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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

Wednesday, October 06, 2010



Just wanna do it all (and I can!)

As a senior here at Binghamton, you would probably think I’ve figured out my passions and have a stable, consistent list of extra curricular activities. Wrong! Just yesterday, I joined two new clubs: UNICEF and Binghamton Unscripted (a new campus magazine). Even after being here for three years, I’m still finding new things I want to get involved with on campus. There’s a group for everyone, whether you’re interested in sports, politics, music, religion, dance, cooking (even eating!), you’ll find it on Binghamton’s daily B-Line email. And it’s never too late to join or even start your own club! Last year, I joined a club in late November (the end of the semester) and I was warmly welcomed and immediately began playing an active role in the organization. The clubs here at Binghamton are very flexible, open, and fun! And even though it’s unrealistic to be in everything, it’s okay to hop around from semester to semester. Don’t feel like once you’ve chosen your groups, you don’t have room for more. I love being able to redefine and expand my interests, my advocacy, and my skills by joining new groups and attending events and speeches. And though it’s great to find something you’re really passionate about and stick with it for four years, it’s also fun to meet people from a diverse array of clubs, which expands both your social network and your potential professional contacts! At Bing, you’ll get to do anything and everything you’ve ever wanted. Love watching Dancing with the Stars? Join our Ballroom Dance club and learn how to move like a pro! Binghamton gives you the room to explore your identity and makes it easy to turn your dreams into reality.



Mountainview College Council

The Student Association (SA) is the umbrella organization responsible for overseeing and managing a wide variety of student-run activities on campus, one of which is the community governments. Each on-campus community (Hillside, Susquehanna, College-in-the-Woods, Hinman, Newing, Dickinson, and Mountainview) has its own community government. The one we have at Mountainview is the Mountainview College Council (MCC). MCC is responsible for ensuring that each and every one of our 1,200+ residents gets the best possible experience out of their stay here during the academic year. MCC helps run a variety of events and programs throughout the semester (such as the community tradition of “Salamander Days”) and additionally helps fund third-party organizations by setting aside a portion of the semester’s budget towards such ends. For example, MCC was today approached for funds by a pre-medical society and a student-run on-campus orchestra. The hall governments then vote on such proposals and the average between the four halls is the amount of money the organization will receive.

As an e-board member of MCC (Co-Public Relations VP), I work with my counterparts in the four halls of Mountainview in ensuring our jobs are fulfilled. It’s a greatly rewarding experience and it’s a lot of fun!

MCC is an awesome way to get involved and make connections within the Mountainview College community (just on Sunday the Faculty Master, Dr. Bob Emerson, took the members of the MCC e-board out to dinner with his wife), and I would absolutely recommend it to both current and future residents of our community. A surprising number of hall governments e-board members are freshmen, so don’t let your class standing discourage you! If anything, people are impressed when freshmen get a running start by being involved!

Sunday, September 26, 2010



THE VOLLEY LAMAS

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Yes, dear reader, the volley lamas. With one “l”, not two.
Say it in your head. Better yet, say it out loud. You’ll get it smile

So yeah, we had our first game today, and guess what? WE’RE UNDEFEATED! It doesn’t matter that the other team didn’t show up, so it was a forfeit. A win is a win, right? raspberry

Seriously though, I had a lot of fun. But I’m ahead of myself. Let me start where all stories should start…at the beginning.

Alright, so among the plethora of things I absolutely love about Binghamton, the Intramural Sports Teams are by far my favorite. You’re probably thinking to yourself “What the heck is an Intramural Sports team?”
Well, Binghamton blog reader, Intramurals are the perfect thing to get involved in if you like to play sports, but don’t have the time to.
Here at good old BU, we offer a variety of Intramural sports teams from bowling to soccer to volleyball to badminton. If you’re anything like me, you have very little free time during the week to get involved in a sports team.

I played volleyball in middle school and a bit in high school and I loved it. I knew that it was something I definitely wanted to continue doing when I came to college, but I didn’t want to commit myself to a team that met every day for 2 hour practices. I mean, I love volleyball and all, but not that much.

The solution was to join an intramural volleyball team. Basically, you choose a sport that you want to play, form a team, and hand in the registration form to the Intramural Sports Office. They’ll hook you up with a playing day and time and you’re all set! The best part? You get to pick your own team name, hence the VOLLEY LAMAS (hey, I thought it was clever).

And don’t worry if you can’t generate enough interest in your group of friends to form a team. You can always register as an independent player, and they’ll put you on a team.

It’s a lot of fun, I totally recommend joining a team; I guarantee you won’t regret it.

And hey, you could end up winning your first game like we did raspberry
That’s all for me, folks.
Until next time!
-Amber

Wednesday, September 22, 2010



Canada Canoe Trip!

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As my career as a student is drawing to a close, I realized I wanted to have some adventure before I started the job search!

So, right before the semester began, I went on a Canoeing trip in Canada with Binghamton’s Outdoor Pursuits. The trip was a week-long backpacking and canoeing trip in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. There were two instructors and seven students. We spent 10 days out in the backcountry with only what we could carry (or at least what we struggled to carry!) Algonquin is beautiful. I can’t even begin to describe the scenery, because it is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. For the days we were out there, there were no cell phones, no laptops, no cars, no buildings, nothing. We did have a few digital cameras, however. Our campsites were places designated off the canoe routes, with no amenities except for toilet boxes, which were practically holes dug in the ground.

However, without all the modern comforts, we had an amazing trip. We portaged our packs and canoes through the woods on narrow portage paths. We went swimming in lakes and rivers. We made dinner on a camping stove. We saw seagulls, ducks, loons, geese, kingfishers, eagles, frogs, and MOOSE! At night we fell asleep listening to the calls of loons. At one point, I lost track of the days and the time. I had amazing conversations with the other group members and learned so much about them. Our instructors taught us so much about canoeing, the environment, camping, and survival. I don’t know what we would have done without them!

Here is a picture of me with my canoeing partner:

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I have to say the most important things I learned on this trip were
1) what my body is physically capable of. I will never complain about heavy backpacks again!
2) how important nature is and how necessary it is for us to appreciate it for its intrinsic value. We must take the time to be IN nature and love it for its own sake, not just for what it can do for us. Our planet is dying and we must take care of it. I plan to spend more time in the BU Nature Preserve this semester, and to really consider my use of resources.

Well that’s all for now!
Take care!

Sarah

Friday, July 09, 2010



Summer in Binghamton

As everyone’s finals wrapped up and I watched my friends drive away for the summer, it was a bitter-sweet experience. My junior year was over and knowing that I had only my senior year left was daunting - but I barely had time to be sad!

My summer consists of staying in Binghamton and working. I work for Admissions as a Tour Guide and at the Front Desk helping prospective students find out if Binghamton is the right fit. I work at a local art, history and science museum on the West side of Binghamton. I also do work for the Student Association as the Executive Vice President by educating new students on ways to get involved (we’ve got over 200 student groups and organizations)!

I’ve also started studying for the GREs (I haven’t done this kind of math since high school… help)!! It’s crazy to think that my days at Binghamton are numbered, but I have my experiences, memories, and friendships so that I can keep them with me always.

For now, I’ll be working, studying, and having fun during my summer in Binghamton. There are hundreds of students here working and taking classes and always something going on. Today I will attend July Fest, a summer celebration in Downtown Binghamton complete with a Jazz Festival. This is my second summer in Binghamton and I am so happy to be spending it here. smile

Wednesday, April 07, 2010



Habitat for Humanity’s Alternative Spring Break – Part 2

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Whoa, Spring Break flew by fast! As mentioned in my previous post, I had been in Franklin, West Virginia with the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity as we worked on the construction of two houses that are set to be ready sometime at the end of this month. From drywall to cinder blocks to the forklift, it was a busy, tiring, and yet rewarding week.

From one week spent in a rural county with no cell phone service or big shopping malls, I learned the importance of appreciating the small things in life such as hot showers and toilet paper. I developed a newfound appreciation for construction workers and the hard work that goes into building a house. I realized what it means to be compassionate to give back to individuals who are unable to have what I have, especially a little girl who’s excited to be moving from a trailer to a house with her own room in a month. 

After working with the construction crew for a week, it was time for us to head out. On the way back to campus, we made a stop in Washington D.C. where we visited the memorials and museums. Plus, it was the season for cherry blossoms! On Sunday night, there was nothing like watching the sunset at the Lincoln Memorial to conclude our amazing trip.

For Spring Break, there were so many options of what to do. I chose to go to Franklin, West Virginia and make a difference in several families’ lives. I would also like to mention that I was very lucky to be able to share this experience with 19 other unique volunteers. Together, as a group, we learned a lot about each other and teamwork, created many long-lasting (and funny!) memories, and hopefully, developed friendships and connections that will last long past graduation.

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