Do you ever have downtime after doing homework, but all of your friends are busy? Have you ever marathoned a show on Netflix that was just okay simply because you had nothing else to do?
You should get involved in something on campus– that’s what I did.
One day while marathoning an okay-ish show alone in my dorm, I felt a little hungry. Naturally, I was a little to lazy to walk to Dalton or The Bonnie for real food, so I headed over to the vending machines down the hall from my room to spend the oh-so-magical vending dollars provided in my meal plan.
If this hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be writing this now, because I wouldn’t have seen the flyer advertising the need for section manager and writers for Whim. I wouldn’t have emailed the Editor-in-Chief, and I wouldn’t have received the job of Life Section Manager that would set me on my future career path.
When I came to college, I was a psychology major who had a very vague vision of my future career. I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do, but did know that I like the classes I had to take for my major.
Flash forward to me working for Whim, and all of that fuzziness faded away.
I could see myself as a writer for a newspaper or online magazine. I liked writing—even better, I was good at it. I had never felt this incredible feeling of belonging before I had graced the doorway of the Student Media Office Freshman year.
Now before I get side-tracked with my reminiscing, I’m not saying that in order to be happy, you have to join student media. It’s not everyone’s thing, and not everyone enjoys it the way I do. That’s totally okay.
What I’m suggesting is that you take time out of your probably not-so-busy day to scour the bulletin boards around campus and find something you may be interested in. Go to interest meetings, and try out clubs and organizations. You never know what might lead you to find out what you were put on this earth to do.
After all, there’s a difference in this world only you can make. Why would you delay finding out what that is?
Looking for some Halloween fun on campus? The College of Human and Behavioral Sciences (or, CHBS) and several clubs within the college will be collaborating to host an RU After Dark event on Oct. 30 from 8:00p.m.-Midnight in the Hulbert Student Center (Bonnie) and on the plaza.
They’re calling it Zombie After Bark and it will include a charity run, games, music, and movies that are both filled with Halloween fun and in an effort to raise supplies and resources for the Radford Animal Shelter.
The Zombie Run will begin at 9:45, after events starting at 8:00p.m. which include costume contests, a “Thriller” dance-a-thon and live music. After the run, refreshments will be available as well as the game room and a zombie movie (Shaun of the Dead) will be playing in the food court.
Come in your best zombie garbs, paint your face, practice that limp, and harness that hunger for human flesh as you chase some humans in the run. Dress like the zombie — become the zombie! And show off for the glory of being crowned Best Costume.
Haven’t danced the “Thriller” since last year? Youtube it now and get your groove on Thursday the 30th! (Might as well get some “Monster Mash” going while you’re at it.)
Enjoy the music, food, and games while watching the kickoff movie for Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. (Better order the rest of it now, if you haven’t — you know you’ll be craving it after!)
Finally, don’t forget that in order to participate in the events, CHBS and the sponsoring clubs only ask that you donate an item from their list for the benefit of the Radford Animal Shelter. Items include but are not limited to: Purina Dog Chow, Purina Cat Chow, Purina Kitten Chow, non-clumping cat litter, bleach, and Pine Sol (Lavender scent).
Food and litter are the Radford Animal Shelter’s top priorities for donations and they prefer these items over monetary donations due to how much farther it goes than 10 bucks.
Do your part in supporting our local shelter and have a blast while your at it — hope to see all you lovely Whim readers eating some brains there!
The English Club and the Creative Writer’s Guild will be holding a NaNoWriMo kickoff party on Oct. 28th in preparation for National Writing Month; all students are welcome to join.
NaNoWriMo, a phrase that haunts writers every November, refers to National Writing Month, an annual writing competition celebrating the art of writing and the social aspects of participating against and with other writers.
November is National Novel Writing Month, and nanowrimo.org is challenging young writers all over the country to write a 50,000 word novel, about 175 pages, in 30 days. This year, Radford University’s English Club teamed up with the McConnell Library to sponsor a number of events to support writers who are up to the challenge.
NaNoWriMo is an annual creative writing project that takes place over the Internet and is organized by a nonprofit organization called the Office of Letters and Light. Chris Baty, who lived in the San Francisco Bay area at the time, started it in July 1999.
The first event had 21 participants. The next year, the event was moved to November because Baty felt the writers would be happier to spend time indoors writing if the weather was more “miserable.” That same year, a friend of Baty created a website and Yahoo! group for the event and 140 people participated. Each year since, the number of participants has grown exponentially. In 2001, 5,000 people participated, and in 2010, over 200,000 people took the challenge, with participants writing more than 2 billion words.
In order to officially participate, writers had to first log on and create a short profile on the project’s website. After creating an account, the writers had access to resources available on the site. Participants also had the option to join writing groups and write-ins in their area by searching the site’s directory.
The challenge doesn’t have many rules, but the few it does have are important. Writers can start typing away at midnight Nov. 1, and the novels must reach a minimum of 50,000 words before 11:59:59 p.m. Nov. 30. Planning and notes by the writers are permitted, but no material written earlier than Nov. 1 is permitted in the body of the novel. In order to “win” NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of 1,667 words a day to finish on time.
The site emphasizes a quantity over quality standpoint in this challenge. It doesn’t matter what gets written, as long as it gets written. They also highlight the fact that they do not expect the novels submitted to be edited or checked.
The official NaNoWriMo site does not store any novels. When writers submit a novel to the site, the word count is finalized and the novel is deleted immediately. If the participant reached 50,000 words, their profile will say so and they can access the winner’s rewards, but what they do with their novel at that point is up to them.
“The point of this challenge is to write; plain and simple,” OLL said in a “newbies” forum on the NaNoWriMo website. “Don’t under-estimate and don’t over-think. Don’t think at all: just write. Write until your fingers ache and you’re seeing double because in the end, you’ll have a beautiful thing. A novel, written by you.”
This year, Radford University is trying to get students involved. April Asbury is the faculty advisor for the English Club, which helped promote NaNoWriMo on campus this year, and she is also the municipal liaison for Virginia: Elsewhere, the region that includes Radford and the surrounding areas.
The events at RU were held in the library, and everything started with a kick-off party on Oct. 31, hosted by Lisa Vassady on behalf of McConnell Library. The party had refreshments and motivating words for the 20-25 attendees. Vassady explained the guidelines of the challenge and also shared past experiences.
“People dropped by throughout the event, which allowed us to mingle, answer questions and demonstrate the national website,” Asbury said. “What I found most exciting about the kick off was that it brought together Radford University students, faculty and staff and community members.”
Then, in the first three weeks of November three “write ins” were held in classroom B in the library. Each write in was two hours long and offered participants a quiet place to concentrate surrounded by other people with a common mindset.
“There’s something energizing about working side-by-side with other writers, even if you don’t have time to socialize,” Asbury said.
The final event will be held on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and is entitled, “The Thank God It’s Over Party.” Participants will be able to talk about their experiences over refreshments.
“People will be able to drop by and share their struggles and discoveries. Everyone is welcome to attend; even if people weren’t able to participate this time,” Asbury said. “They can always make plans for their own writing marathons and enjoy some coffee with us, too.”