Actually to clarify regarding a funny name students call me the full version is Austinka Burpin McFartland.
My sister demanded in a comment that I finish my 101 list so here goes...
59. I have my weekly student Bible Study in 54 minutes
60. I just read the chapter on community from Blue Like Jazz out loud to the RAs in my building. It went ok.
61. I am going to the Jubilee Conference in February
62. I send out newsletters periodically, about my minstry to college students.
63. I send one out tomorrow
64. My students think it's funny to call me Austinka
65. I just bought to soundtrack to Garden state.
66. I now like the Shins because of it
67. I am currently reading Nickled and Dimed (it's very interesting!)
68. I ate at Hound Dog's Pizza last night
69. My Church is currently having a sermon series on Romans
70. We are only in Chapter 5 and we started it before the summer began.
71. Next month we will begin a series called How to Sing the Blues (Depression & Sadness in the life of a believer).
72. I am eating at Chiptole tomorrow
73. I am going to a Farmer's Market on Saturday morning...I hope it cold enough to wear a sweat shirt...i'm tired of warm weather
74. I did my laundry today. It costs $1.25 plus .50 to dry. It's expensive
75. I am wearing a Jubilee Tee shirt right now
76. I just got a new bookcase in my office. So now I have to re organize my office, which actually sounds fun to me
77. I am adjunct Faculty at Ohio Dominican University.
78. I only taught one class this semester. ODU 100
79. I never failed a class in college, although I came close.
80. I never should have taken human anatomy for my science elective. It was hard for me
81. My SIP was on the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. That's a very political museum.
82. I cried when I read Dr. Jay's comments on the rough draft of my SIP. In hindsight he was right.
83. I once wrote a paper on the wrong essay for Dr. Voskuil. That was very embarassing. And I didn't realize it until he handed it back.
84. I wrote my historiography final just hours before it was due.
85. I was with Alison F. in the Mac Hall Lab. You shouldn't wait until the last minute to write a paper.
86. I had to take Math for Teachers at 7:45am during my last semester at Covenant. I took it with Emily & Nola. We were the only Seniors in there.
87. Irnoically we were all history majors. And Dr. Morton told me not to wait until I was a senior to take my math. I didn't listen.
88. During my Junior year I was the clicker girl for meal cards at dinner
in the Great Hall.
89. While working for ARA I once dropped an entire plattter of cheese all over the kitchen floor. we had to throw it all away.
90. I once hit Professor Kellogg's Car with Tracy Blea's car. It was raining and I wasn't paying attention.
91. Not too long after I had an accident at McFarland & Scenic Highway. I hit a professor's son's car. My bumper fell off. His car was really messed up.
92. I like writing with gel pens & uniball pens
93. My mom & accidentaly dressed alike to my Senior Banquet. It was funny.
94. I get nervous when I have to talk in front of other people.
95. I am going to paint a cabinet red this weekend
96. I need to go to the dentist
97. I make good white Chili
98. I had a PB & J sandwich for dinner
99. I have lots of pictures of my nephew on the walls in my office
100. I have a bike in my office.
101. I am going to get my laundry out of the dryer now.
Remarks by Student Body President Noah Riner at Convocation Sept. 20, 2005
at Dartmouth College
You've been told that you are a special class. A quick look at the statistics confirms that claim: quite simply, you are the smartest and most diverse group of freshmen to set foot on the Dartmouth campus. You have more potential than all of the other classes. You really are special.
But it isn't enough to be special. It isn't enough to be talented, to be beautiful, to be smart. Generations of amazing students have come before you, and have sat in your seats. Some have been good, some have been bad. All have been special.
In fact, there's quite a long list of very special, very corrupt people who have graduated from Dartmouth. William Walter Remington, Class of 1939, started out as a Boy Scout and a choirboy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He ended up as a Soviet spy, was convicted of perjury and beaten to death in prison.
Daniel Mason '93 was just about to graduate from Boston Medical School when he shot two men – killing one – after a parking dispute.
Just a few weeks ago, I read in the D about PJ Halas, Class of 1998. His great uncle George founded the Chicago Bears, and PJ lived up to the family name, co-captaining the basketball team his senior year at Dartmouth and coaching at a high school team following graduation. He was also a history teacher, and, this summer, he was arrested for sexually assualting a 15-year-old student.
These stories demonstrate that it takes more than a Dartmouth degree to build character.
As former Dartmouth President John Sloan Dickey said, at Dartmouth our business is learning. And I'll have to agree with the motto of Faber College, featured in the movie Animal House, "Knowledge is Good." But if all we get from this place is knowledge, we've missed something. There's one subject that you won't learn about in class, one topic that orientation didn't cover, and that your UGA won't mention: character.
What is the purpose of our education? Why are we at Dartmouth?
Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
"But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society…. We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."
We hear very little about character in our classrooms, yet, as Dr. King suggests, the real problem in the world is not a lack of education.
For example, in the past few weeks we've seen some pretty revealing things happening on the Gulf Coast in the wake of hurricane Katrina. We've seen acts of selfless heroism and millions around the country have united to help the refugees. On the other hand, we've been disgusted by the looting, violence, and raping that took place even in the supposed refuge areas. In a time of crisis and death, people were paddling around in rafts, stealing TV's and VCR's. How could Americans go so low?
My purpose in mentioning the horrible things done by certain people on the Gulf Coast isn't to condemn just them; rather it's to condemn all of us. Supposedly, character is what you do when no one is looking, but I'm afraid to say all the things I've done when no one was looking. Cheating, stealing, lusting, you name it - How different are we? It's easy to say that we've never gone that far: never stolen that much; never lusted so much that we'd rape; and the people we've cheated, they were rich anyway.
Let's be honest, the differences are in degree. We have the same flaws as the individuals who pillaged New Orleans. Ours haven't been given such free range, but they exist and are part of us all the same.
The Times of London once asked readers for comments on what was wrong with the world. British author, G. K. Chesterton responded simply: "Dear Sir, I am."
Not many of us have the same clarity that Chesterton had. Just days after Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the Gulf Coast, politicians and pundits were distributing more blame than aid. It's so easy to see the faults of others, but so difficult to see our own. In the words of Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "the fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves."
Character has a lot to do with sacrifice, laying our personal interests down for something bigger. The best example of this is Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." He knew the right thing to do. He knew the cost would be agonizing torture and death. He did it anyway. That's character.
Jesus is a good example of character, but He's also much more than that. He is the solution to flawed people like corrupt Dartmouth alums, looters, and me.
It's so easy to focus on the defects of others and ignore my own. But I need saving as much as they do.
Jesus' message of redemption is simple. People are imperfect, and there are consequences for our actions. He gave His life for our sin so that we wouldn't have to bear the penalty of the law; so we could see love. The problem is me; the solution is God's love: Jesus on the cross, for us.
In the words of Bono:
[I]f only we could be a bit more like Him, the world would be transformed. …When I look at the Cross of Christ, what I see up there is all my s—- and everybody else's. So I ask myself a question a lot of people have asked: Who is this man? And was He who He said He was, or was He just a religious nut? And there it is, and that's the question.
You want the best undergraduate education in the world, and you've come to the right place to get that. But there's more to college than achievement. With Martin Luther King, we must dream of a nation – and a college – where people are not judged by the superficial, "but by the content of their character."
Thus, as you begin your four years here, you've got to come to some conclusions about your own character because you won't get it by just going to class. What is the content of your character? Who are you? And how will you become what you need to be?
see it on the Dartmouth website.
Well, my sister recently listed 101 things about herself on her blog. I'm not sure if I have time to do that right now, but I figured I'd start the list. So here goes...
1. my name is Austina, I am named after my grandfather who was named Faustino
2. my middle name is Burton
3. I am the middle of 3 girls.
4. I am 26
5. I was born in June
6. I speak German
7. I have a masters degree in Public History
8. I have a Masters degree in Library and Information Sciences
9. I was born in Virginia
10. I have lived in Germany
11. I have lived in The Philippines
12. I have lived in Slovakia
13. I have visited England, Canada, Mexico, The Cayman Islands, France, Hungry, Poland, The Czech Republic, the Neterlands Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland
14. I have been the Hong Kong Airport & the Kula Lumpur, Maylasia Airport
15. I have published a book (although technically I just helped compile the info). It was a text book used in the Philippines
16. I currently live in Columbus OH
17. I have one nephew. And he is super cute!
18. I took classes one summer at Pima Community College
19. I work at a Catholic University
20. I work for the Coalition for Christian Outreach
21. I own a 1991 Honda Civic with almost 190,000 miles on it
21. b. My last car was a VW Fox...I like my Honda better.
22. I am learning to quilt
23. I like to bake
24. I once won a baking context at Awanas
25. I helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity in Alabama
26. I am graduated from college yet I still live in a college residence hall
27. I once got my tounge stuck on a freezer bar and ripped part of my tounge off. Yes it hurt.
28. I've only had one cavity in my life
29. I love books
30. I worked as Nanny during my Junior Year of college, I lived with the family & I loved it!
31. I once at a posionous mushroom and threw it up in the car. I was 3 I think.
32. I once got in trouble for using my sister watercolors to paint on our bedroom wall.
33. Dr. Green was my advisor in college, he's the reason I live in Ohio.
34. I was a member of the CRC for 3 years. Now I'm back in the PCA
35. I love the band Over the Rhine
36. I own an i-pod shuffle...it's cool.
37. In grad school my doctor thought I had a brain tumor. I didn't.
38. When I was little I put my hand in a cactus, to see what it felt like.
39. I went to a Cold Play concert last month with my small group from Church.
40. I have played softball in Paris.
41. I once acted in a play in London.
42. It was on a military base and my character's name was Juanita.
43. I was an exchange student to Germany during my senior year of high school.
44. I ran cross country for 2 years in High School. I miss running.
45. I tried out for the volleybal team in high school, I got cut.
46. They told me it was because they didn't have enough uniforms. Lame, they should have just told me I wasn't any good. I really wasn't. I still can't play. That's why I ran cross country.
47. I worked at Chick-Fil-A in High School.
48. I went to 3 high schools. AFCENT High School, Middleton High School, IGP (Internationale Gesamtschule Pafrat)
49. I didn't like Middleton, HS.
50. I failed the drivers test the first time. I cried.
51. Last spring I drove 13 college students over 1000 miles to Alabama and back. We had not problems.
52. I am an information junkie.
53. I went to Covenant College, I have a history degree. I loved it there!
54. I am a sucker for MTVs the Real World & Laguna Beach.
55. I just finished reading Blue Like Jazz
56. I am on Facebook.
57. I am slowly becoming an OSU Football Fan.
That's it for now...I'll have to go to my Knitter's Night...
Today has been a lazy day. I slept until 10:30 and then stayed in my PJs until almost 4. I did help my dad move pieces of a tree he cut down, in my PJs mind you. And then I read the last 3 chapters of Blue Like Jazz. A fantastic read by Donald Miller. And I watched the TV for a while and now it's 9:15 and I feel tired. But I feel like I shouldn't be tired because I didn't really do anything today. Oh well.
Tomorrow will likely be a busier day. I'm going back to Columbus early in the morning with my Dad. He has to preach at some area church gathering. Then there's a potluck afterwards. Not sure what will happen after that. Maybe I can talk him into helping me paint a cabinet in my apartment.
Then it's back to work on Monday. I've been gone since Wednesday. I miss my students, I really do have a fun job. This week will be busy, but I get to go to my knitters group on Tuesday.