10 Nov

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A Freshman’s Reflection on His First Spirit Week

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Alexander Perlak and class members get ready to compete in their first Mount Olympics

Editor’s note: Each year at the Mount, we celebrate Spirit Week. The college community comes together and participates in a variety of events. It’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Knight Life caught up with Freshmen Class President Alexander Perlak to hear about his experiences!

If you asked me as a senior in high school who would be the freshmen class president at Mount Saint Mary College this year, I probably wouldn’t have said myself. But here I am, president of the Class of 2020, and I’m loving this position more and more each day.

When I applied for this position, I was advised that it was going to be a lot of work. They were right. Mount Olympics and Spirit of the Mount Week were the first events I had to plan, and although I had no idea what to do, I was willing to make it work.

Preparing for Mount Olympics wasn’t the easiest task, but I feel my class officers and I were successful in pulling it off. Coming in, I had no idea what to expect. Was this as big as the Rio Olympics or was it some joke? Organizing a skit and banner took a lot of energy, but we did it! The biggest problem we faced, however, was finding people to participate. Mount Olympics falls in the beginning of freshmen year when students are still getting acclimated to the school and aren’t as active as they might have been in high school. Luckily, we did find enough people who wanted to participate, but I believe that next year, it will be much easier because our class saw what Mount Olympics is all about and will want to do more with their class. We came in second place, which isn’t bad, especially for the newcomers. I am happy with the results, but just a warning to the class of 2021: watch out because the class of 2020 may take the title next year!

Being freshmen class president has its perks. The biggest perk is being a member of the Senate. Senate is a team of motivated students who work together to run and improve the campus. I am so lucky to call them my family. They inspire me every day to be a better me and are very helpful along the way. Each of them have been nothing but kind to me and I hope to continue the rest of my college years on the Senate.

My favorite part about Spirit of the Mount Week would have to be Bonfire. Bonfire was an amazing experience and I can’t wait for next fall. That morning, Senate built the fire platform, and after we finished we wrote a goal on a piece of wood. That goal represented what we want to achieve and it meant to me that I will do nothing but achieve it. Seeing everyone with the same shirt coexisting with one another made me feel as if I were at home. I bonded with friends, made new ones, and enjoyed the perfect end to a great week.

Spirit of the Mount Week has been an unforgettable week. I am so happy with all the hard work put into it by everyone, all that the freshmen class has achieved, and what I have done on a personal level. I have grown into a bigger leader than I thought myself to be. I am proud to say that the Mount is my home now, and I can’t wait to share as many new experiences with my Mount family as possible.


Check out all of our Spirit Week photos and videos at msmc.edu/spiritweek

24 Oct

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Catching Up with MSMC Knight Connor Nicholson

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Knight Life recently caught up with Connor Nicholson, the Knights Basketball Shooting Guard from Staten Island, to talk about life as a student athlete and his favorite moments playing for the Mount.

1. How do you balance playing a sport and being a student? What do you do to unwind?

Time management is the biggest thing for a college student athlete. Practices are usually late at night during the week, which makes it important that you take classes in the morning. This gives you time during the day to get all your homework and studying done. Our off day is usually Sunday, so I like to just relax in my room. I’ll order some food and watch football with my teammates.

2. What is a typical week like for you when you are in season?

Time flies by when I’m in season. We have about one or two games a week and practice every day. It can be stressful with all the school work, practice, and games. This is why time management is so important. Especially as an education major, I have a lot of field work and I’m off campus at elementary schools in Newburgh. My week consists of class, homework, studying, and practice. If you work hard during the week, it allows you to give yourself some time to relax on the weekend.

3. At one point, you were still in high school trying to navigate where you wanted to go to college and who you wanted to play for. What advice can you give to high school students who are feeling the same way?

When I was in high school, the college recruiting process was very stressful. The Mount was the one school that really stood out to me. The most important thing to remember when visiting all these colleges is whether you see yourself being happy there for four years. Don’t choose a school because of their gym or how nice their jerseys are. Make sure they have your major and see if you would get along with the guys already on the team. Most importantly, make sure the coach is someone you can relate to and talk to on and off the court. Your coach is someone you should be able to go to with a problem, whether it’s about basketball or personal life.

4. Now that you are a senior, what are you hoping to do after graduating?

I am hoping to land a teaching job in my hometown, Staten Island, New York. I am pursing childhood/special education certification at the Mount and I’m really looking forward to entering the real world. I love working with kids and I’m very excited to teach. It’s important that kids have a teacher or role model that they look up to and is there for them.

5. What has been your favorite moment playing basketball at the Mount?

This is a tough one. There’s so many great moments I’ve had here. One that stands out to me is when we were playing SUNY Purchase at home during my sophomore year. We were down by three points with 10 seconds left and I caught a pass from my teammate Gerard Nocera and knocked down a three to send the game into overtime. We ended up winning the game.

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06 Oct

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Meet Three of Your MSMC Senate Members

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Above: Isabella Tartaglione, Olivia Bogle, and friends at Bonfire 2015.

You may have seen them dressed in their business casual clothing every Tuesday for their Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. You’ve probably seen them at every event you’ve ever attended at the Mount. Most of these students make up Mount Saint Mary College’s Senate. In the midst of a busy semester, Knight Life caught up with SGA Vice President Kayla O’Connor, SGA Secretary Isabella Tartaglione, and Community Outreach and Philanthropy Chair Olivia Bogle.

Knight Life: What about the Mount inspired you to run for a Senate position?

Kayla: The sense of community at the Mount inspired me to run for a Senate position. The way that everyone comes together to attend events is remarkable. I asked myself how I would be able to take up a leadership role for these events. When I saw that the fliers were posted to run for a position, I made it my mission to get involved.

Knight Life: As a third year Senate member, what are some things that Senate has done in the past that you hope will be brought back for the 2016-2017 year?

Isabella: We’ve had a lot of comedians come to campus and they’ve always been a big success, but I think bringing back a concert would be awesome! We had The Ready Set open up for We The Kings a few years ago, which was exciting because they were so popular at the time. I think that a country concert would be a lot of fun especially if it could be done outside.

Knight Life: What is something that you would say to freshmen students who are unsure about whether or not they should run for a Senate position? 

Olivia: If you are a freshman student and you are unsure about running for a Senate position, I say, just do it! Being on Senate is something that will give you the ability to really make a difference in the student body and the experience that your classmates will have during their four years at the Mount. If you have great ideas, are a passionate person, and really want to make an impact, then the effort of running for a position is worth the risk. Always remember that when you take that leap of faith to do something like running for a position on Senate, you might be inspiring others around you to become involved. I can confidently say that being involved since my freshmen year has been paramount in shaping who I am today.

21 Sep

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Meet Your SGA President: Steven Tobey

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If you’re ever at a Mount Saint Mary College lacrosse game, you’re bound to see our team’s goalie blocking shots. While he may seem entirely focused on the game, what you may not see is the hours this goalie spends off the field acting as the Mount’s Student Government Association (SGA) president. Elected as the president in April, junior Steven Tobey is motivated, driven and prepared in his new leadership position. Continue Reading

26 Jan

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Investing in the future: Mount students visit N.Y. Stock Exchange

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Mount School of Business students at the New York Stock Exchange.

More than two dozen Mount Saint Mary College students recently got an inside look at New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan.

Sponsored by the college’s School of Business, Student Business Association (SBA) and Career Center, the trip took students on a walking tour of Financial District sites in New York City, culminating with the Stock Exchange.

Peter Greco, a business student with a concentration in finance, was surprised to see fewer people on the floor than he expected. Greco’s tour guide explained that over the last decade, much of the business has moved online.

A highlight of the visit, Greco observed, was the ending bell. “Everyone was cheering,” he said. “It was like you’d see in the movies.”

Thomas Barnes, business student and SBA secretary, was pleased with the wealth of information he learned. “This was a great experience,” he said.

Kathleen O’Keefe, associate director of the Career Center, and Regina Eisenbacher, administrative assistant, organized the outing.

“This trip was truly amazing,” said O’Keefe. “Just watching the students on the Stock Exchange floor listening to the traders and asking questions was so incredibly rewarding.”

More than a dozen Mount School of Business students visited the New York Stock Exchange.

Learn more about the Mount’s business and Career Center programs on the web at www.msmc.edu.

Questions? Email admissions@msmc.edu or call 1-888-YES-MSMC (1-888-937-6762).