Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rob Paravonian

Tonight we had comedian Rob Paravonian at Pruis Hall. Below I have included some of his routines and also the one that he is known for "Pachebel's Rant".

Monday, March 29, 2010

Crazy Week

I have to admitt that this is going to be a crazy week to start the month of April. I will try to blog more throughout the week, but if I do not then I am very sorry. Today I am including one of my essays from my English class. Stay Classy!
2C Beyond
For thousands of high school graduates around the country, a mid-August day marked the beginning of a new era in their life. Everyone had that uneasy feeling when they realized that their whole world is spinning around them. Everything they thought was “normal” soon faded away as they met people of different faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. In hall 2C of DeHority Complex the transition was very similar to every college freshmen. Just like all students at this transition, they did not see what the future would hold for them.
The closest similarity to this transition is the television show Lost. On the show a plane full of passengers lands on a mysterious island. After realizing that there is no way of getting off the island, they decided that they must learn to survive together and work as a team. The story continues as issues arise and miraculous things occur. This is how this hall came together and their story is unique. When you ask eleven people how it all came together, you will hear eleven different stories. Together they make a novel.
As I walked into DeHority for my second visit, I initially went to the room of Ronald Hindenburg. His room is where the group spends most of their time together and he was also a friend that I have known since high school. Ronald was actually the one who had introduced me to the group. He is a small town kid who has strong views on politics. He is slender and well dressed. It is obvious that he grew up in a home where his mother made sure he looked presentable. Also in the room were Victoria Scarlet and Baron Von Trapp. Scarlet lived near the other end of the hall, but was a constant visitor. She was a blonde, lengthy girl who was in the dance program and had dreams of going out and doing bigger and better things than stay at Ball State. Von Trapp on the other hand was very high class and very intelligent. He reigned from Michigan and was Catholic. Neighbor to Hindenburg, he was often found in the group setting. Like I said earlier they all remember coming together differently, but each comes with a rich story.
Like the plane crash, all of these students moved in with different assumptions and no idea what would eventually happen and whether they would even like each other. They all remember the first days differently as they started to learn about their roommates. Dealing with their roommates each would have initial contact with the people they would later befriend. Ronald Hindenburg recalls meeting Jack Chuan in his room the first day. “He was standing in his room folding his underwear while talking to my parents. From that day forward I knew that we were living something special.” From that awkward first encounter there was something there. When people live together they start to form a bond. In 2C they would become friends through various experiences. While they did not know everyone in the hall yet, they would soon start coming together forming cliques.
The two cousins, Ronald Hindenburg and Artemis Andraste, would reach across the hall and start eating dinner with their neighbors Jack Chuan and Frank Costello. Their relationship was not strong, but was more of an acquaintance. On the other end of the hall, different rooms started creating the first true set of friends. Victoria Scarlet remembers the collaboration. “Our section of the hallway developed ‘The Crew’ of 2C. We went to Late Nite and danced the night away together, went to the Fort Wayne Zoo, and did many other school-y group things, like attend parties and football games together.” At this time everyone in the group had started to find the relationships that they wanted, but they would evolve and come in touch with others around them.
Soon classes would start and there would be a great mixing of friends in the hall. From the events of everyday homework to monthly laundry the entire hall started to do more events together. “The Crew” slowly dissolved away as everyone in the hall formed what was truly 2C. It did not disappear, but as the hall opened themselves up to each other they were growing relationships. They were not all the same; on the contrary they were very different. Somehow they were all brought together. Baron Von Trapp explained it saying “We are all a bunch of misfits. I mean honestly, we all go together like peaches and gasoline. It's our uniqueness that brings us together.” It could have not been truer as each had their own life story and beliefs. Each of them is special in their own way. As I look around and have the opportunity to see them in their own environment, I have been able to see that the things that make each of them special also bring them together.
Looking at 2C, it is obvious to me that there are three different groups of people. They all live together in the hall and somehow their differences all flow together. Like each of them brings their own characteristics to the table, I compare their intelligence to that of their lives. While they are all polar opposites they attract like magnets. It is unclear as to whether is for the better or not, it is obvious that it has helped to bring them together as a group. From the strong Christian to the atheist drunk, each has something that makes them special and unique within the group.
As I mentioned, I believe there are three different groups that have formed within the dorm. Each person does not always fit into one category and sometimes I have found that they will switch. I do not want to call them the good and the evil, but rather the good and the relaxed. In between there are the people who share similarities of both groups. The good tend to make decisions based upon their religious beliefs. On the weekends you find them watching films and taking part in Ball State events. The relaxed are in every sense relaxed. They tend to make decisions depending on what they think feels right or could end up being a good time. On the weekends they are at the hottest parties. Finally there are the middle fielders who participate in both sides. These are the well-rounded individuals who help bring the hall together. How did they all get along? In the normal day they would simply come together as one group, but when the weekend came they face their differences. Come Friday night Miranda King, Amy, and Victoria Scarlet head out to find somewhere to have a good time and possibly a few drinks. Ronald Hindenburg, Artemis Andraste, and Jack Chuan go to the Friday Night Movie and then go back to the room and talk or watch another movie and “Ferguson”. Middle fielders Kathy Heart, Rachael Handt, Baron Von Trapp, and Frank Costello change their game plan on the weekends. They do something different each week, but by the end of the night they would end up in room 243. While the good guys do not like to go out and party, they still enjoyed the company of their friends. When everyone comes back at the end of the night they would not all be under the same intoxication, they all come together and have a good time. With these difference and similarities, Scarlet discusses how it works out in the end. “Sometimes we run into the clashing personalities, but the small arguments are soon forgotten after a few days of tension. Our differences make us unique and stronger, I think. There are people that have lifestyles and personalities in this hall that I usually don’t associate with, but we have all gotten together so well that…I don’t really know what I’m saying, but I know that we have been brought together for the best.”
No matter how different they were, everyone in this special group had slowly developed a location where they would spend most of their time together. Migrating to 243 they would sit, relax, and enjoy each other’s company and various kinds of entertainment. When I questioned my informants of why they believed that this is where everyone migrated, they had clear answers. Von Trapp said, “The fact that their room setup allows for good casual and relaxed communication (is the reason everyone migrates to 243). You can sit on the bed, the floor, and the chairs and still be comfy.” While Von Trapp saw it in an architectural perspective Scarlet questioned why people drawn into this particular room. “It’s always the cleanest room. It definitely has the most space. And it’s the most welcoming in my opinion. There’s also this mystery about it. Their door is always locked and shut so I feel like you never know what you’re going to find behind the door, but I think mainly because there is just enough room to function as a group and watch movies and such.” With an established home and group they lived and learned together. They were all able to feel something significant about being with each other. Together they could rock the boat and define boundaries.
After seven months of being together, they have now formed into a known group in the hall. They are seen together all the time. 2C eats together, lives together, and do basically everything together. People know who they are. Baron Von Trapp reflected saying, “We are awesome. The Crowning Glory of DeHority. The Marvel of East-Central Indiana. The Bejeweled Star of Muncie. Queen of the Halls of the Hoosiers. Grandiose Dominion at the Envy of the World.” Not only do they know how great they have formed, but they also know that everyone does not get this opportunity. Victoria Scarlet explains, “This hall is special and amazing like no other. We all lucked out BIG time. We all get along, many people are in the same programs on campus, our schedules all fit together nicely, and we all have similar interests. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime match-up and I feel really blessed to be in such an amazing hall. Plus, everyone knows who we are because everyone walks through our hallway all the time and talk about how awesome we are!” They all have their stories, but in the end they have come together to make one special place. This hall has defied the close door policy and became the individuals they wanted to be. Each of them came together into one place and became a circle of trust. Just like the characters on the show Lost, 2C has dealt with their differences, seen miracles, and grew to love each other.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Joe Bidden Big Effing Deal

I hope you enjoy this political humor to finish the week. Have a great weekend and Stay Classy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Challenge Day

In today’s society we are being taught to hate. You are not born with it, but you are taught it. I know that on occasion I tell a joke or say something that could be looked at as mean, but I need to change this and learn that it is not right to treat others unfairly. It hurts me to know that I can hurt someone and not even think about it. Everyone has assumptions and knows the stereotypes, but we are all people with feelings. We may be uneasy about people of another race or sexual orientation, but once you get to know them you may have seen that sometimes they are amazing people and are exactly the opposite of the stereotypes that are made about them. Why do we learn to judge people?

I pose this question to anyone reading today. Below I have provided a video that anyone who works with students should take time to watch. It was covered on Oprah, but I cannot find that video. This one is a little dated but it is a program called "Challenge Day”. This is a school program that goes to schools and shows people how similar they are. At first they run through typical introductions to each other. After residents or students have realized that they can be open then they sit them down in small circles where they do the “If you really knew me…” program. In this people discuss simple secrets to deep issues they have always wanted to talk about. Many people start to relate and learn a bevy of things about each other. An important part that followed next was a symbol of how to say “I love you” with a hand gesture. Soon they are put to a real test where everyone starts on one side of the room and then when a statement is made that relates to them they walk to the other side and face the others. They soon realize that they are not alone.

Grab the Kleenex before you start!

The most impacting part of challenge day is the last question of the crossing the line when students are asked to cross for a large variety of bullying reasons and every single students fits into the category. This is a nation where differences need to be accepted and everyone needs to love each other because we all came together, we all live together, and we all dream together. Stay Classy!

Leaving Your Mark

Sorry that I have been lacking on my blog posts, but when you have life planned as much as I do one slight problem throws everything off. This week I started the week with my USB jump drive breaking down. That ment that I had to reproduce any document that was on it that I needed for an assignment. Anyway I think that I have caught up now. If you have not been keeping up on me I would suggest watching the video below. I participated in a barefoot walk to help support TOMS shoes in buying shoes for kids in need. I have included the pictures below.

After the walk I drove up to Grand Rapids, Michigan with Matt to watch his sister's production of Grease. The show was great and if you have have the chance to watch a Catholic high school do a production then I say do it! It will be a great cultural experience. While I was visiting the area I once again got to meet up with a bunch of Matt's great family and friends. They are really quite enjoyable people and it was nice to see them again. While I did not get to experience another fish fry, I did get to enjoy Yesterdog once again. I had a great dog and once again questioned whether the business was legal. It is going to be in an article in Esquire magazine title "Where Men Eat". If you are ever in town make sure that you stop buy and take in the environment. Anyway, while I was visiting I decided that it was about time to "leave my mark". I wrote my name in several different locations in the restaurant.
As I thought about where to put my name, I realized that I was basically leaving my legacy just like I leave every year of my life. I ask "Where will you leave your legacy?" To some they don't even want to leave a legacy, but lets face it you never expect what you get. Initially I did not think of where I was going to write my name, but just looked for an open space. Now I realize that location is everything. Many people just go with the flow everyday. They never really live the legacy, but in their time do one great thing and put it in advertising and making it very public. Too many people do this and while their name is on top, it just melts together with everyone else. One deed is not enough to leave a legacy, you have to live the legacy.

Then I realized that there are those who really do not give to the cause. They keep to the side and hope that someone else makes a difference. By doing nothing they feel that they will not contnually asked to help and will not be in the way of those who want to help. This is wrong. Any little thing that you do can go a long way to leaving a legacy. When I see someone pick up trash or hold a door I feel that passion of continueing what they did. If everyone followed the good deeds of others we would live in a very different society. Standing on the side while others lead will not leave a legacy, you have to live the legacy.

Finally, I reached an empty corner. The place where everything comes together and the foundation is built. This is the point where others follow and help with the legacy. This is where I want to be. The leader of the pack in making a difference and anyone that has impacted, influenced, or helped me brings together the foundation. Lets all work together to make a difference and give back what you have been given. You only have one chance to live, so go out and make your mark and live to leave a great legacy.

Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie/Anywhere you are reading!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Who is TOMS?

I had some questions about the presenter and the business that is TOMS shoes. Luckily, I have a friend that who has already posted about this topic. Here is part of Austin Hostetter's blog:

Last night, Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS Shoes, came to Ball State and spoke to its students about a new form of business.

Blake began his presentation by explaining how something as monumental as TOMS was started. Blake studied Philosophy for 18 months, but never finished his studies. Instead, he became an entrepreneur, and began meddling in many different business plans, some of which were successful, some of which were not. He took a break from his entrepreneurial days when he was cast as a contestant on The Amazing Race with his sister. Unfortunately, they placed 2nd, and didn't receive any monetary rewards. After this short stroke of T.V. fame, Blake and a few of his friends/co-workers began an online drivers ed instructional course in California. In order to make this new business venture successful, Blake and his friends would have to work around the clock, even on weekends. After months of intense work Blake decided it was time for him to take a break from the strenuous work schedule he was enduring, so he headed to Argentina for a get way.

In Argentina, Blake caught some relaxation time as well as some time to play Polo and drink red wine (which he commented on a few times). Yet something else happened while he was there. During the trip, Blake encountered some volunteer workers who were in Argentina giving shoes to children in need. They explained to Blake the need for shoes in the area (children were unable to afford shoes, which led to difficulty in traveling - children had to walk many miles - as well as preventing children from going to school - children needed the proper attire in order to enter school buildings). Blake decided to go with the group to hand out shoes, and as he was doing this, an idea popped into his head. He thought of an idea that would use a for-profit shoe business to organize the fund to give shoes to children who needed them.

He quickly worked out some details with some acquaintances he made in Argentina and made a few hundred pair of shoes before heading back to the U.S. Once he was back in the states, Blake set up a website to displays his new idea, which caught some attention from his friends and family. He also began to display the shoes for stores around the L.A. area in hopes of selling. Soon, the idea caught on to the mainstream media, and Blake was featured in the L.A. Times as well as Vogue Magazine, and TOMS Shoes became a hit across the country. Everyone wanted a pair of these news shoes and Blake was stuck working out of his apartment with 3 interns - which created some problems with beginning production.

Now, TOMS Shoes is a growing business with over 70 employees. It still stays true to the idea of one for one, in that for every pair of shoes sold, TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. The shoes are made in the areas where the shoes are given away, so that the shoes can be easily given to children and to provide jobs in the areas that need help. TOMS has sold over 400,000 pairs of shoes and plans to sell just as many in the year to come.

As you can see it was quite an inspirational idea. I ordered my shoes yesterday and I hope that you think about ordering some too. I have posted the video below and I think you should take some time and think about if you want to give back to this cause or what cause you would like to give some time too. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Break and the Return

Well now that the break is over it is time to take time and reflect. I have to tell you that while we kept the price far below what we expected, it was really a great break with friends. I tried to put all of the pictures from break on the blog, but I must tell you that I failed because I ran out of time before I needed to start studying. Here are a few of the pictures. If you have any specifics that you want to see then just leave it in the comments and I will be sure to add them tomorrow. I think that we all had some great bonding experience because we were together so often. I think it is important to know that reflection time went very well in the hot tub and during other meetings. I wish I could say that something went bad, but there was only a few days of stomach flu. Everything went according to plan other being so full that my stomach has had several problems because I have been so hungry. It was awesome to visit what everyone else believe is a place called home. As the traveler I enjoyed staying in every city and would be happy to live in each. It really makes me sad that it is all over, but I will be back to every city soon enough. If anyone had any questions about the trip I would love to answer them. I must also let you know that on the return I forgot my ID and keys. I then got to have dinner with my mom and Mrs. Hale because they returned everything I forgot. Also Ball State's campus has been remarkably alive because of this beautiful weather. Everyone has been out playing, laying, and just relaxing outside. I know that it is going to return to cold this weekend, but it was nice while it lasted. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Welcome Back!

Well it is time for the final stretch to summer and to get in the swing of things I am going to take a day off of blogging. Be sure to check in Wednesday evening for full coverage of spring break and things to come. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday, March 12

Well today is our last day of our journey around the world. There have been lots of great memories and food. I loved every minute of it and it is sad that it is all over. We finish in Grand Rapids today with a fish fry at Saint James. Hopefully our last supper will be biblical. This is were the journey ends. It has been fun. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11

Today is a very big day on the road. Lots of new experiences and foods. It all starts with a trip to Yesterdog which is pictured above. Then we will be having Polish food for dinner. Matt is of Polish heritage and his mother will be serving us a special meal. I am really excited to eat up some perogies. That evening we will be going to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This was the first musical that I ever saw as a child. Now I love it and have seen many other greats. If Mrs. Kurtz would not have taken me to the production in sixth grade I would not have the love of musicals that I have today. I hope that I am not disappointed. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 10

Today we are going to be eating at Mr. Burger. I hope the food is good. We will also be going to Grand Haven, Michigan. It should be a good day of relaxation. I'm sure Matt will be getting lots of pictures. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday, March 9

As you know I am a growing boy. At the Cheesecake Factory I do not change. I love this restaurant and that is the reason that I put it on the list of things that we had to do on the trip. I love the Buffalo Blasts, Pasta, and Cheesecake. While I have only tasted about half of the cheesecake flavors, all of them have been great. I will think of you all while I am eating my food. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday, March 8

I have never been to Wisconsin, but today we will be doing some time. We will be at the cottage of the Fazio's. I hope it will be a lot of fun. Just a lot of relaxation. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday, March 7

Today we will be visiting Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee and Gesu Church in Milwaukee. One Protestant and the other Catholic. Since we are not all from the same religious affiliation we felt that we should all be open to trying something new. I am quite excited to have this new experience. Hopefully I will not have any problems with the standing sitting and what not. Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday, March 6

It was a great day in Nappanee! The weather was beautiful and all was well. For Saturday I think that it is important to remember the most important part of the day...Saturday Night Live. Below I have included some of the great moments from the election. I also included some videos of the greatest woman comedian of our time. Kristen Wiig is hilarious and I hope after you watch these videos that you agree with me. You can be sure that we will be around the television watching Saturday Night Live tonight. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday, March 5

Well our trip has begun. Today I went to Fort Wayne to pick up the guys. Then we went to Hacienda for dinner. So far we are having a good time. If you do not know, I am with Matt, Joe, Austin, and Adam on our journey around the world. So far, so good. Hopefully the trip will be as good as the first day. Tomorrow we will be going to see Alice In Wonderland. If you have not heard about the remake it has some big names in it and is directed by Tim Burton. It will definately be a dark film, but very creative. Hopefully during our tour we get to see some great sights in Nappanee. That's all for today. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spring Break Here I Come!

Well folks it is finally here! All I have to do is make sure that I wake up in the morning and get through all of my classes. I do not think it will be to hard, but hopefully it will be here soon and I will be driving home before I know it. Well I have posted some videos below. Enjoy the presidents! Have a good break! Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Am I Going Psycho?

Tomorrow is the day that we depart for our voyage around the world! Well not really the world more like the span of a few states. Either way I like to think of it as a large and adventurous trip. I will try to have posts already ready for while I am gone to explain where I am on certain days. I also wanted to add that I had my first Conduct Board hearing on Monday. I am not allowed to share any information, but it went well and made sure that the defender paid the price and was accountable for their action. Anyway, I am not going to actually be talking about my mental health, but rather of my recent entertainment with Alfred Hitchcock. It all started when I watched the skit on Saturday Night Live that mentioned the remake of the movie Psycho. As I talked about earlier in the year I watched this movie for the first time this fall. As I looked into it more this week, I realized that there were actually three more movies that followed the story of Norman Bates. Even though Hitchcock only directed the first movie, they all have that nature of the first one. I had the opportunity to catch them all and realized that I was amused by the plot twists that make you think. Hitchcock was always a man who strived to confuse you. Born in a home with parents who would treat him harshly. It is reflected in many of his movies and short stories. Now I have started to watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents where the man, the myth, and the legend discusses his stories and the themes. So far each of them have been concieved with great detail and perspective. His ideas were so imaginative and the way that he portrays them is what makes the viewer dive in. If you have not had the time to watch one of his films then you need to. If you cannot find one then watch one of his show which are posted on Hulu. Well that is all from me. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Dave and Ethan

Monday night started the week off right as the comic duo Dave and Ethan visited the campus. Hopefully I can find a video of the actual show sometime soon, but first I will post their introduction video. I'll post more tomorrow. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

Monday, March 1, 2010

My Trip to the Olympics

Many of you probably did not realize this, but I was at the winter games with my mom this last week. I have provided video for those who missed it!
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Graduation Open House Pictures

Thanks again to everyone who attended!