Welcome Back Already?

Okay—is it just me or did it feel like break was 5 minutes long? I don’t think I am mentally prepared for syllabus week and completely starting from scratch. Luckily, I got to spend break exactly how I wanted; hanging out with my family, catching up with friends, making money to dig myself out of my Christmas hole, attempting to stretch my birthday (Jan. 7) into a complete birth month, and binge watching  the most useless and mindless form of entertainment—reality television. Yes, I bought Hulu just to re-watch Mob Wives in preparation for the final season. But that’s what you’re supposed to do on vacation, right?

Now, it’s time to go back; to order books, buy supplies and start setting an alarm again. Your days of relaxation and minimal worries are over; but don’t fret. There will be plenty of fun activities around campus come the week of Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

In my opinion, the best way to honor Dr. King on his birthday would be to completely get the day off. But instead here at UC, on Monday, Jan. 18, students will get the opportunity to take part in a freedom march hosted by the local NAACP at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.

On Tuesday there will be a round table panel discussion of Dr. King’s vision of the “beloved community” and what it means to us today. R. Scott Smith, Dr. Todd Franklin, Rev. Dr. Maria Scates, and James Vaughn will take part in the discussion along with UC’s Daniel Kurtz, Kathryn Silva and UC seniors MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord and Amie Pinckney.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, photojournalist Matt Herron will tell the story of his adventures in a talk titled “Mississippi Eyes: Shooting Civil Rights in the Deep South.”

On Thursday, Film@UC will show “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis.

On Friday, the blues band “Tangled Roots” will perform at Pioneer Pub.

On Monday, Jan 25, director Curtis Chin will be on campus to show a screening of his most recent film, “Tested,” which follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat in one of New York City’s most elite public high schools.

So be sure to keep busy the first week and try to have some fun! If you are interested in taking part in any MLK events, visit  utica.edu/mlk or search #UCMLK2016 for more information.

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