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Fake News: ‘Punk Debate’ viewing party misadvertised, organizers just going with it

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PLACE RIEL — Some attendees of the Students for Subculture debate on Friday may be in for a surprise due to a misfortunate typo on the event’s official poster, which implies connection to a contentious political debate of a similar name occuring on the same day.

Organizers of the event — Students for Subculture group members — have expressed online that there is no correlation between their “Punk Debates: The Rise of Mosh Mentality” event and the national debate event set to occur at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ont., between former Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon and editor of The Atlantic David Frum. However, printed media advertising the event does suggest otherwise.

David Scotts — second-year philosophy student and Students for Subculture group critic, which is an annually elected position on the club’s executive team — says the oversight was negligent but may prove beneficial for the event’s overall turnout.

“Tom’s a shitty graphic designer. We should never have appointed him, but we thought the man at least could proof his work,” Scotts said, referring to his co-team-member Thomas Schlitzberg. “Hopefully, people don’t walk out and leave, but at least it’ll bring more [of them] through the door.”

The Students for Subculture campus group has been a ratified organization at the University of Saskatchewan since 1988. Initially emerging as a Glenn Danzig fan club, the group has since developed into a broader grassroots organizing space for students with an interest in punk culture.

The “Punk Debates: The Rise of Mosh Mentality” viewing party is set to take place in Place Riel North Concourse at 4 p.m. on Nov. 2. Scotts describes the event as a live-streamed discussion between members of prominent hardcore-punk bands about the observed shift in crowd behaviour over the years and how live-audience reception impacts tonal exploration within the genre.


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