Category Archives: Voices

Ebola Awareness

Nov 18, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

There seems to be a lot of spoken word on the subject of the Ebola virus. Everyone seems to be afraid of this virus due to the outbreak that has taken place in the U.S. What some may not realize or know is that this is a virus that has been here for many years and did not just appear from the blue. Would you like to know the who, what, when, where, and why of Ebola? If so, come participate in the forum Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. will be hosting on Wednesday, November 19 in Strebel Student Center. It will be a very insightful and educational forum, you do not want to miss it. Hope to see you there.

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How Was Your Weekend?

Nov 18, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario

This weekend for me had both its good and bad sides to it. Sadly, I had a lot of studying to do for my biology lab class. I had to learn all the cat muscles that I dissected, and all human muscles of the leg, arm, abdominal, chest, and head. It was really stressful to memorize so many names and know where each of those muscles belong. Overall, I was proud of myself because I was able to memorize it all and ended up helping others. Some good techniques I would recommend anybody else taking biology lab 101 would be to take videos of the muscle and point them out while saying their names, and on your free time, watch those videos. Trust me it will help you a lot.


On the other hand, Saturday night was really fun. I attended the Fuerza Latina Talent Show. There was so many people there that some were not able to get in the auditorium. We had performances from Albany and SUNYIT. A group of dancers were from Albany, and the group from SUNYIT rapped. The talent show was suppose to end  at 9:30 p.m., but it actually ended at 11p.m. It was a long night for all of us that attended, and a very enjoyable one too. My favorite act was the step team, just like last time when they performed at the A.I.M. showcase, They were my favorite, and they still are.


Take Back Your Prom 2014

Nov 18, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Last Friday, the Utica College Gay-Straight Alliance and the Utica College Programming Board teamed up to host “Take Back Your Prom.”

The very handsome Elliot and I at prom! Elliot is a member of both the UCGSA and UCPB, so while he was working for both of those orgs, he was also workin' a great bow tie.

The very handsome Elliot and I at prom! Elliot is a member of both the UCGSA and UCPB- while he was working at the event on behalf of those organizations, he was also workin’ a great bow tie.

The event was held at a local banquet hall named Valentino’s from 8 until midnight, and transportation was provided to and from the event. There was a photo booth, a candy bar, appetizers, a DJ and dance floor, and even an area where students could have cheesy staged prom pictures taken. Best of all, admission was totally free for UC students!

Three UC Bloggers (and WPNR DJs!) at prom- Laura, Karita, and I.

Three UC Bloggers (and WPNR DJs!) at prom- Laura, Karita, and I!

“Take Back Your Prom” is a pretty popular event on other campuses, so the UC GSA was really excited to host our own here. The idea is to allow students the opportunity to reclaim their prom how they wanted it to be the first time around. Often, students wear different outfits or take different people, since they now feel more comfortable, accepted, and safe than when they were in high school.

My best friend Sarah and I were really excited to have an occasion to wear fluffly, sparkly dresses!

My best friend Sarah and I were really excited to have an occasion to wear fluffly, glittery dresses!

The UC students who attended the event (over 240!) said it was “the prom they always wanted,” which really attests to what a strong, accepting community we have at Utica College. As the Vice President of the UCGSA, I felt so great to have been a part of the organization that threw such a successful event. It was an honor to have helped students make the prom memories they deserved – and a night of dancing and sparkles is always a great time!

Pie A BOND Member

Nov 17, 2014 | Author: Gregory Spears

Today was BOND’s annual “Pie a BOND Member,” and if you could tell by the slippery floors in front of the cafeteria it was very successful! From BOND’s President Jabarie Broomes to Vice President Karl Simpson, the brothers on BOND were certainly on a new direction.

The purpose of “Pie a BOND Member” is to raise money for the org. But with the participation of the students and even some custodial staff, the brothers quickly realized it was no longer about the money; it was more to have fun and put a laugh on students’ and faculty’s faces. BOND has been putting on small events throughout the month of November, like today leading into their event FALL MADNESS, this Saturday, November 22nd in the Strebel Auditorium. Be on the lookout for more events being brought to you by the brothers from BOND and in collaboration with other organization across campus!

Fuerza Latina Talent Show – Prestige

Nov 17, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

Hello All,

I hope everyone had a great weekend, just as I did. As we all know, the Fuerza Latina Talent show was this weekend, and after attending, I had to take a minute of my time to blog about it.

For starters, the house was packed. I haven’t seen the Strebel Auditorium that packed since my freshman year of the LASU Talent Show. With that being said, I want to take time out to commend Fuerza Latina for doing their thing and putting on an awesome talent show. They were able to find great acts from all throughout New York state that did an awesome job, and the competition was very steep.

It was very interesting to see the different acts and who was going to win. I would like to congratulate all the acts that placed and Prestige for winning first place. Everyone’s hard work and dedication definitely paid off in the end and showed the UC campus a great time. Keep up the great work Fuerza Latina, very proud of you all.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

Nov 16, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Thanksgiving is upon us again. That reminds me of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I used to go every year. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a celebrated New York tradition. For people attending the Parade, here are some tips:

1. See the balloons being blown up.

It is far less crowded, and you have a much better chance of seeing the balloons up close by attending the free viewing of the famous big balloon inflation.

2. Get up very early, and dress in layers.

The Parade begins at 9 a.m., but approximately 3.5 million parade-goers take to the streets wanting the perfect view. Plan to arrive to claim your spot along the parade route by 6 a.m., and don’t think of moving from that spot. Pack a bag with snacks, a thermos of hot chocolate, and games or books to keep your kids entertained while waiting for the parade to begin. And remember that NYC wind can have quite the bite, so dress warmly in layers.

3. Know the Parade route.

There are three recommended stretches or spots on the route for watching the parade:
– The first leg along Central Park West
– Time Warner Center
– Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street.

4. Find and book a reservation at NYC restaurant nearby for lunch.

Once the Parade ends, 3.5 million people are pushing their way to subways and out of the areas closed off to traffic to try to hail taxis. Instead of joining the stampede, find a nearby restaurant that is open on Thanksgiving and make a reservation for lunch. You can wait out the crowds while warming up over a hot meal.

15 (Favorite) Days of Utica

Nov 16, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

There are many things I like about going to Utica College, so I thought I would inform all of you about my personal top 15!

  1. The annual Holi Celebration that Utica holds (You can read about Holi in one of my previous blogs)FullSizeRender-1(Yes my head is touching the lead singer’s…I am still starstruck!)
  2. The events that UCPB holds. My favorite was the Boys Like Girls, All-American Rejects and the Ready Set. It was only $10 for all three bands, and my friends and I got to meet them! I may or may not have kissed the drummer of Boys Like Girls…
  3. Moose-a-Palooza! It’s a celebration in the spring that involves free and fun activities ranging from physical games to crafting.
  4. Homecoming weekend is also fun because it’s basically a big carnival right behind Strebel.
  5. There is always something to do on campus that is hosted by different clubs and organizations, such as movie nights, game nights, karaoke, etc.
  6. The Dining Commons have special dinners for holidays, and the staff decorates the Commons so students feel at home.
  7. The dorm rooms are big compared to a lot of colleges I have been to, every floor has a kitchen, and it is free to do laundry!
  8. There are many student job opportunities on campus, and you can cash checks at the financial office.
  9. Campus safety offices are super nice and always around, which makes me feel very safe.
  10. There many things to do around Utica, such as going to the zoo, going paintballing, skiing, shopping and there are even trails to hike!FullSizeRender-5(Paintball at War Games)
  11. The athletic center is free for all students to use. I like to play basketball, go swimming and play racquetball.FullSizeRender-4
  12. The campus is beautiful and well taken care of, and the snow makes campus absolutely gorgeous.FullSizeRender
  13. When it is warm out, a lot of people get together to play a variety of sports like catch, Frisbee and Kan Jam.
  14. The professors and faculty are so friendly and truly care about the students. I absolutely love all my past and present professors!
  15. The school spirit here is crazy! Students really support each other in sports and in academics.


Beautiful, Ugly, and Fun Winter

Nov 15, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario

For many of us, winter is our favorite season. Others, on the other hand, hate it. I personally do not completely love winter or completely hate in. In other words, it has both its bad and good effects.


When walking around Utica campus, winter is one of the most beautiful seasons. The school looks so pretty filled with snow, looking like a winter wonderland. One of the most annoying things is when cleaning your car, and sometimes your car can be stuck in the snow, and might take you a couple minutes before you can get it out. You will find some people that will help you move your car at times as well, which I find so nice of people to do that here.


A part from that, one of the most interesting activities to do is going to one of our school’s hockey games! Our hockey team is one of the best teams in the United States. People from all over the world come to our school specifically to join our hockey team, or to even just watch a game. I personally had never been to one of my schools hockey games or a hockey game in general because it is not really that popular where I come from. Last week was one of the first times I attended one. I truly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t gone to one, and give it a try at least once. It is a really fun sport!

It’s All a Balancing Act!

Nov 14, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

College isn’t just about attending classes; there is so much more that goes along with it! On top of classes, there are social events to attend, organizations to be a part of, homework to be done, and downtime to be had! The trick is figuring how to balance all of those things without letting another thing fall to the side, which can be tricky sometimes! So, this post is going to teach you how you can marathon your favorite Netflix show on Saturdays, attend your organization meetings on Wednesdays, and still have time to turn in that huge paper due Friday.

My trust planner that I use everyday

My trusty planner that I use everyday

Write it down! If you have an assignment due, write it down. Don’t count on the syllabus for all of your deadlines! Sometimes things change, you lose a paper, or you just forget to check your syllabus one night and miss a due date. Make sure to have important deadlines written down somewhere close!

Plan it out! If I have a particularly stressful day, I’ll write out a to-do list for that day.  Sometimes, it will only be the due dates of various papers or a test date coming up, but other times, it may be where I am supposed to be at what time. For busy days, I’ll map out where I need to be each hour just so I don’t forget something important.

Sometimes I'll throw a small to-do list with places that I need to be, just so I don't forget

Sometimes I’ll throw a small to-do list with places that I need to be, just so I don’t forget

Color-Coordinate! (Or find a way to group things) I personally have everything written down in my planner, and I highlight each thing according to what grouping it falls under. Pink is for tests, yellow is for assignments, green is for job times, and so on. Find a method that works for you in order to keep everything separate.

A typical month. I try to always write down what's coming up, but sometimes forget. The colors help me keep track of what's going on.

A typical month. I try to always write down what’s coming up, but sometimes forget. The colors help me keep track of what’s going on.

Take advantage of technology! Some of the organizations I am a part of on campus opt to use “Google calendar,” and notifications can be sent right to a person’s phone when there is a meeting. Do that for assignments! I personally have an iPhone and just tell Siri to remind me to do things. One of my friends makes fun of me because of how specific some of my reminders are! One time, we went to lunch and she got a tuna sandwich. She had leftovers but didn’t want it to stink up her car, so she put it in her trunk. However, she was scared that she would forget the sandwich, so I made a reminder that, “There is a tuna sandwich in your trunk. Take it out or it will smell and you will cry. Remind me at 2:30. Honestly, in my opinion, the more specific the reminder the better.

Plan out free time! Often, when people write to-do lists, they only list what needs to be done, which can be helpful. However, if you don’t give yourself breaks every so often, you may go slightly crazy. Planning to watch your favorite television show at 8 or go to the gym can help you to remember that it is important to actually do so.

My favorite thing to see

My favorite thing to see

Prioritize! If you have a whole week’s worth of assignments that you are attempting to do at once, start with what is due the earliest and then work toward the other assignments. For my own to-do lists, I always rank them in the order they are due, so I know which to complete first.

Know when to work or relax! I have a rule that I never do homework on Friday nights, unless I’ve done something relaxing before I do it. I go to class all morning and work both of my jobs on Fridays, so by the time 6 p.m. rolls around, I am pretty beat. Typically, on a Friday, I’ll go out to dinner or grab a coffee with a friend to de-stress a little from the week. It’s important to know your limits, and not push yourself too far. Also, I do homework and try to study all other nights of the week, so taking a little extra time on a Friday isn’t a bad thing. On Sundays, I break up studying/homework with other things. I’ll try to devote a few hours to each.

My way of encouraging myself.

My way of encouraging myself-Put in right around midterms.

The main point of this blog post is to essentially find a way of organizing your life. It can be hectic having so many things to do all the time, but if you attempt to categorize and sort what is important, then you’ll have time for all of the things you want to do.


Nov 13, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

Everyone wants to go on Thanksgiving Break already! I know I DO! 

SO… If you live in NYC and would like to have a ride back home, Student Activities is providing a bus that will make a round trip to the city and back to Utica College!

Price: $70, round-trip

Going on sale November 14th at 9 a.m.!

The bus departs from Strebel Student Center, at 4 p.m. Nov 25th, and returns from Port Authority, 4 p.m. Nov 30th

Tickets will be sold quickly, so remember to purchase those tickets!