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[02 Jul 2007|10:43am]

Kind of random question :)

I'm working BMC this summer, and TAing a graphic arts class. The kids are making video photo slideshows, and I'm making one too (don't like to just sit there when I'm TAing). I'm making mine a montage of old SIG BMC memories (to the tune of American Pie, of course). I already went through the Facebook groups and took a bunch of pictures, but if any of you have any funny, cute, and not particularly innapropriate (since I'm making the thing in class in front of the kids) pictures from BMC in the past, post 'em!! :D
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SIG's Coming up, or, Rules, or, Let's Go Over This One More Time [03 Jun 2006|05:50pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Much like my entry from two years ago, it's June, I figured this would be good to post, and I have nothing better to do while listening to the radio at 1 a.m. in a retirement suburb just outside Tel Aviv...

Alright now all you whippersnappers. This here old man's (I'm old enough to have needed to replace vital organs, therefore I'm the eldest and wisest, got it?) got some talking to do, and I'd appreciate it if y'all pulled the wax out of your ears/eyes/whatever organ you use to learn with and pay attention to this.

This is the ancient SIG tradition of covering one's own ass. This is because we live in one of the most litigious societies in the world these days, and I'd really like to avoid a lawsuit.

Now I (which includes any other counselors who are on this community, I would imagine) have no problem with being a friend both in and out of SIG. At SIG, however, I'm also in a position where I have legal obligations, and as such, I have to warn y'all about a potential source of drama. That being this here LiveJournal/Myspace (plus some other stuff I might as well get out of the way).

Rule Number 1. Don't talk about LiveJournal/Myspace. Period. End of story. Don't give your username out during SIG. Exchange e-mail addresses and look each other up or write each other.

Rule Number 2. Don't make public entries. Make sure to friendslock and filter everything. Make sure you log out. If a counselor sits down to a computer and sees an LJ/Myspace logged in (as I have before), we might get curious and poke around, both at that one and the friends pages. Some counselors have less of a sense of humour than I do. Some of them don't know you as well, they can overreact.

Rule Number 3. LJ-cut anything you don't want me to report to the administration. I'm dead serious. If it's a public entry, or there is not an LJ cut, and I read something, I am legally bound to report this. I want to respect your privacy, so if you want to put something in a friends list that I'm on, but you don't want it getting to the administration, LJ-cut it. I don't know myspace as well, but be bloody careful.

Rule Number 4. If you're going to outright break the rules, etc, don't tell me in such a way that I have to do something about it. You all know I'm cool with bending the rules pretty far, but there are limits. I don't know the current weather of the admin about how far we can bend.

Rule Number 5. While there, I do have to do the whole responsible adult thing, at least to some extent. Remember that, and remember that if for some reason I do have to bust you, it's not because I love you all any less, but it's really what they hired me to do, so don't hate me.

Rule Number 6. No PDA, err, wait, I mean, have fun, don't get too worked up about this, I just need to protect myself and the other counselors on this list.

Any questions, comments, concerns, etc, IM them directly to me at GilCnaan or DJ Skola and we'll discuss. If necessary, I will post edits.

Also, I'm told that there's a "no contact" rule between campers and counselors that was enacted last year. I don't know how it works, but maybe another counselor can drop in and provide some help...? If not, I'll run with it as it goes.

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random sig encounter [25 May 2006|11:44pm]

Does anyone know the name of the person who taught creative writing at Vassar Collge in 2002?
My friend took a survey at the University of Houston for someone who's doing a study on arts students, and he mentioned teaching at SIG. When she asked if he knew me, he said he had taught me creative writing (which I took that year), and it's really bothering me that I can't put a face/name to it.
Oh, and his first name is Lee and his last name started with and S and might be Sterling.
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Dear Lord, this is becoming repetitious, or, Contracts, with feeling! [05 May 2006|04:46pm]

[ mood | curious ]

So I've been chattin' with someah you durned fahn folks out theah in LJ-land, and I bin gittin' the feelin' that not everyone's seein' one of those gosh-be-durned contracts! So if you're on this community, you applied fer a job, and ye're not meself or sidekickrita, do us all a favor and let us know, y'hear?

P.S. There's a reason I'm normally not allowed South of the Mason-Dixon line...

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[28 Apr 2006|10:51pm]

x-posted to my own LJ

Quick update, I got my contracts for SIG, so just to let y'all know, feel free to comment if you got it as well...

Also, people at Vassar will get to hear the new Neil Gaiman tribute album.
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[23 Apr 2006|12:07pm]
Any returning counselors know for sure where they are going to be this summer? Last time I called it was still a "probably your first choices, but not guaranteed yet" as to where I'm going to be...

skola, did you just call and ask?
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Hi [11 Apr 2006|09:49pm]

Hi, my name is Sasha. I was at SIG BMC from '97-'00. I recognize a few of you, but I can't really think of any distinguishing characteristics to see if any of you remember me. I asked Gil about this since I think he probably knows and keeps in touch with more people from SIG than anyone, but he suggested I post here. I go to Smith College now, and at one point last year, I was at a lecture/debate and saw someone in the audience wearing a SIG shirt. But of course there was a lecture going on, so I didn't talk to her. So, are you or are any SIG people you know Smithies? I know of one SIG grad at Mt Holyoke, and I'm sure there must be more around the 5 colleges (Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, and UMass Amherst) and it would be kind of cool to find them before I graduate.

Anyway, I'm really jealous of all of you going back this summer. I hope you have as much fun there as I did. (6 years ago...that sounds longer than it feels.)
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Back and better than ever, or, Phone call [29 Mar 2006|12:55am]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

So earlier today I spoke with the amazingly lovely and talented Joshua Novick, and it appears that I will be a counselor at Vassar college sessions I and II for the summer of 2006. I will now state my claim as being at SIG so bleeding long that they've had to replace parts of my body. Many thanks for the support over the last year, and, for those of you who will be at Vassar this summer, I may possibly do some sort of celebration on the anniversary of my receiving my new heart.


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[25 Dec 2005|05:44am]

Hey all. I'm a much older SIG person but perhaps some of you are as well. I went to Vassar 92,93.95, 97 and Bryn Mawr 96 (i think I need to check my plaque). The name is Lacy. Best know for always getting picked for theater sports.

So.. any of you out there?
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Gil Update [03 Jul 2005|05:57pm]

This morning Gil, aka skola, recieved a heart transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after a previous heart had been declared defective less than 24 hours earlier. He is currently in the Surgery Intensive Care Unit and cannot see visitors until further notice.  His family would like to thank everyone for their support, visits/cards/gifts/etc.

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[22 Jun 2005|10:47am]

[ mood | curious ]

Out of curiosity, what is the rate of SIG alumni going to the colleges where they went to SIG? Do a lot of Bryn Mawr people wind up going to Bryn Mawr for college? I went to George School, which is an elementary through high school boarding school, so going to college at my SIG campus wasn't an option, but I know some people who've gone to their SIG campuses, as well as a number of CTY people who go to Johns Hopkins.

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I posted here as _keeshii_ a couple months ago.. [22 Jun 2005|09:23am]

..and asked about Vassar I, and rules, and how my friend and I, and my boyfriend and I would fare.

Well, I'm going to Bryn Mawr II by myself, it turns out.. and I wanted to know if anyone here is going?
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see you this summer! [03 Jun 2005|10:07pm]

I wasn't expecting it, but...

I'll be working at Vassar Session I this summer. :)

I'd love to hear from anyone who'll be there this summer, or has been there in years past, since I'm not totally sure what to expect. Feel free to IM me (Yucca Bugg) or e-mail me if you want.

[edit: okay, just kidding. i'm sick and can't go. :( ]
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Finally! [02 Jun 2005|03:57am]

So I'm sitting at home with a cold, watching re-runs of Law and Order-SVU and Sex & the City, when I quite unexpectedly come across a SIG LJ.

How great. And can I say, finally?!

Heather (formerly known as "Scout") here. I was 14-15 when I was at SIG-Vassar 99-00. Currently in third/final year at NYU finishing up a B.S. in Media/Comm, planning on a 2nd Bach. degree in PPE at Oxbridge, and ever-so-randomly reminiscing of the good old days at SIG.

So: Any SIG-Vassar 99-00 people out there?? Any SIG alum go to NYU or Oxbridge? If so, COMMENT.

Well, comment anyway. Love to hear from anyone out there. :-)
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On one of our own... [21 May 2005|10:33pm]

I've been given the all-clear to notify SIG campers about this, and I figured there's no better way than to post here.  First, for those of you who don't know me, I'm Dan, the counselor who brought DDR to Vassar last summer.  No, I won't be back this year for a variety of reasons, but that's besides the point.

Anyway, I'm writing this post to clear up any confusion/rumors/fears about Gil Cnaan, aka skola, whom is universally recognized as a longtime fixture of SIG and someone who embodies what the program is all about.

As anyone who's kept track of Gil's LJ or has seen his away message knows, Gil's had health issues for the past couple months, due to congestive heart failure.  Right now he's at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and he will be there for the time being.  As of yesterday he's on the waiting list for a heart transplant.  The wait could be a matter of days or months.

Now, on to confirming some things:

Gil will not be a counselor at SIG Vassar this year - TRUE.  Even if Gil were to recieve a new heart tomorrow and complete the recovery period, it would be unfair to expect him to perform in his full or even reduced capacity as a SIG counselor.  He would like to assure everyone that, health willing, he intends to visit the Vassar campus during the summer, and will hopefully return as a counselor in 2006.

Gil is going to die - FALSE.  Gil is alive and well kicking and intends to make a full recovery.

Gil is too sick to see visitors - again, FALSE.  If there's anything Gil wants, it's the love and prayers and support of his friends.  He's not on life support, he's fully capable of talking to people, and nothing would make him feel better than recieving contact from his SIG flock.  You can find directions to the HUP here.  We'll do our best to help people who want to take the train in to visit, but contact one of us ahead of time.

That said, there's one thing he's requested an abundance of, and that's laughter: Books, movies (DVD or VHS), toys, games, whatever - I'm sure you all know what makes Gil tick and can come up with something appropriate.  If you don't know what to get but want to chip in some money, send a PayPal payment to dokool[at]aol.com with an indication that it's for Gil and I'll make sure it goes towards something he'll appriciate.

As far as an address, I'm not going to post that info here - please contact me at dokool[at]gmail.com or AIM: DOKool for that.  Please do not send stuff to the hospital - I have a feeling that if half of all of Gil's friends sent things to HUP the system would get severly backed up.  If you want to bake cookies or anything like that, that's cool, but please keep it low on sodium as per his current medical restrictions.

Finally, Gil would like to ask for your (multi-denominational) prayers and sends messages of love, peace, sunshine, and so on and so forth.  He further asks that if you feel like taking a more active role in procuring a heart, that you should leave the body (of similar height and build to Gil himself, procured via blunt force trauma to the head only! Please leave the cutting implements at home) outside of the HUP main entrance with a note reading 'Organ Donor' attached.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact me (through the methods noted above) with any questions.
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Looking for gifted (high IQ) teenagers [21 Mar 2005|03:25pm]
My name is Lisa White, M.A., and I am a doctoral (Ph.D.) student in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, in San Francisco. I’m conducting dissertation research on how intellectually gifted (high IQ) teenagers and their parents feel about each other.

If you are in 8-11th grade, and have been identified by your school as gifted, I’d like to invite you to participate in this research study. Participation will require you to fill out a questionnaire online, and will take about an hour of your time. All information will be kept anonymous.

In return for participating in the study, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of eight $25 gift certificates from Amazon.com.

To find out more, go to www.giftedfamilies.com
If you have questions, please email me at lisa@giftedfamilies.com

Thank you for your participation!

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yo ppls [01 Mar 2005|01:20pm]

[ mood | SNOW DAY! ]

hey yo! i went to sig for two years, oberlin. yeah, it was great! i'd go back this year, but i can't. too much moohla, so hey! if any one else went to oberlin in 2003 and 2004, give me a holler.
peace, *Meg*

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[18 Feb 2005|04:21pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Blah blah blah.... We need more posting in this community, kids.

SO! Who's returning as a camper or counselor?!?!

And who's in the Boston area and wants to hang out?


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Update!!! [14 Feb 2005|05:52pm]

Since there was an overwhelming response to my last post, I'm going to change it slightly.

I'm collecting stories. I'm looking for the real stories from your lives. I would like to collect the funniest things that have happened to you. These could be conversations that you overheard, participated in, or situations that you were involved with. It doesn't have to do with anything in particular as long as it makes you laugh when you think about it.

This also counts for stories that make other people laugh when they think about it, even though it may make you cringe. In the spirit of friendship, I present the following story:

For my junior and senior years of college, I was the vice president of student government at IUP. Our office shared a wall with the office of the Black Student League and the NAACP.

One night, I was sitting in my office working on something useless. The gentlemen in the next office were laughing and shouting and having a great time, all of which I could hear through the wall. All of a sudden, one of the guys let out a violent sneeze and bolted out of the room, leaving his friends confused and wondering.

Several minutes later, the gentleman in question returns to the office with his head hung low. The others stopped and looked at him, waiting for an explanation, which he very kindly offered.

In the dead silence of the two rooms, I could hear his reply very clearly.

"So, I sneezed....and I shat myself."

If you would be so kind as to send me your own, I will post them if you like. Please e-mail them to story_collect@yahoo.com

Also, please repost this in your journal, or wherever you have posting access. If you don't want to help, perhaps someone will.

Thanks a bunch!
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New Member! [11 Feb 2005|09:39am]

Hi, my name is Kaneesha. I was a CTYer for 5 years, and CTY is basically the same is SIG -- only CTY is more well known, I think.
In any case, I'm planning to attend SIG with one of my best friends this summer. Vassar II.
Is there anything useful anybody might want to share with me?

How's the admin?
What are the classes like?
Rules on PDA and rules in general -- how strictly are they enforced?

Thanks in advance.
= )
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