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Today's word on journalism

Monday, March 6, 2006

"Neutrality in journalism means refusal to take sides. Many newspapers are neutral with regard to certain issues. Hardly a newspaper exists which is completely neutral upon all issues. Such a newspaper would be regarded as spineless. Just as the individual cannot escape taking sides against evils in life, so the newspaper necessarily has convictions against crime, corruption, and other evils in public affairs."

--George Fox Mott, journalism professor, in "An Outline Survey of Journalism," 1940

'Poetry and a Beverage' relaxed and supportive

By Julie Garcia

March 6, 2006 | Dim lights, chill music, cool beverages and dozens of USU students filled the TSC Skyroom on Saturday evening. It was all part of the well-known event at Utah State called Poetry and a Beverage. Although there wasn't much poetry read, there were poetic lyrics sung.

"My songs are derived from poetry," Bruce Dickinson, a performer at Poetry and a Beverage, said.

Dickinson said the event utilizes the liberal definition of poetry by having soulful lyrics sung instead of having straightforward poetry read.

Attendees didn't mind having live music instead of readings. Many of the event-goers came to see and support their friends who were performing.

"It's really about what's inside your heart. That's the real poetry and the beverage -- well, that's the stuff we drink," said Charlie Milolo, a performer at the event.

Every night is open-mic night. Anyone who wants the chance to shine on stage can. Dickinson said it gives people who wouldn't normally have a chance to perform the opportunity to do so.

"A lot of my friends come so I can get at least a little applause when I play," said Dickinson.

Occasionally a headliner or a featured-performer is hired to play for a little while. Then the microphone is opened back up to anyone who's itchin' for the spotlight.

Many Poetry and a Beverage-goers attend the event for more than live performances. Attendees can draw and create colorful art on the paper tablemats.

Board, card and other games are also available to make it more fun and easy for students to socialize while making new friends. People from all walks of life attend the affair and adore it for its welcoming, friendly appeal.

"It's gotta good vibe goin' on," said Dickinson. The laid-back activity is usually held once a month in the Skyroom and admission is free all of the time.

There isn't a lot of advertising for it, but you can usually find when it's occurring in the "Backburner" section of the Statesman. Milolo said students usually just know when it's going on.

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