Today is Paczki day. While you are enjoying your traditional Polish Pastry here is a little history from the Polamjournal:
“While the practice of Pączki Day is traditionally observed the day before Ash Wednesday in the United States, in Poland, pączki sales are the highest on Tlusty Czwartek, or “Fat Thursday.” (The Thursday before Ash Wednesday). This day marks the start of the final week of the pre-Lenten celebrations.
In Old Poland, the zapusty or “carnival season” reached its height during this period. Elegant balls were held in well-to-do manor houses, attended by young men, women and their parents. Country-folk, on the other hand, would make merry, drink, dance and flirt at the village inn. The rich would feast on fancy hors d’oeuvres, roast game, and fine wines. Peasants enjoyed their zimne noge (jellied pig’s knuckles), kiszka (blood and groat sausage), and kielbasa z kapusta (sausage and cabbage), which they washed down with beer and gorzalka, the least expensive vodka available. ”
Pączki will be available for sale in the student center. Come and get them before they run out!
Welcome back everybody!
I hope this semester is off to a great start for everyone. I know this could be a hectic time for many undergraduates and graduates alike, however there is much to do around campus in the new year:
I hope this semester turned out well for all of you. For those of you who have graduated this semester, congratulations! I sincerely wish you all the best in your future endeavors. To all of you who are Wayne State’s future graduates, keep moving forward! Everyday all of you make this university proud. Conversely, be proud of this university. We Are Warriors!
Wayne State University does indeed sit in a wonderful location. For those of you wanting to view the Thanksgiving Day Parade, you will have a front row seat. The official announcement is as follows:
You are invited to be a part of The Warrior Zone! The zone will be located between Warren Avenue and the Simon Building (4809 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201) home of University Press. The Warrior Zone will include; a warming tent, hot beverages, donuts and bagels, and restroom facilities. The area will also include some bleacher seating and enough room to bring your friends and family and take part in one of Detroit’s great traditions. The Warrior Zone opens at 7:30 a.m. with the parade stepping off at 9:00 a.m.
Wristbands are $15 per adult (13 and older) $10 per child (5 to 12) with kids 4 and under free. You can also purchase access to safe and secure parking for $7 per vehicle in Structure 6, Structure 8 or Lot 54 all which are located close to the event venue. Place your wristband and parking pass order at http://specialevents.wayne.edu/the-warrior-zone-2014.
This is truly a wonderful way to not only get yourself involved, but also you family and friends. I hope to see you all there!
I hope everyone survived midterms. As the semester is narrowing down, it is easy to fall into a mid-semester slump. However, this is the prefect time to shake things up. Try a new recipe, change your daily or weekly routine, try a new restaurant, and of course check out local plays and sporting events. And as always keep moving forward, you are over half way there!
I hope that our semester is off to an auspicious start. There are many events taking place on and off campus:
Just because classes are ending soon, that does not mean that you will have nothing to do. There are plenty of events going on around campus. Guys and Dolls premieres April 11th at the Bonstelle Theater, The dorms are having their semesterly late night breakfast, and not to mention all of the amazing restaurants and arts shows going on around as in midtown. The weather is beautiful, summer is coming, and there are plenty of things to look forward to.
As I was reading through “Multimodal Composition”, by Claire Lutkewitte, I came across a quote that I felt was a homage to the beauty of a moment.
“In my beginning is my end, we have a moment,
A people without history is not redeemed for time, we have a moment,
words, after speech, reach into the silence only by the form, the pattern
can words of music reach the stillness, as a Chinese jar still moves perpetually
in its stillness, we have a moment,
time present and time past, are both perhaps time in future,
and time in future contained in time in past, we have a moment,
what we make of this moment is contextualized by our own history,
at this moment we need to focus on changes,
we have a moment.”
By Kathleen Blake Yancey
as finals wrap up and a new semester is on the horizon, let us keep in mind that all of the hours of studying, and the blood, sweat, and tears, are worth it–we are all working towards something great. Remember to be proud of your achievements, and remember that now is the time to strive for something better than our best.
Enjoy this vacation time, recoup, refresh, and re-energize.
And as always, keep moving forward…
Congratulations to those of you graduating this December! You were in it for the long haul and you made it through. As you go through this wonderful and exciting time, I am quite sure you will hear many inspirational words from some very wise people. With that being said, I thought that I would offer you one of my favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Beautiful words to live by… Congratulations class of 2013, you did it!!!