Monthly Archives: April 2011

Egypt’s People Demand Equality, Not Just Change

News Feature by Omar Sheira and Ahmed Khalifa

In light of the extraordinary events revolving around the 25th of January Revolution, it

became evident that a corrupt and ineffective regime would soon come to an end. Those who

took to the streets were unified in one sense: they all sought an end to a repressive system, which

crippled their livelihood for too long. With poverty, unemployment, corruption and despotism

being an inherent element within the life of an average Egyptian, the masses mobilized in an

impressive display of solidarity. The main intent was to express the collective anger and

defianceof the nation, demanding immediate change. Although the Tunisian Revolution played a decisive

role in igniting public sentiment within Egypt, one must consider and take into account the

daily hindrances and impediments faced by the average citizen. Traits and symptoms of an

authoritarian presence in one’s daily affairs are all too familiar. Whether one is coerced to pay a

bribe to fulfill an errand or avoid a fine, or whether one has to have state connections or contacts

to get a decent job or complete a bureaucratic process, these issues remind one of a negligent

and unaccountable government. Instead of the value of a citizen being accorded to what one

accomplishes and provides for society, it is instead measured with what one has and whom one


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Haze Me Bro

Fiction by Matt Ziegler


Damnit Mike, you’re blocking the TV again. Move your fuckin head or I’m

gonna do it for you.

Fuck man, I’m just tryin to sit up a bit. I been reclinin too damn long and my

ass is getting sore.

Well I can’t fuckin see when you sit up like that.

Will you two shut the fuck up? I can barely hear the whats goin on.

Tell Mike to move his fuckin head.


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This Month’s Poetry

Cremated– Patrick Kramer
My father is a man of composure when
he stands in lines.  He stands there silently and sometimes
he converses with those in lines who aren’t
as composed as him.  The cheap art that
sits on the walls and on the tables and cabinets
he admires quickly and loses interest quickly.

The coffee is always cold and stale and the cookies,
though dressed well, are lifeless, which is symbolic.  The
colors are always pale and worn which is by no means symbolic and
the guestbook doesn’t even serve the event past a
symbolic gesture because he can’t even
see it.

He didn’t say much in the line except when
his daughter started crying or his cousin or
other close relative and even then
he didn’t say much except when
he choked back tears himself and then
he would take his glasses off and rewrite history as
he whipped the tears out of his eyes.

There was a looming silence in the church
filled with only delicate sounds and you wouldn’t think
the sight of my father would make someone
cry like she did because she cried and my dad cried
with the casket behind them sitting silently
as they sobbed through the memories of
the man they both loved.
He was hoping for an open casket so
he could say goodbye to something real and tangible,
but he was cremated.

He was never able to stand in a line
before this and he didn’t want to stand in a line
before this.  He would rather be golfing.

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Band Spotlight: The Fairgrounds

review by Dylan Moir
Album: I Don’t Know What You Call Happiness

On a humid night in the fall of 2010, a group of friends gathered in a small basement in St. Louis, MO to release their final album.  The room was packed wall to wall, making any movement arduous at best, but that only augmented the atmosphere of their last show as a band.  Many old songs were played, but the majority of songs came from their newest album, which would effectively knock The Appleseed Cast on their backs.  It had been a work in progress for about a year or more and one can tell how much blood, sweat, and tears was poured into this prodigious masterpiece.

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Rot Riders!

Alt Life Column by Michelle Martin
A strong rumor persists that superheroes stealthily roam the suburban streets of Kirksville, MO. If you are vigilant, you might spot them on Sunday afternoon in their fleet of bicycles, furtively leaping from their vehicles to grab cartons of compost from select porches, then dumping the precious rotting food into one of the crates on the backs of their bicycle trailers. At the end of their quest, the Rot Riders distribute the rich compost amongst various community gardening programs, including the Communiversity Garden, Ray Miller’s Green Thumb Garden, The Community Action Agency Garden, the Kirksville Permaculture Education Center and various local gardeners.

For ultimate clarification, the Rot Riders are a bicycle-powered community service program that picks up food scraps and organic waste from houses around Kirksville, diverting landfill waste for community compost! They ride every Sunday at one, with two bike

trailers in tow, and will pick up your unwanted waste for free, if you e-mail them at

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The Shade Tree Collective: Urban Sustainability in Kansas City

Interview with Rachel Hogan by Michelle Martin

Even in the midst of broken urban neighborhoods, you can occasionally finds a mission so filled with hope-and-goodness that it makes you giddy. I eagerly traipsed into one of these bright spots last summer. The Shade Tree Collective is an urban sustainability and social justice project that sprung up last fall in midtown Kansas City, Missouri. Last year Rachel Hogan and Jonathan Thatch, both Truman graduates, bought an abandoned house with the intent of modeling a sustainable urban home whilst giving back to their community. When I visited, I found a huge yard, with no lawn space wasted. The crops sprawled over all varieties of patches and poles. I recently spoke with Rachel to learn about the progression of the house’s mission since my visit last summer. Rachel, like two of her roommates, has previously lived at La Plata’s homesteading experiment, the Possibility Alliance.

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Why Wisconsin Matters

Editorial by Marc Becker

Labor protests stretched on for weeks at Wisconsin’s state capitol building in Madison after the Republican governor Scott Walker and Republican-controlled senate and assembly pushed for legislation that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

This assault on workers’ rights is an assault on all of us. We all need to pay attention to what is happening in Wisconsin and fight against it.

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