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Always Something Going On…..

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Thanksgiving went well, and I hope all

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of yours did as well! I got an A on my last STATS exam for the semester!!!!!! The end of the road is fast approaching. Three weeks! And you know what, there is so much going on I didn’t even know that caps and gowns were already available in the Venice Bookstore. I’m glad I asked.

Well, the cat’s been let out of the bag (Thanks Dr. Ford!), I made the finalists for the SCF Outstanding Graduate Award. Won’t find out until graduation! It’s really pretty cool, just being nominated. And I need to say thank you to a very good friend, Michelle (who took the time and thought to nominate me).

Well—we have more campus event’s going on. The Pop Culture Club is still raising money for SPARCC! On Friday, December 10th at 7:00pm, they are putting on their Annual Christmas Party, from 7pm-10pm, in the Selby Room on the Venice Campus.

Here are some of the details:

Pictures with Santa

Games (Santa Bingo, Arts and Crafts)

Food!!!

This party is highly “family orientated”, and it should be a blast, with proceeds going to a great cause! I hope to see you there!

Well, I have class at 4pm, and I need to consume at least two more cups of coffee before hand…outta here for now!

The Last Open Mike…:-(

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The last of this semester’s Swamp Scribes Open Mike was last night, and it was great! We had about 30, very talented, readers. It was kind of emotional for me, because it was my last one, as an SCF student (I still plan to visit when I’m at USF). My good friend Jay helped me host the event. As one of the students commented, it was a wonderful celebration of free speech. Students and faculty alike were able to creatively express their ideas, philosophies, emotions, without any sort of confining filter. It’s truly something that doesn’t get fully appreciated for its magnitude.

Although it was the

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last open Mike reading, there is still one more BIG event to be held. It’s the Poetry Slam, Thursday, December 9th at 7pm in the Selby Room, Venice Campus. It’s a wild ride! It will once again be hosted the famed poet Ray Mcniece, and you can get a taste of his work and biography at his website: http://www.raymcniece.com/. It’s great fun and I hope to see you there. Last year, I was lucky enough to place in the final three (third place L), I hope to come in strong this year, but I’m know I’m up for a challenge. It’s amazing how many brilliant and quiet poets are among us.

I’m off to Archeology class, hope we find something today. If I don’t get a chance to, I’m wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

30 Days

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I cannot believe I have reached the 30 day countdown! Graduation.  I’m fairly certain I’ve checked all the boxes, filled out all the paperwork, etc, etc, etc.  It’s kinda funny, even though I know I’ve done everything, I still feel like there is something I haven’t done.  I guess it’s my little OCD kicking in, like how I can never shut my car door without going through the ritual of checking for my car keys, at least three times.  Crazy (no pun intended).

Finals.  Do I really need to say anymore…I’ll save that panic attack for next week.

In all seriousness it has been a really great semester.  No it wasn’t perfect, but nothing is.  So, is there anything I would have done differently if I could somehow flip the calendar page back to August?  I would have to honestly say no.  Ultimately, even though I experienced a few headaches, it all seemed to work out well.  My grades are good, and the extra activities I took on all seemed to work out very well.  It kind of seems like I’m writing about the semester as if it ended yesterday.  But it in some ways it really has ended.  We’ve past the honeymoon phase, the mid-term virus, and now it’s the last leg of the journey.  It goes by fast.  Most of us more than likely won’t remember these last few weeks, because we’ll be too busy making sure everything is done, like all the last assignments, finishing that last paper, or last speech, the last whatever..

and then…some of us will be done, diploma in hand.  Some will be moving on to a new college, and some will back at SCF in the Spring.  To be honest, part of me wishes I were going to be back in the Spring.  But my journey is far from over, and SCF was a great stop along the way.  30 days until the next stop: USF.

Many Thanks!

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Just got back from the Veterans Day Parade in Sarasota.  First, could not have asked for more perfect weather.  Second, it was great to be surrounded by so many fellow Veterans, and also the many who expressed their thanks for our collective service.  I also got a free cup of coffee today from Starbucks! (Like I need more coffee).

BTW, yesterday was a huge success.  Our Veteran’s Day Campus Cookout was received with much excitement!  We made a profit, and we were able to collect a generous amount for both the VX and also to help out a member of the Venice Campus Staff, whom has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness.   We would like to say thank you to all who bought a ticket, and all who simply donated!

Well, It’s Veterans Day, by the time this blog posts it will be over.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t still thank a Veteran, because you can do that any day of the year.

Coffee, Poetry, and Cookouts…

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Wow, it’s been that crazy, and I’m not too sure how much more coffee I can safely consume. (Honestly, I can drink a lot more of it; I think my body would go into shock if I didn’t have it). Here’s what’s been going on. The Veterans Exchange is having the Veterans Day Campus Cookout tomorrow on the Venice campus, in honor of Veterans Day, This Thursday, November 11th. We’ve sold just over 50 tickets, and we are expecting to sell more during the cookout. We are really excited because this is sort of our maiden voyage…our first big event since we started the club this past August. No, the ride has not been 100% smooth, but we are still afloat, and we are looking forward to hopefully continuing this Veterans Day Campus Cookout every year.

Another great thing that happened on campus today was a poetry reading by Mr. Bryan Deitrich. If you have not read his latest collection of poetry, Love Craft, YOU SHOULD. It was (and is) AMAZING! This isn’t ENC1102 poetry, its spine tingling, fast moving, highly charged literature. Just reading his poetry is electrifying, and to

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hear him read it is mind numbing. There were close to 100 people in attendance. So to date, I have three signed published works from visiting writers. Last year Tim Dorsey visited, and that was great too. There’s lots going on, always it seems. This semester is going by almost as fast I drink a cup a coffee, and trust me, that’s fast.

Almost didn’t…

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Okay, so it was 9:30am and I had just finished my Stats class.  I had a ton of things that I could have done before my 12:30 class.  One, start my research for a paper that’s due next Tuesday.  Two, do the Stats homework I was just assigned.  Three, read the next story for my Horror Lit class.  Etc, Etc.  But there I was, standing in the parking lot.  I knew that I still had to pick up some boxes for the Sock Drive, and I also knew that I could take a chance and see if there was short line at the voting station.  So I did.  And you know what?  I almost didn’t vote today.  This really surprised me.  You see, I often complain about what’s going on in politics, and I feel I can justly do so, because I vote.  It doesn’t seem to make much sense to me when I hear people complain like a mob of angry shoppers about what’s going in government, and then I usually always hear: “And that’s why I don’t vote.”  Today, I was almost a member of that angry mob.  I almost didn’t vote.  I think it’s crazy.  I mean if you feel strongly about something, then try to be a part of it, by changing it, or keeping it the same.  No matter your party:  Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party, WHATEVER, it doesn’t matter.  What does matter is your voice.  Make sure it’s heard.  Vote.

A Huge Success

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I can’t talk, but I’m alive!  Sorry I disappeared for a while.  No, I wasn’t attacked by the ghost in the bathroom of the Venice Library, but I was attacked by a werewolf, and it was an absolute blast!  My voice is slowly coming back after four days of screaming. All this week I helped out the POP Culture Club with the annual Haunted House, and it was a HUGE success.  We raised approximately $1000.  It was a lot of sweat, but it was all worth it.  I worked until 10:30ish (along with several other club members) from Tuesday until Thursday night.  Last night we closed up shop at 11:30pm.  While we were all having insane amounts of fun we also had to attend classes, do our homework, and take exams.  I’m telling you right now that it WAS NOT EASY.  And I would like to give a shout out to my friend Casey (President of the Pop Culture Club) who joined me with getting two of the highest grades on our Archeology Midterm this week. We both managed to pull off A’s.  That balance I talked about earlier was extremely challenging this past week.  I think I almost broke, but I managed to keep my cranium from exploding.

Well, it’s Saturday night, and tomorrow at 9am we are taking down the Haunted House.

And now that the Haunted House is over, it’s off to the next club project: The Veterans ExchangeToes for Joes” Sock Drive, which kicks of this coming Wed, November 3rd at the Fall Ball.  We will be placing three boxes on campus in BLDG 100, BLDG 800, and BLDG 600.  It is our goal to collect as many clean and unopened packages of work or athletic socks as possible.  When the drive ends on November 12th, all of the socks will be placed in Personal Hygiene Care Packages which will then be sent to local troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well, that’s enough for now.  I’ll try not to stay away so long next time!