Saturday, August 15, 2009

Graduate Student Social

This was a time for all the graduate students to get together. They had pizza an they even got cheese sticks for me. (They remembered that I didn't like pizza with sauce because I ran into the same situation during the visit day before). The cool thing was they just installed a new Wii video game system in the graduate student lounge. They had also sent out an email before asking what Wii video games people like to play because they had to decide which video games they should get to put in the room. One interesting thing I noticed was that there were also several people there from the State Farm insurance company. I didn't know why they were there - were they trying to sell us insurance? As it turned out the reason was that State Farm donated the money to buy the Wii. How that got started I have no idea.


Nanette Goodman said...

Hmmm..I wonder why State Farm has a vested interest in the happiness of the students?! Are they hoping to make a good impression so that when you are looking for a job you consider working for them?

the Red-Haired Maniac said...

That, plus with State Farm's national headquarters being in nearby Bloomington, Illinois, the University of Illinois is very close and very prime pickings for entry-level executives.

- Dave - Owner, Armored Gopher Games

PS - Welcome to Champaign-Urbana, Alexander!