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Carnival – the History and Experience Behind the Party

The traditions behind Carnival are thought to have started during BC times as a celebration of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. This festival was then adopted by the Romans for their equivalent wine god, Bacchus. As Catholicism started to spread throughout Europe in the second century, many Pagan traditions were adopted by the Church to encourage conversion. This included the foundation of what is today known as Mardi Gras or Carnival, depending on where in the world it is celebrated. The festival is held a few days prior to Lent and ends with “Shrove Tuesday,” or “Fat Tuesday.”  While originally established by the Catholic Church, the festival soon transitioned into a more secular celebration, eventually facilitating its transformation into a cultural phenomenon.…

LSG Winter Getaway

Wow friends. That was quite the trip. For those of you that stayed home this past weekend, your fellow Sternies made their way up to Stratton Vermont for the LSG Winter Getaway. This was my first ski trip at Stern, and while the bar was set pretty high from the stories my classmates had told me, damn did this trip deliver. 

The trip began with a casual 5 hour bus ride out of Greenwich Village up to the Green Mountain Forest of Southern Vermont. As soon as the bus cleared the city limits of New York and we made it to the highway, my fellow riders quickly found their sea legs and began to walk around and socialize.…

Back to Escuela

I flashed my ID and walked quietly along a pathway across a deep green lawn accented with purple and pink flowers. Drooping willows and tall cypress cast shadows across the sunlit path and a bubbling fountain as I approached glass doors and entered a building. As I walked across the marble lobby, lined with chestnut brown paneling and bright red sofas, it struck me how quiet the building was even for a Friday. In front of a grand spiral staircase, I summoned the stylish glass cylinder that served as an elevator and subsequently watched as the sofas and flat screens shrank in the atrium below me.…

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