The week prior to Spring Break is generally the craziest week of the entire Spring semester. I'm not sure if that will be the case this week or not, but in any event I felt I should post the schedule in case ya'll don't hear from me in a few days.
Tonight is the 78th Annual Academy Awards. I am a freak about awards shows! They could have an awards show for just about anything and I'd watch. I missed the Grammys this year so you can count on the fact that I'll be watching the Oscars tonight. For a list of the nominees and your own printable ballot, yep I have one, you can visit the Oscars homepage. I'd almost put money on Joaquin Phoenix winning best actor for Walk the Line not only because he did an amazing job of playing Johnny Cash (in what I felt was an overly long movie), but because we all know the Oscars are about the heart-strings and Phoenix's recent accident will play well with the voters. I wouldn't be surprised if Brokeback Mountain wins for both best picture and best director, though in both categories I'm pulling for Good Night, and Good Luck. And my last hope is that Batman Begins will take home an Oscar for best cinematography. It was the best Batman film I've seen since the Michael Keaton Batman and I loved it especially because my man Morg was in it. By the way, Morgan Freeman will be presenting as a winner from last year. Another one of those wins based on the heart-strings...You just can't snub an amazing and brilliant actor like Morg for too long before the Academy starts to feel bad for the guy!
Monday afternoon in the History Department library (LA 324), Dr. Benigna Zimba, head of the History Department of the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, will present a preliminary version of a video about the way that the stories of the peoples in southeastern Africa have preserved records of the slave trade. "Slave Routes and Oral Tradition in Southeastern Africa: History in Images," I believe is open to history majors at Idaho State, but I'm sure if you show up at 4pm they won't turn you away. Dr. Zimba will also be presenting at 7pm Wednesday for International Women's Day in the Salmon River Suites of the Student Union.
Tuesday I have a test in my U.S. History class. It isn't technically a midterm. All my midterms were last week (with the exception of one online midterm that for some reason has been extended til after Spring Break) and this test frankly doesn't worry me. We're past the colonial period of U.S. History which is honestly where I'm the least knowledgeable. We're through the Revolution. I think I'm gonna be just fine. I was the only one in our group discussion last Tuesday who knew who Crispus Attucks was...I really wish my brain didn't remember such unimportant historical information!
Friday I am giving an argumentative speech against euthanasia. If anyone has any pointers or information for me I would greatly appreciate it. I didn't pick the topic, so I am not too gung-ho about it, but you do what ya gotta do.
By way of announcements, Better Than Ezra will be here March 31st at the Performing Arts Center. I will, along with other bloggers, be calling for question submissions for the candidate forum the College Democrats are sponsoring for Jim Hansen and Craig Cooper near the end of the month, and Tuesday I was appointed by Mayor Chase and confirmed by the Pocatello City Council to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Pocatello. I'm pretty stoked--even though I didn't know this was happening until I watched this week's city council meeting on Channel 11 last night. I got 12 hours of sleep last night. And over at Students for Grant we have a new student writing. I'm really excited about this, so please check it out!
And last, but not least, last month I informed you all of my motivating bulletin board that hangs right above my computer desk-- today I added a few things to it. Added to the pictures of men who give me inspiration (Frost, Sandburg, Faulkner, and my younger brother) now hang the pictures of Tom Daschle and Rosa Parks. I used to have a picture of Ms. Parks sitting on that bus in Montgomery, I'm not really sure what happened to it, but most likely it got filed away as I rearranged the bulletin board months ago. Now I have a picture of Ms. Parks in her older years, an ever present reminder of what one voice or action can accomplish. The Tom Daschle picture really just makes me laugh--I am afterall a Daschle Democrat if there is such a thing. Hopefully over Spring Break I will have the opportunity to post my thoughts on a speech Daschle recently gave at the University of Iowa. I'm not sure if I will post that here or over at Students for Grant...even more reason for you all to check out a student's blog devoted to getting Larry Grant elected to Congress! Also added to the "I voted" and John Kerry stickers from the 2004 Presidential election are two new campaign stickers-- one Bert Marley for Superintendent of Public Instruction sticker and one Jim Hansen for Congress sticker.
That's all I've got for today. Watch the Oscars, volunteer on a campaign, any campaign, and HAVE A GREAT WEEK!