Matty Campos

Matty Campos

Physics major, Transfer student

Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity

Matty transferred to from a community college in Honolulu, Hawaii to UC in 2011. He is a student veteran with 8 years of service under his belt. Matty is involved in many on-campus organizations and programs, including the First-Year Student Orientation Program, Greek life and Residence Life as a resident assistant.

Are You Stuck?

Nov 14, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

I was working on a lab report all day before I finally finished it around 4 in the afternoon. I just closed out the window on my laptop when I got a call on my cell phone.

Matty: Hello?

Caller: Yeah, um, this is Matty right? The guy with the Jeep?

Matty: Uh, yeah… who’s this?

Caller: Its Kyle, from North Hall.

Matty: Yeah, what’s up dude?

Kyle: Are you busy right now? I kinda need your help.

Matty: Okay… what’s up?

Kyle: Well, we are kinda stuck right now, and we can’t get out. We were hoping you could come pull us out.

Matty: Stuck?

Kyle: Yeah! Stuck in the mud, like OD. There are two of us Jeeps out here.

Matty: Haha! Where are you?

Kyle: Albert Woodford Forest. Near Waterville

I pulled up Google Maps on my laptop and typed in the name. The forest was just a few miles south from Utica. I decided it wasn’t too far away.

Matty: Okay, but it’s going to take me about half an hour to get to you. Is that alright?

Kyle: Dude, you are a life saver! We have been stuck for like an hour and we have tried everything.

They called me at the perfect time. I had just finished all my work for the day and was about to walk over to the Dining Commons to see what they were going to have for dinner. But playing in the mud a little sounded way more fun, especially after staring at a computer screen for so many hours.

I decided to give my friend Courtney a call to see if she wanted to come along for the ride. Lucky for me, she was also done with her work for the day and was looking for something to do. I left North Hall in the Jeep, swung by Bell Hall to pick her up, and we were on our way to Waterville. On the way, she snapped a few photos. It was a beautiful drive! photo

After driving up a muddy trail, this is what we came up on!photo (6)photo (5)photo (3)photo (4)


This is Kyle prepping one of the tow straps to hook on to his (1)

It was a little tough, but we managed to pull both of those guys out of the mud. They were in there pretty deep, too. They had driven into a small creek bed that was flowing with melted snow, and had accumulated into a huge mud puddle. Although it was cold, and my Jeep and I both got a little muddy, it was worth the mini-adventure. But the best part is, now the guys owe me Chinese take-out!photo (2)

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People of the World

Nov 9, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

Every year Utica College receives dozens of new international students from all over the world. Meeting these students and hanging out with them is probably one of the best things an American student could do to get a full collegiate experience. It helps to make one realize how small the world really is, and how people who seem so different can be so much like us. Just this past summer I spent a month in Eastern Europe, hanging out with friends from Serbia, Montenegro and Finland, all of whom I met last school year.

The international students even more interested in experiencing new things. They come here with open minds; wanting to experience everything the US has to offer, as well as meeting other international students who are along for the same ride. One of these interested students is my friend Jasmine Kukko from Finland. She has created her own website where she features Utica College students, both international and local, whom she has interviewed. She also includes some of her own stories about life at Utica College.

The other day, Jasmine asked if she could interview me for her website. I’m guessing that since I’m from Hawaii some people consider me an international student, even though Hawaii is a state. But I traveled just as far as many international students, and the culture in Hawaii so very different from New York. It makes sense that people would think that. I told Jasmine a little about me moving from Hawaii to Utica, and one of the stories from my travels.

To watch the interview, click this link!

Matty from Hawaii


I also invite you to check out Jasmine’s website where you can read about many of the other international students who are here this semester, and also to see my video!


Life as a Physics TA

Oct 25, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

As the teaching assistant for the PHY 151 and PHY 251 courses, my primary responsibility is to prepare the different labs that each class will be conducting each week. This is right up my alley since I gained a lot of experience working with special instruments and equipment as an armament repairer in the Army. I was taught how to troubleshoot, disassemble, assemble and repair weapon systems ranging from the M16 rifle, all the way up to the cannon of the M1 Abrams battle tank.

However,  when I came into the lab today and began setting up the experiment, I was stumped! The lab was to observe the effect of air resistance on falling coffee filters and to determine how air resistance and mass affect the terminal velocity of a falling object. It seemed simple enough, until I took out the motion detectors used to collects position, velocity and acceleration data of moving objects.

I looked at them and had no idea which side of the sensor was up and which was down. I had never worked with equipment like that before and began to panic, as the lab had to be set up that same day for an actual class. A few hours later, after painfully going through the instruction manual and taking a few photos along the way, I was successfully gathering data of falling objects with the set-up.

Even the life of a physics TA can has its exciting moments!


Black vs. White Cookie Eating Contest

Oct 22, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

Today I walked into North Hall and came across an interesting sight: There was a table set up in the lounge with a large amount of Oreo cookies. On one side of the table were two white students, and on the other side, two black students. It turned out that I had stumbled upon an event called “Black and White Fight” hosted by brothers of Phi Beta Sigma. It was an eating contest where the student who could finish all the Oreo cookies first would win $50. I stayed and watched as the competition began, and people in attendance began to cheer for their “color.”

The purpose of the event was to address the segregation that is sometimes seen on campus, not just between races, but also between sports teams and social clubs. After the Oreo eating contest, everyone got involved in a deep discussion about mental enslavement and how we naturally separate ourselves from people who are not like us. After the event, people commented on how they thought it was interesting and a great way to get people who do not normally interact to engage in something meaningful.

I also got to eat some Oreo cookies!



Shout out to Adalbert De La Cruz, and all the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


Oct 19, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumnus of Utica College. So many events were held that it was nearly impossible to attend all of them, which was a shame. However, this 2013 homecoming was particularly special to me as it was the first time in 10 years that the alumnus of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity came back to an active chapter of Omicron Phi.

We kicked off the weekend on Friday night with a get-together on Varrik Street at the Celtic Harp, where a great number of alumni and undergraduates met for the first time, or reconnected after years of being apart. The entire second floor of the pub was filled with Greek letters, laughing and old chants, which I’m sure pushed the first floor patrons to their limits of tolerance.

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Early Saturday morning, we held our Postulant pinning ceremony, a ceremony which marks the beginning of a prospective member’s journey into becoming a brother of Alpha Chi Rho. Of course, at that point, the ceremony was solely for the purpose of maintaining tradition, as I and all the other members of the Fraternity were already brothers. It gave us a chance to be paired up with an alumni “Big Brother” who would guide us through the rest of our college career, and for the rest of our lives. It was an amazing feeling to have my big brother, Jean-Paul Plamondon from the class of 1996, stand before me and administer my oath into the Brotherhood. JP and I both have served in the Army, and got to know each other over the summer when the undergraduates and graduates went camping in the Catskills.


After the pinning ceremony we all moved over to the parking lot for some tailgating activities. Our alumnus went all out, setting out a red carpet, velvet ropes and a wacky waving inflatable tube man. I don’t think Utica College has ever seen so many AXP letters on its campus at one time. Needless to say, we had an awesome time.


Majors and Minors Fair

Oct 9, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

Today, we had the annual Majors and Minors Fair in the Strebel Student Center Lounge. Before the event officially began, the lounge was packed with students. It was almost impossible to walk through without bumping into someone. All the departments had their own table with so many cool things to show off.

But the best of them all: the Physics departments table, where we were “shocking” students with our static electricity machine and a bunch of other cool toys. I think the Chem departments table was pretty cool, literally, with their ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and to all my friends and colleagues who were participating in the event.


Hiking with South Hall

Sep 29, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

Today, I tagged along with some of the RA’s from South Hall on a hiking event they held for their residents. We went up to Old Forge to a trail that went around a lake and passed a small waterfall. Great hike, free lunch and all with the best company! Thanks Sam and Vikki!


Paintball Explosion

Sep 21, 2013 | Author: Matty Campos

So, I walked into the dining commons after spending a few hours in the library working on physics homework, and I bumped into Karita Rawlins, president of the Resident Hall Association. She tells me that a group of students is about to leave campus to go play paintball for a few hours. I had planned to spend the rest of my day in my room responding to emails and catching up on a few assignments, but just the idea of getting off campus for a few hours sounded wonderful.

After a few minutes of Karita convincing me to go, I ran back to my room to change and got on the van to go play paintball. It was awesome! There was a huge group of UC students there, and it was such a rush to be running through the woods dodging paintballs. That rush of adrenaline was just what I needed after a long week of 300 level classes.

A big shout out to Sigma Iota Alpha and the Resident Hall Association for putting on such a successful event! You guys need to do it every semester.