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I think I’m understating when I say that this has been a crazy week so far! To begin with…Halloween. I’ve decided that Halloween is just an excuse for people to wear spandex or a cape and not be judged for it. Personally, I wear spandex almost everyday for crew, so I can understand the appeal to that one. Unfortunately it was raining, so most people didn’t wear their costumes to class, but I did actually see a few creative ones throughout the day. There is a Costume Contest every year and this year one of the swimmers won as Michael Phelps. I say props to him for wearing a Speedo all day long and not freezing! That evening my roommate and I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ate candy. I do believe we had one of the calmest nights, but it was still a good way to wrap up the week.Saturday was filled with exciting sporting events. In the morning I drove out to Blue Lake Regional Park to watch my best friend compete in the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships. I haven’t watched her race since middle school, so it was really awesome that she got to travel out to Portland to race and I got to be there. It was rainy and blustery, but was so fun to watch. I also got to spend time with her family, which also means another free lunch! Yay! Later that day some friends and I drove down to George Fox to watch the L&C volleyball team take on the George Fox Bruins (full game recap). And man oh man, it was one of the most intense games I’ve ever seen! In case you’re unfamiliar, volleyball plays the best 3 out of 5 sets, so when George Fox won the first two sets we were looking for our girls to make a big comeback. And that is exactly what they did. After winning the third set, you could just see it build their confidence and they pounded on the other team with a fury for the last two sets. I’m pretty sure all of our fans lost our voices from all the screaming and cheering. I don’t think much of the student body has any interest in our sports, but in a way this makes the community of athletes so much tighter and more supportive of each other. I transferred from a DI school where the athletes were given money to play, and our basketball team was treated like gods. I think one of the fantastic things about playing for a DIII school is that we’re not out there for the money or (especially at L&C) the glory. We play for the love of our individual sports, and I think this was shown by the volleyball team on Saturday night.

Though I do love sports, sometimes I actually do other things too. I didn’t have much homework on Sunday so my roommate and another friend and I went shopping for Fall Ball dresses. Last year Fall Ball was at OMSI, and I had a blast! It is hosted by our Activities Congress, and I think this year they’ve got the kinks worked out and they are going to put on a great event. It’s going to be held at the Crystal Ballroom, and I’ll do my best to put up pictures afterward. I think that most of the student body would like to think that they were “too cool” for a school dance, but Fall Ball is something that most people have a pretty good time at.

My last exciting event happened last night. As everyone knows it was the election, and the majority of the L&C student body supported Obama. I didn’t even have to watch the reports to know that Obama had won because our school just went nuts. I live across from Templeton, and after everything was announced, people came pouring out, screaming and cheering and running around. I heard someone say today that, “it was the most historical election ever and we got to make it happen! That’s so cool.” and I think that sums it up the best.

Until later, Jess

5 November 2008