The “Canning” Experience

“Canning” is a fundraising method for Penn States “largest student-run philanthropy in the world” AKA THON (or Dance Marathon) which raises money for the Four Diamonds Foundation, an organization that supports kids and families with pediatric cancer. My passion for THON is no where near the equivalent of many of my friends who are involved much more heavily with fundraising and the like, but I still wanted to be part of the experience. The actual act of canning involves standing in front of stores with large cans that once held massive quantities of tomatoes and beans and asking people to donate money. It’s something of an experiment. What can I do to make people give us money? Does smiling really big at grumpy people make their day better or worse?

Last weekend, I went canning with the Landscape Architecture Student Society (LASS). We headed down to Columbia MD, and were hosted by the family of one of my friends. Although we arrived after dark, her family had an amazing spread of food for the 20 of us! We chatted for a while and watched Zootopia on Netflix (a great animated film by the way) and went to bed. 

 

 

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Walking down to the inner harbor to can!

After a morning breakfast, we headed out to inner harbor with our cans empty and our hearts full of dreams. Multiple events going on along the waterfront prevented us from spreading out as much as we wanted to but we made due. We brought Bluetooth speakers, costumes, and of course I brought my ukulele! It was fun to play for the people passing by. Some of them would smile or kinda bob to the music. Lots of people donated money. It felt rude to be asking people to donate. Most of our encounters were very positive but there were a few less enthusiastic people but nobody particularly unpleasant.It’s definitely fascinating to hear people explain why they are or aren’t giving money. “I was a dancer in THON!” (She gave us a sizable donation) or “If you were wearing an Ohio State tshirt I would give you a thousand bucks!” (He didn’t give us money).

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Us doing the canning thing.

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Some weird guy.

 

After 8 hours, we packed up and reconvened at the house for dinner and money counting. 

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Counting the money

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Playing the card game Saboteur.

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Our THON chair heroically crashing on the couch after a long, tiring day.

 

 

Day two was much shorter. Me and a few others from our group set up in front of a Panera. I didn’t play uke because it would ruin the Panera atmosphere. We didn’t stay very long since we had to get back to campus and we didn’t expect to get an appreciable amount of money from the venture. But, we did much better than we thought we would. Of course now, I don’t remember the total, but after pulling all the money together from our various canning groups, we reached somewhere in the range of $1,400! Not too shabby for a rag-tag gang of larchies!

My first canning trip was a wonderful experience and definitely rewarding and I’m super glad that I went, even though I let a bunch of work pile up over the last weekend. And those LASS people are pretty awesome too!

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Finally Home

(This post was supposed to be posted last week but I didn’t do it)
So even though I didn’t have any finals, I had to stay until the next Sunday of finals week because I had another class. Yes, that’s right. Another class. Four long days of filed trips full of plant identifying and nature observing. It was fun, actually even though it rained the first two days. Here are some cool pics!
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I can’t believe I’m going to be a junior! That’s so scary! I still feel like a freshman.
So things I’ve been doing since I got home! Since I’ll be living in an apartment off campus, my kind parents are letting me paint some chairs! I have three of the four done and then I’m going to learn how to re-weave the seats!

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Pretty cool!

Also here is my desk after final presentation week!

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When Your USB Makes You Irrationally Angry

It wasn’t doing anything wrong. My USB was just sitting happily in my backpack. But looking at it reminded me of all the work I had to do and had yet not yet done. The deadline looked over the 2nd year LARCH students as they struggled through rendering after rendering. Sleep deprived eyes staring intently at the glowing screens. This project was the biggest thing we’ve had to put together thus far. Needless to say, we also spent a record number of hours working out all the details to put together our presentation boards that were due in less than a week. I’m sure anyone in the major can attest to the stress of upcoming deadlines. I mean, so much fun. Actually we are all emotionally drained. Sitting on your butt all day can be tiring. Anyway, here are some cool pics of my presentation board and such.

Here is my final presentation board:

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If you actually want to read it (although it isn’t the most captivating thing I’ve ever written) you can read the PDF version here: Roane-Hopkins_Project 2

And here are some lovely close-ups of my drawings:

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This is master plan of the full site with the different farm areas

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This is a smaller-scale plan of the 5-acre campus with buildings and a parking lot

Here are some cool perspectives that I drew (not quite to scale)Cafe persepcifaijPerspective front

 

Also, there was one day that I just gave up on life so my section drawing turned into someting…else…Just kidding section

 

In other news, there is now a giant hole in North Halls.

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Have a nice day!

 

Post Script:

I started this yesterday. So I must add on that it SNOWED today. In APRIL! SNOW! What?

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Also, my friends and I went to Sadie’s Specialty Waffle Shop (Or something like that. I can’t quite remember the name but if you’re ever in the area, check it out! So delicious!)

Actual Designing

Hello again! I am back from break but it really feels like I never left. Here is a lovely add on that my friend wrote on my little dry erase board:

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Nice.

After weeks and weeks and weeks of site analysis, we are finally getting in to designing our CSL Site. Did I tell you about the project we’ve been working on all semester? I’m not sure but I may have forgotten to mention it because it’s been SO MUCH site analysis. (Side note to anyone who is a landscape architect, I DO understand the importance of site analysis and its necessary function in actually beginning design by understanding different relationships and qualities of the surrounding envrionment, but there’s just SO MUCH!). Anyway, Our CSL site is a small campus with 4 buildings on a bigger plot of land that’s a ways behind the arboretum.

Our little campus is part of a big master plan of the site that will have orchards, a vegetable garden, and some big farm fields, as well as forest and prairie restoration, Obviously, this is all theoretical. Here is the no-so-beautiful master plan that I currently have for my site.

Just kidding, I didn’t take a photo and I think you can probably carry on with your life without ever seeing it.

And this is the 5-acre campus with the 4 buildings. Pretty nifty.

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And, North Halls has now become a full-fledged construction zone. Wooo. (That was sarcasm, it actually sucks). There is way too much noise and activity in our usually quite little part of campus. The entire parking lot is blocked off so no one can use it as a short cut, or park in there. Move out day will be terrible. Also, while the parking lot is being turned into another dorm, the ugliest unfinished water tower ever is being constructed behind Stuckeman as I type. The once lovely view of Hort Woods and such is an ugly mess of welding. There are fences everywhere. I hate it.

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I saw a very sad thing the other day coming home from gymnastics practice:

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Doesn’t that just make you weep? Ah.

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Muddy Site Walks and Strange Weather Patterns

Hello people! I have finally gotten around to writing a new post!

I have decided to start taking more pictures of all the things my friends and I do, and we do some pretty bizarre things. My friend group has decided to take up knitting, and one night, we all sat on a bed, knitted and watched Harry Potter.

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Here are some other pictures that I will not explain, but you can look at anyway because they are funny out of context and don’t make sense even in context.

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This winter has been a strange one. Have you heard of that big snow storm on the East Coast? Well, south of State College, people were getting a whopping two feet of wonderful snow. You know what we got? Six lousy inches. Ok, ok, I should be happy that we got snow, but I am still very disappointed that we didn’t get as much as everywhere else. When the snow really started falling, we all ran around outside.

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The next morning, I got up and looked out the window at the end of the hallway to find this:

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It was probably the most wonderful thing I’d ever seen. I woke my friends up so they could see. Whoever did this was a genius but is now short on pants.

Now, about a week later, it’s in the high 30s and 40s. Most of the snow has melted and it feels like early fall or spring. It’s supposed to be winter. We actually played frisbee outside the other day it was so warm out.

I suppose you may be wondering what I’ve been doing in my LARCHie studio (or not. I mean, I doubt it’s crossed your mind but I’ll tell you anyway).

We’ve been doing a whole lot of site analysis. Visiting the site and observing stuff about it and where trees and views and stuff are and why those trees and views and stuff are important. Yesterday, we walked to our site, which was a decent hike of two miles. Our site is a huge farm field, and the day was warm and the snow was melting which creates the perfect conditions for mud. Lots and lots of mud.

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And here is a run-down of some of the less significant/not photographed events that have happened in the last few weeks/will happen soon:

  • I lost my ID twice in one week
  • We ate frozen yogurt at 10:30 at night and then had a snowball fight in the arboretum
  • We played an intense game of don’t touch the floor in one of the lounge areas in the basement
  • I slipped in the mud multiple times
  • I have a gymnastics meet next weekend!

So all in all, some pretty eventful weeks!

The Not-So-Horrible Stadium Cleanup, and Other Things That Happened

So last weekend the weeked before last (becuase I had actually started writing this post before last weekend) I had my SECOND stadium cleanup of the year and I promise you that I won’t go on a super long rant this time. We actually finished an hour earlier (1:00 PM instead of 2:00) because we had way more people and were slightly more organized. There were also almost no streamers which was wonderful and it hadn’t rained the night before so all the food and stuff wasn’t soggy and wet. And that’s all I have to say about that! (Suprised? So am I).
So since I have really put off this post for a long time, I am just listing the things that have happened in the last 2 and a half weeks:
1.The homecoming parade featuring Keegan Michael Key. Also, my uncle was in the alumni blue band.
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2. Stadium cleanup

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3. I took this pretty picture of a dead bird in the sunset

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4. I went to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (and they were AMAZING and so punny!!!)

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5. We had our first field trip in ecology. We are learning about the spring creek watershed

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6. PSUkulele played at Hershey Medical Center
Then we went to Hershey’s Chocolate World where they were handing out trick or treat bags to all the little kids and they gave me one.
On the ride home, we saw a double rainbow

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6.5. It was also parent’s weekend and my lovely family came up to visit 🙂

7. I spent all of my Monday and Tuesday in studio working on a project that was due Wednesday

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We were designing a garden that celebrated rain. This project was a big part of the reason that I hadn’t been posting.

8. We went on our second ecology fiend trip

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And now you’re mostly caught up!

Stuff I Have Been Up To

It’s been a while since my lovely rant about trash so I guess I should catch you up on the actual things that have happened in my life since them.

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In our design communications studio, we had to design a lantern and cut it out using the laser cutter. It was pretty awesome AND I didn’t burn the building down! Here is a picture, pre-assembly. (I don’t have one taken after it was put together because I forgot)

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We also went to the arboretum for part of studio to look at so rainwater features. After our little lecture, we were allowed to stroll around. We went into the Children’s Garden which apparently has beds of vegetables and such that you can actually pick. I got this cool, tiny carrot.

 

 

The Friday of that week (which would be not the most recently encountered Friday  but the oneIMG_8049 before: The 25th maybe?) my cool friends and I went down to the Farmer’s Market to look around and buy
plants and stuff. I bought a delicious tamale (pictured), an tiny pie and some apple cider. I hadn’t been to the Farmer’s Market before then, but it is very nice! There is so much food and I wanted to buy everything.

 

 

 

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That night, one of my friends and I went geocaching in the dark, which seems like a bad idea because looking for small Tupperware containers is already not super easy when you can see everything. But it was super fun, and we found TWO geocaches! I won’t tell you where they are, of course.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday (the 26th) I played my ukulele downtown to raise IMG_8052money for PSUkulele (the Penn State Ukulele Club). I have done this a total of three times now and I really enjoy it. People get all happy and start swaying or bobbing to the music, which is funny.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday night was the eclipse/blood moon. That probably would’ve been super cool if the sky wasn’t so cloudy. We sat on a wall looking at the sky, while I serenaded everyone in the vicinity with my guitar.

 

 

 

In studio, we have been working in Autocad, tracing a plan of Citygarden in St. Louis, MO which was so stressful you wanted to punch the computer and drop out of school (my friends can attest to this). Then we had to color it in. I drew a shark on mine:

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We are also in the process of designing a rain garden in this “leftover” space created by the visual arts building, the Palmer Art Museum, and Au Bon Pain cafe. Here are some pictures of rip-and-tear models and stuff that I have been working on.

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I think that’s it… except for that I participated in the observation of a nationally-loved sporting event on Saturday, which could also be referred to as “football”. (but that’s a whole other post).