So, it’s the end of the semester. Students all around campus are getting ready for finals, and the everybody’s workload has increased. People are looking forward to the end of the semester, as well as May Term, a one month term where everybody takes one class for 3 hours a day. I’ve got lots of projects that I have to work on, so right now is extremely busy for me. The tradeoff, though, is that I don’t have as many finals at the end of the semester.
One of the great things about Goshen College is the resources that it has available to it. For example, we have a concert hall that has been ranked acoustically in the top 10 in the United States. We also have a fantastic Science Building, with tons of labs to do everything from dissection to X-ray diffraction to metal working. One of the labs we have in the science building is the optics lab.
Last night, the President of Goshen College, Jim Brenneman, sent out an email declaring his intention to resign from the position of president of the college. It is not clear why he decided to remove himself from the position, only that he would vacate his position in two weeks. This morning, classes were cancelled as faculty had an emergency meeting to discuss the President’s email as well as where to go from here. I believe they were also discussing potential replacements for the President, since they have only two weeks to find a replacement. (Please read on to find out more) Read more »
I’m going to see Tartuffe this weekend. It’s Goshen’s spring mainstage play, directed by Doug Caskey. I took Humanities class last semester as part of my General Education requirement. This particular humanities course concentrated in the areas of Art and Theater, and Doug was my professor for the theater portion of that course. Since he knew that Tartuffe would be performed in the spring, he had us read through the original play. It was written and performed in 1664 by Molière, so we read the version that had been translated into English. Tartuffe is a wonderful play, and has lots of interesting comedic humor built into the situations presented. Even though the situations are funny, the text has lost some of its impact since its writing in the 17th century. This is why the team responsible for putting on the play chose to update it and send it into modern times.
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous in the past couple of weeks. For example, I’m sitting outside right now at 7:00 PM writing this blog from a bed on the patio of our apartment. I wouldn’t normally comment on the weather, but it’s been way nicer than normal recently. Living in Goshen can sometimes be a little drab because of the weather. It’s often cloudy, and rains and snows a lot on this side of the lake, but the past three weeks have been nothing but sunshine!
Over spring break, I had the chance to go out to the East Coast with the Men’s Choir on our tri-annual choir tour! It was an absolute blast! We got to sing at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (the National Catholic Church in Washington, DC), lots of churches in the area, plenty of schools, and also at our home church, College Mennonite. Throughout the trip, we visited Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio. Read more »
After a long break at home (almost a month), I am ready to be back at school. I had a good break, which consisted of my birthday, two extended family Christmases, and lots of T.V. The nice thing about college is that your break is in between semesters, so there is no work to be done at home. After a while at home, though, I am always ready to come back to school. Read more »
[Blogs about classes: Part 3 of 5]
As a part of the classes I have to take for my music minor, I am in a song leading class. This class is interesting because it gives me real experience and training about how to lead hymns in church. Mennonites have a long- standing tradition of hymn sings, so this talent will definitely come in handy. Read more »
[Blogs about classes: Part 2 of 5]
As you may or may not know, Goshen is a Liberal Arts college. But what does this really mean? It means that instead of taking only classes related to your major, you will have to take math, science, literature, wellness, bible, sociology, and music classes as well. It also means that you’ll have to endure a little more headache, because you’re not quite done with math just yet, but you will be better prepared for any task you are assigned in the workplace. Read more »
I am a Physics major. Although I don’t consider myself a nerd, this blog is about what we are doing right now in our electronics class. And it’s pretty nerdy (but fun).
In electronics, we are learning about robots. We are using bread boards to hook up LEDs, motorized wheels, motorized rangefinders, and LCD character displays. This is all hooked up (with a nasty massive schematic) to a microcontroller. This may sound sweet, but that’s not even the coolest part of the project. Read more »