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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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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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Public Skating at Messa Rink

I love hockey. I watch it on TV, I go to games when I can, and I love playing it. Here’s the thing, though: I couldn’t skate. When my friends asked me to play hockey I’d have to remind them that I couldn’t play with rollerblades or skate on ice, which would usually result in me not being able to play at all. I don’t think I’ve put skates on my feet since 3rd or 4th grade, and even then I didn’t know what I was doing. My parents would park the car horizontally at the end of the...

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DDD….Dinner and Discussion around Diversity (or at least I think that’s what the DDD means). This week my roommate proposed the discussion question so she asked our friends to come to Sorum to participate. And it was so interesting. The question was “is ignorance bliss?”. She presented us with a list of quotes pertaining to the question. The discussion took many turns- empathy to chocolate to religion to definitions of ignorance. DDD is something I’ll definitely try to get to more often…and Hot Harry’s tacos were...

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Fall for Schenectady

  Fall for Schenectady is an event where all the Minervas serve different food from restaurants in Schenectady. Students can walk to each one to try different things. This year I went with my friend Gordon. We only had the time to go to Wold for Mr. Wasabi and Messa for Zen. This is a great event to show campus a little bit of what Schenectady has to...

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Oktoberfest at Union

Golub, one of the Minervas, has an annual Oktoberfest event for the whole campus. Last year I wasn’t able to make it, but this year I made it a point to stop by. As soon as I got there, I heard a German singing group and saw crowds of people having fun. There were parents, alumni, and students alike. Inside there was a grill making traditional German foods, and inside there were other foods and beer for those 21 and over. I also saw the Garnet Minstrels, the all-female acapella group, perform. I got to meet some parents that...

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