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Thanksgiving Part two

November 28, 2011

My cousins at my aunts house putting up Christmas decorations

My cousins at my aunts house putting up Christmas decorations

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Furthermore, Thanksgiving break may sound like I had a lot of free time but I still was cramming in a lot of homework. There’s only a week of school left and then its finals and we are off for Christmas break. Therefore, my head stayed in the books for Marketing class. If I do well on this final I can raise my grade substantially because there is 250 points still left to achieve. Economics is finally coming around for me. Well I believe so! Since I couldn’t work on my music video that I am remaking because I didn’t have the software on my computer. I stayed in lab from 1:30pm-6pm on Tuesday to get in extra time so I can edit all the film we shot for the music video.

It seem like I drove up and down 71 this entire break. A couple of the reasons was because I had to work during Black Friday at Tanger Outlets for GUESS from 9pm-5am right after I got done eating my thanksgiving food with my family. Speaking of that, I was able to have two different Thanksgivings. One with my brothers side of the family and then with my side of the family. Each thanksgiving was tremendous, from the tasteful food to the people I was surrounded with. Wish I could had stayed more but I had to go to work.
 

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Yea it can be hard to have so much to do during the holidays. Most people just want to be with their families. This can sometimes be difficult if you have so many obligations.
Jake Weise 7:45PM 01/03/12

Thanksgiving Part one

November 28, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

This Thanksgiving consist of me being able to spend time with my brother and his side of the family. We also made a trip to go see our other friend Jarrett Reed who is in Korea for the military parents because I’m rarely in town and my brother lives in Alaska. It was good to catch up with them because they are like another set of parents to us. Also it was nice too hang out with some of our old friends from back from high school and see how every one is progressing in life. Who ever said that some of the people you meet in college will be your closest friends in life didn’t consider how tight of a group my senior class is. there are some people I met in high school and no matter how far apart we live from each other, as soon as we link up its like we never missed a step.

Also, I was able to meet different people while home. It’s a small world after all because my brothers cousin on his side is connected to this new up and coming Hip-Hop group in Columbus. She stared in one of their videos. The group is called Fly Union and there style is like no other. One thing you should know about me is I live for quality music. So it was a breathe of fresh air to have someone from my hometown be able to create quality music. If you haven’t heard about them you can check them out on youtube and iTunes

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The Wilmington Experience

November 27, 2011

Hot air balloon flame, a favorite at every HoliDazzle parade

Hot air balloon flame, a favorite at every HoliDazzle parade

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

One advantage of living in Wilmington and going to college here is that you get to experience everything that the town has to offer during the holiday season. Many of these events take place during breaks and most students do not get to see them. However if possible, I would recommend all of them. Last night was the first event of the season, the Hometown HoliDazzle parade. This is a relatively new event, but it is now a tradition in which all of the streets in the downtown area are closed off for an afternoon festival with a parade following. For the past 5 years, it has been a tradition to start off the holiday season the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The parade even ends with Santa arriving!

While the break from school was enjoyable, it’s time for me to get back to work. We have one more week of class and a week of final exams (which I still have a considerable amount of studying to do for), then a month off for winter break! While I enjoy being at school, a break will be nice. But after a couple weeks away from campus, I will be ready for classes to start again.

Tags: Break , Downtown Wilmington , HoliDazzle , Local , Local Business , Ohio

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Yea things get pretty wild during breaks. I agree with you. After a couple of weeks of from school, im ready to get back at it.
Jake Weise 7:48PM 01/03/12

Almost Break Time

November 21, 2011

Saying goodbye to nice weather for the year

Saying goodbye to nice weather for the year

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This part of the fall semester is the hardest part of the year for me. During the spring, there is a week break right in the middle of the semester, which evenly breaks up the semester. In the fall, we don’t get a substantial break until thanksgiving. This can be especially difficult when you have a heavy class load. However, the break is almost a reality! It will be nice to get to go home and spend some time with family and friends, while only halfway studying for finals, which are quickly approaching. Thanksgiving is usually the time a stop wishing it was warm outside and accepting that winter is almost here.

During my Athletic Training hours this month, I have been with the indoor track team. They are usually fairly low maintenance and injury free, so we have been discussing and reviewing various subjects at practices. Although I am learning a lot that I have not learned in class, it will be very helpful once I have taken all of the classes and practice time will be good for reviewing. The best way to learn is through discussion and practical application, things that cannot be learned as easily in the classroom. Next semester (spring of sophomore year) is when the workload really picks up and we learn a lot of the information we will be using on a daily basis. I’ll be looking forward to knowing how to do injury evaluations and making rehab programs!

Tags: Academics , AT , ATC , Athletic Training , Break , Friends , Schedule , Study , Thanksgiving , Wilmington College

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Violet: The Musical

November 19, 2011

Contributed by Maria Larson 

Last night, my roommate and I went to see the “Violet: The Musical” here on campus. It was a play where several of our friends were involved, and they did it very well! I was amazed over how good the students were on the stage, and very impressed of their singing. It was definitely worth seeing!

Wilmington College’s theatre department set up several plays every year, where students are involved both on and off the stage. You don’t have to be a theatre major to take part in the plays, you can just volunteer or take it as a class for credit hours if you would like (which would count as a general education class, that I talked about before). It is fun to go watch the plays, as I know a lot of people involved, and it is fun to see your friends act on stage – a setting you have never seen them in before!

Tonight is the last show of “Violet: The Musical”, so if you have a chance to go I definitely recommend it! It is at 7:30 in the Wilmington College theatre Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. If you don’t get a chance to go to this play, keep your eyes open for next show on campus – they are definitely worth seeing!

Read about the play here: www2.wilmington.edu/news/Violet-The-Musical-Opens-Thursday-for-Three-Night-Run.cfm

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Art to relax my mind

November 18, 2011

One of my art projects this semester - halfway done. We were to recreate a picture by tearing small pieces of colored paper, and gluing it down, following in a certain color scheme. It took time, but it was kind of fun at the same time!

One of my art projects this semester - halfway done. We were to recreate a picture by tearing small pieces of colored paper, and gluing it down, following in a certain color scheme. It took time, but it was kind of fun at the same time!

 Contributed by Maria Larson

I am taking a lot of classes this semester and one of them is an art class, called basic design. It is a so-called general education class for me, since I am not an art major. You will get a broad education if you study at Wilmington College. As a Liberal Art school, Wilmington College requires the students to take several general education classes in order to graduate. I have for example battled with two science classes during my time here. I am not a science person at all, so it was a challenge but it also taught me a lot! Now I am also battling through this art class, because I’m definitely not an artistic person either. The class has taught me a lot though, as it aims to teach us the basics behind art and how color schemes works together with balance etc. Now we are also creating our own art projects, as a part of the class. I have done decent, and I am glad that the teacher realizes that not everyone is artistic in this class, but it is still challenging for me. However, this type of “schoolwork” actually allows me to relax a little bit, by not just studying or reading, but actually creating art. So I guess it has had a positive effect on this semester after all!

Even though I have seen some positive aspects of this class, and also other classes I have taken this fall, I am glad this semester is almost over. I am ready for a break! This week has been slower than any other week before, and I guess it is the longing for next week’s Thanksgiving break that slows it down! But now the weekend is here, and I will enjoy it! Hope you will too!
 

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Cowboy Boot Campus

November 17, 2011

Contributed by Brandi Fornshell

NAME THAT WEED!!!

This week I have a HUGE project to turn in. It seems that all semester I have been searching for 25 different weeds to press and mount for my weeds class. This has been a lot of fun…but also very challenging! Our assignment was to find 25 different weed species that have a root system, a flower and fit onto a certain size paper! I have spent many hours out collecting weeds and pressing them. This week I have been mounting them and I am almost ready to turn this project in!

This photo is of a weed I found while on our soil judging trip to Rhode Island. I am still researching to figure out what kind of a weed it is!

Better get back to mounting weeds!

Until next time….
 

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It's almost over!

November 14, 2011

Contributed by Maria Larson 

Wow, only three weeks left of school until Christmas break! I must say that the time is flying by, but it is very busy at the same time. I can’t wait for next week’s Thanksgiving break! All I am going to do is sleep and catch up on homework. Much needed activities – both of them…

Everyone is in busy mode around campus right now. We are all focusing on getting everything done before the semester is over. It’s crazy how fast time flies, but yet it can be so slow at the same time. We also have a lot of visitors on campus, which is fun! I am not giving many tours personally, but it is always fun to see new faces in the Admission office!

I cannot wait to get home! The more I think about it, the sadder I get though. It is like I am shutting down when I think about home. I want to be there so bad! But I have to hang in there for about three more weeks! 23 days, and then I will be on my way home! I am so excited! I think I will spend some of the Thanksgiving break packing as well. It is much needed, as I need to start bringing stuff home now – since I won’t be over here much longer! Three weeks, and one more semester, then I’ll be heading home for good. I can’t wait, at the same time as it is scary. I know I’m going to miss it terribly, just as much as I miss home now.

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Wedding

November 14, 2011

A picture of my cousins: Nay Nay, Thomas Henderson, Tara Brown - Ottey, William Henderson (Groom) and Me

A picture of my cousins: Nay Nay, Thomas Henderson, Tara Brown - Ottey, William Henderson (Groom) and Me

 Contributed by Ray Travis

My weekend started off early due to the wedding I was invited to by my cousin William Henderson, which was the groom. I went home on Thursday. It was a much needed mini vacation. It’s always nice to see family that you regularly don’t see. But this wonderful, special occasion blessed us all. At first glance when I walked into the church, my ignorance relinquished onto the days scenery. In my opinion the church was not the most luxurious place to have a beautiful wedding at. Then as I found my seat and placed my pea coat on the back of the chair I began to walk around and greet my uncles, aunts and cousins around the church. Needless to say I began to feel the pure love manifesting in this church.

This church still wasn’t what I expected where a wedding should be held. Next thing I knew more people kept on flowing throw the door to witness these two individuals devote their lives to each other until death does them part. Soon the wedding had started, as each member of the wedding walked down the aisle you could see the church begin to transform into this luxuries castle. Then it dawned on me, its not the materials or accessories that make up the wedding. Yet, it’s the people in the wedding that made the wedding one of the most beautiful events my eyes have seen and to know that it was the my family that made this possible as well the brides family too, made it even more wonderful to be apart of.

With that being said, I wish Mr. and Mrs. William Henderson the best in their new journey in life.

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Mid Week Break

November 09, 2011

A beautiful day on campus

A beautiful day on campus

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Yesterday was a very strange day for me. I woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. to be in the Athletic Training Room by 5:45 to observe the orthopedic surgeon’s clinic. Every Tuesday, Dr. Saunders (the team doctor from Dayton) is on campus to evaluate students that have injuries. While it may seem inconvenient to have to go this early in the morning, it works out very well because students don’t have to drive to Dayton to see the doctor and they don’t have to worry about scheduling it around class or other activities.

After I was done in the training room, I had a class at 9:10 and the class I normally have at 2:30 was cancelled. As you were probably well aware, yesterday was a very nice day (and possibly one of the last 70 degree days of the season). I had enough spare time yesterday to ride my bike! I did a 30-mile loop of backcountry roads, and it was very pleasant to feel the sun and the warm air. With rain coming in today and a busy schedule, it’s back to the books for me today. However, I should be well prepared for the day considering I slept 10 straight hours last night! I believe it’s a new college record for me, considering I usually get 6-7 hours per night; hopefully I’ll get back on schedule today and time change stops messing with my sleep schedule!

Tags: Athletic Training , Dayton Sports Medicine Institute , Fitness , Rest , Time management , Wilmington College

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Growing Pains/ Bright Holiday Break

November 08, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Let me start off by saying that this October was truly a learning experience. This past month was filled with benign and malign occurrences. With that all said I would not want to change neither one of them. All of these events of made me a stronger person. After all the best way in my opinion to learn is in personal experiences.

Never the less, I’m proud to be in the mist of November. I got to see a long time friend who attends Spelman College, which is a prestige all women Historical Black College in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, I am attending my older cousins wedding this Friday. I must say that I am proud of him and wish him and his future wife the best as the begin to take their journey in life together. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to share my life with a special lady in my future, but until then I most focus on my books and career.

Furthermore, one of my brothers is coming back to visit for Thanksgiving from the military. One out of two isn’t bad but I prefer to have both. The one that’s coming back lives in Alaska. The other one is in Korea and won’t be back until spring. It’s amazing how much time we spend apart but we all remain in contact with each other over the pas six or seven years. One day I will leave for the military too. Maybe after I graduate from Wilmington or after I receive my Master in Journalism. One thing is for sure I probably be stationed somewhere in London, England or Paris.

Oh yeah roommates 21st birthday tomorrow. So I say Happy Birthday Dave Angevine!
 

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Pulled tooth, Science Day, and a general update

November 08, 2011

 Contributed by Maria Larson

This morning I finally pulled my wisdom tooth! It has been causing me problems for a while now, and I finally got it out. The pain is coming on now though, and it is not fun… But I am glad I got it done at least.

Today we also had an open house for prospective students interested in our science programs. I gave a tour for a family after lunch, and it was a great day to walk around campus! The sun has been shining and it has been pretty warm the past two days… Maybe my complaints about the previous cold weather had some effect! We have another open house this Friday, for student interested in Education. I hope the weather will stay nice for that, and preferably the weekend as well!

I am swamped with schoolwork though, so I don't get to enjoy much of the nice weather. I have three exams tomorrow, and a paper due on Friday. I probably could have changed at least one of the exams to another day, since they all fall on the same one, but I will probably take them all tomorrow and have it over with. I don’t like pushing them off, even though it will be tough tomorrow!

On another note: Now it is only 1 month until we are done with this semester and I am home! I can’t wait!

 

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Wisdom teeth are such a pain in the neck. It would have been better if you showed us a picture of your tooth. Did you keep it? LOL. I put mine in a cookie jar for remembrance. Good thing no one comes into my room to check my drawer, LOL. So how's the pain now? And I hope you passed your exam. I just wanna let you know, you have a beautiful smile. I hope it remains as you get older <3.
Vernell Leider 3:20PM 12/22/11

A Nice Fall Evening

November 04, 2011

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Right now, I am on duty in Austin-Pickett Hall as a member of the Residence Life Staff at Wilmington College. It is such a strange feeling being on duty on a Friday, because this is the first week of the school year that I have not covered Friday Night Football at Blanchester High School for athletic training. Although I’ve had things to do, it has been a very relaxing evening. After leaving the athletic training room on campus at 6:00, I ate and went to watch a group perform at the South Street Coffee House in downtown Wilmington. The shop opened about six months ago and it’s about a 15-minute walk from campus. To me, this is perfect walking distance, considering that I love biking and walking places. While there, I played euchre with the couple that runs For a Song and a Story, the local music shop. I had met them before, but only briefly and through shopping in the store. Wilmington is the type of town where everyone knows everyone, so we halfway recognized each other and played some cards with some live music in the background. It was also a very nice night for a walk to and from campus with some music as well. If you are ever in town, I recommend you checking out the South Street Coffee House and support local businesses!
 

Tags: Coffee , Local , Local Business , Music , Peace , Time management , Wilmington College

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Cowboy Boot Campus

November 02, 2011

Contributed By Brandi Fornshell

Welcome Aboard!! My name is Brandi and I will be your tour guide today! I am glad to see you on our Aggies Bus Tour! Today we will be seeing how four different ag related companies operate. We will also get to eat lunch with a few alumni. It’s time to sit back….and enjoy the ride!
STOP ONE: Provimi, Brookville OHIO
Provimi is a leader in the animal nutrition. Their mission is to shape tomorrow’s nutrition and be the first choice for producers of animals in the meat, milk and egg industry. Dr. Doug Cook, Dr. Scott Fry and WC Alum Chris Helsinger spoke with us about the day to day work and also employment opportunities.
STOP TWO: Dull Homestead, Brookville OHIO
Dull Homestead is stop number 2! At Dull’s we saw their museum of information about new innovations in agriculture including using hydrogen gas, wind energy and methane. We also got to see some of their seed corn operation.
LUNCH!! It’s always fun to get to chat with alumni and learn about their jobs and potential job opportunities we may someday have!
STOP THREE: Irish Acres Dairy Farm, Sydney OHIO
Stop number three….Irish Acres! We got to see the whole operation at the dairy. We toured the milking parlor and the barns. This stop was a lot of fun and the cows were entertaining! We also got to try some Activia that was made from the product coming from the dairy!
STOP FOUR: Dancing Horse Farm, Lebanon OHIO
Last stop of the day!! Dancing Horse Farm has so much to offer! We learned all about dressage and got to meet many of the horses!
 

After a long day on the road we are now headed back to campus. Thank you all for joining!!!

Every other year the Aggies Club takes a bus tour. They travel to 4 different places that are good examples ag operations in the state of OHIO! This is a fun learning experience for students and a great way to broaden our horizons!
 

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It's cold!

November 01, 2011

Picture of a frosty football field the other morning on my way to class... At least the sun was up too!

Picture of a frosty football field the other morning on my way to class... At least the sun was up too!

Contributed by Maria Larson 

I don’t like this cold and grey weather that we had this past week. It is depressing, and it makes me lazy. In other words, it makes me procrastinate even worse than before… I don’t like it at all! I miss the warm weather, but I know it will be months until we get to experience that around here again.

I am usually very cold, and when people are comfortable I often complain about it being too cold. However, I do dress accordingly with warm jackets, hats and mittens. When I do so, people like to comment on it. I often get the comment: “you are from Sweden, shouldn’t you be used to this kind of weather?!” – it never fails! I swear, if I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me, I would be rich today! It’s probably at least one every day. I’m not going to lie, it is kind of annoying!

My attitude is that as long as I don’t complain about being cold; don’t pick on me for it! I know I’m easily cold, but hey at least I am taking care of it with my warm jackets, scarves and hats. Even though I am very comfy in my big jacket in wintertime, I can’t help but longing for the summer… I like the warm weather – but who doesn’t?
 

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