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Holi Happiness

May 7, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Every year Utica College’s Asian Student Union brings Holi to campus. Holi is a traditional spring festival that is very popular in many parts of South Asia. This festival is also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love.

I was a spectator both my freshman year and this year but I did take part in the fun as a sophomore. It is amazing how many students come together to enjoy a colorful afternoon. Everyone huddles together and the countdown begins… 5…4…3…2…1… a variety of colors are thrown up into the air and fall onto the crowd of people. It is honestly such a beautiful sight.

My camera sadly died this year but here are my favorite pictures from last years Holi:


MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord and I.

MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord and I showing some HOLI love!

Action shot!

Action shot!

Karita Rawlins, myself, Alexander Hodkinson, and MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord posing for the camera!

Karita Rawlins, myself, Alexander Hodkinson, and MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord posing for the camera!


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Campus Clean Up

May 6, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

On Sunday, April 26th, I took part in Utica College’s Campus Clean Up that was organized by Space Committee. There were about fifty volunteers and the event as a whole was extremely successful. There were different teams that were set up to clean designated areas, on and off of campus. Members from the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Admissions and I worked together to clean up the campus. We raked areas outside of the academic buildings as well as the residence halls; it was an awesome feeling to help out! After the three-hour event, there was a beautiful picnic set up in the Pioneer Café for the hardworking volunteers.

I really encourage everyone to volunteer as much as they can because it really is an amazing feeling to give back to the community, especially Utica College!

Michael Cottle, Derek Pooley, and I stopping to take some selfies!

Michael Cottle, Derek Pooley, and I stopping to take some selfies!

The Office of Residence Life and the Office of Admissions teaming up for the clean up!

The Office of Residence Life and the Office of Admissions teaming up for the clean up!


Events To End The Semester

May 5, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Utica College hosts numerous events throughout the school year, and it honestly seems like there’s something going on every single day. UC diversifies their events, so there’s always something to do for everyone.

With just two days left in the spring semester, you’re probably focused on final exams, and quite frankly, looking forward to summer break.


Before you pack up your bags and head home, check out these two final events at Utica College:

lunchProfessor Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson are continuing their Lunch Hour Series on Wednesday, May 6th at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Concourse.

Featured music will include various folk songs.

Stop by before the semester is over!

Open Mic Day

Hosted by the Harold Frederic English Society, open mic at Pioneer Cafe will feature poetry among other things that were published in the Utica College literary magazine.

Students will read their creative work, so come out and support them! You could also participate by reading your own work.

It’s on Tuesday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m.

5 things to do before the semester ends

May 5, 2015 | Author: Cynthia Chuni

As everyone has noticed by now this semester is winding down and finals are approaching. I wanted to take a moment and list a few activities to do around campus. For most of you, you could do this to take your mind off of any stressful assignments coming up.

1. Take a study break and head to common grounds. Since it’s located right outside of the library it makes it convenient to either stop in before hitting the books or to take a break. They offer an amazing selection of cold drinks, smoothies, iced coffee, or even frappe’s. So stop in and cool off.

2. Spend time on the quad. Since the temperature is rising and the weather is getting much better why not take advantage or all the grassy areas we have on campus? There’s so much to do from playing on the volleyball outdoor field, laying down in the sun, or just throwing the ball around with your friends. It’s a nice way to enjoy the weather and be active.

3. Go swimming! Our campus has the benefit of having an indoor pool, which any student has access to from 7pm to 9pm. The pool is equipped with floatys and gradually rises in depth. So even if you can’t swim you can still enjoy the water! This is another way to cool off from the hot weather and enjoy time with your friends before going back home for summer break,

4. Eat ice cream. Fortunately for us our cafe has an ice cream section. Although the flavors switch up all the time, the most popular is definitely cookie dough ice cream. Just a few days ago they had two new flavors, bubble gum and cotton candy. Which of course was very popular as well. So while you’re in there eating lunch stop by and eat some ice cream!

5. Computer labs! So I know this might sound weird but many students don’t know where to head to when the library is full (which happens a lot during finals). Although the rest of my suggestions were meant to get your mind off academics for a few minutes I thought i’d share just one of my tips for finals. Whenever the library is packed and i decide to head to a computer lab either in strebel or in the basement of the library i’m always surprised to see that almost no one does the same!

I hope you guys do at least one of my suggestions before this semester is over. With finals coming close, just remember to stay calm and take breaks!

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

May 5, 2015 | Author: Laura Holmes

6. Make a new friend.

Another item on my semester bucket list.  A lot of my friends are seniors this year so they won’t be coming back in the fall.  With this in mind I decided I should try to make a new friend this semester so I wouldn’t be alone next year.  At this point I should add that I’m not the best at making new friends.  I’m actually really shy around new people and a lot of my friends are actually people I met through other mutual friends, so I knew this was going to be a challenge for me.

However, I’m happy to say that I succeeded! I guess in reality I kind of cheated.  I became friends with someone who I was friends with freshman year and kind of grew apart from due to our busy schedules and differing interests.  This semester, though, Frank and I have been reunited!

We’ve already had some great times this semester and I know that next year will be more of the same.  I’m really glad to have “refriended” Frank.


Francis S. Bartkowiak… my new old friend


The Utica College National Society of Leadership and Sucess

Apr 30, 2015 | Author: Grace Pfeifer

In addition to being a nursing student and a student blogger, this year I became the Membership Outreach Coordinator for the National Leadership Society of Success. This organization is brand new to UC. The very first Utica College NSLS chapter was established in October, 2014. The NSLS is a leadership society geared towards helping individuals discover and achieve their goals. The society seeks inducted members who are involved in their school community, committed to helping others, and are currently maintaining a good academic gpa.

I was very surprised when I got an invitation. I was immediately interested in what the organization was about and how it could better develop me as a leader and future nurse. I enrolled in the society but I wanted to do much more than just be a member. When, Bethany Piraino (the pioneer of bringing this organization to campus) emailed all the pre-members about the executive board positions, I knew I wanted to be further involved. So I applied, and interviewed for an e-board position. I was very excited when I was offered the position of Member Outreach Coordinator. In this position I help recruit new members to the society, encourage participation in society events, notify members of society activities and events, and answer any questions or concerns regarding the membership of the society.

I am so thankful I not only joined this society but decided to take on an executive board position. I have truly enjoyed working with Bethany Piraino, the other e-board members, and all the dedicated members of the society. I have always considered myself a very goal and career oriented person, it has been such an amazing experience to have that value shared with sooo many other similar minded individuals.

Some people may be wondering what it entails to become an official member of this society. Well, in addition to good academic standing, pre-members will need to attend an orientation, society speaker broadcast, and leadership training days. In addition we ask all members to become a part of a Success Networking Team. This was my personal favorite part of the induction process. For SNTs the society breaks pre-members into small groups of 5-6 people. These groups are asked to meet three or more times and each individual discuss one short or long term goal they are working to achieve. This is really a wonderful opportunity to get support from your peers. I really enjoyed hearing other people’s dreams, goals, and aspirations. In addition, I liked that I had a chance to make an impact on one of my teammate’s goal. One of my teammates was struggling with a class and I was able to refer her to one of my friends for a tutor who was actually majoring in that area. It made me feel really good to know that I could offer her some help.

Once every pre-member completes their requirements for Induction then they are invited to the Induction Ceremony to officially get pinned in the society. Our first Induction ceremony was this past Sunday. The ceremony was held in Strebel Auditorium. Members and member’s families were all invited. In addition to families, we invited faculty and staff members. These staff and faculty members were nominated for awards by members, in many different categories for their outstanding commitment to UC students. In addition to faculty and staff we were very lucky to have Alane Varga (Dean of Diversity), give the keynote speech. Overall the ceremony went great and we inducted over 120 members! It was great to see soo many proud parents, teachers, staff, and students. I felt a huge sense of pride to be part of such a big and successful organization.

nsls ceremony


NSLS is a very rewarding society to be a part of. Besides from its large size, its ability to form you into a better leader, and it’s dedicated members, it is a society that encourages community service. Once someone is inducted, the society encourages at least five hours or more of community service. There are many awards and scholarships available for members who complete community service and members who go above and beyond in service. Encouraging helping the school and local community is just one of the many reasons I love this society.


Anybody, reading this blog that is a dedicated, hardworking student, and wants to become a great future leader; should really consider becoming a member of this society. In addition to developing yourself, meeting new friends, and becoming an official NSLS member; they’re many perks to being a part of the society. Some of these include discounts to businesses such as Geico and Sports Authority, an exclusive Job banks, many opportunities for scholarships and awards, broadcast archives, and custom written letters of recommendation from NSLS administrators. If you are new to UC and are looking to get involved in an organization, please consider NSLS. If you would like to enquire or learn more about becoming a member, feel free to email me at!

A.I.M Extravaganza

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Cynthia Chuni

For those of you that missed it, this past Saturday Africa In Motion (AIM) held their annual extravaganza showcase . The show was given the theme of AIM vs. The State Of New York. Doors opened at 5pm and began at 6pm and was hosted by two fellow students. The show had many different performances from organizations on campus and from other college campuses.

The show began with the girls introducing their story line of girls from a group home who were being arrested for dancing outside and disturbing the neighborhood. All through their dances and dialogue, which was actually really cool and entertaining.  Following their opening several acts followed. A group of rappers from Syracuse even came out to perform. The acts involved singing, rapping, and dancing.  My favorite one being from our own stepping team, prestige. Who followed the showcase’s theme and acted out a group of steppers being arrested.

Right before intermission the girls came out again for another performance. This time they were being arrested and being transported. More acts performed after as well, the most popular one being “Chocolate Drop” although it’s not an official organization on campus the were definitely  a crowd favorite.

After intermission the show continued on. With another performance from AIM, this time the girls were unfortunately stuck in a remote area after a crash landing. Dancing to songs from Chris Brown and various other artists this was my personal favorite performance of theirs. Afterwards more acts came out, this time the majority of them were solo performers singing catchy ballads.

The show ended with the members of AIM performing their last dance and escaping the jungle. Overall the show was amazing with very entertaining performances along with the story line and theme it was given. Last but not least after the show was over the members of AIM took time to give information to the audience about the organization they have been supporting. Don’t miss out on next year’s annual extravaganza!

Goodbye Moose-a-Palooza, Hello Moose Madness!

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Each spring, the Utica College Programming Board hosts an entire week of events that are totally free for UC students. This week has always been known as Moose-a-Palooza, and in years past, it has often included BBQ food, sunny weather, frisbee and volleyball tournaments, and inflatables in the quad. I look forward to it every year, because it’s a great way to enjoy the spring weather and spend time with other students before the craziness of finals week kicks in!

This year, UCPB revamped Moose-a-Palooza. First, they held a content to rename the week and design the tshirts that would be given out to students. While I was disappointed that my suggestions did not win the contest (C’mon, Trax wearing sunglasses would have made for a great shirt!), I was quite fond of the winning name: Moose Madness!

With a new name came some new programming for the week. I took advantage of as many of the events as my night class and desk duty schedule would allow, and was able to attend an event almost every day of Moose Madness! Here are just some of the things I checked out during the week:

Monday, I scored my free tshirt with the new Moose Madness design and was on a team that won 3rd place in the campus-wide scavenger hunt! Since it was my birthday, our team was named Happy Birthday Elaine. (Side note, my friends rock!)

Jason, Laura, and I competing in the scavenger hunt! Thanks, Karita, for taking the pic!

Jason, Laura, and I competing in the scavenger hunt! Thanks, Karita, for taking the pic!

Tuesday, team Happy Birthday Elaine won 3rd place in Battle of the Decades Trivia in the Pioneer Pub. Hey, at least we are consistent with our 3rd place winnings! 3BL loves trivia, and this event had a fun twist, because it featured questions from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and today!

Wednesday featured the hypnotist Seilesh. I saw him last year when he came to UC, and loved him just as much this time around! He is an amazing entertainer and puts on a hilarious show. It is so funny to see fellow students under hypnosis! I never laugh as hard as when I see a good hypnotist show.

Saturday was the big WPNR and UCPB concert- the Royal Tongues and the X Ambassadors! The show was right in the gym and was totally free for UC students! We had a huge turnout, and students loved the unique sounds of both bands. The musicians were all immensely talented and really did an amazing job performing. I was so grateful to see both bands in person, as it made me appreciate their music a lot more- these guys are the real deal!

Group pic! UCPB and WPNR with The Royal Tongues and The X Ambassadors!

Group pic! UCPB and WPNR with The Royal Tongues and The X Ambassadors!

Overall, it was a busy week for UCPB and definitely a great time for the UC students who came out and enjoyed all of the events offered on campus. I loved all of the events I attended during Moose Madness and was really grateful to make some awesome memories during my last spring fest at UC!

Awards Season (HOMW 11)

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Another week has passed us, friends! I would like to share a moment with you all from this past Sunday.


As the semester is quickly wrapping up, there have been many festivities celebrating the successes of the academic year. I love getting together with students, faculty, and staff and reflecting on all of the progress that we made during the last two semesters. This past weekend was especially special to me because of the Student Recognition Brunch that took place in the library concourse.

The brunch was a special ceremony that celebrated an array of students, from those with academic achievements to individuals who have contributed to areas such as Greek life, theater, and diversity on campus. I loved hearing the achievements of my fellow students and congratulating them on their hard work.

Some of our lovely UC GSA members! Lindsay, me, Imani, Maryellen, and Courtney!

Some of our lovely UC GSA members! Lindsay, me, Imani, Maryellen, and Courtney!


The Gay-Straight Alliance won the Outstanding Club/Organization Award from Student Senate, which was a huge honor for us. I myself was also recognized for several awards that noted my scholastic merit as well as my involvement on campus. Overall, the brunch was a very enjoyable event and was a great start to my week!

My boyfriend Ryan and I after the brunch!

My boyfriend Ryan and I after the brunch with some of my awards!

Second Annual Drag Show

Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

It was an amazing day this past weekend for Utica College’s Gay/Straight Alliance because we were recognized as the Organization of the Year at the Student Recognition Brunch and had our Second Annual Drag Show Sunday, April 18th.

Last year was the first year the GSA really started to make their mark on campus. With Ally Week, our first Drag Show, “Mom, Dad, I’m Gay,” and Take Back Your Prom last year, we have come a long way since my freshman year. I am so proud to be apart of this organization and am so excited to see what else we will do in future.

The doors opened at 5:30 and students came pouring in. We were selling t-shirts, taking donations, and were giving away condoms, lube, and informational pamphlets. Makenzie Taylor and our beloved Bee’ Uh BombChelle were our hosts who without a doubt kept the audience entertained. Our kings and queens were amazing and the crowd loved them. I am so thankful that they were able to make it and hope that they are able to return next year.

What is a drag show without pictures….


Asia and Peter welcoming our guests!

Asia and Peter welcoming our guests!

Jazzy Sommers looking fabulous!

Jazzie Sommers looking fabulous!

Bee' Uh BombChelle looking flawless, as always!

Bee’ Uh BombChelle looking flawless, as always!

Hunter Downe looking awesome!

Hunter Downe looking awesome!

Pacifica Rim closing the show with an awesome performance!

Pacifica Rim closing the show with an awesome performance!

George Archundia wrapped up in pride!

George Archundia wrapped up in pride!

I of course needed a photo with the beautiful hosts, Bee' Uh BombChelle & Makenzie Taylor.

I of course needed a photo with the beautiful hosts, Bee’ Uh BombChelle & Makenzie Taylor.

Pacifica Rim, Bee' Uh BombChelle, and Jacqueline Frost posing for the camera!

Pacifica Rim, Bee’ Uh BombChelle, and Jacqueline Frost posing for the camera!

Our newest performers to join our show, Pacifica Rim and Jacqueline Frost.

Our newest performers to join our show, Pacifica Rim and Jacqueline Frost.

The most amazing people around - the members of Gay/Straight Alliance.

The most amazing people around – the members of Gay/Straight Alliance.