I update this blog almost every day. It could be about anything: politics & current events, religion, work, geek-related materials. Sometimes I just post random thoughts.
Friday, April 28, 2006
The Breese Disease: Expect the Infection
"Infecting students with leadership since 1960."
I am very excited for this theme. I realize that is a little bizarre and could be open to misinterpretation, but I also think we could have a lot of fun with it. My hall leaders already have lots of ideas and the thought of a shirt with a big biohazard symbol on it just seems cool.
If the students like it, then I like it.
It is hard to imagine that when the buildings open for next year, I will be beginning my fourth year as a Residence Hall Director.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
- Senior Staff Committee (weekly)
- Student Conduct Team (weekly)
- LBGTQ Council (monthly)
- Freshmen Project Committee (irregular)
- Homecoming Committee (monthly)
- Worship Commission (every two months)
- SPRC (monthly) - And I'm the chair of this one
- Church Council (every two months)
- There is no quicker way to take a good idea and delay its implementation than by sending it to committee.
- It is very easy to say, "Let's generate some ideas and we'll take of this next week." Does it really happen? Not too often.
- Decisions that would take 3o minutes end up taking 90 minutes.
- You find that the decision the committee came up with is exactly what one individual has been saying all along.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
"Oh man, I am late for class."
"I need to get to work."
"Did I put enough money in the meter? Let me check."
...it seems so strange to me because I leisurely walk through the campus, George Winston in my head. For once, life seems to be moving nice and slow. There are tears in my eyes, but they have nothing to do with sadness. If anything the cold wind, so uncharacteristic as of late, blows straight into my eyes. I wonder what the people behind me are thinking, why he rubs his eyes so much.
No, I'm not crying, but yet somehow I feel like I am losing a friend...
(There ya go...a brief bit of unfinished prose. This was just a scene/moment I had while I was walking this morning.)
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I will leave behind many great memories and I have made many great friends. I am sure that I will pop into on or more WURHA events next year so I won't be a stranger.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Because all men are brothers, wherever men may be,
The world shall be one union forever proud and free.
No tyrant shall defeat us, no nation strike us down,
All men who toil shall greet us, the whole wide world around.
My brothers are all others, forever hand in hand,
Where chimes the bell of freedom, there is my native land.
My brothers' fears are my fears, yellow, white or brown.
My brothers tears are my tears, the whole wide world around.
Let every voice be thunder, let every heart be strong
Until all tyrants perish our work will not be done.
Let every pain be token, the lost years shall be found.
Let slavery's chains be broken, the whole wide world around.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
More importantly, I have gotten into the habit of walking each morning at 8:05 am. The walks are no mroe then 30-35 minutes. They give me the opportunity to clear my head and think about what is coming up for the day. It has helped me to create a mental task list of items I might otherwise forget. It is also good for me.
So, if anyone wants to walk with me...meet in the lobby of Breese Hall at 8:05 am. You are welcome to join me. I promise I won't listen to my IPod if I have visitors.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Backstory: A few days this week, the hot water in Breese Hall was not working. A few residents expressed this concern, so I notified the proper individuals to remedy the problem. It would also be good to know that when there aren't many people in the building and the water sits in the heating tanks, it just gets hotter. Thus, on Easter weekend, with next to no one here, the water got really warm.
So, to be honest, that statement got to me a lot less than it would have in the past, but it is still hard to take, because no matter what you do sometimes, someone will always find something wrong in it.
Friday, April 14, 2006
After reading that, you may be thinking to yourself, is Jim seriously talking about people that are in their 20s? Yes, yes I am. I it is truly sad. I find myself in this strange friendship crossroads, a place that I have not found myself in some time.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Phone Call 1 (Residence Life Facilities) - In this conversation, the individual I talked to said that she could have someone come to clean up the mess, but she would be unable to have a plumber come over. To accomplish that, I would need to contact the University Police to have someone brought it.
Phone Call 2 (University Police) - I call the University Police. They tell me that I have to call facilities because it is still business hours. I am perplexed because it is past hours...I bring this up, but she insists I need to call University Facilities.
Phone Call 3 (University Facilities) - Nope...I need to call the UP. I explain how that went the first time and the response was, "They are so full of shit". Priceless! She talks to her supervisor to figure out what to do, and indeed I am to call the UP to have someone come in. She calls over there to make sure they know I am calling.
Phone Call 4 (University Police Redux) - They know I am calling and they say they will sned someone over once I tell them where to go. Huzzah!
They didn't take too much work, did it?
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Overall, it was an entertaining movie. Scrat the Squirrel played a larger role in the movie; in the first film, he only had a short cartoon to start the movie. Most of the big laughs in the picture came as result of his antics. The main plot line (the escape from the ice age melting) was not quite as entertaining. There was also a move story involved with this one, which like Pearl Harbor, was completely unnecessary. There was a good messagae for kids, and the movie had humor that folks of all ages could appreciate. A solid, above average movie.
Monday, April 10, 2006
The overall maintenance of a Tamagotchi is not too difficult. Feed it and play with it. If it gets sick, give it medicine. If it gets cranky, yell at it. If it falls asleep turn out the lights. I think I can manage that...who needs kids?
Friday, April 07, 2006
I am really looking forward to the weekend because I do not have that much to do and I will have lots of time to do personal stuff.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
The following is proposed to be added to the Wisconsin Constitution:
"Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state."
If you didn't already know about this referendum, I strongly encourage you to get out there and become informed about it. This is definitely a student issue and it definitely can affect you during and beyond your time at UW Oshkosh.
Above everything, vote on November 6. How you choose to vote on this is up to you!
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
College students are going to drink, and educational classes are not going to cut it for some people. I struggle with what might work. Is it large monetary penalties (read: fines)? In the end, finances are very important and hitting someone in the pocketbook will make a difference. I know it sounds cruel, but if the point is to alter behavior, it is something to think about. Are there other options you can think of?
If you really think about it, we should probably wake up to the fact that some college students simply want to get their diploma and get out of here. Without any involvement in campus or hall activities they will get good jobs and lead good lives. I think we need to be OK with this and realize that involvement is not for everyone.
Lastly, we need to realize that we are a regional institution that does not draw many students out of the greater Fox Valley area. Bringing diversity to the campus will be difficult. We need to be conscious about what Oshkosh has to offer and whether or not it will be a good match for students that come to this campus. Why are we bringing diversity to the campus?
I realize that some of these thoughts are quite blunt, but they are forefront on my mind right now and I am still thinking about them. Any thoughts on this? Please share.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Monday, April 03, 2006
So, one day I look at the menu for dinner and it says that there will be "Sweet and Sour Chicken Effect." at the International Station. I am very excited because I like sweet and sour chicken and sounded very appetizing. I had my own vision of what it was going to be, mostly influenced by experiences in restaurants. Upon entering Blackhawk and I was given my two ladles full of sweet and sour chicken and it was pretty disgusting. This extreme let down between what I would expect and what I receive is called the "Sweet and Sour Chicken Effect."
I have to learn to lower my standards for foods that I would otherwise think would be really tasty!
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Star Wars Battlefront II - I managed to gain "legendary" status in another reward category. This was especially cool because I earned many of the rewards in the cooperative mode in Galactic Conquest. I think Christa appreciated getting back into the Battlefront mode. Now my character has four permanent bonuses in all scenarios. Time to work on more. I must have played Battlefront 4 hours today. Sweet!
Texas Hold 'em - As I am writing this blog entry, I am playing poker on partypoker.net. It's not too badm, and you play for free...no money. I couldn't really tell you if I am any good or not, I have only played Texas Hold 'Em a few times. The more games that I play the better I feel about some of the basics of the game. Now, playing on-line is one thing...I am intrigued to see how this all works out playing against people in person. I'll keep you posted.
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