Cupcake Wars

After the results of the president election there has been a lot of tension in the air. Many are ready and hopeful to “Make America Great Again” while some believe that we will be at war in no time. I decided to get away from it all tonight and participate in my own kind of war: Cupcake Wars.2016-flyer_orig.png

This evening Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering sorority, at the University of Louisville hosted their annual philanthropy events. All proceeds go to Supporting Heroes & the Travis Manion Foundation. Teams of four compete to create the best cupcake creation, with the supplies given, according to the theme announced. This year the theme was was “Superheroes” since the money goes towards supporting heroes like firefighters and policemen. A couple of firefighters also attended the event and served as the judgesIMG_5093-1.JPG

Me and three of my sorority sisters signed up and decided to participate. We did not know what to expect, but we had a really good time. They told us to start and everyone ran to the middle table which included sprinkles, icing, cupcakes, and more baking decor. By the time we got to the table everything was gone and we had an hour. It. was. war.

 

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We grabbed what we could: green and brown icing, and 10 cupcakes. Not much to work with. The first thing that came to mind was the Hulk, so that is what we decided to do. It did not turn out exactly how we wanted it to, but hey, it was for a good cause.

 

 

We often forget to appreciate the good things in our lives when things get hectic. There are men and women that fight for our lives everyday, and I was happy that I was able to donate to that charity tonight. It also gave me an opportunity to get away from social media and the post election hate. I think that we should be more appreciative that we live in a free country.

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I consumed a lot of calories after designing my cupcake masterpiece… I should probably go run. If you take anything away from this blog post: CUPCAKE WARS>REAL WARS.

 

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Ready, Set, Go

Last Saturday, October 22nd, was the day that I have been anticipating all semester: The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon.

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Saturday Morning I woke up very early and headed downtown to the Belvedere, between 5th and 6th street on Main. It was very cold out, and I was slightly regretting signing up for this race.

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The start line opened at 8:30am and from that moment until after the race I made many observations:

Many elderly people destroyed me in this race

I really don’t understand how a 70 year old man sprinted past me on mile 8, but he did, and I applaud him. Well done sir, well done.

Morale was low

The first mini marathon that I ran was the Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon last may. It seems like the entire city of Louisville comes out for that race and line the whole course with signs, water, snacks, etc. There was hardly any cheerleaders a long the way. They were all at Papa Johns Stadium….

Cherokee Park is the devil

I was scared, I expected the worse, and I was correct. Why the race commissioners decided to make miles 4-8 run through the mountains that are Cherokee park is besides me, but it was painful.

My phone died

This is not a drill. My phone literally did that thing where it dies on 78% on the tenth mile. This is also when you are so close, yet so far away and your emotions begin to get the best of you. I ran in complete silence for the last thirty minutes, I also shed a few tears.

People actually drink Bourbon post race

After the race there was a party and all runners got free: Pizza, shots of bourbon, burgoo, beer, bagels, fruit, and more. What more could you ask for. Only in Kentucky will you find thousands of people that will throw back some Evan Williams seconds after crossing the finish line.

The Urban Bourbon was more exciting than the UofL Game

After we completed the race my friend and I rushed to UofL’s tailgate so we could meet up with our friends and walk to the game.  UofL: 54 NC State: 13….. enough said…

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It probably wasn’t the best idea to head immediately to tailgate right after, but #gocards over everything am I right??

Running the Art Show

Today marks one week before the St James Court Art Show Festivities begin. This past summer I have been interning for the St James Court Art Show and have assisted with their social media, marketing, and media relations. It has been a very rewarding experience and I am so grateful for everything I have learned under my supervisors: Margue Esrock and Karen Clayton. That being said, it is crunch time.

st-james-court-art-show-3The art show includes over 700 artists from all over the country that come to feature and sell their one of a kind artwork. In a week they will arrive to Old Louisville and set up their booth spaces, and the chaos will begin.

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Many residents of Louisville do not understand that there is a huge application process that begins in January that potential artists have to go through to even be considered to have a booth at the art show. Their work is then juried, and only the best of the best gain the privilege of being a part of such an amazing tradition.11755769_10152931790191260_7818174752644485323_n.jpg

 

 

 

There is more to the St James Court Art Show then just the art show weekend: there are many events that lead up to it. Many talks by long time art show friends, volunteer meetings, as well as the high school competition in which students submit portfolio pieces in a contest in order to have their chance to win one of multiple scholarship

 

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I have had the honor of working with multiple news stations and local media in order to schedule interviews, radio ads, and to advertise for our show. It has been a very fun experience and I have truly got an inside look on what reporting is all about.
I have a feeling that next week will consist of long hours, little sleep, and a lot of art. If you go to the art show you will for sure see me running around like a crazy person!

Running for my Life: To Campus Pt. 2

Today I was glancing at my phone before one of my classes, scrolling through Twitter, the usual…when I came across an article from WLKY: “Woman urged to be vigilant after 2 sexual assaults near UofL”.

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I clicked on the link and began reading the article. I soon found out that 2 young women, one being a student at UofL, were held at gun point and sexually assaulted; one at 3rd and Gaulbert and the other at 7th and Shipp Ave on MONDAY.

There are many things wrong with this scenario, but to name a few:

  1. This is a vulgar act of violence, no one deserves to be treated this way.
  2. I live exactly 2 blocks away from 3rd and Gaulbert. Crime is happening way too close for comfort, and way to close to campus. College is supposed to be safe; this is slowly dwindling away at the University of Louisville.
  3. WHY ARE WE JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS 3 DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED. There was not a RAVE alert sent out, no warning to avoid areas, absolutely nothing.
  4.  The title of this article: “Woman urged to be vigilant after 2 sexual assaults near UofL” …Really?  Maybe instead we should urge people not to sexually assault others?

 

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At approximately 6:09pm this evening I received an email from the university issuing a “crime notification” that this incident occurred on Wednesday… so which is it? Monday or Wednesday?

They also, so ever kindly, provided tips on “what to do/not do during and after a sexual assault or burglary occurs” and “suggestions that may help prevent you from becoming the victim of a sexual assault or robbery”. Gee Thanks ULPD!!!
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This is the bottom line:

 

Increasing in Louisville, whether its gang or drug related is honestly irrelevant to me. What is relevant, however, is that I do not feel safe. I do not feel safe walking through campus, walking home, walking through parking lots, and even getting out of my car in a public place alone.

I have common sense: I avoid the sketchy areas that young women like myself should not be in, but what happens when these areas become where I live, where I work, and where I learn.

I am looking forward to talking with ULPD about their thoughts on this situation, because quite frankly, I am not impressed.

Running for my Life: To Campus

Every morning during the week I wake up at approximately 7:00 am and walk to work. I work at the Student Activity Center in the early mornings and it is about a 15 minute walk from my house. I normally do not mind walking to campus in the daylight, it gives me an opportunity to listen to music and think about my day.

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Like I said, I live fairly close to campus, on the outskirts of Old Louisville.

Last week as I was watching the evening news I learned about an eighth grader bringing two guns (one loaded) into his middle school. As I continued to listen closer I learned that this happened at the school that I walk past EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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My mother is a huge proponent and subscriber to the “Louisville Crime Maps”. I normally get a weekly lecture about how I need to be more careful and aware of my surroundings when I am out and about in Louisville. After receiving ANOTHER RAVE alert last weekend I finally understand why she preaches the importance of being safe over and over and over to me.

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There are nice parts of Louisville, there are nice people in Louisville, but there is also a lot of crime and bad things that occur here as well. I should feel safe attending my University.

However, when my phone buzzes and I get a notification about another armed robbery a few blocks away from campus or my house, with no additional information I do not feel safe.

I appreciate the University utilizing the RAVE alert system, but I think that it is also their responsibility to update us on these dangerous situations, and give us more details after these occurrences. In the mean time while ULPD works on making campus great again, I think I will start running to school.