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May 9, 2008

Liberal Patriot:

"Molly Ivins was an unabashed patriot, and it drove right-wingers nuts. Conservatives somehow got it fixed in their brains that patriotism meant being in lockstep with their ideology, that dissent was treason. Molly made a career of reminding them otherwise, always careful to point out how cute they were when they acted like fools."

--Gary Cartwright, senior editor, Texas Monthly, 2007. Molly Ivins (1944-2007), a sharp-witted and clear-eyed columnist who died of cancer last year, was an unapologetic liberal. She once observed, "There's nothing you can do about being born liberal -- fish gotta swim and hearts gotta bleed."

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Psychelic Improv closes out year with 'Bucket of Death'

JUST PLAY-ACTING: Mike Lang "kicks" Danny Brown in an improv session. / Photo by Seili Lewis

By Seili Lewis

April 28, 2008 | Utah State's newest club, Psychedelic Improv, held its final performance for the year Thursday night at the Taggart Student Center auditorium. They played games like the ones you see on the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway.

Some of the games required audience participation, while others were classic theater games or warm-up exercises. The show even included two performances of the scariest, smelliest games, Bucket of Death and Blindfolded Mousetraps. It was quite a sight to see, and several audience members were heard saying it made them queasy to watch.

The basic concept of Bucket of Death was three actors playing out a scene with two actors on stage while the third had his or her head in a bucket of slop. One bucket was filled with mashed potatoes, one with chocolate pudding and the third bucket was filled with Top Ramen. The actors had to play out the scene and create excuses to leave and rescue their friend from the bucket of death, and once out of the bucket the actors had to explain why they had goo on their face.

Blindfolded Mousetraps was a tense five- to seven-minute scene where three actors had to play out a scene blindfolded and barefoot while trying purposely to set off mousetraps on the floor. The show ended with a round of applause for the cast and the officers of the club: Johnathan Terry, founder and president; Lee Phillips, vice president; Jessica Cooper, secretary; Greg Probst, activities coordinator and Steve Schwartzman, public relations.

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