Have you ever wondered, what became of Stephanie from Kalamazoo?

Stephanie Wilks is from Michigan and is a great person to have around if you’re making a campfire! She went to Kalamazoo College where she studied art and education, then worked as editor of Earth Focus magazine at Peace Child International in England. She held the prestigious Talent Show Coordinator position at the 2003 World Congress of Youth in Morocco and recently edited a publication about global defense spending entitled Whose Priority? while in India. After teaching for two years in public schools, she moved to New York to begin working with the non-profit sector and has been interning with GYAN since February.
[steph (at) youthlink.org]

source: 11 Apr 2006, Google cache

Ronald ChawatamaUPDATE 2009: Mr Chawatama reports his current whereabouts: he is studying environmental policy at the University of Cambridge! That’s 800 years of science behind him…

Long lost in Africa, but now reappeared: Mr Man, Ronald Chawatama!

After graduating with a BSc in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Africa University, Ronald is currently doing a Masters degree in Integrated Water Resources Management at the University of Zimbabwe.

New category… old theme: I’m opening a new category on this blog called “Kalamatzo“! Who would have thought that?

Here, I’m going to gather all the Kalamazoo related, useful and useless information that comes up on my travelings through the web… Mostly, this will concern my friends of 2000/01!

Merry Christmas y’all! And a happy 2007…

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Eine sehr amüsante — und wohl auch ein bißchen wahre — Glosse von Klaus Brinkbäumer aus dem SPIEGEL 44/2006:

In Berlin erklärt der Amerikaner Thomas Friedman den Deutschen die Globalisierung.

Dass Deutschland nicht vorn mitrennt im globalen Wettlauf, das wusste Thomas Friedman, darum hat er ja in Indien und im Silicon Valley recherchiert und an anderen Orten, wo der Mensch flink und vernetzt ist, und nicht in Deutschland. Dass Deutschland aber so weit hinten liegt, hat er nicht geahnt.

In Berlin möchte der Reporter der Globalisierung, Amerikaner in schwarzem T-Shirt und schwarzem Anzug, mit Schnauzer und ergrauenden Haaren, vortragen, was er dort, in der modernen Welt, erfahren hat. Den Deutschen will Thomas Friedman die Globalisierung erklären; eine Mail muss er zuvor noch verschicken, aber er kann seine Mail nicht verschicken, weil sie in seinem Hotel am Zoo kein Internet haben und bei Suhrkamp in der Fasanenstraße auch nicht.

Stuck haben sie bei Suhrkamp. Helles Parkett. Schwarze Möbel. Und an den Wänden weise Sprüche: “Ziel ist eine Gesellschaft, die den Geist nicht zum Außenseiter macht, nicht zum Märtyrer und nicht zum Hofnarren.” Max Frisch. Das alles kann man sich in Ruhe angucken, beim Kaffeetrinken, weil Thomas Friedman doch noch nicht von der Globalisierung berichten kann, weil er ja seine Mail verschicken muss und nicht verschicken kann in dieser verdammten Hauptstadt von Germany, diesem Erdloch, dieser Grube ohne Internet mitten in einer flachen Welt. “Kann nicht sein”, sagt er, “Berlin! 2006!”


Springsteen at WinterlandAn amazing service to fans of rock music was put online by wolfgangsvault.com — the concert vault! Hear great live shows from Bill Graham’s Winterland and Fillmore venues and more.
Since it’s Christmas soon, here’s a special treat: Bruce Springsteen live on his best tour ever! If you’re not a fan after hearing this show, please consult your nearest doctor. Neil Young’s latest album, Live at Fillmore East is also online…

So say goodbye it’s Independence Day
Papa now I know the things you wanted that you could not say
But won’t you just say goodbye it’s Independence Day
I swear I never meant to take those things away

Bruce Springsteen


Garden StateLast weekend, I’ve watched one of my favorite movies again: Garden State by Zach Braff. Hadn’t seen it in a year, and now for the first time in English (way better than the German dubbed version). An amazing movie, even more if you know it’s Braff’s debut as writer and director! Besides, it has a great Grammy awarded soundtrack (New Jersey and no Bruce on it!).

Garden State is a coming-of-age story: Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff — yeah, actor as well) is returning from LA to New Jersey fro the funeral of his mother. As the plot unfolds, we learn that he hadn’t been home for nine years and was on anti-depressive medication almost all of his life. But I don’t want to tell the story here… In short: ‘Large’ is getting off the drugs and comes to life and falls in love. How could he not: back home he meets the sweetest girl in the world — Sam (Natalie Portman is just great here — she really follows Braff’s stage direction: “She’s so cute!”). She really helps him as he is thinking about his life and what he expects from it, as he trys to figure out who he is and who he wants to be.

The biggest problem of Large is his broken family, and ‘family’ really is the main topic of this movie (at least for me). I think an essential part of growing up is dealing with your former life in your family, and finding a way to exist as an independent person, live your own life. This can be really difficult for everone involved. Zach Braff put that beautifully in Large’s realization:

“You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in… isn’t really your home anymore. All of a sudden, even though you have some place where you put your shit… that idea of home is gone. Just sorta happens one day, and it’s gone. You feel like you can never get it back. It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. Maybe it’s like this rite of passage, you know? You won’t ever have that feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself. You know, for… For your kids. For the family you start. It’s like a cycle or something. I don’t know. But I miss the idea of it, you know? Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.” *

LREG logoA new open access journal is online with its first articles on European governance! Political science… but frankenschulz had a hand in this as well.

If you are interested in how EU policies are being put into practice by the member states (1), or in the contribution of political parties in the European Union (2), or want to learn about its candidate countries and new members (3) — you are right at Living Reviews in European Governance!

Someplace on the edge of town
Is where they live –
Political scientists

Ryan Adams

I think. I voted.

Let’s hope our American friends won’t fuck it up again…

They ain’t writing protest songs anymore?

Listen to these and watch these!

Neil Young’s Living With War Today is looking for submissions…

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