November 9, 2008

Best & Worst Of The Week

What a week it's been.

Best: Election Night. What an amazing feeling it was to celebrate Obama's win with the entire campus, knowing that people were doing the same thing all over the world.

Worst: The Kick Coke AND Keep Coke campaigns. While it is important to have discussion of issues on campus, some of the 200+ commenters were just downright mean.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

you're right, keep and kick coke are being mean. well, my side (the keep it side) has a right to be. because we never asked for this ridiculous group of activists to try to change our existence here at vassar. if they try to affect me and alter my drinking habits, however minute, then *i* and not they, have a right to be angry.

Anonymous said...

oh shut up already. it's not that i'm tired of hearing your selfish reasons for wanting to keep it ,but why do you have to name-call and be immature. I'm just tired of both sides going at it.
(oh and I'm in favor of keeping coke)

Anonymous said...

Mads:
Three states take a half-century step backwards in terms of marriage rights (and another in terms of adoption rights), and a bunch of whining Vassar students is the worst of the week? Really?

Anonymous said...

so Mads' worst of the week is also what is the subject of the post below this one entitled "Thank You"? weird

Anonymous said...

no kidding, 5:54.

Anonymous said...

Relax guys, I'm sure he just forgot.
Sometimes everyone gets lost in the Vassar bubble.

Anonymous said...

Not that I am suggesting that Prop 8 and etc don't affect Vassar students, because I know it does in a very very real way, myself included, but I think that Mads Best/Worst is generally centered around what actually happens AT Vassar... like the election was obviously what everyone was watching on tuesday and what everyone partied about that night and later on. And Coke obviously has gotten everyone on this campus up in arms etc. There has yet to be a Prop 8 rally or anything on campus so so far.. it isn't really relevant to be in this post.
At least in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

is that you, mads?

Anonymous said...

Obama is so fuggin sexy.

Anonymous said...

Was the entire campus celebrating Obama's win?

Anonymous said...

since when is kicking coke ridiculous activism? has anyone ever heard of communism? anarchism? that's what you call 'radical activism.' Petitioning to change an institution's choice of beverage supply is far different from overthrowing the bourgeois in a bloody coup for the sake of a Utopian future. i believe beverage choice has rarely caused bloodshed, Boston tea party aside.

is it really that much to ask to kick coke to even try to make the world a slightly better place? Has corporate America really succeed in so thoroughly in brainwashing us that it has completely convinced s that personal material satisfaction is the only worthwhile and attainable goal? Has it really succeeded in undermining our hope that the world can ever improve, sapping our last will to even try, and replacing it with an irrational loyalty to brands?

this only proves that brands are the new nationality, capitalism the new patriotism, the new religion, which ironically brings us one step closer to fulfilling Marx's prophecies that class trumps all other forms of identification.

I had hope that this wasn't true, that maybe art or spirituality could mean more to us than political economy, but the vehement nature of coke supporters and detractors proves it is so.

Anonymous said...

to summarize: the intensity of rankor raised over such a small choice is evidence of a profoundly stubborn apathy, a rigid sentimental loyalty to the ideal of individual apolitical happiness, entrenched in the American psyche.

Anonymous said...

6:18 and 6:22 ftw

Anonymous said...

6:18, marry me?

i am afraid that the "liberal" costume that this school wears is extremely false. what happened to the gay activism here? what happened to vassar being the haven for all every weird high schooler? no one here seems to care anymore, and the events of last week only enforce how revoltingly real this has become. i have discovered that most people here are either closet conservatives, homophobes, racists, or sexists. though, since it's 2008, it is easier to hide this than to admit this.

this school needs a change. either admissions needs to be rearranged or people here need to stand up for is right. the vassar bubble must be shattered.

Anonymous said...

2:14, your comments are really troubling. who ever told you that vassar was a "haven for all every weird high schooler"? i've never seen that advertised. last year when i was applying, i never went to a single info session here where the admissions officer said "hey! this is a school for weird kids, or liberal kids! but no one else!" i guess i shouldn't be here then, because i am socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and moderate on foreign policy. guess i don't fit the mold. better rescind my letter of admission before it's too late and i voice a dissenting opinion.

what crap. so what if students do not live up to some (totally imaginary) conception that vassar is the world's most leftist school. when you say that "admissions needs to be rearranged," are you actually suggesting that they only admit self-identified liberals?

rather than building a student body based on who identifies as Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or whatever, Vassar should seek a body of students who are the most academically intelligent and extracurricularly successful. These are the best predictors of future success-and they have absolutely nothing to do with political affiliation.

Anonymous said...

6:22, word. What I've been trying to say all along, and haven't found the words to.

Anonymous said...

Oh, god. 6:18 and 6:22. Really?

What I've noticed in these comments is either "IT'S JUST COKE, IT'S NOT AS BAD AS ... DARFUR!" or "You all are showing how selfish and conservative you are."

No. No. Really?

Basically 6:18, you're saying that anything that MIGHT help ANYONE ANYWHERE should just be accepted. First because it might "make the world a slightly better place." Second because IT'S NOT AS BAD AS BEING KILLED OR MAIMED!

I've seen over 100 comments that simply miss the point.

I'm a liberal. I don't drink soda.

But it says something when MICA handing out free coke and a statement for keeping coke, makes the most sense of anyone. I never thought I'd see that happen. But it has.

Really?

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between being mean and being racist and classist.

Keep coke people have made both racist and classist comments.

Anonymous said...

8:23, so have the kick coke people. both sides have been incredibly disrespectful, and have injected race and class into the discussion of an issue that really doesn't have to do with either.

Anonymous said...

lols at the people who think this has nothing to do with race and class

think globally act locally!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU 8:49!!!!

Anonymous said...

I feel like this whole thing has just devolved into a forum for everyone to hash out every issue they've ever had with race, class, or ideology, and its made people act and speak with no respect or interest in what others think, or feel.
Guys, I know this is cliche, but we really don't have to be so vitriolic. Don't argue, and use petty insults. Debate. And always remember that YOUR OPINION IS NOT IRREVOCABLY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT RIGHT.
And yeah, madsvassar ain't the place to do this. so lets have a forum that people actually go to, kthnxbye

Anonymous said...

we shall overcome
we shall overcome
we shall overcome some day

we will all be free
we will all be free
we will all be free some day