We discussed Ed's infatuation with Purple Rain thoroughly as the lab introduced themselves to each other. Only about four students shocked us by admitting that they have done absolutely nothing all summer. They all seemed excited to be in Oxford and even more excited to work with myself, Ed, and Nicole.
After the survey lectures to introduce the topic to our students, we brainstormed the Affirmative that our lab will be writing this week -- detentions at Guantanamo Bay. Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to show an inspirational scene from A Few Good Men where Guantanamo Bay was sort of mentioned. Perhaps those technical difficulties were an omen of a brewing storm (literally).
After dinner, our lab met at King Library to get a tour of the library resources at Miami. A few members of our lab, including all of the lab leaders, got stuck outside during a complete downpour thunderstorm. However, not even being dripping wet would stop us from learning how to use the library, including the most thrilling lecture we will most likely hear by far.
Today, our lab is getting their feet wet (not literally) with Topicality, including a lecture from Ed and seminars with other lab leaders. Later today, we will unleash the fury of the LLS research force at the library to start our assignments.