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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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Video from the Protest

Posted by Andrew on February 26, 2009

Here are some videos that I shot during the day`s protests. As I mentioned earlier, the protest was very peacefully and orderly. Attendance was pretty good as well and their was a variety of people there.

Here is Dr. Nancy Van Arsdale speaking on the quad.

Here is Dr. Allan Benn

Gov. Ed Rendell speaking to the students inside the new Science and Technology building. I had a problem with my batteries so I missed a couple of seconds of him talking and the video is in 2 parts.

Click here to see the pictures of the protest that I took.

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ESU Protest

Posted by Andrew on February 26, 2009

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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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What is ESU driving?

Posted by Andrew on February 20, 2009

To answer that very important question, I decided to do a very unscientific survey around the parking lot next to our new science building. I found that General Motors is very popular around here followed by Ford with Honda being the 3rd most popular brand.

A chart of all the cars parked at ESU.

A chart of all the cars parked at ESU.

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For my fellow Spring Breakers.

Posted by Andrew on February 13, 2009

If I were you, I`d cross Cancun off my Spring Break list.

Kidnapping, violence kill 21 in Mexico. From 2/11/09.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – A drug gang kidnapped and killed six people near a town in the U.S.-Mexican border region, prompting a series of gunbattles with soldiers that left 15 others dead.

Yup thats what I wanna deal with doing my vacation. Here is some more cheery news from our neighbors down South. This time from our friends across the pond at the BBC.

Cancun killings linked to cartels.

The bodies of a retired brigadier general and two other men have been found near the Mexican resort of Cancun after a suspected drug cartel killing.

The three, who were found dead in the back of a truck, were part of a protection team for Cancun’s mayor.

Authorities say they think the men were intercepted on a road near Cancun, then taken to a remote forest, tortured, and killed with a shot to the head.

Drug-related violence claimed more than 5,000 lives in Mexico last year.

That wasn`t the first time, that the Cartels and the Military fought.

Last but not least is this nice story, that really makes me wanna head down to Mexico A.S.A.P.

Over 200 Americans killed in Mexico since 04.

More than 200 American citizens have been killed since 2004 in Mexico’s escalating wave of violence, amounting to the highest number of unnatural deaths in any foreign country outside military combat zones, according to the U.S. State Department.

For everybody looking to head someplace warm for Spring Break, may I suggest

Luquillo Beach in Puerto Rico

Playa de Luquillo in Puerto Rico

or maybe

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

and last but not least

A beach in the Dominican Republic.

A beach in the Dominican Republic.

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Review of Hip-Hop concert at ESU.

Posted by Andrew on February 8, 2009

On February 6th, I got to listen to a free concert at the Common Grounds, which featured the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good in this case was Sinister Sev. He had a unique flow and a great stage presence. Glaccius was the bad. His flow and lyrics were generic, but at least he managed not to put me to sleep. The ugly without a doubt was G.A.C. The only positive about that performance that I can think of is that the beats were decent.

Sinister Sev was without a doubt the best performer of the group. He didn’t have the biggest entourage or was the first name on the poster, but he still managed to steal the show. The first thing you notice about a rapper is his flow and his voice and delivery was top notch. He managed to switch up his delivery between fast and slow and his voice didn’t overpower his lyrics. His stage presence was also extraordinary as he held the sparse crowd’s attention throughout his short set. Out of all three performers, he was the most polished and his songs were more interesting to listen to. Everybody else’s songs blended together so much that it felt like I was listening to one giant song, so the variety felt like a breath of fresh air.

Glaccius was the headliner of the show and his stage presence was decent but overall he was pretty bland. His beats were nothing special and he didn’t command anybody’s attention. As with all music, an artist’s voice can manage to save a horrible performance. Alicia Keys can sing names out the phone book and still hypnotize the crowd. Method Man can rap about Klingon history and still make you feel like you didn’t waste your money. Glacises voice is not in the same league as the two aforementioned artists. I have heard some of his music on CD and it is much better than the stage show that I witnessed. Another problem I had with Glaccius is one that I also had with G.A.C.

As a fan of Hip-Hop, I am used to hearing rappers brag about all the money they have. While that annoys me, I can accept it and move on. This free concert was held in a coffee shop on a Pennsylvania University not named Penn State or Temple and was attended by fifty people max. With that in mind, I do not want to hear anybody rap about how much money they have. I do not want to hear the words, Lear jet, beach front villa, Moet, or a dozen other words, I heard come out of G.A.C and Glacises mouths. When they started with the clichéd money rap, I automatically dropped their grades.

G.A.C. was the worst rap, I have heard in a long time and I’ve listened to everybody from Vanilla Ice to Nashawn the Millennium Thug. Leaving aside the money rap, they had no redeeming quality. Their stage show was a mess, as they had six men on stage and only two microphones. Four of them were standing around doing nothing and the two with the microphones might as well have joined them. The best phrase, I can use to describe them is paint by numbers. As with athletes, Glaccius looked like he needs little tweaks to put his game together and advance to the next level. G.A.C. on the other hand, looks like he should not quit his day job.

Video of Sinister Sev performing.

A picture slideshow of the concert.

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