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Monday, February 25th, 2008
6:28 pm - FREE Unhinged Booster Draft Tuesday Night at Worlds Apart Games

FREE - You don't gotta give us no money. You show up and we give you cards with which to draft. Everyone is welcome!

Unhinged - The hilarious humor set for Magic that came out a few years back.

Booster - A vaccination that you get to make sure that your immunity remains strong.

Draft - The tournament style that puts everyone on the same footing regardless of how big your collection is.

Tuesday - Third day of the week, after Monday and before Wednesday, named after the Norse god of war Tyr.

Night - The part of the day cycle where the sun is not visible, around 6:30 PM.

at - A field which is common to all living things

Worlds Apart Games - The awesome new game store in downtown Amherst between the Fire Station and the Amherst Brewing Company. More info at www.worldsapartgames.com.

current mood: excited

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007
12:07 pm - GEEK CULTURE!

Hello Amherst College,
I am a second-year Hampshire College student. My Div II, or major, is on geek culture. Before you go, "WHO MAJORS IN GEEK CULTURE ZOMG THAT IS NOT A REAL MAJOR," let me explain. I am studying cultural anthropology and computer science. Since my Div III (thesis) and possible career is going to be a monthly magazine on and about geek culture, etc., I am also studying journalism. I am a geek, and mostly, I just wanted to do something with my life that would involve meeting and interacting with geeks all the time.

This semester I am taking a class called critical ethnography. When I told my teacher that my chosen community to study was the geek community, she assumed that I had labelled a bunch of people geeks and intended to study them. She had yet to hear of people self identifying themselves as geeks, and I think a lot of people have similar misunderstandings. I am interested in how geeks define themselves (what makes a geek a geek) and other various things you'd think of when it comes to cultural studies: what are values the geek culture upholds, what are common hobbies, careers, religions (or non).

My long term goal is to strengthen the geek community, globally, through the magazine mentioned above, conventions, and other means of connecting (and possibly bringing more confidence to) geek culture everywhere.

Anyway, for my ethnography project, and for my own enjoyment, I'd like to meet you, and geek out with you. I am looking for some formal interviews, but also just to chill. If you are interested in anything I've said, email me back @ jtp05@hampshire.edu or comment here.



(This entry will be X-posted in various forms in various LJ communities for the 5-college area

current mood: hopeful

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
2:05 am - Seeking roommates!

Does anyone want to live in my house? We need three roommates for spring semester. My roommate and I are moving out for personal reasons entirely unrelated to the house or the roommates and we need people to take over our lease.

Location: Northampton
Rent: $200-$290, plus utilities

(x-posted to the other colleges)

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Sunday, November 5th, 2006
12:45 pm - Mother of all apartment complex polls, plus free Borat

It's that time again, time for another giant FAQ poll! If you've lived in an apartment complex in the general vicinity of UMass (including the ones in Sunderland) in the past five years, and if you'd like to rate your experiences there, this poll is for you!

As a pseudo-reward, there's a link at the poll to an offer of a free ticket to Borat. You don't have to take the poll to get the offer, which is totally unrelated to the poll except for being advertised on the same site where the results will be posted.

Click here to get to the poll and offer!

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Sunday, August 27th, 2006
3:33 pm - NICE furniture for sale.

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
5:40 pm
love_justine Hey,
I'm looking for someone to do a photography shoot for me. Price can be negotiated, but keep in mind I am a poor college student.
Either comment here or email me at love.justine@yahoo.com please.

Thank you so much!

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
6:54 pm

I'm going to be taking Rogowski's class, Nietzsche and Freud, this semester. However, being that I am a UMass freshman, I have absolutely zero experience with Rogowski, Amherst classes, or Amherst College itself. Because there are simply too many of us for UMass to give us the individual play-by-play and hold our hand on the first day at a different school, I thought my best bet would be to ask here.

Does anyone have advice he or she would like to impart to me before I throw myself to the lions? I'm feeling somewhat unnerved.

current mood: curious

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Friday, October 28th, 2005
11:05 pm - Languages/Linguistics at Amherst

Hey, just another prospective student here. Amherst is one of my leading choices for colleges....and I just wanted to know some more about it. I came across a thread that mentioned student/s going to UMass - Amherst for linguistics courses and languages that Amherst College doesn't offer. So I was wondering what Amherst has to offer in these areas. I'm in my 5th-6th year of Spanish and would like to continue studying the language, but I am definitely interested in trying out some linguistics classes and adding another language or two to my knowledge.

Any thoughts/comments?

Thanks in advance :) I would appreciate any info at all, plus possibly some info on the English/writing/anthro/education departments at Amherst or any other schools of the consortium.

EDIT: I was just snooping around the CC forum, and I noticed that the majority of posters agreed that majoring in English or whatever subject was better than majoring/minoring in Education, since you would probably take the ed. courses when you got your master's. So maybe it's not such a big deal after all....it's very likely that I'll end up going to grad school anyway, since my interests practically require it.

Thanks for the comments so far.

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12:04 am

Oh look, a kerfuffle over your petition to secede from the Five College Consortium!

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Friday, October 21st, 2005
1:04 pm - ancient crotchety alum here ;)

alright alright.

i'm ancient. but dammit, i want a popover. and to bounce up on stage all FIRST SHE GAVE ME CANDY and throw it at this year's nuno/sheryl/greg/mara/bryce/mollie/whomever.

so who else is (thinking about) going to homecoming this weekend? :)

(also, for future reference, sheet music for certain amherst songs. though that only has lord jeffrey amherst, paige's horse, and to the fairest college. no old amherst's out for business, no three gifts, no senior song.)

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
6:35 pm

So I'm thinking of applying to Amherst. I'm a good student overall, but not spectacular by any means. Aside from that, I've been having those "college chats" with the parents about what I'm doing/should be doing/where to go/where I'll be in 5-10 years/MY ENTIRE LIFE PLAN.

Yeah, about that last part - how am I supposed to know NOW, in my senior year of high school? Apparently Mom and Dad seem to believe I SHOULD, or else, as we all well know, the world will spontaneously combust in a fiery mass of my incompetence. /endrant

I guess what I'm getting at is this: How do I convince my parents it's actually OK that I don't know what I want to do yet, and that a place like Amherst might actually be BETTER for me? I can see myself at Amherst (visited a couple weeks ago) and I feel like the open curriculum fits my interests. Sometimes my parents can be so close-minded, like they can't believe that I wouldn't WANT to be a short car ride away from Mommy and Daddy.

If you have any advice for me, I'd greatly appreciate it..... I just don't know what to tell them. Although I don't know exactly what I want out of a school (or life for that matter), I do know that a school like Amherst is exactly the type of college I need.

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
6:30 am

Hi guys,

I am to take 4 classes next year in Amherst College, two classes each semester...

any suggestion on really nice and interesting subjects????

Thanks in advance!!!!!

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Saturday, May 7th, 2005
10:39 am

am_erst. news from the fairest college - http://www.amerst.com (because the h is silent, dontchaknow ;) ).

(waiting for it to propagate, which it should do in the next couple of hours, and then after that initial spamming of your friendspage, looks like it'll settle down to a daily post.)

other things discovered on this sleepy saturday morning web surf:

three weeks until '00 reunion! :) i suppose i should send in my check, shouldn't i ...

current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005
3:17 pm - your favorite food at amherst

well, it's just about a month away from five-year reunion for all us '00s, and there's been an interesting discussion going on on planworld re food at amherst and how we all relate to it now.

i'm taking the lighter, happier end of that and porting it over here, because it's a working afternoon and all i want for lunch right now is a slice of antonio's buffalo chicken and blue cheese pizza (and no, i don't think i'm gonna be able to slip away long enough to pick one up :) ). what're your guys' favorite amherst foods?

current mood: hungry

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Friday, April 8th, 2005
3:25 pm - Come to my thesis! It's free!


Click for full-size version.

Given Name
An Original Musical by Isaiah Tanenbaum '05

Musical Direction by Emily Frey '04

Brad has issues. His family is recovering from a messy divorce. He just got dumped. Even his best friend Amy walks all over him. And if he doesn't ace Professor Wellington's deadly dull history course, he'll flunk out of James K. Polk University. But Brad has a secret weapon: Sean, his Machiavellian alter-ego. Yet the more Brad invokes Sean, the more Sean tightens his grip on Brad. When Brad falls for Heather, the prettiest (and most taken) girl in school, the stage is set for an epic conflict with Brad's very soul at stake.

Performances in Kirby Theater April 7-9 at 8:00 as a semi-staged reading with pit band. TICKETS ARE FREE! Reservations suggested: (413) 542-2277.

Please contact white_chocolate if you want to know more.

X-posted: fivecollege and pioneervalley

current mood: energetic

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
9:23 pm - Matisyahu at UMass!!!

Come check out Matisyahu, the Hasidic Reggae Superstar, at the UMass Campus Center auditorium!!! Tickets are only $5, everyone is welcome to come!!! Tomorrow, March 31st @ 8PM... hope to see you there!

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
12:06 pm - Drag Ball

You know it, you love it.

Smith College's Annual Drag Ball
presented by Spectrum
Saturday March 5, 2005
10 pm to 1 am
Davis Ballroom

Questions? Email spectrum@smith.edu.


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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005
5:43 pm - AUDITION for Given Name, an Original Musical by Isaiah Tanenbaum '05

Audition Notice:
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Given Name
An Original Musical by Isaiah Tanenbaum '05

Brad has issues. His family is recovering from a messy divorce. He just got dumped. Even his best friend Amy walks all over him. And if he doesn't ace Professor Wellington's deadly dull history course, he'll flunk out of James K. Polk University. But Brad has a secret weapon: Sean, his Machiavellian alter-ego. Yet the more Brad invokes Sean, the more Sean tightens his grip on Brad. When Brad falls for Heather, the prettiest (and most taken) girl in school, the stage is set for an epic conflict with Brad's very soul at stake.

Totally painless auditions February 3rd and 4th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in Webster Studio 2. Sign up outside the Theater Department Office -- walk-ins are also accepted and encouraged, although sign-ups are preferred. Bring a verse of a song if you want to audition for a singing role. Casting two male and three female leads, plus supporting and incidental roles for five men and four women, including some non-singing and non-dancing parts.

Performances in Kirby Theater April 7-9 at 8:00 as a semi-staged reading with pit band.

Please contact white_chocolate if you want to know more.

X-posted in fivecollege and pioneervalley.

current mood: creative

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Thursday, December 30th, 2004
8:42 pm - When Amherst meets Iraq

So, Paul Rieckhoff was a student body president at Amherst College, where I went, and he graduated in 1997. And he later joined the National Guard, where he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and served in Iraq. A few of you might have heard of him from the Democratic Radio Address he did several months ago and, of course, some of you know him because we went to school with him.

Now, he's started Operation Truth, a nonprofit dedicated to talking about Afghanistan and Iraq from the voices of soldiers. Even as I wish him the best in this endeavor, I can't help but feel like a bystander as I watch a peer move into the national spotlight on route to what has to be a political career. In any case, he's a better man than I am.

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