Category: Campus Life

Must-Read Books for Spring Break

A perk of being an English major: you get to read books. A con of being an English major: you have to read books (that often don’t interest you, that is). It’s a bittersweet reality. When your academia demands so much of something you enjoy, you have to be careful not to lose your love for the activity. What I often do is take advantage of my college breaks to “binge” on books that I personally pick and want to read—as opposed to reading something for a grade. Don’t get me wrong, the books I’ve been assigned to read...

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Campus Meal Hacks

Eating: unarguably the most important task of every day. However, as a college student, boredom, lack of money (or creativity), can make the most fun activity of eating sadly mundane. So, here’s some ideas to spruce up your eating habits, whether it be to save you money, save you from eating boring food, or cure your desperate need for a cheat meal. If you aren’t a freshman or don’t live conveniently close to West College, you likely don’t go to West to eat. That’s wrong, and let me tell you why: we have Vitamix blenders (read: the God of...

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Reducing Smartphone Use

Experiencing your young adult years in the 21stcentury can be bittersweet. For one, not everyone is entirely in need of smartphones and social media. Though I never felt a real pressure to be actively involved in social media/use my smartphone, I still tried to limit my dependency on my phone and number of social media accounts I had. However, there was this undercurrent of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, unwanted stress, and social pressure to be involved with and be exposed to all that social media functioned on. So, I felt I needed to bring minimalism to another corner of my life:...

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The Winter for Giving

I’m torn between feeling let-down by the lack of snow this winter and relieved that I didn’t have to whip out my snow boots and put on layers of clothes. Perhaps, Schenectady heard my prayers (or mother nature is trying to tell us something). Either way, my second winter at Union surprised me a bit. If anything, it felt more like the winters back home. This winter, I noticed a lot more campus involvement towards giving back to the Union and Schenectady community, which is admirable. I’ve taken my own steps towards being more charitable this winter, as well,...

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Women’s March NYC

I went to the Women’s March on NYC on Saturday and wrote this article for the Concordiensis, the student paper.  Enjoy. “The Women’s March Proves that the 21st Century Protest is Still About Bodies, not Tweets,” a headline on The Verge magazine’s website Monday (1/23) morning reads. The Millennial generation is largely criticized by its elder generations for its inability to mobilize on political issues, choosing instead to utilize the Internet as a means to spread messages of social activism. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Women’s March in New York City on Saturday, January 22nd suggest that such...

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Pros & Cons of Being an Out-of-State Student

As the time for acceptance letters soon approaches, below are some things for first-year students coming from out-of-state regions (specifically, out of the NE area) to consider. CONS The luxury of going home for the weekend is not a thing. Culture shock. Enough said. Starting afresh can be stressful, hard to figure out, and takes a lot more patience and energy than you expected. The odds of finding “native cuisine” from your home state are slim. So, you patiently wait for long, school breaks so you can get back to stuffing your face with your favorite foods. The price...

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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 minimalist 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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