Saturday, September 25, 2010

Students Weave the Night Away

For many of my faithful readers, you will recall that I attended a yarn dyeing workshop last spring.  Well, remember the yarn I dyed?  It's back!  That's right, I finally have the chance to do something with that yarn.  I am currently in a weaving class and I love it.  Weaving is way more time consuming than I thought but the finished product is well worth it.
The class is mixed of expert weavers and beginning weavers.  This is a great combination because at times when the teacher isn't available you can ask a fellow classmate.  Especially when you find yourself weaving late into the night and you cant contact the teacher.
The most labor intensive part about weaving ,besides dyeing, is preparing the loom.  This takes several steps which are very time consuming.  If one step is not done correctly then that can throw your whole progress off.

Learning new things can be challenging at first but very exciting.  Indiana University offers a wide variety of classes for whatever you want to learn more about.  I have taken and found classes that I thought never thought existed and IU continues to amaze me.  If your willing to go outside your comfort zone and try something new then go for it!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Black Student Orientation held at the Neal-Marshall

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is home to many students and events.  They pride themselves on providing a safe haven for the Black American students that attend IU.  They hold several events that are directed towards the Black American students and staff on campus.  The most popular events are the Brown Bag Series, Black Knowledge Bowl, Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, and Black Student Orientation.

The fourth annual Black Student Orientation at Indiana University Bloomington was held on September 10, Friday.  This welcoming event displays the resources at IU and the its Bloomington surroundings. The event featured several speakers that touched on the importance of unity on campus.  Many Black students requested that there should be more chances for them to become involved in the community.  In an effort to solve this problem, the Black Student Orientation was started in 2007.  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Taste of the Union

The best thing about Welcome Week is all the free food.  Welcome Week events are guaranteed to have free food for all to enjoy.  Every year students get the opportunity to sample the restaurants in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU).

Restaurants such as Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Sugar & Spice offer students free samples of their menu.  Students can sample a wide range of treats like no-bake cookies to chicken sandwiches.
Not only did this event have free food but also they had plenty of entertainment.  Lucky participants got to enjoy karaoke, animal ballon artists, and one minute photo booth so friends can capture that special moment.  Hope you enjoyed the Taste of the Union.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Welcome IU Students

Welcome back IU students! I hope you're having a great transition to Indiana University, whether your new or an old face here on campus. I’m Dayja and a returning blogger for RPS. This is my last semester at Indiana University and I’m hoping to make it an interesting semester.
I had a very exciting summer. This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana. I studied the Ghanaian language at IU and wanted the chance to use it fulltime. So for 3 months I lived and traveled in Ghana. The first month I taught English and literature at a local middle school. The rest of my time was spent traveling the various landmarks that Ghana had to offer.
Cape Coast
Elmina Castle
My favorite site was the Kakum National Park where we walked across the famous canopy walkway bridges.
Canopy Walkway
I had a truly great experience in Ghana. I loved experiencing another culture so different from my own. It made you appreciate the things you didn’t have as well as the things you didn’t want. If you ever get the opportunity to travel outside the United States, take it. I promise you won't regret it!
Kumasi Zoo