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Everything posted by Eleran

  1. Sign the Petition

    "Why do you rob banks?" "That's where the money is." Actually, as a more serious answer, I believe much of it has to do with the trends in hiring teachers/instructors who are not yet old enough to (a) make mature decisions, or (b) view themselves as sufficient removed from the student population on order not to view them as natural and potential mates.
  2. Cadets 2018

    Everybody is so far off ... the roles of the four singers are Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
  3. Sign the Petition

    Several random points: Some of the earlier pages kept using terms like "registered sex offender" which of course is not applicable to the current Brass Caption Head at Cadets (and formerly the caption head at Cavaliers and Troopers, and former drum major of Blue Devils) - I believe that probably was a conflation of reports on the Pioneer Reddit thread of them having hired someone who actually was on the registered sex offender list. I don't know the details of that person. Background checks, including FBI and fingerprinting, are woefully inadequate (have done the research in running youth sports clubs), and in any event still leave the ultimate decision as to where to draw the line on hiring with the club/corps. They're for the most part merely a "cover your butt" step. The OP, who posted the same on the Reddit thread, very much appears to be following a course of frequent posting under throwaway anonymous screen names both here and on Reddit. You'll also note the "DCIPetitioner" does not include his/her real name in the Petition - which of course undermines the credibility of a petition in the first place (i.e. - "Everyone needs to sign with their name to get this done ... except me, who wants to remain anonymous). The OP's goals, if indeed the OP is the same actual person responsible for many other posts/threads, do seem very much about attacking the Cadets as much as beating the drum about protecting the children. Yes, DCI, WGI, schools, all seem to have more than their share of people who should probably be restricted from participation within those organizations. This thread alone has mentioned the Cadets brass caption head, someone hired by Pioneer, the Asst. Direction at Crossmen. There was a DCP thread in 2010 about someone arrested for having sex with a minor at his school, and that person is currently on a WGI staff. The former husband of one my son's prior music teachers was busted for having sex with the drum major in his high school band. So yes, I don't have a problem calling for DCI and every member corps to institute an appropriate policy in black and white explaining what prior actions will disqualify someone from employment.
  4. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    You're seriously blaming Clinton for the The Higher Education Amendments of 1992? Man, he must have been more powerful than I thought to cause George Bush to sign that over 100 days before Bush lost to Clinton in the election. And as for the 1993 Act you mentioned, I thought that died in Congress. Clinton's 1993 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 did phase in direct lending, however, starting with a voluntary college participation, and authorizing the Sec. Ed. to require colleges, if necessary, to reach 60% direct lending. But that was merely following the pilot program created by Congress the prior year (again, before Clinton was elected), and based upon the research undertaken by the Bush administration. But by 1997, direct loan participation was already declining due to Republican congressional changes that enabled the student loan industry to use their clout (and money) to lure colleges back to the guaranty system. That trend reversed in 2008 because of the credit market crisis, and then in 2010 the guaranty program was officially terminated by congress & Obama.
  5. Pioneer 2018

    Looks like scales surround the eye. Maybe it's Killer Croc from Suicide Squad.
  6. Cadets 2018

    I think you mean PUBLIC RECORD
  7. Cadets 2018

    O. says that all but the bottom four on the list taught at least some portion of last season. Drew Shanefield: Arranger/Caption SupervisorScott-Lee Atchison: Caption HeadBranden Hill: Assistant Caption HeadDr. Aaron Witek: Instructor, Pedagogy CoordinatorMark Whitlock: Brass AdvisorAaron Vogel: InstructorDan Berard: InstructorScott Whitford: InstructorDerrell Wallace: InstructorDiaShamar Marshall: InstructorAidan Ritchie: InstructorJoseph Guimaraes: Instructor
  8. Cadets 2018

    Unless Freud was the moron who put three vowels next to each other on the keyboard, I'm guessing innocuous (though unintentionally amusing) mistake.
  9. Cadets 2018

    Probably was a good night for you too - sounds like a great concert.
  10. Cadets 2018

    Or in the case of most DCP posters, not-having-any-first-hand-knowledge-of-the-reality-going-in-design-meetings is still-grounds-for-complaining-that-every-bad-thing-is-Hop's-fault
  11. Cadets 2018

    Mr. Hopkins also mentioned last night something he told insiders a few days ago: Mr. Gwaltney will be the Design Director, while Mr. Hopkins will be retreating into an "Executive Producer" type role.
  12. Cadets 2018

    Confirmed by Mr. Hopkins this evening that Cadets will be in LA, Stanford and Denver. Other details of tour to be finalized.
  13. Cadets 2018

    Goodbye, On the Waterfront. Hello, Candide.
  14. Cadets 2017

    Don't recognize the one on the left, but the one on the right I believe was Front Ensemble, and I believe they all wore the older (vintage) white bibs under their robes, just as the choir did. I guess Cadets lent them tops for the ceremony.
  15. Cadets 2018

    It's kind of odd that they programmed that back in 2015, knowing that they would be highlighting all of Bernstein's works for 2018
  16. Cadets 2018

    Edit: this was from 2015
  17. Cadets 2018

    Perhaps Cadets could do OTW as a metaphor for the bullying control/influence exerted by the judges/electronics/uniform/WGI crowd, to which the brass and percussion lines stand up to at the end, forcibly ripping down the speakers & props and throwing them into the Hudson River. Just a thought.
  18. Cadets 2018

    And yet "On the Waterfront" does not have a single boxing scene, nor is it in any way truly about boxing, other than as a previous facet of Brando's character. I don't see why any allusion to boxing would be necessary in a show based upon that music (which is the music I've been recommending since they announced the Bernstein deal).
  19. Cadets 2018

    I agree the job description probably ballooned last year into much more than just a Tour Operator (which was the most visible facet of the prior employee's position), but Cadets are also now looking for a separate person to act solely as Tour Operator specifically to make that first position more manageable, and the article mentions that change further on ("NOTE - the change here is that for the past 10 or so years, we have been taking the full time Performing Ensembles Director on the road. This practice is not what we wish to continue. We are looking for a seasonal team, supported and coordinated through the full-time office.") How many corps retain people as tour operators for more than a few years in a row?
  20. Cadets 2018

    Then don't apply for it. But don't backhandedly insult those people who HAVE done that job and chosen to work for YEA.
  21. Cadets 2018

    Last time I checked, the median household income in this country was just over $50k.
  22. Cadets 2018

    Just thinking how much more merchandise could have been sold if they had inserted "We're" in front of "The Faithful" and "the Fallen" and "the Forgiven": "WTF WTF WTF" That said, can everyone who wants to continue complaining about 2017 go do it in the Cadets 2017 thread? I've stopping following that one, and don't feel like updating my "ignore" list so early. This is for Cadets 2018. Let's look ahead, not behind.
  23. I predict that a certain Cadets brass member who aged-out this past weekend will join the Cadets' visual staff in 2018. Does that count as news?