FROM THE POUCH
Volume 2, Issue 13 – March 30, 2016
I hope everyone had a nice Easter. The weather last Sunday was very nice, with the temperature going above 60°. My family and I took a ride out to Waddington and then to Wilson Hill and Massena. Something odd that I noticed was that at various bridges along the route, the rivers were totally frozen on one side, and totally melted on the other. This was true on the causeway to Wilson Hill as well, and on the frozen side, there were some people who were brave (or foolish) enough to have walked out onto the ice to do some fishing! Fortunately, at least while I was there, they didn’t fall through the ice.
Anyway, as many people are aware, there are actually two Easters—the one celebrated by most western Christian denominations, and Orthodox Easter—the one celebrated by Eastern Orthodox Christian denominations, which comes later. I was aware of one reason for the difference—the Eastern Orthodox use the Julian calendar to determine the date of Easter, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar that the western denominations use. Thus, in most years, Orthodox Easter comes 13 days later than “western” Easter.
A friend of mine back in Georgia who is Greek Orthodox (Hi Nikki Palamiotis!) posted an article on Facebook that explained how it’s more complicated than that. The rule is actually that Orthodox Easter is to be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, and it must come after the Jewish holiday of Passover. Their rationale is to keep things in the right historical order: the Last Supper (which was a Passover meal) came before the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, and consequently, Passover must come before Easter.
Because of this, if Passover (whose date is set by the lunar calendar) comes after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, Orthodox Easter has to wait until the Sunday after Passover. As a result, Orthodox Easter can come as much as five weeks after “western” Easter, and this year is one of those years. Passover comes late this year—it starts at sundown on April 22, and ends at sundown on April 30, which is a Saturday. The Sunday after Passover is May 1, which is therefore the date for Orthodox Easter, while “western” Easter was way back on March 27. In short, calculating the dates for Easter requires three different calendars drawn from two different religions. All clear now?
Roody Eliminated in Final Four
Roody got farther than ever in SUNY’s Mascot Madness, making the final four, before being eliminated by Stony Brook’s Wolfie. By a funny coincidence, a few weeks earlier when all the mascots were in Albany to meet the legislature, Roody and Wolfie met each other and became fast friends. So, at least we lost to a friend. The ultimate vote was 52%-48%, so we were very close, losing to a college six times our size.
All in all, Roody did great, and I appreciate all the students, faculty, staff, and friends who voted to support him. I had a lot of fun with the “get out the vote” effort, and solicited the assistance of friends in New Hampshire, Georgia, Florida, not to mention my sister in Texas who solicited all of her friends to vote for Roody. We even had other College of Technology presidents and folks down at SUNY Central voting for him.
Special thanks go to all the folks in our Public Relations Office. Morgan Elliot and Greg Kie did great work in sending out messages on Facebook and Twitter, and in generating several very funny videos starring Roody. These are listed below:
To see Roody’s campaign video (done during Round 2), just look below.
To see Roody’s pep talk video (done during Round 4), click below:
Royal Registration at the Ready Center!
It’s time to register for your courses next fall. Since we’re always trying to improve our students’ experiences on campus, this year, we’ve decided to treat you all like royalty. What do we mean by that? If you go to the Ready Center to get advised as to your schedule, you may be helped by either Queen Marie Antoinette or Empress Genevieve! How cool is that?
Both queens were on campus on Tuesday to remind students that it is time to make plans for fall semester. The schedule for Fall 2016 is available on UCanWeb and students are encouraged to seek out their faculty advisors to create their class schedule. Registration for fall semester begins on April 11, with priority by class standing (Seniors and Juniors get first choice, followed by Sophomores and then Freshmen). Students were sent registration instructions by the Registrar’s office that includes the specific dates (attached). All current students should register for classes at their first opportunity to ensure the best possible schedule. Empress Genevieve promises not to shout “off with their head!” if you register on time, and I’ve heard rumors that Queen Marie Antoinette may even give you a piece of cake.
By the way, speaking of the Ready Center and cake, I hope everyone had a chance to come by on Monday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially inaugurating the Center. It was a cool event, with good punch and excellent cake. Roody was even there to cut the ribbon!
Me, Roody and international students Poornima Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, Mohammed Tasdikul Hoque and Lakeesha Watuthanthrige Perera
I hope everyone takes advantage of the many services the Ready Center offers—advising, career counseling, information on international programs, and much much more–and their wonderful staff. And get out there and register for your classes already!
Career Services Counselor Kathryn Kennedy; Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier from the Advising Center; Shelly L. Thompson and Kathleen Ba from the International Initiatives Office, and Teresa L. Clemmo and Julie Parkman from the Career Services Office.
Spring may be here, but the rivers are still mighty cold. This didn’t stop several of our students, however. Members of the SUNY Canton Adventurers Club decided to take a dip into the St. Lawrence River on September 20 as part of the 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. The Ogdensburg volunteer rescue squad was there to put a harness on each diver for safety purposes. Tanner Chaubin, a member of the Adventurers Club, said “I think it’s a lot safer just because you’re running out there and you have to run back in…They have you as a safety net.” The Plunge raised more than $4,000 for the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce.
To see the video, click here.
Last Week’s Trivia Contest
Last week’s contest dealt with Disney movies. Our winner was DiOrio Dillon, who wins a $10 gift card good anywhere on campus. Just come to my office on the 6th floor of MacArthur Hall to get your prize. Others getting all questions right were Emily Wilson, Nicole O’Brien, Peyton Robinson, Kiley Null and Kendra Wright. Here are the correct answers:
- She eats a poisoned apple and falls into a coma, until she is kissed by Prince Charming. Snow White
- He fights Captain Hook in Neverland. Peter Pan
- Lots of dogs with spots in this movie. 101 Dalmations
- Movie where Anna joins forces with Kristoff and his reindeer to find her sister, Elsa (Idina and break her spell. Frozen
This Week’s Trivia Challenge
This week’s challenge is about cities in New York. The first response with all five correct wins a $10 gift card, good anywhere on campus. No looking up the answers now! SEND ALL ENTRIES BY EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org since if you put them as a response on the BLOG, everyone will be able to see them.
- The Big Apple.
- The state capital.
- Largest city in western New York.
- Both the men’s and women’s basketball team from there made the final four this year.