Archive for February, 2014

The Commute: 2-21-14

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by sandbox 1 Comment

6:59 am – I brush off the fresh layer of snow on my car.

7:05 am – I take a detour to my mother’s work place due to a malfunctioning railroad crossing signals.

7:21 am – An intersection has non-operating traffic lights.

7:26 am – I drop off my mom at her work.

7:33 am – I enter I-294 Southbound.

8:00 am – I reach my destination, Elmhurst College.

8:05 am – I walk into Elementary Statistics as Dr. Stock returns last session’s quizzes.

 

Yes, I was late to my 8 am class. I’m sure that I was not the only student to be late to their classes today. As a commuter, I try to arrive to campus at least half an hour before the start of class. Road conditions and traffic are unpredictable especially this winter (the third snowiest and the eighth coldest winter in Chicago according to the Chicago Weather Center). Even though it’s cold, I feel safe that I can call Campus Security for assistance if my car battery requires a jump-start. I thought about having an air mattress in the trunk of my car in case a snowstorm prevents me from driving home. I think, “Well at least there will be fewer disturbances on the road after the winter!” This will probably be false because there are a plethora of potholes that needs filling, roads that require repaving, and city infrastructures that will be overdue for repairs in the spring. The next time the road slows you down, remember this quote from Lily Tomlin:

“The road to success is always under construction.” To all commuters, I remind you to be safe!

The Science Guy’s Big Blast of Science

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by sandbox 1 Comment

When I found out that Bill Nye was giving a lecture on campus from a friend, I hastily reserved a seat online. Apparently, so did everyone else on campus! I wanted to see the science guy who made science fun to learn back in elementary school. To many, it was a privilege to listen to, challenge, and take a selfie with Bill Nye.

Bill Nye still possesses zeal for science and a sense of humor. His life is all about science. One new thing I learned is the Asteroid challenge. It is the idea that for planets capable of sustaining life, like here on Earth, it must overcome large objects from space to avoid catastrophe,  like what is assumed to have happened to the dinosaurs, to maintain evolving life forms. Bill enforced the asteroid idea through the numerous craters found on the planet Mars.

The questions portion of the lecture remindedme that  Bill Nye is just a person who is entitled to his own opinion. He doesn’t have all the answers. He has a lot more gray hair now than I remember back in his 18-emmy winning show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. His message to the next generation is to invoke the willingness to create a positive change. He is a man acknowledging the direction the world is heading and is reiterating these effects. He and his generation have set up changes for the future and it’s up to our generation to be deliberate and act upon those changes.

To those who attended, what is something new that you’ve learned from The Science Guy’ Big Blast of Science? Was there something that you wanted to ask him? Let me know through, ralphbenedict.delacruz@net.elmhurst.edu, and I’ll mention it on a future post.