John Logan

jlogan3@bryant.edu

Ayo- my name is John Logan. I like coffee shops and bucket lists. I'm not as weird as you think I am- actually I probably am, but hey it is what it is. If you want to procrastinate, check out www.johndukelogan.com.

Directing for a Multi-Award Winning Video Game Creator

April 16th, 2014

Directing for a Multi-Award Winning Video Game Creator

Have you ever helped direct a show that was aired on television for a multi-award winning video game creator? Oh, you have? Um…. well this is awkward now…Well, regardless, I'm going to tell you about my experience.

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Well last night for my basic studio production class, Warren Spector was a guest speaker and came into the studio to talk about his experience with creating video games. It took place in the Koffler TV studio, around 30 guests from the community came to hear him talk, and it was aired on television. While he talked about his life in the gaming industry, I was up in the control room with the headset on directing cameras in the other room where to shoot and which angles to show on air. Needless to say, it was pretty cool. Actually, it was REALLY cool.

But who is Warren Spector? Good question. He is the Director of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at the University of Texas in Austion. Some of the games he helped create include the Ultima, Deus Ex, and Thief series. Oh, and you think that's not impressive? Some of his work has been featured at the Smithosonian museum! How cool is that? Although I'm not a big "gamer", being able to not only listen to his talk but also direct the show was an awesome experience.

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 Happiest Mile at Bryant

April 15th, 2014

The Happiest Mile at Bryant

Back in the good 'ole days where I was in shape, I would run anywhere from 4 miles to sometimes up to 10. Yet now since I gained the freshman 15, all I do is eat grilled cheeses, drink coffee, and write blog-  but hey, I can't say I don't enjoy it…

Okay, sorry, that's not the point of me writing this. On Thursday April 16th, students at Bryant University will be participating in the "Color Out Cancer" where all proceeds will being going to the Tomorrow Fund (a local non-organization that provides financial/emotional support to children who have cancer).

Created by the International Student Organization, WJMF Radio, and Colleges Against Cancer, this one mile run will be taking place at 4:00 and 4:30. The International Student Organization puts on different events on campus that have to do with different cultures and are part of the Multicultural Center we have on campus. WJMF Radio is located in the Koffler Communications Complex and is our radio station on campus. Whenever you walk to classes, you will always hear music ranging from Coldplay, Besatie Boys, or (my personal favorite) T-Swift. Colleges Against Cancer hosts different events on campus that raise cancer awareness, such as the Relay for Life (you can read my other blog about that if ya want!)

But what makes THIS run so much different? Well people get to throw paint at you! Yup, that's right! Tables will be located throughout the trail course so everyone can look pretty while they run!

My friends and I did a similar run in Providence in November and we had a BLAST! I HIGHLY recommend checking it out!

Interested? Check out the link below or contact Jaewon Back at jback@bryant.edu

Registration Link:

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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Let’s Relay

April 10th, 2014

Let's Relay

Last Friday night, April 4th, was the annual "Relay for Life" here at Bryant University and it was a HUGE success. What is Relay for Life? Good question.

Communities around the world put on these events to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones that battled cancer, and to raise money and awareness to find a cure. Different teams will form together and camp out overnight at a specific place while different members of the team will walk or run around a track. Want to know why it lasts all night? Because cancer never sleeps.

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Normally Bryant would walk around the track, but last year it was raining out so we had tons of different events going on in the Mac instead (our indoor gymnasium). However, this year we decided to take the risk and people walked around the pond outside while events were going on at our new and improved Fisher Student Center. At 4:15 people lined up at the registration booth which was fantastic. The local Karate organization came over as well and showed us some of their moves while our acapella group on campus showed off their singing skills! Tupper made an appearance too!

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Unfortunately, the rain did appear so they moved everyone into the FSC. But that was perfectly fine though because people CONTINUED to walk in a designated route inside the building. It was absolutely fantastic.

Additionally, we had a few students and faculty members speak about their battle with cancer which was incredible since I received the chills. Afterwards, we had a few moments of silent while we walked around the building.

I absolutely love the fact that Bryant puts on these events to gather the community together. I honestly cannot wait for what they have planned for us next year. And the best part was that we raised over $30,00!!!

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

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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BOB IS COMING TO CAMPUS

April 3rd, 2014

BOB IS COMING TO CAMPUS!

Yes, that's right. Bob is coming to Bryant. Bob also goes by the name Bobby Ray or, most commonly known as, B.o.B.

First, I just want to let you know I am a HUGE fan of B.o.B….HUGE fan. Especially when he teamed up with Hayley Williams and they did "Airplanes." I still know the lyrics by heart and jam out to it at intersections with the windows down while cars next to me take pictures and send it to the Insane Asylum because they're curious if anyone escaped…

Okay, anywho, each year the Student Programming Board (SPB) finds musical artists and brings them on campus for Spring Weekend. Last year we had Timeflies, New Boyz, and Kap Slap. The "reveal" of the musical artist always cracks me up: they decorate the rotunda and tension builds (since SPB are the only people who know the artist) and at exactly 12:20 they reveal the artist on the big screen….then for the rest of the day, all you hear is songs by that artist- it's hilarious. This year's Spring Weekend is on April 25-27th. The Student Programming Board has all sorts of different events going on during the weekend and it's SO much fun.

I remember last year they had Natalie Stovall come during the day to perform as well. Fortunately, I was able to meet her after she performed and she is one of the COOLEST people EVER. She plays the violin and sings and was featured on Oprah- SO TALENTED! Have no plans for April 25-27th? Come on down (or up) to Bryant!

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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Natalie Stovall

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B.o.B.

OMIGOD YOU GUYS

March 31st, 2014

No, but like seriously, OMIGOD YOU GUYS.

Last night, I witnessed one of the funniest musicals I have EVER seen: Legally Blonde (Oh, I should probably mention that their opening song was titled "Omigod You Guys", hence the title of this blog.....)

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 It was shown at Bryant's Janikies Theatre by the Bryant Players. Based on the movie "Legally Blonde", President and Director of Bryant Players, Ashley Knowlton held auditions for the musical and let me tell you, going to that show was one of the best things I've ever done.

Let me tell you that the voices and acting skills by these students were absolutely incredible. Honestly, I have NO idea why they are at Bryant- they could EASILY try out for Broadway or America's Got Talent, or something like that. And wait, let's just take a moment of silence to take into consideration that some of these people had NO prior drama experience.

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Okay, you can break the silence now. Oh, I should probably tell you what the play was about- my bad. Alright, so it was about this girl named Elle (played by Mikalya Ott) who enrolls in Harvard hoping to get back with her ex-boyfriend, Warner (played by Liam Rice). However, Warner has a new girlfriend named Vivienne (played by Katie Tetreault). Although Elle is constantly trying to win him back, she is your typical "blonde" and really has no common sense. With some twists and turns (and some songs on the way), Elle realizes what she can accomplish with her "blonde" talents and, well…I won't ruin the ending for you.

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Stage Manager and Assistant Director, Daniel DiNicola did a tremendous job with the set and helping out Ashley direct the play and recruit the actors/actresses. Most of these people I've seen around campus, but had NO idea they were incredibly talented in drama. Below is a list of the people who participated (student's name, character's name)

The Cast

Mikayla Ott-Elle Woods

Liam Rice- Warner Huntington III

Rachel Miller- Paulette Bonafonte

Ryan Miller-Professor Callahan

Maggie Keane-Brooke Wyndham

John DiMauro-Emmett Forrest

Alexandria Clyburn-Enid Hoopes

Jared Saunders-Carlos

Michelle Sangeloty-Pilar

Kristian Stowell-Mr. Woods/Winthrop/Sundeep/Padamadan/Nikos

Cristina Degaetno-Delta Nu Sister/Leilani/ Whitney

Jenny Brewster-Kate/Judge

William Manak-Harvard Admission/Student

Ellie Badaracco-Serena

Raheem Champion-Aaron Schultz/Grand Master Chad/DA James Riley

Abigail Armstrong-Margot

Katie Tetreault-Vivienne Kensington

Jessie Hodges-Elle's Mom/Chutney/Saleswoman/Prison Guard

Bradley Zaremski-Dewey/Kyle

Behind the Scenes

Ashley Knowlton-President of Bryant Players and Director

Daniel DiNicola-Assistant Director

Adam Trudel & Kala Fanham-Musical Directors

Jared Saunders-Tech Manager

Elizabeth French & Jess DiFilippo-Stage Crew

Ryan Hul-Lights

Amanda Spaziano-Hair and Makeup

David Morrocco, David Regoli, Peter Bodner, Ross Adam, Stephen Higgins, Al Testa, James Seaberry, and Tim Eagen-Orchestra

(I sincerely apologize if I missed anyone and/or spelled someone's name wrong. PLEASE let me know if I did!!!)

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Word around town is that auditions were the second weekend after Winter Break, but they started working on it the first week of February….therefore they only had SIX WEEKS TO MEMORIZE AND PREPARE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? There would be NO WAY I would be able to manage being in a musical and my school work!

Seriously, if you end up seeing any of the people I listed above, PLEASE give them props. It takes REAL dedication and time to do this and it was absolutely wonderful. I was in my seat LMAO every scene. I'm not a "theatre critic", but I give them 1,000,000 stars out of 5. Like OMIGOD YOU GUYS, it was terrific.

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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#FlatTupper Has New Chew Toys

March 20th, 2014

It's probably not a smart idea to bring a dog to the Douglas and Judith Krupp library considering he has over 150,000 books to chew on! Okay, sorry, bad joke.

Flat Tupper is a cutout of Bryant University's mascot, Tupper the Bulldog. All of the admitted students receive "him" (congrats BTW!) and post a picture with Flat Tupper using the #FlatTupper on social media sites. I decided to use MY Flat Tupper to explain why my favorite place at Bryant is......the…..wait for it…. Library!!!

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So for the people who are still reading this and didn't close the page after you read the word "library" I appreciate it - I really do. ANYWHO, I pretty much live there. No, but like seriously, I do. Not because the café lady knows me by name and gives me free bagels sometimes. Not because the librarians are one of the nicest people you will ever meet and you can text them and ask questions. Not because there are two floors, one for talking and one for the procrastinators that need to bust out a five page paper in two hours. Not because they have over 150,000 books and databases that connect to other schools. Wait, now that I think about it, the only reason I go to the library is because there are couches you can take naps on....okay, that may not be the only reason....

My Game Plan:

I wake up in the morning from my dorm. I head to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast (you can read my other blog on why I love Dunkins). I go to class. I get out of class between 1:00-1:30. I go to the library and get another coffee. I find my own section, plug in the headphones, and watch an episode of "Impractical Jokers" while everyone stares at me as I try to hold in my laughter. Then, I put on Beatles Pandora, read a few blogs on Elite Daily or watch videos of Taylor Swift's cat on YouTube…. still trying to hold in my laughter. After procrastinating for about 30 minutes, I'll start answering emails and get to work.

Most likely I'll have meetings in the mid-afternoon so I'll head to those afterwards. Then I'll head to dinner around 5:00 with my friends (just a tip: ALWAYS establish a time you can do dinner with your friends every night). And then where do you think I go after that? That's right! The library! And then the cycle above repeats until I leave around 10:00 to head back to my room, watch an episode of Pretty Little Liars, and go to bed (I have a HUGE crush on Troian Bellisario #WCW...... Troian, if you're reading this, maybe follow me on Twitter or something? That would be fantastic and you would totally make my day.... @logan32).

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It's My Office

See, I could easily do all of that stuff in my room (which I do), but deep down I know that the library is my "work place." The first floor of the library has dividers between tables so everyone gets their own personal space. Additionally, the tables have chargers built in so you can have your laptop charging as you're doing work. "But wait a minute John! What if I don't want to bring my laptop?" Very good question my dear reader- they also have computers there!

The Hours

On week nights the library opens at 7:30 in the morning and closes at 1:00 in the morning. But guess what? On Finals Week they stay open until 2:00! How cool is that? Very, I know.

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My Bucket List

To be real honest with you, one of the things on my bucket list is to sleep there one of these nights before I graduate without anyone noticing. Ya know, hide under a table when the janitors do the last round and then scare the librarians in the morning…..oh wait, I don't think I was supposed to tell you that...hopefully my boss doesn't read this....

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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

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4 Ways to Stay Creative

March 18th, 2014

Innovation rules the world right now. No, really it does. The technological power and knowledge that was created over the past 10 years cannot be explained in words (so I won't even attempt to try).

Students are so busy trying to memorize key terms for tests that their creative part of the brain dissolves as they grow older. But being creative and having a great imagination is one of the key elements that help us solve problems, take risks, and design new innovation. Here are some ideas that will help you stay creative and be successful in the business world:

<!–[if !supportLists]–> 1.   Write down ALL ideas-You know that little "Notepad" app we have on our iPhones? Well I am obsessed with it. Whenever I have an idea that I either want to do or think of something fun to add on my bucket list, I type it in there. When I have time, I'll eventually get to accomplish those ideas, but for now I wrote them down to go back to later when I can put all my time in energy into them.

2. Don't have a box-People always tell us to "think outside the box." What the heck does that even mean? Burn the box. That's right, burn it. There should be no such thing as a box. All crazy ideas came from people who didn't even think about this imaginary box that society has put us in.

3. Read and watch YouTube videos-I'm not saying read a novel every day. Well, you can if you want to, but it might be tough balancing school work too. In your free time, rather than watching cartoons, read blogs and watch videos about the innovative people in the world. Blogging websites like Huffington Post and Elite Daily are great resources. Watching and listening to Ted Talks is another great resource.

4. Go for it-This is my biggest pet peeve. Don't let others dictate and decide your future based off their own personal experiences. If you have an idea in life, then go for it! Try something new every day, like talking to a stranger. Who cares if they think you're weird? People nowadays need to be more courageous. We are so trapped by the idea of people judging us and if we don't "fit" into society, then we won't be successful. Creative people don't care about people judging them. And you shouldn't either.

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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5 Ways to Manage Happiness in College

March 7th, 2014

College can be a stressful time for us students trying to survive in life. Although our main concern for attending college to receive an education, college can be a hard time if you take into account your social and family life, unpredictable sleeping patterns, living off coupons and the dollar menu, attempting to find an internship, and, well, the list could go on forever. After attending Bryant University over the past year and a half, here are some hacks that made life a tad bit easier.

1. Hakuna Matata 

Many people nowadays tend to stress and worry about situations that they have no control over. Or, better yet, something that happened to them in the past and they stress about it for the next two weeks…or two years. Do you have three mandatory club meetings tonight that will go until 10:00 am and still haven't started studying for that accounting test tomorrow? Don't worry, just read the chapter summaries and wake up early tomorrow. Did you drop a glass plate in the cafeteria and everyone looked at you and laughed? Don't worry, people will forget it was you 20 seconds later….except for your friends who will probably bring it up when you're trying to talk to a girl (but hey, that's what friends are for, right?). To sum it up, if a situation is out of your control, or you can't do anything about it, then there's no reason to worry about it - seriously.

2. Impressing People is Overrated

Wait, what? Yup. Do things that make YOU happy, not just to add things to your resume. You only go to college once (well, there are exceptions, but go with me here). You want to have fun and do things you love. Soon enough, you'll be in the "real world" and you'll be stuck doing something you deep down don't want to do because you "pretended" to like it at college. I know its cliché, but people respect you based on how you TREAT them and how they FEEL when you're with them. Trust me on this one.

3. Say Cheese

As an Instagram fanatic, I'm not just saying this because I think pictures are cool. Yes, pictures are cool, but the reason they are so cool is because they capture a memory. College is all about making memories. (Insert corny music) And pictures are a perfect way to capture those moments (End corny music).

4. Three Hours a Day Keeps Stress Away (well, sort of)

I reserve three hours to myself every day to do literally whatever I want to do. One hour is after my classes in the afternoon. This involves napping, watching Youtube videos, or reading blogs about Paul McCartney's conspiracy theory. Another hour is for eating dinner with my friends. This one is my favorite, and probably the most valuable time of ANY day. We vent, laugh, talk about our days, and think about how we can get rich fast and retire by age 30. If it takes everyone 20 minutes to eat, then you have 40 minutes to do whatever you want afterwards. And, finally, an hour before I go to bed. I usually stop doing homework around 10:00 pm, head back to my room, bring out the box of Goldfish crackers and watch an episode of Pretty Little Liars #JudgeMe

5. Smile

Next time you walk by someone, just smile at them. It doesn't matter if you know them or not. If for some reason you want to be bold, you can say "Hi" too. What's the worst that can happen? They think you're weird for being friendly?  You really have nothing to lose. And hey, you never know- they could be your potential life partner. Oh, by the way, if you end up meeting your future husband/wife by reading my blog, I better get an invite to the big day!!! Or at least a piece of cake.

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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Keep Calm and Hop on the Struggle Bus

March 7th, 2014

Keep Calm and Hop on the Struggle Bus

You have three tests tomorrow. Have you started studying? Nope.

Three weeks ago you gave a cute girl your number. Have you heard from her yet? Nope.

Your laundry basket is filled to the top. Have you saved enough money to do laundry this week? Nope.

It happens to the best of us, especially us college students. But guess what? That's okay. Think about what you were doing three years ago from today. Do you know what was bothering you? Probably not. If you're having a bad day, just remember these tips:

  1. Positivity Only Has Power Because Negativity Exists

We become unhappy when we dwell on the negative things and our expectations are too high and misplaced. I get it though, since being happy can be hard at times. Our culture creates our own obsession with happiness while at the same time taking away the true meaning behind it. If we were happy all the time, it would be impossible to cope with ourselves. Of course those times of happiness we possess–feeling confident and strong–are wonderful. We should embrace and cherish these moments, since they do not come very often. But to think, just for a moment, those times will last forever is a dangerous thing, especially to the mind, since we mostly learn things by engaging with the hard, confusing, and sad moments in our lives.

There would be no such thing as happiness if there were no despondency. Be grateful for the bad events in your life for the happiness you could possess as a result in the near or far future. Just think of it this way: if losing something never hurt, then gaining something wouldn't feel so good.

  1. A Utopian World is Dangerous

Our struggle to be happy and perfect at every stage in life is a common element of the human condition. Society is always striving to build this "Utopian" world. The only way this would work is if we let go of all conventions of life–the laws, religions, and customs—and re-train our imagination to build new ones, perhaps based on different values. In this "perfect world", could we go one day trying to live without a clock? Could we go for one week trying to live without technology? Could we go for one month trying to live without the mirror?

  1. We Are Under Contract

As human beings, we cannot live without material, scientific, artistic, and moral needs. Yet, at the same time, we cannot meet all of these necessities through our own efforts. We sometimes look for answers in the customs and religions of the past. If we can't do that, we seek the help of others. For instance, when we lack self-fulfillment, we often rely on culture (from the past or the present) to help us achieve what we need to achieve. In a sense, most of us believe that society binds us to a "contract" as soon as we enter the world. Do you think it is ever possible to break free of this contract? Are we limited to what is considered "perfection"?

  1. We Cannot Control Everything

Here's a simple rule that has helped me get through hard times: there is no need to worry about the things you cannot control. Don't add extra stress to yourself to situations you have no control over. Remember that everything happens for a reason. And if you can't figure out that reason now, you will in the future. I promise.

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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Mr. Dunkin is My Man

March 7th, 2014

Mr. Dunkin isn't a teacher here (at least I don't think he is). I'll give you a clue- he likes donuts.

 I can hear everyone now: "Ahhhh okay, John I get it. That wasn't funny at all though…."

ANYWAY, at Bryant University, we have a few ways on how you can consume food and get the Freshmen Fifteen:

1. Fisher Student Center: Dunkin Donuts, The Scoop, Nick's Place, Subway

2. Unistructure (Academic Building):   Café a la Carte,  Salmonson Dining Hall (known as "Salmo)

3. Library:  Café a la Carte, Hall 17/Ronzio's Pizza

Considering I received $300 worth of Dunkin Donuts gift cards for Christmas, I pretty much go there every day for breakfast….and lunch….and sometimes dinner…..

Okay, not really. Well, maybe sometimes. Anyway, that's not my point. My point is that since the Fisher Student Center is so amazing, I pretty much live there. Therefore, when I wake up in the morning feeling like P.Diddy and stroll in there around 10:30, they immediately know what to make and by the time I'm at the cash register, I don't even say anything and everything is ready- how COOL is that? They see my handsome face walk through the door and immediately know what to make: multigrain bagel toasted with cream cheese, a small hot coffee with milk and two Splenda, and iced water (it equals out to $4.42). Honestly, it's pretty neat when you have around 4,000 students seeing Mr. Dunkin every morning and the employees KNOW your order.  Or it means I spend WAY too much time there, but I'll let you decide on that one.

Dunkin should just change his slogan from "America Runs on Dunkin" to "John Logan Runs on Dunkin" with my sexy face on the cups giving two thumbs up. No, but like seriously that would be sweet.

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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