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Friday, October 10, 2014

Creighton Greek Life Experience

Creighton Greek Life Experience


Creighton Greek Life Experience

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 08:46 AM PDT

My experience in Greek Life has been one of the most rewarding 2 and a half years of my entire life. It has been completely different than the "Animal House" notion that most people get when they think about Greek Life. At Creighton, the Greek GPA is significantly higher than the campus average. The Student Government, service trips, Welcome Week, and other campus events and organizations generally led by members of fraternities or sororities. There is no antagonism between non-Greeks, Greek Life, and the administration. A few of the Jesuits on campus, including the President, were members of Creighton Greek Life when they attended this school. I think all of these characteristics sum up well what Creighton Greek Life is- the true showing of what a fraternity or sorority should be.

My fraternity has allowed me to become a better, more confident person. I have found a group of people that has not tried to change me, rather they have accepted me for who I am. I am more confident because of my experience, and I have found a new side of leadership that I did not think I had in me. My involvement in Phi Delta Theta at Creighton will leave me with friends that I know I will have for many years after school, along with an extensive network of people that will always be willing to help me if I ever need it.

With that being said, I understand that what is going on nationally has severely tainted Greek Life for all schools, however I would urge people to try and remember this: There are colleges that do not and will not ever accept this kind of behavior. There are members in Greek Life around the country who do not tolerate this behavior. Do not let the acts of a few bad people tarnish your view of a system that has many benefits. With any organization, a few bad apples can ruin the progress that so many people have tried to make. I believe this to be this case with much of what is happening in Greek Life today. Either my school is an anomaly, or all these occurrences are, and I hope that the latter is correct.

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Good police action

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 05:28 PM PDT

It happened yesterday in Times Square, a boy with Down syndrome, was happy for the care received by the NY Police. In a good deed, the officer gave his cap to the child who, no doubt, was very happy with the attitude. I think it's worth disclose this good deed of the NYPD

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Ai Weiwei in Alcatraz

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 03:03 PM PDT

Visited Alcatraz last week to take in the new Ai Weiwei show, Prisoners of Conscience. Quite an interesting exhibit. Enjoyed it immensely. Wonderful works of art and emotion. Amazing what purpose can be found for
the common Lego...

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A walk through the colors of change

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 12:10 PM PDT

a view through a trail at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, that shows the beautiful colors of fall that comes with the change of seasons of Southeastern Kentucky. Come explore Kentucky and see for yourself of the true beauty of the region.

 

*Photos By Timothy D. Hudson*

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Encouraging the Next Generation of Girls in STEM

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 11:36 AM PDT

When I was in middle school, my science research teacher took me under his wing and encouraged my research ambitions. This small investment of his time and encouragement multiplied exponentially, as I went on to internships at NASA and a large community hospital. I also competed at the international science fair, and paid for half of my college education with scholarships resulting from my science fair awards. Although I eventually chose a career in writing and entrepreneurship, I have focused on giving my own daughter similar encouragement in STEM fields from the time she was very young. As a kindergartner, Catie competed in the NSTA/Toshiba Exploravision competition...and won 2nd place in the nation! She has since competed three additional years in this competition, winning 2nd place in the nation a total of 3 times! (And she's only in the sixth grade.)

 

The Toshiba/NSTA Toshiba program (www.exploravision.org) encourages students in grades K-12 to work in teams, taking a present-day technology and projecting it into the future. They consider the technological breakthroughs necessary to make their idea a reality. They also describe potential impacts- positive as well as negative- their ideas might have on society.

 

Catie and her teammates have blown me away with her creativity and desire to use science and technology to help others, and to make the world a better place. Their projects have included an innovative medical device for people with allergies, clean energy for homes and communities, and environmentally friendly methods to desalinate water.

 

A "proud mom" moment came this summer when Catie explained her team's winning idea, the WateRenew, to a room of over 200 at the National Press Club, packed with corporate officials from Toshiba, including the CEO, educators, scientists, and members of the press. She never hesitated or wavered, even as she described complex scientific concepts in their project, including osmosis, water particle movement, and graphene filters.

 

It inspires me to see the next generation tackling problems and devising innovative solutions! I believe that as parents it's important to encourage our daughters to investigate STEM fields and ways they can apply science to every day life. They are the scientists, engineers, and problem-solvers of the future!

 

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