Author: Nathan

Veterans Day

Today I attended UCO’s Veterans Day Service in honor of the men and women that have fought and continue to fight in our armed forces. As I stood next to my boyfriend and the assembled war heros, families, and friends, the UCO band begun to play the national anthem. I raised my hand to my heart, something I hadn’t done in a long time, and paid my silent respect to our nation. In those solemn moments I reflected on what that flag, waving in the Oklahoma wind, meant to these men and women; what it meant to me.

I looked into my heart and felt the lack of pride in my country, but discovered a reformation of pride standing beside these service men. They fought, risking their lives for beliefs, that although this nation doesn’t always reflect, are what this nation represents. They did not fight for the sake of fighting, they fought because there was injustice, a people or persons that needed their rights defended. They weren’t defending  just American rights, but foreigner’s rights as well, human rights. They believed that everyone deserved those human rights, whatever nationality. A belief that struck me profoundly.

At the conclusion of the ceremony we were asked to stand once more as the brass quartet played Taps. The wind chased clouds across the Oklahoma sky as melancholy notes drifted through the gathering. We all pondered on the brave soldiers, those living and those deceased, and felt the severity of their sacrifices.

Today I hope you have taken the opportunity to thank the service men and women in your life. Let them now how proud you are and give back to them in whatever way you can.

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Andromeda

As winter creeps into our homes and sweaters migrate to the top of closets, the night sky displays some of the most beautiful celestial bodies. One object to catch the amateur astronomers breath is the Andromeda galaxy. Which is not just a star, but billions of stars! When viewed with the naked eye it may appear small, but in fact it’s radius, under long exposure, is greater than our moon.

This spectacular celestial body is our closest neighboring spiral galaxy and in the distant future, 4 billion years or so, will be a part of our personal “backyard”. Andromeda and the Milky Way are on a collision course. With the Hubbell Space Telescope, NASA has predicted the melding of our two galaxies and the end results of the pairing. Although we will not be around, those lucky enough to be may enjoy an even more breath taking night sky. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPkfapdsVXU[/youtube]

Genealogy

What is in our past that plays a role in our future? There has always been the question of where we come from. For some of us our genealogy has been methodically gathered and sorted. We are lucky enough to have a clear image of where our ancestors came from, who they were, and what pieces of them reside in us. For others of us we need to gather that information and comb through the passage of time.

Luckily for those able to access the Max Chambers library, a large collection of genealogy has been stored and simply awaits the perusal of fastidious eyes. Take the time, dig for those treasures in the past and there will certainly be surprises.

Gandhi

Looking at the small figured man wrapped in a dhoti, windsor glasses perched on his nose, wisdom and patience seem to exude from his frail figure and slightly up turned smile.

Gandhi is a manifestation of the silent, but strong willed. He understood himself and the strength granted him by his innate character. Have we not all faced moments of injustice and immorality? When faced by these are we then caught off balance, one foot poised to strike out at iniquity, one shakily on the ground? Gandhi planted  himself in the path of injustice. He centered himself, and the world around him, when brought face to face with immorality.

Strength and weakness are not measured in our spoken voice, nor in the force of our kick. There is strength in the unspoken word, in a stance well grounded. Gandhi spoke to the world, without uttering a word. His actions and brave decisions demonstrate what a powerful man he was.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the Multimedia! A summer breeze has been running through the multimedia and with it comes new technology and new faces. We now have 2 new scanners as well as a refined laminating service. The multimedia continues to grow with the possible 8 student workers this semester. We’re excited to bring a fresh crew in and sorry to see familiar faces go. We wish everyone the best with their college and life journey and hope to see you all browsing the fresh collection of movie’s, CD’s, and score’s!