Only nine days until State Convention 2013! Whether your area of expertise is Certamen, testing, war machine, art, politics, or the all-important socialization, I hope you've been prepping hard, because we've got a fantastic weekend in store for you. Spirit Themes: Thursday: Apocalypse Friday: Mythological Monster Mash (my personal favorite!) Saturday: Semper Ubi Sub Ubi - Pajama Day I'm personally unhealthily excited and nervous for this convention, as it'll be my last one as a JCLer. But I'll save the waterworks for after it's over, shall I? Until then - happy studying, Latin Lovers!
Posted on 22 January 2013 | 8:47 pm
Oh My Zeus, do you know what today is? DO YOU KNOW WHAT TODAY IS? It's February 12, which has no significance other than being Paul Bunyan Day, World Marriage Day, and also, inexplicably, Man Day. BUT February 12 is also just two days away from the pinkest, heartiest, sparkliest day of the year: Valentine's Day!
I love Valentine's Day. Because people act like total spazzes. I believe it's all Cupid's fault; it has to be. Why else would you get those people who are suddenly biting their fingernails, wondering if a little piece of pink and red paper and a Hershey kiss are going to change their lives forever, or those people who spend the whole day saying, "Valentine's Day is stupid, really stupid, I mean unbelievably stupid, I don't need a boyfriend/girlfriend anyway, who wants to watch a slasher movie tonight?" Obviously the results of Cupid's most potent gold and lead arrows.
On a more serious note, Valentine's Day is actually the day of Saint Valentine. Although there were multiple St. Valentines, the most famous story is that of St. Valentine of Rome, who was persecuted for being a Christian. As legend has it, he was questioned by Emperor Claudius II himself, but after a few hours of each man trying to convert the other, Valentine was executed. It is said that before his execution, he healed the jailer's blind daughter and gave her sight.
Valentine's Day is also linked to the Ancient Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, celebrated February 13-15.
So if you want to impress your friends with a few esoteric facts about Valentine's Day, there you go. Or just have fun watching everyone go bonkers. Add to the hysteria by poking your friends with safety pins. "Hey, it wasn't me! It was Cupid!"
Posted on 12 February 2012 | 10:42 am
Salvete, Omnes! (That's the last time I'll say that, I promise.) This is your new WJCL Secretary speaking. Although State Convention is over, please keep your hands, arms, legs, and various tentacles inside your vehicle, as you may be headed for a huge dive in the Roller Coaster of Life.
Fear not, however! Put away the ice cream, stop sobbing over your toga, and follow these tips - it'll be next year before you know it.
1. On Facebook, like every single post/picture/status relating to Convention, and make some of your own.
2. Again, on Facebook, friend every single person you met at Convention, even the Homestead guy with the purple hair you saw for two seconds at the dance.
3. Watch the video of Trenton, former WJCL Treasurer and current WJCL 1st VP (movin' up the food chain, buddy!), getting pied by the lovely Quinn Otero. Then watch it again. And again.
4. Plan for next year! Think about running for office (hey, if the socially awkward girl nicknamed after a fish could do it, you can do it) or studying extra hard for that one test.
5. Consider going to Nationals. More tests, more Certamen, more spirit, PLUS Ludi and Olympika (sports competitions). It's a blast!
So have hope, WJCLers. All is not lost. Even if this was your last state convention, you have been touched by the friendly hand of the JCL, and it will never leave you. Like a fungus...or something.
Posted on 1 February 2012 | 4:02 pm