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Petition to Lubbock Christian University, Philip Camp

Master Follies Hosts and Hostess Equal Opportunity

  (LUBBOCK, TX) In this fall’s auditions for LCU’s 2020 Master Follies production, most participants were excited for the possibility to show their talents. Now, however, there is frustration among many students with the finalized list of hosts and hostesses, because of the perception that members of Best Friends, LCU’s a cappella ensemble, have an unfair advantage in auditions. In response to the finalized list, Master Follies attendee and LCU student Chantz Cochran feels as though Master Follies has become another Best Friends concert.  “The audience is pretty much paying to see a glorified Best Friends concert featuring the social clubs,” he said. “If I want to see Best Friends, I will go to a Best Friends chapel or a Best Friends concert. I want to see what other students on this campus can do vocally because I know there are other students just as talented.” Sourced from LCU yearbooks, over the past 10 years 52% of Master Follies hosts and hostesses were in Best Friends. Also, 37% of hosts and hostesses had already been a host or hostess in a previous year. Current Master Follies Director and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Philip Camp affirms that, if Best Friends members have an advantage, it is only due to their experience.  “It’s a coincidence, but there is a connection because the students in Best Friends naturally, no doubt, have an advantage when they are auditioning … all year long, they sing in front of people. They sing on microphone, so they have mic technique and they have an overall comfort level with performing,” he said.  In response to being asked if experience with Best Friends is a requirement, he responded, “They certainly have some good experience that helps them, but that is absolutely not a requirement.” A student who auditioned feels that Best Friend members are almost a natural choice for host and hostess selection due to their experience as a group.  “When you have a majority of Best Friends coming to audition, and you have a show that you want to blend, sound good and be comfortable on stage together, it is almost natural for Best Friends to be picked because that is what they have already been doing for months.” this person said, who chose to remain anonymous. Former 2019 Master Follies host Kendon Stark believes that a trend is present, but limitations may hinder the outcome of auditions.  “If Best Friends were prohibited from auditioning, we wouldn’t have any tenors,” he said. “But I do agree that it’s fair to put in place limitations of being a host once or twice, maybe even every other year, so that the spotlight is evenly shared to those who are deserving but do not get that chance.” Professor of Communications and Master Follies Producer Shawn Hughes expressed his concern with placing limitations on who could be selected. “I wouldn’t want to make any decision that hampers our goal of achieving quality. I don’t know if it’s possible we could improve the quality of the show if we did that,” he said. “We are very concerned with the feelings of everyone that auditions and we are highly cognizant of the courage that it takes … I want to do anything and everything we can to applaud the efforts of those who are courageous enough to stand up and do it.” Professor of Music Dr. Laurie Doyle, who is a former Master Follies director and current Chair of Communication/Fine Arts, explained that the rumor is untrue of limitations being used in the past.  “Every director does it differently,” she said. “I would like to see as many people as possible get to experience being a host or hostess because it is great fun.” Master Follies 2020 will be during homecoming week, Feb. 6-9. For the latest information on the show and ticket sales, go to https://lcu.edu/events/master-follies-and-homecoming October 29, 2019 Kelsea Johnson  

Alex Voland
21 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Contributors (Writers), Users

Summarizing Your World

"What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep" "The shoe industry is at war" "I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb" Everyday, we're flooded with attention-grabbing headlines. We initially click, scroll and browse to get more details. The initial intrigue suddenly dissipates with each wave of words we come across. We become conflicted, wanting to know more but turned-off and perhaps even overwhelmed by the oceans of long-winded text. We constantly feel behind, lacking the time (or attention-spans) to learn more about topics that interest us. To make matters worse, we're in a constant mental battle with advanced algorithms designed to distract us and capture our attention (eg Social Media, Netflix/YouTube Suggestions). As a quick-fix to help alleviate the stress, we save and bookmark articles with the genuine intention of eventually going back and reading them. But months later, we still haven't gotten around to it... The Solution Hyroglf is the new Summary-Sharing Platform. On HYRO, anyone can post 80-word limit summaries about anything. We're based out of Washington (DC) and we've added thousands of summaries since launching in 2017. Imagine how much more informed our society could be if we consistently condensed 10-30 minute articles in 30-60 second summaries? By making interesting and important information easier to absorb and remember, Hyroglf is Summarizing Your World.  Your Role The goal of this petition is to make you aware of Hyroglf and encourage summary contributions. By signing this petition, you're validating the concept of summarizing interesting and important information. Ultimately, we need more users and contributors (writers) to succeed. Once potential contributors see the demand for more summaries from people signing this petition and from you sharing HYRO summaries, they'll supply more summaries. In addition to signing the petition, you're invited to Sign Up for Hyroglf using the link below. Registering will give you access to summary topics (News, Politics, Entertainment, Sports, etc) and Search Functionality:http://hyroglf.com/invite Sign this Petition and make history as one of the original supporters and early adopters of Hyroglf!  

Alex Sherman
8 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. David Wright, Dr. Rod Reed

Stop Playing Fox News at Indiana Wesleyan University

If you ever walk through Elder Hall or use the recreation center at Indiana Wesleyan University, you may have noticed that Fox News regularly plays on the televisions. It is common public knowledge that Fox News is a right-wing, biased news station. I believe that Indiana Wesleyan should not encourage exposure to this biased news network and should instead show a respectable, truth-telling station.  PolitiFact.com rates statements made on Fox News as 79% half true, mostly false, false, and "pants on fire". AllSides.com evaluates the news network as "Lean Right".  In the time I have attended this university, the university has been apparent in not supporting any political agenda. Dr. David Wright, president of IWU, wrote a blog concerning his response to the 2016 election. In this, he clearly does not take a political side, but instead says, "We are an inclusive community that loves and embraces one another despite differences of political persuasion, race, gender, nationality, immigration status, or any other characteristic that people have used to foster division, suspicion, and strife." I believe this is the philosophy the entire Indiana Wesleyan community should take. It is clearly not the philosophy of the news network they continually show around campus.  Dr. David Wright continues by saying, "Let us affirm together that IWU loves and embraces our minority students and staff, those who come from immigrant families, those who are international students, or those who identify with some other group of people who feel vulnerable and pushed to the margins. I would ask all members of our community to remember and practice those values and virtues of Godly hospitality that represent the very best of what our Lord Jesus Christ taught us." BBC, ABC, CNN, and CBS would all be much better choices to play on the campus TVs. On behalf of the students and faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University, please, change the channel.  Sources: http://www.iwupresident.com/response-to-election-2016/ https://www.allsides.com/news-source/fox-news-media-bias https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/

Michael Beatty
111 supporters