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Fall in Upstate NY

Sep 13, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

With Fall fast approaching it’s time to say goodbye to the warm Summer sun, and say hello to the cool, crisp Autumn air. This doesn’t mean that our fun is over though!

Most people don’t realize that New York is one of the best places to be during Fall! For those of us that have lived here all of our lives know of the activities to do around here, but for those who don’t, here’s a list of some one of a kind things that New York has to offer during this season :)

1) Fall Foliage 

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Autumn in the Adirondacks – 2013

Fall Foliage in New York is absolutely breathtaking! In fact, today, Upstate NY was voted the #1 spot to view the foliage. The Adirondacks are one of my favorite places to be all year round, but especially during Fall. The colors are so unbelievably vibrant! It’s a perfect spot to just sit, relax, and channel my inner photographer!

2) Adirondack Saddle Tours

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This is something that happens all year, but it is especially beautiful during the Fall. The Adirondacks have been offering horseback riding tours for 30 years and will hopefully continue! The tour guides take you through the gorgeous mountains, around the sparkling lakes, and even stop and barbecue! For more information, click here!

3) Fly Creek Cider Mill

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Located in Fly Creek, NY – approximately an hour and a half away from Utica, this is a great place to really get into the Autumn spirit! Not only do they make cider (hence the name), but they make jams, jellies & a whole array of delicious treats. Check it out :)

4) Twin Orchards

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Want to know the absolute BEST place to get everything apple? Twin Orchards in New Hartford is where it’s at! Apples, Apple Cider, Apple Cider Slushies, and Apple Donuts, are just a few of the amazing goodies this place offers, and at fairly reasonable prices.

Honestly, these 4 items are what I look forward to most about Fall. I hate the cold weather, I hate breaking out the jackets, boots & jeans, but I try to put that all aside & focus on the beauty that the changing leaves bring & of course, the yummy treats!

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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.

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
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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!

 

 

 

Events, Events and more Events

Sep 5, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Everybody attending Utica College should have received a brochure with a list of events happening at the school listed through October 17-19.

Football season is almost underway, but for those seeking more entertainment in the form of actual entertainment acts, you’re in luck. Here’s a few events that are happening at Utica College that might catch your eye:

October 18th, 7-8pm: Leon Etienne

- Leon is an illusionist from Utica who has performed in front of thousands of people. He was described as a “must see” act by the Observer Dispatch and was considered a top act on one of the top TV shows in the nation–America’s Got Talent. This event is free and will likely draw a packed crowd, so it’s important to come early and enjoy the show

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- October 18th, 8:30-9:45pm: John Cassidy, “Balloon Freak Show”

Much like Leon’s act, John Cassidy provides a high-energy, multifaceted show that should also draw a large audience. Cassidy is a Guinness World Record holder, who’s also known for his ability to sculpt balloons.

Again, for those who aren’t necessarily fans of sports, these two acts could provide lots of entertainment, but best of all, it’s free of charge.

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.

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

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!

 

 

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. Attend 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.

My Mama Rocks

May 7, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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This Mother’s Day will be a little different for me because my mother and I will be apart for it. This is my second year spent separated after my parents moved to West Virginia last year, and I am still not used to it. While I was in high school, my mother and I grew to be like best friends, and we are to do this day much closer than most young adults are with their parents. I think it is because she has been there with me through so much when it felt like there was nobody else.

Although many kids are glad to get away from their parents when it comes time to go to college, I was not one of them. In fact, I lived at home for my first 2 1/2 years and much preferred being close to them. However, when fate intervened, and my parents had to move, I did not even know what to do with myself. I battled back and forth with moving out to stay at school here or going with them and having to transfer.

After endless back and forth decision-making, I wound up choosing to be on my own for the first time while my parents moved 10 hours away to West Virginia. We’ve adjusted, but I still feel like I’ll never quite be used to not having my mother right here with me.

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I have a food blog, The Smart Cookie Cook, and she was always my biggest helper and supporter when it came to that. Now that she is in another state, she cannot be my camera woman or grocery shopper anymore, but she is still as supportive as ever, and it means so much to me.

I still call her every day because I miss having her around for all those little moments of the day. It is a little thing that makes me feel just a bit closer to her. When something funny happens, I want her to be there to laugh with me. When I watch “The Voice,” I want her to be there to comment on the performances. When I order pizza, I want her there to gorge with me.

I am rarely an emotional human being, but I can get very suddenly choked up if I think about how much I miss her, and my father for that matter, for too long.

It stinks that, because of when finals fall, I cannot go down there to celebrate Mother’s Day with her, but I’ll be thinking about her all day. She is the one person I can always count on, and no matter how much we fight, we bounce back like nothing ever happened.

She’s been there for me through everything from birth to high school graduation to all my food blogging endeavors to holding my hand through my third tattoo after she got out of being there for the one I had done on my leg for her. She is consistently giving and giving for both my older sister and I. I think all parents have to be a bit selfless, but my mom goes above and beyond.

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A daffodil, my mom’s favorite flower

My mama rocks. This is a thank you to her for putting up with me and sending me along on the journey to where I am today.

Moose-a-Palooza

May 7, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend was Moose-a-Palooza! For those of you who are (sadly) uneducated on what exactly that is, read on! And for those of you aware of the festivity, read on to see what you missed. (Or totally participated in.)

Typically Moose-a-Palooza is the end of a week long list of campus events, put on by UCPB, which occur the last full week of classes. On that Saturday there is typically things to do outside, carnival games, and (free!) food. I was in the process of studying for finals while the events were occurring, so it was nice to take a short break and enjoy the fun.

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(People enjoying Moose-a-Palooza this year.)

There are always shirts which go along with the events, and this year the shirts were provided free to students with ID. …And when you say free clothes, I am so there. There was actually a competition held to design the shirt for this year.

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(This year there was a blow up “obstacle course” which allowed for two people to race at once.)

There are always numerous things to do. This year there was laser tag, a blow up obstacle course, carnival games, a photo booth, the opportunity to get an airbrush tattoo, and so many other things. There was even a live band.

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(The band played numerous covers! Including Ed Sheeran…which is always a good choice, in my personal opinion.)

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(My friend and I got matching tattoos, unknowingly, mine was done ironically because I do not like spiders. Not at all.)

One of the coolest things was one of the blow up “games/contraptions(?)” (I’m not really sure what to call them.) But, there was a giant “wrecking ball” game which allowed people to try to push others off of platforms. If you’ve ever seen the tv show wipeout, it kind of was like that. …which is not really an adequate description, but it was really fun.

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(I obviously was incredibly good at it…just kidding. I was the second person to be knocked down.)

Basically, the only thing you really need to know about Moose-a-Palooza is that it is fun. Like. A lot of fun. Plus, it is free. Fun and free are are two of my favorite things as a college student. And, if you’re anything like me, they’re your favorite as well. So, if you went this year, good for you. But if not, be sure to try to attend next year! You won’t regret it!