February 2010

Can I call you mine?

Quite a bit has happened since I last posted. One of the biggest highlights since my last post was the group trip to York. We had to get up at 6:30 in the morning to make the early morning train; I felt like I was back in middle school again. It was pretty exciting to get outside of London for a bit. While there is so much in London, it was nice to be outside the city limits for once and finally get a glimpse of the beautiful English countryside and the small towns that inhabit it. Upon finally arriving in York around midday, it was shocking how different it was from London. Both of the cities are very old, bit the oldness in York seemed much more present and alive. York was a huge Roman stronghold in during the time it was occupied by the massive empire, and little bits and pieces of that time still remain within the city along with the incredible landmarks that showed that York has played a gigantic role in the history of England. There are several ruins that line city blocks and have little plazas all to themselves. One might find the ruins of a castle, then walk a block over and be confronted by a Starbucks. The clash of ancient culture and modernity in York is utterly fascinating. The two biggest landmarks in the city are easily the wall and Yorkminster. The wall, which used to outline the entire perimeter of the city in medieval times is still standing and is actually quite an efficient route for getting around town if you don’t want to wait to cross streets. Going down the very thin walkways on the wall, it felt to me as if I were in the middle of a historical film about wars in old England. The wall even still has small holes for archers to peek out and shoot arrows from. The wall also gives you a grand view of the city. From the wall (and almost everywhere else, for that matter) one can also see the town’s gigantic cathedral: Yorkminster. It towers above all other buildings in the city and often announces its presence through the ringing of its loud, deep and very old bells. I found myself completely lost and infatuated with the city’s oldness and beautiful connections to its past.

                It just so happens that on the day we ventured to York, we arrived on a national holiday. Upon arriving, our group leader informed us that today just happened to be the anniversary of the coronation of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II and that there was to be a large ceremony in town today and that we would be able to sit in on these ceremonies if we wished to. All we needed to do was follow the crowds. It wasn’t hard. After making our way through the packed, tiny streets, we found ourselves in a square where a royal brass band was playing away, all dressed in formal garb. After a few tunes, they began to march toward the park and we followed. We followed them to the park and got ourselves prime viewing for the main event: the 21 canon salute. Everything was done in a meticulous military fashion. Soldiers carried out their orders from their superiors jerkily and quickly, loaded the guns, and after a loud and clear “FIRE,” each canon went off with a flash of red light and the resounding sound not unlike that of a thunderclap. 21 times the canons sounded off over the river, and when they were done, the soldiers were met with thunderous applause. We left the ceremony afterwards to meet up with the rest of the group, get lunch and then begin our tour of York. The tour was fairly extensive. We traveled all around the city, scaled the wall, wandered through the main shopping area called the Shambles (I swear to you that the people from Warner Brothers used the Shambles as the model for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films) and then wrapped everything up at Yorkminster. Our tour of the church was a little long but was filmed with a lot of really interesting history. Yorkminster is an incredibly beautiful building. The ceilings are high and the stained glass windows are elaborate. Something that struck me about Yorkminster was how different it felt from all of the other cathedrals I had seen in London. Perhaps it was because we were in northern England, but the design of everything seemed, well, colder. There was not nearly as much gold in Yorkminster than there was in many of the other cathedrals I have been in so far. Everything was in an elegant shade of gray and there were countless windows that allowed for the cathedral to be filled with natural and gentle light. It seemed more solemn, darker and older than any other religious space I had been in prior.

                After our grand tour, a group of friends and I headed back to the Shambles to check out some of the shops we had passed earlier. The Shambles used to be a meat market, and the architecture of the building was designed around both displaying meat and keeping the sun out of the alleyway to make sure that the meat didn’t go back as quickly. Each building had a bench that came out into the sidewalk and some of the shops even veered away from the walls that kept them strictly vertical and jutted all the way into the street, causing much of the street to in shadow. During our small excursion, we explored a couple souvenir shops, a record store, and then stumbled into a small chocolate shop where we got the best hot chocolate I have ever had. It was perfect on that day since it was absolutely freezing outside. After exploring the Shambles, a couple of us decided to check out an Evensong at Yorkminster. We entered the church again at around 5:00 PM and were lucky enough to get seats directly behind the choir. The echo in the church was absolutely breathtaking and I was extremely impressed by the singers. It was a bit of a revival for me of how much I love vocal music. It also made me miss singing very very much. I hope to go to many more Evensongs while I am here. After the Evensong was over, the group seemed pretty hungry, so we went in search of a pub, and my goodness did we find one. With a great atmosphere, great British food (hoorah for sticky toffee pudding) and surprisingly low prices (I got a full meal and a drink for under a fiver; this would be unheard of in London), we had a lovely night, all of us returning to our beds pleasantly tipsy to our beds.

                The following day, all of us made our way to another large English city: Birmingham. I didn’t like Birmingham nearly as much as I liked York since it was far more urban. We didn’t stay too long in Birmingham since we only headed over to see a single concert. Our group had gotten tickets to see one of the best brass bands in the world, the Black Dyke Band. This band was extremely precise, showy and LOUD. I was in the back row of the balcony and there were still some times when I felt that if they pushed just a LITTLE bit harder, they would risk deafening me. It was an extremely entertaining and impressive concert featuring many pieces that showed off the power and glory of the instruments that these people had dedicated their lives to. Some of the musicianship that night was nothing short of astonishing. After the concert, we were all pretty worn out from such a wonderful evening. We all headed back to London and went to bed. I wouldn’t mind going back to York in the future. I could see myself living there. It’s such a beautiful city.


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19 February 2010

a complimentary stick

early morning studying in the sunniest spot in the library
The Sickness is making its rounds on campus. I seem to have intercepted a particularly mild strain of it, and I’m fending it off with chamomile tea and honey. I thought I hated chamomile tea and honey, but it turns out that I don’t – it tastes just like the appley part of an apple crisp! Hey, okay.

Life goes on, obdurate throat and all. Last night, I pumped out an eight page paper for my Comm class in just over three hours. I kind of wish all papers could be that fast to write. Usually I clock in at about a page per hour, so this was definitely a record, even if it was more of an extra-long synopsis/reflection drabble than an actual academic production. But anything that makes me feel accomplished is okay by me. That accomplished feeling is one of the reasons I love PE so much; this week we learned how to combine tundik kick, elbow strike, hammerfist, and knee strike into one smooth defense that ends with the attacker laid out on the ground. (Sidenote: I secretly call this class Women’s Self Defense Against the Dark Arts, for lo, I am a nerd.)

African dancing looks suspiciously similar to American teenage-style dancingKemi plays every single part in her play Jabulile!coming soon to a t-shirt near you!It’s African Culture Week, which mostly means the Bon was weird at dinnertime on Wednesday. There was African food (I got lentils and rice, it really was a lot like my Kenya/Tanzania study abroad, nostalgia is delicious) and there were musical and dance performances up on a temporary stage. At one point, a few African students beckoned people to the stage for a dance lesson, African-style. Culture nights in the Bon are always slightly baffling and overwhelming for me, but for some reason this one was less so than usual. After dinner, Kemi previewed a 15 minute selection of her one-woman play Jabulile! which will debut in full at the Gender Studies Symposium before she takes it to an international theatre festival in South Africa this summer. The play, which Kemi started writing in high school, is a mosaic of eight stories about womanhood and sexuality as told by four different, fictional Swaziland street vendors. The clip Kemi performed in the Blackbox theatre was both incredible and intense, and I really hope I get to see the full production in March. Even if I miss it – I will be running around like a crazy person during the Symposium – I can probably track down a video recording of it later.

aw yeah, I hang out under the kitchen counter with our compost paraphernaliaour worms are kinda veganThis week I’m doing something I’ve wanted to do for two and a half years: learning how to use the Print Shop! I signed up to design and print the t-shirts for the Vagina Monologues this year, which entails learning how to use all the fancy equipment in the student-run Print Shop. Adrian and I will partition off several hours of our Sunday to the project. The Womyn’s Center plans to sell the t-shirts at the door, and the money goes to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. The packages of men’s white t-shirts Maggie bought for screenprinting all came with a complimentary stick of deodorant, so starting now I will probably smell like man for the rest of forever. Why go buy deodorant when you’ve got six free samples, right?

how to make a fruitfly trap - apple cider vinegar + a drop of dish soapHartzfeld B got hall pets – worms! SEED (Students Engaged in Eco-Defense club) scored a grant to get vermiculture kits, so now our communal kitchen is all set to compost. We also got reusable, rewashable towels from SEED for all the public bathroom in the residence halls on campus to cut down on paper towel waste. Summary: SEED is great. We are being nicer to the earth. Awesome!

I’m going to this thing tonight!Tonight I’m going to the Anti-Valentine’s Day Choir & A Cappella Concert, which is always seventeen kinds of excellent. Then my parents are abducting me and I’ll devote Saturday’s daylight hours to rolling purple paint onto my bedroom walls at home. Saturday evening is the last basketball game of the season and then Once Upon a Weekend. Full coverage of my weekend shenanigans in next week’s blog entry!

You do your question thing, I’ll do my answer thing. maisha@lclark.edu

12 February 2010

haute habanero

Not like I’m using this blog to advertise my Dad’s business or anything, but, he just started making a habanero paste!  the paste!!!And it’s pretty awesome.  Check out his website here!  I had it in some mac & cheese today and it was fantastic.  I am going to bring it to the Bon (dining hall) tomorrow morning and have it in my egg and cheese quesadilla.  I’m kind of excited. 

Classes are going really well again this semester.  My New Testament/Early Christian Origins class is just awesome.  Our first paper assignment was this: “For one of the texts we read explain how the social and historical context out of which it came shaped the religious imagination expressed in it.”  We have read 1 Thessalonians, Philemon, Galatians, Organ inside the ChapelMark, and Matthew so far, so I chose Mark.  Instead of doing a broad overview of how the socio-historical contexts shaped Mark, I focused in on Mark 1:40-45, the story of Jesus healing the Leper.  Specifically I answered why Jesus tells the newly cleansed man to go directly to a priest instead of telling other people.  So I don’t leave you hanging, I’ll give you one of the explanations.  The priests of the time were the only ones who could declare a person “clean” and they did this by making sacrifices in the Temple.   They also believed that it was only by a divine power that people could become “clean.” Lepers were considered “unclean” and “ritually impure” and were subject to banishment.  For a priest to even consider talking to a leper was taboo.  Jesus, using his divine authority to cleanse people of their sins (which the priests do not have) cleansed the leper.  Jesus told the man to go to the priest and offer a sacrifice in order to prove to them that he had command of that divine authority.  I have learned so much in this class Dalready – and that wasn’t the only part of my paper.  If you want to know more, email me, I love talking about this stuff.

Enough about school.  Like I said last week, Madisyn and Elyn are back from India!  I talked with Elyn for the first time today, and it was so good to hear her voice.  The excitement that was still there from the trip was evident, but so was her fatigue.  She is a senior in high school right now, and is trying to decide between four colleges!  So after being in India for two weeks, she was thrown back into the “finishing high school” lifestyle.  Madisyn is also trying to pick a college.  I remember and do not miss that crazy time.  I definitely ended up in the right place though!  I am sure they will too, but it was a stressful process soooo good!!! sometimes making your own dinner is just the best thing to do.  really.  especially with friends.that is for sure.  So they are back from India, and my friend Emily is headed off to Chile on Tuesday!!  For five weeks!!  My friend Jen is in Australia, Carolyn is going to Ghana this summer – I am not going to Morocco… but I will be going somewhere.  International travel is so awesome.  I went to Sweden when I was 13 and just got back in touch with a friend via facebook!  It has been so good to catch up with him.  Thankfully he speaks very good English, I know about three words in Swedish.

This weekend is the Intervarsity Winter Conference: Jesus The Revolution.  I will be going to that all weekend, and I am really really really excited.  I will get to see another part of Portland, hang out with fun people, sing awesome songs, relax and learn.  There are six L&C students going I think, maybe five, but going with friends will be sweet.  Also on Friday there is an A Cappella concert, and Section Line Drive is singing Winter Song, and Carolyn is one of the featured singers!!!!  This link isi got the swimming button at my roommate’s last home swim meet.  they have conference this weekend… GO PIOS!! to a video of a performance last year, Carolyn is the second one that comes up front to sing! I can’t wait to see it live!

So, a good week so far and lots of good things lined up for the rest of the week.  I’m off to bed, well reading then bed, but I hope that if you are in Oregon you had the chance to see Mt. Hood yesterday (it was beautiful from campus!  Wow) and if you are not in Oregon I sure hope you get to come experience it someday.  If you are a prospective student looking for more college advice or have questions, my email box still has room

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet success unexpected in common hours” –Henry David Thoreau


p.s. sorry some of the pics are blurry… not sure what happened… sorry!


11 February 2010

Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

Ok, so I don’t know what is wrong with me, second week in a row and I forget that today is Wednesday. Oh well, it has been a crazy week….I guess crazy might be an overstatement, I got into a tussle with Mathematica ( a computer program that does calculus and other math functions, it is very particular) and wasted about four hours of my weekend, all over something that should have been simple. So I had to miss part of work on Monday to discover that I was missing a colon in my definition of the fuMy favorite place to readnction. Lesson learned, but it did cause quite a bit of stress that I was not wanting to deal with. I have also had a lot of reading for my Presidential Politics class. The reading is interesting, but it is so detail filled that I have a hard time absorbing all of it at once. I guess it is a good thing that I have taken American History, otherwise I might be a little more lost. It is really interesting because in my History classes the Professors talk about Woodrow Wilson as a Historian, but come to find out according the Political Science Professors he was a political scientist. Hmmm, I wonder who is right? (well rStones in the Rose Garden…Have to ask a Prof about themesearch shows that he was a Presidential scholar and was the President of the American Political Science Association-point for Poli Sci.)
In other random news my roommate and I couldn’t fall asleep last night (it was freezing, for some reason the heaters have not been on in the past few days ) and started talking about my favorite show “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel channel, (and Netflix for those interested) and some how ended up having a conversation about Mel Gibson and various versiPool House Windowsons of Hamlet. Anyways, this led to a question about who played Ophelia in the Kenneth Branaugh version of Hamlet. We were convinced that it was not Kate Winslet but someone who looks like her who we could nThe edge of the “Ship”dscn0151.JPGot remember. We ended up looking it up online (both of us having to turn our computers on as Anne’s had to update), only to discover that it really was Kate Winslet and we had wasted ten minutes of thinking for nothing. So much for going to bed early…
Today was also the College’s annual emergency drill (yes just like High School we are supposed to crawl under our desks and then evacuate single file for a fire drill). I was at work in the Manor House (Admissions Office) and during the evacuation a long conversation about the merits of the musical “Cats” ensued. That’s what happens when a bunch of people have to stand out in the rain. Of course we had beautiful sun on Monday and Tuesday and then today when we have to stand outside it rains…. I guess that is how life goes. Unfortunately I had better be going off to bed, I have Econ at 8 tomorrow and I am not looking forward to getting up at 7. Hope everyone is enjoying their weeks!

PS. The picture of the Flag pole is the level above the rose garden. If you stand at the edge you kind of feel like you can just “dive” off campus and into the woods, of course that would be dangerous, but it is amusing!

10 February 2010

serious mug of tea

my classmate Nicole Pampanin took this photo at the Sit Out
students signed an anti-racism statement in one of the academic buildings on Wednesdaythe mountain has been out a lot lately, hi Mt Hood!Claire preparing to dye Adrian’s hairwe dyed Adrian’s hair last weekendMel had never ever dyed her hair before, can you tell?awyeah, check out that bleach actionI put together a BBQ program for the Superbowl, and I heard that tons of people showed upDad and I made crepes for breakfast for mom’s birthdaymy favourite botanical discovery during the Alemeda walkof course I had to climb this steep surface with my dogsFebruary is Black History Month, which usually gets little more than an acknowledging nod from me. This year, things were different. I kicked off the month with some serious contemplation and discussion about racism. A couple of weeks ago, a handful of fliers depicting racist imagery bubbled up around campus, and while this type of occurrence very rarely happens at LC, it’s still extremely unsettling when it does. The fliers were ripped down as soon as they were discovered, but they had already damaged our sense of community. Rather than hushing it up and pretending the fliers had never been posted, the students and the administration organised several events to address racism. There were two student forums: one specifically for students of colour who felt most targeted by the fliers, and a general forum which I attended. There was also a peaceful Sit Out Against Racism on Wednesday afternoon, complete with signs and bullhorn speeches about solidarity. I’m incredibly proud of the way the LC community handled this unfortunate incident of racism. I believe that the only way to prevent instances of hate speech and racism is to fully address it when it does arise, to call it out, to talk it out, to sit it out. Through the Sit Out and the Forum, I have been able to examine my own (white) privilege, investigate the line between intent and impact, and recognise the shortcomings of attempts at anonymous satire. There was a very well-balanced article in the Piolog this week, including some words from the student who was responsible for the racist fliers, if you’re interested in a more detailed and nuanced account of the incident.

My first essay of the semester was due this morning! Its deadline ensured that I had a very non-celebratory Friday and Saturday. I managed to roll out all five pages in a reasonable amount of time, so no coffee-fueled late night paper sprints this time round. My paper examined four different historians’ accounts of witch trials in Puritan New England. Since I love defying gender norms, I wrote about how women who transgressed expectations of feminine behaviour in the 17th century were more likely to be accused of witchcraft than their gender role-conforming counterparts.

I spent Saturday afternoon frantically scribbling notes about Resident Advisor (RA) applicants’ performance during Group Process. Having now experienced Group Process from both sides of the table, I can pretty confidently say that it’s way more stressful on the evaluators’ side. I basically sat in a tiny room for two and a half hours and listened to groups of six to nine hopeful potential RAs yell at each other. That’s what happens when you stick eight leader-types around a table and give them four minutes to come to a group consensus about how to prioritize a list of situations that all seem to require immediate attention. Oh man. It was intense. I’m so glad it’s over. Some applicants actually did really well, but I still needed a serious mug of tea at the end.

Then I escaped campus for a low-key 24 hours at home. We watched a biopic about Amelia Earheart – oh man, I love biopics – and then we spent most of Sunday dogwalking around the Alameda district on the outskirts of Portland. In the evening, we (including my Nani and Grandpa, my godfamily, and Mel) went out to dinner at Thai Peacock to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Thai Peacock, a block from everyone’s favourite Powell’s Bookstore, is an LC favourite. Every single time I’ve eaten there, there has been at least one other table of LC students. It’s delicious and almost within empty-pocketed college students’ budgets.

Dear Prospective Students: Email me your questions at maisha@lclark.edu. Thanks.

8 February 2010

If you catch me with my hands in the till, I promise that I wasn’t trying to steal…

This week was the first start of my volunteer project! And what a project it is. It turns out that the person I met with last week ended up getting me to help out some people moving recording equipment and soundboards. My first day helping out was the second to last day in January, and I have to admit, I was a little bit nervous. My main contact, Paul, gave me instructions to find the first recording studio that I was to make a stop at: “go to this place that looks like a really old run down pub that isn’t actually a pub way on this street you’ve never heard of out in Eastern London, knock twice and then ask for a man named Eddie.”  Sketchy much? Just a little bit. Regardless of the odd instructions, everything turned out alright. I found the “pub” just fine and the people there recognized me as soon as I dropped the names of the people who sent me. Little did I know that underneath what seemed to be a derelict building was actually a professional recording studio. Over the course of the day, I learned that some of the biggest projects happen in places you would never expect. Many of the most prolific and important recording studios in London appear to only be houses on the outside. You would have to know that it was an actual recording studio to recognize it. Anyway, what my project for the day entailed was moving a bunch of monitors and theatrical sound boards from two recording studios to a warehouse all the way out in Pulborough in southern England. I visited studios that recorded the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and many other huge names in music along with transporting sound boards that had been used in the original productions of “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” It was a pretty fantastic day and I learned so much about popular music history. I can’t believe that this is what my work is. I can hardly wait to report next week!

As for music stuff I have seen this week, it really is all across the board. I saw a free Los Campesinos! concert for the release of their new album and also got the privilege to see the New York Philharmonic perform at the Barbican Centre. They played pieces by Hayden, Adams, Schubert and ended the program with Berg. It was a pretty good concert and I was blown away by the musicianship. The highlight of the concert for me, however, was the piece by Adams called “The Wound Dresser.” This had a vocalist whom I had actually attended a master class with last year. His name was Thomas Hampson and he was absolutely fantastic. I can’t really say that until now I have heard a vocal performance that actually scared me. The sheer volume of his voice at times shocked me and the way he used many of his words actually caused me to have goosebumps a few times. It was a great performance.

Theatre stuff this week was pretty good as well. On Monday , I saw a production of a Harold Pinter play called The Caretaker at Trafalgar Studios. The story follows and old man who is taken in to a strange man’s flat in London after getting him out of a bar fight. As the story progresses, we meet the man’s brother, who also seems to occupy the flat. Throughout the play as the audience learns more about the characters, and the state of their sanity (or insanity, as some might argue), the play starts to make you consider who is telling you the truth, and who’s point of view is one of reality. While all three actors were excellent, the show featured an incredible performance from Jonathon Pryce as the old man. The second show I saw this week was a far cry from psychological drama. At the Soho Theatre, the group saw a production called Midsummer, an intelligent and extremely funny romantic comedy set in Edinburgh. Two people down on their luck have a chance encounter and end up being intertwined in each other’s less than satisfactory lives, and through one night of luck, chemistry and 15,000 pounds, fall in love and begin to pursue the lives that they wished to lead all along. Does it sound cheesy? Yes. But it was surprisingly well executed, and I haven’t laughed at a production harder here yet. I would highly recommend the play.

                Sorry about not posting last week, but things here are really busy. The post for week four should be up by tomorrow. Keep an eye out!




Musical present of the week: Los Campesinos!

What else would I have given you?



8 February 2010

It’s only been three weeks since school started? Say what? It feels like a semester already. Of course I’m exaggerating but really this semester is going by very slowly. And I am so grateful for this – whatever prolongs my absence from the real working world… I need. This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but the issue at hand isn’t really appropriate for this space. But know that there was a peaceful rally and a few student forums involved, and hopefully we’ll see some changes to the school’s policies. I guess you will have to come to this school to find out. My shameless and “subtle” plug for this school aside, isn’t this about the time you guys are hearing back from schools? Or am I entirely off and you guys are just getting started on your applications? Either way, I am here to answer your questions. So far I’ve been able to help a few people with their questions (yes, there is wireless internet all over campus; no, this is not a clothing-optional campus, unfortunately), but I remember during my application process I messaged a few LC students on MySpace and that was really helpful (yes, MySpace the social networking site… I’m a fossil, I know!) So yeah, you can e-mail me at lyang@lclark.edu and I’ll give you all the dirty details about this school. Kidding…kind of.

I guess the reason it seems like this semester’s been going by so slowly is because of the sheer volume of the work I’ve had to do. Not only do I have my regular (and rigorous as always) academic schedule to worry about, now I have an internship that consumes upwards of 20 hours of my time per week and a thesis that I’m growingly increasingly apprehensive about. For my internship at the NW Film Center I’ve been making movie posters. Lots of niche-ized posters that we send to various organizations in Portland so they can help us promote the movies at this year’s Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), which kicks off this Thursday. So if you live in Portland are super super into movies, especially international cinema, go! You can find the schedule at http://www.nwfilm.org Better yet, if you’ve been severely affected by this wack economy, get in touch with me and if I’m working at the specific movie you’re interested in I might just be able to pull out some money-saving magic….

Until next time.

8 February 2010

Eight O’Clock at the Oasis

Happy Thursday! So I don’t know how it happened, but one moment it is Monday and I have three days to compose my blog, and then all of the sudden it is Thursday. How time has flown this week. Last weekend was amazing, the guide to the Highlands for the Scotland overseas program was on campus and the new group got to have brunch with him and some students who went on the last trip. It is was really fun to get to hear all of the stories from the old group and learn the dos and don’ts. Most of their advice had to do with what places to visit and the good pubs to frequent but its also was bizare at times. My friend Will really took the advice to not talk to boys in ties very seriously! We were also warned not to leave the doors to our rooms open because they are very concerned about fire safety! We also got a question and answer period with Eddie Stivens, a play write who lives in Glenelg (population about 250) in the Scottish Highlands and is our guide for our time in the Highlands! Besides the technical questions about what we get to do in the Highlands (a little of everything from castle visits to hiking and even swimming in Sandeig) he told us that in Scotland we are to say “can I get a lift” instead of “ride” and that pants are underwear and trousers are what we call pants. I also learned that scotch and whiskey are the same thing and in Scotland it is only called whiskey not scotch (go figure). I am excited, but a little nervous about going for such a long time, it will be hard to be gone over thanksgiving. But as I tell my mom the internet is a great invention and now we have webcams (well I will after my birthday) and can talk for free!
I also went to the schools Improv group “The Serious Club’s” show last Thursday. It was pretty funny, they often play a game where the audience writes down scenes which are then randomly drawn out of a hat and they have to act them out. Mine was “Barack Obama is your roommate” but the guy messed it up and read it as “Barack Obama is your Mother” and the performers just looked at him…Improv and Acapella seem like tried and true college traditions and Lewis & Clark is no exception, in a couple of weeks they are going to have a joint performance of the improv group and a couple of the Acapella groups which should be pretty funny. This weekend should be pretty quiet, I am hoping to go downtown and get a Library card at the county Library and maybe go grocery shopping, my chocolate supplies are starting to dwindle (well, getting a loaf of bread would be good too…). Well, I better go but I would love to hear from any of you if you want me to talk about anything specific ebm@lclark.edu
Bon Voyage (as my African History Professor always says)

PS. These are pics from the improv show. Also, here is a link to the overseas office if anyone wants to see what programs we have. http://legacy.lclark.edu/~overseas/
Also, I stumbled upon this the other day, but Lewis and Clark has a youtube channel and they have some videos of dorm rooms and from events on campus! http://www.youtube.com/user/lewisandclark#p/u

PPS. I was super excited in my Presidential Politics class on Wednesday because I got to use a random piece of knowledge gleaned from Exploration and Discovery reading Galileo (unfortunately my least favorite book in the whole class). Did you know that the word Planet means wandering star? I also learned that I am kind of nerdy because I knew all of the “trivia” questions about the American Presidency. It turns out I have spent too much of my brain cells on remembering that the last time the US House had to break a tie for President was in 1824 and that Andrew Johnson was the first (and one of only two) president’s to be impeached…

funny-pictures-cat-is-indisposed.jpgmy new favorite LOL Kittehdscn0143.JPGImprov!

4 February 2010

booyah. spring is here.

So I decided not to apply to study abroad in Morocco.  The applications are due Friday (this trip would be Spring of 2010.)  It was aYoung Life leaders!Weasley Clock, Kayla and Hannah styleFrom India!Madisyn and Elyn in India!Kids in IndiaBeautiful IndiaMelting chocolate for pretzels!Hannah making chocolate/peanut butter pretzels! soooo goodA girl named Lindsey was on the College version of Jeopardy!  We had a viewing party in the Council Chambers with pizza and pop.  Great school pride going on! battle for about two days straight whether or not I should go for it.  My application was just about done, I only needed to get passport pictures, but I decided not to do it.  Yes, I could’ve turned it in and then decided, but I’m just not supposed to go there next year.  However, I did apply to become an RA, and the group process interview session is this Saturday.  There is a higher chance that I will be chosen now because I would be able to be there both semesters next year which is a plus.  And also three of my best friends are juniors, meaning that if I did go to Morocco, I would miss their last semester.  That wasn’t my biggest deciding factor in when making that decision, but now I realize that it will be such a good thing to have more time with them.  So no Morocco for next year, but who knows – maybe junior year?  I have even thought about spending a full year abroad, so maybe Morocco for a semester and then India??  Overall, I think it’s a pretty good problem to have, meaning, I know I will be going somewhere AWESOME within the next few years.  Definitely a good problem.

Speaking of India, my friends Elyn and Madisyn get back from India on Friday!  Unfortunately, I will not be able to give them hungs in person (they live in Michigan) but I have missed talking with them.  To know that they are in India though, that fact just blows my mind. 

Classes this semester?  Well, I am not as impressed as last semester.  Last semester all four of my teachers were high-powered geniuses that knew how to teach, and did it extremely well.  This semester E&D is not as intense, which I am not a huge fan of.  My class is about the “Auditory Experience” and we have spent our time watching The Matrix and reading basic philosophical articles, which are not bad, but I am not learning anything relating to anything auditory.  The class is definitely picking up though, now that we are sitting in a circle because we don’t have to watch the movie.  My new favorite class though is The New Testament/Early Christian Origins.  Dr. Rob Kugler is beyond amazing.  The amount of knowledge that is packed into every class is overwhelming in the best possible way.  We covered the Gospel of Mark today and my head is still racing.  We talked about how the Disciples were given the “secret to the Kingdom” yet they still did not understand.  What a class!  I am really thinking about Religious Studies as my major.  One of the things I do when I don’t want to do homework but still feel productive is make a four year plan.  So I will map out the classes I will take for the next four years and dig through the course catalog.  And the classes I keep going back to are the Religious Studies classes.  Religious Studies major and English minor.  That’s my track right now.  I like it.

New things this semester:  No crew, I have a job as a student assistant in the Admissions Office and I’m taking guitar lessons.  Booyah. 


College app questions?  Want to know why eating grapefruit every morning is awesome?  Want to know how to make a double-boiler with a ceramic bowl and a hot pot?  Ask me!



“Scatter joy!” –Kathy Davis

4 February 2010

Back on the grind

Hello all =)

 Wow it has been a very long since I have been able to fill you guys in the life of my LC world.  This week was the second week back to good ol LC. Getting back into the groove of things was quite difficult if I dont say so myself. I did not have much time to settle in with between the new classes and the London application. 

I finally turned in the overseas application today. Supposedly its the most popular program which makes it difficult to get into. So FINGERS CROSSED!

On Martian Luther King Day it was very nice to attend the lecture held at the law school.  Professor Randall Kennedy surrounded his lecture around the question “Is the Election of Barack Obama the Fulfillment of Dr. King’s Dream?”. He kept me intriqued with his speech the entire way through, which I must admit I can not do in every lecture I hear. 






1 February 2010