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Phi Alpha Delta Initiation Ceremony

Hi guys,

On Friday night, Phi Alpha Delta had its re-activation and initiation ceremony.

Phi Alpha Delta is a professional pre-law fraternity. While the traditional fraternities and sororities you hear about are social, meaning they mainly group around social events and companionship, professional fraternities such as honors societies also exist, and PAD is one of these.

McDaniel used to have a chapter, but it had died a few years ago, so a good friend of mine decided to bring it back to campus. We needed 20 members to reactivate, and were proud to reach that number in time to have our initiation ceremony before the end of the year.

PAD’s exec board members at the ceremony.

The ceremony was in Little Baker chapel and was pretty formal, with all members getting a button and a certificate after signing a roster and taking a pledge. PAD on undergraduate campuses is a group for students who are interested in possibly attending law school and want to learn more. Most law schools have chapters, and over 1 in every 6 lawyers is a member of PAD, so it gets members connections as well as discounts on LSAT testing and application fees.

I’m not interested in going to law school; however, there’s a possibility I’ll go into public policy and because of this, the fraternity will be worth my time.



Holocaust Speaker

Rueben (the speaker) answering a question

Rueben (the speaker) answering a question

A couple of weeks ago, we had a Holocaust survivor visit campus and talk to us. His talk was so moving; almost everyone in the audience cried. I thought it was interesting to see how the experience affected him and the way he thinks about the world.

I love the fact that he is dedicated to justice and making sure nothing like the Holocaust happens again. His main message it seemed was to make sure that we understood that the only way for evil to prevail is for good people to say nothing. It really inspired me to want to help others.

His talk reaffirmed for me the importance of caring about other people. Many things that happened in the Holocaust were known by many of the neighboring countries and even the U.S., but we did not try and stop it.

It’s just like Martin Niemöller’s quote:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

I think it is important to not only remember the past, but we must also understand it to prevent these types of things from happening.

All in all, I felt so lucky to have met him and to have learned from what he had to say. I love the fact that we get these types of opportunities here at McDaniel; I always find inspiration!

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Last-Minute Memories

Over the years, in college and even high school, I’ve found that school years don’t end until they end, and some of the most memorable moments wait until the last minute to happen.

Yesterday (Friday), was the last day of classes for everyone (except for people like me, who only have classes on Mondays through Thursdays this semester) before finals week, so the school year is definitely wrapping up–faster than I’d like it to.

I had my last day of tutoring at the writing center for the school year along with my Friday morning coworker Michelle. I hadn’t known Michelle very well before this year, but we had a lot of fun working on Friday mornings throughout this semester making crafts, like paper cranes and our fabulous giant cardboard robot–since students don’t always sign up for tutoring appointments on Friday at 10 a.m.

Michelle and I both did not have appointments yesterday, so we spent our hour doing writing center odds and ends and reminiscing about our shifts together. Before going to a meeting, our boss, Josh, asked us to bring the giant robot back from by the stairwell to inside the writing center, so we did, but not without having fun doing so. I decided it would be funny to set the robot back up so that he was sitting on the writing center’s sofa. Everyone who got to see it, including Josh, was amused.

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Michelle and I got to do a lot of fun things for the writing center over the past semester. I’ll miss getting to work with her!

I spent my Friday afternoon working on homework (and getting some rest after completing two major papers) before going to Dangersauce in the evening. Dangersauce is McDaniel’s improv comedy troupe, and for the most part, they’re hilarious. Last night’s show was their final show of the year, which was sad because it was the final show of two very funny and talented senior women. I was really impressed by the audience turnout–there had to have been at least 60 or 70 people there, about three times as many audience members as there normally are.

Overall, I had a fun Friday, and in spite of everything I need to accomplish before next weekend, I hope to continue to have fun as I finish up my junior year!

Mentee Reunion

I have had so much fun being a Peer Mentor this year at McDaniel. I had a great group of mentees. They were just fun people, and I love hanging out with them. Towards the beginning of this semester, we had a get together in the Rec Lounge.

I bought pizza and soda. We ate and caught up on each other’s lives. We also played a card game, so things got pretty crazy because we get competitive. All in all, it was a great time.

Right now, I am going to make them some end of freshman year/finals cards with treats. I am going to miss my little freshman, but I know they have all the makings of super sophomores. Watch out summer, here we come!

Some of my fabulous mentees

Some of my fabulous mentees

Picnics and Political Science

Hey all,

Around the end of the year, a lot of departments have picnics just to get their students together and hang out for a while. On Thursday, the Political Science department had its picnic in Harvey Stone Park, which is a big gazebo just beside the golf course.

Dr. Neal, a political science professor specializing in American politics, is retiring after having been here since 1978.

Dr. Neal, undated photo from the Political Science department.

The picnic was also to give him a big send off. Alumni came to celebrate his career and to tell us younglings tales about what Dr. Neal had done in the past. Though I hadn’t had a chance to have a class with Dr. Neal, he was the advisor for Harvard National Model United Nations and for Phi Alpha Delta, so I’ve interacted with him a lot out of class.

The picnic was held on a beautiful day with a lot of really good food. I enjoyed meeting my advisor Dr. Smith’s life as well as some alumni who had done Maryland Student Legislature who I could swap tales with. It was fabulous to have a chance to relax and hang out with my fellow political minded polisci majors while enjoying the weather, which for once was cooperating.