Toni Vernon

Toni Vernon

Chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry.

Biology to Biochemistry

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

I came to UC in Fall of 2013, and I registered myself as a Pre-Med Biology major. I chose to major in Biology because I found it very fascinating throughout high school and took many biology classes because of that. When coming to UC, I thought I was ready for all of the work the science classes had in store for me.

As a biology major it was required that I take Bio 211 (General Biology I). I was excited because I thought it would be a review of the bio classes I took in high school. I was sadly mistaken. I started off enjoying that class, but it all went downhill in the middle of the semester.

Another science class I was taking was Chem 211 (General Chemistry I). I was scared to take this class, because, in high school, I hated chemistry . Surprisingly, I loved Chem 211 way more than Bio 211.

I made it through fall semester, and I decided to continue on as a biology major. In spring semester, I needed to take the other half of the classes (Chem 212 and Bio 212). I enjoyed General Chemistry II, but absolutely dreaded General Biology II. At this moment, I set up a meeting with my advisor to discuss switching my major to chemistry.

I did some research on the different chemistry concentrations, and I found out that you can have a concentration in Biology, which is useful to me because I am pre-med and therefore required to take a lot of biology classes. I switched my major to Biochemistry with a concentration in biology, and I feel as if it was the best decision I have ever made. It’s crazy how you could enjoy a subject throughout your high school experience and then come to college and fall in love with a subject you dreaded in high school.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts?

Oct 3, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Coming to Utica College, I heard many stories of the North Hall basement being haunted, as well as Burrstone Hall. Many people have told me interesting stories of their interactions with ghosts/the supernatural.

Since my roommate and I planned far in advance to live in Burrstone, we didn’t really believe anything that anyone was telling us about Burrstone being haunted…until one night.

A couple of nights ago, my roommate and I were in our room talking about classes and homework, when suddenly, we heard the faucet in the bathroom turn on out of no where. We looked at each other in confusion as I got up to turn it off. We continued on with our conversation. Minutes later we heard the faucet turn back on. That was extremely weird. We both started to freak out.



Previous to this occasion, my roommate told me that, the second week after move in day, she had experienced something with the supernatural. She told me that late at night when we were asleep, she heard the drawers in the room opening and closing. She assumed it was me, and turned around calling my name. She then noticed that I was completely passed out and was absolutely in shock. When she told me the next morning I didn’t believe her, until I actually witnessed the faucet event happen. I now believe that Burrstone is haunted. Am I scared? Not at all. I don’t get scared over things like that, it is just a tad creepy if I may say so myself.


The A.I.M. Showcase

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

aimThis past Saturday was the third annual A.I.M. Showcase, which consisted of nine acts, and from these nine acts, were the A.I.M. girls themselves. This event was very well put together and offered diverse performances. The first to take the stage was the gospel choir. They did an amazing job, and their lead singer was exceptional.


I would say the most anticipated performance was from The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, also known as “The Boys in Blue.” They destroyed the stage with their incredibly unique routine that absolutely no one was ready for. The LSU Fraternity also took the stage with a routine that had great choreography and everyone certainly enjoyed. UC’s step team, also known as Prestige, took the floor with their three returning members, but then surprised us by showing their new additions to the team. Prestige looks like they’re going to be one full team this semester.


Open Moments also took the stage, as well as two solo rappers. Everyone enjoyed what they had to bring to the show, and there were great intermissions between each dance group. A spiritual dancer named Kathleen took the stage and killed her routine. It was a very touching one. She showed so much enthusiasm and so much dedication in her dance that it was so hard not to be inspired.

kathleenLast but not least the A.I.M. girls concluded this event with their creative hip-hop dance mix. They did an amazing job putting this event together and getting such great acts to come together for their cause: children’s cancer. I am hoping that they raised a lot of money to go towards their cause. Overall, it was a very successful event, and I can’t wait for their next show.

Do You Yik? or Do You Yak?

Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Do you have a smartphone? If so, you should know about a new app that has recently come out. Its called Yik Yak, this app lets you receive a live feed of what people are saying around you;however, the posts are completely anonymous. You are able to vote on peoples posts, by either pressing the up arrow or the down arrow. yik-yak-description-Surprisingly this app has become so popular so fast. Earlier today, I was in the caff with a group of my friends. We were approached by a group of teachers/counselors that were sitting at the table next to us, they asked us if we have the app Yik Yak. We answered with a simple yes as they proceeded to tell us about a post that was recently made that was directed towards them. This app is only going to get bigger on campus especially because not only is UC a small school but Utica in general is a small town with not much to do. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram now Yik Yak, I wonder what will be next.

35 Degrees in September!

Sep 16, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Have you ever seen temperatures hit 35 degrees in the middle of September? I haven’t until this past weekend, I woke up on Saturday morning and it was 39 degrees! As well as when I woke up on Monday morning for class, it was 35 degrees. Does that mean that fall is on its way? I know all of the freshman were confused as to how the weather changed so quickly, I definitely was last year; however, they don’t realize that this is only the beginning. Fall and Winter at UC go hand and hand, they are both something that you can’t even prepare yourself for. Fall is technically supposed to starts on September 21st (the fall solstice) and winter is supposed to start on December 21st (the winter solstice); however, that is not what happens in Utica. Fall in Utica usually starts around the 21st but winter surly starts before December. You will start to see snow in October. A little tip to the freshman who aren’t from around here, you will be expected to attend classes even under the worst conditions.

What Did You Do This Weekend?

Sep 7, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

What did you do this weekend? My weekend was filled with some amazing events. On Thursday the 4th, Fuerza Latina hosted an event called Roomie Love. At this event you were able to make a bracelet for your roommate. This event was a great way for the freshman girl in particular to bond with their roommate.


On Friday Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity through an event in the quad. This event was called water wars, they picked a perfect day to have their event because it was very sunny and humid. The location of their event was great too because it’s accessible to everyone, except a bit of a struggle for those who live in burrstone.


Saturday evening, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity along side of Chi Beta Sigma Sorority held an event in the athletic center. This event was a pool party, where the entrance fee was a bottle of water. This event was to raise water to donate to Ghana, Africa. This event was a complete success as they received a lot of water bottles.


Bonding with your roommate, water wars and a pool party…great way to end the second second weekend.

Welcome Back!

Sep 3, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

It is the first official full week of school! Welcome back to all the returning students and a big welcome to the freshman! This past weekend was welcome weekend, it consisted of a couple of nice events. One of which was on strebel lawn; it was the 20 foot jump. I witnessed many students take that 20 foot jump, most of which were freshman. It is great to see the freshman getting into the UC events so early, as they have much more to look forward too as the semester goes on. Another event that took place was a fair; however, this was an off campus event but UC provided transportation to it.  Hopefully, there are more events to look forward to within the next couple of weeks.

Food, Paint & Drag Oh My!

Apr 25, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

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

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

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


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



Quad Season?

Apr 14, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

imageThis weekend was absolutely beautiful, who knew that spring in Utica would be so nice. Is it the beginning of Quad season? Let’s see… Saturday was in the 60’s and many people were outside; however,  sunday reached a high of 82 degrees, you know what that means… It’s Quad season. This weekend the Quad was filled with many people doing all types of things; playing football, soccer, baseball, frisbee and others just sitting or laying in the grass, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Is this nice weather planning on sticking around? Or will the weather go back to it’s usual ways?  As I look at the weather forecast for this week, it says it’s supposed to snow on Tuesday but it’s going to be at a low of 28 degrees and a high of 61 degrees. The real question is, will it actually snow in April? But then again, you need to remember it is Utica, anything is possible when it comes to the weather. The rest of the week looks great, hope it doesn’t change. The wait for spring is officially over, I know myself and many others are very excited for winter to have passed.  

Coming To An End

Apr 8, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

I feel as if August was just here, as if my freshman year had just begun. It is currently April which means my first year at UC is coming to an end.  This year has has been filled with many new experiences as well as many lessons learned. If you were to ask me in August what I expected from my freshman year at UC, I would have probably told you that college would be a piece of cake. If you asked me now I would tell you, college is what everyone tries to tell you it is. The courses aren’t the same as high school and the time and dedication you need to put into your work is tremendous; especially, if you want to excel. I came into my freshman year as a biology major, and currently I switched to chemistry because I realized biology in high school was way different than the biology courses in college. I also realized my passion for chemistry. In these last few  weeks at UC, I hope to finish up strong and start preparing myself for the wide variety of courses I need to take next semester.