<![CDATA[Michigan State University Undergraduate Sociological Association - Blog]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:49:04 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Meeting 4: Documentary on Solitary Confinement]]>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:19:55 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/documentary-on-solitary-confinementHello everyone!

I wanted to take this meeting easy, so we decided to watch a documentary! We first decided on Poor Kids, a PBS FRONTLINE documentary on how poverty affects children in America, but since a student recommended this, that meant that she had seen it already. We then found Solitary Nation, another PBS FRONTLINE documentary, which highlights solitary confinement in a Maine maximum-security prison. Here is the link if you'd like to watch it yourself: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365229709/

We had some good discussion afterwards, talking about how labels affect these convicts, how they are self-fulfilling prophecies and so on.

We then watched a Vsauce YouTube video, to sort of get us out of the funk of how bad solitary confinement is. We watched What Will We Miss?, Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uiv6tKtoKg. It's pretty interesting, and I love Vsauce's videos a lot!

Thanks to Kara Swain for the super yum popcorn too :)

Have a good week everyone, and MSA is this Saturday!! Yay!

Katrina Groeller
<![CDATA[Meeting 3: ISIS and Iraq]]>Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:11:22 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/isis-and-iraqToday, we had a guest speaker: Jihan A. Mohammed, who had a short introduction about the origins of ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. We had a conversation-style discussion with refreshments provided by Cosi. Jihan is  a native 
of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and a PhD student in Sociology at MSU. Her areas of research are Kurdish ethnic identity and minority identity. She left Iraq in May 2013. 

We had a fantastic turnout and I couldn't be happier with how the conversation went. It definitely provided a lot more insight about the humanitarian crisis going on in the region.

If you would like more information, please see this Vice News video on the Islamic State: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUjHb4C7b94

There are other resources to donate to help the refugees in the region, however I don't have the links for these! 

Thank you, Jihan!

Katrina Groeller
<![CDATA[Meeting 2: Ebola]]>Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:40:24 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/meeting-2-and-3-and-some-other-stuffHello everyone! I hope you're enjoying the fall weather because I certainly am!

At our last meeting we talked about Ebola and its importance in both a global and cultural context. I decided on this topic because I read this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/19/why-the-brutal-murder-of-eight-ebola-workers-may-hint-at-more-violence-to-come/ and I was intrigued. Why do the victims of this horrible disease insist on cutting off the roads which health workers need to get to sick individuals? Is there a cure for this? What are the current prospective numbers for Ebola? You can learn more about Ebola here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/31/world/africa/ebola-virus-outbreak-qa.html

Our next meeting is going to feature one of our very on graduate students on another global current event, so stay tuned!

Today, Tuesday September 30th is the LAST day to RVSP with Kaitlin, Kyle or I for the Michigan Sociological Association Conference on October 25th. So email us and tell us that you are in fact wanting to attend! If you do not email us, you will NOT have a seat in the van, and you will NOT be registered for the event!

That's all for this blog post, I have a paper to write and other housekeeping things to take care of. I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of their week!

<![CDATA[Meeting 1: Saying Hello]]>Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:53:01 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/first-meetingHello everyone!

Let me just say, the fact that so many students showed up to the first meeting just fills me with happiness. I'm so excited for this year with such a cool group of students!

We mainly spoke about the basic information of the club, events, what we expect out of it and so on.  Katie Dentzman showed a PowerPoint on how she wants students to be involved in focus groups, and many signed up! When the pizza finally arrived, it was inhaled pretty quickly.

So I would say it was definitely a success for a first meeting! I'm really looking forward to seeing many of you two weeks from now.

Kitty Groeller
<![CDATA[Sociology Department Fall Picnic]]>Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:09:50 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/sociology-department-fall-picnic
The Fall Welcome Picnic happened on Friday, September 5th in Patriarche Park. I'm just now making a post about it since I finally remembered to upload the photos from my phone!

With the loom of bad weather upon us, the Department met and had joyous occasion with food and catching up from over the summer. Speaking of food, it was great. I'm a huge barbecue lover, and this picnic felt like I was having one at home with my family. It's so cheesy to say this, but even after just a year, I feel so at home in this department. 

I didn't attend the 2013 picnic, because I didn't catch wind of it or even knew how to get there. I was just a freshman in my 2nd week of school. Much of the conversation I heard was that we had a "great turnout" compared to the last couple of years, which is great! I hope attendance continues to grow.

At 7:00 pm exactly (exactly exactly.. I looked at my watch), the sky opened up in torrential downpour. Most of the party was concluding by that point, but by the time I realized it was time to clean up, it was REALLY time to get going! Thanks to Ray for the ride to and from the picnic.

It was a great time, and I'm really looking forward to next year!

Kitty Groeller
<![CDATA[Welcome Back!]]>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:38:53 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/welcome-backHello everyone!

I can't contain how excited I am to be back on campus. Monday was crazy hectic, with unpacking, Moonlight Madness, and especially how hot it was. Of course we're going to have real summer weather the week we go back to school.

I met with some new freshmen at the College Colloquium meeting with Elyse and Ray today. I hope I made a good impression, although I didn't come with anything planned. Oh well! I hope to see many of them at our first meeting!

I hope everyone's first week of classes goes well too. I have only received one syllabus thus far, and it doesn't look pretty.

Have a good one everyone!

Kitty Groeller
<![CDATA[Just 2 More Weeks!]]>Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:59:24 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/just-2-more-weeksHello my loves!

It is finally nearing move-in, and I couldn't be more excited! I remember May 1st, all of my things were packed and I was just laying on my bare mattress, wishing I didn't have to leave my dorm. I set up a countdown on one of the apps on my phone, and the triple digit number made me so sad!

Finally, we're in the double digits, and soon the single digits.. then 0!

I got an e-mail from Elyse today, mentioning the opportunity to visit Berkey on the 21st to meet our new graduate TA's, and I will be there bright and early! I'll take any opportunity to come to EL again ;)

I can't wait to see you all again in just a few weeks!

Kitty Groeller
<![CDATA[Happy Summer!]]>Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:12:45 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/happy-summerGood afternoon everyone!

AOP season is upon us, and that just makes me more excited to return in the fall! I've continued to polish up this website, and I'm very proud of it. I also have just finished creating the flier for AOP for new freshmen to attend our meetings. Hopefully the promise of pizza will reel them in.. ;)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. I've been paying attention to E3 and staring at the books piling up on my nightstand.. I should start on those.

Kitty Groeller
<![CDATA[First Post & Under Construction!]]>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:26:35 GMThttp://msu-usa.weebly.com/blog/first-post-under-constructionHello! Kitty here.

This blog post might be just a test. Or it will be our official first blog post. I better make it good... there is a lot of pressure..

Well, this site is under construction at the moment: so pay no mind to blank pages, weird formatting.. or other things.

I'm really hungry. I should probably go eat.. The cafeteria closes in a half hour.

Kitty Groeller