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May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

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A Friday in pictures: Snow, DVD Bingo, and more

May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?

As far as Fridays at Drury go, yesterday was interesting… to say the least. The ‘interesting’ part started early in a not so good way, as I woke up to SNOW blanketing everything in sight. Between spending extra time layering up and shuffling on ice all the way to the Pool Arts Center for my 9 a.m. class, I was feeling sassy about the whole situation – I mean, someone messing with the Earth controls REALLY goofed and missed the memo that in Missouri it’s MAY. Case in point, this is the first time it’s snowed measurably in May here since 1945. I’ll type it again for emphasis: 1945. It’s melting now. Moving on.

Lookin’ good, old lady Molly.

The uncharacteristic and wholly upsetting snowstorm aside, yesterday was also the night of my last Residence Life Association DVD Bingo ever, forever. Last night’s geriatric-themed bingo event was the most awesome of all for these reasons:

  1. I dressed like a supremely old and fabulous old person – basically, I was my future self. See photo for reference.
  2. Todd Parnell (Drury’s soon-to-be-retired president) made a surprise appearance and read bingo numbers with his wife.
  3. I got to play this time and just happened to pick one of the luckest bingo cards in the stack. I won a beach bag filled with sunscreen, towels, beach toys, and more, and won two DVDs for friends. Yep – pretty good card. I also got to shout a lot, which everyone loves to do.

Checkin’ out capstone art.

I may not have won an iPad, bike, camera, or TV, but I had a blast with my friends. After being a member of Residence Life Association (RLA) for four years, it’s sad to finally say goodbye, but it was a great organization to be part of.

After dinner but before Bingo, I trudged back down to the Pool Arts Center with some friends to see some of the seniors’ capstone projects. These ones in particular included projects by those studying graphic design and various aspects of art. From children’s books to brewery concepts to sculptures, everything was crazy unique and intriguing to look at. Good job, seniors!

How did I end the night? Gorging on Taco Bell with my friends, of course. For better or worse, that’s how a lot of college students’ weekend nights end.

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Ringing in spring with the First Annual Wallace Hall Field Day 2013

April 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

There’s something to be said about two days in a row of gorgeous, summery weather in Springfield, Missouri (following two days of miserable, nearly non-stop rain, but we’re looking at the glass half full here, people). This morning I celebrated the sunshine by running outside and subsequently burning my shoulders; right now I’m celebrating by typing this blog post at a picnic table near the Green Space. Premature blindness as a result of staring intently at my sun-filled computer screen for this post is a small price to pay to feel legitimate, real-life, previously-believed-to-have-passed-into-legend warmth from the sun. Right? Am I right? Anyway.

Bubbles bigger than your face? You bet we did.

Yesterday I celebrated the sunshine with my favorite group of people in the whole world, the Wallace RA staff. We hosted a field day for the entire hall on Sunderland Field, complete with frisbee, face painting, popsicles, giant bubble blowers, a water balloon fight, and music. It was pretty magical as far as hall parties go, and I don’t use the word magical lightly. Well, maybe I do. Either way, magical is what it was.

If that doesn’t paint a picture well enough, envision this: you’ve just had your face painted like a cat, or a bear, or a jellyfish (all three of which happened… I, myself, was a cat – obviously) and between rounds of downing mostly-melted Pop Ice and dunking a humongous plastic stick into a bottle of bubble liquid, you see a small group of people edge toward the previously-unnoticed water balloon cooler.

From there, everything happens so fast. Someone shouts, then everyone shouts, then everyone launches themselves at the cooler to grab handfuls of balloons. Sunderland Field becomes an instant warzone. That fifth grade competitive spirit kicks in and before you know it, you’ve deserted the bubbles and Pop Ice and you’re sprinting full speed, your arms full of balloons, possibly hollering battle cries. At first, things seem to be going well: you’re whacking people more than you’re missing, and refilling ammunition is made easy by the declaration of the cooler as a safe zone.

But then, the inevitable happens. You can dodge, dive, dip, duck, and dodge all you want, but eventually, someone (the Wallace hall director, maybe, but I’m not naming names here) winds up a particularly menacing-looking balloon and hurls it at you. Before you have time to do more than turn your back on it, it nails you in the back and you’re down – you’re done for. Party’s over.

Sounds like fun, huh? It was, and it definitely goes down as one of my favorite Wallace memories. Hall parties in Sunderland, Wallace, and Smith can literally be themed around anything (I went to a Learn the ‘Single Ladies’ Dance Party my freshman year), but I’d say we picked a top-notch party this time around. Go us. Go Wallace.

Check out some lovely pictures of our party yesterday below. You should also check out this Vine I made of our water balloon fight!

What hall party would you have if you could? Or, if you’ve lived in a residence hall before, what hall party have you gone to?

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Something I’ll miss the most about Drury: the Commons

April 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last night, during a particularly raucous dinner at the Commons with my friends, I realized something between bouts of uncontrollable laughter: Pretty soon I’m not gonna get to do this anymore. I was only sad for a millisecond before I was off laughing and joking about something else, but it’s amazing how something I’ve never learned to truly appreciate – meals with friends – is something I’m going to miss the absolute most about Drury.

Snapping a banana in half is 100% normal at our table.

Before each semester, my friends and I always compare schedules to match up times everyone can eat together. Though I ate a lot of lunches alone this semester due to odd hours off (something I actually didn’t mind, because lunchtime is my mental slump time), I’ve lost track of how many dinners have been total riots. A lot of the time, eating only takes up 15 minutes of the hour-long sessions we spend catching up, joking with each other, or being flat-out obnoxious to the other tables with our mischief. Take last night for example - we tossed fortune cookies like flower petals, filmed each other pretending not to know how to eat, and stared silently at innocent eaters nearby until they noticed. Okay, yeah, we’re weird. But we like it, and I wouldn’t trade our less-than-good-mannered shenanigans for anything.

But don’t get me wrong, I’ll also miss being able to select an already-prepared meal at my leisure, as well as some of the Commons’ staples… Curry and lentil dishes with flat bread and carrots are the best (never fear, folks not partial to potentially eating the Commons’ non-American cuisine… we have like, two pizza days a week). Lemon basil cookies? Not so much – but one of my favorite memories from the Commons is when my friends and I convinced others at our table to try them after knew they were sort of, well, icky.

Lastly, check out these videos of us being complete goobers tonight at dinner. Honestly, why would anyone want to spend a meal time differently? Dinner Time 1 | Dinner Time 2

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Springtime at Drury and big, big, big horses: A double photo series

April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s a beautiful Sunday if I’ve ever seen one, but sadly I’ll spend all day inside, finishing a research paper and starting other projects that might just kill me in the process. That would be incredibly bad timing, considering I graduate in less than a month. Less than a month! Even with the bold/italic/underline triple combo, I just can’t emphasize that enough.

Luckily, I have a few lovely photos of Drury’s many, many spring blossoms to share before I hunker down on this homework, all taken on my way to and from classes. I love that we have such a beautiful campus to enjoy when the weather isn’t completely cuckoo. Obviously I’m biased, but I’d venture to say we have the prettiest college campus out of the many in Springfield. No jokin’ – take a look for yourself below!

Not only that, but I snapped some good pictures of the parade on Friday that celebrated Drury’s incredible accomplishments this year: the Drury men’s basketball NCAA division II championship sweep, the Drury men and women’s swimming and diving NCAA division II championship sweep, and probably a million others that we’re just losing track of at this point. No, really – it’s true. So many teams deserve serious recognition at Drury: ENACTUS (formerly known as SIFE) took the regional championship home effortlessly and will compete in the national championship in May for the 16th time; Ad Team placed second in its regional NSAC competition on Friday, just a few hours after the parade; the Drury Mirror won 16 total awards at MCMA 2013; Drury tennis became conference champs this weekend…

Okay, Drury people. Take a nap. Stop being so awesome. My head is spinning from all this success!

What’s your favorite Drury success story from the past few weeks? Comment below for a picture of me wearing tons of sweaters. Tons.

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Thinking back four years ago: What it was like to move to Springfield

April 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Lately, little by little, I’ve been packing to move out of Wallace Hall and away from Drury – for real, this time – and I can’t help but think about how this experience feels compared to when I was a senior in high school preparing to move away from all my friends and family, my hometown, and most importantly, my home. This might go without saying, but as a senior in college, I feel a lot more confident this time around, and certainly a lot more ready.

My suitemates and I – this was our very first night at Drury. I don’t look scared at all – because I’m not!

One thing that I will never forget as a senior in high school is how afraid I felt the summer before I came to Drury. Before being accepted into the Living Learning Communities in Sunderland Hall, I even considered commuting from an hour away just because I was that nervous about making new friends and finding my place. I had no idea that in just a few short years I would be an RA, the president of a student organization, trying out sorority life, and more. I didn’t give myself enough credit in the beginning – after all, I was just as normal as the rest of my soon-to-be Drury classmates. Well, okay, ‘normal’ isn’t the right word, but that’s beside the point.

So much changed in the first few weeks at Drury, let alone that first year. I became almost obsessed with my new life, even though I still went home every weekend. I experienced all the same things that I watch freshman at Drury go through now: breakups (basically, very few high school couples stay together through college, or even in the first semester – sorry high school lovebirds, it is what it is), changes in personality, new best friends… the list goes on. It honestly wasn’t long before I forgot about the life I left behind in Branson, Missouri; for better or worse, it pretty much stayed that way.

Basically, I was scared as all get out and sad, too – but Drury was so incredible even in the first hour of move-in day that I never looked back. The real difference is that this time I’ll be looking back a lot.

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The Beaux Arts Ball: Basically, I’m not as fancy as I thought

April 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

If anyone thinks Drury lacks a fancy side, they’re totally wrong. I realize this isn’t nearly Harvard University, old sport – but last night my comrades and I attended a soireé of a most elegant measure, and it was a downright agreeable time, I tell you. Quite agreeable indeed.

My fancy-pants friends and I! From left to right: Me, Danielle, Courtney, and Ricardo.

Okay, enough Great Gatsby talk. What I’m trying to say is that last night I attended the Beaux Arts Ball, an annual art auction for charity hosted by the American Institute of Architecture Students at Drury. It was such a blast – my three friends and I dressed to the nines, checked out all the student and faculty artwork up for auction, and ate an embarrassing amount of h’ordeurves. Seriously, we did – we looked for moments when nobody else was at the buffet table so we could sneak back up for another plate of fruit kabobs, antipasto, empanadas, and spinach dip. Our previous definition of ‘finger food’ was Carnival Night at the Commons, so this caliber of food was a nice change.

Ricardo and his artwork

We went to support my talented friend Ricardo, who had a series of five digitally-made posters available for auction. Between all of you and me, I bid on all five of them first, but I think someone outbid me on all of them. Darn! Still, it feels good to potentially donate money to a charity (in this case, one that furthers education in architecture). This is what Ricardo said about the event:

The best part was that everyone I saw that looked at [my work] got enjoyment out of it, and it was really fulfilling to be able to know that my work can bring joy to others, even if it was minimal. It was good to know that my work work can make others feel the way I know I feel when I look at certain types of art. Mostly though, it was a really good start to being shown publicly, as it wasn’t high pressure or anything. – Ricardo Moreno, design arts major at Drury

Good job, Ricardo and everyone else at Drury who featured their artwork last night! Anyone who took your work home is lucky.

Finally, for everyone’s benefit, I thought I’d share five things I learned from this fancy event:

  1. What’s up with food on sticks? They’re the opposite of elegant – am I right? Right? Anyone? Stupid sticks.
  2. Avoid fart jokes at all costs when in a fancy environment. I’m not saying I did this or anything…
  3. It’s okay to dance if you feel like it – just make sure you’re not the only one. That’s what friends are for.
  4. ‘Formal dress’ is subjective. People will wear whatever the heck they want, so don’t feel pressured to dust off the prom gloves. BUT, keep this in mind: top hats are always awesome.
  5. All art is up for self-interpretation, but whether it’s a bleeding eyeball or abstract strokes of paint, it meant something to whoever created it. Appreciate something about it!

 

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Gettin’ cultured at the International Food Festival

April 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Before I get into the real subject of this post, I guess I should mention something cool that happened to Drury University this weekend. Now, if only I could remember what it was… Did we finally get that shipment of European squirrels? Wait, nope. Did mini tacos return to the CX menu? I wish – that wasn’t it either. Umm, hmm, hum, OH. YEAH. NOW I REMEMBER.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS.

Congratulations to the Drury men’s basketball team as they earned the title of NCAA Division II national champions today! All we DU is win. No, really – #allweDUiswin. Not a bad victory for a graduating senior to witness! Unfortunately I was pulling double duty in Wallace Hall all weekend, but all my Drury friends who road-tripped to Atlanta kept me up to date on the game on Twitter.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Read here. Or here. Or here or here.

The Drury International Food Festival

A really good excuse for a foodie picture: Ecuadorian corn salad, Korean pancakes, Japanese curry and rice, a Nigerian fried pastry roll, and much more. I was SO stuffed!

I may have been dorm-bound this weekend, but on Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending my first Drury International Food Festival, hosted in the FSC Commons by our own talented international students. The formal (yes, formal), James Bond-themed event was a wonderful experience – not only did I get to eat international dishes made by Drury students from Korea, Ecuador, Germany, Lebanon, and more, but I was reminded how many incredible and unique cultures are represented on this campus.

The effort international students went through to put on this event was vast. From a beautiful rendition of Adele’s “Skyfall” and a French song called “La Vie en Rose” by Wallace Hall’s very own Katarina (from Canada but representing Serbia) to an addicting apple tart-like dessert made with the help of my friend Lukas (from Germany), it was obvious how hard they worked and how deserving they were of recognition. It must be really, really difficult to leave the familiarity of one’s home country for a middle-of-the-map place like Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, but my respect and empathy for every last one of them shot through the roof during this event. Their representation of their countries and customs made me so proud to have them here!

Unfortunately, my Vine of some students bringing in their country’s flags to much applause from the audience didn’t want to play nicely with WordPress, but that was my favorite part: watching students wave their own flags and chant, dance, or just smile was incredibly heartwarming. For students who will be walking the sidewalks of Drury next spring, I definitely recommend this event. Get your culture on!

Students, faculty, and other visitors waiting in line for food or taking their seats at the festival.

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What’s going on at Drury this week, VBB style

April 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

As I was adding slides to the Wallace video bulletin board (VBB) tonight, I noticed that there’s a serious load of cool stuff going on at Drury this week. Like a typical uninformed senior, I’ve missed out on everything preceding Friday, but this inspired me to be more involved in Friday and Saturday’s campus shenanigans!

Thursday morning: A theme year event, Joplin, the Aftermath

The most recent speakers in a long list of impressive guests Drury has hosted this year for the Voices Unbound convocation series were Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell, who created the movie Deadline in Disaster, a story about how Joplin journalists took in – and reported – the May 2011 disaster that happened just an hour from Springfield. In addition to the speakers themselves, the documentary was shown. Watch the trailer, but be warned: it’s heavy.

Turns out this is a thing.

Thursday evening: Bronies, a documentary hosted by the Drury Brony Club

The first slide I noticed this evening as I updated the Wallace Hall VBB was a promotion for a campus showing of a documentary about Bronies. You might be asking yourself what a Brony is, but it’s okay – nearly everyone at Drury was asking that same thing when promotions for the Brony Club started showing up around campus. Basically, a Brony is an adult male fan of My Little Pony. It’s a little off the wall, but while some students have poked fun at the new club, I think it’s sweet and refreshingly genuine. Brony on, dudes.

Today: A job fair and a creative convocation

Job fairs are nice and helpful with life and all, but tomorrow’s gem will be seeing Phil Dickey of Somebody Still Love You Boris Yeltsen speak at Drury on C-Street. He’s a true local inspiration – no jokin’!

Saturday: A James Bond-themed International Food Festival

All I have to say about this event is that eating embarrassing amounts of baklava or cashew chicken in a slinky dress sounds like the most fun a contradiction could ever be.

Stay tuned for a new post coming soon! Now, stay tuned with this:

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Dorm sweet dorm: How we make our temporary spaces feel like home

April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dorm decorating is serious business at Drury and I’ve been a lead participant for the entire four years I’ve been here. Every time new people visit my dorm room, they tell me how homey it seems. It’s always a great compliment to hear, because truthfully, I’ve decorated my room to feel like a permanent space since day one to keep away feelings of homesickness. I don’t get homesick so much anymore, but the fact remains that I’m still a closet interior decorator (ha – room pun! Bam!) and I love living in comfortable, familiar places.

My tastes have changed a little over the years, but I still have a few key style secrets to creating a cozy dorm space:

Brick loves lamps and so do I.

  • Clean, bright drapes: they’re surprisingly pretty cheap!
  • Wall decorations: band/concert posters for me, but y’all should know that by now.
  • A big rug: I got my current one for $20 at Walmart. I curse your bargains, Walmart. I curse them.
  • Table lamps for soft lighting instead of harsh dorm overheads. Like Brick, I love lamp(s). They transform any space.
  • Other home-like items: my own end tables, matchy-matchy dishes, pillows, and a cool, bright orange, vintage shell chair from the Drury Art Department circa the 1960′s. Through sheer chance, the chair passed from Drury through a bunch of hands until it became mine. Nifty and thrifty!

Check out these photos of my dorm rooms changing over the years – notice anything that survives through to the end?

 

In Wallace there are residents who keep their rooms pretty barren, but there are more who decorate to the ninth degree, lugging in thrifted couches and putting up wizard art or pimping out fish aquariums with sea monkeys and shrimp. Obviously I prefer doing the latter, even if I know I’m not going to be settled for more than an academic year, and so do the other fine residents of Drury.

Stay tuned for a post coming soon about how other people ’round these parts like to make the residence halls their own!

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