[Incoming Transmission from Psi Phi, Office of Communications]
Call To Order: 9:48 pm
Ryan whacked the table to get everyone's attention,
and in the process upset Elizabeth's Romulan ale over Laura.
- Ryan Woodrow (Captain)
- Kevin Zepp (-> First Officer)
- David Henderson (Chief of Operations)
- Elizabeth Koprucki (Grand Nagus)
- Laura Zadrozny (Constable)
- Kristen Zidon (Communications Officer)
- Jeff Hibbard (Faculty Advisor)
- Dennis Chaput
- Andrew Conrad, aka Señor Bob
- Curtis Erickson
- Julie Faas
- Joel Fried
- Joan Johnson
- Andrew Kalafut
- Eben Kinkaid
- Heidi Koch
- Andromeda McGregor
- Matt Mitrovich
- Aaron Nevitt
- Meaghan Porter
- Monica Prorok
- Fred Pugh
- Aaron Reisberg
- Don Steiner
- Will Vesely
- Amy Zepp
- Jeff [uncertain of last name]
[There were also two people who checked their names off on the sheet of new
meeting attendees, but did not introduce themselves. I'm uncertain if they
were there but arrived later, or if perhaps there was a check mark in an
incorrect blank. If you have any information about this, please let me know.]
- Parker Biederbeck
- Sean T. Madden
There were at least 27 attendees.
Summarized and approved.
- Laura is bapped for taking Ryan's suggestion to "run around the room and introduce ourselves" too literally.
- Elizabeth introduces herself as Constable rather than Grand Nagus. She attributes this error to excessive consumption of Romulan ale.
- We have a new supply of apathy in the form of new members.
- David is the self-proclaimed "king of humility!"
- Ryan noted during Jeff Hibbard's introduction that he (Ryan) had found a 1971 article of the Scout written by Jeff about Bradley's "brand new computers."
- Amy states that she is Kevin's sister. The club determines that this is our first Psi Phi legacy.
- Kevin states that he is Amy's brother. It is noted with astonishment that "it works both ways!"
Sr. Bob remarks, "[Item deleted for security reasons]."
Recruitment and Relations Committee:
- We have 11 new people at the meeting.
- cj sent an email, but it will be saved for s.f. news.
ORC (Office Renovation Committee):
- Joel and Monica model t-shirts from previous years.
- Elizabeth is in charge of the old t-shirts.
- Ryan warns people to be careful when wearing the "Better Geek than Greek" shirt, especially around Greek people.
No Report Committee:
- A window fan is suggested for the office.
- Laura is the table stripper. (No, not like that.)
- The table is still Maalox mint green.
- Sr. Bob offers the club a VCR to put in the office, and the offer is accepted.
- The report is given in honor of Kenny, who is shown in a picture with a lampshade on his head. The picture is one of three that were on the Psi Phi
propaganda poster at the Activities Fair.
- The No Report is a fortune from one of Elizabeth's fortune cookies, and the report is given by Julie:
"'The object of oratory is not turth [sic], but persuasion.' (In space.)"
- No report.
- The Comm. Officer has learned that the main message of many of Shakespeare's sonnets seems to be, "You're beautiful. You need to go beget offspring."
- In other, more relevant news, Lyz Liddell (Captain of the club last year) and Kenny Albright (First Officer of the club last year) will be visiting
Peoria on the weekend of the 12th-14th!
- The Constable has a sad report to give.
Group response: "Awwwwwwwww..."
- At her job at Waldenbooks, she has to strip the covers off of old, out-of-date comics and throw them away.
It is noted that, once again, Laura is a stripper.
- When she had to rip off a Spider-Man cover, she got a bit teary-eyed.
- She notes that if you happen to walk past the dumpster and see a pile of stripped comics, well...
Of course, it would be illegal to steal stripped comics out of the dumpster, and so the Constable certainly would *not* do
- Everything's under control.
- Addendum: Someone left a message on her answering machine about furniture. The last four digits of the phone number they left to call were 6373
- If you're considering taking Life Drawing as a quick, easy way to see nudes, don't.
- Currently, the students in Life Drawing have to draw multiple proportional, non-sloppy stick figures of the nudes, taking only two seconds for each
- Also, the Grand Nagus sucks at carpentry.
- The treasury currently has $556.46. This will probably change when we pay for the food we had tonight.
- The treasury is not being kept in a sock drawer, but as it is traditional to say that it is, the treasury is being kept in a "sock drawer".
A comment about how this is because anyone attempting to steal the treasury will get "socked" is deemed bap-worthy.
- The money is *not* kept in a bag with a big "$" on it.
- We currently have none.
- The position is described as one where the person has his/her hands in everything, but doesn't have too many responsibilities.
Ryan began his report at this point, but David mentioned that Ryan had skipped over his report. Ryan apologized, and was (lightly) bapped for this
Chief of Operations:
- [clears throat] No report.
- Letters is sung. The new members appear mildly confused.
- We have Neumiller Hall from 6:30-8:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for the premiere of Enterprise.
- If you want to volunteer, both the Fine Art Fair and the Job Fair need volunteers. The Job Fair is on Sept. 18. I didn't catch the date for the
Fine Art Fair, so please contact Ryan if you are interested.
- We need to elect a new First Officer. Several abilities are considered necessary for this job (including punning abilities). Laura noted, "You will
be filling big--well, actually, I don't know what size shoes Kenny wears."
- Four candidates are nominated and seconded: Joel Fried, Andrew Conrad (Sr. Bob), Will Vesely, and Kevin Zepp.
- Brief speeches were given by all of the candidates:
- Sr. Bob brought the VCR for the club. He promises to do his best to "get everyone in here [item deleted for security reasons]." He will
(hopefully) show up to more than one meeting. So far, as a Psi Phi member, he has eaten a cookie and opened a box of Cheez-its. (David
comments, "Didn't I open the box of Cheez-its?" and Sr. Bob recalled that he had actually opened the bag inside the box.)
- Will enjoys ranting. He stated, "Ewoks suck," and received applause. He ended his speech by saying, "Vote for me."
- Kevin has been in the club for three years. He brought his sister to the meeting. As First Officer, he will have a reign of utter mediocrity.
- Joel went to the front of the room accompanied by a chant of "Joel-ish! Joel-ish!" He has been in Psi Phi for a very long time. He has been
treasurer of the club (and embezzled, but...). He mentioned what Landon had said at the end of the year party last year, about how the club
would be fun even for people who don't like science fiction. As First Officer, he would work to make it fun.
- It is determined [by unanimous consent --dh] that there was no need for a written, secret vote. David warns members that he will be watching for
anyone who votes twice, and anyone who does this will be caught by David and digested slowly over a thousand years.
- There was no majority, so there is a run-off between Joel and Kevin.
- Kevin is elected First Officer. He took his place of honor, and commented on how different it looked from up there.
- Neumiller Hall has been reserved for the Enterprise premiere, as previously stated. Don created a flyer for this. It has artwork on it that you
can see on a link from the psiphi.org website (if interested, ask David what the URL is. He reeled off the entire thing from memory at the meeting.)
- Heidi and Laura volunteer to put the flyers up. If anyone is interested in helping put them up, contact Ryan at Geisert 213, extention x1071.
[My apologies that the minutes are too late to be helpful here.]
Homecoming is approaching. Does anyone have any ideas for Psi Phi involvement in it? There will be a parade, and the large plywood things to be
painted by organizations will be shaped like stars this year, which is very appropriate for us. One idea given is a tribute to classic science fiction
movies, in keeping with the Bradleywood theme.
- We have extra food left from the meeting. Take it home! [We have chips! ...Sorry, wrong year.]
- Around Halloween, there's always a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Peoria, complete with audience participation. Ryan wonders if any
Psi Phi members would be interested in putting together an away team to go see it, and commented that we could perhaps arrange group tickets and
- The Slanted Fedora website (www.sfedora.com) has news about a convention on October 17 in Champaign, IL, which is
60-90 minutes away from here (depending on who's driving and how that person drives).
- There will be several guests. Robert Picardo, The Doctor from Voyager, is a confirmed guest. The guests who have been invited and will
probably be there are Ethan Phillips (Mr. Neelix from Voyager), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars), and Rick Searfoss (Mission
Commander for the shuttles Columbia and Atlantis).
- Tickets are $15 at the door, and there are group rates of $10 per ticket.
- There will be autographs and opportunities for photos with the guests (although these will cost extra).
- Afterwards, there will be a one hour live theatre show featuring the two Star Trek guests. This usually costs $50-$100, but here it will be
FREE (or rather, included with the price of the $15 or $10 tickets). Ryan affirms that this is a hilarious show.
Other Organizations' Announcements:
- Barbeque Kitten is a new improv group on campus. You can participate in it, or just go and watch. You can come any time you want during the meetings,
and leave whenever you need to, so there's less need for a definite time committment. If you're interested, check the doors on the side of the Hartmann
Building where there's a sign up about when and where it meets.
- The MCS meeting will be [well, was] on Friday, at an unknown time (possibly 5:00). The group meets by the big TV in the Student Center and then moves
to wherever the meeting is that week.
- If you're a band person who didn't get into band at Bradley, you can do so by talking to Dr. Vroman in Constance Hall, or by emailing him at
- The Go Club will have a tournament on Saturday in Champaign.
- Quiz Bowl will meet on Monday at 8:00 pm in the Student Center basement.
- Ryan attempts to give the next announcement, but can't bring himself to do it, so Elizabeth does so instead. The Anime Club will have a meeting on
- cj sent an email about Star Wars Galaxies, a LucasArts/Sony Online collaboration. This is an online RPG involving Star Wars characters
and settings. From cj's email:
"In the game you can interact with Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, C3PO, Wedge, Han Solo, Darth Vader, the Emperor, and many other names
from the Star Wars movies... Players can choose from healing, crafting, or fighting professions that can be mixed up so that you can be a
Bounty Hunter if you want. The main planets from the movie are there including Endor, Yavin, Naboo, and Tatooine. The game is set between Episodes
4 and 5.
"The major bugs in the game have been resolved and they are preparing to add player cities, creature mounts, and vehicles into the game shortly.
They have also announced a space expansion to the game in the future.
"For more info on the game, Psi Phi members can visit www.starwarsgalaxies.com or they can direct
the questions to me." (email: <email@example.com>)
- Information about the sixth episode of Enterprise this season, "Exile", is up
on the Psi Phi website.
- UPN will repeat UPN's Funky Flubs on Sept. 9 at 8:00 pm. This will include outtakes from Buffy, Enterprise, and several non-s.f.
UPN shows that nobody cares about.
- The Spider-Man 2 website is up at spiderman.sonypictures.com.
- The World Science Fiction Society has presented Hugo Awards to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Conversations with Dead People" for Best
Dramatic Presentation, Short Form; to TLotR:TTT for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form; to Neil Gaiman for his novella "Coraline", and to
several other authors and artists for their stories and artwork.
Ryan mishears "Neil Gaiman" as "Neil Diamond" and is very confused.
- Enterprise and Jake 2.0 start with new episodes on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on UPN at 7:00 and 8:00, respectively. Jake 2.0 features a
person training to become a secret agent who ends up becoming the new Million Dollar Man with all sorts of cool new gadgets and attributes. The show
will have Christopher Gorham of Odyssey 5.
- Carnivale, a show about creepy people, set in the 1930s, and run by Ronald D. Moore (of DS9, TNG, Star Trek Generations, and
Star Trek: First Contact), will start on HBO on Sept. 14.
- TrekWeb reports that Enterprise may have a new theme song next season. It may be a new version of "Faith of the Heart" that is lighter and more
upbeat (Ryan groaned and commented that it would probably be sung by Neil Diamond, too), or it might be a completely different song. This should be
determined in the next couple of days, as the final cut of the season premiere is finalized and sent off to the network.
- David has lots of stuff.
- There is now a Buffy the Vampire Slayer game for X-Box and PS2, "Chaos Bleeds", as well as a comic and a novelization based on the game.
- There is also a CSI:CSI comic, titled "Thicker than Blood". David notes that this is true, as most blood is not thicker than 30 pages.
- J. Michael Straczynski has a new comic out: "Supreme Power". This is a Marvel Max, which means it does naughty things.
- David has three bookmarks that advertise the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, so if you didn't see the movie, or if you did and
still want the bookmarks, please go ahead and take one. Or more.
- It is determined that at least two people like alternative history.
- The SBAM (Super Big-A** Map) is brought up at this point. It is a giant war game, similar to Risk but many, many times larger and more complicated.
- A reviewer determined that the Buffy game mentioned above was mindless and not very good. The reviewer said that absolute fans of the show might want
to get it, but others wouldn't enjoy it.
- A televised list of 200 Great Icons included Mr. Spock, and William Shatner was interviewed for this. He said that he was honored to be linked to
Leonard Nimoy, and hoped that Nimoy was not too embarassed to be linked to him.
It is noted that Shatner-bashing *is* allowed in this club (and even encouraged).
- A Shatner "quote" (Shatner supposedly said, "If the United States and Canada ever went to war, I'd be forced to kill as many Americans as I could...and
I'd enjoy it.") turns out to be from a Conan O'Brian episode.
- Ryan notes that Shatner is indeed Canadian and offers this as explanation for why Shatner is the way he is. Ryan is then reminded that we authorized
Shatner-bashing, not Canadian-bashing.
- Shatner is putting out a new album with Ben Folds Five, which you can look forward to or dread as you wish. Joel asks for and receives permission to
look forward to dreading it.
- In the girls' bathrooms in Williams Hall, there are hooks in the stalls, and they look a lot like Cthulhu. This observation brings up a number of
- At Steve Jackson's website (www.sjgames.com), you can find information about the game Pokethulhu, which
- There are many plushie versions of Cthulhu out there. Some Psi Phi members own one or more.
- Last year, Psi Phi nominated Cthulhu for all-school secretary, although we ended up running The One Ring for all-school secretary instead.
My apologies for any errors in the minutes. Please let me know of them if you
find some, especially if it's your name or the name of someone you know.
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