Tag: Capital Region

Guest Post: La Mexicana: No-frills family joint, with love in every bite

Today’s featured blogger is Jessica Maung, ’18 – a Biochemistry major from Portland, OR. Learn more about Jessica here . La Mexicana Grocery & Restaurant (1759 State St.) is, hands-down, the most authentic Mexican food in Schenectady, and possibly even in the Capital Region. Margot Paulick, associate professor in the Chemistry Department and one of my thesis advisors, introduced me to this hole-in-the-wall joint. Margot attended graduate school at UC Berkeley and became a Mexican food connoisseur with her time there, developing taste buds for sharp spices and full flavor. She swears that La Mexicana is the best Mexican food that she’s...

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Guest Post: The Top 6 Places to Explore the Outdoors in the Schenectady Area

Today’s featured blogger is Abigail Lehner, ’18 – a Biology major from Colorado Springs, CO. Learn more about Abigail here .   Hiking at Plotter Kill Going on a hike at Plotter Kill Preserve is a must for Union students. The trail follows the Plotter Kill and you can walk past three waterfalls. This hike is very popular among students and is highly recommended.   Rock Climbing at The Edge Halfmoon There is a rock climbing gym about 20 minutes from Union’s campus. This is another popular stop for students and the school does trips to The Edge for free. The gym...

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5 Must-Try Capital Region Favorites this Spring

Looking for some places to check out around Union? Here are some great must-try places in the Capital Region. Martha’s Ice Cream, Lake George. A small, old style ice cream shop located in the heart of Lake George provides families with vacation memories that will last a lifetime. Not only do they serve a delicious array of flavors, but they also have a large menu of summer grill-favorites. For over 50 years, the locally owned shop has dedicated their time towards providing exceptional customer service and an astounding experience. Charlie, a famous resident of the property, is a rooster...

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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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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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Many Union students see Schenectady as a dirty city without much to offer.  That’s an easy assumption to make if you never leave campus.  In reality, Schenectady is an extremely iconic place, one that is finally on the uptrend again. Schenectady was often referred to as “The City that Lights and Hauls the World”.  That’s a pretty big title.  That title comes from the two major businesses in the area, General Electric and the American Locomotive Company.  Of course, these businesses outsourced and moved over time, but General Electric still has some business here.  There was a time where the city lost a lot of its luster due to the fact that the businesses largely went away, but now the city is seeing a lot of activity, especially downtown where a huge amount of new businesses are setting up shop.  Check Wikipedia to see its representation in popular culture. The city is large, with over 66,000 citizens reported in the 2010 Census.  There are many families that need help and use the local food pantries as a way to make sure their loved ones are fed.  The median household income is around $36,500 as of 2013.  This is much lower than New York’s median income of $57,000.  Many students from backgrounds that are much different than this may see Schenectady as a poor, unsafe city.  But that is, in my opinion, wrong....

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Jazz at Proctors Theater

On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of seeing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis. They performed for an hour and a half at Proctors Theater in downtown Schenectady, and they were a real treat to get to see live. The 15-piece brought big band boom and new life to classic pieces by composers like Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck (a personal favorite of mine), as well as some more contemporary works written by members of the orchestra itself. All fifteen of the players are soloists, and each had a chance to show their prowess at least once...

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Holi Cow!

This past Friday, I was asked by the Shakti club on campus to talk about the festival of Holi, pre-celebration. Narrating the story took me back to the several Holi-s I’ve celebrated growing up in India. It is our own signature paint party, complete with organic colors, water guns, water balloons and sometimes, eggs. Holi is the Indian festival of colors and marks the beginning of spring, and the harvest season. Legend has it that there was once a King called Hirankashyap who won over the kingdom of Earth. Being authoritarian, he did not let any person worship any other God but him (there’s a couple thousand in Hindu mythology). His own son however refused to worship him, and chose instead to be a devout devotee of God Shiva. Not being able to tolerate such resistance on his son’s part, he plotted to kill him several times, but failed at each attempt. He then approached his sister, HOLIKA, who had a boon that she could immerse herself in fire and yet come out unscathed. He asked her to do so while his son sat in her lap. She obeying her brother’s commands proceeded to,  but was burned alive, whilst her nephew being protected by Shiva’s immense power, came out unhurt. He was then proclaimed as the new King and commanded with wisdom and compassion. Since then, the night before...

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10 things to do in Schenectady

The other day someone asked me to list the top ten things to do in Schenectady. As a local (I grew up in Niskayuna), my mind started racing through a zillion things I love to do around the Capital Region. But, after much deliberation and keeping proximity to campus in mind, I came up with the following mostly-walkable list: 1. Bombers Burritos (lower State Street) — best place for burritos and 21st birthday celebrations 2. Bowtie Cinemas (lower State Street) — best place for movies 3. Chipotle (Balltown Rd, Niskayuna) — students’ absolute favorite off-campus fast food stop 4. Happy...

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15 weeks

It’s Week 5 here at the U. Now, normally that would mean some post from me about prepping for midterms or wishing you all the best of luck (like this or this), but this term I have something new to say: I will be graduating in 15 weeks. The fact that my senior year of college is already half way over is completely beyond me. I was just a senior in high school! Scurrying about the locker-lined halls with my twin sister, planning our Senior Gala and waiting for college acceptance letters to come in the mail… How did this happen...

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