The final stretch

Happy late Earth Day everyone! If you forgot to celebrate today, try to be extra green tomorrow. That does not mean wear a green shirt or a hat with a tree on it. You can do so if you wish, but also try to recycle everything you use for an entire day. Turn the lights off when you leave a room and use natural light whenever you can. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth. Simple little things like that may not seem to make a huge difference but they do add up. If a single person takes a few steps in the right direction, progress has been made.

On a related note, WOW! What completely amazing weather we’ve had the last few days! Sunny with a cool breeze and a blue sky? I almost forgot I was in Ohio for a while there…in the best way possible! This Sunday I was fortunate enough to go with one of my roommates and her boyfriend to his home in Polaris. A few of his relatives also came to visit and we had a wonderful meal and I learned a new card game. It was so nice to be able to spend the special day with such kind people. We were even able to take his dogs to a dog park! There were so many dogs that I almost couldn’t handle the sudden overload of adorable furry creatures.

I hate being the bearer of bad news but finals are fast approaching. For those of you in high school, you still have a bit of time. And for those of you lucky enough to have graduated on to the adult world, breathe a sigh of relief. As for the rest of us college goers, get ready to buckle down and straighten up. There is no better way to go into summer than with a successful week of finals far, far behind you. As much as it may pain you, it’d be helpful to start getting your materials gathered and ready. May the odds be ever in your favor and never forget, luck favors the prepared.

I’m off to finish some papers and study for my own exams so best of luck everyone! I hope the rest of your week goes smoothly and that wherever you are there will be a bright blue sky above you.

Sincerely,

Karson Stevenson

Yoga and a Congressman

Hell everyone! Wow, what an amazing past couple of days! As always, OWU has managed to show me things I’d never have had the opportunity to see otherwise and I continue to have my world view broadened far beyond what I had originally anticipated. For example, last Monday Congressman John Lewis received the Doctorate of Law degree from Ohio Wesleyan, the highest honor the university has to offer. And what a deserving recipient he is. His experiences as a non-violent Civil Rights activist are historic and some of the most heart-wrenching stories I’ve encountered, yet his peaceful and forgiving philosophy is one of the most inspiring. I was honored to have heard him speak and hope that I can emulate a small percent of the greatness he has achieved.

On Sunday OWU hosted it’s annual Yoga Outreach Columbus event. It was amazing! I have been practicing yoga for a few years now but I’ve never been able to do so with an entire room full of people! There were multiple instructors and each had their own unique style that not only expanded our individual repertoires of positions but also allowed us to sink even deeper into the tranquil art. After nearly two full hours of practicing, we were treated to a delicious meal of a quinoa dish and kale salad, courtesy of the Duke of Fork. It was the perfect healthy and  light meal after such a  work-out. Now I just have to figure out how to whip something like that up myself and I’ll be living a healthier life in no time.Loretta Zedella, OWU’s own yoga instructor, had this to say regarding the successful event; “This unique class is co-taught by six professional yoga teachers who each donate the time. Over $7000 has been donated to three charities as a result of these events. It has been in each of its four years the largest yoga class and gathering in the state. It was founded four years ago by me, Loretta Zedella, after I found inspiration from attending a similar class at a yoga and music festival in California. What an inspiring way to reach up in a yoga pose and out to the community!”

Ohio Wesleyan’s orchestra preformed a beautiful concert in Gray Chapel last night. I miss being immersed in music but being able to admire my peers’ exquisite performances from the audience was the best way for me to re-connect with the music I love. There were some amazing vocalist performances from several OWU students and the world premier of a new composition, arranged by OWU’s own Rebecca Larkin. One cellist in particular was beyond phenomenal (I may be a bit biased but seeing as she is one of my roommates, I’m sure you will forgive me).

I’m adding some pictures from these events so please check out my picture page! I hope everyone is having a good week so far and, even if you aren’t, just focus on the weekend coming up. It IS hump day after all!

Sincerely,

Karson Stevenson