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Dance Marathon: 32 Hours For the Kids

In Positivity on April 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I feel incredibly proud to be part of this year’s marathon.  Though I helped run social media throughout the school year, leading up to and during the event, I was just a small part in the grand scheme.

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Dance Marathon volunteers hold up the 2013 total: $503,641.77!

Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in New Jersey, raises money for the Embrace Kids Foundation, an organization supporting the families of children with cancer and blood disorders. Rutgers University organizations create teams, and University students spend the year fundraising for their team.  This year we raised over $500,000 for the Foundation and, more importantly, the families it supports.

As a Dance Marathon social media captain, I spent 32 hours uploading pictures and updates along with the rest of the media team.  I was lucky, really.  The media room is a conference room on the second floor of the gym well away from the noise.  It also has a healthy supply of chairs and junk food for the team.

So, not only was I able to spend time with my friends dancing on the main floor, but I could retire to the media room to recharge my batteries (p.s. I love a good pun!).

Friends visit the CSA Dance Marathon team.

Friends visit the CSA Dance Marathon team, which included Meg (front, crazy pose).

Star Wars Madness: There Can Be Only One!

In Sci-Fi on April 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

This is it, the final showdown, the big kahuna, the fight we’ve all been waiting for:  Darth Vader vs. Yoda! Today’s matchup is contentious.  After consulting with my contributing writers, I decided to ignore them because they knew not what they said.

Finish Him! Darth Vader vs. Yoda

Battling his way up the ranks, Darth Vader went head-to-head with General Grievous on the first day of competition, annihilating the cyborg with 90 percent of the vote.  In Round Two, Vader had a harder time besting the acrobatic Sith assassin Darth Maul but emerged triumphant with 79 percent of the vote.  Next, he squashed Jabba the Hutt in an easy victory before taking on one of his favorite hires, Boba Fett, in the semi finals.

Yoda arguably had a harder time in the brackets than Vader.  First pitted against Jedi Council co-leader and force powerhouse Mace Windu, Yoda emerged victorious with 83 percent of the vote.  The Jedi Master went on to fight his padawan and future Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker, in a battle that saw Yoda win with 67 percent of the vote.  Next was a terrifying battle against defensive genius and Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, which Yoda barely scraped through with a mere 55 percent of votes.  Luckily, he finished with an easy semi final win against R2-D2 and had time to recover over the weekend.

Vader gets points for his high midi-chlorian count – no matter how much you hate the scientific explanation behind the Force.  So what if he’s actually the result of a Sith experiment, right?  Maybe that’s why Sidious decided to keep him after Mustafar… but I digress.

If you thought Skywalker was a powerful Jedi, imagine him with the full weight of emotion on his side.  It’s not hard. Really.  He was always an emotional padawan, and that didn’t change when he became a knight.  It showed in his aggressive fighting style and life choices (coughTuskenRaiderscough).  However, his force powers were actually limited by how good he was.  While other Jedi trained themselves to flow with the Force, Vader is the result of unbridled power; he never had to try, so he never did.

Yoda, on the other hand, has mastery of the Force – if that’s even the right wording.  Yoda sat on the Council because, after hundreds of years of training and dedication, he was in tune with the Force and understood how to work through it.  The word “wisdom” might be able to sum him up.

And let’s not forget that Yoda, even at 880, was still a boss.  He could fight like nobody’s business… because he was so adept at harnessing the power of the Force.  Yoda’s hyperactive fighting style, understanding of multiple combat forms and feats of Force-strength make him a definite heavy-hitter in today’s matchup.

Verdict:

Yoda wins!  Some people imagine Dagobah Yoda fighting pre-Mustafar Vader, but I beg to differ.  Think of combatants at the top of their game.  That would be Clone Wars Yoda, obviously.

Vader is harder to pinpoint.  After years of Sith training he did become more in tune with the Force, but it was never with the same raw power he had before he put on the cybernetic suit.  Also, it could be argued that he was most powerful when, crippled, he murdered his master and restored balance to the Force.  I think he was most powerful as a strong – but naïve – Sith apprentice with unrestrained passion and a fully working body.  Basically, pre-Mustafar Vader was best – but talent cannot replace mastery.

Practice makes perfect, and that’s why Yoda wins.

Thanks for tuning in to the final “This is Madness” blog!  Who are you voting for? Leave a comment below and tell me why.

Thanks to Siliconera and Screenrant for today’s photos!  I hope they don’t mind me borrowing them.

Star Wars Madness: Semi-Finals!

In Sci-Fi on April 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

Light Side:  Yoda vs. R2-D2

There’s no denying Yoda got a little crotchety in his old age.  Twenty years spent in exile on a swamp planet can do that to a person!  So when young Skywalker and his handy astromech droid, Artoo, showed up, he had to see what was what before revealing his identity.  Artoo didn’t take kindly to having their food reserves stolen and reacted with characteristic zeal.  Yoda gave him a good thumping with his walking cane in payback, and I’m not sure whether the two ever reconciled their differences.

Verdict:

yoda-dagobahYoda wins both the argument and the fight!  If you’d been stranded on a swamp planet for 20 years, I’m sure you would want to expand your palette, too.  Even rations taste better than mud dwelling creatures and mushrooms.

Sure, Yoda can be crotchety, but he’s adapted well to life on the planet. He can also lift an entire X-wing fighter out of the primordial ooze of Dagobah and restore it to dry ground.  His powers are far from gone. Meanwhile, Artoo almost got himself eaten by a bog monster on his first day there.

Dark Side:  Darth Vader vs. Boba Fett

I hoped the brackets wouldn’t come down to this.  Darth Vader, the fallen Jedi trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, against one of the most competent killers-and-or-retrievers in the galaxy.  In a fight against Vader, Fett might have trouble getting in an effective shot through the life support suit/armor.  I also predict, once again, that his jetpack would be unable to get him out of trouble. I was assured that Vader would win until Fett beat the freakin’ emperor of the galaxy, a being so full of evil that even Vader could not overcome him.

Verdict:

Vader with emperorDarth Vader crushes Fett!  Serving as the Emperor’s lackey does not mean Vader is somehow incompetent.  In fact, the only reason the Emperor kept him on the periphery was because he posed a threat – and as punishment for breaking the Rule of Two by taking on “Starkiller” as his apprentice.  Vader learned some subtlety from his time with the Emperor, and I’m willing to bet he’d pull a Cloud City on Fett to get the upper hand.

Who do you think would win?  Would Fett slip through Vader’s fingers? Would Artoo beat up on the poor Hermit of Dagobah (that title is made up, by the way)?  You decide!

Also, thank you to Galacticbinder.com for some of the photos used today… and for giving me the opportunity to read “Top 10 Star Wars Original Trilogy Head Scratchers.”

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