As a boy, Vinh Bui went to his father and told him how much he loved basketball.
Trong Bui, an immigrant from Vietnam with a video store in Dorchester, never played basketball back home or here. He says he only knew one thing about it when his son approached him:
”Basketball players,” says Trong Bui, 5 foot 7, ”are supposed to be tall guys.”
He looked his oldest son up and down. Vinh Bui, even now at age 21, is still shorter than his father, maybe 5 foot 5. He is, at first look, the opposite of what most people think a basketball player should look like. But Trong Bui didn’t mention that to his son. Instead, he told Vinh that he should do what he wanted, do what he loved.
Thus began Vinh Bui’s unlikely life as a basketball player.
Want a Nalgene for $3 or less? How about a quick hit of caffeine?
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Council for Environmental Stewardship (CFES) are selling green 28oz Nalgene Bottles with the logo “I give a sh*t.” The bottles will cost $2 for dorm residents and $3 for all others.
That’s a great price, right? But wait, there’s more! If you bring these Naglene bottles to one of the many locations on campus, you can purchase soda and iced tea for under $.50 and water for free!
Here is the current list of locations:
RPS Food Courts, C-Stores, or Kiosks: $.35 for soda & iced tea
McDonalds: $.35 for soda & iced tea
Cyber Cafe in the Wells Library: $.50 for soda & iced tea
The Union: $.50 for soda & iced tea
Dagwood’s: $.45 for soda & iced tea
Free water everywhere!
Why? The purpose of this initiative is to cut down on the unnecessary waste
from disposable cups.
As of now, orders are only being taken for student groups. The Nalgenes will be available early in February. Orders can be made individually in the second week of Spring semester. If you are interested, just email the AAA account at . Please indicate if you live in the dorms or not.
This is the new site of AAA. Things are still being tweaked, but it’s functional already. Feedback is, of course, greatly appreciated.
Stay tuned for our upcoming events this semester, such as info on a bowling social, the Spring callout meeting, a date auction/social, the Taste of Asia program, and some charity/fundraising events in between.
So, who’s excited about winter break? As far as the usual, seeing your friends and family, eating great food, celebrating Christmas, New Years, and perhaps your 21st birthday…what more can you ask for?
Well this year I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and take a first hand approach in rebuilding a community drastically destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Approximately 100 other IU students, including the lovely Heather Meece and I, will be taking a week out of our winter break to go to Biloxi, MS, where we will be spending much of our time cleaning the area and removing debris left behind by Katrina. This weekend will be our first time meeting our small groups. I’m looking forward to building that wonderful group solidarity and forming special bonds (which is bound to happen over a 14 hour bus trip).
Although it’s too late to join us, you can still help out by making donations. Please contact me at if you would like to lend us your support.