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Thursday, June 09, 2005

GRADUATION

I graduated from K-State on May 14th, and now I suppose I can call myself a political scientist and a historian. Graduation itself was early (8:30am) and long (two hours), but I had a lot of family come to Manhattan, so I couldn't very well just skip it.

After being there and seeing all the students walk across the stage, it registered with me that most graduates do actually walk. The only ones you really hear from are the ones who are adamant about not walking - "I'm not getting up that early for a worthless ceremony." But it wasn't entirely bad. I got to see a lot of friends walk across the stage and get their diplomas, too, and I know my family was happy to be there.

The speaker who gave the address was horrible, in my opinion. Some colleges, like the College of Engineering, got top-notch speakers like Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs. We got the first black student body president of K-State. I knew long before I heard him speak that this was nothing more than the university's pathetic attempt to give the reach-around to "diversity."

I don't even remember his name. What he said did not leave an impression. He talked about himself, mostly, and how his experiences growing up black had changed him. He actually said (in a roundabout way) that if you were black you'd understand what he was trying to say, and if you weren't, you might get it. And yada, yada, yada - he's now successful. Hooray.

I was under the impression that graduation keynote speakers were supposed to address the graduates and their potential, not talk about how great they were.

I did tune him out a little bit because his being there in the first place wasn't right, in my opinion. The administration of Kansas State University (in self-denial that the university is mostly white, mostly Christian, and mostly Kansan) thinks that in order to celebrate diversity, it has to be shoved down everyone's throats. They think that diversity is a skin color or a religion or a way of life, but that's not what it's all about. Diversity is about acceptance - acceptance that is blind enough to not notice the differences in a passive environment. The speaker shouldn't have had to go on and on about how he was black. "Diversity" would have been achieved if he could have talked of his success without making it a racial thing.

The administration thinks that if you're in the majority (in terms of anything), that you should feel bad about yourself. That's what this speaker was meant to represent - they didn't care that he had found success in student government or later in life. They cared because of the color of his skin. A darker shade represented diversity, and he was a tool for the administration to show that they are "sensitive" to diversity.

They don't even know what diversity is. They don't understand what affirmative action should be about. They are confused and lost and, in the end, just a bunch of white guys who have bought into the argument that they should be self-loathing because there are more of them in this country.

So that was a fun couple of hours.

But then we had a reception at my apartment, and I did enjoy that a lot. A lot more family showed up than I thought would -- Aunt Cindy from Oklahoma, Aunt Marcia (who is suffering from MS and I know her being there took a lot of effort), and Aimee and her kids from Lawrence (now there's a diverse family for you). And Michael and Shannon were both there, and we got a pretty good picture - probably the best the three of us have taken together.



So we all had a pretty good afternoon. There are lots of good pictures, so if I get them scanned in I'll post them also.

SINCE I'VE GOT THE TIME...

OK, I got to looking at the archives of this blog, and I used to post several times a week. Sometimes, when things were exciting, I posted several times a day (see election season). But there have only been a handful of posts since January, and - blah, blah, blah - I could make promises that I'm going to do better about updating, but I don't know if that'll happen or not. However, I've got free time right now, so there's really no reason I can post some updates.

Seriously, I was way too busy during this last semester to take the time to write on here. It takes longer than you might thing. When I sit down and really get to writing, I can spend a lot of time on one post. A couple paragraphs can turn into a few pages pretty easily. Anyway, I had weekly columns in the Collegian, so if you followed that, you got to see my writing one way or the other.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

YODA REVISED



I've been slowly doing more work on my Yoda doodle that became a sketch that became a full-fledged color picture. He's got texture now, which isn't a lot to add, but I think it adds a lot. Just compare him to the one posted below and you can see the difference.

DARTH DUBYA



This is the art that I did for my first column of the summer Collegian: President Bush dressed up as a Sith Lord, since George Lucas almost certainly wrote Revenge of the Sith about his presidency...yeah, right.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Y-O-D-A Yoda…



This is just a work-in-progress that started as a doodle last night, then turned to a sketch, then turned into something actually pretty good. It's not done yet, but I thought I'd post what I've done so far on it...just to let everyone know that I'm still around.

Maybe I'll get an actual posting put up on here one of these days.

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