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April 05, 2006

it's my blog and i can rant if i want to.

let's talk about Southern Private University undergrads. shall we?

i made the mistake of reading an opinion piece in the school's paper, a piece that essentially said that durham wouldn't exist without SPU, that durham is boring and violently dangerous, although, of course, the column's author shows that he can "handle himself" by stating that he is bored when he leaves campus, not afraid.

i've had some level of affiliation with the SPU's campus station for the last 15 years. i've gotten to know some undergrads during that time, and the ones who wind up at the station are usually not of the "I come from real city and your city sucks" variety, even if they do come from a "real" city.

periodically, there will be an opinion piece in the school paper saying that the station sucks, doesn't reflect the tastes of the students who fund it, and it should be completely re-stocked with professional sounding undergraduate dj's who play only today's version of dave matthews.

fortunately, we've got good people in the student union who understand our mission (which is, succinctly, to educate and entertain-- not to be a big stereo for the students) and the fact that we're one of the only places on campus where students can interact meaningfully with their peers in the community. the union has got our back, and we haven't been overrun yet.

but when one attends station board meetings regularly, one is frequently reminded that we need to involve the undergrads more.

do we?

here's the rant bit: i don't want them. the cool ones with their heads screwed on straight come find us. why the fuck should we persue the bastards who don't want us? these are people who are not open, and we can't change that.

we are a wonderful opportunity for those that are, and we're not all that difficult to find if they look, just a little.

let the rest of them rot in their self-imposed boxes of boredom and exaggerated self-importance.

Posted by lisa at April 05, 2006 11:24 PM

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And how come every time we get a round of complaints about how WXDU doesn't involve/represent/serve Duke students do we NOT get a resulting flurry of applications from undergrads for board positions? You'd think that they'd want to come run the station and kick all of the community members out ... Oh wait, that's right, it's because running the station is a buttload of hard work, which is why sometimes it's difficult to find a single undergrad willing to be the General Manager, which our charter requires.

Posted by: Lisa B on April 6, 2006 08:40 AM

well, the whole notion of professional sounding jocks at a college station, especially one where there's no comm school, is laughable.

i was going to make a snarky comment about how our current GM never comes to meetings and never does anything, but frankly most of the GM's i've known have really come into their own during their tenure and have shown great leadership for the station. for a student willing to take advantage of the opportunity, it's an incredible way to learn leadership skills.

Posted by: lisa on April 6, 2006 08:46 AM

Be careful -- SPU tossed their craft center, claiming low student interest, when the classes were always full. I don't put it past SPU to close whatever they want for whatever reason, or even just frivolously.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas on April 7, 2006 02:35 PM

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