Welcome Back

Sep 1, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

 

Hi everyone I would like to just say welcome back to all the returning students and a big welcome to our incoming freshmen. My name is Juwan Wilson I’m a sophomore at UC and I’m excited to be back. This post is what we call in football a warm up. Something to get you off your feet , hyped , and ready to go for this school year. First things first, last semester is behind us so that 3.0 , 3.5 even 4.0 means nothing you are now sitting with a 0.0. That also applies to that 2.0 , 2.5 its time to work . Get yourself organized and ready to achieve all the things you didn’t get a chance to last year. Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the resources early so there’s no worries when problems arise. For the new comers make sure you are starting your college academic career off the right way. Which means to get your head in the books early. Thank you guys again and I wish you guys a successful school year

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So Now You’re A Senior

Sep 1, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer

So, this is my senior year and I am freaking out. If you are a senior and you are freaking out too, well, listen up.

We should be EXCITED! Right?

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We have this whole year to apply for jobs and hopefully find a way to start paying those student loans and find a place to live that isn’t our parent’s house.

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Just make sure that you graduate, we don’t want that Senioritis to take control!

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This is also the time where we get to look back at all these great years we have spent here at UC. Lets be nostalgic on all of those good….. and bad times. Just make sure to make this year the best it can be, and make those final memories with your friends that will still be here next fall!

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(My friend Stacy and I taking pictures on laptops at the Apple Store)

Here we go, Class of 2015. Lets be the best class to graduate UC, ever.

ThinkFast!

Sep 1, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

The fall semester at UC is in full swing! Classes began last Tuesday, but prior to that, the campus was abuzz with the Utica College Programming Board’s (also known as UCPB) annual Welcome Week. Each day, the UCPB held an event that was completely free for UC students and allowed first years and returning students alike to get out of their residence halls and get to know one another. The week kicked off on Sunday with a movie projected on a giant screen out under the stars in the residential quad. Other events included Bookstore Bingo, a Glow Paint Dance Party, and- my personal favorite- ThinkFast.

ThinkFast is a game show style event that was back this year by popular demand. Students formed small teams- some chose to play solo, while I opted for a group of six with my friends- and received pagers. Trivia questions were shown on a screen, and teams used the pagers to buzz in their answers and earn points. After many rounds of video, music, and pop culture questions,  the top two teams were selected, along with two “wild card” teams, to compete in a more competitive round of trivia. The winning team received $200 cash and eternal fame and glory.

My friends and I were excited when we showed up for ThinkFast, as the promise of a $200 cash prize is enough to make any college student drool. The excitement turned into sweaty palms and nervous jitters as we began to increase our scores throughout the trivia rounds; the pressure was on, and we had the eye of the tiger. At the last minute, we scored high enough to be in the competitive final round, so among our celebrations, we quickly elected our brilliant and very cultured friend Laura to be our representative. Laura rose to the occasion, and baffled everyone with her vast array of knowledge on everything from the first animal to be in space (a dog) to the real name of Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean). Meanwhile, our group cheered Laura on with more enthusiasm than the pageant moms on Toddlers and Tiaras. By the end of a very intense game, Laura won our team the honor of first place and the $200 cash prize (which, divided among six girls, adds up to $33.33 each). The crowd went wild, and it was clear to everyone exactly how Laura earned her 4.0 last semester. ThinkFast was a celebration of all Utica College has to offer: camaraderie, scholastic wordplay, friendly competition, and lots of laughter.

Though Welcome Week is now over, I am certain that everyone will forever remember our wise and fearless leader, Laura, and her group of extremely loud and perhaps overly enthusiastic teammates. Welcome Week always gets students excited to start out the semester, and this year was no different. After ThinkFast, the Strebel Student Center was buzzing with laughter and conversation among newfound friends. As a senior this year, the end of Welcome Week was a little bittersweet, but seeing all of the underclassmen making friends and having fun made the whole experience better. And besides, there is no other way I would rather have ended it than with a butt-kicking win at ThinkFast with my friends, and $33.33 in my pocket.

Our winning team, left to right: Me (Elaine), Mary, Keezy, Laura, MaryEllen, and Cassie

Our winning team, left to right: Me (Elaine), Mary, Keezy, Laura, MaryEllen, and Cassie

Welcome Home Class of 2018!

Aug 31, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

This previous July I had the opportunity to be an Orientation Mentor for the first year students’ orientation! Every orientation there is a play called Transitions, which I had the opportunity to be involved in both my years working orientation. Transitions is one of the highest rated parts of orientation, which is an amazing feeling to be apart of. The show really gives the first year students an understanding of what they might experience during college, the good and the bad.

Orientation is also remembered for the crazy amount of icebreakers we do! Us mentors really love interacting and making the first year students feel comfortable with each other and the campus!

“WE ARE ORIENTATION MENTORS!” is probably our favorite thing to yell, with a little dance, twist, and kick added of course!

The memories that are created during orientation are like no other! In some instances, this is the first time that the first year students are meeting their friends, roommates, classmates, etc. It’s really a wonderful feeling knowing that I am apart of the students’ first impression of Utica College.

Also being a Resident Assistant here at UC, I continue to see the new students’ excitement and nervousness as they experience their first semester of college. It brings me back to my first year’s excitement and nervousness of not knowing anyone and taking on a different level in the classroom. These new feelings are what gave me the drive to get involved on campus. Involvement within organizations and my several jobs on campus really makes Utica College feel like a home.

My suggestion to all of the first year students is don’t be afraid to get involved or put yourself out there. Without putting myself out there, I would not be where I am today. I have made so many connections that have led me to meet new people and helped with my academic performance.

Just remember, you don’t ever have to feel like you’re in this alone. This is a small school. We are all a family. This is going to be a great year and beginning to your Utica College journey!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this summer’s orientation:

MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord and I with one of the first year students!

MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord and I with one of the first year students!

Elaine Paravati, Orientation Coordinator, and I showing our love for Trax!

Elaine Paravati, Orientation Coordinator, and I showing our love for Trax!

 

 First year students smile and wave for the camera!


First year students smile and wave for the camera!

Alexander Hodkinson (aka Director of Front Lawn Entertainment) and some of the mentors with Alane Varga, Dean of Students, photobombing!

Alexander Hodkinson (aka Director of Front Lawn Entertainment) and some of the mentors with Alane Varga, Dean of Students, photobombing!

Us mentors always know how to have a fun time!

Us mentors always know how to have a fun time!

UC’s Welcome Week: The Great NYS Fair

Aug 30, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Welcome back to UC! One of my favorite weeks of the semester is the very first one. People are just getting back into the swing of things, professors give very little amounts of work, and you get to see your friends and classmates after a long break. I also enjoy the whole slew of events that the Utica College Programing Board (UCPB) puts on as a part of their “Welcome Week.” Saturday being the last day, had one of the coolest events, a bus which took students out to the New York State Fair.

(Tickets were given out to the first 50 people at every event during welcome week. A bus took students on the 30th, but students were welcome to go whenever they wanted. My friends and I didn’t take the bus just because we volunteered in the morning to help direct traffic in a fair parking lot.)

I love the Fair. It is one of the coolest attractions around. Plus, it is only once a year! It is well worth the hour long drive from Utica to Syracuse. There is literally hours upon hours of entertainment.

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(A sand sculpture displayed at the fair, just one of the many works of art on display. There is even an art exhibition with paintings, pictures, drawings, and sculptures done by artists from around the state.)

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(The butter sculpture is one of my favorite pieces at the fair. It changes every year. …but it is always made of butter!)

There are numerous food stands, and vendors selling anything you can image. From funnel cake, to sushi, to vacuums, to exercise equipment, the fair literally has it all.

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(We stood in a huge line to buy a ticket to get some of the best chocolate milk around, and all for only 25 cents!)

Besides food and merchandise there are also competitions. You can see livestock being judged, and plant competitions. All of the entrants, and entries are on display for patrons of the fair to awe over. In addition to observing things quietly, there are also numerous rides and attractions for fair goers who have a little more nerve than I do.

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(My friends and I stuck with taking pictures, and walking around. Rides aren’t really our thing.)

So, if you missed the fair this year I strongly urge you to attend next year! It is something every new yorker (or college attender in new york) should experience at least once!

 

 

A FRESH START

Aug 28, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

 

A FRESH START ; ARE YOU READY?

As I enter my sophomore year of college I find myself feeling nervous for what the new year has to bring. As I have grown over the summer and even over the past year I myself have changed so much about myself. As I begin sophomore year I face the reality that my old best friends will now become  my new associate’s, and my associate’s may just become my new best friend’s  and I myself will do things that surprises me every once in a while.   However, the most important part is I am one step closer to graduation, adult hood, and reaching my goals. Every year life presents us with new opportunities and a fresh start to improve who we are and get rid of the things that may have hinder us in the past.The first week of my sophomore year is done and my expectations for this year are set high. I do not have the answers to all of my questions and I will not complete every task I set out because life is an uncontrollable thing but wishful thinking, persistence, determination, confidence, laughter and self-motivation will build my character and help me to survive whatever is ahead of me good or bad.

 

Love always,

Lashanna S.

Senior Year Bucket List

Aug 28, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

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noun: bucket list; plural noun: bucket lists
a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish before dying.
I am not dying.

I am, however, coming close to the end of something… my college career. As I prepare to close this chapter of my life, I realize there are some things I have never done, as well as some I have, that I need to experience before I leave college. Thus I have decided to create a Senior Year Bucket List.

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My friends and fellow bloggers, Laura and MaryEllen, helped to come up with the list.

Each time I accomplish something on the list I will cross it off this post as well as share my experience in a new post!

  1. Become a blogger
  2. Land an internship
  3. Go to Senior Ball
  4. Road trip with friends
  5. See my first concert
  6. Go to a Toga Party
  7. Dress up for Halloween and go trick-or-treating
  8. Take a class outside of my major
  9. Join a new organization on campus, specially one I would usually never consider
  10. Watch SlapShot
  11. Audition for a role in the school play
  12. Sing the national anthem at a varsity game
  13. Become a vegetarian for a week
  14. Have lunch with my favorite professor
  15. Hike a mountain
  16. Run a 5K marathon
  17. Be an ally
  18. Take an upper level art course
  19. Donate Blood
  20. Go on a real date
  21. Study Abroad
  22. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  23. Learn a new language
  24. Join an intramural sports team
  25. Take a tour of the Saranac Brewery
  26. Graduate

My list is in no particular order and I am giving myself one school year to complete it. The first thing off my list is Become a blogger. I’ve always wanted to bog/vlog but never really knew what about until one day while I was reading through the Daysheet I spotted an ad for UC bloggers wanted. I contacted Ryan Mortensen in the Office of Advancement and then within a week or so I was a UC Blogger.  I even got my picture on the website (ironically that has always been a life goal of mine, I am also now on the Homecoming brochure!)

I hope my list inspires you to start your own and hopefully not wait until your senior year to have all these great experiences! Feel free to comment things that are on your own bucket list or ones you suggested I should add to mine.

Freshmen Fifteen: 15 Facts to Know & Learn During Your First Year!

Aug 27, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Seeing all of the new people on campus today really brought me back to 2011 when was in their shoes. I remember being so concerned & worried over the littlest things, only to find out later, they didn’t matter.

Here’s some facts & advice to all of the freshmen out there:

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1) Know that this is NOT High School: 

I remember being so nervous about (literally) EVERYTHING during my first week on campus. Granted, I’m a commuter, so I didn’t have half of the worries some others did, but still.

I had to keep reminding myself that college was NOT like high school. People really could have cared less about what I wore or what my book bag looked like. They were not as judgmental as in high school.

2) Maturity is key:

I seriously cannot stress this enough. You’re in college now. Act like it. The main difference between high school & college is that college is a voluntary experience. No one is forcing you to go. You’re there because you want to be. So, it’s time to lace up those maturity pants, ladies & gents!

3) Don’t abuse your freedom:

With college, comes a lot of freedom. You have the power over what classes you want to take, the time you want them or if you even want to go to class that day. The point: go to class. It is so unbelievably tempting not to, but you’re only hurting yourself.

4) Take complete advantage of Amazon:

Here’s one thing that I wish I knew back then! Unless you like spending oodles of dollars on textbooks & pouring your money down the drain, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy from the bookstore. Sure, there are some rare occasions when the bookstore is actually cheaper than Amazon, but trust me when I say rare. Do yourself a favor: AMAZON. 

5) Plan. Plan. Plan.

College has definitely turned me into quite the planner. It’s so important to grab those skills. As soon as I see the syllabus, I try to see what assignments I can get done in advance, so I’m not bombarded later. Plus, it saves me from those dreaded all nighters. (PS: I have yet to do one!)

6) Learn organization!

My first semester of freshmen year, I was probably the most unorganized person on earth. Papers everywhere. From notebooks, to just being thrown in my bag. I was still in that adjustment period obviously! Don’t be like that. Organize your materials. Life will be much easier.

7) Be yourself:

Nothing is better than going through life than simply being you. Not putting on a show or a fake appearance…nobody appreciates that. At all. College is the time to expand your mind, expand yourself & to get out of your comfort zone, NOT to worry about fitting in with the rest of the crowd.

8) Keep an open mind:

You’re going to meet so many new & exciting people in your first year. People from all over the country, even people from all over the world. Keep an open mind & good perspective. You never know what you can learn from someone.

9) Utilize Pinterest:

Oddly enough, if you’re looking for great study tips, or even great study apps to download, hit up Pinterest! Seriously, you can find out a plethora of information on that site simply by typing what you need in the search bar.

10) The Library will become your friend:

This applies to every single student, commuters included. You’ll probably spend more time in the library than you will in class itself! Between research papers, study groups, etc, it’s going to quickly become a familiar place.

11) Utilize your professors:

Your professors are there to help & guide you. If you need help, don’t be afraid to go to them. Go to the office hours, meet with them after class, e-mail them. Don’t just go through the motions, especially if you’re struggling in a course.

12) Do your research:

No, not just the assignments your professors give you. You just picked a major, you’re starting in on a whole new journey, make sure it’s the one you want to take. Research what the major entails. Research the courses & read what they’re all about. Research the job market & future opportunities. You may be surprised by what you find.

13) Make smart mistakes.

Mistakes are inevitable in this thing we call life. The thing is, don’t be stupid about them. Don’t do things that you’ll regret because you have this new found freedom. Have fun, but really, don’t be stupid.

14) Don’t give in to pressure:

College is all about opening yourself up & enjoying life, but never compromise yourself. If you go to a party & don’t want to drink, don’t do it. Plain & simple. If people can’t accept that, so be it. That’s their problem, not yours.

15) Get involved:

The only way to experience everything that college has to offer is by getting involved in sports or organizations. Joining Circle K was a great decision I made!

Senior Year: The Beginning of a New Chapter.

Aug 26, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

When I closed the chapter of Junior year, I never expected all of the events that were about to take place over the summer.

This summer was filled with tons of ups and downs. The ups? I was fortunate enough to celebrate my parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary (so inspiring), as well as my 21st birthday (yay!) 

However…..

2 weeks ago, I lost one of the most important men in my life: my grandfather. He and I had a special bond that I know will never be broken. And, I consider myself extremely blessed to have had him in my life for the past 21 years. So, I can say that my first post this semester, is dedicated to him!

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My grandfather has always inspired me, and now that he’s my new angel, he is even more of an inspiration. I’ve been trying to find the positives during this time, & I think (so far) he’s giving me the strength to do so.

My grandpa always had a zest for life, and he always looked at each day as a new adventure. It didn’t matter what it held, or what he was doing, everything was always an experience to him. He was up for trying new things & stepping out of the box.

I’ve decided to take on his attitude. I’ve decided to approach every new experience just as he would, with excitement and wonder. This, includes the new semester.

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I still find it so surreal that I’ll be a senior in college. It makes me wonder where on earth did all of the time go? I remember my very first day at UC like it was yesterday! I remember how nervous I was, and to be honest, I still get the “first day of school” jitters.

But, this time, I’m going to change my thoughts. This semester presents a whole new realm of changes for me. I’m going to be participating in things that I never imagined I would be.

The way I look at it – I can be nervous, scared, anxious & negative, OR I can live by my grandpa’s example & be excited, open, confident, & welcoming to these things.

Either way, I have a choice. Really, that applies to each & every one of us. We have a choice as to how we handle new tasks & situations. To me, senior year, marks the beginning of a new chapter in my book of life. I don’t know where this semester is going to take me, but I’m confident that there will be many challenges, changes & surprises along the way.

Top 10 Best Ways to Procrastinate

Jul 28, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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We procrastinators share a special bond; we get each other. Nobody else understands why we put off assignments and tasks until the last second and voluntarily subject ourselves to working under pressure, but that’s okay. No one needs to get it but us.

One of the most annoying problems procrastinators face is when they run out of ways to procrastinate. How are you supposed to justify not doing your work if you’ve got nothing else to do? That simply won’t fly. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to procrastinate so you never have to run out of things to do when you should be doing other things.

1. Buzzfeed

This is hands-down the number one reason I procrastinate when on my computer. Buzzfeed is an abyss of procrastination potential, especially because of its infinite feed format. You keep scrolling, but it never really ends.

The site features posts compiled by BF staff and contributing site readers, and there is no limit to the topic of each post. Most of them are “listicles,” meaning that they are articles in the format of the list. Almost all the posts are hilarious, but they do serious, in-depth news articles addressing crucial current events as well.

The best thing about BF is that there is something for everyone. Whether you like food, Harry Potter, sports, cats, Chipotle, make-up, feminism, or whatever, you’ll find posts about it on BF.

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2. Pinterest

Contrary to popular believe, Pinterest is not just for the ladies. Like Buzzfeed, there is something for everyone on Pinterest. It covers food, tattoos, nail art, make-up, animals, cars, celebrities – you name it.

Some people don’t understand how it works until they actually start using it. Think of it as a collection of online bulletin boards. You find pictures of things you like on the web and then pin them to the appropriate board. For example, say you love cooking and you found this great recipe on a food blog with a drool-worthy photo. You can pin that delicious picture to your “Recipes to Try” board.

The boards are customizable, and you can make any you like. If you’re planning a wedding, make a “Wedding Inspiration” board. If you’re into fitness, make a “Fitness” board.

Pinterest is great for procrastinating because it never ends. Just keep looking through all the stuff you like and pinning away.

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3. Baking/Cooking

This is a great way to procrastinate because it is actually productive. Plus, you can make it a two-for-one procrastinating session if you look on Pinterest for recipes.

If you’re procrastinating, it’s probably because you’re bored with what you’re supposed to be doing. And if you’re bored, you’re probably hungry. It just makes sense that you get in the kitchen and hone your cooking skills. It’s a legitimately useful ability to have!

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4. Online Shopping

Regular shopping works too, but online shopping can be done in the comfort of your pajamas, and there’s less chance you’ll order something online. With the internet, you have every one of your favorite stores at your fingertips. The possibilities are endless.

Go look for those new sneakers you need for the gym, or find a dress for your UC graduation ceremony. If you really want to torture yourself, you can look at adoptable pets in your area. Again, that is actually a productive way to procrastinate because animals need homes!

5. Cleaning

The only time I clean is when I don’t want to be doing something else. Even if you don’t live your life like a tornado like I do, there are literally always things that need cleaning. I bet you the top of your ceiling fan needs a dusting, and vacuuming is always necessary. Do some laundry, organize your closet, or clean your oven.

6. Movie Marathon

Pick out your favorite movies, make some snacks, and procrastinate the day away. This one never gets old because there are always new movies to watch. The best thing is binge-watching a franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

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7. De-Clutter

It’s time to purge the stuff you no longer need. Again, this is  very useful way to procrastinate. I guarantee you’ve got stuff laying around that you’ll never use again. Grab two garbage bags, one marked “To Donate” and one marked “To Trash.” Fill them up and de-clutter your space. It is an especially good idea to get in your closet and do this.

8. Thought Catalog

This is similar to Buzzfeed in that it has articles covering all kinds of topics, and they are all reader-submitted. However, it is in a blog format as opposed to a feed. Honestly, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine because some of the stuff submitted is quality and thought-provoking, but some of it is controversial garbage. It is a ball to read some of the more ridiculous articles, and it’s even more fun to troll through the comment section.

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9. Work Out

If you hate working out, this won’t appeal to you, but it is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I honestly don’t even consider it procrastinating sometimes though because it de-stresses me while doing something good for my body, so it really is a necessary act.

Best of all, working out is customizable. You get to pick what you want to do, and for how long. Run for 30 minutes or dance for an hour; it doesn’t matter. You’ll sleep better too, which will help you in the long run when you finally have to finish that assignment that’s due tomorrow.

10. Nap

This has to be the best one. There is nothing like napping when you should be doing a million other things. Naps are fun, refreshing, and anyone can take them!

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Greece and Romania

Jun 9, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

What a blast we have been having! I’m currently sitting at a resturant in Bucharest, Romania! We were all sad to leave our friends in Albania. The relationships and friendships we have developed over the 2 weeks were just phenomenal! We were truly treated as family at the Livia Hotel and I can’t wait to go back and visit all of our friends there! From Albania we took a hydrofoil boat to Corfu. I was a little bit nervous about it, but it ended up being a lot of fun! Corfu was beautiful! We spent about two days there and I wish we could have stayed longer. Corfu was a transition time between classes in Albania and Romania. We got to spend time exploring the towns and shops. We found a beautiful beach and spent quite a bit of time there! Our hotel was located between two beautiful citadels. image We then all boarded on our flights to Romania. I think I figured out that I don’t really enjoy flying. I just much prefer my feet firm on the ground. The city of Bucharest is beautiful! It is described as the Paris of the east. We are spending our class time at the Rainer Insitute which has a skull collect of almost 6,800 skulls! One of the biggest collections in Europe and the world! It was fascinating walking into the bone room!  The insitute is about a 20-30 minute walk from our hotel. Our first walk over there a stray dog we named Sporky found us and escorted us all the way to the insitute! She chased after cars and bikers that came near us. She even almost got in a scuffle with another dog that wandered to close. The amazing part that was when we left the insitute a few hours later, she was sitting outside and walked us the entire 30minutes back to the hotel! image We are getting to the part of the course where we are getting to do some research and analyze the bones! Sorry to make you wait so long Aunt Sylvia  for this post:)image

Day in the Life of Forensic’s Field School

May 29, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

You know you are at a forensic science anthropology field school when you are sitting at lunch eating chick with a bone and people start asking strange questions. What bone is it? What is it (chicken) ethnicity? Is there evidence of trauma or disease? Can we analyze it? Other items at the table such as milk bringing up conversations of tuberculosis and brucellosis. Tuesday in our morning class we talked about the process of washing and cleaning bones as well as bagging and labeling. It is very important to keep organized and label everything! Tuesday afternoon we started discussing how to determine the sex of the individual based on morphology, metrical and multivariate statistical methods. We were able to talk a lot about differences in the morphology of the bones between men and women. The pelvis is the most accurate indicator of sex followed closely by the cranium. Long bones are also sexually dimorphic, meaning that there are differences in the bones between men and women. I can’t wait to be able to apply what we’ve learned when we analyze bones!

Wednesday we took a day trip to the city of Gjirokaster to take a look at the ancient citadel, prison block and the city. It was such a neat little town! The citadel was filled with many canons and one tank from World War II. I found it interesting that the tank was made by Fiat! There was also an American plane that sits at the top. It was claimed by the communist that they shot the plane down. However that is untrue and likely that the pilot and crew ejected before the plane crashed. We believe it was a plane used in training flights and had technical difficulties. It was neat to see an old piece of American history sitting at the top of Gjirokaster!

Professor Washburn gave a presentation on the history of Albania which was fascinating as well as confusing. Albania has a very complex history I highly encourage you to read about it! There seems to be a common trend throughout the history of the country being under many different rulers and different forms of governments. There was quite a few shifts in the religion of the country as well. Albania was officially listed as an atheist state for a small period of time! It’s amazing to think that just in 1997 they were consumed in a civil war! This trip so far has been completely fascinating with learning forensic anthropology as well as the culture and history of Albania!

Wifi has not been very strong, unfortunately I won’t be able to post pictures in tonights blog. Hopefully I will be able to get some more posted soon!

Greetings from Albania!

May 25, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

I don’t think people realize how long 8 hours is until you are stuck on a plane for that long! I was extremely nervous for the international flight, but it went really well! The flight was nice and smooth and we were provided with endless amounts of in-flight entertainment! I watched 3:10 to Yuma, countless episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Blacklist! Played some trivia, wordsearches, colored on my coloring app, solitaire. I attempted to sleep, but it didn’t workout very well. Sleeping while traveling is always a struggle for me. We have a total of 14 students! Only a few of us kind of knew each other, nothing brings a group of people together more than traveling halfway around the world! We have only known each other a few days, but we have had such a blast so far!

We are here in Butrint now! Getting wifi has been extremely tough here! I apologize for the lack of posts! We have now been here for 3 days. The trip from Tirana to Butrint took about 6 hours. We had the pleasure of traveling some unique roads. One was a little nerve racking, climbing the side of a mountain with winding turns and quite a ways to the bottom! The scenery of the Albanian countryside was amazing!!!! It’s absolutely beautiful! I am actually typing this on the lovely beach of Semil, about 2 miles from our hotel. Yesterday was our first day of class, which was held at the acropolis in the national park. Today we went through the bones that comprise the axial and appendicular skeleton. We were able to look at these bones from an individual that died about a 1000 years in Butrint. We are all very excited to have started the class portion and we are looking forward to analyzing and learning as much as we can!

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I am fortunate enough to have one of our professors run with me! We were able to run through Tirana and was able to see some statues and monument in the park. Yesterday we took a ferry across the channel and basically ran through farm fields and countryside! I’m extremely glad to have a running buddy with all the amazing food they have been feeding us!image

Off We Go!

May 20, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

We are finally on our way! It still hasn’t quite hit me that I will spend the next month traveling and studying abroad! I’m currently sitting our chartered bus on our way to JFK. I’ve met a few of our expedition members Paul, Jess, Lea, Kaitlin, and a few of the professors that will be joining us! We are all very excited to get this adventure under way. I will admit that my packing skills are not up to ninja status! Packing was not fun at all! With all the luggage restrictions it was extremely hard to pack everything I wanted. I had to do some serious prioritizing. Hopefully I remembered all the essentials! We should arrive at JFK around 1/1:30 to meet with the rest of the members of the trip! Our flight departs at 5:25pm, we are traveling via Lufthansa #411. If you google our flight number you can track the flight! Make sure to follow me on twitter, I will be posting a lot on there. You can also follow our itinerary online, if you google Utica College Forensic Anthropology Field School! I was so excited this morning that I forgot to eat breakfast, hopefully we will stop soon! I’m still not positive what our Wifi situation will be once we get overseas, but I will try to post as much as possible when we get there!

Junior Year: A Closed Chapter

May 17, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Junior year was definitely an interesting year for me! The fall semester started out rocky being a Government major, but then I finally found my place in Public Relations and now, I could not be happier!

I have to say (really for the first time in my college career) that I’m actually going to miss this semester. I met so many great people, and learned so much about myself in the process. I also grew a passion for writing – which I never thought I’d enjoy so much.

I couldn’t wait for the fall semester to end. Then come January, I never expected to love the courses that I was taking….and of course, I never expected to become a student blogger, which I obviously enjoy greatly.

Now, it’s so weird to think that it is a closed chapter in my book. For anyone who has told me that college goes so much quicker than high school was right; especially if you’re loving what you’re doing! It’s definitely strange to know that my college career will be over this time next year.

So, a note to all incoming freshman, or just any students in general….these are just some things that I’ve learned in all of my 3 years here, but especially during this year.

  • Work hard in your curriculum, do your assignments, and do them on time.
  • If you’re unhappy in your program, change it. It is never too late.
  • Take your time before choosing a major – read through all of your options and then decide. Don’t go into anything blindly.
  • Once one semester ends, a new one begins. Leave the old one behind. If you’ve made mistakes, learn from them and try not to repeat them. Always make a fresh start.

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Happiness Tip #2: Forgiveness

May 16, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

One of the hardest things to do in life is to forgive someone who hurt you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member, friend, co-worker, enemy….and so on.

That old saying “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you” isn’t exactly the truth. Words hurt, and unfortunately can stick with you for a long time. The key is, to let whatever they said, go. Easier said than done, I know.

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In order to live a happy, peaceful and successful life, we must forgive those who do us harm. It can be extremely difficult, but so freeing.

Instead of cursing those who hurt us, bless them instead. It takes a strong person to forgive and just move on. But, it is so necessary for our own health and well being.

When we forgive others, we are giving them absolutely no power over us. By holding on to anger, we only hurt ourselves. Life is too short for that.

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One of the best days of my life was when I learned to move on from all of the people who did me wrong. With the help of some great people, I came to my senses and realized that harboring bitterness was only ruining me, not them.

Moral of the story: do you want to travel the road to happiness? Learn to forgive and make peace with people and your past. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel.

Reflection: Freshman Year

May 16, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

tumblr_m7do3d3slc1r115hxo5_250Freshman year started off just like you see in movies, fall semester was ridiculously fun. From parties  to late night walks and dinner dates let’s just say fall semester was one that as a freshman you will never forget. You have just arrived at college, your first time away from mom and dad, you are  nervous about making friends everything is  handed to you at once, it is a scary amazing feeling. Fall semester of your freshman year  is always the most fun. Everyone is eager to be in college and most importantly ready to be an “adult”. I put adult in quotation marks because that is how a lot of us feel, we feel as if we are grown and ready to eat life’s challenges for breakfast. But let me be the first to tell you the way you ENTERED freshman year will be completely different then the way you LEAVE freshman year. At the end of freshman year  19 or 20 year old you will look back at your self and feel like a stranger to the person you once was. I have learned so much about myself it is scary to think I knew who I was.Even with  the amount of maturity that I came to college with I still feel as if I grew beyond my expectations, I really surprised myself at how much I had evolved. I evolved into this confident, well-spoken, involved, even more ambitious then before and amazingly beautiful young lady.  I now like to look at  myself as a Pitbull in a dress because I have become so hungry for success and  developed a kind of power and strength I never knew I had. College will teach you things about yourself, it will help you become a women/man. Going away to college or living on campus is the only way you can get the full college experience.The ability to discover who you are is something that everyone should want to do because if you dont know who you are, your dreams and goals are going to impossible  to reach. A huge goodbye to freshman year for all it has done for me and taught me.

Life Hacks: Health Edition

May 16, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Life hack-noun. informal. a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

I have a confession, I have not always been as wise and all knowing as I am now. I have assimilated a wealth of knowledge that will become useless the day I graduate, so here is my gift to you underclassmen and incoming students; l present the most time saving and headache curing tips and tricks. This post shall concern general health, well being and fitness related advise.

Here’s the scenario, it’s winter (I know that we are closer to summer, but bear with me) and if you are a man this means one thing, its bulking season.

How to bulk like a boss:
Step 1. Lift heavy things.
Step 2. Eat lots of (healthy) food so you can refuel muscles to repeat step 1.
Step 3. Sleep an adequate amount so you can return to the gym, refreshed and ready to repeat step 1.
Step 4. Repeat step 1.
Step 5. Repeat this whole cycle.

But how do you maximize on calories so you can improve on step 1? Using this recipe a close friend of my mine has come up with:
Bulking Shake:
1.5 cups milk (chocolate if you can)
1 cup pre-ground oats.
2 frozen bananas.
1 scoop protein.
2 tbs peanut butter.
Throw all these in a blender and voila. If my calculations are correct (They always are), this will come out to approximately 1300 calories and 64 grams of proteins. Have one of these between meals and one after you work out, your muscles can thank me later.
Broke and can’t afford things? You can get peanut butter, chocolate milk and bananas from the cafeteria (Disclaimer- I do not condone nor condemn these actions. Sodexo do not come after me).

Of course you have to supplement this with a quality diet high in protein. But Ghedion, what foods have a high protein content and are delicious you ask? Lean meats like chicken, turkey and fish are a staple in bulking diets. However things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and mixed nuts and eggs don’t get as much attention and should also be included in any serious amateur body builders diet.

Fast forward 6 months later and you are a behemoth of a human being and could stand to lose a few (a lot of) pounds. The new recipe and regime:

Cutting Shake:
1 cup low fat milk.
1 scoop protein.
1 banana.

Step 1. Lift lighter things, a lot more times and more intensely.

Step 2. Do cardio.

Step 3. Recover, drink plenty of water and eat a minimal amount of carbs and skip the burger/fries/ice-cream/soda combo.

Step 4. Repeat previous steps

Step 5.  Say thank you Ghedion :)

40 Ways to Keep Ryan Occupied on a Plane

May 14, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

I can’t believe we are leaving in less than a week! I’m getting extremely excited, nervous, and a little anxious. I hope this next week flies by! For those of who that know me, you’ll know that sitting still is not one of my strong suits and neither is flying! Good thing I’ll be spending over 18 hours on a plane over the next few weeks! I’m a little nervous about the flights so I thought it would be a good plan to come up with a bunch of things to keep me occupied and distracted. I am going to try and accomplish as many of the items on the list as possible! I’m really hoping I will have a window seat; it would be amazing to watch the sunset over the ocean! Please feel free to give me some suggestions! 5 days, 17 hours and 49 minutes!!

  1. Color
  2. Listen to music
  3. Word search
  4. Make shapes out of the clouds
  5. Watch the sunset
  6. Watch Frozen
  7. Read a book
  8. Take a nap
  9. Write a blog
  10. Take a deep breath and enjoy the view
  11. Look for whales (Yes, from 30,000ft!)
  12. Take a walk
  13. Play solitaire
  14. Read the Sky Mall Magazine
  15. Download piano app and create a masterpiece
  16. Have a conversation with a planemate
  17. Download and play trivia app
  18. Eat food
  19. …Watch Frozen again
  20. Take pictures
  21. Daydream
  22. Start a journal
  23. Read coursework material
  24. Plan meals I want to cook
  25. Play card games
  26. Find someone to play card games with
  27. Count to 1000
  28. Contemplate life’s mysteries
  29. Try to understand men…
  30. Take another nap
  31. Plan fun summer activities
  32. Play plants vs. zombies
  33. Download paper app and doodle
  34. Get as far into the impossible quiz…as possible
  35. Play Angry Birds
  36. Make friendship bracelets for the track team
  37. Design shirt logo for track team
  38. Watch bridesmaid
  39. Learn how to card count
  40. Try to accomplish this entire list!

Need Something to do this Summer? (Part 2) Arts and Entertainment

May 14, 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.

Arts and Entertainment

All too often the numerous Art venues in the Utica area are overlooked, maybe because they are seen as boring. However, you could easily spend a day venturing into the depths of arts and become lost in their charms. Keeping that in mind, here are a few suggestions of some easy trips you can take to enjoy the arts.

Munson WIlliams Proctor Arts Institute

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The Art Museum at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute is a great place to spend an afternoon enjoying  both classical and contemporary art as part of their permanent collection. Plus, its free for the public. The museum also holds special exhibitions that you can view for only $10. The museum is open weekly on Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. If your hungry you can stop into Terrace Cafe featuring made-to-order sandwiches and daily specials. The Terrace Cafe is open from 11am to 3pm, Tuesday – Saturday, every week. Munson Williams also offers a performing arts series with performances weekly, as well as movie screenings all summer long.

Want more info, Check out Munson Williams at: http://www.mwpai.org/

 

Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is truly a New York State treasure. The museum displays nearly 3,500 years of history through glass. In addition to the great art work, the museum offers glass blowing demonstrations daily to educate visitors on the process. After you’re done browsing the museums extensive collection of glass work, stop by the gift shop to see the hundreds of handcrafted glass pieces for sale. The museum is open from 9am-8pm, every day, all summer-long. Admission is $16 for adults, $13.60 for college students, and free for anyone 19 and under.

Want a preview? Check out these photos from my last trip to the museum:

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Want to know more, Check out Corning Museum of Glass at: http://www.cmog.org/

 

Barrett Art Gallery – Utica College

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Alright, time for some shameless self-promotion. This summer the gallery will, for the first time, be holding an exhibit during the summer for students and community members. “Art in Between” is a collection of works from local artists, exhibiting a range of artistic mediums. Artists include locals, Mary Murphy and J.D. King, Gallery Director Carolynne Whitefeather, Kyle Riecker, Administrative Assistant in the Education Office, as well as professors from the college, Steven Specht, Larry Pacilio, and Nancy Hardy.   The exhibit was organized by yours truly, as part of my summer internship, under the supervision and assistance of gallery director, Carolynne Whitefeather. “Art in Between” will be on display from June 2 through July 25th, Monday-Thursday from 12-4pm.

Check us out at: http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/fine_arts/gallery/index.cfm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edith-Langley-Barrett-Fine-Arts-Gallery/241248979265223

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UCBarrettArt

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ucbarrettart#

If Galleries aren’t really your speed, you could catch a performance at The Other Side or the Stanley Theatre in Utica. Or watch a movie at the Marquee Cinema.

Stay Tuned for the final post of this series “Fun and Games”, where I will highlight a few great places in the area to have fun.