My last day at Oregon State University (OSU) is September 30th. I think it’s fitting as my first day at OSU was also in September. Six years ago I moved out to Oregon from Chicago, IL. It was a tremendous life transition. I had been working at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the decision to leave UIC/Chicago was a big one for a young professional from the Midwest.
When I first started looking at graduate programs in higher education/student affairs I had no idea that I would end up moving to Oregon. I remember checking up on about 5 or 6 programs. I kept coming back to OSU as my first choice. Eventually, I decided to apply for the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) program at OSU. It was the only grad program that I submitted an application to. In hindsight, I probably should have applied to more than one school just in case OSU didn’t accept me. However, sometimes you have to put all of your eggs in a single basket and hope for the best. Concentrating on a single application made my process extremely focused. I was going to get into grad school at Oregon State. There wasn’t a “plan B.”
It was 113 degrees when I checked the car’s temp gauge yesterday. The temperature went down to 112 when I snapped the picture. The high today is supposed to be 108 degrees. When it’s 100 degrees outside tomorrow, it’s going to feel quite chilly. I may need a sweater ;-)
It’s miserably hot in Corvallis right now…I think it’s time to go to a movie (Harry Potter?)…I’ve been camped out at Borders for most of the day. I detest paying for wifi, but the Borders air conditioning is ultra cold which makes up for the spendy internet access.
On July 4, 2009, First Alternative Co-op will begin charging 5¢ for every new paper bag used at our checkout registers. This charge is an environmental initiative meant to lessen our dependence on disposable bags and encourage the use of reusable shopping bags. A survey conducted among our customers earlier this year showed overwhelming support for a bag charge.
• An owner survey will determine how the Co-op uses the proceeds from the bag charge.
• Our Beans for Bags program will not change, and customers will still receive one bean for every bag reused at checkout.
• Only the paper handled bags at the registers will be charged for, not the smaller paper bags used for produce and bulk items.
I have been using one of the Blue Co-op Bags for a couple months now. It’s even made from recycled plastic!
Kevin Hampton is a sports writer for the Corvallis Gazette Times. His latest blog post is titled, “Out with the blackout?“. In the post, Kevin states that “the people complaining know very well that there is no connection to racism.” Ummm, nope. I think they know very well that there is a connection to racism. (see blackface and something called “historical context“).
See Kevin’s post and my inner monologue after the cut…
We were driving home from Portland the other day when I took these photographs. The sunset was a mix of purples, yellows, oranges, and light blue. I pulled off of highway 34, rolled down the window and snapped a couple quick shots of the sunset just outside of Corvallis.