May 19th, 2005

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Q: Does anyone know if graduate school admissions committees explore an applicant's criminal background and allow it to be a part of the admissions process/decision? I know this is kind of vague, but I am certainly wondering if admissions committees even carry out policies of running criminal convictions checks and the sort on prospectives.

Math for communications majors?


I plan on transferring into UW's communications program and I'm curious as to what math would be best for that major. I'm stuck between the choices of two different classes at my community college: Principles of mathematics--a course described primarily for "students who do not plan to take more mathematics" and "liberal art" majors; and Descriptive Statistics--a two-part statistics course.

Does anyone, by chance, know which class would be better for a Communications major? From what I know of the major, I would assume the statistics courses would be appropriate, but I'm not completely familiar with the math requisites of the major as a whole.

(Oh, and I did try calling UW's communications office directly, but I can't seem to get a hold of anyone. If all else fails, does anyone know what number to call about this sort of question?)

Thanks in advance!

What's the big deal with the 'Harmony Concert'?

I know it's supposed to be the 'music of genius' and all, but other than that does anyone know what's so important about the Harmony Concert at the HEC that's coming up this weekend? I just saw a minivan drive past my work with a huge sign advertising it, and that compounded with all of the signs I've seen everywhere about it have made me wonder why everyone's so excited.

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I know the election is over, and few of you on here cared anyway, but this quote from today's Daily was just too good to keep to myself:

"Gray allegedly spent more money over the limit by purchasing 500 T-shirts valued at $6 to $10 apiece. He said he didn't report the cost of the shirts because he felt that it was a personal purchase.

"I think people can understand the difference between me spending money on T-shirts that happen to say my name and Rock Your Vote and a campaign expenditure," Gray said." (my emphasis)

Wow... just wow.

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for University of Washington students only...

Saturday, May 21st, 2005
9am – 5pm in Communications room 126

(you must be able to stay the whole time!)

RSVP to Megan Wilbert at

The Undoing Racism & Community Organizing workshop is designed to educate,
challenge, and empower people to “undo” racist structures that hinder effective
social change. These two one day sessions will be especially designed for
social work students and practitioners and were requested and organized by UW
social work students.

The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond and
People’s Institute Northwest, a multiracial, antiracist collective of veteran
organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social

The workshop addresses the following areas:

Analyzing Power - Effective organizing requires accurate analysis of the
that keep racism in place, why people are poor, how institutions perpetuate the
imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo.

Defining Racism - In order to undo racism, it must be understood. Organizers
educators who intend to build effective coalitions need to be very clear about
what racism is and what it is not in order to avoid serious strategic and
tactical errors.

Understanding the Manifestations of Racism- Racism operates in more than just
individual and institutional settings. The dynamics of cultural racism,
linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism are examined.

Learning from History - Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the
histories of people of color and white people as well. An accurate knowledge of
history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and
collective empowerment.

Sharing Culture - One of the most effective
methods of oppression is to deny a people its
history and culture. The training process strongly emphasizes "cultural
as a critical organizing tool.

Organizing to Undo Racism - Community
organizing principles are discussed in terms of how communities can achieve
concrete results in dismantling the structures of racism.