Other news we heard last week 4/25 – 5/2/2006

Other news we heard last week 4/25 – 5/2/2006

Tuesday, April 25
Good thing Lollapalooza isn’t a geometry festival
About seven years ago Adam Busch formed a band in Charlottesville and dubbed it Manishevitz in honor of the Kosher wine that tastes like Robitussin. Today, the “metromix” section of the Chicago Tribune online heralds the band’s invitation to Lollapalooza. Now living in Chicago, Busch sells records by day and plays guitar for the six-member band by night. The band’s sound has evolved from its early emo days, Busch says. “We try and work more with melody and harmony, and how full we can make the sound come across between the six of us. It’s not like a triangle or a pyramid or something, where it comes to a point at the top, and it’s me and I’ve got this band…It’s more like the six of us making a square and seeing what we can collectively sound like.”

Wednesday, April 26
Waldo gets sage on IamDaMan3’s ass
Posting on cvillenews.com today, Waldo Jaquith takes note of the new design on C-VILLE’s website, www.c-ville.com. Proving that there’s no such thing as a rhetorical question, Waldo concludes, “Many improvements, no steps backwards—what’s not to like?” To which IamDaMan3 answers, “grrrrr still no online Rants section or new resturants [sic] they are forcing me to pick up a copy.” And wise Waldo, what does he reply? “Of course—that’s where newspapers make their money. :)”

Thursday, April 27
Kids get behind Condi, Hillary
Ladies, start your campaigns! Larry Sabato’s Center for Politics today announces the results of a survey of students in grades K-12. Among female political figures who might run for president, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton get the greatest support (37 percent and 31 percent, respectively). The poll queried more than 13,000 students in 45 states, and it presented students with eight female candidates from which to choose.

Allen’s “race problem” resurfaces
George Allen is not what he seems to be, according to a report posted today on The New Republic Online, if what he seems to be is a good ol’ boy with a “gift for communicating in the vernacular of John Madden.” Ryan Lizza’s article details a “graveyard of old Allen personas” that could threaten the presidential ambitions of the Republican Senator from Virginia. First, there’s Allen on race: While a delegate in 1984, he joined 26 other House members in voting against a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As recently as 1993, Allen admitted to prominently positioning a Dixie flag in his living room. Moreover, he also used to keep a noose hanging from a ficus tree in his law office. As if that weren’t enough, the former college football player has a violent history, according to a memoir by one of his sisters that is quoted in the TNR piece. Acting in place of his father, a professional football coach, Allen once threw his brother through a sliding glass door for staying up past his bedtime. Another brother was tackled and his collarbone broken for doing the same thing. And the sister who wrote the book says she was dragged upstairs by her hair for staying up late.

Friday, April 28
But who gets to be Baby Spice?
In its final issue of the semester, The Cavalier Daily today notes dubious distinctions on campus, giving the “Spice Girls” award to the Living Wage Campaign “because a lot of people really really really want you to go away, ahhh.”
Saturday, April 29
Jets fans uncharacteristically decent to newbie Ferguson
Offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, a UVA standout, went to the New York Jets today as the fourth pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. A visibly moved Ferguson said at Radio City Music Hall, site of the draft, “The fact that the Jets’ fans showed me the love they did, that spoke volumes to me.”

Sunday, April 30
Where’s Freud when you need him?
Freud’s later work on culture and politics speak to the current state of the world. Writing in The New York Times Magazine, Edmundson encapsulates Freud’s politi-cal analysis: “We want a strong man with a simple doctrine that accounts for our sufferings, identifies our enemies, focuses our energies and gives us, more enduringly than wine or even love, a sense of being whole.…Some-times this man will evoke a god as his source of authority, sometimes not. But in what-ever form he comes…he will promise to deliver people from theirSigmund Freud’s 150th birthday is Saturday, and UVA professor Mark Edmundson says confusion…”

Monday, May 1
SNL Financial for sale, really
It’s been 10 days since the London Telegraph reported that SNL Financial, the subscription-based financial database company that has been based in Charlottesville since 1989 and which is occasionally rumored to be up for sale, is truly seeking a buyer—one with about $200 million to spare. Last month, the company announced it had acquired a building to house its operations in India (SNL has offices in Pakistan, too, as well as in London and several U.S. cities). What news will May bring for the company that employs more than 200 people Downtown?

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