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Video exclusive: The historical roots of MICA’s Lazarus Legacy Week

April 22, 2014

253-1266184-1The cult-of-personality propaganda surrounding outgoing MICA President Fred Lazarus this week is astounding: Students are invited to partake in “Buttons and Bow ties,” “Fred Talks,” and, of course, attend the “We Love Fred” celebration (for $10 to $136). Students and overworked adjuncts can join a “bow tie mob” or purchase Lazarus Legacy stamps (like the one pictured—but don’t miss “young Fred”) at the MICA store. They only cost $1—52 cents more than face value. And if that is not enough to show your love for the great leader, you can offer a Tiny Tribute—because we are all tiny in the face of Fred’s greatness.

Amid the tributes big and small, we were reminded of this beautiful video. Replace the mustache with a bow tie, and you’ll have a good impression of what MICA might look like this week.

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  • James Hunt

    Absolutely vile to compare Fred Lazarus to a genocidal cretin like Stalin. CP hits a new low.

  • Matt

    Baynard Woods – you’re so angry about some commemorations of a school president that you’re comparing him to Stalin? Bit of an over-reaction there.

  • George Smith

    Sigh. It’s always a shame to see sensationalism take the place of journalism, and while there may be a story behind the legacy building, forced celebration, and stamp making, I don’t feel as though these angry little postings do the narrative justice. I understand that there are a lot of emotions surrounding the Lazarus retirement bonanza but comparing the event to a Stalin tribute is completely inappropriate. A lot of Americans don’t have perspective regarding Stalin’s crimes, and this post resonates with the privilege of ignorance. Stalin allowed the rape of millions of German women during the fall of Berlin. Soviet troops – under Stalin – raped hundreds of thousands of women and children in Hungary, murdering thousands more. Maybe you’ve heard of the gulags? The pogroms? The mass murders of Ukranians, Chechens, Ingush, Kazaks, and many more? Do you know what it’s like to have your family flee a country because someone they’ve never met wants them dead? No, I assume not. If you did, I hope you wouldn’t make such comparisons, especially when they fall as short as yours does.