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January 28, 2007

An Extravagant Evening

This past weekend, Wabash College pulled all the stops as we inaugurated our 15th President of the college. Friday evening kicked off with an all student dinner. Of course there were more than just students there. Faculty and Alumni joined us as well. About 400 people of the Wabash community came to welcome President White. At each table sat an alumnus. The alumnus at my table was on the first-name-basis with Fred Smith, CEO of Federal Express; imagine all the other alumni that scattered the great hall. The food was 5-star and the decorations looked amazing. Also, the Glee Club performed 4 numbers which I think were real crowd-pleasers. All in all, it was honestly a evening of excellence.

January 25, 2007

A Wabash Moment

It was here I had one of those moments that make Wabash such a unique place. I have a class at the Malcolm X Institute concerning African-American Expressive Culture. Last week in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we analyzed his "I Have a Dream" Speech. As a catalyst for our analysis, we read a text on the speech written by Drew Hansen. In his essay, Mr. Hansen attempted to describe Dr. King's rhetoric. Of course being Wabash students, we criticized Mr. Hansen's writing by disagreeing with several points he made. Well lo and behold, as we criticized this author, he walks into the room! It was one of those moments were time just stopped. I have been analyzing and criticizing authors since my junior year of high school, but usually the author has been dead for several decades. Never have I been able to direct my criticism directly to the author. Many times Mr. Hansen said were giving him fair criticisms, and he tried to defend his position. Overall, that has been one of my favorite class periods all year. 

January 21, 2007

Midnight Snowball Fight

As I am cleaning before I go to bed, I hear about a hundred "thuds" hit the front of the house. I was kinda startled. I didn't know if it was an earthquake or what... Me and about twenty other guys go to the front door, and we find our house surrounded by 40 other fraternity and independent members. Initially, I was shocked that 40 guys had honestly congregated to have a snowball fight at midnight, however, my shock was short lived. Soon, they were launching snowballs faster than my brain was ready to react. All the Betas retreated into the house for safety and to talk strategy. We decided it would be best to go out the back and attack...we thought it would be better than having a head long collision at the front of the house. The next 30 minutes are kind of a blur. Imagine about 60 guys launching, tossing, and shooting snowballs in everything from house-shoes and pajamas to boots and winter coats (Obviously the Betas had to attack in pajamas because this snowball war was clearly unexpected.) Beta won, of course. Though you may think my opinion is biased to who won the fight, you should know that our enemy dispersed after they got tired of being plunged in the face time and time again... Remember we have the most football players of any living unit.... Football Players plus Coach Creighton equals perfect aim.

See, no bias...just fact.

January 16, 2007

This is me pondering...

Pondering how I am going to get all my work done. These last two days have been nonstop... it feels like I am always going... and it never feels like I have enough time to recharge my batteries. Today, one of those unexpected things popped up... my buddy had to go to the emergency room cuz his fever was at 104. I didn't mind taking him at all, but it kinda through my schedule out of whack. By now I should be doing my work-out, but I haven't even finished my reading for the night, nor eaten dinner (or supper as they like to call it here.)

But I am not complaining. I'm glad my friend is ok. They gave him a shot in the butt, and his fever fell down. I know I can manage it all...its just so stressful!

January 14, 2007

Partying at Purdue

This weekend I went to Purdue for a house party. It really wasn't in my plans to go; it was really last minute when I was invited. But I am glad I decided to go because I had a lot of fun. It was nice to party with some women...:-)

I went with my PB Addrian; of course he knew like half the people there. That was actually one of the reasons I didn't want to go to the party... because I wouldn't no anyone. But honestly, that made the party better because I didn't have to worry about other people's opinions. I will never see those people again.

All in all, it was a good night. No pics because we left for the party at the last minute.

January 11, 2007

New Semester, New Workload

This semester isn't so bad. I'm taking some really interesting classes, and I'm pretty happy with my choices. I got two religion classes...One is on Religion, Gender, and Marriage. The reading itself is engaging, and it made me ask myself a lot of questions like if I believe in fidelity or not. Also, I have an African-American Rhetoric class and we have started the year off with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech." I found it really interesting that he didn't write some segments of that speech, but borrowed lines as he heard them during the Civil Right Movement; he also let the speech develop for years before he ever gave it in D.C. Of course, I am studying French again...I'm still hopeless, but I have found a new love: Psychology. It is really intriguing and I hope to enjoy it as the semester continues. Wish my schedule could be like this every year... 

January 09, 2007

Welcome Back

Its good to be back. I flew in Sunday, and its safe to say my flight was pretty uneventful. But a cool thing that I noticed was that even when the sky is cloudy outside, the sun always shines above the clouds. As I took off the sky was patchy-grey, but as the plane ascended it turned an ocean blue. The pic you see is from the plane. I like it so much because the clouds look so pure and they go on for ages and ages.

I was really excited to get back to campus. I haven't seen my boys for a couple of weeks, and to be perfectly honest, life was getting boring without them. Yesterday, we cleaned the house for seven hours straight. Though the cleaning sucked, we still had so much fun together. We laughed and joked as usual, and it made all the jobs go a lot faster.

Hopefully, our jokes will make our classes and homework go just as fast.