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  • "What I Did Over Spring Break" - An Essay by 12 ... I mean, 21 year old Jane Sturges

    March 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

    First of all, I spent Spring Break on campus, working in the Library and living in a friend's room in Myers (only Watson and Myers are used for Spring Break housing).  I hung out with friends, watched movies, read books, and generally relaxed and spent most of my time decompressing in my room.  There are a few different kinds of Spring Breaks:

  • Back at Home!

    March 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I am now back at home, and back to procrastinating and not writing my 8 page French paper.  So instead, I will tell you about my trip, my bioethics bowl, my impressions of Harvard, and catching up with a friend.

  • An Academic Trip to Boston!

    March 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    In which I recover (mostly) from a weeklong sickness, finish the term by the skin of my teeth, go to Boston, and return for Spring Break.

  • OMG IT'S 9TH WEEK ...

    March 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    ... So everyone is buried in reading, writing, presentation-making, studying, and silly Youtube videos.  Myself included - I have a 15-20 page research paper draft due tomorrow.  I will post probably tomorrow or Wednesday.  Sorry guys.

    However, you should know that my writing playlist is consisting of the Magic Flute - that's right, the German opera composed by Mozart.  This music is being shared on iTunes by a linguistics prof, Mike Flynn.  Thank you Mike Flynn!

  • Some Movies You Should Watch

    February 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    As you know, I am in a CAMS class studying French and German cinema.  I am here to tell you about the best of the best of these movies.  Full disclosure: many are VERY graphic or unsettling - none are a really safe for kids, and most have violence in varying forms, mostly graphic and onscreen.  Many are unrelenting.  There's also a lot of offensive language, but that's probably less of a problem for most people.

    That said, many of them are LANDMARK films in the French and German post-war cinematic landscape.

    If you're looking for lighter viewing, try Amelie, Paris Je T'aime, and French Twist.  These are all French, because I tend to watch more French movies in general.

  • A Few Cool Things I Have Pictures Of!

    February 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm

     Mali Music

    Recently I have been to two visually awesome events.  One was the Rokia Traore concert (I don't know how to put the accent over the e in this program, but it should be there), and one was my friend Brianne's comps talk.  Why would a comps talk be visually awesome?  Well, mainly it was about the physics of whales - how they use echolocation, how they dive as deep as they do and conserve their energy, how they stay warm, how they communicate, etc., etc., etc.  Many of her friends felt compelled to dress up as sea creatures - there was a narwhal, crab, jellyfish, etc.

  • As Promised ... Although a little late.

    February 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Sorry this is so late - things have been a bit hectic around here lately.  I am working on a lot of things (I almost listed them all, but then I remembered that my blog is supposed to ENCOURAGE people to come here - at least a little).  Here are some interesting things that have happened in the past couple weeks:

  • Post Coming Soon

    February 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I am working on two papers right now, so stay tuned for posting later this week.

    Things to look forward to: RNC protest marching, Research Librarians, Birthday, involving Tea from Tokyo and Contented Cows.  Get ready.

  • Reflections on Creating Change, and LGBT Organizations in General

    February 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    So, I was gone this past weekend, attending the Creating Change conference in Denver, CO.  This had a few advantages and disadvantages, including 50 degree weather, sun, lots and lots of people - many young queer kids, a really nice hotel full of really nice people, and some great discussions of a variety of issues.  Downsides?  Well, I didn't do any of my homework, I was thoroughly overwhelmed by all the frenzy and people, and the workshops were of varying quality.  However, I managed to have some time well-spent ...

  • My Class Project

    February 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    So I just got back from Denver, and I will give you a fuller, more thoughtful update about that soon, but I wanted to show you some of the hands-on work that I am doing for my Comparative Social Movements Political Science seminar.  Here's the link to the activism I'm working on with two classmates, called Carleton OUT on the Streets, centered around homeless LGBT youth.  We are doing reflections on what it's like to be an activist, so you'll be getting a behind-the-scenes look at our efforts to put together a movement, including interorganizational issues and analyses of how to get people to respond to our mobilization efforts.  Hope you enjoy it, and look for something more substantial coming this week.

  • Creating Change in Denver!

    January 26, 2009 at 8:42 am

    This weekend I will abandon the frigid Minnesota air for sunny, shiny, happy Denver, which looks like it will have highs in the 50s (wooo!!) while I am there!

  • A Grab Bag of things

    January 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I am sorry for the lateness of this post - I've been trying to grasp at something to write recently, and relatively little has come to mind.  Not that I'm not busy, that's CERTAINLY not true - but because everything seems normal.  People here don't find it strange that I'm taking 22 credits instead of 18, or that I am enjoying my readings in all my classes, or that I have gone on one retreat, and am going to two conferences, participating in a performance, and doing bioethics bowl at the end of the term.  This is certainly a topic for discussion, but not a particularly eyebrow-raising occurrence.