Did you have a great break? What did you do? I took some time to relax and rejuvenate. What do you want the next 6 weeks to look like before the end of the semester? Good luck!
Holi Hungama is a Hindu Festival that celebrates culture and color. I went to this festival after learning about this from my friend Arjun. He’s the Co-President of the Hindu Student Council, and I offered to work with him at making this event great. You see, I’m the President of the Visual Arts Council of Majors (VisCOM). We helped to design some of the promotional material. One of my members, Brigit, designed the banner that you might have seen in the commons along with the tickets, and she also came up with the original concept for this flier.
We had a little bit of of a rough start, as this was one of the first designs we created for another group on campus. But, I wanted to express my thankfulness publicly for two reasons:
1. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Arjun, Brigit, and the rest of our respective organizations (and partnering organizations) gave us.
2. Holi Hungama was not only educational and enriching, as Dr. Hrabowski mentioned at the event, but it allowed us to truly form the foundation for further collaborative projects.
Holi Hungama had it’s third annual event this spring, with 11 organizations that they have been working with, some from outside the UMBC community! VisCOM was able to help the Hindu Student Council create a film, too, since we have a good relationship with UMBC Filmmakers Anonymous. (If you’re interested in learning more about any of these groups, let me know by sending me an E-mail: email@example.com)
Overall, the ballroom was filled with happy students, and the night turned out great!
In which John Green teaches you about the Indus Valley Civilization, one of the largest of the ancient civilizations. John teaches you the who, how, when, where and why of the Indus Valley Civilization, and dispenses advice on how to be more successful in your romantic relationships.
Thanks to Crash Course
Here are some links. I won’t tell you whether I think this is a good or bad. How do you feel about this?
Here’s my favorite article about how Putin received 107 percent of the vote.
—Learn about Russian Politics, and Putin—
Do you have school spirit? Does school spirit even exist at a place like UMBC? Rate your choice on a scale from 1 to 10. Remember, there isn’t a right or wrong answer.
UMBC may not be a traditionally spirited school, but I find that school pride comes in different forms. Perhaps, this is because of the high research background, the vastly different culture, or some other intervening cause. Here’s how you might rank your experience:
If you have no idea what school spirit is at UMBC, then you might rate your answer as a 1. If on the other hand, you have a pretty clear explanation of school pride, then you might rate your answer as a 10. Explain how you rated the level of school pride you have at UMBC.
Starting tips and things to think about…
Why did you make the decision to go to UMBC?
What choices do lead you to UMBC?
How do you spend your spare time?
Would you improve something about UMBC if you could?
Where did you come from before?
Where do you think you want to go after UMBC?
This is one of my favorite times of the year. No, it is not because the weather is getting warmer (which by the way I love!). It is rather because of all the wonderful festivals that the students at UMBC plan.
Part of being such a diverse school means that a great variety of different festivals exist. I just learned of a few more going on this year that I had no idea about. In fact, I did not realize that we had the ability to do so many festivals in just a short period of time! I think, overall, it shows the level of motivation that each student can bring to UMBC as a community
Here are the groups that I know of that usually have festivals, and I know I’m missing a whole lot of them so let me know what I miss:
Hindu Student Council
Caribbean Student Council
Filipino-American Student Association
Hong Kong Student Association
And here are a few groups that have big events:
So, what did I leave off? Let me know, and feel free to promote your events right here!
A Fun Way to Learn about the World
In which John Green investigates the dawn of human civilization. John looks into how people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists, and how that change has influenced the world we live in today. Also, there are some jokes about cheeseburgers.
Secret Spots aren’t actually unknown. They are simply sports on campus that are less known. I’ll keep this series running for a while. If you know of any areas I might not know about, then feel free to inform me. Otherwise, enjoy and try to track this spots down so that you can see them in person. Why do you think some of these locations aren’t as known?
I’ve spoken to students, and they don’t know where this is. It seems only students involved know where the Student Org Space is.
Peter Diamands and Paul Gilding both are noticing the world as it changes. Something I find pretty fascinating is that TED decided to put their individual talks directly next to one another on their main page:
Also here are the videos, courtesy of TEDTalks, so that you can watch them right here if you choose:
Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future
Paul Gilding: The Earth is full