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The weekly meeting of Deconstruction will be held Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Scrounge at Perkins Student Center. We’ll be discussing upcoming fundraisers, writing, and such, so feel free to drop by. Tonight at 10pm, Deconstruction will be featured on What in the Hall?!? on STN (ch. 49).

If you can make it, stop by the Trabant Patio between noon and 3 pm on Friday. We’re helping out our friends at Relay for Life while handing out magazines. Next Monday we have the kiosk reserved, so let us know if you’ll be available to man the booth in Trabant. Hope everyone’s having a great week and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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What in the Hall?!You can check us out on “What in the Hall?!” on the university’s STN (Student Television Network) at 10pm on Tuesday, April 15th. If you live on campus, tune into channel 49.

Additionally we’ll be distributing magazines and helping out Relay for Life’s Life Faculty Arrest on Friday, April 18th between 12-3pm on the Trabant Patio. It’s a worthy cause, so please come out and help spread the word about RfL and Deconstruction.

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Spring semester is knocking at our wintry doors, and what better way to kick its ass than with a new issue of Deconstruction? The early February issue is at the printers right now, and I must say I think it’s smart, witty, and just an all around good read. Here are some updates as to what to expect in these next few weeks.

We plan to reserve the Trabant Kiosk for Wednesday Feb. 13th and Wed. Feb. 20th between 11am and 3pm. If you’re free to man the kiosk sometime on either day, shoot us an email and let us know.

Our first meeting will be held Wednesday Feb. 13th at 6:30pm in the Scrounge at Perkins Student Center off Academy Street. We’ll be brainstorming for the next issue and passing out copies of the new issue. Feel free to bring any friends who are interested in helping out or getting published. If you can’t make it, but want to write for the magazine, let us know.

For the new issue, we’ve added some new features, including advertisements and space for local artists and photographers to display their work. If you’re interested in either, or know anyone who is, feel free to contact us.

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The newest issue of Deconstruction arrived at the printers this afternoon, so you can expect all of its juicy goodness when you come back from winter break. We’ll be organizing some kind of event and meetings soon, so get ready to ramp up for another semester at Deconstruction.

If you happen to live in Delaware or New Jersey, you had the chance to vote in presidential primaries today. Here’s hoping you did, as the polls are closed and the votes are being counted.

At this point it looks like Obama is taking Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, and Illinois while Clinton is likely to take Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The republicans are little less clear, with McCain likely to take Connecticut, Delaware, and New Jersey. Huckabee has won West Virginia already and is leading Arkansas and Missouri. Romney isn’t going empty handed: he has his home state of Massachusetts.

In honor of Super Tuesday, here’s some samples from the new issue’s presidential candidates feature.

Presidential Speed Dating: Who Will You Choose
by Evie Hayman, Wallace McKelvey, and Amy Saltzman

Hillary Clinton: People do crazy things freshman year, like taking the “walk of shame,” vomiting in public… or leading the Young Republican club. Guess which one this rebellious lioness did. However, this fembot doesn’t change all her opinions so easily. Hillary is known for her loyalty: to universal health care, women’s rights, and her baby’s daddy, Bill. But don’t mistake loyalty for weakness, this stone cold fox shows no emotion unless votes are at stake. Like a fine wine, Hillary gets better with age and experience.

John Edwards: John Edwards is the true undergod. Despite a $29.5 million net worth, he describes himself as the “people’s candidate” and has likened himself to Seabiscuit. He’s built a platform on universal health care and ending poverty, having clawed his way from the textile mill to the Senate and, possibly, the presidency. In 2004, Edwards played Barney to John Kerry’s Fred, but will he be willing to play Bonnie to Hillary Clinton’s Clyde?

Mike Huckabee: Should you choose Huckabee, be prepared to rock out Saturday night and cleanse your soul Sunday morning. As the bass player for rock band Capitol Offense, he’s opened for Willie Nelson and REO Speedwagon. Don’t expect the usual rock star antics, such as cocaine use or pre-marital sex. He’s a good Baptist minister who still supports the war in Iraq, opposes Darwin, and has recruited Stephen Colbert as his running mate.

John McCain: John McCain has lived the kind of dangerous life that Schwarzenegger can only dream of. He endured six years of torture in North Vietnam after being shot down by the Viet Cong. A supporter of the Iraq War, he is the only presidential candidate to have a son serving there. McCain has called himself “a wiseass.” This year he was rebuked on the floor of the House of Representatives after saying he had picked out a gift for Jon Stewart in Baghdad: “a little IED [improvised explosive device] to put on your desk.” Some people just can’t take a joke.

Barack Obama: This human melting pot is more than just a tall, lean hunk of man. Obama has won fans ranging from young voters to Edwards’ former compadre, John Kerry. But no hard feelings; this grassroots campaign can do no wrong in the eyes of college students. After all, Obama has admitted to using alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine during his teenage years. He also credits poker as a guilty pleasure. With this party hard attitude, we have a feeling many shots will be dedicated to Obama in the upcoming months.

Mitt Romney: Don’t let his MySpace fool you, this conservative poster child isn’t as boring as he looks. If you don’t believe us, ask 75,202 New Hampshire voters. And did we mention he’s a Mormon? Although he has tried to keep it a secret, the press just loves polygamy. Co-Editor-in-Chief Amy thinks Romney is a G(randfather)ILF. What more endorsement do you need?

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Thanks to everyone who made last Monday’s launch party such a success! If you missed the party, we’ll be distributing the rest of the magazines (roughly 400 copies) across campus on Friday. Though they’ll be spread in a variety of locations, you can count on finding a copy in the second floor of Memorial Hall and in the gyms. If you can’t wait to get your DEcon fix, here’s an article to whet your appetite. You may also download a .pdf of the entire magazine on our website, at http://copland.udel.edu/stu-org/DeconMag/pi.html.

Fall ‘07 Cover

My Tango with the RIAA
by KATHLEEN HEBBLEWAITE

Normally, I don’t pay much attention to how I get my music. All I know is that I need that song now. To say that I love music is simplifying it. I need music. I know this sounds over-dramatic, but after going through a depressing drought over the summer, I’ve realized that music is how I get through the day. Whether I’m happy, sad, or one of the myriad emotions in between, I can always find a song that will go with it, make it better, or help it along. Broken Social Scene, the Gossip, Arctic Monkeys, Voice, some Mary J. Blige, whatever. I’m not making life-size models of the Velvet Underground in clay, but it seems I’ve developed an unwavering dedication to finding new artists with new sounds and new experiences.

So when I received a notification letter from an IT security goon telling me I was being sued for my enthusiasm for both music and saving money, it was kind of a low blow. I shouldn’t say sued, necessarily. The RIAA kindly made me an offer: $3,000 in forty days or they would bring charges against me for copyright infringement.

 

“IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU WITHIN FORTY (40) CALENDAR DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS LETTER, THEN WE WILL FILE SUIT AGAINST YOU IN FEDERAL COURT,” said Donald J. Kelso, a lawyer from Holme Roberts & Owen LLP.

Receiving anything that’s all in capitals usually causes me to panic a little, so you can imagine how much I was freaking out reading this letter.“Oh shit!” That was my main thought. I think I dissociated a little. I first read the letter while I was at my job in Philadelphia. It was late summer and I was just doing a routine email check.After reading the letter, I practically ran out of the office. I called the “Settlement Information Line,” where I was greeted by what sounded like a 16 year old trainee, who assured me thousands of people get letters like this every month.Comforting.I didn’t know what to do. I budgeted my money compulsively for a few days, and decided I would have to take their 6 month payment plan. Or I would have to take out a loan. Or…cry a lot. Maybe I could sell my back as advertising space on eBay.My iPod, which was happily full and used to being played all the time, was immediately shunned like it had the plague. I was specifically being accused of “distributing” more than 200 songs using LimeWire. I didn’t know that LimeWire opened up everything on your computer. I should have, but I didn’t. I’ve never had much luck with technology, really.

EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner had made it clear: You stole $200 worth of music from us, so we will threaten to sue you for up to $750 per song. It was also clear that they had completely reconstructed a relationship that had previously been pleasant.

As a lifelong music customer, I felt targeted and disrespected. I understand that I had illegally downloaded music. I did not, however, feel that what I did warranted threats.

 

According to dear friend dictionary.com, extortion is “the crime of obtaining money by the abuse of one’s office or authority.” I can’t really see what the RIAA did as anything else.

 

After calling the number they gave me, I was called back several times by the same little girl, pressuring me to make up my mind as to payment. I ended up paying the amount online, through a convenient site that UD actually refers students to when they receive one of these extortion letters.

 

In retrospect, I should have just ignored the entire thing. At the time, though, I was scared. I didn’t know my rights. I didn’t know what others had done, and I was being threatened.

 

The university didn’t help either. I called a head honcho in the IT department to try to figure out what had happened and he never returned my message. The woman I talked to at the IT number said she couldn’t help me. UD basically gave me the letter and left me to deal with it on my own. Hands-off. Good luck, you rebel. Maybe they were angry that they didn’t catch me.

 

Interestingly enough, not all universities have decided to be tools of the RIAA. According to consumerist.com, the University of Wisconsin has refused to forward RIAA letters unless they can provide a valid subpoena. The University of Nebraska is charging the RIAA $11 to process each letter. After all, universities are not working for the RIAA. Right?

 

The impression I get from UD is that they’d give out your information if they were pressed. After all, we already have “stalker net” through the main udel site that gives out my address.

 

After paying the money, I got an additional slap in the face by UD by getting a “strike” which would put me on probation for my senior year.

 

You know, I only wanted some music. With CDs selling at a going rate of $18, it’s no wonder so many students download. What I really don’t understand is why these companies are targeting one of their prime groups of consumers. Why college students, who don’t have any money to begin with?

 

My guess is because they can. They’re big, powerful, and scary. They’re losing money in record sales. Why not be pro-active and extort as much money from their consumers as they can? A lot of people would rather pay the $3,000 than risk the expenses of a lawyer in court.

 

All the righteous anger aside, what I really am is disappointed. Music shouldn’t be associated with people like this.

 

On the positive side, a lot of people are smartening up to the RIAA’s threat tactics. The RIAA is getting denied and accused left and right. Soon enough, they’ll regret this strategy.

 

Until then, I still plan on being a music head. I’m not going to let the business-heads get in my way. I will never buy a CD from them again, though.

 

You hear that evil music overlords? NEVER AGAIN!

 

Now I need to mellow out to some…Rage Against the Machine.

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Fall ‘07 Cover

Due to the rain, we cannot hold the launch party at Trabant today. The people who run Trabant also prohibited food and music indoors, so we had no choice but to cancel.

We have rescheduled the launch party for Monday, Oct. 29th on the Trabant patio between 1 and 4 p.m. It is forcasted to be sunny that day, so we should be covered.

If you’d like to pick up a copy of the magazine in advance, the staff is setting up a table inside Trabant and will be there between 12:30-ish and 4 p.m. today.

Tonight we’ll have the first “official” meeting of the Winter ’07 issue at 6:30 p.m. in the Scrounge at Perkins Student Center (off Academy St.). If you’re interested in writing, but can’t attend the meeting, feel free to email us with your idea and we’ll hold it for you.

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Check out the latest issue of DEconstruction, enjoy some free food, and listen to Stone City perform next Wednesday (Oct. 24th) from 1 to 4 p.m. on the patio outside the Trabant student center. Bring as many friends as you like or stop by between classes.

We’re already ramping up for the next issue of the magazine. If you’d like to claim an article or just share an idea, feel free to shoot us an email at derridevil@gmail.com. We’ll keep you updated with information about upcoming meetings and events.

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