Nick Kantor, Husky of the Week

We fortunately have many members who are willing to step up and take on additional responsibilities, volunteer opportunities, and keep SAA fun. Starting this week, we’re going to recognize one member who has recently gone above and beyond and name them Husky of the Week!

Last week Nick Kantor volunteered to be Paws for the Office of Alumni Relations, so we’re giving him the title first.

Husky of the Week Nick Kantor

Husky of the Week Nick Kantor

Age: 19

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Major: Physical Therapy

Year: Sophomore

What is your dream job?

A superhero whose cover is a physical therapist.

Favorite TV shows?

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Mila Kunis and Emma Stone

What’s your favorite thing about SAA?

How everyone refers to me as Asian Nick. Just kidding. I really enjoy how everyone is very friendly and welcoming. Fall Retreat was a great way to get to know everyone and I can’t wait to go again.

What is something not everyone in SAA knows about you?

I’m half Malaysian and half white.

What are 5 things that every Northeastern student should cross off their bucket list?

  1. Walk or run through the reflecting pool
  2. Sit on the horse at the MFA
  3. Do the underwear run
  4. Be PAWS at least once
  5. Do Chuck a Puck at a hockey game
Husky of the Week Nick Kantor, center, with fellow SAA members Taylor Brown and Nick Viviano.

Husky of the Week Nick Kantor, center, with fellow SAA members Taylor Brown and Nick Viviano.


Arts, Media & Design 5 Under 25

After three successful 5 Under 25 events last fall, SAA hosted the first program of 2013 for the College of Arts, Media & Design. Panelists included:

  • Ben Anderson – Music Industry ’12; Founder, Narvii Inc.
  • Daniel Artiges – Architecture ’11; Junior Designer, Koetter Kim and Associates
  • Ian Battenfield Headley – Music Technology, ’11; Composer & Performer
  • Jillian Butler – Communication Studies ’12; Community Relations Coordinator, BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Mike Splain – Music Industry ’12; Application Support Engineer, PayPal, Inc.
Left to right: Moderator Nick Viviano, Daniel Artiges, Ian Headley, Jillian Butler, Mike Splain, Ben Anderson, V.P. of Alumni Relations Jil Rinne

Left to right: Moderator Nick Viviano, Daniel Artiges, Ian Headley, Jillian Butler, Mike Splain, Ben Anderson, V.P. of Alumni Relations Jil Rinne

The CAMD panelists shared their experiences on co-op, in classes, and with their new careers. Having studied abroad twice and completing a co-op outside his major, Artiges stressed the importance of “unique and sometimes uncomfortable experiences” to diversify your time in college. Splain’s experience with co-op started off a little unorthodox – his boss at OurStage left two months in – but what could have been a disaster turned into a surprise opportunity for continuous employment while at Northeastern. Anderson recommended starting your own company while still in college; he used the resources and advice available to to him on co-op at Nimbit and Pay Pal. “If it doesn’t work out, you’re back where you started – still a college student.”

Headley discussed his current involvement at Northeastern, which includes setting up for campus performances as well as continuing music research with his former professors. As the chair of the 2012 Senior Gift Drive Committee, Butler learned the importance of giving back to something you care about at the university, and was also one of two seniors to speak at commencement.

After the formal Q&A portion of the evening, attendees were invited to network with the panelists or ask them more targeted questions.


Thank you to all of the panelists and everyone who was able to attend this event! The 5 Under 25: Young Alumni Success Stories series will continue on February 14 with the College of Computer and Information Science.

Nick Swardson (finally!)

Nick Swardson (finally!)

Homecoming week may have been in October, but it wasn’t until January 17 that all the events finally took place. Nick Swardson (Blades of Glory, Grandma’s Boy, basically every Adam Sandler movie) made good on his promise to return to Boston after illness prevented him from performing with Sarah Silverman back in the fall. Swardson engaged the crowd with jokes covering everything from Tom Brady to dangerous cats. After the show, members of the SAA e-board were lucky enough to snap a photo with the comedian. Thanks, Nick!

Spring Retreat

Spring Retreat

Fall Retreat has become a beloved tradition within the SAA, but not all members are able to attend. So, the e-board decided to kick off the spring semester with a shorter, but similar, event. About 30 members gathered in the Alumni Center from 12:30 to 3:30 on Saturday, January 12 for lunch, games, and team-building exercises.
VP of Recruitment and Retention Melissa Dunbar planned a fun-filled afternoon, starting with a catered Panera lunch. Then the games began – most notably, a rock-paper-scissors tournament and a round of Fall Retreat favorite “Where the Great Wind Blows.” Other activities helped members to find things in common with each other, and also allowed new members to meet those who had been away on co-op or studying abroad. A new and unique exercise had groups working together to reproduce a picture by tracing on each others’ backs – with mixed results.
Whether or not Spring Retreat becomes an annual occurrence, the attendees definitely enjoyed this day of bonding before the usual chaos of the semester sets in. Here’s to a successful Spring 2013!