Hiking with Pace

Did you know that there’s a whole course devoted to hiking around the hudson valley ?! Well there is and it combines Pace Westchester and Pace New York students. Each Sunday students meet professor James Harter at a new Hiking location for a fun and challenging adventure. The course began shortly after Spring break and requires students to successfully complete 5 hikes and quizzes on general hiking information. Professor James Harter has a passion for fitness and sports, He was pace University’s head Mens basketball coach for 16 years, which is also the longest tenure of any coach in the schools history. professor Harter has also hosted many successful basketball camps at Pace and his programs were named “Best of Westchester” in Westchester magazine. Through the stressful life of coaching Harter found calm and peace in hiking. He told me that through his course he hopes that students will be able to challenge themselves physically and mentally and realize working out goes far beyond cardio machines and weightlifting.  Hikes in his course include, Breakneck ridge, Surgarloaf mountain, Castle Rock mountain, the Appalachian Trail and Mount Beacon. Pace University Senior Rachelle Swaby reflected on her experience in the course by saying ” some hike were really hard like Breakneck ridge, but each time you finish and see the view it is relieving and nice to know you accomplished climbing and hiking up a mountain.”

Check out this  picture from  the top of Break Neck Ridge!

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Transitioning New E-board members

The success of a student organization in an academic year heavily relies on the transition between old and new e-board members. A transition can be different for every organization, however, it is vital that one occurs to begin with. Some students have different traditions such as  old and new e-board dinners, retreats, contracts, meetings, and transition packets. Today, I will be highlighting the importance of one of the transition methods: transition packets. These are packets  distributed from an old e-board member to the new ones, including all of the important information regarding each position.

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Luckily, every year there is an e-board transition meeting hosted by SGA. It’s only mandatory that NEW e-board members be there, but all old and new members are welcome to come! They explain what being a student leader entails. They highlight the importance of attending mandatory SGA meetings, representing student leaders well, and how imperative it is to get in touch with your predecessor to talk about your new position.

So, when constructing a transition packet, what exactly should be in it?

What to put in a transition packet:

1. When and where your e-board and general body meetings are

2. Passwords to any social media accounts you have

3. Chapter information

  • If you’re a chapter of a greater organization, put any information regarding that. What is the greater organization? What’s their contact information? How do dues work? Do they have national conferences?

4. Role-specific information

  • What exactly does the person in role they’re entering do? What are their responsibilities? Who do they report to?

5. Attendance information

  • What’s the policy of attendance for e-board members? Who do you tell if you can’t make it? What are the consequences of missed meetings/events?

6. SGA Information

  • How many SGA meetings are there this year? What do they usually cover?  Who is the current SGA e-board and how do you contact them? How do you go about reserving rooms, making flyers, depositing funds, etc?

7. Contracts and constitution

  • Do you have e-board member contracts that bind them to their responsibilities? make sure every new member of the e-board has a copy

 

Transitioning can be complicated, but creating a plan is essential to keeping a successful student organization running smoothly! Be sure to open the lines of communication between your old e-board and the new.

Parents Play A Vital Role

Through the month of April Pace will be having Pace Bound events every weekend. These events and workshops are supposed to give incoming students and their parents a preview of the campus.  In a recent chat with SDCA graduate assistant Alyssa Jimenez, she explained to me how parents play a vital role in students involvement on campus.

She said “Incoming freshmen are exposed to all these organizations when they visit also during the involvement fair, but sometimes it is really the parents that push them to get involved.”

Jimenez believes that if parents asked more questions about their students’ social lives, then we might see a larger increase in student involvement. And there are ways they can do that without directly forcing them to join  something just because.

The  four points Jimenez makes are

Parents should:

  • Use previous experiences:  For example, if a student was involved in basketball in high school or at a previous institution,  parents should ask, “Have you thought about continuing basketball ?” & at PACE they can without being on the official team. We have intramural sports teams.
  • Ask about friends:   Questions like “How is your residence hall floor?”  or “Is your roommate involved in anything?”   questions like these can prompt students to tag along when they’re friends are going to an event that is different from what they are interested in 
  • Remind students about their resources. Say, “I know that there are University Housing staff who know about different types of involvement. Check with your advisor.” most times students are afraid to ask if they do not already know, so parents should prompt them to ask questions to the upperclassmen, the SDCA staff and their RAs and advisors 
  • Encourage students to get on campus jobs – Many students have days where they do no have classes or only one morning or night class, they should take advantage and  work in the different departments on campus. On campus jobs creates reliability and also strong references. 

Calling all TREASURERS!

Some of the most involved students on campus hold executive board positions as Vice President of Finance aka Treasurer.  These students are responsible for planning and budgeting for events on campus. These students also have the power to approve or deny events and programs which plan to use funds from the “student activities fee” during the Budget Allocution Committee meetings.  Each semester the  student activities fee for students on the Pleasantville campus totals to more than $115,000. With this money organizations can request to have their events funded through the school.

So every other Friday during the semester, all organization treasurers meet at  noon in the Kessel Multipurpose Room to decide  the best ways to spend  the pre allocated budget. At these meeting treasurers become the voice  the organization they are representing as well as the rest of the student body. Treasurers become the decision makers of what happens on campus. If an event or program is not favored by two thirds of the treasurers vote, it wont be funded by the school. Tensions often rise in the room because each treasurer works hard on their events. Treasurers gather information such as attendance and favorability of past events,  contact vendors for information and invoices, budget and analyze different means and methods to execute . It not an easy job but it is rewarding when great programs are brought to campus for all to enjoy. By going to these meeting and being the decisions makers, treasurers also  almost always know what events will be going on during the week. And an important thing that is brought  up when approving budgets is the number of programs on a given day and time. Sometimes there are  just too many and some have to be sacrificed.

Organization treasurers are almost like the front line in a battle, they can’t be taken down because they fight till the end. Pace University treasurers work by the following motto: If  you ain’t talking money , you ain’t making cents!

Check out these pictures & video below

 

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ELECTION SEASON HAS BEGUN

Elections are on the minds of the actively involved Pace University students. Early March marks the beginning of election season.  Almost all student organizations will be holding elections to appoint new executive board members. The Student Government Association will also be appointing new board members. Each executive board position has different duties and tasks which are vital to running a successful organization. And election season is the true test of leadership and student involvement on campus. Individual organizations elect  e-board members internally  based on a members’ involvement and interest to hold a position. The Student Government Association (SGA) requires a more lengthy and public election process. Below is a brief summary :

  1.  Interested students are required to fill out an  online application and gather 100 signatures from people who support them running for an SGA position.
  2. The current SGA board members and advisors  collectively select who would be good candidates for each position.
  3.  Candidates are announced and posted online
  4. Campaigning begins
  5.  Debates occur on different dates for various positions
  6.  Polls open
  7. Votes are tallied and  winners are announced

Currently, the candidates at Pace are up to step #3 . They are readily preparing for upcoming debates and campaigns.

For more information about candidates and elections please click the 2 links below !

http://www.pace.edu/sites/default/files/files/SDCA/Westchester/election-packet-v1-4.pdf

http://www.pace.edu/student-development/westchester/student-involvement/sga-executive-board/student-government-association-elections/meet-candidates

 

Whether students are running for a position in The Student Government Association or an e-board position within an organization, they have to  step outside their comfort zones and be prepared to be more active leaders on campus. During a  brief conversation with Christine Bogulaski who is currently  the Coordinator for Student Development   she said  ” with election season upon us, a lot of organizations are looking for students who are actively involved and students who will be the change they want to see on campus.”

Stay tuned for upcoming posts  and developing stories about student involvement on campus!

Where are the men ?

With all the student organizations, its not surprising to find many student leaders on campus. However, most of the student leaders on campus are women. This led Julian Alston to raise the question “where are the men ?”  On Monday February 22nd Julian Alston led the discussion about the lack of male involvement on campus. A group of about 25 students came to share their perspectives on the topic. James Best’s defended the lack of black male involvement by saying ” a lot of black guys on this campus are football players, who have very busy schedules, so they really cannot do anything that is going to overlap their greatly timed schedules.” Through further discussion the group came to the conclusion that it all comes down to the individual and their group of friends. Many young men at the event said that if their friends aren’t interested in going with them,i then they will not go by themselves. Also, the young men revealed that they can sometimes be intimidated by the number of women who are student leaders. They just don’t know how to successfully join the large group of leaders. In contrast, Julian Alston told me that although he was hesitant about joining the Black Student Union e-board, he is glad he did because it has given him the confidence to lead, and working alongside six strong black women is more fun than intimating. He thinks that men at Pace should find an organization or cause they are truly interested in, then take the plunge  because the experience is  very rewarding.

Involvement Fair Madness

There are currently 51 student organizations on the Pace University Pleasantville campus. Of these 51 organizations, 21 of them are  greek lettered sororities and fraternities. The remaining 30 organization are divided into categories such as  academic, cultural, religious, student media, special interest, performing arts and student governance.  Each semester the Student Development and Campus Activities office requires each organization to attend a campus involvement fair, in order to showcase every organization at once. In the fall, the involvement fair is a held during the day on Shirley Beth’s Way and in the spring semester it is held in the Gottesman room at the Kessel Student Center.  The campus involvement fair tends to be more eventful and exciting during the fall semester as many freshmen are excited to step into the scene at Pace.  In contrast the spring semester’s campus involvement fair has a lower turnout of students who are looking to become involved.  The most recent campus involvement fair was held on Wednesday January 27th. KellyAnne Perez a member of Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc says ” I wish more people would have showed up at the involvement fair because each semester things change within the organizations and sometimes you find that there’s an org you didn’t know  about until you go to the campus involvement fair. All the organizations that show up hope to have more people showing up to their events and supporting their philanthropies and fundraisers.”

The Pace 15

You thought this blog post was going to be about the 15 pounds freshmen gain during their first year t Pace……. Well, you’re wrong!

Take a look at 15 people you may run into at the Pace University Pleasantville campus.

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Justin Fred (black hoodie)   is senior criminal justice major, and over winter break he enjoyed spending time with his highs chool friends.

Joshua Senford is a junior finance major and he enjoyed traveling to  Washington D.C during break.

 

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Ashley Baez is a senior applied psychology major and over the winter break she enjoyed planning a surprise birthday party for her mom.

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The women in the picture above are all apart of a Omega Phi Beta Sorority INC.

Imerlyn Ventura (black hat) is a senior finance major, the best part of her break was making a final decision to do grad school at Pace and traveling to Anguilla.

Lisbeth Parra (pink laptop) is junior applied psychology major, the best part of her break was connecting with other women from Omega Phi Beta sorority.

Bianca Flores (purple laptop) is senior professional studies major, and the best part of her break was spending time with her family in New Jersey.

Casey Fernandez (yellow sweater) is junior social psychology major, she spent most of her break in Florida and loved every moment of it.

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Renne Glover is a sophomore health care adminstration major, and over winter break she enjoyed visiting Disney World.

Keyshana Depuy is sophomore communications and she visited Panama for the 2nd time over winter break.

 

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Julian Alston is a sophomore finance major , over break he got some great news about and internship he will be doing in the summer with Comcast.

Dinangely Hernandez is a sophomore nursing major , she spent her winter break relaxing and having fun with her siblings.

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Patricia Parrilla (grey jacket) is the director of Teacher Opportunity Corps At Pace University She graduated from Bank Street College, over break she spent her time recovering from her knew surgery.

Karen Ferro is the administrative assistant to the Dean at t he School of Education at Pace, she graduated from Pace, she enjoyed going on a couples trip to Florida over the break. IMG_3746.JPG

Gabriel Jackson(green dress)  is a senior business management major, over break she enjoyed working more hours to save for her spring break trip .

Mercedez Williams(white shirt) is a senior business marketing major, she celebrated her 21st birthday !

& the girl in the red dress is me !

 

Research Paper- Final Draft.

Introduction

Sometimes unexplainable things happen in our world. These events are often surprises that catch the world off guard. Some people believe that instead of these events happening because of coincidence or tragic that they are planned or conspired by people. Many conspiracy theories involve governments, officials, and people of great power. Theorists study various tragic events and make conclusions based on the time, place, how the event(s) happened, pre-existing circumstances surrounding the event(s) and the actions and reactions of people in power after the event(s) took place. Conspiracy theories give people an explanation to why something has happened the way it happened. Professor Stephan Lewandowsky has probably explained the reason why people believe in conspiracy theories the best. He said “There are number of factors, (why people believe in conspiracy theories) but probably one of the most important ones in this instance is that, paradoxically, it gives people a sense of control. People hate randomness, they dread the sort of random occurrences that can destroy their lives, so as a mechanism against that dread, it turns out that it’s much easier to believe in a conspiracy. Then you have someone to blame, it’s not just randomness.”

Lewandowsky also said that people who believe so fervently in conspiracy theories do not base  their thinking on evidence but rather base their thinking on what they believe is an explanation.

Some of the most popular conspiracy theories include: the 9/11 attacks, John F Kennedy’s assassination, Princess Diana’s death, global warming, the Jewish world domination,  and George Bush’s presidential election win in 2000. But perhaps the most controversial conspiracy theory is the Illuminati and its dealings with the new world Order.  

 Historical Overview

 The Oxford English dictionary defines illuminati as a noun meaning any of various persons claiming to have special knowledge or enlightenment on any subject. The word Illuminati comes from the 16th century Latin word Illuminare which means enlightened.

To understand the complex topic that so many people talk about called the Illuminati one has to travel back in time to an era where opposition of the Roman Catholic Church was a taboo.Historians and researchers say that the illuminati’s history dates back to the 18th century Bavarians of Germany. The Bavarians of Germany were a group that opposed the Roman Catholic teachings about scientology and philosophy. Instead, the Bavarians of Germany believed in the education and equal treatment of women. Their goals were to enlighten the minds of their counterparts and free them from the prejuces of the world and Roman Catholic Church.

According to a book written by Vernon Stauffer, the illuminati was the result of the philosophy of Adam Weishaupt, who was the chair of canon law and later the dean of the faculty of law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. (insert citation)  Weishaupt’s criticism towards the church led him to form a liberal minded secret organization which closely resembled the practices and values of freemasonry. Weishaupt and his four friends’ secret organization was known as the Order of the Illuminati and was called into action on May 1st 1776.

 

In the beginning the Order of the Illuminati grew slowly. Only those who proved their dedication to enlighten thinking and philosophy were invited and allowed to be a part of the secret organization. After 1779 the Order of the Illuminati started to rapidly increase due to the recruitment of member from freemasonry lodges across Europe. By 1780 historians believe that the Order of the Illuminati had an estimated 2,000 members. German diplomat Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge, was a pivotal person in this expansion.  This expansion also led to the Order of the Illuminati to loose a lot of its secrecy. n 1782, when Illuminati agents attended the great Masonic conclave at Wilhemsbad in an effort to take control of the crumbling Strict Observance, important attendees such as Jean-Baptiste Willermoz already knew enough about the order to checkmate their plans, and the Illuminati went away empty-handed. (insert citation)  Soon after, in 1784 the Bavarian governor ruled the Illuminati as an illegal branch of freemasonry.  The loss of secrecy and bans on the Illuminati led Weishaupt to flee Bavaria in hopes of restarting his secret organization in a new location with new members. During his time of exile he sent many letters to his friends who were still serious about keeping the Illuminati a secret. He sent these letters in codes, symbols and ciphers many of them containing secret names and locations.

In 1786 Bavarian officials seized over 200 books and letters between Weishaupt and other Illuminati leaders from the home of a very prominent Illuminati messenger. The Bavarian government then went on to publish these documents which contains many of their secrets and codes and things they were planning to do.

“In August 1787, Duke Karl Theodore Dalberg of Bavaria landed a final blow to the Illuminati when he issued harsher punishments — including the death penalty — for anyone found to be part of the organization. A handful of later organizations claimed to be descended from the original Illuminati, and some authors have asserted that the Illuminati survive today, but these claims are largely unfounded.”  (insert citation)

 

 Historical Illuminati Symbolism

Many people believe the Illuminati uses a great amount of symbolism to depict their hidden agendas. Only some of these symbols can be directly linked to the Order of the Illuminati from the Bavarians. According to www.illuminatirex.com these symbols include: The all Seeing Eye, skull and bones, Fire allegories, pyramids and owls.

There isn’t evidence that The Bavarian Illuminati used the ritual and practices of the all Seeing Eye but the symbol was directly derived from the symbol they used to represent the order. This original symbol was a dot with a circle around it. Like so – (⊙)

The pyramid was featured prominently at Mineral Assemblies of the Bavarian Illuminati. A carpet was laid out on the room’s floor featuring a Pyramid flanked on either side by the letters D and P on each of its side. (Deo Proximo – God is near) There are stones scattered at the pyramid’s base. The unfinished pyramid signifies that the goals of the Most Serene Order of the Illuminati are still incomplete. By working together, the Illuminati is able to make great strides towards completing their task for the glory of the Grand Architect.(insert citation)

In the Bavarian Illuminati, owls represented wisdom and villagance.

Weishaupt was aroused by Zoroastrianism and philosophies of the ancient Parsees. He planned to use fire allegories in the symbols and rituals of the higher degrees of the Illuminati. The color red is prominent in the higher degrees of Illuminati Priest and Illuminati Regent.

Within the Order of the Illuminati the Illuminati Regent or Illuminati Prince initiation rituals consisted of three rooms which the initiate had to visit in succession. In the first room the candidate would find a skeleton with a sword and a crown at its feet. The candidate would then be asked if the bones were the bones of a king, a nobleman or a beggar. As in the Order of the Skull and Bones, the scene intended to make the candidate reflect on his own mortality.(insert citation)

 

New World Order & Modern Day Illuminati

After 1780 there have not been any recorded actions of the illuminati. But theorists believe that illuminati went un-noticed for many years because it regained its secrecy. These theorists also believe that this new formed illuminati has an agenda to carry out a plan that they call the “New World Order.” But,  what exactly is the new world order?

The Oxford English dictionary describes the New World Order as being : A new or alternative model of social organization, interaction, or control; (Polit.) a new balance of power among nations, sometimes as manifested in arrangements established internationally for preserving political stability; esp. (in recent use) the state of global politics and the global economy following the end of the Cold War.

People believed to be involved in this modern day illuminati are usually those who are wealthy and prominent in the world.  Popes, presidents, CEOs, A-list actors and actresses, Grammy –award-winning musicians  terrorists and assassins are all believed to be a part of the modern day Illuminati carrying out the New World Order. Some people believe that the modern day illuminati incorporates symbols into music, movies, shows, music videos, speeches and brands to “brainwash” the public, so taking over the world is much easier. Some of these symbols include the pentagram, the all Seeing Eye, the el diablo hand sign, and the repetitive number 666.  The YouTube channel called know-the-truth-studio has a series of over 20 videos called The Truth May Scare You in which the makers discuss the various ways the illuminati are controlling society. these elaborate videos show different symbols, songs, movies and people that are connected to the illuminati. The makers of these videos fervently believe that the New World Order is upon “us.” Many of the videos explain how a lot of famous celebrities we see such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Angelina Jolie are puppets of those who have higher ranks in the illuminati.   Thinking about the illuminati and new world order makes skeptics wonder, what if everything that theorists claim to be influenced by the illuminati is just a big coincidence. The purpose of the videos are to make viewers feel as though the things they see in the media right now are not just normal ways of life, but rather are things that have evil connotations to them. Theorists claim that certain celebrities such as the ones named before, have sold their souls to those in higher place in the illuminati, so that they can have fame fortune and success.  Theorists also believe that some of the tragic deaths in celebrities’ families are the cause of human sacrifice.

What Does Society Think ?

The “modern day” meaning of the Illuminati has gone so far from its Bavarian that many people fear it. Some physiologists say this is because people love having something to fear; just as a small child fears it shadow. The shadow is never going to hurt the child but it’s something that opened his or her eyes and startled by its coincidentally same shape and movements of the child, the child will draw back in fear. Society is realizing and opening their “third eye” to the coincidences and negative connotations in governments systems and the entertainment business and they are also startled just like the child. Now they need someone or something to blame for all these coincidences, because after all too many coincidences have to be apart a secret agenda.  People who believe in the Illuminati often possess a fear that if they see something that has so many of the claimed Illuminati symbols into that they are ultimately being controlled by the images that they are viewing, and the words that they are hearing. This belief is prominent that some people go to the extent of playing song backwards to find all the true evils of the song.  An example of this is YouTuber ceasey0xoogurl. This YouTuber took Beyoncé’s song Sweet Dreams and attempted to reveal the evils of the song.  When played normally the songs chorus goes like “You could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare, Either way I don’t wanna wake up from you (Turn the lights on) Sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare Somebody pinch me, your love’s too good to be true.” According to ceasey0xoogurl when someone slows the song down, distorts it a bit and plays it backwards the chorus says “I am worth …… hail Satan …… and I follow Lucifer.”  The YouTuber received over 1.7 million views on the video and offers over 65 more videos on the subject of the Illuminati and evil connotations in the entertainment industry.  But it does not stop there. Many people speak very ill-mannered about the celebrities that they believe are a part of the Illuminati.  YouTuber CROBN has an eight minute video in where he narrates Beyoncé’s 2013 SuperBowl performance. As he is narrating he slows the video down to show viewers what he believes are demonic spirits coming in or out of Beyoncé. He describes her eyes as going form brown to pitch black and glassy, her neck being extra elongated and having explainable veins and lumps, her tongue becoming enlarged and her facial expressions changing from excited and happy to angry and evil. He calls Beyoncé “morph session” very disgusting. The video would be alright if he just stopped there, but he did not. This YouTuber went on to attack Beyoncé’s character.  He called her a demonic entity, a satanic witch and most appalling, a child molester and murderer.   Then he warns his viewers that Beyoncé’s music is from the pits of hell and its only purpose is to destroy as many people it can.  In conclusion he says that anyone who claim themselves to be a Christian should not listen to or idolize her in any way. This YouTube video is very striking to say the least. But, it shows how far people will stretch their assumptions, beliefs and fears. Quite certainly this YouTuber did not have to slander Beyoncé’s name, because after all it was a performance. The thrill and exhilarating factors needed to be there in order for her performance to go down in the history books. Did he want her to sing a-capella in the middle of the football stadium wearing an angelic getup? I’m sure if Beyoncé knew beforehand that her name and talent was going to be dragged through the dirt for giving one of the memorable halftime performances, she surely would have thought twice. But then again, Beyoncé is the acclaimed modern day queen of pop and r&b music, so what does she care? And that’s exactly it. People who write blogs and make videos blasting and slandering celebrities they think are the Illuminati, have a belief that everybody is jumping their bandwagon to stop these celebrities and bring them down from their pedestals. But it’s not that case at all. All the talk about who is and is not in the Illuminati makes celebrities more relevant. It makes government officials stay relevant even after they leave office or die. Why do we still talk about George W. Bush? It might be because the conspiracy theorists say he conspired with the radical Muslims during the 9/11 attacks and that’s why he was conveniently not in the Washington DC area on September 11 2001. In any way, George Bush is still relevant because society makes him relevant. He probably wishes that the fault of 9/11 was not put onto his shoulders and just maybe he can enjoy his retired life in Texas.

Research Paper Draft #2

Most people have the same questions about the illuminati and what they do. This next segment will answer those questions .

The Oxford English dictionary defines illuminati as a noun meaning any of various persons claiming to have special knowledge or enlightenment on any subject. Historians and researchers say that the illuminati’s history dates back to the 18th century Bavarians of Germany. The Bavarians of Germany were a group that opposed the Roman Catholic teachings about scientology and philosophy. Instead, the Bavarians of Germany believed in the education and equal treatment of women. Their goals were to enlighten the minds of their counterparts and free them from the prejuces of the world and Roman Catholic Church.

According to a book written by Vernon Stauffer, the illuminati was the result of the philosophy of Adam Weishaupt, who was the chair of canon law and later the dean of the faculty of law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. (insert citation)  Weishaupt’s criticism towards the church led him to form a liberal minded secret organization which closely resembled the practices and values of freemasonry. Weishaupt and his four friends’ secret organization was known as the Order of the Illuminati and was called into action on May 1st 1776.

In its early years the Order of the Illuminati grew slowly. Only those who proved their dedication to enlighten thinking and philosophy were invited and allowed to be a part of the secret organization. After 1779 the Order of the Illuminati started to rapidly increase due to the recruitment of member from freemasonry lodges across Europe. By 1780 historians believe that the Order of the Illuminati had an estimated 2,000 members. German diplomat Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge, was a pivotal person in this expansion.  This expansion also led to the Order of the Illuminati to loose a lot of its secrecy. n 1782, when Illuminati agents attended the great Masonic conclave at Wilhemsbad in an effort to take control of the crumbling Strict Observance, important attendees such as Jean-Baptiste Willermoz already knew enough about the order to checkmate their plans, and the Illuminati went away empty-handed. (insert citation)  Soon after, in 1784 the Bavarian governor ruled the Illuminati as an illegal branch of freemasonry.  The loss of secrecy and bans on the Illuminati led Weishaupt to flee Bavaria in hopes of restarting his secret organization in a new location with new members. During his time of exile he sent many letters to his friends who were still serious about keeping the Illuminati a secret. He sent these letters in codes, symbols and ciphers many of them containing secret names and locations. Examples of these code names are listed below:

Weishaupt was known as Spartacus, Xavier Zwack was known as Cato, and Baron von Knigge, was known as Philo.

Places also had code names:

Ingolstadt was Eleusis,

Munich was Athens,

Vienna was Rome.

 

In 1786 Bavarian officials seized over 200 books and letters between Weishaupt and other Illuminati leaders from the home of a very prominent Illuminati messenger. The Bavarian government then went on to publish these documents which contains many of their secrets and codes and things they were planning to do.

 

“In August 1787, Duke Karl Theodore Dalberg of Bavaria landed a final blow to the Illuminati when he issued harsher punishments — including the death penalty — for anyone found to be part of the organization. A handful of later organizations claimed to be descended from the original Illuminati, and some authors have asserted that the Illuminati survive today, but these claims are largely unfounded.”  (insert citation)

Many people believe the Illuminati uses a great amount of symbolism to depict their hidden agendas. Only some of these symbols can be directly linked to the Order of the Illuminati from the Bavarians. According to www.illuminatirex.com these symbols include: The all Seeing Eye, skull and bones, Fire allegories, pyramids and owls.

There isn’t evidence that The Bavarian Illuminati used the ritual and practices of the all Seeing Eye but the symbol was directly derived from the symbol they used to represent the order. This original symbol was a dot with a circle around it. Like so – (⊙)

 

The pyramid was featured prominently at Mineral Assemblies of the Bavarian Illuminati. A carpet was laid out on the room’s floor featuring a Pyramid flanked on either side by the letters D and P on each of its side. (Deo Proximo – God is near) There are stones scattered at the pyramid’s base. The unfinished pyramid signifies that the goals of the Most Serene Order of the Illuminati are still incomplete. By working together, the Illuminati is able to make great strides towards completing their task for the glory of the Grand Architect.(insert citation)

 

In the Bavarian Illuminati, owls represented wisdom and villagance.

 

Weishaupt was aroused by Zoroastrianism and philosophies of the ancient Parsees. He planned to use fire allegories in the symbols and rituals of the higher degrees of the Illuminati. The color red is prominent in the higher degrees of Illuminati Priest and Illuminati Regent.

Within the Order of the Illuminati the Illuminati Regent or Illuminati Prince initiation rituals consisted of three rooms which the initiate had to visit in succession. In the first room the candidate would find a skeleton with a sword and a crown at its feet. The candidate would then be asked if the bones were the bones of a king, a nobleman or a beggar. As in the Order of the Skull and Bones, the scene intended to make the candidate reflect on his own mortality.(insert citation)

After 1780 there have not been any recorded actions of the illuminati. But theorists believe that illuminati went un-noticed for many years because it regained its secrecy. These theorists also believe that this new formed illuminati has an agenda to carry out a plan that they call the “New World Order.” But,  what exactly is the new world order?

The Oxford English dictionary describes the New World Order as being : A new or alternative model of social organization, interaction, or control; (Polit.) a new balance of power among nations, sometimes as manifested in arrangements established internationally for preserving political stability; esp. (in recent use) the state of global politics and the global economy following the end of the Cold War.

People believed to be involved in this modern day illuminati are usually those who are wealthy and prominent in the world.  Popes, presidents, CEOs, A-list actors and actresses, Grammy –award-winning musicians  terrorists and assassins are all believed to be a part of the modern day Illuminati carrying out the New World Order. Some people believe that the modern day illuminati incorporates symbols into music, movies, shows, music videos, speeches and brands to “brainwash” the public, so taking over the world is much easier. Some of these symbols include the pentagram, the all Seeing Eye, the el diablo hand sign, and the repetitive number 666.  The YouTube channel called know-the-truth-studio has a series of over 20 videos called The Truth May Scare You in which the makers discuss the various ways the illuminati are controlling society. these elaborate videos show different symbols, songs, movies and people that are connected to the illuminati. The makers of these videos fervently believe that the New World Order is upon “us.” Many of the videos explain how a lot of famous celebrities we see such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Angelina Jolie are puppets of those who have higher ranks in the illuminati.   Thinking about the illuminati and new world order makes skeptics wonder, what if everything that theorists claim to be influenced by the illuminati is just a big coincidence. The purpose of the videos are to make viewers feel as though the things they see in the media right now are not just normal ways of life, but rather are things that have evil connotations to them. Theorists claim that certain celebrities such as the ones named before, have sold their souls to those in higher place in the illuminati, so that they can have fame fortune and success.  Theorists also believe that some of the tragic deaths in celebrities’ families are the cause of human sacrifice.