Dog Day Afternoon
Nov12

Dog Day Afternoon

I am a man of simple things. And also complex things depending on the subject matter. So perhaps I'm a man of simple and complex things. Or maybe things that are simple at first but are more complex once you're more familiar with them. Or even things- alright let me start over. I am a man of many things. Things like- "Nope. Try again." Okay, fine. I am a man of simple pleasures. Simple pleasures like drinking a purely organic fruit...

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The Quest for the Con (Comic Con 2014)
Oct31

The Quest for the Con (Comic Con 2014)

A long time ago in a state far, far away from New York, there lived a young, somewhat blonde boy by the name of Cameron Haffner. He spent most of his nights in his little island home watching Netflix, ordering pizza and dreaming of a life outside of his tiny microcosm.  Many of Cameron's friends had told him many tales of the great city lights, myths of parallel parking, and the famous, legendary Land of Con (or, the New York Comic...

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Perks of Being A (Film) Volunteer
Oct08

Perks of Being A (Film) Volunteer

What did you do last weekend? See a football game? Started binge-watching that 2nd season of House of Cards you never got around to? Or, did you happen to go to a film festival? Perhaps the New York Film Festival (NYFF)? If you happened upon the last one, you'd have maybe seen my (dark) blonde little self wandering around. Well, folks, I've been happily wandering around for the past two weeks as an official NYFF volunteer! "Uh yeah...

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Inspire Yourself!
Oct08

Inspire Yourself!

Hi guys! Two weekends ago, I took my LSAT.  By the way, I think I did pretty well on it.  Anyways, after my exam was done, I went out with my senior friends to the city to "hangout."  It was a much needed day out to let out all my LSAT stress.  I didn't get back to my room until 3am in the morning.  I got back to my dorm only to shower and get ready again to head back into the city with my team to volunteer.  Throughout the season, my...

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Time To Subscribe (Manhattan)
Sep22

Time To Subscribe (Manhattan)

New York City is a pretty darn big place, am I right? (This is a rhetorical question so you don't need to answer). And in that massive metropolis, there are millions of different people working at millions of different places surrounded by millions of different smoothie stores. So if there's millions of people and places to go, you'd expect that they would all be taking advantage of the expanding universe around them. Yet many limit...

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The 5 People You’ll See Aboard the Staten Island Ferry
Sep19

The 5 People You’ll See Aboard the Staten Island Ferry

The Five People You'll See Aboard the Staten Island Ferry When I was a senior in high school deciding where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life, there was one thing I knew I needed— easy access to Manhattan. I started acting for film and television projects when I was in high school, so when I was making my college choice, I wanted to be somewhere that I could study something totally different from acting, but still be...

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What My Friends Are Up To

Hello again prospective Waggie! I have decided to compile a list of some things that some of my Wagner friends are up to this semester! Check them out! Writing and publishing a non-fiction book that is for sale online. Serving as a camera man for a student film Performing a concert of all original music in the city Taking dance classes at Broadway Dance Company Actively auditioning for various Theater/TV/Film roles in the city Doing...

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Eat Your Heart Out
Apr14

Eat Your Heart Out

I believe that there is no better way to explore a city than by taking advantage of the food offered there. New York City has more food options than anywhere else. You can literally taste cuisines from all over the world in just a few blocks. There are even innovative fusions and new foods to try (burgushi... yup). I know what you might be thinking... but I am a poor college student. How can I be a foodie? I'M GOING TO TELL YOU. Here...

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Using Your Smartphone To Survive in NYC
Apr10

Using Your Smartphone To Survive in NYC

If you're going to be attending college in NYC (Staten Island IS a Borough of the City) then you HAVE to be prepared! It's a fast-paced world out here and using these few apps, you'll be able to not only survive, but THRIVE in this big city atmosphere. HOPSTOP Description: This is your essential transportation app. Not only does this app tell you which Subway lines, busses, or taxi to take, but it also shows you what streets get you...

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Tap In To NYC Water!
Feb25

Tap In To NYC Water!

In case you have been living in a hole forever and didn't know.... WATER IS SUPER IMPORTANT. Water makes up 70 percent of your body. It is the key to LIFE. In the United States, we have very easy access to water. We use it on a daily basis to shower, brush our teeth, flush the toilet, make our coffee and cook with it. So what's the big deal about water....? REALLY?! If you haven't noticed or haven't had the opportunity to try New York...

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Wagner Expectations
Feb07

Wagner Expectations

When people choose a college, they generally look for a school with a major they need to get the job they want. For me, I knew I wanted to work in the entertainment industry, either as a producer, tour manager, casting agent, or whatever other cool jobs I could get. People from Wagner have gone on to get highly acclaimed positions in the entertainment industry with their Wagner degrees, which is what I expect to do as well after...

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Broadway on a Budget
Nov14

Broadway on a Budget

One of the many perks of going to school in NYC is the fact that you're less than an hour away from any Broadway show! However, Broadway is EXPENSIVE. Many popular shows will have you paying AT LEAST $100 for a nose-bleed seat. I don't know about you, but if I'm a college student paying for college as well as a social life. I don't have $100+ just laying around. BUT! There is hope! I have some methods for you to see Broadway on a...

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A Weekend of Family Fun
Nov04

A Weekend of Family Fun

Even after being away from home for a few months, you still make time to welcome your parents to your home away from home. While having your parents on campus, as much as they want to spend time in your room and see how you live, there’s plenty of ways to take them off campus and still spend quality time with them. Food: Cheeburger Cheeburger has some great diner options on the island. It has a very retro feel to it and has great...

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
Oct29

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

It's officially fall at Wagner. Trees are afire with red and yellow leaves, pumpkins array the dining hall floor, and my favorite pumpkin spice lattes are back at Hawk's. Here's a sneak peek of how we kick-start the season in style.   Fall at Wagner Fall Fest Free pumpkin donuts and hot apple cider on a chilly day while decorating pumpkins. If that doesn't draw you in, add a mechanical bull, photo booth, and  jump house. Fall Fest is...

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NomNomNom in NYC
Oct27

NomNomNom in NYC

Goodfellas Pizza, Staten Island 1817 Victory Blvd  4 stars / $$ Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Need I say more? Probably the best pizza place you'll find on the island. The best part? They deliver! My favorite: Pizza alla Vodka: fresh mozzarella, tomato cream vodka sauce, seasoned fresh mushrooms, peas, and Prosciutto di Parma. Sunny Chinese Cuisine, NYC 1425 3rd Ave 4 stars / $  A great place to celebrate a friend's birthday....

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Fall Break Adventures
Oct25

Fall Break Adventures

Being from suburban Minnesota, I've made it my duty to explore as much of NYC as humanly possible in four years. I'm starting slow, with Manhattan, but soon, I will be venturing out to uncharted territory! Follow me on an adventure through Manhattan during Fall Break.

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Staten Island’s Most Underrated Neighborhood
Oct18

Staten Island’s Most Underrated Neighborhood

Hello again! At the beginning of this week I got to go on my first college field trip! Exciting, right?! My class and I ventured to the Port Richmond neighborhood of Staten Island to get a walking tour of the area. The Port Richmond neighborhood, located near the Bayonne Bridge, was once a thriving transportation hub which brought a lot of economic activity to the area. However, after the Verrazano bridge (the one you can see from...

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Wagner for Dummies: What to do outside of Wagner
Sep26

Wagner for Dummies: What to do outside of Wagner

Whether you’re considering Wagner or are already here, one of the main reasons why Wagner is such an attractive choice is its wide variety of options off campus. Within one hour of travel from Staten Island, you can make it to all the other boroughs and the opportunities are endless. Since there is so much to do in such a small vicinity, the HawkTalk blog will be covering the activities you can do in each borough in later posts, but...

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Meet the fun-loving freshman, Dillon Quinn
Sep17

Meet the fun-loving freshman, Dillon Quinn

When you meet Dillon Quinn for the first time there's no doubt that he's a kindred spirit. This freshman arts administration major from Denville, New Jersey is always enjoying life to the fullest. Since orientation, Dillon has adventured to the city 7 times already. One of the main reasons that attracted him to Wagner was the closeness to the city, and he has definitely taken advantage of that. He loves "exploring different areas of...

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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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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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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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Bands, Brands, and the Wagner Plan
Apr22

Bands, Brands, and the Wagner Plan

Now that I have really gotten into the groove of my job, I want to update you on what type of work I have been doing. The past few months have really allowed me to learn and grow, and I am more confident than ever that Wagner and this internship have prepared me well for what lies ahead. I work for Warner Music in the field of Brand Partnerships and Licensing. This may sound really confusing, but it actually is an incredibly engaging...

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No (Real) Rest for the Interns
Mar18

No (Real) Rest for the Interns

Spring Break is usually about going on vacations to the Tropics and/or partying with friends somewhere warmer than New England. For myself and some of my fellow interns, however, it just meant one more week of work. Not that I am sad about this — it was a great week! It was quiet and I was able to take advantage of some activities that I've wanted to do for a while, but couldn't find the time in the craziness of the semester....

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The Trip Can Teach Us Too
Feb27

The Trip Can Teach Us Too

By now, most people know that I spend most of my time representing Wagner off campus, and travel time takes up a larger chunk of my day. During the work day, I keep my mind open to receive lessons, whether they be about life or learning a new skill in the workplace.  Most of the time when I am on the ferry or in transit, there is only one thing on my mind: getting home. This past week I realized that, sometimes, we can learn new...

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Team Adventure in Flushing, Queens
Feb23

Team Adventure in Flushing, Queens

Last weekend, Megan and I went on an adventure to Chinatown in Flushing, Queens! We went with a friend of ours, Lynn Chen, who is an international student from China. It was a fun weekend full of food, excitement, and shopping in the largest and fastest growing ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia. After about two hours of traveling from Wagner all the way to the Chinatown, our efforts were rewarded by a fabulous, relaxing lunch,...

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Funny Girl
Feb20

Funny Girl

All right dear reader; expect to hear a lot from me this semester, because I have a lot to say. It’s best I have a computer in front of me or I’ll just start talking to no one and make people on the Subway feel uncomfortable. But you aren’t on the subway and I’m at my computer so that clears that up. At this very moment reader, I am sitting on the Staten Island Ferry, a common mode of transportation for Wagner students, commuters and...

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Wait, Real World… I’m Still in College!
Feb19

Wait, Real World… I’m Still in College!

I knew when I handed in my forms to officially declare an Arts Administration major that I would need to find a full-time internship for a semester, but I wasn't prepared for how quickly that time would come. Well... it's here and so far it has been quite an experience. A lot of majors are required to complete internship hours for their senior year or at some point during their time at Wagner. It is unique, however, to be off campus...

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One Month Down
Feb15

One Month Down

This past week marks the four-week mark of the semester, which means several different things. It means that I've been working at my new job for over a month, have watched the past couple of weeks fly by, and am one month into my last semester of undergrad... a little mind-blowing when you step back and look at it. If there is one thing that the past month has taught me it is to keep an open mind. Things are never what you expect, and...

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Dental Impressions
Nov20

Dental Impressions

Although Wagner College is a small school, it is a school with big opportunities. I am a biology major with a Pre-Dentistry concentration. As part of the Pre-Dentistry Society and Wagner College's Pre-Health program, I learn about many different opportunities to learn more about the profession that I am interested in. Last Saturday morning, I joined many other members of the Pre-Dentistry Society to attend New York University's (NYU)...

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Internships: Don’t Stress. Impress!
Nov20

Internships: Don’t Stress. Impress!

The fall semester is always a time when there is one thing on many students’ minds… internships! Internships are great because as students, we can get a lot out of them and they offer us great experience and credentials for our resumes and can even lead to jobs. Companies also love internships, because let’s face it, who doesn’t like free labor? Wagner is a school that makes it easy to find internships because of its location and...

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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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Helping Cedar Grove Beach Residents
Nov06

Helping Cedar Grove Beach Residents

Sunday afternoon, upon my return back to campus, I had the means to go down with my swim coach and some swimming teammates to the destroyed area of Cedar Grove Beach on Staten Island to help out.  I did not know what to expect when I arrived, and I could not believe the ruin Hurricane Sandy left in her wake.  My coach, teammates, and I parked about a quarter of a mile away from the site where volunteers needed to help.  We took a walk...

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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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Wagner College Weathering the Storm
Nov05

Wagner College Weathering the Storm

When I heard that Hurricane Sandy was on its way, I only expected to be home for a day or two and then return to campus and see minimal damage, similar to last year when Irene pushed us all into the Spiro Sports Center. Never did I expect to see an area so close to home hit with such force and destruction. While our campus may have survived, many homes nearby are suffering from ruin, no power, and people are lined up and down the...

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A Unified Community During the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Nov04

A Unified Community During the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Last year was the first time I ever had to worry about a hurricane.  I survived Hurricane Irene, and the damage done by the hurricane was minimal.  This year, with Hurricane Sandy, I had a very different experience.  I was fortunate enough to be taken in by Kristiana, a swim teammate of mine.  At the last moment’s notice, she and her family were more than happy to take me in.  They provided me with a comfortable home and took great...

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Volunteering in the City
Oct19

Volunteering in the City

Something I pride myself on is following the news. This may sound a bit silly; I don’t produce the news or create it. I simply follow it. I pride myself on the fact that I know what’s going on in the world. I’d recommend it to everyone and anyone. Okay dear reader, I’ll get off my high horse and get to the story. A recent headline all across the country was the Chicago Public School teachers strike. Teachers marched the picket line in...

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Travels in Harlem
Oct01

Travels in Harlem

I have been riding public transportation since the age of 12. Aside from being a wonderful opportunity to people watch, public transportation is great for popping your ear buds in and jamming out to the soundtrack of your life. When my learning community (Hi LC 1!) and another learning community (LC 10) ventured to Harlem this week, I had a subway playlist ready to go. Our learning community focuses on immigration populations and how...

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A Run to Help a Ton
Oct01

A Run to Help a Ton

More than 20,000 people gathered before the Battery Tunnel to participate in a 5K run early on Sunday morning on September 30, 2012.   Why were these people all there? For one reason: to run to help a ton.  They were all there as participants in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City. When we arrived in the morning, the atmosphere was charged with enthusiasm.  People from all over the area had gathered to make...

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Talking with “The Talk”
May17

Talking with “The Talk”

New York City can leave behind some great memories! Yesterday, I attended a live taping of the new talk-show The Talk live from New York City! The show stars some of the funniest women on talk show television today: Julie Chen (Big Brother Host), Sharon Osborne, Sheryl Underwood (Comedian), Sara Gilbert (Big Bang Theory) and Aisha Tyler (Comedian). The show had two guest appearances: Rachel Ray (Who doesn't know of her) and the one...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hey everyone, So I was giving a tour yesterday morning, and as I was answering the families’ questions, I thought about all of the things I wondered before I came to college and thought I'd share some of the more frequently asked questions that I get from perspective students and their parents. Are the floors in Harborview coed? Yes. Most of the floors in Harborview are coed but there are some floors that are not. On the floors that...

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