Thursday, April 26, 2007

Heaven Forbid

There are a few things I still can't quite understand. One of them is BYU Alternative Commencement. For those who haven't followed the controversy, basically some students at BYU decided to protest against the selection of this year's commencement speaker, Vice President Dick Cheney, by creating an alternative commencement. A lot of their arguments swirled around ideas against Cheney's policies, and protesters argued that Cheney doesn't fit into the ideologies of the University. Ok. Fine. Say/think/believe what you will. I could go off about how we should respect the office of the Vice President. Or how it's a commencement speech, not a political debate (until BYU students made it one). Or maybe how the $23,000+ raised in order to hold the Alternative Commencement should be used to support causes that students don't feel Cheney supports instead of feeding the egos of a select few of the BYU student body (as of 3:25 pm, day of commencement, only 108 students were committed to attend the Alternative Commencement according to the facebook group created about it) by producing the event. Or how they have just been in Provo too long and need to find a worthwhile cause. But the thing I really don't understand is the selection of a speaker for the Alternative Commencement: Ralph Nader. If these people are so anti-Cheney, why invite a speaker who only took votes from Gore and actually helped Bush (and therefore Cheney) get elected? I'm lost on that one.

P.S. Did I really graduate a year ago?

-The Fray-

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

People Get Ready

Get ready to run (not walk) to your local Ben & Jerry's. April 17th is Free Cone Day noon-8 pm. Find your nearest Ben & Jerry's here.

-The Frames-

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

So Alive

Well, my 'five while twenty-five' race goal has mapped itself out nicely. Here's the plan:

- Rex Lee Run - March 24 (5k)
- Bridal Veil Falls 10K - May 12
- Deseret News 10K - July 24
- Provo River Half Marathon - August 11
- Hood To Coast Relay - August 24-25

I guess now that it's in writing, I need to get serious about training.

-Ryan Adams-

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

No One Knew Me

I was standing somewhere between half court and the three point line when someone threw me the ball at institute last night. I put down my bag and dribbled a few times as someone threw out the first wager, "Make it from there and I'll give you twenty-five cents."
"Twenty-five cents? Are you kidding? For this shot?" Someone else piped in, "Two hundred. I'll give you two hundred bucks." And another, "Put me in for twenty-five. Dollars."

The shot.

Pure air.

And then I moved up to the three point line. "Ok. Twelve fifty for this one."


I felt kind of silly taking his money. So we settled on dinner.

-Gary Jules-
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