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“Into the Woods”

By Matthew Hall

We all know those cute little stories that we remember from our childhood. These stories built our imaginations, creativity and give us that chance to make a difference in the world by the development of these moral qualities. So what are these stories that are so memorable? Fairy tales! You know, like Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Repunzel.

We love these stories in their original productions, how these stories portray such a magical and influential feeling deep down inside, but there are always other productions that derive from these stories. These alternate types of productions show us another side of these well-known fairy tale characters, which seem to be hidden from us. One of these altered types of productions is being performed here at Eastern New Mexico University. This production is called “Into the Woods.” It started its first showing on Oct. 27and held it’s final performance on Oct.30

It is a 20th century Broadway/ opera fusion music written by Stephen Sondheim. Tickets were $6.00 a person for admission, but it was worth of the cost.

“Into the Woods” takes you on a journey through several of those fairy tales that we know so well. By combining several of those well-known fairy tale characters, along with a few other characters that many are familiar with, a broader story of deception, humor, terror, and even some romance emerges. For instance in this production you will see a confused, conflicted, almost two-faced Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood, and a deceitful prince charming who has a roaming eye for women. Assistant director and audio manager Dr. Elizabeth Wade said that if this were a big movie production, this musical would be categorized as, “a moral adventure.”

This is because “Into the Woods” isn’t just another play. It is a musical which gives you more than a regular play does. A musical is based on a combination of vocal singing, vocal dialogue and acting. Dr. Wade describes a musical as “a dialogue dispersed with vocal emotions and circumstances where characters experience epiphanies that you can’t get from dialogue.” A musical can have a very powerful effect on the audience and others who are in the show, but it is a lot of work. For example Director and Conductor Dr. Jason Vest says for him it was difficult to work and put together as the conductor, “Because the music changes so much and you have to keep the actors all coordinated to the music.”

Even though there wasn’t a comment from the other director/audio producer, Dr. Jean Ornellas, impressively played all the music throughout the 2 ½ to 3 hour musical on the piano.Actor and vocalist Lauren Cook, who played the old witch/ Repunzel’s mother commented that it was, “really fun, but hard to be the part of her character.”

Wellness Corner

By: Leslie Jones

Do you have wellness-related questions? Any topic, including physical wellness, emotional issues, relationship problems, drug or alcohol problems, and more can be addressed. Use the form to submit an anonymous question to be answered by Leslie Jones, ENMU Wellness Counselor, and published in the next issue of The Chase. No identifying information will be published. http://enmu.edu/services/counseling/wellness-question.html

Dear Leslie,

I just found out that I’m pregnant.  I’m a freshman here at ENMU.  I’m not ready to be a mom.  What should I do? – Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

You do have options.  I suggest you make an appointment with ENMU Health Services (562-2321) to discuss the alternatives you have, such as adoption or termination of the pregnancy.  All options should be considered carefully and can be very challenging.  If you don’t have any friends or family to talk to about this issue, make an appointment with ENMU Counseling & Career Services (562-2211).  We are here to listen and offer all the support you may need during this difficult time. 

Dear Leslie,

I am STRESSED!!  I signed up for way too many classes this semester and between that and all the clubs I’m in, I can’t keep up.  What should I do?? – Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

First, let’s find out where the majority of your time is going.  Use an activity log to track your activities and determine the importance level of each activity:  http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/worksheets/ActivityLog.pdf.  Do the more important tasks in your life (such as school, work, and clubs) get most of your time, or are you spending more time on low-priority activities (such as socializing, napping, or gaming)?  Sit down and make yourself a daily schedule; be sure to put it in a planner or even in your phone so you have it handy at all times.  Check it often, so you stay on task.  Remember, sleep is a high-priority activity.  We often cut down on sleep so we can do other things that actually aren’t as important.  Make sure you schedule time for sleep; the more rested you are, the more productive you’ll be!  If you need more help with time management, make an appointment with the ENMU          

Counseling & Career Services office (562-2211).

Demand the Impossible: Occupy Everything

By: by: Dr. Al  Soci

TIME MAGAZINE poll indicates that roughly 167 million US citizens view favorably the OCCUPY WALL STREET (OWS) movement.  The number is remarkable given the mostly negative corporate-media coverage of OWS.  As the movement grows it will garner more support because the key problems it is addressing: economic inequality; an absence of meaningful democracy; climate change and related ecological disasters; joblessness; poverty; militarism; and power concentrated in corporations and finance capital, will intensify. Support for a movement challenging “the unelected dictatorship of money,” (Herman) i.e. corporate/finance control over all corners of life (and death), is not surprising.  More than 80% of US citizens believe the country is “run by a few big interests,” 86% think “Wall Street…has too much influence in Washington,” and 79% believe “the gap between rich and poor […is] too large.” 

   Public outrage increases daily:  children living in “official” poverty (always an underestimate) approaches 25% (with 44 million people living in “official” poverty – real poverty may be twice as high); the bottom 40% of the population controls only 0.3% of wealth (basically nothing); the top 10% own 90 percent of American stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and nearly 80% of non-home real estate; the top 1% control 43% of the nation’s financial net-worth (the top 1% possesses more net worth than the bottom 90%), while the richest 400 people increased their individual average worth from “only” $660 million twenty years ago to $2.8 billion today.  There is class war in the US.  It is carried out by a tiny elite ownership-class minority against the vast majority, hence OWS slogan: “We are the 99%” and “we are rising up.”Inequality and poverty matter. Inequality of wealth means inequality of power.  Those with economic power own and control not only the material and ideological means of production, but also the political system (hence, the near absence of meaningful forms of democracy – a problem being addressed head-on by the participatory democratic commitments of OWS), while having power to shape social and cultural environments to serve and service their anti-democratic minority interests. Poverty matters because it sickens, weakens, wastes and destroys lives and futures.  Poverty, in the face of ostentatious opulence, also adds insult to injury.  Such social arrangements are detestable.The power of corporations and finance capital “has reached the point that both political organizations…are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate” (Chomsky).  The majority of the US population is quite progressive, in contrast to imposed regressive elite policies. Most US citizens, in line with OWS, support job creation over deficit reduction, more spending on education and other social programs and less on militarism, more taxes on the wealthy, and an expansion of social protections.  Furthermore, they see poverty and the related wealth inequality as the nation’s leading moral crisis, want corporate influence minimized in (or removed from) politics, want Social Security and Medicare benefits protected and expanded, support collective bargaining rights for unions, and oppose criminal wars, etc.

  Given the connections between wealth, inequality, poverty, the progressive nature of the US population, and real and intensifying threats to the future young people are now recognizing, it is not surprising there is an emerging and growing popular anti-capitalist grassroots movement in the US, and across the world, struggling to address and eventually overcome concentrated wealth and power. The OWS Movement recently intoned: “We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies…We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments.”  A list of grievances is then shared (including): 

“They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process….”

“They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.”

“They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.”

“They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.”

“They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ health care and pay.”

“They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.”

“They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through control of the media.”

“They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.”

 The OWS movement is clear.  The struggle is against the entire “of, by and for” the rich system (the 1%), i.e.global capital.  Furthermore, they understand well that the primary role of both the Democratic and Republican parties is to serve and service the interests of corporations and finance capital.  As Paul Street writes “[they] are front folks for the moneyed class.” US       citizens are becoming increasingly aware that substantive progressive transformations of the sort needed to save the future are largely impossible through the election spectacles sponsored by corporate and finance capital.  There, “Hope” and “Change” really means “Servitude to Power” and “Continuity.”

The OWS movement is teaching that progressive transformations arise from ever growing, more inclusive, better informed, more involved bottom-up meaningfully democratic peoples’ struggles that attack theeconomic roots of human, ecological, social and political exploitation and destruction.  OCCUPY!

Warrior Strength

By Matthew Hall

What is a warrior? A basic definition of a warrior is a one who shows or has shown great vigor, courage or aggressiveness. The military, one of the most prominent and important forces of American society, is considered to be a producer of warriors.

    These are the warriors who provide protection and defense for Americans and put their lives in the line of danger in order to provide that protection. As defined by Cadet Second Class Fredrick A. Bullard, assigned Division 2, USCC, a warrior in the military is “an American committed to values of duty, honor and selfless service . . . [putting] the welfare of others above their own each and every day and the train of thought that allows them to never accept defeat and never quit.”

     If you look with a broader perspective you can see another type of warrior in society. There are warriors like those in the military fighting to keep their lives, which are in constant danger of being taken by other humans, but then there are those warriors who are kind of hidden behind closed doors. These are the warriors who fight for their lives by themselves. The only differences between these two kinds of warriors is that when one warrior gets “hit” they still have that hope of assurance that they can still be cured, but for the other warrior once they get “hit” all they have is a sense of faith.

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Keith’s Korner: Open Letter to Greyhound Nation

By J.T. Keith

Right off the bat, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am sorry for accusing the Administration, and anyone who took offense at being called a racist. I voiced my opinion about an incident that happened to me at the New Mexico Highland football game on September 3, 2011; without giving the administration or the proper officials an opportunity to investigate the incident or take action.

The fault lies with me for not going through the proper channels. Saying that I did not know is no excuse as I stated in the last issue. I was extremely angry about what had happened to me. Weeks passed and the more time went by, the angrier I got. I was irresponsible. I wanted retribution against the people who had taunted me.

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Nothing to Joke About

By J.T. Keith – Sports Editor

Suppose you attended a football game, the game was played at Eastern New Mexico University when a school official, and a volunteer made racist remarks about the names of our players, and jokes about  New Mexico Highland University, African American players, while I was sitting there. What would you do?

Funny thing about race, it’s there, even when it’s seemingly not. Discreet racism is about as straight forward as a punch to the gut, when you’re not looking. Sitting a few feet away, arrogance and ignorance allowed one person to make jokes and garner laughs at my expense. Angry, embarrassed not knowing what to do in this impossible situation, I felt violated. Uneasy this was occurring at a University sanctioned event. As a student you trust those in charge that they would conduct themselves with a measure of decorum. What would you do?

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