Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
The main focus during his speech was on his company, SoulPancake. SoulPancake is a media brand; for example, it produces the YouTube famous, "Kid President" videos. Its purpose is to encourage and inspire. Wilson wanted something people do not always see now, a brand representing hope.
After Wilson's talk, he had a Q&A with a few students that were mainly asking about advice or religion. A book signing followed, Wilson would only sign copies of his books. Wilson's goal is to inspire and give hope, and it showed through his speech tonight.
Friday, September 25, 2015
The hike rate will be used for upgrades due to outdated coal power plants near LaCygne. The Kansas Corporation Commission have decided to continue to use these plants for 20 years longer than initially planned. This means they will continue to pollute the environment way past the year 2045.
The residents of Kansas should united to oppose this continued operation of the air-polluting coal power plant, especially since it was supposed to be shut down by 2025, which is still ten years away. Kansas residents should be outraged that this hike rate is justified by the Kansas Corporation Commission on the basis of keeping that power plant in operation. Instead, the increased revenue should be used for increasing use of renewable energy, such as solar power. Some residents may be happier knowing that their increased monthly bill is paying for a good cause, but not something that is outdated and obsolete. For more information, this article can be found here (KENT article here).
Thursday, September 24, 2015
His main focus during his speech was on his company, SoulPancake. SoulPancake is a media brand; for example, it produces the YouTube famous, "Kid President" videos. Its purpose is to encourage and inspire. Wilson wanted a brand representing hope which is something people do not always see now.
Wilson discussed how he grew up in Seattle, practicing and learning the religion of Bahai. Wilson's parents would invite random people over to their house to talk about Christ and religion. Wilson was inspired by his high school theatre teacher and moved to New York to act in college. He changed his lifestyle to bohemian and left his Bahai religion behind him.
As he got older and felt empty inside, he went on a spiritual journey where he read and learned many different religions. Eventually he ended back up at the Bahai religion and is practicing it to this day.
After Wilson's talk, he had a Q&A with a few students who were mainly asking about advice or religion. A book signing followed, and Wilson would only sign copies of his books.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Over the summer, Mabee library reduced its hours of operation. The stated benefit of reducing library hours is to save money. Mabee used to be open 24 hours Monday through Friday. Currently, the library opens at 7 a.m. on Monday through Friday and it is open until 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. Until 11 p.m. Thursdays and until 6 p.m. on Fridays. Weekend hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays.
While reducing the hours of Mabee may save the university some money, this new library time reduction might affect students' study habits. Some students relied on Mabee library being open 24 hours during the week to complete their studying. The extended hours were also an attractive selling point to prospective Ichabods. The library hours may be extensive for the average student living on campus, but Washburn has a lot of nontraditional students that need the library to be open either really early or really late. Only time will tell if saving money by reducing library hours is sacrificing students' grades.
"Life's a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow."
-Joshua Michael Montgomery
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Overall, I would say the career fair is good practice to talk to people and make connections. It never hurts to see what else is out there.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I really wanted to talk to some Kansas City companies. I saw Trans Am was there... but I already know 2 weird guys that work there so I decided to pass. My team blog post might have been a little bit biased, but I would be very surprised if I was the only student that felt disappointed big companies skipped over Washburn. Career Services mentioned many students live in Topeka and have families in Topeka and want to stay in Topeka. Uhm, okay, market to the non-traditional students. Honestly, if I were a freshman or a prospective student and I knew this attitude, it might dissuade me from attending Washburn. Sometimes it is really discouraging when I look at companies like VML and see the majority of their employees are from Mizzou... Are they really getting a better education over there or is it just a brand name? Also, they are a much bigger school so I suppose it stands to reason they have more grads to hire.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Overall, I enjoyed going and wish I had attended in the past.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Some of these employers include Chick-fil-a, Walgreens, Alorica, Dillion's, Sears and Sherwin Williams. It is arguable many management positions may prefer a college degree, but it is not a requirement. Also, there is little room for advancement in local management roles. Another point may be that there are corporate positions available with these companies, which is true. But take note Chick-fil-a is headquartered in Atlanta, Walgreens and Sears in Illinois, Alorica California, Sherwin Williams in Ohio. However, the recruiters at the career fair are not seeking people for their corporate office, they are seeking people to fill their entry-level, low-paying, local jobs.
Cerner, Garmin, Sprint, Burns and McDonnell skip over Washburn. When career services was inquired about why these large employers would not be at the career fair, their response was low student interest. Career services suggests students interested in opportunities with large Kansas City based companies seek out other career fairs, at other universities.
While the selection of regional employers was poor, some notable Topeka companies were in attendance such as BNSF, Westar, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Payless, Security Benefit, Advisors Excel and Hills. If students are looking to stay local, the Washburn Career Fair is a worthwhile experience. If students want to get out of dodge, they should look into the career fairs offered by Kansas State University, University of Kansas.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
"Perspectives on Aging," an art exhibition showcasing the different aspects of the aging process, will be displayed at the Mulvane Art Museum on the campus of Washburn University until Oct. 24.
The exhibit, located in the Joanna E. Harrison and Maxine J. Anton Galleries, features the work of Elizabeth Layton and Edward Navone. Their art displays different experiences that the elderly encounter during the aging process.
|Artwork by Elizabeth Layton|
|Artwork by Edward Navone|
Despite the fact these two artists create contrasting pieces of art, they each offer thought-provoking perspectives of the aging process. This exhibition demonstrates that old age, like other stages of life, offers moments of pain, desire, joy and sadness.