Archive for October, 2011

Monday, October 31st, 2011

by
Becky,Class of 2014

Halloween is probably one of the most exciting times in Potsdam.  It’s not just one day, but an entire weekend.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday…all Halloween as far as we’re concerned.  This time around was especially fun because CariDanco had a special performance.  We were doing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as a flash mob at “Night at the MADSTOP,” a community event held here on campus with games, a haunted house, bands and more.  All proceeds went to benefit the Humane Society, so it was especially gratifying knowing that we were helping them out, too.  We all dressed up as zombies and my friend Rico helped us with our make-up.  Everyone had a special character; I was Pocahontas Zombie, Tessa was Prom Queen Zombie, Jocelyn and Brian were Barbie and Ken zombie, Krys was Gangster Zombie…it was probably the most fun performance I’ve ever been a part of.  We’ve all become so close this semester; it’s like our little CariDanco family!  Happy Halloween – love, CariDanco.

Pocahontas Zombie

 

CariDanco dressed for Halloween performance

CariDanco ready for performance in Field House

Friday, October 28th, 2011

by
Brian, Class of 2012

On paper, this semester looked to be a breeze. With only two required classes left in my degree, I thought my life would be carefree and full of free time. Not quite. Between clubs, class, and work it’s been tough to find time to myself, but over our fall break in mid October, I found some time to hike nearby Mt. Azure and I took a few pictures. I managed to get there a few days before a big storm took away most of the fall foliage, and the colors were really amazing. Either way, here is some video from the hike. Hard to believe it may be my last fall in the North Country for a while!

 

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Friday, October 28th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2014

This week has been crazy for a lot of reasons, but the fact that CariDanco has our first performance of the semester this Saturday is probably the biggest.  It’s also the first performance with us for a lot of our new members and apprentices.  The fact that Professor Carey has been out of town and rehearsals have been run by our rehearsal director, Kierstyn, is also a point of stress.  Going into rehearsal yesterday was stressful, but Professor Carey seemed really pleased with the work we did.  We’re all so thankful for Kierstyn!

I’m in charge of getting everyone there on time and making sure everyone knows what’s going on in terms of make-up and costumes.  It feels very rushed, and it’s challenging to fit into my schedule since it’s already so crazy, but at the end of the day, I love it.

My schedule next semester looks to be none the less insane.  I will be in academic overload (again), which means that I’ll be going over the 19 credit limit.  I think I’m going to have to cut back on the number of pieces I try out for in the Senior Choreographers’ Concert just to keep my sanity.  It’s a crazy schedule, but I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t keep busy.  In the meantime, I have plenty to consume myself with as we prepare for our performance this weekend!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2014

This weekend sparked an impromptu trip home.  I had a lot of family stuff going on, plus a good friend was having her baby shower and I wanted to go.  I thought that because of rehearsal I wasn’t going to be able to, but luckily things worked out in my favor and got moved around.  The baby shower was great (and no awkward shower games, yay!) and I was glad for the chance to catch up with some close family friends.  The rest of my time home was spent with my actual family, which was definitely well worth the trip in itself.

As soon as I got back to Potsdam, it was time to become a member of a new kind of family: the Alpha Psi Omega Fraternity and Theater Honor Society.  After several weeks of pledging, I was finally initiated and got my letters!  I was so excited that it was finally real, and that I’m an actual “brother” now.  I’m glad that I found a group that fits me so well, and that I’m able to be surrounded by such a talented and supportive group of people.  My real family means the world to me, but it’s amazing to be surrounded by my APO family at Potsdam!

Becky and Val, her "big" in APO, after initiation

Becky and Val, her "big" in APO, after initiation

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2014

Yesterday we had our fourth guest teacher come in to work with us – the amazing Bill Evans!  Bill is a renowned tapper and modern choreographer currently based out of the Rochester area.  He’s also the man responsible for one of my favorite dance quotes of all time; “the real reason I dance is because I want to explode.”  Upon hearing he was coming, I wanted to explode, too.

He taught four classes: Bartineiff Principles, Repertory, Modern, and Tap. Because of my schedule and the short notice, I was only able to take the Rep class.  It was absolutely amazing.  We learned a bit of his work “Going to the Moon” and also had the opportunity to work with Don, the man that originally performed the solo.  The work was dedicated to an old dance friend of both Bill and Don who was taken by AIDS about 15 years ago.  It was an emotional and touching piece and it felt amazing to dance it.  I
was pretty much floating to the moon myself, while “creating the universe along the way,” of course.

This semester has been so packed with guest artists that I can hardly keep track!  Taylor II, Carlos Jones, Big APE, Bill Evans…and next week there’s ANOTHER one coming!  It’s times like these that I couldn’t be happier to be a dance major.

Friday, October 21st, 2011

by
Tanasia, Class of 2013

This semester has been very hectic with some changes in my schedule. However, it’s always good to make some time to do the things you love. I spent last weekend taking pictures of Potsdam’s beauty.

My friends got me a Finepix Fuji camera for my birthday and I was so anxious to finally use it. I love creating poems and plays and now I have fallen in love with photography.  The beauty in just an orange cone, a tree, or the road really amazes me.

Potsdam has allowed me to find  a new way to express myself through photos. One of the greatest things about coming to Potsdam is the resources and opportunities you have. On campus we have an amazing program for Visual Arts. Too bad I stink at drawing  because one of the prerequisite classes for photography here is drawing.  On the bright side, because we have three other Universities in the area, I will be able to take a photography class at SUNY Canton next semester.

I am So Excited!!! You get many choices here at Potsdam and you may have this same feeling one day, too, that I have right now. In the meantime, I will keep you updated on my journey from Amateur to Pro:)

The Raquette River in Lehman Park

The Raquette River in Lehman Park

Front Entrance to Draime Hall

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2014

This weekend was so packed that I’m not sure it even WAS a weekend; it was more of an extension of the week.  It started off on a good note Friday night when I went with Alpha Psi Omega to go see one of my fellow understudies, Edie, in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.  The production was put on by Musical Theatre Organization, a completely student run group on campus.  She had the role of Sally Brown, and she was so adorable!  Before the show, our APO group went to eat together, too, so it was also a nice bonding experience.  It was fun to be able to go all together to support Edie!

After Charlie Brown, my “little sister” from home, Makenzie, came to stay over with me for the night!  I pretty much grew up in the dance studio, and Kenzie is my dance teacher’s daughter, who is now a junior in high school and looking at colleges.  We’ve always been like family, so of course I forced her to come check out Potsdam!  She stayed over Friday night to get the dorm experience, and it was great to have a chance to catch up with her and everything in her life.

The next day was our second Open House of the semester.  Kenzie got picked up at 8 to go to breakfast with her family while I headed to work.  The day started out rainy, but cleared up just in time for campus tours, which was a huge relief to all of us!  Even though it was a long day, I love the people I work with, so it’s always fun.  After the Open House, I went to rehearsal, an APO meeting, out to dinner with Makenzie and her family, then to a performance by “Big Ape,” a dance company from Vermont that was doing a residency here.  It was a dance theater performance, and something very different from what most people are used to, but I loved it!  Being exposed to so many different types of performance has really helped broaden my horizons.

Sunday I said goodbye to Makenzie and her family, sad that the little piece of home I got to have with me all weekend was leaving again.  But soon enough, I was off to an APO breakfast (with some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had…thanks, big and mom!) and then to Watertown with them for the First Frost AIDS walk.  It was so much fun because the walk was held in the zoo…plus I got to spend it with my soon-to-be brothers of Alpha Psi Omega!  We also won a plaque for raising the most money of any college team.  It was the perfect cap to a great weekend.

APO at First Frost AIDS Walk

Monday, October 17th, 2011

by
Vince, Class of 2013

Work-study job? Classes? Sports? Clubs? How can it all be managed? There just simply aren’t enough hours in the day when you’re a busy college student. While everyone has obligations to academics and their social life, stay conscious of when there is enough on your plate. It’s easy to spread yourself too thin when you get involved around campus on top of taking classes, but still try to get out there and do other things besides just hitting the books. A good plan for freshman year is to get your feelers out for the campus, take the introductory classes, join a student-run organization, and if you can manage a job that’s not a bad idea either. Remember where your priorities are though, maybe sacrifice a Friday night out to take a shift at work or pass up the vice president position to focus on your studies. College is a place to grow as an individual, not to become overworked and stressed with all the small stuff. Knowing what you can handle is important when trying to juggle college life, which will be rewarding if managed properly.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

It’s already been a week since fall break!

I spent my fall break spending time with my mom and my dog, my two best companions. I listened to some Garth Brooks, danced in the car, and watched countless episodes of Criminal Minds. (It is one of the best shows of ALL TIME.)  It probably wasn’t too exciting compared to some, but it was perfect for me! Another great experience…the Bills’ win on Sunday!

I also posed a plethora of hours as Sleeping Beauty on my couch, so I’m refreshed and well rested again! I’m told you can never truly catch up on your sleep, but I’m feeling loads better. I’m excited to get back to school and work and put in full effort once again.

Besides spending some quality time with my family and the back of my eyelids, I also experienced a very eventful ride back. On a ride that should take five or six hours at most, I ended up taking seven and a half hours to get back to campus. My friend and I have absolutely no idea what happened. We went the same way as usual and had only minor stops. It shall be a mystery for time to solve, I suppose.  Thankfully, we arrived a minute (literally!) before the bus full of children arrived for my friend’s after school program. Talk about a relief!

That’s all for this week, faithful followers – hope to see you next week!

Chelsey and her dog

Chelsey and her dog

Friday, October 14th, 2011

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

For many, the start of October represents a month surrounded by the beauty of fall, apple cider, and the chance to be anything you want. For me, the start of October is my first stressful period of the semester. I am happy to announce it went smoothly this year!

Being the President of a breast cancer club (Beat the Monster/BTM) and on representational group for our leadership program (Emerging Leaders), I have a million things to both prepare for, and survive, the first week of October. This year, BTM had four events and Emerging Leaders had its new member intake retreat all in the same week!  Thankfully, both groups are incredibly fun and very important to me, so the stress is well worth it.

BTM kicked off the month with Show You Care; Dye Your Hair. At this event, we offer students the chance to dye a strip of their hair pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month (October.) We also had a campfire, tabled to raise awareness, and had a great dance!

Emerging Leaders also had a great start. At our two day-long retreat, we accepted about 45 new members, and trained them in the ways of Emerging Leaders! We participated in awesome bonding exercises, learned about our leadership styles, and had a breakfast social at my townhouse. On Sunday, we traveled to SUNY Canton to participate in a high ropes course. Fun was had by all, and I’m looking forward to a successful semester!

Overall, I took the beginning of the month step by step, and had an amazing time with my friends and colleagues. Off to  accomplish more!

BTM Table

BTM Table