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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Lost, the ABC series, is probably my favorite show ever. The film industry should take notes from this phenomenon that is sadly about to come to an end. From twisted story lines, to great visual effects, Lost is a great example of excellence in the entertainment industry. It comes on every Tuesday at 8 pm. Only 4 episodes left so hurry up and get on board for an unforgettable finale! If you'd like to check out some old episodes click here. Here is a picture of the cast:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Happy Birthday Southern Miss! Well, almost. It is so crazy that the University of Southern Mississippi is almost 100 years old. Our Centennial Celebration is coming up, and I hope that everything goes well. In honor of our University's birthday, an exhibit opened up on Friday, March 5th. It is located on the first floor of the Cook Library, and there are several interesting things on display. The first thing that caught my eye was a red coat that the band used to wear, rather than the black and gold uniforms they wear today. The red coats were supposed to represent the Scottish heritage of President McCain, who was the president of the University at that time. I also learned that our band used to have a bagpipe section. Crazy, huh? It just shows what can change over 100 years! There was also a really cool painting of 3 football players that used to hang in the J.B. George Commons, which was recently torn down. There were also several Student Printz from years and years ago that you could browse through:
If you are interested in the history of Southern Miss, stop by the exhibit. If you would like to learn more about the Centennial Celebration, which will be on March 30th, click here.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
NCAA Basketball seems to be the focus of many of my peers the last few days. The SEC Championship was today, March 14th, at 12:30 p.m. The not ranked Mississippi State was defending the title against the second-ranked University of Kentucky. Surprisingly, it was an extremely close game, where the Wildcats were down by one to two points for most of the time. Freshman starter, DeMarcus Cousins, caught a rebound and beat the buzzer with a shot that tied up the game. Overtime continued the nail-biting, but when John Wall made a crucial three-pointer, Kentucky sealed the deal. The final score was 75-74. This was Kentucky's first SEC Championship since 2004, and it's 26th overall.
John Wall jumped on DeMarcus Cousins after Cousins
had saved Wall's missed shot to tie up the game, and
Ramon Harris coming up behind.
The Wildcats are almost guaranteed to be the number one seed in the NCAA tournament. The championship brackets should be announced today. ESPN "bracketology" analysts debate the worthiness of different collegiate teams, as the NCAA selection committee reviews every teams' seasons. 65 teams will be selected to play in the opening round of the tournament. I feel that Kentucky may just go all the way, we'll see!
If you are interested in finding out who will be chosen, keep checking at www.ncaa.com.
Friday, February 12, 2010
February 1st-3rd was Anchor Splash, which is the philanthropy of Delta Gamma. The proceeds go to Service for Sight Foundation. This year, Delta Gamma has decided to purchase a special tandem bicycle for a young girl who is visually impaired. She is a Hattiesburg native, and would love to ride a bicycle. The bike allows for an adult to sit behind the child and assist in steering and pedaling. It is a safe, yet still fun way for visually impaired children to have the experience of riding a bike. It helps them socialize and get physically active. It is very rewarding to know that you are helping a very worthy cause.
Anchor Splash is a yearly event that consists of different fundraising activities. This year we had three McAlister's nights where 10% of the proceeds went to our philanthropy. Also, there is a Mr. and Miss Eyes competition where each student organization that is competing in the Anchor Splash competition submits a photo of a member's eyes. We set up a board with these pictures outside of the Hub, along with buckets with the organization's names on them. Students could put money, box tops for education, Campbell's Soup labels for education, or eyeglasses in the buckets. At the end, all of these are counted and we have a Mr. and Miss Eyes winner. There is also King Neptune, which is a dance competition among male organizations. The actual Anchor Splash is the last event, and it has a synchronized swimming competition and several water relay competitions. At the end, and overall male and female winner is announced.
It is a great way to raise money for our philanthropy and everyone loves to get involved. To learn more about Delta Gamma's national philanthropy click here.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This weekend was a very busy weekend for me. I went to Nashville, TN to see two of my favorite bands play. Moon Taxi was the opener, and I have listened to their music for a while now, and I am very glad they are getting more popular. The headliner was Umphrey's Mcgee, who is my favorite band. They did a great set, and even saxophonist Jeff Coffin made an appearance, and Futureman came out for the encore. It was a great show, and I hope I'll be able to see one that's even better one day. The concert was at War Memorial Auditorium. It was the nicest venue I have been to. The architecture was beautiful, and very unique. According to nashville.citysearch.com, it seats 1,668 people. The venue also had awesome acoustics. These are some photos I took:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The De Grummond Collection was founded in 1966 by Lena de Grummond, who obviously had a passion for literature. The collection is composed of American and British children's literature from different times. There are several original manuscripts and illustrations in the De Grummond Collection, which gives it a very authentic quality. Seeing an exhibit, such as this one, is a very rewarding experience because it is like seeing a part of history. Seeing these manuscripts and drawings bring back childhood memories of reading stories, especially the Little Golden Books like "The Poky Little Puppy." I remember that being one of my favorite books as a child. I probably read it almost everything single day in elementary school.
Everyone has heard about Curious George, who is a very important asset to the De Grummond Collection. Curious George was created by H.A. and Margret Rey - a couple who escaped Nazi Germany with their literary creation. Most of the Rey's remaining original works were donated to the De Grummond Collection. Also, according to the Collection's Web site, parts of the exhibit travel around the country so that the unique experience can be shared with others who have a love for literature. This exhibit has a nostalgic quality for many people since the collection comes from several different generations of children's literature. It is a unique exhibit that not all major universities can say that they have. I am proud that the University of Southern Mississippi has such a prized collection of art.
Take a look at the De Grummond website: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/