Making the Meeting

The day had finally come! Yes, it was here! The day where I did not have to endure a three-hour, Business-Law class had finally arrived!  Now, instead of sitting in a lecture hall scribbling notes as fast as humanly possible, I was off to my UPB Spirit and Traditions meeting that I had been missing since the beginning of the semester.  When I walked into the meeting room in Taylor I was greeted by so many familiar faces that I had missed very dearly.  During the meeting, we discussed the upcoming Funny Freakin’ Friday event and decided on next month’s Late Night Breakfast theme!  It was so nice to relax and enjoy UPB for once instead of stressing over class.

To my surprise, I was also introduced to a group of PIT Crew members who were there to sit in on our meeting. PIT Crew is a group of students that are in Programmers in Training, which is the 2nd and last phase to becoming a member of UPB. I encourage anyone reading this, whoever you are, to apply for next year’s PIT Crew! You won’t regret it!  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a part of one of the best organizations at JMU??? Just sayin’.

Well that’s all for me!  Unfortunately, next week I’ll be back in Zane-Showker for my Business Law class. Again, I highly encourage all of you to apply to UPB if you get the chance. I have a ton of fun at the meetings (when I can go!) and I think it is an organization all of you readers could really enjoy.

 ~Shannon Essad, Spirit & Traditions


The Worst Toy Hall of Fame

We all had those toys that we absolutely adored when we were growing up. Legos, Barbies, Tonka Trunks, and Hot Wheels had the power to entertain our five-year old selves for hours on end. The shelves of Toys “R”  Us are lined with a virtual cornucopia of toy delights, but what about the toys that end up in the dumpster? Or as materials in UPB’s Trashion Show? We have all had experiences with what I’ll call “Toy Fails.” For instance, the first “Toy Fail” on our list will be the Boomerang. Who in their right state of mind would base a children’s toy off of a device originally created to harm kangaroos and llamas in Australia? This just does not seem like the values we should be instilling in our youth. After all, the majority of the time it does not even come back to you.

The second toy to make it into “The Worst Toy Hall of Fame” is the infamous Ferbie. I think it is pretty safe to say that the Ferbie was the “must have” toy of the 90’s. The Ferbie Craze makes me think of parents getting up at obscene hours of the morning to take on other parents in a battle to grab the toy that will satisfy their little bundle of love for a day, only then to be stored in a closet for the rest of its sadistic life. Not to mention, while you were asleep you would hear little eerie noises coming from the closet. After close inspection, you find out that the noises are not that of an oversized, deranged mouse, but of your once prized Ferbie. Aren’t you glad you had one now after losing copious amounts of sleep?

Reminiscing over the toys that once fueled our happiness allows us to act like the kid we once were, or  still are. At UPB’s Late Night Breakfast this Thursday, JMU students will be able to relive those wonder years once more. So come out and act like a kid again. We double dog, no, make that triple dog dare you!

– Shannon Essad