Tag: Fun

Hockey at Union

There’s no doubt that hockey is one of the biggest things at Union. In case you didn’t know, we are D1 and play against IVY LEAGUE schools. Oh hello it’s us, Union, beating Harvard in a hockey game!

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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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Using a Tablet for Work and Leisure

This summer, while I was living on an island off the coast of New Hampshire, my Macbook Pro . I was one of about a hundred employees on Star Island, and luckily we were fortunate enough to have a full-time IT person who could help diagnose the issue. My computer died in the middle of me using it, and when I tried to restart it the only thing that appeared on the screen was a message telling me the laptop couldn’t connect to its own hard drive. I would later find out that the cable that connected the hard drive to the...

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Schenectady

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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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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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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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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Some Assembly Required

I guess the one thing that’s constantly put into question is “where do I belong in all of this.” As a freshman, you’re basically thrown into an already-standing status-quo of a campus. You’re learning who goes where, what doesn’t look right, and how to seem social without seeming like someone’s desperate cry for attention. Sometimes we’re taken advantage of and other times we’re undermined. For what reason? Well, leave that in the eyes of the beholder. I’m slowly, but surely, placing my feet where I think they belong. And if I miss a step or go too quickly, then...

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