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On the cover of the university paper again
Nothing like walking into your office on a Monday morning after wideathtrip, finding two copies of drewuniversity's student newspaper (the Acorn) on your chair, and seeing this picture (cropped around my head and torso leaving the shirt in it) on the front page next to the headline ``Bondage club approved, secures advisor'' (emphasis mine).

Why that photograph? Why not me in Mexico smiling? Why not me dramatically standing on the top of Tortola? Why not one of the simple shots of me in a suit? Why the hell did they pick the shot of me sitting in a tree, wearing a LJ shirt like a total dork? How the fuck did that conversation go in the Acorn office, trying to decide which photograph to use?

I'll link to the article when they get around to putting it up, but here's their questions to me and my answers for the curious:
  • How did Isaac approach you about the club?
    A few of my department's student employees approached me last Spring, discussing the club with me. They explained the state of the club, that the person in charge was doing everything they could to operate within the guidelines and regulations of the university, but lacked an advisor. After much begging by the student employees, and discussion with my supervisors, I agreed to act as advisor for the club.
  • Why did you decide to take the position?
    I felt that the founder of the club would operate the club in a reasonable way, respecting the rules of the university. I was nervous about accepting the position at first, but my fears were put to rest by the student employees and a conversation with the founder.
  • Is this a subject that interests you?
    I feel that is a personal question, and not completely relevant to the discussion at hand. Whether or not it is a subject that interests me, my role is as advisor to the club's operation on this university, not to the club's topic.
  • Are you concerned about any backlash from the faculty or the administration?
    Yes, quite concerned. I'm an employee of the university. The faculty and administration are my colleagues, who I've worked with and known for close to a decade at this point.
  • What will your role be in the club?
    After speaking with Dean Muir, I understand that my role as an advisor is to help the club with regards to the policies of the university. Before entering into any grey areas that might cause a problem, I would speak with them, and check with the administration if I have any concerns over a planned event or activity.
  • What do you think of the resistance from the faculty about this particular club?
    It's understandable, being a controversial topic. Many universities had quite a bit of resistance to gay, lesbian, and bisexual clubs during their founding in years past. In my conversation with Dean Muir, she noted the interesting similarities between the two.

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slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: March 7th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Meanwhile, the Constant Readers of your journal still want to know if this is a subject that interests you. :)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 7th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Get me drunk one night and I'll tell you about the whip incident.
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: March 7th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
When are you coming to Charlotte? I'll lay in the good corn whiskey (the kind that has an actual label on the mason jar) and the catfish...
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 7th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
That's quite a hike, but not impossible.

We're planning on doing graye and crew next. We'll have to add you to the list.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: March 7th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
We're planning on doing graye and crew next. We'll have to add you to the list.

kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 7th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I was typing that out, thought that I should change the wording of my statement, then let it fly to see whether you or he would reply first to that obvious one.

You won.

Y'all should come to the_boke the next time hotbeatz does a gig out this way.
graye From: graye Date: March 7th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I was keeping quiet and hoping not to be noticed.

aka: GRODY
angryjonny From: angryjonny Date: March 7th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
congratulations for sticking your head above the parapet on this one and striking a blow for freedom of expression. That took moxie, and a certain disregard for your 401k
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 7th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
As periol said last spring, ``I wouldn't recommend you advise the club if I were running it. But with this kid, the rules will be respected.'' I'm not too terribly worried about the club breaking the rules. Some people might think less of me for backing them up, but I think of less of them for being so narrow-minded.

It would have been nice if a tenured faculty member (ie teflon unfirable employee) had stepped up to bat.
mineral2 From: mineral2 Date: March 7th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I was under the impression that clubs had to have a faculty member advise them.

But anyway, congrats with the club.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
They need an advisor. Faculty, staff, or administration can advise a club.
periol From: periol Date: March 7th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
i may do lots of things, but lie is not one of them. i'm glad the club is on track, and i'm glad that you did agree to be the advisor, and there is absolutely no doubt in the world that if i was president you wouldn't want to touch it with a ten-foot pole. my time away from school has only made me tend to bend the rules MORE than i already did.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
The guy running it does seem to want to toe the line and respect the rules of the university. You weren't shitting me.
shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: March 7th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hahaha... the acorn chose that picture because it is FUNNY.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 7th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Not as funny as this one, this one, this one, or that one. Any of those would have been comedy gold.
redvector From: redvector Date: March 7th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I woudl like you to know they would need a Flux Capacitor to travel into the future to get that one.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 7th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

I was wondering if anyone would notice that...

But the rest of the photos were there for them to use.

Why the LJ shirt in tree at Drew? WHY?
jenniever From: jenniever Date: March 8th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (Hard link)
for the record (and what record this is, I have no idea), I love this picture of you.

I also love you. But that's another story.

I like how "The two hottest student employees I've evern had, Peter R. Barnes and Jenni Davenport" was changed to "student employees" by the Acron. We all know what you really said.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Wow, I'm glad they didn't use that picture of me. Whew.
noelr From: noelr Date: March 8th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Drew's come a long way, baby...

it seems like it was only nine years ago I was getting in trouble for the "Vote Marquis de Sade" student election posters due to their mention of, among other things, bondage. now there's a bondage club. the future is a far crazier place than I ever expected it to be.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Drew's come a long way, baby...

There's a big difference. If you had followed the proper procedures to create a Marquis de Sade appreciation society, or a bondage club, you wouldn't have gotten in trouble. You just have to learn how to work within the system.
metallian From: metallian Date: March 8th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC) (Hard link)
It would be awfully low (thought sadly not entirely surprising) if anyone "official" gave you guff about advising a club that:

1) Has been given official sanction to exist on campus.
2) Requires an advisor.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
You know this. I know this. But campus politics can work in funny ways.
kujawski From: kujawski Date: March 8th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Hey, KF!

Dude, you're a tech guy at a college. You can't describe yourself without HTML (to paraphrase you). And you're worried about being made to look like a geek. Man, I can dress up well and fit in with any crowd when I want to, but I'm fully aware of what a square I am during my normal time, and I don't deny it; I embrace it. I suggest you do the same. Your response should have been "Dude! They got me in my LJ shirt! Awesome!" or "Wow, that picture sucks, but at least it's not one of Kujawski!"
-Andrzej Valentyn Kujawski
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Hey, KF!

Heh, I'm not miffed that they used my LJ picture shirt. I'm just wondering what the discussion/thought process that led to that picture's selection was like. There are far worse shots of me they could have used.
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