I-Week is Fast Approaching!

Hey, all!

Sorry about the late post – who reads this, anyway?! :-) – but as we talked about at our recent meeting, I-Week is coming quickly, and we are beginning to prepare! Here’s the rundown:

Sunday, March 31st – Setup. Details on the exact time for setting up will be talked about soon, but it will be in the Blue Bonnet Ballroom in the University Center. This is our chance to set up our booth with posters, decorations, and all items that are Russian. On the days of things like the Fashion Show, people can walk around to the booths and check out what we’ve got going. We need volunteers for this day, so if you can be there, please let one of the officers know!

Monday, April 1st – Parade of Banners. This is a great event. Students will make a small trip around campus, holding a banner of the country they are representing. Even if you don’t get to hold up one for Russia or any Slavic country, pick another one! The ISO is always looking for volunteers for this event. It will be held from 11:45-1pm. If they do not have a banner for the country you want to represent, please let them know! They will make one for the following year so it can be represented. There is usually an application process to be able to volunteer, but worst case scenario, you can try to catch them on the day of the set-up and tell them you want to be a part of it.

Tuesday, April 2nd – Food Fair. Like the Fall Food Fair, this one involves different stations with different food, and the customer will pay with tickets that they purchase at a specific table. This fair is specifically part of I-Week. It will be from 11am – 2pm, and we need volunteers to cook food and/or sell the food the day of the fair.

Wednesday, April 3rd – Fashion Show. This is a GREAT event. Last year, we only had five students, which was a lot smaller than most of the other clubs, but everyone cheered us on all the same. This year, we want to make it bigger than ever. If you would like to strut your stuff on the catwalk, PLEASE let us know! The more people the better! This will be held from 7-9pm in the Blue Bonnet Ballroom. A small caveat: There will be a rehearsal, most likely the night before (which is Tuesday). We would not have to be there long, but the ISO schedules our rehearsal time for us, and it is imperative that whoever volunteers can be there for the rehearsal.

Friday, April 5th – Global Extravaganza. This is the best part of I-Week, in my opinion. It’s a talent show! People perform songs, do dances, the whole nine yards. The last two years, I was the only volunteer and I sang a song each time. This year, I would love if we could get as many people to perform. We could do a dance, or sing, or whatever, but let’s rock it this year! This will also be held from 7-9pm in the Blue Bonnet Ballroom. Again, there WILL be a rehearsal the night before, so most likely on Thursday. We’re not there for long, but we do need to be there. They will let us know what time our rehearsal is.

That is about it for the events of I-Week. If you have ANY suggestions about what you would like to do, whether it be a food you think we should serve, or a performance we should do, or even clothes for the Fashion Show, please do not hesitate to contact myself, or any other officer.

This Friday is Russkyi Stol, and we will be playing Правда или Неправда (True or Not True). Basically, everyone will write down three things (in Russian); two that are true, and one that is not true. Then everyone will have to guess which is which. It was the very first game I ever played with RCS, and I really enjoyed it. I hope you guys will, too!

Till Friday!! До пятницу!




Today, RCS hosted the Global Grounds in the University Center. We had a pretty big turnout, as you can see. Most of the people who came by were unaware of our club, and a good portion of them were interested in learning about the language – including how to write their names in Cyrillic!

Jean had brought a whiteboard and stickers for everyone to write their names on in Russian. She also made a game on poster-board. People could come by, and guess the famous Russian on the board, and then see if they were right! It was a very interactive day.

She also had the movie “Russian Ark” playing on the projector. If you have never seen this movie, you need to. Released in 2003 and directed by Alexander Sokurov, the movie is set and FILMED in the Hermitage. That’s unheard of. What is also amazing about this 90 minute movie is that there is no editing. The actors rehearsed it like a play, and it was filmed without pausing for anything. I won’t give the story away, but is a breathtaking movie. The last photo in this post shows a section of the film.

I want to thank everyone who came out today. I had a lot of fun. If you couldn’t make it, you were certainly there in spirit, and we hope to see you at the next one (whenever we host again)!


The semester is underway!

Clearly, we’re going to have an extremely busy (but fun) semester!
We talked about a lot at the meeting today. Here are the things we went over:
1. A reminder about the Global Grounds, being held on Thursday, February 14th, from 4-6 pm in the Palo Duro Lounge in the UC. If you’d like to help us set up, please stop by the Palo Duro Lounge at 3:45. Otherwise, just come to speak with fellow RCS members, enjoy some tea and cookies, and talk to other students about RCS itself, or Russia. Whatever you’d like. And be prepared to smile: I’m bringing my camera to post pictures on the blog!
2. If you’re still planning on making a card for the caregivers of AiYD in Russia, please bring your finished card by Friday, February 15th. They need to be sent out then, to give time to arrive in Russia. Remember, let your imagination gone wild! This is for International Women’s Day. Adrienn was kind enough to write down two different ways to congratulate someone on this day: С 8-ым Марта! (Happy March 8th!) or Поздравляю с Международным Женским Днём! (Congratulations on International Women’s Day!) You can use these in your cards, and I’m sure the caregivers will be more than happy to receive them! Also, if you were planning on bringing any travel-size beauty items, you can bring those on the 15th as well.
3. The McDowell Library in the Modern Languages office has a TON of books they would like us to take off our hands, and so we are having a BOOK SALE on Monday, February 18th, from 10am – 3pm on the Library Mall (directly outside of the Central Library). If you can volunteer to help sell books, or just be another fresh face to invite people over, we would love for you to stop by!
4. This is further down the line, but have decided to have our BLOK Party/Russia Day on April 15th. While this is a while away, we still have to plan what we are doing. For those new to RCS, Russia Day is where we have a series of poems or a novel read by RCS members – and really anyone who wants to sign up. You can read in English or in Russian. We sell baked goods, and it’s generally a wonderful time. Stay tuned for more information!
5. Finally, if you would like to purchase an RCS T-Shirt, we need to know the size you’d like and the number of shirts you need by next Wednesday the latest. There should be another e-mail coming soon regarding the shirts themselves, so don’t miss it!
That is everything for the week. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! My next post will be detailing our Global Grounds!
Lauren, Prime Minster :-)

First Meeting of the Semester!

Hey, everyone!

Well, the first meeting of the semester happened today, and we had tons to talk about and get caught up on! First, we had to have a new election for Vice President, as Sarmad had other endeavors and could not, unfortunately, devote his time like he wanted to. The decision on who was elected in his place was unanimous after a very wonderful speech by our president, Jean, and your happy blogger (aka me) was elected as Vice President of RCS. I’m extremely honored and excited to take on this role, and I only hope that I can do well :-)

The next topic on the list is the Global Grounds, which RCS will be hosting on February 14th. That’s right, Valentine’s Day! We will have tea, cookies, and conversation starters like books, posters, and other such items to talk to people about what RCS does and also what Russia is all about – because everyone is dying to know about it! It will be in the Palo Duro Lounge in the UC (University Center) from 4-6pm, again on February 14th. Mark your calendars! If you can’t make it exactly at 4 – that’s okay! Any time you can come by and speak with other club members, hang out, and even give out info to passers-by is awesome.

Also, I-Week (International Week) is fastly approaching on the first week in April. We are excited to have the week already told to us, so that way we can adequately plan for it! For those who are new to UTA, I-Week is hosted by the International Office, and it is a whole week devoted to everything international. We have a Parade of Banners, a fashion show, a food fair, and lots more. Stay tuned for more info as it comes out, but if you would like to participate, start thinking about what you would like to take part in! It’s a great week and a ton of fun!

Finally, our president has also suggested having a Russian Literature Club. This would consist of around a 30 minute meeting on Mondays at noon, where we will tackle a different short story that can be handed out on Friday during RCS get-togethers, and will give people a chance to read it over the weekend, and then talk about it on Monday. This club will be more of a branch of RCS, and while not required, it’s encouraged! If you’ve never read any Russian literature, you are in for a wonderful treat! We hope to see y’all there!

That’s about it for this blog post. Next week, we will be having Russkyi Stol, and while I’m not sure of the game just yet, rest assured it’s gonna be a blast!



Open Mic!

We recently just finished up yet another installment of our bi-annual Open Mic. For those of you that are new to RCS and/or this blog, Open Mic is a time where we, as RCS members (along with plenty of friends and family), get together and have performers of all kinds. We have poetry that is read, songs that are song, and more. We have a lot of talented members (and professors!) that perform in Open Mic almost every time we have it.

This semester was a bit different. Our old venue, hosted by our dear friend Miroslav at his Blue Danube restaurant, sadly closed down. Miroslav always opened his doors for us on Sundays, when he was usually closed, because it was our best time to have our Open Mic.  The scramble began this September to find a new venue. Miraculously, we found a place just in time. It happened to be across the street, at Saljo’s Pizza. A friend of the RCS band (jokingly called the Kenneth Frequency, after one of our band members, Ken Williford) knew the owner of the place, who was happy to open his doors to our get-together, even staying open past normal hours to accommodate us. We are very grateful to the staff at Saljo’s Pizza for letting us perform there!

Open Mic is always a ton of fun, and we always welcome members of RCS and anyone they want to bring along to sit and chat, or even get up on stage and do something for us all! This year we had some poetry read, all of which were fantastic! Individual sets were played, and to close out the event, the RCS band performed. As a band member myself (drums – occasionally – and vocals), I had a blast, save for a technical malfunction which caused my microphone to swing away from me during a song :-)

All in all, it was a fantastic night, and I wish we could have seen more friendly faces from RCS there! We hope to see you guys at the next one in May, but until then, have a fantastic holiday break and we will see you in January for more RCS meetings and games!



RCS Open Mic Pictures



RCS Bake Sale 2012!



Today, we had our bake sale outside the UC Mall. A portion of the proceeds from this event is going to Russian Orphan Aid/Allies in Youth Development, which is a fantastic non-profit organization that some of our members have volunteered with! As you can see from some of the pictures, we’re wearing our “Я – Волонтёр” shirts, which you get when you volunteer with the organization. Pretty cool, huh?

The turn out was great and we sold a ton of stuff. Thanks to everyone who made delicious sweets, those who helped man the table, or even those who just showed up to support the sale itself. We had a lot of fun, and we helped a great cause!



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