Welcome to Cushing!!!

Hello everyone! House Team of 2014-15 welcomes you to Cushing. We are all very excited for this year, and hope that you all feel the same. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get settled.

Over the next week, we will be posting House Team Introductions to this blog, so that you are familiar with all of us before you arrive! Please feel free to leave comments if you have any concerns/questions. We will shortly create the Cushing 2014-15 Facebook group, which you can use to post any concerns. You can also email your student fellow (their email addresses and assignments –such as 1 East, 2 Trans, etc. will be posted!) if you don’t feel like posting on a public platform. They can’t wait to hear from you, believe me.

YAY WELCOME TO PURPLE CUSH!

p.s. our house color is purple, and our house mascot is a brontosaurus, if you were wondering.

 

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House Team Introductions: Clay Wash

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Name: Clay Wash
Position: Student Fellow (2-West)
Class: 2016
Major: English and Geography
Hometown: Clemmons, NC
Spirit animal: Octopus
Celebrity Crush: Chris Evans (Despite seeing Push), Elizabeth Mitchell
Special talents: Getting lost while using a GPS (and yes I AM a geo major), dropping things

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
- The people! There is such a strong sense of community…I didn’t live in Cushing last year but already feel part of the family
2. What’s one thing you want to tell incoming students?
- Keep your door open throughout orientation! It’s the best way to make yourself open and accessible to the people in your hall!

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House Team Introductions: Hannah Reynolds

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Name: Hannah Reynolds
Position: Student Fellow (3-Trans)
Class: 2016
Major: History
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Spirit animal: Golden retriever that thinks it’s a lion
Celebrity Crush: James Marsters (when he was less old)

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
- The fact that we have the Great Hall because its such a good space to do work/pretend to do work and socialize with other Cushlings.
2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- I’m in the all-female A Capella group The Night Owls, last year I did 3 student-run theatre productions through FWA and Phil (ask me about student theatre!) and I enjoy jaunty strolls in nature with the Outing Club.
3. What’s one thing you want to tell incoming students?
- Join a club/org/ANYTHING that may spark your interest, even if you’re hesitant to commit to anything right away. It’s a great way to meet people and feel more fulfilled by your Vassar experience. Go to the activities fair and put your email on the list of any club that sounds interesting, try and make it to a few meetings, and see what you want to stick with!

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House Team Introductions: John DeLeonardis

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Name: John DeLeonardis
Position: Secretary
Class: 2016
Major: Neuroscience (?)
Hometown: Bridgeton, NJ
Spirit animal: Giraffe
Celebrity Crush: Emma Watson // Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club
Special Talents: “Being cute!” – my one triplet sister Sarah; really though I guess it’d be that I play guitar. And I like to give people music.

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
-  The side doors that take you directly to Kenyon, Blodgett, and the gym, as well as the path to the TA’s.

2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- The Limit (Sketch comedy group)

3. What’s one thing you want to tell the incoming students?
- I know how much it sucks to leave your home and family to come to school. Just remember to try and make the best out of your situation. Have fun while you’re here, even if you’re still downtrodden – that way, you’ll have alot to talk about and will be able to tell your family a bunch of stories when you get home again!! :]

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House Team Introductions: Bo Peng

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Name: Bo Peng
Position: Treasurer
Class: 2016
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Spirit animal: Bushbaby
Celebrity Crush: Cesc Fabricas
Special talents: Dislocate my jaw

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
- The absolutely gorgeous look of Cushing and the location of being so close to Blodgett and Kenyon, which means you can get up 5 minutes before your morning squash class and get a running start of your day.
2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- I have been mostly involved in Vassar Haiti Project (I think they are trying to kidnap me to Haiti), and I also devoted my time to Mid-Hudson Heritage Center as a development assistant.
3. What’s one thing you want to tell incoming students?
- Be open and explore everything that you are curious about. Enjoy your first year of college, and don’t get lost in the basement of the library.

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House Team Introductions: Kylee Cancio-Bello

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Name: Kylee Cancio-Bello
Position: Student Fellow (1-East)
Class: 2016
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Sutton, New Hampshire
Spirit animal: Giraffe
Celebrity Crush: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Special Talents: Ability to correctly guess the time at all hours of the day. Also, socks.

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
- Its homey feel. Like Olive Garden, when you’re here, you’re family.
2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- Vassar Rowing, the Jazz Band, VCTV
3. What’s one thing you want to tell incoming students?
- Have fun and challenge your limits. Leave your comfort zone, you might find something out about yourself you never knew.

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House Team Introductions: Kate Cheatham

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Name: Kate Cheatham
Position: Student Fellow (1-East)
Class: 2016
Major: I still don’t know
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Spirit animal: Some kind of marsupial
Celebrity Crush: Nina Simone
Special Talents: I’m personally think I make the best sandwiches ever, but have received mixed reactions

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
-  It’s so homey! The atmosphere is just so great, and you can always find someone to chat with in one of the parlors or the great hall.

2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- Rowing teeeaaam

3. What’s one thing you want to tell the incoming students?
- Don’t worry! Vassar is such a wonderful and welcoming place. Just try new things and enjoy the ride!

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House Team Introductions: LeeAnne Taylor

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Name: LeeAnne Taylor
Position: TVE (Transfer/Visiting/Exchange) Fellow
Class: 2015
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Spirit animal: Unfortunately, I think it’s the yellow fish from Finding Nemo. Not the one in the tank, the one from school.
Celebrity Crush: It would be lame if I said Darren Criss, right? Not that, then. Someone cooler.
Special Talents: Memorizing useless things like presidents and state mottos.

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
-  It is the coziest of all! And that’s just about the most important quality to look for in a home.

2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- Well my most favorite one is Vassar Haiti Project which is a nonprofit that sells Haitian art to benefit the village of Cher Maitre. VHP whoooo!

3. What’s one thing you want to tell the incoming students?
- Everyone’s feeling the same way you are, even if they don’t like it. So if you have some nonsensical mix of excited, nervous, eager, terrified, etc., you are not alone even if everyone else looks confident as anything. Also, don’t forget to get a milkshake at the Retreat after the hardest test/paper ever. It is essential to your education.

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House Team Introductions: Benjamin Glasner

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Name: Benjamin Glasner
Position: Student Fellow
Class: 2016
Major: Economics
Hometown: Trumansburg, NY
Spirit animal: Baloo from the Jungle Book
Celebrity Crush: Edward Witten
Special Talents: The ability to relate anything to anything else given enough time and coffee

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
-  The ability to go wonder/explore Vassar till 3:00 am and be able to still find people in the great hall to just relax and recount adventures with.

2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- Vassar College Men’s Soccer team, tree climbing, playing guitar, causing shenanigans.

3. What’s one thing you want to tell the incoming students?
- DON’T PANIC!

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House Team Introductions: Brittani Skyers-White

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Name: Brittani Skyers-White
Position: Sophomore Rep
Class: 2016
Major: Maybe Women’s Studies
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Spirit animal: Earthworm
Celebrity Crush: Zoe Kravitz
Special Talents: Living off of French fries and wiggling my ears

1. What is your favorite thing about Cushing?
-  The Great Hall

2. What extracurriculars are you involved in?
- CHOICE, BSU, Hype

3. What’s one thing you want to tell the incoming students?
- Enjoy your first year!

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