All posts in November 2010

Greeks Fight Back in Michigan (even though it’s cold there) !

First, I just need to say how proud I am of myself! I know it’s totally selfish to start a blog about my own awesomeness, but it has to be said- I have become an expert traveler. People who know the “old traveling Megan” are probably laughing at this, but the tables have turned my friends. I can pack all needed belongings in the smallest of carry on bags, get through security in record time and finess my way to better seats once on the plane! Then the best part, when I arrive to my destination and get my rental car- I don’t get lost! It’s truly amazing and I’ve lost all fears of traveling and/or not knowing where the heck I am. Ok. Moving on…

Michigan is not warm this time of year. I’m super glad the coat won out in the “should I bring a coat” debate. I did the Greeks Fight Back Program at Albion College and it was awesome! I don’t get to do this program a whole lot, so I was really excited to have a room full of Greek leaders…and there were a lot of them! One of the important messages we stress in this program is being a good bystander. I think this is important for everyone, especially this community. Greeks can have a big influence on their campus community and I reminded them, a la Superman, that with great power comes great responsibility. They were a pretty great group, so I  imagine they already take the message to heart, but I hoped learned some valuable ways they can help keep their campus safe.

Thanks to Jason(anyone from Pittsburgh is an automatic buddy of mine) and Lisa from Kappa Delta!

Let’s end with my not so strong quality (to even things out), which is taking pictures. They never come out! WHY!!? I need a new camera…perhaps as a reward for being an awesome traveler?? Still love this though…

Lessons From LaSalle University . . .

The fierce ladies at LaSalle University!

Last week, I finished up my second East Coast Girls Fight Back! Extravaganza at LaSalle University and I learned a few things.  Here are my lessons from LaSalle:

1.  The ladies at LaSalle are fierce.  End of story.  However, should you need more evidence, check out the picture and you will have no argument left.

2.  Always bring two pairs of straight leg jeans to seminars. 

This might seem like a weird lesson to share but, here’s the deal.  We always wear straight leg jeans and pumas to seminars.  I brought my designated seminar jeans with me and all was fine until my clumsy streak reared its awkward head. As I was leaving the elevator to go to my hotel room, I fell and ate it so hard that both my jeans and knee were damaged, one of which (my jeans, thankfully) was damaged beyond repair.  I was left with only a pair of skinny jeans that look ridiculous with the pumas.  Lesson learned.

3.  Being my friend is dangerous.

Just ask my friend Tom, and he will confirm the above statement.  Tom lives on the East Coast and made the drive down to PA to say hi and see the GFB seminar.  As the only dude in attendance, Tom was roped into being our Scary Bad Guy and was a great sport about letting me throw down some serious fight moves on him in front of a crowd.  This, friends, is proof that being my friend can be dangerous.

I would like to give a big shout out to everyone who worked so hard to bring GFB to LaSalle.  I had a GREAT time!

Link-a-palooza

Bored this afternoon?  Looking for some thing entertaining to read on the Internet?  I’ve got a few things for you.  I’ve been trying to post these on our Facebook page, but Facebook has not been cooperative.  So click away!

Wonderful article about the 10th Annual Shannon McNamara Run and Walk held yesterday.

Article from Wesley College about GFB Jaime’s recent program there. (Be sure to check out the picture accompanying this article in which Jaime looks like she totally knows what she is talking about.  Awesome!)

And I’ve seen a lot of great success stories recently.  Here are a few:

Woman fights off a man trying to abduct her.

13-year-old girl fights off a knife-wielding attacker.

12-year-old girl tricks a would-be kidnapper with her iPod Touch.

Found an interesting article?  Saw a success story online?  Friend us on Facebook and share your link there.  Or if Facebook hates you like it obviously hates me, put your link in the comments!

Zombies Fight Back

So, yesterday was Halloween and the students of Stetson University were already gearing up for some spooky games when I visited last week.

Evidentially, the school had an elaborate game devised in which some students would be “zombies” and would have the goal of infecting as many students, staff, and faculty members with the zombie virus by the end of the day.  Now, if I had known about this prior to my visit there, I would have researched some appropriate self-defense techniques for fighting the undead.  Instead, we stuck with the basic Students Fight Back curriculum and had a great time.  Hopefully, no one needed to engage the zombies in hand-to-hand combat.

Other fun facts about Stetson University: parts of the movie The Waterboy starring Adam Sandler were shot there and they love bananas foster (which is also one of my favorite desserts despite the fact it does not have chocolate.)

Thanks for having us students of Stetson!  Hope you all survived your Halloween festivities!

Throwin’ Down at Guilford College

I just loved speaking to the students of Guilford College last week, not only because they are right down the street from me, but also because they came ready to have some fun!

I mean look at those faces.  Awesome!

And I got to speak inside a room that can best be described as a planetarium, what’s better than that?

Thanks for havin’ us on campus, GC!