February 15, 2010

Your entire life, you always hear leadership talk. You can do this, you can do that. Some is inspirational (“Somewhere in the world right there is someone your age that will one day change the world. Why not you? You can do whatever you want to!” -Rick Horwitch). Some not so much (“Study hard, play hard, but no throwing chairs!” -Steve Wilkos).

Tonight I got the opportunity to listen to 3 amazing speakers at the University of Oregon Presidential Leadership Symposium. Starting with President Richard Lariviere, the speakers all urged the 200 to be the best we could. Then, Ana Maria Merico began her speech. She started by having everyone close their eyes and envision a 21 year old immigrant, not speaking English, pregnant, with $400 total dollars. She came to America from Argentina and sought greatness. People told her she couldn’t do it, she asked why. Her message rings true with the quote from my dad above. You can do whatever you want! Just don’t let anything get in the way!

Finally, Rev. Jesse Jackson took the stage. Starting slow and quiet, as he has thousands of times before, he slowly grew into a heated, fast paced, passionate, loud speech. His message? Champions play through pain. “You must bloody up the uniform some times! Champions play through pain!” He spoke of Dr. King’s famous speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Yet he said that while the famous message of having a dream was what was taken away from the speech, that it was not the message delivered. “Dr. King looked to the statue and said ‘Mr. Lincoln, you gave the proclamation, but did not grant emancipation!'” He gave a timeline of change, starting in 1948 and ending on a November night in a Chicago park. How did we, as a country, go from WWII African-American veterans not having the same rights as White veterans, to having an African-American President? Students. We have the power. We are the most powerful demographic. We need to “Democratize Democracy!” Make Democracy a Democracy. We all need to have our voices heard!

“When Rosa Parks sat down on that bus, she broke the law. The driver needed to save his job. The police were called.” There is a difference between moral right and legal obligation. Which do we go by? Which do we choose? The US Government allows the free speech that the Pacifica Forum is participating in on this campus right now, but that does not make it right. Moral right, legal obligation.

He then continued on about students. He asked who in the crowd was on some sort of aid at the University. When a few hands went up he corrected everyone. “Surprise, you all are! This is a government funded facility. You are all being aided by the government. You are all on some sort of aid!” He told a story of a man who had a MediCare card in one pocket, a Social Security in the other, driving down a major US highway. “The man said to me ‘I do not want the government aiding and funding my actions.’ Then how are you going to survive?”

Finally, he turned his speech to the welfare of the students. “You can get a car with 0% interest. You can get a bank [account] with 0% interest. But when you take out a student loan, after you graduate, you’re in debt. You get married into debt, and your first mortgage is payed by an IOU. We must get rid of interest on student loans. We must allow our students to graduate and be free!”

The final thing he said to the crowd was during a Q&A session. He was asked if people should be Color Blind. His response, “Do not deny who you are. We are all black, white, yellow, red, brown. Do not be color blind, be color tolerant. Be aware. Thank you. God bless you. I love you Eugene!” And he walked off the stage.

What did I take from this? Everything. Do what you want. Why? Why not?! Do what is morally right, not necessarily legally mandated. We, the students, can make a difference. “Democratize Democracy!” Don’t let things get in the way. Achieve greatness. “You can do whatever you want to!”


Super Bowl Commercials

February 7, 2010

Here is a play by play account of the Super Bowl Commercials:
– Bud Light House. Funny. Beer commercials always are.
– Tim Tebow tackles woman. And has horrible form. And will suck in the NFL. And is a crybaby.
– Super Bowl/Boost Mobile Shuffle. Hurricane or Ditka. The Hurricane is Hurricane Ditka. Ditka! Good one.
– Doritos shock collar. Classic!
– Robin Hood…Gladiator with bows.
– Doritos little kid commercial. Brilliant!!!!
– Bud Light asteroid. The guy from LOST was in it! Can I consider that a clue?
– NCSI….dumb.
– Simpsons and Coke! Made me smile! Simpsons comeback 2010? I think so!
– Go Daddy massage. I don’t wanna see more now, because it’s stupid!
– Doritos funeral. IT’S A MIRACLE!
– Bud Light auto tune. T-PAIN!!!!! WIN!
– Monster.com violin beaver. Odd. OSU sucks.
– Wolfman. Not interested.
– Bridgestone. Trying to bank on Hangover success. Fail.
– Sketchers sucks.
– Cars.com. I’m pretty sure this commercial ran last year with a different name. But they said knowledge.
– Budweiser broken bridge. Whatever.
– Shutter Island. Gonna be good.
– Mark Sanchez likes woman who watch football. And shaved. That about all I got out of that one.
– I bet Conan’s party is better than Leno, Letterman and Oprah’s.
– CareerBuilder.com….ooook.
– Dockers. I wear no pants. ok.
– Hyundai Brett Favre. Glad he can make fun of himself. But seriously. Go home.
– Bud Light and LOST. Winning combo!
– Dove. Did not expect that one. “This commercial got really lame really fast.” -Master Anderson.
– NFL Draft commercial. Confused me. I thought my phone was ringing. Stop using my ringtone NFL!
– Unexpected Dodger Charger ad. I like/
– Flower commercial. DUMB!!!!!!!!
– CSI in space. There’s 3 of us on the ship. One is dead and I didn’t do it. I wonder who did.
– Alice In Wonderland. AWESOME!!!!!
– Dr Pepper and Kiss….same commercial as always.
– TruTV. Polomalu sees his shadow. WIN!
– Harry Potter Land looks fun!
– FloTV. Interesting idea.
– Intel. Robots don’t have emotions… not even Jeffrey
– FloTV and The Who. Good commercial.
– LOCAL COMMERCIAL: Monkey got banana!!!!!
– Prince of Persia with Jake Gylenhhall? Interesting.
– Megan Fox in a bathtub. Dumb commercial, good idea.
– VW. Blue one. Red One. Stevie Wonder making a blind joke. Nice.
– Michelob Ultra. Lance Armstrong supports cancer research and getting drunk.
-HomeAway.com. Vacation!
– Bridgestone. I don’t get it.
– KGB. “Bring it on fat man!” Who needs KGB when you know a Japanese double major.
– Coke in Africa. Theme for commercials 2010: No pants?
– eTrade babies. Talking babies always funny. Please bring them back every year!!!
– Census 2010. Funny people. Poorly written.
– Google. Why does Google need to advertise? Good commercial. All the girls in the room “aww’d.”
– KIA. “I wanna hang out with these guys.” -Roitman. “Whhhaaatttt!?”-Ostrow. It was all a dream.
– Round Up can afford to do a Super Bowl ad?
– Budweiser Select 55. Simple. Gets point across.
– Seriously. NFL commercials. Stop using my ringtone. It’s trippin me out.
– The Masters? Really?
– Jack in the Box. I’ve seen better. TO NEW THINGS…like 2011 commercial being better for Jack in the Box.
– LOCAL COMMERCIAL: Mattress Mania. What the hell!?
– Vizio. Made me interested.
– Pop Secret AND Emerald Nuts? AWESOME!!!!
– Dante’s Inferno THE VIDEO GAME!? Intriguing.
– Budweiser Clydesdale’s return to the Super Bowl. With the Rudy music. Always a winner.
– Honda. Kelpto, buff, animated squirrels. Don’t know what it has to do with Honda, but fun.
– Denny’s. Screaming chickens are hilarious. Especially screaming chickens in space.
– CBS has some strange commercials promoting their own programming.
– Audi. The green police. I like the cover of Dream Police.
– Taco Bell. Charles Barkley rapping with Lamar? THAT’s entertainment!
– Doritos at the gym. Dorito WARRIOR! Doesn’t matter how funny it was, still shocked about the pick-6.
– Bud Light book club? Probably funny, but couldn’t hear it. NO TALKING DURING ADS PEOPLE!!!
– eTrade babies. “Oh he’s eating lobsta’ too!” Always funny. I’ll say it again; more talking babies!
– Sketchers already ran this ad! Make it stop.
– Dennys. MORE SCREAMING CHICKENS!!!! The simple things in life.
– CBS ads make me not want to watch CBS.
– eTrade talking baby on a plane. One more for the road!
– Intel. Evolution of computers? Pretty lame commercial.
– Sun Life Financial. Not good commercial. Not good grammar.
– WalMart. This is why these commercials were after the game ended.
– Hyundai. Why am I still watching.
– The Crazies. Thats sounds like a good idea…..not. Trophy ceremony then I’m done with this.
Congratulations to the city of New Orleans and the Saints. This was as exciting as a College Bowl game. Fun game to watch! Couldn’t happen to a better guy. Go Drew Brees! WHO DAT!!!!!