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February 24, 2008
This weekend, we had our Valentine's Day Soiree. I'm not sure why its a week late, but we still partied. The young lady in the picture with me is my new buddy. We met last week at the MXI party, and we been talking all week. I decided to invite her down and look at us... clearly the life of the party... lol.
I love the Soirees because we can get dressed up, and its a bit more social than a typical Saturday night party. Check out these pics
In other news, I got the coolest news yesterday. My friend and I, Grant, wrote this essay for our humor of rhetoric class. After my professor read, he said he really liked it and that he wanted to discuss its "publication potential" with us.
YES! You read that right...
Daniel King is a potential publishing author! How cool would that be if students cited me and Grant in an essay...
The essay Grant and I wrote concerns how race is addressed through humor. I mean, if we got published... I could be considered a scholar on race or a scholar on humor.
I'm just so excited about this... I can't even put it into words.
February 22, 2008
The Other Side of Rush
Who knew that so much work went into Honor Scholarship Weekend?
I don't think you really appreciate all the hours that go into making the weekend a success until the burden of the success is on your shoulders. Well, thank God, I'm not organizing housing or making the schedule's for the 300+ students coming in about 3 weeks. However, I am one of Beta's Rush Chairs this year... and let me tell you, its no walk in the park being a Rush Chair.
I guess its difficult because both the college and the fraternity have expectations for a "good" rush... and you want to meet them both. You want to do this, and organize a fun weekend so prospects will stop by your house. Its difficult to balance.
In my head, I want Honor Scholarship Weekend to be a memorable experience for all the prospects, but I want a highlight of that weekend to be when the prospects stop by Beta. I really want to make an impression on them... but, we'll see what happens. We still have 3 more weeks to go. I have faith that rush will be a success this year... its just all the prep work that might kill me.
February 17, 2008
Just a Successful Evening...
My performance at the student recital went so well! I got so much positive feedback. I'm just glad all my hard work finally paid off. I have been studying Clair de Lune, the music I played, for a whole year. To finally perform it, and people actually enjoy, gives me so much joy. I felt like I played with risk and passion... sometimes, your greatest performances occur when you are risky, when you try playing your music in different and interesting ways. Sometimes it really works, and other times it sounds a mess. I have to say, the risk I took on Friday went well. And the best part is that it was recorded. The good people at the Media Center filmed the entire show. So now I can relive it again and again.
After the recital, I came back to the house and watched a movie with my pledge brothers. One of them has a movie projector... so we set up a sheet on our first floor and watched a movie. It was really a lot of fun... I gotta see to it we do it more often.
February 14, 2008
I Still Consider Myself a Champion
As you may know, I did not place in the Baldwin Oratorical this year. Its taken me a couple days to write this blog because my disappointment has been so overwhelming... just kidding!
I thought it was a great experience for me. I obviously think its important to win, but I also think its important to lose too. Losing keeps me level-headed, and it pushes me to try harder next time. Next year, I'm going to try and step up my game to place again. I think losing this year has allowed me to see what other orators do effectively. Now, I think I can incorporate some of their technique into my own. Maybe next year, I can get 1st place.
Concerning Valentine's Day... I'm spending it alone :-(. But its not all that bad... I'm sure I'm not the only one that's single in the house. I see a lot of guys preparing for their BIG plans this weekend, and its exciting to watch. I just can't wait for the day I make my own BIG plans for Valentine's Day... that day is gonna be sweet!
February 11, 2008
Third Eye Blind = Blah
To be honest, there wasn't a lot of hype around Third Eye Blind this year. This concert seemed to just come and gone. Don't get me wrong, there were a ton of people here. But I just didn't feel the electricity in the air this time around.
Even though there was a lack of electricity, I still tried to study up on Third Eye Blind. I went to YouTube and listened to all their famous records. Jumper, Deep Inside of You, Semi-Charmed Life... I did my homework on them all. When Third Eye Blind finally came out, I think there first number was Semi-Charmed Life.
From that first song on, the concert just went down hill. They started to debut some new songs. It was like a mix between rock and heavy metal... it just was not my cup of tea.
One thing I noticed was that they didn't bother to recognize their audience when they came on stage. They literally came on stage and began singing. There was no, "HOW YOU DOIN' WABASH!" or anything. It wasn't until after the third song they bother saying anything to the crowd.
The lead singer goes on to tell us that they were in the process of recording a live album, and that we would be featured on it. The crowd went nuts when they realized that there screams may one day be heard on this album. But I saw it for what it was. The reason why Third Eye Blind didn't acknowledge the crowd was because they were recording the album. To be honest, Third Eye Blind's star has been falling for a while. How would it look if they released their album, Third Eye Blind: Live from Crawfordsville.
After the concert, Beta had a party. There were way too many people at this party for me. The randomness of it was too much. Just unknown faces for the whole night. I mean, I live in this house. You would think I would see some one I know. As a whole, the after party was ok. I definitely preferred it to the concert.
This week will continue to be insane for me. I am a finalist in the Baldwin Oratorical contest. Last year, I placed third. This year, my goal is to give the best speech I can. And I hope my best gets me a check.
Later this week, I have my big recital. I've been working on this music for about a year, and it is almost time for me to showcase it. I'm pumped.
Until next time
February 07, 2008
The Baldwin Oratorical Again...
As you may or may not remember last year, I placed 3rd in Wabash's annual Oratorical Competition. This year, I'm aiming high the competition... I'm going for 2nd place! j/k... Assuming that I advance to the finals, I am going to try and do my best. Hopefully that means 1st place.
This year, the topic is "Get Rich or Die Trying." Clearly this year's topic was heavily influenced by 50 cent, and it just so happens that I know a thing or two about 50. So, I will let you know if I advance to the final round of the competition. And of course, I'll report all those who place in the competition.
My life over the past few weeks has been insane. I have a piano recital next Friday that I'm really excited about. I've been working on this piece of music for about a year, and I think I am ready to showcase it. Hopefully, it will go over well and a lot of my friends come out to support me.
Classes this semester keep me busy. I always have so much reading to do. I don't know how I stay on top of it all. If its not reading some 40 page essay, its writing. I actually just wrote my obituary for one of my psychology classes. If its not obituaries I'm writing, its analytical essays. But I'm not complaining... It's all good for me in the end.
I really don't know what posses me to sign up for Calculus I this semester, but I'm in it. I NEVER know whats going on in that class. I work my butt off trying to keep up with all the concepts. The more I consider my presence in that class, it just feels so pointless. I mean, I will probably never use a derivative or limit in my life. But again I'm not complaining, it'll all be good for me in the end.
Other news outside the Wabash Bubble... there was a tornado in Memphis a couple days ago. Praise God my family is all ok, but I hear the tornado tore through the city. A lot of people are going to be without power for a few weeks and a lot of home were destroyed. The death count was relatively small... so although people may have lost a lot of material things, at least they have their lives. I hope everything works out in the end.
That's all I got to say for now... This blog was all over the place with ideas...
Until next time.
PS- As you can see, this picture had nothing to do with the content of the blog. However, it was snowing earlier this week, and I thought it would make for a nice photo.
February 03, 2008
Thoughts on Spring Break
Last year, guys in my pledge class rented a house on a little island off the coast of Florida. It seemed like the perfect Spring Break. They had just the beach, the sun, and hopefully plenty of girls. However, I wasn't able to go that year. I was enrolled in a class that took an immersion trip. An immersion trip is like a big field trip that the college pays for over spring break. On my immersion trip I went to New York, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. And it was a lot of fun. But I made a promise to myself that I would not miss out on the next Spring Break in Florida with my boys.
So, one year later has rolled around and guess what I'm doing for Spring Break. Not Florida.
This year, I think I am going to New Orleans to rebuild homes for Katrina victims. It clearly was not in my plans to do this, but the opportunity arose and I think I should go. This will be my time to help those families still living in FEMA trailers.
So far as my pledge class goes, I don't they are taking a trip at all. The majority consensus is that they want to go home and work. So, hopefully next year I will get my Spring Break in Florida. I've never been to FLorida and I really want to do it there one year. Just not this year. This year is devoted to helping out someone else.