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Good-Bye Student Senate

It’s hard to believe that I am closing one door of my life today.

The Student Senate Office During Finals Week

Today, I am officially done with my last term on Student Senate after spending 3 years here at Bemidji State University and a semester at Vermilion Community College’s Student Senate.

It’s one of those bittersweet things that’s almost more sweet.  The reason why I say that it is almost more sweet than being bitter is that after spending these years on Student Senate and working for the Student’s as a whole at Bemidji State University, I will be able to focus more so on working with the Phoenix and contributing to the University in terms of making BSU much more LGBT friendly.

I would be lying if I said that I wouldn’t miss Student Senate and I would fulling myself if I said that I wasn’t happy about this change in my life since I’ve sought to escape from Student Senate some times.  Yet, Student Senate forced me to grow and to grow up, but not necessarily to grow up completely.  One of the things I learned was the complications of attraction.  Typically you would not think of learning about attraction in the world of politics; but don’t forget that this in student politics and there is no real way to leave attraction out of this realm of politics.

With the kinds of complications of attraction that happens over a school year with 28 people, there can be anything from romantic to physical to friendship to disliking some to emotional and so on.  So there’s never a dull moment for attraction and learning about the different kinds of attraction shows just how much you have to work with the kinds of attractions that go on in a group in order to get things done.

Another thing I have learned over three years is: to be inconsistent or consistent, that thy question.  With such a regular turnover of new members and new leadership each year, there is always a certain level of an inconsistency that happens.  This inconsistency works to Senate’s benefit sometimes and other times, it doesn’t.  Yet, I have learned that with inconsistency, you have to be flexible.

And yet, one consistent over the years that I have always enjoyed have been the MSUSA delegate conferences that I have gotten to go to.  Probably one of my most favorite ones was this last Spring Conference.  Another thing that I get to say that I enjoy about MSUSA, other than the conferences, is that I get to say that I was apart of collecting 4,000 Signatures for the Pell Grant Petition.

Apart from what I have learned and from what I have enjoyed about Student Senate, I think I am ready for my next journey.  The next chapter of my life.  The next challenges…that BSU has for me over the next year.


Music Videos as Publicity

This past Friday, I attended a portfolio presentation that was given by my boss ~ and friend ~ Krysta that was apart of her major.  One of the things that she touched on was branding and I have been thinking about the whole branding and rebranding thing over the weekend.  Then I got to thinking about the use of social media and how that is becoming a big part of branding and marketing now a days.

Granted, I was thinking more in terms of marketing for Bemidji State University with a social media focus.  And with the social media focus, I starting thinking about the two music videos ~ that I know about ~ that have been made by BSU students.  The one that is a parody both in terms of the song and music video: Bemidji State of Mind.  This video was made and published  little over a year ago.  THe description for Bemidji State of Mind is as follows:

The second video is: Call Me Maybe B-Town Style.  This one was made and uploaded almost to the day after the first video.  This one is just several BSU students doing some interesting dance scenes that are edited together.  Granted, I like the latter of the two videos I like more since it’s much more entertaining.

With that said, I think that colleges and universities have a potential way of marketing themselves: by encouraging their students to make homemade music videos like the ones that I linked to above.  Or possibly encourage their students to posts videos ~ that may not get as many hits ~ of “dance parties” like this one:

The reason why universities should encourage this is simple, in my mind:  free marketing as well as they showcase the creative and fun side of the university.  All though higher education isn’t meant to be straight up fun, these kinds of videos could allow colleges and universities to gain enough of an interest by a perspective student for them to apply.

Recent Vandalism on BSU Campus

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Last night during the basketball games, sixth floor Tamarack Resident Assistant John Muenchow asked me if I had seen this person – that Muenchow had described to me – come through because they had vandalized the tunnels.

I had completely forgotten this fact – even though it happened last night – until I was heading to the C3 store in Walnut Hall.  I saw these two spots:

Now here are my questions for the person who did this or people who would do something like this:

  • Why bother vandalize an area that is so close to Public Safety?
  • What inspired you to show that you don’t care about our campus?
  • If you must paint – or in this case, spray paint – our tunnels, isn’t the Student Senate’s Tunnel Painting Process easy enough for you?

So really people.  I know that I haven’t been driven to vandalize anything, but couldn’t you have found something that wouldn’t cost the University money to paint over?  Because that costs the University money and even though I am sure the University has money budgeted for painting projects, but we don’t have the money to paint over every single spot someone feels like painting on.

Wikis Quickly Revisited

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

After my last blog post, I went back and worked on a wiki page for Bemidji State University.  All though I still want to inset photos, I am happy with learning how to work with the Wiki and I came with with a layout that I like.  On the right hand side, I put the undergraduate majors and the graduate programs; and on the left hand, I had put basic information about the school there.  I think considering I’ve never really used Wikis before, this is a good jumping off point thus far.

Work on Wikis

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

For Weblogs & Wikis, we had to read up on working on Wikis.  To be honest, this will probably be the hardest thing for me in the class.  The reason is because unlike blogging and Twitter; I, like my classmate Ivory Hilliard, I have never dipped my toes in a Wiki.

Not Picture Perfect Yet

The thing I have learned about working with the class wiki is that the pictures will be the hardest part for me.  I attempted to insert a picture into the wiki page I did on Bemidji State University and the wiki page on me.  I think that this is due to the fact that I have worked with blog posts enough to know how blog posts and pictures work.

I Googled how to put a picture in a Wiki and Wikipedia has a page on it.  That page seems slightly helpful, but not really.  And of course, looking at other pages on the class wiki isn’t as helpful as I would like.

Markup is for Magazines, Markdown is for Wikis

I believe that apart of the issue for the picture issue is that I don’t understand the markdown process.  Markdown just being the style in which we write on the pages.  I am use to HTML to an extent since I use to work on the BSU Student Senate website last year.

Bringing in Levinson on Wikis

Something I can see the upside about Wikis and Wikipedia is that they bring in sources on information on a topic much quicker than having to do several Google searches.  All though Levinson refers to Tim Russert’s death – who ever that is – in this book, I will use the example Whitney Houston’s Death.

Whitney Houston’s Death

Yesterday at 12:45 PM, my cell phone received this tweet from one of the people I’m following:

I did not see this tweet nearly four plus hours later since I was busy doing an interview process for the BSU Res Life department.  In over a day, Houston’s Wikipedia page grew from a short paragraph on here death to this:

The nice thing about Wikipedia is that the footnotes that each page has – or should have – is that they bring the reader to the website that the info is taken from.

Newspaper or Encyclopedia?  Both?  Neither?

Levinson asks what Wikipedia is?  To be honest, I view Wikipedia to be the jumping off point of research.  The reason why is because Wikipedia is updated fast, but it does give the resources that the writer of the page(s) used.

Now, the nice thing about Wikis – and according to class, Wikipedia is a wiki – is that they, like blogs, can focus on a particular subject matter.  Wikipedia is marketed as an online encyclopedia and it basically is.  But the nice thing about wikis on particular subject matters is that you have people working on the same information to get it right.

I Learned a New Term From #en3177

January 28, 2012 3 comments

During the first week of class this term, I learned a new term that is important for anyone who uses online social network sites – such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc – should know: bookmarklets.  All though I have used/seen the “Press This” bookmarklet before for WordPress, I’ve never known the proper term for it before.  Bookmarklets seem to to make things to easier in a sense.  I actually found a bookmarklet for twitter so I can insert symbols into my tweets:

Levinson on Facebook

January 27, 2012 1 comment
MySpace VS Facebook

Levinson starts off the chapter by explaining the differences between MySpace and Facebook.  He describes the differences in a phrase he calls “First Love Syndrome.”

Subjective Differences

Levinson’s principle is that we love what we first experience.  He explains this theory by using the argument that for people who read the Lord of the Rings before the series, they fell in love with the book series.  The people who saw the movies first fell in love with the movies.

All though I agree with Levinson on the First Love Syndrome, MySpace has been around longer – only by a month roughly – but Facebook has more than double the users.  Not only that, but I had signed up for MySpace prior to Facebook.  All though I had gotten use to MySpace and everything, I joined Facebook due to the fact that more of my friends where on Facebook.  I think it is not so much of a First Love thing, but rather where most of our friends are.

This falls under what Levinson talks about in terms of what the website do for the user needs.  For me, the need was to connect with my friends.

Objective Differences

Levinson states:

Facebook has a much higher ratio of real-life friends than does MySpace.

I believe that the above statement would be more appropriate if Levinson was talking about Facebook in regards of Twitter, not MySpace.  The reason why I say this is because with Twitter, you can have someone who you aren’t friends following you.  Where as with Facebook and MySpace, there is a better chance that you know the person you Friend Request.

Levinson states how that he knows:

…a quarter of my current 2,000 Friends on Facebook .

In contrast, I know at most perhaps 100 of the 6,000 Friends I have on MySpace.

All though I do not know the exact reasons as to why Levinson has that amount of friends on either account, but it might have something to do with the fact that Levinson’s position as a professor might influence the reason why he has so many friends.

Facebook as a Research Tool

Levinson makes the argument that with when the web fails to aid us in find information for research, that Facebook can aid us to getting information.  I agree with this due to the fact that I serve on Student Senate.  There are cases where we have to get information from our fellow students and Facebook allows us to get information quicker and more of it.

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