Category: Arts

If It’s Love

This past week, Union College’s Department of Theatre & Dance presented a post-apocalyptic showing of the classic Romeo & Juliet play by William Shakespeare. Although I’m here and there with the theatre program—participating in plays at least once a year—I mainly went to see the show for moral support. However, in my current English course (Shakespeare After 1600), we’ve just finished reading the tragedy, so my professor advised us to go see the school’s production in addition to reading and analyizing the text. One thing that stood out in the play was the number of strong actors on stage. The...

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Using a Tablet for Work and Leisure

This summer, while I was living on an island off the coast of New Hampshire, my Macbook Pro . I was one of about a hundred employees on Star Island, and luckily we were fortunate enough to have a full-time IT person who could help diagnose the issue. My computer died in the middle of me using it, and when I tried to restart it the only thing that appeared on the screen was a message telling me the laptop couldn’t connect to its own hard drive. I would later find out that the cable that connected the hard drive to the...

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Punk Show at Union Signifies Diversity of Events

Something that makes Union’s event programming so diverse is the freedom of student involvement. We’re given opportunities to utilize club resources including budgets and spaces to hold events that we think will benefit student life at Union. I think not making use of these opportunities is a sore misuse of time at Union. I’ve involved myself with a number of clubs because I’ve enjoyed being a part of planning events and setting them into motion, and the satisfaction of seeing other students enjoying the events is part of the appeal for me as well. That’s why I’ve involved myself so...

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Arts House Off to a Good Start

One thing that I’m thankful for during my time at Union College has been my housing arrangement for the past three years. I applied to live in a Theme House, which is an off-campus house with a small budget and an autonomous government that operates as a club on Union’s campus. I was accepted into Arts House and I’ve lived there for three years now with nine other people. Together we plan events that correspond to our theme, being the proliferation and celebration of the arts at Union. Other houses have different focuses, but each uses their budget to fund events...

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Jazz at Proctors Theater

On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of seeing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis. They performed for an hour and a half at Proctors Theater in downtown Schenectady, and they were a real treat to get to see live. The 15-piece brought big band boom and new life to classic pieces by composers like Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck (a personal favorite of mine), as well as some more contemporary works written by members of the orchestra itself. All fifteen of the players are soloists, and each had a chance to show their prowess at least once...

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Scratching Away the Rainy Days

It’s been pretty rainy at Union this week…that means a lot of time indoors to sit around with your roommates. Once all the movies and TV shows run out (trust me, it can happen!), my roommates and I like to sit around and do scratch art. Originally i bought the box of colorful paper hidden by black film as a generic christmas gift to “that friend who gives you something and you didn’t get them something”. I always need to have something on deck just in case. But i kept it for myself once I realized how much fun it could be. Now...

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Springfest 2015

This Saturday will be my first Springfest at Union College. My first year at college I decided to go home that weekend, a decision I can’t say I regret. Last year I was abroad in Russia, and at the time I felt like I missed out on a good on-campus experience. I remember seeing pictures and hearing stories from my friends about the performances at the concerts and the general feel of the campus, and it definitely felt like it wasn’t something to miss. That being said, my experience studying abroad in Russia is very valuable to me. But after missing it two Springfests in a row, I’ve been excited to finally experience my first Springfest at Union. Union’s student-run newspaper, the Concordiensis, announced today in their weekly issue that the lineup for this year’s Springfest would be O.A.R., Sage the Gemini, and Elle King. I’m sure the performances will be good, but I’m looking forward to the overall festival atmosphere of the day. The weather’s finally warming up and it looks downright balmy for Saturday, and after a week of midterms, a day of barbecue and music and sun is just what we need. Here’s O.A.R.’s 2008 hit,...

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Beauty and the Beast

Proctor’s was showing Beauty and the Beast last week and I was lucky enough to see it for free through U-program. I just signed up in student activities on the 4th floor of Reamer with my ID card. There was transportation to and from, and we had enough time to get a drink at Bomber’s first. The show was pretty good, but by the end I was getting pretty antsy because it was getting late and I still wanted to have a big night! The voices were just beautiful and the set was wild. I feel so lucky that Union gives...

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