Probably one of the first words that comes to mind to the alumni of any college, as good memories usually wash over the challenging or difficult events experienced as a student. My Yeshiva College experience is no different, and I routinely chuckle and smile fondly back at events that transpired almost 2 decades ago.
Yeshiva College helps reinforce nostalgia through their "keep in touch" email list, and I occasionally scan through their emails to see what's going on.
Yesterday's email from YU to their alumni was a "back to the future" moment:
The Yeshiva University Office of Alumni Affairs and the
Speed networking is a networking event with an accelerated twist. It is a way to improve your business networking techniques and grow your business by expanding your contacts and building relationships with other people. In this structured environment you will interact with many individuals with whom you may have never otherwise had the chance to network.
During speed networking you will have the ability to:
- Reunite with your former classmates and meet fellow alumni
- Make more business contacts in one night than most make in a month
- Network face-to-face while perfecting your "30-second" pitch
- Find a mentor / become a mentor to others
- Meet YU's Career Development Center (CDC) team
- Eat free food sponsored by YU
We are in tough times. If you aren't personally feeling it affect your life I assume you know someone who could use a helping hand. Whether you just graduated or are 20 years out of college you have the power to help someone else and benefit from meeting people who could help you achieve what you wantWow -- Free Food!
Nothing ever changes at YU...
A cursory search of the Yeshiva College student newspaper, The Commentator revealed:
Many times people go to YSU events just for the free food and then leave. This is not the goal of the events. I would like to have free food, but I would also like to hire entertainment that will do just that: ENTERTAIN !!
Students enjoyed free food and live music, while browsing through Israeli vendures.
A formula to pique the interest of its students to partake in Chanukah festivities: some sort of music or promise of faculty embarrassment coupled with the advertisement of free food. So it came to pass that during this past Hanukah, aside from the daily jelly doughnuts and latkes sold in the cafeteria, this formula was applied repeatedly in SOY's (Student Organization of Yeshiva) "Eight Crazy Nights."
Many students showed up on the unseasonably warm, first night of Chanukah for a Kumzits and free Dougies in the Morg lounge. An early gorging of the famous Dougies Buffalo Wings by those that were punctual left little or none for latecomers, so the music of Yacov Young, who led the intimate Kumzits with slower, Carlebach type singing, was the only treat left for those who stayed.
And then I gave up copy/pasting.
Were we all so famished, that the siren song of "free food" caused us to drop everything, and swoon over doughnuts, french-fries, wings, or latkes? (or were we just poor?)
Getting an email from YU offering free-food just makes me laugh.
It's not like it's a hot-fleishiks-kiddush...
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד