April 30, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 12

For Pete’s sake, sing!

Georgetown College participates in social justice rally
Opinion Editor

On May 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Giddings Circle, the classes of Drs. Yoli and Eric Carter will hold a rally for social justice—“For Pete’s Sake, Sing!” The rally is one of many that will be held nationwide to celebrate the 90th birthday of Pete Seeger. Seeger is a folk musician known for his groundbreaking work in protest music and his advocacy for environmental issues. He is still alive, kicking and actually performed at President Obama’s Inaugural concert in January.

The rally at Georgetown College will include a variety of guest speakers talking about an array of issues: Randy Wheeler (Death Penalty Abolition); Kate Miller (Dream Act—immigration reform); Tanya Fogle (Voting Rights Restoration); and a KFTC member (Mountain Top Removal). According to Dr. Eric Carter, “These speakers represent the ACLU of Kentucky (American Civil Liberties Union) and KFTC (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth).” GC student, Stu Perry, will be emcee-ing the event and there will be some open mic time available. Those participating in the rally will be performing folk songs about social justice issues in between speakers. In addition, Dr. Yoli Carter’s Diversity class will be focusing on social justice in the education system, adding another issue to the agenda. So students, for Pete’s sake, make it out and sing!

A Comical Moment:


Ava Jordan is not on a boat

Staff Writer
The Lonely Island and T-Pain, unlike Jordan, are on a boat.

The Lonely Island and T-Pain, unlike Jordan, are on a boat.

I am always the last to know about new songs and YouTube videos, so it is actually somewhat surprising that I have even heard of the song “On a Boat” by The Lonely Island, let alone actually listened to it. However, I have, in fact, done so and have begun to ponder the deeper meanings of the song and how it relates to my life. .

Once one moves past the explicit content and language of the song, the basic message is quite simple—the men singing the song are on a boat and want the whole world to know of their exploits. They are sailing, “straight flowing on a boat on the deep blue sea,” at a speed of five knots on a windy day. As they enjoy their time on the boat, they drink “Santana champ,” wear swimming apparel and “flippie-floppies” while they make hamburgers.

One of the aquatic trio claims to be riding a dolphin, while it is also mentioned that the men are spending time together on the boat’s deck and that they spurn climbing trees for climbing buoys. Through my own personal examination of these lyrics and the assistance of a related quiz on Facebook, I have determined that I am in fact not on a boat. When I took the quiz “Are you on a boat?” on Facebook, I was informed that I am “at Kinko’s straight flippin’ copies.”

While this is also not strictly true, it is far more likely than the idea that I am on a boat, especially at this time of year. I have far too many papers to write, finals to take and classes to pass to even consider such frivolity as going boating. Aside from my lack of spare time for such activities, I must also take into account the fact that I am not a particularly good swimmer, so if I were on a boat, I would be wearing a life jacket at all times, which I am not doing. This, if nothing else, is definitive proof that I am not on a boat. I do wear flip-flops, which I can only assume are similar in nature to “flippie-floppies,” but I do not wear swim trunks, make hamburgers or climb buoys, let alone ride dolphins. Sadly, it is quite obvious that I am not on a boat at all and am not likely to ever be on a boat.

I suppose I will just have to live vicariously through The Lonely Island and others lucky enough to spend their time sailing on a boat.

Last lecture

Professor advocates doing what you can rather than what you want
Contributing Writer

As a second year faculty member, I was extremely relieved to hear that all first- and second-year faculty contracts are to be renewed for next year. Yet, we are not out of the woods completely at this point. Much depends on our actual enrollment in August and salary amounts are uncertain. Our colleagues in other roles have already made some significant concessions to this end, including three days of mandatory furlough without pay. I am thankful to work with people who are willing to make sacrifices and do so as a shared experience for something bigger than themselves. Yet this is not the primary focus of this article. Rather, I want to consider the choices people make when faced with challenges such as the economic issues currently facing much of the world, including those of us in the Georgetown College community. Specifically, I have been thinking about the concept of doing what can be done as opposed to what is desired.

There are a great many things I would do if I had extra income right now. For example, several students have communicated their fear that if tuition is increased next year, returning to Georgetown College will be impossible. If I could, I would make up the difference for each of these students. As it is, I am not able to support any of them at this time. However, what I can do is connect students with others on campus who may have more resources than I. I can offer moral support. I can pray. Doing what I can do provides a measure, albeit small, of comfort. I have no control over the final enrollment for next Fall. My salary may need to be adjusted to accommodate a lower number than expected. Yet, this has nothing to do with the work I do. I can still do my best work as a teacher, advisor and colleague. I can work hard this summer revising my courses to improve the content and presentation of the material. I can tell those I teach that I very much appreciate them and consider it a privilege to share this time and place in history with them.

If you are tempted to think on what you cannot do, will yourself to focus on that which you can do instead. The sense of control and gratitude will go a long way in replacing the longing.


Features Editor

T-Pain represents the pinnacle of human achievement in this day and age. He is on a boat. And not only is he on a boat, he is getting a free ride on someone else’s boat, enjoying all the luxuries that come with boat owning without all of the costs. This is truly the quintessential American dream. T-Pain’s only real function on said boat seems to be repeating the last word or words of every sentence that the boat owner says (presumably this is how he gained his place on the boat over that Kinko’s guy—by bartering services for passage). In the increasingly poor economy, T-Pain seems to have found the path-of-least resistance to accomplish his goals and provide for his needs. Perhaps we all should emulate T-Pain in the coming days.


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