Behind the Scenes at Innermost Parts

What’s going on at Innermost Parts? Why has posting been so light?

Here’s the deal. Many of us at Innermost Parts are spending our time getting the Change Agency off the ground. Change Agency is a chartered campus club with the same goals as we have: to grow and strengthen the progressive community at Brandeis.

Change Agency is having a retreat this Saturday (from 1-6pm in Grad 110 Room E3). After the retreat we’ll hopefully have everything organized and be ready to provide you our regularly scheduled Innermost Parts programming.

Rules of Conduct; Play Nice

Recently the level of personal attacks in the comments has increased. This is a bad thing. For those of you who are new, please check the rules. In light of recent events we’ve decided to start enforcing them more.

Commenting – We at Innermost Parts want to foster a community, not give assholes a platform to attack others. We believe that if you have something meaningful to say, you should be proud to say it openly.

Commenters  are heavily encouraged to use their Brandeis email addresses (which will not be publicly displayed) and real names when posting. We reserve the right to moderate comments, especially anonymous ones.

At the very least, commenters must provide valid email addresses and post under a name that is not something silly or hurtful.

We realize that sometimes there is a real need for anonymity. Remember, we’re a small community here. If you choose to comment anonymously know that  you will be held to a stricter standard of common decency.

We further encourage you to register an account with us to make sure your comment doesn’t accidentally get caught in the spam filters.

In short, use a real name and use a real email address. If you don’t, you better behave yourself.

If you do post anonymously (and you should only do so if you’ll play nice) we renew our pledge to keep your identity secret.

Innermost Parts will not become the means for an individual to bully another. Remember, we are all students here and we should all treat each other with respect. Identifying yourself in your comments reflects the choices you’ve made to be a decent and honorable person. This trust is essential to our community, please do not abuse it or pervert it.

What is Innermost Parts?

As a lead up to our reLaunch on November 2-3, Innermost Parts is posting a series of critical, long-form thoughtful pieces on where we are, what we’re trying to achieve, that sort of thing. I hope you enjoy.

What is Innermost Parts?
A critical examination in advance of our 2nd birthday:

I founded Innermost Parts because it was time to fight back. I had been on campus less than one semester, and things seemed dark. The ethically-challenged Union secretary refused to resign; the administration unilaterally decided to arm campus police; and the Student Union was too busy pouting about funding streams and arguing over who would pay for parties to care. It seemed that no one was standing up for normal students, and that power centers at the school were forgetting or twisting our shared values.

I decided to create Innermost Parts to articulate an agenda and point of view that wasn’t being reflected in the papers or union. A taste of the initial mood:

Those running the University try to humiliate ex-Presidents, shut down offending artwork, and abandon even the veneer of self-determination while autocratically playing games with the lives of students.

Yet our Student Union is no better. Kowtowing to the Administration, it would rather raise a protest about budgetary reshuffling than say a word opposing issues that deal with safety on our campus. Perhaps they are paralyzed with indecision. Perhaps they have been hijacked by a self-serving faction of Senators. Perhaps they are too frightened to assert their power in the face of an increasingly autocratic administration. Any of these excuses are unacceptable.

Innermost Parts became a mode of expression, a way to finally say what was on my mind. It has grown a lot since then, and I have grown with it. We have more writers, semi-regular meetings, and go to biweekly “Brandeis Media Board” meetings with the Justice, Hoot, and WBRS. We explain more, and opine less. We dabble in original reporting, and we created and host the Brandeis Activist Calendar. We’ve run candidates for Union Office and organized protests. This flexibility is the beauty of it all.

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