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29 March 2006 @ 12:34 am
I'm skipping this bio stuff.

Through Arts and Humanities, I've grown more confident in both myself and my art work. I've learned to think critically and analyze things in new ways that Lincoln High never would have taught me.
I love all of the kids that go there (or at least, the ones that actually actively participate) and I love the teachers/curriculum.

We are all so blessed to have/be experienced/experiencing such a wonderful and eclectic EDUCATIONAL facility.

We are there to learn, not to fuck around. I'm a firm believer in 'you get what you put into it'.

Current Music: Tiny Tim-Tiptoe Through the Tulips
29 March 2006 @ 04:23 am
Name: Jason "Fuzzy" Miller
Status: second year student, senior
Intrests: Reading, Stencils, circuit board, transcendentalism, sculpture, drawing, music, garbage (not the band)

"Arts went downhill when the seniors left"

Since the second year of arts I'll bet that people have been saying this. I hear it all the time from alums of all ages. I used to think it myself. The truth is you just didn't have anyone to look up to anymore. There was no one to pull your little red wagon for you.  So what do you do? Complain for a quarter or two before you realize that now you're the seniors, now you need to pull all the young ones in their little wagon, starry eyed and observant so they know what to do when it's their turn.  You need to start churning out paintings, sculptures, stories, drawings, prints etc... like there's no tommorow.  If you left the program without realizing this, then you didn't get the full experience of arts and humanities.
28 March 2006 @ 07:24 pm
name: Rob Burt (yeah i know)

current: student at UNL (but i've learned more on my own), file clerk at NHI

'bout me: i'm opinionated and i rarely apologize (consider yourself lucky if i have to you.) i speak my mind and more so know how to back it up. i always enjoy a good debate. i have my reservations about the school now but i believe that there is no more need to go into it.
28 March 2006 @ 08:19 pm
Name: Sophia
Status: attended 2001-2003, graduated spring 2003.
Currently: junior cello performance major at oberlin college, OH.

my two cents:

it's high school. granted, it's a really awesome highschool that is different from anything else out there. of course there are going to be things about it that suck, as well as things that rule. the most important thing is to just make it the best experience possible and learn as much as you can while you're there. none of this whiney shit. if you want more art opportunities, make them. set up shows (music, art, readings, etc.), benefits (like the ARYA one in January 2003, co-organized by yours truly). you're all bright, don't let apathy get the best of you.
28 March 2006 @ 06:37 pm
i'm drinking you down (___malicious) said
you know, it's really cool that you're so deeply interested in this. however, in all reality, you aren't going to change the world, and you probably aren't going to change our minds. AHFP students come to this community for announcements and things that are happening in the AHFP community, lincoln scene, etc. i'm sure that if someone had the tenacity or desire to read your lengthy and frequent posts, they would. but the lack of comments (except for the ones debating their purpose, between you and evan) tells me that people don't really give a shit. so maybe you should just post this on your own journal, and people can read it there. it's really a downer to see my friends page clouded with this political bullshit. i'm just asking you to do us all a favor. sorry if you're offended by this, but it's as nice as i could be while still delivering my point.

you obviously didn't read my comment, then. i used to be really interested in politics before bush got re-elected. and then i kind of realized it was a lost cause. and how about, since you're so fucking interested in this topic and "adult things" reply to these posts with your deeply intellectual thoughts and views on the world? that might be a start. my livejournal is friends-only, and i'm assuming that your gossip hungry boyfriend showed you after someone showed him the "cocaine post" and that's what you're basing that off of. i have seen your livejournal before and there isn't much to back up your accusation, and you have no room to talk. that's funny you would assume my self-esteem comes from the amount of comments i receive on my livejournal posts, since i post what.. once every week or two? so, sorry if you're offended by this, but it really erks me to see someone like YOU, a rich white girl trying to fit into her desired scene, doing what she does best: talking shit. and before you try and place a label on me, maybe you should take the time to talk to me, or god forbid- get to know me before you try and put me in a stereotype and try to tell me what i'm all about. everybody's a scenester, there are just different "scenes". and if you're referring to the hardcore whatever scene, then maybe you should try putting a different label on me, because i'm pretty sure that's the LAST thing i am. also, i believe your defensive comment fits under the category of retarded high school drama, internet drama, which is even worse. that image that you're going for really hasn't worked for you. someday you'll have to fill me on the key to fucking it all up, if you can fit that into your busy elitest agenda.
also, is your lack of livejournal comments the reason you have low self-esteem and consequently try and talk down to people all the time?

well, as i clearly stated, i wasn't trying to pick a fight. i made a suggestion to the original poster. and lauren took it upon herself to pick a fight. so, i'm sorry. i didn't think it would escalate, and i certainly thought lauren was more mature than to try and start a pissing contest.

Now to me: this clearly demonstrates my worst fears about the generations that will preceed mine own. they have all become too egocentric and therefore would rather move to berating each other than actually discussing what this nonsense all began about. in that and in that alone i can truthfully state that the arts and humanities program is being abused by those who attend it. go there for art and to further delve into political and humanitarian studies not just because its the alternative school. which in all case seems to be the new "in" what was once only the out. i can't understand why all these kids look and try to act like the students before them when ideoglocially they share nothing. take our fashion and our hair cuts but forget the values uh?

these comments were deleted from an earlier forum but they do make me think. is it worth trying to reach a generation that can't even stand by what it says? a spineless one? a cowardly one? if you come here to berate me for my passions then i at least say that you respond intellectually and not say "becuase its stupid shit" then explain to me why it is then? you caused a member of this community to leave and i believe that it should be the other way around.

as to this being used for only students to announce things happening in the community i say ha! other than infrequent posts about film club you could still see every entry from the beginning of the year until i began posting. i had decided that if they are going to neglect this then i will use it and i will. that's why the scroll bar was added.
28 March 2006 @ 05:35 pm
Name: Amanda
Status: Alum '03

I go to UNL, work at the Ross, and tutor at Park Middle School. I have a lot of similarities to Ms. Rauch, but they're mostly superficial. My favorite teacher is Steinke, although the departed Johnson and Sapp were great too.

I'm not going to say too much, because it's been a little while since I've visited. I think its a little silly to critique the way the school currently is if you don't even go there anymore. I mean, things change, and that's okay. As long as there is at least a handful of students there who really care about the school and are using it as a vehicle for their creativity, then its worth keeping around. There were always slackers, even when I went there. And there were always pretentious people. Who cares, its like that at every school. Arts is an alternative, not a utopia. Just have fun, y'all.
This transcript is produced from the teletext subtitles that are generated live for Newsnight. It has been checked against the programme as broadcast, however Newsnight can accept no responsibility for any factual inaccuracies. We will be happy to correct serious errors.
Has someone been sitting on the FBI? 6/11/01

The CIA and Saudi Arabia, the Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Did their connections cause America to turn a blind eye to terrorism?

There is a hidden agenda at the very highest levels of our government.

The sad thing is that thousands of Americans had to die needlessly.

How can it be that the former President of the US and the current President of the US have business dealings with characters that need to be investigated?

In the eight weeks since the attacks, over 1,000 suspects and potential witnesses have been detained. Yet, just days after the hijackers took off from Boston aiming for the Twin Towers, a special charter flight out of the same airport whisked 11 members of Osama Bin Laden's family off to Saudi Arabia. That did not concern the White House.

Their official line is that the Bin Ladens are above suspicion - apart from Osama, the black sheep, who they say hijacked the family name. That's fortunate for the Bush family and the Saudi royal household, whose links with the Bin Ladens could otherwise prove embarrassing. But Newsnight has obtained evidence that the FBI was on the trail of other members of the] Bin Laden family for links to terrorist organisations before and after September 11th.

This document is marked "Secret". Case ID - 199-Eye WF 213 589. 199 is FBI code for case type. 9 would be murder. 65 would be espionage. 199 means national security. WF indicates Washington field office special agents were investigating ABL - because of it's relationship with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, WAMY - a suspected terrorist organisation. ABL is Abdullah Bin Laden, president and treasurer of WAMY.

This is the sleepy Washington suburb of Falls Church, Virginia where almost every home displays the Stars and Stripes. On this unremarkable street, at 3411 Silver Maple Place, we located the former home of Abdullah and another brother, Omar, also an FBI suspect. It's conveniently close to WAMY. The World Assembly of Muslim Youth is in this building, in a little room in the basement at 5613 Leesburg Pike. And here, just a couple blocks down the road at 5913 Leesburg, is where four of the hijackers that attacked New York and Washington are listed as having lived.

The US Treasury has not frozen WAMY's assets, and when we talked to them, they insisted they are a charity. Yet, just weeks ago, Pakistan expelled WAMY operatives. And India claimed that WAMY was funding an organisation linked to bombings in Kashmir. And the Philippines military has accused WAMY of funding Muslim insurgency. The FBI did look into WAMY, but, for some reason, agents were pulled off the trail.

The FBI wanted to investigate these guys. This is not something that they didn't want to do - they wanted to, they weren't permitted to.

The secret file fell into the hands of national security expert, Joe Trento. The Washington spook-tracker has been looking into the FBI's allegations about WAMY.

They've had connections to Osama Bin Laden's people. They've had connections to Muslim cultural and financial aid groups that have terrorist connections. They fit the pattern of groups that the Saudi royal family and Saudi community of princes - the 20,000 princes - have funded who've engaged in terrorist activity.

Now, do I know that WAMY has done anything that's illegal? No, I don't know that. Do I know that as far back as 1996 the FBI was very concerned about this organisation? I do.

Newsnight has uncovered a long history of shadowy connections between the State Department, the CIA and the Saudis. The former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah is Michael Springman.
In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State Dept officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants. These were, essentially, people who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country. I complained bitterly at the time there. I returned to the US, I complained to the State Dept here, to the General Accounting Office, to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and to the Inspector General's office. I was met with silence.

By now, Bush Sr, once CIA director, was in the White House. Springman was shocked to find this wasn't visa fraud. Rather, State and CIA were playing "the Great Game".

What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by Osama Bin Laden, to the US for terrorist training by the CIA. They would then be returned to Afghanistan to fight against the then-Soviets.

The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died. FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being obstructed. Would you be surprised to find out that FBI agents are a bit frustrated that they can't be looking into some Saudi connections?

I would never be surprised with that. They're cut off at the hip sometimes by supervisors or given shots that are being called from Washington at the highest levels.

I showed lawyer Michael Wildes our FBI documents. One of the Khobar Towers bombers was represented by Wildes, who thought he had useful intelligence for the US. He also represents a Saudi diplomat who defected to the USA with 14,000 documents which Wildes claims implicates Saudi citizens in financing terrorism and more. Wildes met with FBI men who told him they were not permitted to read all the documents. Nevertheless, he tried to give them to the agents.

"Take these with you. We're not going to charge for the copies. Keep them. Do something with them. Get some bad guys with them." They refused.

In the hall of mirrors that is the US intelligence community, Wildes, a former US federal attorney, said the FBI field agents wanted the documents, but they were told to "see no evil."

You see a difference between the rank-and-file counter-intelligence agents, who are regarded by some as the motor pool of the FBI, who drive following diplomats, and the people who are getting the shots called at the highest level of our government, who have a different agenda - it's unconscionable.

State wanted to keep the pro-American Saudi royal family in control of the world's biggest oil spigot, even at the price of turning a blind eye to any terrorist connection so long as America was safe. In recent years, CIA operatives had other reasons for not exposing Saudi-backed suspects.

If you recruited somebody who is a member of a terrorist organisation, who happens to make his way here to the US, and even though you're not in touch with that person anymore but you have used him in the past, it would be unseemly if he were arrested by the FBI and word got back that he'd once been on the payroll of the CIA. What we're talking about is blow-back. What we're talking about is embarrassing, career-destroying blow-back for intelligence officials.

Does the Bush family also have to worry about political blow-back? The younger Bush made his first million 20 years ago with an oil company partly funded by Salem Bin Laden's chief US representative. Young George also received fees as director of a subsidiary of Carlyle Corporation, a little known private company which has, in just a few years of its founding, become one of Americas biggest defence contractors. His father, Bush Senior, is also a paid advisor. And what became embarrassing was the revelation that the Bin Ladens held a stake in Carlyle, sold just after September 11.

You have a key relationship between the Saudis and the former President of the US who happens to be the father of the current President of the US. And you have all sorts of questions about where does policy begin and where does good business and good profits for the company, Carlyle, end?

I received a phone call from a high-placed member of a US intelligence agency. He tells me that while there's always been constraints on investigating Saudis, under George Bush it's gotten much worse. After the elections, the agencies were told to "back off" investigating the Bin Ladens and Saudi royals, and that angered agents. I'm told that since September 11th the policy has been reversed. FBI headquarters told us they could not comment on our findings. A spokesman said: "There are lots of things that only the intelligence community knows and that no-one else ought to know.
28 March 2006 @ 09:14 am
name: gwyn
status: senior, class of 03, also attended 01-02.
currently: an english major on hiatus from NWU. (however, this post was made just after waking up, so please don't judge me on thiis!)
other info: i made this community, fo'!

i want to remind everyone to play nice. this isn't terribly necessary, as Katie (helicalstayr) left the community of her own volition, and it would seem her post as an "ancient arts alum" was one that caused issues.

as to the memebership thing... if people know people who have LJs, by all means, invite them to come! this was always just a very small community. I made it my senior year, and by the end of that we had maybe 20 people. I was floored when i saw we had over 50. True, this is not an active community, but that's y'all's damned faults. While you may not agree with what rob is saying, please, respect his right to say it. And hey, at least he's contributing! (p.s. rob, sophia's in town. we all should get coffee. i might be able to coerce freeman to come along)

It is, among those artsalums i associate with (primarially my class, and a bit from a couple younger classes) a generally accepted fact that arts started going downhil my junior year. There have been serious rumblings at LPSDO to close it since I graduated. For the past several years.

I recognize that the current students want to be proud of their school, and that's fine and dandy. I would ask the older alums to respect that. But I would also ask the current students to respect the fact that we miss our old school, and our old teachers. We went to arts Back in The Day, among kids that have long since scattered to the winds, and under teachers that did the same. So it is heartbreaking to go back to arts, because it is so much different than it was in my day. On the other hand, I have a hard time staying away, b/c I loved it so much when I was there.

in short: get to sectionals, people!" (oh mr. johnson, how I miss thee.)

p.s., i forget who all has modding privledges right now... but whoever made the layout, could there possibly be a tad less orange? thankee.

p.p.s. i think tuesday is the only other mod, at this point. will you be graduating this year? do we need to find a new mod among the current students? (don't worry, i won't take yours away. you do more with this than I do! :))

p.p.p.s. on a personal note, I feel no shame for not going to any first fridays. COnsidering the "get the hell" out vibe i got last time i visited, I see no reason to bother.
28 March 2006 @ 01:24 am
Name: Douglas
Nickname: Shug
Status: Current A&H Senior, 06

I have been attending the Arts and Humanities Focus Program since my sophomore year in 2003/04. I was just informed that my sentence structure sucks. I took photography for one semester before I went to Arts, and have taken photography every semester since then. I love it. These days I'm experimenting with drawing and painting. I love artichokes. I'm also a computer nerd interesting in programming and graphic design. Who are you?
28 March 2006 @ 12:57 am
Name: Danielle
Status: Arts and Humanities Alumn 2004

I read Evan's little entry, and as usual was confused by his writing, but submitted to the call of the post anyway.
I attended Arts my senior year of 2004, and took drawing, painting, and photo, though I honestly blew off drawing and painting after adhereing to criterion that I finish three pieces for each to work on photo, which I love to this day.

I took the time to stop in on the INFO page for this community, which I never do anymore, because no one ever posts (except lately Rob has been posting). This community only has 67 members. Most people have more LJ friends than that. I'm not about to say that EVERYONE that has ever gone to Arts should maintain a livejournal, but there is no way that only 67 students of all the years that Arts has been in order have livejournals. There is something wrong here.
Evan's right, recruitment is in order.
Solidify the base, man!

And yeah, all the alumni like me should be ashamed that they didn't attend the last First Friday, (even if they did have to work), because local arts, and our school should be supported. BE ASHAMED.
I'll have to make sure to go to Arts for the next First Friday walk.

And remember, current students, if you ever need anything, you can ask for help.
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