Senior Farewell … Why Being a Senior is the Worst

Freshman [fresh-muh n] noun – a novice, or beginner

Senior [seen-yer] adjective – 1. older or elder 2. of higher or the highest rank or standing.

Personally, I would prefer the second definition of senior rather than the first. Many people though would be willing to associate the adjective of old (as in grandma) to me. In a sense, I am not too excited to be known as an older or more elder individual. I would rather be a freshman forever … well in every aspect rather than the normal 15-20 pound weight gain that comes with being a freshman due to the outrageous food plan and accessibility to everything fattening and horrible for your body.

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I would rather be able to sit back to plan and romanticize my future rather than realize that I have to actually start making “big girl” decisions about a job, house, bills and which lifetime subscription of newspaper I want. Instead, I am currently having a meltdown between graduation announcements that I still need to send out (sorry mom for being a little late with that) and actually trying to figure out a housing situation and job title. As of right now, it looks like “Taco Bell Cashier” will be making the newest addition to my resume … because lets be real, I am not just going to settle for McDonald’s – I have more class as a “high ranking senior” than that. But all this talk of graduation and life after school makes me realize that people actually like freshman more than seniors. Freshman are the future, they will be expanding and can actually be impressionable versus a group of seniors that realize that not everything glitters in gold and sometimes life actually is not as easy as we all think it will be as freshman.

The best example of this would be the memories of college parties – new and old. As a freshman, I thought house parties were the ULTIMATE celebration and deserved to be worked in to my schedule on Friday night before even considering anything else. I was royalty at these house parties. I was able to walk in, grab a drink, and dance the night away. Now, I can’t even fathom going to a house party without feeling slightly nauseated. The amount of people shoved in to a two bedroom house is always quite amazing to me now. Not to mention, the alcohol always tastes far worse in a dirty solo cup than I ever remembered before. For some reason, I just don’t even see the appeal as I did when I was a freshman.

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Maybe I will never quite understand the major differences that I experience between my freshman and senior year, but I do know that if I could back and continue to just be a college student forever I would do it. There is nothing better in this world than walking around campus and being able to really embrace the entire culture and experiences it has to offer. Four years really has gone by a lot faster than I could have ever imagined but I wouldn’t rewrite the lessons and stories I have for anything. I have found my best friends and enemies, my fiance and my exes, and my passion for Louisville sports and hatred for our rivals.

Being a senior is the worst, because it finally means that I have to start a new chapter and begin filling pages with new stories and words even though I may not be ready to. But then again, was I ever really ready to be a freshman?

The Gentlemen Who Ruin It For Everyone

 

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With the current situation surrounding the gentlemen of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) of the University of Oklahoma, I feel like as a member of the Greek community, I should saying at least SOMETHING regarding the incident. For those of you that don’t know, a recent YouTube video has surfaced by an anonymous user who films multiple male members cheering and clapping to a racist chant that eerily resembles the tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. After watching the video for the first time today, I realize that the racism that surrounds the video isn’t the only thing that is wrong with this obviously learned behavior. First and foremost, anyone with any common sense would know that making a racist chant and including the “N” word AND your fraternity name probably isn’t the smartest thing seeing as how your National Headquarters preaches the following creed and conduct code as follows:

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe. – John Walter Wayland. 

At any rate, the “gentlemen” of the University of Oklahoma did in fact NOT think of the rights and feelings of others rather than their own. But looking beyond the actions of these boys and how inappropriate their actions are, there has to be learned behavior. Chants and racism or negative thoughts aren’t something that just occurs overnight. The sad thing to think about is that these men don’t really even seem smart enough to come up with a chant like that in just one day or on their own.

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The most recent statement by one student who led the chant stated that he was sorry and the chant was “taught” to them. However this chant may have appeared within their own chapter, it is just sad for the African American alumnae and community that have had to deal with the repercussions of this senseless act. One victim in particular, the house chef who happens to be African American, recently told local news reporters that “we used to have so much fun, now it’s all gone.” Unfortunately Dixon, the previous chef, is now jobless after working for the fraternity for 14 years.

A quote by the President of the University of Oklahoma emphasizes the outlook with which I deeply approve of: “I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma,” Boren said. “I hope the entire nation will join us in having zero tolerance of such racism when it raises its ugly head in other situations across our country.” It is with this swift justice that may be the only way to squash this nasty incident and the repercussions across the country. The most recent update with their national standing is that the members involved in the incident are looking at the possibility of having their SAE membership revoked along with the punishment of having their chapter kicked off campus by the University of Oklahoma and dissolved nationally by Sigma Alpha Epsilon Headquarters.

Ultimately though, this incident is just another reason to throw stones and cast judgement on those who are involved in the Greek community. It’s dumb and reckless choices by immature students that cause all the good work that Greek life does for the community to be washed away in an instant. Recently Iota Phi Theta at Kean University purchased land in Newark, NJ to ultimately build a home for a local homeless family. Yeah, you read that right. To build a home, not just use the land for themselves. Another prime example of young men in action took place in Alpha Tau Omega, when the gentlemen from Grand Valley State gave up their Spring Break to walk 160 miles across Michigan to raise $15,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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What about the University of Louisville SAE chapter? On January 28th, 2015 the Brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosted Buzz for a Cure. Over 50 brothers shaved their heads in support for a cure. They raised over $1300 for Stephanie Virgin, the wife of Brother Greg Virgin (Nu Class) who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer this past fall.

These prime examples of good and dedicated work within the community will always be undone by the acts of a few stupid guys in Oklahoma. But I know for certain, that the Greek community will continue to do good and set examples that maybe the guys Oklahoma should have been focusing on from the beginning.

Linked are the following articles for further reading:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/08/frat-racist-sae-oklahoma_n_6828212.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/10/fallout-oklahoma-racist-video/24691017/

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching the Puppy Bowl

February 1st. What will you be doing? Watching the 11th Annual Puppy Bowl, I hope! Can you really deny all this cuteness? Before watching the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, why not indulge yourself in to some playful cuteness of 85 small puppies clamoring over each other and toys? Here following are the TOP 5 main reasons why you should be watching the Puppy Bowl this year:

5. Their Prediction of the Winner

Each year, Animal Planet gathers a small group of puppies to help predict the annual Super Bowl winner. This year, four small Puppy Cam pups devoured a Seattle colored cake, while paying no mind to the New England cake. I’m not so sure I would place any money in this bet though because the pups were wrong in the 2013 prediction between the Baltimore Ravens and San Fransisco 49ers. Although they may not be the most reliable, since their behavior is so sporadic, they are still the cutest game predictors I have ever watched: 2015 Super Bowl Prediction by Puppy Cam.

4. It Occurs Earlier than the Big Game

If you are worried about missing the game, don’t fret! The Puppy Bowl will actually take place 3:00 PM ET on Animal Planet, while the Super Bowl will kick off at 6:30 PM ET. You’ll have plenty of time to get your snacks ready and your jerseys on before the game, AND you’ll also be able to appease anyone else in your house that may want a cute and friendly pre-game celebration.

3. The Undeniable Cute Factor

Grown men and cute puppies. Granted, it won’t be grown men holding cute puppies which is something I would totally watch but it will be far more entertaining and light-hearted in comparison to the actual football game. No injuries or name-calling will take place and you’ll be able to cheer for every puppy (since they are all cute) instead of just cheering for one team.

2. Post Game Adoption

After the game each year, all the puppies that were featured in the game are normally adopted by air time. This is probably the best aspect of the show thus far. Statuses will be given throughout the game about each puppy or kitten and that is the most heart warming feeling – knowing that all these puppies were available for a welcoming and loving family and they were able to be given that opportunity as a true “forever home”.

1. Favorite Puppies

You can look and pick your favorite puppy for the game. Not only that, but you can build your own fantasy roster that can allow you to see all of the information about your favorite dogs and you can vote in the debate between FLUFF or RUFF. (I voted FLUFF).

And here is my personal favorite: Boomer from team RUFF. He is an 18 week old, German Shepard Mix. I can’t wait to watch him and all of the other 85 puppies this weekend, in my annual guilty pleasure before the big game!

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My (Not So) Subtle Obsession with Jennifer Lawrence

As I began to brainstorm potential subjects for this week’s writing, I determined that the most interesting subject for me would be to write about my most recent idol- Jennifer Lawrence. Granted, JLaw hasn’t always been my idol … Pocahontas (the Disney version) and Brittany Spears held that title in my life long before Jennifer Lawrence ever did. That being said though, as a growing adult in a modern day society, I have discovered that I am not only obsessed with JLaw’s movies but also with the woman that she portrays herself to be.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, the people of Louisville have always been happy to accept the credit that Jennifer has placed on the city. Being a resident of Louisville and student at the University of Louisville, I feel like she embodies the dreams and goals of every small-town USA citizen who wishes to make it big one day. Personally, I could never imagine myself as a model, actress, or even background extra in a movie but JLaw gives me that slight bit of hope that I could become famous if I really wanted to.

I first became a fan of Jennifer’s when she appeared as Katniss Everdeen in the first Hunger Games movie in 2012. I was instantly amazing by this portrayal, so similar to the image I gained of Katniss from the books. I was hooked. I wanted to be strong, and fierce just like her character. Little did I know, that Jennifer Lawrence was much more dynamic than just a simple character from the pages of a book- she had a personality all her own that became more evident as the fame ensued.

When I saw another movie of her’s, American Hustle, I was astounded. To play such opposing and radically different roles with such grace and ability literally had me obsessed with how much talent could come out of one person. During this time, I began to realize that she was gaining more fame, and becoming more of a public figure. Interviews became sensational, hilarious, yet sincere. She was honest and publicly speaking about her eating habits, weight, sexual preferences, and acted as if she could care less as to what people thought about her. SHE WAS INSPIRATIONAL.

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Talking about eating PIZZA like a normal human being, discussing how her weight is irrelevant, and acting just as awkward as me. And that’s the reason why I was so intrigued by everything she had to say, and HOW SHE SAID IT. She had no shame about being a regular woman with normal interests and hilarity. And just like that, she had he hooked. I realized that in that moment, I didn’t have to follow any society “rules” about what to eat, what to look like, and how I should NOT hide my awkward qualities but rather embrace them.

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I realize the JLaw will never probably ever read this entry and understand how much she has truly inspired me to be my own person, but at least other people can read and understand why her actions and words are not only interesting and funny, but also endearing. Thank you for helping me grow in to my own, opinionated and forever hungry woman.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Bob’s Burgers

A family consisting of a mother, a father holding a hamburger, a boy, and two girls.Bob’s Burgers.

A simple enough title. But that’s probably the only simple thing about this show. An American animated sitcom, created by Loren Bouchard, should be the show that everyone is watching. The sitcom focuses on the Belchers- Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise. When the show first began to air in 2011, it had mixed reviews and many critics did not believe that the animated family could survive competition with iconic series of The Simpsons or Family Guy. Four years later though, Fox just renewed the series for a sixth season after winning it’s first Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. Even though Bob’s Burgers has gained followers, it seems to still be an unappreciated and undervalued. As a result, I am here to give you the TOP 4 reasons why you should be watching Bob’s Burgers.

Reason 4: THE PUNS

The puns make the show. Don’t believe me? When you re-watch as many episodes as I have, you begin to realize that you missed previous humor and puns that are woven in to the very epitome of this show. Sometimes there are puns that are brought straight out in the episode, like the name of special burger for the day. Let me just throw a few names of the burgers out there and you can tell me that they don’t make you either chuckle or make you realize how incredibly smart these writers and animators are. “Peas and Thank You Burger”, “Texas Chainsaw Massa-Curd Burger”, “Hummus A Tune Burger”, and “I Fought the Slaw Burger (and the slaw won)”. If these burger names don’t get a chuckle out of you then apparently you just don’t get the puniness of the show and that would be just so unfortunate.

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Reason 3: THE GUEST STARS

This show has been graced with so many memorable guest stars, it doesn’t even feel like they are guests anymore. Maybe that’s the way that the producers and writers wanted it to feel like. Although there have been numerous comedians and celebrities that have contributed their voice to this show, the writers have a full cast of supporting characters that these guest stars play. Rather than having Zach Galifianakis play himself, his animated character was a homeless man who believed that he once used to be a mannequin and carried around a female mannequin companion. As odd as this may sound, it made for a hilarious episode and brought more attention to the show itself because of his appearance. Some other stars that have used their voice to add to the show include Cyndi Lauper, Aziz Ansari, Will Forte, and Jon Hamm.

Reason 2: THE HUMOR

Offbeat. Weird. Quirky. Punny. Unusual. CLEVER. Words that all describe the humor of this show. The jokes and overlapping humor in all the episodes makes the show that much more appealing. Anyone can relate to the humor in this series and can also relate to the family and the almost dysfunctional aspect of the humor. The laughs from this show keep me coming back each week as a viewer and unless you’ve given the show enough time to impress you with it’s humor, I doubt that you can fully appreciate this one of a gem.

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Reason 1: THE FAMILY

Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise all add their own personality and humor to the show. The appeal of this family mainly lies in the fact that they all seem so realistic and normal. Even though the family always seems  to participate in unrealistic and crazy situations, it’s as if you could imagine your own family going through the exact same experience. With Bob’s dedication to his business and burgers, and Linda having absolutely ridiculous ideas, they make the perfect pair of parents to their unique children. Tina, Gene, and Louise all bring their own personalities and humor as well. (Personally, I am obsessed with Tina and her own fascination with butts and horses. Maybe because she reminds me of myself when I too was awkward and weird in my young teenage years). The combination of each family member makes me just love the show even more and makes me want to open my own burger joint with my future family.

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