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Alternative Spring Break at the School of Information

I drove into Ann Arbor this morning; there was no traffic and I got a great parking spot. Its not quite summer here; its spring break! But while the halls of SI are quiet, 74 SI students traveled to Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. this last weekend -- snow free! -- and this morning are off to their first day of Alternative Spring Break. You can check out more information about SI's ASB program at http://www.si.umich.edu/pep/asb/. These students will be spending their week helping a wide range of non-profit and governmental organizations with their information management needs.

I asked SI students to send me blog entries -- testimonies of what its like while on ASB. I got my first one to post today... this one is from second year SI student, Bill Cron. Thanks Bill! Enjoy!

DC ASB 2008 Tell-All Blog: Day 1

The night was moist…

Welcome to my blog. This week I'll be writing all about our wonderful ASB adventures in Washington, D.C…Stay tuned!

Day 1 started earlier than I would have preferred. The van pulled up at a quarter to eight with Beth P. and Megan C. ready to roll. We headed to the airport to pick up Malisa L., and the team was united. We were optimistic, we were excited, and we were ready to represent our school with pride. We were four archivists on our way to Washington with a single purpose in mind: donuts.

Having settled the donut issue, and after some confusion about the best way to get to the other side of Toledo, our journey began in earnest. The fifth member of our team, the Chevy Uplander, proved a worthy steed. "White Lightning" made quick work of Ohio before tearing Pennsylvania literally in half. A vehicle for the American Millennium, we thought.

Conversation started brisk and got briskier. Where are you working this week? Have you looked for jobs? How's the semester going? What does Tom Selleck have to do with Maeve Binchy? How many cows were in that herd? Are those Amish romance novels as good as the covers suggest? Has anyone in this van eaten a squirrel? Does Sbarro sell bagel pizzas??? These perverse and often baffling questions demanded consideration as we hurtled toward the nation's capital.

We reached our destination shortly after six. Few hotels evoke Mom and apple pie like the Harrington. Remember the scene in It's a Wonderful Life, where Jimmy Stewart realizes how good his life is, and returns home to a house full of adoring friends? Our entry into the Harrington was nothing like that, but I did feel truly welcome, especially after they gave me a key.

Fellowship and good cheer marked the evening. We were all glad to see friend and recent SI alum Valerie H., living proof that talented archivists can find really good jobs. Val and Christa L. joined Team Uplander for dinner at the Capital City Grille and a private after-dinner Oscar party. Very exclusive, A-List only. Strictly hoodie.

Only time will tell what surprises the week may bring. For the moment we were left to anticipate all we would learn about archives, about each other, and about ourselves.

All for now,

Bill C.

Posted by kkowatch at February 25, 2008 08:45 AM


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