Well, Finals Week is upon us. Yay.
I talked about Finals Week last year just before break, so I won’t rehash my feelings about Finals and tests. I have a few papers to write, some work to compile, and a Latin Test either Monday or Thursday. Either way, I am going to be busy until next Friday.
Really, I’ve been busy a lot. I spend quite a bit of time doing homework and writing papers (and these blogs). And really, I think that has made me a more effective person. I’m not the somewhat introverted, uncertain loner type who came to Wabash last August. I am more confident and well learned, and I feel that I am more open to seeing the big picture than just being another apathetic citizen. The year did have its rough patches, but all in all I think it was a pretty good start to my Wabash career.
And, of course, I loved telling you guys about my time here. It’s nice to have a connection to the outside world, and I hope that I can continue to tell you guys about whatever happens here at Wabash.
But this isn’t goodbye; there’s still one more blog post that I have to write. My last Dork Club event of the year, and let me tell you it is going to be great.
Check in Saturday when I talk about my experiences at Dorkstock.
Last night my pledge brother Lucas David Myrna’17 and I were initiated into the Psi Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (aka FIJI). I can’t really say much more than I am happy to finally be a member of one of the greatest FIJI chapters in the world! Can’t wait to see how the next 3 years play out as a Phi Gamm, and for the incoming pledges of FIJI Class of 2018 to come in this Fall. Looking forward to this great new section of my life!
This probably the last “normal weekend” of the semester and I could not have started it better than attending Casino Night with my buddies Friday night. It was not real money but you could win real prizes such as a TV or iPad. Though I did not win, hanging out with my buddies was nice. Even better that Butler University’s dance team worked all the tables. I might have enjoyed that part more than the fake gambling; no I am sure that I enjoyed it more. After that I went straight to bed because of my all-nighter the previous night.
For my birthday on Saturday I got to do some yard work for the Glee Club director Dr.Bowen. After a couple hours of that I attended Taylor Neal’s (who was also celebrating his birthday) Senior Composition Recital. Words will always fall short to convey the beauty of any composed piece of art. Having said that, I wish you could have listened to the compositions he shared. That experience reassured my decision to be Music major and I am fortunate to have attended. I am eager to begin my Independent Study with Dr.Hulen Junior year where I will begin to apply the music theory to composition.
If I could, this blog would be done as if it were a silent movie. Since I can’t physically put myself into the blog, I’ll just have to tell you about Stage Lights, which closes tonight.
Stage Lights is a wonderful play that catches the spirit of the Little Tramp films. The Tramp is a rather innocent, happy go lucky type who always tries to help those that need help (even if doing nothing would help him in the long run), and while he is subjected to bouts of physical comedy the real strength is that the actor is able to pull off plenty of deep emotions without saying anything, which is a beautiful thing to see because most people take the physicality of acting for granted when really, physical action is what makes acting work. If it was just a whole bunch of people standing around doing nothing while saying their lines, unless it was labeled as Post-Modernism it’s not going to be very good (looking at you Shyamalan and The Last Airbender). And a lack of dialogue means that the actors and writers can be rather clever in what they want to do onstage, and a nice amount of physical comedy helps a lot.
So if you haven’t seen Stage Lights yet, go see it tonight before it closes. If you don’t live in Indiana and thus aren’t able to see it… well, you missed out on a great thing.
The Classics Club prepares the sacrifice (No stuffed Animals were harmed in the making of this photo)
Speaking of things you missed out on, today was the day of the Classics Club’s Suovetaurilia… Have no idea what that is? Well, a Suovetaurilia was a Roman sacrifice to the gods where they would kill and then roast a pig, a sheep, and a bull. Since we can’t do the whole killing part, we just had the roast along with a bunch of other traditional Greek and Roman dishes that the Classics Club prepared. They even did a reading from The Iliad, a mock sacrifice involving rolled up meat and a stuffed tiger, and a Roman/Greek prayer asking Ios to bless the meal and give Wabash victory (specifically over DePauw, but we were doing pretty good in the baseball game when I left). The Greek and Roman gods probably don’t exist, but it is cool to see that old traditions and ideas are being honored, and it’s fun to spend some time eating meat and watching baseball. Sadly, unlike Stage Lights a Suovetaurilia can’t be a repeat performance unless you want to spend a lot of money on meat and other such items, and even if you did have money then you’d have to be careful to make sure that it stays fresh and doesn’t get stale (meat is good, but too much meat is not).
What an opening night for the cast of Stage Lights! Without exaggerating I am definitely going back Friday and Saturday night to watch it again. If you know anything about Charlie Chaplin’s character of the Tramp you know he is all about shenanigans and accidental humor. Patrick definitely brings to life the charming and captivating tramp that Charlie Chaplin created.
I was probably more excited then anyone I know about this play. Being the huge silent film and Charlie Chaplin fan that I am, I was not let done by this play. I am very excited for all those who participated in the play because they look like they had lots of fun.
I find it quite amusing that you will see a guy who is in your advisory be on stage and play a giant gorilla. It might be the fact that it is a small school but I do not think it is possible at large schools to be part of a production or an ensemble unless you are majoring in a fine art. That’s what makes Wabash great. You might even be a Spanish History double major and be part of one of the theatre productions or be on the football team and the Glee Club. Yeah maybe Wabash does not have as much as bigger schools to offer, but what we do have you can be part of no matter what you are majoring in. Small school means there is room to get around and try a bit of everything. I have never acted before and I am more than excited for my intro to acting class next semester and I am a Music Spanish double major. You can do a lot at Wabash no and it won’t really matter what your interest is.