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  1. Hi, The Undercurrent publishes an events calendar on the back page of every issue. If your campus club or community group will be having an Objectivism-related event or meeting in the coming months, please post the event info on our calendar form: http://www.the-undercurrent.com/?s=calendar. Also, we are now accepting distribution orders for the November/December issue. You can place an order at: http://www.the-undercurrent.com/?s=distribute Thanks kindly, Distribution Staff, The Undercurrent.
  2. The Undercurrent is now accepting submissions for its November issue. The article draft submission deadline is October 1st. Please send all submissions and inquiries to [email protected] . You are welcome as always to send us your article ideas, or an outline to review, if you would like feedback from our editors in advance of the deadline. Please visit our website - the-undercurrent.com - for a review of submission guidelines or to peruse our past and current issues. Regards, _The Undercurrent_ staff
  3. The Undercurrent is now accepting orders for its September issue (http://www.the-undercurrent.com/?s=distribute). The deadline to order is August 27th. The issue will list the contact info of Objectivist Clubs around the country, a calendar of meetings and events related to Objectivism, advertisements for ARI's Atlas Shrugged Contest. If you are part of a campus club or community group, please e-mail your club's contact info to [email protected], and we will have it listed. Featured articles include a piece that examines the growing anti-immigration movement in America, and a piece that argues that the right to an abortion can only be defended on egoistic grounds. In addition to college campuses, the paper can be distributed in coffee shops, subway stations, libraries, workplace lounges. Orders can be placed at http://www.the-undercurrent.com/?s=distribute. For more information, contact [email protected], or visit our website at www.the-undercurrent.com. Respectfully, The Undercurrent Staff
  4. The Undercurrent is now accepting submissions for its back-to-school issue, due to hit the presses in the first week of September. The article draft submission deadline is July 28th, which is exactly 2 weeks away. Please send all submissions and inquiries to [email protected] You are welcome as always to send us your article ideas, or an outline to review, if you would like feedback from our editors in advance of the deadline. Please visit our website, the-undercurrent.com, for a review of submission guidelines and to peruse our past issues.
  5. There are only two days left to order our fabulous April issue! Go to www.the-undercurrent.com to see a list of April articles. To order, fill out the form at: http://www.the-undercurrent.com/?s=distribute Now is the time to start distributing The Undercurrent. The culture isn't going to change unless we change it. The change starts with students.
  6. The April issue of The Undercurrent goes to press in one week! If you haven't already done so, order your copies immediately at http://www.the-undercurrent.com/?s=distribute The theme of this issue is foreign policy. Inside: * Elan Jouro: "Death to 'Diplomacy' with Iran" * Felipe Sediles: "Domestic Security Secures our Demise" * Kelly Cadenas: " Campus Commentary: The Self-Censorship Epidemic on College Campuses" * Audra Hilse: "World Peace Requires World Freedom" * Ray Girn: "News from the Objectivst Movement: A Businessman Stands for Principle and Property Rights" * Gena Gorlin: "Google China vs. Google Profit * John Lewis: "The Moral Goodness of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima" * Rebecca Knapp: "Democratic Tyranny" * Corinne Bloch: "The Roots of the Hamas Victory" This month we are printing an expanded issue--12 pages, rather than our usual 8--to accommodate the number of high quality submissions that we have received. Distributors, this is one issue you won't want to miss. The content is top-notch. Please place your orders by Sunday, April 2nd. Email [email protected] with questions or comments. -Undercurrent Staff
  7. The Undercurrent's free speech flyer has now been distributed at a number of universities across America and Canada. Several campus papers have picked up the story. It's not too late to distribute the flyer at your school. One distributor at one campus can have an enormous effect on university culture--as we at TU have learned first hand. We have sent free copies to several campuses, and have more left to send. To view the flyer and print it for free, visit www.the-undercurrent.com. As we turn our attentions toward our upcoming April issue, we hope that students will continue to distribute the flyer and continue to fight for the freedom of speech. As always, please email [email protected] with any questions or comments. Undercurrent Staff
  8. The Undercurrent staff are outraged by the global Muslim attack on free speech, which began when the Jyllands Posten published cartoons of Muhammad this fall. The cowardly silence of the national media leaves us no choice: we must step up in defense of freedom. We have produced a special edition, one-page flyer in defense of free-speech. The flyer includes a depiction of one of the original Muhammad cartoons, a statement from our editors, and Onkar Ghate's op-ed, "The Twilight of Freedom of Speech". You can access the PDF at www.the-undercurrent.com We want to distribute this flyer everywhere we possibly can. We ourselves have already begun blanket our respective campuses with it, and we are asking our supporters to do the same. The PDF is free. We ask only that you send an email to [email protected], to tell us where you are distributing and in what quantity. Also, please print and distribute the flyer as a single, double-sided page. We recommend at least 500 copies per campus. You can leave them everywhere. On ledges. On benches. With stacks of newspapers. In classrooms. On dining hall tables. In libraries. Students centers. Dorms. Everywhere. This issue is important. It deserves a response that will shake America. Sincerely, Editors The Undercurrent
  9. Dear students and Undercurrent supporters, After publishing over 20,000 copies of our fifth issue--and distributing it on 34 campuses across North America--we are excited to begin work on our sixth. The next deadline for submissions is March 1st. At present, we are anticipating that the next issue, due out in April, will focus mainly on foreign policy. As usual, however, we are interested in looking at submissions on all topics, so please feel free to submit anything you think may be of general interest to a college audience unfamiliar with Objectivism. Whatever your idea, it also helps to email an abstract of your topic in advance of the deadline. This way we can let you know if yours is the kind of piece we're interested in running. Best, The Undercurrent Staff http://www.the-undercurrent.com [email protected]
  10. To: students of Objectivism If you care about the survival of our culture, as we desperately do, please consider distributing The Undercurrent on your campus. We won't review for you all the ways in which our culture is dying for lack of intellectual fuel--presumably, you already know the symptoms, and see them around you daily. But if we want to resuscitate the culture, we must start on college campuses, where it's suffocating today at a faster rate than anywhere else. It won't cost you much at all, in money or time, to distribute The Undercurrent. It's on newsprint, so it's cheap (about $8.75 per 250 copies plus shipping), and it takes less than half an hour to distribute stacks of it to key locations on campus. But for that price, you get to expose countless students to Objectivism. Many of them you might not have reached any other way. That's what we get out of The Undercurrent--knowing that we're making a real impact on campus culture, breathing whiffs of reason and earthly values onto the students who pick us up and read our pages. But we can't do it without distributors. The deadline for placing orders is TUESDAY, JANUARY 24. Send your order, with the number of issues you wish to purchase, your name, school, and shipping address, to [email protected] The theme of Issue 5 is "Religion." For a sneak preview, see the-undercurrent.com. The articles are as follows: * "Moral Values without Religion" by Peter Schwartz (ARI op-ed) * "The Bait and Switch of 'Intelligent Design'" by Keith Lockitch (ARI op-ed) * Quinn Price, "Intelligent Design and the Philosophy of Make-believe" * Gena Gorlin, "Chronicles of Narnia: Christian Sheep in Lion's Clothing" * Kara Zavarella, "The Case for Girly Beauty" The issue also marks the premier of two new regular features--a commentary on campus publications, and a column on news from the Objectivist movement. In this issue: * Rebecca Knapp, "Religious Tolerance Blights Campus Culture" * Ray Girn, "A Man of Science Crusades against Intelligent Design" As you know, all of our writers are long-time OAC students committed to the study of Objectivism. We at the Undercurrent share a common, selfish goal: to rescue our dying culture by spreading Objectivist ideas on campus. We currently have 15 campuses committed to distribution. If you share our vision, add your campus to the list today to help make an even bigger impact. All the best, The Undercurrent Staff
  11. If you're looking to spread Ayn Rand's ideas among college students, read this: The January issue of The Undercurrent will be going to press within a week. The deadline for placing orders is 12am ET, Wednesday Jan 17, so email us as soon as possible: [email protected] The general topic of this month's issue is "religion". Articles include: -"Moral Values without Religion" by Peter Schwartz (ARI op-ed) -"The Bait and Switch of Intelligent Design" by Keith Lockitch (ARI op-ed) -Rebecca Knapp, "Campus Commentary" (a new feature): Religion is rising unchecked on college campuses. -Quinn Price, "Answering Intelligent Design: The 'Falsification' Pitfall": In order to defeat creationism, we must reconsider our understanding of science. -Ray Girn, "Objectivism in the Culture" (a new feature): Keith Lockitch's lecture circuit on intelligent design. -Gena Gorlin, "Christianity and Narnia": Christianity can gain traction only by diluting its ethical message. -Kara Zavarella, "Why I Enjoy Being a Girl": Feminists dispense with individualism and reality. ==== Why distribute *The Undercurrent*? -articles are written with clarity and persuasiveness for a college audience unfamiliar with Objectivism. -article topics are always fresh, relevant, and provocative -it's on newsprint, so it's cheap. Distribute mass numbers for a low price--a rate of about $8.75 plus shipping per 250 copies--and reach hundreds more students than your usual means of campus activism -our regular "announcements" section draws attention to the nationwide network of Objectivist activism in general, and your campus club's events & meetings in particular. (For additional publicity for your club, it's very easy to stamp your club's name and contact information on each copy.) For more information, visit http://the-undercurrent.com or email us at [email protected]
  12. Preparation for Issue 5 of The Undercurrent is now underway. We're accepting articles on any topic. The deadline for submission (of first drafts) is October 10. Issue 5 is slated for release in early November. Questions? Email [email protected] For information on getting involved with The Undercurrent, please join our mailing list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the- undercurrent/
  13. The online version of Issue 4 of *The Undercurrent* can now be viewed on our website, http://the-undercurrent.com This is a particularly good issue, and now is a particularly opportune time: there are thousands of new college students at the start of their adult lives, and with TU you can reach hundreds of those thousands for less than $10. The deadline for placing orders is 7am ET, Thursday Sept 15, so email us pronto: [email protected] If you have any upcoming club events or meetings, we want to put them in our "announcements" section. It's free of charge; you don't even have to order copies for distribution at your school. It's a great way to draw attention to both your club and the nationwide circuit of Objectivist campus activism. Don't have the details of your upcoming meetings & events yet? No problem: we can just list your club's contact info for more information. Even if you merely want to announce your club's existence (and that you're *planning* on having meetings or events), we'll be happy to include you. If interested, email us at [email protected] undercurrent.com asap; the deadline for this is the same as the above deadline: 7am ET, Thurs. Sept 15. Regards, Doug Peltz TU project & distribution manager
  14. Looking to spread Ayn Rand's ideas among college students? You can't afford not to distribute *The Undercurrent*--find out more about both our project and forthcoming issue, below. Here's an indication of the articles inside Issue 4; tell us right away if you're interested in ordering a batch of copies. Does your campus club have any upcoming events or meetings? We'll put them in the paper and advertise it--regardless of whether you intend to order copies. Just let us know at your soonest convenience by emailing us at [email protected] -Gena Gorlin on Harry Potter and its cultural reception (Gena Gorlin) -Don Watkins on the anti-science right and left -Audra Hilse on the importance of historical principles and why we have forgotten 9/11 -Rebecca Knapp on extracurricular campus life and a call for individualism -Ray Girn on the pitfalls of mental passivity (and the importance and pleasure of focus) -And more, including a staff editorial & ARI op-ed. ==== Why distribute The Undercurrent? -articles are written with clarity and persuasiveness for a college audience unfamiliar with Objectivism. -article topics are always fresh, relevant, and provocative -it's on newsprint, so it's cheap. Distribute mass numbers for a low price--a rate of about $8.75 plus shipping per 250 copies--and reach hundreds more students than your usual means of campus activism -our regular "announcements" section draws attention to the nationwide network of Objectivist activism in general, and your campus club's events & meetings in particular. (For additional publicity for your club, it's very easy to stamp your club's name and contact information on each copy.) For more information, visit http://the-undercurrent.com or email us at [email protected]
  15. Hi SoftwareNerd, The paper is of a size that can be leafletted out, but as far as I know most clubs do not use that method. Most distribute the paper by placing and replenishing copies at campus newsstands, libraries, and coffee shops. Many also hand out the paper at club events/lectures. The Undercurrent is a new project so we're only beginning to explore the possibilities in terms of distribution. We have found that it is better to concentrate distribution in high-traffic areas than to spread the copies thin. (Also, it is less time-consuming to check on them and replenish once or twice a week than it is to try to cover every location on campus.) We do insist that distributors follow the relevant campus rules. Students should contact campus facility management for clarification about their school's distribution policies. Additionally, they should be aware that often certain newsstands belong to specific papers and can't be used by the Undercurrent even if they are empty. Putting papers on the floor next to a newspaper rack is often a good alternative, but it's important to find out what's the likelihood a janitor will just come by in the evening and throw them out. (This too is the kind of thing the campus facility management office usually knows.) Over time, the Undercurrent will develop more comprehensive distribution policies and suggestions. We're particularly looking out for ways in which distributing the Undercurrent can help clubs advertise their events (and in general bring attention to themselves). For instance, some campuses allow clubs to put newsletters into a package given to incoming freshmen; if so, that would be a great way for a club to use the Undercurrent to bring attention to itself and to Objectivism. Anyone interested in making distribution suggestions, or otherwise discussing the paper, is encouraged to join the Undercurrent's announcement and discussion list at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the-undercurrent/ Ray Girn, Undercurrent Staff www.the-undercurrent.com
  16. Hi SoftwareNerd, For the first three issues we had an average of about 10,000 copies per issue. Our distribution numbers have grown with every issue—we started the first issue with four or five campuses on board, and for the most recent third issue we reached well over ten campuses. (For the upcoming fourth issue, we expect to reach over fifteen). Campuses we've distributed at include: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, St. John's College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Universty of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, Duke University, Lawrence University, Ashland University, Drexel University, and the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Toronto, the University of California Irvine, and Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. In general, campus clubs order between 200 and 1,000 copies, depending on the size of their school. Ordering one issue does not involve a commitment, so clubs are encouraged to try distributing the Undercurrent on as trial basis. We believe that it's a great way to make a large impact on students with relatively little work involved. Thanks for your question and your interest, Ray Girn co-editor
  17. The Undercurrent is now accepting submissions for its September issue. For more information, see http://the-undercurrent.com. Also, if you'd like to keep informed of the latest TU news (distribution, forthcoming articles, etc.) and/or discuss article topic ideas, the scope and mission of our project, etc., we invite you to sign up for our new mailing list at Yahoo! Groups. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the-undercurrent/. Regards, The Undercurrent staff
  18. A preview of the contents of Issue 3 is now available at our website: http://the-undercurrent.com. Check back on Thursday for the final versions, including the PDF. To place a request for print copies, write to mail at the-undercurrent dot com. Deadline for requests is Thursday, June 23, 9am ET, so act quickly! =================== Distribute The Undercurrent. The perfect way to promote Objectivism where you live. It's cheap. It's easy. It's fun. It's cheap: 3.5¢ per copy. A bundle of 200 copies costs you $7.00 (shipping charges extra). It's easy: simply drop off copies anywhere periodicals are freely distributed (local bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, student centers, etc.). Distribute it on your campus. Distribute in your city. Give a copy to a receptive friend or acquaintance. It's fun: throw a distribution party with your local Objectivist campus or community organization. Leave a stack at the coffee shop, sit back with a macchiato, and watch newcomers pick up a copy with eager eyes (or just watch your professors squirm). And we think you'll find it effective, too. Take a look at our website to browse through past issues and preview the forthcoming one.
  19. THE UNDERCURRENT, ISSUE 2 - MAY 2005 *ORDER NOW* The second issue of The Undercurrent, a new campus Objectivist newspaper, will soon be available in online and print formats. If you are interested in ordering copies of Issue 2 on newsprint, this is your chance! Send us an email at [email protected] Please indicate how many copies you'd like to order, your shipping address, and your preferred method of payment (PayPal or check only; we'll contact you with further details). Like the first issue, Issue 2 will be printed in 8.5 x 11" booklet format. Each booklet will be eight pages long, binded, and printed on newsprint. For a sneak peak at the content of Issue 2, email us at [email protected] to request an electronic version of the latest draft. Pricing is approximately as follows: Printing: for 250 copies..... $6.75 500 copies..... $13.50 1,000 copies... $27 2,000 copies... $54 (and so on... i.e. $13.50 per set of 500 copies) Shipping: Copies will be shipped via UPS Ground from Champaign, IL during the first full week of May. Cost varies depending on the number of copies and distance to be shipped. For one bundle containing 1,000 copies, shipping costs range from around $15 to $30 within the U.S. (e.g. Boston or New York: around $18; Los Angeles: around $30). If you or your campus club cannot afford to pay for copies this month, you may consider attempting to secure funding from your school to pay for future issues. (We will continue production through the summer months.) We are also available to work with you to find funding and distribution solutions. Also, we're looking for contributors for next month's articles! Email us to find out more. -The Undercurrent staff web: http://the-undercurrent.com email: [email protected]
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