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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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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Here’s To Wishful Thinking...

Apr 29 by

There are times when Union socially feels like a “glorified,” reminiscent of high school (I blame it on the small size and somewhat “clique-ish” atmosphere). Don’t get me wrong, my experience here so far has provided me with some trials and tribulations that I don’t care to erase; however, there are people and specific social interactions that are dependent on an odd sense of immaturity and narrow-mindedness that I presumed only existed in high school (my bad). I’ve met some great people here that have made my time here more interesting and engaging, but that’s only a handful of individuals for me. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by Hollywood. I always took the over-played party scenes, the hypersexualized girls and the shallow individuals in movies and TV shows—based on college life—as fiction (i.e. “Greek,” “The...

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Looking Back

Apr 25 by

It’s the middle of spring term! It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that I have almost finished my freshman year at Union, because it feels like only a few weeks ago I was introducing myself to everyone on campus. Prospective students might be asking (like I was), what is Union really like? Sure, you’ve been to open houses, tours, you’ve read all the statistics. But all of that seems useless when you really can’t experience what life is really like here. When I was looking at colleges, I dreamed of having a one-week trial at every school before committing myself to one. But sadly, that’s not an option. Instead, I’ll tell you how it’s been for me, in the hopes that you can gain some insight. Why I Chose Union I...

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“Don’t Throw Out Your Back #Throwback” Playlist...

Apr 22 by

I know that there are other students who share my love for the so-called “oldies” (songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s), but these songs really aren’t so outdated as the younger generation might take them to be. Below is a collection of 26 songs that I think any college student could relate to (whether it be for partying, sex, crushes/relationships, or just being young and cutting loose), but I do wish this list could be longer. Yeah, the dances at frats today seem a bit provocative—or not much dancing, but jumping—however, for the most part, songs about dancing still have the same overarching themes within the past 50 years: back then, bums were still shakin’ and bumpin’; gettin’ down and low was part of the fun; the nightlife and dance floor were about...

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How Not to College

Apr 13 by

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them.  I just finished dishes today that had been sitting for months.  Obviously nothing was moldy and nothing was actually food, but still, it’s disgusting and you should be better than me.  (If you are really...

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