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Eggs Up in Heaven

The loss of a college friend is difficult to stomach. While the same could often be said about Fred Teller’s cuisine (especially during an infamous Beef Strogonov experiment), his tragic passing has inspired me to partially digest the incomparable father figure role he occupied in the lives of countless hungover “brothers” occupying Syracuse University’s Zeta Beta Tau kitchen.

Fred was more than a fraternity cook. He was an omniscient and outspoken campus historian, general contractor, guidance counselor, financial advisor, relationship coach, and our unofficial social chair.

He certainly wore “many coats” in 905 Walnut, few more endearing than being the devoted leader of an eclectic supporting cast of local legends/trades.

I’ll always remember his quick wit, San Francisco chronicles, and the way he routinely jumpstarted our mornings by howling his immortal “eggs up” catchphrase.

I’ll always appreciate his steadfast loyalty to plaid, TK99 classic rock radio, his ashtray, the house, “That Ethan,” and most importantly, to us. 

And I’ll never forget his improbable resilience when facing a smorgasbord of serious health challenges over the years. It sometimes felt like Fred Teller had nine lives, but in reality he lived, fueled, and touched so many more. Fare thee well.


Contrapreneurial Spirit: The C Word Beats the E Word

The blogging hiatus is over. Check out my latest HyperVocal column for a unique take on the word “entrepreneur.”

VouchBoard officially launched at this year's SXSW in Austin ("Big Sheen" joined us).



Breaking Grad: An Early Commencement Address for Class of 2011

With my final college semester approaching, here’s an early commencement speech to get the Class of 2011 ready for the last hurrah and life in the real world.

Convey it Forward

While today is the sixth anniversary of ABC’s LOST debut, tomorrow (September 23, 2010) is devoted to discovering answers far more important than what “The Island” truly was.

Social media guide Mashable and the African fundraising brand/campaign (RED) have partnered to make Thursday the first ever “Social Good Day.” This effort aims to explore the ways social media outlets can be used to inform, inspire, and unite individuals and organizations looking to change the world.

Those behind this movement hosted The Social Good Summit on Monday to kick off United Nations Week. The meeting has generated discussion and excitement for a day that will help create significant and long-lasting global reform through the digital networks we use daily.

For just over a week, Mashable and (RED) have asked their Twitter followers to post ideas for unique applications of new media and ways to support their cause. I was thrilled to see that one of my suggestions (“Wear something RED on September 23. Support Africa and our collective future”) was ReTweeted to over 1 million followers today. I’m proud and optimistic about the progress technology is allowing us to achieve.

While many believe services like Twitter highlight the mundane over the meaningful, there’s no reason both can’t coexist. We are more connected now than ever, and with great power comes greater social responsibility to mankind. At the very least, Social Good Day will be a terrific reminder of this truth.

While I frequently use social media to promote my activities, ideas, and (of course) my blog, I will now give a conscious effort to fill my 140 characters with more character. This is one way we can all be a part of change.

Can idealistic Tweeting save the world? It’s certainly a good start.


*I encourage all social media users to participate in what will surely be a monumental day. Support Mashable, (RED) and people throughout the world who need your voice.  You can start by sharing this post with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, blog, e-mail, etc.

The Campus Socialite

This coming year, I’ll be “taking my talents” to The Campus Socialite. Check out some recent posts below (you may recognize some from this site).

The Jersey Shore Zoo

Dream ONondaga: Preparing for Senior Year

Exclusive Interview with Viral Video Phenom Tyler Gildin of “Nassau (County) State of Mind”

Chill, Hippies

The Basketball Bible

The Essence of Suck

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Muscle Milk