Sunday, April 29, 2007

mmmm.... bylaws

Hokay, so here is the adventures....

Nothing says enjoy your Saturday like a 3-1/2 hour long meeting that includes business dress and the revision and voting in of bylaws. Yummy. Actually, the meeting was pretty cool, and I did learn a lot, and I did meet some amazing people.

The meeting?

Oh yeah, I should probably remember to tell you what it was all about. I and the VP of External went to Golden on Saturday to attend a meeting for the Associated Students of Colorado (ASC) it will be a group to represent and lobby for the students at the legislative level. Also, it will be primarily student run, thats very cool. There are some definite perks, for example when ASC hosted a lobby day they were able to get several million dollars more dedicated to higher education. Also, it's a great way for me to meet other student body presidents, (or the equivelent of) and a great way to learn more about CCHE and about higher education in Colorado overall. I do have a couple of concerns with involving Western in this organization. First is the lack of western slope representation, right now we are the only school represented. That will make getting to the meetings interesting, if everyone is on the Front Range, why would they want to hold a meeting so far away? We did make sure that in the bylaws conference calling in to the meeting was allowed and even counts towards quorum. That is good for the winter when the passes may not be open. Second thing I am concerned about is the fee proposal. To help generate support financially ASC is looking for member schools to pass a fee. Not a big deal. The big deal is that they are looking for it to be a seperate line item. Not included in the SGA fee. That means less control for WSC's SGA. If ASC stopped benefiting Western we would have a harder time pulling our support financially.

I'm interested in learning more about the Community College system. It appears that it is very different from the State College system. I like Western a lot. We (the sudents) have a lot of capabilities and rights than other college students have, it appears.

I got to go to a gay bar! It's been a while. My friend laughed at me and said that I looked like I was in culture shock. I have to admit, it was pretty weird when one person I was talking to said there were a lot more boys than normal. (There were about 6, total)

I got to hang out with my mom and little brother. Little brother is almost 13. Two girls were kinda flirting with him. That was weird to watch.

My mom doesn't like my spongebob squarepants tie. :) Oh well. I think it's probably equal parts dislike of the fact it is a tie, and that it says "chicks dig me". :)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

random bruises and power

I have a [huge!] bruise on my arm.

I'm not sure where it came from.

It's a great bruise though.

I broke up a fight.

I realized the value of the splint. (hand)

I still hate the splint.

I LOVE volunteers.

Volunteers sometimes drive me nuts.

I realized some of the power the PC Director has.

I got shout-outs from two different bands.

I had a great time.

I'm so tired.

The PC people I get to work with are some of the coolest people ever. They are willing to sacrifice their bodies. They stood in a line and used their bodies to stop the occasional childrens bike from hitting equipment that costs more than I may make in my lifetime. (true story) They were security. They made a concert happen.

I think one of the coolest parts of the concert was the end. It's really important for the concert to end at 11. Our headliner was getting ready to leave and the crowd wanted an encore. I was able to catch their guys eye and ok one more. My word, my ok, let a concert go on longer. That's pretty cool.

We got done cleaning up around 1:15 last night. I went to a friends house to hang out. It took me 3 hours to finish one drink. I'd be talking, switch to watching a movie, switch to sleeping, wake up, drink a little more, talk, repeat the process.

I think I might go back to sleep now.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The weekend of busy!

I thought weekends were suppossed to be relaxing...

So, if you are anywhere near me you should check out an amazing free concert saturday. Gunnison, Colorado, US. Quigley Bandshell.

Mama's Cookin'
Five Star Iris
Nadine Zahr

Native American dancers at 5:00
Music starts at 7:00

My schedule is going to be crazy. There is so much stuff to do! My day will start at about 10am and end at 1am the next morning. It will be a lot of fun no doubt, and I have been looking forward to this for months. This really is the culmination of hundreds of hours of planning, preparing, bartering and other awesome activities.

I have been wearing the same shirt since Wednsday.

I spent over $300 in two hours. The school only lets you pull out $100 at a time.

I'll try to get you pictures.

Tonight I'm going to volunteer at the relay for life.

Peace out, There is stuff to do.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Overwhelming week... thank goodness for bananas

Wow, lots of stuff happening. It's kind of overwhelming, but I'm having a ton of fun.

Thursday was a pretty crazy day for me. I had my final written test for lifeguarding. I did well, in fact, I got the highest score of the class and a job offer for next fall lifeguarding in the pool. That will be pretty cool. I think that I would like to do that.

Thursday was also the last day of voting. I went around introducing myself to people and encouraging them to vote. I had to work and watch the last voters come in and cast their votes. The voting ended at two, and ballots are counted right away. I also got off work at two so I needed something to get me out of the union and doing something so that I wouldn't freak out until I recieved the phone call telling me if I won or not. All posters have to be removed within 48 hours of the election so I decided that I would take those down. As I was walking around tearing down posters my phone rang. I didn't recognize the number so I took a deep breath and said hello. It was Tyler, the current President. He said congradulations and the rest is kind of a fog. A funny thing did happen. One of my friends rode by on a bike and stopped and another of my friends was giving a campus tour also went by me and stopped. It was awesome. I told them, they were happy, I'm happy, it's still kind of crazy.

It's kind of overwhelming, knowing what I am in store for next year. On Friday I got to meet three members of the board and I will start attending the meetings next month. I have so much to do. This should be quite the adventure.

Friday I also got some good news about my entreprenuership in commercial rec class. The entire class participated in a competition/simulation where we ran a rafting company for two years. In groups we had to come up with a business plan, present to investors, who gave us a certain amount of RTU's (Resource/Time Units). From there we decided what we were going to invest in, choices included extra insurance, creative advertising, etc. We also had scenarios drawn out of a hat where something good or bad would happen to you and your business would make or lose money. This was a big assignment because the winners get 5% added to their grade. Friday was good in this class because my group won! Hurrah.

Bananas are amazing. Truly amazing. Maybe even better than funyuns. Bananas are great because if you eat one when you know you are going to be sore you will be much, much less sore. Take Saturday for example. Yesterday a group of my friends decided that we were going to go on a bike ride. I just wanted to see how my hand would hold up. (hand injury + pressure from the handlebars = maybe really bad situation) I was just planning on riding out to Hartman's Rocks. Everybody else was planning on going on a few mtn. biking trails. Well, I ended up going on some trails to. It was amazing fun! I'm so glad that I went! I did get my toosh kicked though. I told them, this is my first time ever doing this, don't kick my a$$ too bad, ok? Did they listen? Nooooo, of course not. We were out there for about four hours. When we got back I could hardly walk. It's all good though, I had a great time, ate a banana and today I hardly hurt at all.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Good Day

Very exciting day today. This might not make any sense to anybody else, but I'm going to tell you anyway.

One of my biggest activities right now is Program Council. I figured out that I spend about 80 hours a month working on PC events, activities among other things. It didn't seem like a lot of time to me until I realized that it is one of three jobs I work, plus attempting a full courseload of classes. Sorry, that was off topic. The point is that my job is to program events and activities for students to go to. Before I did PC I was the Program Director at my camp during the summer. I know how to put stuff on. One of my course requirments for school is this class called Program Planning. Needless to say, I think that I would be very very bored during the class. My major accomplishment for today was getting the course exempted. Yippie! Yippie! Yippie!

I'm so excited about this I even included a picture of the form I had to fill out. Doesn't that make you happy? :)

Next topic...

The race for President is still in full swing. Tomorrow is the last day for voting and I have to admit that I am pretty nervous. I'm getting good vibes, but everything is still up in the air. After work I'm planning on going around and taking down all my posters. This week has been really crazy. I don't think that I could have known how much work and stress campaigning and running for this position involves.

I'm bummed that it has been raining/snowing lately. It is a lot of fun to grab a couple of friends, some chalk and go draw all over the sidewalks around campus. Good times.

Yup. I think that's really all I've got.

Edit: Every f-ing time I go chalk the sidewalks it snows. WTF? Every stinkin time! RARRRRR!

Monday, April 9, 2007

some updates... and a new start

I haven't posted in a long time. Really long. Oh well. Plus, technically, this is my first post here.

Anyway. Here are some things to catch people up on what has been going on. (kinda)

Spring Break was fun. I got to go to Lake Powell on a five day sea-kayaking trip. Amazing beautiful. Exactly what I needed. I mean, who doesn't want to escape to another state and go exploring with their only resources being what they and the group can carry in/on the kayaks? I only fell out twice, and that was getting out of the boat. We didn't see too many motorboats, which was nice. Everybody got great tans and burns.

I'm running for student body president. Sometimes I think I'm crazy. Elections are this week, tomorrow, wed and thurs. I'm kind of nervous. Tonight I'm planning on going and buying candy to help facilitate my introduction to more people. :)

SpringFest is coming up. It's a huge concert that takes a lot of time and energy to plan. This year we are having three bands play. Nadine Zahr, Five Star Iris and Mama's Cookin'. Should be lots of fun. I haven't started freaking out yet, so we are doing pretty well.