Put a Twist on Sodexo: How to Make Your Own Meal Out of Bits and Pieces of Theirs

Dec 1, 2015 | Author: Angela Malaspina

Have you ever gone to eat at the dining commons on campus and felt like there was nothing “good” to eat? I mean, we’ve all been there; crunching down on some Cinnamon Toast Crunch during the 5:00 dinner rush.

I’m here to tell you there is so much more you can do within the restrictions of the made-to-order deli station, grill, the two hot food stations, and the good ‘ol salad bar. Combine, take out, add, “beef up,” mix it, and my favorite: make it into a sandwich.

The other day at dinner I found myself indifferent to what was being served. The nacho bar is always a crowd favorite and definitely one of my go-to’s, but I wanted something more. I got the chips from the nacho bar and all of the toppings I wanted; olives, salsa, jalapeños, beans, sour cream … more sour cream. And then I went to the salad bar and filled the bottom of a plate with lettuce, cheese, and some grape tomatoes. When I got back to my table I grabbed my fork and took some deep-seated childhood anger out on the plate of nachos.

Once the chips, olives, salsa, jalapeños, beans, and lavish amount of sour cream was all crushed and mixed together, I added it to the other plate of ordinary salad. POOF! A delicious taco salad was in front of me!taco2

It doesn’t stop at the nachos. Veggie and turkey burgers are always an option at the grill – just ask! Once they’ve cooked either of the two “secret burgers,” put it between two buns or skip the bread, layer some crispy cucumbers, and drizzle with some light ranch dressing and balsamic glaze! Since you’ve been so creative I’d say you deserve to put a scoop of your favorite ice cream in between two of Sodexo’s dangerously good chocolate chip cookies! Enjoy the dining commons your way!

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EFT- Electric Fuerza Talent Show

Nov 23, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Fuerza Latina, a student organization on the Utica College campus, “fulfills a common need to share rich Latino/a heritage and unites all Latino brothers and sisters in a mutual bond.” (According to their pioneer place.)


Every year the organization holds a talent show that they encourage all members of the UC community to participate in. They held open auditions this year during the month of October and advertised throughout the campus so that everyone would know about the opportunity to showcase their skills. Any talent is encouraged and welcome! (Dancing, singing, spoken word, comedy, etc.)


The cumulation of all of those auditions and rehearsal times for the selected performers was this past Saturday. Doors opened for the talent show at 5 with festivities being kicked off right away by DJ Rey Stacks, a student from UC, playing music and pumping up the crowd. The theme of the talent show was Electric Fuerza Talent show, so Strebel Auditorium, where the event took place, was decked out with glow sticks and balloons. Fuerza Latina even handed out glow sticks to audience members and it was a fun and poppin’ environment to wait for the show to start in.


I actually decided to audition this year, being that it’s my senior year and all, it was my last chance! I made it into the show and actually performed an acoustic cover of Adele’s “Hello” with my resident, Fredo, playing guitar. It actually was one of my favorite performances to date. There’s just something about being able to do what you love in front of people that really want to see you do well. The audience would clap and cheer for every single performer, and the environment was so encouraging. People would shout out for performers and were waving their glow sticks during slower performances, it was like a concert at certain points!


The winner(s) of the show this year was AIM, or Africa in Motion, a dance crew from Utica College. They performed a moving piece about the Black Lives Matter movement, and it was incredible to see them portray such strong emotions and concern for social activism through their dance skills. They really deserved to win. In fact, every performer really put an incredible amount of effort into their performances and it showed. Even performers from other schools were invited to showcase their talents, and they all were amazing.


Fuerza Latina hosts the talent show every year and it is always a widely attended event. So, next year be on the lookout for their annual show and head to it! It’s a guaranteed good time. Maybe even work up the courage to audition? I mean, it only took me 4 years? So what have you got to lose?


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(The winners from this year’s show!)

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(A snapchat of me singing snapped by my friend!)


Life as a Business Major

Nov 20, 2015 | Author: Jonathan Fiore

So what’s it like to be a business major at Utica College? Well, for anyone who’s wondering, I’ll be happy to tell you: It’s great. To be entirely honest, I would say it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I am half way through my junior year here at UC, and I can honestly say that I have no regrets.

I grew up in New York Mills, a village right next to Utica, and my high school was a ten minute walk from Utica College. At first I chose UC for the convenience factor, but I soon realized how much I underestimated the potential of the school. After about a week and a half of classes, I quickly developed strong working relationships with all of the professors that I had.

In fact, I was lucky enough to have James Norrie, Dean of the Business School, as a Teacher’s Assistant in my Business Management 101 class; this turned out to be one of the best strokes of luck I had ever had. We got to know each other quite well in a short amount of time, and he has become a bit of a mentor to me. I can’t imagine that there are many other colleges in the country or even the world where the dean of your school is able to be a TA in one of your classes.


With my classes going well, I chose to join one of the many different club and organizations on campus: the Utica College Investment Club. I was interested to learn more about finance and stock trading so I simply showed up to a meeting. Within weeks, I learned more about trading stocks than I could have ever imagined. What was truly fascinating about the club was that it was ran by students and they manage a $100,000+ portfolio of real money.

After my first semester, I began to take a far more active role in the club. At the end of the year, I was elected to vice president of the Investment Club; next semester, I’ll be taking over as president. We meet every Wednesday at 4:00 in the trading room (shown above). Meetings always begin with some type of food, as the club has decided that business should always be mixed with pleasure.

Thanks to the Investment Club, I was even able to secure my first financial internship after my freshman year. I learned so much over that summer that I came back to UC feeling ready to tackle anything my professors could throw at me.

The Investment Club aside, the faculty here at UC are just as great. Because of the small class sizes, you get to know them quickly and often have many of the same professors multiple times, which is actually quite nice because you know what to expect each year.

Just recently, we had a speaker come to the campus to talk about his career in management and how he started his own business. I was lucky enough to be invited to the cocktail hour and dinner held beforehand.

During that time, nearly the entire faculty of the business school was gathered together and having great discussions about the happenings on campus as well as the economic events transpiring around the world. To be able to be a part of these events on campus is amazing. UC has so much more to offer than meets the eye.

Personally, I’m extremely excited for all of the business and finance classes to be moved to downtown Utica in the fall. The new classrooms look sleek and modern and the new trading room will certainly make the Investment Club even better. It’s really an exciting time to be here at UC.

Netflix Trivia Night!

Nov 19, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Ladies and Lads!

Utica College sports teams, clubs and organizations are great about doing community service and donating to non profit organizations around Utica and the world! There is always an event going on around campus that benefits others and tonight (11-19-2015) is Netflix Trivia Night hosted by Alpha Phi Delta and Theta Phi Alpha. This event is to raise money for the Inter-Greek Council’s Adopt a Classroom program. They will be collecting any school supplies or monetary donations people can donate to give to the first grade classes of Kernan Elementary School. They have been tabling for a week outside of the dining commons for donations that students and faculty members can give and are finishing it up with this great event! The event will test your Netflix trivia skills and all you have to do is come out and have a team of up to 5! There will be free popcorn and pizza provided by Sodexo, it is free to sign up and the winning team gets a prize of $75!

If you cannot make it to this event, do not worry! There will be plenty more events in the near future such as:

Campus Clean up Fall 2015: 11/21/2015 from 9-11 am

Oneida County Habitat for Humanity: 11/21/2015 from 9am-5pm

These are just a couple of the community service type of events that are coming up, you can look for more outside of the dining commons on the wall, in the Daysheet and online under the Student activities/organizations tab! Hope to see you there, GO UC!!!


Why I love going to OT Labs…

Nov 19, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone!

Over the past Open House I was asked a question that was really fun to answer…

“Are your occupational therapy labs hands on?”

My answer was absolutely! Our classrooms are set up in a way that allows us to do a lot of hands on activities for all of our classes, not just labs. I do not believe I have had an occupational therapy class that did not have a hands on activity in it. Our classrooms are equipped with mats that we can pull down from the walls for easy hands on access. We also have a full kitchen and bathroom in the one classroom, along with a whole storage closet full of activities, wheelchairs and adaptive equipment for us to explore and use. I especially love my one class, OCT 571 Occupational Performance: Adolescents and Young Adults because we have guest speakers, hands on labs in the classroom and we go to Sitrin Healthcare Center where we get to practice our developing skills on real clients. Our guest speakers have been other OT’s from different settings and clients with injuries/disorders that we are discussing in class and we are free to ask them anything that is appropriate to our learning. It has been very beneficial speaking with these clients because we get to see a person who has benefited from OT and we can get an idea of what our clients will expect from us and we can understand their injuries/disorders. In the classroom we have practiced skills such as taking a blood pressure, properly sizing wheelchairs, creating splints and so much more! When it comes to Sitrin, I absolutely love it! We have been given an incredible opportunity to work with clients practicing our skills of testing range of motion, manual muscle testing, giving assessments and just getting to practice our communication skills with clients. I love that our professors and therapists at Sitrin have given us this opportunity to get our feet wet in a learning environment instead of just having us get thrown into fieldwork. I have a friend that is in OT school at another college and she is very jealous that we get to go to a healthcare facility because she does not get that opportunity and she is nervous for her fieldwork because of it. I feel very prepared for my first fieldwork and look very forward to it, thank you, Utica College Occupational Therapy Program!


Live & Learn: The HW App

Nov 19, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

This semester I have discovered this app called The HW App that has really helped me keep my assignments and to dos organized. This app is free at the App Store. I am not sure if it is available to for androids or galaxies, so I apologize if is not.

I would consider myself to be extremely organized, always updating and adding things to my daily to do list. The one reason I really like this app is because it is on your phone which allows you to conveniently check what you have due in the upcoming days and weeks, no matter where you are!

This app allows you to create subjects for each class, add your professors, and of course add all of your tasks and assignments. Within each task and/or assignment, you can add the date and time it is due, reminders, subtasks, notes, the priority level, and an area to check off when the it completed.

Overall, this app is easy to use and very helpful! Even though I still use my planner, I have this app as well to let me see what I have due when I do not have my planner on me.

This semester I have discovered this app called The HW App that has really helped me keep my assignments and to dos organized. This app is free at the App Store. I am not sure if it is available to for androids or galaxies, so I apologize if is not.

I would consider myself to be extremely organized, always updating and adding things to my daily to do list. The one reason I really like this app is because it is on your phone which allows you to conveniently check what you have due in the upcoming days and weeks, no matter where you are!

This app allows you to create subjects for each class, add your professors, and of course add all of your tasks and assignments. Within each task and/or assignment, you can add the date and time it is due, reminders, subtasks, notes, the priority level, and an area to check off when the it completed.

Overall, this app is easy to use and very helpful! Even though I still use my planner, I have this app as well to let me see what I have due when I do not have my planner on me!






What is Residence Life?

Nov 19, 2015 | Author: Tyler St. Louis

Residence Life at Utica College means much more than just four walls, two beds, and a roommate. Seven buildings, one residential quad, nearly 1000 residential students, and one unforgettable experience.Blog Post 1 - What Is Residence Life?

As I am finishing up my fifth semester here at Utica College, I have come to establish a new love for the Residence Life program. As a second year Resident Assistant in the First-Year Village, I have come to realize all that this college has to offer, not only its residential students, but also the entire student body.

My name is Tyler St.Louis and I am a second-year Resident Assistant in North Hall. I am a junior majoring in the Health Studies Physical Therapy program and minoring in Aging Studies. Residence Life at UC has become something that I’ve grown to understand and appreciate through my own experiences. It’s quite impossible to be bored here at UC with the opportunities available to everyone!

So what’s it like to live within a UC Residence Hall?
Living on campus has been one of the best opportunities I have had as a college student. I have had the opportunity to experience first-year move-in, numerous homecoming weekends, a plethora of RA events, and becoming a Resident Assistant. Every event I have been to has been a memorable one that has helped me take my college experience to the next level.

Living in a Residence Hall at UC has helped mold me into being a well-rounded college student. I have spent hours greeting people, making new friends, bonding over pizza, and hosting numerous activity-based floor events to withhold an outstanding Residence Life community.

Don’t let me fool you, there are definitely struggles. It’s difficult to adapt to living with a roommate when you’re used to having your own room at your house. Before coming to UC, I pictured the typical “terrible roommate” scenario where all we would do is fight and our room would be a disaster only to be proved wrong on move-in day in 2013. The Office of Residence Life establishes a set of guidelines that must be followed by all residents or else they can face consequences. Therefore, though those issues certainly exist, the Office of Residence Life tries to abolish them rather quickly through things such as roommate agreements and policy improvements. It’s perfectly normal to be nervous because it is a large change in the life of any college ready student, but UC makes it completely possible to adapt rather quickly!

Blog Post 1 - What Is Residence Life?How do you keep yourself from being bored here?
I have found that I have been asked this question a lot! And quite frankly, I have found that it’s an easy answer: GET INVOLVED!

The easiest way I have found to keep myself from being “bored” is to stay involved. Joining clubs, participating in activities, creating new clubs, and relaxing with people who have common interests have allowed me to stay involved on this campus. I am involved in plenty of clubs and organizations that keep me busy to the point that I do not have the time to be bored. UC has 14 categories that are a home to nearly 100 clubs and organizations currently on campus.

Some organizations and clubs that exist are Residence Hall Association and National Society of Leadership and Success. Residence Life makes it extremely easy to locate these clubs and stay up-to-date on the events that are being hosted. I am personally involved in both of these organizations, and that was made possible through my RAs posting fliers and hosting events that are educational and community-based. Both of these clubs have allowed me opportunities to grow and expand my social life here at UC. Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosts large-scale events that are held in or around the residence halls that cater to all of our residential students. The National Society of Leadership and Success is an academic honor society that I was nominated to enter. I went through quite a few meetings and requirements and am currently waiting to be inducted in December. Both of these clubs are organizations in which I have been able to meet many new people and grow as a student here at UC.

If you have a few extra minutes in the near future, check out my next blog, “Go Best friend That’s my Best Friend,” discussing life as an RA.

Fuerza Latina Has a Successful Night!

Nov 19, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton

Fuerza Latina had an amazing talent show this past Saturday in Strebel Auditorium. Their annual talent show , hosted by Gregory Spears and Jabarie Broomes, consisted of dancing, stepping and singing from people on the Utica College campus and off campus as well. There was about 14 different acts that went up to perform but it all came down to the top three. Third place went to Prestige Step Team, Second place went to Impacto Sensual and First place went to Africa In Motion. I had interviewed the Secretary of Fuerza, Karina Cabrera (Senior) about her Organization and this is what she had to say.
“Fuerza Latina to me is an organization where we embrace and acknowledge the empowerment of the Hispanic/Latino community, not only in Utica College but in the world. In the organization, we welcome everyone no matter their ethnic background. We stress how important it is to be diverse and that just because we are “Fuerza Latina” does not mean that we are strictly an organization for just Latinos/Hispanics, because that is not the case. We want to educate everyone on what it means to be Hispanic/Latino and our role in this country and world.”
Karina says that it is never to late to join Fuerza Latina, they have weekly meetings on Wednesday’s at 5pm in Boehlert Conference Room. She also felt that the talent show was a huge success overall. “This year’s talent show was better than last year’s in that it was shorter and we had a successful after party planned.” But last year’s talent show is a talent show to remember because our decorations were AMAZING and the fact that we did it ourselves made them even more special.” We have a lot of talented people on our campus, and you would never know unless an event like this is happening.
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Congratulations to Fuerza Latina on a successful night! For more information on events on campus, check my twitter @Jayson_UC


Nov 18, 2015 | Author: Gregory Spears

Last Saturday was the annual Fuerza Latina Talent Show. Can we say that it was a complete success? Yes we can! Once again Utica college students not only show their intelligence in the class room but of course on the stage. Fuerza Latina Talent Show has all always showcased talents like Phi Beta Sigma, Aim and Prestige. This year they were able to showcase talents from other institutions like SUNY New Palts and SUNY ALBANY. Hosted by yours truly of course along with Jabarie Broomes, the talent show brought a huge crowd of students from across campus and off-campus. If you didn’t think Fuerza Latina could do a repeat of their last sell-out show last year they did! Look forward to seeing more from the Fuerza Latina org like the banquet in the spring semester!

A Commuter’s Life: Leadership Weekend

Nov 18, 2015 | Author: Jonathan Fitzgerald-Bord

Welcome! I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I’m Jonathan, a Utica native who has lived here his entire life. My major is biology, and I am in my second year of collegiate study. This semester, however, is my first semester at Utica College because I spent my first year of school at our local community college, MVCC. I commuted there, and I commute to UC, which can bring about all sorts of stresses and worries. I want to be here to show you with my experience how misinformed we all are about the commuter experience.

For starters, my biggest worry about commuting to school was not being able to be involved on campus enough. Everyone wants to get that college experience that they will carry with them for the rest of their life; a presence on campus is important to build positive experiences. “But, I thought that all commuters did was go to class and go home?” Don’t fall victim to this mentality! Commuters can be equally involved on campus, and are sometimes an even more important asset in regards to how the school can positively affect our community. Take it from me, I partake choir and orchestra, am the vice president of the Gay Straight Alliance, am involved in the biological society, and do two separate research projects within the biology department. Commuters can be just as involved, if not more, than the average campus student.

 A Commuter’s Life: Leadership Weekend

The third weekend of October, I had the fortunate opportunity to be involved in an event sponsored by our student senate. “Leadership Weekend,” a time when students who may have never seen one another on campus before come together for fun, to share ideas, and even overcome fears. From day one of awkward introductions, to day three of warm goodbyes, the weekend was an incredible experience from start to finish.

Everything always sounds good on paper, or I guess on computer screens. I filled out the application and got an email back saying I was chosen to go on the leadership weekend trip. Great, this is exciting; I’m going to rock this! Then comes my realization as I stepped on the bus that, other than my sister, I knew no one. Most of the people there I hadn’t even seen on campus before; I guess, of course, this is one of the cons of being a commuter in their first semester at UC. How was this going to work? I’m not the best at meeting new people, and I didn’t make the connection until just then that I was about to spend the weekend with complete strangers, far from home/campus, without cell phone service (I will say in retrospect that the lack of a phone actually felt very liberating and free).

Summing up the first day of the trip in one word, I would simply have to say, “surprising.” I was surprised to become so comfortable with new people so quickly, I was surprised all of the ice breaker activities were working, and I was surprised these strangers all seemed to become friends. We did activity after activity to build bonds, and share ideas, and slowly we became pretty close. For the first time since I transferred to UC, I started to feel like I had a place on campus. Being a commuter, I always go home at the end of the day, while many of my friends go back to their respective residence halls. Even if I went back to their rooms with them and hung out for a while, there would still be the moment when I had to go home, and I was the different one. This isn’t to say that I am the only commuter, because I, of course, am not. However, I did feel singled out and a bit detached from campus. After the first day of leadership weekend, I was able to feel this weight lifting off my shoulders.

The second and third day were a blur, but involved crazy ropes courses, creative trust and leadership building activities, the sharing of many ideas of what makes UC great, and how we can continue to strive for even better, and finally, a presentation to those from the college who are able to put our ideas into motion and start the ball rolling.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is, just get yourself out there. If you’re anything like me, don’t let the commuter life get you down. I always had wanted to go away to school, but things didn’t turn out as planned; I actually think things turned out much better. I know that most people say this, and it may be cliché, but still Utica College has become a home away from home for me, even if my home is only a ten minute drive away.

The leadership weekend guide boasted that this was the best spot in the Adirondacks to see the sunrise, and I could not take the chance of him being correct and me missing it.

If Your Life Was an Episode of ‘Friends’: Utica College Edition

Nov 18, 2015 | Author: Angela Malaspina

Hey! I’m Angela from Westchester, New York. I am a senior here at Utica College studying business management. I also concentrate in human resource management and minor in psychology. As far as my involvement on campus, I love to get my hands in a bunch if different projects. I am the President of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and I am a resident assistant in the First Year Village. Along with being a student blogger, I also work in the Utica College mailroom.

My two favorite things are pop-culture and good eats. I am excited to relate pop-culture and Buzzfeed inspired posts to everyday life here on the Utica College campus. What’s better than trending topics and great food? I hope my readers will enjoy reading about awesome eats in the surrounding Utica area and campus food. So if you’re interested in finding the best grub in Utica and reading up on some of the latest campus hacks, I’m your girl!

If Your Life Was an Episode of ‘Friends’: Utica College Edition


The gang enjoying a beautiful fall day on campus

Everyone knows Friends’ famous six-character dynamic of chaos and great laughs set in New York City. But what if they were to hang out on our campus for a day? Central Perk? How about freshly served Starbucks at Le Bistro in Gordon Science Center. In between classes you would probably find the gang hanging out in one of the many lounges on campus.


Rachel working at Le Bistro in Gordon Science Center

Rachel working at Le Bistro in Gordon Science Center

Speaking of Le Bistro, Rachel channels her inner barista skills as she has taken up a work study job making lattes. In her free time, Rachel recently got four other friends together and created her own club on campus called “Green’s Garbs Fashion Club.” Her club designs Utica College apparel and has held workshops on what not to wear.



Phoebe jamming out at Open Mic Night

Phoebe’s debut of her hit single “Smelly Cat” at Open Mic Night in the Pioneer Pub has become a fan favorite. She struck stardom after becoming a YouTube sensation and is often featured on UC’s webpage. After a day’s work filled with studying, Phoebe could be found tabling outside of the dining commons selling her home made sock bunnies to raise money for stray cats and other charitable organizations.



Ross taking a break outside WPNR

Ross has his own talk show segment on the school’s radio station, WPNR. His show features his weekly “Ross’ Rants” on evolution and the latest discoveries in dinosaur bones. You may often find Ross visiting Alex in the counseling and wellness center every Wednesday at 1:00 to talk about his inner conflicts and why he can’t keep a serious relationship. There Ross also seeks clarification of what a “break” actually is. After earning an A in Anthropology, Ross became a Teacher’s Assistant and realized his life calling of being a professor. Of course, as they did in the show, Ross and Chandler are college roommates. Ross’ side of the room looks as if the Museum of Natural History was having a “store closing sale”. On Chandler’s half of the room, there is a “joke of the day” calendar on his desk and of course, a Baywatch poster hanging on the wall.



Monica stressing out in the UC library

Involved in five clubs and organizations on campus, Monica still finds time to kick back with the rest of the group. Often times you will find Monica buried in the library because she will not accept anything less than an A in all of her classes. Although she is busy, Monica’s competitive instincts can not be put to rest. She is the ranking champion and president of the table tennis club here on campus.



Chandler enjoying a copy of The Tangerine

Chandler follows Phoebe’s act on Open Mic Night were he showcases his talents in stand up comedy. After hearing some laughter in the crowd, he has signed up to have his own column in the school’s newspaper, The Tangerine. Every week the gang sips their coffee as they read “Chandler’s Chuckles”. While he prides himself on being witty, Chandler puts his game face on when he meets with the Investment Club – could investing BE anymore exciting!?



Joey grabbing something to eat at the Pioneer Café

Last but not least, Joey. Spending most of his time catching all the sporting events on campus, Joey sure does work up an appetite. It is not a rare occasion that Joey is the last one there when they close down Pioneer Café every night around midnight. Joey’s passion for acting is not lost at Utica College. He is often the lead in each play the Theater department puts on.


Joey and Chandler playing some foosball in the South Hall Lounge

Where do you find yourself most on campus? Maybe you live in the library like Monica or have a reserved seat in the stadium like Joey. Either way, there’s plenty of ways to find out at UC.

Scrubs by day, Gloves by night

Nov 16, 2015 | Author: Grace Pfeifer

If life knocks you down, what do you do? Get back up right? At least that’s what everyone says. For the past 20 years-going on 21, this is the motto I’ve lived my life by. I’ve faced many challenges for someone of such a young age. Through every challenge I’ve faced I’ve always reminded myself that I overcame worse and could make it through. Whatever challenge was thrown at me I always picked myself back up again.

But maybe my life motto needs some updating? Maybe if life knocks you down, you should learn how to get back up and fight back. Two Monday’s ago I decided to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I decided to go to my first boxing class. With some bribing I convinced my roommate, Makenzie, to embark on this journey with me. We showed up to the athletic center not having the slightest clue what to expect. I had messaged the student who had started the UC Boxing Club asking details about the club and if it was too late to join. He assured me that we could still join and all we needed, was a pair of boxing gloves and a onetime fee to cover club expenses.

Makenzie and I walked with terror to our first practice last Monday night. I’m not exactly what you’d call an “athlete” by any means. I played league soccer when I was younger and was a cheerleader for five years but I never attempted a rough sport like boxing. We walked into the dance room and met the coach. We also began to meet some of the other members of the club. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. Coach told us to stand up after stretching and grab a jump rope. I hadn’t jumped rope since I was in elementary school, and even then I was never very good at it. It was intimidating at first but Makenzie and I made light of how bad we were and started having fun with it.

After a 15 minute jump rope exercise, began the really hard part. Coach made us all get in a big circle and start the most intensive cardio workout I’ve ever had. This work out made Insanity look easy. It consisted of running in place, jumping jacks, burpees, squats, power squats, high knees, cherry pickers, planks, crunches, bear walks, and lots and lots of pushups. It was one of the most physically demanding work outs I’ve ever had to do, and I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it. However, with persistence I somehow managed to complete it.

When the work out was over, everyone started grabbing gloves and wrapping their hands. Members were getting ready to go down and practice sparring. Because my roommate and I were late starters, and still didn’t have any gloves, we had to start from square one. Square one consisted of coach teaching us the basics of boxing and the moves. Unfortunately, coach had to leave early the night so Makenzie and I had to wait till next practice to get a chance to box.

The next practice I could attend, was Friday afternoon. I was even more nervous for this practice because other members told us that we practice outside on Friday’s and tended to do a lot of running. Since, I have severe exercise induced asthma, running has never really been a strong suit of mine. I was really nervous about being able to complete the warm up.

Sure enough, we started with suicide sprints. We had to run up and down the field multiple times. Because I could barely breathe, I was the slowest one out of everyone. I’m very Type A and generally a competitive person. I like to excel and be good at everything I do. Being the slowest was really starting to get to me and started making me really frustrated. Although, somehow I managed to stumble my way through the warm up.

After the warmup, we all went inside and down to the gym in the basement of the athletic center. The basement gym has a big punching bag that we use for practice. I was feeling really frustrated after the workout and didn’t know if boxing club was the thing for me. I honestly wanted to leave and never come back. But I at least wanted to get a chance to put on gloves before I decided to quit.

Coach showed me how to put on the gloves and told me to come over. He started off by showing me the first punch which is called the left jab. I took my first stab at the left jab. Coach said “Not bad but you have to move your foot forward when you throw”. The next important thing Coach taught me was how to cover my face. “Never drop your hands from your chin, never ever get hit in the chin”, so every time I dropped my hands I had to do five push-ups. The next move was the right jab, same thing as the left jab, but only on the right. Once I learned these two basic moves, Coach had me practice these two punches in sequence.

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“1, 2” “1, 2, 1, 2” “left, right, left right” “right, left, right, left”. I had never felt so strong in my life. Somehow hitting this little pad attached to someone’s hand gave me this exhilarating feeling. I had never felt so in control in my life. All my frustration from the outside warm up, melted away. It was an amazing feeling.

After practice I felt like all my stress and tension from school and my personal life had vanished. For the first time that week, I was really glad I worked up the guts to join UC’s boxing club. It’s turned out to be a great stress reliever and workout for my physical wellness.

I look forward to sharing more of my boxing experiences with my readers in the weeks to come. Always remember to never be afraid to try new things because you might be missing out on something you really love.


Nov 13, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton

MizzouHead-830x465Some of you may be aware of the issues that are going on within the University of Missouri campus. Students are protesting due to racial threats and other racial incidents that had been going on over the last couple of months. It’s been brought up through social media and the news with new bits and pieces of information being revealed every other week. It isn’t only at the University, it’s also being spread to colleges like Yale, Howard and Ithaca College. Students are standing out in solidarity to this movement and are being activists towards it. Utica College, like many other schools, became part of that movement. A bunch of students pledged to wear black all day yesterday in order to bring awareness to the issue going on. History repeats itself and we know it, but as a community we must bring issues like this to attention in order to make sure that it doesn’t. As the day went on yesterday, people that supported the pledge to wear black met up in Strebel Lounge to discuss what is going on and also to take a picture and say a quick prayer. Some may feel as if there is nothing that can be done to stop what is going on but that is not the truth. Change can be made if you want it and if you believe that it could. So, as a community we all need to come together and try to be that change.


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Tried By Twelve or Carried By Six

Nov 12, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend I attended the Utica College production of, Tried by Twelve or Carried By Six. The play was actually written and directed by Shannon Enders, a professor of Theater right here at Utica College! The production detailed the lives and stories of police officers, firemen, and citizens pertaining to the issue of human rights, specifically focusing on the #blacklivesmatter movement.

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(The program for the production.)

The production boasted a cast full of talented student actors that were brave enough to tackle some heavy storylines pertaining to race issues. The play detailed riots, gun violence, racism, and the actions taken by police officers while in the field. While the issues were heavy, the play never felt too somber; there were a few “well-timed” funny moments which helped to carry the play. While the play did focus on the severity of scenes depicted, it did not completely stray from humoring the audience.

My favorite storyline focused on a young black woman who was cleaning up after a riot. She was upset and exclaiming how the people who were sabotaging the firemen and police were actually sabotaging their community’s own safety. She was upset and was ranting about how individuals that were choosing to riot were actually harming their own neighbors. Yet, the delivery of the lines was comical at times. There were moments when she would aggressively start sweeping in time with her angry musings, and she would complain about how stupid the individuals were. It felt very real. The actress portraying the individual was only a freshman! Her acting abilities were quite impressive.

Actually, the entire cast was very impressive. Each student had all of their lines memorized, and were able to realistically portray intense situations and characters, which is no easy task.

After the production, audience members were invited to discuss the scenes that they had seen throughout the show. It was actually revealed during this discussion that several audience members were actually the policemen or firemen that had their stories portrayed in the play. Shannon Enders, the author, had interviewed people from the surrounding areas to get their take on issues and to hear their stories. During the discussion, an older gentleman actually raised his hand and discussed his storyline that was portrayed in the play.

Being able to actually hear from the people that the production was based on was an amazing experience. Hearing first hand about such poignant issues such as race and racism from people that actually experienced it was memorable and my favorite thing about the production.

While the run of the play might be over, the theater department puts on a production every semester! So, I strongly encourage everyone to attend the play for the next semester! (Or audition!) If the next play is anything like this past one, it is sure to be a hit!

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(I had to snap a final pic of the cast!)

Live & Learn: Exploring Your Major

Nov 6, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

This blog is directed more towards the first year and second year students here at Utica College.

It is never too late to explore your major. It’s all about doing some research. I switched my major from Occupational Therapy to Psychology-Child Life in the beginning of my sophomore year. One day I decided to look into what Occupational Therapy was all about and I realized it wasn’t really for me. I also had been working in the Occupational Therapy office here on campus and was with the OT professors on a regular basis talking about what this field was all about.

I remember the phone call to my mom like it was yesterday explaining that OT really isn’t something I am interested in anymore. She is a wonderful support system and was so excited when I told her what I really want to do. I have always been interested in psychology and working with children so when I was looking into the other majors that Utica College offered, I stumbled upon Psychology-Child Life. Within this major, there are two different concentrations – Child Studies and Child Life Specialty. I am interested in the Child Life Specialty concentration because Child Life Specialists usually are working in the hospital and I have always enjoyed that setting.

If it wasn’t for me doing some research about Occupational Therapy, I wouldn’t have discovered something that I am so much more interested in. I am so excited to one day be able to say that I am a Certified Child Life Specialist. With a little more schooling to go, I will soon be able to wake up every morning and head to my dream job.

Whether you are majoring in business, history, or psychology, do a little research. You don’t want to be going into your senior year and then thinking, “What am I doing, I don’t want to do this!” I know it is hard that we are suppose to figure out what we want to do before we are even legally allowed to drink, but some research about what you are interested definitely won’t hurt!

Lastly, if you have absolutely no idea where you see yourself in the next five years… head to see one of the Academic Coaching Experts, also known as Utica College’s ACEs. Frank, Lauryn, and Brittnee would be more than happy to point you in the right direction!

The ACE Lauryn Davis and I being silly at the Major Minor Mixer hosted by RA Angela Malaspina.

The ACE Lauryn Davis and I being silly at the Major Minor Mixer hosted by RA Angela Malaspina.


Nov 5, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the NEACURH conference held at SUNY Geneseo. NEACURH is the North Eastern affiliate of NACURH which stands for the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. It’s basically an organization that is who our own RHA, or residence hall association, reports to.

I was invited to go to the conference because I am a member of Utica College’s RHA. The president, my friend George, and another member, Sara, went as well. Our advisor, Marissa Finch, also accompanied us. (She actually drove…so I guess we accompanied her…)

The conference was themed “Marty and the Chocolate Factory.” (Marty is the name of the NEACURH mascot, which is a moose.) So everywhere you turned there was a candy themed this and that.

I really enjoyed the conference because it was a great opportunity for our RHA to network with other colleges and their own organizations. I actually have so many ideas for potential events and different ways to ensure that a large number of individuals get involved. It was so cool being able to talk to other individuals that have the same goals and the same mindset as myself and my friends!

If you’re interested in a fun time, join RHA! They tons of events planned for the rest of the semester and the upcoming one as well! Meetings are Wednesdays at 2:00pm in Bell Conference Room. Plus, if you join UC’s RHA you’ll have the opportunity to attend a NEACURH event in the future!


(George, Sara, and I getting into the NEACURH spirit!)

Vroom Vroom…Having a Car on Campus

Nov 5, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone!

Here are some questions and answers I receive often from prospective students and families regarding cars on campus!

“Can I have a car on campus as a freshman”

Yes, you may. Anyone is entitled to have a car on campus.

“What if I do not have a car or want to bring my car”

If you do not have a car or do not want to bring it the first semester, there are other options such as: the student activities van (has a schedule, it goes out for free for students), a taxi, the bus, your friends and Zip cars that Utica College students can rent out for a reduced price.

“How much is it to have my car on campus”

It is free to have your car on campus. You just need to go to the Campus Safety office to get it registered in order to get a sticker to show you your parking lot and to show that your car belongs on campus (is not some random person’s car). You must have a sticker in order to park on campus or you can face charges (parking ticket).

“Are there certain places I have to park”

Yes, you have to park in your designated parking lot, everyone (faculty, commuters and different dorm residents) have there own lots. If you are not parked in your lot, you can face a parking ticket.

“What is it like to have a car on campus”

My first year as a freshman I did not bring my car on campus because I wanted to figure out the Utica area first. I got rides from friends, borrowed their cars and I used the Utica van system. It worked well, but I also like to have my own car. I brought my car to campus and I really enjoy it, I also feel safe with it because Campus Safety keeps an eye on the parking lots at night. Recently, my car tire got a slow leak and I went down the road (2 minutes away) to Oriskany Garage and Tire and they were so helpful! I recommend them to anyone, especially college students because they were so friendly and helpful, especially since I am not knowledgeable with cars! My point is, you will be in good hands if anything crazy does happen to your car, life happens!


Recap of the past couple weeks!

Nov 5, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone,

So tonight I am going to recap on all of the awesome things I have been up to at Utica College! I have been so busy doing school work and fun activities that I haven’t kept you guys up to date!

Two Thursday’s ago there was a Netflix and Chill trivia night in the Pio Pub! It was hosted by UCPB and I had a team made of my three cluster-mates and I! It was a blast and we actually came in 9th place! There were also a lot of cool prizes and free popcorn.IMG_3336

IMG_3334Below is a picture of my team: The SquidwardsIMG_3339

The Friday after wIMG_3341as Mole Day! The Utica College Chemistry Club hosted a Tie Dye a tee shirt event on the back lawn of Streble! They gave out free Utica College tee shirts (seen to the right) and gave us the choice to tie dye it blue or orange! I was #TeamOrange and afterwards I had some of their liquid nitrogen ice cream… it was free and delicious! They also taught everyone about the science behind the ice cream and tee shirts and it was very interesting! It really is an amazing process!IMG_3348 Me with my beautiful creation! IMG_3350

This was the liquid nitrogen ice cream table!

The Friday after was a busy day for me as well! I got out of class around 11 and my friend from high school came up to visit me. She and I went to explore the area and came upon a beautiful lake! IMG_3378

After that, we went to the first Utica College Hockey game of the season! It was a great game against Castleton University and we won 5-2! IMG_3395IMG_3399

I also had a great time that weekend going to the haunted houses around Utica and I went out on Halloween! As you can see, I have been very busy! There is always so much going on at Utica College that it would be impossible to get bored!



Finals are Coming…

Nov 5, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton

I’m not too sure about everyone else, but this semester feels as if it is going by so quickly. In a couple of weeks, it’s going to be thanksgiving break and as soon as we get back it’s going to be time for finals! Sucks to hear it, I know but we all want to make sure we end this semester on a good notuntitlede. Meaning, trying to do well on our tests and the only way that can be possible is by…. STUDYING! We’re all at this school for one thing, and that is to get a degree in our field of choice, so why mess all that up by doing poorly on our finals?

There are plenty of quiet places all over campus where you can study, starting with the library. You could always check out a room in the library, for up to 3 hours. Also there are many spots down in the basement where you could study as well. There are three different computer labs downstairs that are available, but if your going to do that I would recommend going late at night. There are usually classes down there, but at night they are typically empty. There are many other places on campus, you just have to search around until you find a place that makes you comfortable.

“To acquire knowledge, one must study…..”
―Marilyn Vos Savant

That is all I have for this weeks blog, good luck on your finals, for more information about events happening on campus, check out my twitter account @Jayson_UC.


Fright The Fashion Show !

Nov 3, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton

Utica College constantly has events going on campus that are hosted by different Organizations throughout out the year. Most of them being annual events and sometimes even new ones. The Black Student Union hosted their annual Fright the Fashion Show in Strebel Lounge this weekend. The purpose of the event, like many other events, is to bring the campus together to take our minds off of academics. The event FullSizeRender-1showcased a collection of some students to do a runway walk, like a real fashion show, in their Halloween costumes. This is one of BSU’s biggest events they have on campus, they had been preparing for it since September. It had a pretty good turn out with about 9 people competing.First place went to Thalia Guttierez, second place to Souad Al-Bashieer and third place to Nicholas Azubuike. FullSizeRender






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Till next time,