October 2012 News Archive

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Belcea Quartet to perform at Chamber Concert Series

The Belcea Quartet makes its fifth appearance at the College’s Concert Series in Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. 

The British quartet will perform an all-Beethoven program featuring the Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, “Harp”, the complex Große Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133 and Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. The group repeats this program the following night in Carnegie Hall as part of a three-concert cycle at that historic venue. 

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Updates on Hurricane Sandy

Administrative offices at Union College are expected to resume normal operations today. Administrative and non-essential employees should report for work as normal. Employees are reminded that the College relies on each person's discretion in determining whether or not to come to work or to leave early in bad weather.

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We love to hate our politicians, study suggests

Negatively framed political attitudes (“I don’t like Obama”) are stronger than positively framed attitudes (“I like Romney”), and that effect is most pronounced when people have the motivation and ability to think carefully.

That's according to a study published in the latest issue of the British Journal of Social Psychology by Psychology Professor George Bizer.

The study has been picked up by a number of media outlets across the world.

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Taylor Time music series concludes with guitarist

The Taylor Music Center’s “Taylor Time” series concludes Monday with a performance by guitarist Harry Pellegrin. 

"These short concerts are designed to fit in between the work and school day and evening activities,” said Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music. “Concerts last from 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., a perfect interlude. We want people to come and enjoy this sound bite." The concert will be held in Emerson Hall. 

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Navigating Need-Blind and Need-Aware Admissions

Matt Malatesta ’91, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment, was a panelist at the College Board Forum in Miami recently. During a discussion on need-blind and need-aware admissions, Malatesta explained how it works at a place like Union.

To read more in the Chronicle of Higher Educationclick here (subscription may be required).

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Founder of ESPN to speak at Union

Bill Rasmussen, the founder of ESPN, will speak Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

A lifelong entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen will discuss how he and his son, Scott, founded the world's first 24-hour TV network. He will also sign copies of his 2010 book, Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN. The talk is free and open to the public.

ESPN began televising on Sept. 7, 1979, forever changing the face of television sports.

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High energy: Union lauded for green power efforts

Union is now a "100 percent Green Power user," according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's latest rankings.

The designation is part of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which works with Union and hundreds of other colleges and organizations to promote renewable energy usage. The organization’s quarterly rankings are based on institutions’ use of renewable energy certificates, on-site energy generation and green power products.

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Volunteer of the Week

Connie Schmitz is this week’s Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week.

Since 1993, Schmitz has cared for the campus gardens and serves as the landscape specialist in the Facilities Department.

She is the lead volunteer at the College’s Octopus’ Garden, which grows food for the organic café and the local community.

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Expert: No winner in final presidential debate

Brad Hays, assistant professor of political science, was the in-studio guest on Fox23 News following the third and final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.