Sunday, September 25, 2011

Homecoming 2011

What's going on everyone!

Well, this week was Homecoming Week.

Every day this week there was something going on. Ranging from free food, different colleges showing off their students, alumni connecting with current students, Mr. USU pageant (which I got to represent the College of Science at, and our MrFriends buddy Kaho Fiefia won!), huge dances, football games, etc. But, something that went down this year was quite different. Utah State went big... I'm talking worldwide big. Yeah, we beat a world record this homecoming weekend. On Friday night, Utah State set the world record for the longest kissing chain. Just around 1,450 people lined up on The Quad and kissed down the line. The original world record was only about 400 people. So, basically, we destroyed it! Kind of a funny world record to break, but with the tradition like becoming a "True Aggie" (for those who don't know about that, you have to kiss someone who is a true Aggie at midnight on our block "A" under a full moon), breaking this world record only seemed logical. After breaking the world record, we had a huge true Aggie night (see picture above from last year). We had hundreds of students become true Aggies as the night went on. It was mayhem! Lets hope there isn't a mono outbreak because of this...

The next day we had the Homecoming parade down main street and then the football game. Even though we lost the game, I left this homecoming week loving this university even more. Utah State has such deep tradition and school pride that it's almost impossible not to catch Aggie Pride. Utah State is surrounded by a supportive community that really came together this week to support the Aggies. I'm excited for the rest of this year. From athletics to classes, and involvement to mass-kissing traditions, Utah State is the best school in the nation. And I don't care what anyone says otherwise!

Utah State, hey! Aggies all the way!
Go, Aggies! Go, Aggies!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Greek Life

All the fellas after playing campus tennis ball golf.
Alright, I'm getting to this post a little late. I know. I'm sorry! This week, like last week, was pretty crazy. No, we didn't have any wild parties or a crazy-awesome football game (however, watching the University of Utah annihilate BYU was great), but this week was Rush Week for Utah State University. This week, all the fraternities and sororities on campus recruited new members. This meant that every day during the week, each organization had something going on to introduce people to their organization and brothers/sisters. I had the privilege this year of co-running Rush Week with my SigEp brother Erik Mikkelsen. We decided to co-run this week due to Erik being ASUSU President. So, you know, he's kiiiiind of busy.

My fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon) had a great time recruiting this week. Here's a list of what we did throughout the week.

Monday: All-Greek BBQ and house tours.
Tuesday: Campus tennis ball golf (post-round picture above)
Wednesday: BBQ and horseshoes at the house
Thursday: Dodge ball in the Field House
Friday: "Balanced Man" Banquet and a Burning Heart ceremony in Green Canyon

Overall, this week was amazing. We have around 25 new guys who will be joining SigEp on Monday. It was great to see how many people went Greek throughout all the houses. Each house had a lot of new members choose to join. Which is great to see considering the Greek community at USU sometimes gets looked at with less-than-positive views. But, I know from experience that going Greek is an excellent way to make your college experience a bajillion times better. Yes, a bajillion.

Well, that's all I got. Keep it real.

Go, Aggies!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What a weekend!

What's going on everyone. Wow! Really, that's the best way to describe this weekend. A ton went down this weekend at Utah State. First off, on Friday, my fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon) threw a massive pool party. We had over 1,000 people attend throughout the night. It was insane. The dance floor was packed, people were diving into the pool like mad, and basically...the entire house was bumping til well past 1:00am. Also, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity also threw a huge party that same night right around the corner. Then on Saturday, the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity threw their famous toga party. Greek Row was killin' it this weekend!

To make the weekend even better, we had our first home football game on Saturday against in-state opponent Weber State University. After last week's heartbreaking loss to Auburn (losing 38-42 after leading by 10 points with three minutes left...yeah, it was a heartbreaker for all us Aggies), we definitely needed to let loose some harbored aggression and Aggie pride. And that's exactly what we did.

In the first half, the game was decently well-matched. Both teams headed for the locker rooms at halftime tied at 17-17. Once the second half started, that's when the Aggies went into beast mode and showed the Wildcats what the Aggies are made of this year.

L to R: CJ, myself, and Jake after the win over Weber State.
In the second half, the Aggies came out and changed the entire tempo of the game. In the 3rd quarter, the Aggies posted up 23 points on the Wildcats. Then in the 4th quarter, The Aggies stacked up two more touchdowns. In the entire second half, the Wildcats didn't score once. This left the final score at 54-17 with the Aggies accumulating a ridiculous 635 yards of offense. What started out as an even match, quickly turned into an absolute slaughter. And what does that do for us Aggie fans? Makes us grin from ear to ear.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Oh, what up FIRST WEEK!

Well, what do you know... summer is over. Seems like just yesterday I was running around the red rocks of Moab, hiking every other day in Logan Canyon, watching countless firework shows, and BBQ'ing for America.

But, now it's time for school. Time to hit my grind and bust out some grades. However... it's also time to start another great year! This year starts the beginning of my third year at Utah State. And I have to say, it honesty has been the BEST years of my life. Without a doubt.

When I came up to Utah State back in the fall of 2009, I never knew how much I would fall in love with this place. The people I've met, the things I've experienced, the classes I've taken, the trips I've ventured on, and the basketball players of rival teams I've screamed at in The Spectrum have all made Utah State not only just my university, but my life. Living in Logan and attending Utah State allows everyone the chance to catch Aggie Pride and become, literally, obsessed with this university. From classes, parties on campus, Greek life (fraternities/sororities), Aggie Ice Cream, True Aggie Nights, basketball games in The Spectrum, hiking in Logan Canyon, iceblocking down Old Main Hill, and so much more... Utah State can provide the best college experience in the country.

As I begin this year and document my experiences as a third-year Aggie through this blog and also with my videos through the USU MyFriends program, I hope I can make this year the best one yet. So, those of you who are considering Utah State, keep checking in each week to read my blog, and the blogs of the other MyFriends peeps (TJ, Saddie, Kaho, and Lizzy). But, even if you're already a student can read my blog anyways? Sure!

Now, as I wrap this short post up before I run off to my physics lab, I would just like to say...