Part of the syllabus for my art history class is a term paper covering some form of ethical issue. After searching for something to write about, figuring “controversial” is my ticket to a B or better, I’ve decided on censorship. My paper might be more aimed on whether or not those who call themselves artists should be exempt from depicting what would be a felony for anyone else. As an example, and the focus of my paper are the works of Jock Sturges, whose work is primarily photos of nude children. For him to do it, it’s art. If I did it, I would be committing a felony and being labeled a sex predator. I wouldn’t do it anyhow, I personally disagree with the notion that it’s not wrong.
In other news, Kent State and Purdue both accepted me into their doctorate programs as well, so my record as of today is 4 for 4, with 5 not yet heard from.
Ohio State University has just accepted me into their program as well, and will be considering me for a fellowship. I’m 2 for 2 on acceptance to graduate schools that I’ve heard from.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail titled “CIS UPenn.” I hadn’t expected to hear from UPenn (or anywhere, really) before early March, so I thought for sure it was a rejection letter. I was wrong! I’ve been accepted to UPenn with the offer of a 4 year fellowship. I’ve looked into housing prices both on- and off-campus, and I think I can do fairly well on the stipend they’re offering. Now I just have to wait and see about the other 8 places I applied to!
The junk mail I get is apparently evolving into a more personal experience. Not that I’m a fan of this stuff, but I felt like the irony in this particular offer had to be shared. I was first a little surprised to find that my name was so big on the envelope.
I was absolutely shocked to see my name in the insert, ESPECIALLY the top right corner’s picture having my name rotated and placed accurately.
But then they went and did something stupid, and failed to address me by name on the letter. I just felt it was a little amusing, that’s all.