|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #25|
No, but their stories do.
If you lack the skills needed to perform or present your work you can network with those able to bring your pieces to life on stage and/or video. At the same time, you may be the life of the party but no one can help if your material or perspective is boring. Take the two greatest poems of our time as examples. "Studying Savonarola", written by Margaret Ann Griffiths, is told in the voice of a modern gay man infatuated with a cleric burned at the stake in Florence, Italy 516 years ago. D.P. Kristalo's "Beans" involves a woman delivering an English language eulogy to Salvador Allende in a politically supercharged atmosphere where any partisanship could cost her life. What made these poems interesting, along with the copious, dazzling prosodic pyrotechnics, was the writers' ability to imagine a viewpoint other than their own. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was about a man's midlife crisis. T.S. Eliot was all of 21 when he began writing it, 27 when it was published.
Let us test your ability to do this, shall we?
The beneficiaries of Ms. Bridgford's efforts are legion. Many are demanding details. Consider this statement by Patricia Valdata:
"As soon as the meeting concluded, the dean left the room like she was shot out of a cannon, without a word to any of us. Three weeks later, Kim was removed, ostensibly because she didn't 'work closely enough' with the WCU Foundation, which is ridiculous."
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #128|
For the sake of this challenge, let us regard the organization as a Section 501(c)(3) charity and frequent grant applicant which, contrary to the bolded print in Ms. Valdata's statement, would require considerable financial disclosure, including audits. In this hypothetical scenario, assume that both her Advisory Board and Kim Bridgford herself were well aware of this compliance when they made their demand.
Even as a devil's advocate, can you write a cogent, convincing defense of the Dean's actions based on these circumstances?
Ready, set, go!