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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Feb. 1st, 2005 10:17 pm
More Mardi Gras

[Dammit, I can't keep putting off my compilers homework--which is due tomorrow--by posting on LJ. ;P]

Read my previous post if you haven't already. This one won't make much sense without that one.

I will be taking the following steps to address Mardi Gras this year during the SEZ:

  • I will not visit or remain in SLO any longer than necessary to handle school-related business (this means I will only be showing up when assignments/tests are due).

  • I will not patronize any of the local SLO businesses I usually visit during this time (and I will be informing the owners of why).

  • I will draft letters to the Tribune, the Mustang Daily, the SLO city council and the Cal Poly administration concerning the handling of this year's Mardi Gras. I'll hold off on at least the Tribune and Mistakes Daily letters until I've had a chance to observe the reaction of others (or lack thereof).


If you can think of anything else I should be doing to express my dissatisfaction at the way Mardi Gras is being handled, please let me know.

Just for the record, if I do any form of partying or getting drunk at all, it will be in the privacy of my own apartment, well outside of SLO city limits.

-- Des

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: Enya - A Day Without Rain

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scaper84
scaper84
Scaper84
Wed, Feb. 2nd, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)

Perhaps it's just me, but the Mustang Daily seems to be printing decidedly fewer letters these days than it has the past few years. Not that complaing about the Mardi Gras silliness isn't warranted, just that: will they bother? Or like Brandon's letter last week, will well reasoned arguments see the light of day all to late for them to do any damned good.

Really the whole thing is utterly ridiculous. Why does the heaten college students' party calendar arrange itself around ancient Christian/Catholic Lenten observances, anyway? Ever since I came to college this has baffled me (even if Mardi Gras my freshman year did teach me a valable lesson about my limits re. alcohol consumption). One can only hope the pendulum swings back the other way next year.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Feb. 2nd, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)

Hi Meg. :)

I don't read the MD on a daily basis, so I didn't see Brandon's letter ... what was he writing about?

As for Mardi Gras ... keep in mind these are college students. They'll use any excuse to party. ;) And you're right, one can only hope, although there are things the city could be doing (i.e. the opposite of what they are doing) to help facilitate that.

Up for Linnea's Wed after the meeting?


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scaper84
scaper84
Scaper84
Wed, Feb. 2nd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)

Nor do I do I particularly see it, most days, but is was sort of, "Come to out meeting on Wednesday," but printed on Thurday.

Anyway, Linnea's sounds good; and hopefully we can pull a few other people into it as well.


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elocinoco
elocinoco
Elocin Oco
Wed, Feb. 2nd, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)

Ah,my little crusader. I think you've covered everything! Isn't it written wherever they write these things, that police in college towns have to be utter shits to the students? And isn't it also written that in this day and age that profiling is a perfectly legit way of picking on a certain population. After all college kids are MORE likely to be total drunken, violent asshats. *eyeroll* Good luck with your campaign. I would be sure to include the chamber of commerce and any merchants associations in your campaign.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Feb. 2nd, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)

Isn't it written wherever they write these things, that police in college towns have to be utter shits to the students?

::rolls eyes:: Probably ... either way, it annoys the hell out of me.

Good luck with your campaign. I would be sure to include the chamber of commerce and any merchants associations in your campaign.

hmmm, good idea. I'm not exactly sure what's here, so I'll have to check. But that is also a good idea.


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robsnonjournal
Rob
Thu, Feb. 3rd, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)

Make sure your letter at least includes suggestions on how it could be handled differently, and handled in a way that would actually work, because while I dislike their solution, it seems to be one of the few plans I'd give any chance of success.

SLO wants to be a quiet town. For the last 5 years Mardi Gras has been anything but quiet and it seems to be getting worse. Telling college students to "please play nice" just doesn't work. Especially when the town is getting a reputation for the place to be for Mardi Gras debauchery.

Mardi Gras was definitely spoiled by a minority of students, but a significant enough minority to cause enough problems that serious solutions needed to be taken. I don't like that it came to this, but I can entirely understand why.


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