We all hope you've had a marvelous summer! It's ending in just a few weeks now! GAH!

We've begun plans for the relaunch of Blog9 and we are ridiculously excited for next semester! We have some awesome ideas that we hope you find awesome too!

For now, enjoy the countdown clock!

Oh, and when's the relaunch?? Look to the header for a hint!
~The Blog9 Team



As of THIS MOMENT, Blog9 is on hiatus for summer vacation!

Have a wonderful summer - we'll be back (with you!) in the fall!
~The Blog9 Team


108 Degrees and All is Well

Working almost 40 hours a week.
Rehearsing five nights a week from 6:30 until whenever the hell our insane director lets us leave (last summer it was usually before midnight. Usually being the operative word).
Eating fruit in massive quantities.
Selling my soul to the oil companies, or possibly trying to singlehandly retrofit my car so that it runs on vegetable oil.
Home friends.
Missing VC friends.
Did I mention sweating?

come visit me, what happens here stays here (unless you're Britney)


On Being a Kid

So I'm currently with my parents visiting my cousins who live near Vassar.
(Needless to say, my semester's done. That's cool.)

There's my sweet young aunt, my funny young uncle, and their three boys ages 6,8, and 11 who are all funny, super-smart, crazy, and total sweet-hearts. I love being around all five.

Last night, I slept on dinosaur sheets... This morning I played 2 on 2 basketball with them and made some sweet 3-pointers!

In other words, I'm adopting the life of a 9-year-old boy, and I love it. It's something we should all get back to sometimes--it's simple. The rules of life are simple. Don't steal the ball when it's not your turn, try hard, laugh a lot, run around, and sometimes you've just got to have a wrestle fight in the grass even if some people don't like it.

Being around the three boys reminded me just how much kids are real people. I think as we get older we tend to forget that.

This afternoon they were fascinated by my digital camera (hell, it fascinates me too--uh, I mean, "well," not "hell"; I can't sweart here!) and I let them use it and take pictures (close-ups of my feet, anyone? sure!). Then I took a few videos of them with the video function and they watched them over and over again.

I love these kids, basically, and I'm glad I have the privilege of watching them grow up and growing up with them--or I guess now I'm growing down.

And it's good.

I hope everyone is either finishing exams/papers well or enjoying their first few days home. Take a risk, be wild, act like the kid you still are. 18 or 19 means nothing.



I'm Going to Miss This

Today, I decided to take all my pictures off my wall. It looks really sad. While putting them away, I found notes that we had all written to each other after a play I was in senior year. I just finished reading them. I feel like I’ve changed a lot from the person they describe, and I’m trying to figure out if it’s in good or bad ways. I think a little bit of both. I’m glad to be going home soon, because I want to return somewhat to the me in those notes. Not that I’ll loose what Vassar has added, of course. Especially all the amazing people who have helped me through.

Whenever I think of how soon I’m going home, I get really excited. But then I remember I have to pack, clean, take an exam, and say goodbye to everyone. That makes me a little less excited. But I did steal a tray (with trayfitti) from the DC to preserve it for next year! And to go traying.

I know you will all have amazing summers, but aren’t we all going to miss this? If you need more proof, just look at that picture. I can’t wait to see you all again next year!



I Wanna Go Home

First, I want to apologize to everyone who's been checking in on us today. A lot of people moved out of their dorm (including myself), and we just didn't have the time to post.

But I'm here now.

It feels weird being home. It doesn't quite feel right here. For the first time since I've been at Vassar, some of my "Vassar self" is slowly leaking into my "home self" with astonishing quickness. My sibs love it. We'll see what my rents think. haha.

I miss Vassar. I have virtually no friends here to chill with... Hopefully I'll be able to rectify that soon... If I have time... I'll be working my ass off over the summer. Fun stuff....

It took me seven hours to pack... We'll see how long it takes me to unpack.
That's what I'm off to do now.
My room needs a paint job.
I'm thinking burgundy.





So this will be my last post as a Joss correspondent, because I am moving to a GLORIOUS apartment next year, where no one will vom on my bathroom floor (hopefully) or scream outside my window at 4 AM. It's a little bittersweet at the same time, because I'll miss being able to run up and down the halls and visit my friends whenever I want, but the benefits far outweigh the losses. So prepare yourselves for The Adventures of Littleone Off-Campus (volume one: Adventures in Cooking OR Littleone Sets the Oven on Fire).

(ESPECIALLY SINCE THE DC BAGELS ARE APPARENTLY INFESTED. Oh my GOD, I eat those every day. Including this morning. I am seriously holding back my gag reflex right now. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check Mads or the Vassar Livejournal community... unless you have a weak stomach or have recently eaten a bagel from the DC.)

Back on track, though...

This year. What can I say? I don't know where to start. It wasn't what I expected. Nothing about this school is what I expected. Which isn't to say I'm unhappy - I really do love Vassar.

I forgot that your status somewhere else doesn't automatically transfer. I was first in my class in high school, in the top level of dance in a fairly competitive program, building up a reputation in the theatre community in my city... yeah, none of that came with me to Vassar. There are a lot of people here that are a LOT smarter than me, I didn't even get into VRDT, and... well... the theatre thing went well, so I guess I'm good at something. But as I learned in high school, so too am I learning in college - if you want respect, you kind of have to work your ass off to get it. And I'm doing that. And I love it.

I will miss you all during this long, hot (I hate living in the desert) summer. If you need me, you will be able to find me drowning my sorrows at Del Taco.


It's Over! (ish)

I hope everyone's finals are going well; it's almost over! I have my two toughest finals Monday and Tuesday, then I go back home to Long Island. Here are some things that I'm looking forward to doing this summer:
-Getting back on a normal sleep schedule
-Eating home cooking
-Making different kinds of soup :d
-Doing some reading for pleasure (I'm thinking about finally investing time to read the Lord of the Rings)
-Write!! I wrote this short story last year which is sort of nothing on its own, but I now have an idea for a full story and context. I'm looking forward to putting that down in form.

What I will miss:
-Laughter about random things that don't make sense
-Laughter about intelligent, witty things
-UPC runs
-RISK playing :D

Well, that's it for me. I wish you all luck on your finals, and a safe trip hope!

Enjoy the summer,

P.S. Pick up a copy of Helicon (the literary magazine) in the library or other highly traveled locations!

Who naps with their blinds open?!

After my two-week long stay in the hospital with Toxic Shock Syndrome and a Staph infection and a near-death experience, vivalawhitegirl is back with Miss Abreves, because I might get too tired and fall asleep before I finish this post. we walked all over campus today running errands and we saw that our friends window was open and the blinds were up so we called his name and he was napping! what a silly goose.

anyway, the list. things we're gonna miss about vc.

r the g
hipster royalty
fucking up my stir fry
getting $7.50 for my $200 bio book
nicknames and the people who have them
free condoms
kid with cape
kid with leopard hair
cosmo story excerpt readings
dmn (the game and the person)
the m
christmas lights year round in a noncreepy way
boys with scruff
gossip girl/project runway gatherings
"hansel, he's so hot right now"

have safe trips home and have a great summer,

The End of This Chapter

Ciao ciao ciao ciao a tutti!

Well, today will be short and (hopefully) sweet. I am finished with this year. I'm sad to see it go but I had my moments and now it's time for new ones, not that I'll ever forget the old. I have taken my finals, finished my essays, stored my things (I didn't realize how much stuff I had here...sad), and for the most part filled my suitcases. Friday, I am on a plane back home. I have packed up my life here and it is ready to relocate. Have a wonderful summer all of you and I'll see you next year!

P.S.- My room looks disgustingly bare and unfriendly. Oh well...


---On average, it takes two tablespoons of blood to get a man's penis erect. (Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine GO DOWN....Don't ask me where that came from, I don't know)
---The G-spot, a sensitive area located inside the vagina on the upper wall, an inch or two behind the back of the pubic bone, is named for Dr. Ernest Grafenberg. (Hahaha...wow, wouldn't I like to have something that gives so much pleasure to women /9or anyone) named after me! I think I should go invent some type of amazing vibrator or discover a body part....oooh my summer plans are piling up)
---The vagina and the eye are self-cleaning organs.
---The prophet Hosea was commanded to marry a prostitute because Israel, herself, hath committed great whoredom. (hahaha...wow. And we thought we had problems)
---The word "ejaculation" comes from the Latin word meaning "throwing out." (So when was the last time you ejaculated via intercourse or masturbation? I just had a conversation about this earlier.)
---A dragonfly's penis has a shovel on the end that scoops out a rival male's semen (I've actually seen this happen. Kinda trippy)
---The average gorilla weighing 200 pounds has a penis that is two inches long. (I love gorillas!)
---According to psychologists, the shoe and the foot are the most common sources of sexual fetishism in Western society. (Why??? I guess it could be worse....)
---Aphallatosis is a mental disorder resulting from a lack of sex life. (Well, we have a lot of people suffering from that on this campus....)

Pace ed amore,


Tough Year for Transfers: 3% Acceptance Rate at Vassar

My friend who applied to Vassar recently received his decision letter which stated the number of people applied and accepted. According to the letter, this has been an extremely tough year for students hoping to transfer to Vassar.

For the Fall of '08, only 10 out of over 300 applicants were offered a spot. This comes in the wake of pending plans to renovate Davison House, forcing Vassar into a housing crunch for the 2008-09 year.

The exceptionally low acceptance rate of 3% is unprecedented in recent Vassar history, and is beginning to resemble the single-digit acceptance rate commonly affiliated with the Ivy League Schools.

The implications of such statistics in the long term are unclear.

Please note that Vassar Admissions has yet to publish the official statistics of transfer applicants for 2008-09.


And the Winner Is....


Last night was the season finale of Cycle 10 of America's Next Top Model. After a Covergirl commercial shoot, the final three were narrowed down to the final two. Fatima was eliminated, leaving Whitney and Anya to battle it out in the runway fashion show. The show was in Italy and the clothes were picked by Donatella Versace herself. The girls gave it their all but when it came time to chose the winner, Whitney was chosen. She became the show's first ever full-figured model to win.

SGPG's take: I have been a fan of Whitney since day one. Not only is she an absolutely beautiful girl, but she really does feel confident in her own skin. Most of the time, full-figured models come into the competition and eventually they loose their composure and their insecurities come through. This was never the case with Whitney and I admired her for that. However, as much as I loved her I don't think she deserved to win more than Anya. Anya was an amazing model from day one. She took gorgeous pictures and was the type of person that you just wanted to be best friends with. Although both were talented, I feel that in the end Anya was more talented. That being said, Whitney did a fantastic job also. Overall, it was a great season. And I cannot wait for Cycle 11!

Stand On the Winner Platform, It’s Fun

I was sitting with some friends at the Retreat last night, and as it was a few hours after my evening biology exam, I was spacing out more than usual. I was gazing blankly at the wall behind my roommate’s head, and didn’t really register what I was looking at until it had already happened. Have any of you seen the video montage of student art projects playing on the Retreat television (I’m still confused about exactly what that’s for...)? For some reason, in my stupor, that clip of the colored, paint-filled balloons popping in a meticulously arranged domino effect was extremely appealing.

I’m not an art student, so I don’t know if all this artwork is coming out of one course or multiple ones. Whatever the source, I love the way its products are distributed, and fact that they’ve spilled out of the gallery in Main into the entire building and the rest of the campus (even Sunset Lake...someone get that artist antibiotics, please). Some of us don’t often go out of our way to appreciate student artwork, so it’s kinda nice to have it shoved in our faces once in a while.

So props to the balloon kid. Also to whoever made those perspective pyramids on that path between campus and the TAs. Oh, and the candelabra by the Infodesk is sweet, too.

Good luck on exams, everyone. Recycle!

It's Been Lovely

I've just completed one final and I have one more tomorrow, not including a couple more papers that I'm not really fretting over. But then after that, no more Vassar =D. To be back home where I am appreciated in more ways than one. To roam the streets and always have something to do. To order chinese food @ 1am, and have it only be right around the corner... AND to order a meal for myself and pay less than $10. To go to the mall and not see mall security (I honestly thought that mall security was something made up for movies; Poughkeepsie has taught me better...). To have my room to myself. My high ceiling and width and television and computer and... To be in solemn silence. That's my home.

What's yours?

Luvs and hugs,
Dyamond Phillips

No Complainin' Here

OK, everybody. Ya don't need to hear me complain about finals, so here's the best thing I've seen (about 20 times) all week:

It's a music video for an amazing Indian song, with fake english subtitles. I like the song itself and the guy is fuckin adorable, but if you go in expecting the english subtitles to be stupid,like I did, you're in for a pleasant surprise, as I was.

I want to be in Bollywood (not that this is).

strange and chunky. What is going on with our showers? There's been much hubbub in our bathrooms lately. When do y'all go home? I don't want to.

wow! Primal Scream was grrrrreat! I love to scream and yes, I'm bragging, but I have the best screams ever screamed in all...man, that's a strange word. Think of it. "scrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeam"..it just sounds shrill and abrasive. Like my loud sound. Goodbye, folks. Have good summers and like....don't get pregnant, catch diseases, discover your parent' hidden life as a gangster, be dumped by your significant other of five years, have your pet die, or eat fast food over the vacation. But do, however, white-water raft and dance and sing a lot. That's all you need in life to make you happy. If you feel like shit, dance and sing. and exercise. then drink yourself into a sad little bubble and sleep on it. and wear more pink and green together.


From the Desk of SQUIRM

Hey! I just wanted to let you know that this year's Squirm is being distributed in front of the library tomorrow (Friday the 16th) from noon to 4.

Sasha (literary editor and head of the org)

SPRiNKLES's Take: DAYMN this late in the school year? A bit of a risky move, if you ask me.... I know I'll be picking up my copy, though - I loves me Squirm! Go get some sexiness, too!


Mads Freezes Comments

For those of you who are dedicated Mads readers, you've probably already seen it, but:

"We've been inundated with spam in the last few hours and we need to freeze commenting for the time being. Thanks for your patience and your comments will be published soon.

Wednesday 8PM"

No doubt this is in response to what is possibly the most controversial comment war in the history of the blog. Oddly enough, it stemmed from the accident in the library. Mads posted a little more info about it than some people liked, and now finds itself amidst a battle between Mads lovers and haters. Among the various topics touched upon in the comments is the question as to whether Mads should be considered a gossip site or a news site.

I personally like to think of it as an inside scoop as to what's going on around campus, gossip or otherwise.

That said, Mads, I feel your pain!
We had a bit of a snafu when we first started over a similar incident.

My advice to Mads: keep on trucking!
If 200,000 hits doesn't validate a blog, I dunno what does....
(40,000 maybe??)

Injury More Serious Than We Know?

I'm sure all of you read J.J.'s e-mail about the awful accident that happened at the library last night.

What I overlooked originally is that she says tonight at 8:00 there will be a "gathering" on the Chapel Lawn.

To say the least, this definitely puts the incident in a new light.


There seems to be an awful lot of shit going down right now in my life, the lives of those close to me, and the whole Vassar community. And those three are unrelated. But still, crazy. And all right before exams, so not very conducive towards studying.

For those interested in the Vassar community drama, there's a very interesting comment war going on at Mads. I recommend checking it out. That's what I've been doing instead of studying for my astronomy final...

Good luck to all of you with all your various endeavors.

It's that time again...

Time for exams.

Last night was fun, with the midnight breakfast (I was more interested in the company than the food), the naked run (ha!), and the fire show. It was a fun time to hang out with various friends.

Needless to say, the incident in the library was frightening, and my roommate was there and came back quite shell-shocked. Here at Blog9 we sincerely hope that he will be okay, and since do not wish to propagate any rumors there will be no speculating or discussion of the incident.

On a lighter note, today I'm going to study for a while, then I have an exam from 5 to 7, then I'll have a victory dinner with some friends. Then one more exam tomorrow and I'm finished for the semester... Ahh... Otherwise, I'm looking forward to stealing my roommate's Glamour magazine to read on the quad!

Good luck with exams!

To Clear the Rumors

The guy in the library who fell and hurt himself during primal scream will be alright. So far all I know is he is a senior and a great guy, and probably just had a very bad shoulder injury, but is conscious.

Just a reminder to everybody out there to be careful and take care of yourselves. Good luck on finals.



G'Day readers! Hope your study week has been productive!

We come to you today with very important news.

Due to several important factors - everyone's leaving campus, summer will be busy for both correspondents and you, and, above all, our impending refresh - we decided at our last meeting to go on FULL HIATUS effective Wednesday, May 21.

That means that after next week Tuesday (5/20), there will not be any new posts on Blog9 until after summer break. No worries, though - we will definitely be back in the fall with some awesome stories about our summer, new correspondents, and a fresh look!

So keep us bookmarked! Thank you for your faithful reading, and good luck on your exams!
~The Blog9 Team


Getting It On Globally

Percentages of people in surveyed countries having sex at least once a week, according to the 2007/08 Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey:

1. Greece: 87%
2. Brazil: 82%
6. Italy: 76%
8. Spain: 72%
11. South Africa: 71%
23. United Kingdom: 55%
25. United States: 53%
26. Japan: 34%

26 countries were surveyed, 1,000 people in each country... looks like the U.S. has some catching up to do. Or we're just less promiscuous. ;)

Full results of the survey, which includes many more interesting topics, can be found here (click on "SWGS Findings").

Source: OUT Magazine, June/July 2008 issue

Amid All the Stress

...So...I was walking to the Kiosk a little while ago for a heavenly Starbucks Frappuccino when I look up and see...a freakin' RAINBOW over Main!! I'm not kidding - it's completely sunny outside but there's a rainbow projected over a streak of clouds on top of Main! It's lovely. I mean... it doesn't erase the fact that everything seems out of my control right now but... it helps? Maybe that's just me - I love rainbows. Breathe in, everybody. Step out for a bit, feel the sun and breathe...it'll be over soon (that's what I keep telling myself).

Good luck to you all!




As Time Goes By

I just came back from my last choir event of the year: a day long trip in NYC for a concert for Vassar alumni. The bus ride gave me some time to reflect upon my first year at Vassar.... and, in short, it's been quite a year. It's interesting to think about how different I feel about this place and its people now than I did a lot of last semester. I was having some trouble adjusting last semester because of some things going on at home; I didn't quite have the right frame of mind necessary while making the great shift to college life. However, I found that some friends came through, who made it all better; a lot of whom were in choir. I'm starting to *consciously* realize that I invest myself emotionally in choir. What I mean by this is that at the same time that I rely on the music to express emotion, I feel emotion because of the experience of expressing music among my fellow singers and friends.

As a result, I've realized that I'm sad that I won't be seeing some of these wonderful people until next fall, possibly longer for those who are graduating. I know I've made permanent friendships, though, because I feel like I've known some of my friends here for years. I find it strange that after only 8 months, I feel like I would be lost without some of these people.

I want to thank those who have made this year great, and who sustained my sanity when I needed it most; you'll be hearing from me in person. :)

Callooh! Callay!

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What I'm Listening To

Has anyone heard the new Fergie song?

Yea, that's a sample of the Sex and the City theme. The song's titled "Labels or Love" and it's being used for the upcoming film's opening credits. Didn't like it at first, but after several listens, I'm hooked. It's infectious.

muah! sprink.


Some of you may have already read about the recent incest case in Austria, but for those of you who haven't, here's the link for the article:


I am shocked that this has happened. How can a father go through with something like this? To completely ruin his daughter's life (not to mention the lives of all her children and his wife) in such an appalling way? Can anyone reading this article even fathom the idea of locking up an 18-year-old girl for 24 YEARS and having 7 children with her? Because I can't. It makes every part of me ache, honestly.

To me, this case reveals a glimmer of the extent to which a human psyche can become fucked up. And who's to say that there aren't other cases like this out there (and even worse, perhaps, though it's hard to imagine having it any worse)?

Thank God we as humans have societal standards, and a means to punish these perverts.


Unregrettably Yours

You ever have one of those days in which you feel so down and deep in the gutter that when you look up the sky is a murky brown? Yeah, that's my day. Nothing bad happened to me, I just feel so down because of things that will happen.

For instance, a book I need for one of my final papers is MIA in the library. Woe is me.

But honestly, there's no need to panic. I just need to climb to see blue skies, simply because they're there and I know I can reach them easily. You can too.

Luvs and hugs,
Dyamond Phillips

Mother's Day!

If you haven't all ready, be sure to call your mom and let her know how much she means to you!(and how happy you are that she decided to carry your ass in her uterus for 9 months)

Oh, and watch this lovely ballad:


Don't Worry; Be Happy

As I write this, I am sitting in a cute little study carrel (sp?) in the Art Library that faces out towards Raymond Ave. I should be working on my Spanish final, but instead I am writing for you eager readers. With everyone getting into frenzies about finals and projects and papers, I have learned something rather interesting about myself. I don't really stress out about that kind of thing. Not that I don't worry about things from time to time, but I rarely feel so overloaded that I just freak out.

I think this is good and bad. It is good because I don't have to deal with the feeling of absolute doom that some of my friends are dealing with now (don't worry guys, it will all be over soon!). But on the other hand, sometimes I don't realize just how much effort something is going to take until I sit down to do it a day or two before it is due. I am desperately trying to break out of my habits of procrastination, but it is so difficult. I know in the end that it will all get done. And I know, or at least I hope, that ultimately I'll get a good grade and everything will be fine. I hope this isn't sounding cocky. I don't mean it to be at all. I just think that too often people stress about things to the point where they doom themselves to failure, and it doesn't need to be that way. So, even if you are swimming in work (as I think most of us are) just try to think positively... Yes, you have a lot to do but when you finish it will be summer! Good luck with the rest of the year!



Ciao ciao ciao a tutti!

I hope that you all went to see "A Winter's Tale" this weekend. One of my best friends was in it and they were all amazing! They reminded me of how much I love Shakespeare and outdoor theatre.

Tonight there is an AirCappella/Devils concert in Rocky 200 at 8 PM and it will be fabulous!

So because it is May, there are these daily celebrations called May Days of 2008 series. All 31 days of May have been designated their own theme. This was initially intended to be a small event series for random facebook people and it's not official, but they figured they'd open it to the world. So, anybody may celebrate. You may do the whole series or choose specific days to participate in. HAVE FUN!

Here are the upcoming May Day themes: (and you can find these on facebook!)

5/11/08: International Condiment Day (ya...don't ask me)
5/12/08: International Powerthirst Day
5/13/08: International Smack An Ass Day
5/14/08: International ...In Bed Day
5/15/08: International Gum-Chewing Day
5/16/08: International Sexual Act Day
5/17/08: International Whipped Cream Day
5/18/08: International Photograph Your Day Day
5/19/08: International Sexican Day
5/20/08: International Sexual Innuendo Day
5/21/08: International Tickle Day
5/22/08: International Gluten-Free Day
5/23/08: International Bagel Day
5/24/08: International Videogame Marathon Day
5/25/08: International Vegetarian Day
5/26/08: International Humorous T-Shirt Day
5/27/08: International Zombie Day
5/28/08: International Spontaneous Orgasm Day
5/29/08: International Are You Nervous Day
5/30/08: International Blame It On _____ Day
5/31/08: International National Foods Day

And here are your


---According to the book Hidden Bedroom Partners: Needs and Motives That Destroy Sexual Pleasure, what your partner does after sex may have lots of hidden meanings. Immediately rolling over and going to sleep may indicate anger. Going to the bathroom may reflect feelings of guilt. (And if you cry during???)
---The typical person spends about 600 hours having sex between the ages of 20 and 70. (Jezzey Chrezzy!)
---Researchers say that condoms exposed to smog and ozone are less effective. (So scientific!)
---According to certain rabbinical interpretations, Adam had sex with animals. (I do not mean to offend anyone!)
---Erect giraffe penises are four feet long. (Ouch.....)

Pace ed amore,


The Beginning of the End

The cover of the newest issue of TIME magazine says it all:

This definitely has some weight, as TIME is one of the (if not THE) most respected news magazines in the world. Inside, there are several articles pertaining to Obama's candidacy, as well as one titled "The Mistakes She Made," all of which stand to crown Obama as the Democratic Party nominee.

This issue comes amidst new reports that Obama has virtually erased Clinton's superdelegate lead - what was once a gap of 106 superdelegates is now a barely visible divide of 4. There is also speculation as to the possibility of Obama helping Clinton pay off her campaign debts - a traditional sign of good-will between warring candidates.

To sum up my take on all this in one word: YESSSSSSSSSS!


A Happier Teaser

Ugh. After the teaser for S. Darko, I was afraid to post this one, but....

THREE HOURS?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?
I haven't finished watching Volume Two, which I heard (and have seen so far) was nowhere near as good as Volume One. Volume Three: Villains looks intriguing at the very least.


The Tragedy of Hollywood

Is it possible for Hollywood to leave a good film alone these days? Let me give you a great example of why sequeling NEEDS to stop:

This is not a mockup or photoshop; this is the ACTUAL teaser poster for S. Darko, the sequel to, you guessed it, Donnie Darko. Now, Donnie Darko is, in my opinion, one of the greatest films ever made. It's one of those films that you either love or you hate, and I love it.

Thing about it is it didn't make a lot of money when it was released. It came out just after 9/11, and many people just weren't in the mood for crazy psychotic rabbits and a time warp story. The film did well in DVD sales, and started a cult following.

So in my opinion, this move is odd - Donnie Darko wasn't the most successful film ever - it wasn't even a blockbuster. So my guess is Velvet Octopus (the production company) is banking on the cult following of the original to go see this one. Except the cult following doesn't want a sequel. Nothing could ever possibly live up to Donnie Darko.

Oh, and Richard Kelly, the writer and director of the original, ISN'T EVEN INVOLVED.

What kills me even more is a member of the production team, Simon Crowe, said: "Donnie's not in [the new film] but there are meteorites and rabbits." METEORITES and RABBITS? REALLY? Is that was Donnie Darko was about? PLANE TURBINES and RABBITS? Come on!

You can go read the article here, and then go gouge your eyes out with other Donnie Darko lovers at the Comingsoon.net forum here.


Miscellaneous tidbits grabbed from my brain

I've discovered that I really really like cutting hair.
I also really like playing guitar.

But not these things at the same time.

Anyway, I'm going to the Minstrel's concert tonight, which should be funny, enjoyable, and not too long. It's at 9:00 in Sanders.

I finished 28 pages of papers this week. Oh boy...

I'm really tired! I'll take care of that...

Yeahh, Okayy, get crunk!



Animal Horns, Vaginas, and Peace

Ciao ciao ciao ciao a tutti!

So I'm really excited to say that today is.......
International Be Sexually Inappropriate With Your Friends Day

Yay! Go get your grab on! (But make sure you let them know that it's a special occasion....)

While you may already be sexually inappropriate with your friends on a daily basis, today you actually have an excuse. Plus it's fun seeing awkward glances from people, right???

And here are your....


---"Reltney" is archaic slang for "penis" and "Hockey" is archaic slang for "semen." So....what's vagina? and eggs?
---John Harvey Kellogg (who invented Kellogg's Corn Flakes) invented corn flakes as a meatless breakfast food, designed to reduce the sexual drive and to reduce masturbation. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? Dude, you masturbate in spite of him. Masturbating is not bad for you. It's actually probably the safest thing you could do, having sex with yourself.
---A man will ejaculate approximately 18 quarts of semen, containing half a trillion sperm, in his lifetime. DAAaaaaaAAAAYYYMMMMM! Woohoo sex ed!
---In ancient Greece and Rome dildos were carved out of everything they could get their hands on from wood, glass, leather, gold, silver and even animal horns. OUCH! I'm sorry but I wouldn't want to put an animal horn in my vagina. And I don't think anyone else would either... Comments?

Pace ed amore,

P.S.-- Has anybody else noticed all the little kids running around and going into the dorms? Apparently it's Peace Day? Shouldn't everyday be Peace Day?

Exit, Pursued By A Bear

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Shakespeare Troupe's new play: The Winter's Tale. Now, I won't give anything away for those of you who haven't seen it, but I will tell you to expect a lot of laughing, singing, drama, a little bit of confusion...and maybe some tears. The Winter's Tale is also known to have Shakespeare's most famous stage direction: "Exit, pursued by a bear".

As you may or may not know, the plot goes more or less like this: Leontes, King of Sicilia, accuses his pregnant wife Hermione of committing adultery with Polixenes, King of Bohemia (and Leontes' childhood friend). The events develop dramatically and we end up sixteen years later in Bohemia, where Leontes' lost daughter lives and has fallen in love. I won't say more, and let you guys find out, but let me tell you that it's definitely worth it. The set, the music and the lights set the perfect mood for such an inspiring play.

Look out for the bear!

Poll Results!


72% - YAY
18% - NAY

It should be noted this is the first time we've had a "YAY" over 70%!

Long Time No See... And STRESS!

This is JEWETTGOSSIP reporting... ahem!

My apologies for not posting on Blog9 for a very VERY long time! I have had a lot going on family-wise as well as academically.
But now I'm back!

I am glad to announce to you that....

In Jewett, there are people, yes people not a person staying up till 7 in the morning these days, writing papers to see the sunrise. Life during study week sucks huh? I finished 2 papers and still have 4 more and 3 exams to study for - great. Founder's Day was awesome but it really didn't help with the workload I have.

But I am real excited about this weekend. There's so many parties in various dorms tonight as well the the FARM RAVE! so excited! and it's going to go on till 6am?!? HOLY MOTHER OF COW!

I know how stressed out many of you guys are, I for one certainly am with 6 units of classes and A FREAKING CONCERT IN NYC on Monday arggggg! but take a break, go dance it out at the farm rave.

You know you need it!


ohmigod I want to go home.

I'm sitting here in front of my window with my fan on.

My fan is blowing cigarette smoke directly into my face because of the people sitting on the steps of Joss polluting the airspace.

Cigarette smoke gives me migraines.

I HATE SMOKERS SO MUCH. Blacken your own lungs all you want, but leave me out of it. I seriously don't get why people our age smoke. We all know the MANY health risks perfectly well, and I can't be the only person with multiple relatives having suffered lung cancer. Seriously, is it worth it to look "cool" (which, for the record, you don't) or be skinny?


A New Voice

This is the Jellyfish, signing in from Cushing!

I’m your new Cush correspondent, because Blog9 has clearly been lacking its very own bit of aimless, gelatinous marine life. Also, our delightful beligxoxo needs someone to help report the wild doings of the Cushlings.

Speaking of which, some glorious individual has been hooking his Nintendo up to the giant flatscreen in the common room and thus I have rediscovered my unparalleled Mario Kart skills. I’d like to thank my Mario Kart angel and suggest that he might also leave blueberry muffins down there next time.

until next time, I’m yours,


I've Been Lightly Drinking, and a Little Heavy on the Thinking

Few people know her name, but this sexy gal from San Diego just released a killer album. Tristan Prettyman is a former model turned singer-songwriter (and also Jason Mraz's former girlfriend), but don't let that turn you off: she's got a lot of talent and it shines through every inch of this sophomore album. The sound is sort of folksy and upbeat, and the lyrics are just really simple, direct, and honest. Her voice is soft and lovely and very pure. Also, those of you who know Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens), he's featured on one of the tracks. Badass. You should check her out!!

My favorite tracks on Hello...X are Hello, Echo, Handshake, and In Bloom. The title track especially is ridiculously awesome.


Meeting of the Minds

Ciao ciao ciao ciao a tutti!
We are in a Blog9 meeting......at this very moment. Trying to think of ideas for next year.
God damn sucksuckyfuckfucky!

Well, instead, let's talk about sex! That's never god damn sucksuckyfuckfucky, except for in a good suckfuck. Actually, that's not true. There is some really suckyfucky. Ok, I think I'm done now....


---The first condoms in the US were made from vulcanized rubber in the 1870s. They were expensive and annoyingly thick and meant to be reused. ok so...1) OUCH 2) EWW! 3) Well, I guess they're kind of like diaphragms...

---In Texas it is illegal to sell a vibrator as anything other than a ‘novelty’. ??? Would they sell vibrators as something weird??? Like.... in replacement of wooden spoons for cooking??? Huh?

------Only 17% of women are likely to have an orgasm during sex. Sad but true.... They are more like to orgasm if they "do it themselves" or have a sex toy.... So attention all sex partners: Don't have a hissyfit if your girlfriend wants to bring a toy into the bedroom. It will make her happy, which should end up making you happy.

---The left testicle usually hangs lower than the right for right-handed men. The opposite is true for lefties. Does anyone wanna confirm this fact???

---According to a survey of sex shop owners, cherry is the most popular flavor of edible underwear. Really? I prefer.... just kidding. No but really, some people I know HATE cherry. It reminds them of medicine. Medicine and vagina usually doesn't lead you to assume there's a "party" going on in her pants, if you know what I mean...

Pace ed amore,

That's nice.

It's nice to know, even in retrospect, that people care about you. I had a really rough first semester and a friend of mine mentioned tonight that she, and other people, had been worried about me. It's funny, because I had only known them for a couple months at that point, and they were still concerned about me. I'm doing a thousand times better now... thanks to the fact that even though I've only been here since August, I've still found people who care enough to worry about someone they hardly know.

Thank you, all of you.

p.s. There was an EMS van outside of my dorm a little while ago (it's 1:40 as I write this). Seriously, guys? It's freaking Tuesday. I know it's the last day of classes, but why don't you celebrate by NOT drinking yourself into a comatose stupor? Everything in moderation...

Believe It or Not

You’ve seen squirrels, groundhogs, and rabbits; ….last night, I chanced upon a wolpertinger darting through the trees. It was only for an moment but I swear to it. “Couldn’t be” I muttered to myself, “This far from Bavaria?” I didn’t believe it at first but it couldn’t be denied. It was all there, the horns of a roebuck, the wings of a jay and the feet of a duck. I stood back jaw agape astonished by the wolpertinger’s majesty. Sadly, before I could a girl to expose her breasts and lure it in, it wisped away, appearing to take flight into the night. In an instant the beast was gone, I can only assume it was up to something awesome.

white chocolate

p.s. It may have been a rabbit.

Oy Vey

Done with classes! Everyone is kind of winding down, chilling out, even partying it up. I still have work to do. It's my own fault because I put it off, but I still have to do it. How many of you get to chill out for a while, and how many of you have to keep right on trucking? Kinda sucks, right? But the finish line is in sight. Just one more big sprint and we're there! Trouble is, I've always sucked at running.




Christmas... In May??

Those of you listening to the wonderful music heralding the presence of the ice cream truck near the Aula are being treated to a wide-ranging medley of songs.

I just heard "O Christmas Tree" and "Joy to the World" being played, followed up by "La Cucharacha."

Anyone else hear anything quirky??


world news? no.

So I receive the NYTimes afternoon update things so that I stay on top of what's going on in the world. They have this extra thing where if something big happens they send you an extra email.

I didn't get anything about the cyclone that's leaving tons of people dead.

I just got an email regarding Uma Thurman's stalker.

How ridiculous is that? I really don't care about Uma Thurman, sorry dear.

Anyway, classes are over, but I still have choir rehearsals, a 12-page paper that is yucky, and 2 finals. Ugh.

I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather and no more lectures.


"BARE" With Me

The Bare phenomenon (on campus at least) never ends! Max Fagin recently posted four vids from the fantastic performance of "BARE: A Pop Opera" that was recently put on by the FWA. I've compiled them all here in one playlist for your convenience!

It should also be noted that this may not be the end of "BARE" media - several extremely reliable sources have said that the cast may in fact be heading into the recording studio. I know I have my fingers crossed!


UPDATE: The Bare cast WILL be recording a soundtrack, and giving it away in some manner! They can't sell it due to copyright issues.


"Twilight" Rising

I know there are more than a few Twilight fans on campus - Entertainment Weekly recently hailed Stephanie Myers as the next J.K. Rowling. Her latest book in the series was the one that knocked Deathly Hallows off the top spot. And the first book is about to become a major motion picture, to be released in December.

Today the trailer was released. Check it out!


What We're Watching

Most of the following can be found in the playlist sidebar feature to the right of this post! Any correspondents that are not listed have not yet sent in their choice; this post and the sidebar will be updated when they do so.

Grey’s Anatomy S04E13 Sneak Peek

Kurt Browning 2000 Ice Wars – Rag-GIDON-Time

kitty cat

Seven-year-old Goes For Drive

Nelly – Ride Wit Me

Dyamond Phillips
Lil Wayne-Lollipop

A*Teens - Floorfiller

Bare: A Pop Opera - "Bare"

Religion ala Eddie Izzard

SuperNews! – Gates vs. Jobs


David Choe

2009 A True Story – Episode 1_85 Days Remaining

Mad TV – Can I Have Your Number

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Poll Results!

Noyes' 50th Birthday: YAY or NAY?

17% - YAY
28% - NAY
53% - DIDN'T GO


In this recent article by the Misc (http://misc.vassar.edu/archives/2008/05/vassar_faciliti.html) we learned about Vassar's lack of access for disabled persons, and this is something that should worry all of us. How many dorms have access for disabled people? No Quad dorm, not Joss, not Cushing, and many buildings where we have class also lack access for everyone. And hey, I am not counting those lame elevators in the Quad dorms as "access" - would you want to call security every time you wanted to go up even one floor? Even the new Quad stairs were not even built to be accessible. Am I the only angry one that in 2008 we (yes, we) are not even able to provide all of the students with full access to every building? I come from a school that did not have a lot of money, but it was the country's law that every building had to be accessible to everyone, and the school had to start investing in ramps and elevation-machines for stairs and elevators. Will we have to wait for an alumni/ae to donate money to make this College accessible to everyone or will this institution (and us) take the matter seriously and start changing things around? I would be more than willing to help my friend up the stairs, but that is not the point, the fact is that we should all have the right to be able get wherever we want on this campus if we so desire. So, next time we think about getting swipe machines for the vending machines, why not think of things that actually matter first?




Ah, Founder's Day stories...I was kind of depressed (cuz of weather, I have to admit) and tired in the throughout most of the day...then I took a half hour nap and GOT CRUNK. Um....everything was funny....I went to sleep...the end. But, my, those chili veggie burgers were grrreat. I told people I'd miss them next year...told one guy I never talk to I was sorry for using his water boiler without permission (it's right there in the kitchen! It's so convenient I have to take advantage. And it helped me progress through the days of putting my mug of cold, tea-bagged water in the microwave). Haha I love it. You know what I also love? Feet. Fucking love those things. I thought of putting up a picture of mine, but decided to save something for the imagination.

Everybody must get buzzed.

Pop Bottles

Oh Founder's Day. I have to say, it was definitely a success. For so much of the year it was shrouded in mystery. I knew it was a big deal, but I didn't know exactly what went on. Now, after experiencing it I have to say that I absolutely loved it. Mimosas for breakfast and screwdrivers for lunch. Just about passed out by Walker at 6. Slept till 9 then up for another round. I'd say thats pretty much the idea. Anyways, hope yours was a success too.

Only two days of classes left!
<333 SGPG

Fantastic Weekend

I've seriously been in the greatest mood ever all weekend. On Friday night, my friends and I had a Disney movie marathon (Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Aladdin) and honestly, there is nothing to put you in a good mood like watching four Disney movies in a row while eating amazing brownies (the normal kind, not the sketchy kind).

And then FOUNDER'S DAY, which absolutely lived up to what everyone told me about it. I was just in such a happy place all day, and so was everyone else I was with... and despite the fact that it was "the longest day ever" (I am agreeing with Mads on this one), and I'm still confused as to how we packed in so much activity into one day, it was absolutely lovely.

And those fireworks! They were GORGEOUS! From my vantage point, it was like they were falling on my head. It was stunning; I didn't want it to end.

13 days until home.

love and hungover Sundays

Just Remember to Breathe

Ok so its a Sunday without sun and I am trying to consolidate these last few days here, packing, studying, working etc before I have to go back to the real world [?]. Not that going home is anything new for me, I have a habit of taking myself on multi-month orbits away from my family/hometown and the collisions/near misses that always take place upon those returns have so far marked the grittier, emotional turnpikes in my life. So 'woo' for heading home in 2.5 weeks for round 6.

In the meantime I am going to continue on blindly in my Vassar-d bliss and send out a kudos to Vice for an awesome Afterhours show last week, Meiko and co wove a magnificent acoustic blanket for my friday night and I really appreciated that end of week break.

So here we go, lets just all remember to breathe, and everything should be ok.



I have two weeks left. I'm going to miss Vassar.

Let me rephrase that.
I'm going to miss my friends at Vassar.

Last night, me and my friends played DDR, went to the Limit show (which was EXCELLENT), checked out the Mug, and then spontaneously decided to go to the farm at 1:30 in the morning. At the point that we finally reached the farm we suddenly realized that we should've gone in the other direction, as we were mildly hungry. So we hiked across campus to the Acrop. We were there until 3:00.

I did not get to sleep till 4, and was woken up by none other than Main building herself at 9:00 a.m.

But I don't regret it. Here's why: I LOVE my friends. They're a wildly eclectic group of people, and they're all fabulous. It makes me want to cry sometimes thinking about how great they are, and thinking about how I shall fill the void made by their absence over the summer. Facebook and AIM still exists, but it's not the same. The void can't be filled. At least one of them will be a short drive away from where I live, but the others live several hours away from me.

SO if you're reading this right now, take some time to let your friends know how much you love them. Especially those who you won't be seeing over the summer.

Oh, and




I’m actually really excited to be staying in tonight. This past week has been hellish, with many nights of 3 or less hours of sleep. I feel like a zombie. But tonight, I’m going to eat a good dinner, go to the limit show, watch Gosford Park, and sleep. I am so excited for the sleep. And then I get to wake up early on Founder’s Day! Have any of you read the story of the origins of Founder’s Day? It’s actually really sweet. The college threw a surprise party for Matthew Vassar on that day, and he was so touched, it was cute. I love stories like that. Although there’s the little sidebar notice that the girls were instructed to wave their handkerchiefs silently because cheering wasn’t “ladylike.” I hate that word. Last night, one of my friends told me that her first impression of me was prim and proper. I laughed so hard that I snorted. Charming, right?

Good luck with the end of classes, and have a very happy founder’s day!


eugenics and room draw

Last night I participated in a heated debate with three other friends on eugenics.

It was a fascinating discussion, and I'm glad we had it--my views on eugenics have definitely evolved and it's not even a topic I'd really thought about before.

In addition to learning about this, I also learned about the character of my three friends who participated. It's quite telling how loud they speak, how they address people, how they visibly react emotionally. It was quite topsy-turvy at times.

Amazing though, quite a wonderful discussion.

In other news, room draw is over! My friends and I stayed until the bitter end to keep everyone company as they whittled down the choices. I'm very satisfied with my room--it's not ideal, definitely, but it's pretty ideal for me. I'm not too picky. (Bigger isn't always better. :P)

Anyway, no matter what happened last night, everything WILL turn out just fine. I promise. Pinky-swear? Yes.


Missed Season

Back home, I had my own room with my own television. I would sit there in the months of January-May and OD on American Idol.

Then came Vassar...

What happened was I became a busy mess and found very little to no time for AI. I was once the addict calling in the second the lines opened (and successfully getting through) but now...

I have only seen the auditions. As much as I'd love to cheer and vote, I've just no time.

Same for all my other major shows:
House, Degrassi, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, New Amsterdam, South of Nowhere...

I know I can watch them online, but I don't even have time for that. Even my posting here has been slacking.

At least I know everything will pay off in the end... even if I do miss 4 seasons of AI *heartache*

Is/has anyone else faced what I'm facing?

Luvs and hugs,
Dyamond Phillips


Just an awesome tidbit that I thought I'd share:
Exactly ten years ago today, May 2, 1998, Lord Voldemort was finally defeated by Harry Potter.
Sprink ;)

It's Coming

As I'm sure you've heard, High School Musical 3: Senior Year will be released October 24 exclusively in theaters. Principal photography starts Saturday, May 3, and all the chief actors will be back to reprise their roles!

If I've learned one thing about HSM, it's that you either love it or you hate it. As for me? I LOVE it. Sure, it can be corny and that sugary-sweetness that is Disney, but I like taking refuge from the evils of the world in a quality Disney movie every once in a while. Oh, and Zac Efron is HOTTTT.

Anyway, the poster was released today - check it out!


Trials of Room Draw

During the Nuremberg trials, after the fall of the Nazi regime, many officers of the Nazi army were pressed to explain just why and for that matter how they were able to commit such atrocities. Where they brainwashed? Did they enjoy it? Many broke down and proclaimed that no one knows what kind of person they will become until put under such extreme circumstances. Many survivor say the same, a good man becomes a murderer while a shrewd man saves lives. We’re far from Nazi Germany and no one is being burned alive but today I witnessed first hand how human nature can change.

Far stretched metaphor? Not really for Main room draw… Personally my friends and I had a set plan for the last week. We scoped out the rooms, called dibs, and worked out the numbering for where we would go. We decided to stick together next year as we had done this year. By 7:10 we saw the rooms left after the seniors and juniors drew, and panic ensued. Suddenly, over the next hour, friends began gossiping, plotting their own rooms for their own selfish desires. I watched roommates abandon others far down on the list for singles. I saw others tell someone to their face they would pull them in and then leave with someone else or no one at all. Girls cried. Each time another room was crossed out another person revamped their plan to suit their needs.

Never before have I felt so abandoned as my friend came back to say she picked a room far away from our original plan. Now what? Where the fuck do I go when we’ve all scattered? I guess I fail the test of humanity because I took on of the largest singles I could. There was nothing left for me to do, our group had scattered and that was that. Am I bitter? A little… Maybe two floors and the length of Main will give us enough space and we’ll stay close, maybe not. All I can say is next year will be different. I’m just ready for summer and a break from Vassar’s occasionally excessive drama.

Yours Truly, contrASt


Convocation, Freshman 15, and self-exploration through paper- and song-writing

Today I had no classes. I was in the convocation choir, meaning that I had to sit through the entire convocation. The main speaker... Some interesting points, yeah, but SO long! It was pretty insane.

Sam Charner's speech was my favorite because it was the most natural. I never really like convocations because it's a bunch of educated people reading literary-sounding things.

My favorite part was singing Gaudeamus. :) And sitting next to one of my closest friends.

I went to to the freshman 15 show in UpC. It was pretty cool, though not so tremendously organized. My favorite parts were Scout's rap (fucking amazing!! mad props!) and Nina Vyedin's guitar-playing. She's really amazing and if you haven't heard her play you're really missing out. She writes her own songs that are more professional than professional ones, but she's too much of a good person inside to compare herself to others like that and be as conceited as she has the right to be.

Right now I'm (obviously) writing this post before going to sleep... I wish I didn't have to get up for an early class tomorrow because otherwise I'd be staying up late writing my fucking fascinating psych paper that I love and writing songs... I'm currently writing my first song on guitar and it's really exciting. :) The psych paper is convincing me even more that I need to be a psych major! Preferably related to abnormal and physio psych.

Goodnight to all, and to all a good night.

Productivity at Its Finest

Awkardest opening sentence of an article ever:

"Fans of American Idol will get a chance to lick all seven winners of the hit Fox reality show... in the form of a stamp, that is."
- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24072225/

I can't get anything done tonight!!!!
And my stomach is making funny noises because I ate too many blondies at Freshman 15!!!! (ironic.)


An Evening In Strong. Sex Included.

Ciao ciao ciao ciao a tutti!

So the writers' strike is over (well, for now, and hopefully they'll all be treated better) and ABC episodes are back (yay for Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty and House, which is actually FOX, but whatever)! Basically this period of brand new episodes is like a week long orgasm....(ok, so maybe that was going overboard a tidbit) But REALLY! On Thursday, we were packed into the Strong MPR with hormonal young men and women, and all you could here was screaming and gasping and happy giggles and....etc.

Oh yeeeeeeeeeeeees!
Oh ok!
No! Don't stop!
That's it????

Man, was it steamy in the Strong MPR with Doctor McDreamy and McSteamy and well... all the sexy Grey's characters. and don't forget those in Ugly Betty!

Basically the day of Thur ended with a giant orgy in Strong. Man can those girls show you a good time or what? ;-)

Well, I don't think this article had enough sexual references so here is the cherry on top of that big banana split....


---Sex is an instant cure for mild depression. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream, producing a sense of euphoria and leaving you with a feeling of well-being. Maybe THAT'S why you feel so good afterwards....unless, it, well, is just plain bad.

---A lot of lovemaking can unblock a stuffy nose. Sex is a natural antihistamine. It can help combat asthma and hay fever. Wow, even more reasons to get cozy in the winter...

---The earliest known illustration of a man using a condom during sexual intercourse is painted on the wall of a cave in France. It is dated between 12,000 and 15,000 years old. See! Just because you're old doesn't mean you don't have any sense!

Go have a fun Founder's Day Weekend kiddies!
And forgive those who took the dorm room you (and possibly your roommate) wanted....

Pace ed amore,
Chip to the munk


Rich Horowitz is a god...and so is William Booth!

So I went in to the Office of Res. Life in the hopes of getting some advice on my housing situation. After all the talking, sending of forms, yada-yada-yada, I still had no roommate! I took refuge in Rich's spacious office, on his slightly squishy couch, as he went through my draw number and the possibilities for rooms (I am a lazy bastard with all of that, by the way). And wouldn't you know it, my draw number is just good enough to grant me a single next year! Woot! The big deal for me is not that I won't have a roommate and rather an entire room to myself (although that is still frickin' awesome); but rather that I just no longer have to worry, after having worried and not done much about it all. Life's sweet during those moments when you don't have to take responsibility for your lack of care about pressing things. But let's not count those chickens just yet...

On a side note, I also walked to the Salvation Army thrift store further down on Main towards Downtown. I have to say that they do a great job accommodating all of those in need. William Booth, the founder of Salvation Army, is a good guy in my opinion. Care to counter?


Because It's Wednesday and I Want To

There are waaaay too many little things to do on this campus. And when you try and stay on top of what is going on, your trajectory on an imaginary map winds up looking like something the cartoonist from "Family Circus" would have come up with. At least thats the case for me. Getting to the last day in April and realizing how deplorably few trips I have made to the city, or to ANYWHERE off campus, is more than a little embarassing (especially considering everyone back home assumes I LIVE in the city) and forces me to reconsider just why it is that I "dont have time."

So tonight I am feigning time and sherking my committments and responsibilities and any other guilt-inducing word and going to a show in the city. Because it's Wednesday. And I want to. And I've long since put on hold the occasion of free-drinks at ladies night. So while this choice will probably kick my ass in a couple of days....I am still going to do it....so, ya.....peace.


All Night Long (All Night)

I successfully completed my paper at the expense of not sleeping. It was worth it, though, because I do have some pride for it! In my last two classes I was a little drowsy, doing the embarrassing head drop, and jerk awake motion.... Several times while I was writing, I realized that I unconsciously written a word in French, or that I had been thinking about things in French. I guess the good thing about my all-nighter is that I've think I'm on my way to becoming fluent in French.

Get some sleep you, and good luck on final papers, etc.


Anyone see/hear about what happened to Paula last night on American Idol?
Apparently, they did judging a little differently - the top 5 all performed their songs, and the judges wrote down impressions and did a rapid-fire judging of all 5 at the end.

Paula got confused and thought one contestant actually did both his songs, when in reality they all had done only one.




The Truth

What is it with all these shady-ass girls trying to dance with me at the Mug? When I’m there with my boys on the dance floor all I’m looking for is a good time, a random hook-up is the last thing on my mind. Its insane! We’re down there for less than five minutes and we’re already surrounded. Like hungry kittens, timid at first, but once they see what they want they close in and attack; I turn and they're pawing at my ankles. Why are girls always so horny? All they want is sex. We break free but they pursue. As quickly as we move to the extremes of the floor we’re re-encircled. They’re everywhere; if they’re not on the dance floor then there standing on the sides giving me the eye. How can I be expected to have a good time if I know I’m being ogled? All I want to do is dance with my boys, just let me have my fun. When I go down there, all I’m looking for is fun, not sex. Eww! Girls, Leave us guys alone. When we’re at the mug, we’re not there to dance with you. All we want is guy time, so keep your distance and let us have our fun.

white chocolate

p.s. When I leave the Mug I leave alone, my bed is the only thing I want to be inside of.

Poll Results Lyke W0ah

We usually don't post about the poll results for the Random Poll of the Week, but the past two weeks have yielded some very interesting things about you, our readers (or at least those of you who voted).

The week of April 14 was a poll about where you live. Out of those who responded,

13% live in Main
13% live in Cushing
9% live in Lathrop
8% live in Noyes
7% live in Jewett
11% live in Josselyn
9% live in Raymond
8% live in Strong
13% live in Davison
0% live in the THs
1% live in the TAs
0% live in the SoCos
0% live in Ferry
2% live Off-Campus

What we discern from this is the majority of people who read us live in the 9 major houses - something we want to change in the coming year, as we move to become more campus-inclusive, and less dorm-exclusive.

In our other poll, from last week, we asked what class you're in. The response was:

1% are in the class of 2008
2% are in the class of 2009
11% are in the class of 2010
62% are in the class of 2011
17% are in the class of 2012
4% are college staff

This points to the fact that the majority of our readers are in the current freshman class, with the upcoming freshman class being our second-biggest source of readers. This is another thing that we want to change next year - we want to be widely-read across campus.

These polls provided insight as to how we should proceed with plans for next semester. Thanks to all who participated!
~The Blog9 Team


I have a paper due in 26 hours. 8 pages, worth a third of my grade, in my future major. And I have a paragraph. Yet all I can think about is room draw. And I think I'm getting sick. But I flat out just do not have time to go to Baldwin. And I refuse to be sick for Founder's Day. So I'll just have to cope. I'm hearty, right? I'll be fine. Assuming I don't fail this damn paper.

I'm sure many of you are in similar situations. Good luck, to you and to me. May nobody's brain explode this lovely rainy day.


Waste Two Seconds of Your Life INSTANTLY!

Well, I have nothing to say. So read if you have nothing to do but feel like...wasting two seconds of your life. Just know, you will never get them back.

O, the weather! Compared to last week, this is downright depressing, and I feel slightly depressed. Not sad, just like my body is slow and more still. My muscles are not happy. Be careful with the caffeine. Especially coffee. Yes, I love you, but you interrogate my GI tract. It feels a bit abused.

Listening to Lightnin' Hopkins on a rainy day all day and doing this shitting paper and lazing around...it's the best to hope for on a day such as this. Sorry for being Debbie Downer, eh!?

Um...the candidate debates should be cool. Smoothies are nice. Hoorah for intramural soccer. WOOOOAAAH Mistuh Chahlie yo rollin mill is buinin down

Wait! I do have something interesting. Bonobo chimps. That's right, folks, everybody's favourite longer legged, incestuous, and freaky deaky human relative! Behold:

ANTM Predictions

One of my favorite shows is America's Next Top Model. Every week when I realize that it is Wednesday, I get really really excited. This season has been particularly interesting. I have to say that Anya is my favorite. She is such a sweetheart. I really want her to win. And despite the fact that Dominique is hated by most people, her naivety is kind of endearing. I'm guessing I am not the only ANTM addict here at Vassar. So, I want to know predictions. Who is going home this week? What is in store for the rest of the season? Here is what I think:

Elimination this week: Whitney goes home
Next week: Dominique
The I think Fatima will get eliminated, with Katarzyna and Anya in the final runway show. And then Anya wins. :)

Hope you have a great week. Only one more week of classes to go :):)


One door closes, another opens.

So Dido and Aeneas is over. I've spent a lot of time and brain space on it in the past semester, especially in the past week.

It's been a wonderful experience and I really loved just about every minute of it.

And as this door closes, the door of the rest of the semester continues to open. I've got this amazing paper to finish, and then another one to take care of (a total of about 30 pages by the middle of May), and of course exams to study for.

I'm looking forward to this week, this weekend, study week, and the two weeks at home/travelling before I come back to Vassar for the summer... And of course I'm looking forward to that quite a bit as well.

Well, it's time to work on that paper now. I hope you are all doing well with your work or, if not, having a lot of fun on this rainy day for relaxation.


Price of DC Meal Points Revealed

As you may have heard, Campus Dining recently revealed the new system of meal points for the upcoming school year.

While the new "buffet meals" system is very interesting, what really caught my eye was the following:

"Running late from team practice and afraid you won’t make it to ACDC by 8:30? Use a meal equivalency ($6.75) at The Atrium."

So that means that each meal point at the DC is valued at $6.75. Personally, that's more than I typically spend at the DC, and I'm on an enhanced meal plan. I try to get water, so as to reduce the cost of my meals.

To me, the question remaining is: will the cost of the meal plan on my bill change to accomodate this?



So I'm awake at 2:30 AM pondering Vassar security.

I'm awake and pondering Vassar security because a member of their fine team just thought it necessary to have a loud conversation on the phone in my hallway for a good half hour or so. At 2 AM.

In the wake of Don Marsala's email this weekend, shouldn't VC security be doing something a little more closely related to their job than whining about it on the phone while people are trying to sleep?

I've been following people's reactions to Friday's incident on the various Vassar Internet postings, and I can't help but agree with the people that are saying that security needs to get their collective ass in gear. They're too busy hanging outside of doors, waiting for them to open so they can bust the Natty-Light-drinking freshmen inside, rather than trying to make sure that students aren't being attacked by strangers that have made their way onto campus. Security's presence in our dorms doesn't make people drink less - it just makes them drink faster so there's less of a chance of getting caught. And that's dangerous.

Coming up next: littleone tries to talk about the Joss elections without jumping off a cliff.

you know you love me? or, rather... not?



Did you know that tears shed over movies contain 25% more protein than tears shed over onions?
Well, it is true.

Crying is, actually, a very fascinating thing. When you think about it, we don't really know a lot about it. It means different things to different people (and in different cultures), but, for example, every culture in the world is known to cry in funerals. Except in Bali, where people are 'allow' themselves to cry only two full years after the funeral. Tears are not JUST water, they contain also mucin, oils and proteins, some antibacterial, immunoglobins, glucose, urea and some salts. Phew...who knew?

So, next time you cry, think about it, it might not be as straight forward as you think. And apparently they DO respond to our emotions...interesting indeed.

It's All Over...

So on Thursday and Friday my dance group had its final performances of the year. With that and Bare both now over, I'm not exactly sure what to do with myself... except catch up on the 9350438 pounds of work that I ignored for the past three weeks. Aaaaaagh.

In other news, a comment on my last post made me realize just how disconnected I've become from Joss over the past few months. It's a good thing for me - I'm moving off-campus next year, so it's likely that I'll never live in Joss again, and I'm not really a huge fan of the place anyway - but it's a little weird, considering just how much time I spent here at the beginning of the year. I'm hardly here these days. When I'm not in class or at rehearsal (except not rehearsal anymore, SOB), I'm at UpC or the library or hanging out with friends in other dorms. I don't know... I don't really like living in dorms (hence the reason I'm moving off-campus), so I'm avoiding it at all costs until I don't have to do it anymore, I guess.

sorry for the completely disconnected rambling. I need to go write some
papers now...


Dido: "i <3 u"; Aeneas: "ttyl"

I just got back from the Opera Workshop and Madrigals performance of Dido and Aeneas. In short, it was brilliant. Wonderfully sung and performed, there were a few laughs, many creative scenes, and the sad ending expected. You should definitely go see it; their last performance is tomorrow at 3 in the Skinner Recital Hall.


Today Just May Be the Day

That I go off the deep end. I'm just tired and really just want school to be over. But then I think about all the friends I made here and I don't want to have to say goodbye to them. I know I'll see them again come September, but I really won't be able to talk to them much because I'll be overseas for the majority of the summer. What's there to do? How do you feel about living/cohabitating with people for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 8 months and then having to say, "see you later?"

Luvs and hugs,
Dyamond Phillips

Vassar Food Celebs

I know that a lot of people welcome Wednesday's Chili Day, but I'm curious: does anyone feel passionate about Saturday's Spaghetti and Meatballs special? If you haven't tried it, I strongly suggest that you do. Now even I admit that S&M (no pun intended) is no match for a warm plate of rice smothered in chili and with cornbread; but this may change if people give S&M a chance!


Social Enrichment

While browsing the class notes in the Spring 2008 issue of Vassar: The Alumnae/i Quarterly, I came across an entry I find humorous:

"Grateful thanks to John Wolf ['74] for donating his 40-year collection of Playboy to the Vassar library. They will no doubt enrich the periodicals collection and provide new insights to women's studies majors as well as to other students."

New insights, indeed.


Getting "Lost"

yo WHAT WHAT it's Noyes' 50th tomorrow, baby! Iss gon' get MAD crunk! I'm wicked excited for Dido and Anaeas....how I love opera. oh dude fucking Lost is back! yes!

As much as I like Lost (I think it's one of the most interesting pieces of only mild-crap on tv) I really can't stand Kate's character. She's prominent on the show because she serves as the sex symbol.("dude lets give the hot sassy chick a gun and like, a love triangle and stuff") Sometimes, the only thing she does on the show is look up at Jack, bite her lip/ tilt her head/ flip her hair provocatively. It was so funny last night, it was ridiculous; the opening scene to the show was her crouching on the beach, hair waving. She pulls down her tank top strap...for no fucking reason. I think she's going to take a nudey dip or nurse a sexy scratch on her soft (armpit hair-free)sculpted shoulder or that the writers would provide at least a flimsy excuse for the action...but she like, rubs her shoulder or something and looks up at Jack and smiles sexily and Jack smiles back. I don't get it. What was the point of her pulling down her strap? It was such a blatant almost exploitation of "the hot one" that it was almost uncharacteristic of Lost. Fuck media. I mean, I'll still watch it but it will continue to disappoint me.

Today is the 12th annual National Day of Silence.

According to handouts from the table set up by Blegen House in the College Center:
"The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools. This year's event is held in memory of LAWRENCE KING, an 8th grader from California who was shot and killed on February 12, 2008 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression."

So stop by the table today and pick up a sticker to wear to show your support! If you absolutely cannot remain quiet, still wear a sticker to show your solidarity and inform people about why you're wearing it.


Good Lord.

So yesterday I wake up, head to the bathroom, and discover something a little disturbing in one of the stalls... and not the usual "There is a college student who has yet to learn to flush a toilet" kind of bathroom disturbing. This hit a whole new level for me -- it was a notice that basically said something like this:

"Dear Josselyn Residents: We are aware of the drug use in this house... etc etc, if you need to talk, the house team is here as a nonjudgmental resource."

It closed with this disturbing little piece of possible foreshadowing:

"We are thankful that Vassar does not have a disciplinary RA system. Let's keep our dorm healthy, blah blah blah etc, xoxo Joss House Team."

I had no idea that the drug problem in Joss was so rampant. I mean, I was definitely aware of it, but I assumed it was the same across the whole campus... but at the same time, what constitutes a drug problem? To me, a bunch of people smoking weed all the time really isn't a drug problem. A bunch of people freaking out on shrooms and acid, on the other hand, definitely is. But haven't those been isolated incidents? I wish they would tell us things rather than give us these creepy vague warnings.


Words of Wisdom

Sorry! I've been slacking on a feature I've just started! =/

This week's Words of Wisdom come from none other than the President of our esteemed college, Cappy!

"Some people prefer dark chocolate, others prefer light chocolate. I prefer diamonds."


UPDATE: Some people are concerned with this quote, and have asked for context. It was found here, at the 1:15 mark.

From the Makers of Rococo Puffs

Written by Daniel Files '11, and exectued by the Limit, this is a satire on the Mac vs. PC commercials entitled "Mac vs. Jelly Sandwich." It is not quite as good as Rococo Puffs, but it starts getting really funny around the 1:30 mark; it's worth a watch! Enjoy!



COLLEGE: small cute animals, research papers, and humor/love/sex/death

These rabbits are pretty amazing. So. Cute.

You know what I want?

I want to lie down in a small room full of two-week-old daschund puppies and have them walk into me.

So I'm writing this massive paper for a class and I'm LOVING it. Like, seriously, I'm so into this paper it's ridiculous and unnatural--but I guess I know what my major is now...

By the way, I'm in the music department's production of Dido and Aeneas, which is really awesome. You've got your humor, love, sex, death... What more do you need in a show? Seriously, though, come:

Friday 8pm
Saturday 3pm, 8pm
Sunday 3pm

See you there, or square...


I'm sure that many folks reading this will know exactly what I'm talking about when I say that it feel fucking GREAT to have just finished and submitted an intense paper. Because this one is supposedly the final official paper for the class, the kick-ass feeling is heightened, too!

Also, does anyone ever feel really eloquent immediately after this? I feel like I could whip Shakespeare BIGTIME right now...I'd school him in that iambic pentameter like mad yo! Shiiiiiiaat!

No, not really.



Making Some Noyes

It's Noyes' birthday! Like Hillary, you either love Noyes, or hate it....or have never been there, but that doesn't apply to Mrs. Clinton.

Anywho, it's Noyes' birthday (50th!) this week and there are tooooons of things going on. This saturday it's gonna be busy busy busy, so DON'T do your homework, and come and plaaaaay, it's probably going to be a beautiful day too, so you won't want to miss the party in Noyes Circle (and the free Ice cream, lemonade, cupcakes, etc). If you play during the day, you can even win iPod shuffles...

So even if you don't loooove noyes, even if u've never been there....just come and take advantage of it ;-)

Here's the sched:

10 - noon: Community Field Games (open to the Poughkeepsie community)
noon-1pm: Lunch! Delicioous food from vendors!
1-4 pm: Student Field Games + performances by:
The Barefoot Monkeys
Indecent Exposure
The Vastards
& more!
11 - 1 am: Party at Noyes Circle!!!!!


House Cup Toss Up Episode II: Results of the Draw

After one delay, the Davison House Draw finally happened today. Poseidon and his friends drew into the house(s) that they wanted, and hopes that the other Davison refugees were satisfied with the results of the draw. If any of you are having serious issues in terms of not having drawn into the house of your room mate, for example, contact ResLife as soon as possible, because I'm sure they would be willing to try to accommodate a *reasonable* request.

Hope all turned out well!

Spring Has Sprung

To piggy-back SPRiNKLES' post:

While walking to class today I was surprised and delighted to see the
tulips in Main Circle (and everywhere on campus, in fact) had bloomed!

Enjoy the flowers,


OK, so - I have to admit I DO love spending hours and hours just looking at pics, profiles and new notifications on Facebook. It's brilliant! I love Facebook, I won't deny it - it's the perfect stalker tool... but(and) I love it (let out your inner stalker? - scary). It's the one place where I find most of the information I need about all the stuff that goes on around me (events, random groups, gossip -healthy gossip I mean-, etc.)

But today I log on and learn about the new feature - FACEBOOK CHAT!! For serious?!?! I honestly don't know how to react to this. On the one hand it's awesome because I do have a thing for instant messaging...but one the other hand I'm terrified that Facebook might suck me in even more! LOL. Okay, maybe I shouldn't be that dramatic... I'm just concerned that one day it'll go too far. (Add dramatic background music).

Maybe that's just me. Who knows - for now I'll enjoy the practical side of it and I'll make sure I'm getting enough sun and fresh air out there.