T.G.I.F.

May 22 by

In relation to my unhealthy infatuation and undying love for “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and every “Step Up” movie created, dance is one of my favorite Art forms. I’m no pro, but I’m a dancer at heart. I began my dancing endeavors in the most stereotypical fashion: ballet at age 3, followed by dance courses in contemporary and hip hop dance, and a few talent shows and competitions here and there. Then around age 10, dance got pushed aside because new interests sprang my way and financial struggles arose. Consequently, I took a break from dance, but since then, I haven’t started up again as seriously as before. I’ve lost all knowledge of various techniques and terms, I feel inadequate to take actual classes or join a dance...

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Into the Rush

May 13 by

To Join or Not to Join. I’ve tossed and turned with the decision numerous times before coming to Union and during my (soon-to-be) one year here, and the question remains: should I rush sophomore year? Initially in high school, I had no real interest in sororities. I was indifferent towards Greek life; I didn’t view it as bad or detrimental to my well-being, nor was I ecstatic on joining or felt any obligation towards it. But as soon as freshman year in college rolled out, the rush-week photos rolled with it. My friends who’d all gone to big universities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas (for the most part), started uploading their cute little photos on Facebook and Instagram. I had to listen to my closest friends stress over Rush week, the outfits, the people,...

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Reflection on Bernie Sanders in Albany...

May 12 by

Bernie Sanders has been a busy man. Yesterday he won the West Virginia Democratic primary by a margin of about 16%. Even though he lost the primary in New York on April 19, campaigned almost incessantly in the state, taking a short break to fly to the Vatican City for a meeting on climate change. I was lucky to hear about his April 11 rally in Albany only the day before it happened, and decided I would skip my evening geology class to see if I could make it into the rally. I ended up standing about thirty feet behind Bernie Sanders the entire time he gave his speech, which was sort of surreal because I was hearing him speak but I only saw his face twice. There were at least 4000 people in the Washington...

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Victory Day 2016 at Union

May 11 by

On May 8, 1945, Nazi high officers signed documents to officially surrender to Allied forces. In most of the world, May 8 is celebrated as Victory in Europe Day. In Russia, Victory Day is celebrated on May 9. This is because in Moscow, it was already May 9 by the time the Nazi generals surrendered in Berlin. May 9 is a national holiday in Russia, a day taken to honor veterans of World War II and to remember the sacrifices of Soviet soldiers and citizens during the war. In Moscow, they still hold a military parade in Red Square every year on May 9. There are currently 7 veterans of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics who fought in World War II living in the capital district, and every year, the Russian and Eastern...

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Symptoms of Senioritis (For Non-Seniors & Seniors)...

May 8 by

There’re only four more weeks left until the end of the term. And apart from my aching need to get home ASAP, I’ve unfortunately have become ill… with Senioritis. Sadly, this common illness has gotten to me again, within a year of my last diagnosis as a senior in high school. Last May, I was wrapping up Senior year, getting ready for Union, and finding the will to get through the remaining month of May and early June. My Senioritis wasn’t as evasive during that time because I was fearful of the negative consequences (offers from college admission rescinded, academic probation, changes in financial aid offers). However, Freshman year Senioritis feels just the same. I still can’t fathom that I’m nearly finished with this year and there will be an entirely new bunch of...

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25 Things Only Union Students Understand...

Apr 29 by

The mess that is Dutch Hollow during common lunch. The Nott wind tunnel. Painting the Idol. Wings and Sticks Fridays at West. The Pyramid. Avoiding vendors in Reamer like it’s your job. “Oh so are you near NYC?” At least 77 of your Instagram pictures are the picture of the Nott with a sunset behind it. 1AM Skeller. Seeing ANY dog ever, especially if it’s that one that looks like a bear. 2AM walks of shame from the library. Almost every email in your inbox starts with [Campus Events]. The ridiculous wait before the Springfest lineup is released. It’s normal to go out on Wednesday nights. Schenectady Greenmarket is where you want to spend every dollar you own. Running to Dutch at 11PM to get food before it closes. The ATM is always broken....

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