Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Greetings from the office of Student Activities (otherwise known as SAO) at Calvin College!
This entry marks our first collective foray into the blogosphere, and you’re probably wondering what, exactly, we think we’re doing here. After all, SAO already has its share of webspace. Why bother blogging?
Let me try to explain. Working in student activities at Calvin College has afforded me the invaluable opportunity (and daunting task) of investigating the landscape of popular culture. As such, I put a lot of energy into staying up to speed on the events and trends that comprise the pop culture behemoth.
Often, I learn about these by talking with colleagues and students, reading magazines, and perusing news websites, but the advent of blogging has made it possible for me to find out how a variety of people—from PhDs to ordinary citizens—feel about, react to, and interact with what’s happening in pop culture. We decided we wanted to add our voice to that chorus.
One of SAO’s recent goals has been to get Calvin’s unique approach to popular culture out into the public square with the hope that it will contribute to “changing the conversation” (a concept about which I’ve been writing in more detail for *catapult magazine). Blogging seemed like a natural step in this process, a way of providing an interactive, accessible, and constantly evolving venue in which we could convey some of the things we’re reading and talking about in the office.
So what can you expect to find here in the coming days? We hope to provide you with content exclusive to the concerts and films we host at Calvin, such as excerpts from our “conversations with the artist,” photos from our events, and behind-the-scenes peeks into why we choose certain musicians to perform at Calvin (something that people always seem to be wondering). You’ll also hear from students who are putting hands, feet, eyes, and ears to discernment, changing the conversation in their residence halls—and beyond. Folks planning to attend our upcoming Festival of Faith and Music can check here for updates and articles related to the event. And if you glance over at the right-hand column, you’ll find links to some of our favorite places online—a great starting point if you’re curious what this whole “engaging culture” thing is all about.
So add us to your blogroll, why doncha—and check back soon for updates!