We all start somewhere

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Hey, it’s Kiley ready to blog.Yet another busy week here at GCC. This is the week of Halloween and I anticipate fully celebrating it! Halloween is my favorite holiday because its full of magic, adventure, fright, suspense, and fun!

Friday, October 29th8:00 pm-10:00am

Camping Out for a Cause

Cost:$1.00 and a can good

I have the opportunity to be involved in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.There has been a plethora of volunteer projects Phi Theta Kappa has been involved in throughout the fall semester. This Friday, an event will occur called, “Camping Out for a Cause” , this will promote awareness about homelessness in the GLOW Region. I recently  learned in a SGA meeting about a food pantry and clothing pantry that is here at GCC available for student use.So if you are in need feel free to use this resource. The can goods from the event will be donated to GCC’s Food Pantry and the gentle used winter clothes will be donated to the Community Action Center of Genesee and Orleans counties. The event will start with a informative presentation in T 102. There will also be special acts including performances by students and the Forum Players. There will also be a movie shown: “Pursuit of Happyness”. This event is a part of the Volunteerism and Service requirement for the Leadership Program. Stay tuned for pictures of the event in my next blog.

A Night At Sea

This is the GCC formal that will happen in December, but the planing details are still on the table. There has been several meetings that have discussed these details and will continue till the actual event. Groups involved include the following CAB, SHAG, and College Village RA’s.

Fireside Chat

October 28th

This is a transitions workshop that will be held from 5:00-6:00 pm. This club touches on college life and beyond. It is a very laid back club and environment (in the Student Union) Discussions on practical real life issues, such as texting while driving and transfer concerns.So come and enjoy the chat!

“May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking
down.”

— Sara June Parker

Bullying Rally

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hey Ebony here,

A group of students and staff got together on Thursday October-21-2010 for a bullying rally. Many of us stood out in the union with our signs and posters speaking out on bullying. We marched from the forum, into the cafeteria, into the student union, and back into the forum, Chanting “ Bullying has got to go, hey hey, ho ho”. While some stared, others joined in.

Things got emotional when some students shared their stories. Words can leave scares, and scares can last a lifetime. Some people do not have the ability to stand up for themselves and block out others who are negative towards them. Let’s help one another instead of bringing each other down.

Countless amount of people committed suicide and lost their lives because they were being bullied or teased.

Bullying – An act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. It is a certain way for a person to gain power over another person.

This can happen anywhere from school, home and/or work. Consists of three basic types of abuse, emotional, verbal, and physical

IF YOU’RE NOT APART OF THE SOLUTION,

THEN YOU’RE APART OF THE PROBLEM.

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SALSA MAGIC – Interactive Latin Dance Party!

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Hey it’s Kiley, and boy do I have a story to share with you! I had the opportunity to interview two very talented people in Salsa Magic and see firsthand what all the fuss was about.Their was a sense of mystical energy in the student union on Tuesday, September 21, at 7:00pm.

Lee Smith Jr. ,the creator of the show, “If you could mix party and lessons on dancing, that’s Salsa Magic. It’s a three hour extravaganza”.

I chatted with Aguilar before the show and she shared some interesting tidbits about the show.A talented team of two Kat Aguilar and Lee Smith Jr. have been sharing the magic for about a year now.Smith had started the show 8 years ago.I personally, have been involved in theater at an early age.Dancing was never my strong suit,however. I could sense that performing was almost second nature to her. Speaking of Smith, Aguilar shared, “He has a great teaching style and hes a clown on the mic”.

An interesting concept Smith asked several students the question “What is your heritage”. This was supposed to encourage cultural diversity. I personally have Irish, German, and English roots.Now whats yours?

I had the opportunity to see some of the prep work that is taken place before the curtain goes up, metaphorically speaking.It’s a big job for not only the performers, but the CAB volunteers as well. To plan an event big or small takes time,skills, and bodies. I feel that CAB volunteers should be acknowledged for their efforts and I would like it known that they are doing a fantastic job!

Regarding the amount of student attendance, Vice President of the Student Government,Khilna Samat, said “Immense improvement from last year”.

Smith stated, ” There is no competition. This is the only Latin dance show/party in the country”

If you didn’t get the chance to enjoy the fun feel free to look at this talented act’s website:

http://www.thecollegeagency.com/artists/salsa_magic.cfm

Want to see videos of the event feel free to check out the following links:

Salsa Magic

^ click if you didn’t get the wonderful opportunity to see this talented duet perform at GCC!

Salsa Magic: part 2

^watch the magic happen here at GCC!

GCC students want to dance.

^free style dance moves

Teaching GCC students how to salsa dance.

^Just click!

NIGHT LIFE IN THE UNION

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Tuesday, September-29th-2010

Jared Mahone, a recording artist from Columbus Ohio, kindly performed his music for anyone that was interested in listening in the student union. It was a wonderful experience and something different to bop your head to. He also beat boxed and gave us a little bit of Michael Jackson (you cannot go wrong with that :-). Jared Mahone has been doing music for five years. His parents did music in the country, so with that Jared grew up into music. He also graduated college and performed at different schools. His uncle was a writer and inspires his music. You can call this a family business and Jared is within the third generation. He does not really categorize his music in the typical genres of music; he calls it ” Soulful Groove Funky Pop”.

After his great performance, he sold some of his shirts, CDs, stickers, and pins. Students were excited to buy, get autographs, take pictures, and chat. I also got a picture with him. What a great guy.

Jared is writing a new song every week. To listen to his music, you can check out his website at http://www.JaredMahone.com

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Ebony!

WOW WEEK!

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Caricature

Caricature at Cafe night

Summer Milwaukee adventure with my Brother  Curtis

Summer Milwaukee adventure with my Brother Curtis

This has been a fast moving semester, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a tick.

WOW Week is a week here at GCC with exciting events the whole week.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Transfer Fair!

I felt this event was over all helpful for GCC students as a whole. It’s important to have short and long term goals and events like this give you an opportunity to think about your future. I am currently looking into SUNY BROCKPORT,NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, and SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. I am leaning toward SUNY BROCKPORT because of the cost, but the other schools may have more of a long term hold for my future. My brother an RIT graduate assures me that “you have your whole life to pay off school and that the quality of education is the most important part”. He is currently in Milwaukee working as a packaging engineer at SCJ. During the summer I took four summer classes at GCC and during a weekend I took a trip to Milwaukee to see him. He is my current inspiration. I hope you enjoy the picture! Speaking of inspiration, who inspires you? Let these people in your lives drive you toward excellence.

Cafe Night

I unfortunately did not get there in time to enjoy the delicious assortment of finger food, but I did however get a wacky caricature done by a GCC Alumni, Peter Badami. This made the event much more successful because everyone loves a souvenir. This is my fifth caricature I own and I hope to add more to my collection soon. I love art in general it inspires not only my mind, but the way I dress. My first semester of college I took ART HISTORY 104, this was one of the most rewarding classes I have had the opportunity of taking.I fell in love with the work of Van Gogh with his thick brush strokes the evoked so much emotion.

If you want to know more about caricatures :http://www.squidoo.com/goofyfaces

Some Great looking gals

Some Great looking gals

If you want to check out Van Gogh I suggest you check out: www.vangoghgallery.com/

The Mulberry Tree in Autumn, c.1889

The Mulberry Tree in Autumn, c.1889


Tuesday, September 14th

Info Fair-wild west theme

I hopped around quite a bit during this event volunteering at the Student Government table and T.V. Club table. There was definitely school spirit in the air.

Dodgeball Game

I briefly attended this it looked like people were having a blast! I, however, have always been prone to injury and was afraid I would get hit by a protruding object.

Wednesday, September 15th

Fall Fest

This was a lot of fun and I hope everyone took time out of their day to take part. The food was great and the Abbott’s frozen custard hit the spot. It was hard to choose a flavor, but in the end I choose chocolate almond. There was also a live DJ.

Thursday, September 16th

Drunk Sex or Date Rape: Can you Tell the Difference?

This controversial event was mandatory for all College Village residents and all sports teams. A truly inspiring nationally known speaker Brett Sokolow ran this interactive program. The students were very responsive and willing to state their opinions.

Dinner and a Movie

I volunteered for CAB for this event. It seemed that the students were enjoying the film and the tacos! The movie was Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. I enjoy the Disney cartoon version and I like this director, but unfortunately wasn’t about to watch the movie.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed your week of WOW. Please feel free to share your WOW Week memories.

“But this too is true: Stories can save us.”

-Tim O’Brien-

Kiley-


A recap

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Darien Lake:a serene picturesque view

Darien Lake:a serene picturesque view

A carousel of memories

A carousel of memories

Nana Gyyesi riding the "Bear Valley Bumper Cars"

Nana Gyesi riding the "Bear Valley Bumper Cars"

Shadesia Roberson soaking in the hot sun

Shadesia Roberson soaking in the hot sun

The Predator: Jacquay Wilder and Sheena Murray

Hey! It’s Kiley here blogging about life here at Genesee Community College. These pictures were were from the first College Village Saturday retreat and there is a Saturday Getaway every week.This is a great release from a typical stressful week here at Genesee Community College.The number of students reached its peak for this event and proved to be a great success.I attended this event last year and looked forward to this event specifically. It’s a great way to start the year, forming new bonds and friendships! I have many fond memories of my first GCC Darien Lake trip last year.For example, I still have the caricature I bought last year as a souvenir. I feel students living on campus should take advantage of the opportunities to get off campus. The off-campus “Saturday Getaway’s” not only get you out of your element, but are free.

On Saturday, (September 11th) I went to the University at Buffalo to visit my friend, Michaela Raes, who is pursuing to get into the pharmacy program. This made me face “head on” the reality of transferring to another school and all the work that is a part of this process. It is a tad overwhelming to be honest with you, but is something every second year GCC student must face. Till next time! -Kiley-

Get Involved

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Thursday (Sept-17-2010) was dinner and a movie, in the student union. I volunteered with CAB (Campus Activity Board) in helping with the set up. CAB provides the majority of the social and cultural programs at GCC. They sponsor a number of activities, entertainers, lecturers, and performing artists, events and student travel programs. I try to volunteer as much as possible when I have the time. It was actually fun to be a part of it and meet new people. Everyone sat around, chatted, ate tacos, and watched “Alice in wonderland”. Oh yea Apple pie was for desert (one of my favorites).

There has been so many events going on, and working in MarCom is giving me a lot of experience in developing my Public Relations skills. I’m always walking around taking photos of people and joining in on the many events on campus. So if you see me holding a camera, don’t be surprised if I ask you for a picture. I’ve also signed up to be a part of the African-American club, our first meeting is on Tuesday, and so I’m ready to see what that’s about. I love to be involved; it gives me a sense of accomplishment and makes me feel good to know that I’m making progress.

“If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t really want it.”

STAY TUNED!

Ebony 🙂