Here’s a couple photos from Hubbard Park, a block away from the stage where President Obama will address the University of Iowa this afternoon.
No More Years
The Romney Cowboy
Change it Back
Big Government is the Problem…
It has been eight long, arduous weeks since the third edition of Now That’s What I Call Boogie, which you may recall featured songs fit for Spring Break partying. OK, it really hasn’t been that bad since then, but with finals now coming to a close, summer has begun and life is decidedly better. And so, we revisit our Spring Break theme and give you five more great tunes to kick off your summer.
Future Islands was on the very first edition of NTWICB! and has since been played on the show as well (if you’re a Spotify user, check out one of the blog’s latest features, the Master Playlist). Take a listen to one of my favorites of theirs below.
The first official look at their upcoming album, Take a Walk is a great listen. Pay attention to the lyrics, though – for such a joyous sound there is plenty of talk about empty purses, investments gone wrong, and financial troubles. While it may seem political amidst all the financial crises and economic woes, front man Michael Angelakos has said it is not a political song, but rather a song about “very specific family members” who immigrated to the United States.
Get your chillwave on this summer with some Toro y Moi.
This is how it feels when you emerge from finals week studies to find its summertime (see 2:37 and onwards in particular).
My goal this summer is to attend as many hipster pool parties as possible. Seriously, this looks great.
That’s all for this week, but stay tuned for more of Now That’s What I Call Boogie! next week. The PTB Blog is open all summer long.
Last week it came to light that Jordan Ramos, a 21-year-old University of Iowa student had been denied access to a dancing platform by an employee at Iowa City’s Union Bar. Ramos says that she was turned away because of her weight.
According to Ramos, who attended Union twice in the past two months, she was explicitly turned away from a special dancing platform because she “was not pretty enough” and because she was “obviously pregnant.”
While Union’s ownership denies any knowledge of the incident, the bar has found itself embroiled in a controversy. Ramos held a protest on Friday outside the bar that accused Union of weight discrimination.
The protests are an extension of Ramos’ attempts to combat what she perceives to be discrimination in the Iowa City bar scene; she previously contacted both the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and the ACLU, but neither institution was of service to her, as there is no legal protection against weight discrimination.
The Ramos/Union controversy is more cultural than legal, however, and it has drawn the attention of many national news organizations like the Huffington Post and ABC News. Locally, the University of Iowa’s student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, ran a number of opinions pieces on the issue last week.
The DI‘s resident a-hole, Chris Steinke wrote a highly cynical and wildly unfunny piece in Thursday’s paper called “A ‘plus-sized’ beef with Union” which contained this gem:
I thought back to one specific instance during tailgate season last fall. When I first walked in, I noticed an alarmingly high guy-to-girl ratio. I walked around a bit and then had to order a Busch Light to splash the vomit off my shoe. When I looked up, I found where all the girls had gone. They were dancing on the picnic tables, all by themselves. My kinda picnic, I thought. What a perfect platform for high-volume pickup lines.
As soon as I lifted my leg to step up onto the bench, a big man with a black shirt told me I wasn’t allowed.
“Oh,” I thought. “I’m not allowed to shake my ass for your patrons’ pleasure, just because I look like I have a penis?”
Guys, we should be even more angry than Ramos is.
(Sounds like a stretch, I know. Judging by her pictures, she looks angrier than a UNICEF leader at a $4 buffet. Which is too bad — because I’m sure she could normally light up the Superdome with her charisma.)
On Friday, DI columnist Ben Ross wrote a more polite piece about how unattractive people should know better than to make people look at them.
From one plus-sized individual to another, I can tell you that certain establishments do this for a reason: Nobody wants to see my sweaty love handles grooving near them on the dance floor, and I respect that wish. You’re welcome, everyone.
KRUI’s Jesse Marks’ guest opinion in the DI was, perhaps, the most thoughtful piece to run this week. He focused primarily on the cultural implications of the Ramos case.
Ramos may or may not have been explicitly told she couldn’t dance because of her appearance, she may or may not have been disorderly at the time, but the broader issue is that there is a place that allows such crude treatment to occur. It is not just Ramos but any woman who enters Union who is made to feel unattractive or inadequate — whether they (allegedly) aren’t allowed to go on the platforms or if they are encouraged to do so.
While there are many, many holes in the factual record regarding this case, the real controversy stems from our collective perspective (or lack thereof) on over-wieght people.
The whole issue can be boiled down to one question: “Should a person’s weight matter?”
We’ll discuss the issue tonight (5/6) at 9pm on KRUI 89.7FM in Iowa City. Read up, follow the links, and let us know what you think in the comment section below.