Math Is Hard!

by Graduates Rise

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This record uses punk rock, confessional poetry, and explicit criticism in an attempt to demystify systems of higher education. Many of the issues stopping education system improvement are philosophical ones. Math is Hard! confronts some of these issues and seeks to shift the focus from blaming individuals to instead recognizing how systems perpetuate aggressions. Counter-hegemony deals directly with the dominance of positivism and how it has led to the financialization of education, further discussed in Student Accounting. Trash Data questions the effectiveness of laws around informed consent in today’s world of big data. Bully This tells the story of women and queers in science, attempting to work within a world dominated by white, male epistemologies. Slave Body serves as a thinking-man’s chain gang song, with perspectives coming from the id, ego, and super ego. Quit Lit sheds light on specifics of how people are degraded by education systems. Blame it on the Oligarchs draws attention to the role education systems play in maintaining wealth disparity in the world and Are You Blind? questions how this continues to happen. Whistleblower delivers a powerful message demanding change. Graduates Rise formed in specific response to how students, employees, and the community of Richmond, Virginia are treated in the wake of Virginia Commonwealth University’s expansion and occurs in conjunction with community activism demanding VCU utilize engaged research approaches to develop ethical and rigorous measurement systems designed to assess student, employee, and community climate and satisfaction.

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released May 4, 2016

Lyrics/Vocals by Cyn Corrigible
Music/Guitar/Vocals by the Grey A
Bass by Jay Westermann
Drums by Herschel Stratego
Engineered and Produced by Russell Lacy at Virginia Moonwalker

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Track Name: Whistleblower
wisdom from ancients
just doesn’t apply
assembly line teaching
put it all online

force me to remember
never to admit
historicity of theory
its oppressive bullshit

i’m not blowing any whistles
i’m punching in the face
we’ve all got things to do here
but i’ve had all i can take
now i’m supposed to pay you
but you’re not worth the cake
i’m not blowing any whistles
i’m asking you to change

don’t take student surveys
cause they’re tracking all your names
to locate those among us
who refuse to play their game

if you’re gonna charge me
to twiddle my thumbs
i don’t need a survey
to say your shit is dumb

i’m not blowing any whistles
i’m punching in the face
we’ve all got things to do here
but i’ve had all i can take
now i’m supposed to sue you
but i haven’t got the strength
i’m not blowing any whistles
i’m asking you to change

they’re trying to destroy you
buy you bit by bit
force us all to hate you
and give up ownership
the only thing to save you
is a new curriculum
increase your relevance
embrace your connectedness
educate don’t assimilate
get out of the way
your people will create

the carnegie unit
has come and gone
grades are dead
we burned them on the lawn

sure we want job skills
but not to be a slave
you reinforce class structure
in the public’s name

i’m not blowing any whistles
i’m punching in the face
we’ve all got bills to pay here
but i’ve had all i can take
now i’m supposed to kill you
but i haven’t got the strength
i’m not blowing any whistles
i’m asking you to change
oh i swear i won’t sue you
if you’ll go ahead and change
Track Name: Counter-Hegemony
nothing rhymes with hegemony
yet every word’s the same
nothing rhymes with hegemony
it’s a crooked game

who is this in my mind
constantly chanting buy sell buy
can’t tell what this all means
we know for sure it’s not as it seems

oh nothing rhymes with hegemony
yet every word’s the same
nothing rhymes with hegemony
it’s a crooked game

how to handle all this rage
guillotine too heavy for the digital age
now take down this historic bloc
awaken every soul in the freedom to rock

nothing rhymes with hegemony
yet every word’s the same
nothing rhymes with hegemony
it’s a crooked game
nothing rhymes with hegemony
except for maybe parsimony
it’s just as fucking lame

they better be glad that i use my words
they better be glad that i use my words
they better be glad that i use my words
they better be glad that i use my words

nothing rhymes with hegemony
yet every word’s the same
nothing rhymes with hegemony
it’s a crooked crooked game
nothing rhymes with hegemony
every word’s the fucking same
cause nothing rhymes with hegemony
question everything
it’s all the fucking same
Track Name: Trash Data
there’s so much i wanna see
of what you will not show
just like Archimedes
i’ll die to know
what’s so

i wanna know what’s in your trash
i’m gonna look right up your ass
i can sell that data for cash
i wanna know what’s in your trash

would it be intrusive
shall i seek consent
the truth is so illusive
subject malcontent

i wanna know what’s in your trash
objectify objectify
i’m gonna look right up your ass
rectify rectify
i can sell that data for cash
liquefy liquefy
i wanna know what’s in your trash
quantify quantify

methods are exhausted
elicitation drained
i keep on thrusting thrusting forward
it’s how we all were trained

i wanna know what’s in your trash
objectify objectify
i’m gonna look right up your ass
rectify rectify
I can sell that data for cash
liquefy liquefy
i wanna know what’s in your trash
quantify quantify

science runs the bourgeoisie
though analysts askew
cause none of us can ever see
beyond dimension two

i wanna know what’s in your trash
objectify objectify
i’m gonna look right up your ass
rectify
i can sell that data for cash
liquefy
i wanna know what’s in your trash
quantify
Track Name: Bully This
you change your mind
all the time
from day to day
and week to week
it changes so fast

you dare not speak

when lies are what you fear
then lies are what you’ll seek
you better not speak
oh don’t you speak

propaganda abounds
predators surround
you just can’t think
your mind is the prey
but they’ll never say
we think you’re unique

when lies are what you say
then lies are what you’ll hear
there’s something to fear
oh you better be clear

his scientific skeet
is never discreet
twelve inches hard put
splatter the wall
now measure it all
against a king’s foot

we put so much stock
in rulers and clocks
when all they are
is a big fat crock
and sales may say
that apple’s on top
but the metrics show
its cherry pie we wanna pop
goes straight to my thighs
to my thighs to my thighs
to my thighs to my thighs
thighs thighs thighs thighs

it’s the truth you fear
and that’s pretty clear
silence will speak
bullies will shriek

truth will be revealed
no one will kneel
we all must speak
let me hear you speak

truth will be revealed
no one will kneel
we all must speak
let me hear you speak
Track Name: Student Accounting
administrate do your job
collect those fees do not rob
just dig in deep what do they own
if there’s nothing there then sign a loan

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
get down on your knees

write the check
cash withdraw
atm we take it all
western union paypal’s free
mastercard discover me

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
we will not hear your pleas

can i tell you how many times
i've tried to fit a square peg into a round hole

i don’t know baby where did it go?
pushin these papers is all I know
now you’ve got to pay its just the norm
so gimmie your money and sign this form

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
respect the hierarchy

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
gimmie your money

gimmie your money
gimmie your money
protect the bourgeoisie
Track Name: Are You Blind?
tell me again why you’re not accountable
for every ill that grazes your eyes
tell me again how you stomach the rot
without choking on the lies
two blue ones and a white
oh yes, that’s right
how stupid to forget
our prescription USA
for the land of the not quite free
and the home of the foolishly brave
where the dollar bill becomes the law
and you die if you don’t play the game

so you jones for the jones’s
and hope for a promotion
every night you bow down to pray
now tell me again how you got this way
is this really who you are
you say you have your heart’s desire
but that’s blood on your credit card

one fat fist shoved full in your mouth
the other’s still stuck in the jar
not even plenty is quite enough
and your belly growls deep for more
so tell me again why you’re not accountable
for wrongs done in your name
if freedom means free to take it all
then someone somewhere is prey
two blue one white
oh yes that’s right
tomorrow is another day
Track Name: Blame It On the Oligarchs
i don’t blame the poor
for stealing bread
so i can’t blame you
for messin with my head

still we all
must walk the line
you gotta be first
every time

king capital
it’s your episteme
you is smart
and you is free
bless your hearts
poor little things

they don’t mean
to make it hard
it’s in the gene
to choose luxury

privilege is
as privilege does
acting so tough
when you just need a hug

king capital
it’s your episteme
you is smart
and you is free
bless your hearts
poor little things

got us bootstrappin
living on a dime
tryin to get out
no ladder to climb

they’re only one percent
we’re ninety-nine
been in charge too long
now it’s all on the line

paternalism
bureaucracy
lain at your feet
need to control
make me submit
better give up now
cause i’ll never quit
the world needs water
not codeine
we need energy
not oil
i know you wanna frack me
but i'm rotten to the core
you can’t frack all my cracks
even if you cheat
DV DA? TV TA?
we’ve already got two drills in our hole
and we can’t take three
no we can’t take three
when will we break free

we don’t need
your corrput greed
we are many
we are free
you’re the last
of the lying kings

blame it on
the oligarchs
their superiority
is such a farce

we can see
what you have done

we all want peace
but i’m keepin my gun

king capital
its our destiny
we are many
we are free
will you die
with dad’s legacy

blame it on
the oligarchs
their superiority
is such a farce

we can see
what you have done
you’re not worth killing
but you still better run

king cannibals
it’s our episteme
we is smart
we is free
bless our hearts
poor little things
Track Name: Slave Body
demons want to eat you up
licking clean the bones
conscience cries for recognition
quite adrift on the unknowns
in keeping with the old traditions
i'll reconcile the two
deliver you such sweet submission
you'll think that it's the truth

if you try to touch me
you’re going to feel my rage
you want to touch me
just to manipulate

when you touch me
you’re going to feel my pain
if you try to change me
you’re going to feel my rage

demons want to eat you up
licking clean the bones
conscience cries for recognition
quite adrift on the unknowns
in keeping with the old traditions
i'll reconcile the two
deliver you such sweet submission
you'll think that it's the truth

truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth

if you try to touch me
you’re going to feel my rage
you want to touch me
just to manipulate

when you touch me
you’re going to feel my pain
if you try to change me
you’re going to feel my rage

truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth
truth truth truth truth

demons want to eat you up
licking clean the bones
conscience cries for recognition
quite adrift on the unknowns
in keeping with the old traditions
i'll reconcile the two
deliver you such sweet submission
you'll think that it's the truth

if you try to touch me
you’re going to feel my rage
you want to touch me
just to manipulate

when you touch me
you’re going to feel my pain
if you try to change me
you’re going to feel my rage
now feel my rage
Track Name: Quit Lit
tuitions due and there’s books to buy
but accounts on hold in a system glitch
students must be rich rich rich
with a credit card you can get by
but interest is at twenty-nine
conditioned for bureaucracy
eff your title nine diversity
put to the test just like a witch
is how you treat minorities
only see disability
when i provide a paper ream
but doctors charge me every time
insurance is still denied
compliance and integrity
you say it’s your priority
training module was assigned
but there’s nowhere to bill my time
cause hours worked over twenty-nine
count as unpaid overtime
adjuncts in the food stamp line

told cause i’m large i’m such a bitch
should shut my mouth marry rich
you steal my wages while boring me
held to blooms taxonomy
i'm more into perrry’s scheme
no escape and no retreat
these are things that I have seen that warn me out of the academy

so you can take my quit lit
put me on your hit list
i don’t wanna do this
diploma’s just a knick knack
i deserve my money back
can you hear my feedback
you can take my quit lit
put me on your hit list
i’m not gonna do this

soon i can be faculty
then i will have a dean
so i can have someone over me
say don’t use the word epistemology
cause they won’t know what that means
you’ll just hold up the committee
who do it all at least three times
and never ask the reason why
their service is priority
just follow the majority
make an ecological fallacy
the outliers they won’t mind
we do it to them all the time

for thirty years they’ve lied and lied
forced it through to be recognized
transfer becomes generalize
academic freedom dies
all’s quiet in the tenure line

live in fear of the IRB
unclear on generalizability
don’t deserve to reify
or say exempt category five
is only for those in the welfare line
this more than just the reason why
they’re all pissin in cups and wastin time
mindless authority
no reflexivity
these are things that I have seen that warn me out of the academy

so you can take my quit lit
put me on your hit list
i don’t wanna do this
i know there’ve been some cut backs
loans are just a poor tax
can you hear my feedback
you can take my quit lit
put me on your hit list
i’m not gonna do this

if tarynn witten can’t get tenure
then there’s no hope for me
there’s no hope for me
there's no hope for me
ten years a slave
is too much for me
it’s too much for me
it’s too much for me
if tarynn witten can’t get tenure
then there’s no hope for me
there’s no hope for me
there’s no hope for me
these are all the things that i have seen
that warn me out of the academy
these are all the things that i have seen
that warn me out of the academy

so you can take my quit lit
put me on your hit list
i’m not gonna do this
baby we can fight back
we just need a system hack
give em better feedback
not gonna give my quit lit
now you’re on my hit list
you can never stop this

you wish you had my quit lit
forget you and your hit list
you can never stop this
we just want our system back
information hijack
can you hear our feedback
don’t wanna give our quit lit
now you’re on our hit list
you can never stop this
you can never stop this
Track Name: I Can't Wait
call me up
take me out
hold my hand
love like this
can’t be planned
baby i can’t wait
to hear the band
and dance all night
dance all night
dance all night

hold me tight
touch my face
kiss my lips
pull me in real close
at the hips
baby i can’t wait
until we trip
and fall in love
fall in love
fall in love

oh baby
i can’t wait until we kiss
i can’t wait until we kiss
i can’t wait until we kiss
we’ll dance all night
now hold my hand
let’s fall in love

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