Students enjoy the snow slide in the Quad. Associated Students Inc. sponsored the annual Snow Day event at Cal State Fullerton Thursday.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Being a senior in college is fun. It’s just the work part…
I work four days a week at my newspaper and two days at the library, in addition to four days of school. I work six days a week, totaling about 50 hours. Plus, I’m taking five classes (all upper division and two 400-level).
Most of my days are spent foundering and catching up. My life is frittered by detail! as Henry David Thoreau would tell me. Do a little reading for my afternoon class in my morning class, work on essays at the newspaper in any spare moments I find. That essay due tomorrow? Yeah, I’ll start it tomorrow, since I have to work on today’s homework now.
I had an essay due at 11 a.m. Wednesday, but since I had been out till almost midnight working at the newspaper the night before, I had not even started it Wednesday morning. So I got to school early and worked on it from 8:30 a.m. until 11:07, when I ran to my professor’s office to turn it in.
I hadn’t finished the essay, and it was a rough rough draft. It’s a D paper, my professor told me. Luckily I can turn in a second draft this week.
Oh, this is a complaining post bla bla blah. Nope, it’s me saying how I want to change to make the most of every moment. BAM! Take that, literary conventions.
I love being this busy, seriously. I’m a copy editor for the newspaper and have my own desk, where I sit as much as eight hours every night we are working on a newspaper (Sunday to Wednesday). And this is the first time I’ve had a group of friends that I hang out a lot with at school.
I just signed up for classes for the spring semester a few days ago. And it hit me that I will be graduating in May, and then I’ll have join the real world. I love my life right now, and being a copy editor and being around a group of journalists is fantastic.
I wish I could just take a portrait of my life now, because life goes by too fast. I still feel like a high school senior.
Two country songs have inspired me to try to live every moment deliberately:
The first, “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw, is about a conversation the narrator has with an older man who had a car accident in his 40s. The man survived the accident, but realized any moment could be his last and began to celebrate his life.
An’ he said:
“I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Blue Manchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
And he said:
“Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying.”
In the second, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesny, a 102-year-old man is interviewed on TV and gives his secret to life:
Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your ‘better half’
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster then you think
So Don’t blink.”
I’m only in college once. To the best of my abilities, I will make every moment count. I also want to make more time for God. I need to do more for God, read my Bible more, and care for other people more. I need to stop worrying about today and live for eternity.
Because, as a wise old man once said, “Life goes faster than you think.”
Updated 11/2/2012 at 8:26 p.m.
Comedian Ernie G captured a small crowd with jokes about his experience living as a Latino Thursday afternoon in front of the Humanities Building at Cal State Fullerton. The event, for Hispanic Heritage Month, was sponsored by Mesa Cooperativa de CSUF.
He ripped off jokes, such as you know you are a Latino if when your shampoo runs out, you pour some water into the battle to get another week’s worth of shampoo, but got serious while addressing the fact that many you g Latinos lack a positive role model.
“Why do cholos become cholos? Because somebody influenced them to become a cholo. Why do students become college graduates? Because somebody influenced them to become college graduates,” he said.
Latinos can transform the perception other people have of them by graduating college, he said.
“So I want each and every one of you to know you have been given an amazing opportunity to let the world who you guys are,” he said.
Ernie G travels the country to inspire young Larino students to go to college. The slogan he tries to instill in them, he says, is: “If it is to be, it is up to me.”
By David Hood and Tim Worden, published in Tuesday’s Daily Titan.
Timothy P. White, Chancellor of UC Riverside, was elected to succeed Charles Reed as the new Chancellor of the California State University, which enrolls 427,000 students.
White will be the seventh CSU chancellor and is expected to begin in December.
White, 63, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, immigrated to the U.S. and is a first-generation college student. He has been chancellor for UCR since 2008 and previously served as president of the University of Iowa from 2004-2008.
After attending Diablo Valley Community College, he earned his bachelor’s from Fresno State, a master’s from Cal State Hayward (now called East Bay) and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.
“As Chancellor, I look forward to engaging with faculty, students, staff, campus presidents and CSU trustees, along with the communities we serve, as we advance this vital system of higher education for California’s future,” said White in a statement.
The chancellor search committee, formed externally from the CSU Board of Trustees, met behind closed doors at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach. Their last meeting was held Wednesday.
“I was a little bit disappointed in the lack of transparency about this process… We had not heard anything about who the candidates were other than the candidates who had made it public,” said Kevin Wehr, California Faculty Association (CFA) Capitol Chapter president.
Wehr said the applicants should have been interviewed publicly by the CSU community. Interviews for CSU faculty include public presentations and more public searches, he said.
“You always hope for the best, but we got more of the same… I would have loved it if the applicants under consideration had been interviewed by the CSU community,” Wehr said.
While the CFA have stated that they would have liked a more “transparent process,” California State Student Association (CSSA) President David Allison, who sat on the selection committee, said he believed that the students and the other members of the CSU were well-represented behind the closed doors of the selection committee meetings.
He said that on behalf of the CSSA and the CSU students, he is grateful to the CSU for including more student representation in the process.
Michael Uhlenkamp, director of media relations for the CSU, said White’s experience at UCR has adequately prepared him for his duties in the CSU.
“I think specifically with the campus that he helms right now at Riverside, that campus, more than any of the other UCs, really mirrors some of the demographics of CSU campuses, there’s a large commitment to helping underserved students, and there’s a large group of students there that receive Pell Grants, so based on that experience, we do feel that it’s a good fit,” said Uhlenkamp.
Reed, who has held the position for 14 tenured years, announced his retirement in May. The search for his replacement began shortly after.
During his term, the CSU has had to endure historic budget cuts from the state of about a billion dollars. History, Uhlenkamp said, will remember this feat.
“I think people look at tuition increases and they don’t understand exactly why they happen—they take place obviously because of massive cuts in funding,” Uhlenkamp said.
“I think students have a right to be upset and I think Chancellor Reed as well as the campus president as well as anyone who’s working at the CSU is working on behalf of students to try to mitigate that as much as possible,” Uhlenkamp said.
Reed will continue his duties as chancellor through the end of the fall semester, including the implementation of the recent board’s contingency plans for Proposition 30, which will definitively decide the outcome of student tuition, as well as faculty pay, for the next several years.
If Proposition 30 fails, the CSU would institute a 5 percent tuition increase, amounting to about $150 more per student per semester. This will, at its bare minimum, keep the budget where it currently is.
If it passes, however, tuition would “roll back” to fall 2011 prices by reimbursing students $498 that was demanded almost a year ago and caused CSU students all over the state to protest.
White said that he believes he can bring a “unique perspective” to the CSU from his success in fulfilling California’s Master Plan, which mandates that all citizens have a right to education. Additionally, he said similar challenges facing the UC are present in the CSU and that he can help solve them.
“I feel this is a tremendous opportunity for me to try to do more for higher education in this state, at a time that is both precarious and potentially transformative. It is an opportunity to affect the futures of some 430,000 CSU students, and those yet to come,” White said in an open letter to the UCR community.
Allison said he has faith that White can overcome the obstacles set before him and the CSU as a whole.
“I think he knows what he’s doing, he knows how well it’s gonna go, he knows what to expect… The fact that he’s willing to do it speaks volumes about how much he cares about California and higher ed in California,” Allison said.
Day one of the Fall 2012 Discoverfest at Cal State Fullerton has concluded. Despite the cloudy weather, the Quad was still crowded.
Students can check out day two of the Discoverfest on Thursday (Sept. 6) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Quad. Discoverfest gives students a good chance to get connected on campus. CSUF is posting news and photos from the event here.