Monthly Archives: October 2011

Can you name the Three Musketeers?

I have been severely lacking in the “updating my blog” department so at the risk of getting behind of John Nolan, I can no longer put of writing!  The past few days have pretty much consisted of studying, homework, meetings, more studying, oh and some homework!

No no don’t give me your pity!  Just about every student at Millsaps has a schedule that sounds like that so I am by no means an exception.  While I have been busier than a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day, last night I FINALLY made time to do something fun and interesting. 

Going to the movies is probably one of my favorite leisurely activities.  Freshman year after slaving through the gigantic Heritage test, I would reward my efforts by going to see a movie…by myself.  DON’T MAKE FUN! Going to the movie during the day is very relaxing, plus you are most often the only one there so you can laugh, talk, and be as loud and obnoxious as you want!  I finally had a free night last night so Jennifer Goebel and I went to see the newest version of “The Three Musketeers”. 

Keep in mind by a “free” night I mean that most of my meetings were over by 9 pm so we were able to make it to the 10 pm show meaning….we were the only ones there!!! And because we were the only ones there we took it upon ourselves to randomly ask for free popcorn and WE GOT IT!!  The nice concession worker and manager thought that we were so entertaining they gave us free trays of popcorn! I can now cross that off my to do list!

Along with free popcorn we were also warned by the workers that the movie was one of the worst they had seen.  Oh boy!  A movie we had just spent $7 was going to be terrible! Yay us!

Well let me just say they were wrong.  The movie was not in fact terrible and it wasn’t spectacular; however, it was worth a trip to see.  It was perhaps Orlando Bloom’s most dynamic role yet, and there was the perfect combination of action, romance, and history. (Yes I like a little history in my movies…don’t make fun.) 

All in all the trip was a success in more ways than one.  Jennifer and I were not only able to take a night off from Millsaps, but now we can finally answer the trivia question that always seems to be asked: Name the Three Musketeers.  Win!

Answer: Porthos, Athos, Aremis, and the newest member Dartanian

He said….

Just like those lovely professors who refuse to hand back your test until the END of class, I will withhold the anser until the end of this blog! 

I guess I could write about my fall break, but there is not much more to say than I went home, I slept, I ate, I came back.  End of story.  So instead I guess I will write about something a little more interesting.  (at least I think it is more interesting)

Yesterday I had the privilege of discovering a brand new computer dungeon in the dark depths of the Murrah Hall basement.  Apparently it is an accounting lab stocked with computers and a printer that requires you to swipe your ID in order to be granted access.  Talk about high-tech! Much less interesting is how I discovered the lab. Our teacher was teaching us how to import data into a computer program and run a regression analysis for my Econometrics class.  Riveting right?!

Just like the corner in the library that every freshman discovers or the one unlocked room in Olin Hall with a blackboard perfect for those late night group study sessions it is always great to discover a new nook on the Millsaps campus.

Now the long-awaited answer… he said yes of course!

Is this creative enough for you?

Each year around the beginning of fall there seems to be a behind the scenes scramble among the women on campus.  This is due to the swiftly approaching date parties that each of the sororities schedule, and the responsiblity of the women to ask their own date!  I know sounds crazy right!  Since when do females have to get their own date to dances?!  Around this time is when I actually miss high school (kind of…) when we could sit back and relax and let the boys fret over who they were going to take to the junior prom.  Well this is no more, and again I am faced with the task of finding my own date to the party, which is difficult in and of itself, and even further, apparently it is the “college tradition” to ask your date in some sort of unique creative way.

GEEZ THIS COULDN’T GET ANY HARDER!  Now I (as well as 50 % of the campus) have to determine a guy, make sure he isn’t already asked, make sure he isn’t already busy that weekend, AND think of some clever witty way to ask!

Well for the past three years I have gotten by the easy way.  I have taken the same guy, and since I have taken the same guy I have gotten to the point where cleverness and wit are unnecessary when asking…or so I thought.  I have not been able to live down my previous tactic “well if I don’t have anyone else to ask around that time you’re going with me right?” I mean who could say no to that?!

He didn’t, but his grumbling and chastising has not stopped so….I figured I would finally cave and do something clever.  So…Jake Sherrington I publish this on my blog in the presence of 10 (ok maybe more like 5) readers….  Will you go to fall party with me?

There I finally gave you the special treatment you deserve, and don’t worry all 5 readers I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the response!

What do Eminem and Elton John have in common?

Happy Thursday!

Unfortunately I don’t have any extremely riveting new from the state fair to blog about….

APPARENTLY, Corey Smith is not who I thought he was so imagine my surprise when we got the free concert and I saw a bald-headed older man! (I was expecting a younger scruffy faced fellow…oops) One fellow crowd member mentioned that he was a cross between Eminem and Elton John, both of whom I admire so don’t think I’m bashing ole Corey!

After I overcame my confusion, Corey Smith began singing, and yep it was the same great soulful music I was expecting!  I can’t quite claim to know many of his songs..in fact I MIGHT know two…maybe, but I can say that he was entertaining.  And it was FREE with fair admission so completely worth it!

Fellow blogger, John Nolan called dibs on this topic so I will refer you to his blog for more details on our state fair excursion. You’re welcome JNK, maybe now someone will actually read your blog…maybe. 🙂

I can’t think of a clever title…

As I sit in the admissions office faced with the task of providing my daily blog, I can honestly say I am stumped for a topic to write about.

Whoa whoa before you get all in a tizzy…  I will in fact write about something this is merely my disclaimer that it will probably be the most random irrelevant subject.

I have spent the last three weeks pretty much in the library studying for midterms, and when I say “pretty much in the library”  I mean every spare minute between classes, every night until closing time (2 am), and every morning at opening time (8am).  And it’s not even FINALS WEEK!!! Oh well….now its over so I can enjoy the State Fair tonight!  Speaking of which, I will be posting details about my fair extravaganza in the morning.

Since my days and nights have been consumed by studying, I have no exciting events or stories to relay to you lovely readers so instead I will discuss this new discovery of mine called pinterest.com.

After hearing about the website from Matt Binion (Director of Campus Activities), and again from Jennifer Goebel (previously mentioned as a member of the Six Flags gang) I just had to check it out, and man am I glad that I did!  (I know by merely mentioning that Matt influenced my decision to check this out is going to make him think he is cool, but no. Matthew you’re NOT that cool.) The site allows you to create “boards” which are basically compilations of random pictures/ideas that you find while surfing the internet.  Each of the boards has a common theme for example a baby room themed board will have a bunch of pictures of ideas/crafts/diy projects etc all “pinned” to it. 

For those of you like myself who are too lazy to actually create your own boards, the site is great for wasting away hours looking at everyone else’s boards.  WARNING- If you are a sucker for sugar do not look at the sweets themed boards…you WILL get fat!

So if you are bored with Facebook, and can’t find anything meaningful to do I suggest you check out pinterest.com it will definitely be worth it!

Money, and policy, and government oh my!

As promised here is the long-awaited Washington DC blog…..

I really just want to sum it up in five words (I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE), but I guess that defeats the purpose of a blog so….here comes the incessant details!

When I arrived at Dulles International right outside of the city, I hopped on the bus to the first Metro stop. I assumed this would be you know…a 10-15 minute ride. Try more like over an hour!  After finally arriving at the Metro station (in the 48 degree rainy weather) I then had to wait outside for 20 minutes because OF COURSE the metro had “scheduled maintenance” and was only running one way.  I just realized those last few sentences sound rather cynical so…disregard those and let me remind myself that waiting in freezing cold rain still means that I WAS IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL!

A few of the students had arrived a night early, and when I made it to Chinatown (where we were staying) I quickly refreshed and we headed out for a night on the town.  Sara, a fellow Economics major, had visited another Millsaps student in DC for a week this summer so she quickly gained the nickname “tour guide Sara” and began to guide us across town in pursuit of a particular Mexican restaurant. After trekking through a number of dark alleys and back streets (and after many complaints from her followers) we found the restaurant, and let me just say it was THE best start to the trip.  The atmosphere was very metropolitan, and it just felt like everyone there did something cool and important for a living, which meant that one day we would be that cool!

After dinner we ventured out to experience DC nightlife, and again I was in awe at how much I loved the city.  I had visited twice before, but it just isn’t the same exploring the city on a tour bus with you parents (although that’s great too) as exploring the city on your own with a group of friends from college. 

I’ll spare you the details of DC nightlife which forces you to want to come to Millsaps and be an Economics major just to find out right? Right!

We spent the next day exploring the Smithsonians, stuffing our faces, stumbling upon the Turkish festival, and doing a lot of other DC like things.

I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures, but you get the point right? DC is fabulous.

Official trip duties began the following morning with a trip to the American Banker’s Association to visit with the head of the Research department, Ryan Zagone, a 2008 Millsaps grad. If you like lots of economic talk and want to hear everything we discussed, subscribe and I’ll give details.  SInce I can assume most of you don’t…just know he was ridiculously smart and made me want to ace every class to have a shot at a job like his.

Following our visit to the ABA we walked down the street to the new Bobby Flay restaurant “Bobby’s Burger Palace”.  Yea Ryan Zagone was cool, but THIS was way cooler!  It was a gourmet burger joint that had the BEST burgers I have eaten.  Literally. I am a burger gal too so take my word for it!

We departed Bobby’s Burger Palace and headed to the Federal Reserve building to meet with Governor Betsy Duke. Along the way we took pictures in front of the White House (a DC tourist must do this), loitered in front of the FDIC (it was raining ok!), went to a number of museums that are apparently closed on Mondays, and finally ended up in the right place!

Once at the Fed we were given a tour of their art collection (yes, apparently the Federal Reserve has quite the collection of art), and we were able to meet with Governor Betsy Duke.  Governor Duke appeared to be for lack of better word a “firecracker”, and it was great to see such a powerful headstrong woman doing so well in the career world.  One of her staff members was able to meet with us as well, and happened to mention that her nephew is a freshman at Millsaps.  See! Small world, Millsaps connections are EVERYWHERE!

After the Fed we returned to the hotel to prep for our alumni reception that night to be held at Bar Dupont, right smack dab in the middle of Dupont Circle.  The reception was organized by the previously mentioned Ryan Zagone, and was quite the success.  Recent alumni living in the DC area gathered over dinner to share with us their tricks of the trade, tips for securing a job in DC, and overall “life after Millsaps” words of wisdom.

The next day was our last in DC, and we started off with a visit to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.  Again, the Dean of the Else School made a couple of phone calls, and we were able to waltz right in and receive a behind the scenes tour of the capitol…nbd.

Yes, this is what we do while at the capitol...

When the visit at the US capitol concluded official trip duties did as well, and we each departed ways.  The professors of course had early flights to Jackson, and we had booked the last flight possible to once again maximize DC time! The few of us that hung around made our last visits to the Smithsonians, the archives, and shopping of course and when our legs could go no more retired to the lobby of the hotel.  In true Millsaps student style, we began studying for the approaching midterms that we had ignored all weekend, and took full advantage of the free cookies offered!

Around 5:30 it was finally time to depart for the airport, and we did so with a drag in our pace and sadness to leave such an amazing city. 

Side story- While at the airport we decided that it was in all of our economic best interest to play the McDonald’s Monopoly game, which required all five of us (even though most weren’t even hungry) to purchase McDonald’s.  Of course I was the only one that happened to order something without the peel off stickers, but hey I got to fly first class FOR FREE so they can keep their “free Mcflurry”!

After all of that elaborate detailing of a four-day trip, I am having quite a difficult time coming up with a concluded sentence here.  So instead of trying to sound witty and complete I will instead give you a very fragmented simple sentence. Economics is the best.

I really just put this in here to embarrass "Tour guide Sara"

Journey to the nation’s capitol

Disclaimer -If you are reading this blog and have not yet read my previous blogs I highly suggest you do so not only because my blogs are riveting and worth the read, but also because you will be extremely confused about the following sequence of events.

After departing the Six Flags gang, I exited the park and set out for the MARTA shuttle stop to hitch a ride to the Atlanta airport.  For those of you like myself that have grown up in small town Mississippi, a public transportation system is quite the task to navigate.  Fortunately, I pride myself on being a master subway/metro/MARTA navigator, and didn’t find the trip to intellectually daunting.  I caught the shuttle to the train system, and from there travelled on two lines to the good ‘ole ATL airport. 

The actual Economics Department trip duties did not begin until Sunday night, so if some of you are wondering why I am travelling on Saturday, the reason is I wanted to maximize my benefit (a little Econ lingo there) of travelling to DC. Also, my mother happens to work for Delta so…I get free flights and it is much easier to catch a flight from Atlanta than from a smaller airport.

Because I fly for free, I fly standby so it is always a guessing game as to whether or not I will get on the flight.  After severely underestimating the time that the Atlanta public transit system takes, I arrived at the airport with less than thirty minutes until my 5:40 flight.  Fortunately, there is this nifty thing that allows you to check in online, so I merely had to print my boarding pass and SPRINT to security.  Nearly out of breath, I arrived at security only to fall behind a family of about seven with five kids all under the age of five! And of course I had to get the TSA agent that wanted to just chat up a storm to EVERY child!  Most times I would be grateful to see a smiling TSA agent enjoying their job; but NOT when I had about 20 minutes left and still had to get to the complete opposite side of the airport!

After another long ten minutes, I cleared security and was left with about fifteen to get to concourse C. I was in G. I suddenly became THAT girl. The one running in a full-out sprint through the airport trying not to run over the youth or the elderly. (which is actually a lot harder than you may think while carrying a suitcase!)

With an entire 3 minutes to spare I FINALLY arrived at gate C31, and was literally the LAST person on the plane.   I was so enthused to be on my flight that I forgot one minor detail: I was flying into Dulles International. 

For those of you not familiar with the Washington DC area, Reagan is the airport most accessible for the city, and Dulles is the airport that is on the outskirts and requires quite some strategic planning to avoid paying the outrageous cab fare into the city. 

I kindly asked the lady next to me if she could give me the easiest (and cheapest) way to get into Chinatown.  She jotted down some notes, and wished me luck.  Nearly TWO hours later, after a bus ride, a delayed metro, and throwing on my makeup on the route, I arrived in Chinatown where my friends where waiting to explore the town!

I apologize for the lack of pictures in this blog, but never fear there will indeed be some in the next post!