57: DarwinAwards

14 04 2009

Taken from Darwinawards.com
Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.

Modus Operandi Misfires:

(01 March 1998) Randy Nestor, 28, was a considerate car thief. When the stolen cars became hot, he didn’t just abandon them, he torched them. Setting the cars on fire, he reasoned, helped the owners collect insurance on their vehicles. This criminal habit became his downfall. After a 10-year career of theft, Randy burned to death in Pittsburgh, PA in a van which he had set fire to from the inside. He hadn’t realized that the door handle on the driver’s side was broken. Friends tried to release him, but the door was locked. His burned body was found inside the van on Sunday.

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56: Greetings!!

1 03 2009

Welcome back to Culture Inscribed, CSU Fresno’s Anthropology department newsletter!
We have a packed issue for you and hope you enjoy! Here’s what you will find:

1.AnthroClub Minutes by Ashlee Dotson and Selena Farnesi
2.Anthropologist of the Fortnight, Dr. Marchese by Chrystal Kinsella
3.AnthroNews: TheAnthroGuys blog by Dr Delcore
4.AnthroTerm by Chrystal Kinsella
5.Darwin Awards by Chrystal Kinsella (taken from darwinawards.com)
6.Central California Research Symposium by Dr. Mullooly

Please, feel free to make comments and suggestions. If you have any questions or have a submission please contact the me, the editor, at pinkmonkeycaru[at]gmail.com.
We are looking for people who are willing to contribute on a regular basis, so if you would like to or have any questions regarding what the ‘job’ entails, please contact me.





56:AnthroClub Minutes

1 03 2009

By Ashlee Dotson and Selena Farnesi
On Febuary 26th, 2009 the Anthro Club held the second meeting of the semester. Dr. Mullooly graciously paid for pizza for the 11 members in attendance.
In terms of old business, here is what happened:
The meetings will be held at 1:00pm in PB390. Our next meeting will be on March 5th (we hope to see everyone there!).
Chrystal Kinsella resigned from her administration role on the Anthro Club’s Facebook page. We want to thank her for the work she did in promoting and keeping everyone informed.
The new business is as follows:
The department secretary, Sherry Reich, planned on going to the Holy Land; as many of you know we did a garage sale fundraiser for her to fulfill her dream, at which we raised 700 dollars. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances the trip has been postponed indefinitely.
Sherry is very grateful to everyone who helped her raise the money and wanted to return the money to the club.
Ashlee Dotson and Kathryn Johnson motioned that the money be saved for Sherry in the event that she is able to go to the Holy Land, the members in attendance supported the motion.
The club made tote-bags as a means of a fundraiser last year. They were lost for sometime in Dr. Mullooly’s garage, but they have been located! We will attempt to sell them at the Fresno County Archaeological Society lectures that take place the first Monday of every month as well as at the Anthro Night Socials on the first Tuesday of the month.
The next meeting, as mentioned above, will be March 5th. We will continue having pizza, but anyone who comes must bring one or two dollars to cover the cost of the pizza as it is unfair for Dr. Mullooly to continue paying out of his own pocket.
Hope to see everyone there March 5th!





56:Anthropologist of the Fortnight

1 03 2009

By Chrystal Kinsella
Dr. Ronald T. Marchese

Dr. Ronald T. Marchese was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He got his Bachelors degrees in History and Anthropology from CSU Fresno and his Masters degree from NYU. All through out high school Marchese planned to become an Architect. It was in his early years at Fresno State that he realized architecture was not what he wanted to pursue. He had always been interested in Archaeology so it worked out nicely for him. He still uses all of his architecture knowledge in his archaeology work today.
He is a professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching classes in ancient history and archaeology. He also teaches graduate classes on the Minneapolis campus and undergraduate classes on the Duluth campus.
Dr. Marchese is the winner of two Fullbright Research Awards. With these awards he studied the settlement archaeology in Western Turkey. More specifically, he studied early to complex urban societies and landscape architecture. From this work he produced two books. Dr. Marchese has also done extensive work on ethnoarchaeology in South East Turkey.
Dr. Marchese would like to leave the students of Fresno State with some words of wisdom. If you want grant money for digs, you must generate a lot of research data. Also, Anthropology is more than just the classes. A person needs to extend their reach outside of the classroom while they are still a student. It is important for an anthropology student to learn at least one other language which can be used in the field.





56:AnthroNews:TheAnthroGuys Blog

1 03 2009

By theanthroguy (aka Dr. Delcore)

On Feb. 5, the Anthrogeek[Dr. Mullooly], six anthro students and I were down at this month’s ArcHop exhibit, a full-scale model of a small efficiency unit that, if built in a proposed development here, could be the first stop for people leaving homelessness in Fresno. We were there, with architect/collaborators Kiel Famellos-Schmidt, Shaunt Yemenjian and Mike Pinheiro, for opening night, as members of the public came through to view the model and give us their thoughts on high-density, affordable downtown living. The event was a success, crowded and bustling, with plenty of people willing to blab to our students who were on hand with notebooks, pens and cameras rolling. This past Feb. 14-15, we started Phase II of the project, with two participatory design workshops for homeless people who might eventually end up in these units. On Saturday, anthro student Elfego Franco, Kiel and I went down to Roeding Park where the folks at Food Not Bombs put on lunch for homeless people on the southwest end of Fresno every Saturday. Al Williams, a local homeless advocate and former homeless person himself agreed to recruit some folks for a workshop the next day at 2pm. We then met Mike and went to the downtown homeless encampment known as “Little Tijuana” to recruit for the 10am workshop. This means we went up to about 15 homeless people, sight unseen, to explain the project and see if anyone was interested. Despite some wary looks, most were, and we agreed to see them the next day.

[That’s not the end! To read the rest, and other blogs, go to: http://theanthroguys.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/bored-in-fresno-become-an-anthropologist/]





56:AnthroTerm

1 03 2009

Anthro Term of the Fortnight
By Chrystall Kinsella

Aquatic foraging:
A specialized subsistence pattern that concentrates on fish and/or marine mammal hunting. Aquatic foraging is usually a far more reliable and productive strategy for obtaining food than the diversified hunting and gathering of most foragers who live away from the coasts and major rivers. The most well known aquatic foragers lived on the Northwest Coast of North America from the Klamath River of California to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These societies specialized in salmon fishing along the rivers and hunting seals and whales off the coast. The word “aquatic” is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water.

http://anthro.palomar.edu/tutorials/cglossary.htm





56:DarwinAwards

1 03 2009

By Chrystal Kinsella

Taken from Darwinawards.com
A Cushioned Blow
(13 October 2008, Germany) Smoking kills… if you try hard enough. A 42 year old man was badly injured by his air mattress one morning. The previous night he had inflated the punctured mattress with a tire repair spray which, like all solvent-based aerosols, is flammable. Furthermore, he did this while keeping the windows tightly closed in his loft apartment. The next morning, this airhead lit a smoke before he opened the valve to deflate the air mattress. The resulting explosion wrecked most of the furnishings, part of the roof, and blew a window from the wall. The damage was so severe that a structural engineer condemned the flat. Narrowly missing a “full-blown” Darwin Award, our hero was taken to a burn care unit, and managed to survive this incident.
The telephone company was replacing above-ground telephone lines with buried lines. In one sparsely populated farming area, if lines crossed a country road they would dig a trench halfway across, so rural traffic could continue through. Then they would fill in the trench, and dig a trench on the other side.
One morning, local farmers called the sheriff to report a smashed-up pickup. Inside were two ranch hands who were last seen the previous night, heading home after last call. You see…

Merry Pranksters
On their way to the bars, the men had decided to play a prank. They stopped their pickup, and moved the flashing warning signs from the trenched side to the good side of the country road. Crime scene analysis later confirmed that they were the culprits who moved the flashing stands. Investigations also revealed that at the time of the accident, they were driving at an excessive speed with an impressive amount of alcohol in their systems.
No crime scene analysis is capable of determining whether the ranch hands forgot their prank, or chose to see what would happen if they hit that trench at a high rate of speed in the middle of the night.
No good prank goes unpunished.