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Madeline Albright at Convention

Posted by alphachinu on April 22, 2006

The Keynote Speaker for the Third General Session was the admirable Madeline Albright. She spoke of the need for everyone to show basic respect to their fellow people. She also spoke of the interconnectedness of a lot of religions: Treat others how you want to be treated. Whether in Christianity, Judiasm, Buddism, Hinduism, Confucism, or Islam. The major texts of each of the named religions have respect for the individual at their core. Respect for the individual, as Ms. Albright continued, includes not killing or otherwise hurting others with intent.

The views Ms. Albright spoke of are very prominient in my own life. In the last six months or so, I have been developing a burning desire to promote respect for individuals, dignity for all, and the ability to make choices being allowed to all. In the human services field there are times when guardians, workers, counselors, state case workers, and even advocates deny the chance to choose to the individuals who are being served. This can happen in any agency, state, or country. All individuals must be asked for input in decisions regarding them. If the decision is unavoidable, then the support team can work with the person to make the decision easier to handle.

We are all individuals, and as such are entitled to choose how we are to live our lives. Without the chance to make choices something in us dies. We need to be able to control our destiny in some small way. Without the chance to control our destiny, we withdraw, develop anger issues, and either hurt others or ourselves. Homicide and suicide are the ultimate expressions of anger. Homicide is extreme anger directed at others and suicide is extreme anger directed at ourselves.

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary


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Seattle’s Green!!

Posted by alphachinu on April 18, 2006

We arrived in Seattle very, very early last night and even at night we were amazed at how green everything is.

Maine is still coming out of a dry winter and just starting to turn green. Here trees are blossoming, grass is tall, and the variety of plants and trees is simply amazing. I just read the title of this post while composing my thoughts and think I've figured out why International is happening here, specifically. Seattle is green, a healthy environment is green, a heathy environment is diverse, and Seattle has all of that in a modern, bustling city. Not to mention, Seattle is home to many First American tribes and has a rich and varied history of diverse immigrants comingling with the ones found here. Simply, amazing!!

Some of the chapter decided to come on our own to sight see for a few days before the convention, and so far we have visited the Experience Music Project, the Space Needle, the Science Fiction Museum, and the International District. Some of us even saw an escalator for shopping carts at a Target store with two stories. It was neat and reminded me of a cog rail system. Today, some of us are going to explore the Pike Place Market area. We are having a blast and pictures will be up soon!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

Dragon on Lightpost in International District

Just a taste of what's to come!

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We are gearing up for the trip to Seattle!

Posted by alphachinu on April 9, 2006

Hi all,

The members who are going to convention are getting ready to go to Seattle! Yeah! We hope to not experience any turbulence in the air and will likely have a great time sleeping on the plane.

We will be leaving Easter night to do some sight seeing on our own before the convention starts. I know I want to see the world famous Pike Place Fish Market. They are the ones written about in the book, FISH! The authors noted that the fishmongers have four primary beliefs about making anyplace to work less work: Play!, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, and Be Present. It's also the place with the flying fish. The book and my friends say it is a must see.  

We've all talked about Mt. Reiner, the Space Needle, and Marie Callender's Restuarant. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things in Seattle!!

Then, we get to represent the school at the Phi Theta Kappa, International Convention. Yippee! It will be a blast! We'll learn so much, get to fellowship with other chapters, and have a great time in the process. What could be better!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Saturday Convention Adventures

Posted by alphachinu on March 21, 2006

After the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, we had some free time while dancing was scheduled. There was a small crowd to begin with; so, I went downstairs to the lobby. There I hooked up with Kristen and her chapter’s delegates. They were going to watch a friend’s band play at The Middle East in Boston.

We got on the T just outside the hotel. We went to the next stop and walked for miles to the club where their friend was playing. We went in one door and had to go out the building and around to the side entrance. When we got there, the door was locked and a sign listed the bands playing. Their friend’s band was not on the list. 😦 But, we had fun going through the town.

Usually, I don’t like to do new things. However, I enjoyed myself and met new, great people. Melissa, Nina Marie, Johana, Greg, Carly and Kumar, thank you for the wonderful adventure. 😉 If I misspelled any names, I do apologize.

When we got back to the hotel, we went up to the dance area. There was still a small group dancing. This time we went in and had fun seeing the guys have a dance contest. There was an amazing guy who did the most professional looking breakdancing I’ve ever seen. Totally sweet!

After the dancing, which I loved,my chapter members showed up. The girls wanted to go get something to eat. We asked at the front desk about restuarants that were still open. The desk clerk told us about a restuarant six or seven city blocks down the road. We decided we could hike it and set out. Aimee was wearing a thin shirt and she gave Vi piggy back rides to keep warm. It was fun. My feet were tired, so I felt like a mom with three energetic children whom I was letting run wild. We got about seven blocks away from the hotel and didn’t see the restuarant. We did see a 7-11 and got food there. On the way back to the hotel, I ate my ice cream candy bar even though it was freezing. I fell behind the girls and shouted to them, “Go on to the hotel. I’ll make it, just slower.” They continued on to the hotel. I wasn’t worried as the hike was a straight shot between the hotel and the 7-11. A guy with a backpack got between us, but he looked like a student and didn’t seem to notice me. I figured I would yell at him in a crazy way if he turned around and came towards me. But, my figuring was for nothing. Aimee, Krissi, and Vi were waiting for me when I got to the hotel. They were happy to see me. 🙂

 And that is the end of my Saturday Convention Adventures. Good night to all!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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