Wednesday, January 13, 2016

About me

My name is Brian Bell. This is my final semester here at WSU, and I hope to start a new career overseas in Europe somewhere. Hopefully London. I'm 30-years-old, so older than the average Coug. I don't care too much what I do, so long as it's in television somewhere. I love to travel, although I haven't done it much. A couple summers ago I went to England, Prague, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Bucharest. I am returning to Bucharest for spring break this year.

I worked in direct mail marketing for eight years prior to coming to Pullman. The job was awful, we essentially were creating and distributing garbage. Our primary market was in real estate advertising, and when the housing bubble collapsed our profits took a huge hit. Eventually hours had to be cut, and that's when I went back to school at Bellevue College. The first time I almost quit was when I was required to mail out pamphlets attempting to recruit people to the local Catholic church. As an atheist, I have many moral issues with this, from the attempts to bring people to religion, to bringing people to an organization who has been protecting priests whom had been molesting children for years. Eventually, the final reason I applied to WSU and quit that job was the lack of pay. I started working there in 2005 and had no received a raise since 2006. The owner of the company had also decided I wasn't doing enough work, despite that I had taken over the position of someone he had laid off, saving him over $30,000 and giving me no extra pay. So the moment I received my acceptance to WSU, I told them I was quitting.

Here at WSU I am involved with Cable 8. I am the director of "Wazzu on Film," a movie review show that I brought in last semester. We are starting our second season this semester. The show features two hosts, who review two new movies every other week. We have a man on the street segment as well, where another host interviews students and challenges them to games. Cable 8 is a great way to build up relationships and bond with peers.

I've also been involved with the Secular Student Association here. Atheism is very important to me, and building towards a secular society is something that I think is the right thing to do. At the SSA we discuss all things religion, weighing pros and cons, trying to figure out things like if religion is inherently harmful to society. We also have presentations about the histories of religions, Bible and Koran passages, and many other subjects. In many parts of the country atheists are trusted less than murderers and child molesters, and this is something I try to work on changing. I think that if people got to know atheists they would see that we are moral people. George H.W. Bush once said that atheists should not be citizens of the United States because we are "One nation under God." This is what I am trying to change.

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