Monthly Archives: April 2014

Campus Security

Apr 30, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

real random post but i love the campus security at UC like here mad cool i mean i know at other places there might be some conflict but here there really cool i mean don’t get me wrong like they don’t pay games when it comes to breaking the rules but other than that they really respect you as a person and give you respect. I really have a great relationship with these women and man. i’m really thankful for having these people in my life to not only keep me safe but to talk with and share my concerns with. i just thought i should really let you guys know about the great job that this campus security really does thank you

Need Something to do this Summer? (Part 1) The Great Outdoors

Apr 29, 2014 | Author: Joseph Fryc

Being a local, I get asked a lot by my fellow students where they can go to entertain themselves while they are here for the summer. Maybe you’re taking a summer class, maybe you’ve just gotten an apartment here, or maybe you’re just stuck here because of a job. Either way, you’ll need something to keep yourself busy until classes start up again in the fall.

The Great Outdoors

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is camping, and luckily upstate New York has a plethora of great spots for camping all within a few hours of Utica. By far one of my favorite spots is Limemkiln Lake Campground located in Inlet, NY. Limekiln Lake Campground comes closest to what I like to call “true camping.” What makes Limekiln unique is that you are, quite literally, in the middle of the woods. Although Limekiln has predetermined campsites, they don’t manicure the land. Rather, your campsite is surrounded by thick trees,  flowing rivers, and active wildlife; and to reach your campsite you must navigate a series of rough dirt roads that snake through the campground.


By far the best thing about Limekiln Lake is the lake itself. I have been fortunate enough a few times to get a campsite right on the edge of the water, and there is nothing better than sitting by the fire and looking out over the serene lake to really relax. Likewise, the lake is great for kayaking and canoeing, or even sailing if you can afford it. The lake is dotted with a number of small islands and peninsulas that you can stop off on during your journey.


If being out on the water isn’t  your thing then try the beach, complete with a picnic area and hibachis for grilling. Or try their “Old Dam Nature Trail” that brings you through the woods and past the dam. The trail is a pretty good hike, but I would recommend you tread lightly as the trail isn’t manicured; there are a lot of roots and rocks sticking up out of the ground along the way, so bring a pair of hiking shoes to save yourself from a twisted ankle.



If the “rustic” experience isn’t necessarily your cup of tea, you can try Chenango Valley State Park, located right outside of Binghamton. This state park offers a family friendly camping experience that is even enjoyable for those who hate the outdoors. Chenango Valley Offers a number of Camping Cabins for those opposed to tents, and has a number of campsites designated for RV’s and pop-up campers.


Also, you’re never far from a picnic area or playground to keep those little ones busy. If your the adventurous type, you can try their walking trail, just make sure to bring your bug-spray. The trails are well kept, and markers help guide you throughout the forest and  around the bog.


Or if you prefer you can try the swimming area, with lifeguards on hand to keep the kids safe. Chenango Valley also provides a number of events for campers including Ice-cream socials every Friday night, Bingo nights, and even movie nights. The best part is that you aren’t too far out of the city, so you can easily pick-up any supplies you forgot right in town.

You really can’t go wrong with any of the campgrounds in the area, and if a day trip is more your speed any number of the campsites in the area offer day passes where you can get in for the day and set up on a site to grill and sit around the fire. Or if your looking for a way to burn just a few hours outside you can try any of the walking trails right here in Central New York. My favorite is Erie Canalway Trail in Whitesboro, that takes you along the historic Erie Canal and past a working lock. I used to spend several days a week on the trail taking walks with friends and family enjoying the outdoors.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy the great outdoors?

30 Things Every Short Girl Can Relate to

Apr 28, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine


  1. People tell you, “You’re short!” as if it’s news to you.
  2. That awkward moment when middle schoolers exceed your height.
  3. You wind up looking about as scary as a puppy when you get angry, and people won’t take you seriously.
  4. You always get stuck with the middle seat because “you’re the smallest.”
  5. If you gain weight, it’s 10 times more noticeable on you than it would be on a tall person because there isn’t anywhere for it to go.
  6. Heels make you an average height, if you’re lucky.
  7. Flats make your legs look even shorter.
  8. People ask you your height before they ask your name.
  9. Finding a pair of pants that’s the right length is about as likely as sighting Big Foot.
  10. You have trouble fitting in adult clothing and often wind up in the junior section.
  11. Kitchen shelves and cupboards pose a huge obstacle.
  12. You’re too proud to accept help from a stranger when you’re trying to reach a high shelf at the grocery store.
  13. People treat you like a fragile doll.
  14. Sleeves are always too long.
  15. Your feet dangle off of chairs instead of reaching the floor.
  16. Finding a pair of leggings that are the right length isn’t much easier than finding jeans.
  17. Most normal-length shirts are like dresses on you.
  18. People judge you for having to pull your seat all the way up in the car.
  19. You just had to go and date the tallest person you could find.
  20. You have to walk in double-time to keep up with tall folks.
  21. You inevitably sit behind tall people in every theater.
  22. When you find that one person who’s shorter than you, it’s like a small victory.
  23. You can pass for younger than you are.
  24. You have a special bond with fellow short folks.
  25. You’ve developed a system for reaching things that are high up, whether it be climbing on chairs or over-extending your arms to the point of dislocating something.
  26. You’re always looking up at people.
  27. Desks are usually uncomfortably high for your arms to rest on.
  28. Your friends constantly make short jokes.
  29. People you don’t even know constantly make short jokes.
  30. You rock shortness like nobody else can.


Apr 28, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

you can smell the summer air , your shorts and tank tops are calling your name. you can see the beaches from your dorm room windows. It could only mean that school is coming to an end and that means FINaLS are here. Now i know I’m only a freshmen but i do have some quick and easy steps to stay on top of your finals and get ready for the summer.

STEP 1 : Don’t Procrastinate

when you procrastinate you find your self in trouble , because then the work starts to pile up and we all know the clock loves to faster when the work piles up

STEP 2: No Marathon Studying

When your studying you need to know when to take a break. Marathon Studying does nothing for you but blow your head up into a million pieces.

STEP 3: Don’t Forgot To Sleep

sleeping is the most important thing … have a great night sleep or nap can be the difference between A or B

i hope that this info was helpful Peace , Love , and Good Grades

The Top 10 Tracks That Get Me Through Finals Week

Apr 27, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

With finals week fast approaching, (have you looked at the calendar??) I always find music as a motivator to help me study and keep my confidence level up!

So, without further ado, here is my top 10 list of songs that keep me going!

1) So Small – Carrie Underwood

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So Small has always been a favorite song of mine. It has gotten me through some challenging times in the past, and still remains to do so today. This song is a reminder to stop worrying so much about little things that don’t matter and to start focusing on the things and people you have in your life that are important. This song also helps me to realize that my problems really aren’t as big as they seem. Hence the title….

2) Roar – Katy Perry

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This song is such a fun, upbeat, kick – butt song! It’s the perfect motivation to tackle finals. This song helps to give confidence and lets me know that I can handle any exam (or anything) that comes my way, no matter how challenging, and that I will come out a champion!

3) Unstoppable – Rascal Flatts

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Rascal Flatts know how to motivate! Unstoppable encourages anyone who is going through a rough time. It says no matter what circumstances, you are unstoppable. You are not easily defeated. Since tests make some people (and me) a bit nervous, and a bad grade can make us feel defeated, this song is amazing to remember.

4) Letter to Me – Brad Paisley

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In this song, Brad is talking about how what he thought was a big deal, what he thought was major problems at the age of 20/21, really wasn’t. He looks back on his life now – as an adult – and puts things into perspective. It’s just a really cool song to listen to…it makes a lot of sense.

5) It Happens – Sugarland

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Can you tell I love country music yet? Ha! 😉 This is a funky, feel-good song that is so easy to relate too. Got a bad grade on a test? It happens. Didn’t get the job you were hoping for? It happens. Running late because you overslept?….Well, you see what I’m getting at. The point of this song is to not take life so seriously. To not get so emotionally involved in every little thing. To learn to let go and realize things aren’t always going to go your way. Love it.

6) Jesus Take The Wheel – Carrie Underwood

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Those who know me, know I have no trouble admitting my Faith. I’m definitely not ashamed of it…I was raised that way! This song has been so inspirational to me over the years. It reminds me to slow down, Pray, relax, and just let myself be at peace with whatever is bothering me (during this time….finals week!)

7) Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson

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This really has nothing to do with finals, or college in general, but this is an amazing song. Give it a listen. It’s empowering!

8) Settlin’ – Sugarland


Such a motivating song! I know I’ve been saying that a lot, but it’s true! This one talks about never settling for anything less than the BEST! That’s some really sound advice that we all should take!

9) One Day You Will – Lady Antebellum

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Lady A sure knows how to tug on the heart strings! Seriously, this song fills me up with so much encouragement. This definitely targets us college students. It just basically sends the message that you’ll be okay, no matter what happens. Any trial only makes us stronger.

10) Today is Your Day – Shania Twain

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The perfect song to wake up to! Kind of sets the tone for the day. This song really stresses to have a positive attitude and to choose happy every single day. Make up your mind that no matter what annoyances happen throughout the day, nothing can break you down!


Apr 25, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

How you guys doing again its a beautiful day in Utica and a even better day at Utica College today’s our Midnight cookout. We will be have so much food , drinks and music ! …. You have to love this campus for the events that are thrown because it always ends with everyone being together have a great time I can’t wait for later guys and next week I will be posting three helpful blogs for you guys it get down to the end of classes and close to summer


Food, Paint & Drag Oh My!

Apr 25, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Utica College is coming alive with very fun events. This past few weeks had three activities that stood out, which were  the drag show, Holi’s paint event and the taste of the arts. These events were really creative and many students had positive things to say about it.

I was apart of the taste of the arts event in strebel due to the fact that I am a chemistry major and there was a chemistry booth. At this booth, you had the opportunity to try some amazing tasty treats such as, marshmallows that consisted of three different flavors; coconut, vanilla raspberry, red velvet cream cheese swirl and vanilla. Some of the marshmallows had powdered sugar on them, another tasty teat option was a candy pearl. However, the main treat at this booth was liquid nitrogen ice cream. Everyone had the opportunity to make their own liquid nitrogen ice cream and put their tasty toppings on.

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The Holi paint event in the quad a complete success. Many students, parents and children came out to support. Holi did a great job organizing this event, they knew how much powdered paint to have and they knew how much water would be needed for the paint to stick to the participants clothing. They also couldn’t have picked a nicer day to have this event, the weather was beautiful.


The Drag show was enjoyed by many UC students. It was the first annual show so, no one was sure of what to expect but the production was spectacular. I would recommend this events to all the students at UC, present and future. The anticipation for next years drag show is at a high. It was a really fun week at Utica College.



Go out your comfort zone, you might be surprised!

Apr 24, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

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On Wednesday April 23rd, RHA and FYV set up  a chill night in South lounge. The invitation was sent out for all students and flyers were posted up in Resident Halls. As the President of FYV village I was a little nervous for the out come because students usually don’t participate in things that don’t involve partying, drinking, or dancing. Along with my team we set up a night where students could come and enjoy food,listen to music, and play just dance on the Wii. In total we had over 30 people in attendance not including RHA or FYV member’s. People started coming at 7:15pm when the event was set to start at 7:30pm. People started pouring in and they weren’t just coming for the food. I was pleased to say that the night was filled with excitement and everyone stayed until the end. People were interacting with each other and having a good time, I mean students were coming out of their comfort zones and enjoying other students company without the influence of their normal everyday friends. See when you come out of you comfort zone it can be life changing, sometimes we get so accustom to our everyday friends that we don’t try to befriend other  students on campus. Just because your everyday friends are not interested in something it does not mean that you should not go or participate in it. Be your self and everything else will fall in place.

Love always L.

Why College Students Should Forgo Tanning

Apr 24, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

Photo from Gerlach of Pixabay

Look, kid, you’re young. Should you live to be the average age of a human being, you’ve still got several decades left in the skin you’re wearing. I don’t know many people who want their skin to resemble beef jerky when they’re older, and yet I know plenty of them who ask for that by lying in a tanning bed, AKA a human oven, on a regular basis.

If you step back and think about it, the intentional act of tanning (as in, not when you spend time outside and just happen to get some color as a result) is an incredibly ludicrous endeavor. All the time, we preach about being comfortable with the skin we’re in, and yet we’ll spend hours lying motionless under UV rays just to make our skin a few shades darker. Shouldn’t we instead just appreciate the spectrum of skin tones out there?

Furthermore, tanning is one of the biggest time-wasters. There’s not much you can do while tanning; you have to be still and make sure you’re not using anything that will cause weird tanlines. Basically, your options are to read or listen to music. Why subject yourself to complete boredom for an hour or more if you don’t have to?

You’re also bound to get sweaty, and you’ll probably rub yourself down with sticky tanning oil. It doesn’t make sense that doing nothing would make you that gross afterward. If you want to get sweaty, go to the gym instead. Now that’s a good use of your time.

It’s proven that sun exposure causes early aging, which is why you’ll see many avid tanners with not-so-smooth skin, even at a young age. Think about what happens to just about anything when you bake it: it dries out and shrivels up. Your skin is doing the same thing, except moisturizer isn’t going to save you. You’ll wind up with wrinkles much sooner than you anticipated, which is hardly worth skin a few shades darker now.

But here’s the big reason why college students should forgo tanning: skin cancer. Everyone thinks “It won’t happen to me,” but it can and it does. No one is immune. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.


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What people really need to realize is how silly it is to put yourself in direct risk of cancer just to darken their skin tone for a little while. It is not like the skin-darkening caused by tanning is permanent; you have to constantly upkeep it, wasting time in the tanning bed and exposing yourself to damaging UV rays again and again.

Take it from a girl who’s about as pale as pale gets: it’s not so bad. I just think about how nice and wrinkle-free my skin will be years from now, and that makes it all the better. I certainly haven’t the time or patience for tanning anyway.