SGA’s Basket Brigade & Troop Support

Bring your donations for the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade to bldg. 130, rm. 151 (SGA office) at Daytona State College main campus. Suggestions: Can Goods, Boxed Goods, Condensed Milk, Monetary Donations, and any other non-perishable items. PDF flyer:

Daytona State College clubs and organizations will join us at UNO’s in support of our troops. A percentage of the proceeds from that dinner will be donated to USA cares, to help military families. YOU are invited to join us! Contact our office for more information. Please bring a bag of un-popped popcorn with you. Fri., Nov. 13, 2009, 6pm, Uno Chicago Grill, 1798 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL. PDF flyer:

SGA = Student Government Association

SGA Spirit Wars Photos, Wed., Oct. 7, 2009

Last Wednesday, 2009-10-07, the Student Government Association held Spirit Wars (codenamed Club Wars) on the quad out back of bldg. 130 (the cafeteria) at Daytona State College. It was from 11 AM to 2:25 PM and trivia indoors was from 2:30 to 3 PM. I didn’t get over there till 1 PM and I my job was helping to set up the chairs and tables for trivia, but I took a few photos. It was a contest with real scoring. At the end, the psychology club won, but there was a 3-way tie for 2nd.

Note that as always, each caption is for the ABOVE photo… not the one below. Also, all of these photos are in chronological order.

Club Wars High-Res

Karen Zamora on the left waving, 12:54 PM. She was the co-host with Brian Portwine for the 2009-10-02 Talent Show. Each club wore different-colored T-Shirts made specially for SGA from club funds. Unfortunately I didn’t get a program so I don’t know the clubs. All I know is there are 12 official clubs on campus. Cheerleaders, pshchology, student newspaper, science, AASU, etc.

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Daytona State College 2009 Talent Show: Photos & Videos

Photos from the show at the News-Journal Center, Fri., Oct. 2, 8-10 PM. I was act one. I played The Entertainer on the piano with a slideshow of my photography. I got a big applause and I didn’t clam up at all, so I was lucky. It was my first time on stage in over a year and this was my largest audience. After my act I took lots of photos below. My Dad also took videos from the audience, including my performance, later in the post. Read my post yesterday.

Press info: You can use these photos for editorial purposes such as newspapers, newsletters, and websites. None of the people in pictures signed release forms so don’t use any of these images commercially. Click “high-res” to the right of each thumbnail to download the 10 MP version. They’re pretty grainy… I was using ISO1600 a lot on my Canon Rebel XTi. But they should look alright up to 8×10. Please credit me with the line “Photos by Richard X. Thripp.”

Photos of the Show

2009-10-02 Talent Show High-Res

Jerred T. Mason reciting an inspirational poem “This is How I Am.” He was act 2 and I was act 1 but I have no photos of my act because I couldn’t take photos while playing the piano. We were both running for Mr. Daytona State. Congratulations to Jerred for winning the Mr. Daytona State title! I got a special consideration certificate. 8:16 PM.

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Daytona State College 2009 Talent Show

I just played piano at the Daytona State College Talent Show at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. The show was 8-10pm Fri. Oct. 2 (tonight) and it’s 10:45 now.

We had a full house… there were probably 800 people in the audience. It was great and I actually performed better than in the rehearsal. I was the opening act at 8pm, playing The Entertainer by Scott Joplin on the baby grand piano while a slideshow of 58 of my photos played including all 30 in my portfolio. The Rebel got a laugh from the audience.

I was also running for Mr. Daytona State against Jerred T. Mason, Zach Smith, and Tad Jennings. Jerred won with his monologue on overcoming obstacles in life and reaching your dreams, which is a lot of what I wrote last year in personal development. Michelle Underwood and Shawana Brown were running for Ms. Daytona State, and Michelle won with her improvised comedy act.

The show as very good. It was much better than the rehearsal Mon. and Thu. I told dozens of people about it at Daytona State College all this week and it seemed no one knew about it. I was only expecting a couple hundred people but Dad estimated there were 800-1000 students in the audience.

I took about 300 photos with my DSLR and my Dad filmed my performance. I’ll cull and edit everything by Sunday and post it then. It’s almost 11pm and I need some sleep.

Have a nice weekend everyone! Please leave your comments about the show on this blog post.

I also posted this on my personal blog.

Supplemental Instruction for Survey of Biology

As of Tue., Sept. 22 I am the Supplemental Instruction Leader (SI Leader) for Dr. Backer’s course, Survey of Biological Sciences (BSC1005) at bldg. 410 at Daytona State College. This is a job, so I’m now an employee of Daytona State College. 😀

I’ve created a webpage for the SI sessions on this website, including the session times. Attendance at this week’s Tue./Wed./Thu. sessions was 3/8/10 respectively. For sec. 3 there is an SI before the exam Tue., Sept. 29. Read all about it here:

I lead three sessions weekly through December 2009. Come to any:
Tue., 11 AM – 12 PM, bldg. 410, rm. 228.
Wed., 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, bldg. 410, rm. 228.
Thu., 2 PM – 3 PM, bldg. 410, rm. 131

Though it’s only a part-time work/study job, I’m glad to be a part of the Daytona State College team!

Calculus II Homework Answers

My Calculus II professor, Brian Smith, posts scans of the answers to all the homework problems he assigns. He solves them himself and puts up PDF files online ( You can only see them if you’re in his course, and the online system has problems and is often slow.

Prof. Smith has given me permission to post his solutions publicly. Normally you would have to buy the Student Solutions Manual (SSM), but with the links below, you can get many of the answers for free.

These are for Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, 6th ed. (049501169X). Prof. Smith only covers the homework problems he has assigned. All even problems and some odds are skipped. Average file size: 1MB.

ZIP archive of the 40 PDFs above (31MB). I always try to make things easy for you.

Prof. Smith includes the question with every answer, so you can print these out and use them without the book. The Lab integration review applies only to our course, but it has the questions and answers so it will be useful for everyone.

Note to self: update the ZIP archive over SSH with these commands:

cd /home/thripp/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/265/files/calculus/
zip -r c2-solutions/ smithbr/ trig-review/

2009-09-09 Welcome Party Photos

There was a great party yesterday (Wednesday) near the clock tower at the main Daytona State College campus, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Unfortunately many people had classes and it was hot. I caught that last 40 minutes after my Prof. Smith’s Calculus II class. I’ve culled over 100 photos down to 18 below.

I’m providing 4 megapixel print copies of all the photos. Just click “High-Res” to the right of the thumbnails. You can pick out people in crowds with those photos.

Three crowd shots:

2009-09-09 Party High-Res

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How to Survive in QUANTA

QUANTA is Daytona State College’s premier learning community. It is interdisciplinary, meaning it merges multiple subjects into a cohesive framework. Instead of taking three courses in separate buildings with different professors and students, you get to stay with the same students and professors through six courses taught over two semesters.

I was in QUANTA 24 in the 2007-2008 school year, and I can tell you it is a hard set of courses. A lot is expected of you. You must have above-average ACT, SAT, or CPT scores to qualify. You are expected to have a firm grasp of history and the rules of English, and you will write over 20,000 words if you stay through both semesters. You must develop good habits and study techniques. You must manage your time well. Though QUANTA is based on creativity and flexibility, all your essays must make solid arguments citing other academic works. You must follow formal grammar and citation rules. This is a point-by-point guide to surviving in QUANTA.


How does QUANTA work? In the fall semester, it consists of English I by Professor Frank Gunshanan, Humanities I by Dr. Casey Blanton, and Introduction to Sociology by Dr. Michael Flota. Students who continue into the spring will learn English II, Humanities II, and American Political & Economic Issues from the same professors. Both semesters follow the same format but the spring semester is heavier. Though more advanced, we get more of the same from Frank and Casey in the spring, while Flota takes off with his analysis of the world economy, banking, and the evolution of American politics. I imagine his course will be even more interesting this year, what with the Obama administration, socialized health care, and the raiding of the U.S. treasury.

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2009 August 31: 1st Day Photos, QUANTA

Today, everyone started back at Daytona State College! I am only taking Calculus II, but my professor Brian Smith already covered the syllabus and policies, all of 6.1, and assigned 16 homework problems. An exciting day all around. I gave out 170 copies of Leafy Droplets and 10 copies of my newest article, Practicality, at QUANTA, my calculus class (bldg. 600 rm. 202 11AM-12:20PM), a neighboring class, the cafeteria, and to random strangers. I’m trying to get rid of all the photos I backprinted in 2007, this being the first.

QUANTA is as good as always with 60 new students this semester. Casey, Frank, and Michael aren’t changing the format because it works so well, so today was the introduction and Wednesday will be the scavenger hunt which educates students about the campus. The major learning starts Friday.

Incidentally, the QUANTA home page and reflections page shows photos I took in the Fall 2007 semester.

Anyway, on to today’s photos.

2009-08-31 Welcome

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