Monday, December 7, 2009

Food for Thought

Interested in joining a spin class? Would you like to learn more about the other group fitness offerings? Click this link to view the Fall 2009 group fitness schedule (which ends on December 13) and a description of each class.

~Leslie Fazin

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Woodruff Hall Adds New Fitness Class

Campus Recreation has added a new fitness class to the group fitness schedule, a program offered to students, faculty and alumni to stay in shape. Check out the video below to view a student-made news video on Woodruff Hall's new spin class.

~Leslie Fazin

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Food for Thought

Want to know which residence hall is leading in this year's Cat Cup Challenge? View Campus Recreation's overall standings and results web page, which is updated after every event.

Has your resident hall ever won the Cat Cup trophy? Click here for the list of Cat Cup winners since 1994.

~Leslie Fazin

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Annual Cat Cup Challenge

The Center for Recreation and Sport saw a unique crowd of athletes last week during an intense game of Melonball. Students from Adelphi's six residence halls made their way to the gym to compete against one another.

Their common goal? To be reigned the next Cat Cup champions.

"Cat Cup is a residence hall competition to bring a sense of community to the residence halls and to also spur on competition," said Linda Gundrum, director of
Campus Recreation.

The year-long competition is funded by the
Resident Student Association (RSA) and programmed by Campus Recreation, and has been an Adelphi tradition since 1994. "We thought if [residents] competed against each other, they would have residence hall pride," said Gundrum.

Cat Cup is a series of events based upon resident hall participation and an accumulation of points, which are dependant upon the type of event being played. For example, in Melonball, residence halls are awarded points for the amount of wins they receive during a match. This year, New Hall came in first place.

Yet besides Melonball, Cat Cup sponsors seven other events, including kick-off (penny wars), scavenger hunt, shopping spree, dodgeball, student feud, cook-off and last blast.

The next scheduled event,
shopping spree, will take place on Friday, December 4 at 2:45 pm. "There are two teams per hall and they are each given a $40 gift certificate to Target," said Diane Lindenmayer, graduate assistant of special events and promotions for Campus Recreation.

Each residence hall is given a specific list of toy-based items, pre-determined by RSA, and they have 45 minutes to collect as many as they can without going over the spending limit. All toys will be donated to
Winthrop University Hospital.

At the end of the 2009 - 2010 academic year, the Cat Cup trophy will be awarded to the residence hall with the most overall points. Each year the trophy moves from one residence hall to the next, depending on the year's win. The trophy currently resides in New Hall, the 2008 - 2009 Cat Cup winners.

"[Cat Cup] brings a good school spirit to the whole campus. It introduces you to new people and then, of course, you have the whole teamwork aspect of it," said Lindenmayer. "It gets you active and it gets you around campus too."

For more information about participating in this year's Cat Cup challenge, contact your resident assistant (RA), resident hall director (RHD) or Campus Recreation at (516) 877-4242.

New Hall residents and RHD Robert Kiley pose with the infamous Cat Cup trophy at the end of the 2008 - 2009 academic year. Photo courtesy of Campus Recreation.

~Leslie Fazin

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Food for Thought

Check out the podcast below to hear what the Adelphi University Bells sounded like today at noon.

~Leslie Fazin

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Adelphi Bells

Every college or university has some sort of tradition: school colors, school mascot, school emblem. And maybe even a school song.

But have you ever walked across Adelphi's campus and heard the chiming of bells coming from the
Science Building? Every hour, a set of carillon toll, as well as play two full-length songs at noon and 4 p.m.

These bells, now pre-recorded, were once played live from the lobby of the Science Building and broadcast around campus through the use of an organ. "The carillon was repaced with a new electronic system about eight years ago at the request of the President," said Robert Shipley of the Facilities Management.

"When the bells were purchased, you could make a decision about various song packages," said Kali Chan, Media Relations Director for the
Office of Public Affairs. "The package that was chosen included a few hundred songs and the computer system plays these songs at random."

During the holiday season, beginning in December, these bells also start playing Christmas music, which is an easy way to get students, faculty and staff into the spirit.

The carillon on top of the Science Building are not the only bells on campus, however. A bell was once located in the old tower of Post Hall as a gift from the class of 1948. "The bell was taken down many years ago and was hanging in the University Center on a bracket. We moved it to Chasner Street for storage for a while," Shipley said. "When we built the Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for
Fine Arts Building, [it was thought to] be a nice feature to install on the building. It is now hanging at our main entrance and we have a framed plaque in the lobby of the original architectural drawing of the bell system."

Interested in finding out more about Adelphi's traditions and fun facts? Visit the Did You Know?
section of Adelphi's Web site to learn more.

~Leslie Fazin

The bells, broadcast from a computerized speaker system, are played from the top of the Science Building. Photo courtesy of Leslie Fazin.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Food for Thought

Did reading about "Talking With..." get you interested in attending other performances at the Performing Arts Center?

Check out
this link to view the entire 2009-2010 season brochure.

~Leslie Fazin