PHL 118L

Tuesday/Thursday 8am philosophy with the one and only, Gary Fuller. I don’t know if there could have been a better way to start my Tuesdays and Thursdays. While this class was hectic and was often times hard to keep focus in, it really did allow me to think about important issues. We discussed euthanasia, capitol punishment, “hooking up,” homosexuality, and many others. While I had though about most of these things form time to time, there were some issues that I was personally undecided on whether or not I thought they were morally acceptable or not. This class really got me thinking and now I can confidently state my stance on these issues. I believe that it is very important for each individual to have educated beliefs on important issues, and this class allowed us to do just that.

CMU School of Music Event Staff

As one of my RSO involvements for this year, I have taken the liberty of using my on campus job to count towards one of these. ( I have chosen to do this because between both my on campus and off campus job, my 19-credit hour work load, and volunteering at St. John’s, there isn’t much time for anything else!) Working at the CMU Music Building as a member of the event staff has been one of the most positive experiences in my career at CMU thus far. This job has taught me so much about putting together events, keeping composure at the face of chaos and learning to put others before myself. Not only do I get all of this professional development experience at the Event Staff, but the sense of community among not only the staff, but the entire music building is incredible. I can’t walk through the music building without stopping to talk to someone for a few minutes, or greeting one of the faculty, and I’m not even a music major! Being a member of the event staff here on campus is one of the places that I feel I truly belong. This semester, I am also training to be an Event Staff Coordinator (Student Manager) for the next school year. I am extremely excited to continue to learn about the work that I do, and to further build on this very welcoming and unique community that the music building offers.

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Members of the staff at our annual “Event Staff Olympics”

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The team after a failed attempt at a human pyramid.

President Ross

When the President of CMU came to speak to my LAS cohort, I definitely realized that what everyone else says about President Ross is true; he’s not like other presidents in the regard that he goes out of his way to make a personal connection to the students at CMU. Although it was an organized event, many other university presidents would be much to busy to speak to a group of students, but not ours. President Ross talked for a while and then there was time for Q&A. He shared many personal stories with us about his lowly childhood and he even shared items on his bucket list with us.

We asked him what his advice was to his students and he said first to go to class, then he said that we should take every opportunity that is handed to us. The president had recently been in the running for president of the university of Nebraska. He said it was a hard decision for him to make whether or not he would accept the invitation or not. But then he said he realized he needed to take it because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be following the advice that he offers every student here at CMU.

He really is an interesting person and I’m very glad and honored that I got a chance to speak with him live. After hearing his advice, I will definitely try to take every opportunity when it is handed to me. He is an inspiration to me because he has made so much out of so little, and I am glad he’s the one who leads this school.