Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I’m In A Commercial!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Romeo and Juliet with the GR Symphony
my chinese professor is playing violin in there somewhere
The grand rapids symphony has a special deal for college students: on certain evenings, college students can get in for only $5. My housemate ian went a lot last year, so when my friends invited me to go, I took the opportunity to check it out. For once, I actually have some time for this stuff because I’m not in any religion classes. Because they’re so challenging, I always put double the amount of effort into religion classes. Even then, it’s not a guaranteed A.
The ironic part about the evening was that ian couldn’t make it because he had to do homework. For once I could go because of lack of homework, and ian couldn’t go because of homework. A little bit of a role reversal there. I felt bad for him, but I also felt proud of him for putting so much effort into studying for his optics test. I hope his grade on the test reflects the amount of effort he put into studying for it!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Too Cool for Snow Days
i walk down this street outside my house daily
We recently had a snow night, but not a snow day. According to our chaplain, Calvin’s last snow day was in the 70s. Why don’t we have snow days as often as other schools? Someone who worked for Calvin told me this…
Amongst calvin’s broad selection of core classes, some subjects have multiple sections. For instance, there’s Religion 121a, 121b, 121c, etc. Some sections meet on the even days of the week, while others meet on the odd days. If a prof teaches both even and odd sections of Religion 121, the prof will probably want to teach both sections at the same pace. That way, if there’s a test, and he uses the same test for both sections, teaching sections at the same pace ensures that one section won’t take the test 3 days early and have enough time to inform the other section about what questions are on the test. The system mitigates cheating, and that’s one reason why snow days are avoided. Makes sense right? Snow days would give one section a head start over the other.
So there you go. Just because cornerstone, hope, and grand valley have snow days doesn’t give calvin students an excuse to skip out. We’re more diligent than that ;)
A Balanced Diet
Sometimes parents wonder if you’re eating well, especially in college when most students are strapped for cash. At least mine do. So I thought I’d write a post reassuring my parents that I love cooking more than ever, and that eating is one of my favorite pasttimes. No worries mom, I won’t cut back on food to have save money for that $100 pair of louis vuitton-monogrammed socks. See, I’ve got my veggies (broccoli), meats (meatballs), and grains (spaghetti) packed into a single dish. Also, some kiwifruit lie in my fruit bowl just outside of the picture, so I’ve got my serving of fruits too. And I’m drinking a glass of water to fulfill my quota of 8 glasses a day. Now if only I get some exercise…
Monday, February 18, 2008
(almost) the entire int’l student body on stage
I think I saw the entire international student population at calvin today. I managed to grab a few photos with my blackberry, and I’m sorry that they’re not of the greatest quality. Until cell phones come with large glass lenses, photos will always look this terrible. But at least you get an idea of what I saw at rangeela!
this was my first rangeela. when i mention that to people, i usually get a response somewhere along the lines of “WHAT?!” i guess i’m expected to be either performing or watching if i’m an international student. sadly, that was never the case; usually something came up that pulled me away from the event. either that, or the tickets sold out before i could get to them. such was the case this year, but my next door blogging neighbor had extra tickets, so i got them from her.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Mars Hill Sermon: Rivalry
i know… blackberry photos don’t look so hot
I’ve been skeptical of short term missions, especially when the cost of the plane tickets alone could have done so much for the mission. But when Mars Hill explained that their short term missions to third world communities included analysis for generating long term solutions to water contamination and poverty - solutions such as chemical wells and microfinancing, I saw a bit of the business sense behind it. In a sense, the cost of the trips were like startup costs for a new business project. After all, consultation and meetings frequently fill the schedules of new business owners, right? I haven’t thought this through completely yet, and I still remain somewhat skeptical of short-term missions. However, its impact on people, especially those going on the trips, is certain.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
calvin pays for parties. that is, alcohol-free, responsible parties. initially, i was skeptical because it was a reimbursement grant with an application process, but after getting a personal email from the dean of student development, bob crow, about hosting a party, i decided to give it a shot. yeah, i did not expect mr. crow to invite me to host a party with calvin money. the invitation came after he apparently he heard a good report about our house from some of our neighbors. the head of calvin’s neighborhood relations department gave us and email, and then mr. crow followed it up shortly afterwards.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Blogging from a Blackberry
My laptop’s dead right now as I await a ram transplant, so I’m blogging from my new blackberry curve. I thought I’d give it a shot since I got the phone today after making the switch from verizon. The little keyboard types suprisingly efficiently, but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to do this. I’m hoping to somehow upload pictures from my blackberry, but that might be trickym we’ll see!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I’m All In
i pulled the trigger. i quit my job working at Calvin’s digital studio, took my interim off, built a drum studio in my basement, and started teaching drums again. it’s been a while since i’ve taught (at least 3 years ago, when i was still in hong kong), and this time i’m taking it a lot more seriously. my time at the digital studio taught me the value of integrating media into an educational environment, so my drum studio doubles as a home theater, which i use for referencing useful videos and websites. i’ve got two students so far, and i’m looking to add six more by the end of april.