I know I said I was going to post a lot yesterday, but I had a lot of e-mail, and I went to bed early because I was so tired from the convention. Speaking of which…
This past Thursday through Saturday was the National Tau Beta Pi Convention. Swarthmore has a chapter of TBP, the engineering honors society, so I was PA-Kappa’s non-voting delegate (Maila, our chapter president, was our voting delegate). I think we were probably one of the smallest chapters there at 4 members (at least until initiation in a few weeks), but on the other hand, that means that we had 50% chapter participation at the convention ;o).
The convention was held at the Radisson just outside of downtown Orlando. This meant that we never had to leave the hotel, but it also meant that we barely got to leave the hotel. I did go bar-hopping for two of the nights, but I’ll reserve those stories for other posts.
To be honest, I was expecting a total geek-fest. I mean, it’s an honors society that requires you to be in the top fifth of your engineering class by GPA, and on top of that, it’s for engineers. I was surprised; the vast majority of the student delegates were social, well-adjusted, well-dressed, properly hygeinated, even good-looking. I don’t know why I was stereotyping members of my own academic field, but I was expecting some hardcore dorks, and I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong.
I quick summary: Robert’s Rules of Order are… weird. I guess they’re useful; I also get the feeling that I will never be in a business meeting quite so contentious as the one we had at the convention. Also, the food situation was abysmal. I’ll whine about that later as well. Finally, there was some mild drunkenness. Fun was had. I’ll probably write about the second presidential debate too, since I watched that while there.