Category Archives: Campus Life

SORRY!!!!!!!

Sep 29, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING !!! I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog and I’m sorry schools and football has just been so crazy. I just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us this past sat at the game and helping us go 4-0 we play for you guys and the whole city of Utica.  Today’s blog is about managing time over this past week I found out that I wasn’t doing my best job of managing my time I was so stressed and I never want to feel like that again because it really  screws up a lot of other things just like a domino effect. So make sure you’re using your Sundays wisely to get all homework done make sure that you have your week plan out and maybe even get a nice jump start on some later projects.

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We’ve Got Spirit!

Sep 23, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past Saturday was the first home football game of the season. There were numerous flyers around campus advertising a new student section and a guaranteed good time. The game started at noon with the National Anthem being sung by the Utica College Choir.

The game was against Frostburg, a college in Maryland, with Utica coming out triumphant. The last minute of the game was filled with screaming fans and clapping as people cheered on the football players to victory.

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(The choir singing at a hockey game my freshman year.)

If football isn’t your thing, then Utica College is home to multiple sports which suit anyone’s needs – player wise and spectator wise. Most sports are played right here on campus. The hockey games, which are played at the Utica Auditorium, have shuttles that take students to and from the game. Go to the sports website and check out when a game you want to see is!

(I got a picture with Trax my freshman year at an event.)

At the various sporting events you attend, you’ll probably run into the Utica College mascot, “Trax.” He’s always up for pictures, so go find him! Once, at a hockey game, I even caught a free shirt that Trax was throwing!

(My friend Elaine and I at the  football game this weekend, reppin' UC swag.)

(My friend Elaine and I at the football game this weekend, reppin’ UC swag.)

You don’t have to be super into the sport; sometimes it is just fun to go and people watch. Also, going to a game ensures that you can eat concession food and just soak up the atmosphere.  They always play songs in between quarters, so go grab some nachos and dance along!

Games are a great atmosphere and are a way to show your pride for your school. Wear your school apparel, grab your friends and get ready to cheer on your fellow Pioneers.

Change Makes the Campus Go Round

Sep 23, 2014 | Author: Luis De Leon

People tend to get comfortable with the status quo, but change happens all the time. Change is the reason life in 2014 is so awesome (and I’ll just assume the History Department will agree with me on this one). Change is natural, inevitable and hopefully it’s not as scary as you think.

For example, think about life when you first arrived at UC. For most of us, it’s the first taste of independence and therefore, the most freedom we’ve ever had. Living on campus probably means you’re far from home, so you left old friends and family to start all over again in a new environment.

So now you’ve been on campus for a while. Whether a while means a few weeks or a few years, Utica College has gone through quite a few changes as well. Sometimes we don’t notice because it can seem trivial in the moment. We might be too busy thinking about the cute girl (or guy) in our class and when that next paper is due. There’s nothing wrong with that, but smaller changes have a compound effect over time, and then you realize life on campus really has changed.

Alumni of the past decade, for example, witnessed the ECJS Building and Romano Hall go up. Some of us will be fortunate enough to see some very big changes, such as the forever-wished-for addition of the dome.

This is what the dome (beyond Gaetano Stadium) would look like walking from Parking Lot J.

If you’re new to the UC community, just know that a few years from now, the campus will look and feel different. As a fifth-year senior, UC has changed a lot. But it only makes sense, right? Our motto is Never Stand Still, after all.

This whole change thing is probably easiest to explain if I paint a picture of what life was like when I was a freshman. It was Fall of 2010, and I was looking extra fresh with my lanyard and the blue UC Class of 2014 shirt (time flies because it’s crazy to think the new shirts say 2018…).

Anyway, the following is a list of random things that have changed since my first semester at UC:

My hair. Two afros in four years that I grew out for a whole semester each time. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel like doing that again, but at least it was fun while it lasted.

No Wi-Fi in your room. Can you imagine that? Only the main lounges of the Residence Halls had Wi-Fi, at best. Unless you had a data plan on your smartphone, the only way you could access the Internet from your room was by plugging an ethernet cable into your laptop or video game console. I still had a dumbphone at this point, but the coolest thing out at the time was the iPhone 4. Bell Hall was the first to receive Wi-Fi in Spring 2011. By Fall 2011, all of the rooms on campus had Wi-Fi.

iPads were a new thing in Spring 2010, by the way.

R.I.P. Mellow Moose. Mellow Moose was the coolest place on campus, but it no longer exists. The new Campus Safety Office used to be a coffee house that was basically a mini-Tramontane Cafe (highly recommended place, FYI). The atmosphere was quiet enough to study, but also comfortable and laid back enough to hang out.

Even though it was right in the middle of campus, Mellow Moose had such a distinct energy to it that it felt like you were off campus. At one point, Mellow Moose sold milkshakes, bagels, halfmoon cookies, brownies and other goodies. Mellow Moose was the place for open mics, board games, group meetings and other small-scale events.

Students worked there and you could use your declining balance to buy snacks. Unfortunately, the College felt that the space was seldom used and decided to close Mellow Moose down. It tried to make a return as an arcade room, but that flopped.

Common Grounds. That’s right. This was under construction in Fall 2010. I always wondered what the construction in the library was all about back then. I’m not much of a coffee person, but Common Grounds is clutch, especially during Finals Week. Now that I think about it, the launch of Common Grounds made Mellow Moose a redundant business. I still miss that Mellow Moose atmosphere, though. So chill. Anyway, the only gripe against Common Grounds is that it could stay open an hour or two later on weekdays.

Track & Field facilities. It’s awesome when hockey players go off campus to practice, especially after the $1 million makeover courtesy of the Utica Comets. When track has to go off campus, it sucks. Although the campus still awaits a track, UC took a step in the right direction in building an outdoor throwing and jumping facility in 2011. Soon enough, track & field athletes will have everything they need on campus. In all honesty, it’s crazy how good the track & field teams have been considering the lack of facilities the program has dealt with.

UC throwing and jumping facility near the baseball field.

Campus Safety. Wayne, Bruce, Rick and those golf carts have been here forever. Now that I’m actually thinking about it, the Officers enjoyed a small change to their uniform last year. Campus Safety Officers get to wear short sleeves during summer months, which we all know lasts about 48 hours a year.

Themed Housing was new. If I remember correctly, the only themed housing that existed my freshman year was Health & Wellness and the Global Village. In Fall 2011, the Global Village was in Tower Hall, and after that, it has stayed in Boehlert. Residence Life once had themed housing in Alumni Hall. Once. Now, most of the themed floors are in South Hall, such as UDiscover and UBalance.

Dining was different. There was no such thing as the sandwich line. The way you’d make sandwiches on the weekend was how you made them every day back in Fall 2010. The sandwich line used to be the “Fresh & Healthy” station, where you could have custom orders of stir fried food every day. The dining services were provided by Aramark, a company UC had partnered with for over 30 years. Honestly, the stir fry was the only highlight in the Dining Commons, which is why Sodexo took over in Spring 2011. Hiring Sodexo has been one of the best things the administration has done in the time I’ve been here.

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The return of the Pioneer Pub. Before Fall 2011, there had been no campus pub for 26 years! The area where the pub is was an empty corner with a pool table that nobody used. On the bright side, back then you could actually use the back door to Pio. That was really convenient if you were coming from the Athletic Center, the fields or the Residence Halls. As a result, the back door was probably used more often than the front door. Without a liquor license, Sodexo couldn’t sell any alcohol. In other words, Fall 2011 was the semester of free booze on campus. Too bad I wasn’t 21 at the time… Anyway, way to take one for the team, Sodexo.

If you saw how Pio looked before this, you’d appreciate this beauty right here.

Speaking of Pio… The renovation to all of Pio was very much needed. There were no TVs and no booth seating. Renovating Pio, an important hangout spot on campus, was definitely a wise move by UC. The electronic menus that were added this past summer is also a nice touch. I just have one request: can we please keep Subway open until 11 p.m. every day?

Other renovations and changes worth mentioning. Gordon Science Center. Most of the Residence Halls. The library. The trading room with a live stock ticker. The canopy atop the pressbox. The transition to Google from Sun Microsystems. The new stadium turf… I can go on, but you get my point.

The people. The most interesting changes, in my humble opinion, happen to be the people on our campus. Hopefully, one day you will wake up as a senior and realize you’re not the same person who walked around campus for the first time with fresh lanyards.

Many people come and go. Mistakes are made and lessons are learned. People you never saw or spoke to during your freshman year might be your best friends at Commencement. A lot will change during your time at Utica College, mostly for the better. Just know that you as a person will grow and change with each footstep you take on this ever-changing campus.

Work Hard- Play Hard

Sep 12, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

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Begin a hard worker and having an healthy work ethic is admirable and necessary to live a comfortable and well grounded life. However, everyone needs a balance  between work and fun in life. Too much of anything in unhealthy. What’s the point in working hard if in the end you have no one to share it with. Finding free time for enjoyment is necessary. For example, some people come into college and they go through college without experiencing life on campus. They come to school get good grades and then graduate without any memories but the  library. Getting good grades in extremely important because the main reason for coming to college is to graduate and be well off but if that was the only point then we would not have college activities. Monday – Thursday should be solely dedicated to  your studies but Friday- Saturday is for you to enjoy yourself. Over working yourself and always isolating yourself from campus and activities can lead you to depression and  social anxiety. From experience I have tired to be that person who only wanted to focus on schoolwork and nothing else because I felt that it would guarantee me a successful future and it would somehow make me more mature and a better student, But to be a good student you need to have fun and have a life outside the classroom and outside your work. Having a social life is not only healthy but it allows you grow and develop yourself. School can prepare you for success but having a social can prepare you for the world. You can be as smart and well grounded as you would like to be but if you haven’t experience  life then your success is half completed. Success is half education and half life experiences. Find what makes you happy and do it because in a blink of eye you will be in the work force and an adult.

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Clubs, orgs, and greek life? Oh my.

Sep 11, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

The yearly organization fair was held in the Strebel lounge yesterday, September 10th, and “Meet the Greeks” was also held later that day in the same location. Both events were opportunities for first year students, and upperclassman, to get an idea of what there is to do on campus.

These events can be intimidating for students (myself included) because there are so many organizations. If you are also like me, you have many diverse interests; there are so many organizations that may fit with what you like! Attending these informational events is as easy as going and walking around. Picking which ones you actually want to be a part of, now that is a struggle.

Here are some tips to help you decide what organization is right for you.

(The Asa Gray Biological Society is an organization which focuses on biology-related activities and events.)

It is for your major/future career aspects. If an organization is dedicated to a certain type of student, and you fit the bill, for sure join! For example, joining the pre-law society makes it so you are surrounded by future law students aka people who understand your struggle. It’s great to have friends in your major because then you can compare professors, classes, study together, and have a support system.

(The Utica College Gay-Straight Alliance puts on a yearly drag show with professional Kings and Queens which is fun and entertaining.)

You enjoy the activities they do. If an organization is established for a hobby of yours, join! The Outing club is an organization on campus which focuses on going outside and doing things! If you love the outdoors and wilderness, then join! Same goes for any other thing you may like.

And here are some tips to help you decide what organization is not right for you:

(Summer Orientation isn’t really an organization, but it is something you can get involved in! I joined my first year not knowing practically any mentors, now some of them are my best friends.)

All of your friends are in it. Okay, great for them. But are you actually interested in the organization? Do you like doing what they are doing? If not, it’s okay to not join. You’ll meet other people in things you do decide to do. You can always hang out with your friends later.

(Alpha Phi Omega is a service fraternity on campus dedicated to volunteer work, and leadership.)

It will boost your resume. This is true of every organization you join! We’re college students, we’re all working toward having a good resume!! But, the key is to not join just because you think it will look good. Join because you actually are interested in the org, the resume stuff can come later.

Joining organizations is not supposed to be a tiresome process, it should be fun! You can always go to a meeting, see if you like it, and if not, don’t join! The Greek organizations all have informationals during the semester to let you know about their events and activities, so go if you want to know more! If you aren’t comfortable going in person, you can always check out PioneerPlace which is a website which compiles all of the organizations on campus, and allows you to browse through.

So, whatever organizations you join, good luck. The process may be daunting, but the friends and memories you make will certainly be worth it.

Dress for Success?

Sep 9, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

College is a time to express yourself. From the way you act, to the way you talk, even to the way you dress; you are in complete control of how you want to present yourself. Personally, I believe the way a person dresses says so much, without actually saying anything at all.

I understand that the desire in college is to wear sweatpants, and a t shirt at all times because it is perfectly acceptable to do so. However, bumming it every day may not be the smartest idea. Here are some tips and tricks for knowing when to dress up…and dress down.

 

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(I remember picking this outfit specifically because I had a test…and because it was comfy. Matching my friend, Kat, was also a plus.)

 You have a test. I like to say, “Dress cute, feel cute, do cute.” If that doesn’t make any sense to you, here is the gist: dressing nicely can make you feel more confident, which may lead to a better test grade.

(You don't have to dress crazy nice everyday... only if you want!)

(You don’t have to dress crazy nice everyday… only if you want! Please excuse my mirror pic)

You feel bad. If you are in a funky mood, the first thing you want to do is feel comfortable. That doesn’t have to mean donning your sweats though! There are dressier clothes which feel more comfortable, while still telling the world that you look good.

(My friends Elaine, Courtney and I rocking the business cas'.)

(My friends Elaine, Courtney and I rocking the business cas’ for student senate.)

You have an interview. Whether it be an on campus job, or a job in the “real world” this one is definitely non-negotiable. Dressing for success is essential for any job interview. How would you feel if you were conducting the interview and some person just rolled up in their baggy workout clothes? Personally, I would be upset and would definitely not hire the person who did not care enough to dress nicely.

(During this year's Orientation the play, Transitions, had a character that only wore his pajamas. EVEN to class!)

(During this year’s Orientation play, Transitions, there was a character, played by Cam Jennings, that only wore his pajamas. EVEN to class!)

You’re running late. Okay, this one I’ll give to you. If you are running late then I completely understand the non-dressy clothes you may throw on. No judgement, but when I’m running late I feel extra stressed; I don’t want to add to that stress by looking extra put out in my gym shorts. So, I have a few go-to outfit combinations that I turn to without fail. (Leggings and a long shirt with a denim. Always.) Find something that feels casual, but actually looks like you tried.

Despite this, however, you are still free to dress how you choose. If wearing dressier clothes isn’t your thing, you tried it and didn’t like it, then don’t fret; wear what you want… except at an interview. That one is non-negotiable.

6. Attend a Toga Party

Over this past weekend I attended a Toga Party hosted by the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. It will definitely be one to remember for the rest of my life not only because of the great time I had with my friends and new people I met but simply because I will never get over the fact that I attended a party in a bed sheet. Yes, a bed sheet. 

The toga party is an annual event and every year I tell myself I’m going to go but I just never get around to it or I am away from campus that weekend. Growing up, I watched a lot of TV shows about college like Greek and Veronica Mars (Season 3 is college) in which toga parties seemed to be a reoccurring theme; so I created this bizarre requirement in my head that college is not complete until you have attended a toga party. I made sure I put it on my bucket list and truthfully speaking, I think college will be the only time I will be able to wear a bed sheet in public and it will be socially acceptable. It would be very distracting if when I become a news reporter I randomly decided to wear a toga to work. 50% entertaining 50% distracting; I’d be 100% fired.

Leading up to the day of the party my friends and I all contemplating what would we wear, we had few options:

  • Buy a dress that looks semi-Grecian/Roman
  • Make one out of a t-shirt
  • Wear regular clothes
  • Lounge wear because we could just stay in and watch the entire series of Greek
    on Netflix and dream of being lavaliered

However we decided a sheet would be the cheapest and most effective, I mean how hard could it be….

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Okay, cheap? Yes. Difficult ? I think the pictures speak for themselves

My original plan was to make this blog post be a spin off into How to Make a Toga until I realized I’m still very unsure how to make a toga. However, either we worked our goddess magic or Venus felt bad for how terrible we looked and she worked her goddess magic but some how after a hour and a half of tying knots, tossing, and even a little snipping (I now need a new purple flat sheet) we managed to make it work because the end results were fantastic!

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I think Venus would be proud of our craftsmanship. After doing my research and learning that the women who usually wore togas were prostitutes I think that will be my last one but I encourage all UC students to get out there and try something new or attend an event they could never see themselves at. It might just end up being one of your best times in college.

Want to know more about my Senior Year Bucket List? Check out how far I’ve made it down the list!

 

 

 

Pioneers Start Their Journey To The E8

Sep 4, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

How are you guys doing? I hope everything is going well for you on our first full week of school. This weekend our Utica College football team has their bags back for a business trip to Dallas,Pa where they will be taking on Misericordia University a team that is riding high of their programs first win in school history. Our pioneers have some great new pieces and look to start the journey to the E8. You can tune in on ESPN radio to hear the game live.

Freshmen Mistakes- And How to Avoid Them

Sep 2, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Being a first-year student is tough. Whether you commute from the area or live on campus, college is a huge transition into adulthood. It is important to remember that as a freshman, you deserve a lot of credit for putting yourself out there, challenging yourself, and venturing here in pursuit of becoming a better person.

Left to right: Me, Trax, and my friend Sarah at a UC hockey game during our freshman year

Left to right: Me, Trax, and my friend Sarah at a UC hockey game during our freshman year. Freshman year is tough, but not too tough that you can’t give Trax a little love!

That being said, there are several mistakes I commonly see first-year students making. While plenty of upperclassmen have made these same mistakes in the beginning of their college experience and lived to tell the tale, these mistakes are definitely avoidable. Being an individual who does not get any pleasure from seeing others suffer, I will take this moment to explain some common mistakes, as well as how to prevent them, in the hopes that I may ease the transition for even one individual out there.

 

FRESHMAN MISTAKE #1:  STAYING IN YOUR ROOM

Residence halls rock. As an RA, I totally love that you are comfortable and happy spending time in your room. But there’s a whole world out there, and you won’t get to fully experience it if you’re just gazing at the residential quad from your window in North Hall. Don’t be afraid to leave your room and check out a free event on campus or go to a club meeting. Heck, even wandering in the lounge of your residence hall is better than being alone in your room all day. Keep in mind that everyone is new and awkwardly trying to make friends, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

FRESHMAN MISTAKE #2: EATING EVERYTHING

Me and my friend Heather enjoying a milkshake at Johnny Rocket's in Syracuse, NY during my freshman year. One milkshake is great. A milkshake every day is even better, until none of your pants fit.

Me and my friend Heather enjoying a milkshake at Johnny Rockets in Syracuse, NY during my freshman year. One milkshake is great. A milkshake every day is even better, until none of your pants fit.

One of the perks of being independent in college is being able to eat whatever, whenever. Our cafeteria has tons of different options every day, and there is a plethora of local restaurants just a few minutes from campus. However, what many students (including myself) learn the hard way is that just because a million options are available to you at all times doesn’t mean you should consume every one of those million options on a daily basis. Personally, I interpreted the “all you can eat” option at the dining hall on campus as a challenge. I soon earned the nickname “The Human Garbage Disposal,” and not long after that, I couldn’t fit into any of my jeans. Learning self-discipline takes time, but the sooner you master it, the better. Don’t get me wrong- there’s nothing wrong with enjoying food, having dessert, or spending time with friends at a restaurant. I would just advise you against making midnight McDonald’s runs a regular habit. Your body will thank you.

FRESHMAN MISTAKE #3: OVERSHARING ON THE INTERNET

The Internet is great. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are a convenient and fun way to stay connected with family, chat with friends, and pass the time between classes. However, the Internet is also public and permanent. Sometimes students forget that the things they share with friends can be easily spread to employers, future mother-in-laws, and Santa Claus. I advise all freshmen to THINK BEFORE YOU POST! As MaryEllen said during Summer Orientation 2014, “#YOLO does not mean it’s #Appropriate”. It’s great to share pictures of you having fun at school, but just consider what your grandmother would say if she saw the picture. Don’t let a funny picture you post this weekend keep you from getting a job when you graduate.

My boyfriend and I at a UCPB event our freshmen year. This picture is totally cute and Facebook appropriate; in fact, his grandmother commented on how much she loved it. You can enjoy the Internet and share fun moments from your life on it- just be mindful of what you are posting!

My boyfriend Ryan and I at a UCPB event our freshmen year. This picture is totally cute and Facebook appropriate; in fact, his grandmother commented on how much she loved it. You can enjoy the Internet and share fun moments from your life on it- just be mindful of what you are posting!

FRESHMAN MISTAKE #4: BEING AFRAID OF MISTAKES

I’m sure you will receive plenty of advice throughout your college experience about what you should or should not do. However, college is your time to learn and grow as an individual, and part of that learning process is making mistakes. Some mistakes may be more fun to make than others (I am, of course, talking about the Johnny Rockets milkshakes that I gained 15 lbs on because I treated them like their own food group). Some mistakes may be more detrimental than others (staying in your room and missing a fun event isn’t as serious as posting a picture that costs you an internship down the road). But all mistakes are opportunities for you to learn and be one step closer to being the best person you can be. So, enjoy your freshman year, and don’t let the fear of making a mistake keep you from living your life. But maybe think twice about that tweet you were going to send about staying in your room and eating an entire box of Oreo’s. Just a suggestion.

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