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Saturday, April 30, 2005

 

Tough Decision

Well, I had to make a really tough decision this week. Whether or not to attend APU next year. I finally came to a decision this week, and I will not be going to school there next year. It is just too expensive to go there for three years. So I'll be staying here in Hanford and going to college here for one more year. I suppose I can wait one more year to go there. But on the bright side I will be saving $27,000 usd. by staying here. So thats the news.

Friday, April 29, 2005

 

Another great article

Ok, well here is another gem of an article that I wrote for the school newspaper today.

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/archive/2005/04/29/opinion/remix.shtml


I actually had my picture 6 times in the school newspaper today. Once for my article, and 5 times in the Associated Students government insert. I think this has to be some kind of record. Ah well, it is pretty cool either way.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

 

Finally a win

After a big election loss, I found out this week that I have won the other election that I had been running in. This election for the the Council of President's Scholars saw me running for the position of Vice-President, and I was elected as such. The Council of President's Scholars (also known as COPS) is the student leadership group that organizes a lot of the Honors College events, such as the retreat at the beginning of the school year, and various other events to get students in the Honors College more involved and connected.

I'm also thinking about running for the position of President of the Craig Business Scholars (of which I am currently Vice-President). We'll see where that goes.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

 

Luke at 21

It's hard to believe, but Luke is now 21! Here's a picture from our birthday festivities Saturday evening.


Saturday, April 23, 2005

 

Happy Birthday to me!

Well everyone, it is officially my birthday. If you are looking at the time that I posted this post you are probably thinking to yourself, "Why is Luke up this late?" Well the answer is simple. I haven't gone to bed yet. A bunch of my friends and I stayed up late watching movies and stuff on the LCD projector we have in our suite, and we just finished not too long ago. We wanted to ring in the birthday, so we decided to stay up. I am officially 21 now! The second last step to becoming a full-fledged adult (according to my Dad).

I went out to eat at a Steakhouse a few minutes from the University for dinner last (Friday) night. It is called "Cool Hand Luke's" and it is a pretty cool place. Stay posted for some video of that dinner I had with friends, and a bunch of pictures I took. I am going to sleep soon, but I am heading back to Hanford later today (Saturday), and my Mom will be making me Lasagna, Garlic Bread, and Caesar Salad (the meal I chose for this special day).

Also, stay posted for the announcement of my new video blog I have started. Kind of a way to keep in touch with me by watching video of me. It is actually a video blog of life in our suite, so you will get to virtually meet my roommates and other people who hang out in our suite and see what life is like as a College student in Fresno, CA.

I wish everyone a wonderful April 23. It is pretty much the best day of the year. :-)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

 

Election Results

Well the election results are in, and I lost. It was a really close race, and I am happy with the results (although winning would have been much sweeter.) With less than 1200 total voters, I received 120 votes as a write-in Candidate, so I am happy that I got so many votes (more than 10%). My opponent, who won the position, got 152 votes. Well, on to my next endeavor.

Also, the movie my friends and I made won second place in the contest we entered it in. There was a really great pool of movies this year, and second place is definitely a good showing (again, not as good as first, but still...). This is a picture of the prize each member of our group got. (It is an Apple coffee mug type thing)


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

 

Elections

So I am running for a position in the student government. Actually I am running for the Vice-President of Finance position, but as a write-in candidate. Elections were today and will continue tomorrow. I think I have a pretty good chance of winning, but you never know. There is no one on the ballot for this position, and there are about 3 other people running for this same position as write-in candidates. I will probably post tomorrow evening or Friday morning about the results (At the latest whenever I find out about them).

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

 

Getting Ready for our Trip

It's only 2 months till the weekend we celebrate my Mom & Dad's 50th anniversary in Ontario. Planning for the trip has been ongoing for a while. I now have my flight booked along with Jonathan's flight. I have also booked two nights at the Motel 6 in Anderson, IN for campmeeting. We are so looking forward to spending time with my family in Ontario and spending a few days with Lloyd's cousins in the Detroit area. My newest niece, Tabitha has not even met the rest of my family. Yes, it will be a great time of re-acquainting ourselves with everyone we've missed seeing over the last number of years since we've all been there as a family. I can hardly wait!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

 

Another Article

Well, I'm at it again. Another wonderful, or so I like to think, article about random thoughts passing through my mind. Hope you enjoy this one just as much as all the rest, or even more.

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/archive/2005/04/15/opinion/consumer.shtml

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

 

Wanna see some of my pictures?

I signed up for a Flickr account, so I will be posting a lot of my cool and interesting photos I take with my digital camera to my Flickr site. I only have one picture right now, but check back frequently to see if I have posted any new ones. Don't forget to bookmark it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jukey/


(There are also RSS 2.0 and Atom feeds available for all you bloggers)

 

My New Camera

I bought a digital camera. Kind of as an early birthday present for myself. But it is really great. I really like it. I would take a picture of it, but when I tried, I realized that it is really hard to take a picture of a camera with itself. This is the amazon site for it, from where I bought it.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001G6U9I

 

Facial Hair

Well, one thing I didn't mention in my article about beards was that one of the great things about facial hair is the cool stuff you can do when you shave it off. I tried three different looks while shaving my beard off last week and here they are.

The civil war style. Sideburns come down and connect to the mustache.

The Fu Manchu. The same as above, but with out the sideburns.

The mustache. Kind of makes me look french.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Saturday was long day. With the exception of Kathy (who didn't bother coming because of her recent minor injury - see "Klutz" on March 31st) we went with our church's youth group to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park just north of Los Angeles. We left at 7:00am and were home around 11:30pm. Six Flags is one of the nation's premiere amusement parks, with many gut-wrenching rides. While we spent around 4 hours standing in lines waiting to get on the rides, we actually only rode for less than 15 minutes! But, everything still thought it was a great day (kinda strange, eh?). The highlight ride was the Goliath, which is the roller coaster immediately behind the wooden one pictured below (thanks to Luke and his new digital camera). The Goliath features a 255 foot drop that reaches up to 85 miles per hour - one of the tallest drops and fastest roller coasters in the world.


Saturday, April 09, 2005

 

Every 15 Minutes

Every 15 minutes, someone in the U.S. is killed in an alcohol-related collision. It's a staggering number of casualties and the effects are felt throughout the community for years to come. Lemoore High School presented the program on campus April 7th & 8th. On Thursday, the 11th & 12th grade students were sent to the stadium and when they got there, they saw two vehicles which had apparently had a head on collision on the field in front of the stands. The presentation started with a frantic 911 call and when the blankets were moved we saw a young girl laying beside her vehicle and in the other vehicle 2 girls screaming and crying for help. Their driver walking about dazed. Shortly thereafter police, ambulance and fire crews arrived attending to the victims and cutting the two girls out of the second car by removing the doors and the roof. The ambulance took the two girls away to the hospital in Hanford while the coroner's office zipped up the girl in a body bag who'd been thrown from her vehicle and transferred her to the morgue. The police then interviewed the driver and gave him several sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest for felony drunk driving. This whole scene was filmed by a videographer. During the morning, several students had been taken out of their class by the grim reaper, representing people who are killed every day. It's very powerful, but then it's not even close to being over. The students who are "dead" are taken to a local hotel and have an evening retreat with activities and discussions about what it all means. I was fortunate to be a chaperone for those activities and it was heart wrenching to hear some of those kids share. Many of them who'slives had been touched in negative ways by alcohol including one student whose cousin was killed by a drunk driver when he was only 17. He had been a phenomenal baseball player, who was already pitching fastballs between 90-100 mph. He had a bright future as a major league ball player and was already being recruited by many colleges.

On Friday we arrived back to school early and they prepared for the funeral services that were to be held. It ended up that two of the girls had died. The funerals were held in a gymnasium and the same juniors and seniors attended the funeral also. We had the funeral home bring the caskets, flowers, pictures of the students and their parents spoke and shared slide presentations of these two young girls' lives. It was a tear jerker all around. Many students brushed tears away. It was too real. Then the trial was held and a Kings County Judge, prosecutor and defense attorney spoke. Young Aaron at 17 years of age was sentenced to a minimum 38 years to life for killing two girls and paralyzing the otherone. The crowd cheered. Then a mom who lost her daughter to a drunk driver a couple of years ago spoke. The irony of the this was that her daughter had been killed by one of our former students who is now incarcerated for his crime. This mom has spent the last 15 years working for the Tulare County Office of Education as an educational promoter working to keep kids from drinking. Her daughter attended a college on the Coast and was coming home for the weekend. Just the night before, she had got up twice to pick up friends who were needing a ride because they'd been drinking. She really believed in what her mom taught and tried to live it out. About an hour from home, she pulled over to call her mom and say that she was a little worried about driving because she was tired. Within a half hour of that call she was hit by the drunk. Every bone in her body was broken except her right hand and all her major organs except her heart had been crushed. The car who hit her had been driving about 95 mph.

I felt like I had gone through the wringer by the end of all of this, but it sure put a face on "drunk driving". It made me realize how important it is to take the time now to say "I love you", not to wait until it's too late. So go ahead, hug the person closest to you, and thank God for them.

I love you!

Friday, April 08, 2005

 

Beard Article

Well, I got back in the swing of things. After laying low for a while after getting three letters to the editor about my last article I decided I needed to write something again. This time I wrote something a little more lighthearted. Today's article is about my beard, and facial hair in general. I just woke up, so I haven't had a chance to pick up a paper copy, but I think there is a picture of me with my beard alongside my normal mugshot. I will try and put that on later.

Enjoy!

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/archive/2005/04/08/opinion/beard.shtml

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

 

Basketball

I am the captain of an intramural basketball team here at school. We finished the season with 2 wins and 2 losses. We won our first playoff game which was last week, which meant that this week we would play in the championship game.

Our game was scheduled for 5:30 this evening. We played our hearts out, but lost to the reigning champions (who have won the past few years). The score was 34-69. We are in a co-ed league.

The team I was/am on was the Associated Students team, and since I am the Senator of Recreational and Athletic Affairs, it is my job to organize the Associated Students team. This was apparently the first year the Associated Students team made it to the championship game in all the years they have had a basketball team.

Keep posted for some upcoming blogs about my facial hair!

Monday, April 04, 2005

 

Andrew in Percussion Competition

(It's been a whirlwind of activity around here, so you haven't heard much from us lately).
Friday evening Kathy and I had the privilege to watch Andrew (and the winter percussion group from Hanford High School) compete in the San Joaquin Color Guard and Percussion Review in Clovis (a suburb of Fresno). It was very interesting to watch as we had never seen anything quite like it before. It's a unique combination of mainly percussion music (i.e. drums, etc.) put to motion in a highly creative and artistic manner. It's similar to marching band, but far more creative, less regimented, and indoors. Hanford finished 4 out of 8 in their division. Here are some photos, and if we have time we will post a video clip of their performance.





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