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Leavenworth Trip 2015

leavenworth-2015One of the greatest perks of being a Green River student is, of course, the abundance of activities that the college offers. Last Saturday, the college accommodated the students to visit the famous Bavarian Village in Washington, Leavenworth, to attend its annual Christmas lighting festival. The town was covered with a blanket of snow as it was snowing throughout the day, which makes the scene tremendously magical. We arrived at 10.30 a.m in the morning. Like everyone else, my friends and I were all waiting for the peak of the festival which is the Christmas lighting of the town itself. While we waited, we had lunch at one of the best German style hot dog restaurant in Washington and visited authentic shops selling Christmas related goods during the afternoon. There were lots of booths selling delicious Christmas signature foods and beautiful Christmas carols roaming by the road. There were people dressing up as snowmen, elves and  even as Santa Claus. Everything was so magical. Finally, at 5.30 pm, the peak of the festival was on. Well, here is a sneak peek of the lighting festival for those of you who missed the fun ;) Enjoy!

 

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University Of California Application

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Hello guys! How are your classes so far? I bet everyone notice the drop in temperature in the past few days. Waking up in the morning is probably the hardest thing to do when your blankets are warm and cozy but guess what? It’s only two weeks from winter break and 25 days till Christmas!!! Anyways, to all of you who are applying to University of California, I understand that it has been a month of anxiety to finish the two questions that probably haunted your dreams in the past few weeks, “what’s your intended major..” and “personal quality” prompts that the UC requires for admission or a.k.a. the personal statement. Anyhow, today is the last day of the nerve wrecking misery because it’s the the last day to click on that “submit my application” button and you are free to breathe a sigh of relief. However, you’ll have to wait for another 4 months until you will be notified whether or not the university will admit you. But hey, at least you have tackled the hardest part of the admission process, right? So wrap up those final stellar essays whether you started it a month ago, last week, or last night. I personally have submitted mine one day after Thanks Giving for the sake of a peace of mind. Don’t wait till too late to submit them, guys! May the odds be in your favor ;)

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Halloween at Green River College

Greetings!

Believe it or not it’s approaching the end of October already! Time surely flies, huh? You must have noticed that the temperature is sinking down gradually as the rainy season begins to take its toll. October went pretty fast but don’t be sad because the highlight of this special month that everyone has been waiting for is here! It is, of course, no other but the spirit of Halloween. The only day where you can express yourselves by dressing up as your favorite heroes, cartoon characters, your favorite evil spirit or even as odd as dressing up as food. Hold on, food?! Yep, speaking about food, faculties from Green River’s Math Department showed up in campus yesterday morning wearing the most epic costumes that I have ever seen. YES, they decided to dress up into sweets! They LITERALLY PUT ON GIGANTIC SWEETS COSTUMES to campus. Yesterday was probably the special day where students get to see the “other” side of their stereotypical-serious-looking calculus professors unequipped with calculators but with candies and chocolates instead. So here’s a peek of our amazing professors in action!

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Batik Day

“Batik” is a word that would ring a bell to any Indonesians in their home country or even to those thousand miles away from home. It is derived from the word “ambatik” which means “a cloth with little dots”. As it name suggests, Batik is a hand made piece of clothing designed using special techniques of dying. Its distinct patterns and colors have been an intricate part of Indonesia’s identity since hundreds of years. It is considered a piece of authentic art passed down from Javanese royalty.

Unlike modern techniques, Batik originally is created by “drawing” designs on to the cloth with a piece of tool called canting. Wax such as beeswax and paraffin are used to create these designs. Designing Batik is, indeed, time consuming which is why newer techniques have been developed such as using design units called cap. With , a person will only have to “punch” the designs on the cloth instead of drawing the designs with hand. With newer modern techniques, mass production of Batik has become plausible. It is now all over the world representing Indonesia.

Today, the 2nd of October, is a special day where Indonesians celebrate their Batik pride because today is the National Batik Day in Indonesia. To bring the enthusiasm from back home to America, Indonesian students at Green River College are wearing their beautiful Batik to campus. Spot them when you see those colourful patterns! ;)

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Fall Activities You Should Not Miss!

Greetings Gators!

Here are the lists of activities offered this quarter that you should definitely not miss..

1. Beauty and The Beast at Seattle’s Paramount Theater

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Watch one of the best Broadway Musical, The Beauty and The Beast, live at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on Friday 11th of December. Transportation will be provided and if you are a Green River student, you only have to pay a discounted price of $45.00 ! Non-students will be charged $75.00. Great deal isn’t it? Don’t miss this opportunity!

2. Boeing Future of Flight Museum and Tour

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What’s one of the greatest advantage of studying in Seattle area? Of course, being only several miles away from one of the world’s greatest aircraft company, BOEING! Here you can see the amazing process of building BOEING aircrafts along with a guided tour of the manufacturing ground. As a part of the annual trips held by Green River College, this year the trip will be held on Saturday the 21st of November. Transportation will be provided and the fee is only $10.00 for Green River Students an $22.00 for non students!

3. Thunderbirds Hockey Game at ShoWare Centre Kent

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Join the fun watching Seattle Thunderbirds in action on ice! The game will be held in ShoWare Centre near Kent Station on Saturday the 28th of November.The Seattle Thunderbirds are a junior ice hockey team based in the city of Kent. They are part of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League. Transportation will be provided and tickets are priced for only $10.00 for Green River Students and $20.00 for non-students.

4. Leavenworth Lighting Festival

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This is personally one of my most favorite event of the year. The bottom picture is a picture of several GRC friends and I during last year’s Lighting Festival. It was so much fun! We explored the beautiful town, ate super delicious German style hot dogs, and watched fireworks along with the lighting festival.

Leavenworth is a small Bavarian village located near Seattle. Every year, Leavenworth never failed to impress Washingtonians with its Lighting Festival, which is held a few weeks before Christmas. This place is a true escape from big city hustle and bustle where families and friends relax and enjoy their quality time amidst the magical white Christmas. This trip will be held on Saturday the 5th of December. Green River Students will be charged $20.00 while non students will be charged $30.00 in return for a splendid evening that you will not regret!

4. Riverdance at Paramount Theater

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Another of Paramount’s incredible show, Riverdance, will be held at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on Sunday the 1st of November. Riverdance is an Irish dance show that surely will leave you amazed. Don’t miss this beautiful masterpiece! Transportation and tickets will be $35.00 for Green River students and $65.00 for non students. Book yours now!

5. Room Escape Adventures

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This is a fun challenge where you will have 60 minutes to escape from a room where a zombie is chained to its wall. You will have to work with numerous clues and solve riddles with 11 others in the room in order to obtain the hidden key. If you buy tickets online, it will cost you $28.00. Good news!  Perks of being a Green River Student, you will only be charged for $15.00 for tickets AND transportation. Non students will be charged $35.00. This activity will be held on Saturday the 7th of November.

6. Pumpkin Picking at Spooner Farms

Halloween is only a month to go! Remember Jack-O-Lantern? Yup, he is the famous Halloween pumpkin. Pumpkins are one of the main highlights of Halloween. To celebrate the upcoming Halloween, Green River College offers students a pumpkin picking trip to Spooner Farms. Pick your own pumpkin at Spooner Farms and join the fun pumpkin carving activity at campus after the trip. The trip will cost $10.00 for Green River students and $30.00 for non students. It will be held on Saturday the 17th of October.

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For all activities listed above, you may sign up by clicking on this link below:

Click Here to SIGN UP
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Fall Has Arrived!

Greetings!

I hope your first week of Fall Quarter went well.Time surely flies! Welcome to Green River College to all new Gators and welcome back to campus to all returning ones. The weather this past week has been quite chilly as the cold September breeze swept our beautiful green campus, which soon would not be as “green” anymore until the rest of the year. I went out of Technology Centre last Friday and noticed the beautiful little changes of nature that marks the beginning of the season. Don’t you just love looking at those pretty scarlet and golden leaves? Fall has arrived… Have an awesome Sunday!

Adysti Kardi

Fall at Green River College

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Message from Ross Jennings, VP of International Programs and Extended Learning at Green River College

Hello everyone –

I am very sorry to report that a bus of international students from Norh Seattle College was hit by a big vehicle on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle and resulted in a terrible accident. Four NSC international students were killed, and many more injured. The injured are being treated at different Seattle hospitals.

No Green River students were involved.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased and injured, and everyone at NSC.

The news said that the hospitals can use more blood to treat the injured. If you would like to donate blood, and can arrange transportation, the nearest blood donation centers are in Tukwila (South Center Mall area) and Federal Way. Here is the link:

http://www.psbc.org/programs/centers.htm

I’m going on Saturday.

Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers.

Ross Jennings
Vice President
International Programs and Extended Learning

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