The Proboscis
Monday, October 06, 2003
  Exclusive Interview

In a journalistic coup, a reporter for The Proboscis was able to secure an exclusive interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the contenders for the Democratic presidential nominee. The whole Weevil community has been abuzz about Rev. Sharpton's extended stay here on campus, considering his other important commitments to his campaign. The hard-hitting but fair investigative reporter for The Proboscis, Ralph Vest, has the details on a new campus organization.

Ralph Vest: Rev. Sharpton, amidst a very busy schedule, you have spent a few extra days here on the WSU campus. Why?
Rev. Al Sharpton: Well, you know, being a city boy and all, I just love to occasionally get out of the hustle and bustle of New York, take off my shoes and socks and let my toes breathe.
RV: Now c'mon, rumor has it that you are organizing a student group ...
AS: I'm not at liberty to divulge much information on that right now.
RV: Aww, please? C'mon ... pretty please? I really really wish you would.
AS: OK, OK. Since Jessie Jackson's Rainbow Coalition seems to be losing steam, I have led an effort to keep minority issues on the front burner. Since the Rainbow is near its end, the new organization will be called "Pot-O-Gold".
RV: That's an interesting name - any concern that it will be confused with Irish interests?
AS: Naah, we think it's a winner since alot of folks will think it has something to do with a lottery. We are starting out on campuses, tapping into the vitality and energy of young campus idealists to help run this grass-roots effort. That first part of the name usually gets student's initial interest. By utilizing the young people's fervor, we expect this organization to grow like a weed.
RV: Limited to just African-Americans?
AS: Not at all, we'll take anyone who has a pulse and wants to make a difference for minority concerns. In fact, we have plans for a chapter specializing in Latino interests called "Acapulc-O-Gold". We will be rolling out more as necessary.
RV: Why WSU?
AS: The Weevil campus is centrally located and has a long history of concern for minority causes. Plus we were offered a free office from Student Affairs, no questions asked.
RV: Finally, any truth to the rumor that you will be associated with NORML?
AS: While some of our student members may be "out there", by and large I expect that most of our members could be considered normal.
RV: No, I mean N-O-R-M-L.
AS: I don't know where you got that from, and there is no truth to that. Why do you ask?
RV: Oh, nothing ...

Ralph Vest will continue to keep his finger on the pulse of Pot-O-Gold and bring more hard-hitting reports as they become available (and if he can get his grades up in ESLS). 
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