A carrot, a boiled egg and a coffee bean

Guest speakers at Guys Night Out share life lessons

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On September 6, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Students show off their best moves on stage at Guys Night Out. The winner took home an Amazon Echo dot.


Guest speakers on Aug. 27 shared insight and life lessons at the annual Guys Night Out event in the Junell Center.      
 
Jody Holland, ASU alumnus, discussed the functions of the brain, effective communication and learning styles.
 
Holland invited volunteers on stage to participate in an activity.
     
He told assistant football coach Anthony Lewis, Student Government Association president Brayden Woods and three other students about their lives only by reading their physical attributes. All volunteers received a free book for their participation.
       
Damon West, a former quarterback from University of North Texas, delivered the next speech. He gave his testimony about his life and his experience with addiction and going to jail.
     
West cautioned students about the dangers of drugs and their effects. He then compared jail to boiling water and used different objects as metaphors.
       
“There are three things you can be in prison: a carrot, a boiled egg and a coffee bean,” he said. 
       
West said one shouldn’t be the carrot because they become softer after they are boiled.
            
One should not become the boiled egg, either, as they come out of the water harder than when they were put in. Rather, one should be the coffee bean because after they are roasted, a new transformation takes place, he said.
       
“I came because it was a requirement for class, but I learned a lot,” freshman Gerald Alvarez said. “I learned how much I wanted to get into psychology because of Jody and more about becoming a coffee bean.”
     
Berkeley Puckitt, director of community outreach for the Laura W. Bush Institute, said Guys Night Out began about four years ago when they became aware of the desire for a male equivalent to the Girls Night Out event. 
       
“We are teaching incoming students as well as current ASU students about the physical and mental health and how to preserve that in college and make the best of their college experience,” Puckitt said. “We decided to do this to make a positive impact in the lives of college students and make them have a more successful college career and better life choices.”

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