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No Wonder Parking Sucks

Posted by Andrew on April 8, 2009

Car with a boot attached.

Car with a boot attached.

This car has been parked outside of the Gessner Science Hall for at least two days. Maybe they can tow him sometime before the semester ends and that can free up a parking spot.

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ESU Lawsuit heading to Federal Court

Posted by Andrew on March 25, 2009

From the Pocono Record

The sexual harassment lawsuit filed against East Stroudsburg University, its trustees and current and former administrators is moving to federal court.

The state’s attorney general, which is defending ESU, its trustees and the administrators still working there, filed a motion on Friday asking the case to be moved to U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

“There’s no way state court can deal with federal issues,” said Nils Fredrickson, a spokesman for the attorney general. “It’s a matter for federal court — or it’s not a matter at all.”

I`m so proud that I spent a lot of money on tuition. Nothing like a gigantic clusterfrak to bring out the school pride. Time to throw the ESU hoodie into the back of the closet.

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Goodbye Battlestar Galactica

Posted by Andrew on March 20, 2009

Promo image of the Battlestar Galactica Cast

Promo image of the Battlestar Galactica Cast

Tonight is the final episode of Sci-Fi Channel`s Battlestar Galactica. I just wanted to take a moment and pause on the end of the best fraking show on TV. Time called it the best TV show in 2005, and it has been a critical success since its premier in 2003. At first, I thought the show was going to be horrible. The original BSG was a horrible rip off of Star Wars and was a train wreck, but once I heard that multiple Hugo and Emmy award winner Ron Moore (whose credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine which is the best Star Trek ever but I digress) was producing the show, I started to believe. The initial pilot mini series aired in 2003 and it was a bit slow, but it set up things things wonderfully.  What followed after that four hour mini series was a show that lasted five seasons and spawned a two hour TV movie and two separate web exclusive mini series.

BSG took on all subjects from war to religion to abortion and  handled everything beautifully. It is set on a spaceship and has robots but to just pigeonhole the show as science fiction is just wrong. BSG is a drama of the highest order with many great actors. Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell deserve the highest of praise for their work portraying  Admiral.  William Adama and President. Laura Roslin.  Every great movie or television show starts with great actors and those two deserve all the praise in the world.

BSG is a great show that lives up to its hype. I`m sad that it is ending but I am happy that the powers that be at NBC allowed the show to continue to its natural conclusion, because while it had all the critical success in the world, its commercial success was not as good. This is a once in a lifetime show and will conclude tonight on the Sci Fi channel. It is a two hour finale and airs at 9pm eastern time.

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Asher Roth

Posted by Andrew on March 20, 2009

Roth in a recording studio.

Roth in a recording studio.

Asher Roth is preforming at the Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg on March 26th.

That got me thinking about Roth, because as a fan of rap music I love to hear new and upcoming artists. I hit up his myspace, listened to his tracks and went on SOHH to try and got more information on Roth. Unfortunately, he is nowhere near as nice as all his hype suggests. Roth barely has any real flow and his lyrics are boring. (Right now I`m listening to “A Millie remix”) I was thinking of something creative to say about Roth but this comment on SOHH really sums up my thoughts about him.

Go through your old CD collection and look for Slim Shady LP, Marshall Mathers LP and the Eminem Show….Listen closely and imagine someone with half the talent, charisma and creativity doing a karaoke version of all 3 albums.

You’ve officially been put on to A. Roth

I really didn`t want to bring up Eminem, but it makes sense to compare Asher with him just like I would compare Fernando Martinez with David Wright or Alex Ochoa, when I think about how he is preforming in the Minor Leagues. For all the hate Eminem gets, Em is a world class rapper. His abilities and charisma are unmatched by anybody in the rap game and I grew up listening to Nas, Biggie, Wu Tang and Big Pun, so I think I know something about great rap music and rappers in general.

Asher is not a good rapper. Asher has one default flow and a definite lack of subject matter. I look at Roth as I do Soulja Boy. They both are not worth my wasting my time in listening to them or spending money to buy their music.

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Rihanna is Stupid

Posted by Andrew on March 15, 2009

Rihanna and Chris Brown preforming

Rihanna and Chris Brown preforming

I know that title is very crude and I`m sure I should be more sensitive to all the stuff thats going on, but Rihanna is an extremely stupid woman.

Now, I`m sure that folks reading this are wondering why I said that. I think Rihanna is extremely stupid because she went back to Chris Brown. Sure he hasn`t been convicted in a court of law, and I have no idea about what really goes on behind closed doors, but in my humble opinion she is stupid for going back to him.

Here is what I know. I know that Rihanna and Brown were in a car when Brown allegedly knocked her around. I also know that a picture of her after the beating leaked and she looked like she pissed off Mike Tyson. (Old 90s era Iron Mike before the rape and not crappy biting off ears Mike).

If I were her, I`d leave him in a heart beat. Whether he beat her or not is up to a jury of Brown`s peers to decide but I think it is extremely stupid to willingly walk back into the same situation. Everybody (except Rihanna) knows about that lovely cliche about fooling me once and I want to announce to the world that this is the last time I care about her. I was never a fan of her music but as a human being I was concerned about her after I heard the news.

Right now I don`t care. In my opinion, her going back to Brown is akin to me walking into a lion`s den wearing a steak jacket or reaching for my wallet in front of the NYPD after dark. If he beats her or makes her his wife, I no longer care. Any sympathy, I might have had for her ended when the rumors of her going back to him started. If the rumors are proved false, then I will gladly take back anything I said about her, but until then I don`t care.

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ESU Protest

Posted by Andrew on February 26, 2009

gov-rendell1

I got tons of pics and a bunch of video. Right now Youtube is going extremely slow so I`m gonna start off with the pictures and I will post the videos as soon as I am able.

Here is a link to my Flickr set.

Here are a couple of quick thoughts on the protest. This was easily, the most peaceful protest I have ever seen. Nobody did anything stupid and everything went extremely well.

It was also extremely polite for such a touchy subject. Governor Ed Rendell also did a great job in my opinion. In my humble opinion, the Governor really did not need to take time out of his busy schedule and address the student body. He really didn`t  say much, partly because of the open litigation and also because he didn`t have all the facts in hand, but he did a good job in comforting the student body. It was also nice that he addressed us first since we did interrupt his scheduled press conference.

The faculty of ESU also spoke to us and as a student it is great to see that our teachers care about this touchy subject as much as we do. Dr.  Benn did a great job addressing the students and didn`t dance around the subject. I can imagine that it would be tough, speaking out about your boss in a public environment and Doctors Van Vanarsdale and Benn as well as Prof. Nash deserve alot of credit for speaking out on our behalf.

All in all, it was a very uneventful day and hopefully, the powers that be are more forthcoming in the future and we won`t need to protest anymore alleged cover ups.

EDIT: The Pocono Record just updated their site with a story on the protest and Chancellor Cavanaugh gives his official statement.

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President Dillman needs to go.

Posted by Andrew on February 23, 2009

East Stroudsburg University Logo

East Stroudsburg University Logo

As chronicled in the Pocono Record here, here and here, ESU is having some image problems. Dr. Robert J. Dillman is the president of the university and is one of the people being sued because of Issac Sanders`s alleged misdeeds.  I am not going to get into detail about what Sanders may or may not have done because all the facts have not come to light yet.

As the title of this post says, I want President Dillman to go. He needs to take a long sabbatical someplace far away from East Stroudsburg. Pres. Dillman has survived two votes of no-confidence, but he needs to fall on his sword because of this scandal. The accusations of cover ups is a serious crime and I firmly believe it is not in the school`s interest to have him in charge during this crisis. If Dillman, and by extension the university, are innocent of the crimes they are accused of, then I would have no problem welcoming him back. Until such time as they are proven innocent, Dillman needs to go.

The school needs to clean house and allow investigators total access so that the scandal can be put to bed. Having Dillman remain as president while he is under investigation allows for the possibility that the investigation can be tainted. This school needs answers, no matter how bad they may be, and to get the answers it needs, Dillman needs to sit on the sidelines and let the process play out.

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