Tiny Update

15 02 2010

I made dinner tonight. It’s semi-well documented and consists of only one dish. I wanted to cook one dish every night and post it up but my friends are having parties left and right so no luck on that. I am also getting some shiny stretchy fabric to make American Apparel’s high waisted nylon whatever skirt and The Sash. I also want to make some crazy tights but I don’t know if that’ll really happen this reading week.

I’d anticipate the cooking and skirt to show up here soon though. Check back.


UCC Referendum

6 02 2010

Well, the referendum on the UCC gym renovations is coming up soon, Monday to be exact. While after inquiring in detail (as mentioned in the last post), I was wavering between a yes and no, I’m mostly back to a ‘no’ now. Mostly.

The reason for my indecisiveness is because I have a meeting with USC’s VPF Sacha on Monday, when voting starts, to talk about how I can apply for the position. I plan to use the opportunity and ask him some more questions in detail and formulate my vote from there on.

If anyone can wait on their vote until later Monday or even Tuesday to get an more informed vote, I’d feel very honoured.

As for the presidential election, I’m torn between Mike Tithecott and Jeff Rutledge. Both speak so so well, and have platforms I enjoy. Mike looks to me as more casual and his platform reflects as much. Jeff… well, the air about him reminds me of my faculty soph in first year, who ran and won presidency the year after.

I hated that guy.

Stephen Lecce was his name and he didn’t even know who I was after orientation week. Me, his own frosh. That kind of irresponsibility I cannot accept. I really disliked him for using sophing as a stepping stone, to casually chat with other frosh and win their vote. I don’t think he even bothered coming onto my/his floor to campaign. Either he thought he was going to get our vote or he didn’t care.

He definitely didn’t get our vote.

Back to Jeff.

He sounds like a good guy. Out of the candidates, he’s one of the top two who spoke well, with a focal point to his answers. A lot of the other candidates during the debates rambled a little bit or went off track, but he and Mike stayed focused. His speech was less casual and free-flowing compared to Mike’s but I enjoyed his platform more. The only thing holding me back is his personality, or what I perceive of it. It’s too close to my impression of Lecce and I’m really hung up on that. You can tell how much I resented Lecce from this.

Anyways. I hope to have an informed vote this year, unlike past years. I really want to seriously take part in USC from now, even if it’s only a vote. I hope it to being more since I want to run for VPF but we shall see.

Unprecedented Double Post in which I’ll Talk about More Useful Stuff

3 02 2010

Miss President, Emily Rowe and her trusty VP School Events or something along those lines, Dan Moulton, set up shop outside the Saugeen cafeteria today to increase awareness of the referendum that’s coming up. If you don’t know what it’s about, USC wants to renovate the now vacated UCC gym into club and study space. But to do that they need to increase student fees by $25. The dynamic duo gave me some satisfying answers to my questions and I was almost swayed to vote ‘Yes’ compared to my initial stance of ‘No’.

The following conversation are in indirect quotes. I forgot what exact words they said.

Me: So I was wondering, why can’t the USC take out a large loan and put off making students pay until the new place is done and then charge us to pay back the loan?

Emily: Well, we do have a loan, but we needed more money. We’ve already reduced the building cost from last year’s referendum of 3.6 Million to this year’s 2 Million so you can see we’re trying to do our best for you.

Me: I see, that’s great. But what do you think about having students pay for something they may never see?

Emily: Oh that’s a good question. Well the fee starts next year, and we’re hoping that construction will be done by September.

Me: …?????????????????????????????????????

Dan: We’re starting construction as soon as the summer starts and hopefully it’ll be done by the time school starts again in September.

Me: So basically, construction will start and end before we even start paying, so we actually ARE paying for something we’ll get to use?

Emily: Exactly! =D

Okay, that was a good mini conversation. So I took a tiny pamphlet because they’re budget and environmental, and ate my dinner of just salmon alone in my room like a social recluse while reading it carefully.

“…estabilish a $25 student fee to be collected in perpetuity for the purpose of immediately renovating…”

“Vote No: Students will continue paying rent for UCC gyms”

“Vote No: Capital deficit will continue to grow for other student-controlled spaces within the UCC.”

What does this mean? Why $25 in PERPETUITY? What’s it used for that you have to collect it FOREVER? Isn’t it just for the renovation? Could this be a sneaky way for USC to earn money in the future? What’s this rent? Don’t we pay it anyways regardless of whether or not renovation is done? Capital deficit eh? So you are making money off us to stave off a massive debt aren’t you?

To answer these questions, I trekked right back out to the cafeteria, all 100m of the hallway (or less), and demanded for an answer.

They were gone. Gone!
I swear they were there for a total of 2 minutes, but I guess it was really an hour but they’re really gone I can’t believe this howcantheydothis?!

So yes, there will be no answer to my questions until I find out where they will be and corner them at a to be determined future date and time. Such a disappointment.

Trust Not the People who Sell You Stuff

3 02 2010

I was reading through a whole boat load of fashion blogs, including that Tavi one, when I found this. It’s a good article to read, albeit, long for people who are disinterested in fashion. The morals of the story are: Never take ‘no’ for an answer, and Don’t ever trust sales reps.

By the way, I don’t know how much any of you have been keeping track of the fashion blogging alternate universe but recently there was this whole hubbub revolving around Tavi, this 13-year-old blogger who’s apparently really big in the blogsphere. Well, curious, I went to check her place out even after I found her to be really, uh, juvenile, to be wearing something like what she did. I seriously thought that she missed the mark of ‘lady’ and ended up with ‘grandmother’ and then someone painted that giant bow on using MS Paint or something.

Oh, and I don’t like her blog at all. I can’t really see any sense in how she’s posting, everything sounded very¬† fragmented. You can’t do that unless you’re Fingold(fish) or a 13-year-old kid who thinks s/he is the biggest thing since the discovery of fire, let loose on the internets.

Oh wait…

A Mish Mash of Random Stuff from Today

1 02 2010

Okay so as promised, here’s a picture of the stupid hat I crocheted. It’s being modelled by my nice, horrid-smelling, plastic water bottle I got for sophing this year. I refuse to wear it for a picture because it’s that bad. I don’t believe that anyone will look acceptable in this hat, especially not J. Stubbs. She definitely looked like she was wearing a knit version of a hospital cap.

As you can see, this thing was so stiff that it doesn’t even attempt to flop over my water bottle. Instead, it holds itself perfectly prim and proper like a hat made from straw would do. Uggghhhh. Not only that, this picture took me 3 tries to upload onto here. I think reznet was killing the system, but it might just be that this hat is so ugly and horrible, it’s breaking the interwebs.

But, as it stands, I’m extra happy right now from the endorphins generated from my much missed workout so I’ll post some other interesting things too.

First up, a MSN bot. I got added by a strange email to MSN messenger today and was very suspicious of it: I’m totally¬† not popular so no one really adds me for no reason. Because of that, I was hostile at the onset. After I’ve confirmed it was a bot, I decided to type random things to see how many different responses it had, although I quickly got bored after about 3 lines from me.

Bonus if you get what I was talking about in the last night I said. =)

Next up, I got linked to the Rorschach test on Wikipedia from a fashion blog (don’t ask, or, ask but it’s a long story). And as I was glancing through the cards I realized that I totally see different things than the average person. I mean, I’m pretty sure not everyone has the mundane and/or boring and/or generic responses like Wiki lists as common responses. At least, I hope not, because they were really unimaginative. But I got a feeling that mine were a little too creative.

#5, usually seen as a bat, butterfly, or moth was seen by me as an alien with antennae or bunny ears wearing really puffy arm warmers holding two giant prongs, like a tuning fork… Then I got hungry at the thought of a fork…

I don’t like how the governing factors in my life for decision making or anything else for that matter, are food and warmth. I feel like a primitive savage whose actions are dictated by basic animalistic needs. My liiiiiiiiiiiifeeeeeeeeeee……………………….