Archive for May, 2011

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2014

The past few days have been a big change from the crazy busy schedule I’ve been juggling all semester.  Now that the concerts are all finished and classes have ended, I have pretty empty days.  All that’s left to do is write a few papers and study.  For most students, the academic preparation period leading up to finals week can be one of the most stressful parts of the semester.  For me, it’s the opposite.  I’ve been so busy all year that this is actually a much slower pace than I’m used to.  Plus, it helps that I’ve been on top of all my classwork and assignments all semester, so there’s not sure a huge stress placed on my final score.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my friends lately.  Several of them are graduating so I want to see them as much as possible before they go.  It’s going to be so strange next year without them!  Last night a few of us went to Taco Bell—a tradition in our social circle.  My friend, Jesse, and I carried this with us from our hometown, Sidney.  It’s not that simple in Potsdam, given that the nearest Taco Bell is half an hour away in Massena.  It’s kind of nice though because it gives us extra time to spend with each other on the trip.  It’s true what they say: it’s not the destination, but the journey.  But the delicious Mexican fast-food in the middle of the night makes the destination pretty worth it as well.

The last few days have also been consumed with packing and moving some of my stuff into storage.  Note to all: get your friends to help you move.  It’s a pain, but it’s much more enjoyable when you have someone to laugh with while you’re hauling boxes down stairs.  In the mess of my room created by packing, I managed to lose my BearCard, our form of a SUNY ID.  The card has all of our meal information on it, as well as our Bear Express, a form of money that can be used around town like a debit card.  I wasn’t too worried, given that I only have a few days left, but after 24 hours of living off the few granola bars I had in my room I decided it was worth the $10 fee to get a new one.  I spent literally my last $10 on that darn card.  Good thing I have a paycheck coming in Thursday!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

by
Brian, Class of 2012

It’s finals week! Believe it or not, I find this last week much more relaxing than the last week of classes. There are no assignments, projects, or labs due this week and all that is necessary is to be prepared for exams. I have three finals to take care of and then my junior year is in the books. Just off the top of my head, here are a few things that I will miss about this year:

1) Mineralogy and Geochemistry. Two of my favorite classes that I’ve ever taken, also some of the most challenging. These courses opened me up to possibilities for a career path and gave me some direction in regards to graduate school.

2) My townhouse. Living in the townhouses was a nice change for me this year. I’ve gone from a double in Knowles my first year, to a suite in Lehman my sophomore year, to a townhouse this year. Next year I will be in an off-campus apartment, so you could say that I have seen the entire spectrum of housing in Potsdam. Definitely going to miss the kitchen, the dishwasher, and especially the unlimited use of laundry services.

3) Frisbee club. I am going to be in Elko, Nevada all summer and I think that it’s safe to say that the culture for ultimate is probably not the same that it is in the east.

4) Music. My housemate formed a band this year and they had a great deal of success playing in the Potsdam area. I’m proud to say that I was one of their most consistent fans, singing and dancing (like a moron) at most of their shows. I also got a few chances to make guest appearances playing guitar, as well.

5) Friends. Obviously.

Good luck to everyone on finals! Below are a few photos of a game of Ultimate that Frisbee Club organized this Saturday. It rained steadily the whole time, but it was a great time, and the turnout was fantastic.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee

Monday, May 16th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2013

That’s it: we made it!  Well, almost.  Today was the final day of classes at SUNY Potsdam and I had the pleasure of enjoying my last class with first-year status.  It was a lot of fun, because like a lot of last days, my classes involved a lot of fun activities that they don’t normally include.  It also helped that it was a beautiful week, so some of my classes were outside.  That’s something I really love about SUNY Potsdam: the outdoor classrooms.  Like I’ve stated in past blogs, even though it’s so cold here for much of the year, when it gets warm there is such a huge change in Potsdam life.  Everyone gets so happy and things just look up.

Not only did some of my lecture styles venture into the quad, but so did my dance classes.  On Wednesday we had modern outdoors.  We did a Limón style class, which was especially fun for me because I have spent all semester researching and writing about Limón for my dance history class.  It was so nice to dance and be able to look up into the sky.  My feet were left completely grass stained, but it was more than worth it.

Our improvisation class on Thursday was outside as well.  We did a lot of different exercises that we’ve done throughout the semester and it was a really nice culminating experience.  Today we did yoga outside during modern class.  We’ve spent every other Friday doing Yoga all semester.  It’s been a nice way to mix up the schedule and keep things fresh.  I’ve always wanted to do yoga outside but never actually had the chance until today.  It was a very different experience, but I really enjoyed it.

It’s also been a very emotional week since a lot of my friends are graduating.  I’ve become so close to Tani, Talisa and Mollie through having so many dance classes with them, as well as through being in their pieces for the concert.  I feel like I have learned so much and I’ve started looking up to them like older siblings.  My good friend Joey from CariDanco is also graduating.  Next year is going to be so different without them all!  Luckily, we still have the next week to spend time together and I plan to hold on to every minute possible.

Improv class held outside

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2013

This weekend was eventful to say the least.  Friday night was the opening for the Senior Choreographers’ Concert.  We were all excited and eagerly anticipating our performance that we’ve worked on for so long.  All of the pieces that I performed in went really well and I felt really great about the work that I presented.  There were a few technical difficulties, but nothing that couldn’t be solved.  Overall, it was a successful first show.

The next morning I had to get up early because my parents and one of my best friends from home, Bonnie, came up to visit and see the performance.  I spent the day with them around Potsdam and even convinced them to go to the Potsdam Humane Society where they have a little of German Shepard mix puppies that are conveniently going to be ready to be adopted out the very day I go home.  I’m planning to adopt one and take it home with me, so I couldn’t be more excited!  We went out to dinner at Scoopuchino’s and I had the most delicious spicy black bean burger of my life.  I’ve never been so happy to be a vegetarian.  Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for the show.

…And that is when things started going wrong.  First, the iPod hookup wasn’t working during warm up.  That wasn’t a huge deal as far as the actual show was concerned, but you’d be astounded the effect that a lack of music had on the dancers.  The entire mood was completely different and everyone was dragging.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the glitches.  Right after warm up, we discovered that none of the stage lights would turn on.  This wound up delaying the show half an hour, and stressing the entire production staff as well as the performers beyond belief.  The performance certainly wasn’t our best, but under the circumstances we did the best we could.  As they say, the show must go on!

Sunday’s show, however, more than made up for the unfortunate happenings of the evening before.  It was probably the best run that the three pieces I’m in have ever had.  I was more than proud of the work I did and I’m absolutely devastated that the three senior choreographers won’t be working with us in Potsdam any longer.  I know they are going on to do great things, and I hope that one day I have the chance to work for them again.  You never know!  For now, I’m just going to focus on recuperating from a long and stressful week and start preparing myself for the finals looming ahead.  13 days and we’re done!  Where did spring semester go?

Senior Show

Friday, May 6th, 2011

by
Jeffri, Class of 2013

Choosing the right college is like choosing a new home. Not every location is right for everyone. At first, I assumed that since I am a city boy, I could not attend a school located in rural or suburban America. I later found out that wasn’t true. I chose to come to SUNY Potsdam because of the great reputation the school holds. All of the alumni/ae that I was able to meet were all ecstatic when it came to describing their college years here. After those raging reviews, I immediately decided that I needed to visit. I came up and learned an even greater deal of information. I was also pleased to see all of the great resources offered by the school.  There are great tutoring services. There are also computer labs and two different libraries with staff that is more than willing and motivated to help each student.

One other thing that aided with my decision was the surprising variety of food, both on campus and in town. There’s everything one could crave for such a small town. Choosing a college is not easy. However, go with what feels right for you and you’ll be surprised how easy the choice becomes.

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2013

This weekend marked the beginning of tech week for the Senior Choreographers’ Concert, 3-Dimensional. We have been working all semester on our pieces and this weekend the nine finished products will be presented in three separate shows.  I will be performing three pieces, one by each of the senior choreographers: Tani Currier, Talisa Davis, and Mollie Priest.

Most of my weekend was consumed by rehearsals.  Saturday morning I had CaribFunk rehearsal bright and early at 9am and then rehearsal for a special performance in collaboration with a French professor right after that.  After a half hour break, it was straight into a three hour rehearsal for Tani’s piece.  Straight from there, I had to go to lighting rehearsal for Mollie’s quintet.  A lighting rehearsal isn’t much of a rehearsal at all…it’s just when we walk through our spacing and the lighting designers do their thing to make it look amazing.  This semester, our time slots were a little longer than normal because the show is being lit by students in the Fundamentals of Lighting Design for Stage class.  It’s an exciting opportunity for them to get to design for the show, so it wasn’t anything we minded sacrificing a little time for.  They actually moved pretty quickly, and we even ended a few minutes early!  Sunday I had lighting rehearsals for the other two pieces, and then rehearsal for Junkanoo Project, which is a part of CaribFunk class.  My weekend wasn’t restful…but it was fun!

Caribfunk

For as busy as my weekend was, my week so far has been even more hectic.  I’ve had the normal end-of-the-semester craziness that the normal college student has to deal with, in addition with rehearsals that consume my evenings.  It’s a little crazy, and I’m certainly not sleeping as much as I’d like to, but I know it’ll all be worth it this weekend after I perform.  Tech rehearsals are always stressful because there is a lot of backstage wait time, but because there are so many people in such a small space it’s hard to get anything done.  On top of that, it’s a challenge to be that close to the same people so often, especially when we’re all stressed as it is.  So far it’s been okay, and I hope the rest of the week will follow suit.  Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

by
Brian, Class of 2012

This past weekend is one that I wish I could relive for years to come. Warm, sunny days do wonders for someone’s disposition, and everyone seemed to be in a great mood this weekend. On Saturday, I walked down to Ives Park (a town recreational park along the Racquette River; great sunsets there!) to see a few friends play in their bands at the gazebo. I met up with a large group of people and got a chance to see some old friendly faces, as well as meet some new ones.

The music was great, and in my opinion, nothing beats throwing a frisbee along the Racquette on a beautiful day. Sunday was great, too. I got to play a good deal of guitar outside and got some reading in under the bright clear skies.

It’s amazing to think that in a month I will be in Elko, NV starting my summer internship with the Barrick Gold Corp. I have a lot of friends who will be graduating on May 22, so I’m making it a point to make the most of our remaining time together.

One last thing that I would like to point out; it is much easier to buckle down on work at the end of the fall semester when the snow is falling than it is to study at the end of the spring semester in the bright, warm sunlight.

Spring has sprung!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

by
Vince, Class of 2013

These few rows of benches are one of my many favorite spots on campus.  This is just one of the two outside lecture spots on SUNY Potsdam’s campus.  On nice days in the fall or spring a professor can take a class outside for an outdoor class. It’s very picturesque to have a class on these benches, just off of the photo is the main academic quad and to the left of the photo is Saterlee Hall. Students can be seen frequenting this spot around finals week for group study sessions and during lunch breaks.  It’s a really chill place to just hang around. Potsdam is full of little nooks like this outdoor classroom, which is just one of the many unique things about this college.

 

Outdoor Classroom

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

by
Becky, Class of 2013

Friday, April 29th marked the official groundbreaking of SUNY Potsdam’s new performing arts building!  The building has been in the planning stages for roughly 13 years and will be the first new construction on the Potsdam campus in over 30 years.  Needless to say, it was an exciting day…especially for the Department of Theater and Dance since that will be our new home!  The new facility is poised to put SUNY Potsdam in first in terms of SUNY art schools.  I personally have never been so proud to be a dance major at Potsdam.

The new building will feature four dance studios, two black box theaters, and one enormous proscenium theater for main stage productions, as well as numerous acting studios (I’m not sure of the exact number), a new office complex, and new meeting rooms for Dance Ensemble, Theatre Guild, and Alpha Psi Omega (our co-ed theater and dance fraternity).  It’s all going to include the newest technology and give our students new opportunities to really get their most out of their education within theater and dance.  The building is currently set to open fall of 2013, my senior year!

At the opening ceremony, my Dance Improvisation class performed a half-hour flash mob performance as the preamble.  The theme was new beginnings and coming together to create something new in order to move forward.  It was our first “performance” as an improv class, so that was a little nerve-wracking…especially since it took place outdoors without the traditional bounds of the stage.  It was a good learning experience, considering so many of the great improvisation teachers and originators believed so strongly in working outdoors in nature.  It was a really interesting experience, and I’m glad I got to take part in it.

Right after my improvisation class finished, it was time for CariDanco to perform as the official opener to the groundbreaking ceremony.  We did a Haitian style piece entitled “Celebration” that we’ve worked with in rehearsal and small demonstrations.  The crowd seemed to really enjoy the piece and we got a lot of energy from them to push us through, even though I was especially exhausted having just performed a half-hour improvisational piece!  After our performance, the president of the college spoke briefly about CariDanco.  It was gratifying to hear his words of appreciation and to see that CariDanco is really starting to come to life and receive recognition around campus as well as in the greater Potsdam community.  Today it’s the North Country…tomorrow it’s the world! I can’t wait to see where this all takes us.

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

Lehman Park is beautiful, serene, and calm. If you go there at the right times, it’s even quiet. Living on a college campus, those adjectives aren’t typically a part of my day to day vocabulary. Perhaps more importantly, Lehman Park inspires those qualities in its visitors as well. It’s a wondrous place for a stroll, a delightful spot for homework. There are picnic tables for when you want company, and various rocks for when you want to be on your own and just watch the water eloquently slosh against the bank. If you feel like being a little more energetic, you can rent a kayak or canoe. Regardless of your purpose, Lehman Park offers something for almost everyone. For me, it offers serenity and peace – priceless commodities in a college student’s life. Because of that, it is without a doubt my favorite place on campus.

Chelsey at Lehman Park