“With a new President comes a new Administration” was submitted anonymously to Fully Present. It is our esteemed pleasure to share this zine with the wider public. Below you will find several copies– they are formatted for easy reading online and to be printed and distributed by others. Please remember to change the file name if you print on campus, the Earlham administration is eager to find the writer and often checks student printing accounts to search for potential suspects.
“With a new President comes a new Administration”— Click below to access the readable version.
“With a new President comes a new Administration”— Click below to access the printable version. Print your own to distribute far and wide! Though be cautious, the administration watches what you print and does not like to be mocked.
Below is another printable copy. This copy has flipped every other page to compensate for Earlham printer’s odd formatting. If you have trouble printing the above printable copy, try this one.
Trigger Warning For Sexual Assault
By Chloe Woodard
I am going to tell you “my” story, but this is not just mine to tell. I am not the only survivor with this experience. I want to invite you into this story, but do not have pity on me. I invite you to get angry with me. I need you to feel my fury. My boyfriend, who was sixteen years my senior, raped me on June 18th, 2015. It was a Thursday and I had to work a double shift the next day. After he raped me he drove me home. We sat in silence for twenty minutes. He knew what he had done, I am certain of this now. This rape was not physically violent, but I do not doubt that it could have been. The next day I worked from 8am until midnight harboring a terrible secret. Looking back now I realize how much I wanted to talk about what had happened to me. I wanted to invite people into this trauma. I wanted the world to cry with me, but the world didn’t stop spinning… and we are expected to deal with our traumas with grace and poise. I was not graceful or poised. There are parts of that summer that I do not remember, moments of disassociation I experienced, and often times I felt like a shell of a person wearing a smile that didn’t belong to me and holding a secret that no one cared to know about. Nine months later and I am, instead, filled with a rage that has no limit and I invite you to feel this rage with me. I am not alone and I was never alone.
By Nicky Sontag
Monday, March 21st there was a Trump supporter standing with a sign that read “You Will Submit to Trump” at the intersection by LBC and the CST. As I have never knowingly interacted with someone who supports Trump and because I read Gabe Penk’s piece in the last edition of Fully Present and have had many conversations about the need to listen to those we tend to dismiss, I elected to try to engage him in a conversation. We ended up talking for over an hour about many different topics, most of which he, Mike, flavored with xenophobic, sexist, horrible, racist, disgusting claims and beliefs. Needless to say, it was extremely hard to listen to those words fall from another’s mouth, let alone stay calm and at least attempt to listen and not dismiss. And often, both during and after our conversation, I questioned the productivity of listening to such fucked up bullshit. I still don’t know if it was a good move; on the one hand I was terrified, angry, and pissed off afterwards, but on the other hand I believe I have a slightly better understanding of where his rhetoric comes from and I am therefore able to contextualize him as a human (capable of laughter, a smile, a name, a handshake, having friends, role models, and a phone #… yes, we exchanged #s) instead of just some dark gunk clogging the air with inflammatory language and violence. No doubt, he did those things, too. But that’s not all he is. And if we are to ask Mike, as I did, to rethink the conflation of Islam and Arabs and terrorism because each individual is unique and is deserving of the context in which they breath, and eat and sleep, is it not equally important to do the same with those we radically disagree with?
By Daniel Hunter, Earlham alumni 2001
I was leading a training in the capital city of Burma. After being silent for the first part of the training, several ethnic minorities began to speak cautiously, then increasingly and with greater certainty. Eventually, they turned to the ethnic majority Burmans and shared stories of their oppression in Burmese society. They spoke of biased laws, cultural oppression they experienced as children, and how police and military targeted them.
The response was predictable. The ethnic majority declared the way that the ethnic minority spoke out as inappropriate. “We have to support one another [against the dictatorship].” “It’s not appropriate to do this in front of foreigners.” “You shouldn’t be so angry when you talk to us.”
There are lessons here that the Earlham community can use right now, especially in light of the recent unfolding dynamics around racism and Earlham. Even without knowing all the details, across cultures there’s a general pattern when historically oppressed groups stick up for themselves.
By Gabe Penk
What if presidential campaigning wasn’t about the usual televised debates and campaign rallies? Today politicians gain further outlets to shape national discourse while voters are expected to listen and pledge support based on whose platform is more agreeable (or less disagreeable.) What if we reversed the roles? What if we citizens started the dialogue while the candidates did the listening? Rather than courting particular demographics through divisive rhetoric and ads, candidates would challenge each other by demonstrating themselves to be the best listener. That would mean appealing to voters not in their fierce speeches or bold resolve, but in their effort to listen openly to the endless diversity of viewpoints which compose this country.
I’ll admit, this strategy might leave most (if not all) the current candidates at a significant disadvantage. And certainly it would be no easy task to listen to a population as large and diverse as that of the United States while resisting the habit of stereotyping and skirting around views different from one’s own. These are just fanciful imaginings anyway, and I don’t expect to see such a radical shift in political campaigns anytime soon. However, there is no reason why this practice of listening across political divides can’t begin between us, the people.