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After falling out of the shower and bashing my head on the toilet, I realized that the shower is, in fact, NOT the best place to try and learn the "Running Man" dance. True story!

But on a more serious note, I love to have fun and interacting with people. Although if you ever see me on campus I am probably jamming out to my IPOD, so sometimes I can be oblivious to the people around me. Recently I have become very involved in activities throughout Longwood University and the community. I am the President of the Longwood Young Dems club, the treasurer of the Criminal Justice Fraternity Lambda Alpha Epsilon, and a member of the Honors Sociology Fraternity Alpha Kappa Delta. This summer I took on a role of a Common Good Summer Fellow to help campaign for Virginia's 5th district Congressman Tom Perriello, and have built up several relations with people in 4 surrounding counties that will last me a lifetime.

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October 27, 2010 12:21AM

In Defense Of The Genre

People like different things – sometimes wildly divergent things. Apples and oranges. When you’re planning events and programs, you might become frustrating because you feel like it’s impossible to make everyone happy. You’re correct – it is impossible – and you shouldn’t try to please everyone with every event. If you create a process in your group where members of divergent tastes all have a role in planning activities and programs, you help create an interesting and lively group with a calendar that nourishes all cravings at least some of the time.

As a club President and an active participant in a lot of Longwood activities to get students involved and happy is literally impossible. Unfortunately it doesn’t help that most of our campus is apathetic toward several issues outside of the campus world. We have several clubs that offer students to get involved with issues. GET IN THE KNOW!!

Clubs range from Unity Alliance, College Republicans, Young Democrats, Student Veterans, and so much more that I can not list off the top of my head. Organizations such as these are always open to the students, its just unfortunate that many of them don’t get enough credit for getting students to be open minded, informed, and involved. Since my freshman year there has been a vast improvement in getting the word out when it comes to club/organizational meetings. And I sincerely hope that it continues in weeks, months, even years to come.

The death of 18-year old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi has been the big news these past few weeks.  After his roommate broadcast the freshman in an intimate encounter with another male, Clementi was so humiliated he ended his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

As a freshman, he had no idea where to turn.  He probably didn’t have the network of friends to turn to, and an online community couldn’t fill the need.  He wasn’t the type of person to walk down to the RA’s room and demand justice for the invasion of his privacy.  He didn’t call a crisis hotline, or seek out peer educators, or scour the pamphlets he received during new student orientation for a place to turn. Here at Longwood despite some of our splits, we are always coming together in a time of student need. Three years ago when a rugby player was injured and hospitalized and later passed away, or when another student 2 years ago was in a terrible car accident and was paralyzed WE GATHER!  We as students have the ability to put aside our differences for our student body. To have them come talk to us, providing caring human beings when we are in need no matter what.

How do we teach young, insecure, vulnerable students to deal with these moments?  How do you get someone to seek help instead of turning inward?  These are questions I’m sure every college campus faces. And being able to provide students with a vast amount of resources is something Longwood works to excel in.

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