Photo from the recent haVOC weekend backpacking trip (photo credit: Dan Feller).

It has been such a hectic past few weeks! Midterms, a last minute trip home last weekend to see the Yankees, MORE MIDTERMS, and some yoga. Life’s been crazy. FAB took 50 people apple picking last weekend, and I heard that the Lighted Fools gave a great performance too. Anyways the semesters all ready half way over, and its time for fall break. Now, I normally spend my breaks in my humble abode located in the quiet hamlet of Dobbs Ferry, New York, but this break I am heading to Europe with my Transitional Economics class! It should be a really interesting week; we are going to Belgium and Frankfurt to visit the European Commission and the European Central Bank. I think it is perfect timing for an economics trip to Europe, since the outcome of the Euro economic crisis has such a large impact on the rest of the world.

But I digress. I’m not writing this blog to tell you about Europe, I want to tell you about all the events going on on campus once we get BACK from fall break. Classes resume October 17th, and that night the observatory will be open for a public viewing. Additionally, Professor Charles Eisenstein of Goddard College will be coming to talk about his new book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition. Later in the week, on October 20th, Jennifer Beer, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, will be coming to Haverford to lecture about “Positive Illusions of the Self.” That night, the seniors will hold their annual fundraiser the senior auction (I’m hoping to nab some FAB event tickets or a back massage if they are available). On Friday, October 21st, things get real busy. FAB will be showing the seventh Harry Potter Part 2 (you can watch your childhood end again); Open Mic is on for 8pm; Counterpoint A Cappella will be performing as well at 8pm; and at 10:30pm, Sunny Ali and the Kid, and Dry Feet will be performing in Lunt Basement! In the afternoon on Saturday, FAB will be taking 50 people to the Magic Gardens, and the Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Teams will be hosting their annual Haverween tournament on featherbed fields. In the evening, FAB will show Harry Potter again, and the Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) will be hosting La Fiesta in Founders Hall (I hear that there will be a live salsa band!).

There is SO MUCH to look forward to after fall break. But I hope everyone enjoys the week off. This is a great time to relax and take a breath before jumping back into the fray of college life. Safe travels home and good luck with any work you may have left.

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  • Jacob Lowy ’14 is a Political Science major at Haverford College. He is a co-president of the Haverford Students' Council, former captain and current member of the Haverford Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team and also plays violin. Jacob works for the Haverford Student Activities Office. In his free time, Jacob enjoys running, reading historical fiction, playing FIFA and watching the NBA.

  • 6 October 2011
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And say that I am excited to see Bridesmaids.
Now, normally, I hate comedies; they always factor to the lowest common denominator and recycle the same puerile humor that was pioneered in the ’80s by stand-up comedians. Well, I guess it was not truly pioneered in the nineteen-eighties, maybe more like in the straight 80s A.D. However let’s not get into that, we all still can’t un-see Jack Black’s terrible Year One.

I was going to write an 1,000 word narrative about the gender norms and stereotypes in Hollywood especially concerning the comedy genre, the changing cultural view of humor as exemplified by Charlie Sheen and America’s obsession with machismo and braggadocio, and finally an ironic comment about I am from Seattle so I like watching movies that other people discount and how I was going to be the only male going to see the movie of his own accord.

However, I am now 3 minutes past closing time and I don’t get paid overtime so I will leave you with this brief message.

It just looks funny. Go see it and then complain about it in the comments below.

 

Post screening review:

I am sorry, but what  a let down. I mean they were never really in the pink dresses and the wedding dress… what a bait and switch! I mean please, I thought that this movie was going to be about these 6 women going on a crazy adventure.  Bigger tease than Duke Nukem Forever. Everybody was raving about the food poisoning scene, but really? Isn’t that just so passe?

Did I laugh? Yes, I did, but more often when the entire audience was deathly silent. Did I cringe? Far more than I laughed.

 

All in all, I would have to give this movie a very forgettable B-.

 

Comments? Thoughts? Let me know

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  • Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got I'm still, I'm still Jixi from the block Used to have a little, now I have a lot No matter where I go, I know where I came from (North-Side Seattle!)

  • 23 September 2011
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I have a confession.  I am a Lighted Fools groupie.  Not that it is a secret or anything.

I sit in the front row of their shows, beaming like it’s Taco Day at the DC.  I laugh the loudest in the audience.  If you don’t believe me, come to the show (September 30th and October 1st- be there!).  That person, in the front row, laughing loudly at every line, the person you want to slap duct tape onto?  Me.

I probably know the dates of their shows before half the members, and the dates are etched into my planner weeks in advance.  REMINDER: LIGHTED FOOLS.  GET EVERYONE TO GO.

I will tell anyone who will listen that I love the Lighted Fools.  I can readily recite lines on command, and I recognize every member, Bryn Mawr members included.  I once even approached a member in the bookstore last year, nearly screaming at her that she is the funniest person I have ever met.  If they had t-shirts I would buy seven, one for everyday of the week.  Maybe fourteen because I don’t do laundry every week.

All joking aside (I will leave that to the pros), I love the Lighted Fools.  They make my Fridays funny, and my Saturdays silly, and my weekends filled with wit.  So come out, Friday the 30th or Saturday the 1st, and have a laugh.  I will be there, muffling my cackling in the duct tape my friends finally remembered to bring with them.

 

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  • Leigh Kloss is currently a Junior at Haverford College. She is a Psychology major and Gender and Sexuality Studies and History of Art minor. When she is not working at the fabulous Student Activities Office, she enjoys rapping to Nicki Minaj, watching Mean Girls, and shopping at Trader Joe's.

  • 22 September 2011
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My mom is thinking about coming to Haverford tomorrow. Not to see me though, she’s much more interested in seeing Fresh Air host and executive producer Terry Gross.  My parents are your typical NPR loving old folk. They stream in radio shows at 4 in the morning because they can. They took me to see A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor a few years ago because “everybody needs to hear the News from Lake Wobegon.”  For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent numerous lengthy car rides listening to Car Talk and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. My mom dreams of Carl Kasell’s voice on her home phone answering machine. So of course, Terry Gross and Fresh Air are also a big deal.

Gross will be speaking about her experiences as a radio journalist at 7:30pm in Marshall Auditorium, as well as conducting a pre-lecture workshop earlier in the day entitled “Asking the Right Questions: An Evening with Terry Gross.” I, along with 14 other students, will be attending that workshop and I cannot wait to meet her.

Gross, who works for WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, has hosted Fresh Air since 1987. While Gross does ask tough questions in her interviews, she is also known for her warm, inviting interviewing style, where she creates an atmosphere of conversation rather than interrogation. Recent interviews on Fresh Air include, Brad Pitt and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind. Gross has in the past interviewed guests such as Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Al Franken, and Lynne Cheney (the conservative author and wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney). In 1993, Gross received the George Foster Peabody Award for her work as a radio host.

More to come after the event!

 

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  • Jacob Lowy ’14 is a Political Science major at Haverford College. He is a co-president of the Haverford Students' Council, former captain and current member of the Haverford Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team and also plays violin. Jacob works for the Haverford Student Activities Office. In his free time, Jacob enjoys running, reading historical fiction, playing FIFA and watching the NBA.

  • 22 September 2011
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This Saturday (the 24th) is Haverford’s annual Screw Your Roommate, a serendipitous night for some and an unfortunate fate for others.

Freshmen get paired up with other freshmen for a steamy date night. Love ensues.

Though it’s mostly awkward (“Sooo.. um.. why did you choose to go to Haverford?” “I like small campuses.” “Cool.”), it’s a great way for Fords to meet more Fords.

CPs, get your freshmen screwed! Freshmen, don’t chicken out!

Skits are in the DC at 5pm and the dance starts at 10 in Founders. Jungle themed. Get wild. *Decorations by SECS Main Line Interior Decorating.

See you all there!

Chris (CFlo$)