The Spring Play!

Feb 28, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Every semester Utica College puts on a play. This year the theater department and individuals involved decided to produce two one-act plays. I attended Friday night and was entertained the entire way through.


The first play entitled, “Chamber Music” told the story of a diverse set of individuals plotting to attack others, and avoid being eaten by cannibals. The plot lines twists and storylines go off until the individuals forget what they were plotting in the first place. It is a wild ride from start to finish, with entertaining characters to keep you company.

The second play was “The Actor’s Nightmare” and it tells the tale of a man thrust into a play which he has no recollection of even being a part of. This one was my personal favorite of the two, because it really did seem like a nightmare an actor would have. The plot follows the main character’s struggles to learn his lines and participate in the play. However, the twist is that once he finally starts to understand what is happening, the scenes of the play shift to a new plot. It was very funny.


Both were thoroughly interesting plot lines, and I applaud the decision to perform two one-act productions. It was a nice change of pace to have a fresh story after intermission. The change of characters was also entertaining, because the actors had to create entirely new personas for these new characters they were portraying. Both pieces were executed well by the actors, and I loved both plays.

The hard work the performers (and all others involved) invested in the productions was obvious. If you didn’t get the chance to check out the plays this year, I recommend scoping out when the play is next year! It’s always so fun to see your peers perform, and produce work which they are proud of.

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Beating Procrastination

Feb 27, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

According to Webster’s Dictionary:


verb     pro·cras·ti·nate      \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\

: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.

: to put off intentionally and habitually

: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

Procrastinating is something that many college students tend to struggle with. I can admit that I am quite the procrastinator sometimes. I either have all of my work completed three weeks ahead of time or the complete opposite, where I am waiting until the last minute. Nothing is worse than rushing to finish the last paragraph of a paper an hour before class.

This semester I have really been working on setting goals for myself, both short term and long term – beating procrastination is one of them. The bad thing about procrastination is that it doesn’t just have to be with homework; there are many other aspects of your life where procrastination can come into play. I am always successful with completing a task, whether it is dealing with my academics, work, extracurricular obligations, etc. but I know that the majority of the time, I am waiting until the last minute to do so. There is a big weight lifted off of your shoulders when finishing a task early. I believe that the earlier you complete it, the better you feel. That is something I want to stress and really change in my life.

Here are some tips that I have created for myself to beat procrastination that I would like to share with you:

  • Make sure you are using your planner to its full extent – FILL IT UP! Don’t hesitate to fill your week up with assignments that are due, meeting times, and little reminders. Personally, writing things down is a great way to remember what I have to do. I also make sure that I have all of the assignments and due dates for each of my class penciled in… you can easily look at your syllabus to find out that information.
  • Lists are your friend – from to do lists to shopping lists, you can never go wrong with creating additional lists. I like to create lists for what I have that week & on the same piece of paper I note things that are coming up in the following weeks I think are very important. I put that right into my planner, keeping myself organized. There are also to do lists and task manager apps that are great, especially if you are tech savvy!
  • If you are not organized, think of fun ways to keep yourself and things in order. I love organization, if you need some words of wisdom – don’t hesitate to email me!
  • Use your resources – reach out to an RA (we love to help), one of the three ACEs, the Office of Academic Support. Google Calendar is also available through your email, which you can conveniently hook up to your phone!

Ever since I have created these tips for myself, I have seen a drastic change in two specific areas of my life. I am less stressed, no longer worrying about what I have to complete, and I have a lot more free time. Free time is wonderful, especially being a busy college student, so the more free time I have the better!

I hope you have taken away something from this blog and maybe will create some of your own tips about how to stay on track!

Student Senate

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Utica College Student Senate is one of the largest organizations on campus. I am currently the active vice president. Student Senate serves as the voice for all the students at Utica College by listening to the students’ issues and concerns. The goal of the organization is to stand for the student body. Being the vice president has taught me many things about myself and Utica College. I learned that there is nothing one can’t do, and if you want something to happen, or change you must strive towards it and continuously work at it.

Student Senate helped me become a stronger leader and student activist. It’s the place where students that want to see growth and change on campus meet and work towards it together. As vice president the duties seemed like a lot but with my amazing e-board and members definitely make the load easier.

unnamed         (Student Senate’s executive board and advisor are picture above)

Student Senate meets Wednesday at 1pm in Bell Conference Room. All students, faculty, and staff are welcomed in these bi-weekly meetings. Our next meeting will be March 4th, and President Todd Hutton will be in attendance. Senate hopes to see you all there and hear your comments and concerns. “Be the change you seek” – Gandhi




Bundle up !

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Of course, its cold…Its winter!

Don’t get caught up with the winter blues, do us all a favor and BUNDLE UP!!

Once one person gets sick it spreads extremely fast.You must try to catch it quick before it catches you! The moment I feel a cold coming along I make sure to take Emergen-C. It comes in a powder form which you add to water. The powder is a boost of vitamin C to help your immune system fight the cold. Getting sick is the worst, especially now that you don’t have mom, dad or someone there to care for you. There are many precautions that can be taken to avoid getting sick. Students and faculty were delivered an email last week Tuesday from the Director of Campus Safety, Wayne Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan gave helpful hints for students and staff to beat the weather. He stated for those that will be going out in the cold to limit exposure of the outside environment to no longer than 15 minutes and also make sure you wear hats, scarfs, gloves, etc and be sure to layer. These tips were extremely helpful to face the cold weather.


Layering is something that may seem tedious but it makes a huge difference. If you’re going out in the cold please remember to throw on an extra pair of leggings ladies and fellas don’t forget your thermal. Hats and scarfs should be worn. These can prevent possible chest colds. Remember to continue to take vitamins and push fluids. Prepare to fight those yucky winter colds before they freeze you out. Use your resources the health center takes appointments as well as accepts walk ins. Walk ins can be seen at 8am until 11am Monday through Friday. Lastly, if you happened to get sick don’t hesitate to notify your professors. They don’t want to catch your cold nor do your classmates. You never want to fall behind so keep that communication open with your professors. Stay warm and well!




Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

I have noticed one thing while attending UC. I have noticed that there are many Catholics that either work here or go to school here. I was walking around the other day and saw some ashes on many people’s foreheads. It took me back to my Catholic high school. I remembered that Lent was around and it was Ash Wednesday.

Lent started last Wednesday. For those who do not know, Lent is a season in the Christian and Catholic calendar where they focus even more on God. It is forty days before Easter. Usually for Lent, people fast and also give things up for Lent. An example is giving up playing games, smoking, drinking, or partying. Your suppose to give up something that will make you a better person for forty days.

Lent consists of
Ash Wednesday – which is the first day of Lent.

Palm Sunday – This is the day when Jesus first came into Jerusalem.

Holy Thursday – This is the day Jesus had the Last Supper with his Apostles.

Good Friday – This is the day Jesus was crucified.

Easter Sunday – This day celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus.

All this information is according to the Catholic and Christian religion. I do not intend to offend anyone. But my question for my Catholic and Christian friends is “What did you give up for Lent?”

Eating Healthy

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Ever since I came to Utica College, I have been consistently working out now. I am usually in the gym for 2 to 4 hours a day everyday. I have been killing myself to gain so much weight. But gaining or even losing weight has very little to what you do at the gym or the amount of crunches you can do at home. Working out is only 20% of the work. The other 80% is nutrition. Nutrition is the most important thing in gaining weight, losing weight, or just want to be healthy. Lets look at some things that would help you keep a healthy diet.

1. Eat more greens – It is good to eat your vegetables. Many people just leave vegetables on the plate and it’s left to be thrown away.

2. Count Calories – Try counting the amount of calories you put in your body. I try consuming about 5,000 calories a day. Some people eat less calories then there suppose to.

3. Lay – off Fast food – Either if your losing or gaining weight, Mcdonalds, Burger King…etc is not the way.

4. Don’t Eat Before you sleep – Eating before you sleep isn’t a good idea. That just slows down your metabolism which can lead to health issues in the future.

5. Cut Back on Salt and Sugar – Salt and sugar can lead to health issues such as diabetes or high blood pleasure. It’s okay to have salt but don’t over do it.

These are simple things I do to at least TRY to stay healthy. You should try them.

Ethics Talk on Thursday

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Utica College hosts a number of talks throughout the semester. While some of these talks are major related, a lot of them deal with societal issues and all are welcome to attend.

This Thursday afternoon at 7:00pm, Dr. Yolanda Wilson from Howard University will be giving an ethics talk on discrimination in the workplace. Here’s more information about the talk, via

Her talk will center around her theories on racial bias in relation to police/citizen interaction as well as résumé evaluation. She will illustrate how these two diverse topics have underlying similarities.

The talk was originally scheduled to take place at Donahue Auditorium, but it will take place at Carbone Auditorium, which is located in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies Building.

Dr. Yolanda Wilson has years of experience in researching societal issues, and while it’s certainly possible to become informed without attending these talks, it’s definitely important to get other perspectives on issues that affect people on a day-to-day basis. Some of these issues, like resume evaluation bias, may not seem very important given the lack of coverage it gets in the mass media, but it certainly has a significant impact on people.

Utica College is a very diverse school, so it’s difficult to grasp some of the issues people deal with, especially since many people don’t experience it first hand. By attending talks like the one happening on Thursday, you’ll have a chance to get a better understanding at some of the issues that occur in society.

How to Feel More at Home

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Coming from farming country, a close-knit family and pets running around, it was a big transition for me when I first came to Utica College. I therefore found myself homesick, not because of the college, but because of the dramatic difference in lifestyle I had to adjust to. Over the past three years, I have found some ways to make the adjustment so Utica feels more like home than school.

1. Have “family” dinners: At home I have family dinners every night at the dinner table and when I came here it was a lot different. My friends and I started having a “family” dinner time (just a time we could all go eat dinner together) and it really helped! It sounds weird, but being away from family makes you depend on your friends more for support and they become a type of family. Although your family is always there for you no matter where you are!

2. Call your family: Its always so nice to call my family and hear about whats going on at home. For me, I love when I can hear my old grandfather clock and my dogs barking in the background just as much as hearing my family’s voices.

3. Bring stuff from home! It may sound like a waste of space, but I sometimes bring things back to set on my desk or around my room to make it feel like my real bedroom. I have a bunch of Nicholas Sparks books laying around my room (even if I do not have the time to read them here) because thats how my room is back at home.

4. Pictures! This may seem obvious, but sometimes people get worried others may judge them for having pictures of family or friends or pets on the wall. I love having pictures throughout my room. It reminds me I have an amazing support system back home waiting for me… And a horse, two goats, three dogs…IMG_1707

5. Posters and Decorations! When I found out that Utica could be colder than Alaska at times, I decided I wanted my room to be a beach theme to remind myself that it will get warm and sunny! I always find comfort in going back to my room because of all the colors and decorations I have in my room. It covers up the brick walls and makes it feel “homey”. My friends even say that my room is so cozy!

PS: My beta fish also makes my room awesome!!! Sorry I could not get the picture to sit straight up and down! IMG_1708

5 Fun Things to do this Spring Around Utica

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

When I first came here, I was unaware of all the fun things to do around Utica College!! While you can still go skiing, when it gets warmer, try out these five fun activities!

1. Utica Zoo: I love the zoo!! There are over 200 animals from all over the world at the zoo and you can choose a guided tour, an animal encounter or even just tour around. It is also a great time for relaxation and fun. I went with a bunch of my friends and had a lot of fun learning about the different animals! Check out

2. Saranac Brewery Tour: This place is really cool even if you are not 21! You take a tour through the brewery and you can have samples of the alcohol if you are 21 and samples of the soda if you are under 21! For more information go to

3. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute: Another great place if you just want to relax or if you love art! I have never really been the “artsy” type, but I really enjoyed the art the museum has to offer and historical significance. Learn more at

4. The War Club Paintball Park: This is a blast! Its the largest paintball park in central NY and has paintball for people of all ages and experience levels. I had never done it before and I had so much fun! Check it out on

5. Pixley Falls State Park: My boyfriend and I went hiking last spring here and it was beautiful! It was the perfect place to just relax before the stress of finals week. There is a 50 foot waterfall, picnic areas, a nature trail and trout streams. Check it out on



Starting (and finishing) Out The Semester Strong

Feb 25, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Believe it or not, we’re already six weeks into the Spring semester.

While it’s easy to look forward to Spring break, it’s just as important to start…and finish this semester out on a high note.

Like most of you, I’ve already taken a few quizzes and exams for each of my classes. If there’s one thing I learned from the Fall semester, it’s the importance of starting out the semester positively.

Here’s two ways you can ensure a positive start and finish to your semester:



This might seem like a given, but it’s incredibly easy to slack off on your first quiz or exam, especially if your professor gives you the luxury of dropping your lowest grades at the end of the semester. I’ve found that it’s easier to do well throughout the remainder of the semester if you perform well on your first few quizzes or tests.

Once you do well on that first exam, you’ll set a high standard for yourself going forward. While it’s possible to not to very well at the beginning and still finish out the semester with a good grade, you don’t want to limp to the finish line. Instead, make sure you ace your first exam and give yourself some breathing room going forward.

Here’s a tip on how to set yourself up for success during your first exam via Cal Newport:

Never “study.” The word is ambiguous and tied up with too many emotional connotations driven by guilt and what you think school work should feel like (e.g., tiring, boring, painful). While you’re at it, never “write a paper” or “do a problem set” or “read an assignment.” These phrases are all too vague!

Instead, always follow a concrete plan built around specific actions. When you complete the actions according to the plan you’re done. No more late nights reading and re-reading your notes until you feel like you’ve paid your academic dues. Get specific. Then get it done.



We’ve all taken those classes that don’t require much work to get a good grade. Perhaps you’re taking an introductory level class and you’re able to pass the course without doing all of the required reading or putting a lot of effort into the class work.

But, what if you actually tried to get something out of those classes? After all, you’re paying to take the course, so why not do more than what’s necessary to get a good grade?

Take the time to actually do the readings and remember the key points addressed in the material.

Also, Utica College hosts numerous events throughout the semester. These events usually correlate with some of your classes, so instead of just coasting through the textbook readings, attending speeches or events may help you learn even more about the particular class.


Back on the Air! (HOMW 4)

Feb 25, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati


As I have written about many times before, I am a DJ at Utica College’s radio station, WPNR 90.7 FM. Last semester, my friends Karita (aka DJ Young Keezy), Laura (DJ Lil Marco) and I (DJ E-Money) had a once-a-week radio show that was always the highlight of our week. This semester, we decided to have not one, not two, but THREE show times!

Last week, the highlight of my week was getting back into the swing of things and starting up the show once again. I love spending time at the station. Sharing music, campus knowledge, and celebrity gossip with our listeners is super fun and always puts me in a great mood.


By the way, if you want to tune into our show, the 3BL Power Hour, catch us Monday 3-5 PM, Tuesday 12- 1 PM, or Thursday 12-1 PM!

Have a great week, everyone!



What To Do When You’re Sick At School

Feb 25, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

This past week was a bit of a doozy for me, because I was super sick all week. What started out as a little cold turned into a four-day marathon of sleeping, eating soup, and coughing non-stop. I wish I could say that it is easy to be sick when you’re away at college, but the truth is that being ill totally stinks, no matter where you are! Fortunately, there are a few things you can do if you find yourself overcome with the plague while you are at Utica College:

1. Go to the Health Center. You can call them (315-792-3094) to schedule an appointment, or you can visit them any weekday 8 AM- 11 AM (8:30-11:15 Wednesdays, though!) for a walk-in visit. They offer tons of services that are free to students, so take advantage of getting health care right on campus!

2. Get a ride from Campus Safety. If the Health Center doc recommends you go to a doctor or hospital nearby, you can call Campus Safety and ask them to drive you to and from your appointment. They are more than willing to bring students to medical visits off campus, and make it easy on you by transporting you to where you need to go.

3. Eat some soup. I swear that soup can make anyone feel better! Luckily, there are two varieties of soup every day at the Dining Commons, and those soups are also available at Le Bistro in Gordon Science Center and Common Grounds in the Library. You can also get different types of soup in the Pioneer Cafe and Subway, both downstairs in Strebel Student Center.

4. Email your professors. If you need to miss class, just shoot your professor an email as far ahead of time as you can explaining when and why you will be missing class. Professors are much more likely to be understanding and willing to accommodate you if you give them advance notice of your absence. By the way, you can find my tips for writing a professional email here.

5.  Sleep! Above all else, get rest so that your body can recover! Do your best to get some Zzz’s so that you can get well. Allowing yourself the time to rest will help you get back up on your feet as soon as possible.

Magic Always Comes With A Price (HOMW 3)

Feb 25, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hi everyone!

My highlight for the second week of February is a little delayed, but I am still going to fill you in on a moment I loved!


In case you forgot, Utica was hit with some major snow at the beginning of February. So, during those first few weeks, my friends and I spent quite a bit of time in the residence halls instead of hanging out outside or attending events in other buildings.

One weekend, we spent the entire weekend watching a TV series on Netflix. The show, called Once Upon a Time, is all about fairy tale characters living in a modern world. It is totally addicting, and we loved ordering pizza, piling up all of our fuzzy blankets, and binge watching episodes!

My friends and I are extremely involved on campus and usually try to attend every meeting, class, and event possible. But sometimes, that can come with a price: feeling stressed or burnt out at the end of the week. While it rocks to take advantage of all of the fun events on campus, sometimes it is nice to actually stand still. Taking a weekend to relax with friends and watch Netflix allowed me to rest, recharge, and avoid the snow for a little while.

I am so grateful to attend a small school, as it really helped me get to know my peers and make some true friendships.This weekend was exactly what I needed to feel ready to face the busy week ahead. These girls are there for me through it all, and we have weathered the storm together- literally! And that is better than any fairy tale.


Beating the Weather

Feb 23, 2015 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

Right now as I write this post it is Saturday February 21, 2015 ; 17 degrees here in Utica, New York. Never would I have thought that I will going to school in these conditions, I always thought I would be more comfortable in some place like California or Miami. Nevertheless I’m here in Utica N,Y and -10 and below are the weather  conditions that I deal with during the winter. Instead of crying over it I decided to make the best of this kind of weather. How you may ask? Simply by finding simply ways to brighten up my day.

#1: IPOD/Music Player ; without my iPod I wouldn’t be able to make it, In such gloomy weather, listening to uplifting music and even summer playlist can put you in good mood to start your day.



2. Room Decor;Redecorating your room is always a great way to brighten up your mood. Your dorm room is your home away from home and the more homey you feel the better. Adding bright colors to your room space can help you feel like there is some light within the darkness of the winter. For me I added studio lighting to my bedroom, so my room always looks so bright, I also added alot pictures of family,friends, and special events in my life, this makes  me feel more at home and also add’s a special touch to my room.



Upcoming Events At UC

Feb 21, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Let’s face it.

It’s too cold to go outside of campus for entertainment. So, why not experience some of the entertainment on campus?

Prior to attending Utica College, I had no idea how many events the college produces in a given month. Needless to say, there’s a lot of things to do on campus.

Here’s just a few upcoming events that might interest you:

Please join us for the Professor Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson Lunch Hour Series Wednesday February 25th at 12:30 pm in the Library Concourse for The Society of New Music- Tyler Ogilvie. Classical to contemporary with a multimedia twist.


Chamber Music and The Actor’s Nightmare

“Chamber Music,” by Arthur Kopit, is set in 1938 at a psychiatric hospital. The play follows the perplexing discussions at a meeting of eight famous women who have gathered together to conspire their defense tactics against a perceived threat. As the dark comedy unfolds, the women decide to take drastic action to save themselves.

In second play, “The Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang, an accountant named George Spelvin is mistaken for the understudy of the production’s lead actor while wandering onstage. Spelvin quickly learns that the lead has been in an auto accident and he is expected to replace him immediately even though he does not know any of the lines or what play it is. The comedy is inspired by dreams that actors frequently have where they forget their lines or cues

-via Utica College

If you’re taking an Introduction to Theater class, you’re likely required to watch the two, one-act plays which run through February 26-March 1st. Like all things, it would probably be best if you attend the events with friends.



Ace Your First Test!

Feb 19, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

So now we’re at the point of the semester when professors are beginning to give their first exams of the semester. (I have my first physics exam on Friday!) The first test in a new class can be daunting, especially if you’ve never had the professor before and don’t know what to expect. So, don’t freak! I have a few tips to help you!

Ask your professor how they typically format their tests. It’s super helpful to know if you only have to worry about preparing for multiple choice, or if you also have to anticipate short answer questions. If a professor doesn’t offer up how their tests are formatted, ask friends who may have taken the class before! Previous students from other semesters can give insight into how long tests might have been, as well as types of questions that were asked. Be sure to NOT talk about the actual content of the exams though!! That can be considered cheating and might result in strict consequences.

Be sure to clarify what exactly you are being tested on! Some professors insist they only teach what they lecture on, so great! Study your notes! However, I’ve been in classes where anything was game for tests: lecture, lab material, and content from the text book. So, make sure you ask your professor to clarify what content is actually going to be tested on. It would totally stink to not read the chapters in the book and then have to fumble through 10 questions that you really have no idea how to answer.

Take advantage of practice tests/ study guides! If you are lucky enough to have a professor that gives you study materials, use them! Professors make those guides knowing what they are going to test students on; those study guides are gold, treat them as such. I use study guides to gauge out how the test may be formatted, ie: if there are a lot of short answer questions on a study guide, I assume that short answer questions will take up a large portion of the exam.

If you’re feeling uneasy, go to office hours! Take advantage of the times when your professor is in their office and ask any questions you might have. Even if you don’t have any specific questions, go talk to your professor and see what they have to say. If I ever feel uneasy about an exam I go talk to my professor about the exam just to calm my nerves.

These are only a few tips for tests that I have. But, obviously, my biggest tip is to study. Professor usually give exam dates well in advance, so don’t wait until the last night to cram in all the info you need to know.

Good luck on your first tests! (And all of the tests that follow throughout the semester!) You’re all going to do great.

Finding Happiness in a Stressful Semester

Feb 18, 2015 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

As a college student, you have a lot to do with being an actual “good student”. There are always different things going on when you are off at school. It’s hard to balance classes and social life. It’s difficult to actually be happy and not be stressed all the time. I have a list of legal things you can do to actually release some stress and bring some more happiness into your college life.

1. Sleep – It’s good to sleep. My freshman year, I used to stay up to 4 in the morning and had class at 8:30. That was the worst thing I could ever do. I would end up being grumpy the whole day. I started my day off wrong, so my whole day was pretty much terrible.

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2. Make good/positive friends – You should always surround yourself with positive people. If you surround yourself with negative people then everything you do will be negative. Positive people put positive thoughts in your head. Because at the end of the day you are what you you think. If you think negative thoughts, then that will result in negative actions.


3. Go out and enjoy yourself – Don’t stay in your dorm room all the time. Go out and do something. You could go to different parties or actually do different activities done on campus. Sometimes you have to take a break from all the studying and all the homework. It is great sometimes to just get out that academic mindset.

4. Exercise – Personally I love working out. But for people who don’t, it is great to hit the gym every now and then. Go run a mile outside or run on the treadmill. It’s good to break a sweat sometimes. When you look good, you feel good. That will help you be a little more happy.

These are my few examples of releasing some stress from all the work at times. Try it and let me know.

Terrible Weather: Spring Come Soon!

Feb 17, 2015 | Author: Trevon Liggins

This weather has been pretty harsh recently.

For a commuter such as myself, it has been especially bad considering I live on the total opposite of the city and there are days it is almost impossible to make it to class some days. Along with all this snow making it already difficult to school, there are days that its so cold the car won’t even start! Yesterday for instance I was completely ready to leave for class and once we were in the car it wouldn’t start. It was pretty darn upsetting that I had to miss public speaking but luckily we had just got done with speeches the class before.

Nonetheless, spring and the warm weather need to hurry our way! No more of this cold weather!

Student Advocacy Day : My Experience

Feb 17, 2015 | Author: LaShanna Saunders


Almost a week ago, I was able to attend my first Student Advocacy Day. Me along with other Utica College Students went to stand up for a cause. Student Advocacy day is a chance for all colleges big or small to come together and make a difference for their school and themselves. Student Advocacy day is surrounded around the idea of fighting for financial aid to be consistent and to increase. Students of HEOP, TAP, STEP, EOP recipient attended this conference to tell the administrators thank you for their hard work. Every school has an administrator who represents the college on their behalf. When you enter into the building        (which was the state capitol and legislative building), you go threw security and then you walk through a hallway with about seven tables, and each table represents a different program. After that you go meet your representative and he explains how the will day go and thanks you for your corporation in this process, he also informs you of who you will be speaking with and he give you some pointers on how to successfully get your point across.DSCN0835

After that we get an opportunity to meet other schools and hear about other students journeys and experiences with the different programs. Next is a tour of the assembly and then it is lunch time, after lunch time you get a tour of the entire building ( capitol) and then you meet your legislator and after that  the day comes to an end.DSCN0839

I believe Advocacy day is important for students to attend because, the financial aid is for us, because of these various programs we are able to go to school and make something out of our self’s. Showing support and thanking the people who help us reach our goals is a important  thing for students to take part in.

Cinderella Made It to the Ball

Feb 14, 2015 | Author: Laura Holmes

Time to cross the first thing off my semester bucket list!!

  1. ATTEND CRYSTAL BALL (finally)

In the years that I have been going to Utica College I had never gone it to Crystal Ball.  My freshman year I did actually attend, but I was there for all of 10 minutes before my friend discovered he was sick and we all left to bring him back to campus.  Sophomore year I was in France for the spring semester so obviously I couldn’t attend.  Each year I always heard about how great Crystal Ball was and how much fun everyone had so I was determined to actually go while I still have to friends here to go with.  And it definitely did not disappoint!

My fellow bloggers Elaine, Karita and I waiting for the shuttles in our snow boots.

Crystal Ball is one of the events held annually here at Utica College and it is a much anticipated event.  The Residence Hall Association puts it on every year and they do a great job.  It’s an off campus event, this year it was at Twin Ponds, and is a chance for everyone to dress up and have a good time while getting a change of scenery.  Plus there are free shuttles to and from so no one has to worry about transportation.

All dressed up at Twin Ponds.

There was a DJ playing music, and a buffet with great food and my friends and I spent the night dancing and making use of the awesome photo booth (which is always fun).  The theme this year was “An Evening in Paris” so RHA gave everyone Eiffel Tower keychains as a souvenir.