Campus Life: Great Danes at
By Donna Yee (December
University at Albany students gather at Danes After Dark, an on-campus, late-night weekend gathering spot that offers everything from karaoke to magicians and hypnotists. (Photo by Donna Yee)
As the night begins, a spirited vibe
takes hold of
Danes After Dark. Students
huddle around the TV with the latest version
of Play Station, or challenge each other to
air hockey or Jenga tournaments. At any
given time, the victorious laughter from a
group engrossed in "Halo" on the Xbox might
meet the staccato bark of the poetry slam in
the lower lounge.
UAlbany's Danes After Dark is an on-campus,
late-night weekend gathering spot that lines
up a bevy of lively activities from karaoke
competitions to magicians and hypnotists.
"It's an alternative method of meeting
students with the same interests that you
have," said Michael Stephenson, a senior
from the Bronx, N.Y. "It's students who want
to have a good time, just like you do."
Since beginning in 2005, the program has
flourished, even catching the attention of
UAlbany faculty members, who can be seen
among those participating in the program's
ever-expanding -- and entertaining --
activity list, which includes concerts,
magic shows, food and movies.
just a nice way to meet new people
if you're on campus that evening and
looking for something to do"
Still, Danes After Dark can also provide a
more laid back atmosphere for students with
the availability of study rooms, knitting
workshops and therapeutic chair massages.
There are even manicures and pedicures.
"Danes After Dark creates a vibrant social
scene on campus. It also helps
students get involved. Students who
are involved and feel connected to their
campus are more successful academically,"
said D. Ekow King, director of the
University's Office of Multicultural Student
Success, who recently garnered an award from
the State University of New York for the
"It's just a nice way to meet new people if
you're on campus that evening and looking
for something to do," says freshman Jacqui
Lee, of Vernon, N.Y.