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For the past 6 months my life has been consumed in planning this music video. It is our love letter to Davis showcasing all the unique parts of campus. You can spot me at 28 seconds and a couple other places. Share with friends and family!
Hub Culture invited AggieTV to help film and edit interviews for the third Governor’s Global Climate Summit. The two day conference was co-hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other world leaders and opened up discussion about moving toward a green economy. Attendees shared their ideas and were encouraged to collaborate together to inform national and international climate negotiations. I missed out on Harrison Ford and Deepak Chopra who attended the first day but had a great time on the second anyways.
Alyson entering the tents from the green carpet.
Our set for the interviews.
In true Aggie style I was able to create my own lunch yesterday at the Salad Bowl Garden right on campus – for free!
Last spring I heard about their harvest celebration before they were to start planting for summer. I wanted everyone to know about it and contacted Margaret Lloyd who founded the garden to see if she would do me the honor of being my first interview for AggieTV.
More from my interview with Margaret:
Check it out – it’s right across Freeborn near the MU bus station. There’s still a bunch of basil, sage, tomatoes to be picked before they clear it out for fall planting! To stay updated for when they have plantings and salad bowl lunches contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It was really nice having The Buzz start at an earlier time this year. Having it on the quad felt like it was a mini Picnic Day! Since I got out of class at 5 I hung around while everyone was setting up. The plus side to being there half an hour earlier meant no lines for booths that were ready – free hot dogs, nachos with deliciously melted cheese, brownies, cookies, and drinks galore. Starbucks and Papa Murphy’s handed out samples. Various organizations were armed with swag: Campus Rec with bags, Tandem Properties with Sprinkles cupcakes. For entertainment there were poker tables, inflatable games and live performances including The Cataracs! Even though long lines can form, the down time is great for catching up with friends you haven’t seen for a while and making new ones.
Free Cinnabread mmm
Glass blowing demo for the Craft Center There were also spinning, pottery demos + a place to mold your own clay! I use to volunteer at the Craft Center freshman year and it totally rocks.
My favorite part besides the free food was of course the photo booth. Roomie love!
What was your favorite part of The Buzz? Win any raffle prizes? Post your photos on their FB page.
EC teamed up with gofobo to give out 700 passes for the screening. All I had to do was send an email that was provided in the FB event and in return receive a RSVP code to print my own pass. Every time there is a free screening they make sure to overbook to ensure a full house so only the first 300 people are able to watch.
This time EC was much more organized than last May when I watched Easy A and handed out numbers smartly written on the back of their flyer for the Best Coast concert at the end of Oct- way more efficient than constantly counting heads & it deterred line cutters.
Line starting around the corner
Me & Priya
The movie was entertaining but I wouldn’t go out and drop $9 to see it in theaters. I would have rather watched a documentary on the rise of Facebook rather than a glamorized fictional depiction laced with drugs and lace undergarments. The filmmakers portray Mark Zuckerberg’s motives as selfish when in reality the real MZ is constantly thinking of ways to use the power of FB for the social good. Since it is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires whose main source of information was the company’s co-founder Eduardo Severin – the audience is most inclined to sympathize with his character in the movie as the victim in the lawsuit battle. I’m interested in reading The Facebook Effect for the other side of the story.
Join the Entertainment Council group to keep updated on all their awesome events – which are usually free or very cheap!
One of the coolest things about attending a research university is participating in studies yourself. I’ve done my fair share of psychology research both as a research assistant and participant but this time around I got to utilize my taste buds for the Food Science & Technology Department.
It was my first time at the new Robert Mondavi Institute. The study was in the sensory building over by the water tower.
I was quite excited about this study because I loved the acai gelato I had at Icekrimsi next to Varsity Theater and the acai Jamba I had during their $1 promotion. Plus, instead of being compensated with experimetrix units I would receive a $10 gift card!
One of the things I love about going to Davis is there are free/frugal movie screenings almost all the time. Whether it’s films shown through Entertainment Council or the multitude of film festivals , there is always an opportunity to enjoy the latest films (sometimes even before they’re released in theaters), student films and films that you cannot even find on Netflix.
Last night I finally got to watch one of the films the Asian American Association was showing for their 7th annual film festival. The theme for this year is Meet Me Halfway which has to do with the struggle of asian americans’ (or any other bicultural person’s) self identity. The tug of war of feeling not asian enough, too asian around some friends, or like you don’t want to be labeled at all. So because there are not many asian americans out there in mainstream media, AAA’s goal is to showcase movies that have asian actors in non-stereotypical (i.e. non-ninja, quiet nerd, bridesmaid) roles – which I absolutely love.
I watched 2009′s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures:
We all laughed at Daigo’s awkward first day on the job and cried during the more heart wrenching casket ceremonies. The film helped me reflect on the mortality of my own life and got me thinking about how I would want to be remembered when I pass away in addition to how I would want to be prepared (which I still don’t know – maybe cremation?). It also touched on topics career and self identity, unconditional love, and forgiveness. I don’t want to talk more without giving it away but other favorite parts his amazing cello playing and how cute he and he wife were as a couple. Though the movie is partly about death there is alot of laughter and heart in it and you must watch it if you ever get the chance. If you also saw it last night and want it for yourself (or if you love it already from the trailer) you can buy the DVD here.
I’m excited to watch tonight’s film All About Dad:
If you’re interested in getting involved with next year’s AAA FilmFest in a big way I know they are accepting officer applications right now!