John "J-Lo" Logan

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Do YOUR Dance

February 26th, 2015

Do Your Dance

Who would think that after studying abroad to Chile, a student would want to make his or her own educational and motivational non-profit movement using music?


Well that's exactly what happened to Lindsey Lerner, a student at Bryant who will graduate this May. While in Chile studying abroad, Lindsey met a hip-hop performer named "Phantom" (his real name is Phil, but I think Phantom is cooler). When Phil was in high school, he created mini-concerts called "Do Your Dance" (D.Y.D.) promoting people to go after their passion in life. Once Lindsey found out, she instantly became intrigued by this concept.

When I talked to Lindsey the other day she was explaining that she has met so many people in life that are unhappy with their job and wish they simply went after their passion at a young age. With Lindsey's background in arts and business, she decided to enhance Phil's initial concept and wants people to talk about things they are passionate about.


Not only is this a concert to promote local musical artists, but there is also an educational piece. Lindsey and Phil have put on numerous concerts with local bands that talk about positivity and optimism. Both of them travel to schools to first help students find their passion in life, then followed by the concert. In my opinion, who wouldn't want to talk about what they love to do in life and listen to free music?

Lindsey truly believes that the more you talk about your passion with others and talk about what your ultimate goal is in life, the more likely you will achieve that goal and you will truly be happy. Lindsey wants to pursue this after she graduates and hopes other students can share their stories!

They are currently in the process of building a website, but you can definitely check out their Facebook page:

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


Calling All Entrepreneurs!

February 18th, 2015

Calling All Entrepreneurs!

Did you know that Bryant University's Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization is the best in the nation? No, like seriously - they just won first place at the national conference out of 400 chapters!


This student-run organization meets on Thursdays at 5:30 pm and their meetings last anywhere from a half hour to an hour. Some meetings will have guest speakers that created their own start-ups whereas other meetings will provide tips and tricks to run a successful business.

However, their main event is called "BUNEEC" (pronounced "Be Unique"), which stands for "The Bryant University North East Entrepreneurship Conference." This is a one-day conference (that the public and students are invited to)  teaches different skills and techniques to own a successful business. In the past, they've had speakers such as the founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels and the co-founder of Keurig.


This year, the event is THIS Saturday, February 21st. The guest speakers are Danny Nardo (who created an organic skin care business), Adam Melonas (who created a testing kitchen for chefs), and Liz Presson (who created her own consulting business). The event will take place in Bello Grand Hall starting at 9:00 am and closing remarks begin at 5:00 pm.

Not only will you be able to listen to their stories and how they became successful entrepreneurs, but you can also select two breakout sessions that will teach:

1. Accounting for start-ups

2. Mobile advertising

3. Myths and Tips

4. How to Franchise

5. Website tips for your business

6. Testing your initial concept and how to pivot your idea







If you're interested in learning more about BUNEEC, you can head over to:

Or check out their promo video!


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


Public Speaking Colloquium

February 14th, 2015

Public Speaking Colloquium

In national surveys, it reveals that public speaking and death are the top two things people are afraid of, switching back and forth from the number one and two spot each year.

I can't really talk about death because I've never experienced it before (way to state the obvious John), but no matter what you do in life, you are going to have to do some sort of public speaking. For instance, because many companies have a hard time comparing two candidates with the same qualifications, most companies will select the person who has better communication skills, such as public speaking. Or it could be simply pitching a new idea to your boss to get that new promotion or giving a presentation in class that will determine a B+ or an A-. In other words, having strong public speaking skills will get you far in life.

Luckily at Bryant University, we have three resources to enhance your skills:

1) Public  Speaking Class (which I'm currently taking!)

2)  The Podium (which is a club at Bryant that helps you with your public speaking skills)


3) The Public Speaking Colloquium (which is what I'll be talking about now!)



Every year at Bryant University we have a Public Speaking Colloquium, also known as the "American Idol" of Public Speaking. The official date of the colloquium is the March 23rd at 7:00 pm and it will be located in Bello Grand Hall. However, only the Top 6 Finalists present their 5-6 minute speech during that time in front of professional judges. The Friday beforehand, March 20th, all contestants schedule a time to present their speech in the TV studio we have on campus in front of the preliminary judges, who then determine the Top 6 (last year there were over 50 candidates).

The overall first place winner receives $1,200, second place receives $500 and third place received $250. Last year I was fortunate enough to place 3rd overall where I talked about the "true definition of happiness." However, the speech can be about any topic you would like. Some students talk about moving from another country, their favorite movie, or their first love. Honestly, I learned so much doing the event last year. Not only did I receive amazing advice from professional public speakers, but it also helped me with my writing and critical thinking skills. Additionally, two iPads are raffled off during the event for audience members. This event has also been featured on Channel 12's Rhode Show, which is Rhode Island's official television network.

If you want to participate (which I HIGHLY recommend you do), please contact The Podium President, Breanne Lubinsky at You can also contact the event's coordinator, Professor Susan Baran at The deadline for applications is Friday, February 27th, 2015.


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




February 11th, 2015

Facebook + Blackboard + OrgSync = MyCampuz



Spencer Bratman is a junior on campus that is intrigued by everything has to do with entrepreneurship. I don't blame him either because he just created one of the coolest websites out there.screen-shot-2015-02-05-at-125812-pm.png

MyCampuz is a website that has everything ranging from social events on campus, homework assignments from professors, and club announcements. He's been working on this for the past few years and has invested enough money into this project that I wish I could earn when I get a job out of college.



Although it is not fully completed yet, he was showing me behind-the-scenes features last night, and oh man is this thing cool. The look of it reminds me of Facebook, but it also has features like "Book Bag" where it says your assignments from professors and "Desk" where it says events happening on campus.



Every time an organization that you are part of posts, you also get the notification and it will add it to your calendar. It will also show any sports events coming up, the scores, and the highlights.



MyCampuz can be applied to any school to fit their needs. Spencer is still in the introduction stage trying to have all Bryant students create an account. He is also teaming up with different clubs and organizations and showing them the ins and outs.  If you're interested, I would definitely contact Spencer at


Keep your eye out for Spencer in the next few years - he might just be the next Zuckerberg.

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


February 4th, 2015


When you hear the word "figmints", you probably think of small delicious treats you eat in a candy shop. But now when I think of the word "figmints", I'm thinking of the place I'm interning this summer located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.


Figmints ( is a creative studio that works with companies to enhance their marketing campaign using branding and story telling. Over winter break, I was searching for opportunities in the video marketing field that I could do this summer. I stumbled upon Figmints and then later learned that two Bryant graduates work there now! And, funny enough, one of them was my Residence Assistant freshman year!

I reached out to him and he told me all about his experience so far. He interned there the summer of his junior year going into senior year and now he has a full-time job there. I sent him my resume and a few days later, their Digital Producer contacted me and asked if I could come in for an interview.

During the interview process, they asked me questions like "If given this situation, what would you do?" A few years ago, I would've made up an answer that I thought would be right. However, after attending Bryant for two and a half years so far, it was interesting to see how the content in my marketing classes actually applied to these situations. For instance, you would have to do market research, look at your competition, and analyze your target audience before going through with your marketing campaign. I was actually using terms and concepts we learned in class in an interview which I didn't even notice until after the interview!

They also asked questions like "Where do you see yourself in ten years doing this type of marketing?" I followed up by saying "Well, to be honest, I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, so my goal in life is to produce a Super Bowl commercial." They laughed after I said that even though I don't know if they were laughing AT me or WITH me. Oh well.


I followed up with a "Thank You" email the next day and within the next week I learned I received the internship! They want me to work on video production and digital marketing, which are two things I'm the most passionate about in life (well, other than The Beatles and coffee).

It just goes to show you that you never know where your connections will take you. I would have never guessed I would be interning at the same company my freshman year Resident Assistant works at now. Such a small world.

Check out some of their work here when you get a chance:


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




Why Finals is Not What You Think

December 19th, 2014

Why Finals is Not What You Think

There are three main reasons why students attend college: to receive a job they enjoy, to receive a respectful income for that job so they can be financially stable, and to be happy outside of work.

However, Finals Week is one part of college we all dread. I'm sure you've read articles from Buzzfeed or Elite Daily on how to handle finals week. Most people say "Put away electronics" or "Focus on one subject at a time" and all of that. Yeah, that is great advice and you should take it, but here's my perspective:

1.     Finals Week Is Not Testing On How You Remember the Material: It's Testing How You Can Manage Your Time 

Once you find a job out of college, you will be overwhelmed with work and tasks your boss will assign you. You will have to determine what is the most important and what you should do first. It's all about tackling those tasks in the most effective way so not only will you be successful, but it will also be beneficial for the business in the long run. If you can learn how to do that with finals week and learning how to manage four or five tests in the span of a week, you will be in better shape than most employers.

2. Which is Better? Sleep or Working?

Sleep. Sleep is always better. Most people will disagree with that, but hear me out. If you get eight hours of sleep every night during finals week, there is no need to stay up until 4:00 am to take that final you have at 9:00 am. Why? Because with the correct amount of sleep, you will be able to remember the content better when you study and more effectively rather than remembering bits and pieces of it the next day because you can't focus. The material you learn with a healthy and active brain with a good night's sleep is more effective than staying up late and half-remembering what you learned the night beforehand because you didn't sleep.

3. Tired? Take a 20 Minute Nap, Shower, Then Have an Iced Water

If my friends could describe me in one word it would be "dunks", short for "Dunkin Donuts." I am ALWAYS there and, sadly, my order is ready before I even order…yeah I'm not sure how that happens either but it does. At Dunkin Donuts you can buy a large iced water for only 27 cents. If you can't focus on studying, I recommend heading back to your room, take a twenty-minute nap, wake up and take a shower, then grab an iced water from Dunkin Donuts. Your body will immediately feel refreshed. I don't know how it happens, but it's like magic.

 4. Experiences > GPA

I probably shouldn't tell you this, but most employers are going to be more concerned about your experiences than your GPA. Now I'm not saying don't study for finals because they ARE important, but I wouldn't stress too much about them. If you have experience with internships, are involved on campus, and have a portfolio you can show employers on your first job, you will stand out more than the person with simply a 4.0 on their resume and nothing else.

So, that's my advice for finals. Stress is part of being at college, but at Bryant University we have events that will help people get through the week like the Communication Society's free coffee and donuts and Student Senate's Late Night Breakfast (where we serve breakfast food late at night!)

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




When in Rome (SIE-style)

December 11th, 2014

It's like a magic trick- how can twenty students who don't know each other have the best ten days of their lives in a foreign country they have never been to before? Honestly, it just doesn't make sense.

Now of course someone could take as many pictures as possible, eat as much pizza as possible (like I did), and buy as many souvenirs as possible to try and explain how it happened, but I don't think those would work. And even though "words" are just symbols that we can relate to and never produce the absolute truth about anything, I'll try my best in words to explain how this phenomenon occurred.

1- How do you "organize" for travel both before departure and on daily basis in Italy

Realizing that my understanding of Italian is as good as my understanding in quantum physics, I knew I would be in trouble if I didn't learn anything beforehand. Luckily, the "Language" worksheets we completed in class before we left help tremendously. We learned how to say our name, ask for directions, and proper dining etiquette all in Italian. Not only the language worksheets helped, but reading books and watching films helped us learn more about Italian culture. For instance, Eleanor Herman's Mistress of the Vatican helped me understand the need for power and wealth in the 15th and 16th century. Additionally, the briefings we completed before the trip were extremely helpful as well. I learned how much value they put into their religion and how they expressed their beliefs through artwork and architecture. For example, when we visited the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, I knew it was the first and only Gothic church in Rome and use to serve as the Dominican Order's Headquarters.


2-     How to "navigate" both literally in Italy and as an independent traveler

The first day we arrived in Rome, nine of us split off by accident and we didn't have a map. Even though it was our first day there and we didn't know where the hotel was, we learned that it is always important to stick together and work as a team. For example, I used pictures I took on my phone beforehand as landmarks we passed. We used these pictures to ask people for directions and although we walked an extra three miles (by going the long way by accident) we ended up finding the hotel. Since that moment, I tried to always find a map just in case I would get lost.


The free time we received after the briefings also improved my navigation skills. For example, one day Professor Lux and Professor Misuraca showed us parts of Rome that we would have never seen otherwise. We went to a coffee shop, saw the steps where Caesar was assassinated, and the Sky Elevator. A few days later when other students didn't know where we were, I assisted them to the correct location because I took advantage of the free time beforehand to know the area.

3-Using intercultural competencies through language/experiences of daily life to get around and shop through Italy

Walking through Boston, I've always seen street vendors at every corner, but I wasn't expecting to see a street vendor at every block in Italy! At first, I thought it was funny that the vendors would go around and provide a girl with a "free" flower. However, thirty seconds later when the vendor would come up to me asking for money, I didn't think it was funny. Throughout the trip, we learned to say "No Grazie", which means "No Thank You."


Another thing I learned was that paper Euros only existed if the value was above five. As a result, I kept receiving coins as change when I bought things and eventually I had to buy a plastic bag to put them in. For example, at home if I lost a coin it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but in Italy it was tough keeping track because the value was higher. At dinner time I would try and use as many coins as possible because I felt it was stressful to keep carrying them around in fear of them getting lost.


Additionally, I was also afraid of being pick-pocketed. Before I left for the trip, people told me to keep my wallet in my front pocket. This was especially true when we first visited Rome. As someone was presenting a briefing, I remember seeing a laser pointer on the ground. As I tried to see where it was coming from, I saw a man holding the laser pointer twenty feet away looking at our pockets. After he saw me warn my friends, he decided to migrate to another location.



Finally, it was interesting that sparkling water was a "norm" in Italy. Personally, I don't know that many people in the United States that drink sparkling water on a normal basis. I also remember at one of the restaurants we went to, the waiter asked if we wanted water "with or without gas". At first we all looked at each other with confused faces, but we then clarified by saying "without gas and natural." Ever since that moment, we always had to clarify which kind of water we wanted when we went out to eat which is much different than the United States.


4-     Learning to live, work, and travel in a mixed group

There were a few techniques that helped me travel in a group in Italy. First, to not get lost, I tried to remember what people were wearing when everyone got on the bus. This would help me locate my friends if I got lost in a crowd. However, if we did get lost, we decided on a place to meet as a "Safety Spot." Additionally, I personally love to take pictures. My strategy was to try and be in the front of the group as we travelled as much as possible. Therefore, if I decided I wanted to stop and take a picture of something, by the time I'm done, I would end up being in the middle of the group if people passed me.


5- Contributions of the Italian arts to Western culture

The artwork that Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael produced were also figures in the Renaissance period and helped artists take more risks in their work. Specifically, Italy is the epitome for a religious city. More importantly, Rome has been an important center for religion, especially for the Roman Catholic and Christianity. For instance, the Vatican City is the official residence of the Pope. The Romans have always thought of themselves as highly religious and used religion as a way to express power and wealth. Additionally, the Popes were coming from wealthy, powerful families and wanted artists to produce public sculptures and paintings to exemplify their power. For instance, the Sistine Chapel was inspired by Michelangelo and is where the Pope currently lives, where the process by which a new Pope is selected, and where Michelangelo's painting of "The Last Judgment" is.  Additionally, not only in the churches, but the innovation and creativity is also portrayed in the castles of Rome. Rather than destroying the buildings that weren't in use anymore, builders simple built new stairways and glass bridges to maintain the symbolic architecture.


The building and use of the Colosseum also had significance in Western culture. Being able to seat over 50,000 spectators, it was used for events and gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, and plays. The construction of the Colosseum was innovative because it became the largest theatre in Rome and has survived earthquakes and other natural disasters. Because the construction and engineering was unique, it has helped the western culture in erecting long lasting buildings as well.

6-Role of Italian language in shaping Italian culture in every-day activities such as travel, shopping, and dining

The communication style and language is influenced by the verbal and nonverbal patterns and behaviors. Even though the primary language is Italian, it can be traced back to Latin. Throughout the years, Italy has had a distinctive dialect for each city because they were thought of as "city-states". For instance, the Tuscan dialect in Tuscany was influenced by the social and economic power which was associated with Florence at the time. Additionally, in the 19th century when Napoleon Bonapoarte occupied Italy, it helped each city-state adopt the Italian language more and it was promoted among different occupations.


What I Learned In Italy

The learning goals and course themes helped me realize that everyone has a different way of living and people should try to understand and accept the different way. For example, I had to understand that Americans are more sensitive to time than Italians are. Many of us like people to not only be on time, but earlier the better when attending an event. Italians, on the other hand, don't view time as an important asset. Knowing this difference helped me when I was going shopping or eating at a restaurant. I knew I couldn't get upset or worried when an employee hasn't offered to help me compared to the fast service in America. Additionally, Italian restaurants do not have "to-go" food. Americans always want to be "on the move" whereas Italians want to sit down and enjoy their food. Italians also take time into consideration when they walk as well. Americans are so worried about the efficiency and pace they are walking at and Italians appreciate the time they have with people and walk at their own pace. I also noticed that Italians use up as much space as possible. In the United States, many of the buildings are more spread out, however Italians don't require the same personal space. The streets are narrower and cars will drive through crowds of people knowing that the people will eventually move.

The understanding of the differences between Italian and American culture helped me travel in Italy. I successfully observed the way others acted and tried to accept the differences in order to fit in. By doing this, it helped me understand the American culture as well. For instance, the diverse cultures introduce different solutions to the same problems or issues. For example, providing a standard "service charge" rather than a percentage tip is used in Italy. The concept of providing extra money for the service is still solved, but the method is just different depending on the culture. This was beneficial to know and understand so we wouldn't tip them too much money as they might think that would be rude.

Like I said in the beginning, it's hard to explain how twenty students who didn't know each other had the best ten days of their lives in a foreign country they have never been to before. Being able to adapt to a new language, culture, and atmosphere is hard, but being able to experience the artwork, architecture, and the food at the same time makes it a lot easier to adjust. However, I still think it's one magic trick that I'll never be able to figure out.


But of course, words cannot describe the full experience, so I created this music video over there:


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



Teacher Evaluations - Bryant Style

December 3rd, 2014

Towards the end of each semester, students fill out a teacher evaluation survey. This universal survey consists of different multiple choice and open response questions regarding the coursework curriculum and the professor's teaching style. Each student is required to take this during each class and the professor leaves the room for a few minutes so the students don't feel pressured.

Professors look at these evaluations at the end of the semester and look at the results to see how they can alter their teaching style to help students in the future. All of the submissions are anonymous so the professors don't know who said what.

In the past (and currently), these results are only available to the administration and the individual professor. However, Student Senate is now proposing a bill that would make these public to Bryant students as well. The logistics aren't in place yet, however many students are in favor of this idea.

Now of course the open response comments wouldn't be posted to the students, but if you know what "Rate My Professor" is, it would be the same concept but Bryant University style ( The evaluation questions would be altered a bit to make it more "official" and relatable. This idea is to help the well-taught professors that usually don't get the attention more exposure to the community. Additionally, other students will be able to see how the professor teaches before signing up for their course and see what professor would be suitable for their individual preferences. It will also give professors incentive to teach better (even though they are great!) because they know their reviews will be public. However, the down side is that some professors think students will have a bias if they receive a poor grade. This is talk of the town right now at Bryant University and many people have different opinions. What are your thoughts?

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



Top 5 Things I’ve Learned So Far From College

November 18th, 2014

Top 5 Things I've Learned So Far From College

So I'm about half way done with my first semester of junior year. I've been at this pretty cool place for more than two years now and I've learned a lot - not just academics but life lessons as well:

 1- Join a Few Clubs You are Passionate About Rather Than 50 Clubs You are "Half" Interested In

Here at Bryant University, we have over 100 clubs and organizations. During your first year, some of you will come in and know exactly what you want to do with your life. On the other hand, some of you might have no idea what you want to do- both are perfectly fine.

Regardless, rather than putting half your energy and time into things that you aren't really passionate about just to build that resume, you should focus on your strengths and build a strong portfolio to show employers. Plus, people with the same interests will be there too and they will be able to enhance your creativity.

I'm not saying you shouldn't join random clubs and organizations- that's actually a good thing. By joining more than you need to in the beginning, you can learn and realize what your passion truly is. And maybe you pick up a talent or interest you had no idea you would enjoy!

2-Always Have Dinner With Your Friends

When you enter college, it is a gift from God if you have free time. As a result, you and your friends should reserve at least a half hour where you can all meet everyday and eat, vent, and laugh. Being able to do this will help you relax and relieve all that stress you built up throughout the day. It may not seem like it, but talking about your day with other people and sharing funny stories for 30 minutes will be more beneficial than studying non-stop for five hours straight.

3- Reward Yourself

 I always watch an episode of Netflix every night before I go to bed.  After "How I Met Your Mother" ended, my new shows are "Gotham", "Modern Family" "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Revenge"- I try to be done with homework by 11:00 and reward myself with a new episode of whatever is on. However, if I have a test the next day, I will skip Netflix and then watch two episodes the next night and make popcorn. It gives me something to look forward to after the test and I have a nice movie date with my pillow.

4-  Say "Hi" to At Least Three New People Every Day

Yes, it may sound scary and people may think you're weird, but who the heck cares? Eventually a "Hi" will lead to a conversation and then you become friends with the person. And you never know where that connection could lead to.

5- Be Friendly with the Food People

 If you can be friendly with the people at the cafes or the Dunkin Donuts staff, you will be golden. They always want to talk and meet new people and you never know when they might give you a free cookie or donut. And who doesn't love free cookies and donuts.

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



Peter Vs.

November 11th, 2014

Peter Vs.

Being a Division 1 Student-Athlete can be hard at times. Balancing schoolwork, a social life, and getting enough sleep is just the beginning. Plus, many people don't know how hard the sport actually is!

I was fortunate enough to be hired by the Athletic Department to help with their multi-media advertising and videos (which is PERFECT because that's what I'm majoring in!). They are giving me the freedom to develop, film, edit, and produce different video ideas that could help promote Bryant Athletics. I don't think I can get a better on-campus job than that! (Oh, I mean other than being a blogger…..)

The first video series we are working on is a concept known as "Peter Vs." The idea behind it is we have our own Student Athlete Advisory Council Co-President and Track and Field Jumper/Thrower Peter Thorp compete in different sports. By him competing in different sports, it really shows that the sports are harder than they look.

For instance, last month we filmed Peter attempting to play field hockey. I always thought field hockey was easy to play, but boy was I wrong! Being able to control the ball while running, passing the ball with enough strength, and shooting from far away is MUCH harder than it looks! Here is the link - "Peter Vs Field Hockey" :

Additionally, last week we decided to film Peter playing soccer. Being able to juggle the ball, learning the terminology with a penalty occurs, and aiming the ball when shooting are things I would've never guessed were so difficult to do.  Check out the link when you get a chance - "Peter vs Soccer"  :

Taking into consideration that Bryant won the Commissioner's Cup last year, which is the best athletic program in our conference, I certainly give props to everyone being a Division 1 Athlete here.

Be on the look out in the next few weeks to see how Peter does!

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