* McNamera blasted, again
“Bands fail to impress at WMEB show” by Erin McNamara in the Dec. 6, 2004 issue of The Maine Campus shocked me. Instead of complaining about a local show being “a freak show” or a “disappointment,” we should be thankful for what we do have here on campus. Events like Local Bands a Go-Go don’t happen very often here, I am referring to the lack of punk-ska performances on campus at the University of Maine. This is the first show that I have attended on campus that I have actually enjoyed, and many other people who were there on Thursday night would agree.
There were many things that bothered me about McNamara’s article, such as the picking apart of bands because of their use of vocabulary, calling it “bad grammar?” Who cares about the lyrics and grammar when it comes from a punk band? Instead of picking these hard working people apart, give credit.
The Jonee Earthquake Band has been around for almost twenty years, or the fact they help other bands play shows out of state. They have a recording studio. They get other bands music on compilation cd’s, and on top of that, they work 40 hours a week. As for them playing cover songs all night, I believe that I only heard one cover of GG Allin.
As for writing about how the freaks and staff were all disappointed, that wasn’t true. I know many of those kids who McNamera called freaks, and they were very happy and thankful that there were some punk bands who came close to home. “Freaks” is a rather harsh word to call someone or something. I thought the term died out when we left high school. The audience was also happy, because there was no cover charge, which is usually $5-8 for these types of shows.
Overall, I thought that Emily Burnham did an excellent job at throwing Local Bands-a-Go-Go together. It was obvious that people enjoyed the show, as for the people who thought that it was a disappointment, maybe instead of listening for incorrect grammar and spelling, they should have listened to the music as a whole and enjoyed themselves – or they should have gone home.
Candace Marlo Harless
Sophomore journalism-advertising major
While walking on the path which runs from the Pavilion Theater to the Memorial Union the other night, I noticed something. The university is installing a row of lamp posts along that walkway, but the path is already so bright, that I can literally read while walking there.
Although certain areas of campus might benefit from more efficient lighting, this particular section certainly doesn’t need it. Unless these new lights will both replace and surpass in efficiency the two floodlights already illuminating the walkway, this addition will waste university money, waste energy and contribute to the light pollution over our campus.
Sophmore chemistry major