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Originally published on The Purchase Brick

The rise of Latin-Dance inspired recreational classes has become a popular hit at Purchase. So much so that they are making their most popular class, Zumba a credit base class in the spring of next year. The class is located in Aerobic Studio second floor across from basketball courts in Physical Education Building. Zumba is one of the few new recreational classes to be taught here at Purchase, which has been gaining recognition over the last few years all across the world.

An aerobic fitness class that combines Latin inspired dance moves has made a wave here at Purchase. There is are Monday and Wednesday night classes at 7:30, as well as an afternoon class on Fridays at 12:00. The classes go for an hour.

“The evening classes have been really busy, like between 20 to 30 people. The afternoon classes are a little slower. We get around five to twelve people in the afternoon classes” says Suzi Tipa, instructor of for Zumba.

Tipa who has 15 years of experience in international dance has been teaching Zumba for little over a year now. She notes her experience in different areas of dance that drives her passion to teach Zumba because it combines keeping people fit as well as being fun.

George Evermann, Director of Intramurals and Recreation at Purchase explains that Zumba was bought here, along with the other classes because it was gaining popularity in the fitness industry as well as the Purchase community.

For a class to have staying power all it needs is to have an average of eight students or faculty going on a daily bases. Because of the huge outcome for Zumba the classes will stay for next semester even though they also created credit base classes.

Evermann is also hoping that the popularity of Zumba will also help him push for the creation of other classes such as cardio Kick-boxing, another boot camp class, hip-hop dancing, and more total body conditioning classes. A lot of the recreational classes this semester are dance or wellness based, so he is hoping for an intense body conditioning course.

Overall students are enjoying the classes.

“I’ve taken Zumba before, over this past summer and I really did enjoy it. What’s good about the class here is that it’s free and you get a really good workout”, says Arts Management student Stephanie Blum.

If Zumba is not for you, there a host of other classes this semester. There is Latin Dance Workshops that is also taught with Suzi Tipa on Wednesdays at 6:30. Caperioa is also being offered which is a Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance is now being offered. Just like Zumba, there has been a good turnout for this class. There have also been Ta Chi Workshops going on this past month as well as Mat Pilates with Art of Control classes for all different levels.

“The biggest thing is getting the participation. Once we get people participate at least once or twice and then they’re hooked. And they get into it. It’s just a matter of getting out of the dorms walking down here and enjoying the classes because one of the concerns we here all the time is that the gym is too far away from campus. But if you’re looking to work out then you’re warm-up could be the walk down here to the gym”, says Evermann as words encouragement for not only students, but faculty to get out of their dorms this winter to work out.

Originally published in The Purchase Brick

A small, but enthusiastic group of students gathered in the Stood on a Wednesday night to discuss their ideas for next year’s Fall Fest line-up with next year’s Major’s Event Coordinators, a first for Purchase, with diversity being the common theme amongst the participants.

Newly elected MEC’s Alicia Santiago and Andrew Sacher are already proactive by making a Facebook forum so students can post their ideas for musical acts for the next school year’s biggest functions; Fall Fest and Culture Shock.

Besides the forum, there’s a BlogSpot page called, “Apocalypse Shock”.

This is a first for MEC’s to hold a meeting before the new school year.

“There will be more meetings for next year, this is just to promote awareness that as the student body your voice counts,” said Andrew Sacher.

A few weeks ago there were debates raging around campus that events such as Culture Shock lacked diversity. Hip-hop act Cam’ron was a performer at this year’s Culture Shock which gained a lot of controversy because of his misogynistic and sexual lyrics.

Two different groups on campus were at odds with one another; FORTH, Feminists Organizing Real Transformation Here, a new feminist’s group on campus believed Cam’ron’s lyrics supported rape culture. Some members weren’t happy that their money was the funding this ideal.

On the other side, the Hip-Hop Club argued that this is unfortunately part of the culture. Their defense was that if he was barred from performing there would have been a lack of culture in Culture shock, seeing as he was the only hip-hop act and person of color.

So how is Santiago and Sacher going to deal with one of the biggest issues that plagued this year’s Culture Shock and Fall Fest, as well as the ones in previous years?

Students suggested an array of artists at the first meeting, the most popular ones mention go from the likes of artists as diverse as: The Auqabats, Odd Future, Gogol Bordello, Janelle Monae, Los Campinsos, Blu, Portishead, and many others.

“If someone says something on Facebook [in regards to the forum], we’ve been taking in account how many people like it. So if you see something you want, you should like, that way we can see what’s popular,” said Alicia Santiago.

Even though only about 20 students showed up for the first meeting, many were enthusiastic about diversifying the line-up for next year.

“We should try to get more world music, particularly something without non-western instruments,” one student mentioned.

Besides world music, other students suggested different genres of music such as folk, heavy metal, dupstep, bluegrass, and soul.

Both Santiago and Sacher were happy with the meeting, even with the small turnout.

“I think it went pretty well,” said both MEC’s said in unison. “Not a lot of people came, but we were able to have an actual conversation instead of just having people talking at each other so that was nice,” said Santiago.

“I was glad that everyone got to talk. It was more than just people just spitting out band names. That was pretty much the goal, to have people talking.” said Sacher.

Students eagerly came to the Performance Arts Center here on campus as they scouted out possible job employments or internships for the upcoming summer and fall seasons.

The PAC hosted the Career Development Center’s 8th annual Purchase College Job and internship Fair on Wednesday March 24th. Current students were able to talk to over 70 organizations, all looking for positions ranging from summer interns to paid positions. It went on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prior to the fair, there was a weeklong job fair preparation in which the career development center hosted workshops for students to improve their skills so they could market themselves in the professional world.

Events such as What Not to Wear by J.Crew were created for students to learn how to dress the part for the future jobs they plan to seek.

Dressed in a dark charcoal suit and tie, Jared Bartlet, a 21-year old senior from St. Thomas Aquinas College, is a sales associate at J. Crew who came in during the prep week to give hints to students on how to dress to impress future employers.

“The thing is, you’re in college and you’re a hop skip in away from being a graduate. I’m about to graduate and you know your sort of can’t do everything that you’re doing now. Once you graduate you have to step your game up a little bit. I think events like this are informative,” said Bartlet.

The director of the career development center, Wendy Morosoff discussed events like the One Minute Commercial; students practiced their first impressions when they meet future employers for the first time at the job fair.

“When you’re a college student you sort of taught that I don’t want to brag about myself. Maybe you don’t feel like it’s appropriate. But it’s sort of something you have to get used to once you get into your upper years in college; to present a positive of yourself without being overly boastful. You don’t want to go up to then and say well I was valedictorian of my class and I have a 3.9 GPA. That’s not the approach,” said Morosoff.

There was also resume workshops where students can get theirs critic.

So how did students think they weighed in at the job fair? Megan Edmonds, a junior Psychology student, was dressed sharp for the occasion. Wearing a gray suit, with a white bottom down shirt, and a bright red bow tie, Edmonds combined professional with a creative spin.

“I’m upset that explorer schools aren’t here. I’m thinking about being a teacher, but overall my experience has been good,” said a slightly frustrated Edmonds as she was snacking in the lounge area for students.

She was in hopes for looking for a job or internship that either dealt with counseling or something dealing with advocacy.

“We try to motivated people that there is opportunities and there’s something for everyone, you mind as well just come. Even if you line something up at the fair, it’s still worthwhile to have the experience,” said Morosoff.