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    Staceyann Chin, this year’s AMAZING Take Back The Night speaker, identifies as a “Caribbean and Black, Asian and Lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.” Her performance was touching, empowering and just what we needed to be reminded of and reflect on what Take Back The Night is all about, but somehow still up-lifting.

    Staceyann Chin, this year’s AMAZING Take Back The Night speaker, identifies as a “Caribbean and Black, Asian and Lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.” Her performance was touching, empowering and just what we needed to be reminded of and reflect on what Take Back The Night is all about, but somehow still up-lifting.

    Posted on Saturday, April 19th 2014, by Nicola at F&M

    After an empowering march against sexism, racism, homophobia and sexual violence — the themes of this years Take Back The Night — it was sobering to stand in a circle, candles lit, and hear people speak out against their own experiences.

    After an empowering march against sexism, racism, homophobia and sexual violence — the themes of this years Take Back The Night — it was sobering to stand in a circle, candles lit, and hear people speak out against their own experiences.

    Posted on Saturday, April 19th 2014, by Nicola at F&M

    Active Minds hosted a 5K Fun Run/Walk called Outrunning Stigma. At the end on the 5K, both those who ran and those who walked crossed a strip of bubble wrap (the finish line) as a way to make noise and stomp out the stigma of having mental health problems. The beautiful day started with remarks from President Porterfield and ended with a performance by The Chessmen.

    Active Minds hosted a 5K Fun Run/Walk called Outrunning Stigma. At the end on the 5K, both those who ran and those who walked crossed a strip of bubble wrap (the finish line) as a way to make noise and stomp out the stigma of having mental health problems. The beautiful day started with remarks from President Porterfield and ended with a performance by The Chessmen.

    Posted on Saturday, April 19th 2014, by Nicola at F&M

    fandmdylan:

With the NFL Draft a little over 3 weeks away, and with the threat of graduation ever looming forcing me to extreme measures to get my mind off of the real world, I have devised a small 7 round mock draft for F&M. Like most mock drafts, it means very little and l largely have no idea what I am talking about, therefore at ESPN I’d be what they call a “Senior Executive Expert Draft Guru Analyst Steven A. Smith Bill Simmons in Charge of THE National Football League,” or something to that understated effect.
Without further ado, I present:
The 2014 F&M Mock Draft (brought to you by Sodexo Food Services. Sodexo: where “food” is a relative term.)
Round 1. The Student-Faculty Ratio. Coming in as a bit of sleeper first round pick, the SF Ratio has long been considered an underrated choice for the F&M first round. However, despite a bevy of other qualified contenders, the SF Ratio simply has the HEART necessary to compete at this level. As opposed to a big school, Franklin & Marshall allows for less students in the average class. In my time here I have grown to appreciate this as a truly special experience in college. I know my professors quite well and have been able to develop very special relationships with several of them over the years, which not only fosters a greater interest in the subject material, but creates a personal academic experience overall that truly cannot be overvalued. Not like those me-first, glory boys over at State!
Round 2. Campus. An easy choice here, really. Easily could have gone in the first round, but many teams will be thrilled to see it available at this point in the draft. Campus is actually pretty gorgeous. It gets docked a few points for what some describe as the The Grey-esque winter that will cost you the occasional friend or two (my friend, Dan, got eaten by a wolf back in February. Turns out unlike Liam Neeson, Dan’s particular set of skills stopped at being delicious.), but ultimately it’s a lovely and green place to reside. Though Campus’ biggest faults come from worries over consistency, the potential is too much to ignore. For those times of year where it is warm there is nowhere better to be than Hartman green in an adirondack chair with the rest of the sociable world under the sun.
Round 3. The Basement of Shad. Seriously, this place is the tops. Feeling overwhelmed by work? Need some silence? Shad basement is for you. Though at times you may feel as though have journeyed to the center of the nowhere, Shad basement is an amazing place to get work done. Scouts have been heard to say that while it’s not pretty, and it won’t be a yearly pro-bowler, Shad basement is as close to a sure thing and day 1 starter as you could get in the draft.
Round 4. New College House. NCH sees a drop in the draft due to bitterness. All the talent in the world, but those off the field issues and a question over work ethic drop it to the fourth round. New College is absolutely beuatiful, especially when compared to some of those 60’s/70’s era abominations that every school in the world seemed to have thought was a good idea because, hey it was the 60’s and everyone was on drugs (YOU FORTUNATE SONS CAN KEEP YOUR CONVENTIONAL ARCHITECTURE ND YOUR WAR!). The only reason it drops this far is because I was never able to live in it. I’m a fogey still clinging to the run-first offense in what has clearly become a pass-first league. FOOTBALL!
Round 5. Greek Life. I would have picked this sooner, but then I’d be a tool. Greek Life at F&M has been a great thing for me and a ton of other kids I know. It isn’t for everyone but if you’re willing to let it develop over some time, you could find a gem deep into the draft.
Round 6. Common Hour. Common Hour would have made it earlier on this list if I had remembered to put it earlier, but now it’s too late and here we are. Maybe I should have thought about this thing in advance. NO TIME FOR THAT! Common Hour is the prime example of what F&M offers in terms of the full academic experience. The weekly time for outstanding and diverse speakers to join the students for the price of free.99 (and free PIZZA. They essentially bribe you to go) is a great way to expand your worldview and to maybe be taught an idea that you had not previously given time to. This is some great value deep in the draft. Teams are thrilled to see this guy still around and believe they’re getting great value here.
Round 7. Abroad. Another pick that should have gone much earlier. I could tell you some STORIES about my time abroad in Copenhagen, but this simply is not the space for that (KOLIDGE!). Go abroad. It shouldn’t even be a question. No other time in life will you have an experience like this that is equal parts fooling around in a foreign country and learning like you’ve never learned before. Truly a unique experience. Some teams may be put off from it’s unorthodox approach to the game, but ultimately Abroad could develop into a very good player that offers new skills.
Bonus Undrafted Free Agent. Parking. Seriously, parking is the worst on this campus. When parking the only thing you can count on is that there wont be any and if you find some you’ll be getting a $20 street cleaning fine from the City of Lancaster. I think I owe them my firstborn and in parking tickets at this point.

    fandmdylan:

    With the NFL Draft a little over 3 weeks away, and with the threat of graduation ever looming forcing me to extreme measures to get my mind off of the real world, I have devised a small 7 round mock draft for F&M. Like most mock drafts, it means very little and l largely have no idea what I am talking about, therefore at ESPN I’d be what they call a “Senior Executive Expert Draft Guru Analyst Steven A. Smith Bill Simmons in Charge of THE National Football League,” or something to that understated effect.

    Without further ado, I present:

    The 2014 F&M Mock Draft (brought to you by Sodexo Food Services. Sodexo: where “food” is a relative term.)

    Round 1. The Student-Faculty Ratio. Coming in as a bit of sleeper first round pick, the SF Ratio has long been considered an underrated choice for the F&M first round. However, despite a bevy of other qualified contenders, the SF Ratio simply has the HEART necessary to compete at this level. As opposed to a big school, Franklin & Marshall allows for less students in the average class. In my time here I have grown to appreciate this as a truly special experience in college. I know my professors quite well and have been able to develop very special relationships with several of them over the years, which not only fosters a greater interest in the subject material, but creates a personal academic experience overall that truly cannot be overvalued. Not like those me-first, glory boys over at State!

    Round 2. Campus. An easy choice here, really. Easily could have gone in the first round, but many teams will be thrilled to see it available at this point in the draft. Campus is actually pretty gorgeous. It gets docked a few points for what some describe as the The Grey-esque winter that will cost you the occasional friend or two (my friend, Dan, got eaten by a wolf back in February. Turns out unlike Liam Neeson, Dan’s particular set of skills stopped at being delicious.), but ultimately it’s a lovely and green place to reside. Though Campus’ biggest faults come from worries over consistency, the potential is too much to ignore. For those times of year where it is warm there is nowhere better to be than Hartman green in an adirondack chair with the rest of the sociable world under the sun.

    Round 3. The Basement of Shad. Seriously, this place is the tops. Feeling overwhelmed by work? Need some silence? Shad basement is for you. Though at times you may feel as though have journeyed to the center of the nowhere, Shad basement is an amazing place to get work done. Scouts have been heard to say that while it’s not pretty, and it won’t be a yearly pro-bowler, Shad basement is as close to a sure thing and day 1 starter as you could get in the draft.

    Round 4. New College House. NCH sees a drop in the draft due to bitterness. All the talent in the world, but those off the field issues and a question over work ethic drop it to the fourth round. New College is absolutely beuatiful, especially when compared to some of those 60’s/70’s era abominations that every school in the world seemed to have thought was a good idea because, hey it was the 60’s and everyone was on drugs (YOU FORTUNATE SONS CAN KEEP YOUR CONVENTIONAL ARCHITECTURE ND YOUR WAR!). The only reason it drops this far is because I was never able to live in it. I’m a fogey still clinging to the run-first offense in what has clearly become a pass-first league. FOOTBALL!

    Round 5. Greek Life. I would have picked this sooner, but then I’d be a tool. Greek Life at F&M has been a great thing for me and a ton of other kids I know. It isn’t for everyone but if you’re willing to let it develop over some time, you could find a gem deep into the draft.

    Round 6. Common Hour. Common Hour would have made it earlier on this list if I had remembered to put it earlier, but now it’s too late and here we are. Maybe I should have thought about this thing in advance. NO TIME FOR THAT! Common Hour is the prime example of what F&M offers in terms of the full academic experience. The weekly time for outstanding and diverse speakers to join the students for the price of free.99 (and free PIZZA. They essentially bribe you to go) is a great way to expand your worldview and to maybe be taught an idea that you had not previously given time to. This is some great value deep in the draft. Teams are thrilled to see this guy still around and believe they’re getting great value here.

    Round 7. Abroad. Another pick that should have gone much earlier. I could tell you some STORIES about my time abroad in Copenhagen, but this simply is not the space for that (KOLIDGE!). Go abroad. It shouldn’t even be a question. No other time in life will you have an experience like this that is equal parts fooling around in a foreign country and learning like you’ve never learned before. Truly a unique experience. Some teams may be put off from it’s unorthodox approach to the game, but ultimately Abroad could develop into a very good player that offers new skills.

    Bonus Undrafted Free Agent. Parking. Seriously, parking is the worst on this campus. When parking the only thing you can count on is that there wont be any and if you find some you’ll be getting a $20 street cleaning fine from the City of Lancaster. I think I owe them my firstborn and in parking tickets at this point.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 16th 2014, by Dylan at Franklin & Marshall College

    Reblogged from Dylan at Franklin & Marshall College