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While I can appreciate Kenneth Zetye’s indignation at the

prevalence of anarchy symbols as mere fashion accessories, his

understanding of anarchist ideology is as woefully knee-jerk as

those “children walking around sporting this symbol of

destruction.” If he’d done his homework, he would realize that many

anarchists tend toward pacifism and nonviolent civil disobedience.

The violent groups and individuals who get the media coverage (what

great headlines!) are not representative of anarchists such as Emma

Goldman who put individual freedom before all other ideology

(including anarchism) and advocated challenging all levels of

authority, both institutional and religious. She believed, as many

anarchists do, that before anarchy is possible, individuals must

realize their responsibilities to one another (which would preclude

Zetye’s dystopian “BAM! I just killed you and took your wallet”

scenario). An attitude like Zetye’s (“If I had my way I’d probably

punch everyone who looked at me wrong”) is precisely the type of

thinking many anarchists are battling against. While I also find

the idea of the anarchy symbol as a fashion symbol repugnant (as

well as the preponderance of Che Guevara faces I see adorning

everything from T-shirts to skateboards). I also find it a bit

comforting to know that it is an idea that is alive and well, and

maybe one that needs reconsideration given the repeated failures of

our government and religious “leaders.”

Christopher Arigo

English Instructor

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I awoke Saturday morning to the distant sounds of a marching

band coming through my window. I then remembered it was the

Homecoming Parade and I decided to step outside and watch.

Being a first-year graduate student, I do not know how these

parades have been organized in the past. While the majority of the

parade was organized excellently, with various types of groups

mixed together, I was shocked and surprised when the last two

groups marching were the Democratic and Republican parties.

I am not attempting to say that they did not have the right to

march. I believe that the university cannot start “censoring”

groups out of the parade without serious consequences. However, I

fail to see the logic in putting the political parties last. Their

messages divided the crowd at a time that was supposed to be about

infusing people with Ram pride.

The final moments of anything are what people remember – that is

why all types of entertainment have “grand finales.” Even 15

minutes after the parade ended, I can barely remember the first

floats I saw.

What I clearly remember is people holding signs espousing their

favorite candidate, shouting messages to debunk the opponent.

Is this the Homecoming message CSU had in mind?

Sean Harrell

Ph.D. Physics student

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