Saturday, October 16, 2010

Big Boi. Big Red. Big Boi. Big Red.

Fall is here.

As I was walking across the campus green yesterday, in an unusual carefree mood, planning out my fall break, I heard -

"Hey, want a free sunglass?"

(If you want free stuff, America is the place to be)

"Ya, sure. Thanks"

"Are you coming for the concert tonight?"

"Sorry, I can't. I have class tonight."

"Well, you can still come after class."

"Sure. Thanks."

People on campus have been talking about the concert for about 2 weeks now. I just nod along whenever someone talks to me about me. I couldn't spare time to state what the heck is a big boi concert nor be patient enough to listen about the cause the concert is supporting for (they usually have one nowadays eh?).

It wasn't until the day of the concert itself, as I was taking a detour across the campus green in front of Selleck (my home), I finally met Big Boi in the shape of a life size poster. Right! Big Boi is the guy from Outkast. I didn't pay much attention to it again until I heard they spend close to $40,000 on the concert. It didn't particularly had a cause besides trying to break the record of most people checking-in with "Foursquare" - some new social-networking app. They, as in, the students on campus, the residence house association which granted $5,000 to have the concert.

I understand that students should have fun and I shouldn't be a party pooper but isn't that a little too much money to spend on a night with Big Boi?

Credits: Lincoln Journal Star
You can see Selleck (my home) behind.
Yup, people were dancing in front of my home.

The problem with our world economy and finance is that a lot of money is not going to the right places. We are working hard for the wrong reasons. We are being busy with things we deem necessary but in fact they are really not.

In the Midwest, we have here the Malaysian Students Department that help keep track of Malaysian students in the Midwest. They provide us with funding and support if we are throwing a big campus event. We also have the Midwest games every summer which is funded by them. Should any of us choose to participate in the event, it is all expense paid to attend those events whether it is in Iowa or Minnesota. And guess where those funds come from? You are right, the Malaysian taxpayers.

We have another two of those Malaysian Students Department; one in California and another in the east side.

I'm not saying it is an absolute bad thing having them here; I understand that the welfare of students over 10,000 miles from home needs to be taken care of. But, I am stating the fact that we are given a lot of money and sometimes we misuse it without thinking where its from and why its given. We think we deserve it. Really?

Watching the game in the apartment of a real Husker fan

Yesterday we (the Huskers) lost our game against Texas. Everyone seem really upset because they were looking forward to revenge since last year but just lost so badly this time around. Additionally, this is the last year the Huskers are in the Big 12 conference; so, we are not going to match Texas for some time. I couldn't comfort people by saying, "It's okay. We can beat them next year!"

Last chance.

Orange represents Texas

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