A world of advertising

by Ashley Klann

I hate flying home for the holidays. The ends justifies the means, so I do it, but the whole process of getting to the airport, being practically strip-searched in front of strangers, and having to hold a jumping jack pose while being electronically scanned is just ridiculous. I feel like it probably couldn’t get much worse.

When I finally get through that headache and am sitting in Logan’s kind of crappy terminals complete with hotel reject carpeting and linked chairs reeking of hospital waiting rooms, I take the free Wi-Fi gladly. I can waste some time on Facebook, keep mom up to date with my safe traveling, and see how much warmer it’s going to be when I’m home, and finally in the door.

This season, however, BMW wanted to make my life a little more ridiculous. Boston Logan, an airport that always prides itself on its free Wi-Fi for guests, now has BMW introducing the service. On their login page, the option for free Wi-Fi is only available if you take a survey or watch a video. Granted, I did write this in the meantime, so I wasn’t so subjected, but c’mon… Now, not only do I have advertisements blasting in my ear, on TVs and the intercom, but also on my own computer when I’m trying to get your free Wi-Fi? Enough already!

Catching Up

An interview with The Great Whiskey Rebellion

By Zach Shaw
Scarlet Staff

The Great Whiskey Rebellion at the '09 Battle of the Bands. Photo by Ashley Klann.

Geo Poor, Amy Levine, Emma Hyatt, and Nick Checchio have certainly accomplished more than most Clark musicians since graduating. Not only have they become staples on the campus music scene, but the Great Whiskey Rebellion has continued to move forward, expanding their fan base within the Massachusetts bar scene and releasing the EP On The Whiskey Trail.

Their unique blend of Irish folk music and live rock adrenaline has made them a fan favorite amongst mass audiences. It’s for that reason why many Clarkies get riled up whenever the Clark graduate band returns to campus.
GWR’s most recent return to Clark came at this year’s Spree Day.

After performing a blistering full hour set, I got the chance to sit down with the quartet to discuss the recording process of their debut release, the band’s start and transformation into their current state, their experience performing on and off campus, and what they hope the future holds for them. Continue reading

Geography students attend AAG conference

By Gerald E. Buker
Scarlet Staff

It’s that week again, where it seems like the entire Geography department takes off en masse to go to some mysterious place. In most geography courses, classes are canceled for the entire week.

Usually occurring in early April, most geography professors and many students head to the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Running from April 12th to the 16th, this year’s conference was held in one of America’s greatest cities – Seattle (Walshington). Utilizing the Washington State Convention Center and the Seattle Sheraton, there were approximately (check)4,000 participants taking part in close to 1,000 sessions over the five days. Continue reading

Art of the Americas wing opens at Boston’s MFA

By Ashley Klann
Executive Editor

After 11 years of preparation, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston celebrated the opening of their new $345 million Art of the Americas wing on Saturday November 20th. Admission to the new area was free to the public, and the museum was packed with visitors lined out the door.

A wide-angle view of the 63-foot-high ceilings of the new Shapiro Family Courtyard

Fifty-three new galleries are now open in the new wing devoted North, South and Central American art from the Pre-Columbian era through the third quarter of the twentieth century, adding 133,491 square feet to the museum’s footprint, a 28 percent increase.

The new wing highlight’s the city’s central role in American history. Boston’s MFA was founded in 1870 and has been expanding ever since.

Many of the wing’s galleries are dedicated to individual artists or artistic movements including Native North American art, African-American artists, the colonial portraiture of John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart, silverware of Paul Revere, the Hudson River School of landscape painting, photography, and works by John Singer Sargent. Continue reading