Hey everyone, WU Russian Club is starting up again, but we need to make sure that the same time we had it last year still works. So please fill out this one click poll so we can get this party started!
Welcome back from winter break fellow students of Russian! Did you know that today, our first day back at school, is an Orthodox holiday? Cтарый Новый год or “The Old New Year,” is the first day of year according to the Julian calendar, which the Orthodox church still follows. Though the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, this holiday is still unofficially observed in a variety of nations with Orthodox ties, such as Serbia and Macedonia, and also in Wales and Switzerland. The festivities are usually less extravagant that those on the New New Year, but nevertheless involve grandiose meals, singing of traditional songs, and celebratory drinking.
So, once again, welcome back, and happy Cтарый Новый год.
Russian Club will not be meeting next week due to finals, so we will see you after the break. Enjoy the holidays!
Russian Club is TONIGHT! We’re going to be working together to prepare for our final exams, as well as catch up on our Russian homework and corrections. So please make sure you bring what you’d like to work on. If we have a consensus that we don’t want to work, a movie is the other option. See you in the World Languages Studio (on the first floor of Ford) at 5:30!
For those of you in your first year of Russian:
there will be an informal mixer held in the World Languages Studio this Sunday (the second) at 6:30 PM. Snack bringing is encouraged. We will be practicing in a group setting all of the prompts for the oral final to prepare for it. Of course all other students of Russian are welcome to join us.
And if all else fails…
Good luck everyone!
Hi all. Here is a review of the ideas we brainstormed at our first Russian Club meeting this year. If you missed it you can catch us again every Wednesday at 5:30 in the World Languages Studio. Hope to see you there!
* Study group function
* Eastern European night
* Maslenitsa (in March sometime)
* Saint Days with crafts and a performer
* Russian Easter event in April
* Movie/cinema nights
o Anna Karenina in theaters
* Russian karaoke
* Russian-to-Go restaurant
* Russian dancing
* Tea events
* Privet Russian grocery store/cooking events with a basic recipe
* Russian game night
* Skyping people who are abroad in a Russian speaking country
* Postcards saying good luck with finals
Привет студенты! Come check out the new Russian board games in the World Languages Studio!
Below: Лото, the Russian equivalent of bingo. A great way to practice your numbers!
Below: Найди Cолво, or Russian scrabble, is a great way to test your vocabulary skills!
Just come to the World Languages Studio and ask to borrow these games at the front desk. They are yours to enjoy.
If you didn’t make it to the White Fort concert on October 16, you missed out on a real treat. To recap: it was Jimi Hendrix reincarnated on violin, and Led Zeppelin’s secret Siberian twin on guitar.
Above: White Fort in Cone Chapel
The virtuosi, Yruiy Matveyev and Artyom Yakushenko, together make up the band White Fort, and their music is a unique blend of “rock, jazz, & folk, propelled by a Russian ethnic pulse and rocket fuel,” as described on their website. What they played, however, was so much more than that. From a personal standpoint, I have never heard such a whole sound come from only two instruments, and two string instruments at that. The fact that they have no vocals or percussion and are able to create symphonic and complex compositions is even more remarkable: the violin plays the part of carrying the melody, while the guitar keeps the beat as well as harmonizes. These two are juggling quite a number of hats as they play, and yet get so lost in the music that they seems almost hypnotized by their own sound. Artyom can commonly be found head banging as he rips through some great notes on his crimson violin, while Yuriy almost mouths the way his guitar sounds, as if he’s able to sing along with the chords.
None of this is particularly surprising when you find out that they won 1st Place in the Instrumental category at the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, as well as countless other awards.Yuriy and Artyom have both been playing music since they were young enough to pluck the strings of their instruments. They met each other in college and found that they complemented each other while procrastinating their studies and playing music together instead. They were bashed by the Novosibirsk Fine Arts Academy for playing rock and jazz when they were classically trained. However, the two have become revered for their exquisite ballet score and three studio CDs. White Fort disbanded for a deserved sabbatical in 2008 and only just started playing again in April 2012. This made their visit to Willamette University even more special, as we are one of the first to see the reconvened White Fort. We were privileged to host such an amazing group due to a true Willamette connection. Professor Williamson of Chemistry’s wife, Jeanine, is their manager for all countries other than Russia. To them both, a big thank you for bringing such talent to our campus.
Ultimately, listening to music live doesn’t compare to it recorded, but if you want a taste of what their music is like, you can check them out at www.whitefort.net and if you like what you hear, you can order their music by emailing CoolHatRecords@gmail.com.
Are you a Метро fan? Have you ever wanted to see the ornate artwork in the Northern Star of the largest country in the world? See here for a great article about the most remarkable stations of the Saint Petersburg Metro Subway system. But today’s blog edition is about another great way St Pete’s Metro is bringing art to people.
Metro has decided to add a train car named “Watercolor” with an art exhibit so that many people who get caught up in the daily commute/work/boredom routine would have art come to them. In fact, there is a photo-essay on a search engine Rambler depicting the way that the exhibit was incorporated in the train car.
Here is one of the images from the Rambler photo essay, you should go check out the photos on their website (it’s very readable for any-level Russian learner and those who don’t speak it at all… it’s a photo-essay after all!)
All the credits go to Rambler.ru and TassPhoto.
And below is a photograph one of photo-bloggers has put up on YandexFotos, depicting what Metro is for him: dark lines, descent and ascent and movement. His metro-themed shots are here.
Check these out and make sure that you include Saint Petersburg Metro on the list of places to definetely check out while you’re there!