Today's Mighty Oak


Saw Star Wars at the midnight premier, which was cool becasue I saw a bunch of people from the mall and SVC that I didn't expect to see! Had a great time, it was a phenominal movie!

I'm going to Heritage for the weekend for a service weekend. I hope everyone has a great one!



Whoops, I was forgetting to put tiles on my entries, maybe I'll go back and see what I can do about that (usually the titles come from my HUGE quote file or a random song and have nothing to do with the entry…but only sometimes)

Teri is coming today! We're going out to lunch on her way to Pittsburgh! I'm so excited.

Star Wars tomorrow (Thursday really, but it will be like tomorrow).

Other than that, I've just been hanging out, waiting for my security clearance to go through to work at Westinghouse (although it should be soon). I've been playing a lot of Diablo II lately, I'm still not that good at it, but its fun (except for this one guy, he keeps killing me real fast)



Random fun things to do because I'm bored:

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My LiveJournal Sitcom
Living With the_psion (FOXFAM, 10:30): the_psion (Gary Coleman) hits on leftyjoef (Nat King Cole)'s co-worker. Then, pemling (Jean Claude van Damme) accidentally breaks daydreams818 (Hugh Grant)'s laptop. Upstairs, laugh434 (Sarah Silverman) and fallenangelsvc (Cybill Shepherd) don't believe in flirting. On the other side of town, wizard593 (Shiri Appleby) falls off g04 (Geena Davis)'s porch and gets hurt. That same day, tmaster (Michael T. Weiss) gets a job as secretary to judd97 (Eddie Murphy). (Season finale.)
What's Your LiveJournal Sitcom? (by rfreebern)

I did more gardening today, I worked on the front of the house. Not bad, but we'll see if some of them survive (some were pretty bad from the store).



Saw Phantom of the Opera yesterday, very good.

Still working on cleaning, but I think I have everything put away just about (a few odds and ends left).



Wow…it's just about dead on (I also changed it from pink….):

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to obedience and warmth.
In love, you feel the most alive when your partner is patient and never willing to give up on you.
You'd like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful… that you'll never change.
You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.
Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything… no secrets.
Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.
You think of marriage as something that will confine you. You are afraid of marriage.
In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.

 



Another poignant one (and it already was blue, I didin't have to change from pink!):

Your Birthdate: August 27
Your birth on the 27th day of the month (9 energy) adds a tone of selflessness and humanitarianism to your life path.

Certainly, you are one who can work very well with people, but at the same time you need a good bit of time to be by yourself to rest and meditate.

There is a very humanistic and philanthropic approach in most of things that you do.

This birthday helps you be broadminded, tolerant, generous and very cooperative.

You are the type of person who uses persuasion rather than force to achieve your ends.

You tend to be very sensitive to others' needs and feelings, and you able to give much in the way of friendship without expecting a lot in return.

 



Grades are out, don't forget to check them out!

I cleaned out our fridge today (hall closet and freezer are next I think).

I also finally finished Myst IV: Revelation! It was very good, although the puzzles in Dream were freakisly long and complicated. The first one was cool, but frustrating, becasue I would save and walk away, but you would have to start over again. Oh well, I finally got a pattern down (work in groups of three and move around the whole area and then get around Yeesha's spirit and finish it up). Oh ancestors….

Now, I try to make some semblance of my room.



So here I am. Summer break again. Ugh.

I'm going to see Hitchikers Guide tonight with a friend (after going out to dinner with my brother).

And I'm going to get the new Dan Brown book later this week! I'm excited.

Summer Reading count: 1 Book down.



Here's my last column from The Review. I hope you enjoy it tmaster (and anyone else who didn't pick up a copy).

By: Mike Crane
Editor

I had a lot of expectations coming into this year. I never expected things to turn out how they did. Not to say that it’s a bad thing, just surprising I suppose.

There is a lot about working on a newspaper that I think the general readership takes for granted. There is a lot about working on this paper that I think the general readership takes for granted.

Just in case you missed it, Saint Vincent College is a private institution. This makes things a little different, and sometimes challenging, when it comes to student press.

On larger, public campuses, it is commonplace for the student newspaper to be completely independent of the school structure, not answering to anyone in authority in the school.

This is not the case here at Saint Vincent. It is the nature of the game. And believe me, it comes with good things and bad things.

However, I think I’ve done a pretty good job keeping everything in check, finding a balance. While technically falling under Student Affairs, The Review is still “SVC’s Student Run News Source.” Meaning, the news presented within these pages are for the students, no one else.

That’s not to say no one else will read The Review. Quite the contrary. The Review is read by faculty, staff, administration, family and prospective students alike.

But the primary target is the students of Saint Vincent College.
Has every article been exactly what the students have wanted to see? No. I make mistakes. What I may think is important to the student body, may be way off base (or more likely, way off in left field).

But hopefully I’ve gotten better at figuring out what the students need to and want to read.
In my humble opinion, The Review has improved significantly this year. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that every year I’ve worked on this paper it has gotten better.

But thankfully (and God willing), I’ll be back for another year as Editor come September.
That gives me another year to make The Review the absolute best I can make it. And my sincerest hope is that whoever takes the reigns after me nurtures this paper to where I could not take it myself.

Even as finals loom, I find myself trying desperately to prepare for next year.
I’ll be working over the summer on a new front page layout. Hopefully it will be another step in the right direction, and besides, what would a new academic year be without a new front page layout?

In addition, next year you will not be able to find copies of The Review on the tables outside the cafeteria. We will finally be able to say that the next issue will hit the newsstands- at least so to speak. Around campus will be wire newspaper racks, proudly holding copies of each new issue. Locations are still to be determined.

But all in all, this year has taught me a lot. I have learned quite a bit about how newspapers work, how this school works, and how I work.

Usually when I’m putting together each issue of the paper, I wait until the very end and then I write my article. That way I can use whatever room is left. But for this issue, I set aside my space first. Call me greedy, call me crazy, but I wanted to be sure that I had all the room I needed for once.

I always look forward to writing these columns on the back page, it gives me time to ruminate, to muse and to think.

It’s nice to have a space that I can call my own. Being able to have this column in each and every issue has been a blessing. I don’t think I ever once dreaded writing my column. It has been a wonderful way for me to release, to withdrawal and immerse myself, all at the same time.

I find myself wondering sometimes though if it is for naught. I am always scared that it will just appear to be my rantings, or even worse, a series of unconnected thoughts.

Hopefully this is not the case. If it is, I sincerely apologize.
A friend once described my thought pattern as an empty void, and every once in a while, random rays shoot off in completely random directions. I think she was right.

Next year really does seem so far off. We have a great expanse of time between now and then. I’m sure to many seniors it feels like an eternity. I’m sure to many other seniors it will seem as though a minute. But that’s one of the greatest gifts and curses of life: we can never truly empathize with one another, but we can sympathize, support and assist.

To all of those who have assisted me this year, my staff, I thank you. Words alone cannot say nearly enough, but for now, all I have are words to give you. The ability to stand my insanity and find some semblance of order in the chaos I create is a gift. Thank you for your patience, understanding, dedication and hard work.

To all those graduating, congratulations. I hope the journey taught you something along the way- for so often it is the journey, not the destination, that teaches us so much.

To all those who have felt stirred by this paper, write! It always surprises me which articles strike a cord with those on this campus. Sometimes I’m told to my face that things are fine, but as soon as I am gone, they obviously are not. That is the nature of the game. I don’t hold anything against anyone, and I certainly would never hold back submissions on the basis that I don’t agree with them (for more proof of this, take a look at the issue leading up to the presidential election).

So often, people are quick to point out the faults of this paper, but are never willing to step up and help me fix them, or write an article. I’ve come to expect that, even though it saddens me each time it happens. I find myself very often taking the blunt of arguments without a chance for rebuttal: you see, the newspaper is always wrong.

That’s pretty much how it works here on campus. Be it students, faculty, or administrators, there is always something gravely wrong with this paper that I have to fix. Very rarely do I get truly constructive criticism and ways that I could work to improve the paper, just why it needs to be fixed.

As always, I hope I don’t come off as too bitter. To some degree I’ve come to expect these things. I nod and listen, trying to figure out ways to do what I can. But sometimes I get caught up in, I don’t know…school work.

But as I said before, the audience for this paper is students. It is always the most disappointing when students gripe and complain and yet offer no assistance, are not willing to help me learn.

Do I expect this article to change the culture of campus? Not in the least. But maybe some things will start to make more sense.

The Review’s office is located next to the Wimmer Bridge. If the door is open, come in. Help me learn. Granted, it may not be me inside the office (if there is obscenely loud music coming from inside the office, chances are its me).

I am one for quotes. I find something very profound in what others have said. Maybe it’s because I’m not very eloquent, maybe it just makes more sense coming from someone else, but nevertheless, I enjoy collecting quotes. Funny quotes, inspiration quotes, random quotes, whatever. I think there is a great deal we can learn from each other that we cannot learn from ourselves. One of my favorite quotes fits the situation The Review finds itself in very well. I’ve probably blabbered on too long about this year, but I’ve still looked ahead to next year. Who knows how things will turn out? But we must keep going, that’s what I know. And as for the quote, well, “Perhaps the ending has not yet been written…”



I figured I should update, since its been over a week since I've posted anything.

New York was really cool. We got to stay in the heart of Times Square, which rocked (except for the elevators, they pretty much sucked). We got to see Mama Mia! It was cool being in the back having bought standing room only tickets (and for only 20 bucks due to student rush).

Finals went well, I got all my projects and papers done and I don't think my one exam was too bad (we'll see when grades come out though…).

I start at Westinghouse next Monday (I get a week off which is nice). I'm excited to go back, but not looking forward to waking up so early every day again.

Star Wars comes out so soon! I can't wait! Midnight premiere again!

Well, I think that's it for now, catch everyone later!

Peace

Hey tmaster, I have another article I think you may enjoy, if I can get to it I'll post it here, if I don't have a chance, I'll have to do it next year when I get back to campus.

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