Ah, how sweet is the last day of finals (or the first day of doing nothing at home for me :D). This semester has been a whirlwind and it’s finally over – thank goodness. BUT we’re only halfway to Christmas! (except halfway is a mere week! My mom better hurry up with her Christmas shopping…)
Anyway, today’s memory is brought to us by Mr. Joshua Weiner, another of our fantastic seniors! Mr. Weiner has been one of the most easy-going members of our Society for two years now and has quite the interesting combination of heritages; he’s the only Mexican and Jewish person that I know of. And he may or may not go by Joshua the Mexican-Jewish Stallion. Side note, he also lives at T St., helping host wonderful Sunday Dinners. Here’s one of his favorite memories:
“The first debate where I got a floor speech, the Les Miserables debate, about whether Javert’s pursuit of Valjean was justified, would have to be my favorite Philodemic memory. First off, Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals of all time. A chance to argue in defence of Javert, one of my favorite characters in any story ever, was something I looked forward to all that week. Then, of course, a philodemic cover of The Confrontation came up. I’m a sucker for good musical counterpoint, and Ben Snow rocked Javert . Following that act would be tough. Sure enough, I got picked for my first floor speech during non-member speaking time, and I somehow forgot Javert’s name! I pushed through my first speech with an unusually large number of pronouns to cover my lapse in memory. Despite that, I had one of my favorite debates and realized that the philodemic society would be a major part of the rest of my time at Georgetown, for all the musical highs and all the name forgetting lows.”
Ah, the music – I am also a fan of singing at debates, for those of you that were at the Christmas debate or my induction. Disney musicals are a beautiful thing.