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Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005, 06:39 pm
krustad: FC5C logo?

Because every club needs a t-shirt...or something... Introducing the Free Culture 5C t-shirt contest! Well, there's no prizes, and not really a deadline either. It'd just be nice to have a catchy logo to stick on stuff--if not t-shirts, maybe all our flyers.

We could just use the national logo (found at the top left of the national website). We could remix the logo somehow, with different effects, colors, or whatnot. Or, if people feel so inclined, we could come up with something totally different. Who knows?

If you have ideas, make comments!

Fri, Nov. 4th, 2005, 01:59 pm
krustad: Democratisation of Information talk on Wednesday

This was pointed out to me by Jojo:

ASHMC has teamed up with Pomona and the New York Times to present the
following talk:

"The Democratization of Information: Reshaping social values and power dynamics through broadened access to information, from online newspapers to blogs, wireless networks to cameraphones"
Amy Waldman, New York Times correspondent and former Co-Bureau Chief of the New Delhi bureau
Wednesday, November 9, 7pm
Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College
This event is open to the public and all members of the Claremont community are invited to take part.

This talk isn't *explicitly* about Free Culture, but it definitely looks like a topic of interest to our cause... If y'all can, try and attend!

Tue, Oct. 18th, 2005, 03:42 pm
krustad: Proposed chapter constitution and bylaws

We'll be discussing and voting on these at the meeting this week (Thursday, Hum 101, 9 PM). If you see any glaring omissions or want to start the discussion early, though, feel free to comment.


Article I - Name

The name of this organization is "Free Culture 5C".

Article II - Purpose

The purpose of Free Culture 5C is help create a freer, more participatory culture by raising awareness of intellectual property issues and promoting creativity in the Claremont College community.

Article III - Membership

Students, faculty, or staff at any of the Claremont Colleges are welcome to join Free Culture 5C. This organization, including all of its members, will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Article IV - Officers

There will be one formal officer, the President. The President's duties include: acting as official organization representative, scheduling meetings, coordinating advertising, and managing the club budget. Should future growth of Free Culture 5C require it, other officers may be added later by amendment. All officers are to be elected during the first meeting of the fall semester for a one-year term.

Article V - Advisor

The Free Culture 5C advisor will support members in fulfilling the purpose of the organization and act as a resource for members. The advisor position is available for a one-year term, which may be renewed. A potential advisor must be a faculty member at the Claremont Colleges and must be approved by a majority vote of organization members.

Article VI - Meetings

Meetings will take place on Thursday evenings while school is in session. Special meetings may be called at other times by the President.

Article VII - Quorum

Four organization members must be present for Free Culture 5C to conduct business.

Article VIII - Successor

In the case that Free Culture 5C fails, the ASPC is entitled to receive its assets.

Article IX - Amendments

Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by any Free Culture 5C member. Notice must be given by emailing the amendment to all members and/or by posting it on the Free Culture 5C website. To be approved, amendments must win a majority vote of organization members.

Article X - Ratification

In order to be ratified, this constitution must win a majority vote of Free Culture 5C members.


A. Dues

There shall be no dues required for membership in this organization.

B. Executive Board

The Executive Board shall consist of all organization officers. Until such time that Free Culture 5C has more than one officer, the Executive Board shall have no special powers beyond those of the President.

C. Committees

Committees may be formed at any time, according to the needs of this organization, by vote of organization members. All committees shall have a coordinator appointed, by vote of committee members. The coordinator shall be in charge of leading the volunteers working on the committee and communicating with the rest of Free Culture 5C.

D. Order of Business

Typical meetings will consist of planning for and status reports on current projects, then discussion of possible future events, and finishing with informal discussion of Free Culture-relevant news.

E. Parliamentary Procedure

Typical meetings will have round-table, relatively informal procedure. All members may contribute to discussion, with the expectation that they be courteous to other members. If discussion becomes tangential, it is the duty of the President to bring the meeting back on topic.

F. Amendment Procedures

Amendments to the bylaws may be proposed by any Free Culture 5C member. Notice must be given by emailing the amendment to all members and/or by posting it on the Free Culture 5C website. To be approved, amendments must win a majority vote of organization members.

G. Other specific policies and procedures


Mon, Oct. 17th, 2005, 08:09 pm
krustad: It's Fall Break! What else are you going to do?

Well, there's homework. And all the various hijinks in which college students tend to involve themselves. But, if all the crazy hijinks get a bit dull, here's another suggestion: Read Free Culture (the book by Lawrence Lessig).

It's available for free download under a Creative Commons license. Or, if you'd rather have a hard copy, you can borrow it either from Honnold/Mudd or from me. By land, air, or sea, though, you should read it. It's a very intelligent (yet accessible) book, and explains the ideas behind Free Culture way better than I ever could.

Mon, Oct. 17th, 2005, 07:51 pm
krustad: Pictures from the first meeting!

Check them out here.

Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005, 06:38 pm
krustad: Second meeting

is tonight! Humanities 101, at 8:00. We'll be discussing plans for the semester/year, as well as starting putting together a club constitution and enjoying some carbonated beverages. Be there!

Wed, Sep. 28th, 2005, 10:30 pm
krustad: First meeting!

Like art?

(Or music, movies, open source, freedom, and lots of other good things...)

Then you should attend the first-ever meeting of Free Culture 5C! We'll learn about the issues facing creativity and innovation today, as well as discussing possible events for the year and listening to some sweet tunes. Plus, there will be cereal for the munching!

Who: YOU!
Where: Humanities 101 (on the Scripps campus; it's that weird open building with all the olive trees)
When: Thursday at 8:30 PM

Carolyn and I hope to see you there!

Sun, Sep. 18th, 2005, 07:15 pm
krustad: First post

Welcome to Free Culture of the 5Cs!

(It would've been called Free Culture Claremont, but, as my friend Andrew pointed out, that makes for an unfortunate acronym...)

Anyway, my name is Karen Rustad, and I'm a Scripps sophomore. I like postcards, quantum physics, and good music. I'm presently trying to organize a 5C chapter of the national organization Free Culture.

My hope for this group is to raise awareness about intellectual property issues in the 5Cs and collaborate with other groups in encouraging student creativity. This semester I'd like to host events like Copynight, screen Creative Commons-licensed or orphaned films, hold a 5C mixtrade, start a free music radio show on KSPC, and perhaps invite speakers such as Jimbo Wales (the founder of Wikipedia) to campus.

Those are ideas, anyway. Ultimately, however, Free Culture can be about whatever the participants want it to be. My personal specialties happens to be in music and film, but if enough members are of, say, the open-source variety, we could put together a "Free Your PC" event like they did at the University of Florida. We could work with pre-med and politics students on advocating the production of generic drugs for AIDS and other diseases in Third World nations. And so forth.

Free Culture crosses all sorts of political and disciplinary lines. It runs the gamut from eating your cereals mixed to participating in civil disobedience by hosting banned music or censored documents. Free Culture can be pretty much whatever you want it to be, with whatever level of commitment you feel willing and able to put forth.

Anyway. I hope to see lots of enthusiastic faces at our first meeting--whenever SARLO gets back to me about scheduling a time and a date. :)

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