Eight of us braved a snowy night to go see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings get down for a concert at the beautiful Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA on Jan. 27. Look for Sara Dubicki up on the stage! You can also see the slides here.
We took advantage of all the snow for a snow sculpture contest, with Bonchek House clothing as prizes. Sadly, the sculptures were even more evanescent than usual due to a rambunctious snowball fight late at night between Bonchek and Schnader Houses. A saga of the evening was provided by Alan Zigler .
Our first Uncommon Hour of the semester on Feb. 1 focused on sustainability initiatives in the House, including our plastic water bottle ban, provision of filtered water in the kitchen, distribution of environmentally friendly laundry detergent, and use of cold water in the clothes washers, and an energy demonstration by Prof. Richter.
As part of International Women’s Week, students Mandy Tsang, Dipti Balwani, Samantha Graff, Tahia Warda, and Elizabeth Murray reported on March 8 on their trip to the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations headquarters. This conference was dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women.
F&M's 15th president, Dan Porterfield, visited Bonchek House on March 21 for a lively exchange with about 50 students. President Porterfield showed himself to be an attentive listener, with a keen interest in our students and an obvious curiosity about social media.
Bonchek co-sponsored a presentation on March 22 about the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power tragedies. On March 25, 30 students had dinner from Rice and Noodles and watched Aftershock, a Chinese movie about two historic earthquakes that occurred in that country. We also heard the story of one student who experienced the 2008 Sechuan earthquake.
Lancaster is homey, but New York offers so much! The Student Congress organized a trip to New York City on April 3. About 40 students took a bus coach, and got subsidized tickets to either the Museum of Modern Art or the American Museum of Natural History. A fun and educational time was had by all.
A group of students were ab;e to attend a wonderful production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd at the beautiful Fulton Theater in downtown Lancaster at no charge, courtesy of student rush prices and support from Bonchek House. Meat pies, anyone?
Students of Bonchek planned the bi-annual Community Outreach Donner for April 9. Over 1000 meal swipes donated by Bonchek students allowed us to provide about 80 residents of Lancaster shelters with a catered meal. And there was music provided as well!
On April 17, after enough Spring sunshine and rainfall, several students joined Prof. Sternberg for a wildflower walk in Lancaster County Central Park. On a beautiful day we saw trillium, dutchmen's breeches, and about 10 other species of native wildflowers.
A reception for our graduating seniors was held at Iron Hill on Wednesday, April 20. About 50 students came over after the Black Pyramid Society sponsored Farewell Lecture, and had a drink, some snacks, and camaraderie with their former first-year co-residents. We were joined by former don Prof. Crannell, and by the eponymous Drs. Larry and Rita Bonchek.
Once again the Bonchek House students put on a great dance and for the entire campus under a big tent at the center of Hartman Green. What a splendid way to end the social part of the 2011-12 year at F&M. Look closely - the DJ is spinning a disc on his finger.
Students leaving at the end of the year donate clothes and other items they no longer need, rather than putting them in the trash; these items are sold to members of the community at super rates; and $2000 is raised for local charities. This si what we call win-win-win! Thanks for all the donations, and to Ariel Kornhauser, Dierdre Kelly and their staff for the heavy lifting and for being here on Mother's Day.