Gishwhes Item 90

I made, photographed and assembled this collage for GISHWHES ’14.

This was Item 90:  “Gingerbread Villages are always so cute and quaint. Make a gingerbread village that shows urban blight: needle exchanges, prostitution, heavy police presence, etc.”

GISHWHES is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen. I was on a team with 15 people from all over the world, mostly the US and Australia. Gishwhes is a high pressure creative and social competition. With over 150 teams and 190 items to complete, the Hunt is an incredible week-long collaborative opportunity.

Items range from the artistic (Item 112:  Outside in nature, read “Huck Finn” by the light of a lantern made entirely from lightning bugs), to the kind (Item 96:  Many people go their whole lives without really getting to know their neighbors. Find a neighbor you’ve never met and offer to sweep their patio, mow their lawn or help them with some other task they have to do).

From the weird (Item 86:  Catch a fish, with a fish while dressed as a fish), to the sweet (Item 173:  Wearing a bathing suit, cover every inch of your exposed skin with honey, syrup or jam. Hold a sign on a busy public sidewalk that reads, “Free Hugs.” Enthusiastically attempt to recruit hug-victims).

And from the difficult (Item 93:  Give one of your favorite and most valued objects to a homeless person), to the impossible (Item 183:  Get “GISHWHES conquers space” or “GISHWHES [insert other clever phrase]” written on or in something orbiting in space. 400 points if an astronaut poses with the inscription).

I did GISHWHES last year, this year and will probably do it again next year. It’s a great way to stay creative, have fun, be kind and horribly embarrass yourself in public.

USG makes judicial recommendation to administration

Original in the Globe April 23, 2014

The United Student Government (USG) voted to recommend the University administration reform the judicial affairs appeals process by creating a judiciary board.

 “I’m glad I’m starting my administration with something that will effect change,” said USG’s new President Julian Singleton Monday in the Student and Convocation Center. “We created a recommendation to change the way the appeal process works in some sense to the way it was before, but the administration makes the final decision.”

USG President Emeritus Dillon Kunkle proposed the alteration in response to student claims that the structure of the judicial process was unjust.

“It had to be done,” said Kunkle in a telephone interview Monday. “We heard and read enough testimonials to see that the system was fundamentally flawed.  For someone who feels that the judicial system treated them unjustly, what are you gaining by appealing to a single individual?”

The proposition Kunkle presented states the students’ feelings of injustice stem from being judged by only one individual, and having appeals heard by a board comprised of peers and administration would reduce bias and balance opinion.

 “It was an overwhelmingly obvious fundamental flaw, and I feel we can fix this bias by opening it up to a board,” Kunkle said.


USG adds new requirements for clubs on campus

Originally published in the Globe April 16, 2014

The United Student Government (USG) is working to put legislation in place to address common issues clubs have been facing.

Among these legislations are the requirement of executive officers and a funding outline. Next week, the legislative body will vote on requiring a Rollover Report for predecessors.

Clubs will be required to have 12 members plus a chief officer and a treasurer as well as an advisor and a constitution in order to be officially recognized and qualify for funding.

“We see a lot of clubs with an eccentric form of executive committees, and some without any,” said USG President DillonKunkle Monday in the Student and Convocation Center. “Communication is becoming an ever larger problem, trying to assuage issues that are rising.”

Communication remains a large problem with clubs, according toKunkle. With the required chief officer and treasurer, “we have a contact and [Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL)] has a contact.” He also said it would “bring cohesiveness to the organization.”