What A Stranger May Know

As the 5 year anniversary of the Virginia Tech Massacre approaches, students from all fields of study gather together to commemorate the tragic event with Erik Ehn’s play What A Stranger May Know. The play itself focuses on the lives of each victim rather than discussing the violence of the massacre. Each Whittier College student will be reading a play about one of the 32 individuals whose lives were lost. No one play will be the same. This event will be a truly unique watching and listening experience. According to Ehn, “The performance functions as a kind of zen-garden in language – an experience that audience members navigate for themselves, moving through a field of readings, slowing to meditate on the lives of the lost, leaning into commemoration as best we can across the great distances in our human family.”

Click here to read the press release

The students and I who are participating in What A Stranger May Know rehearsed for the very first time today. It was a powerful experience to say the least. Standing outside with all the other students and reading the play was incredible. Upon reading the play for the first time, I found it to be slightly difficult to understand. But the more I read and researched my character, I began to see the true beauty behind the text. As I read the play out loud, I became entranced.

Today, it was interesting to hear the plays being read simultaneously because when everything was put together, the play became more than a series of words with complicated syntax and allusions, it became a relaxing garden of sound, beauty, and poetry. Throughout this process, I felt deeply connected to my “memorialee” and her story. I think this will be a great experience for people to come watch and listen.

The event will take place on Monday April 16, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. near Founder’s Hill and the Campus Inn. Hope you all can come out and share this beautiful experience with your fellow Poets. I will try to get video and pictures of the event up as soon as I can.

Peace,

SJ

Poets in New Orleans

It was a short, but very eventful weekend. There was so much to do and so little time, so sleep was definitely not an option. Upon our arrival at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, all 55 of us loaded onto a bus titled “Hotard” (which I thought was hilarious) and got ready for a weekend of crazy, fun, shenanigans (oh…and of course learning!). With only two hours of sleep we arrived at our first stop, City Park. City Park is located in the heart of New Orleans and is one of the largest urban parks in the country with a whopping 1,300 acres. We kicked off our tour with a day of community service here. While at city park my fellow poets and I planted trees and paved new pathways and mulched trails for park patrons. There were no tears or blood, but there was definitely lots of sweat on that humid and gloomy day in City Park. The most difficult part in my opinion was avoiding big, mutant, fire ant mounds.

After community service, we were given the rest of Friday and all of Saturday to explore all New Orleans had to offer. Many of us visited Bourbon Street the first night (and trust me, it doesn’t have to be Marti Gras to be fun). Everyday is a party on Bourbon Street. In addition, many of us got to wander around and check out the local voodoo shops, vintage bookstores, cemeteries, and of course, the restaurants! There is NOTHING in the world like good ‘ol southern cookin’.

Sunday started off with an early morning. We all got dressed in our Sunday best and headed to Lakeview Presbyterian Church to sing at their service. Following the church service they invited the entire choir to stay and have lunch with them. Talk about Southern hospitality! After the lovely morning at church, we headed to Tulane University for a masterclass with their choral director Dr. Leonard Raybon (who upon meeting was wearing a bright pink shirt and pink bow tie…he was easily a fabulous combination of Willy Wonka and Karl Lagerfeld).

The masterclass was incredible to say the least and I feel that we all really learned a lot. It was really nice to hear a new perspective on our work.

A few students and I decided to pull an all nighter and finish up our trip by heading to Frenchman Street for some live jazz music. This in itself was worth the trip. I fell in love with the people and the atmosphere completely. The music was incredible! Before we knew it, it was four thiry in the morning and we had to be at the airport within an hour. Such a bittersweet farewell, but I feel that we got the most out of our short little stay in NOLA.

Our trip was a fun and great learning experience. It was amazing to learn about and experience a completely different culture from our own. I really enjoyed taking part in community service and master class at Tulane University.  I look forward to returning to this amazing city in the future. Our weekend in New Orleans was an incredible way to kick off spring break 2012!

Enjoy,

SJ

Spring is in the Air

It’s that time of year again! SPRING! And better yet, spring break is just around the corner. Although it may be tempting, now is probably not the time to slack off. Once we get back we only have a month until the end of the semester. Can you believe it? That flew by!

As my senior year approaches, I realize that I haven’t gotten as much as I wanted to out of my college experience. Which is why this afternoon I inquired about study abroad opportunities the school offered. I met with Shari Henderson and my mind was blown with the different faculty-led programs. I’m not sure I can really afford to study abroad, but you only live once right? Student loans, here I come!

If you are like me and you’ve been at WC for a little while and you still haven’t done all that you’ve wanted to do…well…I suggest expanding your horizons by studying abroad, joining new clubs, taking classes you actually want to take. It’s never too late!

I hope to post pictures of my spring break experience with the WC choir in New Orleans once I get back. Stay posted!

Peace and hair grease,

SJ

Live. Laugh. Love. Laugh Again.

I noticed today as I was sitting in my World Theater B class how often I tell corny jokes. Although they may be silly, and a little bad, my jokes really get a laugh out of people and lighten up the mood. The professor may glance at me for a second and I glance right back with a look that says, “I’m a theater major, what else do you expect?”

I love to entertain and be entertained. Dull moments are just so…dull. I loathe boring things: boring classes, boring people, boring…well, you get the point. If I’m ever in a boring predicament, I simply make a bad joke or a “that’s what she said joke” and all is well.

One should always remember to never take anything too seriously. By this I don’t mean that it’s okay to show up to work in boxers and a tie or do your o-chem homework in crayons. I really just mean to lighten up and live a little. It’s okay to have a little fun once in a while. I promise.

LOL,

SJ

P.S. In need of a laugh and don’t know how to get it? Look in the mirror! Just kidding, that was one of my many bad jokes. But really, check out the WC Improv show Friday night 8:30 pm in Club ’88. Check out upcoming events page for more info.

Good Luck!

Once again we embark on a journey called “pledging.” Speaking from experience, you will laugh, you may cry (possibly at the same time), and you will make the best friends you will ever have. I understand this journey is not an easy one, but once it is done, you will be glad you did it.

Remember, your health and studies come first. This may seem impossible at times, but you can do it. Keep your head up no matter what.

Good luck kids,

SJ

Out with the old, in with the new.

As Jan-term comes to a close and spring semester approaches we find ourselves trying to get back into the swing of things. Waking up earlier (or later perhaps if you had a morning Jan-term) and getting back into regular eating habits, you know, the usual.

Anywho…

As we come out of our mild hibernation there are some things to keep in mind: stay calm and focused and work on time-management. For many, the spring is the home-stretch for many of our seniors. For others it marks the beginning of yet another pledging season. Whatever it may be, don’t lose yourself in the high-stress situations you may find yourself in this time of year. Enjoy the little things. Treat yourself to a beautiful sunset up on the hill with friends, or a cupcake at Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge. Please, don’t make excuses saying that you have no time (I know most of you spend at least an hour a day on social networking sites). You’re in college for crying out loud! There is always time for a little fun….and if you’re broke, like I said, no excuses. After all, the best things in life are free.

Until next time,

SJ

P.S. Rest in Peace Etta James. You are a legend, and legends never die.

Hello Whittier!

Before we get started here, just thought I’d let you all know a little about myself. My name is Samantha, some people call me Sam, Sammie, Sam-I-Am green eggs and ham, it doesn’t really matter to me as long as you know my name. I’m a junior here at Dub-C and currently trying to survive two majors.

I love to make people laugh and tell a lot of jokes (most of which are “That’s What She Said” jokes). I am brutally honest. I don’t sugar coat anything and tell it like it is. I was born in the wrong decade, but still rep my love for black and white movies and rockabilly music in this crazy fast-paced, techno music millennium.

This blog is meant to be an entertaining and informative way to discuss various things going on at WC and the surrounding area.

Future weekly posts will consist of pictures of  campus events, tips to stay focused, and ideas for having fun in the area on a budget. This blog can serve as a sort of “eye-break” from your assignments or a straightforward source of WC news.

Peace and hair grease,

SJ

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