21 February 2017

Fire Arts

As I have mentioned before, I’m one of the vice presidents of Fire Arts, Lewis & Clark’s fire spinning club.  We meet twice a week for 1-2 hours practicing with all manner of props.  As every new member joins they start out by learning fire knife or poi.  A fire knife is basically a dull blade the length of a machete with a handle about as long as your arm and fire on both ends.  While poi are two balls of fire attached to a small length of string.

Fire fans
From there members diversify into many different props.  I use the staff (fire on both ends of a stick) and rope dart (fire on the end of a long rope).  Other members also use fans, a hula hoop, batons, machetes, a dragon staff (a shorter staff with lengths of wire holding mini balls of fire out perpendicular to the staff), and juggling rods. 

Fire knife
Each semester we will have at least one show.  In addition to that show, during the spring semester we also perform at the Luau the Hawaii club puts together every year.  It’s not confirmed yet, but this year we are considering a Disney theme for the show we run.  It has been fun watching everyone come up with their favorite Disney songs.  In some cases we have insisted that they go home and watch movies that they have missed.  It’s a lot of fun, we all get along well and when we’re not lighting things on fire we’ll hang around joking.

Fire knife
Rope dart

Any questions?  Feel free to send me an email at ameliaberle@lclark.edu

History and Intramural Soccer

So this past week, intramural soccer started, which has been a lot of fun so far. Every Wednesday and Sunday we play our games at night out on the football field against other teams that have signed up to play. It has been a great way to get a break from school and play something else besides football, even though I am not as good at it. Fortunately, we only play across the field, so it isn’t as much running as a full field. My team is made up mostly of other guys from the football team as well, and we like to have a lot of fun playing it. We even had t-shirts made that have our team name on them and numbers on the back! We will be playing soccer for the next few weeks, and then we switch to basketball later on.

Right now classes are going well. Currently I am taking two history classes, which is a nice switch up from all my science classes that I have to take. With these history classes, since these are my first ones that I have taken here at Lewis and Clark, it has given me a different perspective on the way history has been taught to me before. It has definitely made me consider a lot of things that I have never thought of before, which allows me to try to see different perspectives in the world. It is nice because I have science classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and my history classes on Tuesday and Thursday. This allows me to completely switch my brain onto one specific subject for the day instead of bouncing around from history to metabolic biochemistry, which are two completely different things.

Other than classes and soccer, there isn’t a whole lot going on at the moment. There is a threat of snow again, which is weird because it is almost March and it has been so cold. Hopefully Spring is right around the corner, because I am ready for the sunshine again.

That's all for this week,


17 February 2017

A Good End to a Bad Week

Hey friends!

This week was crazy, long, hard and exhausting. I had 3 midterms, a quiz, a lab report, a lab presentation and a paper due - the quiz and two midterms being on Friday. So, I've been pretty exhausted. It's also just been a pretty stressful week with some other stuff from home, but Friday ended up being a really great day.

I had my two midterms - and hopefully I'm not jinxing myself, but they didn't seem too hard... Considering I didn't know any of the brain parts or functions on Wednesday day night, I was very happy with myself for coming out of my Brain and Behavior exam feeling confident. I also probably made some silly arithmetic mistake on my Calculus 2 exam as well, but it didn't seem too difficult.

We wrapped up our biology lab this week with a presentation, presenting our (inconclusive) data on how EDTA changed the reaction rate of the tyrosine enzyme. Put in the most basic way, EDTA in an inhibitor that binds to the copper receptor site of tyrosine so that the enzyme tyrosinase can't catalyze into when combined with catechol. We were expecting to see a decrease in the rate of reaction, but our data was all over the place.

We also submitted our two week long chemistry lab with a report on how stable ylide produces a trans isomer. -- I won't bore you all with the complex details of ochem that has taken me hours on hours to understand.

Wednesday night we had the first full rehearsal/run through of International Fair which was great. I got to see all the other countries performances and finally run our dances through with the tech.

Dance Y has also been coming along really well, we've almost got a minute and a half of choreo built!

But Friday was quite lovely; my exams went better than I was expecting and it was the first day of sun we've had all week. I came out of my calc exam with an extra ten minutes and literally just laid on the ground outside JR Howard Hall. Sitting outside of Howard is a popular hang out spot in the sun.

The giant steps of Howard Hall -- feeling like Gossip Girl - XOXO 

After my exams were finished I finally chilled in my room and then went out to Ichiban with a group of friends for dinner. Ichiban is a cute little hole in the wall, conveyer belt sushi restaurant downtown. (Bon Fridays are not my favorite meal of the week too). We all grabbed some boba over at Fat Straw after that making today a great end to this long and exhausting week.

I think we're meant to go back to rain this weekend and for the rest of the week, but I have a run planned for Saturday morning in Forest Park with a group of friends who are all training for the half marathon next year.

Anyways, I'm hoping this next week is a little bit slower and less hectic. I have an ochem exam on Friday, which means another week of late nights studying - but at hopefully I'll have less going on at the same time.

As always, if you have any questions of just want to chat about LC life, be sure to email me at ksaylor@lclark.edu

That's all for this week,

14 February 2017

Biology Lab

Cell/molecular biology lab was fantastic.  The data came out beautifully.  As we had predicted, the longer the apple extract was exposed to UV light, the less effective tyrosinase was at converting the clear substrate into colored products.  In biology labs we often have the opportunity to run experiments exploring some facet of the topic we are studying, but because it’s science not all experiments pan out.  This time it did though and I’m excited for our presentations tomorrow.  

I’ve had two midterms since I last wrote.  One for Calculus II and one for Cell/Molecular Biology. So, as should be expected, I have spent a lot of time studying this week.  Still, my roommate and I managed to finally cook the mushrooms we have been growing.  Amazon sells grow your own oyster mushroom kits and we never managed to get the timing right on the last one, but time we succeeded though and were able to sauté them this weekend.  They were pretty tasty.  Speaking of that, I ought to go water them. 

Also this weekend I attended the Anti-Valentine’s Day concert.  It was a lot of fun.  I managed to convince a friend to go with me since my roommate stayed behind to sleep.  The concert is an annual event for those who love or love to hate.  Lots of on campus a cappella groups were preforming and they did a really fantastic job.

Do you have any questions about life at Lewis and Clark? Send me an email at ameliaberle@lclark.edu

Tests and Snowboarding

Well, it definitely has been a busy week again. I had a test on Monday in my chemistry class, and one tomorrow in my biochemistry class,so a lot of my time has been spent studying, which is a good thing even though I would rather be doing other stuff. Fortunately, once tomorrow is over with, my week will be a lot easier since all of my major tests will be over with for awhile.

Other than my tests, I do not have a whole lot going on at the moment. Every morning, all of us on the football team lift as a group for our off-season workouts. These workouts have been really beneficial for us to grow as a team and get physically stronger too. We lift every morning at either 7 or 7:30 on the weekdays, and some days we run as well. Every day we either work on  upper body or lower body, and then twice a week we do 7 on 7, which is practicing passing plays. It helps us to learn our playbooks. We will be doing this for the next four weeks until  spring ball starts, then our schedule will be changed up again.

This weekend I got to go snowboarding again, which was great. It was even sunny, which made it a really good time. Unfortunately, everyone else in the area wanted to go up to Mt. Hood as well. By the time my friend Cale and I got up to Timberline Resort, the entire parking lot was full. After driving around a couple times, we went back down the mountain to Ski Bowl, which is technically a smaller mountain just to the side of Mt. Hood. We snowboarded there for most of the morning. It was an amazing day. With the sun being out, you could see the whole area around the mountain. You could even see Mt. St. Helens in Washington off in the distance. The snow was perfect, and it was just right all day. Hopefully next weekend I will have time to go to Timberline. I have learned that I have to get up earlier too!

That's all for this week,


11 February 2017

A Typical Midterm Weekend

Hey friends!

How are we already into the 4th week?! It's midterm season! My life and work load has just exponentially increased with exams starting. I have a biology midterm on Monday, then psych and calculus on Friday, and organic chem the following Monday. AHHHH. 

This week was another blur, full of dance and labs, but overall a pretty good week. 

Yesterday (Friday) I had all four of my classes. After my last class my friend and I grabbed a quick snack break at Maggie's cafe, the on-campus coffee shop area, it's super cute and just a nice place to go and grab a coffee or go and study out of your dorm and not in the library. My biology professor, Dr. Greg Hermann had a review session in the late afternoon that I went to as well. For all you biology majors out there or anyone who likes biology in general, while you're at Lewis and Clark try to take a lecture from Greg. He is the funniest professor I've had. He's super fun and really relaxed, he makes the lecture an active learning environment and really promotes asking questions and being involved so you're not just sitting for an hour with the professor talking at you. 

Friday night was the annual Anti-Valentines Day Concert where the acapella and choir groups on campus perform. As always it's loads of fun to go. There are 4 groups on campus: Section Line Drive, the Maryweathers, Momo and the Coop, and Semper. Each has their own sort of "vibe" but they all bring a fun and diverse feel to the stage. 

The Maryweathers - the only all girl acapella group 

This morning I went on my weekly Saturday morning run in Tryon today, and it was absolutely beautiful! I think we're hit the February fake out, where we get 4-5 days of nice sunny and sometimes warm weather - which is a very welcome reprieve before the weathers like "haha jokes on you, it's still winter!!!". Nevertheless it's nice to see the sun again. I was even able to go out in shorts for the run :) 

Sunny Tryon

Downtown Portland

After that I came downtown on the pio express (our school bus) and just holed up in the corner of a Starbucks writing my study guide for biology - which I just finished and now I'm getting to write to all you wonderful humans :) In about an hour I'm meeting a group of friends for our annual Papa Hayden's birthday dinners.

Tonight it also Once Upon A Weekend! OUAW happens a few times each year (maybe once a semester) but it's a one acts compilation where the writers cast and rehearse and perform all within one day! The acapella groups also perform and it's a fun and silly thing to go to with friends. I am personally not an actor at all (it's really tragic when I try haha) but it's super fun to go and watch these. It's also crazy impressive that they get this together in such little time. So after dinner tonight, we'll go to watch them perform at 10pm. 

Tomorrow I've got my ACDA dance rehearsals in the morning and then I'll probably have another study day. A group of my friends and I were planning to go to the zoo pretty soon, but we're waiting for a less hectic weekend to go. 

Weekends are usually a bit more exciting but with this first round of midterms beginning I don't have much else to report. 

I've been getting some emails and have loved being able to talk to you guys! 

If you want to ask any questions or just want to say hi, don't be worried to reach out! I love getting emails from you guys :) You can always reach me at: ksaylor@lclark.edu 

That's all for now friends,