On our recent scavenger hunt the Oddball crew and I headed out onto the GVSU campus to find 4 major GVSU icons, the infamous wrecking ball (made famous by Miley Cyrus), and an individual favorite piece of artwork. All photos (unless otherwise stated) taken and edited by the Oddball group consisiting of Brittany Vance, Rachael Crevier, Paige Raabe, and myself – Kaitlin Delehanty.
Upon completion of getting our photo taken at our 4 favorite GVSU icons we decided to have a little fun. We’re all familiar with the internet craze of Memes these days. My love for memes stems from the simple fact that they make me laugh in a relatable way, or sometimes it’s in their unrealistic displays that catch my attention, or just plain humor. Memes have become a huge part of internet culture in the modern day, it’s a way for people to relate, laugh, communicate, and get creative. SO, us oddballs decided to produce our own memes. We took three popular types of memes; hadouken, quidditching, and vadering and composed some of our own original memes, check it out!
It’s also interesting to note that our very own icon has been used in the creation of various memes due to recent pop culture. The GVSU Wrecking ball, made all the more famous by Miley Cyrus’ hit song “Wrecking Ball”, has starred in various local memes over the past few months. When students decided to attempt a re-enactment of Miley Cyrus’ music video, which includes riding the GVSU wrecking ball in the nude, the internet blew up with word of the “scandal”. As pictured below I have included one of the internet generated memes having to do with the Grand Valley Wrecking ball followed by a picture of my group mates and I standing next to the iconic piece.
Onto a slightly more serious part of our Scavenger hunt and, the analysis of the GVSU Foundation 2013 Annual Report on Giving at GVSU. This momentum can be found on the GVSU website (or the hyperlink included in this section) with the infographic located on page 28 and 29. I found this interesting for the fact that 28.4 million dollars came from private giving. Recently, we had a 101-year-old-GVSU alumni, Ralph Hauentstein, donate 1 million dollars to GVSU – just a fun fact irrelevant to the current report. From the infographic I have included below e can tell that a significant amount of support has come from alumni, as well as the fact that all categories of giving showed a significantly large increase from year to year. Without these donations and generosity this post wouldn’t even be existence. ‘Tis the time of year to give thanks, show appreciation, and give back. So on behalf of group Oddball we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who supports GVSU and makes experiences like these possible.
You thought we were done here. I’d like to officially end with a piece of “art” that can be found on the GV campus in the West B dorm I drew up with the help of some friends’ markers to give motivation on this final week of the Fall 2013 semester. Rather than show you guys another art piece at GV (and brave the 18 degree air) here’s something a bit more personal to me, since this is my blog after all ^_^ As well as a photo of me and my two favorite people I have met through GVSU at our favorite place, where it all started, Living Center West B. I am so lucky to call Grand Valley my school.