Coming Out

here's a shocker for vassar campus: i'm a conservative.

i mean mostly. like i believe in equal marriage rights for gays, but i believe in the death penalty. i watched 'dead man walking' monday night and i was not disturbed that he was killed. he raped and killed 2 people; he got what he freaking deserved. some people are uncomfortable with the execution/injection scene. i wasn't. the point of that is to make it look like he wasn't in pain and the way he destroyed those kids' and their loved ones' lives made me wish i could see his pain.

i also don't believe that the rich need to give to the poor. some people have worked hard for their money and they shouldnt need to flood it back to the government to help people on welfare. some of those people don't deserve to be on it.

government is the problem, not the answer. they need to get the hell out of our lives.

call me sadistic. call me cruel. but i'm voting for mccain in the election.


How to Propose to Your Man in Leap Year

If you don't understand what this is all about, see Chipmunk's first leap year post.

More Leap Year Randomness!!

Some Famous People Born on February 29:

Born 1976 - Ja Rule, rapper
Born 1972 - Anthonio Sabato Jr., model & actor
Born 1916 - Dinah Shore, singer
Born 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, bandleader.
Born 1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera composer

A Leap Year Ditty to Remember It By
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more.


Lyke OMG

Two recommendations:

1. Check out the iTunes single of the week, 11h30 by Danger; it's one of my new faves.

2. Check out olivianewtonjosselyn.blogspot.com... HILARIOUS blog written from the perspective of the building itself.

That is all.

Need Help Finding a Roommate?

A resourceful freshman has created a group on Facebook to help bring down that anxiety level.

You can find it here:

Let's Play Leap Frog on Leap Day!

Ciao tutti on this beautiful 28th day of February!
Happy Birthday to everyone who was born on this day years ago!
Tomorrow is Leap Day! Yay! It only comes one every four years so enjoy it! This topic made me curious: What do you do if you were born on Leap Day??? Do you only celebrate your birthday every four years or do you celebrate it on March 1st on 3 of the 4 years? I know you've asked yourself this question. Don't lie!

So here is some info on Leap Day cuz I know you all are dying to know:

Most have to wait every four years to "officially" observe their birthdays, but leap year babies typically choose either February 28 or March 1 to celebrate in years that aren't leap years. According to astrologers, those born under the sign of Pisces on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status.

How Leap Year came to Be

2008 is a leap year, with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. Why?
It was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn't always match up.

That's because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun — 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact.
Therefore, as the hours accumulated over the centuries, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official.

It was the Romans who first designated February 29 as leap day. Later, a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four, i.e., 2008, 2012.
Another stipulation ruled that no year divisible by 100 would have a leap year, except if it was divisible by 400. Thus, 1900 was not a leap year ... but 2000 was! Go figure.

Thankfully, all this intricate plotting will continue to keep us in tune with the seasons over the next several thousand years.

Leap Day Traditions - No Man is Safe

While leap day helped official timekeepers, it also resulted in social customs turned upside down when February 29 became a "no man's land" without legal jurisdiction.

As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair sex having to wait for me to propose. Patrick finally relented and set February 29 aside as the day set aside allowing women the right to ask for a man's hand in marriage.

The tradition continued in Scotland, when Queen Margaret declared in 1288 that on February 29 a woman had the right to pop the question to any man she fancied. Menfolk who refused were faced with a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress, or a pair of gloves given to the rejected lady fair.

A similar modern American tradition, Sadie Hawkins Day, honors "the homeliest gal in the hills" created by Al Capp in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner. In the famous story line, Sadie and every other woman in town were allowed on that day to pursue and catch the most eligible bachelors in Dogpatch. Although the comic strip placed Sadie Hawkins Day in November, today it has become almost synonymous with February 29. Remember the high school Sadie Hawkins Dance???

FUN(NY) FACTS: Yes, bring on the sex(y)

---"Ithyphallophobia" is a morbid fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis. That's sad...
---The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek word "gymnazein" which means "to exercise naked."
---Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in tropical fish stores. (But of course!)
---There are men in Guam whose job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the 1st time. Are you kidding me????

Have a beautiful Leap Day tomorrow and Leap Year! Go play leap frog! I know I will!

Pace ed amore,


Poll Results!

Our polls on the Impromptu Dance Party, Mazel Tov Matthew, and NonCon have closed, with some interesting results:

NO ONE said "yay" on the Impromptu Dance Party, with 70% of respondents saying they didn't go, and 29% saying "nay." Guess all that free beer didn't enhance the experience......

Mazel Tov Matthew was liked more than the dance party, with 33% of respondents saying "yay" and 12% saying "nay." However, that still left more than half of respondents, 54%, saying that they didn't go.

Finally, NonCon was the least attended by our respondents, garnering a whopping 81% "didn't go" vote. 10% said "yay" and 8% "nay."

Off to Mongolia...

Hope you're having a great middle-of-the-week!

Anyway, this is a post for blatant self-promotion. Then again, it is pretty exciting stuff, I wouldn't promote something BORING. Duh.

So, between July and August I plan, with three other friends, to drive from Milan, Italy, to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Yes, and we're driving in that thing you see up there. Interesting, huh? The 'Mongol Rally' is organized by a company called 'The Adventurists', who, according to them, want to make the world an exciting place because 'the world is a little too safe'. So the rally was created in 2004, with one basic rule. You must use a car with an engine of 1 litre or less. That's a small car. But that's it, you're on your own, you create your own route AND you need to donate at least £1000 (a little more then $2000) to charities based in Mongolia. Past participants have been arrested, deported, their car has broken down (they recommend buying a camel in that case), etc. I was so scared when I told my mom about my plans...instead she went "That's so coool!"...weird. My team is called 'Rainbow Rabbis'...don't ask, haha. And we are leaving from Milan on July 19th. BUT, we need all the help we can get, we need to buy the car, and pay for many other expenses (and donate to the amazing charities!!!), so I would love for you to go to http://www.rainbowrabbis.com/, see if you like us, and comment, or send us an email, or refer us to someone who would be excited to sponsor us, or donate yourself!! (donations can be as little as $1.20!!!).

Anyway, if you have further questions (like why the f*** are you doing this???), feel free to comment or email at http://www.rainbowrabbis.com/!


Noyes Circle is a circle of death. The weather has made it treacherous. It was bad enough when it snowed, but when it started to rain, I thought "a thousand plagues upon you, you...weather". And also, screw that Vassar Virus going around. Dammit. I was going to go to Matt's Bar Mitzvah and holla at some challah, boi. But I was stricken sort of ill. Is it dying out yet? I thought it was, but then a new wave came.

Let's get it on. Also, what's up with the new mousse desserts at ACDC? Hot. kind of. But I'm impressed by their efforts.
We're all sensitive people.


Has M.I.A. Been Found?

According to one of our loyal readers, M.I.A. may be booked for a special event at Vassar.

They overheard some people talking about such an event on definite terms at the Retreat tonight.

So is it true? We sure hope so!
We'll keep you updated!


Fire Alarms In Main

Wondering why those alarms have been set off?

From Associate Security Director Kim Squillace:
We had a total of six fire alarms for Main / College Center from Jan (students return) - to date. The break down is four for food related, one for mechanical and one odor reported.

Well, there you have it!

Facts About Jewett

It's snowing outside and there's hardly any time
for rumors and gossips when mid-terms are so near.

So how about some entertainment with facts about Jewett?

01. Milo Parker Jewett has the longest beard in the history of Vassar.
02. Matthew Vassar was sixty-three and retired when Milo Jewett first met him.
03. Vassar initially wanted to build a hospital -- it was Jewett that suggested a women's college.
04. Milo Jewett was a Dartmouth Graduate.
05. Jewett is the founder and first president of Judson College.
06. Jewett House is the second largest residence on campus after Main House (and main isn't really a residence hall....so...haha)
07. Jewett is the home to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.
08. Jewett opened in 1907.
09. The dorm was originally called "North" because of its position in the quad.
10. After his resignation due to dispute with Matthew Vassar, Jewett went onto Wisconsin to become a successful peanut butter importer (how do you like that? Beer Brewer and Peanut butter importer).

Good luck with mid-terms everyone!



Just a moment ago, I asked roommate B if he could take the pizza box from the pizza which he and roommate A went in on and then devoured last night to the garbage. Which is like literally probably 20 feet from our room.

His response: "WHHHHYYYYY? I mean, I had to ORDER it!"

God forbid he should have to walk 20 feet to throw out a PIZZA BOX.

This pizza box was on the floor between my bed and the door, being kicked around and getting grease everywhere.

My response: SERIOUSLY?


Now That I Think About It...

I really love my iPod. It really tunes into my feelings and emotions and plays what I want to hear, without me having to touch my dial. I know this sounds silly, but it is honestly true!

For example, let's say I'm feeling sad and depressed, my iPod may play some Amy Winehouse or some pre-Beyonce Jay-Z. When I'm happy, I might hear my Utada Hikaru and Rie Fu.

Well, besides that, I'm really happy with the way the blog is progressing. It seems as if people are generally interested. Of course, everything has a hater, but I say to be a hater, you had to read this blog, which means everyone right and left are reading and spreading the word. Don't let anyone judge your opinion, though. Read with an open mind and decide on your own whether our thoughts are what you want to read. If not, there are several different writers on this blog and you may be faithful to one or more of our writers. That's cool too.

Keep on truckin.

Luvs and hugs,
Dyamond Phillips


One Week Down

And what a crazy week it's been!

We've had our ups and downs at Blog9, but the bottom line is this: we couldn't have done ANYTHING without you, our readers!

So to mark this momentous event (and to thank you for being such fabulous people), we've launched a brand-spanking-new feature!

Right now, you can find it to the right of this article.
This week, it's titled "What We're Listening To." This new sidebar lists each correspondent's favorite song/artist for the week, and includes links to music videos (mostly) of the songs so that you, our reader, can experience them!

The sidebar will change its topic and/or links every week, providing you with fresh things to look at every Monday!

In addition to this, our polls section will still exist, just below the new section.

This is just the beginning of some awesome things we have planned for Blog9, things that we hope you'll appreciate!

Happy reading, and thank you!
~The Blog9 Team

Crunching the Numbers

Today is Monday, February 25, 2008.
Exactly five six months ago today, houses opened for freshmen.
Exactly five six months ago, we freshmen were beginning the journey now lovingly recalled in my mind as "Camp Vassar."

That semester went by crazy fast, as did Winter Break.

We are almost through with the month of February. This year is a leap year, so we get an extra day.

In exactly one week and five days, dorms close again for Spring Break, which lasts till March 23.
Exactly six weeks and two days after that, we have our last day of classes.
Exactly one week and one day after that, final exams begin.
Exactly one week after that, the semester officially ends.

Adding it all up, we have about nine weeks and six days left here, homeskillets. That's less than a typical high school quarter.

My Spring Break will go by in a flash; I'm going back home to work and save up money for my Vassar tuition and mounting credit card debt.

What I'm astounded at is the apparent brevity of it all. When we were high schoolers, time seemed to go by so slowly; here I am four years later, the fifth year gaining on me quickly.

Sometimes, when I grow bored of a topic my class is talking about, I daydream about where I'll be in the immediate future. For example, on Friday, it was the Impromptu Dance Party (which, by the way, I never went to), but still, here I am writing on MONDAY already!

I wonder where the time went.
And then I realize: it went to you, you crazy Vassar classes.
It went to you, you amazing Vassar friends.
It went to you, you late night parties.
It went to you, you Jewish-themed dances.
It went to you, Vassar.
It went to you.

Till next time, stay sexy!

Not Quite 20Q

I went home this weekend to surprise my mom for her birthday so I don’t have any wild and crazy party stories for you. But I do have a few questions to pose.

Do you feel closer to your family now that you are away from home? For me I was always really close with my mom but my relationship with the rest of my family has really benefited from not being at each other’s throats constantly.

Do you feel different when you go home? I definitely feel like a visitor in my own house sometimes. My room is super clean and untouched and I am unaware of certain habits and inside jokes my family has developed in my absence.

Also, do you view your hometown and the area that you are from differently now that you have spent so much time at Vassar? I was discussing this with another student I was driving home with (as we were rocking out to old school aka middle school pop and hip-hop) and we both feel a difference. Where I’m from every girl needs to be a carbon copy of the next dressing and acting exactly the same. If you don’t have the perfect little body with flat-ironed hair and the right clothes than you just don’t fit in. For the guys back home it’s all about being tough, cool, and macho. They are cocky and obsessed with their bodies and it is hard to find an all around good guy who will treat you right. For me high school was exactly like the movie Mean Girls: forced, fake and superficial and if you weren’t at the top of the food chain you were a nobody. After being at Vassar, when I go home I walk around the mall and see all these girls that look exactly like each other, I see the stupidity of it all. They are sacrificing who they are to be accepted and I don’t find that to be a problem here.

I know some people complain about a lack of diversity at Vassar, but to me it is more diverse than anything I’ve experienced in the past. Even if there is a lot more of one “group” than another, the fact of the matter is they chose to be a part of that group and no one judges them for it. People pick their friends based on the important things like personality and what they wear or how they look has no bearing on the decision. I just really enjoy this aspect of the Vassar social scene and I was wondering what you guys think!

<3 Blondie*

Saturday Night

So just in case anyone missed it Saturday night…. E2 was craaazy!

Some highlights of the night:

•Ongoing beer pong… providing lots of entertainment. Drunk boys get wayyy into it. :)
•Almost getting into a throwdown with some drunken douche who decided it was okay to give me the finger after I nicely suggested that it would be difficult to play a BP game if his cups weren’t set up.
•A few intense OT rounds.
•Barely making it to Acrop with my boyfriend…. Only to leave as soon as we got our food because the poor boy was too sick.

Oh, TH parties. Gotta love ‘em. Can’t wait for it to get warmer so we don’t all have to cram inside.

In other news… the hell known as midterms is starting. My thoughts are with you, my friends… but on the bright side- less than two weeks till Spring Break.

Peace Out Cub Scouts. <3SmartyGalPartyGal


Academy Awards Winners

All of the Oscars for the 80th Annual Academy Awards have now been announced!

The big winner was No Country For Old Men, which won Best Picture.
Blog9 readers' pick, Juno, won one award for Best Original Screenplay.

Winners in other categories include:

Joel and Ethan Coen
Best Director - No Country For Old Men

Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actor - There Will Be Blood

Marion Cotillard
Best Actress - La Vie en Rose

Best Animated Feature

A full list of nominees and winners can be viewed here.

EA Makes Another Proposal

Electronic Arts has made a third bid to buy-out rival Take-Two.

The maker of such titles as State of Emergency, Manhunt, and Bully has continually rejected EA's bids at takeover. The latest bid from EA is $26 per share - a total of just over $2 billion.

Concern in the industry is mounting, as EA made several prominent buy-outs last year, including a buy-out of BioWare, publisher of such titles as Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

If EA succeeds in its takeover of Take-Two, it will own the publishing rights to one of the industry's most lucrative - and controversial - franchises: Grand Theft Auto.

Source: Kombo.com

Brawling is Good For Mental Health

This weekend was amazing.
I spent most of my time at NonCon events; I played Super Smash Bros. Brawl, card games, Brawl, made chain mail, Brawl, and more Brawl. I'm a little obsessed.

Despite the excitement I don't really have much to say this quiet Sunday afternoon. I'm just in a really good mental place right now.


People Like You...

...Are the reason people like ME need medication.
So says Charlie Bartlett's fave shirt in the movie that's named for him.
I went to go see it last night.

Overall, I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.

It took me awhile to warm up to Charlie, a figure who (according to critical consensus) you have to either love or hate. I think the main reason I didn't like him at first was because some critics were calling him the "new Ferris Bueller".... I mean..... HOW can ANYONE be the NEW Ferris Bueller??

Fact is, this movie is nothing like Ferris Buller's Day Off.

The general plot goes that Charlie is basically a spoiled-rich (literally) kid who is treated like an adult by his mother ever since his father left. As such, he gets a lot of great responsibilities, but sometimes he bites off more than he can chew. Because of this, he gets into A LOT of trouble at the schools he's been too. He's been kicked out of a bunch of private schools and lands himself at the local public high school, where Hollywood conveniently turns back all the great work done in The Breakfast Club and High School Musical and decides that everyone is in separate social groups and thinks everyone not in their social group is weird. Charlie even gets the proverbial head-dunk-in-the-toilet by one of the bullies. Original, this is not.

Eventually, Charlie is "diagnosed" with ADD (go see the movie to find out why this is in quotes) and is prescribed Ritalin, which he subsequently ends up getting high on. After an "incident" because of this, he stops taking Ritalin, and starts helping other kids in school by setting up an "office" in the Boys' Bathroom, listening to their problems, and "prescribes" them medication. He gets this medication by going to his psychiatrist and listing the symptoms his patients have to get the meds they need.

That's as far as I'll go with plot summary.

As far as the movie itself goes, the acting is very well-done for the most part. One of the main issues I take with this movie is that, like Charlie, it doesn't really know what it should be yet. There are at LEAST three different main plotlines in the movie, each getting resolution at a different time. The diverging stories sometimes make it hard to keep track of what exactly's going on, especially when they have huge twists and turns. The point of the story goes from "I want to matter to someone someday," to "I want to matter to someone now," to "I'm just a kid and I can't handle mattering to anyone right now."

Watching it made me feel like I needed a bit of Ritalin.

Overall, though, the movie was an enjoyable, just-long-enough hour-and-a-half of time well-spent. I recommend seeing it.


80th Annual!

The 80th Annual Academy Awards (better-known as the Oscars) airs at 8:00 p.m. tonight on ABC!

What's your pick for best picture?
Vote in our poll!

The nominees are:
No Country For Old Men
Michael Clayton
There Will Be Blood


So I've been tremendously sick this weekend. It's been disappointing not being able to go to the various dances and events this weekend, but it was interesting to think about what would happen if I regularly didn't go out on weekends. I'm sure that, before coming to Vassar we were all afraid of many of the same things. We wouldn't make friends, we wouldn't enjoy the social events, we wouldn't go out on the weekends. In a way, this weekend was like having a taste of the life I'm NOT having at Vassar, and it's reminded me how glad I am that my pre-Vassar fears never came to fruition.

The opposite, even: Friends were so nice, bringing me juice, coming over just to see how I was feeling, listening to me recounting my feverish dreams from the night before (some of them involved Blog9!!), telling jokes that weren't too funny since laughing hurt, not minding when I feverishly started giggling hysterically at things that really weren't funny past the first five seconds.

On that note, don't you love laughing? I mean, really laughing, like one of those times when your face HURTS and you can't imagine ever being sad again. When the only thing on your mind is hilarity and you can't laugh any harder, eliciting table- or leg-slapping, nodding, doubling over, or falling off of your chair. Past the point of making any sound. When you can hardly remember what the original funny thing was but LIFE is just so funnyhahah!lar!ousHAHAA! that you just keep laugh!nglaugh!nglaugh!ng... It's love.

Anyway, time to do the work that I usually take care of on Fridays when I don't have classes, then sleep some more, and keep feeling better! I hope all of you have a great week.

.:*Think of every "trauma" as a memory in the future.*:.



Toy Story 3 Plot Outlined

That's right, the company that hates doing sequels, PIXAR, is at it again!

An extremely short plot synopsis for Toy Story 3 has been revealed:

In Pixar's coming movie "Toy Story 3," Woody the cowboy and his toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college.

Note that the last time we heard from Andy and the toys, he was in Elementary school. Yea. That was 1999.

Toy Story 3 is gearing up for a June 18, 2010 release - ELEVEN YEARS after Toy Story 2!

To date, the first two Toy Story films have grossed over $842 million. Toy Story 3 will undoubtedly put the franchise past the $1 billion mark.

Conversations on Lathropia

The best part of living where I live in Lathrop is the number of guys who continually meander down my hall wearing glasses. By daylight, Lathrop boys lead ordinary lives: going to class, dining at the DC, chilling with the bros; basically doing all the things Lathrop boys normally do. But by night, the transformation is truly extraordinary. Off come the transparent contact lenses and collared shirts, the tight jeans and the preppy white sneakers (well, not all of them have these things, but you know what I mean)...make way for the sweatpants and the faded t-shirts from some band they saw six years ago, the messy hair, the fuzzy green slippers, and the GLASSES. They look ready to get down. To their 11-page philosophy papers--but still.

I just can't help it--I think eyewear is so sexy. It just gives off this aura of intellectual prowess that nothing else can replicate. When a guy walks into my room sporting a set of stunning frames, something's gotta come off: his glasses or his clothing. That's just the way it works.

I have tried many a time to uncover the source of this unfathomable attraction. Glasses unquestionably make you look smarter, in the sense that they make you look like you’re ready to get down to work, full of drive and imagination. They create a sense of separation between you and the rest of the world; a barrier, a transparent shield, a source of mystery and allure. Like you’re fighting the chaotic forces of the world with sheer brainpower, and the lenses serve to focus and direct the force of your thought, like mirrors on laser beams. Glasses emphasize your complexion, and there’s something about the right pair that can make a guy’s face look so handsome. And then there’s the argument from identity: so much of our social interaction revolves around the need to somehow conceal our faults. We constantly hide behind blemish remover and expensive face wash, contact lenses and Rogaine and brand-name clothing. We do. We wrap these around us like a heavy coat in February. I'm not saying that any of these things are necessarily bad: that would be hypocritical. I just want to point out that sometimes, the most attractive things about us are our imperfections, and, in our plight to diminish them, we diminish ourselves. This is why it’s so sexy when a guy wears glasses: it’s just a small way of showing that he embraces his own imperfections. And if he can embrace his, then I think that maybe he can learn to embrace mine as well.

But anyway.

Okay, so you know that soap opera where a middle-aged suburban housewife dreams of meeting her strapping young handyman, who will roll up his sleeves for her (revealing a set of perfectly-tanned biceps), and say, "don't worry, ma'am, I'll fix your kitchen faucet?" Well, perhaps you are unfamiliar with this epic bit of television history. However, if I could have a movie made about my dream man, my be-speckled prince…he would stroll conscientiously and maybe a little shyly into my room one cool fine night. Then, sitting on my bed, he would take out his little black glasses case, and, wiping the lens, adjust the metal bridge over his nose in a nonchalant way; like it was nothing, like he was so comfortable with this and everything else about himself. Then, he would look me reassuringly in the eye, take my warm hand in his, and say, softly: "Don't worry, I'll help you with your multivariate calculus problem set."

Why yes, you may analyze my curves.


How McCain Matches Up

According to a new TIME Magazine Poll:

Q: If the general election were being held today between John McCain (R) and Barack Obama (D), for whom would you vote?
OBAMA: 48%

Q: If the general election were being held today between John McCain (R) and Hillary Clinton (D), for whom would you vote?

Margin of Error: +/- 3%

It seems as if Barack is the Democratic party's best hope for victory.....

Source: TIME, March 3, 2008 Issue

Those Mental Mentalists

So I went to the "Evasons" mentalist show yesterday, held at UPCDC. I didn't get a good impression at first: I mean, they were supposed to start at 8pm and instead started at 8:30, and while they were getting ready, they played all of the latest hits (I had no issue with the songs themselves, but Soulja Boy, Nelly Furtado, and Brittney Spears made it even harder to suspend my disbelief). But when the whole thing started...holy shit! They stopped people's watches and rewinded them to different times, guessed ridiculously large numbers, touched people through contact with other audiences, etc. And it seemed so legit, like there is no explanation other than they had ESP. Even though I still remain skeptical, I give them huge props for pulling that off.

Good stage presence!

Preschoolers Unite!

Sorry to disappoint, but I have no good stories to share this morning. I am pretty sick, so last night I just hung out with some friends and turned in early. Instead of attempting to make that sound interesting, I thought I would share this list:

Top 10 ways that college is like preschool:
1) naptime makes a triumphant comeback
2) tickle fights are common
3) macaroni is a staple food (preferably of the e-z variety)
4) personal bubbles do not exist
5) neither does modesty (there are only so many times you can try to change in the closet)
6) puddle-jumping and snow-frolicking are legitimate sources of entertainment
7) personal grooming is far from a priority
8) you are almost expected to exist in squalor
9) any and all illnesses spread like wildfire
10) bathroom time is not necessarily private time

You know it’s true.

I hope you all had deliciously dramatic Friday nights, and I promise I’ll have stories next weekend!
Also, how gorgeous is Vassar in the snow?




At the request of several people, this post has been taken down.

Blog9 meant no disrespect to the persons involved, and simply wanted to inform about why people were not being allowed upstairs.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individual who was hurt, and all those who helped him in his time of need.

Flogging Molly

A few of our readers went to the Flogging Molly concert last night at the Chance Theatre in Po-Town and were kind enough to send us pics!

Rumor has it that a Vassar student got so drunk before the concert he/she was unable to actually attend it and was sent home before it even started!

Those who were able to attend the concert informed us that it was spectacular.

Weekend Dance Alternatives

Happy Friday everyone.

Woke up to some seriously fat flakes falling outside of my window and figured that just to spite the weather I wwould make a list of things to do this weekend to get my lazy ass out of the dorm.

I dont know about you, but if you, like me, are still recovering from the messy dance party that was last weekend, you may want to check out some of these weekend dance alternatives:
- Dynamo Theater Lab. If you were organized enough to get a ticket, kudos to you. If not, be brave enough to beg. Friday 5pm and 9pm at the Powerhouse Theater.
- "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf." just go for the title. at the Shiva, Friday and Saturday 8pm

Theater not your thing? Then GO CHECK OUT:
-Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, at the FLLAC til Sunday. Its FREE and AWESOME and completely snob-free, and its been here for MONTHS so dont be super lame and miss it before it leaves.
-Joshua Sturm LIVE @ the Cubbyhole. 9-11pm, only a $5 donation that goes to help keep this chill little cafe open.
-BBALL: Saturday: Women play at 2pm, the Men at 4pm, go check it out. And then you can just count the trudge to Walker as your daily cardio.
-NYS Green Party Conference, 9a.m. Saturday in Rocky: go learn all things green.
-the French Faculty-Student Conference 10-4:30 in the Dodge Room at the dees. Free Food. Now go.

A bit of a random list but should promise some good times. Or you could just stay in your room all weekend watching episodes of Greys online. Up to you.

Alright, back to my paper. Have a good weekend all.

Your Life in Six Words

In new book Not Quite What I Was Planning, celebrities sum up their life story in six words. Some of the notable entries:

"Revenge is living well, without you."
-Joyce Carol Oates

"Well, I thought it was funny."
-Stephen Colbert

"Came, saw, conquered, had second thoughts."
-Harold Ramis

"Liars, hysterectomy didn't improve sex life!"
-Joan Rivers

"Brought it to a boil, often."
-Mario Batali

"Secret to life: marry an Italian."
-Nora Ephron

How would you sum up YOUR life in six words?

Source: TIME, February 18, 2008 Issue

Fate is Inevitable

So I'm sitting here nervously anticipating for the three days that I've been preparing since September for. And I've realized how important people are to me in my life. Skeptics say that you can't really know a person in such a short time, but I know that I've found people who will be my friends for the rest of my life. It makes that whole fate thing seem pretty inevitable. Even though I'm a Catholic, I believe that God has a set out plan for us, to lead us in the right direction to make the right decisions and to meet the right people. And with everything going right, how can I be wrong? We'll see after this weekend.

Til next time,

Currently at Vassar...

After three wrongly estimated days of snow that should have happened this week - according my mac weather widget - there is finally some actual accumulation. What a good way to usher in the weekend! Have fun in the snow everyone! (Drive carefully).

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia

In reaction to Kosovo's declaration of independence on Sunday, February 17th, the United States Embassy was attacked in protest.


Super Smash Bros Creator Comments on Brawl, Sequel

It's true: with the game not even released outside of Japan yet, Super Smash Bros. Brawl creator Masahiro Sakurai has been talking about his plans for a sequel, and even a DS iteration.

Fact is, there are quite a few ideas Sakurai wanted to implement in Brawl, but he simply didn't have the time - even with TWO YEARS worth of delays (remember the Q4 '06 release date??). Even so, he wouldn't reveal what those features are, saying:

"I feel like anything I've considered I'm probably going to think about when -- I mean if -- another game was to come out in the series and so I'd like to keep a lid on that for now. and not disclose anything I've been thinking about there."

He also commented on the possibility for Nintendo to create a portable version of Smash Bros., on the DS or possibly even the DS's successor:

"Seeing the success that Brawl has had with the Wii remote being playing sideways, I don't think that there are control limitations that keep it from being ported to the DS. But I personally have no plans to do this myself. If, in the future, such a thing was to be planned, it would be up to Nintendo to decide how and when and in what way they would like to create that sort of game."

Blog9 plans to receive its copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl over Spring Break!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is set for a March 9 release in North America.

Source: Kombo.com

Scene Added to Harry Potter 6

According to producer David Barron:

"But this was brought in because Jo (Rowling) was able throughout the quite lengthy book to keep dropping little snippets of what was happening in the outside world - there'd be people reading newspapers and talking about how somebody's parents had been killed, or somebody had been withdrawn from school because their parents didn't think it was safe. And we're making aware that the Muggle world is also experiencing these disasters, but thinks they are disasters rather than the work of Voldemort. The book is peppered with those moments, but we couldn't do that quite so easily in the film. So (the extra scene) comes in the middle of the film and it just reminds us the world is no longer a safe place. Even in what would normally be considered the safe haven of the Burrow, nobody's safe. I think you'll like it. It's quite effective."

The scene is reportedly going to take place at the Burrow.

Fourth Time's the Charm

At 5:40 p.m. tonight, trucks from the Arlington Fire Department were again summoned to Main building, for what is the FOURTH TIME in THREE DAYS.

This time, they took 15 minutes to declare the building fire-free, and they brought the big gun: a ladder truck.

Why is the alarm being set off so much??
Opinions/facts are welcome!

Satellite Is DOWN!

This satellite was set to crash into Earth sometime during the first week of March. It failed just after being launched, meaning its fuel tank was still filled. If it had crashed, it would've created an area the size of TWO FOOTBALL FIELDS of toxic fumes.

Thank God for missiles!

Source: CNN.com

Total Lunar Eclipse of February 20, 2008

Buon giorno tutti!

Well, last night was fun! I spent my late evening watching the lunar eclipse, which was absolutely spectacular (at least for me, and every other Vassar student I saw on campus outside their dorms staring at the sky). The "partial eclipse" began at 8:43 PM and yes, I DID start watching the moon very closely at this time. Once it got nearer and nearer to 10:01 PM (when the "total eclipse" began), I ran outside RayRay to watch the beauty that is nature. At some point the moon reminded me of the side view of an eyeball with the very last bit of light representing the pupil. Yes, weird way of looking at it, but hey, let me be creative. Outside, I was soon joined by many other Vassar students as we watched the moon turn into a lovely shade of orange/dusty copper/rust. "Mid-eclipse" was at 10:26 PM. Half the moon was more visible than the other. At 10:51 PM, the "total eclipse" ended and then at 12:09 PM, the "partial eclipse" ended. During this entire process, there gathered many people on the stoop of RayRay, talking, laughing, play guitars, and singing some nice songs. In fact at some point (10:32 PM), the musician started playing "Anyone Else But You" by the Moldy Peaches (LOVE THEM!) and I heard them from my window. I then screamed/gasped, scaring the bejeezers out of my roommate and ran to the window and listened happily. Then, the wonderful person outside started playing the Beatles "Hey Jude" (another favorite). It was a very pleasant and enjoyable evening. This experience reminded me why I love Raymond House, Vassar, and its community so much.

....And it really made me want to go camping, which I will be doing over Spring Break in 2 weeks! (Oh jeepers! I'm so excited)

So this was the last total lunar eclipse until 2010! I thoroughly hope you enjoyed your pretty little selves!

Okie dokie artichokie! It's time!
---A man's beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
---Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal. yay!
---The average shelf-life of a latex condom is about two years. (P.S.- LifeStyles and Durex have the lowest breakage rate! Way lower than Trojans! Use LifeStyles or Durex!)
---"Formicophilia" is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals. Oh my...

So I hope you're able to sleep soundly after that last one.

Have a great day! It's Thursday, which is basically the weekend, in a few hours.

Enjoy life and SMILE!
Pace ed amore,

P.S.- Thank you sooo much to POSEIDON for the great photos! You are awesome, signore!

Valentine's and No Regrets

So…now that I’m well informed on room draw and well fed, thanks to our wonderful study break (thanks Vendi!!!), I shall comment a bit (and I do realize it’s late for this) on Valentine’s Day. Just a quick observation: when I went out exactly a week ago, I was already imagining seeing every student dressed in white, red and pink, but I ended up seeing much more blue and gray than red. This surprised me, and I was actually very amused by it because I thought about the possible causes for this: maybe Vassar is too hippie for Valentine’s day, maybe the students are more worried about getting to class on time than what they’re wearing that morning, or maybe we’re too smart to give into a Hallmark celebration. Whichever the reason, I concluded that…I’m just so glad it’s Vassar! Now…I leave you with a thought that came to my mind just now:

The stories I’ll tell

When I grow old I don’t wan to run out of stories to tell. You know those old people who have lived so much and so well that they always have some tale to pass on, something inspiring, impressive, and if you’re lucky (and if they feel like it) passionate. That’s who I want to become. You know when, after living a very intense moment (the ones we remember the best) you feel like taking things easy? You don’t need the thrill anymore, you’ve had enough for a while and you can simply relax. That’s how I want to live my life. I’m hoping that it will be so intense and so full of passionate (and even dramatic) moments, that when I reach a certain age (in which also, by the wonders of human nature, I will no longer be as…dynamic) I’ll feel as if I had enough. I don’t mean to say that I’m ever going to stop doing things and living…but…I guess the point I’m trying to make is: when I reach a certain point in my life, when there’s no turning back, I want to make sure that there’s nothing I regret not doing. It’s what we hope for, right?


Reunion? Psh. More like a Roast.

Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. aired the reunion show of Season 4 of Project Runway!

By far the highlight of the night was not the contestants, but rather host/judge Heidi Klum, who appeared to be on.... something. There were several memorable moments instantly created when she opened her mouth.

Victorya got dug into by both Tim and Heidi, who said that she was a "bit uptight." Victorya repeatedly denied this, until Heidi just stopped short of calling her a bitch: "Well.... I think you were."

Also, Chris was made fun of horribly; an intense montage was aired showing all the times he laughed, preceded by a terrifying Chris impression by none other than Mrs. Seal herself.

A very-well-put-together segment making fun of Kevin's straightness was also aired; the best part was him telling his girlfriend that he had a lot of other girlfriends there "of the different sex.... I mean of the same sex!"

It seems that every reality show has someone who takes it a little too seriously, and season 4 of ProRun was no different: Carmen was the sore loser in this case. She complained that she didn't feel as if she was wanted after she was eliminated.... She felt hurt that "Sweet Pea said she was glad [she] was gone." Almost everyone comforted her; Sweet Pea did not. CONFIRMED.

An awesome segment featuring the wild and wacky world of Elisa was also shown, including the now-infamous "spit mark."

Finally, CHRISTIAN was declared Fan Favorite and won $10,000!!

We can't wait to see what happens next - we're rooting for Christian to win it all! He's FIERCE!! What about you??


Harry Potter 7 Director Confirmed?

According to children's author Lois Lowry, it appears to be true:

Bad news from The Giver Movie front. David Yates, the director currently working on the next Harry Potter film, was supposed to begin The Giver film next. But he has just decided he wants to do the final Harry Potter first, thereby postponing The Giver by several years. Maybe the opening of this film could be held simultaneously with my celebration-of-life service after I succumb to old age? Or the producers will decide to get a different director. Stand by. But without holding your breath.

If true, this would mean that Yates will have helmed the final three Harry Potter movies, the most out of anyone.

Director Chris Columbus took on HP1 and 2.

This hasn't been officially confirmed by Warner Bros. Pictures, which is planning a 2010 release date for the film.

FIRE?! Oh... Wait... Never mind....

Continuing the theme of things that are HOT, Main building's fire alarms went off at approximately 11:30 a.m. today, rousing some lucky students from their sleep.

One such student was spotted on the north side of Main, with nothing on their feet. Upon inquiry by the staff that were also forced out of the building as to why this was, the student simply replied, "I was sleeping."

This is the third time in two days that the fire alarms have gone off in Main.

Damn/Love You, Spice Girls...

Hello All!
Well, these have been an interesting couple of days.

Starting the week I SWORE that I was going to be good, do all my work on time, read ma reads and have a schedule for this week. I guess we the youth ARE idealistic. So what happened? Turns out that Sunday night I get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

My friend has an extra ticket to the Spice Girls. So after pulling some strings (mainly my family's) I get the money, buy the ticket, and find myself on the 4:30 train to NYC on Monday. So much for that Sociology reading.

Anyways; we see a bunch of people from Vassar either on their way there or at the concert (Have you seen the people around campus with the totes and t-shirts? Yes, they went). It was at Madison Square Garden. It was packed. It was awesome.

Before the SGs came on, some anonymous Dj was mixing some songs that were definitely worthy of any Vassar weekend party. From Justin to Britney and everything in between (including a "Crank That" were most of the people decided to dance while seated), everyone was completely pumped by the time the girls decided to start the show with "Spice World".

So really, I only owned one of their cds when i was a kid, and I don't consider myself a proper fan I guess (compared to the masses of 15-45 year olds dressed up in their Baby Spice outfits, platforms included), but I still know all of their songs (call it a case of musical osmosis). Still, this was great. I tended to love the show more when they got a little edgy; like when they did "Holler" and each of them had a different guy dressed in leather and on a leash, being walked down the runway-like stage, or when Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice aka The-One-Who-Broke-Them-Up, sung "It's raining Men".

Other highlights were Mel C's solo (definitely the best voice in that group) and when they all got their kids on stage for "Mamma", while Cruz Beckham, the youngest of the clan, tried to breakdance. In the meantime, Sporty Spice, the only kid-less one, danced awkwardly to the side. Posh Spice never got out of her self-made persona, and did not crack a smile, or a hint of one. Her solo consisted of attaching some silk fabric to her skin-tight dress, donning some huge sunglasses, a fake (or real) cellphone and walking down the runway to a remix of "Like A Virgin" and some other unknown song (that she didn't sing, OF COURSE). Apparently she is way too cool for the singing part of the show, so she skipped the solo thing. I love her.

Anyways, so I came back Tuesday morning, behind on my work, my so-called 'schedule' dead on arrival, tired and sleepy, and overall, very happy. I walked my way up Noyes' stairs, got to my room, saw the mess it was (is), took a shower and ran out before I had any time to convince myself to clean it. I love plans, but I also know I rarely follow them through. The best plans are those random, last-minute ones.

Like deciding to go to a Spice Girls concert less than 24 hrs before it happens.

Pasty Man

Chek it.

I don't really have anything uber exciting to say, so I'll say this: Um, so, Tuesday night at the Up-Cizzle I rode an elevator next to Pasty and met him formally. He's cool. and pasty.

Hopefully, the other Noyesian will say something earth-shattering.


Seven Deadly Sins -- A Scandalous Night

Amidst the excitement and the hectic chaos of Seven Deadly Sins which was hosted by Milo Jewett on Saturday the 16th of Feb, there erupted several occasions that eventually spurred rumors throughout not only Jewett but the entire Vassar College Community.

Allegedly a freshmen (male) was observed by several to have hooked up with a student fellow (male). This culminated in a disputed argument about what the boundaries are between a freshmen and a student fellow.

In addition, there was also a loud screaming on the 2nd floor of Jewett during this event that caused the arrival of several securities to the spot. However, there was nobody in sight, and is believed to have been a scream intended to draw attention away from a pre-gaming occurring on the floor.

Seven Deadly Sins was a night full of EMS action, some intense dancing as well as college drama. Nevertheless, it generally received the recognition afterwards as a party that was "well planned, and brought students together."


All the Wonders We Wanted to Know, or Already Did

I bet you didn't know (for Freshmen and Transfers/Visiting/Exchange, or maybe this is a shock!):

-You can rent headphones from the library. Go ahead, ask about it.
-There are study rooms that you can use for the whole day. Just ask the front desk. They'll give you the key, you supply everything else ;).
-The quiet area in the library is the only part where books aren't allowed. Really.
-Not all foreign languages are held in Chicago Hall O.O
-The Retreat does not live up to its name. It's only a retreat until you run out of points, then you're stuck with ACDC and, Heavens forbid, VENTURING OUT into Poughkeepsie!
-You're never supposed to party in your own dorm. YOU will end up cleaning up the mess. Go elsewhere.
-Cage free chickens still live in a cage. It's just bigger.
-Vassar is a bubble. Objections? Go out into Poughkeepsie then! Hell! The world is your oyster!

Anything else to add? Suggestions are welcome!

Luvs and hugs!
--Dyamond Phillips


Blonde Ambition

Heyy kids :o)

I'm Blondie* and I'll be blogging from Main House. I'm all about fun and making the best of life. You'll find me out on any given weekend ready to have a good time! I'm pretty open and here to give you all a taste of my life, so be prepared for stories about anything and everything.

Welcome to life in the 9!

A True Gem

This is Dyamond Phillips reporting for Strong House, pleased to say I'm making the deadline.

Busy schedules
Tether not so hastily
I accept my throne

Much luv and hugs!

Deadly They Are

Dorm: Jewett House

Name: JewettGossip

Haiku: Seven Sins,
Deadly they are,
All shall reveal.

Anyone Else But You.

Hi! Hola! Ciao! Bonjour! Hallo! Γειάσου! こんにちは! 여보세요! Здравствулте! 你好!

Ok...so I don't really know how to say "Hi" in ALL those languages but who cares? Give me a break, you Kit Kat!

This is Chipmunk from RayRay saying "Hello" in more languages than is even needed.

So, I'm lazy (not really) and will not be writing a lovely little haiku (at least not today).... BUT (yes folks, there's a but) I will leave you with some fun little facts..... and yes, they're all related to sex because.... this is college and I'm a member of CHOICE....

---Male and female rats may have sex twenty times a day. Horny Bastards
---For every 'normal' webpage, there are five porn pages. Wow.
---Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate. yum....

P.S.- I hope you enjoyed these little facts.
P.P.S.- I got this info off the net. I do not own this info. Do not sue me if you somehow realize that eating large quantities of chocolate is nowhere near as enjoyable as sex....

Pace ed amore,
RayRay (What?! What?!)

Bloodey Hell....


I am Crito from Lathrop House, and I just learned to tell time this afternoon!

Confined to a block,
I ponder the open space,
Dreading its coldness.

BTW I am not emo, and here is proof of it: :-/--> :-) --> 8-P


On behalf of all Blog9 correspondents, I would like to welcome you to launch day: 2.18.08!

We've been working hard over the past few months finding a stellar team that represents every major house on campus!

The aim of Blog9 is to provide you, the reader, with a candid view of campus life. We'll blog on everything from the latest and greatest rave to the hardest homework to Super Smash Bros. Brawl and much more!

If you like what we do, leave a comment letting us know what you think. If you don't, leave a comment telling us what you think can be improved!

If you like us so much that you want to join our team, there are openings available for correspondents in Cushing, Jewett, and Strong.

So enjoy a taste of college life in the comfort of your dorm room!

Nine houses. Twenty voices. One blog.

Deliciously Offbeat

This penname stands for
All that's sexy in the world.
Rich, hot, exciting.


That's Deep.

Josselyn is home
Honeycombed hallways holding
Lives, hearts, fears, and minds.


Macaroni and.....

Raymond correspondent checking in!
OK, I know that was kinda cheesy but hey, it's what I felt like saying! And that's what you're in for with me: complete honesty, a little bit (a lot) of craziness and some cynicism thrown in there.

But don't worry, I promise it'll be splendid.

With a Cherry On Top

Yea. That's what it looked like in front of the library today at approximately 10:00 a.m.
Sleepy Hollow, much?

This will be a great
Diversion from our homework
Baby! Woohoo! oo!

Yea... not too great at the haiku thing.....
But whatevs.

I'm SPRiNKLES, signing in for Main!

That's Totally Rad(ish)... in Lathrop

From the room above
Suspicious noises emerge…
Use protection, kids!

The SparkNotes: Lathrop, Blog9, Radish (that’s me). We correspond. Like angles. Absorb our wisdom like your poor feet did last Wednesday’s puddles.


We Spies

Hello all!
I'm ElCarrá and I will be one of the Noyes' correspondents for this awesome blog. I don't know how to write a Haiku, and I don't feel like finding out either. So I will just give you some advice darlings:

If you have to choose between doing it and not doing it, always do it.

Have fun this week!

Sweet Peabo

Hello! My name is Peabo and I wll be blogging for Lathrop house.

and now a haiku:
a bit of a geek
but that don't mean i'm boring
expect some good tales!

The Nonconformist

Hey I'm SmartyGalPartyGal signing in as correspondent for Main House.

So haikus are the theme for today's blog. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to summarize myself in one. Maybe I'm just not poetic. But I will tell you what I am- I'm a girl who is all about getting her shit done and having a good time while I do it. So look out for some posts about life and class but also a ton about wild and crazy weekends.

This is gonna be good. :) Peace out girl scouts!

On Sunday

I have always found Sunday to be the most stressful day of the week. It's the day when I must approach my list of wishful "to dos" and force myself to work. In spite of this, there is a balance that exists. Though there is much anxiety about finishing what "needs to bedone," (though there is often much conflict in my mind about what*actually* needs to be done), Sunday is a sort of middle ground. It's a passageway of sorts between two weeks of class where there exists hope for some kind of surprise that will come in the future. Sunday: a day of work, yet part of the weekend, it provides some kind of reassurance (ungrounded though it may be) that there's something good for the coming week. Here's wishing some of the good stuff will come your way... and mine,

I'm Poseidon, and I'll be blogging for Davison.

What once was clear moon,
Is now my reflection true:
Bury it in me.

aRCHEL enters

I am a solo
sung loud in a crowded room.
Hear me; I hear you.

aRCHEL, Davison House

let's get this bad boy started

the vitals:



a haiku:
the way i live is
you have got to have some fun
more often than not

booyah bitches.