Preview Day!

 

 

 

Hey, bloggers and readers. How is everyone doing? I’ve been going, going, and going from the minute I wake up to the minute I pass out with an episode of House, M.D. on at the end of the night! I did take a couple hours to join Sara and Jon for Preview Day on Saturday, though. Preview Day, as I’m sure many of you know, is an opportunity for prospective students to come hear what different organizations and groups here at CSU Stanislaus do. I sat down with Jon, a big stack of fliers, a masterfully designed poster board, and a rather large bowl of candy, so we could tell people exactly what it is the student bloggers do! The sun was hot on our heads, and guests to our table were few and far between, but we did get a chance to tell a few interested future students exactly what we do: We write, and people read!

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Here we see some prospective students and their parents in a new habitat: a college campus!

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I caught Jon in mid-sentence here, so I hope he’s not mad about the picture! We did have some pretty good conversation, though!

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Here’s the masterful poster board mentioned above, courtesy of one Jon (who was sick at the time).

I had never been to a preview day before, and I had also never met Jon or Sara in person. They’re both great people, and I hope Jon’s feeling better! I hope to meet all of the student bloggers in time, you all seem awesome. I hope you’re all having a great semester, and I’ll see you back here next week!

Sacred Blue

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You see that, on the right side of the picture? That’s my name! I’m going to be a part of an installation show in the art gallery here on campus, along with thirteen other great artists! This installation is the midterm result of my New Genre Art class, a new class taught by Danielle Peters. The class has consisted of a lot, and I mean a lot, of plaster casting objects. This was followed by painting, painting, and more painting! We’ve all put a lot of work into the project, and we’re finally nearly to the finish line.

If you have an interest in art at all, or are just curious to see what a class like this puts out, you should come to the reception on October 23! There is an hour long performance part of the installation that will occur during the opening, you shouldn’t miss it!

If you’ve never been to the gallery, it’s number 7 on this handy map! campus-2014-a (1)

 

I look forward to seeing some of you at the show! Say hey if you see me!

 

Museum Trip!

As some of you may be aware, the art department rounds up all of its students, put them on four buses, and sends them on a field trip every semester. I know what you’re thinking: “What’s a field trip?” Field trips seem like a thing of the past for most college students, and I definitely felt the same way in my first couple semesters in college. The art department has mandatory museum trips every semester, though. I know what else you’re thinking: “Museum trip? Meh. Sounds boring.” I thought so too during my first trip! I’ve gone on many of these trips now, though, and I’ve definitely changed my mind about them!

For one thing, the trips are to cities like San Francisco and San Jose, so that’s a pretty good reason to want to go. The trips are also either free thanks for grant money, or at a discounted price. The best part, though, is that these trips are with friends from the department! In the end I get to go on a trip to the city with friends and spend my Saturday looking at art. It really doesn’t get much better!

This year our group (which has really gotten bigger every year) went to San Francisco to visit the DeYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor. The de Young is a large museum that is currently running a Modernism exhibit alongside its usual pieces. This new show was really great to go to, and had a lot of art that was right up my alley! The Legion is a palace on top of a large hill, and is geared more toward older paintings and sculptures. While this museum was not as interesting as the de Young, I was able to make it interesting with friends, while still taking a look at as many pieces as possible!

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Overall the trip was a great success, and I would definitely recommend stopping by the de Young if you find yourself in San Francisco! It’s a climb up to the Legion, but it’s a very beautiful place!

How do you all feel about museums? Do you enjoy them, or find them more on the boring side? Let me know in the comments!

 

Game Room Tournaments!

Hey, everyone! Things have been pretty hectic this semester! One place that’s been especially busy is the Game Room (that place next to Pop’s convenience store. Near the Warrior Grill!). This is my second year in the Game Room, and this semester I’m organizing the tournaments! We’ve had a high demand for FIFA and billiards since school started, so those are the first tournaments we’re going to have! I’m still putting together the announcement posters for the events, so the details aren’t completely finalized, but I thought I’d give you all a heads up on what to look forward to.

October 16th will kick of our FIFA tournament! This event will most likely consist of the 16th and 17th, and will include free food, as well as gift cards for the top three winners!

fifa-14-gamesplague-2174066Later in the month (I’m thinking October 23rd), we will be having our billiards tournament! i’m excited for this one, because I personally really enjoy pool. This tournament will start at 6 p.m., and will include free food, as well as gifts cards for the top three placers.

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Tournaments cost $5 to enter, and they are always a lot of fun! If you want to know more, feel free to leave me a comment here or stop by the Game Room! I work from noon to three every day but Friday! I will be updating everyone with another post once I have all of the tournament details finalized.

 

 

This crazy weather, let me tell you. (A week of weird weather in review)

Hey, everyone! How were your weeks? Mine was great, though I do have to comment on something. How wacky has this weather been?! I know what you’re thinking…”Is he really writing a blog post about the weather?” The answer is yes, for a couple of reasons! For one, I’m a huge fan of the rain and overcast weather, and I can’t wait for Autumn and Winter. Also, we’ve really needed rain (I’m sure most of you [hopefully] know we’ve been in a drought).

The beginning of the week was nothing particularly special, since it was pretty much the usual heat we’ve been having for quite a while. The middle of the week was where things got crazy, though! The day started out surprisingly overcast, and by the afternoon it was pouring rain in buckets. Of course I hopped up from my seat in the Game Room and ran outside.

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I was so happy, and just really glad I’d locked my bike up under an overhang! I looked forward to the rainy weather, and to my dismay this was the scene at my last class of the day.

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I was pretty peeved! I figured the awesome weather had completely disappeared…until this Sunday overcast decided to move in! I went for a walk, bought a bike helmet (safety first kids), and just overall enjoyed the day!

The forecast for Monday is a high of 84 degrees…but I’m going to be a rebel. I’m going to wear long pants. I’m going to pretend like we have the fall weather we deserve. Hey, maybe I’ll suffer a little…but you have to stand up for what you believe in, right?! I believe in rain!

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Let me know how you feel about the weather! Do you like the rain, or does it get you down? Leave a comment!

A Month of Fitness!

Greetings! How is everyone doing? I’ve been swamped with school work and work work, so that’s why this post is a bit later in the week. I do want to talk about a couple exciting fitness related bits that have popped up in the month of September! I’m not a fitness nut, but I do really like seeing the college coordinate exercise related events!

The first of these events was the RUN4U Color Run!

run4u_picThe Color Run was a 5k run open to students, faculty, and staff held by the ASI/USU. I worked the run as traffic control, so I got to see all the runners covered in various colors make their way around campus. Dedicated runners and casual participants showed up in the morning to take part in the event, and it was really great to see! My arms and shirt ended up covered in green, blue, yellow, and orange pigments, so I looked pretty goofy! Hopefully next time I’ll be able to participate in the run itself, since it looked like a ton of fun!

 

THe second event I wanted to talk about is the Student Health Center’s Step-tember!

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Step-tember is an attempt to spread awareness about walking, and the number of steps you take in a day. As you can see above, posters have been put up around school with a map of walking routes you can take throughout the campus. I actually use some of these routes while on my bike, so I was happy to see these posters around! If you get the chance, you should take a look at the one I’ve posted here!

If you want to hear more about the Color Run, head on over to Carrie‘s blog and see what she’s written about it!

Recommended Fitness Apps: RunKeeper and Pact.

 

Art Space on Main

There are big things on the horizon for the CSU Stanislaus art department! The biggest of which is the new work space/gallery that opened Friday, September 5th.

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Art Space on Main, Downtown Turlock, Art Space on Main studio-gallery, 135 W. Main, Turlock.  Open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and evenings 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Art Space on Main will serve both as work space for art students, as well as a place for people to go see art and the process leading to the pieces that will be on display. My own New Genre Art class will be working on two installation projects over the course of the semester in the new Art Space! These projects will involve painting, sculture, paper art, and more.

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The new space also includes the Building Imagination Center, which was previously in Modesto. This area will be a place for video projects. This will bring the artistic efforts of CSU Stanislaus faculty and students into a central hub, and really give the department a strong presence in Turlock! I am personally extremely excited to be able to work in the new space, and am happy that this area is now here in Turlock where I live. The idea of giving the department this expansion is exciting a lot of students, and I look forward to seeing all the ways it aids us in our artistic pursuits!

Thanks to The Signal and The Modesto Bee for photographs! gallery

 

 

2014 Class Schedule Run Down!

Hey, bloggers and blog readers! How are everyones’ semesters going so far? I know Fall 2014 just started, but I’m sure we all have opinions on our classes and work loads! I’ve already learned some of the ins and outs (now I’m hungry) of my classes, and I’m looking forward to the semester to come. Here’s the run down:

Monday/Wednesday:

Game Room:  I’m still in the Game Room, and things over here are going well. It’s been pretty packed in here for the last few days, and that’s really great to see. If you find yourself around the Game Room area, I’m here from noon to three every day but Friday, so you should stop by and visit!

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Figure Sculpture: I’ve been wanting to take this class with Daniel Edwards for a while, because his sculptural work is amazing. You might remember seeing a sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear skin rug? Or Jay-Z with Care Bears? Yeah, that was him! The class is also going to help me draw the figure more accurately, which is something I’ll really need if I want to get into comics.

Tuesday/Thursday (The Long Days):

Ancient Art History: I have this class early in the day, and I really thought I was going to dislike it. While it is a bummer to get up early, I’m actually really enjoying learning from this class. Ancient history has fascinated me since I was a kid, and this class can be really thought provoking at times.

New Media Theory: This is a new lecture class being taught in the art department by Dana Peters. The class is all about how art has changed with the evolution of media, and how technology especially has influenced the way people create and present art. This class is something fresh for the department, and I’m quite looking forward to taking it.

More Game Room: Yeah, I’m in the Game Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

New Genre Art: This is another class taught by Dana Peters. This one is a studio class, though, and is focused on two big installation art projects we are going to be doing as a class. The first project was conceived by the instructor, and we are bringing it to life as a learning experience before we envision and create our own installation project together. This is the class I’m most looking forward to this semester!

Friday:

BFA Critical Concepts: I’m finally in the Fine Arts Program in the art department! That means I can take BFA classes, get my own studio space, and participate in the reviews that happen every semester. Woo!

This is my schedule for the semester, and I think it’s own of my better ones. Let me know what your schedules are in the comments or on your own blogs!

Song I’m Listening To: “It Feels Like I Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala.

Comic Recommendation for 9/3/14: “Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0

Summertime Radness

Hey everyone, long time no blog! How is everyone doing? Are you excited or bummed that summer has come to an end? I’m admittedly a little bit of both, but I’m quite excited for my fall semester! My schedule is full of art classes this fall, which should make the semester really enjoyable. I’ll talk more about that in my next blog, once I’ve been to all of my classes.

My summer has been full of events worth talking about, which is good, because I can blog about them! The high point of my semester was having my girlfriend back from her college in New York. We finished our semester long mission to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she was introduced to the world of comic books, we went to San Francisco and saw Boyhood (review coming), and saw Against Me! at the end of the summer. We also spent a ton of time with our friends who are also back from school for the summer. I saw The Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, 22 Jump Street, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Wow, when I list them I realize just how much I was at the movies!

I did spend some time outside! I went to the river with friends a few weeks ago, and I also got a beautiful ten-speed 70′s road bike that I ride almost every day. I’ve been biking and going to the gym a lot, and I’ve also been trying to improve my diet by eating more fruits and veggies! I lost seven pounds over the summer, and now my goal is to put on some muscle. I’ll keep you all updated on that!

With my time at my apartment I’ve been enjoying my new PS4, which I currently only have one game for. The Last of Us is a brilliant game though, and I recommend it to anyone with a PS3 or PS4. I’ve pre-ordered Destiny, also, so I’m really looking forward to playing that with friends!

That’s enough about my summer, though! I want to read about your summers. Let me know if you saw any of these movies or did anything awesome during your summer. Have a great first-ish week of the semester!

Song I’m Blogging To: “A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction” by Against Me!

Recommended comic for 8/24-8/30: Amazing Spider-Man #1.4

 

Until Fall!

Well, it looks like another semester has come to an end! Finals week is over, and for me that means a lot of change. I will be spending my first summer in my new apartment in Turlock. I will be out of class, out of work, and free to really experience the new place and the town of Turlock. My girlfriend is back from her college in New York for the summer, so we will be spending all kinds of time together! I’m hoping this summer brings great experiences, for myself and for all of you! I know for some of us the summer means a lot of free time, so I thought I would leave you all with some entertainment recommendations, for when you’re not busy having summer adventures.

Television:

Mad Men: This brilliant show is going on its mid-season break this weekend, so this summer is a great chance to catch up on it if you haven’t already! The show has six thirteen episode seasons, and season 7 (the final season) is currently airing. 1960′s drama in the world of advertising is in the hands of some great talent with this show!

Game of Thrones: This show is on its fourth ten episode season, and is on a short break until the beginning of June! Hop on the GoT train and experience the fantasy drama that everyone is probably already spoiling you on!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: If you want a show that’s already finished and isn’t chugging along ahead of you, try hopping on Netflix and checking out this classic! Joss Whedon brought to TV seven (mostly awesome) seasons of this show. It’s a great commentary on horror, high school, and growing up. I’m approaching season seven now!

Anime:

Attack on Titan: If you’re a fan of beautiful art, this is the show for you. This dramatic anime can be quite intense at times, but the emotion behind this great story is what will keep you going through all twenty-six episodes.

Sword Art Online: This brilliant looking show follows ten thousand video game players that are trapped in a virtual reality world and have to battle their way out. This twenty-five episode show is more light-hearted than something like Attack on Titan, but the action and characters are still great!

Black Bullet: This anime is just beginning, with only seven episodes out! I always describe the show as Attack on Titan meets Resident Evil. There’s a virus, there are government agencies, there are monsters, and there are some badass fight scenes. Check it out!

Podcasts:

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour: If you’re a fan of all things pop culture related like I am, this is the show for you! This group is hilarious and very well informed about everything from movies and television to books and comics.

Stuff You Should Know: This show is hosted by two everymen who do the research and bring you podcasts on everything from avalanches to amputations. This podcast is funny and really informative!

 

Well, there are some of my recommendations for the summer! I hope you enjoy some of them, and I hope your summers are wonderful. Until fall, see you later!

Song I’m Blogging To: “Three Legged Dog” by Harlem.