Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Once again, this week's column from TNH all linked up. Anything in parentheses was not in the newspaper version.
When students first arrive at UNH in the fall of their freshman year they are faced with the decision of going Greek. Many times students associate Greek life, especially fraternities, with the Delta Tau Chi fraternity from Animal House. (Which was actually based on a real fraternity from Dartmouth.) Students expect that Greek life revolves around throwing huge parties every weekend and skipping classes. I feel like these stereotypes and presumptions are only hurting the Greek society here at UNH. These problems seem to be connected more with fraternities rather than sororities. Students are not the only people who buy into these stereotypes, but also many parents. A few weeks ago a parent left this comment on The New Hampshire website: “I will openly admit I have discouraged my son from joining a fraternity. I have yet to see how the Greek community does anything consistently positive.”
What annoys me most about that quote is the second part about the Greek community not doing “anything consistently positive.” I want to let it be known that I am not involved in Greek life in any way, I just wish to show those organizations support. I have noticed how fraternities often make the news when there is an arrest on their property, but when they host a charity event it often goes unnoticed.
Let us examine a couple key stats that can be found on the Morehead State University website. According to this website former Greek students are the head of 43 out of the 50 largest corporations in America. Greek alumni also make up 85% of the Fortune 500 executives and 76% of U.S. Congressmen and Senators. Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since 1825 have been members of a fraternity. Greek students also have a higher graduation rate than non-Greeks and they raise over $7 million annually.
Those statistics do not lie. It appears as though fraternities consistently help students get secure jobs in future, which may be worth spending a few extra dollars during your college career. The most amazing part is that just a small fraction of college students decide to go Greek, yet these organizations still turn out alumni who basically run our country. Even if fraternities are known to host parties on weekends, these statistics show that they still prepare young men for their future. The social aspects of mutual respect and brotherhood obviously impact Greek students more then non-Greeks would expect. I strongly believe that what students learn outside of the classroom is equally important as course materials. It is the same as the old “book smart” verse “street smart” debate.
I also understand that certain stereotypes exist for a reason. Of course there are fraternity brothers who fit the mold of muscle heads who cannot think on their own (aka douchebags), but there are still non-Greeks who can be described the same way. There are also students who live in houses or apartments who throw more parties than fraternity houses, and without checking ID’s. Yes, the checking ID’s thing really doesn’t make a difference, but at least it is a small effort.
During my time at UNH I have been to parties at several different fraternities. I have had a lot of great experiences at these parties, but I have also been soon annoyed that I’ve left after just a few minutes. I have friends who range from current pledges to upperclassmen who are big brothers. They all love their respected fraternities, but they still become frustrated when they are categorized as “frat kids.” These stereotypes exist because of ignorant people who do not understand the deeper values that Greek life provides. For over a century fraternities have been preparing young men for the future and it is unfortunate that despite what they do, fraternities still receive a bad reputation.
The bottom line is that no matter how much community service or fundraisers fraternities accomplish, having a Greek membership on an application is a very positive attribute. Many students decide to go Greek simply for their future applications. This is why it is not fair to group every Greek student together as one collective body. We are all 18 for the most part, meaning that we are adults, isn’t it time for us to stop allowing misguided judgments rule our lives? I am not telling you to go out and join a fraternity or sorority, or even to make friends with Greek students, but give these students some respect because in the end they are just other students at UNH.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Monday, October 26, 2009
"Only a few decades ago, dormitories had faculty members living on each floor. There were counselors, resident advisors and helpful professors on hand. Today, school administrators, campus priests and other elders have become conspicuously absent from the daily lives of our kids. They’re off writing books, attending pointless conferences or hiding from fear of lawsuits. Most of them don’t have a clue what happens behind closed dorm room doors, nor do they care. On the flip side, youth culture has become so insular and intense; adults are purposely left out of what’s happening in young people’s secret lives."
Seriously, what college doesn't have RA's and why do I not go there? And I hate it when my professors attend seminars that help them make their classes better... What type of professor or staff member doesn't know what college kids do? Seriously, I have professors who are always joking about students drinking and smoking.
"Reckless, nonstop dorm masturbation is another major college issue. Without mothers around to patrol a young man’s bedroom and check their bedsheets, children find their bodies to be fascinating playgrounds for their curious, restless hands... Masturbation is academic procrastination."
That is just disgusting. This guy is fucked up.
"Marijuana! What an awful thing. News reports have stated that the major Mexican and Columbian drug cartels have hired the world’s top Chinese scientists to make modern day “mary jane” a hundred times more potent than it was in the 1960s. It’s about as hardcore as cocaine, tequila and heroin mixed together. The old cliché of the pot puffer being lazy and harmless is shamefully outdated. Today’s stoner is an agitated radical, more likely to jump out a window to join a liberal protest march than to sleep on the couch watching Bugs Bunny."
That may be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life. "It's about as hardcore as cocaine, tequila and heroin mixed together." Obviously this dude has never smoked pot. I'm pretty sure if you mixed those three things you would probably die. And trust me, nothing beats watching Bugs Bunny after smoking a fatty. Seriously, this guy needs to relax, smoke a J and get laid.
"School administrators have long turned a blind eye to campus dealers, who are called via pagers and arrive as sweaty bike messengers (additionally dangerous, they use this time to scope out our children’s rooms for a future rape or burglary potential). And when your son or daughter smokes up this stinky buddy of theirs, they find solace in the suicidal music of renowned hedonists like Phish, Amy Winehouse and ColdPlay. Would anyone really enjoy these deathbed jingles if they were sober? Of course not, but it has become the psychedelic soundtrack of their ludicrous, imaginary lives."
Damn you Coldplay and your deathbed jingles! I always knew your were up to something! But seriously, colleges turning a blind eye to drug dealers, I wish that were the case... Oh yeah, and what the fuck is a pager? Anyone? We all know of course that if someone sells marijuana, they are also a rapist.
"Video games like Gangstar, Halo and Metal Gear Solid are turning our clean-cut college children into drug addicted bisexual libertines who live in a nasty world of imaginary radical terrorists (Perfect Dark), sadistic nymphos (Soul Calibur) or hero athletes (Pro Skater)."
That one lost me, playing video games turns people into gay liberal potheads?
I feel like the author who wrote this is extremely uneducated and ignorant. Marijuana isn't the slightest fraction of how dangerous he portrayed it as. Video games can be a waste of time but it is the kids fault, not the games. And the fact that he thinks students of the past were more productive is just frightening. In the 60's and 70's marijuana students were constantly protesting and smoking pot just as much as today, if not more. (Probably a lot more actually.) And really, Coldplay being hedonistic and suicidal music? They sound pretty low-key to me. Fuck man, really this is the biggest piece of bull shit I have ever read in my life. Stephenson Billings is what is wrong with America now-a-days. Fuck this guy. Follow that link to look at some of his past articles. "The Dark Underside of America's Obsession with Cat Ownership," "Is NCIS the Worst Television Show Ever Made," "Do you Really Think You're That Funny Stephen Colbert." Stephenson Billings reminds me of Liberty University. I am out.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
$20 says that was Justin Vaive's mom.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The following is my column from today's TNH. Anything in brackets did not appear in the actual paper.
The following are true stories that I, or a close friend, was directly involved in. Out of respect for the victims, all names have been changed or omitted.
Last week, I woke up early one morning so I would be able to finish an essay I had due later that afternoon. I decided that I would be much more productive if I went to the library. I spent about three hours working on the paper before I returned to my dorm room around 11 a.m. There was one problem; I forgot that my roommate’s girlfriend was visiting for the day. As I opened the door, the three of us froze in place and I backed out of the room as fast as possible.
This is a prime example of why roommates should make some kind of code or signal when there is a young lady in the room. The old “sock on the doorknob” is an open invitation for floor-mates to mess with you; so take the time to make an arrangement with your roommate to prevent awkward situations. I guess the only thing that could have been more awkward would be if my roommate were by himself, which was the case with my last roommate. Three times.
My older brother goes to college in San Francisco and he has this friend who I will refer to as “Tom.” One night Tom was at a dorm party and he was very intoxicated. He decided to go smoke a cigarette outside. After he was done smoking he realized that he would need to have someone come down to let him back into the building. He decided that it would be better to climb the fire escape to the third floor and jump through the window to surprise everyone.
So, Tom climbs up the ladder and finds the window. He slings it open, jumps into the room and shouts “Hey!” As he does this he realizes that it was the wrong room and there is only a girl sleeping in her bed. The girl wakes up and starts screaming so Tom jumps back out the window and runs away to his own dorm. The next day there were fliers all over the dorms describing an attempted robbery by a 35-year-old fat, bald guy who climbed up the fire escape. This is how my brother’s friend came to realize that he looks like a 35-year-old fat, bald guy.
From this story we can learn that when drinking alcohol you should never be by yourself. If Tom fell he could have been badly injured. Also, do not encourage drunken people to do anything that could harm them or other people. Think of Tom next time you get the urge to climb up a building, because when alcohol is involved the best ideas are usually terrible. Drawing attention to yourself is a very bad idea, especially if you are underage.
This next story takes place in Montreal, a magical place where under-aged Americans can visit for long weekends. During a night of bar hoping around the city, a friend of mine was asked to leave a club for acting rude to a waitress. By the time we got our coats, he was nowhere to be found. He has a tendency to run away when he reaches a high level of intoxication, so we searched around a while and later returned to our hotel without any luck of finding him. We did not see him until the next morning when he arrived at the hotel wearing only a hospital gown and no shoes. Apparently he had passed out in the street and someone brought him to the hospital. When he woke up that morning he escaped the hospital without talking to any nurses or doctors. About a month later a $600 hospital bill arrived for him in the mail.
[Other bad ideas to do in Montreal... or anywhere for that matter
- lie down on the sidewalk and cry
- buy $50 tickets from a stranger in a club to that "awesome" party...
- play real life frogger with cars]
This is a prime example of why moderation is key because blacking out can be very dangerous. Our friend was lucky that the person who found him got him to a hospital. Learning your limits is a major responsibility to drinking alcohol. Of course my other friends and I should have paid more attention to how much we were having, but we were just out of high school and immature. I am not telling you to go out and drink, or not to drink, I am just saying that students should have fun but they must always prepare themselves to be held accountable for their actions.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Reading fan mail
- Deleting hateful fan mail before I read it
- Responding to fan mail (when I am too busy researching)
- Typing out posts through dictation when my carpal tunnel flares up
- Pretending to be my girlfriend in public
- Helping me find UNH related issues
- Editing blog posts before publishing
- Going to my classes when I am busy writing
- Getting my hockey tickets on Monday mornings
- BONUS: If 21, buying me alcohol
- Be a current UNH student
- Speaks English fluently
- Types at or above 45 words per minute
- Preferably (but not required) female
- Arriving to work on time and prepared
- Understands the rules and basic principles of grammar
- Able to access and use the internet
- You must own your own laptop
- Any major is acceptable
- The position will require about 1 hour per day
- There are no set hours, work at your own time
- You must be on-call incase of an emergency
- Some work can be done from your home
Sunday, October 18, 2009
- Foster allowed 11 goals in 5 periods.
- 9 goals combined in the 2nd period of both games.
- Bad goaltending or bad defense? Or both?
- We still competed with the #1 team in the country for 5 periods.
- Miami-Ohio is named after a River Valley.
- Bobby Butler has 3 goals in 3 games.
- Blake Kessel is running the point well.
- 2 power-play goals in 1 period. Already an improvement from last year.
- Hey Miami, how does it feel to have your most famous alumni be Ben Roethlisjghkfhgjkshkberger? (Steeler's QB and 2 time scumbag of the year.)
- The Whit had way too many empty seats...
- Blame it on pumpkin-fest or overpriced tickets?
- Senior Defenseman Nick Krates recorded his first career goal. Congrats!
- Definitely a rebuilding year with a lot of young players.
- Should lead to a roller-coaster season.
- After 3 games can it be said that Mike Sislo was a product of James van Riesmdyk? Please prove me wrong Sislo, we need you!
- Expect a lot of high scoring games.
- NCAA referees still suck.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- Skipping classes
- Miami Ohio getting blown out this weekend... hopefully.
- Owning my roommate in video games
- Killing it on my first two exams. 96 and 86... suck it!
- Educate thy neighbor
- Watching drunk people (and being drunk too)
- Elevating blog cred with a page view record 4 days in a row
- Exercising my mind on Sporcle
- Dominating The College Blog Network by having 4 of their top 10 posts.
- Gross people who don't wash their hands. Its flu season!
- Eating at Philly 'cause Hoco doesn't have late night
- Tours of high schoolers getting in my way
- Dumb and unhelpful TA's
- Reading 150 pages in a day
- Undercover cops
- Not having excessive amounts of alcohol
- Kids complaining about the temperature. It's fucking NH, get over it!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I love the goalies reaction. He's just like "what the fuck just happened?"
B) 13-year-old guitar prodigy: (only 11 in this video)
C) The 6-year-old female Mozart:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009