Orientation
Sep11

Orientation

It was finally time to put all of our hard training to the test. Orientation began with the freshmen moving in; I guess this is what our obstacle course training was for... moving all the heavy stuff. While we waited for the cars to start driving in, the peer leaders shared one of our favorite icebreakers, the "Ride That Pony" song. We all went around singing and dancing and with that we were all in the mood to begin orientation....

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Orientation: Behind the Scenes
Sep10

Orientation: Behind the Scenes

Orientation would not have been possible without a fantastic team of peer leaders and  peer coordinators. While all the freshmen were getting ready to start their first year at Wagner College, we were busy training for orientation. Orientation is no easy week; it requires mental, social, physical, and even emotional preparation. Our first day of training was something we were all a little scared of, since our peer coordinators had...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Recap
Aug14

Guatemalan Encounters: Recap

My summer has come to an end here in Guatemala, but that does not mean my fun will stop here. Even though I still have one week left, I will be spending it sleeping and preparing myself for orientation! I hope you are all excited for it — it will be the perfect beginning to your years at Wagner College. In honor of my summer in Guatemala, I have made a video highlighting all my adventures. I hope you enjoy it. The next time you read...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Bella’s Baptism
Aug13

Guatemalan Encounters: Bella’s Baptism

This past weekend my family and I did something that I hold very dear to my heart: We baptized my youngest cousin, Bella. She was born last December, so I feared that I would not be there for her baptism since I only come to Guatemala during the summer and winter break. But thankfully, I was here to see my little princess be blessed by God. It was a small ceremony with only family and close friends. The baptism of my cousin took place...

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Getting To Know Your Peer Leader
Aug09

Getting To Know Your Peer Leader

It has been a quiet week here in Guatemala, so I decided to do something different for this week's post. Since I am one of your peer leaders for orientation, I thought it would be nice to tell you about myself in a very unique and creative way... through my tattoos. I have a total of seven tattoos and they all have their own meaning and are linked to my life in some way. It all started when I was 15 years old. I went into my parents'...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Quinceañera
Jul22

Guatemalan Encounters: Quinceañera

Even though my birthday celebrations came to an end, that did not mean that the fun had to stop. Recently, my family and I were invited to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of one of our family friends. In Latin countries, Los Quinces is the equivalent of a Sweet Sixteen for Americans. Celebrations may vary from family to family — some decide to give the birthday boy or girl a party or a trip to any place in the world. Nevertheless, if...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Antigua
Jul19

Guatemalan Encounters: Antigua

The final stop of our trip was Antigua. This place is very famous because this is where the capital of Guatemala used to be. It was one of the many locations of the capital. It was constantly moved due to natural occurrences like earthquakes and volcanic activity. What happened in Antigua was that the Volcan de Agua (water volcano) overflowed with rain water and flooded the city. It was a one time overflow, though, and nothing has...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Monterico
Jul18

Guatemalan Encounters: Monterico

I had had enough of the city. It was time for some nature in my life. My family and I spent the weekend of my birthday at Monterico, a beach in Guatemala. Most people think that I live near the beach, but they are wrong. I live in the city, and in order to get to either coast it is a three-hour ride. It had been around two years since I last went to the beach, so it was nice to have this as a birthday gift. The ride to the beach was...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Paint Fusion Party
Jul17

Guatemalan Encounters: Paint Fusion Party

My birthday celebrations continued with a party called "Paint Fusion" at a club in Guatemala called Sin Prive. I had never gone to this place until that night. Well, I lie... the last time I ever went there, about three years ago, it was under another name. In Guatemala, the life of a club is of about the length of the summer, and the "it" club changes regularly. My sister was the one who told me that everyone was going to Sin Prive...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Irtra Petapa
Jul15

Guatemalan Encounters: Irtra Petapa

There is no such thing as a one-day birthday for me. Since my birthday is during summer vacation, I am able to celebrate it all season long, with all my family. So, my family and I decided to do a little trip around some of the main attractions in Guatemala. We began our tour with a day in the city. We went to Irtra Petapa, which is an amusement park inside the city. It is like our own version of Universal Studios, but very small....

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The First Week In Guatemala
Jun13

The First Week In Guatemala

The first few days of being back home proved to be very packed and entertaining. I thought that I would not be going out too much, or that there would not be too many fun events in the first few days, but I was wrong. The first event of the summer was the Academic Award Ceremony of my old high school. My younger sister received a Drama Award for her outstanding performances in that class, so my parents and I went to see her. I was so...

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The Final Days in NY
Jun07

The Final Days in NY

Before going back to Guatemala and officially starting my summer break, I decided to stay for a few more days after graduation in New York. At first I thought that I would not have anything to do, but then I remembered that it is New York City — there are plenty of things to do. My adventures began right after graduation when I was invited to the house of one of my brothers to celebrate his graduation. We were greeted warmly by his...

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Graduation
May29

Graduation

One of the many reasons I decided to stay for a while longer after final exams was graduation. I wanted to see my close friends and many of my brothers, including my big brother, graduate. It is a very emotional day with many happy tears. But before graduation even happens, there is what we call "Senior Week," an entire week of special plans and parties for the graduating seniors. The events range from a Wet N' Wild slide in front of...

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The Final Greek Event of the Year
May24

The Final Greek Event of the Year

This year came and went so fast that it seems like only yesterday when I first introduced myself on HawkTalk. Being in a Greek organization, one of our many exclusive events is our final event, which we call "Formal." Formal is basically a type of dance where all the brothers invite dates to a nice hotel to enjoy dinner and a night of dancing. Every Greek house has its own formal and members of other fraternities and sororities are...

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Wagnerstock and Big Name
Apr26

Wagnerstock and Big Name

On April 20th, Wagner College held its annual Wagnerstock and Big Name events. These two events are one of the most anticipated activities Wagner plans for the spring semester. Wagnerstock is basically a day out in the Oval, kind of like an Oval Day, but with activities and many free things. Big Name is the night concert that Wagner plans with an artist that is popular right now. This day is basically dedicated to art and music....

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The Road To Songfest
Apr19

The Road To Songfest

My favorite time of year came and went so fast; we danced, we sang, we joyed, we sweated — Songfest was a blast! All the Greek organizations, along with Nubian Student Union and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, were part of this singing and dancing competition. Each organization had a total of 8 minutes to put on a good performance, and I must say that they all were fantastic. The crowd went wild every time someone danced to a...

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Public Speaking
Apr10

Public Speaking

One of the many aspects of being in a liberal arts college is the fact that we are required to take certain classes. These classes are called "general education," and they vary from science to theatre. One of the courses that every student has to take at Wagner College is Public Speaking. It is a requirement because no matter what field you decide to go into, you will always have to speak in front of some group of people. If you are a...

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Admitted Students Day: Study Abroad Panel
Apr08

Admitted Students Day: Study Abroad Panel

On Saturday, April 6, Wagner College had its annual Admitted Students Day. We welcomed students from a wide range of places; one even had Guatemalan descent like me! This day was dedicated to all those students who have gotten an acceptance letter from Wagner College, and they were welcomed to spend the day on our campus. Admitted students began their day with a nice brunch at our dining hall, which was accompanied by a welcoming...

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Oval Days
Mar29

Oval Days

It is finally spring time at Wagner and that means one thing... oval days! These days are one of my favorite aspects of having one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. I really wanted to dedicate a blogpost to these days just because they are a big part of Wagner life. Also, I feel that it is appropriate to talk about them right this moment now that the weather is finally starting to get nicer. The sun is out, the wind...

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What Happens In Orlando… Goes on HakwTalk Pt. 2
Mar22

What Happens In Orlando… Goes on HakwTalk Pt. 2

After our phenomenal first day at Orlando, we continued our vacations by going to Universal Studios, which is right next to Island of Adventure. For this day, my fraternity brother and I decided to wear our letters, and to our surprise a grown man who is also part of Theta Chi recognized us at the hotel! It was a great feeling to talk to a brother from a different state. After this great encounter, we arrived at the park and headed...

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What Happens In Orlando… Goes On HawkTalk Pt.1
Mar15

What Happens In Orlando… Goes On HawkTalk Pt.1

This week was Spring Break for Wagner College, and two of my friends and I came to Orlando... by bus. Our trip did not begin with the right foot at all. The moment we saw the bus station we knew it would not be a great ride. The station was located in a very sketchy area of Canal Street and the people who were going on the ride with us were not exactly very appealing people. The bus ride was 19 hours long, or so we thought. According...

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Wagner College Theatre Presents: RENT
Mar12

Wagner College Theatre Presents: RENT

The theatre department at Wagner College has put up one of the most loved shows in Broadway history: Rent. For those of you who do not know what the show is about, it is about how people try to live and love in New York City while they are broke and living with AIDS. It is a very dark and emotional show, but it has its colorful moments. The lyrics "no day but today" echo in your head after watching this amazing performance, and they...

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The Road To Becoming A Peer Leader
Feb25

The Road To Becoming A Peer Leader

I recently applied for a great leadership opportunity: becoming a peer leader to guide freshmen during their orientation days in college. Usually, a learning community is assigned a pair of peer leaders for an introduction to Wagner College. They are people to look up to and to go to when there is anything you need. Most of the time, the freshmen develop a special friendship with their peer leaders since they are the first connection...

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A New Home
Feb25

A New Home

I have been away from my home country, Guatemala, for almost two years now. Despite the fact that I do fly during winter break and summer break back to Guatemala, I have to say that all I can think of is of getting back to Wagner College. Do not get me wrong, I love my family and being with them means everything to me, especially if I spend months away from them. But, we all have to grow up one day and follow our dreams, even if it...

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Rush Week: A Break From Tradition
Feb19

Rush Week: A Break From Tradition

Rush week is finally over and with it all of the anxiety every single Greek Life member and potential recruit had. This semester, rush was done very differently than it had been done previous semesters. For those who are not familiar with the Greek Life terms, let me explain what it all entails: Rush is a period where Greek houses recruit interested members for a chance to join the fraternity or sorority. Let's begin with the...

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Super Bowl Sunday
Feb07

Super Bowl Sunday

Chicken wings, Subway sandwiches, pizza, and beer. These are, from what I have noticed, the perfect ingredients for a Super Bowl Sunday. This past Sunday was the 47th annual Super Bowl between the 49ers and the Ravens, with a special performance by Beyonce and Destiny’s Child during the half time show. Past years I have spent it with my family back home, since I was still in Guatemala, but these last two years I have spent it here in...

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A Word of Academic Advice
Feb01

A Word of Academic Advice

It has been a quiet week in Wagner's social life, but you all have to get ready for the upcoming posts because they will be great. So, before going into the usual Christian blog posts, I would like to have my academic life known. Despite being only a sophomore at Wagner College, I do have some experiences and some advice for any incoming freshmen. It is fine if you do not know what major you plan to have when you come here. It is a...

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Spring Semester ’13 Overview
Jan29

Spring Semester ’13 Overview

The spring semester at Wagner has officially started, and so have all of the activities for it. Although the cold weather is not much help for outside recreation, you can be sure Wagner knows how to keep the students happy, and I'll be there to cover all of the events and tell you all about them. Here is a brief overview of what's to come: The first main event planned for the upcoming days is Superbowl Sunday. The game will be shown...

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Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 2
Jan24

Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 2

Hello everyone and welcome to the second part of my Holiday in Guatemala post. Since this will be my last post before we get down to real business again, I have decided to give you a fun view of how I spent my New Year’s Eve. My entire family and I went to Antigua Guatemala to welcome the New Year. Antigua means “old” in Spanish, and, as you might have guessed, it is the old city of Guatemala. The city was moved from its original...

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A Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 1
Jan15

A Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 1

Happy new year, my fellow HawkTalkers, and I hope everyone had great holidays! I wish you all a very successful 2013. It has been a while since my last post; and for the next two blogs, I would like to tell you about my holiday at home, back in Guatemala. These blogs will be a nice since you will get to know me more as a person. What exactly do Guatemalans celebrate? Well, we do celebrate all of the holidays like Christmas and...

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Wagner’s Amazing Performers Part 2
Nov28

Wagner’s Amazing Performers Part 2

Having covered the student productions of plays and musical theatre on my last blog, it is time to cover the main productions at Wagner: Stage One and Main Stage productions. These two are the most professional out of all the theatre-related productions at Wagner College, since they are run by faculty members. Having professionals running the shows makes the performances enjoyable and addicting. Plays and other intimate performances...

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Wagner’s Amazing Performers
Nov27

Wagner’s Amazing Performers

If you want to be blown away by amazing performances and theatre productions, then Wagner is the place to go. The productions that are put up with the theatre majors are simply mind blowing. I have loved every single one of the musicals and plays I have seen. The actors, singers, and dancers are spectacular, but of course a good show would not be able to succeed without amazing direction and stage managing. Wagner Theatre is a...

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Student By Day. Movie Star By Night.
Nov13

Student By Day. Movie Star By Night.

Wagner College is full of opportunities, and I most certainly took major advantage of one in particular: movie castings. Wagner is a very popular place to shoot movies; perhaps the biggest one has been "School of Rock." Being an arts-heavy college, Wagner offers great chances to all students for the movies filmed on campus, and offers castings every now and then for off-campus movies. My first experience was last year with a movie...

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Sandy: One Coffee. One Smile.
Nov05

Sandy: One Coffee. One Smile.

Hurricane Sandy was a real tragedy here on Staten Island. Homes were destroyed, lives were lost, and happiness was shattered. The hurricane struck the island on Monday night, destroying everything in its path. It was heartbreaking to wake up the next morning and see the disaster before our eyes, and to see the faces of the people whose homes are gone. I spent my week at a friend's house here on Staten Island. We were lucky enough that...

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Masquerade Ball
Oct24

Masquerade Ball

You are formally invited to a behind-the-scenes look at the Theta Chi Masquerade Ball. Even though this was a very exclusive mixer the brothers had with the theatre and arts administration majors, I will give you some insight on it. The planning for this party began two weeks in advance, when the brothers got together to talk about how to carry out a party that would amaze the theatre majors. Halloween decorations were set up all over...

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Date-A-Chi
Oct19

Date-A-Chi

I was sold for $35. Theta Chi Fraternity held its famously known brother auction "Date-A-Chi" last Thursday, and every single brother was sold for a reasonable amount of money. This event is not exactly what you think, but at the same time it is. During this event, all of the brothers must go one by one, strut around all the participants to a tune of their choice and offer something. Most brothers offer a nice dinner out in the city,...

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Classes Are The Building Blocks Of Dreams
Oct09

Classes Are The Building Blocks Of Dreams

I never thought I would get a shot at making my dream organization during my first semester at Wagner College. I came all the way from Guatemala to fulfill my goal of creating an innovating record label, and to my surprise, LC (Learning Community) 19 helped me get a jump start. LC 19 consisted of three classes: Business and Society, Graphic Design and the Reflective Tutorial. These classes worked together to help the students build...

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Don’t Judge a College by Its Size
Oct05

Don’t Judge a College by Its Size

Whoever said Wagner College does not know how to party, they are completely wrong. For a very small campus, there are some amazing parties that go on every now and then. One of Wagner's main events of the year is Wagnerstock; the Greek organizations have their mixers; and the Theatre Department has their themed parties at the Coffeehouse. Everyone waits anxiously for the spring semester because of Wagnerstock. This event happens on...

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Oh The Places Wagner Will Take You
Sep26

Oh The Places Wagner Will Take You

From being a Wagner arts administration and marketing student to being a production assistant for the MTV Video Music Awards, Christie Acquazzino is fulfilling her dreams! Alumna and former Alpha Sigma Alpha sister Christie Acquazzino has proved that Wagner’s students do go far. I am not surprised at all, to be honest; she has an amazing personality and a drive to accomplish her goals. Once I heard she had done this award show, I had...

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Pie-A-Chi
Sep18

Pie-A-Chi

I got pied in the face. Multiple times actually, and by students who were willing to pay a dollar to do so. I was not the only one getting pied in the face on Saturday, though; some of the other brothers of Theta Chi Fraternity also got this delicious and sticky treatment. It was entertaining watching people consider the idea of smashing plates with whipped cream to our faces for only one dollar; you could see the satisfaction in...

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Meet Christian!
Sep13

Meet Christian!

What’s charming, exotic and fun all over? It’s new Hawk Talk blogger Christian Grotewold. I got the chance to sit down and talk to Christian about what makes him so absolutely amazing. Just by looking at Christian you can tell this guy is in the know. On our first meeting he was wearing a very cool, Fashion’s Night Out t-shirt. One of the perks of living in a major metropolitan city is getting to go to some fun and fashionable events....

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Meet Megan!
Sep12

Meet Megan!

Welcome HawkTalkers! I want to introduce you all to one of my fellow bloggers, Megan Irving. She is from Chicago, Illinois and has always wanted to live in New York City. She wants this beautiful city to be her home forever. She stated that her two favorite places to visit in the city are The Village and The Highline. For those of you who have not gone there, those two places are a must; they are very beautiful places. What brought...

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