So the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble concert was pretty awesome; watch for my review of it coming out in tomorrow’s Hoot. But that’s only day one of the Bernstein Festival, and we’ve got plenty more artsy goodness coming our way today. I’m a sucker for music, so I’ll be at the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra’s Theme and Variations concert, featuring Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s wonderful “Scheherazade” suite, selections from Aaron Copland’s score for Our Town and Alan Menken’s score for Aladdin (yep, the Disney movie), and selections from our own Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide. Join me at 8pm in the Slosberg Music Center (it’s free!). Check below the fold for the complete schedule of the day’s events.
But wait, there’s more! Three more worthwhile things are happening today that you should try to check out. First, our own Abbie K promises great fun outside the library at 12 noon; look here for more information. Next, SPECTRUM is hosting a Social Panel for Autism Awareness at 3:30 pm in the alumni lounge in Usdan. There are a couple of interesting panelists, and if you’re at all interested in psychology, it should be worth attending; I’ll try to do a liveblog for those who can’t make it. Finally, the Innermost Parts community got a personal invitation in the comments to attend the Student Events open forum at 6:00 pm in the Art Gallery in the Shapiro Campus Center. If you’ve got questions or comments on this year’s Spring Fest or on anything else relating to how Student Events spends their $135,000 budget (that’s YOUR money), come on down and ask away.
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Back in January 2009, Innermost Parts was the first news outlet to report that the Board of Trustees had decided to close the Rose Art Museum. Last September, we were the first to announce that President Reinharz was going to resign. Both times, we were accused of irresponsibly publishing false rumors, but both times, we ended up being correct.
So when Emily posted on March 13th that the Spring Fest music committee had booked Passion Pit to headline Spring Fest 2010, I feel that our track record should have been good enough that we should have at least gotten the benefit of the doubt. However, we were again attacked in the comments, being called a “trash rumour site” and told we should “recheck our sources”. And when the Spring Fest line-up was revealed on April 19th, the headline act was — surprise! — Passion Pit. Imagine that.
I don’t know why our commentators thought it was appropriate to accuse us of rumor-mongering while they were doing that very thing, trying to spread confusion by claiming that it was actually Owl City who was coming. And I don’t know why they thought it was appropriate to lie in a public forum about how Student Events’ money — money that comes from all of us — was going to be spent. While I definitely appreciate the hard work that goes into planning events like Spring Fest, that doesn’t give anyone the right to be dishonest to students about student money.
My policy for handling confidential information is simple. If someone tells me something with the understanding that it remains confidential, I won’t say or publish a word about it. However, if someone with inside information shares important news with me because they want it to be publicized, I’ll write about it as long as 1) I’m confident that the source is trustworthy on the issue and 2) I think the information is interesting to the Innermost Parts community. I may have further reservations on a case-by-case basis, but for the most part, I think my responsibility as an activist blogger demands that I’m transparent as possible with what I know about campus events. I can only speak for myself, but I’m pretty sure that most Innermost Parts authors would agree with me.
By the way, Passion Pit alone cost us $40,000 dollars, and the newly-created Brandeis Sustainability Fund costs around $50,000 dollars. Why hasn’t there been a push against holding Spring Fest from the people who are complaining about spending so much money?