Snow Day (Day 2)

Hey! No classes for two days in a row! When we got the text message yesterday saying classes were cancelled for today, students at Panera were going crazy! Also, last night, Panera (where I was studying) closed early and because they sell their food fresh, they gave out all of their baked goods instead of throwing them out. I got five bagels and a chocolate chip muffie! The food was delicious! I also ended up walking an additional 5 miles that day walking to my friend’s dorm on the other side of campus and walking to Walmart twice! Today is Valentine’s Day (obviously) and once again, I’m doing homework, but this time in the library! My girlfriend and I are going out to dinner later and are happy to get to spend some time together today instead of being in class. I hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day and make the most of your weekend!

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Snow Day

All week, Liberty University students, including myself, had been waiting with anticipation to see what would become of this snow storm coming up from the south. Last night around 5pm, we got the announcement that there would be no classes today (Thursday, February 13th)! Guys on my hall were elated and students all over campus started playing in the snow that started falling at a rate of 2 inches an hour. From about 3pm when the snow started falling and overnight, about 10 inches of snow fell on campus. Snowball fights involving hundreds of students and sledding down the various hills on campus were some of the activities that students enjoyed. For some students, this was the first time they’ve ever seen a snowfall like this before. I, being from Syracuse, wasn’t really impressed, but it was a beautiful sight to see the white stuff that used to accumulate up to 5 feet sometimes while I lived in Upstate New York.

Me using a roof rake to clear the snow off our roof after 3 days of snowfall outside of Syracuse, NY in 2007.
Me using a roof rake to clear the snow off our roof after 3 days of snowfall outside of Syracuse, NY in 2007.

Today, my girlfriend and I are at Panera, eating lunch and doing our homework. It just started snowing again so maybe we can get some more classes cancelled tomorrow? It might be just a prayer, but no matter what happens, seeing this snow makes me feel at home.

UPDATE: No classes tomorrow!

My Job

While at school, I work for the Athletic Facilities department. While many people mistake this department as being the people who clean the bathrooms and such, that is not the case. Below you can see a time-lapse of what a typical basketball game day set up looks like.

While this video does not show everything we do, it gives a little taste for the amount of work that goes into preparing the floor for a basketball game. The Athletic Facilities Crew does things like keeping the court(s) clean, moving the basketball hoops on and off the court (there is convocation in the same facility every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), setting up and plugging in all the tables around the court, putting up the benches, rolling out the red carpet (hidden from view by the tunnel we set up), setting up the scoreboard, and doing fun things like using flame effects and smoke machines. During the actual contest we can be pretty laid back. A couple of us will sweat mop during the game to make sure the floor stays dry so players do not slip and injure themselves, one does the flames and the others basically are on standby in case anything needs to be fixed–like if a player runs into the tables and pushes them apart.

I hope to be able to capture time lapses of our set-ups for other sports throughout the next year and I will share them here when I do! Also, watch my girlfriend’s blog for pictures she took of me at work the other day.

 

Update: Here’s a link to the pictures mentioned above.

Photo Expo

I don’t usually pay too much attention to photography events at my school, but this semester I decided to participate in the Student Activities Photography Expo that is happening on February 28th. I have my two pictures picked out (thanks to the help of my Facebook friends) and framed, but now I need to think of creative titles for them.

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You may have seen these pictures included in my previous posts (and that’s why I have the watermarks on them). If any of you have any ideas for titles, you’re welcome to write a comment with your idea. Thanks for your help and wish me luck!

iPhone Photography

I’ve distinctly seen around me the wide use of mobile phones in today’s photography. Even professional photographers with DSLRs might use their iPhone to instantly share what they’re currently capturing. My mom uses her iPod for mobile photos and the rest of my immediate family uses iPhones to capture moments on the go. It is amazing what these tiny little lenses can capture, especially at the macro level. Here’s a look at some of the macro photography I did while I accompanied my girlfriend just off campus as she took her own photos for a class assignment. By the way, she has a blog! You should totally check it out!

Jerry Falwell Library

Last month, my school, Liberty University, opened their brand new $50 million dollar Jerry Falwell Library. This building is beautiful! With lots of reading areas, beautiful stacks, quiet study areas, and plenty of natural light, the library quickly became my favorite place to study. I haven’t actually used their crown jewel Automated Book Retrieval System (aka, Robot) to get a book, but I have enjoyed the dining and studying options that abound in this magnificent addition to my school’s campus. Here our some more wide-angled perspectives of the library.

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The Austrian Room

On the University of Pittsburgh campus, it is impossible to not notice the Cathedral of learning, a 35 (or so) story building that houses a popular attraction called the Nationality Rooms. These rooms showcase the cultures of dozens of different nationalities and are a joy to visit. These pictures were taken in the Austrian room. This room was filled with red (my favorite color) and I noticed the chandeliers in particular. So I zoomed in and captured one of the ball shaped crystals on the chandelier and snapped the picture. It ended up being my girlfriend and mine’s favorite picture of the day.
A wide angle view of the Austrian Room in the Cathedral of Learning.
A wide angle view of the Austrian Room in the Cathedral of Learning.

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