Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blitzjack Meets Sexual Assault Commentary

The following blitz was apparently sent from the PRFORM blitz account to all '14 women during Orientation, before their first weekend out at the frats. Attached was a song titled "Out of Control" written for us Dartmouth students, which we've uploaded.
>From: PRFORM
>Date: 24 Sep 2010 18:23:31 -0400
>Subject: blitzjack
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Welcome to Dartmouth, we are glad you are here
Prepare to surrender what you hold most dear
Your money, your time, what is it you ask?
You will find out, once this school we unmask.

What you think of this place is not what it seems
You may see the lines, but not what's in between
They tell you we're great, just fun and games
But some of us are not so friendly and tame.

What they will take, you will never get back
Your world that was white will now become black
Beneath the lies is the worst of crimes
For which recovery will take quite some time.


In this author's opinion, the song and poem raise some strong points and very powerful, and it's clear whoever wrote it has felt a lot of pain. The message, however, seems better directed at all of us, and not toward unwitting 14s who hadn't experienced our culture just yet. I hope the good will behind this gesture isn't too drowned out by the delivery or strength of the message, which is undoubtedly shocking to many.

Update 9/30/2010 11:10 AM: This blitz was sent to 13s, under a gmail account named "Expecto Petronus," on September 29th. It may or may not have been sent by the same person; there's no easy way to tell.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

In my day, the Review would have gleefully mocked this sort of strident PC garbage. What has become of you?!

Anonymous said...

On the plus side, the musical talent far outclasses anything in "That's Why I Chose Yale."

Seriously, that's a heavy duty guitar solo.

Anonymous said...

Has the review only published 4 issues in 2009 and 2010?

Michael J. Edgar said...

Anonymous @ 6:52PM:

The Review is full of different opinions and there is no official editorial stance on any position. I personally believe sexual assault is a serious issue on campus and think somebody expressing the pain they've experienced through assault isn't something to be mocked.

Anonymous said...

Clearly the author/composer has been spending way too much time at Chi Gam.

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