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End of Fall 2012 semester – Oxford Zombies and Zombie Scholarships

November 27, 2012

I hope all you zombies had a pleasant thanksgiving. We return now to complete the fall 2012 semester.

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Surviving the zombie oxocalypse by James McKean in the Oxford Student Online.

They come to feast on brains. Which means that any zombie onslaught is almost certainly going to target the boffins and geniuses we have cooped up in our colleges. It has never been more dangerous to go to Oxford. Are we ready?

This article continues a tradition this semester of student newspapers reporting on the Zombie Apocalypse at their college. Recall NYU hiding in the dissertation room and Columbia’s IVy league man-eat-man elitism. Recall also 12 zombies in academia.

This Oxford version of zombie prep is cool because it has pretty pictures of really old building – even a castle – which I presume really is the best reason to go to Oxford… I mean it’s the only real reason to go to Columbia too and I mean, a real castle… awesome… I’m thinking all these students are dead except maybe the kid from University of Lincoln-Nebraska has a chance… maybe…

Also making news this weekend was a Zombie Apocalypse Writing Scholarship from ScholarshipExperts.com:

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the topic:
Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive.

Application Deadline:
December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Disclosure: I think I will try to enter a submission to this zombie scholarship competition – why not, right? You should too.

Personally, I think the key to a zombie story might be to remember what Jeffrey Goldberg wrote today in The Atlantic about the television show ‘Walking Dead’ Like All Zombie Stories: … Not About Zombies at All. The zombies are MacGuffin inverted by negative dialectics – instead of an arbitrary thing acting as object for the protagonist to search for, the zombies are an arbitrary not-thing or negation that the protagonists are running from to motivate plot action but not itself be all that important. See for example “The Nothing” in the movie The Neverending Story or, more generally, in the writings of GWF Hegel.

In the ivory tower, every semester is exploration of the limits of nothingness. We stare into the void until the void stare back. Thanksgiving came early this year but still there is very little time remaining before winter break. The Rocky Mountain winter is coming and this dissertation still isn’t writing itself…

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