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Month: October 2014 (page 2 of 2)

The Last Supper

This October marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy barreling up and pounding the East Coast. It was one of the most destructive storms in history and it greatly impacted my freshman year.

Originally, the storm was poised to hit Delaware straight on. The University urged students to go home and cancelled classes for the beginning of the following week. Of course, not all students could make it home, and I was one of them. More than half of my floormates left and campus felt so deserted it was eerie.

However, being on campus for Hurricane Sandy was one of my most memorable experiences of freshman year. It started off with a wiffleball game on the first morning of the storm. We were told to stay in our residence halls, but we were rebels (and the weather wasn’t too bad) so we went to play on the turf in the cold wind and pelting rain. It didn’t last long (due to the weather conditions), but it was a blast.

My favorite memory was the last supper in the dining hall. Essentially, we all received an email telling us that the dining hall would be closing due to the storm and that we could pick up pre-packaged food to eat instead. Naturally, my floor coined this the “Last Supper” before the storm.

The dining hall that night was a mad house. I am not kidding when I say there were students grabbing enough sandwiches and drinks to last them for a week instead of two or three days. Some were actually filling large plastic storage containers food. It was a fight to get a place on line to grab the rations before they were gone.

But then we did something I will never forget. As this was the “Last Supper”, my floor thought it would be funny to recreate the similarly titled painting by da Vinci. So picture in the middle of all this madness, a group of people posing oddly around a table. The looks we got from others were priceless. Then, one of my floormates (shout out to the lovely Becca LaPlaca) superimposed our images onto that of the original “Last Supper”. It looked awesome! It is still one of my favorite pictures from college thus far.

Da Vinci himself couldn't have done better

Da Vinci himself couldn’t have done better

The rest of our hurricane break consisted of a Hurricane Banquet, where we all dressed up and brought our pre-packaged sandwiches to the lounge and ate together, and watching hours of TV while waiting for the power to go out (it never did). Fortunately for us and for the University, Sandy’s path changed, and Delaware did not end up getting the brunt of the storm.

It is certainly safe to say that that the weekend in October was one of my favorite memories of my freshman year and a moment that sums up my experience in Honors at UD. I mean, where else would you find a group of students who would appreciate (and enjoy) posing like a da Vinci painting on a Saturday night?

~Rebecca Jaeger

Brace Yourselves: Fall is Coming

One of the often forgotten benefits of living in the Northeast is that we have the pleasure of experiencing all four of the seasons.  While we take for granted that spring becomes summer, which becomes fall, which becomes winter, there are many Americans who do not know what this feels like.  Ask anybody from the Northeast and they will tell you that they definitely have a favorite season, along with a laundry list of reasons why.  As you may have guessed, I absolutely love fall.  Sure, the many days of summer without school, where the sun is bright and the nights are long, sound really appealing. However in my opinion, summer has nothing on all of the perks of fall:

  • The weather: Not too hot, not too cold.  I like it when things are just right, (So, from now on, go ahead and call me Goldilocks).  I really don’t find the idea of either freezing my butt off or sweating like a pig to be all that appealing.
  • New season = new wardrobe: When the weather starts to cool off, that means it’s time to switch out the clothes in my closet!  I can finally replace those flip flops, tank tops, and neon colors with sweaters, jeans, and earth colors.  Plus, I have always found that it’s easier to add a layer to stay warm!
  • Football: Fall means that the NFL season is officially underway, and my apologies to baseball, but I consider football to be America’s pastime.
  • Halloween: The fall means that it is socially acceptable to play dress up, decorate your home in creepy things, and scare little children (note: I don’t necessarily support this)!  And, it’s also an excuse to eat tons of delicious candy!
  • Pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING: Pumpkin makes everything better, and with the fall approaching, more and more of your favorite foods, drinks, and anything else you can think of will have the wonderful addition of nature’s favorite gourd infused into it.
  • Thanksgiving: The most special of holidays where we have the opportunity to give thanks for all of the positive aspects of our lives, watch various parades/football games, and eat until we fall asleep due to the high amounts of tryptophan (hey, you just learned something!)

And last, but certainly not least, may I have a drum roll please…the single greatest reason why fall is the best season…

It means that Christmas is right around the corner!

Have a happy fall, everybody!

Go ahead and tell me that this DOESN'T look incredible!

Go ahead and tell me that this DOESN’T look incredible!

~Scott Eisenhart

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