Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pie-Mary or Gender Equality-Mary? (Spoilers Included)

This week saw the end of a popular NBC show named “Parks and Recreation.” This star-studded documentary-style commentary followed a Parks and Rec department in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana through heartbreak, love, lust, success, failure, the birth of babies, name confusion, taking over neighboring towns, tackling a sugary mega-million dollar company, and more. Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Low, and more stars brought us through this roller coaster. However, a few episodes into its final season, this show gave us all a timely message that resonates with us, especially one that resonates with the upcoming Women’s Leadership Conference here at SSU: gender equality.

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To catch everyone up on the episode, I’ll write a short recap (spoilers included). In the P&R episode “Candidate Cooks Up Controversy”, Ben is on the Congressional campaign circuit, and an antiquated traditional called the “Piemary” is coming up. In this event, all of the wives of the men running must bake a pie and will be judged on their pie. Not their ideas, not the amount of money they raise for charity, not their careers, but for how good their pie tastes. Since Leslie is a strong political female already, journalists had already been raising concerns about her not being your average candidate’s wife. Her refusing to enter to sexist event raised even more eyebrows. The power couple decided to throw a curveball on the tradition and have Ben enter a calzone into the contest. This created an uproar, included a man from the “men’s rights” movement screeching for equality for men against women. However, Leslie saved the day with a great speech at a press conference as always:

“I’m sorry that the spotlight is on me and not on Ben, because he’s going to make a great congressman. Second, the Male Men? You’re ridiculous, and men’s rights is nothing. Third, I am now going to give you permanent answers to all of the silly questions you’re going to ask me and every other woman in this election: ‘Why did I change my hairstyle?’ I don’t know, I just thought it would look better, or my kids got gum in it. ‘Are you trying to have it all?’ That question makes no sense! It’s a stupid question. Stop asking it. ‘Do you miss your kids when you’re at work?’ Yes, of course I do! Everybody does! And then, you know, sometimes, I don’t.”

Ben jumps in with “And, by the way, no one’s ever asked me that question,” to add more credibility to her speech. Why can men have a strong political campaign and not worry about their children? Why is it that, the minute a women tries to be powerful, people are suddenly concerned about who’s watching their children? This episode brings up the idea that there doesn’t have to be a “cookie cutter” example of a candidate’s wife, or any women for that matter.

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Since the theme of this Women’s Leadership Conference is Telling our Story Through Social Media and Activism, I thought I’d share some social media reaction clips:

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Who’s excited for the conference? It’s Monday, March 9th from 11 am – 2:15 PM. Get your tickets here!

Life Lessons From The Great Gatsby (Spoilers Included)

After high school lit classes, we can all recite the themes, symbols, and motifs from The Great Gatsby (or is that just me?). To me, The Great Gatsby is an accessible, relatable, classic American novel. If you’re not attracted to the book like Gatsby is attracted to the green light on Daisy’s dock, then you’re probably attracted to the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties scenery. Who can resist vivid images of champagne showers, sparkly dresses, loud music, and fruitful conversations? If you didn’t read the book, you probably saw the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio and all. No wonder Program Council wanted to make their Winter Ball Gatsy-themed!

For your entertainment, and to prepare for tonight’s Winter Ball, here’s some lessons we should all take from Gatsby’s story.

1. Optimism is a noble trait, sometimes to a fault.

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Passion and optimism, if guided in the right direction, can be a very useful thing. However, it can turn out to be your fatal flaw.

2. If you’re going to buy a swimming pool, at least use it more than once.

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The summer is three months up here for a reason, right?

3. Spend your money wisely.

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It may have seemed like Gatsby was wasting his fortune on all those large parties, but he was actually using them to get Daisy’s attention. Whoever said “love don’t cost a thing” was wrong. Maybe if Gatsby spent his money on something more productive, he would have more real friends, a real relationship, and perhaps a family. Money may buy you friends – but not quality ones.

4. Drive cautiously.

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You really never know who’s going to jump into the road, especially at night.

5. It’s hard to leave the past in the past.

For someone who focuses so much on the past, Gatsby didn’t really set himself up for a nice future, or a future at all.

Gatsby may never have been able to be with Daisy, but you can still have a fun time tonight at Winter Ball. Have a blast everyone who’s going!

An Open Letter To Snowdays

Dear Snowdays, or Snow, in General,

We do admire your fluffy white texture as it lays on the tree branches. We do admire the way that you pack into the most perfect snowman or snowball. We love the way you look with a “corncob pipe and button nose”, and especially with a top hat on. We love when you make the conditions too bad for school – however, we love this all to a point.

Although our love is like no other, sometimes, we can feel a bit smothered by your snow embrace. You’re a great weather event, however sometimes you can be a bit much. 

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Don’t get us wrong, we love loud, strong personalities. But don’t you think you’re getting to be a bit much? Don’t you think giving us 28.9″ and below is a little mean? We get it, it’s winter, this is your season, blah blah. But wasn’t one storm enough? You’ve hit us with two more and another one on the way. 

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At this point, we may have to break up soon. A lot of us are already contemplating picking up and moving to warmer habitats. Some of us students have classes, club meetings, and events that keep getting cancelled because of all of these Monday and Tuesday snow days. Why must you always make it all about YOU? Can’t you consider our college careers? We’re paying to get class cancelled and get assigned paper and extra assignment sin lieu of class.

Also, isn’t it a little annoying to be piling on top of where we live, drive, and park? Why must we limit our lives because you want a little bit of attention? Also, why is it up to us to move you with our hands and shovels? Why can’t you remove yourself? You’re so selfish!

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So, sorry snow, but I just don’t think we can work out anymore. It’s not us, it’s you. Maybe we can stay friends.

Sincerely,

The Students

Images:

http://lubbockonline.com/national-news/2013-02-10/big-dig-out-new-england-ny-slammed-snow#.VN5SHlPF_50

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2015/02/11/snow-keeps-piling-new-england/YttQKdnPFScuG6m4ZeRE8I/story.html

http://whyfiles.org/2010/how-do-snow-fences-work/

Words Of Encouragement For Us Less-Sunny and Snowed-In

At first, everyone gets excited at the news of snow. School cancellations because of magical fluffy white stuff falling from the sky? How perfect! However, the more the snow piles up, the street space gets limited, and the parking spots get minimal, the whole idea of snow grows to be a bit less magical. Now I know why else didn’t want to build a snowman with Ana.

I could list the gripes for the snow build-up endlessly: snowed-in cars, no sidewalks, slushy walks to class, extra homework from teachers, having to shovel, etc. However, there’s been articles of southerners and westerners sending up northerners words of encouragement to help us (quite literally) trudge through this storm. With more snow on the way for Thursday through Monday, we will need these words of encouragement.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. “At least it’s not a Hurricane”

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2. “Think about all the sunscreen you’re saving!”

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3. On the bright side, you don’t have to be swimsuit – ready any time soon!

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4. Think of all the festive instas about to come! #BlizzardForTheInsta.

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5. Think of all the Netflix you’re about to watch!

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6. Channel your inner Elsa!

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7. I Love You, And Don’t Touch The Yellow Snow

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Original Article Here:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/22-messages-of-hope-from-people-not-stuck-in-blizzard-juno#.jnlPLxpD