MLK Event: Diversity Ball

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The sounds of loud music playing in the background, the smell of food floating in the air, people laughing, smiling and talking over whelms the area, dancers taking over the floor space and people dressed in suits and dresses take over the space like a river. These are the sights and senses of the diversity ball.

This event of MLK week and Black history month had much to offer, it had guest speakers, dancers, food, music, knowledge about diversity and a diverse population. With it being called the “diversity ball” it lived up to its name. The room filled with conversations and laughter filling the air; this event is more than black history month it is about bringing people together and joining different groups to make one.

“We came last year and thought it was really fun and we have been to most of the MLK week events, so thought this was a fun place to celebrate and we never get to dress up” said Alejandra & Kendal students at the University of Wyoming when asked ‘what made them want to attend this event tonight?’ Bishrant Adhikari a student from Nepal thought about this event a little differently

“To make some new friends and get out and to see a different culture.” This group of people interviewed shows the diversity of this event Alejandra is a Hispanic American student, Kendal is a white American student and  Adhikari is a student from Nepal a country in Asia.

With this event being during MLK week and being in black history month a question regarding Martin Luther King was also asked, what were you taught about MLK.

“Being from Atlanta, I know a lot about him and he was very much in our school system and we spent around 3 days talking about him” said Kendal while Alejandra had a little bit of a different view on this question.

“The first thing I was taught was the ‘I have a dream’ speech and that he was a great figure for civil rights, and being Hispanic being taught that he work along side with Cesar Chavez and it was just really cool to know that these two are common figures and minorities and making big strides.” Though these two woman are from different backgrounds, have different views taught about MLK, they came to the same event.

With this event being in black history month and having a diverse population, you cant help but notice the slight lack of the African American population attendance. Bringing up the question of ” what do you guy think about Black history month” with most of the population not falling underneath the months celebrated culture this question could make for some interesting view points and perspectives.

Cole Carpenter is a student at the University of Wyoming and also apart of the UMC (United Multicultural Council) and when asked this question he responded.

“I think that it is really important to celebrate that part of our history.” Adhikari was also asked the same question .

“Honestly, I haven’t read much about it” with him being from a foreign country in Asia this isn’t something that he was taught growing up the way that we are in America. February being a month to learn about another cultures history in America, the University of Wyoming used the last few days in January and the first few days of February to host events in which you can attend and educate yourself on the diversity of America.

He added “Obviously it is a rich culture in black history, back home we respect all kind of forms of histories because everybody has got a history.”

“I think that there needs to be more events because one week isn’t enough, especially in Wyoming and I think it is great that we have something to celebrate black history but there’s not enough of it” said Kendal while friend Alejandra also agreed with her statement.

 

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With the diverse dances, music, performers, dishes and people this event was a night filled with emotion. All that were in attendance seemed happy and excited for the night and attending the ball, the people dressed nice and enjoyed what was being provided for them at the event.

With Martin Luther King JR. day being at the end of January there were multiple events that led right into the final big one, which was held the night of February 3rd in the union ballroom on the campus of the University of Wyoming.

“The diversity ball was an event well done”, said Carpenter and that lived up to its name and ended MLK week with style and diversity.

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Initial Blog Post 1

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After looking through the syllabus I am anticipating learning new things in general with this course. Though I consider myself good with technology I have never really experienced this side of media before I am excited to learn and expand my technology knowledge. I am also excited to learn about other issues in the word, and learning how to write, blog and post about them from not just a viewer and readers aspect but also from the writing side.

Learning how to write in a different way is a skill I am also interested in, instead of writing in normal essay or paper format now I am writing in a viewer publisher stand point. After the first day and reading about some things that we will be covering in this course I am excited to cover, the video and photograph side. These caught my attention because the old saying “a picture speaks a 1000 words” and when I read a magazine, newspaper or blog I can tell what it is about just by looking at the first picture, so learning how to do this skill properly will be fun to me. The other skill that I am anticipating is learning the media and social media skills in this class, with social medias becoming so big I think this will be a very useful skill to have in the work force.

After brainstorming about issues, events or people that I would like to report about I came up with a few that seem really interesting to me. Reporting about different foods and the pros and cons to what you put in your body, especially in America this seems to be a pretty big issue that I don’t know all to well and would like to look in and learn more about it.

When it comes to people I see myself reporting on athletes mostly, I don’t have a specific person, gender or sport but I like to read about and learn from other athletes and what they have to deal with so I see myself doing a lot of work around athletes. Events will be a harder one, this isn’t something that I have set in stone but I am always reading about new and interesting events that are happening around the word, so when it comes to events I can see myself reporting on whatever is the talk of the town at the time.

The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

‘I’ll fetch the executioner myself,’ said the King eagerly, and he hurried off.

Alice thought she might as well go back, and see how the game was going on, as she heard the Queen’s voice in the distance, screaming with passion. She had already heard her sentence three of the players to be executed for having missed their turns, and she did not like the look of things at all, as the game was in such confusion that she never knew whether it was her turn or not. So she went in search of her hedgehog.

The hedgehog was engaged in a fight with another hedgehog, which seemed to Alice an excellent opportunity for croqueting one of them with the other: the only difficulty was, that her flamingo was gone across to the other side of the garden, where Alice could see it trying in a helpless sort of way to fly up into a tree.

By the time she had caught the flamingo and brought it back, the fight was over, and both the hedgehogs were out of sight: ‘but it doesn’t matter much,’ thought Alice, ‘as all the arches are gone from this side of the ground.’ So she tucked it away under her arm, that it might not escape again, and went back for a little more conversation with her friend.

When she got back to the Cheshire Cat, she was surprised to find quite a large crowd collected round it: there was a dispute going on between the executioner, the King, and the Queen, who were all talking at once, while all the rest were quite silent, and looked very uncomfortable.

The moment Alice appeared, she was appealed to by all three to settle the question, and they repeated their arguments to her, though, as they all spoke at once, she found it very hard indeed to make out exactly what they said.

The executioner’s argument was, that you couldn’t cut off a head unless there was a body to cut it off from: that he had never had to do such a thing before, and he wasn’t going to begin at HIS time of life.