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Friday, April 27, 2012

Closing Information!

 I hope that EXMAS are going well! Good luck!! 

 Here is some information about closing .. Feel free to browse the information links below. But to summarize, you have 24 hours after your last exam to check out. You will need to ensure that your houses, bathroom and kitchen area are clean and swept and you are completely moved out before returning your keys to the NV J CA Office - the hours are Wednesday, April 25 - Wednesday, May 2 9am-10pm and the other hours are found in the links below. 

North Village & Greenbelt Closing Newsletter:
Housing & Residence Life Closing Website:

Happy Studying! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012


The month of APRIL is all about CIVILITY!

From attending classes and studying with friends to standing in the long lines at the PDen and meandering through the waves of people in the DH, we all have an opportunity to practice CIVILITY. So, lets make it our mission through the month of April and beyond to make civility a habit and spread the LOVE! I mean the Beatles had it right .. "All You Need is Love" right?  

Civility is GIVING. And before you can give to others, you must first care for yourself. A kind word, a helping hand, or a smile can be an unexpected gift that brightens another person’s day. 

Have you seen the Liberty Mutual commercial? It shows what can happen when people do kind things for one another - it's a sort of domino effect of kindness! Well it's great! Here ya go, check it out! 

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” + “To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” + “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” “If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”  - Confucius 
So get out there and spread a little love to all of the Furman community, your family and friends and neighbors
Peace, J. 

Tired of all that POLLEN?!?


Friday, March 2, 2012

What does a salad have to do with Diversity?

So, this month is all about DIVERSITY .. And naturally, I spent time looking up the definition of diversity and various activities of diversity - in the workplace, at school, at home, etc. But I could never find something that did not center around the topic of ethic diversity .. So, I'll just supply you with some of my thoughts which I drew inspiration from a salad (oh yes)
 but first, a definition from dictionary. com (yay!):

- n
the state or quality of being different 
a point of difference 
the relation that holds between two entities when and only when they are not identical; the property of being numerically distinct

So diversity is simply being different but somehow our society always draws the definition of diversity to solely mean the differences of our appearances and what separates us from each other on the outside. 

Well, I think diversity is much more than simply looking at someone and deciding they are different - it's about what we all bring to the table and our opinions, thoughts, unique qualities, our strengths and weaknesses and everything that is "us".  

Thus, enter the yummy
salad (in this picture, a spinach fruit salad = pure deliciousness)

The salad, from appearance, is quite diverse - all the ingredients that make up a salad are different. But together is where the magic happens, the fruit and the vegetables add color that is appealing and a taste that is so out-of-this-world (yes, I'm a foodie, can you tell?). But this is only achieved with the combination of each piece of fruit and vegetable because each ingredient that make up the salad bring something unique to the table and that, is diversity. The spinach adds a slight bitterness that is broken up by the sweetness of both the strawberries and the blueberries and the raspberries add a tartness which all come together to make the most perfect salad.  

I think it's time to think and act like the salad. We all bring something different to the table whether through our love of running, enjoyment of reading, our knowledge of science or philosophy or numbers, our obsession with TV shows and movies, our love of animals, our fascination with music, our ability to truly listen to others, our ability to offer advice and guidance in the time of need, or simply our ability to provide comfort and make someone smile and laugh ... or just about anything!  

Use your gifts to inspire others, encourage others, and to truly cherish what you bring to the table! Which fruit are you?  

Peace. Love. Eat


Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Hi GB!

 I just wanted to inform you of the upcoming FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS .. They will take place between February 23rd-27th .. Please avoid having the following in your houses ..

- Candles, incense, etc.: common cause of campus fires
- Hot plates and other open-flame cooking devices: Can cause fires easily. George Foreman    grills are allowed
- Use of extension cords (power strips are allowed): Power strips stop power surges from damaging equipment...extension cords don't :-O
- Overloaded receptacles: Overworking the outlet can cause electrical surges
- Electrical cords under rugs, carpets or over bed: If they have a short, the fabric will catch on fire
- Excessive combustible decorations: More stuff that could burn in a fire
- Non-flame retardant curtains: More stuff that could burn in a fire
- Exit door and window blocked: If you are caught in a fire, you wouldn't be able to escape, or help couldn't get to you
- String lights (i.e. Christmas lights): See extension cords
- Smoke detector not flashing and/or covered with anything: We want to make sure the smoke detector is working properly
- Halogen lamps (not allowed): They get much hotter than regular bulbs
- Combustibles near heating devices: Helps us to decrease the chance of fire
- Open-flame grill: If your grill is by Nelly, Paul Wall (he's the People's Champ), or George Foreman, then you're okay. But if it requires open-flames, then you can't have it.
- Unauthorized loft: We want to make sure that your loft is safe.
- Emergency Procedure notice not on back of door: We want to make sure you know what to do in case of an emergency.

SPECIAL NOTE: Remember that your apartment should be clear of ALL prohibited items (illegal drugs & paraphernalia, alcohol, alcohol containers, string lights, extension cords, weapons, pets, pet paraphernalia, [ ]hookahs, etc).

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