Musings…

May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Flight is one of the most amazing achievements of mankind. I truly believe we are so unappreciative of so much in life. I can only imagine what it is like to go into space and walk on the moon.

New Experiences, Courtesy of Being Active

May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

I recently returned from Fargo, ND. It was a great experience. Up until my departure from Charlotte Douglas, I had never been on a plane before. We flew to Minneapolis/St. Paul and drove the rest of the way. The Mall of America is a place I have wanted to see for years, and I got to visit it thanks to UNC Charlotte. Fun fact: Nickelodeon-themed roller coasters are not automatically for children. I screamed like a child on a Fairly OddParents roller coaster.

I attended NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) with some my fellow Niners at North Dakota State University. I had previously volunteered at the regional conference (SAACURH) held at UNC Charlotte, but this was the first time I had attended a conference as a delegate. It was a busy, wonderful time. One of the most important revelations from this conference is my newfound interest in Student Affairs. I really think that would be a career I would love and be great in. I also got some great gear from some of the other colleges and universities.

North Dakota was an experience in itself. I loved the weather and atmosphere of Fargo. I loved the air, and the lack of humidity. I also had the greatest pancakes in history at this place called The Shack. In the future, it would be nice to withdraw to a relaxation spot in one of the less densely populated states like ND sometimes.

So two of my most desired experiences (flying and visiting the MoA) happened thanks to my involvement on campus. Being involved is worth it in ways you don’t imagine when you first arrive to college. And this was all free. I assume this is what it’s like for people that get to travel to various locales on company money. That must be the life.

Friends…

May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

One of my friends is truly entertaining. I never not laugh whenever we talk. It’s good to have people like that in life.

Musings…

May 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

I sat and talked about Hip-Hop for hours with two of my best friends tonight. It was one of the best nights in recent memory. Life is truly simple. I seem to have forgotten that the complexity of life is its remarkable simplicity. I would do well to remember that.

Freddie Gray…And More…

May 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today, it was announced that 6 officers from the Baltimore Police Department have been charged for the death of Freddie Gray. This is wonderful news, but I cannot forget that this is only a small step. It is important to realize that Freddie Gray is not the first person to die from police violence, and he will not be the last. As Ta-Nehisi Coates (and others) have said, it is so much larger than this one man. While the convictions of these officers would be a wonderful event worthy of celebration, the larger goal of comprehensive police reform in the United States must not be lost. This is larger than any one man or woman. Let’s keep that in mind.

Thoughts on History…

April 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

The title of this post is likely misleading. The only thing I’m really here to do is remind everyone of this amazing work by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The amount of relevant and necessary history presented here is truly stunning. Let’s not forget that. What is deemed important by those who create the various curricula for students? I recall learning about Frank Lloyd Wright, but this is so much more relevant. If you haven’t read it, please do. I won’t mention any of its contents here. I would honestly rank it as one of the most important things I have ever read. Please check it out for yourself.

The Tide So Far

April 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

So I’ve been trying out a 30-day trial of Tidal, the relaunched artist-owned music service owned by Jay Z and company. I like it a lot. I like that you can watch music videos or read articles if you so wish. I have been using it on my phone (Moto X). I think the price is a somewhat valid criticism, but what I don’t think is a valid criticism of the service is the press conference that was used to announce it. Yes, the artists in the conference were all very rich, but every artist isn’t. That’s what is supposed to be taken away from the conference. Tidal will pay indie artists more than Spotify (the most comparable service). The fact is that unless you’re a mega music star, you’re getting screwed on the money. Is $9.99 a month really too much to pay for financial security? I don’t think so. I’m going to be cancelling my trial however (the poor college student life is real). That was a good twist, right?

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