Let’s Talk: Being Young

By: Emerald Alexis

I find as a young person that I am often at the receiving end of wise words. Wise words warning me of the mistakes the young make and the regrets the old carry. These words lead to thoughts that fill my head with questions. Am I on the right path? Am I planning for my future? Am I avoiding the characteristic young mistakes? After letting these questions circulate around my mind and guide my life decisions, I realized something. These words of wisdom came from the older generation, a generation that was once young. This generation made “mistakes” that shaped the world, that improved technology, that brought peace and education to those in peril. These “mistakes” that we are so adamantly warned against may be a door to the next great discovery or possibly the next great leader.

 

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Of course we must use our common sense and avoid harmful and potentially harmful situations. However, the time to explore and develop our selves is when we are young. We will make mistakes for the rest of our lives and we will have questions and regrets. There will be times we wished we said something or times we wished we’d bit our tongues. Our young mistakes may leave us with new found understanding or lead us down a whole new path in our lives. However, I do not believe we should ignore the cautious experienced words that our granted upon us.

The words of the wise carry great knowledge and should be heard, respected and considered. Unfortunately, our elders may offer these guiding words whilst often forgetting to warn us of some very important things. To live our lives, to enjoy being young, to make mistakes and to constantly foster our growth and development to become righteous people. We should not just invest in our futures, but invest in our consciences, in our philanthropy and in our hearts and souls.

One life, Many Paths

High Museum of Art -Dream Cars

By: Laura Sherman
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To architects, designers and engineers alike: the Dream Cars exhibit at the High Museum is to be marveled at! For the sake of great design, below I’ve put together key points of the High Museum’s descriptions of these cars, along with photos I took at the exhibit. Talk about innovative! These cars are the epitome of form and function. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO! Engineer, designer, architect, or artist: this exhibit appeals to the best of ‘em. It will be here until the end of this month.

Here are my top 3 favorite cars (and why) from my visit:

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A fabric car?! Come on, guys- A FABRIC CAR?!? I had to why and how a designer chose a stretchy textile material over an aluminum shell.

 

 

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To get into the car… the whole top comes off!!! Also, look at that beautiful, aerodynamic design!

 

 

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This concept car was ultimately never put into production and had some issues- but it INSPIRED technologies later used by ALL of today’s cars and Corvette roof designs. Isn’t that what design is all about?

A few more great cars on exhibit:

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Also, while you’re there, bring some lemonade and a good book to the Mi Casa, Your Casa exhibit. Hundreds (I may be exaggerating) of steel frame houses with your own personal hammock in each one! I, myself, lazed around in a hammock for about an hour, sketching my day away. The perspectives from the arrangement are even wonderful, alone.

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Microwaveable Goodness

By: Lauren McNitt

Everyone loves to eat. Although we have many great eateries on campus, sometimes we just want to prepare food ourselves. This can be tricky because there are no open coils aloud in the dorms here at SPSU. Last year my residential assistants brought us a paper with some nifty microwave recipes. One of them is a recipe for microwave brownies. It is super easy and delicious! So invite over some friends and use your microwave to whip up this chocolaty treat!

Microwave Brownies

Prep Time: 10 min    Cook Time: 5 min    Yield: Deliciousness

Ingredients:

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  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces unsweet chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks/ chips
  • Nonstick cooking spray

First, put the butter and chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds, mix, then heat another 15 seconds. Set aside.

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In another bowl, mix the eggs and sugar.

In a third bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the egg and chocolate mixtures along with the vanilla and stir well to combine.

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Spray a microwave safe bowl or pan with the cooking spray, pour the batter into the pan, and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Cook on high in the microwave for 5 min and then let it cool for 3 before cutting and eating.

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Enjoy!!

2014 SPSU DESIGN CHARETTE

By: Laura Sherman

One of the highlights of being in SPSU’s architecture program is participating in the annual design charette. A charette is a collaboration of design ideas and development of those ideas in a very short time frame. These often produce the best ideas! It also gives all year level students the chance to learn from each other. It is organized by SPSU’s very own American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The theme of this year’s annual all-level architecture charette was to design a pavilion for SPSU’s next big milestone: the KSU merger! Drawing inspiration from the SPSU hexagon and KSU mountain logos, several designs signified the unity of the campuses.

Some ideas included:

  • Incorporating digital and social media to give our seperate campus live updates
  • A relaxing place for KSU and SPSU students to congregate
  • Unifying campus identities through monument
  • Outdoor auditorium space for sharing ideas
  • Interactive Interfaces for students

The 4-hour charette ended with pizza and prizes provided by SPSU’s architecture department and AIAS.

I’m so proud of my fellow SP_Arc Hornets!

Who knows? Maybe some of these brilliant ideas will come to fruition!!!

Check out some of the event photos:

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All years being check in to meet their teams!

 

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Guess how many architecture students you can fit in a room?

 

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AIAS President, Matt Rosenberg and Dept. Head, Tony Rizzuto rallying the troops!

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Some of the AIAS board who helped make it all happen! Thanks guys!

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Professors judging and picking the top 4 projects

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Pizza Party after a hard day’s work!

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Students voting on the People’s Choice Award 

KEEP

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DRAFT

ON!

Let’s Talk: Journey To Nevis Part III

By: Emerald Alexis

As I kneeled on my swollen suitcase zipping it closed, I could think of one word that would begin to describe my trip….Astounding. With my luggage now sealed, I sat atop my suitcase and gazed about the room, with the pastel blue walls and ivory marble tiles patterning the floor. I wanted to contain the trip, to somehow make it tangible so I could hold it in my hands. I wanted to capture every bit of memory roaming about my mind, and make a movie that would let me view every detail. This thought was interrupted by a gust of morning air flying through the window, leaving me with a new idea about this trip.

Still atop my suitcase, I realized that I had a true experience. A true experience meant I could not quantify my trip, as much as I tried. I could not lock it in a jar or pack it in my suitcase. I could not hold it in my hands. However, I could hold it in my heart. These tangible things that I would take back with me were simply small keys to the gateways of my memories. I heard mum’s voice informing me of our impending departure. How could I leave Nevis?

Nevis is in an abundance of something I have found nowhere else. There is an abundance of peace, which I took my fair share of. Nevis had my family who showed me unconditional love. The kind of love, that solidifies your foundation of self-understanding. Nevis gave me something many do not get… nourishment for the soul. With my heart filled to the brim of love, I stood up and rolled my luggage to the car, understanding that this was not the end of my journey, it was the beginning.
This was a journey so positively impacting, that I was led to a whole new path of thought. A thought that I would like to share with you: We are the sole proprietors of our destiny, we are the sole proprietors of our soul and with this understanding, I relinquish all that may oppose the development of my mind, of my body and of my soul.

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I wish that I could truly translate the essence of my trip so that you could feel the emotions and the love. I hope you enjoyed this series. Thanks for reading.

Part III Pick

Nevis Sunset

One life, Many Paths

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How to Get an On-Campus Job

BY: RUTH PETIT-BOIS

It’s been a hectic start to the semester guys, what with financial aid, dropping and adding classes and making sure to get enough sleep. I’ve been away for a while, but I’m here now! :)

I hope you guys are ready for me to drop some more knowledge on you. And this time it isn’t philosophical, moral, or parental-like guidance! No, what I’m going to give you is the precious key to making money (all without having to hop into your car and zipping off to some fat food chain to pick up after people you don’t know!). I know, I’m amazing.

I kid, obviously. But the sentiment is still the same.

So maybe where you’re from, while you were in high school, you were in school and working part-time to help pay for your car insurance, or your phone bill, or maybe even for the tuition for school now. Flash-forward and now you are probably hours away from your old job, you are in a new school but you don’t have any money. Not for the gas in your car, not for the toilet paper in your bather, not even for the dollar menu at McDonald’s (now that’s a struggle).

Not everyone is blessed with parents who give them a college allowance like a salary. So let’s get you some extra change in your pocket so that you aren’t looking at your “bordering on zero” bank account any longer and when your friends ask you if you want to go to Marietta Diner this weekend, you can confidently tell them yes and have a good time.

So Step One!

Go to SPSU’s Website –> Go to Current Students –> Go to Career Services under “Student Services” –> An then click on Career Link!

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Or, you know, you can click right here to go straight to Career Link. But because I doubt you have this blog post open 24/7, I suggest you should do the above steps to familiarize yourself with how to get there on your own. I’ll tell you why in a sec.

So now you scrolling all the way to the bottom and register just like you would with Facebook or Twitter. And when you finally log in, you should be brought to a page that looks like this:

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Once on that page, click on Jobs! And you will see a list of jobs in the area. Can you see now why I suggested you familiarize yourself with how to get to this page? The Career Link database can help you find jobs, internships, and co-ops that are not just on campus or for the duration of your education, but for graduation and beyond. Career Link is a valuable tool if you want to find employment quickly and easily as these jobs (& employers if you are brave enough to click on that tab! ;)) are looking to hire Southern Polytechnic students! Cool right?

So anyway, click on jobs and click on Advanced Search. It is to the far right of the search bar.

A complicated list of drop down menus and text boxes will show up, but all you have to do is just go the box that is labeled Position Type and select On Campus Job.  Them press search!

Bam! Life made easy! You found a list on on-campus job! Congratulations! Now start applying.

The best times to look through this list is the beginning of the semester and the end of the semester. The departments will then be looking for hire-es because people may have graduated, transferred, or you know, dropped out. Who really knows?

Another great place to find jobs is through email and then just walking around and asking if the department is hiring. It pays to do work. … (hahahahaha…)

Okay so hopefully you guys have a glimpse of what Career Link is, and you know how to find some jobs on campus! Off campus jobs are great, but on campus jobs are very convenient and do not require much from you. These positions are very competitive though so make sre you get in there early!

That was my gold nugget advice! Hope to see you guys soon!

–RPB

Reasons to Consider Greek Life

BY: CATHERINE BROWN

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So for those of you who have not already heard, Sorority and Fraternity recruitment is right around the corner. For some of y’all, that might sound scary but for others, it might sound awesome and interesting.

For both groups of people, I suggest coming out to the Panhellenic meet and greets (for the ladies) or the IFC round robin (for the guys), which is where you really get a chance to meet the chapters in a more casual setting and have the opportunity to find your forever friends. I made the decision to “go Greek” and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made; I love my sisters and know that if I ever needed anything I could go to them for help.

But, enough about MY experience because this post is all about what YOU can get out of joining Greek Life at SPSU.

  1. A home away from home

I don’t care how cheesy you think that sounds you will shortly realize how important a support system is and in my opinion nothing is better than a support system that is ultimately working towards the same goal. This is especially important to those females on campus because I am sure you have noticed in your classes that there really are not that many females at Southern Poly. Sororities are a perfect way to find your fellow females because even for myself who was raised with boys it is nice to spend time with other females. Also you learn “It’s not four years it’s for life” which means once you are a sister you have friends that you can count on for life plus going to bid day as an alumni is pretty exciting.

  1. Leadership Opportunities

Joining any organization is really going to give you the opportunity of learning leadership but with Greek life there are a lot more opportunities for education on what leadership really means. With Greek lettered organizations, your brothers or sisters really want nothing more than to see you succeed and that includes in leadership roles. My first year after recruitment in the sorority I took on a position that was really perfectly suited for me and with the time you’ll spend with your brothers or sisters they will help you find that perfect position for you as well. There is also a minimum GPA requirement to join each Greek lettered organization which you are required to maintain which also ensures your success in college itself.

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There are literally a bazillion other reasons that Greek Life is amazing but I don’t want to bore you with a ten page paper why I love Greek life when you can get out there yourself and fall in love with Greek life like I have.

Visit the link below to check out the dates for Panhellenic recruitment events

http://www.spsu.edu/studentlife/greek/panhellenic/Ties.pdf

Visit the link below to check out this last week of IFC recruitment events.

http://ifcspsu.wix.com/rush

Welcome!

By: Lauren McNitt

School has finally begun! Now that all your dorm room essentials have been moved in and your room mates met, it’s time for welcome week (welcome month)! Welcome week is a tradition here at SPSU and always completely jam packed with fun things happening. It is a great time to make new friends, rush a sorority or fraternity, and join clubs.
Some of the events we have had the past couple of days have included a luau, a hypnotist show, a medieval carnival, a battle ball tournament, fun on a slip and slide, and a foam party. And we aren’t finished! We have a comedian coming, a trip to white water, CAB (Campus Activities Board), a concert and much more! Events continue all semester as well. Both Goat Night and the annual Halloween party are right around the corner. Make sure to come out and have a good time!

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Far East Movement #ROCKONSPSU

By: Laura Sherman

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SPSU LIVE went all out for the beginning of the school year and brought on Far East Movement! The party started at 4:30 when the field lit up with live music and bumper-to-bumper food trucks. The 2nd Amendment from Loaded Burger was the cheesiest greasiest bite of heaven I’ve ever tasted. After a sneak peek at the awesomeness that was to unfold, I went to class and came back. The soccer field was scattered with people ziplining, playing frisbee and sitting on the lawn when suddenly the mic blared “FAR EAST MOVEMENT IS ON IN TEN MINUTES!” My friends and I were sitting just in front of the stage when we turned around to see that the scattered masses were stampeding for the stage. We flung ourselves at the guardrail and lined the FRONT ROW! Far East Movement bounced onto the stage and Prohgress shouted:

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“S-P-S-UUUUUU!!!!!”

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Front row, baby!

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Got to carry Prohgress crowdsurfing!

 

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Far East Movement appreciated our Southern Hospitality and gave a shout-out to Waffle House. The crowd started chanting “WA-FFLES! WA-FFLES! WA-FFLES!” and F.E.M. chanted back. It was beautiful. The crowd was bumping with an inflatable rubber duck and beach balls (not to mention Prohgress getting carried around). When it started getting hot, J-Splif rocked a sumo suit and super soaked the crowd. At some point, 2 bottles of water were refreshingly dumped on my head! F.E.M. threw T-shirts and Kev Nish failed to pop a confetti bomb, so he tossed that, too!

 

 

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He later came to spray us with a supersoaker in a sumo suit!

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Just to put this out there, I got to hug Prohgress. <3

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Like a G6

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Best night ever!

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DJ Nightrain played us out to complete an awesome night.

Thanks for the memories, SPSU. :)

#rockonspsu

(Photos courtesy of SPSU Facebook)

Back-To-School Architecture Fun Day

By: Laura Sherman

And with a bang, the school year begins! Here’s a recap of the architecture department’s instant relief from an anxious first day of school: Tuesday Funday!

Complete with volleyball, twister, cornhole games, rainbow cupcake decorating and sidewalk chalk, there was no better way of dipping your toes into a new school year than to spend your last day of summer with new and old friends. The event had wonderful cause for celebration, too: the SPSU Architecture department was just accredited for an unheard of EIGHT YEARS!!! WOW! Thanks to the hard work of SPSU’s staff and students (all of whom were a part of the whirlwind preparing for accreditation), the school won’t be due for another accreditation visit until the year 2022!

So for myself, here’s to the beginning of a brand new building: the N building, the professional program for architecture. With so many additions and changes for the better happening around my department, I’m feeling optimistic for the future. There is a long road ahead for all of us this time around and many changes yet to come, but fear not. In the words of a famous Disney Channel movie, “We’re all in this together!”

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