Category: Community Service

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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Volunteering at COCOA House

Come volunteer at COCOA House: Children of Our Community Open to Achievement! It’s an after school academic enrichment program for students grades 3-7 from the Hamilton Hill area and they always need college students to come have fun while helping some awesome kids!

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Empty Bowls in Schenectady

Empty Bowls is an awesome opportunity to get involved at Union! This community event raises awareness and funds for local food programs. With the help of a ceramics professor, Union students have made hundreds of bowls.

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Reflection on Bernie Sanders in Albany

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...

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Victory Day 2016 at Union

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...

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Back With U

Today marks the second Monday of winter term.  It was 10 degrees this morning at 8 AM. But despite the lovely weather, this term will be my second at Union and I feel completely comfortable and so happy to be back.  One thing about first term as a freshman is that you plan to have all this time to do whatever you want.  Yet in reality it seems like you’re busy all the time even if you only have a few extracurriculars.  Basically, you have to learn time management.  Going into my second term I feel ready to take on...

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Arts House Does It In The Dark

In an effort to use less electricity and reduce Union’s carbon footprint, different buildings affiliated with the campus are taking part in the “Do It In The Dark” initiative. Residents of each building pledge to use less electricity and to turn off lights and unplug unused devices, and their performance is rated based off of how much electricity they used in months past and how much they will use in the next three weeks of reduced usage. The event started yesterday, the same day we jumped an hour ahead with Daylight Savings. Now it’s getting dark earlier, and we’ve...

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Club Expo 2015

Club Expo as a freshman is basically an event for joining every club you might have the slightest interest in.  For me, that was about ten clubs.  Could I tell you everything I signed up for?  Probably not.  However, I was told that it is better to sign up for too much and then have to drop a few things instead of wishing you signed up for more. The club that now takes up a majority of my free time is Women’s Rugby.  I thought it was important to try something I had never done before as well as have a...

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