Earth to Mars Mercantile: What Does Halloween Have to Do with Rape?

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

Walking down Telegraph Avenue on my way to class recently, I was brought to an involuntary halt in front of Mars Mercantile, the vintage clothing shop on the corner of Channing. My stomach turned as I beheld the diorama in the store’s window. In what can only be described as a pornographic montage, life-sized female mannequins are depicted in various stages of torture, dismemberment, and sexually-charged violence: Continue reading “Earth to Mars Mercantile: What Does Halloween Have to Do with Rape?”

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Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released its most recent survey of executive compensation at nonprofits. Last year, while unemployment was rising, giving was down, and many nonprofits were forced to conduct layoffs, salaries of nonprofit CEOs rose by 7 percent. Although nonprofit boards set compensation levels prospectively, it is nonetheless troubling that many of these executives chose to sacrifice staff and program goals while not voluntarily taking pay cuts themselves. Continue reading “Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries”