Archive for February, 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Tanasia, Class of 2013

It’s a new year & a new day!  Every semester the Campus Life office works closely with many other departments and puts together events for the students to enjoy.  Every spring semester we have two weeks full of different activities; here at Potsdam we call this Winter Fest.  Winter Fest kicked off this past Thursday with Winter Fest Night Ski & Snowboarding.  One thing I love about Potsdam is the opportunities you have to do different things.  This year my sisters from my community service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma and I decided to compete in the annual Winter Fest Snow Sculpture Competition. Each team got a big mound of snow, shovels, bins, and colored water.  We decided to make our Greek Letters and a white rose that represents our official flower.  It was the first time that I ever built anything in the snow.  I learned how to make a snow man and how to be a professional snow packer.  We spent two hours building and it looks great.  I hope we win but if we don’t, I won’t mind.  I did something new and I learned some new skills.  Maybe I can get a job packing snow!

Winter Fest Snow Sculpture Competitin

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Brian, Class of 2012

Mid-winter is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only are the bright sunny (albeit frigid) days beautiful, but it seems that after a long break away from school people return with a new mindset. They are ready to pick up where they left off in mid-December, yet open to new possibilities for what the next few months hold. Personally, I can say that while home on break I thought a great deal about how I spend my time at Potsdam and in what ways I would like to change my lifestyle at school. As a result, I returned with a refreshed attitude and have noticed that I am more willing to step out of my comfort zone. I have already made new friends outside of my usual circle and I am enjoying the change of pace.

One change I have embraced is an appreciation of Potsdam’s local culinary scene, which is a varied and eclectic mix of flavors not normally found in a town the size of Potsdam. Downtown Potsdam is home to numerous pizzerias, each similar in their menu offerings but distinct in their own style and college-town personality. But for those feeling slightly more adventurous and willing to move beyond mozzarella and tomato sauce, the possibilities abound in the Potsdam area. Prior to my junior year, I rarely ventured outside of the on campus dining facilities, due partly to monetary constraints but more so because of a general lack of motivation. Things are different now, and I have taken steps to expand my culinary horizons and figure out what I dislike, like, and absolutely love. Among my new favorites are; eggs benedict from Scoopuccino’s, the tomato macaroni and beef soup at Eben’s Hearth, the nova lox bagel from the Bagelry, and the Flag combination from the Cactus Grill and Cantina.

But above all else, my most cherished discovery is the Thai Cuisine restaurant on Maple Street. The restaurant opened during the summer of 2010, and since then I have patronized it at least eight times. I’m no longer just a fan; I’m an addict. I have a particular liking for very spicy food, and there are several popular Thai dishes that can really blow your hair back with kick. But for someone who doesn’t like to sweat like a marathon runner in June while enjoying their meal, there are plenty of other interesting flavors to satisfy the palate. Panang curry offers a rich and creamy coconut milk-based sauce that has a slight bite, complemented beautifully by the sweetness of pineapple. Volcano chicken burns strongly at first due to a healthy dose of red pepper, but finishes sweet and somewhat sour in a distinctive flavor that is somewhat analogous to the General Tso’s chicken you find at your average Chinese restaurant. Pad Thai is a classic, combining clear rice noodles with crunchy bean sprouts and peanuts, along with a brown sauce that is usually sweet, with varying levels of spice. I could go on. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. I love it all. But my absolute favorite dishes are tom kha soup and crazy noodle. Nothing clears out my sinuses like a plate of crazy noodle, in all its delicious glory.

I am a true fanatic of the new Thai Cuisine restaurant, and I always follow the same two rules when I go; always try something new, and everyone shares. Going there is a great opportunity to step out of one’s comfort zone and enjoy a new dining experience.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Becky, Class of 2014

I was lucky enough that last semester began very smoothly and wasn’t extremely difficult for me to handle.  However, this semester seems like it’s out to get me.  I began with a set schedule of 19 credits (AKA the maximum amount of credits without an overload), which I knew would be difficult but didn’t expect to be this difficult this early on.  I wound up dropping the Speech component of my Survey of Human Communication class, and switching to a regular Modern Dance class instead of the reduced credit version I was about to take.  I also dropped my French 103 class to pick up a Survey of American History class.  Just a note to all high school students: If you have passed your regents and think you’re going to stop taking a foreign language, THINK AGAIN.  You are required to take ONE FULL YEAR beyond that, which most (at least my) high schools don’t tell you.  It’s much more difficult to pick up an advanced level course after 3-6 years out of it, hence why I dropped French 3 and am planning to take levels 1 and 2 over the summer.  Trust me, it’ll be much, much, much less painless to get this over with in high school.

My completed Spring 2011 schedule now includes: Survey of Human Communication (I highly recommend Dr. Youngblood, FYI), Modern Dance II, CaribFunk, Dance Improv, Dance History (which counts towards my Major AND gives me a Writing Intensive credit toward my gen ed!) and Dance Improv.  This may sound to be not-so-difficult since it involves a lot of dance.  To that, I respond with this photo.

Books for My Spring Semester

Please note that my two dance text books (the two in the middle) are far, far larger than the textbooks for the two non-dance classes.  I’d also like to note that while my other classes skip around and don’t cover the entire text we’re required to have, almost every dance class goes through an entire book, as well as online readings and videos.  Dance Major is no joke!

Continuing on both the topic of dance and my busy schedule, auditions were also this past Friday for the Senior Choreographers’ Concert.  I was cast in a 3rd piece to be choreographed by Mollie Priest and will continue to work on the other two pieces I was in last semester as they were chosen to be performed at the American College Dance Festival this March (eek!).  Each piece means 4 hours of rehearsal a week, meaning I’m now up to 12 hours of rehearsal, in addition to an overflow class load.  Needless to say, this semester is certainly going to be a challenge, but hopefully I’ll make it work.