Page 1 of 212

Spotlight on Daytona State’s Accreditation

I logged onto class.daytonastate.edu to find this message:

Daytona State College recently was notified that the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) is planning a site visit. The College believes that we will be able to address any issues or questions and do so without jeopardizing the College’s accreditation.

Michael Vitale
Interim VP of Academic Affairs
Daytona State College

Do you think Daytona State deserves to continue being accredited? Why or why not? Leave your feedback by commenting on this post. I particularly want to hear from people who have withdrawn, dropped out, transferred away from, or decided not to attend Daytona State.

In my opinion, Daytona State has a high market share that does not necessarily reflect upon its high quality, but rather, the fact that people are being paid to go to or to return to college. The IRS Earned Income Tax Credit applies from the ages of 19 to 24 if you are taking 12 credits in at least 5 calendar months of the year (one major semester), which can easily provide over $3000 to your parents from the federal government. The federal government also gives many students $2775 free money per semester for the Pell grant, and many students get the lottery scholarship, Florida BrightFutures, which is $924 per semester. The Daytona State Foundation provides scholarships of $800 per semester to many other students who apply, which are provided by local business magnates. Tuition and books typically cost under $2000 per semester, excluding ignorant students who use the bldg. 200 bookstore instead of ordering online from websites such as Amazon, Half, AbeBooks, and Bookbyte. The college also provides many work-study positions to students at $7.25 or $14.50 an hour which are often undeserved, because no solvent business would provide such jobs. Additionally, the college gets tens of millions of dollars from the state per year, and professors have cushy jobs in general.

Furthermore, most students who graduate from Daytona State College have a degree in worthlessness, unless they fundamentally changed their thought processes for the better, and/or went into a field that provides real value such as engineering, science, or psychology. This is not the college’s fault because students have free reign over their choice of majors, but it does show that Americans in general, and Floridians in particular, are lazy.

Daytona State’s graduation is below 30%, and our retention rate is barely 70%. If you are a student, ask yourself: why are you really going to college? If you answer any of the following, you should drop out now, unless you have children or a family to support.

* To get a high-paying job
* To socialize
* Scholarships and financial aid
* To meet women
* Because everyone says you should
* Work-study job
* Something to do
* Power
* To have something to occupy your time
* You were fired or laid off
* Low self-esteem
* To show the world you can succeed
* To prove a point
* To feel loved
* To feel a part of something greater than yourself
* To be a slave
* To text message in class
* To cause trouble
* Social norms
* Discount movie tickets
* To get a student checking account or credit card
* To attend plays for free
* To use the college darkrooms
* To use the piano labs
* Cheap food
* To further your political agenda

All of these reasons might sound good on paper, but they ultimately will not satiate you. Only a love of learning can get your through life, and in many ways, that is not what Daytona State provides.

If you are a professor, executive, or staff member at Daytona State, if you work there for any of these reasons, you should quit now, unless you have a family and big mortgage.

* Job security / tenure
* Easy work
* Stepping stone
* To force your students to buy your textbook
* To be a cog in the wheel
* To please your parents
* High income
* To further the status quo
* Power
* Sadism
* To foster dependent learners
* To boss people around
* To set up a fiefdom
* Because your parents told you so
* To have a title
* To posture instead of postulate
* For your ego

None of the above further the expansion of human knowledge in anyway. Only the joy of helping others become independent learners, capable of recognizing truth from falsehood, and motivated to explore the domain of life without becoming bitter or lazy, will lead you to true happiness.

Spring 2011 Welcome Back, Jan. 26, 2011 [YouTube]

I have just been really slow posting, but I took this nice video at the welcome back two weeks ago. Instead of hosting it on my own server, I’ve decided to put it on YouTube because it’s easier and more people going there. Since posting it on YT 6 days ago, it’s received 2 views… that’s really awful, so please help to increase that and leave me some comments.

As for the DSC in Motion article, check it out on page 5. I wrote “DSC leads e-text initiative” in the Feb. 2011 issue, which the college printed 2000 copies of. It can be found in every major building on every campus. The cover has interim President Dr. Frank Lombardo with text “The search is on!”, because the college is looking for a new president to replace Dr. Kent Sharples. Frank wants to retire because he’s 74, but I think we should remind him that Pope Benedict XIV became pope at 78, so he has plenty of good years left. If he still wants to retire, I think the college should promote the next president from within.

http://www.youtube.com/richardxthripp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egQGXL_WG-E

Phi Theta Kappa Monday Funday, 2010-12-06

This was a fun event organized by Nikki Sfraga, current president of Phi Theta Kappa, at Daytona State College on Monday, December 6, 2010. From 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. we had free food, music, dancing, and games in and around the clock tower at the Daytona Beach campus.

The free food included hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, nachos with cheese, hot chocolate, and bottled water. There was an inflatable basketball hoop and a dance contest. I enjoyed this a lot and hope we do this next year!

Below are 244 photos I took at the event. I installed a new gallery plugin which makes posting photos easier, so this is a different format from most of my posts and because of the large number of photos, I am not making the ten-megapixel high-resolution versions available to download.

You can just browse through the thumbnails and click one to enlarge, or click “View with PicLens” below for an interactive display that you can enlarge to full-screen or browse through with your keyboard’s arrow keys. Please make sure you have JavaScript and Adobe Flash enabled.

Enjoy the photos. 🙂

*

Introducing Falconmail.me

Falconmail.me was not renewed and no longer works as of 2011-11-30.

I’m introducing a new email forwarding service called Falconmail.me which allows you to share an email address that is 14 characters shorter than Daytona State College’s standard @falconmail.daytonastate.edu student email addresses.

How it works

My email is richard_thripp@falconmail.daytonastate.edu, but if I give out the email address richard_thripp@falconmail.me, email sent to the Falconmail.me address will be directly forwarded to the falconmail.daytonastate.edu by the host.thripp.com mailserver. Then, if you’ve set your Daytona State College email address to forward to your own account (i.e. Gmail or Hotmail), DSC will forward it to you, so the message will be forwarded twice.

I’ve tested this, and it works perfectly for me. I’ve set my server to just forward all email sent to Falconmail.me to falconmail.daytonastate.edu. The only danger is if the Daytona State IT department decides to block Falconmail.me, the forwarding will immediately cease to work. I encourage them not to do this but instead use their own spam filtering, and I may add spam filtering to Falconmail.me in the future. I am also willing to transfer the domain to the college if they will actually use it.

Falconmail.me was not renewed and no longer works as of 2011-11-30.

If you are a DSC student, you have an email in the format firstname_lastname@falconmail.daytonastate.edu, so you can immediately begin sharing firstname_lastname@falconmail.me with people to save them some typing. Falconmail.me, DaytonaState.org, and Thripp.com are hosted on a WiredTree Hybrid Dedicated server with over 99.9% uptime, so no emails should be lost.

I will be keeping no records whatsoever of any emails forwarded through Falconmail.me. I set up a domain-level forwarder in cPanel and I have no interest in collecting personal data. I just saw that the Falconmail.me domain was unregistered and I thought it would make a cool service.

.me is a new top-level domain introduced in 2007 for the country of Montenegro, but it is being marketed as a multinational domain for self-identification. This means you can use Falconmail as a verb and say “Falconmail me” to your friends, and the phrase matches the domain.

Enjoy your new Falconmail.me forwarding email address!

Falconmail.me was not renewed and no longer works as of 2011-11-30.

Daytona State College 2010 Talent Show: Photos & Videos

Photos from the Daytona State College 2010 Talent Show at the college theater, bldg. 220, Thu., Oct. 7, 2010, 6-8 PM.

This was the 2nd Annual Daytona State Talent Show and Pageant, held this year at the college theater instead of the News-Journal Center. This year’s show was presented by Student Government instead of Student Success. Read the 2010 Talent Show program here (PDF). Four performers returned from the 2009 Talent Show: Lillian Kinch, Jerred Mason, Farah Shaikh, and LaNae Wright.

Licensing: You can use these photos for any editorial purposes.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Felipe Brasil and others in the audience, 5:55 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Prof. Elena Jarvis before the show started. She was one of the judges and is the advisor to DSC In Motion, the college newspaper. 6:04 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Jillian Chase singing a love song on guitar, 6:09 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

The judges for this year’s show were Warnell A. Vickers, Elena Jarvis, Bruce Cook, Jessica Kester, and Robert Grimm, from left to right. 6:10 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Brittany taking photos for DSC in Motion. On the left is Farhana “Farah” Shaikh, who performed a dance later but is uncredited in the program. 6:10 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Preston Johnston and Marina Lins introducing the 2nd contestant, 6:13 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Daniel Lucero singing a free flowing poem about life and relationships. 6:15 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Cornelius Simmons performing a loud rap piece, 6:19 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Massiel Rodriguez Leon, Gabriela Figuroa, William Ernesto Montes, and Reina Catu performing an international dance, 6:23 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Vernon Solomon singing a love song on the guitar, accompanied on the piano by Matt Elam. He won the Talent Show. 6:26 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Brittany taking another photo with her Canon EOS 7D, 6:39 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

LaNae Wright performing a dance, as the first act of the Mr. and Ms. Daytona State pageant. I voted for her. 6:40 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Sarah Bebergal singing. I think this is called “Nothing,” and it’s about a girl trying to become an actress. 6:44 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Gerard Minnis singing, 6:49 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show

Kristy McLarnan performing a dance, 6:53 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Ashley Lumpkin singing, while I am wondering if that is her natural hair color. 6:56 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Francis “JR” Houston preparing to sing an old Christian song. I voted for him. 7:00 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Stacey Taylor performing a dance, 7:04 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

The judges, quietly judging. I have a crush on Jessica, but like all faculty she is married. She is an Assistant Professor of English just like my aunt, and my aunt’s daughter’s name is also Jessica, which is really weird if you think about it. 7:06 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Lillian Kinch singing, 7:12 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Jerred Mason, the winner of Mr. Daytona State 2009 and 2010, reciting his poem, “This is How I Am.” He should NOT have been allowed to run again, but instead should have passed the crown to his successor. In fact, it was never stated that he was the CURRENT Mr. Daytona State, which was a definite oversight. Jerred made the same speech last year, and will be receiving another gym membership and $500 scholarship this year. 7:15 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

The other contestants observing as Jerred is crowned again. 7:55 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Jerred T. Mason is re-elected as Mr. Daytona State. 7:55 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

I meant to cheer up J.R. but did not get around to it. 7:56 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Nicole R. Brown, incumbent President of the Daytona State College Student Government Association, smiling as always, after giving the Ms. Daytona State award to Stacey Taylor, who will also be receiving a gym membership and $500 scholarship. Vernon Solomon won first place in the non-pageant portion of the talent show, which merits no scholarship. 7:57 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Backstage with Farah, Massiel, and Reina, 8:17 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Massiel, Reina, Farah, and William, 8:18 PM.

2010-10-07 Talent Show High-Res

Farah was the most beautiful girl in the entire theater ♥. 8:25 PM.

VIDEOS

This year, I shot 16 video clips which total 1:01:28 using my new Samsung SMX-F40BN/XXA digital camcorder on a 16GB SDHC memory card. At the end, the battery was down to 1/4 capacity, which means the battery is really crappy because it should last much longer. I charged it right before the show.

Farah took me to the show specifically to film her, which is why I have no photos of her performance. I did not find anyone to take pictures for me and I couldn’t do both at the same time. I ended up filming most of the acts. I wish I would have filmed the whole show and I should have bought an extra battery a week before.

Unlike last year, these videos are in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio with stereo sound. I have resized the FLV files below to 480×272 pixels. Optimal playback requires Adobe Flash Player 9 and a sustained downstream connection of at least 768Kbps (i.e. AT&T DSL Lite).

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Jillian Chase singling and playing the guitar. [0:23]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Daniel Lucero singing a free flowing poem about life and relationships. [3:36]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Massiel Rodriguez Leon, Gabriela Figuroa, William Ernesto Montes, and Reina Catu performing an international dance. [2:34]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Vernon Solomon singing a love song on the guitar, accompanied on the piano by Matt Elam. He won the Talent Show. [5:12]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

The band, led by Michael Cummings, performing a Pink Floyd song. [5:36]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

LaNae Wright performing a dance, as the first act of the Mr. and Ms. Daytona State pageant. She was accompanied by Gerard Minnis singing Amazing Grace. [1:47]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Sarah Bebergal singing. I think this is called “Nothing,” and it’s about a girl trying to become an actress. [2:15]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Gerard Minnis singing. He was runner-up for Mr. Daytona State. [3:28]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

The last 25 seconds of Ashley Lumpkin’s performance. I should have recorded her whole song. [0:25]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Francis “JR” Houston singing. I did not know he has a good singing voice. [3:03]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Jerred Mason, the winner of Mr. Daytona State 2009 AND 2010, reciting his poem, “This is How I Am.” [1:53]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Long segment waiting for something to happen. Skip ahead to 1:30 to see LaNae Wright’s interview.

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

The rest of the pageant interviews after LaNae Wright. I voted for J.R. and LaNae. [8:31]

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

The talent show concluded with the band playing two Pink Floyd songs including “Brick in the Wall,” Bruce Cook’s closing notes, and the awards. [14:13]

CONCLUSION

It was a good show, but the audience was only about 200, compared to 460 last year. The News-Journal Center would have been better, but someone had already booked it. The performances were all good, but it was a shame Dr. Carole Luby and Michelle Moll were not involved, as they would have done more preparation. Nicole has too much on her plate, and it showed as the MCs got confused several times throughout the show. SGA did not successfully promote this show so very few students knew about it.

Awarding Jerred Mason the Mr. Daytona State crown two years in a row was outrageous, but he did get the most votes from the audience so it was legitimate in that respect. However, I really hope someone else wins next year.

My favorite acts were Daniel Lucero, Vernon Solomon, and Sarah Bebergal, but everyone was competent.

In the future, I would like to see the judges actually judge the performers after each performance, like on American Idol.

Short link to this post: daytonastate.org/ts10

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.

Continue reading

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.

Page 1 of 212