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Weeks of excitement

Throughout the week there have been an overwhelming amount of exciting both in school and out of school.Valentines Day just passed, which is always either an incredibly dreaded or anticipated holiday of the year. This year was a very pleasant Valentines day.This poem made me smile, so I’v decided to share =)

 

Love maketh its own summer time,

‘Tis June, Love, when we are together,

And little I care for the frost in the air,

For the heart makes its own summer weather.

 

Love maketh its own winter time,

And though the hills blossom with heather,

If you are not near, ’tis December, my dear,

For the heart makes its own winter weather.

 

 None of the cultures at Lewis & Clark  go unnoticed. Which is why cultural holidays are largely celebrated. This week the Bon (the schools cafeteria) held Africa Night. It was so exciting! When the students walked into the bon they were surrounded by African themed food and African music. Halfway through the dinner the fashion show started which featured traditional clothing. The students also spiced things up by having a house dance tutorial on stage. A group 20 students put aside their shyness and “shook their groove thing” on stage.

Immediately after dinner Kemiyondo Coutinho held a preiew of her play, Jabulile. Although it was only a preview, it was both very capturing and moving. When speaking with Kemiyondo I asked her to give some insight on Jabulile. This was her response. 

To have a voice is something that we are seldom grateful for. To be heard is something we often don’t perceive as a benefit. For many women in Swaziland this is their one dream. The opportunity to be heard or even be allowed to speak is something that has been taken away from the women of Swaziland. “Jabulile!” gives them this chance.One cannot help but notice the constant optimism on the faces of the street vendors of Swaziland. I know that being a woman in Swaziland is not the easiest life and yet there is no trace of this on the faces of these women. I wanted to know what lied behind that smile. I started talking to the ladies about their lives as well as the lives of the women that surrounded them. From this, the character Jabulile was born. After hearing their stories, I was not only greatly inspired but, I also had the chance for them to be heard. I had the chance for people to understand what lied behind their smiles. I had the chance for people to listen to their story, I had this chance and I was determined to make it happen. Their stories were so distressing yet they told them to me with such optimism for the future. They woke up every day with a smile in order to get through the day. These ladies had an unknown strength. They dealt with issues that no-one should have to go through and yet they still managed to put on a genuine smile on their faces. They were true heroes and it is to them that his play is dedicated to. 

This past weekend the campus has a lovely/ exciting visit for the “love Doctor”. While I was walking around campus I heard someone mention this lecture atleast four times a week. David Coleman is considered the real life Hitch. The movie, which features Will Smith, is based on David’s line of work. During the lecture he completly went over the Do’s and Dont’s of all of the stages of relationships. David was very candid in his delivery which, in my opinion, is exactly what we all needed.  He encouraged us all to check out his website.

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23 February 2010