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Joining Rugby at Union

Are you aggressive? Do you sometimes want to just tackle people? Do you know how to play Rugby?
If your answers were yes, yes, and no, then we were in the same boat until about 3 weeks ago.

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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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How Not to College

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them....

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Union’s Versatility for Events

One of my favorite things about living at Union is our ability to create events that cater to our interests. There are so many clubs and groups on campus with access to funds and spaces that it only takes a few emails or showing up to a meeting to drum up support for your event idea, and with enough advertisement, the event can be a real success. In October, Arts House partnered with WRUC and Breazzano House to bring two bands to Union for a punk show. Scout Boys and Prince Daddy & The Hyena are returning to Union on...

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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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I’m Catholic, So What?

Now, I’m not really the type who talks about religion, nor do I fancy imposing my religious views on to others, but this past weekend I went on a short retreat to Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, New York that served as milestone in my journey with religion. There were four students from Union, including myself, who attended. Originally, I had no real intentions of going because I was never truly comfortable of what could come from the words “catholic retreat,” but through careful persuasion from a friend and knowing that I had nothing else planned...

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Having my Car at Union

This year I’ve brought my car with me to Union, which has been incredibly useful. A yearly parking pass is only $15, which is incredible, and I’ve got a small parking lot right behind my house that I can use. I’ve taken a couple weekends to visit my family in Boston and to see my girlfriend at Penn State, and with my convenient Tuesday and Thursday class schedules I can take regular long weekends. I get to drive my little black 1988 Volvo 240 pretty often, and it does well on the long drives. I can also make trips to...

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Radio Union College: Ready for Spring!

The other day I finished up scheduling shows for WRUC, Union’s student-run radio station. The show schedule is listed here online, and this term we have quite a few new faces. Unfortunately, our streaming service is down for maintenance for the time being, but if you’re in the Schenectady area you can tune in at 89.7FM! My show, From Russia With Love, will be airing every Tuesday at 7pm. My usual co-host is abroad in Germany this term, so it’ll be a solo show for me for the remaining weeks. There’ll be considerably less on-air banter in the studio...

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Spring Awakening

Last week was the showing of the Mountebanks production of Spring Awakening. I went on Friday night and haven’t stopped listening to the soundtrack since. Lizzy Magas directed a fantastic rendition of the show and it was just magnificent. Unlike in previous years, they did the show in Old Chapel, allowing for more people than the little blackbox in Yulman which seats about 60, if I’m remembering correctly. The cast was just so good. The story revolves around a group of students and teenagers in a structured society, their sexual awakening, and the turns in their lives due to...

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