Powersuites: The Dinner and a Show Gang
Written by Bwog Staff
We’ve already shown you feminist Democrats, pizza-loving student council members, and adventurous Harry Potter fans. This week, Bwog visits a Powersuite full of artists and performers who also love to bake. From Suite 4C in 600, Mahima Chablani and Raphaelle Debenedetti report on these multi-talented ladies’ homemade treats and weekly cleaning parties.
There is always a plate of freshly baked cookies on the kitchen counter of suite 4C in 600. In fact, when we arrived at the suite, we were graciously welcomed with homemade brownies, pumpkin gobs, sugar cookies, and kickass leftovers from an extravaganza hosted by D-Spar. With more counter space than most rooms in the building, the four suitemates form “the kitchen.” Adrianna Aguilar (BC ’13) is the designated bartender and “experimenter,” known for her ability to create a masterpiece from contradictory ingredients. Elizabeth Hertzog (BC ‘12), the “apprentice,” is still learning the tricks of cooking but has mastered the art of microwaving. The “bakerina,” Victoria Pollack (BC ’12), runs on sugar and compares herself to a “Martha Stewart pre-incarceration.” Rounding off these three foodies is Angelica “Jelly” Sedgwick (BC ’13), the supreme chef. Not only does she make food; she is food. Affectionately nicknamed “Jelly,” she would never eat jelly when she was younger, because she thought it was an act of cannibalism.
Beyond their creativity in the kitchen, these four ladies also share a “suite tooth” for the arts. The suite has one or more representatives in virtually every dance, music, and theater group on campus, including Orchesis, Varsity Show, Barnard-Columbia Chorus, King’s Crown Shakespeare Group, Inside New York, Artists Reaching Out, CMTS, CU Players, the Bach Society, Musical Mentors Collaborative, CUPAL, CU Dance Marathon, and so much more. Stunned by their artistic excellence, Bwog asks the suitemates if they have ever considered making a musical together.
“Well…we actually have a band!” Adrianna replies. “Have you ever seen one of those bike seats for babies? We once saw a purple one and thought about how wonderful it must be to sit in one…almost like a sanctuary.” Since Jelly has a sweet lumberjack dress, they decided to name the band “Jelly Lumberjack and the Purple Sanctuaries.” The hit singles on their first album, The Kitchen, include “My Friend Diego” and “Newman O-s,” a song named after these “O’s of goodness.” Although the dream band has not quite recorded music yet, the girls have decided that each song will be spoken to the same tune.
During their free time, the suitemates throw parties of “all kinds,” from cast parties to holiday celebrations. Most wild, though, are the weekly cleaning parties: the girls commence the merrymaking by blasting “Closer” by Kings of Leon and “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. DJ Jelly spins the beats and Adrianna mixes the drinks—her specialty being a spiked milkshake with coconut vodka and Ben and Jerry’s Schweddy Balls. “We start with the messy party and then move onto the cleaning,” Elizabeth explains.
The suite’s vibrancy is perhaps best displayed by the “fridge full of inspiration.” It is “taboo to throw out fortune,” Victoria explains, so the fridge teems with Yogi Tea quotes, magnetic poetry, Dove promises, and quotes from cough drop wrappers. The inspiration on the fridge even wafts into the hallways: the suitemates tell us about a random girl who recently knocked on their door, because she could not resist following the aroma of their baked goods. Stunned by the coziness and comfort of the suite, she stayed for forty-five minutes. She had a gluten allergy (Murphy’s Law?), so the suite fed her spoonfuls of cream cheese frosting instead.