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tpaape has written 58 posts for MN Daily Queer

Its Poll Time!

So for my University of Minnesota peeps I’m sure you’ve heard that the Board of Regents will be voting on the President’s Proposed FY 12 Provisional Operating Budget. I thought it might be interested to see what ya’ll thought about it.

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Thank You Governor Dayton

May 28th, 2011

The Honorable Mark Dayton
Office of Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55155

Dear Governor Dayton:

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your symbolic veto of the proposed ban on marriage equality. Your small gesture really gives me hope that Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to vote down the idea of enshrining intolerance and hate into its constitution.

I really appreciate the fact that you are willing to go to bat for the people of this state when it comes to protecting the families that would be hurt by the passage of this amendment and hope that once we’ve voted it down, you will continue to be a leader in this debate as we progress towards full marriage equality in the state of Minnesota. 

Sincerely,

Terrance Paape
Saint Paul, MN 55105 

 

My struggles with academic writing (pt. 1)

Ok, so I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who’s had an issue with writing academically. I’m also positive that I am not the only graduate student who has had issues with writing their Masters paper, thesis, project or whatever you wanna call it.  But I feel like the problems I’m having come from a lack of confidence in what I’m writing about, which is a big surprise because my topic is on an issue that I’ve written about quite often. I shouldn’t be having this much of a problem, but trying to get the puzzle pieces to fit has put me in a place where I feel mentally exhausted and demoralized. To cap it all off I still haven’t come up with a title for this darn thing, is that bad? My adviser doesn’t seem to think so but she nearly put me into a panic when she asked if I had come up with one to describe what I was writing about.

Part of me regrets selecting this topic, but I’ve some how managed to push forward to produce a total of 7.5 pages (so far) of what I think is crap, but others seem to think its heading in the right direction (whatever that looks like).  I just hope that I can finish off this thing by the end of June so I can submit it to my committee for review and be done with this degree, so I can focus on my next one.

Stay tuned I’m sure there will be more to come as I work through this mess!

Check this out!

Open Letter to the Minnesota State Legislature…

5/21/2011

Minnesota State Legislature
c/o: Speaker Zellers & President Fishbach 
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul MN 55155

Re: Passage of SF 1308/HF 1613

Honorable Members of the Legislature,

I am writing to express my deep sadness that you the elected representatives of the state of Minnesota chose to advance what can only be defined as an act of divisive, mean spirited and anti-democratic legislation that if approved by the voters, will enshrine bigotry and hatred in a document designed to protects the citizens of this state.

Tonight, the House’s vote on the proposed amendment sent a very disheartening message to folks like me, who want nothing more than the right to have our relationships legally recognized by the state. While I was listening to the debate, I heard a lot of things, but what really stood out for me was what seemed to be a willingness to abdicate the legislature’s authority to create the laws of this state, something you were elected to do. Hidding behind the excuse that the people should be allowed to vote on this matter is rediculous in my opinion because it violates the very principles established in our federal constitution, and allows for a sub-class of citizenry to be created.

I can only hope that the people of Minnesota see this attempt to amend the constitution for what it really is (a pathetic attempt to gain favoratism with your base).

As someone who has gone through one amendment battle only to see it pass in his home state, I make a promise to you that I will do everything in my power to see this measure doesn’t pass here.

To the 70 Representatives and 38 Senators that voted for the passage of this amendment, you are all on the wrong side of history, and I hope you pay the price by getting swept out of office just like you were swept in this last election.  

Sincerely,


Terrance Paape
Saint Paul, MN 55105 

Music Video Monday – Eurovision Semi-Finalists

Now Hungary has some talented singers! It’s a shame this one didn’t win EuroVision:

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

I have this song on a loop for some reason today…

Its totally a Britney Spears kinda day….

Today’s playlist: 

    1. Born This Way (Glee Cast edition)
    2. Rain (Madonna)
    3. Till the World Ends (the Femme Fatale remix) feat. Nicki Minaj & Ke$ah
    4. Coming Home (Diddy – Dirty Money & Skylar Grey)
    5. The Edge of Glory (Lady GaGa)
    6. Rolling Deep (Adele)

Thank you Minnesota State Rep. Steve Simons!

Oh what a semester…

Its finally wrapping up now :), tomorrow I’ve got a 3 hour long interview with CEHD student services for an advising position that I am super excited about it and have a good feeling… who knows I may be the next Prospective Transfer Student Adviser and Admissions Coordinator for CEHD Student Services!

I’m also looking at new apartments on Tuesday… so far I’m digging this place http://www.hiawathaflats.com and if I get this new position I’m totally going to live there… even if I don’t I’m totally going to live there, just need to make sure I start pinching pennies where needed 🙂

 

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