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When thinking about what is referred to as “the college experience,” do you consider this concept only in relationship to what is gained from inside a classroom or playing on a sports team? Does the idea of school spirit ever cross your mind when you think about your college experience and, if so, what do you think of when you hear the phrase “school spirit?”

My definition of school spirit is when students, faculty and staff gather to show pride in their school and support for each other. Having school spirit means being able to show how much you love your school by creating, coordinating and participating in student events or, going a step further, by actually hosting events that show how much love you have for your school.

A great example of an event that occurred recently that showed the Anna Maria College Community in action was the Midnight Madness event, which took place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in the Fuller Activities Center around 11:45 pm. This event was conducted to celebrate the upcoming season of basketball for both women and men at Anna Maria College. It was a way for the College, as well as guests, to see what new skills, players, and determination each team has to offer for this upcoming season.

At Midnight Madness, students not only had the opportunity to be introduced to the upcoming season but they also had a chance to participate in activities centered around basketball even if they had no prior experience in playing the sport. This event had a huge turnout and was hosted by Lynette Colome, a junior at Anna Maia College and James Lambert III. They also had a helping hand from Lisa Saverese, the Director of Student Activities who helped to put the event together. In addition, I can’t forget to mention the hard work of the players from both teams, as well as their coaches.

Prior to the event, I sat down with a few students to gain their perspective on the Midnight Madness event and the upcoming season. The first student I spoke with was Nina Anastacio who is a sophomore, resident assistant and former basketball player at Anna Maria College. When asked if she was excited about the upcoming event and season she replied that she was ecstatic. She went on to explain to me that “Midnight Madness allowed the student athletes to be introduced as part of the school team and it was a way to display a preview of the hard work the coaches have put in preparing them for the upcoming season.” Nina also stated that she is anticipating improvement amongst the players on the team and “what we are about to see from these women is going to be brand new in that Anna Maria College has never seen these women the way we will see them this season.” She continued to show her optimism in the team’s success when she stated that, “there is a high possibility of them making it to the playoffs.”

I also sat down with a member from the men’s basketball team, Caleib Fournier, to get his take on the upcoming season for men’s basketball. When asked what Midnight Madness meant to him, as well as the impact it has on him and the other players, he stated that the event “brings the school together, as well as motivates the players for success during the upcoming season.” Like Nina, he described this season as “brand new.” He stated that the players will have a whole new style of playing and that this season will be different but successful at the same time.” Even though the men’s basketball team has drastically changed since losing their three power players: Javier Bristo, Anthony Click and Brad Peterson, all graduates of the class of 2013, Calieb still maintains his strong faith in his team’s success, as well as Coach Conrad’s ability to continue leading them on a successful path. He shared that Coach Conrad has done a great job in keeping the team on track, helping them to reach their goals in the sport, gaining the trust of his players and establishing a bond.

These interviews that were conducted, as well as having the privilege to attend the very well organized event known as Midnight Madness, definitely have me excited and anxious to attend as many games as possible to support both the women’s and men’s basketball teams. Ordinarily I am not much of a sports person but hearing how optimistic, dedicated and determined these student athletes are to succeed, as well as after seeing a preview of what’s to come, I am definitely ready to show my school spirit in any way including supporting my hardworking peers while they are on the court.

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Wissensvermittlung mit außerschulischen Lernorten steht dasjenige Gefühl im Mittelpunkt jener Schulfahrten, für den fall Schülerinnen auch Schüler ergreift, für den fall diese dies erste Mal herauf Mitschülerinnen oder Mitschüler angewiesen sind. Das Schulfahrten polen Gruppengeist, Verantwortungs bewusstsein auch gegenseitige Rücksichtsnahme sind jede wichtigen Inhalte einer Klassenreise.

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Wissensvermittlung mit außerschulischen Lernorten steht dasjenige Gefühl im Mittelpunkt jener Schulfahrten, für den fall Schülerinnen auch Schüler ergreift, für den fall diese dies erste Mal herauf Mitschülerinnen oder Mitschüler angewiesen sind. Das Schulfahrten polen Gruppengeist, Verantwortungs bewusstsein auch gegenseitige Rücksichtsnahme sind jede wichtigen Inhalte einer Klassenreise.

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For this blog entry, I would like to talk about something that caught my eye in the news concerning the world of entertainment. Staying within the context of new media, I wanted to express my thoughts on another form of media that is making its way to the forefront just in time for the holidays: new video gaming technology.
 
For most of you growing up in my generation, I am sure you found yourself playing a video game at some point during your childhood. This forum has been a proven pastime, bringing together friends and family alike to compete and play in a fantasy world that allows our imaginations to run wild. Since the dawn of this technology, many childhoods have been shaped by the escapades of Mario and others. While many parents claim that video games can be distracting, and as a college student I know that they certainly can be, I believe that these products have come to define family recreation for this current generation, and will continue to be a part of the growth of the new media into the next generation.
 
For me, no one really takes the time to appreciate video games for what they are.....a form of art and media that allows us to escape into another reality. Most video consoles today are used like a computer, allowing us to connect with each other over the Internet similar to the way we do with Facebook, Instagram and other venues. Now I am sure there are those who feel video games can be less beneficial or even influential in bad ways, and yes like all forms of media, there are video games that shouldn't be available to our youth, but again, like all forms of media, video games have become a part of our lives, our Christmas lists, and to some...a hobby or past time . . . so we need to appreciate them for what they can bring to our lives.
 
As a technology that has invaded most of our households and has become a booming business, how can we accept this form of new media as a regular part of family entertainment and what ways do you think this tool can help us out other than providing a venue for great fun? Can it be used to educate us in College or as a marketing tool? Let me know what you think.