Sunday, September 21, 2014

SMCM in Minecraft

Someone made the Campus Center in the 'popular' 'videogame' Minecraft









I tried doing something like this a few years ago and quickly gave up and went to the Door.

credit 2 : http://wildguess.tumblr.com/post/54302644776

Monday, August 4, 2014

"ST~ M" is a Real Thing

I definitely thought it was just some weird goof, the whole "ST~ M" which the college's facebook page has been using for the past months, and that literally has "1" like.

But NAW, apparently it's real. They even sell mugs with it.


This is a real product the Campus Store sells.

I can totally get the rationale behind this change. There are a ton of "St. Mary's" around the world, so it's important to rebrand as something different. But you cannot just create "ST~M" and not explain it. Where is the press release, or rationale behind the new branding? I'm just lost.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

s/o 2 the thotties

Congrats to the two SMCM alums who appeared on The Hill (blog???)'s 50 most beautiful Congressional people. Let's turn interns into eye candy!!!

At #5 was Carmen Fuentes

Not really sure what is hanging down from her glasses on the left, also I can't think of a joke to make about this really :/ :/ :/

Congrats tho bb!!!

FUN FACT: Said my townhouse smelled like pee once. Then she moved in and someone literally pissed in their house~

and at #25 is Mariel Saez


Congrats bb!!!

FUN FACT: Mariel assigned me my only article I ever wrote for The Point News

~~~congrats 2 both of yall beautiful ladies~~~

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stained Glass Pub

Is this your car, smcm student circa last year, at the Stained Glass Pub? Did u finally graduate???

How's ur life now? R u "fulfilled"? Have u lived up to ur potential?

Made Mom/Dad/Obama proud???

Hope u enjoyed the half priced pizza!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SMCM Lands Itself on Yet Another Prestigeous List of Colleges!!!

WOW not only is SMCM (or should I say ST. M's?) is once again on a great list of colleges! This time unfortunately we only came up at #6.

The list is a list of MOST EXPENSIVE PUBLIC COLLEGES #PANIC.

Yes, even tho SMCM/ST. M's reduced tuition last year (after 5 years of increases) it is still kinda expensive for the average person/peasant.

You can read the whole article at Arianna Huffington's new blog The Huffington Post. SMCM clocks in at around 14.5k, whereas the number 1 spot went to the University of Pittsburg, at around 16.5k.

So you heard it here first folks, SMCM needs to increase tuition by $2,000 and we can snag that #1 spot!!!

Here is a fun fact: cost of living in St. Mary's County is low. Let's look at where some of the other colleges are located!

1. Pittsburg (major city/shitty)
2. Pennsylvania
3. New Hampshire (expensive)
4. Colorado (expensive)
5. Vermont (expensive)
6. Us!!! (cheap area)
7. New Jersey (not cheap)

so idk

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Baltimore

Baltimore in the summer is great b/c u get 2 see lots of friends from the St. Mary's at bars and Orioles games or puking on the street! Some "tips" for hanging out in Baltimore!

- b sure to pay ur tab!
- fells point is great but watch out for the spooky ghosts!
- federal Hill is cool, you get to pretend u go to UMD
- I know you love swimming in water, but don't swim in the harbor! U may get a "disease" like whooping cough or death!
- if u see me I'll buy u a drank maybe???

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

History of the Shoe Tree

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the shoe tree? So did Bonnie McCubbin, who investigate the origins of the tree as a part of her SMP. You can read her article here or read my summary of her article below.

The Shoe Tree was first recognized in a 1989 article of the point news (meaning I am about as old as the Shoe Tree), referring to the tree as student art. Many opposed the tree, citing that it was tacky and may hurt the tree (definitely true) while others were pro-tree. It was the meatless mondays of yesteryear.

By 1992 new Point News writers had already forgotten about the origins of the tree. Literally 4 years after the Shoe Tree began people had already forgotten its origins. Oral tradition is dead.

During the 90s the tree represented a student art installation piece, but by 1997 the tree was being used for memorable firsts, like first sexual encounter on campus or for graduation. But by 2001 the Shoe Tree had fallen out of favor and few students were throwing shoes in it.

Today of course it is generally seen as a place to throw your shoes after having sex for the first time on campus, and one of the first and last holes on the frisbee golf course.

What does the future hold for the Shoe Tree? It's looking a looked ragged, from all the shoes probably. Is the Shoe Tree something that makes St. Mary's 'unique' or is it tacky? Will it survive the campus rebranding?

Planning on spending Alumni Weekend investigating this piece of SMCM lore. Ask any 45-50 year olds you see~

Monday, June 9, 2014

Alumni Weekend 2k14

Alumni Weekend is approaching! I have compiled a list of things to bring in case you have never attended~

  • Bathing suit

Branding

SMCM has revealed its new personal brand~

For years there has been talk of 'moving away from using the rad logo with the sailboats (which is a blatant ripoff of my logo)' and reserving that logo for only official documents and seals. I can see the rationale for this, I think. Most colleges use their name logo and mascot for general branding, rather than the seal of the college. IDK which is better but I hope this does not mean I can no longer buy stuff with the boats seal on it.

WELL here is the new 'branding'

It looks pretty nice! Dropping the yellow definitely makes it easier on the eyes (whatup shawty) but it is also maybe a little bland ???

I do love the whole ~ under the T. I don't understand it but I like it. I don't even know how you could type that out

T
~

???

The facebook page has a new profile picture which is simply

 Not really sure what "ST M" is. Is this a reference to STEM (science technology engineering math)???

IS the college more of a SMCM or SMC kinda person? TBH I like both, not really sure which is better...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Engagement at Gala

wow if u r friends with David "Sush" Sushinsky u would kno that somebody...
just...
proposed at Gala!!! (aka college prom)

below is the PROOF from facebook (also thx ken 4 the shoutout #historyteacherbros)



I mean first of all, shoutout 2 Sush/Sushe for liking his own status

I mean first of all, congratulations to the happy couple, I wish them the best.

but

huh so a "proposal" at gala...college prom

IDK is this legit or tacky ???


Is this akin to proposing to ur gf (GUYS, I SWEAR IM NOT A VIRGIN) or is this a legit thing, via being more mature ???

[editor's note: if you google youtube for 'prom proposal' it's not people proposing at prom, it's people proposing to their significant other to go to prom??? what happened to the "do u wanna pretend to go 2 prom but just get drunk in the limo check yes or no" letter snuck into their locker????]

Is proposing to someone in front of ur 300+ "closest friends" pretty legit or kinda tacky/makes it hard to say no ???

did ppl instagram this? what is the word on the 'yik yak' ???

well either way i hope they wait til marriage!!!

also s/o 2 my favorite SMCM couple, liz and john, so excited 2 c u 2 "tie the knot" (hopefully not a slipknot! via sailing jokes) in less than a month #hopeIcatchthebouquet

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SGA 4/22

8:22 - Last SGA meeting of the year. Will miss u SGA, maybe... idk really.
8:23 - Michael Gass and Bongwater are talking… about emergency texts. a lot of schools have this system but SMCM doesn’t.
8:30 - Andrew Wilhelm is thanking Michael Gass and JAG.
8:30 - We’re finally getting this because it’s cheap now.
8:31 - lost and found won’t go out through this system.
8:34 - JAG is talking about food services and laundry now.
8:35 - We can get the Green Bean back but we’d have to get rid of the Pub’s liquor license. People aren’t drinking enough of the Pub. I’ve never drank at the Pub but I like the novelty of telling people that we serve alcohol on campus idk.
8:36 - Laundry next year is going to be really cool. We’re getting clothes bins in the laundry rooms.
8:39 - FREE LAUNDRY ON CAMPUS ALL YEAR ROUND. get excited. it’s nice that we have free laundry during the school year. No one would do laundry if we had to pay.
8:40 - JAG needs input on paint colors.
8:41 -- We’re actually getting new channels of places on campus. (remember this: https://twitter.com/SMCMLOL/status/435964864788307968)
8:42 -- Evan just told JAG to get back on topic.
8:44 -- Some first year just asked what the Green Bean is. I feel old.
8:46 -- Jonathan Holtzman is calling the new coke machine inefficient and a waste of energy. I think Jonathan cares about this coke machine more than anyone else on campus.
8:48 -- they’re putting artwork in the old upper deck area.. what kind of art?!
8:50 -- Staff will be “repurposed”
8:51 -- Shelby Perkins said that being able to buy alcohol at the Pub makes you feel old in a good way.
8:51 -- “Drink with your Professors” monthly event
8:52 -- Heber says that in the ‘70s, the student union had kegs so people wouldn’t have to go to the Door.
8:55 -- Shelby Perkins voted neigh on the talon grant via she’s wearing her house head.
8:57 -- everyone around me is playing games on their computer.
8:57 -- Luke Land wrote a soft serve bill to buy a soft serve machine.
8:59 -- this soft serve machine is fro-yo capable.
9:00 - Luke reminds the senate that soft serve is healthier than hard ice cream altho I seem to remember that it’s merely less caloric???
9:05 -- bill passes.
9:06 -- Evan is excited for soft serve. Going to miss u Evan.
9:08 -- aww Evan will be there for all of us
9:09 -- Fashion report -- horse paraphernalia.
9:18 -- Everyone laughed when Evan asked for Bill Sokolove’s report.
9:19 -- Shelby, Anuli and Evan are planning May Day.
9:20 -- give Andrew Wilhelm your money at World Carnival.
9:27 -- Ms. Paula from Student Activities is retiring.
9:29 -- Bill Sokolove got the perfect attendance award (it's funny because he never goes to SGA)

Going to miss u liveblogging, thank u "Tom Seahawk" for giving me access to the blog and the twitter and the 'brand'.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Natty Boh Hunt Game

Some comp sci majors (nerds) made a fun android game as a part of their SMP.


If you want to play you'll need an android tablet or a PC that can emulate an android device. You can check out their progress on their blog and download the game on dropbox.

Here are the basics:
  • You are a student hunting for bohs
  • You can only hold 5 bohs, so eventually you need to drink some
  • When you drink boh the screen turns. My head still hurts but it was a cool feature
  • You can find food and water to remedy the drunkenness
  • Watch out for skunks and other students who will steal your beer
I'm really impressed with what these guys created! 

My high score is 2500.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Annapolis Legislative Reception

Wow the Annapolis Legislative Reception! One of the BEST Alumni Events (other than Alumni Weekend, Hawktoberfest, Orioles game). I am a big fan of this event. Last year I met some cool 'senators,' a real life Leslie Knope, and even saw a Mom get her daughter a job. I'm pretty sure that is networking???

First there was Senator Roy Dyson. I was getting a Heineken (s/o to beer my dad likes) when he came in, and immediately came over to join me. We shook hands and I told him a pretty dumb joke and long story short I don't see myself as very good at networking. Later on he gave a speech (pictured below~)


Wow look @ that great posture

So then James P Muldoon (dude who built the River Center with his bare hands and owns the boat DONNYBROOK came over to drink wine with us. He seemed very interested in us but we were pretty focused on getting more free crabcakes.


Man look at that sweet red tie and suit that probably exceeds my paycheck. Yo let us take a closer look at that watch~


WOW EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT A SMALL SECTION OF JAMES P MULDOON'S WATCH huh not really sure what kind of a watch it is but I'm assuming it is one of those Burger King Jurassic Park watches circa 1994

Also he is SO FANCY that he has his initials stitched onto his shirt. Not really sure what the purpose behind this is. Maybe rich dudes have sweet Roman-style orgies and afterwards they want to make sure they put the correct clothes back on ???


Sorry for the blurry image but it says "JPM" which could also stand for JURASSIC PARK MOVIE. It all makes sense now...

And lastly we have a beautiful image of tru love


Larry MacCurtain proposing to someone!!! Wish u the best bb!!!

JUST KIDDING ONE EXTRA PHOTO a great shot of Michelle DiMenna strugglin'


u go girl~!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SGA 4/8

8:19 -- Longtime friend of the blog Chip Jackson is here.
8:20 --  Chip Jackson is talking about the tuition decrease. “Bad news” hahahahaa JK.
8:21 -- Out of state tuition will be flat.
8:23 -- New admissions guy Gary Sherman is talking now.
8:24 -- Financial aid will not be decreased as a result of the tuition decrease. All fianancial aid will remain the same.
8:25 -- Tuition decrease was sponsored by Del John Bohanan and Senator Richard Madeleno. Bohanan is the best looking member of the Maryland General Assembly imo and his campaigns generally involve some sort of Natty Boh reference.
8:26 -- There’s no truth that the budget has taken money from the arts and given it to the sciences (via these signs… I saw a comment on Facebook that was an art project and not intentioned to be a factual statement???)
(taken from Elmo Garcia's Facebook)
8:30 -- There are 200 deposited students for the class of 2018 (feel old?? of course you do). This is 59% more than at this time last year.
8:32 -- Joanne Bongwater is here. Talking about renovations.
8:34 -- JAG needs help choosing the colors of the dorms.
8:34 -- They’re expanding the lobbies to make them more inviting.
8:35 -- QA and Dorch are getting air conditioning and all the dorms are getting wifi. “yay”
8:41 -- the dorm bathrooms are getting cubbies. I always thought it was nice and cute when I visited colleges and the bathrooms had these.
8:44 -- Evan forgot the list of the candidates for “Faculty Student Life Award”.
8:45 -- Andrew Wilhelm is working on getting the list.
8:46 -- We tabled a bill to move SGA elections to January or February.. idk why.
8:50  -- Anuli is talking about a bill to change the Programs Board positions, getting rid of the lectures chair, adding a social media chair etc.
8:51 -- Anuli: “as much as it looks like we flawless but”
8:52 -- By-laws amendment passes.
8:53 -- Clay Daneker is getting people to sign his SGA candidate thing in SGA. I feel like there’s something wrong with this but I signed it anyways.
8:53 -- Mary Claire is talking about the budget.
8:59 -- Is this even real money
9:01 -- Budget passed.
9:04 -- Now we’re voting on the faculty-student life award.
9:10 -- Everyone’s just talking about what they know about these professors. Prof Bryd makes his own yogurt and sauerkraut.
9:16 -- We’re struggling with counting.
9:19 -- Anuli is giving the “Shelby Perkins Award” to someone other than Shelby Perkins.
9:20 -- Fashion Report -- “life because I’m still alive (via senior assassins)” and also overalls
9:22 -- Anuli tried to start a clap.
9:26 -- They are no contested elections. Kate Brennan is running for re-election with Jake Wohl. Yi: “Sorry, it’s… not competitive”. Remember democracy???
9:28 -- Andrew Wilhelm has nothing to report.
9:30 -- Luke Land is converting the soft serve resolution into a bill.
9:31 -- Burrito mile is this weekend. Evan will be participating.

Tuition to be Reduced by 8.6%

Wait, seriously? Tuition is going down? By 8.6%?

This is crazy awesome news. The rate reduction only affects in-state students, which I guess sucks for out of state students but it makes sense considering the money is coming from the MD General Assembly.

All of this is due to Chip Jackson, I'm pretty sure. Also Senator Roy Dyson. Roy Dyson is a pretty good senator because he immediately made a beeline towards the bar when he came to the legislative reception. Longtime readers will know of my undying love for Chip Jackson, even though sometimes he thinks my name is Ben.





Look at that handsome devil w/interim prezzy Newbould (also Chip Jackson is there).

Hopefully this signals increased support from the state government. One reason that tuition has gone up at many colleges is because the state support has not increased as quickly as inflation (or at least I am pretty sure this is true ???)


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

St. Mary's College is a top sailing school

Amazing technique, really love the way they don't let challenges like "sand" get in their way, they (Nike) just do it

That's what the liberal arts is all about, confronting challenges, like sand, head on

SGA 4/1

8:24 -- Sports guy talked. Taylor Schaefer asked him about an app that people anonymously say mean things on.
8:26 -- New Interim Public Safety Director is here.
8:29 -- Public Safety guy is talking about the search for the new director.. tbh this seems like waste of energy considering we get one every year.
8:37 -- Andrew Wilhelm wrote a student bill of rights? Andrew Wilhelm is telling a story about a guy who thought that if your RA catches you drinking and you get the RA to drink the drink, it doesn’t count.
8:39 -- This Bill of Rights cherry picks rights… from to the Point, the ResLife contract  and other places.
8:40 -- Andrew Wilhelm said J-Board… uh, obviously it’s C-Board now.
8:41 -- Evan is disregarding parliamentary procedure ‘uh, whatever, that’s fine’.
8:43 -- Shelby Perkins was written up twice her freshman year.
8:43 -- The Bill of Rights will be given out during orientation.
8:44 -- Passed.
8:45 -- JJ Walker got stabbed next to the crab fondue (via senior assassins)
8:45 -- JJ Walker is talking about a heat pump proposal for GSMRF
8:46 -- GSMRF - “it’s a learning experience”
8:47 -- JJ Walker is explaining what a heat pump is
8:48 -- the heat pumps on the greens are 8 levels behind since they haven’t been replaced since the ‘90s. Remember the 90’s.
8:49 -- This is going to cost $246,820. It’ll pay itself back in 11 years.
8:57 -- Approved.
8:57 -- We’re finally getting to the important issues -- soft serve ice cream resolution.
8:58 -- Egg custard is less caloric than hard ice cream, but not necessarily healthier.
8:59 -- Soft serve ice cream machines cost 20,000.
9:00 -- Resolution passes.
9:04 -- Anuli forgot about the fashion report.
9:05 -- Fashion Report: disguises (via senior assassins)
9:05 -- Victoria Cain has a cold.
9:06 -- Take the climate survey.
9:08 -- Applications for SGA positions are available.
9:11 -- 50 Days went well because “we didn’t kill anything”
9:15 -- SEAC is doing divestment from fossil fuels. Login to your SMCM google account and sign the petition here.
9:17 -- Evan says this was an awesome meeting. We spent $246,000.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I Found Calvert Hall's Crest

The PANIC is over as the stolen crest of Calvert Hall (not the high school, roll dons roll) has been found. Apparently the criminal used a shrink ray, and then put it on a train at the B&O (more like BO heheheh) railroad museum in Baltimore.


Friday, February 28, 2014

SMCM Makes Headlines with Salary Cap Proposal

The past few years (and let us not forget the sit-ins circa 2006) many students and faculty have fought for a "living wage," a wage that someone can actually live on. Even in St. Mary's County, where the cost of living is relatively low, it's incredibly difficult to get by on minimum wage. The proposal, as outlined on their website, is to raise minimum salary above the federal poverty level for a family of four. This comes to about $30,000, which is significantly higher than the current minimum of $24,500 for college staff members.

Recently the 10:1 ratio proposal has made the headlines all across the nation, from the Washington Post to dozens of small college newspapers that are considerably better than The Point News. At our current minimum of $24,500 salary for staff members, this would place the president's salary at $245,000 ($80,000 less than the current salary). Currently the SMCM presidential salary is well below the average for college presidents, but of course SMCM is a small, public college, so that makes sense.

Hey yall keep in mind the only reason the current presidential salary is so high is because Maggie wanted to leave circa 2009, but the college couldn't find a good replacement so they upped her salary to make her stay and extra year before Urgo came on board~
And then they never lowered the salary back down to a reasonable rate. Check out the records in the library for more info~
 However about a week ago the proposal was defeated by the Faculty Senate 9-8. The meetings are closed, and even the SGA VP, who sits in on the meetings, was definitely asked to leave when discussion of this hot topic issue came up.

We do not know for sure why the proposal was defeated by the Faculty Senate. The proposals may have had some impact on faculty salary as well (???) or maybe they just do not want change? My inclination is that there are probably a few aspects of the proposal that did not sit well with the faculty (where can we see the proposal they voted on ???) but overall they may have been in favor of the idea. Having sat in on these meetings, they are definitely very interesting. I do not even know how to describe the meetings properly, but sitting in a room with two dozen highly intelligent and successful people is not only intimidating, but gives you the sense that they must
a. know what they are doing
b. have some House of Cards level backdealing going on
c. hopefully have the best interests of the college at heart

I hope to see the proposal passed in some form within the next year.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PANIC: SGA President Hates Government Transparency

Recently, Dear Readers, the preeminent SMCM blog has resumed liveblogging the SGA meetings, but now via twitter @SMCMLOL (previously the last liveblogged meeting was in 2012, and the first was in 2008).

But it seems that the current president (hey lets do a quick history lesson of SGA presidents: 07 - keith buzby, 08 - sunny, 09 - justin perry, 10 - ken benjes, 11 - mark snyder, 12 - ???, 13 - katherine brennan) is not fond of these live tweets. She recently sent an email out to the SGA body regarding her views.

Hello all!

I just wanted to remind you guys of a couple things for SGA, it's just basic stuff to keep in mind. 

Just remember to be respectful in Senate and be paying attention and if we could keep side chatter to a minimum that would be awesome.  Last night there was way too much of that and it leads to time being wasted.  
Next thing is about social media, you're in Senate for a reason so if you don't want to be in it don't be wasting your own time on Facebook.  Also whoever is in charge of the SMCMLOL twitter could you please just stop that would be great.  
We only have a couple more months so lets just hang in there.  

Thanks everybody! If you guys have questions about things just let me know. 

Best, 
Kate 
  • "Side Chatter" what r u, a teacher ???
  • The only "time wasted," is the time you ain't wasted (Proverbs 27:17)
  • "could you please just stop that would be great" 
could you please just stop that would be great
could you please just stop
please just stop
just stop
stop

Kate doesn't give a reason to stop. Why does Kate want the live tweeting to stop? Does she not want the student body to know what is going on? Does she not want 507 followers to know what is going on in the Senate? Does she hate government transparency? Is she literally a fascist ???

I mean I can see how it could be a "distraction" but w/e that's the nature of SGA at a small school. I once dated a girl who was the secretary of the UMD SGA. They had political parties, everyone had BlackBerrys, and it was very serious. There was no room for bills banning emails with all capital letter subjects.The SMCM SGA accomplishes a lot. Club funding, gender neutral housing, geothermal heating for the new river center, service trips to Nicaragua, and many other things. Live tweets take the SGA away from something that a student may visit and think of once in their entire career into something that they can connect to, become interested in, and ultimately gain some understanding of. Weekly constituent emails aren't enough (if they even get sent out).

Information is never the enemy. And any liberal arts student should realize that.

These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that.  -- Steve Jobs

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SGA Meeting 2/18

These days we cover the SGA meetings a little differently. We are evolving, staying hip, staying 'funky fresh', avoiding staleness (via bread in the great room).

We have discovered the preferred social media platform of the youths, of the urban crowd, of the geeks and nerds of the world.

Twitter.

(which we have had since 2009 #relevant)

But yes these days you can find LIVE UPDATES of the SGA meetings on twitter

@SMCMLOL

#jointheconversation and tell your senators how you feel and what to do

below is a lazy transcript of the last meeting

Friday, February 21, 2014

Head of Public Safety Tallarico is Gone

He packed his stuff up today apparently???

Does this mean we can break all the rules now???

St. Mary's College of Weed 420 Blaze it

Wow only been a year

I've had bans from campus that lasted longer #banned

Gonna miss u seanbaby

Wonder what happened

Did he bone a student?

Theory: Tallarico supplied the lax and baseball teams with the cocaine #narp

ANARCHY!!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

No Alcohol at Graduation

2011 was a great comencememt

I gradauted

I shook hands with a prez

I walked out with my classmates of four years

I was handed 8 beers

I drank those beers and hugged my professors, my mentors, the people that made me who I am

And then the beer was banned

I really never want to donate again

Drinking beer is not a sign of disrespect. Show me an event that lacks alcohol. The Madrigals dinner honors donors, and there is alcohol. Alumni weekend and Hawktoberfest honor alumni, and there is alcohol. Am I missing something?

Frozen Bike

Poor bike

Poor poor mountain bike

Came through the campus full of fixies, roadies, and hybrids

He just didn't fit in

The other bikes wanted to pond him, bully him

But they didn't want him to freeze to death

RIP

Poor out a bottle of bike lubricant in memoriam

S/o 2 IKlompus 4 the photo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Good (president) is Hard to Find

The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner is my favorite book. This is probably the reason I got to spend a lot of time with our infamous former president, Joseph "Jurgo" Urgo. I think its important for the St. Mary's community to reflect on why Joseph Urgo is no longer president of St. Marys, and what the elite forces who have facilitated the search and who will help (and inevitably) make the final choice should take into consideration.

The president is the face and voice of a school. Jurgo's face was fine... it was the lack of excitement in his voice that disappointed me. SMCM deserves a president who is an expert orator, or at least someone who can feign passion while representing our school. Compare a speech by Jurgo to a speech by the president of UMBC (http://vimeo.com/73050239). In a world that judges from the top down, our president needs to be able to effectively make arguments for the benefit of our campus and inspire a student body, arduous tasks that I believe are outside of Jurgo's skill set.

Jurgo, like Obama, did not come into a perfect situation. However, he made one call that I still can't figure out. Rich Edgar was one of the best Admissions directors I have ever met would be the ideal president for the school. He is the reason I, and many others, choose a small rural school. He sold his argument. He embodied SMCM's spirit. Rich... if your reading this right now, I beg you: hint at the idea that you would resume a role as an administrator at SMCM once again. The entire student body would have your back, and you could return to where you are desperately needed.

I started this post about Faulkner, which is directly related to why I still respect Jurgo. He was present every week at the grind, and a case could be made that he was the most visible/accessible administrator during his reign. I would watch countless students walk by while he would read his newspaper. Maybe he realized that not many students would talk to him and needed literature to pass the time. Maybe he was interested in being visible, but not speaking with students per se. What cant be taken away from the man is that he was there to speak with. I asked him about Faulkner, about hiring good temporary professors, about his "pub" and rumors that he wanted to change the name of the college to "SMC". We need a president who can inspire legislators to bring this school to its highest level of performance. But lets not forget about Jurgo, and his commitment to creating frequent opportunities for president/student interaction.

I know the high pay checks require high qualifications, but lets make a goal to support a president who will support us. Kelly Smolinsky, Dean Ifill, Rich Edgar... those are just names, but they are all people who I dream about running this school. A last semester senior has the right to dream on 100 days, right?

Everyone drive safe tonight,
<3 - Sami

Monday, February 3, 2014

A False Dillemma

Hey guys! I was invited to respond to the post about my birthday party, and I must say the invite itself erased any negative view of SMCM LOL and Natty Ho. I wanted to put it all out on the table, so if this issue does not tickle your fancy I would save your time and listen to this instead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33mjGmfy7PA). I always enjoy a little internet debate, but I do think an anonymous post that used my name directly was a little over the edge. That said, I don't want to bash Natty Ho... he wrote what was on his and another student, "Diablo"'s, minds and that is what blogging is all about. I respect SMCM LOL allot as a blog, and also believe that the conversation Natty Ho has started is important. Instead, I want to divide this rebuttal into 3 sections: Why and how I developed this birthday party, the mistakes that I made in regards to the party, and why I think the article published on my birthday was far from fair. But before all of that, I would like to cite my (very, very intelligent) brother's comment on his Facebook post of Natty Ho's article.

"How rude of you, throwing a party at your own expense and trying to control who comes in. How entitled of you, to try to dictate who enters your own home. You should be required to let everyone come in, regardless of the fact that no one would be able to move."


1. The party: in early December, I had a dream that got to play alongside my brother,  Knoxbox ( a friend and a DC based trap/dubstep artist) and Dillon Francis ( a famous DJ who would never come to SMCM). After much convincing, the dream became real. My birthday was finally on a weekend, and another friend Julian Ragland ( A DC based deep house and UK Bass DJ) coordinated renting speakers. Our house pooled the money together, but it was done so with the knowledge that on a normal Friday, these DJ's would be getting paid instead of playing a free party. Only one issue was left: How could I pull this off without PS shutting it down before 1? I have 0 strikes left, I am a second semester senior, and I am doing TFA next semester. To make a long story short, getting in trouble again would effectively change me from a semi-functional basshead with a plan to a dude who just couldn't hold his shit together months before graduation. So I called them, and for people who have dealt with my shenanigans for 4 years, they were really cool about it. They said that we needed people to regulate the door so that no alcohol left our house, and that the "bouncers" should limit the amount of people coming upstairs to prevent being shutdown. I made it very clear on Facebook that the party started at 9 pm, and anyobody who wanted to see the headlines should make sure to be there for my brother's set (which was both wonderful and underpopulated). Established rules, easy directions... Party time, right?

2. The mistake: Any one who has read an academic journal knows that you have to call out your own limitations, something I believe the blogging world should adopt when claims towards specific people and events are made. I made mistakes, and I made more than one. Firstly, I told everyone that once you had gone inside, re-entry would be easy. I lied, I never developed a system for this, and it led many of my best friends who drove from Montgomery county unable to return after ducking out to smoke a cigg. MY BAD. Secondly, there was no coordination between the bouncers and myself. I went downstairs for one minute and was truly shocked by comments made by people waiting in line. One was particularly dark:  "Fuck you Sami, We were in the same class your sophomore year, I thought we were friends". I don't know who said it, but trust me, we are still friends. I just wanted to turn up on my birthday, but this left me unable to judge when our house was at capacity. MY BAD. Lastly, the bouncers were given no directions other than what PS told me. Once we were at capacity, I told them to go "1 in 1 out" except for my best friends and non-smcm students who traveled here for my Bday. They had to judge who they think I wanted to be inside. They were swung at, cursed at, and were forced to be mean. The only reason they did it was for me, and they did this horrible duty while I had a fantastic time. MY BAD. If you were turned away, just know that many of my best friends were as well. Lastly, I invited to many people to the party. It was invitation only, but I hate exclusivity so I made it so friends could invite other friends. I am warm blooded, and thought people could be happy dancing outside. MY BAD. I now understand that I am an unpredictable party guest, and a much worse party host.  So... one last time: If you are a true fan of Knoxbox/Teszero, if we are good friends, if you were a peer mentoree ( Don't worry...I have special plans for you guys), or if you got treated poorly in anyway... MY BAD. It was pretty wack for Natty Ho to use my name, but it was hard to be overly offended because the truth is I am the one to blame.This brings me to my most important point...

3. The Article published on my birthday: Rule #1... if you don't have a blue checkmark on twitter, and want to post a critique as an anon, DON'T USE FULL NAMES. This is a small school... putting me on blast was far from necessary to start a conversation about bouncers at parties. Research in Psychology suggests how influential first impressions are, and participants who get a negative first impression are oftentimes uninfluenced by a secondary positive impression (Tetlock, 1989). I always have birthdays that disappoint my high expectations, but couldn't you have waited until the day after my Bday? Or maybe asked me for my perspective? Iranians are badddd with guilt, and this just loaded it on in a way that would make my persian grandmother proud. That post made me out to be a bad guy, and made it appear like I believe the term NARP is profane. I am no angel, but lets be clear: I am a NARP, live with 2 other NARP's, and one captain of the soccer team. I had friends from Fraternity's come down, so in that circle I may be considered a GDI. From my (biased) perspective, there were no NARPSGDI's, fratstars or athletes* at the party : It was just one big sweaty love sesh, and I have a feeling that if you enjoyed the music, you probably had an ok time to ( *I do have loads of respect for the athletes on 48 who came out to say happy birthday... that takes mettle). In conclusion, I have an honest request from Natty Ho and Diablo: I am not mad at you guys at all, just mad at the way you chose to write the post. Overpacked parties are no fun and risk getting shutdown. As far as I know, asking for a cover charge is illegal on campus. I wanted a party that everyone who cared had a fair chance to get into. I did not want an invite only event, which in my mind is "party aristocracy" at its worst. Natty Ho, my "hot commodity" would love to open our house for Mardigreens once again, but we were asked to regulate our house for Hollowgreens by PS (we were one of the few house that opened for all). How should we regulate in line with the " StMary's Way?" No hard feelings Natty Ho and Diablo, you guys are welcome at Morsel 2 anytime. Well... I guess that depends how much you pay off the bouncers ;) 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Is St. Mary’s Ready for Bouncers???

Last night, in the midst of tryna to celebr8 and have a good time, many of us got a rude awakening when we were denied from a party at the door. [REDACTED]’s far from private party on the Greens was being monitored by a bouncer(!) In theory, this is kind of a smart idea? I mean, we’ve all seen how fucked up your friend’s (or your own - shout out to Ratchet Fest) house is after a huge throwdown and keeping the number down would probably keep that to a bare minimum. On the other hand, one SMCM student (he states his name as Diablo) says it was just a crappy experience overall. “They were yelling GET BACK! IF YOU SHOVE YOU WON’T GET IN!” and pushing people. It took like an hour to get into the party and it probably kind of sucked. Plus you just felt dumb for standing in line like an idiot.” Well put, Diablo! It is kind of degrading to be told you aren’t cool enough to get into a party. It was mostly about numbers, but it still kind of felt like bullshit to me. Imo bouncers at parties are not the “St. Mary’s Way”*. It goes against our “mission statement”*. To be real, neither are having ACTUAL djs at parties so I guess that kind of makes [REDACTED] and his townhouse a hot commodity, but is it really worth it? ~dignity~ and ~community~ and all that good stuff. Below is a party pic that we took from outside (bc obvi they weren’t going to let a fucking narp like Tommy Seahawk in (haha jk)) so I guess ya’ll can just decide for yourself whether this act of party aristocracy was worth the effort 

- Natty Ho



*Apparently these are things we really care about now like frosh have these memorized(!) is that normal? I have no idea what this really means I just kind of thought they were both like “anything goes!” or “have fun and be urself”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LIVEBLOGGING SGA via TWITTER

huh check us out oooon Twitter 2nite for a SGA livebloggin'

https://twitter.com/SMCMLOL

@SMCMLOL

Monday, January 27, 2014

Old Parking Pass

Was walking around the other day when I noticed this car



wow

2k6

~a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away~

(that's star wars the film)

but it also made me realize someone has been driving the same car since college

good for you buddy, blesse

~keep on rockin' in the free world~

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Buck Hunt

Buck Hunt, AKA 80% of the reason I go to the Green Door, is currently broken



please pour a pitcher of Boh/Yeugnling on the parking lot in remembrance

as per tradition, place all bob marley/weed tapestries at half mast

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WOW WELCOME BACK 2 CAMPUS

hahah j/k snow day yall

wow day drink or maybe do some studying, for classes, that you haven't taken yet

so ya day drink

or do some smp stuff

aka day drink