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March 1, 2013


Twelve Sunflowers, Van Gogh (1889)

And just like that, the pendulum swings back.  This morning, I woke up to the happy news that I’ve been elected by my fellow Clarkies as President of the Clark Undergraduate Student Council (CUSC).  I had lots of help from friends on campus who collected signatures, put up posters, and were generally wonderful when it came to the election.  I’ve served on Council in various roles since my freshman year, when I was elected Wright Hall Representative, and I’m thrilled to be returning come April 10th.  As I move through the year next year, I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on the various comings and goings of Council life.

And then the second piece of good news: I’ve been rehired by Residential Life and Housing as an Resident Advisor, this time in Blackstone Hall.  (I was in Wright both my freshman year, as a resident, and then last year, as an RA.)  I’ve written about the RA position before in this space, and I’m particularly thrilled to be returning to staff in Blackstone, which is an awesome hall, full of things like air conditioning and 42-inch plasma TVs.  It’ll certainly be a nice place to return to on campus.

Other, littler things are going well, too.  My computer, which died a tragic death last week, has been effectively replaced (meaning I’m no longer shivering in the basement of a cold London building).  My four essays, which consumed the better part of my existence for at least the last ten days, are all in the hands of my teachers, who will no doubt spend far less than that amount of time marking them.  I’m off to visit family friends bright and early tomorrow, and my friend Kevin is celebrating his birthday at Passfield tonight!

In short, there’s a lot to like about my life right now.  And yet, Kipling comes dancing back into my head (“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same.”).  Last week wasn’t so great, but it threw into stark light those fundamental things in my life which are going well.  This week, and particularly today, have been excellent.  It’d be a shame if I thought the two were built on different foundations.  So that’s that.  Enough moralizing for now.

In other news, I have it on reliable evidence that Admissions decisions for the Class of 2017 (yipes!) will go out today.  My little brother, Dale, is among your ranks, and he along with the rest of you will be hearing back from Admissions very soon.  Good luck to all of you and, as always, feel free to contact me by email ( or via Facebook.

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