John "J-Lo" Logan

jlogan3@bryant.edu

To read more about John (or buy his book on perception and motivation), please visit www.johndukelogan.com


Dog Talk with Candy Coppola

October 22nd, 2014

Name: Candy Coppola

Position: Class of 2017

Most Important Accomplishment:  My most important accomplishment was to finish writing my first book, just to prove to myself that I could.

Involvements on Campus: ACE peer tutor, MyPath mentor, member of Circle up for Circle camps

Bio:

Candy Coppola wrote and published two books (and is almost finished with her third) before she was 20 years old! Like what? I know. After Candy read some of her creative writing to her sister, Candy's sister instantly knew that Candy had to publish the stories so the public could enjoy them as well. Candy sent her works to a few publishing companies and Xilbris Publishing finally reached back to Candy and loved Candy's ideas. Her first book (titled "Existence") took her a year and a half to write and her second book (titled "Deception") took her two years and are part of a fiction series. She was then invited to a convention in Las Vegas to feature her books for a book signing! Pretty crazy, huh? You can purchase her books online at Amazon.com or through her personally. Definitely worth to check out. I know I already ordered my copies.

Questions:

 

1.      If you could have coffee with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk about?

J.K. Rowling. I'm a huge Harry Potter fanatic and I have too many questions about the series. I would love the chance to ask her about how she came up with the series, and why she made certain decisions.

2.  What inspired you to write?

I've always been an avid reader, and when I read the Eragon series I learned that the Christopher Paolini was only 16 years old when he started. I discovered this at age 15 and decided that I had to do one better than him. I started making up stories and one day my sister Maria encouraged me to get published.

3. What is the number one thing on your bucket list?

I want to do a solo skydive jump. I've done tandem before, but I've always wanted to jump out of an airplane on my own.

4. Why Bryant?

Honestly, I wasn't even considering Bryant when I applied. I had gotten into my top three schools for writing, but when I visited them I couldn't see myself at any of them. Bryant was my last option. When I came to visit in the spring two years ago, I prayed that I would love it here so that I didn't have to apply somewhere else. Luckily I found that I loved it.

5. Who is your favorite TV character and why?

SpongeBob. Growing up, my parents never let us have cable TV. The only time I ever got to watch cartoons was when we were staying in a hotel room. Now I have to make up for lost times so, I admit, I watch a lot of SpongeBob, and I think it's hilarious.

6. What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a movie director.  I'm always that person who watches a movie and has my own opinions of how it should have been gone, so I think it would be cool to do.

7. Who is your celebrity crush and why?

Jason Bateman. I'm a big fan of comedies, and I think he is one of the funniest people on earth. I have yet to see a movie with him in it that I haven't loved.

8. Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?

I want to run a hospital one day. If I'm lucky, that's what I'll be doing in ten years, but I'll settle for just having a high-up administrative position.

9. At this very moment, what would make you happy?

If my plane wasn't delayed. I'm sitting in the Pittsburgh airport just trying to get to Rhode Island, but they keep delaying my flight.

10. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be?

Slow down. Everyone is moving so fast. Just take a minute to enjoy where you are in life right now. The future can wait.

 

Quote of the Week: "If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late." - Henny Youngman

Tip of the Week: The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Suggested Song of the Week: Candlelight by Relient K

 

 No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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The Cardboard Boat

October 20th, 2014

The Cardboard Boat

The Ambassador Program is one of the best programs on campus. Also, I may be a little biased because I'm part of it, but nonetheless I think we are pretty awesome.

What exactly is the Ambassador Program? Good question. The Ambassador's at Bryant University help prospective students learn more about Bryant whether that be give tours, answer questions on social media, or bring them to a few classes for a day so they get the feeling of being a Bryant student.

Any student may become an Ambassador (there are currently over 100), however you must go through a group interview process. Once you become an Ambassador, there are normally one to two meetings per month (usually there's food there!), you receive a weekly tour time, and by attending different events, you receive "points." By earning enough points, you can receive prices like gift cards or a polo shirt with your name on it.

The student coordinator, Stephanie Sheppard, organized the "Team Building Day" this year where all the new and current ambassadors had an opportunity to know each other more. This past Sunday (October 19th), all 100 of us headed into the gym, we were split into teams and had one hour to make a "boat" made out of rope, tape, a large piece of card board, and two small pieces.

As you can see from the pictures, some of us were able to make it across the pool and others, well, couldn't make it five feet before sinking. I thought my team was going to make it across until we were about ten feet from the other side and we started sinking. The winning team (who were able to make it across the pool in 36 seconds!) won a Chili's gift card. It was great to see all of the creative ideas and being able to have the opportunity to interact with new people. When you come to Bryant, I highly recommend applying for the Ambassador Program.

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

Bryant @ Night

October 14th, 2014

Bryant @ Night

When I give tours to prospective students, many parents ask what students do at night on campus (the reason I say "parents" ask is because the only time you hear a prospective student ask a question on a tour is when pigs fly…and pigs don't fly here at Bryant University).

Now of course you could travel to Providence which is about 20 minutes away, you could head into Boston which is a half hour away, but if you are too lazy to travel anywhere we have a neat program called "Bryant @ Night."

Every Friday and Saturday, Bryant @ Night provides activities and events for students to do usually starting around 10:00 pm and ending around midnight. I remember last year they played the movie "That Awkward Moment" with Zac Efron in our theatre on campus known as "Janikies" (I probably should have been more specific: Zac Efron wasn't actually there, he just starred in the movie). They projected the movie on the big screen, had a popcorn machine, and you felt like you were at the movies…and it was free! Some other movies they played were The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor, Despicable Me, and Monsters University. They even had a laser tag tournament last weekend!

This weekend they are having a Super Smash Brothers Tournament on Friday. I've never played Super Smash Brothers (insert shocking face here), but there has to be a first time for everything, right? Additionally, on Saturday they are having a Ping Pong Tournament while giving out free cookies. Who could say No to Ping Pong and free cookies? I know I can't.

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 No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

I Love Food (Where to Eat@Bryant)

October 9th, 2014

Freshman Fifteen. We've all heard of it and we tell ourselves we will never get it. But on the other hand, one of the most important traits in choosing a school are the food options. Here at Bryant,  we've got you covered with six different options.

 1. Salmanson Dining Hall

Also known as "Salmo" this is the main cafeteria and dining hall on campus (if you call it Salmanson Dining Hall, people will automatically know you're a freshman),. They have different entres each night with the new food service called Aramark. The main breakfast could be anything from waffles, pancakes, french toast, bagels, scrambled eggs, cereal, pretty much anything you want for breakfast, we have it. The waffle maker is pretty neat too but make sure you spray down the pan enough or everything will stick! (I learned that the hard way). For dinner we offer anything from pasta, chicken sandwiches, pizza, burgers, turkey, steak, and so much more I can't even think of them off the top of my head. However, you NEED to get the mashed potatoes. I usually put 10 scoops on my plate for dinner and it's the most delicious thing I've ever had.

2. Cafes

The cafes are a mini versions of Starbucks. There is one in the middle of the Academic Building and one in the library. The one in the Academic Building always has a line a mile long in between classes because we college students LIVE on coffee. Well, maybe I just do, but nonetheless both places are awesome. You can also get snacks, candy, water, juice, bagels, and sandwiches there too.

3. Subway

Steak and Cheese subs are my favorite. This is the perfect location to go on a Friday afternoon after a long week of classes. When I feel like I'm getting fat, I head to Subway because I can eat fresh. Ha, get it? Okay, bad joke.

4. Nick's Place

Nick's Place is the place to go on campus. They have everything from salads, burgers, subs, grilled cheeses, quesidillas, soup, chicken fingers, I could go on and on.  The cool thing about Nick's Place is that you can order online and you get a number on your receipt and then when they call your receipt number you just grab up and get it! Pretty cool, huh?

5. Scoop

Snack Central. Think of a mini convenient store and that's what we have.  We have chips, cleaning supplies, drinks, and anything else you need to survive as a college student!

 6. Dunkin Donuts

MY personal favorite is Dunkin' Donuts. Let's just say my dad gave me a $300 Gift Card there for Christmas and I spent it all in one month....yup, that's my bad addiction. I get my bagel and coffee every morning and the people know me by name. It's absolutely fantastic and I'm pretty sure I provide them with half their profit.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm Regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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The Archway (NOT what you’re thinking of)

October 1st, 2014

So here at Bryant University we have a pretty sweet newspaper called "The Archway." It's a student-run newspaper that focuses on different types of events going on campus and local news.

I wrote a few articles for them last year but this year I decided to take on a bigger role as the Business Editor. What does that mean? I'm glad you asked.

People send me any type of business-related articles that have to do the Bryant community (or any type of business events going on in the world). Other sections involve Campus News, Opinion, Variety, and Sports. For instance, this week's cover page was about Study Abroad Program in Germany.

Personally, I think the best part of being the Business Editor is learning the program called InDesign. InDesign is part of the Adobe Package that the professionals use in any type of written publications. Having the opportunity to learn a program that the actual pros use in the "real-world" is an AMAZING experience.

Now trust me when I tell you that it's harder than it looks. When I always looked at the newspaper beforehand I never thought it would take as long as it does to put together. When people submit articles and pictures, there's a specific font, format, and placement of the text and the pictures. For instance, you need to look at the length of the article and see where it would fit, how many columns it should have, etc. If you have three articles that have 100 words, 200 words, and 300 words with five different pictures it is a jig jaw puzzle to fit everything, think of a clever headline, and make sure it looks (somewhat) normal. Think of Tetris on steroids. There's actually a method to our madness here.

When you have a chance, you should totally check us out at www.bryantarchway.com.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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Enter to Learn, Exit to Lead

September 23rd, 2014

Everyone knows that Barney Stinson from "How I Met Your Mother" is the "President of Awesome", but Barney better watch out for Anna Takahama who is the Assistant Director of Office of Campus Engagement here at Bryant University.

On Sunday September 21st, Anna (and the Office of Campus Engagement staff) organized the 2014 Leadership Summit. With students from Johnson & Wales University and Providence College, this year's leadership summit were for any active members in clubs or organizations who wanted to enhance their leadership skills. It ran 10:30 am-3:30 pm and you attended different break-out sessions depending on your interest.

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The first session I attended was "Publisher 101: Poster Design." As a Marketing major, I figured it might be somewhat important to know how to create an advertisement that will capture attention… LOL. :p Other than the awesome new website to download underground fonts (www.dafont.com), Anna also taught us how to use the program "Publisher" and different "design" rules such as:

1. Be simple

2.   Be visually appealing

3. Keep words to a minimum

4.  The poster should contain 20% text, 40% figures, and 40% space

 

The next session I went to was taught by Mike Malefant who graduated last year, but now works as a Graduate Assistant at the Student Union for the University of Connecticut and Virginia Cabrera who is a Graduate Assistant for Wellness and Prevention services for the University of Connecticut. Their presentation was about social media and how to use these skills to not only brand yourself, but also a club or organization. They discussed new trends and how to build a digital reputation.

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The third session I attended was taught by Salome Miclette who is the Area Direction for Residence Life at Bryant University. We learned how to take our different leadership positions and transfer them onto our resumes. Many companies nowadays are looking at skills you learned from different positions and how they can be transferable into a real-life setting. For instance, team building, communication, time management, being influential, etc. She also taught us that the average time employers look at resumes is 6-12 seconds! So make sure your resume can stand out with positive words!

Lastly, Pat Perrault and Courtney Mansfield (President and Treasurer, respectively, of the Student Programming Board) taught us Advertising Do's and Don'ts. The Student Programming Board is HUGE on campus and they put on AWESOME events such as Big Bingo (campus-wide bingo tournament) and host Spring Weekend. In other words, Pat and Courtney definitely know what they are talking about in terms of advertising! One thing I learned in there was the 3:3:3 rule- if you have an event coming up, you want to advertise it three times, three difference ways, and start three weeks before the event.

Overall it was a FANTASTIC event. I definitely learned a lot and I met other students from different schools who wanted to learn ways to become leaders and/or make their organizations better!

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

Twitter: @JohnLoganBryant

 

Dog Talk with Bailey Cornell and Colin Gannon

September 16th, 2014

Hey there!

For those who don't know me, my name is John Logan and I'm part of the Class of 2016 here at Bryant University. If you have no idea who I am, here are five things you should probably know:

1. You will never see me without a cup of coffee

2. I'm still trying to figure out the Paul McCartney conspiracy

3. I try to do funny things (and magic tricks) to get Taylor Swift's attention so I can hand deliver a copy of my book about perception to her

4. I think bucket lists are the coolest things in the world

5. I'm not as weird as you think I am...actually I probably am, but hey, it is what it is

Anywho, there are so many cool people here at Bryant University that I can't keep track. However, I try to find people who I personally think have been creative and determined enough to stand out. So last year I decided to  create this thing called "Dog Talk" which essentially is a 10 question interview with people who I think made a difference in the Bryant community. This week I put Bailey Cornell ('15) and Colin Gannon ('13) in the hot seats.

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Name: Bailey Cornell

Position: Class of 2015

Most Important Accomplishment: 

This summer I was sailing the Baltic Sea with my family and we were struck by lightning at 2am.  I guess my accomplishment would be surviving.

 

Involvements on Campus:

President of the Bryant Outdoor Adventure Club, President of the Media Production Club, Honors Council, Omicron Delta Kappa, Honors Program, Bowling Club, TV Production Assistant in Koffler

 

Bio:

If you don't know who Bailey Cornell is by now, then you live under a rock. She will be graduating this year so you now have the entire school year to get to know her. While majoring in Communications and double minoring in Spanish and Business, she already became an On-Air Talent for the Rhode Island Lottery. She is also the President of two clubs (Outdoor Adventure Club and Media Production Club) while being part of the Honors Council and Omicron Delta Kappa…just to name a few involvements. Is there anything she can't do?

Questions:

 

1.   If you could have coffee with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would have coffee with Aliens and ask them how they made the pyramids

 

 

2.  What song represents you the best and why? 

"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" by Jimmy Buffett because if we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

 

3. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you lately?

My townhouse was flooded and will be under construction for a month so to make the best of it I decided to live in the cupboard under the stairs of my friend's house, harry potter style.

 

4. Why Bryant?

Honestly, I have no clue.  I'm not a business major but I've had an amazing experience here with everything from the professors, to the internships and study abroad experiences that Bryant has provided.

 

5. What is your passion and how did you find it?

I'd say my passion is making the best out of life. I get it from my parents.

 

6. What is your dream job?

Being a corporate event planner who organizes conferences for businesses all around the world.  So traveling to different cities and testing out which hotels would be best to accommodate the company and seeing what are the best places to go in the area... essentially being paid to go on vacation.

 

7. What is your greatest weakness?

I'm very trusting.  I see with rose colored glasses and that gets me in trouble sometimes.

 

8. If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?

Little Foot from the "Land Before Time" because then I could live the dino life.  Never forget.

 

9. At this very moment, what would make you happy?

More than 24 hours in a day and a great sunset

 

 

10. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be? 

Hey world, let's all just get along.

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Name: Colin Gannon

Position: Alumni, Class of 2013

Most Important Accomplishment: 

Biking across the country last summer. It was a dream of mine for years, and the hardest thing I've ever done. Realizing that goal and having that experience was incredibly rewarding.

 

Involvements on Campus:

Cross Country/Track and Field, Honors Program, Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments

 

Bio:

When I first met Colin freshman year, I instantly knew he was born a natural leader. His dedication to achieve success and find his potential in life was incredible to watch, but most importantly, he wanted to help others succeed as well. Before he graduated in 2013, he majored in Environmental Science and double minored in Business Administration and Chinese. He recently finished a Masters of Arts degree in climate studies called "Climate and Society" at Columbia University and this summer he did an internship at the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre while studying climate in developing countries. Oh, and not to mention, he biked across America last year just for fun (at one point, he biked 100 miles in one day and the biggest town he passed through was a population of 42). Pretty sweet resume if you ask me.

 

Questions:

 

1.      If you could have coffee with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Elon Musk, and how he has been able to take "tree-hugger" concepts like electric vehicles and solar panels and transform them into sexy and viable products in the modern marketplace.

 

2.  What song represents you the best and why?

Lord Huron's "I Will Be Back One Day." It's the story of a man who travels to exotic places, all the while thinking about life back home. This resonates with me as I move to the next stage of my life.

 

3. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you lately?

It's too embarrassing to say.

 

4. Why Bryant?

Out of high school I was torn between international business and environmental science. Bryant was the school with strong programs in both. I also loved campus and knew it was the right fit.

 

5. What is your passion and how did you find it?

Climate change adaptation. It started with an interest in environmental conservation, but as I became more aware of the impacts of climate change on society, I saw an opportunity to mitigate large scale natural disasters.

 

6. What is your dream job?

CEO or President of my own environmental consulting firm.

 

7. What is your greatest weakness?

Small talk. I love exchanging stories, but casual chat about the weather usually ends with me explaining difference between absolute and relative humidity. Nobody wants to hear that.

 

8. If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?

Park and Recreation's Rob Swanson.  A blue-collar, all-American man who is steadfast in his values and loves the simple things in life. He also has a world class moustache.

 

9. At this very moment, what would make you happy?

Securing a job with a consulting firm or non-profit organization in a lively West Coast city.

 

10. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be (This answer can be as long as you want)?

Climate change is real and it is already impacting our society. The time to act is five years ago.

 

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Quote of the Week: "The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it." -Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

 

Tip of the Week: Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

Suggested Song of the Week: American Dream by MKTO

 

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

Scrambled Eggs & Sundaes at 9:00 at Night? Yes Please.

May 8th, 2014

Scrambled Eggs & Sundaes at 9:00 at Night? Yes Please.

If you wouldn't want to have scrambled eggs and sundaes at 9:00 at night, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

At the end of each semester, we have the word that makes college students cringe: "Finals." But we want to make Finals Week as less stressful as possible so Student Senate puts on the event called "Late Night Breakfast." What does that mean? We serve breakfast food at night time!

Since seniors live in the townhouses and live off of Easy Mac and frozen pizza, they have a small meal plan for the cafeteria. However, during Late Night Breakfast, the seniors are allowed to come into the cafeteria and eat as much food as possible. Oh, and don't worry, the underclassmen are invited as well and it doesn't count as a meal swipe!

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Even though the event starts at 9:00, people stand in line starting around 8:00. Yup- that's right. Then when everyone barges in, they can dig into as much food as possible ranging from scrambled eggs, French toast, sausages, tater tots, and sundaes. We also have dance music playing, games, raffles, and our food service here on campus, Sodexo, provides everything for free- it's truly fantastic.

Other than Late Night Breakfast, Bryant holds a lot of different types of "stress-free" events for students during Finals Week. For instance, the Communication Society held a two-hour event where they had all you can eat donuts, bagels, coffee, and hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts and you only had to pay two bucks! Additionally, we had puppies in the rotunda the other day. Different places around Rhode Island come to Bryant and let people play with the puppies, take pictures, and get their minds off their studies. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

 

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

Study Tips for Finals

May 7th, 2014

Top 3 Studying Tips for Finals

It's that time of year again where you wished you outlined that chapter a month ago instead of watching Netflix....

It's that time of year again where counting calories don't matter when you're eating…

It's that time of year again where it's like The Hunger Games trying to get a spot in the library…

Yup, it's Finals Week.

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Below are my top 3 tips for studying for finals:

1. Sleep is Good

Many of us camp out in the library, order seven cups of coffee at 10:00 at night, stay up until 3:00 in the morning, then wake up at 7:00 am to start the routine again. Now if that works for you, then keep doing it. However, I recommend going to sleep no later than midnight, wake up around 8:00 am and then camp out in the library. Personally, I would rather go to sleep early (yes, midnight is early for a college student) and wake up early instead of staying up later. You will feel more energized and you may not need as much coffee.

2. One Subject at a Time

Study the subject that is closest. Yes, that may seem kind of obvious but focus on one subject at a time- more specifically, the final that is the next day. In other words, put all your time and energy into the upcoming test because that will be most recent in your memory.

3. Phone on Silent Behind Computer Screen

It works, trust me. Most people recommend just not checking your phone. I tend to have a different approach. If you put it on silent, then the vibration sound won't distract you once you get a notification. After a few minutes, you will completely forget you have a phone. Also, if you put it behind your computer screen, and someone DOES call you, if you're sitting with someone studying, then THEY will see the screen going off and let you know (well, hopefully). The only types of things you should answer your phone is would be a phone call- texts can wait and social media notifications don't count.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this,

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

 

 

 

 

Special Olympics

May 7th, 2014

The Special Olympics

This past Saturday was a tremendous day at Bryant University. Why? I'm glad you asked. Bryant University held Rhode Island's Special Olympics!

 

The Special Olympics provides over 16,000 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 2,800 athletes. Additionally, it hosts over 40 local tournaments and competitions each year in 25 different sports with athletes who have disabilities.

There were different types of track and field events happening on Bryant's athletic fields while all different Bryant clubs and organizations helped volunteer. For example, Student Senate ran the grille. They sold hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and different types of drinks. Additionally, the Special Olympics Committee (composed from over 20 Bryant students) wore their red shirts and khakis roaming the area helping out with as much as possible.

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During some portions of the day, we had different entertainment. I walked around to different crowds and performed close up magic while my two of my close friends, Jake Durkin and Matt Beckius, sang for a few minutes each. The cheerleading and dance team also performed some of their routines (side note: both of them were recently ranked nationally! You can talk to our fellow blogger Madison about it!).

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Overall, it was an amazing day. People all across Rhode Island came to Bryant in support of people with disabilities and it really shows how much Bryant cares about the community.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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