Many houses have a tradition of hosting Guys’ Night and Girls’ Night as termly social events. In Dabney, in addition to Guys’ Night and Girls’ Night (which are open to anyone regardless of gender identity), we also host Gender Neutral Night.**
For Gender Neutral Night in the past, we’ve included events like cereal, milk and cookies, with board games. One of the times, was my first time playing Munchkin, a card game that parodies Dungeons and Dragons and other role playing games. The game ended up taking 4 hours, lasting up until 3AM. Apparently though, Munchkin games normally don’t take that long, we were just too evenly matched.
Last night though, we had an after dinner showing of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a movie musical about a transgender rockstar. It’s a really good musical, with several good songs to sing along to, as well as being funny and emotional, with a plot that gets deeper the more times you watch it.
A picture of the movie starting to
play in the Dabney Lounge.
Instead of cereal and milk and cookies, this time we had tea, hot chocolate, cider and cranberry juice. It’s always important to stay well-hydrated if you’re planning on singing along to a musical, right? (I think I also ought to make some sort of pun about genderfluid, but I’m not really sure how to go about it.)
We also had coloring and drawing as well. Among other things, we found an adorable gender neutral coloring book, “Sometimes a Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon”, that has a lot of gay or lesbian themed pictures to color in, as well as a lot of pictures that are gender-nonconforming, genderqueer, or otherwise LGBTQIA. What’s more adorable than subverting the heteronormative cis-centric paradigm than with coloring books?
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.