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Spring Has Sprung! Maybe?

Mar 7, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

The current temperature in Utica, New York is 37°  Fahrenheit. If you’re anything like me, you are currently jumping for joy. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. I love being able to wear scarves and sweaters, and I love tromping around in the snow. But I hate being freezing, and shoveling snow. So by the time March rolls around, I’m pretty ready for a change. 

(A picture from last weekend’s Heart Run and Walk, I was clearly over the cold.)

Spring makes me think of flowers, and fresh vegetables, and fresh air. Do not lie, spring air smells crisper than winter air; it’s a thing. …and I may have drove home from class with my car windows down a bit. It was a tad chilly, but so worth it.

(The ASA Gray Biological society planted vegetables this past week. Very “Spring-like behavior.”)

One of my favorite events on campus last year was an event in celebration of Spring, Holi. It is a Hindu celebration commonly known as, “The Festival of Colors.” People get together and throw, non-toxic, “color” at each other as a way of ushering in the spring season.

HOLI!!

(One of my favorite pictures from last year’s celebration.)

I’ve been told that the coordinators of the event are planning to do it again this year, which I sincerely hope they do. Matty Campos, a student at UC and an individual involved with the planning of the event said, “It will def. happen.” So, I’m taking that as a positive thing, and will count on the event.

It really is one of my favorite things about the spring semester though. It is so much fun being able to throw colored powder at random people. However, be sure to close your mouth because the stuff tastes horrible. It is a great event, and once information starts going up about it I encourage everyone to get involved! It is so much fun.

(I got color in my mouth last year, not very nice.)

So while I patiently wait for Spring (and Holi!) to actually be here, I’ve been told that the temperatures are supposed to drop again heading into next week. I’m disappointed, and sad…but I’ll take the little bit of Spring-like weather while we have it! I’m going to take full advantage by blasting Miley Cyrus while driving with the windows down, no shame.

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Ally Week: How Utica College’s Gay-Straight Alliance is Spreading Equality

Mar 4, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

March 3rd-7th is Ally Week here at Utica College! Throughout the week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) the Gay-Straight alliance will be posted outside the caf from 12-2. There you can find a photoshoot area, complete with rainbow flag, where you can take your very own “No H8″ picture.

(My own “No H8″  ally picture.)

The concept of the photoshoot comes from the successful campaign venture started in California, by the No H8 campaign organization, in protest of “Proposition 8.” Proposition 8 was a state constitutional amendment by the state of California which, many felt, violated the rights of LGBTQIA individuals. The proposition was passed in 2008, and then ruled unconstitutional in 2010. Despite the proposition no longer being relevant, the idea behind the campaign still remains valid: Equality.

(No H8 supporters, Francis S. Bartkowiak and Georgie Archundia)

The club encourages EVERYONE to come out and show your support; support for the equality of ALL people. The emphasis is on “Ally” week, however, and if you are an individual that identifies as straight, you are equally encouraged to come take a picture!

(Karita Rawlins, Courtney Hryniowski, and Me: Straight Allies)

(Jesse Haggerty, Proud GSA Member)

So come on out this week (March 3rd-7th) and help encourage people to love, and live, freely.

 

High Heels, Senators, and Lobbyist

Feb 12, 2014 | Author: Guest Blogger

Tuesday morning at 7 am, several fellow Utica/MVCC students and faculty and I boarded the comfort of a Bernie coach bus to head to Student Advocacy Day in the capitol. In the government capital building more than 100 other New York students along with our small group came to lobby the state representatives, senators, and assembly members to advocate for student financial aid. What a better experience than seeing first hand how government makes its decisions on something that effects us as students.

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Starting off the day we have to go through security, typically cautions for an important building like this. But of course going through security I am made to walk through several times because of the glitter on my shoes, a very interesting start to the day. We all then gathered to meet with fellow Utica alumni, John Casellini, who currently works in Albany as an advocate for Utica College. Meeting with him of course helped ease the nervousness because he is a professional lobbyist and we needed his help! After the wise words of wisdom from Casellini, all students were gathered to speak about their stories, and listen to several speakers about these aid options. Students told their stories at the rally about their struggles with financial aid, and their experience with the New York student aid options. Very relatable, sad, uprising, and inspiring stories from other students all around the state who needed to advocate for their education.

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We had three meetings with two very important people, and I mean important. We met with assembly members, Anthony Brindisi, who is on the board of higher education, and Senator Griffo. We all go into their offices, sit down, and speak about our issues with the finical aid programs. Not only is it just fantastic to meet these people, but this experience of acting as professional lobbyist, and actually using one of our Constitutional rights to advocate was just cool all in it self. When else do we as individuals ever get to go lobby the government?

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At the end of the day we got a chance to walk around the building and explore. Talk about gorgeous, the famous “Million dollar stair case” is a sight all in it self. Hand crafted sand stone that goes four floors up. Not to mention the history artifacts and the Hall of Governors is practically a museum. The history in this building goes all the way to our founding fathers of America.

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In the end, after the pain of walking for hours, and the constant annoyance of dress slacks and dress shoes, we managed to get our messages across. Not only was this a rewarding experience in the way that we get to see government happen before our eyes, but rewarding as in the way that I feel like we accomplished to relay the vice of the students to our government.

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