Monday, April 30, 2012

Preparation Day (P-Day)

For Saint Michael’s College Students, P-day is one of the most exciting days of the semester.  P-day stands for Preparation Day, signifying the end of the semester and the end of another academic year.  Historically, P-day has always taken place the Saturday before finals, giving students one last chance for a good time before the studying begins. 
P-day kicks off on the Friday night before this St. Mike’s “holiday”.  Every year, the MLK Society hosts a talent show where students can display their hidden talents.  As a senior, I regret never having attended this event before because it was amazing!  So many talented students were able to take the stage to demonstrate their undeniable talent.  After an incredible talent show, students eagerly await the next day’s festivities.
P-day morning begins with a tricycle race where students find themselves driving a variety of three wheeled vehicles that are inarguably too small.  In the afternoon, students are allowed unlimited access to the “Chew Chew” tent, a large tent that contains local restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine.  Vendors ranged from the Skinny Pancake, to Papa Franks, to Ben &Jerry’s.  This afternoon of fun wouldn’t be complete without a mechanical bull and various inflatables to keep both spectators and participants entertained.
One of my favorite aspects of P-day though is the “p-day attire”.  Students often will design, purchase, or create P-day tshirts. Some students prefer to wear crazy costumes, but regardless of what you choose, students use P-day as an opportunity to show their St. Mike’s pride.  This year, my friends and I designed black tank tops with SMC P-DAY SENIORS on the front. 
Here are a few pictures from this year’s P-day weekend!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saint Michael's College Research Symposium

This past weekend marked Saint Michael’s College 4th Annual Research Symposium. The Research Symposium is intended to give students an opportunity to showcase semester and yearlong research projects, internship experiences, as well as students’ senior thesis papers and projects. Projects are displayed from within every major and department on campus and I took this as an opportunity to learn from students outside of my major.
I learned about “A Combination Therapy Targeting Cystic Fibrosis Protein” from my friend Jenn Maxham, a senior student studying Bio-Chemistry. Jenn Maxham has future plans to move to Australia after graduation and eventually attend graduate school. My friend Mary Spuches, Mathematics major was able to spend some time explaining her three year research project to me about “Uniform Polyhedra in the Octet Truss”. Mary will be graduating this May and will be attending graduate school in South Carolina. These topics, as well as others, were incredibly unfamiliar to me, but I was able to learn more about what other students on campus are working on.
The Research Symposium also featured performances by the various dance classes. The dances ranged from ballet to modern dance, with various skill levels as well. Dance classes can be used to fulfill the artistic experience credits as a Liberal Studies Requirement. I commend my fellow students who participate in dance classes offered at St. Mike’s because I am fairly confident how I think I dance and how I actually dance is not entirely in sync.
Finally, the Research Symposium also featured the Business Department’s, Enterprise Plan Competition. As a senior business major at Saint Michael’s College, students are required to develop a business plan from start to finish. This daunting task is a semester long project, but the result and feeling of accomplishment after completing this project are indescribable. My business plan, “Bow Wow, Burlington’s Biscuit Bakery” was developed along with my two classmates Lauren Southworth and Andrea Park. The top five plans throughout the spring and fall semesters are entered into the annual competition. Unfortunately, “Bow Wow, Burlington’s Biscuit Bakery” came in sixth place, just missing the coveted competition spots.
Attending the competition was a great opportunity to see what my classmates have been working hard on all semester. A few of the competition qualifying plans included a freestyle ski retail shop, a non-profit bereavement camp, as well as a maple syrup “sugar shack”.
The Research Symposium was an overall success and a great learning opportunity for all Saint Michael’s College students.