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January 30, 2008

Sick and Tired of the Flu

I don't know what has been floating around Beta, but I got it. I think its the flu, and it has been no fun these past couple of days. I have been so out of it that I haven't gotten any homework done... for that matter I haven't been to class for the past two days. But I am feeling a little better now. The fact that my fever finally dropped is an accomplishment. 

But this flu-like bug has been in our house for a while. My roommate had it, and I think he gave it to me. But several freshmen have had it and a couple of seniors have had it too. I don't know what to think. I'm just glad I'm feeling better and I get to have my life back.

January 27, 2008

The 90's Party

This weekend was the 90's party. I had difficulties finding a costume this weekend. As I was searching for a costume, I realized something. I had so much trouble putting a costume together because I really didn't live in the 90's like that. I mean, though I was alive in the 90's, I wasn't paying attention to what I was wearing. Much less paying attention to what other people were wearing. Trying to google a costume idea didn't prove to be any easier. There were more results for women than for guys. I actually ended up watching music videos on youtube to find an idea. You know, I watched some old Boys II Men, TLC, and Kris Kross videos to get a feel of how people dressed. 

The end result is what you see here. Something like a 1992 Fresh Prince of Bel Air look. The party was soo much fun. I party almost every weekend, but I hardly had as much fun as I did at this one. There were a lot of new faces at the party, and these new faces were not afraid to dance. They were playing music from the 90's all night. Most notably I heard the Macarena, The Toostsie Roll, and Sisqo's Thong Song. We danced and laughed the whole night long. This really was  good one. Check out the pics if you want a feel of the party.

January 24, 2008

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Afterthoughts

You see this man? I was upset with him Monday evening. His name is Dr. Rufus Burrow, Jr. He came as the keynote speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program held by the MXI. He said some interesting things... some I whole-heartily agreed with. He opened his speech by saying that, "Today should not be a day off, but a day on." And I agree with that thought. People treat Dr. King's day as though its another Labor Day or Memorial Day. But I wish people would pause, pick up one of his speeches, and reflect how far we have come as a nation.

But then, Dr. Burrow made some statements that I am still wrestling with. He said the youth of this country will be the change in the world today. He gave the example in Birmingham, AL where 10,000 youth had to march in place of their incarcerated parents. These kids ranging from elementary school to high school were attack as they marched by vicious dogs and police office using the fire hose. Many of the youth were arrested; Dr. Burrow said one 3rd grade girl was jailed for an entire week. It seems that the only thing that went right for these young people was that their march was televised, and the attack of the racists was recorded for all the world to see. These 10,000 young people energized the Civil Rights Movement and showed the nation how ugly the face of racism was.

Although this is an extraordinary example of the impact of young people,  I hate when people in Dr. Burrow's position tell a crowd of young people they are meant to change the world when they never leave a roadmap. I don't know I how many times I have heard as a child that my generation was going to change America. It bothers me people have the audacity to place the burden of change on my generation with no directions. How are we honestly suppose to begin to change?

I asked Dr. Burrow that very question. His answer was voting....

I mean, really? That's the best you can give me... voting?!?! I'm not suggesting that voting is not important, but there are problems in our nation with some deep roots that need attention before the big election in November. 

I only vote a few times every couple of years. How am I suppose to change the world in between election days. What are my peers and I suppose to do? 

Even if everyone in my generation decided to vote, who is to say our elected official will address the issues me and my peers are suppose to solve?

So, there you have it. As Dr. Burrow spoke, I had these thoughts running through my head. It just frustrates me that the older generation, epitomized by Dr. Burrow, expects the youth of today to realize Dr. King's dream, but the older generation does not offer any valuable input on how this can be accomplished. It feels like they are upset by how far my generation has deviated from theirs, and they like to throw the burden of changing the world on us in hopes our deviant behavior may change. I honestly wonder if this generation believes there is a change to be had?

January 20, 2008

The People Behind the Counter at Taco Bell

Let my tell you a story. A young man walks into Taco Bell about 8:30 in the evening. There are a million people inside and there are about two million people in the drive-thru. He waits in line and attempts to place his order. The young man states his order the first time. He guesses the employee doesn't hear it, so he repeats it again. The employee doesn't seem to register the order so he says he wants a Nacho Supreme and two Chulapas again. But he has to do it like 3 more times.

So I can't figure out, if you are the manager of Taco Bell, and you have 40 customers waiting in line, why the hell would you put your most difficult employee on the register. I don't know what was wrong with this kid. I literally had to repeat my order like 7 times. And what's worse is that the employee was getting frustrated with me like I was in the wrong. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not hating on the kid. I know everybody has got to have a check coming in from somewhere. So I respect the fact that he has a job and he is not out in the streets breaking into houses. But when you have that much traffic in your fast food restaurant, the manager needs to have him like taking out the trash or opening a box of the hot, fire, and mild sauce. Not taking 4 minutes to place a Nacho Supreme and two Chulupa order. I mean, is it so much to ask to have somebody who is a customer service agent actually have decent customer service skills. Maybe its me... maybe I expect too much.

January 16, 2008

1 Year Ago...

As I sit here listening to Lauryn Hill's Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, I wonder where I was a year ago. This past Sunday, we initiated the freshmen into Beta, and it got me thinking. I saw the excitement on their faces, and I wonder if I was as excited when I was in their position. Maybe, maybe not...

My initiation feels so long ago. What I can remember is the electricity among me and my pledge brothers. We were so ready to be Brothers in the house. It really feels so long ago.

But enough about my thoughts. Let me introduce the Beta Freshmen class of 2011. They are really a good group of guys. I feel like they are going to be wonderful for our house in 3 years. This class is filled with leaders and geniuses alike. Not only are they smart, but they're witty and entertaining. I think this class is going to take our house in a positive direction.

I'm not really sure what else to report.... oh, I do have one more thing

Remember how much I struggled with French last year. Well, my new academic struggle has a new name: Calculus. I dislike it with a passion, and I am clueless as to what I'm doing in there. I need a math class to graduate, although, it doesn't need to be calculus. I want to get my math requirement out the way this year, and calculus was my only option. So, I'm torn...  Do I stay in a class that I hate, or do I wait a year from now and take an easier, and possibly, a more enjoyable math class?

The choice really isn't as easy as it seems...

Until next time

January 13, 2008

Thoughts About the Fake Arch...

For of those you who don't know, there is a superstition/tradition at Wabash concerning an arch. Supposedly, a hundred years ago there was a senior who failed all his senior exit exams. During his distress and shame, he commits suicide by hanging himself from the arch. Ever since then, Wabash undergraduates refuse to walk under the arch in fear that they won't graduate. 

If you have ever spent time on campus, you will see every Wally walk around the arch. There is no question about it. No one is willing to test the fates on this.

Now, a development has arisen. Ever since Christmas break, a new arch has been erected. This new arch seems to be a duplicate of the original arch that everyone avoids. No one knows anything about this new arch. I've heard a couple of theories behind it. Some think its an art project. Some think the college but it up. But no one is sure.

No one knows why this new arch has been erected, but students still refuse to walk under the arch. Its funny to see how seriously people take superstition. Even though this new arch is a facsimile, people dare not walk under it. I guess they have been conditioned not to do so.

I can't wait to discover the hidden meaning behind this new arch.


January 07, 2008

Moving Back In...

Today has been insane. I didn't realize moving back in to the house was so hectic. I had to rearrange my entire room today. It doesn't sound like much, but moving around 3 beds, 3 desks, 3 armoirs, and 3 dressers is really tiring. It only makes matters worse when you have to wait on people to move their stuff out. One of my roommates from last semester still had his stuff in my room, so I had to wait for him to completely move out before I could start rearranging the room. I finally got it settled to the way I want it. Yessssssssssssssss....

But when I finished arranging my room, I realized that an era had ended. It finally hit me that I won't be living with my two best friends anymore. It's dumb because I know they will be living right down the hall, but I'm gonna miss them. We had some really good times, some really crappy times, and some times that we will never forget. 

I just hope I have as much fun as I had last semester in my new room. I have high hopes...

January 01, 2008

New Years in NewBurgh

I left home Sunday for a new experience. Ever since I can remember, I have spent New Year's Eve in church, and afterwards I would go to breakfast with the family. This year, I wanted to party till the countdown. I wanted to hang out with some friends all night. I even wanted the infamous kiss at midnight.

Well, I got 2 out of 3. Indeed, I partied till the countdown till midnight. Indeed, I got my midnight kiss. But, I have to say, I didn't have a clue who those people at the party were.

My pledgebrother, Chad, had a rocking New Year's Eve party at his house. He invited a bunch of his friends from high school. So I had no clue who any of those people were. But that didn't stop me from having fun.

I danced and socialized all night. All in all, I think it was a great way to start off my year.