Hey Fellow Commuters,
So I was poking around our CTSE page and noticed our "Train of Thought" in the yard kind of just collecting some dust. So the cleaning crew, under the direction of our amazing leader Jessica Edonick and I decided it was time to break out the tools and dust it off. To our great surprise, soon after we began the process, Mario The Dragon joined us and with one roar of fire was able to re-ignite our engine and we were off and rolling.
Ok, so enough with the humor and on to the business. Please allow me to introduce, um, myself. (Really, I'm done with the humor!) My name is Matthew Jolles and I am a sophmore transfer student in the Sport Management major here at Drexel University. I am also, and most importantly to this blog and you the readers, a commuter.
Every morning, I board the SEPTA Media/Elwyn line for my travels to campus. While the trip is a very brief 23 minutes it gives me much time for reflection on my day-at-hand and the events surrounding my time I will spend on campus, to get a few extra minutes of sleep or some brief studying to prep myself for my first class of the day.
So here's the deal, this blog is your blog! That's right commuters, I want to hear from you. What's on your mind? What can Drexel do to better your experience as a commuter? And, we'll also touch on subjects I know from my personal experience that you would all be interested in, such as how to be more connected to the Drexel experience even though you don't live on campus.
To touch briefly for today on one experience that is upon us as I write this, would be the 2013 Drexel Homecoming Week. Since we here at DU don't have football (making us undefeated since 1973!) our Homecoming lands at the end of January, smack in the middle of our beloved basketball season. Ahh, basketball, that lovely game where 5 players dribble and pass a big orange ball down a hardwood floor and shoot it through a small hoop hanging 10 feet off the ground. And that much of it is about all the lay-man or woman understands of the game. However, here at Drexel, the experience of attending a game is so much more. From the nostalgia of the DAC, to the raucous DAC Pack joined in by the talented band and our spirited Cheerleaders and Dance Team. Drexel Basketball is more than just a game, it is a ritual that is a part of Drexel University's continuing exsistence. To that is Homecoming, this week at hand when we celebrate all things Drexel and it's glorius history. From our more than 350 student organizations, fraternities & sororities painting the windows of the REC Center in competition, to the Bonfire / Pep Rally scheduled to be hosted on the Race Street lawn tomorrow at 6pm, the elegant Crystal Ball on Friday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Visit the CAB Box office in MacAllister Hall for tickets - $25 individual / $40 couple), and of course the BIG EVENTS in specificality our Men's Basketball team vs. Georgia State on Saturday and our CAA leading Women's team vs. arch-rival Delaware on Sunday. And if sports isn't your thing, come to the Armory on Saturday night and party with Flostradamus and Waka Flocka Flame at the DU Homecoming After-party.
So that's my "train of thought" for this week as we journey our way into the celebration of Drexel Homecoming Week. Hope this gave you all some ideas on how to engage yourself into the Drexel community. Remember, just because you don't live in the dorms doesn't mean you can't act like you do. Enjoy everything DU has to offer and truly "become a Drexel Dragon"! I look forward to reading your messages and we'll open up the mailbag soon and write a few blogs on your requests and questions.
Till next time ... GO DRAGONS!