Archive for December, 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

by
Vincent, Class of 2013

The town of Potsdam caters to two colleges, Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. The local businesses revolve around the academic community and understand our needs as college students. There are bookstores, cafés, a theatre, vintage clothing boutiques, and a handful of restaurants that deliver until the early hours of the morning. When I’m taking a study break or if it gets too cold to walk to the student union I order from the delivery menus the college provides at the start of the semester. Two places that are the most common to order from is either A-1 Chinese or the Bagelry. Both deliver right to the dorms and are extremely affordable. The Bagelry has amazing food and is a godsend for the Bagel lover. They will
put anything you want on a bagel. Choices like buffalo chicken, cesar salad, and their famous pizza bagels are only some of the possibilities. My personal favorite is the turkey and bacon on a whole-wheat bagel. When I have a craving for this delicious sandwich all that’s required is $5.75 and a quick phone call to the restaurant. During the warmer months it’s only a quick walk from campus into town. All the restaurants are on a decent sized block and the town’s many shopping places are relatively close. However, during the winter months they will deliver right to your residence hall. Potsdam is a town built for the colleges, visitors should always check out our Main Street when seeing if SUNY Potsdam is the right place to spend four years.

Monday, December 13th, 2010

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

Alas, the week of finals is here. In college, finals week is something almost everyone stresses over and the week before is definitely the perfect precursor. Worries and stress, stress and worries fill your head – regardless of who you are.

Surprisingly enough, I’m not as stressed as usual. Granted, I’m writing this during my all-nighter as a break, and I still haven’t got to dinner. But compared to the last couple semesters, this is a piece of cake. This is only my second all-nighter of the year and I feel as though I will blow through most of my finals. I’m already excited for next semester and for all the things that I will accomplish during winterim. This is all very nice.

You may notice I ended my last paragraph with “This is all very nice.” I ask that you pay attention to how I start my next one.

This is one of the strangest feelings I’ve ever had. As a busy-body, I am accustomed to life on the go. I live each moment to the fullest and since I am always so busy doing so many things, I make sure I pay attention to the small things to make sure life doesn’t pass me by. Such is my life, and I enjoy it. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy down time as well – I’m just not used to so much of it. So although I am pulling an all-nighter tonight, my life has been fairly stress-free. I planned all week for tonight so I’ve gotten plenty of sleep and lots of relaxation. One night of work and it’s all done! That doesn’t sound like finals week (or even my life for that matter) to me. I watched two movies today. I spent the other day baking cookies with the girls. Cookies and movies, presents and naps. That was my last week of classes.

I apologize to all of those who are currently experiencing the anxiety the end of the semester brings. But for myself – I say let the good times roll and hellooo finals.

Monday, December 13th, 2010

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

It’s a place you’re so glad to return to but also so glad to leave.  You spend a month waiting for the break, to see your family, and to just relax. And really, it is quite lovely to be there. You think, “Finally. I’m home.” A deep feeling of satisfaction inflates you and inside, everything is complete once again.  But after a while you get that longing again, the longing for home. And when you return to those library hours and piles of laundry that define the college life, home once again floods through you, and once again: satisfaction. So where is home exactly?

There’s that old saying, “Home is where the heart is.” But what if your heart is in a variety of places? For instance, what if your mom is your best friend? The one who for so many years dried your tears and built you up for the opportunities you enjoy today? Imagine your family, your childhood memories, everything that went into the foundation of who you are is five hours away in a little town the average person has never heard of called Freedom, New York.  Population: 2,555. Am I number 2,556? Or does my statistic belong in Potsdam? Another small town, only this time located in the rural land of the North Country. The foundation, the structure of my life and my persona isn’t here. But the finishing touches, what has completed who I am and taught me what I want is here. My future, my present, and the gained knowledge of how to blend both with the past is here. In fact, in close to a year and a half, I’ve learned more than I’ve learned in my 16 years of life prior to college. This is where my everyday life is, most of my favorite things and passions. And I have a family here too in a sense, my friends that I sleep next to, eat with, and who have the privilege of seeing me before my shower. My boyfriend, who listens to all my details of every conversation I have, and who is there when I need someone. Without doubt I’d say my heart resides here. But the thing is, my heart is in both places. And I’m sure it will follow me wherever I go – so how do I choose? I pick on both the places, saying they are in the middle of nowhere, mocking their small size. But in reality, they both have a reserved space in my heart.

Dictionary.com lists thirty one different entries for a home. So how do you choose which one is right? My answer: I won’t. My home is where my heart is, has been, and will be – again, the perfect blending of past, present, and future. That’s the journey of life isn’t it?

Me and My Mom

Monday, December 13th, 2010

by
Gethmini, Class of 2012

“Around the World in One Night” was a cultural show organized to show international diversity and variety here in SUNY Potsdam. It was organized by the Potsdam International Organization (PIO) of SUNY Potsdam and was held on the 30th of October 2010, from 7pm to 9pm at Dunn Theatre. The goal of the show was to educate the community of Potsdam about the diversity hidden in Potsdam.

Around the World in One Night

Around the World in One Night

The show was split in to two sections. The first section introduced the countries with presentations of each country providing the audience with background information, and a cultural performance from each country followed each presentation. The second section included about ten group performances representing different parts all over the world. Modern American Dancing, African Drumming, Indian Dancing, Irish Dancing, Belly Dancing, Swedish song, Chinese Song and much more! Finally all performers representing various cultures got together giving one common message in their own languages.

“ Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” This was a show that got all students, international and non-international working in co-operation and harmony together despite their cultural differences and

Around the World in One Night

language barriers during production. Despite some technical difficulties, overall, it was a well organized event by PIO that served its purpose in educating the whole community of Potsdam!

Around the World in One Night

Around the World in One Night

Friday, December 10th, 2010

by
Chris, SID

Hello again from Maxcy Hall! With a long break in action upcoming, I figured it would be a good time to get people caught up on what’s going on in SUNY Potsdam athletics.

With all five winter teams in action, it was a busy couple of days for the Bears last weekend. The focus was on the men’s hockey team, which had a pair of big events in conjunction with games against Plattsburgh (Friday) and Hobart (Saturday). On Friday, the first Bear Pride Night took place as hundreds showed their support for the team and donated money to support Bears Stick It To Cancer, an initiative sponsored by North Country Savings Bank to raise money for support of cancer awareness and research. Over $300 was raised to support the cause and senior Kyle Green (Bel Air, Md.), a former men’s hockey player, won the Sears Shootout and went home with a 42-inch flat screen television. Saturday’s game was televised on Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to complete game coverage, there were also interviews with seniors Colin MacLennan (Whitby, Ontario) and Fraser Smith (Fonthill, Ontario), as well as SUNY Potsdam president John F. Schwaller and dean of students Chip Morris. The broadcast is still available on Time Warner Sports On Demand (channel 577) or online. Visit http://www.timewarnercable.com/northeast/learn/programming/sports/local.html for more information.

The swimming & diving teams remained undefeated (4-0) in dual meets this season with the men and women both winning at Buffalo State on Saturday. The men’s basketball team picked up its first conference win of the year by defeating New Paltz on Saturday, while the women’s basketball team played its final game of the calendar year on Tuesday at Skidmore. The women’s hockey team was on the road over the weekend before returning home Tuesday night against Plattsburgh, the nation’s No. 2 team.

Both hockey teams are at home this weekend. The women will take on St. Michael’s, an NCAA Division II member, on Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The men will host No. 10 Manhattanville on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4:30 p.m.). The men’s basketball team heads to a tournament at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for games on Friday and Saturday.

Following the weekend, no Potsdam team plays again until Jan. 4. It will be very quiet at Maxcy Hall over the next three weeks with Finals Week and Winter Break on the docket. With that said, there won’t be much to report until the New Year. Good luck to all students on finals and Happy Holidays to all students, faculty and staff from the Potsdam sports information office!

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Friday, December 3rd, 2010

by
Becky, Class of 2014

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving – I know I did!  Since last week was shorted by the break, a lot of people skipped Monday and Tuesday so that they’d have the whole week home.  Because of my rehearsals for the Student Choreographers’ Concert (a full 8 hours on Sunday and 3 hours late Monday evening), I was unable to do this.  Just my luck, I wound up waking up Monday morning with the stomach bug.  Just great.  I wound up spending the day sick in bed instead of in the rehearsals I had stayed back for.  To add insult to injury, most of my classes were canceled so staying in Potsdam and postponing my break was even more useless.

It all worked out in the end because I wound up having a wonderful break.  I spent Wednesday running rehearsals and setting choreography for our student contemporary company back home.  It was so nice to get to see all the girls again…I miss them so much while I’m at school!  Straight from rehearsal I had to drive half an hour for an interview for a summer internship position with the Oneonta Outlaws in Marketing and Journalism.  I wound up getting the job, which made my day that much better!  Helloooo 4 credits!

Later that night I traveled with family to my cousin’s home in Connecticut for Thanksgiving.  Lots of food, family and fun…I just wished it lasted longer!  This was concluded with my little cousin, Angelina, and I screaming at the tv during the Jets game.  Thankfully, they stopped playing like pansies and pulled out a win.  Kudos, boys!

I spent the remainder of my break with my friends from home.  It’s weird being away from them for so long since we basically lived together all summer.  I think we all realized how different things are now for all of us and it’s difficult accepting that it won’t be the same that it was.  Hopefully it’ll be even better (:

From the moment I got back to Potsdam on Sunday night, hell week was upon me.  Since the concert is this weekend, my entire week is consumed by tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, costume fittings, you name it.  Yesterday I danced for a solid 7.5 hours between my classes and rehearsals.  Today wasn’t as bad though because it involved a lot of sitting around during tech while waiting for my pieces to get their stage time.  Regardless, I’m still sure this week is going to kill me.

Wish me luck!