Tag: New York

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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25 Things Only Union Students Understand

The mess that is Dutch Hollow during common lunch. The Nott wind tunnel. Painting the Idol. Wings and Sticks Fridays at West. The Pyramid. Avoiding vendors in Reamer like it’s your job. “Oh so are you near NYC?” At least 77 of your Instagram pictures are the picture of the Nott with a sunset behind it. 1AM Skeller. Seeing ANY dog ever, especially if it’s that one that looks like a bear. 2AM walks of shame from the library. Almost every email in your inbox starts with [Campus Events]. The ridiculous wait before the Springfest lineup is released. It’s...

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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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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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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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Birthday Weekend in Ithaca

Last weekend was one of my friends from high school’s 21st birthday! Since Ithaca isn’t far at all, I took the drive to visit her at school. It took about 3 hours or a little less. Her parents came and brought the most amazing cake, too!...

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look what some of our graduates will be doing!

Spring is just such a great time of year to be at Union. Not only is the weather perfect and the campus is even more beautiful than before (as if that was even possible!), but this time of year is filled with celebration: academic celebrations, social celebrations, past celebrations, and future celebrations! The Economics Department recently published its annual list of what some of its soon-to-be-graduates will be doing after school. I am proud to say that yours truly is on the list, but also check out all of my impressive peers! I don’t want to boast, but we’re killing...

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vacation time

Last week I spent my spring break down in Naples, Florida with my twin sister and my boyfriend. The weather reached 80 degrees nearly every day and I think I probably could have stayed for at least another 3 months without getting bored! (Read more about our adventures here). The thing about being in college is that you’re absolutely broke (unless you’re one of those lucky spoiled ones), but there is no better time to travel like crazy. Going abroad is a great option (fellow student bloggers Maura and Jordan went abroad last fall and Mary and Cam are...

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so, how did I get my job?

A year and a half ago I got an email from the Becker Career Center. It informed me that I was at the top of my class here at Union and that a staff member at the center would like to discuss scholarship and fellowship opportunities with me. I had just finished a summer internship at AllianceBernstein, a global asset management firm in midtown Manhattan, and had never stepped a foot inside the Career Center before. But, I said, “Why not?” A week later I was registered in the Career Center databases. A week after that I had my...

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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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