Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Cone of Shame

This weekend was Family Weekend! I love when my family comes to visit. My parents and brother Sam, who goes to Louisiana Tech came to visit (unfortunately Remi did not come… she stayed at the vet. Sad.)

Family weekend usually coincides with lots of big philanthropic events put on by Greek organizations so that families can be involved. My sorority hosted our annual 5K walk, another sorority had a silent auction, and one of the fraternities hosted their Chili Bowl (one of my favorite philanthropy activities of the year). It was beautiful weather and a perfect day for every event that was scheduled.

The walk went very smoothly and I enjoyed a little early-morning exercise with my family. There was one hiccup though.

As we walked down Riverside Drive, a hilly street near Millsaps, we saw on the other side of the street a big car with some of my friends in it going to pick up some things at the end of the race route. It was driven by one of my best friends, Laura, and she honked the horn at us as she approached. As our attention shifted over to the car barreling down the street honking at us, we heard a loud “THWACK!…bumbumbumbum…” and realized that she had absolutely demolished one of the orange traffic cones we had set in the road, and then proceeded to drag it a couple hundred yards as it was stuck to the car. It was perfectly timed for everyone who knows her best to see it happen. She then quickly turned on a side street and drove off in shame.

Of course no real harm was done, unless you consider the hit to the ego. We had to rub it in a little…

Other than that, the weekend went off without a hitch and was filled with good food, good weather, and great company.

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Tis the season… to celebrate Mardi Gras

At Millsaps, graduating seniors have to take comprehensive exams in their majors. There is both a written and an oral portion with your professors, and anything you have learned in the last four years is fair game.

My written comps were Friday and I have been studying for them for a while. I feel great about it and am so glad the written part is behind me.

So, most seniors probably spent Thursday night, the night before the test, in their rooms either studying or going to bed super early. Well, I would have, but we had a Mardi Gras themed swap with one of the fraternities, so…

Don’t get me wrong, I had been studying hard up until that point, but it was time to have fun and relax before the big day. Not to mention, I had been voted to be the Mardi Gras queen, with my friend Mikey as king. The guys had voted on our court, and we had voted for theirs. Every pair on the court had a theme and was introduced to the swap with a theme song as they entered.

(Captain Morgan- I have gotten so much use out of this wig that I bought as a freshman for a Lil’ Wayne costume…)

(Miami Vice)

And to continue the Mardi Gras celebration, immediately following my comps, I jumped in the car with my best friends and drove to Lafayette, LA. We spent the day on Saturday at my friend Jacob’s fishing camp in Cypremort Point, went to parades, and ate.

Oh, and we ate a lot. Lafayette and the surrounding area is arguably the nation’s Tastiest Town… in fact, they’ve won Southern Living’s “Tastiest Town” competition in the past, and my predictions tell me they are going to win it again this year.

I’m so glad Mardi Gras was strategically placed around the biology written comps. I’m not sure who to thank for that, but it made for a perfect way to unwind and celebrate the season.

Millsaps and National Geographic

Our student body had a fantastic opportunity last Thursday.

To start from the beginning, you should know that Millsaps has a large reserve in Mexico in the Yucatan peninsula. Students and professors from many disciplines travel there to study: Spanish, geology, biology, anthropology, (basically all the -ologies), history… the list goes on. This reserve includes Mayan ruins that students can help excavate. It’s an incredible learning resource and something that our college is very proud of.

So when National Geographic decided to use the Millsaps land and ruins in their documentary, The Quest for the Lost Maya, everyone was thrilled. NatGeo worked with our own Dr. George Bey who has done extensive work on the projects in Mexico, as well as other professors and students from a few select schools elsewhere in the country. And when the documentary was finished, Millsaps was offered a free screening before it is nationally televised.

I jumped on the opportunity to get a free ticket as soon as I saw the email, knowing it would fill up quickly. And it did; the theater was filled with students, Millsaps faculty and staff, members of the community, and National Geographic people. I thought it would be a fascinating documentary and that I would get to hear about Millsaps once or twice. I was wrong about that second part. Within three minutes or so of the film starting, there was Dr. Bey giving an interview to the camera. And that was only the beginning of seeing him and other students that I recognized there on the big screen. It was so exciting.

The director also came to the screening and answered questions from the audience on stage afterwards, along with Dr. Bey and two students, Mandi and Phillip, who worked on the projects.

The National Geographic’s Quest for the Lost Maya airs on PBS on March 28 (check your local listings). I highly encourage everyone to watch it. You’ll learn lots of new things about Mayan life, from how they built beautiful temples and houses, to how they survived droughts, to a political cult that shaped their nations, as well as witness just another reason Millsaps is one incredible institution.

La Nouvelle-Orleans!!

This past Saturday was the initiation formal for one of the fraternities on campus.

The party was at the House of Blues in New Orleans, so on Saturday morning (or really, around noon, but when you wake up at 11, that is still the morning), we loaded up the cars in the pouring rain and headed south. I rode with my date and my best friend and her date and had a great ride down. It’s always fun to make the final turn on the causeway and see the Crescent City in the distance.

Everyone in the party stayed at the Ambassador hotel, so we got dressed headed out to dinner. My date Jacob and I had a fabulous dinner at Dickie Brennan’s in the Quarter. So when we had all finished eating, we walked (yes, strutting a couple blocks over through the French Quarter in tuxes and formal dresses) to the House of Blues to show each other up on the dance floor.

Afterwards we went to Bourbon Street (of course). And from there, later in the night, one of our friends suggested we walk to Frenchman Street, failing to mention that it was going to be a very long walk for those of us in shoes other than flats or loafers… but we made it.

The next morning, we had a noon-o’clock breakfast at Cafe du Monde and walked around Jackson Square and the river front until we jumped in the car to make it back to Jackson, MS to watch the Super Bowl. Since my team (the Saints) weren’t playing, I was only entertained by the commercials and not the game, but I watched the second half half-heartedly. Yes, I’m still upset by the fateful play-off game that knocked Who Dat Nation out.

But I think all of us that went to NOLA should count our blessings, as we all came back with clean records and clean bills of health.