“Depression, addiction, self-injury, suicide. It is likely that, if not you, then someone you know suffers from at least one of these issues. Fortunately, there is help. On November 16, 2009 UPB is bringing Jamie Tworkowksi, the creator of To Write Love On Her Arms. TWLOHA is a non-profit organization that aims to provide hope and recovery for people in need of help. Showing love is about the best thing you can do for someone who is suffering. Also, by letting people know that they are loved and they are not alone, you can help mitigate these issues. Love is the movement.” Amy Remmer
National To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) Day is November 13th. In honor of this UPB will actually be writing LOVE on people’s arms with markers in the commons on Friday from 10-11 and from 1-2. Basically you get to support a cause and be part of a bigger picture while looking totally COOL at the same time!! Its a win-win situation so be there!
So I had been carrying around Aziz Ansari flyers for about a week, constantly telling myself that I was going to hang them. I carried around the flyers in my bag, along with a generous supply of tape and a few push pins just in case. Every day I came up with excuses not to hang the flyers….and they were all really valid excuses. For instance: I had to study for a test after class, I had to do my homework, I had to eat a snack, I HAD to go to the gym, and I HAD to go to Walmart. (Ok I’ll admit….maybe not ALL of my excuses were so valid) Then I had the great idea of giving some flyers to my boyfriend and bribing him to hang them…and I started seeing a few around campus. (I know I am a little brilliant :).
On the other hand, I am the marketing committee chair of special events and this is my job!!! I decided to gradually hang a few flyers around Showker, and some in the dining halls, and a few in the library, etc. I came to see that hanging flyers is really not that bad and I have no idea why I was avoiding it in the first place. Hanging flyers on campus was on my “To Do List” for a little over a week….and I was finally able to cross it off! I feel very accomplished! After all of that strenuous effort, I trust that everyone will read the flyers and of course writes down the date of his show in their planners. Aziz is coming to JMU next Friday, so it is time to crack down on marketing next week. I hope to see all of you at the show!
One of my first tasks as marketing committee chair of the special event committee was to make mini flyers to stuff in the mailboxes of JMU students, to promote the upcoming comedian Aziz Ansari. This sounded like a really exciting task that I am sure all of the students at JMU appreciate….(it’s not like they walk three steps to the garbage can and throw them out) To start the day I could not find the file of “Aziz flyer” to open on the computer. About ten minutes later, I find the flyer on a computer that had no internet access and was not connected to the common drive. Hmmmm….I am at a loss of what to do for a few minutes. Then I begged someone to let me borrow a flash drive and finally found one. I proceeded to move to another computer with internet activity. Angela attempted to put the flash drive into the computer but it did not show up on this computer. On to the next computer. Angela is holding the flash drive and wiggling it because the connection is ghetto…..I finally (5 minutes later) am successful in opening the flyer on the desktop. After much rearranging and plenty of help I make a sheet with four mini flyers on it.
Time to print….or so I though. I then learn that each person on exec can only print one hundred copies a day in the copy room. There are 5700 mailboxes that need to be stuffed by 4pm the following day!!! We round up seven people on exec that allow up to use their copies for the day and figure out the math….still have MANY more to print tomorrow. I bring the flyer to the copy room with Courtney to make prints. She plugs in the code and selects to make “675” copies and then leaves for class. Apparently, you are supposed to only make 100-150 copies at the time because the machine is old and worn out. The first 100 copies are a success…..then it is a progressively worse downward spiral. The toner is full so must be replaced. Sue, a woman who works in the office, offers her assistance….Twenty minutes later she figures out how to replace the machine with a new container for toner……Another 100 copies or so…..another bump in the road. The machine says the paper is full?….must take out paper and replace it in a neater fashion.
At this point, I am getting slightly frustrated and pressed for time. Next….the machine is out of paper so we must reload and reset the process. Then the copy machine starts to malfunction and Sue gets worried that it will “blow up in flames.” We mutually agree that it would be best to stop the process before things get worse…..who knows how many copies I have now….not nearly enough. I put all of the flyers on top of the cutting machine in the UPB office and head over to my night class. All throughout my class I was thinking about how much it was going to suck to cut about 400 copies by myself later that night. I finally get back to the UPB office around 7:45pm and to my surprise the copies are all cut and stacked in neat piles! Apparently Zach was my cutting fairy and took care of it while I was in class! It was very unnecessary of them to do this for me but was greatly appreciated….I want to avoid copy rooms from now on J