MTV, MoMA PS1 & Creative Time bring Video Art to audiences worldwide
NEW YORK—MTV, MoMA PS1, and Creative Time today announced Art Breaks a new series of ten original video art pieces by some of the most exciting emerging artists working around the world today. The videos, which were commissioned and curated by Creative Time and MoMA PS1, will debut on MTV, MTV.com, MTV’s Facebook page and a dedicated Tumblr page beginning Monday, April 2nd and continuing throughout 2012, bringing experimental artwork directly to MTV’s global audience of more than 600 million.
Art Breaks builds on MTV’s rich legacy of introducing its audience to vanguard video art, including early work from Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Spike Jonze, Kenny Scharf and Doug Aitken, as well as Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes. The first five videos in the new series include works by Rashaad Newsome, Mickalene Thomas, Tala Madani, Jani Ruscica, and Mads Lynnerup.
Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, says of the unique partnership: “We are very excited to be working with MTV in honoring its iconoclastic and influential roots in introducing cutting-edge art and culture to millions of people around the globe.” “MoMA PS1 is a laboratory for contemporary practice,” said Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA. “And this collaboration allows a younger generation of artists to experiment beyond the walls of the museum and onto the screens of a broad, international audience.”
March 30, 2012
Canada increases the student loan ceiling
CANADA—The federal government is raising the maximum amount of money it can hand out as student loans to $19 billion, a $4-billion increase that student federations are calling “a Band-Aid for a bullet hole.” The government expects the current loan distribution maximum of $15 billion to be exceeded come January 2013.
With the previous loan increase of $5 billion in 2000 having lasted 12 years, the government expects the new $4-billion increase to last at least another 10 years – but does take into account the growth factors that encourage loan applications, such as the increasing cost of tuition and changes in programs.
In an audit by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, tuition was said to cost on average $6,300 while students usually have approximately $4,365 to spend. Roxanne Dubois, president of the Canadian Federation of Students, says what students need is lower tuition, not more loans. By the government raising the amount of loans distributed, it is ignoring the inevitable problem of a generation being bankrupted before they get the chance to contribute to society.
“The problem behind student debt is that tuition fees are too high and students cannot meet the costs of education,” said Dubois. “Students are graduating with, on average, $20,000 to $30,000 in debt. Exceeding the ca p ceiling is only delaying the real problem. It is a very unrealistic and irresponsible move by the government.”
Dubois says the cost of tuition is rising three to four times the rate of inflation, and the government is essentially taking the money from public funding and placing debt on the backs of students.
March 30, 2012
UCLA students arrested after protest at UC regents meeting
SAN FRANCISCO—Three University of California, Los Angeles students were arrested Thursday during a confrontation with university police after protesters disrupted a University of California regents meeting with a “spring break” demonstration during which some stripped down to bathing suits and tossed inflatable beach balls.
The clash took place as 40 protesters, angry about high tuition, were leaving the University of California, San Francisco meeting hall after repeated warnings by police to clear the area. Authorities said that one student then pushed a police officer in a corridor and two others interfered with his arrest. Students denied pushing and said UC police overreacted, particularly by piling on to the arrested students and slamming them down on a concrete floor.
The three were identified as Andrew Harkness-Newton, 26; Cheryl Deutsch, 27, and Mathew Sandoval, 32. All were charged with obstructing an officer and failure to disperse. Harkness-Newton and Sandoval were also cited on suspicion of interfering with arrests and were being held in a San Francisco jail, pending bail. Deutsch was released.
Earlier, during public comments, student activists denounced UC’s recent tuition increases and refused to stop speaking when officials declared that portion of the meeting was over. About 10 students then took off their coats and shirts to show beachwear, and some put on Hawaiian leis and began dancing. UC regents left the room and returned to resume their meeting about 45 minutes later.
March 30, 2012
Storage firm sold Warhols prints for rent back pay
MANHATTAN—A collector claims in court that a storage company took four Andy Warhol prints from her unit and sold them for alleged back rent, though she had prepaid for two months and let it deduct rent automatically from her credit card. Annemerie Donoghue sued Extra Space Management, of North Hollywood, Calif., in New York County Court. Donoghue, of New York City, claims she agreed to pay $312 per month to rent three self-storage spaces in North Hollywood from Extra Space Management.
Among the items she stored were four Warhol prints, titled “Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli).” Donoghue says she prepaid for two months on Nov. 20, 2010, and at that time “signed an ESM document entitled AutoPayCard, by which Donoghue provided ESM with a valid credit card number and authorized them to use that credit card to pay all rental charges as they became due. This document was signed by the manager of the North Hollywood facility to indicate that he had received it.”
But Extra Space claimed she fell behind on payments, cleared out her unit and auctioned off her Warhols, Donoghue says. ”On information and belief, despite Donoghue’s having tendered payment to ESM by virtue of having provided ESM with a valid credit card and having authorized ESM to use that credit card to pay all rental charges as they became due, ESM claimed that Donoghue had failed to pay all rental charges,” the complaint states. “ESM thereafter wrongfully entered and removed Donoghue’s possessions, including the Warhol prints, from the storage unit which Donoghue had rented. ”On information and belief, after Donoghue’s possessions, including the Warhol prints, were removed by ESM from the storage units rented by Donoghue, ESM caused them to be sold at auction.”
She seeks more than $250,000 for breach of contract and conversion. She is represented by Mark Rowin, with Lynch Rowin.
March 29, 2012
Human Rights Watch Report Claims “Abuses Are Continuing” for Workers at Abu Dhabi’s Museum Island
DUBAI—The 85-page report, obtained by ARTINFO, is based on interviews with 47 workers on the island conducted between October 2010 and January 2011. Though it seems there have been considerable developments in the region since Human Rights Watch’s last visit, including the appointment of an independent monitor, the organization told ARTINFO it has continued research informally through more recent, less formal discussions with journalists and workers. The outcome of all this research is that the organization finds that “in spite of commitments by both the developers and foreign partners to take steps to avoid abuse of migrant workers… and in spite of some improvements in working conditions of migrant workers, abuses are continuing.”
The report also outlines in detail HRW’s ongoing conversations and negotiations with the cultural and educational institutions developing outposts in Saadiyat Island, as well as the TDIC, a government-owned organization that oversees the region’s development. The United Arab Emirates has reportedly sunk between $22 and $27 billion into the effort to make Saadiyat Island a tourist destination. The construction of branches of the Guggenheim, whose flashy Frank Gehry-designed building has been subject to delays and is now slated to open in 2017, and the Louvre, which is now scheduled to debut in 2015, are centerpieces of its development plan.
The report also charges that many workers continue to be held accountable for recruitment fees — large sums of money pocketed by recruiting agents in exchange for connecting workers with employers on Saadiyat Island — which are illegal under UAE law and “effectively trap workers in their jobs,” according to the watchdog group. (Many workers told the organization they took out loans or mortgaged their homes in order to afford the fees, only to find their actual salary was less than recruiters originally promised.) The new report recommends that the Guggenheim and the Louvre volunteer to reimburse any laborer who has paid recruitment fees and not yet been reimbursed by the TDIC.
A preliminary version of the new report was released to officials from the Guggenheim, the TDIC, and the Louvre one year ago. Since then, the TDIC has made considerable improvements, Human Rights Watch says: It has hired an independent monitoring firm,PricewaterhouseCoopers, to review and issue public reports on compliance with rules safeguarding workers, and agreed to reimburse workers for recruitment fees. Despite these improvements, the report notes that the TDIC has not yet released details about the scope of the monitoring. (A similar concern led the coalition of artists boycotting the museums to issue a public standment reiterating their stance in September 2011). “The absence of this information makes it difficult to assess whether the contract provides for fully independent monitoring (as opposed to an internal compliance program),” the report states.
March 29, 2012
Yale faculty raise governance questions about decision open branch Singapore
YALE—Nearly one year ago, Yale University announced it had joined with the National University of Singapore to form Yale-NUS College – described in promotional materials as “the first new college to bear the Yale name in 300 years.” Faculty at the original Yale College, in New Haven, want to know why they didn’t have greater say in such a momentous decision — and they’re making their questions and concerns known now.
Yale held a series of “town meetings” prior to finalizing the agreement to create Yale-NUS — an undergraduate, residential liberal arts college — and dozens of individual faculty members have served on planning committees. But there has never been a formal Yale College faculty vote on the matter. “The Yale College Faculty is not a ‘town,’ ” said Miller. “We are the constituted body of the professors of arts and sciences at Yale; Yale’s reputation comes from us — not from the corporation” (“the corporation” being the name for Yale’s governing board).
Faculty members have raised a variety of concerns about Yale-NUS College, including whether Yale’s policies of academic freedom and nondiscrimination can be maintained in Singapore: an authoritarian state that imposes limitations on freedom of expression and criminalizes gay sex. At the March Yale College Faculty meeting, Seyla Benhabib, a professor of political science and philosophy, introduced a resolution demanding “that Yale-NUS, in all aspects of its activities and operations, respect, protect, and further the ideals of civil liberties for all minorities, the principles of non-discrimination, and full political freedom, both on the Yale-NUS campus and in Singapore as a whole.” The resolution was tabled for further discussion at the April faculty meeting.
March 28, 2012
Syrian Activists Appeal to UNESCO For Aid as Violence Threatens the Country’s Ancient Sites
SYRIA—The casualties of Bashar al-Assad’s bloody crackdown in restive Syria number in the thousands. Now, the embattled Syrian opposition forces in the Movement for National Change are calling attention to the cultural toll of the brutal onslaught. The group has called upon world heritage organization UNESCO to protect historical sites allegedly being damaged by the Syrian army. The appeal seems to be largely symbolic, since it is unlikely that UNESCO will be able to fully assess the situation, much less to take an active role in heritage protection there, until the political situation is stabilized.
The Movement for National Change letter to UNESCO declares that “Bashar al-Assad’s savage regime… destroys human lives and also human heritage that is over 6,000 years old by bombing mosques, churches, [and] fortified castles…,” Le Journal des Arts reports. According to the group, the Omari Mosque in the southern province of Dara’a has been damaged by bombs — last year, the New York Times reported that government forces fired upon demonstrators in the Mosque — as has the Saint Elian Church in Homs. (Homs has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the country; Dara’a was the starting point of the Syrian uprising, and clashes there have escalated in recent days, with both the media and humanitarian organizations being denied access to the city.)
Véronique Dauge, who heads the Arab section of UNESCO’s World Heritage department,told Le Journal du Dimanche last week that there has been only limited damage or looting to Syrian heritage sites. “The sites that we have been able to visit have not been purposefully and systematically attacked,” Dauge said. But archaeologist Jean-Claude Marin expressed a somewhat different view of the situation in Syria. “The looting is not spectacular, but it is certainly there,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche. “It takes place in the form of direct attacks on specific sites or clandestine searches in storehouses holding historic pieces.”
March 28, 2012
NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
NEW YORK—The NYC Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests. Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.
The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the DOE is simply giving guidance to the test developers. “So we’re not an outlier in being politically correct. This is just making sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests,” Walcott said Monday.
There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York City’s list is longer because its student body is so diverse.
March 28, 2012
UK loosens visa restrictions for non-European Union artists
UK— After 120 prominent arts figures launched a campaign to make the complex British visa process more accommodating for visiting artists, the country’s Home Office announced it will begin enforcing a new “Permitted Paid Engagements” option, which grants visiting non-European artists a simplified one-month visa. The previous “points-based immigration system” effectively classed visiting non-EU artists as migrants and forced them into long, and sometimes unsuccessful, visa application processes. It drew widespread criticism from the art world and London’s municipal government, but despite the change, it seems there is still some progress to be made on the issue.
The new “permitted paid engagements” entry route, effective from 6 April, allows non-EU artists a one month leave to enter the UK without having to go through the points-based system, provided they have been officially invited to undertake engagements with a pre-arranged fee. The UK organisation hosting the artist will no longer need to apply to become a licensed sponsor and it will no longer be required to keep the artist’s contact details, passport entry stamps and biometric details. However, even a formal invitation for a period longer than one month will require the artist and the host institution to apply through the points-based system, and should the initial visit need to be extended, the artist will have to leave the country and reapply through the “permitted paid engagements” scheme.
March 27, 2012
College Kicks Out Man Who Killed Trayvon Martin
FLORIDA—Seminole State College has expelled George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, setting off a debate over whether Florida has been too slow to charge Zimmerman in the shooting, WKMG News reported. College officials released a statement saying: “Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment. This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.” Zimmerman was enrolled in an associate in arts degree in general studies.
March 27, 2012
Quebec student protests set to kick off again this week
MONTREAL — Buoyed by their huge protest march against tuition hikes in Montreal last week, striking students say they are about to start targeting politicians. Beginning Monday, students will visit voters in 10 ridings across Quebec where Liberal provincial representatives were narrowly elected in the 2008 provincial election. They want to persuade swing voters in those ridings to vote for another party in the next election.
Students hope that will get the attention of Premier Jean Charest’s government, which is refusing to back down from a controversial university tuition fee increase. “We had 200,000 people in the streets, it went peacefully, like the government asked of us, but they didn’t budge,” Leo Bureau-Blouin, president of the Federation etudiante collegiale du Quebec said in an interview Sunday. There are 240,000 students on strike in Quebec, Bureau-Blouin said — 135,000 university students and 105,000 junior college students.
Student leaders had warned last week that their pressure tactics would increase following Thursday’s demonstration, where tens of thousands of students marched peacefully through downtown Montreal, blocking streets and snarling traffic for hours. Earlier in the week, striking students blocked access to the Champlain Bridge. Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said the student actions are hurting Montreal’s economy.
Demonstrations are planned for Tuesday in Montreal, Quebec City, St. Hyacinthe, Que., St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que., and Laval, Que., Bureau-Blouin said, with another scheduled for April 4 in Charest’s Sherbrooke, Que., riding.
March 26, 2012
Florida Memorial University students join rallies for Trayvon Martin
FLORIDA—Students from Florida Memorial University are leaving South Florida to join on-going demonstrations in Sanford, FL. At 10 a.m. Monday, students departed from the student center at FMU to travel to Sanford. The group hopes to make it in time for a rally scheduled at 4 p.m.
Trayvon Martin’s parents are scheduled to march to the police headquarters in Sanford, with 1 million signatures on a petition, in hand. The march is to bring justice for the shooting death of their 17-year-old son by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Martin’s mother once attended FMU, and students at the university feel the need to support the on-going demonstrations for her son.
Martin was gunned down February 26th while walking a gated Sanford community by self-appointed Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman who claimed he shot the teen in self-defense. Martin was unarmed when he died; he was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles and can of iced tea. Investigators said Zimmerman thought he looked suspicious.
March 26, 2012
Taipei Ministry of Education develops three plans to hike university tuition
TAIPEI—The Ministry of Education (MOE) has formulated three plans to increase university tuition fees and it hopes to reach a final decision by next month on which plan to implement, it announced yesterday.
According to the first plan, 30 public universities would be allowed to raise their tuition fees by 0.95 percent, or NT$285 for a six-month period, while 23 private schools would increase their fees by 0.88 percent, or NT$484, over the same period.
In addition, four schools would be allowed to lower their tuition by NT$231 and eight schools would maintain their current fees.
The second plan was developed with the intention of reducing the tuition gap between private and public universities, as well as cutting personnel costs. Under the second plan, 20 national universities would increase their tuition by 3.17 percent, or NT$951, 12 private schools would raise tuition by 0.23 percent, or NT$127, six private schools would lower their tuition and 17 universities would not make any changes.
The third plan was created based on the costs incurred by universities and it takes into account increases in personnel expenses. Under the third plan, public universities would increase tuition costs by 8.55 percent, or NT$2,565, while 12 private schools would increase tuition by 3.99 percent, or NT$2,194.
However, the third plan has received little support from the universities themselves.
Tuition fees need to be raised at least NT$3,000 for a six-month period to reflect increased costs because tuition fees have remained stagnant since 2005, National Taiwan University’s dean of academic affairs Chiang Been-huang said.
There is massive student and parent concern that tuition hikes will only exhaust their financial burden. Protests against the hikes have been planed for March 26th.
March 26, 2012
CUNY faculty sue to block new core curriculum
NEW YORK—A feud over new general education requirements at the City University of New York kicked up a notch Wednesday, as faculty groups filed a lawsuit to block the plan and slammed administrators for putting graduation rates ahead of academic rigor.
CUNY’s governing board last year unanimously approved a slimmer, standardized core curriculum of 30 credits for the system’s 23 campuses. Four-year institutions can add another 6-12 credits. Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress, this week called the plan “austerity education.” The faculty union joined the University Faculty Senate in bringing the lawsuit.
System officials have touted the plan as an attempt to improve an internal transfer process that most agree is dysfunctional. Many students transfer from the six CUNY community colleges to its four-year institutions, often without completing their associate degrees, and face various hurdles related to general educational requirements that don’t line up.
The Professional Staff Congress said thousands of faculty and staff have signed an online petition to oppose the general education changes. The petition says that while the goal of helping students transfer is important, the issue “can be addressed without destroying years of faculty work on curriculum, violating the principles of shared governance and academic freedom and mandating a general education program that devalues the CUNY degree.
March 22, 2012
Concordia University closes campus due to protests.
MONTREAL— Cegep and university students across Quebec are taking part in a day of action on Thursday, March 22, to protest the increase in tuition fees announced by the Quebec government.
Concordia University having been informed that protest organizers have designated Concordia’s downtown campus as a gathering point for a march planned by students from Montreal and other cities, have closed campuses. It is expected that more than 15,000 students will mobilize around Concordia on March 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., before marching toward Place du Canada.
This closure means all classes, labs, studio work and other activities will be cancelled. All buildings, studios, libraries and athletic facilities on both campuses will be closed. There will be no access to the Sir George Williams Campus tunnels. There will be no shuttle bus service between the two campuses for the day. Designated individuals, who are required to report to work for security and operational reasons, will be compensated in accordance with the relevant collective agreement or human resources policy.
March 22, 2012
BMW, Guggenheim Cancel Berlin Lab Project on Violence Threats
BERLIN—Threats by left-wing activists in Berlin prompted New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to cancel a planned stop in the city’s Kreuzberg district for its mobile laboratory, the BMW Guggenheim Lab. The project, sponsored by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), was scheduled to travel to nine cities worldwide over six years to encourage debate and proposals for the future of urban life. It was due to open in Berlin on May 24.
“This decision was made as a consequence of threats to the project,” the BMW Guggenheim Lab said in a statement. Police and local authorities said there was an elevated risk, it said. Left-wing activists used the Internet to urge protesters to “derail” the project, according to the daily Tagesspiegel newspaper. Their protest was that the project would accelerate the gentrification of Kreuzberg, leading to higher rents and new luxury residential developments, the newspaper said.
The BMW Guggenheim Lab mobile project will now move elsewhere, the release said, though it didn’t specify where.
March 21, 2012
UC Davis Occupiers Bank Blockade Victory
CALIFORNIA—For the last two months, Occupy UC Davis has been blockading a campus branch of U.S. Bank. Now, in a victory for Occupy that potentially gives birth to a new movement tactic, U.S. Bank has capitulated and permanently closed the branch.
U.S. Bank has been a visible symbol on campus of the corporatization and monied corruption of education in part because, as The Aggie campus newspaper explains, “in 2010, all students were required to get new ID cards with the U.S. Bank logo on the back.”
The tactic of the occupiers was simple, nonviolent and highly effective. The Aggie describes the scene: “the blockade became a daily ritual. Protesters — typically numbering around 15 — would arrive around noon, followed by an officer from the campus police department. Thirty minutes later, bank employees would leave and the entire process would be repeated the next day.”
A celebratory statement posted on Occupy UC Davis’s website said, “the blockade of the U.S. Bank was a real battle against the privatization agenda, and its closure is a victory… This is not enough, this is not the end.”
March 21, 2012
The Pirate Bay plans Low Orbit Server Drones to beat Censorship
INTERNATIONAL—One of the world’s largest BitTorrent sites “The Pirate Bay” is going to put servers on GPS-controlled aircraft drones in order to evade authorities who are looking to shut the site down. In a Sunday blog post, The Pirate Bay announced new “Low Orbit Server Stations” that will house the site’s servers and files on unmanned, GPS-controlled, aircraft drones.
Pirate Bay was quoted saying:
“With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.”
“We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.”
Low earth orbit is 100 miles up and requires a launch vehicle capable of achieving speeds of 17,000 miles an hour. At “some kilometers up in the air,” these drones would require significant power to stay afloat, and that’s even before the power required to transmit megabits per second over a wireless connection. The LOSS are already in development, writes the blog from TPB.
As you might wish to solve the energy problem, you have not thought about it well. And that will probably be the weak point. In the air it is hardly the drones now at least can fill up with energy. You will need to load them somewhere where they will be charged. By then, the authorities can access and turn off the drones easily. It seems despite the will of the courts the pirate bay will not be going down without somewhat more of a fight.
March 20, 2012
Sudan’s top university re-opens amid heightened tension
KHARTOUM— The University of Khartoum re-opened its doors on Sunday after being closed for two months following clashes between police and students. Sudan’s most prestigious university was suspended in December after its students staged a series of protests against the university’s administration and the police whose members raided the main campus twice and used violence to stamp out demonstrations held in solidarity with Al-Manasir, a community displaced by the construction of a government dam upcountry.
Later in February, the police raided the university’s dorms and arrested over 300 students in anticipation of a planned protest. The returning students were surprised to see that security has been beefed up in and around the campus. More guards were placed at the gates and surveillance cameras were installed. According to the second vice-president, Al-Haj Adam Youssef, the new measures adopted by the university’s administration are “designed to safeguard the course of study after the appearance of the security breakdowns that led to the suspension of the university”, as reported by the Sudanese Media Center, a government-backed website.
Meanwhile, the committee of Khartoum University Students on Sunday issued a statement reiterating demands that the university must sack its director and compensate the students affected by the violent events. The committee also insisted that the police must make a public apology for raiding the camp.
On the national political scene, a press conference held in Khartoum on Sunday, the political secretary of the NCP’s student sector, Ismail Ali Yaqub, warned opposition parties against taking to the street or inciting Khartoum University’s students protest. He further sought to discredit the committee of Khartoum University Students, describing it as “suspicious” and saying it is made up of communists and students affiliated to Darfur rebel groups.
March 19, 2012
Instead of receiving her award, Penn grad student is thrown in jail
PENNSYLVANIA—Khadijah White is a doctoral candidate in communications at University of Pennsylvania, has taught school in Brooklyn, been a White House intern in the Obama administration, and a journalist for PBS who once interviewed the president of Senegal.
That resumé, however, apparently did not prepare her for what could happen at a public hearing in the City of Philadelphia.
White, 28, spent about 19 hours in police custody. She was charged with resisting arrest, harassment, and disorderly conduct after a confrontation with police doing crowd control at Thursday’s meeting on the Department of Public Health’s proposal to regulate the feeding of homeless people outdoors.
March 19, 2012
Cambridge student gets seven-term ban for poetic protest at Willetts speech
CAMBRIDGE—David Willetts was forced to leave a University lecture hall tonight after activists disrupted his speech. As Willetts began to speak, a group of around 30 protesters began reading out a pre-written letter, which has since been uploaded to the CDE website. The letter was addressed to the universities minister, and forced him to resume his seat. The letter stated that the group did not recognise his right to take the platform.
As the protesters shouted from the back of the Lady Mitchell hall, some members of the audience attempted to address them, and to force them to be quiet.
Willetts was set to take part in a lecture series on The Idea of the University at the University of Cambridge, but was eventually forced to leave the building.
Simon Goldhill, who had organized the speech on behalf of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), was then forced to cancel the event entirely.
Currently, around 25 to 30 protesters, many of whom are involved with the Cambridge Defend Education campaign, are still in the lecture hall.
March 16, 2012
NY Beware the Return of For-Profit Schools
NEW YORK—Republicans in the New York State Senate have included, in their version of the budget, a provision allowing for-profit companies to establish charter schools. Although, as “Report Card” has often described, our schools are deeply affected by market logic, and by the libertarian ideology of the financial class, there have been limits on outright profiteering. Since 2010, New York has had a law in place protecting our kids from schools run entirely by profit-making businesses. That law left existing relationships with for-profit companies in place, and still allows schools to contract with for-profit management companies. Those companies can provide many services as long as they are not actually “managing” the schools—a wide and murky gray area. But the legislation forbade for-profit companies from applying for new charters after the law’s 2010 passage. Now, it looks as if that crucial breakwater may be breached again.
In politics as in parenthood, if we cannot set limits, we are in deep trouble. Mona Davids of the New York Charter Parents Association, which opposes for-profit charters, explains that “even as nonprofits, so many charters are corrupt and mismanaged.” If the restrictions are lifted, she exclaims, “Can you imagine? It would be bananas. They would be nickel-and-diming our kids because they have to make a profit for investors.”
That outcry may still be forthcoming. On March 14, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, who represents large chunks of Brooklyn, including Bed-Stuy, Fort Greene, and Red Hook, spoke against the provision on the Senate floor, calling it “a signal that we are opening up our education system for sale.” But most people outside of Albany haven’t noticed yet. Says Davids, “We have to mobilize.”
March 16, 2012
Los Angeles Unified School District plans to announce new budget cuts and layoffs
LOS ANGELES—There’s a highly anticipated board meeting this afternoon, where LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is expected to outline his budget cuts and layoffs.
Deasy announced last night that he had to mail out more than 11,700 layoff notices to teachers and staff. But, he also said that the budget deficit has dropped significantly, so many of those notices will likely be rescinded.
The board delayed a February vote on the superintendent’s budget plan, which then estimated that the district faced a $557 million budget deficit on its $6 billion budget.
Funding for education towards early childhood and adult education — like English as a Second Language classes — is expected to be cut.
The district has since readjusted its 2012-13 budget shortfall estimate down to $390.2 million. This is due to the state legislature’s vote to restore transportation funding to schools, higher-than-expected revenues from the lottery and lower expenditures, said LAUSD spokesman Thomas Waldman.
Deasy has also called for a new property tax measure to be placed on the November 2012 ballot that would cost about $300 per year for no more than five years to provide additional funds for LAUSD.
March 15, 2012
UC Berkeley chancellor stepping down this year
CALIFORNIA—UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who maintained the university’s prestige even as it lost $160 million in state funding, announced Tuesday he will step down as the school’s top official the end of the year.
Birgeneau, a physicist who came to the campus in 2004, will return to teaching and research and will remain at UC Berkeley. He told reporters Tuesday that he and his wife made the decision more than a year ago.Teaching “is why I got into academia in the first place,” said Birgeneau, who will turn 70 this month. He also said he plans to lobby the federal government to fund top public universities.
Birgeneau was paid about $416,600 in 2010, the most recent year available. His base salary that year was $436,800, but campuswide furloughs led to the reduced amount. The university will search nationwide for a replacement, UC President Mark Yudof said. Birgeneau has been a frequent and pointed critic of California’s cuts in public college and university budgets. State funding accounted for 26.5 percent of UC Berkeley’s budget in 2004, when Birgeneau arrived, and just 11 percent this year.
March 15, 2012
Hungarian Conservative Government curates at the National Gallery
HUNGARY—Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government is presenting its own version of the national historical narrative at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, with an ill- judged show of contemporary art that it commissioned to illustrate the new constitution. (Copies of the basic law, by the way, can be purchased in the museum shop.)
The National Gallery is in Buda Castle, the ancient seat of kings on the crest of a hill overlooking the Danube. The propaganda begins upstairs, in an exhibition titled “Heroes, Kings, Saints,” which runs through Aug. 26.
A hall to the left shows hallowed relics, such as a replica of St. Stephen’s crown, the symbol of Hungarian statehood, alongside portraits of 19th-century reformers including Istvan Szechenyi and artists like the poet Mihaly Vorosmarty.Hefty copies of the constitution sit on tables for visitors to browse, presenting the law as a natural progression from the glories of the past. In reality, it’s a polarizing bone of contention: As many as 100,000 protestors took to the streets on Jan. 2, a day after it took effect.
The halls to the right address the sacrifices made in the name of Hungarian nationhood, mainly through huge 19th-century romantic oil paintings. The centerpiece of the show is Mihaly Munkacsy’s monumental 1893 canvas “The Hungarian Conquest,” painted for the parliament building. It shows Arpad, chief of the Hungarian tribes, atop a white horse, receiving gifts from the grateful native Slavs.
March 14, 2012
Iraqi students stoned to death for personal style
IRAQ—Youngsters in Iraq are being stoned to death for having haircuts and wearing clothes that emulate the ‘emo’ style popular among western teenagers. At least 14 youths have been killed in the capital Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shia militants.
Militants in Shia neighbourhoods, where the stonings have taken place, circulated lists yesterday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress. The killings have taken place since Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the ‘emo’ subculture last month, labelling it ‘Satanism’ and ordering the community police force to stamp it out. Fans of the ‘emo’ trend – short for emotional – wear tight jeans and have distinctive long, black or spiky haircuts.
The bodies of at least 14 youths have been taken to three hospitals in eastern Baghdad bearing signs of having been beaten to death with rocks. After reports of the stonings circulated on Iraqi media, the interior ministry said this week that no murders on its files could be blamed on attacks on ‘emos’. Religious extremists have been harassing and killing teenagers with ‘strange’ or ‘emo’ appearances
Iraq’s leading Shia clerics have condemned the stonings.
March 14, 2012
Controversial US Justice Scalia speaks at Wesleyan University
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY–On Thursday, Mar. 8, Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a speech at Wesleyan U. as part of the 21st Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression. Justice Scalia’s lecture, which was entitled “The Originalist Approach to the First Amendment,” was attended by about 550 people, including students, parents, alumni, and Middletown residents. Hundreds more watched the lecture from other sites around campus through a closed-circuit video feed. His appearance on campus was met with protests organized by University students and other Connecticut activists.
The event began with President Michael Roth introducing Justice Scalia to the crowd. During his talk, Scalia argued that originalism, which advocates basing court rulings on the original intent and language of the Constitution, was the best method to determine all court cases. According to Scalia, any other form of judicial interpretation would result in a judge politicking from the bench.
“The reality is that originalism is the only game in town,” Scalia said. “The only real, verifiable criteria that prevents judges from making the constitution [say] whatever they think it should say. Show Scalia the original meaning and he is prevented from imposing his nasty conservative views upon the people. He is handcuffed.”
Prior to the lecture, approximately 40 students and members of Occupy Connecticut gathered outside the Chapel and engaged in a protest that was informally referred to as both Occupy Scalia and the Scalia Welcoming Committee. These protesters carried signs, distributed literature on Scalia to people waiting for admittance to the lecture, and chanted several different slogans, including “legacy of blood and war, what’d you make George president for,” “money is not free speech,” and “the people united will never be defeated, citizens united will be defeated.”
According to several protesters, Public Safety had announced that any protesters unaffiliated with the University could be subject to arrest. However, student protesters said that after they stated that all non-University protesters were their guests, there were no attempts to make arrests.
March 13, 2012
Dallas Museum of Art Administrative Shake-Up Continues
DALLAS—Maxwell Anderson said after his February arrival in Dallas that he had his first 100 days mapped out. Now we see those initial plans included changing up the administrative structure of the upper ranks of the museum’s staff.
The first new addition came this past Friday when the Dallas Museum of Art named Robert Stein its new Deputy Director for Research, Technology, and Engagement. Stein led the launch of Art Babble at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, steering the online media resource that is now a partnership that includes nearly forty art institutions. At the DMA, one of Stein’s duties will be rethinking the way the museum engages audiences, with particular attention to digital media.
Today, the DMA has announced three new positions and two new appointees. What are the implications of the continuing addition of new positions? Well, according to a DMA spokesperson, Anderson is creating a more centralized leadership team that will facilitate “close collaboration” between the museum director and the promoted individuals, while expanding both Meslay and Wootton-Bonner’s management responsibilities.
March 13, 2012
Montreal students plan on all-night sit-in
QUEBEC–A sit-in in front of l’Université du Québec à Montréal on Sainte-Catherine Street dragged into the evening on Monday, with students hauling couches out of a nearby university building.They lounged in the balmy weather of an early spring, playing music and making art while Montreal police looked on.
Some made tentative plans to stay the night. The students began the peaceful demonstration early Monday afternoon, blocking access to traffic at the intersection of Sainte-Catherine and Sanguinet streets. Police stood by but seemed content to wait them out. The students – mostly from UQAM – were joined by others from CÉGEP Vieux-Montréal – the institution that was vandalized on Feb. 17 when demonstrations against planned tuition fee hikes first began to escalate. Student protests continued to disrupt university activities at at least two institutions on Monday.
In Quebec City, students at l’Université Laval blocked access to the education building, where several administrators including rector Denis Brière have their offices. At least one person was arrested. Administrators at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) pre-emptively locked four buildings to prevent students from carrying out a rumoured occupation.
An estimated 130,000 college and university students have declared themselves on strike across Quebec.
They are protesting tuition hikes expected to take effect later this year
March 13, 2012
The Whitney Links Up With Grand Rapids
U.S.A—The Whitney Museum of American Art has forged a three-year agreement to lend works from its permanent collection to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. As a result, people in western Michigan will be able to see three exhibitions organized by the Whitney: Robert Rauschenberg: Synapsis Shuffle,Real/Surreal (alook at the connection between the two movements of the 20th century in the U.S.) and, Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. The deal is the outgrowth of a shared trustee, Pamella DeVos, who helped arrange the loan of Rauschenbergs. The conversation developed, the idea grew and this was the result.
March 9, 2012
New Orleans chooses new public sculpture for evacuation spots
NEW ORLEANS—Last week, New Orleans chose a sculpture that will be reproduced around the city as markers for “evacuspots” — designated points where people can gather to be transported out of town in the case of a mandatory evacuation. This obviously strikes a chord in a city that was devastated nearly seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina caused widespread flooding, leaving many residents stranded and without aid. The sculpture, created by artist Douglas Kornfeld of Massachusetts, features the outline of a human form with a single arm raised.
The Arts Council of New Orleans said that the artist will be paid $200,000 to create 17 sculptures to mark neighborhood pickup points. The project is a partnership between the city’s Percent for Art Program and the volunteer group Evacuteer.org. The pickup points are designated by New Orlean’s City Assisted Evacuation Plan, which is intended to help those who lack the ability to self-evacuate. Kornfield’s winning design was chosen from a field of five semi-finalists, according to the Arts Council. The artist specializes in public artwork and has created pieces for public venues around the country.
March 9, 2012
Second Day of Montreal Tuition Protests: Tension but no Arrests
MONTREAL—For the second day in a row, students took to Montreal streets in droves to protest planned hikes to university tuition. Thousands, including campus feminist groups, marched on the offices of the education ministry. They chanted, banged drums, blew whistles and waved signs – some expressing support for a demonstrator whose eye was injured by police Wednesday. ”We are all Francis Grenier” read one sign, referring to the injured student.
The students dumped a bouquet of red roses on the front steps before heading westward at 4: 15 p.m., some chanting, “block the bridge.” But the majority of the marchers, their spirits buoyed by mild weather, chatted cheerfully as they headed west back downtown. The large crowd blocked traffic along Ste. Catherine St. during rush hour and a window was damaged at a drugstore.
Camille St-Aubin took part in the march for two reasons – for International Women’s Day and the students’ protest. A student at the Université de Montréal, St-Aubin called the plan to raise tuition fees an “atrocious idea” and argued that women will be especially affected because single mothers who will want to go back to school won’t be able to do so.
Concordia student Alex Bourque, 20, said he was with the student protest in solidarity. ”I don’t want Canada to turn into the United States where education becomes inaccessible.” Thursday’s demonstration had a feminist theme, in keeping with International Women’s Day, with bras and symbols of womanhood adorning signs. The students’ peaceful protest ended at the corner of Guy St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd. where a smaller group began a march in the rain to mark Women’s Day.
March 9, 2012
Tibetan writer prevented from receiving culture prize
CHINA—Woeser, a Tibetan writer who has authored online articles and non-fiction books about her birthplace, has been prevented from attending a ceremony in which the Dutch Ambassador in China was to present her with an award from the Prince Claus Fund.
The writer was prevented by police from leaving her house in Beijing to accept the award at the Dutch Embassy last Thursday.
Woeser wrote Notes on Tibet in 2003 and has been widely published in Taiwan. It is rare for Tibetan writers (she is three-quarters Tibetan) to write in Mandarin Chinese, Woeser maintained two blogs within China before they were shut down in 2007. Woeser now maintains a blog outside of China, which is also sometimes hacked.
March 8, 2012
Harvard And Yale Now Less Costly Than Public California Universities
USA— According to the Bay Area News Group, a “family of four — married parents, a high-school senior and a 14-year-old child — making $130,000 a year,” with typical financial aid, would pay around $17,000 for tuition, room and board and other expenses if their child went to Harvard. However, if their child attended a Cal State, they would pay $24,000. Going to the University of California, Santa Cruz, would cost around $33,000; at UC Berkeley, it would be about $19,500.
Other Ivy League schools, including Yale University and Princeton University, offer similar financial scenarios. “It does sort of put you in an awkward spot,” Dean Kulju, financial-aid director of the 400,000-student Cal State system, said. Cal State has double their tuition since 2007, the Bay Area News Group reported.
California’s public universities lost more than $1 billion in support from the state in a round of 2011-12 cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced in December, another $300 million would unexpectedly be cut from higher education because revenues were coming in below projections.
Since 2009, public universities in the state have lost $2 billion and community colleges have had $695 million cut from their budgets. According to the Government Accountability Office, both public universities throughout the country have increasingly relied on tuition for funding as states have dropped support. Over the past three years, students have beenholding protests in California against tuition hikes that have been as high as 32 percent in some cases. Students are planning to demonstrate at the state capitol in Sacramento Monday, calling for a millionaire’s tax to help fund public higher education.
March 7, 2012
NYU’s Sara Ackerman Tries To Get Professor Fired Over Occupy Wall Street Assignment
NYU— Senior Sara Ackerman engaged in a war with college administration over her refusal to do a class assignment about the Occupy Wall Street protests. NYU Local reports that the drama became public around 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning, when Ackerman sent out a series of bizarre emails chronicling the conflict. It began over an ethnographic assignment on Occupy Wall Street, which Ackerman said “forced” her to talk to “criminals, drug addicts, mentally ill people, and of course, the few competent, mentally stable people that stationed themselves at Zuccotti Park.”
She wrote that her one visit to the protests — with “two other young girls, who are quite attractive and thin, and don’t look particularly physically fit enough to take on a potential predator, rapist, paranoid schizophrenic, etc.” — left her feeling like she had “escaped an extremely dangerous — and even, life threatening — situation.” She refused to do the project, and requested an alternate assignment.
Ackerman’s emails also singled out the class’s TA for not calling on her in class, even though she left her hand up for 75 seconds on one occasion. Read the full emails at NYU Local.
Ackerman went on to lodge complaints with other administration members and university president John Sexton, who referred her to the school’s mental health center. She threatened to post the emails to Facebook and go to the press (she touted having “1,000 friends on Facebook and “close family friends” at four major newspapers), unless her professor was fired.
She said that she was offered an A in the course after her email blasts. NYU Vice President of Public Affairs John Beckman denied that report, and told NYU Local, “We looked into the complaint and found the accusations were unwarranted.”
March 7, 2012
Notre Dame Defies LGBT Students and Allies: Budget Cuts Cause Uproar on California Campuses
CALIFORNIA—For more than 25 years, Notre Dame has refused to recognize student LGBT groups—but that hasn’t stopped one determined group of students. Students sent an application last week to the Student Activities Office on behalf of a proposed gay-straight alliance organization, but it appears that the group will likely be rejected. “It remains the viewpoint of the Student Activities Office that due to the sufficiently complex nature of the issue, the needs of LGBT students can best be met through the structures that are currently in place,” reads a statement from the office. Unfortunately, there aren’t many “structures” for students. Every student request for an LGBT support group has been denied by Notre Dame officials, citing a conflict with the school’s Catholic teachings.
Students were joined by faculty and Occupy Wall Street activists in holding demonstrations on 30 campuses across California to protest state budget cuts to education on Friday. Protests at some schools got so out of hand that they resulted in some campuses being shut down and dozens of arrests. Protestors claimed that they were advocating for social justice and defending public education. They’re calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to reject any budget deal that includes cuts to higher education or tuition increases, and to support a ballot measure that would raise taxes on millionaires to pay for education and other social services. “We’ve destroyed our tax base and we stopped funding the most important parts of our society,” said Josh Brahinsky, a UC–Santa Cruz graduate student who helped organize the action. “We’re calling on the state to tax the wealthy and use that money to build services for all of us.”
March 6, 2012
Tate Modern Buys 8 Million Works by Ai Weiwei
LONDON—The Tate Modern in London announced on Monday that it had purchased one of Ai Weiwei’s famous installations of life-size, hand-painted porcelain “Sunflower Seeds.” It bought 8 million of the 100 million seeds that were on view in a giant installation at the museum a year and a half ago. The mini-version was bought directly from the artist, officials at the Tate said, and the remaining 92 million seeds have been returned to Mr. Ai.
When “Sunflower Seeds” was originally installed in the Tate Modern’s cavernous Turbine Hall, the museum encouraged visitors to touch and even walk on the piece. But it reversed course days later after officials found that the movement of the crowds released hazardous dust. It was also determined that there were traces of lead in the paint.
The new acquisition may be less than one-tenth the size of the original, but it is still a lot bigger than a sunflower piece by Mr. Ai that Sotheby’s sold in London last year, one of an edition of 10 works each composed of 100,000 seeds. That version was bought by an unidentified telephone bidder for $559,394, or about $5.60 a seed. The Tate would not say what it had paid for its eight million seeds, but did say that it managed the purchase with help from the Tate International Council, the Art Fund and the collectors Stephen and Yana Peel.
March 6, 2012
Czech Public Supports Jailed Street Artist Roman Tyc by Practicing His Art
CZECH REPUBLIC—In 2007, the Czech artist Roman Tyc used stencils to replace the green and red pedestrians on 50 streetlights at major intersections with funny or disturbing images: a peeing man, a figure hanging from a rope, a sensuous playmate, a crucifixion victim, even a man defecating. But a Czech court didn’t find it amusing. Tyc was charged with vandalism and was recently ordered to pay 80,000 korunas ($4,260) in damages as well as 60,000 korunas ($3,200) in fines,according to Courrier International.
The artist (whose real name is David Hons) agreed to pay the damages, but refused to pay the fines. Now he finds himself behind bars. Tyc calls his project “Semaphores,” and since he’s been in prison his fans have picked up where he left off. All over the Czech Republic, people have been decapitating streetlight pedestrians by placing black stickers over their heads. In this way they’re showing their support of an artist who many Czechs consider to be a harmless free spirit.
In another show of support for Tyc, citizens baked cakes and brought them to Prague’s Pankrak prison when he was taken there in late February. After his wife decided to bake a cake for the artist, local businessperson Petr Vidensky used Facebook to invite others to do the same. “It’s really disturbing that the Czech president decides to pardon real criminals and that an artist has to spend time in prison,” Vidensky told France 24. In 2010, a bus driver named Smetana served 100 days in prison for having slashed campaign posters.
March 6, 2012
“Unknown Artists” Group Issues Video Broadside Against Whitney Biennial and Participants
NYC—On the heels of the fake Web site and press release attacking theWhitney Biennial for being sponsored by Deutsche Bank andSotheby’s and protests at the event’s opening by locked-out Sotheby’s workers, a video appeared on Friday calling on artists participating in the show to withdraw in the name of social justice. It’s not exactly clear who issued the clip, but it was uploaded by something that calls itself Unknown Artists,and the style is unmistakably influenced by the video missives of the amorphous collective of hacktivists known as Anonymous.
Click HERE for a link to the video and full transcript
March 5, 2012
Student protesters gather at Quebec legislature to protest tuition fee hikes
QUEBEC - Quebec provincial police unleashed a volley of tear gas against a group of rowdy student demonstrators who tried to shove past them on Thursday and take their tuition-fee protest into the legislature. The group was a breakaway segment of the thousands of student demonstrators who gathered mostly peacefully on a snow-covered lawn to decry a plan to nearly double student fees over the next five years.
Metal barriers lined with helmeted riot squad officers had separated the thousands of demonstrators from the historic building but one group tried to skirt them to get up the driveway. Police ran to the spot and lined up shoulder-to-shoulder, shoving back with shields and clubs as the mob surged.
At one point, the smoke of stinging tear gas wafted over the crowd, which retreated with some students and journalists rubbing their eyes and coughing. About a dozen tear gas grenades were fired by police, with some officers digging them out of satchels hanging off their belts and flipping them toward the crowd.
Quebec City police backed up provincial officers at the demonstration. Police dogs were also on hand and a provincial police helicopter hovered over the demonstration.
March 2, 2012
Wang Shu wins 2012 Pritzker architecture prize
BEIJING— It has been won by the likes of Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas, and now Wang Shu’s name can be added to the list as the first Chinese architect to be awarded the prestigious 2012 Pritzker prize, seen as the Nobel prize for architecture.
The decision to award him the prize acknowledges “the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals”, said Thomas Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the $100,000 (£60,000) prize.
The jury praised the importance of Wang’s work in a country that is modernising and urbanising at top speed. Born in 1963, Wang graduated from Nanjing Institute of Technology. His first job was to research building restoration and he worked with craftsmen for 10 years to gain a feeling for materials. He tries to recover what he has called the “handicraft aspect” of building design, in contrast to “professionalised, soulless architecture, as practised today”. Wang is the first Chinese citizen to win the prize. In 1983 it went to Chinese-American immigrant IM Pei, who designed the Louvre Pyramid..
March 2, 2012
March First Occupy Education Actions planned across the U.S
U.S.A—As part of the March 1st National Day of Action for Education, three area college campuses are planning student and faculty walk-outs tomorrow, the first day of March. Students at City College, San Diego State University, and University of California at San Diego have all joined in this national day of demonstrations, and each campus has plans for walk-outs, rallies and other protests of budget cuts and the on-going stampede towards the privatization of public schools and colleges.
At City College, the Walkout is set to start at 11:00 am at Curran Plaza. A rally will be held from 11:00am until 3:00pm. There will be a student walk-out at 12:oo noon, followed by a rally at Scripps Cottage Patio, where speakers will discuss a education from a variety of perspectives. Potential solutions and opportunities for students to stay involved will be offered. At 11:30 am, students will stage the walk-out. At 12 noon, instructors will hold a rally / teach-out at the Silent Tree in front of Geisel Library. There will also be performance art at the Silent Tree. Then at 1:30 pm, there will be a march!