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In their eponymous band of crafters and glitteristas, this group of lovable goobers has shared many a ridiculous adventure. Below is the definitive ranking of some of the most notable and brag-worthy memories. :D


10) When we all made adorable pumpkins themed as Wizard of Oz characters for the ResLife office staff; also when Jess dressed up as Dorothy!

9) That time the poster printer only wanted to print Jackie Chan posters… IN PINK TOO… And thus Pink Jackie Chan became a household name in da Perk.

8) On her first day, when she thanked me for not holding back on my more “curse-y” music during my shift, along with earning the moniker DJ Dr Kil~

7) Anytime Jess would tell me and Rachel to stop making ridiculous faces at each other at staff meetings, thus meaning we had to be faster and stealthier.

6) Jess letting you pull the DuPont fire alarm, obvi while filming all hell break lose. SO. MUCH. POWER.

5) When Jess suggested AND endorsed our “All About That Bass” cover music video. Mmmhm.

4) When we made a board game with the centerpiece being a flag of Jess’s baby pictures~

3) The ASL Ice Bucket Challenge where we challenged each other, and literally grew closer… because we were freezing cold AF from the water…

2) Anytime we hear amazing stories of Jess’s BOSS LYFE, and wish we could have a 1/6 of the crazy awesome experiences and adventures she’s had!



Honorable Mention: Anytime a male ResLife guy comes in to talk to Jess, we always declare “JESS YOU HAVE A GENTLEMAN CALLER!!!!”

Disaster can strike anywhere, even in our crafty PRC wonderland. When you find yourself in the next PRC-related catastrophe, what should you do? Worry not – I bring to you this all-encompassing, fool-proof survival guide filled with valuable life lessons from a current Program Advocate.

1.The Fiery Incident of Fire of 2014

The PRC is no stranger to smoke and flames. Just a mere 365 days ago, a rather careless PA neglected to read the full instructions on her bag of microwaveable popcorn.  Heat on high for 3 minutes. Then-.  “Sorry, can you help me change the laminator?” a polite voice interrupts. Ms.PA dutifully changes said laminator and comes back to her popcorn, but also completely forgets there was more to the instructions. So in goes that bag of popcorn, for the whole 3 minutes, and before she knew it the place was an uncontrollable, raging inferno. (Of smoke.) According to the charred, smoky remains of the bag, the instructions warned the user to wait for the kernels to stop popping, and to not actually wait for the microwave to hit the 3-minute mark…

Luckily, everyone was safe, and better yet, the PA was able to confirm that the fire alarm at the PRC works most magnificently. The lesson learned here is: read the instructions for anything. It can save your life, but more importantly, the PRC.

2.The Arm Decapitator Incident of 2014 That Never Did But Could Still Happen

This event never did happen in PRC history, but realistically it very well can. Imagine chatting with your Res Life friends while you maneuver the giant paper cutter for your 30 door tags. As you slide the next sheet of door tags over with your hand, someone accidentally bumps you from behind. The mighty blade swings down and… *CHUNK*. (*KLUNK*? *BAM*?) There goes your arm. Terrifying. Fortunately, you have two of those, but unfortunately, there’s a huge mess to clean up.

Lesson here is, when using the massive paper cutters, don’t WHACK that thing down on your stuff or on you with everything you got. Push the blade as close as possible to the side of the board, before you swing it down, to get a clean cut; that’s my advice. We also have the more friendly paper trimmer at your disposable for those who are especially detail-oriented. So don’t use unnecessary force and be gentle. Please. Everybody deserves to have two arms.

3.The Night of the Living Glitter Monster of 2014

Glitter is not fun. Glitter is evil. Glitter is more evil when it’s permanently stuck on the floor.

I know the urge to douse everything in spray adhesive and shower it in glitter is hard to resist but I implore you to do so, because it does not come off, ever. There’s a glitter table for your glitter needs, as well as the lovely woods next to DuPont to throw your glitter party. Mother Nature might raise an eyebrow at your antics, but it’s better than getting a harsh earful from the PA who has to mop the floor. Okay, the PAs aren’t harsh in any way, but glitter is a whole different matter. Don’t push it.

That’s it for the guide, folks! I hope something valuable was learned today, other than the fact that I can’t make popcorn. Peace!

No such thing…..

There is no such thing as a perfect PA.

The word creative is impossible to define.

And everything is better with glitter.

That is all.


1. “I’m not that creative.”

False. Did you know that none of the PAs are studying anything art related? Not theater, not art, not art history, not even English. We are all science, government, or economics. But we learn to be creative by tinkering. If you come in and have no inspiration and for some reason a PA can’t spark an idea, walk around the PRC and mess with stuff to get program ideas. Or, visit the PRC Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/prcwilliammary/

2. *Crash* “Oops….”

AHH! If you have a question, PLEASE ASK before you try to do it yourself and something gets broken! I can’t tell you how many resources have been wasted just because someone did not want to ask a PA for help. Then the machine/resource is ruined for everyone until we can fix it. Never hesitate to ask! Which brings me to….

3. “Sorry, can you help me with…?”

Sorry? Sorry you’re asking us to do our job? NEVER apologize for asking us for help! We love to help you out – it’s our job. We would rather you ask than have something get messed up. Don’t feel like you are bothering us or like we are too wrapped up in something else. We are here for YOU.

4. “Do you have an antique rocking horse painted neon green with glitter tassels and a dragon-skin seat?”

Or some other extremely specific, random, and non-PRC related item that there is NO WAY we would have. The PRC is a wonderland and we always have things that you would never expect us to carry, like a baby pool and pots and pans. But there is a limit! We don’t have a chainsaw (yes, I’ve gotten that question!) We will work with you to try to find an alternative solution, but don’ t look so dejected when we don’t have a dog leash.

5. “This needs more glitter.”

NOOOOOOO it does not need any more glitter! There are no circumstances when this statement is true. None. Zilch. Nada. Nope. PAs usually come home looking like Edward Cullen in sunshine.


The Ted Talk..

Ted Talks…what’s not to love? One of my favorite Ted Talks was from a woman named Brené Brown, who dedicated her studies to human connection, our ability to empathize, belong and love. In many ways, her research expanded my perception in how I live my life and those who play a part in it.

Brown got her Ph.D. in social work, so she had always been around people. Her mantra encompassed leaning into the discomfort of her work. As a social worker for 10 years, she came to realize the importance of connection and wanted to study this phenomenon in depth. We’re biologically wired to feel connected with others, it gives us purpose and meaning. Brené found that when she asked people about love, they talked about heartbreak. When she asked people about belonging, they told her their most excruciating experiences of being excluded. In many respects when asking people about connection, the stories they would tell were of disconnection.

Interestingly enough, Brown decided to pull herself out of the research entirely and what she found was shame. “And shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection: is there something about me that, if other people know or see, that I won’t be worthy of connection?” No one wants to talk about it, and the less you talk about it the more you have it, right? What underpins shame is the unfortunate sensation of “I’m not good enough.” Now if we take it a step further the thing that underpinned this was excruciating vulnerability. Vulnerability is this idea that if we really want to be seen we have to show ourselves, our raw self.

When Brown took the people she interviewed and divided them into people who really have a sense of worthiness, who have a strong sense of love and belonging, and folks who struggle for it, and wonder if they’re good enough she found one distinct variable that separated them. The people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe they’re worthy. Could it be that the one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we’re not worthy of connection? What was suppose to be 1 year of research turned into 6 years for Brené. She felt stuck for she found that vulnerability is the core of shame, fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, creativity, of belonging, of love. We live in a vulnerable world. And one of the ways we deal with it is we numb vulnerability. We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history; moreover we cannot selectively numb emotion.

Here’s vulnerability, here’s grief, here’s shame, here’s fear, here’s disappointment. I don’t want to feel these. You can’t numb those hard feelings without numbing the other affects, our emotions. So when we numb those we also numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness. “And then we are miserable, and we are looking for purpose and meaning, and then we feel vulnerable.” It’s a dangerous cycle. Brown further explains how this numbness doesn’t just stem from addiction. The other thing we do is we make everything that’s uncertain certain. Religion has gone from a belief in faith and mystery to certainty. I’m right, you’re wrong. Shut up. That’s it. Just certain. There’s no discussion anymore. There’s no conversation. There’s just blame, a way to discharge pain and discomfort. We also try to perfect. Brené further contends how we most dangerously perfect our children, even when they are hardwired for struggle when they get here. “Our job is not to say, look at her, she’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade and Yale by seventh grade. That’s not our job.” She believes we need to acknowledge how they are imperfect, and they are wired for struggle, but that they understand they are worthy of love and belonging. A generation of kids raised like that, and we’ll end the problems that many of us witness today. We pretend that what we do doesn’t have an effect on people.

What resonated with me in this Tedtalk is how we have to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even if there’s no guarantee. That ability to feel such vulnerability is truly living and can leave one with a self-actualized sensation of “I’m alive.” If we start working from a place where we believe “I’m enough” then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we are kinder and gentler to ourselves.

This has been a year of change for Res Life and the PRC specifically. And with only one month until closing (ahhh) it seems now is a perfect time to reflect on all of the fun new things that have come to the PRC this year, and of course inspire you to use these resources in the remaining weeks or maybe next year.


1. A new boss! Jess joined us in October and has been awesome. Seek out Jess for amusing anecdotes, fashion tips, and possibly even programs. Jess raises therapy dogs and, if you ask nicely, she might bring one of her pups to your res hall for your residents to pet and play with (just remember the dogs have to stay outside the building!)


Jess is working that duck face

2. Bubble wrap in  continuous supply. Never again will you be stressed when we don’t have the resource you need for your stress relief program– we order bubble wrap now instead of waiting for bits of it to show up in packages. Bubble wrap can also be used to add texture and a 3D effect to boards

df65de940b1c8fc67a9b73f7ec17cd7cBubble wrap calendar 1340eaeb0c7da912a28732150758cf16Bubble wrap hopscotch

3. New stencils: crown, graduation cap, and “happy birthday.” These stencils were chosen based on what we see PRC users making a lot of themselves. Happy birthday card for your resident? Use a stencil. Mr. W&M pageant? Use the stencil. Pre-graduation bucketlist? Decorate it with a stencil.

4. The world’s most intense button maker. You can load two buttons at once. And it spins. 033531_Bkids_Spin_Around_Kids-00Plus we’re just generally really happy we have a button maker again…Consider using buttons for passive programming, not just advertisements.

5. Animal print bordette. Though I’m personally not wild about animal print (hehe, get it? wild?) I think this could be awesome bordette for a lot of boards. For instance, I just discovered the twampiest vacation ever: there’s an organization called Earthwatch, and instead of paying to stay in a fancy hotel and take the same tourist pictures of the Eiffel Tower and Grand Canyon you can be a hands-on research assistant on projects around the world. I would totally use the zebra print bordette to talk about their animal rehab project in the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi.


(more info about the program can be found here: http://earthwatch.org/)


6. A scrapbook papercutter. This new addition is great for detailed cuts and people who are afraid of the giant paper cutters. Use them with the gel pens to make a gorgeous thank you card for your housekeeping staff or another special staff member.


7. Sponge paper is back! You can use them for sponge boat races in the Crim Dell, or try this sponge-y twist on a water balloon fight: http://www.canadianfamily.ca/activities/crafts/the-ultimate-pool-party-toy-diy-sponge-



8. The amnesty box! Okay, so really this is only for April, and it’s not really a good program, but please use it! I’ve been in some of y’all’s rooms. I know you have bordette, markers, and other PRC supplies lying around. Bring them back and we will love you forever.


There is probably so much I’m forgetting. But that’s the wonderful thing about Res Life at W&M. Even when transitions are rough, the most wonderful things can result from it. We, like the school as a whole, are always changing and growing to meet the new needs of our campus. And that, my friends, is beautiful.

HOLI 2014

Hey y’all!!!

Now I know that Holi 2014 was March 17th, AKA St. Patty’s Day too!! (HOLIdayception) ((…get it? you get it right…?))

HOWEVER, W&M will be hosting a Holi of our own tomorrow, SUNDAY the 23rd!

Also referred to as the Festival of Colors, Holi is an important festival to Hindus. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. According to 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorating good spring harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. Holi festivities mark the beginning of new year to many Hindus, as well as a justification to reset and renew ruptured relationships, rid oneself of past errors, end conflicts and accumulated emotional impurities from past.

It also has a religious purpose, symbolically signified by the legend of Holika. The night before Holi, bonfires are lit, known as Holika Dahan or Little Holi. People gather near fires, dance and sing. The next day, Holi is celebrated. Children spray colored powders at each other, laugh and celebrate, while elders tend to smear dry colored powder on each other’s face. After playing with colors, and cleaning up, people bathe, put on clean clothes, visit friends and family.

The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. The playful throwing of natural colored powders in fact actually has a medicinal significance. The colors are traditionally made of medicinal herbs such as Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and more. Many colors are obtained by mixing primary colors. Artisans produce and sell many of the colors from natural sources in dry powder form during the weeks and even months preceding Holi. Some of the traditional natural plant based sources of colors are red, orange, green, yellow, magenta, purple, brown, and black.

So now that you know more about to tradition, you’ll definitely have even more fun!!! It may be a campus-wide, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your hall along for the ride! :D

Have a fantastic Holi errbody!



David Kilpatrick



Maya Angelou Vogue

Dr. Maya Angelou

She is an author, a playwright, actress, civil rights activist, director and also producer. Her works have inspired many. Her words exert power. She has written about a wide variety of topics including racism, identity, mothering, overcoming, and forgiveness. She has shared her life story and life lessons through her writing in courageous ways. She has been revered for her wisdom on the human condition. She has had close friendships with movers and shakers of the status quo. She has served on presidential committees and won Grammy awards and has received more than 50 honorary degrees. At age 85 she remains actively engaged in conversations about culture, current events, and her personal experience among many other topics. Here are links to a few insightful videos and websites on Maya Angelou.

Mini Biography Video


And Still I Rise Video


Rainbow in the Cloud

Love Liberates

Just Do Right

Maya Angelou Website



“I work the PRC, it’s basically where RAs go to make bulletin boards, door tags, and plan programs. Aka Kindergarten!”

-Most Often Said Thing in My Life, second only to “Jank.”


The Programming Resource Center, always the RAs’ favorite place to go, not just because of its variety of supplies and resources, yet also thanks to its fantabulous staff!! *teehee*

There’s only five of us, so there’s a lot of duties our positions entail. Today, yours truly has decided to pull back the curtain of our Wizard of Oz lives, and show you the everyday occurrences of of a Program Advocate. We’ll start with a basic rundown of a shift in the PRC. First when we open up, we have to swipe up, get the lights on, turn on computers and printers, all that jazz. But the fun doesn’t really start, in my case at least, until I get the Spotify going and the peeps start strutin’ in!

In a typical 2.5 hr shift, you’ll get approximately 3 paper jams, 5 questions about publisher/printing, 4 requests to change out the adhesive/laminate, 20 “I’m sorry to bother you!” ‘s, and tons of wonderful faces walking in. In my opinion, one of the oddest/goofiest things is the common tendency for RA’s or others to apologize for asking for help. It’s very nice, but please it is our job to help you! NEVER feel afraid to ask us questions or for help! We’re students just like you, and are always on the ready to make your projects the best they can be.

And there’s than just the PRC to a PA’s life. Walking around campus, I am almost constantly seeing RA friends, with is so warming and nice to actually see the bond of community. Other PAs have told me that they have actually often had people say hi to them, when the PA didn’t even know them! They were likely RAs, but getting that “HI DAVID” (for example) from a random half-stranger is such a fantastic and appreciated thing.

Even today as I was writing this post, majority of the above things happened, and it serves as a consistent joy in my/our craycray and busy lives! I hope y’all have a wonderful Day-After-Single-Awareness Day, and I hope this brought some further insight to the people you know, work with, and love!


David Kilpatrick


So Valentine’s Day is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. It’s this Friday in case you needed a reminder; as if the commercials and Valentine’s Day sections of just about any store haven’t been enough notice. For some, this day is a dreadful reminder of singledom or of the hyper-consumerism that exists surrounding this “fauxliday.” Like that? Like faux + holiday= fauxliday? I doubt I’m the first to think of that one. Others look forward to this day, eager to express their love and support of their significant others, friends and family. Personally, I think this day is a great excuse to express love and support for whoever is important in your life.


As a Res Life Student Staffer, I ask you to consider ways your can express support for your hall and residents, tailored to their community needs!

Some initial ideas that come to my mind are:

  • Putting cards on residents’ doors (lets flashback to elementary school days when everyone swapped those AWESOME themed cards and remember how it was required to give every single person one to avoid hurt feelings?)
  • Creating cards that residents can swap among themselves (Already I’m thinking of a program title here… “Cupid Card Swap”)
  • Sharing candy with your hall (because doesn’t candy mean “I care about you” in a fun and tasty way?)
  • Residents love food. the tasty treat recipes with a Valentine’s Day theme abound online, especially pinterest. (Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, a heart shaped pizza, donut etc…I urge you to get creative with it!)
  • Program on Valentine’s Day! Why not do something fun and festive with your residents that promotes respect and care for one another? Why not consider a board game night, or a floor outing to New Town or dessert at the Trellis? You could even do a crafting program and bring your residents into the PRC to craft cards. You could plan on watching the Olympics together and serve food. Consider what your community would like.

These are just a few ideas to get those creative thoughts flowing! My point is, there are ways to celebrate and acknowledge support for your hall and residents WITHOUT making this “Fauxliday” all about dating someone and romance. I urge you to use this day to promote equality, respect and support for your residents in a fun and possibly tasty way! Also, remember that not all people want to even acknowledge this day. But I’m sure all people appreciate acts and tokens of support and respect from their peers and from you.

Happy Programming and we hope to see you here in the PRC!



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