Vol. 4, Issue 4
November 25, 2013
Congrats to the winners of the Insight contests: Jessica Todd, Natalie Ennis, and Jordan Quinones!
Greek Life Often Leads to Lifelong Leadership
By Jessica Todd
Many people have reservations about Greek Life, especially here at Daemen, where one rumor can ruin any thought of joining. This past semester the Greek organizations crossed 20+ members. These members join the group of leaders that are already on campus. Many of the Daemen Greeks are involved in other areas of campus activities, such as the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Step Team, Student Activities E-Board and more. Daemen alumni who are Greek have gone on to be respected physician assistants and physical therapists. They have also done amazing things, such as being a co-creator to mini Kan-Jam, which is being sold nationwide.
Think going Greek will ruin your reputation or resume? Think again. Going Greek will strengthen your resume, because they are known to be leaders. Being an officer in a Greek organization shows true leadership and shows that you work well with others, for them to even vote you into an officer position. Greek life at Daemen is just like being in a sport; people know you for your letters just like they know you for playing basketball. The Greeks at Daemen help support numerous not for profit organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation. So next time you walk by a Greek bake sale or raffle, think again. The money will be going to a not for profit, not straight into the pockets of the organization.
Greeks are more than just the letters that are across their chests. They are leaders, volunteers, philanthropists and are influential members in the community. Next time you see a Greek, don’t judge. Look beyond the letters and the red solo cup that you associate with them. They are more than that and are willing to accept everyone. Accept them because they are some of the first people that Daemen asks when they need help or volunteers. They are loyal and prideful of their campus.
So go forth and conquer the world, but do it with an open mind. Anyone can surprise you when you look beyond the stereotype.
The Greeks on campus are:
Delta Phi Mu
Lambda Chi Iota
Omega Epsilon Zeta
Psi Xi Omicron
Sigma Omega Chi ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
By Mark Poblocki
Finding the Rhythm
By Natalie Ennis
Some may say that dance is a dying art, but not at Daemen College! A few years ago Shakeel Alexander founded the Daemen College Dance and Movement Club, starting out with only a few members who had the vision of sharing their talents with our college community. Today that club has grown to 16 members of differing ethnic backgrounds, with dance experience ranging from 16 years to beginners, and with various tastes in music and choreography. Rachel Mazur, the president of the club this year, says that this diversity is one of the things that she is most proud of.
“You look at some of the other groups on campus and nobody brings as many types of people together. Dance is universal; a language that connects people no matter who they are,” Mazur says.
This semester the club has performed at three on-campus functions. On Friday, September 27, the group performed a hip hop routine to Bruno Mars’s song “Treasure” at the Daemen College Step Team’s annual “Open Mic Night”. They debuted 11 new dancers that joined the team this year. The event was attended by students from colleges and universities throughout the Buffalo area, and was a great opportunity for the team to create a reputation of superb performances in the community. The Step Team hosted an energetic party, and the crowd even broke out into the “Wobble” during intermission!
It is the general consensus of the Daemen community that the most celebrated performance this semester was at Blue Madness on Saturday, October 19. The routine highlighted six styles of dance, including ballet, dub step, hip hop, Jamaican, Spanish, and African. Members Emily Valone, Tara Andres, John Bard, and Rachel Ripellino even ended the routine with cartwheels, round offs, and back tucks. On behalf of the entire team, the step team would like to give a warm thank you to the fabulous crowd who sure let us know which moves were their favorites. To watch the raved-about performance, visit the “Daemen Dance Club” Facebook page, or hunt down the team’s members.
Recently, the team performed at the Nomadic Feast on Saturday, November 2, during Homecoming & Family Weekend to the song “Black or White” by Michael Jackson. The dancers split off in pairs to celebrate and bring recognition to the various ethnicities within the team. Being a member (and a culture junkie myself), it is exciting to see how well everyone works together. We feed off each other’s energies, and the best part is that at the end of practice, whatever choreography we come up with is purely ours. We don’t have a coach like the Buffalo Bandettes (the dancers of the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team) to show us how to move—we move. The combination of each of us crafts the final product, giving us the ability to realize our own collective artistic vision. As a dancer who has always been choreographed for, it is very exciting to use what I’ve learned in 10 years of dance lessons and come up with my own style. Everyone has their signature moves, and we learn a lot from each other. For example, my teammates are showing me how to put some “swag” in my “dougie,” and I readily admit that I need the help!
We appeared Saturday, November 23, to open the show at the Voices of Zion’s Talent Show with an out of the box song choice. Also the team is planning a Holiday Zumba and Just Dance Marathon, including a Twister Tournament and Pictures with Santa. Stay tuned for details as the event comes nearer.
I’ve talked a lot about the success of team this year, and now I know you’re all itching to be involved. Well, here’s your chance! Next semester the Daemen College Dance Team and the Daemen College Step Team are joining forces to start a new annual tradition of a flash mob. It will take place on the first floor of the RIC next semester, but the date is a secret. Sorry campus community, but you’ll have to wait in anticipation of the surprise. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting event, there is a sign-up sheet at the Wick desk, and we would like to have a large number of people signed up by the end of this semester. You do not need to have dance experience to participate. If you have any questions about the event, the members of both teams will be happy to answer them. As the dance movement gains in strength, don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of it.
Whether you are a spectator, enjoy dancing competitively, for exercise, to entertain, or just love killing it in “Just Dance 2014,” the Daemen College Dance Team is an organization worth checking out. Thank you. We truly love performing for you.
Masquerade Ball, November 22, 2013, in Pictures
By Annie Rose
More Masquerade Ball Pictures . . .
By Kayla Kamp
Women’s Volleyball Comes to an End
By Jarret Streicher
On Sunday, October 18, the Daemen Wildcats women’s volleyball team had their season finale against University of Bridgeport. Even though the season ended in a sad way for the Wildcats, they can still be proud of the season as a whole. Our women’s volleyball team finished the season with a record of 23-10, while going 10-6 in the ECC. People look at this season as a little bit of a downgrade; nevertheless, Daemen still claimed its second straight USCAA National Championship.
While winning 23 games this year the wildcats had to fight stronger than ever before to stay on the top of their game. Last season’s star players Joanna Fretthold and Katie Auge were lost because they graduated, and Jenn Karan decided not to play her senior season, leaving the team in a tough spot. Despite the difficulties coming out of the gate, the Wildcats proved everyone who doubted them wrong- they can still compete. They got the season off with a bad start at the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational. Daemen lost three of its first four games before winning all four games at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Springfield, Mass.
Almost halfway through the season the Wildcats were sitting with a 5-3 record, much different than the team a year ago that finished 27-10. Then out of nowhere Daemen exploded: the Wildcats went on an unheard of 15 game winning streak. They easily swept right through the middle to end of their schedule. This ridiculous run captured the eyes of everyone in the Daemen community and had the whole campus buzzing about the volleyball team.
Coaches, teachers, and students all supported the team through both good and bad times this year. A lot came out of this season that had a foggy beginning. It is likely that Daemen will have the same problems next year, losing five seniors. Nothing to fear, current players say, because Daemen’s women’s volleyball team will continue to impress all viewers in years to come.
Fashion Show Pictures
On Saturday, November 9, the ASA Presented the New African Fashion: Coming to America. All proceeds went to the Uganda-Bethlehem Parent School and Orphanage. The show started at 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Dining Hall.
All proceeds went to the Uganda-Bethlehem Parent School and Orphanage.
Photos: Courtesy of Misfit Photography
Jordan Quinones' winning flyer design . . .
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