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Old 06-29-2005, 12:10 AM
Saman Asheer
 
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Talking Welcome!!

Welcome, and Salam Alaikum everyone.
Please post here any ideas or suggestions or comments about events you liked/disliked that the Muslim Student Association had. Any suggestions for new events would be welcome! Also, any discussion about issues affecting the Muslim community at Drew or in the world is welcome here, too.

Saman Asheer
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Old 06-30-2005, 02:09 AM
Henry W. Coates
 
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The MSA is a wonderful club. You should join it, Muslim or not. Why, I'm a member, and I'm a pasty white Methodist. And Saman is the coolest.
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Old 07-01-2005, 01:05 PM
Saman Asheer
 
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Default 30 Days series on FX

Thanks Henry, you're pretty cool, too. The MSA will miss you next year!

So there's this show on FX called 30 Days. It's a reality show where they put people in a community or in a situation that they dislike/are afraid of/or have preconceived notions about for 30 days. Two days ago, the show consisted of a Conservative Christian American man who was pretty scared of Muslims and wanted to find out if they were really all terrorists and why they hated him. The show put him in Dearborn, Michigan for thirty days, a very Muslim town. He had to dress like a muslim (there isn't really a "muslim dress" in that sense, so he just dressed like the people in Dearborn did). He also had to do everything that Muslims do, like pray, not drink alcohol, keep Halal food restrictions (not eating any pig meat).
Anyway, it was pretty interesting, and the guy learned a lot. My favorite part of the show was when he came into contact with a lawyer for CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) who asked him to take around a petition that asked congress to stop legislation on racial profiling. The guy had a pretty hard time, because he had to deal with a lot of people who said no, even people who would experience racial profiling on a day to day basis. One of the very important and interesting things he said, was "I have to defend myself to Americans, but I'm already an American." To me, that epitomizes what a lot of American Muslims feel. And that is how his host family felt. At the end of the day, they are all Americans.
Anyway, I liked the show for the most part. Any of you have comments on it? Post them! I'd be interested to know.
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Old 07-02-2005, 03:51 AM
Zachary C. Kanfer
 
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I'm interested in seeing that, but I don't get FX. It's done by Morgan Spurlock, the guy who did Super Size Me. Which I also have to see.

But I think one of the shows could easily go too far. The one about binge drinking, where a mother "agrees to binge drink for 30 Days to try to get through to [her daughter]" (from the FX website). That could easily be a little...scary, or something. I'd really have to see it before making judgment.

But anyway, this show seems like it could be really good.
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Old 07-02-2005, 10:56 AM
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But I think one of the shows could easily go too far. The one about binge drinking, where a mother "agrees to binge drink for 30 Days to try to get through to [her daughter]" (from the FX website). That could easily be a little...scary, or something. I'd really have to see it before making judgment.
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True, but that's kinda the point. Super Size Me is sort of the same way. No one I know of eats three meals a day of McDonalds but it basically accelerates the whole process of say eating McDonalds once a day. With only a limited time, he wants to show that too much of something can be a bad thing. Or too little of something can be a bad thing (in the case of not being exposed to other cultures, lifestyles to understand them and not fear,hate them).

And being a little scary might make some people think about it a little more. Some of the upcoming episodes could get a little scary. It all depends on the people involved and luck plays out.
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Old 07-02-2005, 07:35 PM
Danna L. Gutman
 
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wow thanks for letting us know about that show! it sounds really good, I'll be sure to catch the repeat (tomorrow night at 11, I think) I also still have to see Super Size Me.
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:31 AM
Danna L. Gutman
 
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I saw the show tonight, and it was pretty well done. I hope people learn something from it... I want to see the next episode too for sure (gay/straight).

though the show did make some good serious points, the best line had to be when the guy leaves the house and the host turns to his wife and says "did he just flick me off?" and she says "no, he did this, [holds up two fingers] it was a peace sign..."

a close runner up was when the woman in the store told the guy (when he tried on the kefiah) that he looked *just* like her brother in baghdad...
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Old 07-05-2005, 06:19 PM
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I thought the show was very well presented. It was able to show how one shatters stereotupes and learns so much from being in someone else's shows. This show was very different from a show earlier this year in which several people switched roles with Amish people. I was deeply offended by that show b/c it made some Amish people do things that they normally would not do. I think 30 Days certainly was able to show how one's opinions change when they are used to be the "majority" and suddenly because part of the "minority." I am looking forward to other episodes of this show and highly recommend this for Anthropology students (as well as many other majors."
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Old 07-10-2005, 11:24 PM
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Akiva, for some reason seeing you posting here has filled my heart with joy. I just feel like saying that. Also, the Muslim Students Association rocks.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:08 AM
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Akiva, for some reason seeing you posting here has filled my heart with joy. I just feel like saying that. Also, the Muslim Students Association rocks.

YAY! Come to meetings in the Fall if you think it rocks (and thank you for thinking so)
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