Oh Wonder

Yassss kewlege much educationnnnnnnn yaaaaaa. College is so exciting, but kind of painful as well. The best example of this is the process for finding a roommate. Next year I am doing the honors college, which gets the nice dorms at the cost of a limited pool of possible roommates.

Even if I had the whole school to chose from it is such a strange process, it feels like online dating to me. For example here is the average conversation “Hey what’s up I’m Cooper” “What’s up I am (insert typical roommate name)” “So uh tell me things about you so I can decide if I want to spend the next nine months living with you” “Ok”

I paraphrased a little, but this is how most of the conversations go. They are painstakingly uncomfortable because you don’t want to come on too strong or seem disinterested. There is no way to win. It is like winning the lottery, only if you lose you have to live in the same five foot by five foot space with the loss.

Eh. It will all work out in the end hopefully. At least I don’t totally have to go completely random and gamble.

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The Pessimist

The great irony of this title is right now I can’t find anything I am upset about to write about. I am so far from pessimistic. Usually this blog is full of me ranting and raving about dumb stuff, but I just have like settled into this daze in the last couple of weeks of school where nothing phases me.

I hate it. Obviously it is nice not being upset by anything, but it feels weird. It feels like I have become complacent these last couple of weeks now that I know where I am going to college (kind of ). It is just weird I feel in limbo, we are so close to graduating that nothing school related or even socially could really upset me.

So just to make myself feel better WAGE GAP POLICE BRUTALITY WE LIVE IN A POLICE STATE SOCIALISM DOESN’T SUCK DAMMIT UNIVERSAL EDUCATION IS GOOD SO IS HEALTHCARE IF YOU DENY CLIMATE CHANGE I WILL ATTACK YOU RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM IS BULL$HIT EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY STOP GOSSIPING FREEEEDOMMMMMM BOOTSTRAPS CAPITALISM OBAMA ISN’T A MUSLIM BUT EVEN IF HE DID WHY WOULD IT MATTERRRRRRRRRRR GRENQDAJNFJNWAELSFSDLLNKLSDKLFKLN ok that feels a little more natural. Ah it’s good to be back.

 

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Pups to dust

The final stretch of senior year is strange. It feels so in limbo, but it is almost one of the harder times to be in school. All the students hate that they are there and the teachers hate that the students hate it. Overall all of the hate just makes everyone feel sluggish.

It is just weird to think that not all that long ago we were still in elementary school. Still little kids satisfied just walking around Terrace Park, now I just feel so excited to try something new. I have no idea what that new thing will be, but I am sure it will be a good change.

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Grief

I don’t like stereotypes. I think they can be good for a laugh now and then, but otherwise I think they are useless. One of the stereotypes that annoys me the most is the depiction of rap music as unintelligent.

I won’t pretend like there aren’t dumb rap songs (i.e. anything by Chief Keef or Young Thug), but judging rap by just songs like that paints an ugly and inaccurate picture. Rap music is such an extensive genre filled with so many different style. You can judge it off just artists like that, if you do, in the words of Big Sean “I don’t f*** with you” (much irony wow funny).

Because I don’t like ignorance. Rap can be poetry, full of rhyme, truth, and transcendence. The fact that a white kid from one of the least diverse schools (ME) can connect on such a level to the music suggests that it appeals to so much more than “gang-bangers” and misogynists.

For example, my all time favorite album of music (and I love a lot of music) is The Warm Up by J. Cole. The album is relatively obscure, it helped J. Cole to sign a record deal, but unless you follow his music you would never know it existed.

The album is a story of struggle and redemption. The album opens with a spoken word poem about wanting something in the face of adversity, fighting through doubt to keep the desire alive. I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not, but I am currently not an aspiring rapper. I found the message of these songs to be incredibly transcendent, for example it was that spoken word poem that I listened to before we won the lacrosse state championship to get focused.

Another example of this is Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly. Kendrick’s first album was insanely commercially successful, but the topics were adolescence and fighting against the pressure of crime and the cycle of poverty. To Pimp a Butterfly is even more philosophical, touching on race issue and depression. My favorite track on the album is one that will never hear any radio time, “u.” This song is an emotional plea, to himself and the world discussing how “loving you is complicated” a topic that not many rappers admit to. The pain in Kendrick’s voice is so clear as he almost cries over the track talking about all of those he feels he has betrayed and his perceived shortcomings. I love this track for it’s honesty. So many people who have found fame brag about the all the good stuff, but often leave off the negative side effects. Kendrick doesn’t shy away from honesty and that is what makes his rap art. His work is poetry because he puts his heart and soul into the songs and it shows if you just are willing to set aside prejudice to give it a listen.

 

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Here Comes the Sun

This week the illusive sun made a first time appearance, it brought with it this mysterious thing called heat. Unlike in Game of Thrones where winter has been coming for awhile, winter came here and finally is leaving.

So I leave this 6 word memoir as a tribute to the hopefully gone season:

“I’m not going to miss this”

or

“Thank you Zeus, Helios has returned”

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Students try tirelessly to justify lack of snow days

After experiencing their first snow day on 2/17/15, Mariemont students struggle to remind themselves that even though Mariemont has had the least snow days of any of the surrounding districts, it is for a good reason.

“There were a couple times when we had delays that I was upset about at first, it seemed dangerous to be on the road,” said fifth year senior Flynn Erikeson. “I almost crashed into a puppy orphanage, but then I remembered it was ok. We had school because we would have a lot more snow later in the season”

As March quickly approaches students hold firmly to their belief that they were justifiably robbed of prior snow days.

“I heard there is going to be a cold front that stays all the way until July,” said junior Zack Charlie. “I can’t wait till all the other schools have blizzard bag work and we don’t, it’ll be so nice to finally rub it in their faces”

Charlie was blissfully unaware of the policy changes that had occurred at Mariemont incorporating more snow days into the year and removing the need for the blizzard bag program.

“At the end of the day if I am just going to spend the day sitting around watching Netflix, I might as well be in the school building,” said Charlie.

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Something Good Can Work

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 11.37.00 PMI have a dream, that one day, my children will be able to will be able to watch videos on the internet without having to sift through ads. But the more time passes the less I believe that the dream will come true.

I remember a time before ads on youtube, before the required “wait” before you can skip the ad. Before VEVO created a monopoly over music on youtube forcing their adverting into every free space on the screen.

The worst part, more often than not, is that the ads themselves take time to buffer. Like not only am I being forced to endure this ad marketing me some completely irrelevant product, but I have sit and wait for this ad to load. Seriously.

I just wish I could escape the constant onslaught on products being forced down my face for more than a minute. In a world surrounded by branding and profit minding people I just wish for once that these companies would realize that their ads don’t make people want to buy a product they make the people resent that company for interrupting their videos.

 

 

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