Category: Minervas

Thank U

There are two days of classes left in Spring term, and one class left for me in my undergraduate career. I’ve had a lot of time over the past few weeks to reflect on my past four years here at Union and the only thing I can think of to say is: Thank You. During high school all you hear about is how college is the best four years of your life.  While I can’t speak to that now because I have no idea what will happen during the rest of my life, I can say that the past four...

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Minerva Fellows

With the Minerva System Union students have a chance to continue to learn even after they graduate college. Through Minerva Fellows Program, although very competitive, students are given the opportunity to travel to the developing countries learn about, and fight poverty, and help improve the living conditions of the indigenous people. Students of different disciplines spend a year abroad, and work with small businesses, schools, hospitals, and charity organizations etc. After they complete their program, the Minerva Fellows are invited back on campus to share their experiences with the rest of the Union student and faculty body. This past...

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In Eastern Orthodox religions, this week is called Maslenitsa. This is the week before lent and in some religions it means no dairy until Easter. In Russian masla means butter, so that’s where the root of the word comes from. To celebrate this holiday, in much the way fat Tuesday is celebrated, Russian and East European culture club hosted a maslenitsa event in Beuth Minerva where we made blini and ate them with a variety of toppings including strawberries, jams, raspberries, and sweetened condensed...

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Pierogi Party

Russian and East European Culture club holds a pierogi party each term. It is generally considered our most popular event, and each time it comes around there are more and more people. We keep purchasing more pierogi and then no matter what, it all disappears. I’d guess that we had about 50 people at Beuth Minerva last week to chow down on pierogi. The secret to getting fed is to stay all the way until the end because most people leave when they see so many people and assume there won’t be enough....

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Russian WinterFest

Every winter term the Russian and East European Culture Club hosts Winter Fest. At this event there is Russian food and candy. This year it was held at Wold Minerva. The main dishes were a Borscht made by our very own Professor Pease and olivier salad. The club helped prepare the tradition eastern European soup and salad before the event. The beet soup was served with smetana (sour cream) and dill....

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Colder Than Mars?

Winter is back at Schenectady and what a winter! Schenectady is one of those places that never fails to surprise you. The first surprising thing is that it is hard to pronounce it. Sc… what?? Then the winters. Yesterday, Schenectady was colder than Mars. You heard it right. It was colder than MARS with snow showers and wind, but how many places do you find on earth that be colder than mars with such harsh winters and still be so beautiful and welcoming. Not many, right. I was talking to a friend about this last night. There are so many good things that...

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Out of The Darkness

Mental Health is one of the pressing problems of the current generation. The more the technological advances try to simplify life and bring happiness, the more fragile our mental health gets. We try to live inside man-made virtual worlds and totally forget about the nature and the real world around us. This issue becomes even more challenging when it’s coupled up with school workload, stress of meeting deadlines etc. If there is nothing to worry about, we find something; the color of our socks, or the size of our bags, or the spot on our phone screen. The Residential...

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REECC’s Red Party

Last night the Russian and East European Culture Club hosted our annual Red Party event in Beuth Minerva. In commemoration of the anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917, we ordered food from dining services and the Russian TA gave a short presentation. For food we had pierogi, chicken kiev, mini blini, potatoes, and rice (a starch heavy meal). The presentation focused on what the October Revolution was (when the Russian monarchy was overthrown) and current ideas about the implications of the revolution....

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Russian Club presents: real musicians

  Every Monday, the language department hosts Russian Table. Usually it is international students, students with Russian heritage, students studying Russian, and faculty. This past week a member of the local Russian community who is very involved in Russian events on campus, Boris, invited a Russian couple to come and play music for us in Wold Minerva. They played Tchaikovsky, Glinka, and the like. It was amazing.   [youtube...

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