12 Bookstore Affiliate Programs to Empower Your Blog

Reminder That University-Affiliated Bookstores Suck

Maybe I'm overreacting or paranoid but this just seemed shady.
- I ordered a used rental book through the online Barnes and Noble bookstore course finder that tells you which books you need. The options were buy used or new, and rent used or new. Used rental was cheapest so I picked that, about $30. It mentioned before order placement that pricing could change based on the availability of certain books.
- A few days later, I receive an email notifying me that the book is ready for pickup. I scroll down the email to see that the book was about $70.
- There was no indication that the price had increased or that the item I chose was out of stock. There was no previous email that I would now be receiving a new book instead of a used one and paying over twice as much.
- This was the third or fourth time over the past couple years this had happened to me, and it was always like this same process.
- I went ahead and checked the course search for the same class and looked at the same textbook. It still listed the $30 used rental as an option, even though it was clearly out of stock.
I understand the inventory changes a lot at the bookstores, but the communication is lacking and the process was not very transparent. This is also Barnes and Noble which is a huge national corporation so I find it hard to believe they can't afford some kind of viable inventory management system. They seem to slip the new, higher price in one little spot in the order pickup notification email. I might not have even noticed if I didn't have notifications on my phone for when my credit card is charged, and I noticed the charge from barnes and noble was twice as much as I expected. Maybe I need someone to tell me to just chill and this is fine. You can always get a refund but I'm sure some people just don't even notice the price increase.
This is not a knock on those students who work in the bookstores! You guys work hard and offer great service to your fellow students. The transparency is just lacking on the payment/communication side.
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As if college textbooks aren't one of the biggest scams, now my B&N affiliated bookstore sends rental textbooks that need to be held together with duct tape!?!

As if college textbooks aren't one of the biggest scams, now my B&N affiliated bookstore sends rental textbooks that need to be held together with duct tape!?! submitted by momentum300 to mildlyinteresting [link] [comments]

How exactly does the Amazon Affiliate with the UA Bookstore work?

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Off campus bookstore

Is there a non-university affiliated bookstore near campus somewhere? Looking to sell back a fair number of textbooks from the past two years. Went digital and I don't want the hard copies any more. Thanks.
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07-24 20:54 - 'Definition of independent (Entry 1 of 2) 1 : not dependent: such as a(1) : not subject to control by others : SELF-GOVERNING (2) : not affiliated with a larger controlling unit an independent bookstore b(1) : not requiring...' by /u/TecnidentUSA removed from /r/worldnews within 0-4min

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Left and Right Activists clash during RNC protests

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Hundreds of protesters and police took over Public Square in downtown Tuesday afternoon. Some of the larger groups dispersed just after 5 p.m., but about 10-20 new protesters arrived with masks on. Heavy law enforcement presence remained for several hours.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was on hand most of the afternoon to try and keep groups calm. Williams said he was shoved by a person trying to get to another protester, however, there were no arrests and no injuries.
PHOTOS: Protesters in Public Square
It's the largest gathering of protest groups and the largest gathering of police since the beginning of the Republican National Convention.
Activists from Black Lives Matter, Westboro Baptist Church and the KKK were in the square and, at one time, were said to be throwing urine at each other.
Police were trying to draw a line and keep the groups separated. A police spokeswoman said that emotions were high, but not too many fights broke out.
Radio host, Alex Jones was going through the crowd with a bullhorn.
Actor Billy Baldwin marched down Euclid Avenue with some protesters. He said he supports police and Black Lives Matter. He said he was in Cleveland for the RNC and to show his support to activists.
Several groups started showing up at Public Square throughout the afternoon. Different groups seem to come and go from the square.
The smaller groups Tuesday included a Tamir Rice group, a man carrying an AR-15, a man with a sign saying "Jesus Vapes," a woman doing yoga with a pro-police and anti-bullying sign and another person asking folks to tell their best Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump joke. The West Ohio Minutemen are there, too, they call themselves a constitutional militia group.
Several police bike patrols and mounted units were also on hand. Officers seemed to surround the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
At one time, some people were heard saying there were more police than protesters.
It seems parade permit groups aren't using the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge to East 14th Street to march this week. The bridge has been empty since Sunday, except for a lone snow plow on the west side blocking vehicle access.
The Stand Together Against Trump group was expected to parade Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. A total of 0 protesters showed up. There were 15 media members, 17 preachers and several police instead. The group had a parade permit for up to 5,000 people. They later sent an email saying the group would be handing out water at Public Square during that time.
On Monday, permit groups didn't use the parade route either, but turned up at Mall A, Settlers Landing and Perk Park.
About two-dozen protesters organized by a group called The Revolution Club gathered near East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue near Quicken Loans Arena just before noon and then marched to Perk Park on East 12th Street.
They have chapters around the country, including an affiliated bookstore in Cleveland Heights. There are also chapters in South American countries. They are the people who were planning Tuesday's 4p.m. protest at Public Square, at which Cornel West and Carl Dix were expected to speak.
The walk lasted about 30 minutes and ended without incident.
Protests were peaceful on Monday. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said authorities had collected a small knife, gas masks, and a slingshot throughout the day.
https://archive.is/MEGsT
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A snowboarding website offered to promote my book. Help!

I recently wrote a snowboarding book for kids called "Power Powder" and published the ebook/paperback on Amazon.
Someone who manages a snowboarding website offered to promote my book, and I'm not sure how to proceed. Is there a simple way to do this?
Otherwise I'd have to order my books, wait for them to arrive, repackage and re-ship them to people who bought them off the snowboarding website. It doesnt seem practical or sustainable this way, but surely there's an easier way to partner with promoters... right? This is definitely not my area of expertise.
Help!!
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Non-Amazon alternative to Book Depository?

Yesterday I came upon the unsettling news that Book Depository is owned by Amazon. I have been avoiding buying from Amazon and had no idea my beloved affordable and student-friendly Book Depository is owned by them but there you go. Apparently AbeBooks is also.
My question is, what similar alternatives are there? Book Depository has all the gritty niche and academic books I crave and at a great price. Also they often ship from the UK which suits me here in Ireland. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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PSA about 'The University Bookstore': It's not affiliated with UW-Madison. Also, I want to buy your old I>Clicker.

First point: 'The University Bookstore' at State and Lake? Yeah, it's not affiliated with the UW at all. Our fine university does not have a bookstore. That store is privately owned. There's certainly nothing inherently wrong with a privately owned store selling books nearby our university, but I think it's total bullshit that most people think that UW runs that bookstore and perhaps is giving them the lowest possible prices. Nope. There's some guy who owns the store and is making money off of you, and if you check Amazon you'll certainly see that their prices are not necessarily competitive either. What's most annoying is how much free press they're given by professors and even entire departments. Loads of classes require materials that are sold at "the bookstore". Our Math textbooks (which the department authors and releases for free online) are sold there after the first few weeks.
Just a PSA. It bugs me and I don't shop there anymore. But the convenience of them knowing what books you need for every class might be worth it to you. Personally though I'm sick of their staff which treats every college kid like shit (eg: making you lock up your bag, just being rude in general.)
Second point: I need to buy an I>Clicker. Someone sell me theirs. Name a price, meet me at a coffee shop, make some cash back for that piece of shit that's sitting in your desk.
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BookStore – Books, eBooks and Audiobooks Affiliate Script

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A take on Chinese privilege (very long post)

Raeesah Khan's intentions are noble: she points out the inequalities present in Singaporean society and makes it clear that she wants to eliminate them. My gripe with her analysis, and by extension some of the proposed aspects of alleged Chinese privilege, is that it fails to consider the more subtle lines of division, which have far more effects on Singapore's social dynamics. I will address some of the very common arguments put forth by those who claim that there is Chinese privilege. There are my opinions based on personal experience as well as some readings that I have done, so feel free to challenge them.

Prelude: Chinese people are not a monolith
From the 1960's to the early 2000's the Chinese community is not linguistically homogeneous. One can broadly divide the community into three categories - the dialect-speaking, the Mandarin-speaking and the English-speaking. Access to resources is predicated on a wider access to society. Naturally, English proficiency (reflected by use of English as a main language in a household) is strongly correlated with social mobility in Singapore ( https://repository.nie.edu.sg/bitstream/10497/3339/1/CRP22and23_04AL_Conf08%28AERA%29_VaishTan.pdf ) . Problem is that English-medium schools are inaccessible to poorer dialect and Mandarin-speaking Chinese, because they are expensive and foreign, and instead opt for Chinese-medium schools which were more familiar and cheap. Today, this is not as big of an issue, but the remnants of past linguistic divides are still prevalent ( https://repository.nie.edu.sg/bitstream/10497/3339/1/CRP22and23_04AL_Conf08%28AERA%29_VaishTan.pdf ).

Argument 1: The British favoured the Chinese population. That was when it all began.
Answer: Yes and no. Malays were favoured politically, and the immigrant Chinese and Indians economically ( https://www.britannica.com/place/Malaysia/The-impact-of-British-rule ). This accounts for a very strong overseas Chinese and overseas Indian economic presence in the Malay world until today, despite them being the political and numerical minority (discounting Singapore). The British set up English-medium and Malay-medium schools, but schools specially dedicated to immigrants are funded through community donations (keep in mind for later on). This is probably why in Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia, the Chinese population has shown to be the least assimilated overseas Chinese community. By contrast, Thai Chinese are considered to be the most successfully integrated diaspora in SEA.
Argument 2: Chinese culture receives protection.
Answer: On the contrary I would claim the converse. Chinese culture is actually being slowly dismantled. Chinese education in today's Singapore is nowhere the level in 1960's or 70's Singapore. Several points to note: Use of Chinese dialects, use of Mandarin, Chinese academia and Chinese intellectual culture. I can confidently say all four are almost nonexistent in the public sphere today. The use of Chinese dialects has been systematically wiped out by the Speak Mandarin Campaign since 1979. The use of Mandarin is eroding in light of greater English proficiency and more evocative Western media, and is now being used as more of an auxiliary language (one that has little cultural significance, and is instead used for practical reasons like business and commerce). Heavy policing of Chinese intellectual culture and academia since the 1960's is due to the latter's extensive affiliation with socialist movements. There are Chinese bookstores in Bras Basah Complex where I used to visit as a kid (next to Popular). The bookstore owner was a prolific writer (mostly non-fiction such as the history of Malaya from a Chinese perspective) and from what I heard from my dad, he was once jailed and persecuted for suspected leftist ties in the 70's. As far as I know, Chinese culture is considered disposable for the sake of national unity. Nowadays, conversing with grandparents is not a luxury many Chinese households have ( https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/young-people-speak-up-for-dialects ).
Argument 3: Chinese culture is domineering and threatens to assimilate minorities. (Alfian Sa’at might have mentioned this before in 2014 on FB)
Answer: As previously mentioned, authentic Singaporean Chinese culture has most of its defining elements heavily excised. Current Chinese culture pertains more to popular music and film, which is mostly commercial, non-confrontational and non-political. Thus, one cannot go so far as to claim that it is domineering in the sense that people are forced to conform. It is a harmless culture that one can choose to participate in or abstain from. Same applies to dialect pop, Malay pop, Tamil pop and Western pop.

Argument 4: SAP is the Singaporean Chinese equivalent of Malaysia's bumiputera policy. (https://equalitydemocracy.commons.yale-nus.edu.sg/2017/12/07/the-special-assistance-plan-singapores-own-bumiputera-policy/)
Answer: The whole point of the SAP was to ensure opportunity for bright Chinese-educated youth so that they would not be excluded from progress. SAP does not ascertain the cultural or racial superiority of the Chinese race. SAP is also exclusively for the academically inclined. And no, instead of preserving Chinese culture in a meaningful way, SAP molds the Chinese speaker into the English-speaking world. This might be the trickiest point to tackle so bear with me.
SAP schools today don't actually have a distinct identity of their own. Medium of instruction is in English. Medium of administration is in English. Teachers are drawn from MOE, and themselves may not necessarily be from the Chinese-educated background. Most homages to Chinese culture are superficial at best. No one knows the significance of a tea ceremony. "Higher Chinese" passages are barely entry-level and written in the blandest and most mediocre fashion. Classical Chinese is no longer taught. Calligraphy, though beautiful, is not as popular a hobby anymore. Special Chinese classes (Chinese literature, Chinese history etc.) are normally taken up by mainland Chinese and Malaysian immigrants who have a far greater mastery of the language. Dizigui is rote learning about principles non-Chinese respect anyways (respect parents, respect authority etc.)
Leap back in time to the 1980s. My parents were among the pioneer batches of SAP students. Their SAP education was infused with more traditional Chinese elements, albeit amounting to no practical significance. It was distinct. Their older siblings and low-achieving peers however could not be part of the SAP and as a result, they have a much poorer command of the English language. Fast forward to today, my parents are qualified professionals (accountant and engineer) whereas my older uncles and aunts could only find jobs among the more traditional Chinese-speaking elements within society. My parents culturally lean towards their Chinese identity, but I notice they place great(er) emphasis on English as a lingua franca and Mandarin as an auxiliary language. They did not bother teaching dialects to their children. I unabashedly state that my nuclear family is way better off than my extended family in terms of socioeconomic status and education level. They achieved this not because of them being Chinese, but because they spoke what was considered a prestige language then. SAP did not reinforce their "Chineseness", but instead gave the them a chance to connect with mainstream society while still assuaging their fears of further cultural repressions in light of events laid out in Argument 2.
Not implementing the SAP in the first place would have led to greater social divide in Singapore. Since Chinese-medium schools used to be funded by the community, it would have led to greater differentiation and alienation. The Chinese-educated community believes itself to be self-sustaining and goes off to live in its own world separated from the mainstream.

Argument 5: There is no minority equivalent of SAP. This is evidence of Chinese privilege.
Answer: Agree, which is why I said that the Chinese have the privilege of being a majority. Any government in the world would first pander to its most vocal, most numerous group. The Chinese are already the majority. The Chinese-speaking Chinese are the most vocal and sizeable chunk of this majority. Back in the 20th century, in every radio broadcast they are accusing the government of repressing Chinese culture. As such, the government prioritises the appeasement of this Chinese-speaking population. The balance of bargaining power tilts towards the majority.

Argument 6: Microaggression by the Chinese.
Answer: Definitely agree. Be it intentional malice or benign ignorance, tension is cultivated regardless and it is counterproductive towards maintaining racial harmony. Most cite incidences of casual racism and ethnic slurs. A person of any race can be capable of microaggression, but the danger is particularly due to the fact that the Chinese are the majority. Hence, it is inevitable that a racist remark from a Chinese person would carry more harm, but at the same time be protected by the safety in sheer numbers. The older generation of Chinese usually cite negative experiences of ketuanan melayu to justify their slurs against minorities. While their pain is valid, past tensions should not define the present relations, especially so when the idea of ketuanan melayu no longer exists in the Singaporean context.
Interesting questions: Why is there no Malay SAP? Why is social mobility lower for Malays?
Speculation: I think there may be a conflict between the government's duty and its ambitions when it comes to transitioning the Malay community from primarily speaking their mother tongues to speaking English. The constitution states that any incumbent government has to acknowledge the Malay's special position in Singapore, and has an obligation to protect and preserve Malay languages, customs and culture. One might claim that the government is merely paying lip service, but it IS a constitutional right of the Malays to defend their culture. The government has no legal justification to use heavy-handed methods to force the Malay population to use English. Thus, any kind of transition has to be voluntary. A Malay SAP would have facilitated this transition for the best Malays, but therein lies two problems.
Firstly, SAP is a government policy operating on a principle of assimilation. This gives the impression that the transition to English is not organic, but rather subtly influenced by policy-making. Article 152 would not have been respected.
Secondly, the prevailing identity for the most academically inclined Malays, would be the English-speaking identity, leaving the root problem of lower English proficiency among the lower class Malay-speaking Malays unsolved.
(Just a personal observation) Malays tend to use Malay when it comes to their close friends and family. It is also commonly reported in studies that it is respected within the community as a way to pass down familial and cultural values ( https://repository.nie.edu.sg/bitstream/10497/15174/1/IPCS-1994-306.pdf ).
Perhaps this was why the main use of English among Malays were much lower in the 2000's ( https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/english-use-soars-malay-households-many-still-use-malay-much-possible-parents-educators ) and if I were to follow my premise of English primacy being the precursor to social mobility, maybe this can be a factor to consider.
In addition, improvements in social mobility take a very long time to precipitate. Between now and the time when my parents first enrolled in SAP, 38 years have passed. We all know that LKY was shameless in proclaiming superior genes and whatever nonsensical eugenic ideologies. His rhetoric was very damaging to the position of Malays in terms of how society perceived them, and as such wasted precious time that could have been used to promote them. If one were to start a plan similar to the SAP in the 2000's, the 2030s would be the time when the disproportionate representation of Malays in the lower class start to see improvements.

Conclusion
A privileged class over-represented by Chinese people? Yes. A majority ethnic group that has safety in numbers? Yes. I acknowledge the unforgettable facts and condemn the unforgivable acts, but ultimately, one must not conflate culture with ethnicity.
Before one examines the idea of privilege in Singapore, I strongly urge not to take our demographics at face value. PAP is wrong in saying "you can't use a western lens on an eastern society." I believe it is perfectly fine to bring in methods commonly employed in the western social scientific tradition. The more important aspect is the holism of one's analysis. What I find disturbing about certain takes on this issue is that it leaves out extremely vital considerations from our country's history and the collective experiences of the Chinese-educated community, giving the incumbent government an impression of the presented analysis poorly imitating criticisms of Western societies.
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BLM and Dark Academia (posted here with permission from OC)

BLM and Dark Academia (posted here with permission from OC)
This was written by stillstudies via tumblr.
https://preview.redd.it/98wnl0j03x851.png?width=540&format=png&auto=webp&s=ae5fa6556c89365bd7e2cf94616c555456cb6ea4

I’m just going to be blunt here: the dark academia aesthetic is extremely white-centered, euro-centric, and romanticized. As students, it is essential that we are showing up for our BIPOC siblings (specifically our Black friends) in every single aspect of our lives including our online spaces. As a part of the studyblr community, our tendency to be consumers is pretty inevitable- whether we’re shopping for cute stickers to decorate our planners or looking for the next novel to read, it is time that we acknowledge the importance of where that money is going towards. I URGE YOU TO STOP BUYING ON AMAZON! Here is a non-comprehensive list I’ve put together of BIPOC small and/or independent businesses!
Please feel free to reblog this and add onto this list (obviously keeping in mind the criteria I’ve previously mentioned) to spread the support for our BIPOC creatives and business owners. (the ones in \starred italics\** are my personal favorites, but you should really check every business out!)

Art (mostly prints but some also include stickers and other products)

Stationary

Bookstores

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(There is a note that some links don't work for some people- I opened every one of them but if so let me know and I will try and get you a link if you want it.)
I've been on studyblr for much longer than I've been on Reddit, but recently I have had my eyes opened too just how few BIPOC people I see trending. Additionally, most posts I see link amazon or Etsy's of a select few people (none of which are BIPOC in this case). I know we are starting to hear less BLM content but I hope this can be helpful to some of you. I love this list because I am trying to choose this fall's study supplies with more purpose, to try and ensure I'm supporting those in our community that deserve it, rather than more to Amazon.
I did ask the OC for permission posting this before I shared it here!
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Updated rules and faq

Please go through these rules before participating in /KanojoOkarishimasu

Rules

1. Source all fan art

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Title guidelines-

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A submission will be considered low effort if it consists of-

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8. Harassment and etiquette

9. NSFW Content

10. Spams and self-promotions

11. Flairs

FAQ

Frequently Answered Questions

When does new chapter comes out?

A new chapter is released in Japan every Wednesdy at 00:00 AM JST. English scans are uploaded by Black Cat Scanlations on Mangadex within next 6hr-12hr or so (subjected to availability).

What is Kanojo, Hitomishirimasu?

A spin-off of Kanojo, Okarishimasu starring the adorable supporting character, Sumi Sakurasawa! You can read it here.

How do I support the series?

You can do it by purchasing official English volumes at your nearest bookstore.
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Should I read the manga?

Yes

Social media links

Discord community

Are you from scanlation team? If yes then please comment below with your group name and role and I will add custom flair.
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YSK: By using BookShop.org instead of Amazon, you can support local bookstores when buying books online.

Amazon has a near monopoly on the online book market, which is harmful for the industry. Bookshop.org is an indie alternative which helps local bookstores. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I just found about about it and thought it was a great website to know about.
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Supporting local bookstores in this time

I just wanted to recommend supporting the few remaining independent bookstores in this time if you’re like me and you’ve been buying books to stay busy while locked down. It’s a nice alternative to making Jeff Bezos more of a trillionaire.
I’ve placed several orders through Prologue Books Prologue Books Websitein the Short North for delivery and I just wanted to say some of the prices on their website for books are comparable or just slightly more than competitors like Amazon and they’ll order for you what you’d like if not in stock. They’ve also been timely in sending the books. They’re also offering curbside pickup as well. I also heard Gramercy Books in Bexley is doing the same. I’m not affiliated with any of these bookstores and just wanted to share this positive experience.
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Beginners Tips For Singing

Learning to sing can be a bit daunting at times, especially when you’re not sure where to begin. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to find singing lessons for beginners. Whatever your budget or skill level, there is a type of singing lesson that’s right for you.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Singing Lessons for Beginners: Private Lessons
Private singing lessons with an experienced vocal coach are perhaps the quickest way to develop a good singing voice. They are also the most expensive way, since you pay hourly or by the half hour for a series of lessons which could take months.
Private lessons give you one-on-one time with your instructor. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions, receive highly personalized advice, and work on overcoming bad habits you may have developed.
Look for a vocal coach in your area by searching through the classifieds, scrolling through the phone directory, or asking friends and colleagues to recommend a good one. Even if you only take a few private sessions, you could end up with valuable knowledge that will benefit your voice for life.
Singing Lessons for Beginners: Group Practice
If private lessons won’t fit into your budget, consider joining a vocal group instead. This could be a school choir, a church choir, or any vocal ensemble in your area. Look for classified ads or notices in your local music stores. Some junior colleges and community centers have singing groups that perform at local events.
The downside to vocal groups is that you might be required to audition before you can join. Brand new singers might find this difficult. If you manage to get into the group, though, you will be able to learn from the instructor and the other vocalists. You will also be able to practice harmonizing with other singers.
Singing Lessons for Beginners: Online Courses
Online courses can be very helpful for aspiring singers who don’t have a voice coach or vocal group nearby, or for those who would rather pay a one-time fee than pay for ongoing lessons.
Most online singing courses contain video or audio lessons, informational books and charts, and sound recording software programs. These programs allow you to record your singing and play it back to identify trouble spots and measure your progress.
Many of these courses were developed by professional singers or voice coaches, and they are affiliated with web sites and communities where you can ask questions and receive tips from other singers of all skill levels.
Since online courses can be pricey, you should read several unbiased user reviews before settling on one. Choose one that fits your budget, contains plenty of content, and comes with a money-back guarantee.
Singing Lessons for Beginners: Other Study Guides
Of course, you can also find self-study singing guides in print and on DVD. Look at your local bookstores or check out a course from your local library. You might be able to find some good deals, along with user reviews, on Amazon or eBay.
Whether you take your singing lessons from a private instructor, with a group, or on your own, remember that practice is the key to becoming a skilled singer. Natural talent can give you a leg up, but daily practice sessions will help you become more polished and confident.
Learn More
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I found a amazon alternative to online book shopping!

I don't work for them, just heard about it on a podcast (Mbmbam). I gave them a look and will be buying my books online from them from here on out.
From their website: "Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. We believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.
As more and more people buy their books online, we wanted to create an easy, convenient way for you to get your books and support bookstores at the same time.
If you want to find a specific local bookstore to support, find them on our map and they’ll receive the full profit off your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop).
We also support anyone who advocates for books through our affiliate program, which pays 10% commissions on every sale. If you are an author, a website or magazine, have a bookclub, an organization that wants to recommend books, or even just a book-lover with an Instagram feed, you can sign up to be an affiliate, start your own shop, and be rewarded for your advocacy of books. Bookshop wants to give back to everyone who promotes books, authors, and independent bookstores!
By design, we give away over 75% of our profit margin to stores, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books!
We hope that Bookshop can help strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling and keep local bookstores an integral part of our culture and communities.
Bookshop is a B-Corp - a corporation dedicated to the public good."
https://bookshop.org
If there are any other sites like this that you know of for other goods, please share!
Boycott Amazon! Shop local!
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Romanian SFF scene through the lens of a local SFF magazine - Galaxia 42

Galaxia 42 is a F&SF literature and art magazine. They have a few short stories and articles in English as well (though 90% of the content is in Romanian). The shorts include Nightracer by de Dinu Paladi, a serialized novel. The English articles are mostly panoramas of other countries, so they might be interesting for the international-minded reader.
They're on their sixth number and I thought to share because one of the articles analyzing the translated-to-Romanian short stories they've published caught my eye. (Don't worry I won't be spamming these posts every month)
This is the article I'm talking about and the thing I thought might be of slight interest of people who aren't me is the ranking of which short stories have been most popular on their website:
  1. The Penitent Damned By Django Wexler - which the editor says is interesting because Wexler's works aren't translated to Romanian, so he's new to the audience (Romanian story, Original English story)
  2. Morrigan in the Sunglare by Seth Dickinson - where the editor joyfully notes that the story's inclusivity of diversity did not seem to decrease its popularity. After I'd had a look at the mostly male-dominated contributor lists in a lot of this group's projects I gotta admit I'm greatly relieved to know diversity is something they strive for and see as a positive. My country is not the most forward-thinking out there, so it could've gone either way. (Romanian story, Original English story)
  3. Malak by Peter Watts - where the editor just says it's not surprising given a writer like him. I think it's funny because this is the only one out of three I haven't heard about enough to be able to place. (Romanian story, Original English story)
Something else that might be interesting is two top tens of SFF books translated to Romanian: non-anglo books and books with LGBT themes (the tops are in Romanian but you can tell from the covers what the books are), Also some of the Romanian sci-fi covers are really nice, and some are really not.
For the *checks notes* 13 other Romanians on the sub (according to this year's census that I sneaked a peek at) Here are the short stories and a novel published in monthly chapters. I've only looked through them, but I get the sense that my previous impression of Romanian author's preference for depressing or dystopian sci-fi was not wrong. Though there are some fantasy ones sprinkled in between.
I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I've read a few of the articles but that's about it. Might use some short stories for Bingo. I talk the talk, but I generally stay as far as away from translations as I can, though I'm trying to work on that.
Previous posts I've made about Romanian SFF are: Galaxy 42 original post, review of Ciudatul caz al umbrelor by Daniel Timariu & tips for finding local to you books, reviews: What dragons see (kinda Alice in Videogameland) and When the Red Feathers Will Cry (sci-fi novela), review of Tenebre: Labirintul by Daniel Timariu, and a viewof my local bookshop.
A couple of other local books I enjoyed before starting to write reviews: Arhanghelul Raul by Ovidiu Eftimie (from Times New Roman) a satire about how devils are trying to invade the earth and it's up to one marketing exec and the CFR to stop them, but first they have to defeat bureaucracy. Copiii întunericului by Lavinia Călina it's a paranormal/urban fantasy about two witches trying to hide from witch clans. The author also has a steampunk series I'm looking forward to.
I'd love to hear about the SFF scene in other countries!
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Thirty Days of Pride with the Making Gay History Podcast, June 2020 — Gittings & Lahusen

Making Gay History Podcast - Episode 09 — Gittings & Lahusen

Episode Notes
Self-described gay rights “fanatics” and life partners Barbara Gittings and Kay “Tobin” Lahusen helped supercharge the nascent movement in the 1960s and brought their creativity, passion, determination, and good humor to the gay liberation 1970s, leaving behind an inspiring legacy of dramatic change.
Given the era in which they grew up—Barbara was born in 1932 and Kay in 1930—Barbara and Kay faced the challenge of gaining an understanding of themselves at a time when learning about homosexuality was a risky treasure hunt. Both found themselves in books—Barbara through novels like The Well of Loneliness and nonfiction books, including Donald Webster Cory’s 1951 The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach.
Episode Transcript
I’m Eric Marcus and this is Making Gay History.
Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen were a pair of happy warriors who battled their way through decades of the LGBT civil rights movement. Over two visits In the spring and winter of 1989 I spent five hours with Barbara and Kay in their cozy living room in Philadelphia.
Barbara first found her way into the movement in mid-1950s and Kay found Barbara in 1961. Together they devoted most of their lives to the cause.
Now, I can’t do justice to describing these two extraordinary people, so have a look at one of their early photographs on makinggayhistory.com. It’ll light up your screen.
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Eric: Interview with Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen, Wednesday, May 17, 1989, at the home of Barbara and Kay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Interviewer is Eric Marcus. Tape one, side one.
Barbara: Kay. Kay.
Kay: Yeah, what?
Barbara: I need some coffee.
Kay: I’m making right now.
Barbara: And the fruit we should get out that’s on the front porch.
Eric: The reason I want to ask you about… I’ll save Americans for Gay Rights for the next time.
Barbara: Bring some of the blue bowls. Bring out the fruit bowl from the… and there are a couple of knives I had out. Take care of your whistling… It never fails. I’m a musical person. I want a whistling kettle. I get a shrieking kettle.
Eric: We have a harmonic kettle.
Barbara: You do! What does it do? Westminster chimes?
Eric: It’s frightening. It’s off key.
When did the two of you first meet?
Barbara: 1961. At a picnic in Rhode Island whose purpose was to pull together some women to try to start a Daughters of Bilitis Chapter in the New England area.
Eric: Do you remember what you thought the first time you saw Barbara?
Kay: The first time I saw her, I thought she was a very interesting person. I was quite taken with her.
Eric: And you?
Barbara: And I was taken with her. I happened to answer the door when she rang the bell for this picnic. And I was very taken because this was not at all what I had expected.
Kay: She expected some mousy little old lady, I think, to turn up when I turned up.
Barbara: Because I knew that she worked at the Christian Science Monitor and my stereotypes were such that I expected this rather mousy, dour type of person and she was everything…anything but when she turned up at the door. You know, bright cheerful colors. Red hair. Just awfully attractive. And we started talking and jabbering away and…
Eric: And this was… You were coming from where at that time. You were visiting from what city?
Kay: Well, I lived in Boston.
Barbara: I wrote to all of the women on DOB’s mailing list who were within a hundred-mile radius of Rhode Island and invited them to start a chapter up there.
Eric: That was a fortuitous invitation.
Barbara: Yes, very much so, brought her into my life.
Kay: Well, in those days Eric, you have to realize there were like, you know, five people who might have been possible for the Rhode Island chapter. I mean it was nothing. It was just…
Barbara: I think we had all of twelve or fifteen people at this picnic and that was a big turnout. A really big turnout in those days.
Kay: Was it that many?
Barbara: I think it was about that.
Eric: What kinds of people came to that picnic?
Kay: We were certainly a motley crew in those days.
Eric: Married women came?
Barbara: Married women? Possible. Nobody stands out in my memory from that particular…
Kay: Marge and her hopeless love for Jan. Jan didn’t reciprocate. An older woman who wasn’t with anyone, but she told Barbara to go after me, that I was a cute little package. Really ticked me off.
Barbara: Oh, yes. It’s been a standing joke with us ever since.
Kay: Frankly, Eric, in the beginning days of the movement, the people who turned up were by and large pretty odd ball.
Eric: Why is that?
Kay: Because in the early movement it was such an unpopular thing to do. It was nonconformist at a time when most gay people were trying to blend in and pass.
Eric: You were saying, you had to be a little…
Barbara: Yes, you had to be a little bit unconventional to be willing to come out to meetings of a group like that.
Kay: And you had to have some reason to want to crusade, in spite of whatever it might cost you.
Eric: And you started in what?
Barbara: What got me started in the movement was, I found in 1953 or so a book called The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach by Donald Webster Cory. His book was very much a call to arms. He was saying that we ought to be working to gain our equality and our civil rights. So I met him and found out from him that there were organizations of homosexual people and…
Eric: Was that a stunning revelation?
Barbara: Yes, yes, I didn’t realize that there were such groups.
Kay: We’re using the term of the day, homosexual.
Barbara: Not gay. Gay didn’t come until the late ‘60s.
Eric: Was lesbian used at the time?
Barbara: Yes, but not as much.
Kay: Well, it was in the statement of purpose of DOB, honey.
Barbara: The “variant.”
Kay: Oh, the variant, that was it.
Barbara: The variant. They didn’t call her lesbian at all. They called her the variant. Never. Never.
Kay: I forgot that.
Eric: The variant.
Barbara: But anyway, I found out from Cory about the existence of an organization called ONE, Incorporated in Los Angeles. And lo and behold, the next vacation that I had I arranged to take a plane out to Los Angeles. And they told me about the Mattachine Society in San Francisco, so I hopped another plane and went up to San Francisco and talked to them and they told me about the Daughters of Bilitis, which had formed a year ago and was about to start a magazine.
Eric: It was founded by…
Barbara: Eight women including Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. I did accept an invitation to come to a meeting and then I found myself in a living room in a normal social setting with twelve other lesbians and it was a marvelous experience. And I just sat there sort of reveling in the company. It wasn’t a bar setting. These were nice women. And it made a big difference. But I didn’t actually join Daughters of Bilitis until two years later in 1958.
Eric: So’58 you decided, what made you decide to…?
Barbara: I was invited by Del and Phyllis in San Francisco to help start a New York chapter. I guess they had sized me up as someone who would be willing to take the bit and run a little.
Eric: How many were in the New York chapter when you started out?
Barbara: Official members? You might have had ten. I’m guessing.
Eric: In all of New York City.
Barbara: Official members, yes, but a lot more turned up for the social events, the public lectures.
Kay: Thirty, thirty-five if we were lucky.
Barbara: That was a lot.
Kay: That was a lot.
Barbara: That was a lot for an invisible people at a time when you could hardly poke your nose out.
Kay: Daughters of Bilitis didn’t have big public lectures. Mattachine did, but we members of Daughters of Bilitis would go.
Barbara: And sometimes we would co-sponsor, so we’d sort of hitch with Mattachine’s greater strength to get our name onto something.
Kay: And it was usually a lecture on the law and changing the law.
Barbara: Or on changing homosexuality.
Kay: Or it was some psychotherapist or some shrink.
Barbara: Some shrink looking for clients or to cure, usually.
Kay: Or a gay therapist who wasn’t out, and who just got and gave an academic paper on…
Barbara: Or there were…
Kay: Fritz, what did he always used to talk about? Monkeys and things. Homosexuality and animals.
Barbara: These lectures were really excuses…
Kay: …to get together…
Barbara: To get together and to let people come out a little bit. The content of the lecture didn’t really matter that much. We really needed the recognition that we got from these people who were names in law and ministry and the mental health professions. They had a credential and they were willing to come and address a meeting of ours instead of ignoring us entirely. That was important.
Eric: Just by coming.
Barbara: Just by coming and recognizing our existence and our being a legitimate audience. That gave us a boost.
Kay: Most gay people in New York who had any kind of income were going to the therapist. And it was really something trying to get people out from under that whole therapy stuff.
Eric: What did the therapists tell at this time?
Kay: Usually trying to cure them.
Eric: Fix them.
Kay: See, I decided at eighteen I was right and the world was wrong. But the people who were in New York were in that intellectual stew pot there and the going theory at the time was that you were sick and you should go to the doctor and get turned around. Deep analysis. Find out what went wrong in your childhood and so forth. Not too many people just you know thought for themselves and thought, this is a crock of shit.
Barbara: But anyway, we would have these events and then Daughters of Bilitis had its own socials and what were called “Gab ‘n Java” sessions. Literally, talk and coffee.
And there was a topic for discussion that evening. Topics like telling your parents. Going to the therapist. Legal issues. Legal problems. Whatever was the going…
Kay: Should lesbians wear skirts.
Barbara: Oh, yeah. Acceptance by the world at large.
Eric: Should lesbians wear skirts?
Barbara: Well, that was a big thing.
Kay: Gus would tell endlessly about her therapist and what her therapist said. Therapy was…
Barbara: Very big.
Kay: …the overriding thing then. Law reform and politics were secondary and politics….
Barbara: And yet, obviously I was beginning to feel my crusading oats a little bit. I couldn’t help it. And yet I didn’t have a very clear sense of what we were doing and why we were doing it. We sort of bumbled along but where we were going, if you had asked me, I probably wouldn’t have been able to say very clearly.
Eric: When did you develop an awareness…
Barbara: Well, Kay was a big help because Kay’s got a very, very clear mind and some very definite ideas about the world, much more…
Kay: The Mattachine guys pushed things along. After all, they did a sit in in a bar and demanded to be served.
Eric: This was the sip in. I’ve interviewed a couple of people on this event, including Dick Leitsch.
Kay: And that was very important.
Barbara: Well, and we’re moving along. And this coincided…
Kay: Randy Wicker was the first to picket.
Barbara: He picketed the White Hall Induction Center in 1962 or 1963. Yes.
Kay: All very exciting.
Barbara: And this is beginning to filter through to me…
Kay: But I think even before the real activism, Barbara and I were unhappy with the Daughters of Bilitis posture.
Barbara: It was sort of a scolding teacher attitude.
Kay: It was, now, you lesbians had better put on a skirt and shape up and hold a job and go to work 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
Barbara: …and make yourselves acceptable to the world…
Kay: And make yourselves acceptable…
Barbara: …and then you can expect something of the world in return. It was scolding the laggard lesbian.
Kay: Right.
Barbara: And we didn’t, somehow it didn’t really sit well with us.
Kay: It was pointed toward the near do wells who would loll around in the gay bar all day long and…
Barbara: …and we didn’t know any of those.
Kay: As if this was…
Barbara: …the majority of us…
Kay: …the most of us. Whereas the most of us really were in skirts fitting in all too tightly.
Barbara: Right. Very painfully wearing the mask.
Kay: I know I did at The Monitor. I was in a skirt every day fitting in all too tightly. We didn’t like it and thought it was very demeaning and we thought it was very inappropriate.
Barbara: And it seemed to me that at every national convention of Daughters of Bilitis Kay and I would come up with radical proposals that were always voted down.
Kay: We wanted the name of the magazine changed.
Barbara: We wanted memberships for men, associate memberships for men. We wanted to change the name of the magazine. We wanted to change the composition the national board.
Kay: The magazine was called The Ladder because you were supposed to climb up the ladder…
Barbara: Did you ever see the cover of the first few issues?
Kay: …and into the human race on an okay basis.
Barbara: Very badly drawn. The first six issues or so had this picture, a ladder, literally, from some kind of a muddy, muddy marshland with some vaguely humanoid figures down there and this ladder up into the clouds and into the sky.
Kay: The little lesbian is beginning to climb the ladder, upgrading herself so that she will become an okay person instead of a variant who has a poor self image, who doesn’t go to work 9:00 to 5:00, who doesn’t hold a regular job, who isn’t a participating member of society, as if there weren’t thousands of lesbians who were already…
Barbara: …fitting in all too well.
Kay: … great contributors to society. No recognition of them.
Barbara: What they needed was support. Help to get the bigots of their backs and ways to meet other lesbians. They didn’t need the…
Kay: The scolding.
Barbara: …the teaching. They didn’t need to be taught. They really didn’t need to have to learn that much about themselves. But education of the variant was one of the big things in the Daughters of Bilitis. Well, we were sort of itching under all of this, and yet we stuck with Daughters of Bilitis for several years, especially because DOB was then joining with several other gay groups in the east to form what was called ECHO—East Coast Homophile Organizations. The word homophile was very big in the late ‘50s and the early ‘60s.
Kay: Homosexual was deemed too clinical. So they tried to conjure up this word, which still sounds clinical.
Barbara: That was the word they came up with. It was also supposed to mean that you could be heterosexual and support the organization and belong to it.
Kay: The theory was you could make up your own word, but it never did sail.
Barbara: Anyway, we met Frank Kameny at one of the ECHO conferences…
Eric: This is in the early ‘60s.
Barbara: Early ‘60s. He was fantastic. He’d been discharged. He was an astronomer and physicist.
Kay: Did you read my chapter on him [in The Gay Crusaders]. He is so eccentric you’ll have to forgive a lot.
Eric: I’ve met him.
Kay: He’s worth it.
Barbara: But he was a big influence on me because he had such a clear and compelling vision of what the movement should be doing and I just…
Eric: And that was…
Barbara: That was that we should be standing up and demanding our full equality and our full rights and to hell with the sickness issue. They put the label on us. They’re the ones that need to justify it. Let them do they’re justification. We’re not going to help them.
Kay: So the burden of proof is on them. In the absence of valid evidence to the contrary, homosexuality is not a disease, impairment, blah, blah…
Barbara: …malfunction, disorder of any kind. It is fully on par with heterosexuality and fully the equal of it. And when he put that forward as a…
Kay: …credo…
Barbara: Yes, a credo for the movement in 1964, it was the most radical thing that had come down the pike.
Eric: And DOB said, “No, we can’t take a position on it.”
Barbara: DOB was one of the groups that wouldn’t go along with it.
Eric: They said, “Nobody will listen to us. We have to get the professionals to say we’re okay.”
Barbara: We can’t say it ourselves.
Kay: “So we had better help them with their research studies and all of that. And once the professionals say we’re okay then the world will accept it.” And Frank said, “This is rubbish.” He said, “If we stand up and say, ‘We’re right,’ and nobody listens we will not have lost anything. But if somebody listens we will have gained something.”
Barbara: Even if it’s only one gay person who needs a little reinforcement.
Kay: Even if it’s only the gay people who listen we will still have gained something. Suddenly we’re catapulted into this vigorous intellectual back and forth where DOB was back in the mire of wanting to upgrade the variant and we were saying to hell with this, there’s nothing wrong with the variant, it’s society.
Barbara: That’s right. That was the shift that Frank helped put into focus for us.
Kay: Well, he packaged it.
Barbara: Yes he did. He marketed it. That is, he really pushed for its acceptance by the ECHO affiliate organizations at these echo meetings.
Kay: Of course this was a very uneasy alliance because DOB wasn’t ready to go along with all this stuff. For one thing it was the intellectual east vs. San Francisco, where they have nice coffee klatches and all that, right? And Florence said…
Eric: Florence Konrad…
Kay: Yes, “This isn’t the kind of subject matter that can be marketed like toothpaste.” And Frank said, “Unfortunately, this can be marketed like toothpaste.” Well, poor DOB. They had never been grabbed by the short hairs and shaken up this way in their lives, these San Francisco ladies.
Barbara: But what happened was we were editing The Ladder around that time.
Kay: Well, Barbara was the editor.
Barbara: I was the nominal editor. Actually, we both worked on it.
Eric: Of The Ladder
Kay: And, Eric, we would go out and distribute it ourselves. We would go to newsstands. We had…
Barbara: And go to bookstores. Only two places in New York would take it. We tried distributors. They wouldn’t touch it.
Kay: This was a labor of love. You’ve got to realize you’re talking to two fanatics here.
Barbara: I mean, we spent our own gas money and our own everything to do this.
Kay: We were living on a shoestring. We are like, you know, the little lady in tennis shoes, to use a sexist phrase, lady. We have a little old lady in tennis shoes here, locally, who’s outside our supermarket handing out her socialist literature all the time. That’s us in the gay movement. You know what I mean? Little old ladies in tennis shoes living on a shoe string. Totally fanatics. Caught up in a cause.
Barbara: You’re caught up in it and there’s tremendous reward. Sure there are setbacks, but there’s a satisfaction in seeing the accomplishment, in seeing the progress forward. For every setback we’ve made three major strides forward.
Kay: Wouldn’t have it any other way.
Barbara: I can’t imagine not being gay. What would life have been like? Dull? Dismal? Decrepit?
Kay: Barbara likes to say she loves organizations and she would have joined the conservation cause…
Barbara: Oh, that’s true…
Kay: …or save the wilderness or save the whales or something.
Barbara: Oh, sure, but the gay movement is so much more fun.
Eric: Thank you both again.
Barbara: I’ve had such a good time.
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If it sounds like Barbara and Kay’s work on The Ladder was just the warmup phase of their activism, well, that’s because it was. By 1965 they were out on the picket line at the White House and the Pentagon with Frank Kameny for some of the first public protests by gay people.
And even those historic protests were a just prelude to what Barbara and Kay did after the Stonewall uprising. But these stories will have to wait until Season Two of making gay history. That’s when we’ll share another episode with Barbara and Kay.
Barbara died on February 18, 2007. She was 74. Kay lives in an assisted living facility outside Philadelphia. She’s 86.
As always, thank you to our executive producer, Sara Burningham, our audio engineer Casey Holford, our social media guru, Hannah Moch, our webmaster Jonathan Dozier-Ezell, and our researcher Zachary Seltzer. We had production help from Jenna Weiss-Berman and our theme music was composed by Fritz Myers.
Making Gay History is a co-production of Pineapple Street Media, with assistance from the New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division and One Archives Foundation.
Funding is provided by the Arcus Foundation. Learn more about Arcus and its partners at ArcusFoundation.org.
Making Gay History is also made possible with support from the Ford Foundation, which is on the front lines of social change worldwide.
And if you like what you’ve heard, and we hope that you did, please subscribe to Making Gay History on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen to all our episodes on makinggayhistory.com.
So long. Until next time.
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75% off college outerwear merch from Barnes & Noble affiliated schools

Use code COZY on outerwear (jackets, sweatshirts, etc.) to get 75% off your order. Most schools give free shipping too!
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EDIT: Seems like the sales for a lot of schools are over :/ Maybe there's a few that still work but idk
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Moon Books in Minneapolis

This bookstore hosted the first medical tent street George Floyd's murder and the protests first began. They have many used books, but also an ok graphic novel selection. I even found a Daredevil. Most of it is not DC or Marvel, though.
Think about throwing them a bone and getting a book or two. https://moonpalacebooks.com/
I'm not affiliated with them at all and in no way will I profit or earn credits for posting this or from you purchasing from them. #BLM
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Who I’m voting for in the UASU Executive election 2020

These are my personal opinions after attending the forums, asking the candidates questions and reading through candidates platforms. I am not affiliated with any of the candidates or the gateway, just another student. You may not agree with my opinions and that’s more than okay, but I would ask that if you have nothing nice to say, please don’t say anything. I am not tying to influence anyone’s decision I just wanted to offer some insight to those who did not have time to attend the forums or read the candidate’s platforms. All opinions are my own and I don’t mean to cause any indirect offence. Hope this rundown helps some people out there!
VOTE HERE: https://elections.su.ualberta.ca/intro.html
BOARD OF GOVERNORS REP
The position: The Board of Governors (BoG) is the ultimate governing and decision making body on campus. Among many other things, it determines tuition fees, manages University property and finances, and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the University. The BoG representative is a voting member elected by the students.
Candidates:
Dave Konrad
Albert Hu
So I figured this one would be easy, Konrad currently sits on Student’s Council and should know better than Hu, a newcomer to student governance, what the role consists of. However, after listening to both of them answering questions at the residence forum, I was extremely unimpressed with Konrad’s responses. He struggled to find answers to questions, one response being that he would “take the board for coffee” to try and ensure student voices are heard. In the Myer Horowitz forum, Konrad incorrectly stated that “Engineering students pay more fees for mental health resources”. Meanwhile, Hu had some great (and achievable) ideas explaining his suggestion and up vote system for students to use and promising to bring the top three suggestions with him to every meeting. In my opinion, Hu offers a fresh, outsiders perspective which will benefit students. In light of the recent tuition increases, we need someone with concrete ideas for change not someone who wants to make change with cups of coffee.
My vote:
  1. Albert Hu
  2. None of the Above
Unranked:
  1. Dave Konrad
PRESIDENT
The position: Acts as the primary spokesperson for the Students’ Union.
Candidates:
Yiming Chen
Luke Statt
Joel Agarwal
All three candidates are currently involved with student governance, Statt is the current VPOF, Agarwal the current VPA and Chen a Councillor for the faculty of Arts. Agarwal’s platform focused on 3 main things, ensuring affordable education, building a healthy campus community, creating a fair campus. All good ideas, but nothing we haven’t really heard before from past candidates. Agarwal answered questions pretty well but seemed to skirt around the question a couple of times. Chen focuses on international student representation which is an important issue. However, during the Q&A her inexperience was shown and she struggled to give a clear answer on some of the issues discussed. Statt’s platform focuses on sexual violence prevention, mental health support, expanding WOW. Again more of the same. Where Statt pulls ahead however, is his proposal to establish the Students Union Operational Coalition, to enhance the UASU operations and increase revenue to the SU. This is a great news for us students as then the SU will be needing less money from our pockets! Ultimately, I’m going with the 2 candidates who have the most experience with Statt pulling slightly ahead with his SUOC idea.
My vote:
  1. Luke Statt
  2. Joel Agarwal
  3. Yiming Chen
Unranked:
  1. None of the Above
VP STUDENT LIFE
The position: Responsible for university-related non-academic issues.
Candidates:
Katie Kidd
Talia Dixon
In my eyes, this is the most important role as they advocate for such important issues such as mental health and sexual violence. Both candidates have lots of experience in governance, both being current Councillors. In their platforms, they both highlight the importance of hiring a sexual violence coordinator, supporting residence associations, and increasing access to mental health resources. I’m going with Kidd for this one just because I feel that Dixon places too much emphasis on climate justice and while that is an important issue, we need a VPSL who will focus on the students first then other issues second. Both are competent candidates though and whomever should win will do an excellent job.
My vote:
  1. Katie Kidd
  2. Talia Dixon
Unranked:
  1. None of the Above
VP EXTERNAL
The position: Responsible for Students' Union government and community relations.
Candidates:
Rowan Ley
Robert Bilak
While Ley served as the BoG representative this year and should be the stronger candidate, Bilak thoroughly impressed me. Both had strong platforms emphasizing the importance of rallying protests, outreach, affordable education and public transit accessibility. The turning point for me was during the residence forum when the race was asked how they were going to help students find employment opportunities with the elimination of the STEP program. While Ley had no concrete solution saying there was “nothing he could do” unless the provincial government offered funding, Bilak however said he would put in effort to attempt to expand the Canada Summer Jobs Program (offered by the federal government). In my opinion, Bilak has the stronger drive to push for the needs of students.
*I initially had Ley in position 2 but after I saw on this sub reddit that he was criticizing Hu (candidate for BoG) without first identifying himself as the current BoG or disclosing his friendship with Hu's opponent, I’ll be voting “none of the above” in position 2. Not cool dude. [For clarification, I did not identify Ley, he was identified by a third party. I am merely commenting that in my personal opinion he should have been transparent disclosed his affiliation with the position/Konrad before going after this opponent.]
My vote:
  1. Robert Bilak
  2. None of the above
Unranked:
  1. Rowan Ley
VP OPERATIONS AND FINANCE
The position: Responsible for managing the SU's $10 million budget.
Candidates:
Alana Krahn
Samantha Tse
Both candidates voiced their support for the sustainability capital fund and rely on it heavily for their goals to be achieved. Both are very passionate but we haven’t really heard any numbers being thrown at us at any of the forums or any significant mention of deferred maintenance. While Tse has some ideas about expanding SUBmart, she answered too many questions with “I’ll get back to you” or “I’ll learn on the job” which just isn’t acceptable for someone who should have done their homework prior to running for a position. Krahn had more concrete answers to questions which pulls her ahead in my opinion. (may I just add that I LOVE how many women are running this year? Girl power!)
My vote:
  1. Alana Krahn
  2. Samantha Tse
Unranked:
  1. None of the Above
VP ACADEMIC
The position: Advocates for students' interests within the University community and beyond.
Candidates:
David Draper
Eric Einarson
Both focus on important issues such as; lowering the costs of textbooks and working well with faculty associations. Draper has an interesting point on his platform about “banning weekend midterms”. While I understand weekend exams suck, how many classes have a weekend midterm to be written? I know STAT 151 has one but I’m not aware of any other courses. Additionally, if we ban the midterms on the weekend, won’t the university just move the time slot to say a Wednesday night? which is just as (if not more) inconvenient as you have to wait around to take your exam. While I’d like to see it achieved, I’m not so sure. Draper does have some other great ideas including advocating for more needs-based scholarships which I definitely support. Einarson pleasantly surprised me, despite being the underdog. He answered questions well at forums and displayed his passion. His platform is strong, including items such as the promotion of work integrated learning opportunities and addressing the high price of items at the bookstore. Both candidates are strong and either will do a great job for students. I’m going with Einarson here, just because he strikes me as more approachable.
My vote:
  1. Eric Einarson
  2. David Draper
Unranked:
  1. None of the Above
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