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Storms and Dorms

As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast on Sunday, October 28, Sarah Lawrence issued a “shelter in place” warning. Students on campus were asked to stay in their rooms from Sunday evening to Tuesday. After the storm passed, the campus suffered power outages and minor damage from downed trees, and classes were canceled for the week. How was a bored college student to cope?

First, find food. During the storm, this was easier than usual, since AVI workers, who provide the College’s food services, braved the foul weather to hand-deliver 600 meals three times a day.

Second, stay entertained. Industrious RAs looted the Office of Student Affairs for all craft materials to keep students occupied sans electricity, and the Sarah Lawrence Activities Council organized impromptu events, including an open mic in the Black Squirrel.

Third, try to learn something. Though the College was closed, local faculty members and Dean of the College Jerri Dodds held a teach-in of sorts on Thursday and Friday, welcoming all students to drool-worthy classes including Bill Shullenberger’s “The Inferno: Sodomy, Obscenity, Theft” and Dodds’ own “Goya and Picasso Paint Politics.”

No one was hurt (from the storm, not the classes), and President Lawrence commended the staff for how well they “weathered this extraordinary event.” By the Monday after the storm, exciting excuses for homework procrastination were gone, and the campus was back to normal.

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Thinking Inside the Box

What’s more fun than a pile of cardboard boxes in the woods? Nothing, apparently, to the 200 children and parents who visited the Lenoir Nature Preserve on October 20. SLC’s Child Development Institute (CDI) had created a Community Adventure Play Experience in the 39-acre Westchester County park, featuring three vanloads of cardboard boxes, string, bubble wrap, fabric, and other “found materials,” which children used to construct everything from cars to robots. CDI has hosted several of these improvised play spaces in the Yonkers area over the past five years to encourage children to play outside in a self-directed environment. Now if you’ll excuse us, our rocket ship needs more glitter.

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Love in Shakespeare

If you’re an aspiring writer who’s feeling bad about your collection of rejection letters, stop reading now. Alex Schnee ’13 published her first novel, Shakespeare’s Lady, last year. And she’s still in college. Her work of historical fiction tells the tale of Emilia Bassano, whom some believe was the “Dark Lady” in many of Shakespeare’s sonnets. “I write every day,” Schnee says, “and for me, it’s really fun. It doesn’t feel like work.” Hmm, that must be nice. We’d go cry now, except that Schnee, a native of Montana rarely found without a cup of coffee in her hand, was one of the sweetest, most humble people we’ve ever interviewed. You can follow Schnee’s progress on her two current book projects at alexinksit.com.

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Wonk This Way

Leslie Knope would be jealous: over October Study Days, 14 students traveled to Washington, DC, to get an insider’s view on careers in the capital and bond with SLC alumni who work in and around the government. The aspiring lobbyists, politicians, and do-gooders enjoyed a welcome reception at an alumna’s home; tours of the Capitol and the National Institutes of Health; and a panel where alumni spoke about their careers at the US Departments of Justice and Energy, Planned Parenthood, and the Smithsonian. Some students bunked with local alumni, too, where we assume they stayed up late gossiping about faculty members, pillow-fighting, and reenacting Midnight Breakfast. The offices of Career Counseling and Alumni Relations, which sponsored the event, have neither confirmed nor denied these allegations.

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Oh, What a Relief It Is

On November 11, students and staff delivered six van loads of donations, including water, food, and cleaning supplies, to a relief center in Long Island. The following weekend, a group coordinated by soccer coach Hassan Turner trekked to Staten Island to volunteer at a donation and relief site, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored the first 50 student participants in New York USA Track and Field’s run/walk fundraiser on Randall’s Island, called “Strides for Sandy 5K.”

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Walk Hard

Remember trudging to Slonim House or the Campbell Sports Center in the mud? Cue drumroll, please: sidewalks have finally been installed along Kimball Avenue. You can now stroll from Glen Washington Road to Midland Avenue in the rain without having to choose between falling into a ditch and getting hit by a car. Just another reason to return to campus for reunion, so you can experience the joy for yourself.