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Wednesday, February 16, 2011



Republican Excursion

Hello everybody,

As I mentioned in my last post, I am on the executive board of a club on campus, the Binghamton University College Republicans (don’t hold it against me!).  We hold several big events throughout the year including our annual September 11th Memorial, as well as debates with the College Democrats that take place each semester.  We also bring political leaders to campus to speak, and we do our best to keep the campus informed and politically active.  We keep close connections with local politicians, helping them out with their campaigns and working in their offices through internships.  These are all great experiences and we love to help out.  Additionally, every Thursday night we meet on campus and we discuss the latest news and issues relating to Republican Party, politics, and our country in general.

This past weekend I, along with some of the other members of the club, took a trip to Washington D.C.  Every year we organize a trip to go to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.  There, the top conservative politicians of the past and present speak about the major issues, their careers, and the state of the nation.

This was my first year going, and it was absolutely incredible.  We got an amazing discount for being college students, which is always a good thing, and we met College Republicans from all different colleges and universities around the country.  We also had the chance to meet a few of the politicians who spoke: an opportunity I definitely did not pass up.  I met and spoke with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota, as well as former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. 

We were in D.C. for a total four days, and after sitting and listening to speeches all day, we had plenty of time to explore the amazing city at night.  It was an amazing opportunity, and I am really glad that our club was able to arrange this trip.

Thanks for reading, and remember to have fun!
-Aylon

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Sunday, February 13, 2011



The Importance of Joining Clubs & Organizations

Hey Binghamton Blog Readers!!

In my first post I touched on the importance of getting involved on campus by joining at least one club or organization.  To be honest, this advice not only applies to Binghamton University, but any college or university you may decide to attend next fall.  But in my opinion, one of the best aspects of Binghamton University is the fact that we have over 200 clubs and organizations from which to choose from, meaning that there is something for everyone here on campus.  There are over 40 active Club Sports teams, several different political groups, student government positions, cultural and religious organizations, and other random groups like the Pirate Club and the L.A.R.P. (Live Action Role-Playing) Club.  The reason why I believe getting involved in campus organizations is so important is because it’s how students (especially new freshman) will meet most of their friends on campus.  I always tell prospective students on tours that is highly unlikely that they’ll make a lot of friends at their 8:00am Organic Chemistry lecture because everyone in it will be tired, cranky and annoyed that they’re up at the crack of dawn.  In addition, getting involved on campus looks great on a resume!! Personally, I’m involved with Residential Life as an Resident Assistant in College-in-the-Woods, the Binghamton Crew Team, the Admission Tour Guide Program, and BU’s radio station WHRW.

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Tours in February:
Sunday, 2/20 @ 1:00pm
Monday, 2/21 @ 10:00am
Friday, 2/25 @ 10:00am
Saturday, 2/26 @ 10:00am



It’s all for the Children!

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Hey all you readers out there!
So for the past couple of days all I have been hearing in my jazz class and else where is, “Anyone want to buy CDT tickets” and “Did you get your CDT ticket yet?!?”. See, abbreviations are a huge thing on this campus but this one I did not know of. So my first thought was “What is CDT?” and my second was “I need a ticket!”. As soon as I find out that the abbreviation “CDT” stands for Children’s Dance Theater, I’m instantly intrigued! The Children’s Dance Theater put on a show this past Saturday afternoon where over a hundred Binghamton students, parents, and members of community came to watch a nine piece dance performance.

The styles of dances were very diverse - there was everything from ballet to hip hop to a style of dance popular in Sri Lanka. I was really impressed with the choreography and the cool part is that all of choreographers are students too! They perform at the Osterhout Concert Theater on the Binghamton campus, but also at local elementary schools. The main purpose of this organization is to inspire children to get involved in arts by putting on this dance performance for them. There were some children at the show that I went to and hearing them around me, I could tell they were really enjoying the dances and neat lighting and fog effects. What is so great about this organization is that all proceeds went to an orphanage in Russia through the organization, Orphan Cry. I really enjoyed this performance and it’s really great to know that Binghamton students are making on impact on the world using something they are really passionate about.

Are you thinking that maybe this is something you’re interested in? This organization holds auditions for dancers and choreographers every September to prepare for the show in the Spring semester. I don’t know about you guys but I know I’m thinking about doing it in the fall! For all you dancers out there, this is just one example of the many dance organizations on campus to get involved in so find the best one for you!

Monday, January 31, 2011



Student Ambassadors

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Hey guys!
I hate to be “that guy” that advertises on a blog, but the opportunity is too good to pass up.

Tonight (Monday, January 31) and tomorrow February 1, the Student Ambassadors will be holding their General Interest Meetings at 7PM in the Hinman Commons. If you’re someone who has a ton of Binghamton pride, strives to have a blogging account on this here Admissions site, or just wants to find out what we’re all about, I definitely recommend coming. Oh, and did I mention that there will be free pizza? I mean, that should be incentive enough smile

Seriously though, you should all come down and learn more about the best student group on campus. (And I’m not just saying that because I happen to be a member wink ) If you’re interested, check out our site here.

As a side note, I should mention to all you prospective students that Binghamton offers over 250 clubs and sports teams. I know, crazy, right? You’d be hard pressed not to find a club that tickles your fancy. (I mean, we even have a Pirate Club. What do the members do, you ask? It’s simple. They raid other clubs’ meetings, steal all of their food, and then leave. Pretty legit, right?) And if, in the rare chance you don’t find a club that you like, you can always start your own. All you need is 100 signatures, and the SA will charter your newly formed group. It’s that simple.

Now back to you current students. If you’d like to get involved in clubs this semester, be on the lookout for announcements regarding General Interest Meetings. B-line is the perfect place to look for those. If you can’t attend a GIM for some reason, just email the group leader, and you’re all set. Get involved though- not only does it look great on a resume, but it’s a lot of fun, too.

Ok guys, that’s all for me. I hope to see you soon! Oh, and if you do plan on coming to the Student Ambassadors GIM (January 31 and February 1 at 7PM in the Hinman Commons *wink wink nudge nudge*), make sure you introduce yourself to me. smile

Catch you on the flip side!
-Amber

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



November… already?

Hey, guys! I cannot believe it’s already halfway through November. This semester has been by far my busiest at Binghamton, and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise to me that it’s flying by. There’s no shortage of activities to keep a student busy on campus: from community government to volunteering to going to class, Binghamton can be as fast-paced as you make it. I’ve personally been extensively involved with my extracurricular activities, to the point where I’m shocked that Thanksgiving is around the corner.

What I love about Binghamton University is there really is an infinite number of activities to engage in on campus. After my first semester of freshman year, I was involved in a variety of organizations and never had a dull moment. We only have those “college years” for a fairly short period of time, and who doesn’t want to make the best of them?!

In the coming days I’ll be publishing a couple of exciting posts related to off-campus housing and choosing a major (two things I’ve been heavily involved with lately). Stay tuned!

Friday, October 08, 2010



Ballroom Dance Competition

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be going to Ithaca, New York for a whole-day ballroom dance competition! This is my third time competing in Cayuga Dancesport Challenge - hosted by by Cornell University and Ithaca College every year in October - and I’m enthused! The Binghamton Ballroom Dance Team also hosts a competiton every year, but in February! In 2009, I planned Binghamton Ballroom Dance Revolution 2009 with my teammates Amanda and Marissa (Marissa was also my roommate!). Last year, Binghamton Ballroom Dance Revolution 2010 was our 10th annual competition! Real to Reel (Binghamton University’s YouTube Channel) has a great video covering all aspects of the event. Our next competition is set for February 12, 2011 so save the date if you’re coming to visit campus!

When I came to Binghamton as a freshman, I couldn’t believe how many student groups and organizations there were. There are so many new clubs chartered each year, I can’t even keep track! It’s so easy to start your own student group on campus through the Student Association. Every semester, I attend GIMs (General Interest Meetings) to try new things. These are meetings that are held by student groups to provide interested students with information about the group. I’m glad I attended GIMs my freshman year, or I would have never learned about ballroom dance auditions my first semester!

By the way! I’m writing you while I’m on duty in the RA office in Smith in Hinman. As a resident assistant, I have office hours once a week. It’s fun when students and residents visit and ask for help. Freshmen love to seek advice from the resident assistants in their building, and more particularly, the resident assistant on their floor! When you go to college, my advice is: get involved and get to know your RA!

Thursday, October 07, 2010



Nukporfe

I am part of Nukporfe, the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble here at Binghamton. I chose to write about this today because we have our first performance of the semester tomorrow at the Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference in Binghamton. We have been rehearsing biweekly and hopefully will have a good performance.

Nukporfe is an ensemble taught to us by two professors: Professor Burns, who teaches the drumming which he has learned from a master drummer in Ghana, and also teaches world music courses, and Professor Aboadji,of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. I took the Beginning dance class with her two years ago, and after confirming I have two left feet, I started drumming. Fortunately I have a bit better hand at that.

We create some amazing music and bring traditional Ghanaian dances to Binghamton. I’ve made a few friends through it and have learned some new things about music, including some basic basic drum language. I have learned patience, and how to concentrate on all of the polyrhythms that are happening around me as the dancers dance.

Here are a few pictures of us from last year’s rehearsals; when we perform we are in costume.

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Dancing Gahu

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Drummers rehearsing

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Before a performance

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