Archives – March, 2010

state parks, washers and barbecue

Last Sunday, Volker, Martial, Miten, John, Chelsea, Beth and I went to Finger Lakes State Park to enjoy the spring weather and get some fresh air. I finally got to play around with my 90mm after I had it in service for some focussing issues. It was a pretty amazing day, even though it was a little bit cooler than we expected. But we managed to keep ourselves warm with Beth’s washers set.

For all those who (like me) don’t know what washers is: It’s a game where you have to toss washers into a box from a certain distance. There’s a tube in the box, and if you manage to land your washer in the tube, your team gets three points. If it lands in the box, it’s worth one point. It’s not easy, as the washers tend to bounce out of the box even if you land them perfectly. But it’s fun as hell.

Once it got too cold to stay out, we all headed over to Beth’s and started a spontaneous barbecue. Her neighbors joined in, too, and it turned out to be a pretty fun night…

The crowd arrives at the picnic spot at Finger Lakes State Park.

John tries to calm down Presley, one of Chelsea’s two cats, who were with us on the trip and quite excited.

A truly international crowd: Volker from Germany, Martial from Cameroon and Miten from England (left to right).

They have a fire pitch at Beth’s place, so we combed their back yard for some fallen branches and found some nice, big pieces of wood. Kept us warm for the night…

Tatsuro (center), an exchange student from Japan, came over along with a few other people and added another continent to our international mix.

March 30, 2010

beyond this place

Jarrad Henderson, one of my classmates and a great friend, has been working for quite a while on his long term project Beyond This Place, a documentary on Black Greek Letter Organizations. In Jarrad’s own words, “Beyond This Place is a project that seeks to validate the important past and contemporary history of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) in a never before seen collection of images.” On Sunday, Jarrad opened an exhibition with prints of some of his images at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center here on campus.

Jarrad, a natural born speaker, during his opening speech. I wish I could speak half as eloquently and confident as him…

In the hallway where the pictures were exhibited.

David Kennedy watches the opening ceremony.

After the ceremony, Jarrad – with his typical heartwarming friendliness – walked up to every single guest and thanked them for coming. You just have to love this guy…

March 22, 2010

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