in
1960 with his role as Britt
in "The Magnificent
Seven," the popular
Western version of
Kurosawa's "The Seven
In 1963, he played
Sedgwick the Aussie
Manufacturer in the
World War II prison-
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Coburn made a
splash in the mid-
'60s with his char-
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spoof series, which Coburn in 1966.
included "Our Man Flint" (1966)
and "In Like Flint" (1967) and is
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the major influences
for Mike Myers'
His major credits
in the 1970s includ-
ed the Spaghetti
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and Billy the
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Courtesy of Warner Bros. of his few
Coburn's career was spotty in the
'80s due to a debilitating case of
arthritis, but he was able to continue
taking roles occasionally as he bat-
tled the disease. He also appeared in
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In 1997, he won an Academy
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voice for Henry J. Waternoose III
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(2002), which stars Andy Garcia,
and "American Gun" (2002).
Coburn is survived by his wife, two
children, Lisa and James, and two
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