Samuel L. Jackson: “Wake The F**k Up!” And Vote Obama (NSFW)

Samuel L. Jackson: “Wake The F**k Up!” And Vote Obama (NSFW)

Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson, with his booming voice and imposing presence, was the perfect choice to  record last year’s audiobook version of the bestselling children’s book for adults, Go the F**k to Sleep!.

In a new, unconventional ad for President Barack Obama that hit the internet on Thursday, Jackson improvises on that title in his political video, Wake the F**k Up!. Have you been thinking about just sitting out this election, or maybe even considering voting for Romney just for the hell of it? You may want to think twice about that!

Jackson may appear out of nowhere to give you a profanity-laced nursery rhyme about the dangers of voting Republican this November. In this video, Jackson magically shows up in the homes of seniors, young people and other disaffected voters to exhort them with his very salty language to start paying attention. Disparaging Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in rhyming verses, Jackson says:

Sorry, my friends, but there’s no time to snore.
An out-of-touch millionaire has just declared war.
On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay.
We’re all on our own if Romney has his way.
And he’s against safety nets, if you fall, tough luck.
So I strongly suggest that you wake the f**k up.

The video was sponsored by the Jewish Council on Education and Research.

Samuel L. Jackson: “Wake The F**k Up!” And Vote Obama (NSFW)

A Charming Little Bedtime Story: Go the F**k to Sleep!!

Go the F**K To Sleep is a wonderful little book by Adam Mansbach, probably the best children’s story since the classic Goodnight Moon. The story only gets better here, when it’s read by Hollywood favorite Samuel L. Jackson, who says in the introduction that in his own experience reading stories to put kids to sleep just doesn’t work. Jackson said he used to say “Go the f**k to sleep!” to his own daughter when she was growing up. He says, at some point, she would look at me when I would come in her room, and she’d say, “Go the f**k to sleep, Daddy?” And I’d say, “Yeah, go the f**k to sleep!

A Charming Little Bedtime Story: Go the F**k to Sleep!!

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Wofford Terriers Going to the NCAA Tournament: Let’s Go Dance!

Wofford Terriers Going to the NCAA Tournament: Let’s Go Dance!

The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket was released on Sunday, and Wofford College was announced as the #14 seed, playing #3 seed Brigham Young University on Thursday in Denver, Colorado. This season Wofford won the Southern Conference Tournament, defeating the College of Charleston 77-67 to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

The Terriers gathered to watch the selection show in Leonard Auditorium on campus on with an exuberant, capacity crowd on hand. On Monday evening, the team was honored by the city with a large pep rally in downtown Spartanburg (SC).

Wofford Opens NCAA Tournament Play Against Brigham Young University

Wofford Terriers Going to the NCAA Tournament: Let’s Go Dance!

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Wofford Repeats as SoCon Champs, Wins Second Straight Trip to NCAA Tourney

Wofford Repeats as SoCon Champs, Wins Second Straight Trip to NCAA Tourney

With a Southern Conference tournament title to defend and a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament on the line, Wofford College refused to let it slip out of their hands. It was back-to-back SoCon Championships as the Wofford men’s basketball team defeated the College of Charleston 77-67 on Monday night at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga (TN). Down by four at the half, Wofford used strong free-throw shooting in the final minutes to secure the championship.  Cameron Rundles scored 21 points in the win, which sends Wofford to its second straight NCAA basketball tournament berth. Wofford is 21-12 on the season and College of Charleston is 24-10 overall.

Wofford awaits Selection Sunday to learn where they will play in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Wofford’s Ready To Start Dancing!

Wofford Defeats the College of Charleston: Wins Southern Conference Tournament

Wofford Terriers: 2011 Southern Conference Champions!!

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Faulkner at Virginia: Prophet and Poet

Faulkner at Virginia: Prophet and Poet

In February 1957, when he arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia, to occupy his position as the University of Virginia’s first Writer-in-Residence, William Faulkner was 59 years old.  He had already published sixteen novels, five volumes of short stories and a dozen other books, but had only recently begun to be known as the country’s greatest living novelist.  In 1949 he became just the fourth American author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and earlier in the same year the American Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded him the Howells Medal for Fiction.  In the next five years he also received two National Book Awards (1951, 1955) and a Pulitzer Prize (1955).

The University of Virginia has just published an online audio archive of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s two-year term as writer-in-residence at Virginia during the late 1950s.  In the recordings, Faulkner talks about his books, his career and events of the day.  The entire archive of Faulkner’s material can be accessed here.

A Word to Virginians

Faulkner was not afraid to challenge his audiences at the University of Virginia, as became clear when he decided to begin his second Spring semester in “Residence” by delivering “A Word to Virginians,” a nine-minute speech urging them to help solve rather than exacerbate the growing crisis over court-ordered integration in the Jim Crow South.  To 21st century listeners, his exhortations may sound more like temporizings, but at the time they were controversial, and to some in his immediate audience, as you can hear for yourself, unacceptable:

William Faulkner: A Word to Virginians

A Word to Young Writers

In his talk entitled A Word to Young Writers, Faulkner stated, “I have not read all the work of this present generation of writing. I have not had time yet.  So I must speak only of the ones I do know. I am thinking now of what I rate the best one, Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, perhaps because this one expresses so completely what I have tried to say.  A youth, father to what will—must—someday be a man, more intelligent than some and more sensitive than most, who—he would not even have called it by instinct because he did not know he possessed it because God perhaps had put it there, loved man and wished to be a part of mankind, humanity, who tried to join the human race and failed.  To me, his tragedy was not that he was, as he perhaps thought, not tough enough or brave enough or deserving enough to be accepted into humanity.  His tragedy was that when he attempted to enter the human race, there was no human race there.  There was nothing for him to do save buzz, frantic and inviolate, inside the glass wall of his tumbler, until he either gave up or was himself, by himself, by his own frantic buzzing, destroyed.”

William Faulkner: A Word to Young Writers

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner: A Reading of The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner at the University of Virginia

William Faulkner: Prophet and Poet

William Faulkner: Nobel Prize Speech (1950)

Slide Show: Faulkner at Virginia/Prophet and Poet

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Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Bullets don’t like people
who love flowers,
They’re jealous ladies, bullets,
short on kindness.
Allison Krause, nineteen years old,
you’re dead
for loving flowers.

May 4th, 2010, will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Kent State Shootings, also known as the Kent State Massacre, which took place at Kent State University in Ohio.  It involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970.  The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others.

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon had announced in a television address on April 30.  Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.  There was a significant nation-wide response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States resulting from a student strike of four million students.

Remembering The Kent State Massacre May 4, 1970

Slide Show: Kent State/The Day the War Came Home

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Wofford College Falls to Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament Heartbreaker, 53-49

Wofford College Falls to Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament Heartbreaker , 53-49

Wofford College was tied with the University of Wisconsin with 1:17 left in the game, but came up short in a 53-49 final score.  Wofford was down by eight points at the half, but used a 12-4 run to tie the game four minutes into the second half and kept it a one possession game until the final seconds of the NCAA Tournament game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Wofford ends the season with a 26-9 record, the most wins in school history, while Wisconsin is 24-8 overall.  Wofford was a #13 seed in their first-ever NCAA Basketball Tournament appearance. Wisconsin was a #4 seed and advances to the second round.

Wofford College Falls to Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament Heartbreaker, 53-49

You can read more about Wofford’s game against Wisconsin  here.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional: Wofford College Plays University of Wisconsin

NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional: Wofford Plays University of Wisconsin

On Sunday, an enthusiastic gathering of Wofford students, alumni and other supporters joined the 2010 Southern Conference basketball champions on the Wofford College campus, and learned the team’s destination for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Wofford will head to Jacksonville (FL) to play the University of Wisconsin on Friday.

Wofford finished the regular season with a 26-8 record and earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Wisconsin Badgers, who earned the No. 4 seed in the East Regional, enter the tournament with a 23-8 overall record.  The trip marks the first time in program history that Wofford has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Wofford enters the tournament as the Southern Conference champion.

The winner of Wofford’s first-round game will then face the winner of the game between No. 5 seed Temple and No. 12 seed Cornell University on Sunday, March 21.

NCAA Basketball Tournament Selections: Wofford College Plays Univ. of Wisconsin

2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: One Shining Moment (Luther Vandross)

Listen to Wofford College Coach Mike Young’s wonderful comments about his players on Wofford’s Southern Conference Championship team on NPR’s Only A Game here.

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