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Looking Back: Freshmen Greeks Have First MC Homecoming

Editor’s Note:  Welcome Andie West, a Freshman here at Marietta College, to the Writing on the Mall writing crew.  She will be periodically writing articles from the Freshmen perspective, among other things.

Marietta College Homecoming! A week filled with exciting activities, food, and chances for different organizations around campus to show their pride. The week is also an exciting time for freshmen, new to the experience. I had the opportunity to speak with seven freshmen on their first Marietta College homecoming experience. Here are their responses:

Patrick Tegge, a new member of Lambda Chi Alpha, says his homecoming back home is a big deal and was expecting as much from MC. To his surprise, MC did meet his expectations. On asked about his favorite experience he responded: “working on the float at 2:00 am and building a gate to the graveyard with Chuck Bonakoski!”

Pat and his brothers got to work with the local sorority, Omicron Chi Theta, on their float. He said that he was anxious at first since floats at home took 4 months to construct, but despite the lack of time and all of the activities associated with being a full-time college student, the float turned out to be well done. Tegge is very excited for next year’s homecoming.

Elisa Santiago, a new member of Omicron Chi Theta, expected the week to be a lot crazier than it was, but she was expecting to have a lot of fun and bond with her sisters. In addition to sisterly bonding, the Omicron Chi Theta’s experienced inter-Greek bonding with the Lambda Chi. Elisa said making the float with them was a lot of fun. “We forgot to open the windows (At the Lambda Chi house) so that was a headache with all the spray paint!” she said laughing. “Homecoming was a lot of fun and I can’t wait ‘til next year”!

Bryan Murray, a new member of Alpha Tau Omega, was expecting homecoming to be “kinda lame because (back home) cheerleaders and football players were the only ones who cared.” However, the MC homecoming “exceeded” his expectations. “I enjoyed it greatly and loved how much you could participate in and building the float was fun.” The croon was Bryan’s while Blake Alan Johnson jumped rope behind me!” Next year? “I’m excited especially now that I know what it’ll be like I can put more in it and get more out of it.”

Clay Ellenwood, a new member of Delta Tau Delta, figured it would be a pretty long, fun week and was looking forward to meeting a lot of new people. His favorite part of the week: “I think my favorite part was getting to compete in the Greek competition it was something I didn’t expect to be a part of”. Next year? “Definitely excited for next year for more opportunities to get involved and contribute since it’s not so new to me.”

I asked Alex Martin, a new member of Chi Omega, about her homecoming experience and she said it met her expectations. Her favorite part? “Can it be a tie?” she laughed. “There were so many good aspects it’s hard to pick out a favorite!” Her top two favorites were: The feeling of accomplishment after the cheer and her second was the announcement of fellow sister, Jen Kuhn, as queen. Next year? “I can’t wait!” She is excited to participate in more activities in the 2011 MC homecoming.

Mary Roberts, a new member of Alpha Xi Delta, was unsure what to expect from her new home’s homecoming. “I was pumped to do things with my sorority!” Her favorite activity? “Cheer! We are pumped for Greek week already!” Her impression? “A lot going on” but she enjoyed how everyone on campus was involved and showed pride in their organizations. Mary is excited for next year’s homecoming.

Kiki Cunningham, a new member of Sigma Kappa, knew homecoming was going to be fun. When asked if the week met her expectations she responded: “Yeah! It was a lot of fun and seeing how much pride everyone had for the school.” Her favorite? “The cheer and croon because I liked seeing what everyone came up with because everyone was so different.” Kiki is already excited for next year and uncovering the theme and how it’ll play through.

All in all, the freshmen experience of homecoming was positive and exceeded all their expectations. From the cheer and croon to amusing float stories, the MC 2010 homecoming is one to remember for our freshmen.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Cross Cultural Campus Assessment Findings in a Nutshell

Teresa Farnum & Associates recently completed their Cross Cultural Campus Assesment, which the results of were released to students, faculty, and staff today in an e-mail from President Jean Scott.  The goal of the study was to find the strengths and weaknesses of the college’s current diversity climate and propose ways that it could be improved.

The process started with a survey to students, staff, faculty, administrators, and the community.  It was followed up with meetings with focus groups and meetings with various administrators.  The consulting group then studied the results and issued the PDF file you see below.  But to save you from reading through 20 pages of statistics and findings, we’re providing you with the highlights.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Homecoming Parade Photos Finally Up

Sorry for the delay.  Unfortunately, when photos are trapped on my camera, they take a bit longer to leave it.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Sam Rementer Wants To Thank You All

Editor’s Note: We asked Sam Rementer if she would want to let everybody know how she was doing.  Sam has recovered remarkable well from her accident in August.  So much so that she will be in Marietta this weekend for a visit.  Here, in her own words, is Sam explaining her journey and thanking those that have supported her.

Sam Rementer in the hospital after her accident.

Dear Everyone at Marietta College,

I want to first say THANK YOU for your thoughts and prayers! I am doing SO well these days! I’ve heard several stories of me when I was in the hospital and rehab! Some of which are hilarious! When I was at Grant Medical Center in Ohio I had a six foot seven inch physical therapist that at one point took me to therapy, threw a pen on the ground and asked me to pick it up. I then finished the session and took the pen from his pocket. I threw the pen on the ground and asked him to pick it up. When he did I replied “GOOD JOB,” which is what he said to me when I picked it up!

Over a month ago, I was taken to Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation center for an outpatient inspection.  They brought me to the speech therapist which has a lot to do with cognition. After I was finished with the speech therapist she brought me to the physical therapist. A woman which I met when I first walked into the rehab turned around to me and said, “You don’t need to go to physical or occupation therapy/ I see you now and know you can take care of yourself by yourself!” This was amazing to me! Finally, other people realized I was doing as well as I believed I was!

So now I go to speech therapy for one hour a day, three times a week. I take tests on the brain and now my therapist is trying to figure out psychology stuff so we can talk about the major I am pursuing. She is very great!

When this accident first happened to me, the only mark on my body from falling ten feet was a black eye. I ended up fracturing part of my skull and I also fractured under my right eye. Due to the swelling of my brain they had to take part of my skull out. I am now waiting to find a neurosurgeon in my area to finish the work the person at Grant Medical Center started. Once we do, they will be putting a plastic man made skull into my head. They were unable to save the skull they took out because I lost so much blood. If they did save it, I would be dead at this moment.

I believe that all of the thoughts and prayers given out to me have allowed me to make it to where I am. I have no physical changes what so ever. The only problem I have is my memory. I do not remember my summer at all. One interesting fact though is that the day before I got hurt (I was hurt the morning of August 14th) my mom told me my younger sister received texting. I actually remember my mom texting me to text my sister! I also remember texting her and being so excited! Pretty much, I only remember random small things that happened but cannot remember the big picture.

However, I am doing REALLY well! I truthfully want to thank ALL of you for your support, thoughts, and prayers! I believe I am where I am today because of the people who supported me! All I want to ask is that you please keep thinking and praying for me because my recovery is not up! I do not know when I will be fully recovered but I feel like I can and will be!

Thank You ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by    Date: Friday, November 5, 2010

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VIDEO: Up ‘Til Dawn Flash Mob in Gilman

Definition of Flash Mob (according to Wikipedia):

A flash mob (or flashmob) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse.

We tried to keep that in mind when we were tipped off about a flash mob happening tonight in Gilman.  The video that follows is what happened.

Yep, I do believe they succeeded.

Up ‘Til Dawn has their “Sweet Escape” letter writing campaign and celebration party next Friday (November 12th).  Find a member to contact and register early…I’ve been told early registrants get a T-Shirt, sunglasses, and extra raffle tickets.  It costs $5 to register.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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VIDEO: Homecoming Parade 2010

Hide your kids, hide your wife.

It’s the “Treat Yourself to Homecoming 2010” Homecoming Parade video.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Homecoming 2010: Croon Video

Last night we saw 10 organizations participate in the Candidate Croon, which is a night where groups could specifically promote their candidate through song, dance, and performance.  Dance Team, one of the groups without a candidate, participated in an attempt to win the event.

The event went smoothly until the Brothers of Delta Tau Delta asked to delay their performance until 20 minutes after all other teams had completed.  Their chapter President, and Homecoming Candidate, Derek Ensinger said that the group was waiting for some of their Brothers to leave their Choir and Band practices.  There is no word from College Union Board as to whether they will be docked points or be disqualified for not being ready at their specified time.

Back to the fun – Here are all the performances…which is the best in your opinion?

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Posted by    Date: Friday, October 29, 2010

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Homecoming 2010: Munchies on the Mall

Lots of people showed up to Munchies on the Mall tonight to enjoy some great candy and snacks prepared by the organizations participating in Homecoming 2010.  The organizations were told bonus points would be awarded for using candy and pumpkin, so every team went that route.  Table decoration and theme were also judging sections.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Homecoming 2010: Carve the Candidate

Here are some pictures from Tuesday night’s Carve the Candidate night

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Meet The Candidates: Tyler Preston

Writing on the Mall sat down with six of the nine Homecoming candidates.  Here is our interview with Tyler Preston, Charles Sumner Harrison Organization’s representative.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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