Category: Campus Life

Lecture: “Lessons from Sweetgrass: Indigenous Stewardship of Adirondack Plants”

The Kelly Adirondack Center, which works with Union to gain understanding and help preserve the nature of the Adirondack mountains, invited Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY to give the lecture “Lessons from Sweetgrass: Indigenous Stewardship of Adirondack Plants” as part of the Living with the Land lecture and exhibition series. The Nott packed with people from the public and campus community to hear Dr. Wall Kimmerer Dr. Wall Kimmerer, a plant ecologist, gave the lecture heavy in indigenous lessons, speaking about the history of indigenous management of the Adirondack region in...

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New Term, New U

New Years Resolutions: two-week-long commitments to bettering yourself. “New Year new me,” usually gets forgotten about by the third week of January. I really don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, because I feel like if you really wanted to make a change in yourself, you would do it before the new year starts. However, it’s a new term and a new year. It’s a new beginning enough to really make some changes in yourself if you are dedicated. It seems that a lot of us this term are dusting ourselves off and getting back onto the grind. A six-week-long winter...

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Minimalism Meets College

Welcome back! If there’s one thing I’m extremely guilty for, it is that I’m a very goal-oriented person. I’m constantly finding new things to tackle and complete just to allow myself to stay busy, avoid boredom, and learn something outside of the things we often take for granted. Currently, my biggest goal right now is internalizing and practicing a minimalistic lifestyle. If you’re not familiar with “minimalism” or have a vague idea of it, here is a site that does the term justice, and another that describes the various types/categories of minimalism. This change in perception started early during...

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Falling In Love With Fall

Colors, Colors, Everywhere The trees and sky have never looked so vibrant. There’s so much greenery around campus, that when the leaves change colors to vibrant reds and oranges and yellows, it’s almost impossible to not stop and stare. I enjoy walking around campus and seeing how all the colors complement each other. Although Robert Frost wrote that “nature’s first green is gold,” I’m still appreciating the fall leaves before her “hardest hue” comes back again in the Spring; perhaps, it’s best if gold doesn’t stay.   Let’s Get Pump(k)in! The endless array of pumpkin pies on sale literally...

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The Day the World Stopped Spinning

November 7th, 2016 9:15 a.m.: Walking to class, I notice a strange sig on the sidewalk by Messa.  It reads “SET, CATERING, RESTROOMS,” all with arrows pointing down the long walkway next to the rugby field.  I rack my brain on the meaning of this sign, and in the “early” hours of a week 9 Monday morning, associate their “SET” with our “SET,” a category of class we must take as part of the general education requirements.  Finally, it hits, and I remember a strange e-mail that caused a stir in my house the previous Saturday–James Franco is directing...

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Putting the “Home” in Homecoming Weekend

This past Homecoming weekend, I had the delight of spending time with my mum on campus. The last time my mum was on campus was for Freshman Move-In day last year, which wasn’t much of a visit. I’m glad she’d spent a few nights in Schenectady so she could get a feel of the campus, my classes, and just my overall college experience. On Friday, her flight came in the afternoon and we immediately had dinner at Rathskeller, because it is one of my go-to places to eat and hang-out on campus. Then I gave her a simple tour of...

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“Sometimes Family Are the Ones You Choose”

Even though it’s Sophomore year, I’m still trying to find a group I feel comfortable being around. One of the reasons I joined a sorority on campus was so that I could better seek out individuals who were similar enough to me in order to increase my sense of belonging—not as a means to solely define myself but to find something on campus that partially defined who I saw myself as already.  It was less about having a social life, but more of just making this college experience a bit more worthwhile. Since the beginning of fall term, these...

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DIY Decorations

If you’re like me, then you love finding those little bits and bobs that make a house a home.  The transition from a double dorm-room to an on-campus apartment meant that my housemates and I had a lot more space to fill than our previous two-walled decorations could satisfy.  Without breaking the bank, we found some creative and crafty ways to make all the extra space feel like our space. First, is stickers.  It’s something that I never usually think about until I’ve collected a few too many.  Many students at Union save these for their laptops or Nalgene water bottles, but for...

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