Tag: Upstate

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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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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Let me tell you something: I don’t care if finals start today. I don’t care if I have an exam at 8:30am tomorrow morning. I don’t care if it’s 30 degrees out the ground is still covered with ice and snow. Spring Term 2014 is just around the corner and I CAN’T WAIT! I don’t need to explain this to anyone who has already had the luck and incredible fortune to be on the Union College campus for spring term, but all you first-years, all you prospective students, all you curious high-schoolers, (all you jealous college students that go to...

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A special Sunday

Every Sunday, I usually go to Hindu temple. I have explored Hinduism since the beginning of last year. It is such a vibrant cultural eye-opening for me. And when I go, I experience something new. This Sunday, I went to temple in the company of professor Witsoe and his Contemporary India class. He took them there in order for them to get a better idea of what Hinduism looks like and to give them a life visual of what they read in the book.   After an hour at the temple were the student got a chance to ask  lot...

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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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snow wear

There is no question that winter is upon us in Schenectady, NY. With highs in the single digits (and lower) and West Beach looking more like an ice rink than our beloved Springfest playground, a current Union student’s biggest issue right now (second only to “how in the world am I going to convince myself to leave my room today?”) is how to dress for this weather. Granted, I grew up here, but walking across a campus all day is much different than running to and from a car parked in front of a high school or warm home…...

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homecoming and gone

Well, Union’s annual Homecoming and Family weekend has unfortunately already come and gone. We literally had the best weather ever this weekend and I don’t know if our campus has ever looked more beautiful (which is saying something, because we might have the most beautiful college campus in the northeast). I was looking forward to myriad things this weekend (here was my little list), but of course the things you enjoy most about a weekend are never the things you expect; I went to Bowtie Cinemas in Downtown Schenectady on Friday to see Gravity which was incredible and terrifying (but...

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the college schedule

One of the biggest questions I had coming into college was what my daily schedule would look like. I couldn’t wrap my head around anything but my 7am-4pm high school day. I would beg my parents, “Yeah, but what will I do all day?!” And they would answer (correctly), “Well, when you’re not in class, you’ll be studying, and when you’re not studying, you’ll be doing clubs, and when you’re not doing clubs, you’ll be hanging out with friends.” But, I still couldn’t get it. Now, however, I do. And I’ll tell you something: I love it! So for all...

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