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Meet D’Andre Stamper ’19

By Nali Byrd '19 on April 5, 2016

Name: D’Andre Eugene Lee Stamper

Intended Major: Computer Science, Mathematics, or Spanish

Hometown: East Palo Alto, California

What clubs are you a part of at Colgate?IMG_25221
Here at Colgate, I participate in Brothers, BSU, Ultimate Frisbee, and the Sojourners Choir Group.

In what ways do you feel that OUS prepared you for your first year of college?
OUS has prepared me for college because it has provided me with a very strong friend group here on Colgate’s campus. Also, the OUS Summer Institute gave me a first-hand look at what actual college classes are like.

What job do you have on campus?
My campus job is working for Campus Safety. I check emergency lights for almost all of the buildings on campus. Since Campus Safety works closely with EHS (Environmental Health and Safety), I also am affiliated with that office as a student worker; as such, I get to see a different side of the Campus Safety department as well as EHS that other students don’t normally get to see, which is so cool!

What are you most looking forward to next year?
I decided to apply for the Sophomore Residential Seminars  (SRS) program next year. I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn and grow in a community where students share the same passions and interests as me! I got into the SRS Challenges of Modernity course focused on Istanbul. I am looking forward to challenging myself and my peers throughout the course in order to push the ideas, questions, and answers that are presented in the class!

Emmanuel Poku ’19

By Nali Byrd '19 on March 9, 2016

unnamed-1Name: Emmanuel Poku
Intended Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Newark, NJ

What clubs are you a part of at Colgate, and what are some of your favorite activities to do on campus?

I am part of Brothers, African Student Union, and club soccer. I am also an ALANA ambassador. In my spare time, I go to meditation classes when I can, play video games, read some poetry, or play basketball with my friends.

What is your role as an ALANA ambassador?

As an ALANA ambassador, I have to create at least one event per semester and help with the coordination of other events that occur at the ALANA Cultural Center. Last semester, my event was to create a study session during finals week. I coordinated with the LGBTQ department. The event was very successful. There was reiki, food, board games, student performances and socializing. The event’s success was great, but the most important aspect of the entire event is that I really got to know a lot of the members of the LGBTQ community that otherwise I would have never gotten to know. The aim of a lot of the events in ALANA is to bring awareness of different cultures and identities, including issues of racial climate on campus and finding solutions to combat social issues.

How would you characterize your OUS Summer Institute experience?

During the summer, the OUS Summer Institute was very challenging. I just came from having serious “senioritis” in high school and had to get back into “work mode” in July with one of the most demanding professors at Colgate. However, it really prepared me academically for Colgate. OUS has been a great help through my first year, whether it be books, advice about summer opportunities, or just a check-in to make sure I’m doing well.

Do you have any summer plans?

Yes, I actually do! Professor Frey suggested that I apply for summer research and often not a lot of freshmen are accepted. With his recommendation and one from another faculty member from OUS, I got a position to stay on campus and do research with Professor Meyers. The research is very interesting because we are studying zebrafish regeneration. These fishes can regenerate parts of their bodies within a few days, and we’re hoping to learn how they do this in hopes that we can apply them to humans. I am very excited!

Newsletter: Winter, 2016

By Frank Kuan on March 7, 2016

Newsletter cover featuring students kayaking on riverThe OUS Newsletter highlights the achievements as well as activities of our OUS scholars, faculty, and staff around campus and beyond.

You can download the winter issue here.

Kristy Saldana ’18: SRS Experience

By Nali Byrd '19 on February 29, 2016

Kristy Saldana ’18


Kristy in Istanbul!

Intended Major: History

Intended Minor:Educational Studies

Hometown: Trenton, NJ

1. What SRS program were you apart of and what was the class about?
I was a part of the Istanbul SRS group and the class was Challenges of Modernity. The class was about the formation of the modern world with a focus on Turkey. We talked about the struggles between the East and the West in setting a model for the modern world and how Istanbul, in particular, was stuck in the middle of this fight between the East and the westernization of Turkey. We also talked about the Turkish political struggles in deciding between a secularist or Islamic government.

2. What was your favorite part so far about being in SRS?
My favorite part about SRS is being able to live with the people that I have class with. It is a pretty amazing experience that I would not trade for the world; getting to know students that if it wasn’t for the program I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The trip was of course a great experience as well, but what made it better was the fact that I was able to go with people that I had gotten to know for over a semester.

3. What was your experience on the trip?
The trip overall was an extraordinary experience. Even though we were jet lagged for a few days, we were able to recover and enjoy our trip filled with many tours, lectures, visits to museums, and eating lots of delicious food. Although our last day in Istanbul was a bit scary, being that a terrorist attack occurred about 10-­15 minutes away from where we were staying, the people that were hosting us in Istanbul made sure that we were safe.


The New OUS House

By Nali Byrd '19 on February 25, 2016
Students serving food at a family dinner in La Casa

OUS and First Gen students at one of many family dinners in La Casa.

Across from Case Library is a beautiful red house. Just last year, it was known as La Casa Pan- Latina, a house where students could live as well as immerse themselves deeper into language and cultural study. La Casa Pan- Latina has taken up residency in the 1934 house and fortunately the OUS  and First Gen Programs were able to get their hands on this amazing house. The house name has now been shortened to “La Casa” and at any time of the day you can find students doing homework, cooking, watching a movie, or even just talking and laughing together. Nights are filled with all sorts of inclusive events like family dinners, connecting students from all class years, de-stress nights where art materials and nice snacks are provided and the occasional Zumba and dance parties! Also in this house are the offices of OUS Directors, Frank Frey and Frank Kuan, Administrative Dean, Drea Finley as well as the office of the OUS program coordinator, Salote Tenisi, which allows students to easily get in contact with any of them! La Casa also has space for an amazing library, where students are often able to locate and borrow textbooks that they need for class.  A first year described La Casa as his, “favorite place at Colgate. I don’t know where I would want to spend my time if it wasn’t for La Casa” he said. A senior also said, “the family dinners at La Casa have been some of my favorite nights of the year. It’s so great to have everyone come together in a shared space that we all know and love”. For the OUS and First Gen students, La Casa is more than just a building, it is truly a home away from home.

Mylah Chandler ’19

By Nali Byrd '19 on December 12, 2015

Hometown: Albany, New York

How would you describe your OUS experience this past summer?

My OUS experience was pretty challenging. It was a big change from what I was used to in high school, but it was a very fun and helpful experience. Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 12.24.58 PM

What courses did you take during OUS?

I took Biology and Introduction to Creative Writing: Non-fiction. They were both great.

What activities have you been involved with on campus?

I am on the basketball team.

Why do you love basketball?

I started playing basketball in 7th grade and I was disgustingly horrible. Now, as a freshman in college, I can’t imagine my life without basketball. Depending on where my team needs me, I am able to play almost all of the positions and I really enjoy being on the team at Colgate.

Newsletter: Fall, 2015

By Frank Kuan on November 30, 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter CoverThe OUS Newsletter highlights the achievements as well as activities of our OUS scholars, faculty, and staff around campus and beyond.

You can download the fall issue here.

Jia Bao Lei ’17: Abroad in Barcelona

By Nali Byrd '19 on November 18, 2015

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Major: English

What study group are you in?

I am in the London English study group.

What is your favorite part of being abroad?

One of my favorite parts about being abroad is that I got to visit my best friend, Claire, in Barcelona! I was able to go to Spain because we have three day weekends. She is half-Spanish, so she has been traveling to Madrid every other year growing up. It was so nice going to all the stores and places that she has been telling me about since freshman year of high school.

JB (left) and Claire (right) in Barcelona

JB (left) and Claire (right) in Barcelona

What activities have you done in Barcelona?

I learned a lot about the Catalan independence movement and that abierta (open) is oberta in Catalan. During our shopping trip and walking around the city, Claire pointed out Antoni Gaudí’s constructions throughout the area. We went to the Museu Picasso that had many of Picasso’s early paintings on display. Neither of us were a fan of Picasso’s Pigeons collection. Then, we went to La Boqueria, where we split a special candy rope that you can only get in Spain before heading off to the beach. At the beach, there was a carnival going on, and we went on the Ferris wheel overlooking the city at night. I knew that as soon as I left, I would miss Barcelona and Claire terribly.



Bringing Bachata Heightz to Colgate

By Abril Cardenes '17 on November 8, 2015

Just a number of weeks ago, Latin American Student Organization (LASO) made history on campus. They brought the very first Dominican bachata band to Colgate University.

Bachata is a traditional music genre from the Dominican Republic. This type of music is emerging for many young Dominican-American, and it’s shaping their identity. Bachata Heaightz from New York City merges this traditional music with pop beats and spanglish lyrics. It is highly regarded within Latin America and latino communities in the United States.

Many OUS scholars are involved in LASO, including the president Manny Medina’ 17 and vice president Cynthia Vele’ 17, and as a group, they showed much pride in sponsoring this event. I interviewed Haley Moya’ 17, the internal communicator of LASO, to get her input on this event and LASO.

The LASO core posing with Bachata Heightz. (Left to right: Savannah Soto' 18, Jovan Diaz' 18, Manny Medina' 17. Abel de Leon Sanchez' 18, and Cynthia Vele' 17

The LASO core posing with Bachata Heightz. (Left to right: Savannah Soto’ 18, Jovan Diaz’ 18, Manny Medina’ 17. Abel de Leon Sanchez’ 18, and Cynthia Vele’ 17)

Could you describe your position for me?

I am basically the secretary of LASO. I send out emails, take notes at meetings, and am in charge of keeping communication flowing.

LASO has seven core positions in total. Throughout the year, eight people split these roles and positions to facilitate running meetings and planning events. As such, Haley plays a big part in keeping everyone on the same page.
So, how exactly did you contribute to the organization of this event on campus?
I held a big role in marketing the event. We, as in the core, reached out to many student groups, organizations, professors, and students. Through out this process I kept everyone in the core up to date, including informing everyone on when the band arrived and at what exact time the concert started.

Planning Bachata Heightz was a big task. The core had to plan out budgeting, ask for support from departments, pick a location to set up, market the event thoroughly, and negotiate with the band on details like the date of performance.
What did you do when the band arrived on campus?
In addition to welcoming them to campus,  I also offered help with setting up the stage, but they pretty much had everything figured out. They needed to get ready before the concert, so I guided them at La Casa.

La Casa is the 1934 house, located on 49 Broad St., that previously was a fraternity. It is now adopted as the official La Casa interest house on campus. The members living here try to fully embrace latino culture by decorating the inside with flags, playing Spanish music at every social event, and hosting events relating to Latino identity.
Anything significant you want to say about the experience?

I think a lot of people who didn’t know about Latino culture or LASO itself got to see a different side. It was a lot of fun, and I think a lot of people who typically would not come to these events ended up coming. It was a great turn out. I am really happy LASO got more recognition through this event.

Like at many predominantly white institutions, it is often times a struggle to represent Latino identity and culture. LASO and OUS scholars like Haley Moya’ 17 try their best to overcome this obstacle. Bringing bands like Bachata Heightz may seem like a small success in the short run, but in the long run, it has astounding affects on the current students struggling to hold onto their roots.

The Shock of a Common Language

By Estrella Rodriguez '17 on September 22, 2015

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One would think mother and child would have similar traits. Maybe America is well into its rebel-teenager-who-tries-to-be-as-opposite-from-its-mother-as-possible stage. I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who once said “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” I did not realize how true this statement is until I spent a semester in London. Its veracity goes even further than language, however. We just do things differently. I expected – like many Americans, I am sure – that England would just be a more polite version of the United States, with a couple of quirky foods and phrases thrown in. Wrong.

English … American Vocabulary (non-exhaustive)

Bits … Pulp; Frosties … Frosted Flakes; Walkers … Lays (chips); Washing up liquid … Dish-soap; Top up … Refill; Till … Register; Puddings … Desserts; Coriander … Cilantro; Soft Cheese … Cream Cheese; Jumper … Sweater; Toilet … Bathroom; Way Out … Exit; Lift … Elevator; Trousers … Pants; Trainers … Sneakers; Pavement … Sidewalk; Biscuit … Cookie; Crisps … Chips; Chips … Fries; Bill … Check; Takeaway … Takeout; Torch … Flashlight; Queue … Line; Settee … Couch

English Homes
Wake up and go to the bathroom, turn on the light outside the door before going in. Open both taps in order to wash. Stick cupped hand in cold, transfer to hot, for optimum temperature. Splash on face. Repeat. Head to the kitchen. Choices for breakfast: orange juice with no bits (pulp), Frosties (frosted flakes), “New York Style” bagels with Philadelphia full fat soft cheese (cream cheese). Let’s see what they think New York is. Not terrible. Take plate to sink and use washing up liquid (dish-soap) and a heart-shaped sponge. The faucet (tap) is too high, and water comes out at such a weird angle that there is no way to not splash while washing the dishes. Dry hands, ignore sprinkled shirt, start the day.

English Groceries
Cynthia Ozick tells us that “when you break off from the quotidian, it is the teapots that truly shock.” Just a couple of days ago I had a teapot shock. I went to Sainsbury’s (a chain grocery store) to attempt to find lemon juice to cook with for the fourth time. I almost walked by the stand at first. A sign at the top read: PANCAKE DAY – FEBRUARY 17. I thought someone put the lemon juice on the shelf accidentally, but when I picked up the bottle I saw: “perfect for pouring over pancakes.” Pancakes. Pouring?! Oh, the British…

They also:

Keep the eggs on a non-refrigerated shelf;
Have the shortest expiration dates I have ever seen in my life;
Don’t sell groceries in bulk (maybe because of the expiration date mistake);
Make you use the self-checkout “tills” which they then must help you with;
And package everything as if you will consume the entire product once you get home.

Don’t underestimate the power of the “little things”! I’ll be kissing my teapot when I return.