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Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Hello lesser mortals!

I have decided the time has come for a new manifesto – a call to arms for my next generation of supporters. First, here is a little history:

My earliest campaigns in 1997 fought against the uselessness of student government and the tyranny of the RPI administration. We protested the lack of student gov. involvement in things that matter and we protested the mandatory laptop program. We protested the uselessness and outright silliness of student elections and the GM position. We protested for freedom – freedom from oppression, freedom to have our voices heard, and freedom to choose the computer and operating systems we wanted.

Upon the arrival of Dr. Jackson in 1999, we protested the “Ren-suh-leer Plan” and the powerplays which shifted focus away from engineering and redirected massive amounts of funding to pet projects. We protested the way the grad students got screwed and the increased workloads on TAs. We protested the way laptop based classes ruined our education. We protested the lack of parking, increased tuition, the apathy of the student body and the continued uselessness of student government. We battled the wind, the rain and the RNE. We stood strong in the face of the naysayers and the idealists.

In 2007, we protested the disbanding of the faculty senate and in 2008 we continued to protest with ioperatives participating in a sit-in along with disgruntled faculty and peers. In 2009 we participated in the Uprise at 5! and protested layoffs, fiscal mismanagement, lack of fiscal transparency, the screwing of the RAs, the ridiculousness of the CLASS Initiative, and the free-speech fiasco with Wafaa Bilal.

Today, we have new things to protest: the destruction of the foreign language department and Dr. Jackson’s new feudal mansion. And we continue to campaign for student gov’t.  But we need renewed help and support.

There seems to be some confusion about what iop. is and what it stands for. First of all, it’s important to realize that I alone do not have complete control over the iop. While I am the main candidate and figurehead and am able to rally supporters and control many aspects of campus life, I do not and cannot control what the ioperatives do. But this is all part of my master plan. The iop is sometimes referred to as having a “cellular” organization structure. Each cell is run independently by a different group of ioperatives. The structure I am involved in is perhaps the most “official” but not necessarily the only one. The cellular structure is part of my plan because it means that if one cell disbands the organization will still carry on in other cells.

Here are the three important goals of iop today:

Fight the oppressors! The iop. can be thought of as an anarchist or minarchist organization. The iop believes inanimate objects can do a better job then people and we stand by that.

Hack! We like to hack and pull off awesome publicity stunts.

Be absurd! Even with all our serious plans and philosophizing, the iop. remains and should remain an absurdest organization.

I am looking for people to join the iop!!

If you are interested in joining please email arthur (at ) inflatablewhale.org

Ioperatives will be planning and organizing my 2010 campaign.

Notably unstable,

Arthur Galpin

Future Grand Marshall and De-Facto Emperor of RPI.

Happy April Fools

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

There’s some more information on the website now. The most complete account of IOP history yet written, and a few frequently requested answers, mostly related to elections.

On a side note, why do animate candidates always talk about sustainability, but then stick thousands of posters made from trees all over campus? That must be why they print them on the backs of homework assignments and printer cover pages.  (note: I noticed some of these papers had been printed by Haris Khan, head of the RNE. Talk about an inside job..)

April 1st message from Arthur

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Greetings inhabitants of RPI.

It feels good to be inflated again, though I have appeared in an odd place this time. Still, the top of the CII is an excellent place from which to survey my new domain. How small and puny all you animate objects look from here.

Less than 24 hours…

Arthur Galpin
Future Grand Marshal and Emperor of RPI