Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Non-Dancer's Introduction to BC Dance

Boston College is in the full swing of the second semester. Just in case you don’t remember me from last semester, my name is Ali McDonald and I am a freshman English major in the College of Arts and Sciences. One thing you should know about me is that I have no artistic skill whatsoever: no drawing, no singing, no acting, no dancing. However, there are plenty of people on campus who have fully taken advantage of the many wonderful arts groups we have on campus, and that is the focus of my post.

In addition to offering dance classes, Boston College has several dance groups on campus, including the Dance Ensemble and the Dance Organization of Boston College. Both of these dance groups are entirely student run, performing student-choreographed pieces throughout the year. In January, I went to the Dance Organization of Boston College’s show Revolution at Robsham Theatre, and it was phenomenal. The show incorporated different styles of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. My personal favorite dance was “Higher Ground,” which was choreographed by a senior dancer to The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song of the same name. Overall, the show was fun to watch and you could tell how hard all of the dancers worked to put it together.

For people looking for something a little different, Boston College also has dance groups like Fuego Del Corazon, which is the Latin dance group on campus, as well as an Irish dancing group. So, if you are interested in dance, Boston College has many wonderful opportunities for you. If not, grab a few friends and go to a show; you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time!
Ali McDonald

Monday, February 22, 2010

Almost Spring Break!

Welcome to 2nd Semester!

Just to reintroduce myself, I’m a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m a history major and a French minor. At BC, I’m a coxswain on the Men’s Rowing Team, I volunteer with the Student Admissions Program (hence this blog; I also give tours, host day visits and reach out to prospective applicants), I tutor a local elementary school student and try and find time amidst everything to hang out with my awesome friends and roommates.

This is a busy week for many students, as we finish up 4 final days of class before spring break. Spring break is earlier at BC than for many other schools, yet we also have a few days off at Easter. It’s nice because having time off twice really breaks up a busy spring for students and faculty alike.

This year, I will be staying in Boston for spring break. As a coxswain on the Men’s Rowing Team, we will be practicing on the Charles River twice a day, getting ready for our spring racing season. There are lots of great options for Spring Break at BC – ranging from going home for doctors appointments to trips to a warm sunny beach. One of the most popular spring break activities is a service trip. My roommates are going to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and rural Virginia to help those less fortunate than us. College service trips are a lot of fun; you often travel with other BC students, professors, and sometimes even priests! I am jealous of my roommates’ upcoming adventures and I can’t wait to see pictures when they get back.

Unfortunately, I still have a lot of reading and homework to complete before break begins this Friday that I need to get back to – please post or email with ideas or questions!

Rachel Craft
craftr@bc.edu

The Glory that is the Rat

Hey guys how's it going? Just to let you know I'm a new blogger so I'll give a little introduction. My name is Hannah and I'm a sophomore International Studies major with an Islamic Civilizations and Societies minor. I'm originally from a small town relatively near Reading, Pennsylvania....for those of you who know anything about PA.

Anyway, so I realized something today while I was having lunch in what's known as 'The Rat', one of the many dining halls here at BC. I have friends that go to colleges all over the US that incessantly complain about the quality of their food, but I've never really been able to relate. BC food is good - and even though not all of it is 5-star restaurant status, let me tell you - The Rat is an amazing place to experience. I'm a huge soup fan and the Rat always seems to have a different and more delicious soup every day. For example today I enjoyed the absolute heavenliness of a cup of Cream of Broccoli, but they've been known to have Thai Chicken Curry, Chili, White Bean Escarole, New England Clam Chowder (duh!), Minestrone, Italian Wedding Soup, Butternut Squash and Apple (surprisingly amazing...no really, it's life changing), your typical Chicken Noodle Soup, and more. Maybe I'm just a little bit too obsessed with soup, but it's so delicious. And you know, on those days when I feel like branching out for some breaded items, a.k.a. sandwiches, the great thing about the Rat is that once you buy your sandwich (which could be anything from the Tomato and Pesto to an Italian Sub to Turkey and Swiss on Multigrain) you can take it out and use the panini machines conveniently located seconds away, grilled to personal satisfaction.

So if you haven't noticed, lunch is my favorite time of the day. Seriously though, you won't starve coming to BC; there's such a variety of places to eat and it's easy to take back to your room. That's another thing which is great about the system. Some colleges work on a swipe plan where you get a weekly allotted amount of swipes where you eat as much as possible (Freshman Fifteen anyone?) and can't really take anything with you to go, then run out of swipes for the week. But here you get a certain amount of money per semester, and then buy food when you want to and as much or little of it as you decide, obviously budgeting it to some extent. You don't really ever run out unless you eat a lot all the time. I think it's a lot better system.

So that's just a little scoop on BC Dining Services and some of the reasons that contribute to the amazingness of The Rat. There are so many more...the daily specials like Chinese food or sausage ciabattas! The apple-cinnamon waffles! The myriad of cereals! Anyway...I could go on forever, but I'll wrap it up for now.
If you have any questions about BC Dining or even anything general, send me an e-mail; I'd love to help you out!

Thanks,
Hannah Wheeler
wheeleha@bc.edu

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hey Everyone!

I'm a new blogger, so I'm going to quickly introduce myself: My name is Pat, I'm a freshman with an undeclared major, and I'm from Massapequa, New York (which is on Long Island).

Now that that's done with, I can't believe how beautiful it was earlier today! It was sunny with a high near fifty degrees, which is a rarity in the Northeast during the middle of February. Although I did have some homework and essays to work on, I was able to find time to enjoy the great weather and go outside. During our study break, a friend and I decided to explore Newton Campus. Even though we've been living in Newton for a few months now, there were some places which we had still never seen. One of those places was Edmands Park, a small, forested area west of the campus, behind the Keyes dorm.

The park isn't a typical park - no slides, swings, etc. - but it's more of a mini piece of wilderness in our own backyard. Dirt paths wind around the park, going up and down the many hills. Though the park isn't too large, at points the woods become so dense that neither Newton Campus nor the surrounding suburbs could be seen through the leafless branches. It was also surprising to see how busy the paths were; during our hike, we ran into many locals who also wanted to take advantage of the great weather by getting some exercise with their dogs. It's pretty amazing to think that such a cool piece of nature is so close to campus and in the middle of the suburbs. I guess this just adds to the (long) list of why Newton Campus is awesome!

That's it for now! If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Pat Kane
kanepf@bc.edu

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hey y'all!

There’s a small blizzard going on outside right now. Will classes be cancelled tomorrow? Probably not. This is typical Boston weather and, I’ll be honest, it’s been a bit of an adjustment for me.

Hi, my name is Rosie Chandler, and I’m a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina—not quite The Sunshine State, but a place that is nevertheless a consistent 20 to 30 degrees warmer than here. An inch or two of snow, and chances are the entire city will shut down for a week. So the question you’re probably wondering is, “Is she starting to regret her decision as the snow rapidly accumulating outside her dorm room window makes it more and more evident that the cold weather isn’t going away anytime soon?” Or maybe, “Should she have gone somewhere warmer, maybe stayed a little closer to home?” My response: absolutely not. Boston College is awesome, and I plan on using this blog to tell YOU exactly why this place has become so near and dear to my heart.

Today’s reason to love BC: the community that we have here. As you may or may not know, BC does not have any of the social fraternities or sororities that tend to dominate the social scene of many colleges and universities (particularly south of the Mason-Dixon line.) The result? A campus that isn’t divided among something as arbitrary as letters of the (Greek) alphabet. We’re not ADP or KA or DKE or ATO. We are BC. Each and every one of us. And I feel that this gives us the opportunity to get to know one another through our common interests—writing for The Heights, dancing with Synergy, taking a class on social justice, joining The Emerging Leader Program, or whatever your bag happens to be—rather than because we happen to share some extraneous label. It enables us to create meaningful friendships with one another, and for each of us to grow our social circle in a really positive way. A semester and change deep into my BC experience, I can honestly tell you that deciding to come here was one of the best decisions of my life. I may not get to wear my sandals anytime soon, but the strong sense of community that exists here is more than enough to make up for the snow boots. And, after all, spring break is only a week away.

Feel free to comment or email me at chandlro@bc.edu with any questions that you might have (preferably ones that are relevant to your decision about coming to BC) and thanks for reading my blog!

Until next time,
Rosie