Category Archives: Weekend

What I Love About Utica College: Fall Semester Edition

Oct 19, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit down due to midterms and gloomy weather, but I hate feeling that way. I don’t believe in bad days (As I’ve stated before…). So, I decided to make a list of all of the great things on campus that I appreciate, and some things that I am looking forward to for the rest of the fall semester; I figured that would cheer me up in no time!

(A picture I snapped the other days of the trees on campus.)

(A picture I snapped the other days of the trees on campus.)

The ambiance – Utica College is a beautiful campus in the fall. I love changing leaves, and the warm colors that everything takes on around this time. Going for a jog or walk around the campus during this time is especially nice because you can appreciate the entire place fully. One of my favorite things on campus is the trees that line some of the parking lots; they are gorgeous!

(A student, Quinaya, holding "Sweat-P" the snake during the majors and minors fair.)

(A student, Quinaya, holding “Sweat-P” the snake during the majors and minors fair.)

The events – There are countless big events which are coming up toward the second half of the semester. The Gay-Straight Alliance and the Utica College Programming Board are putting on “Take Back Your Prom.” The Greeks are going to put on Midnight Breakfast toward finals week. There are numerous sporting events to attend; hockey games are going to start soon! Everywhere you turn on campus, you’ll see a flier for a new event.

The opportunities – I just helped out with the majors and minors fair, which is an event put on annually in the Library Concourse. It is designed to help students understand what options they have as far as majors and minors go. Information about specific programs is typically presented. Also, there are numerous other events coming up in regards to future opportunities for students. There are networking nights for various majors, which establish connections between current students and successful individuals in their respective fields.

(I needed a warm cup of coffee on this chilly sunday!)

(I needed a warm cup of coffee on this chilly sunday!)

Coffee on a brisk day – For me, there is little better than sipping a cup of warm coffee on a cold day. Excuse the cliche, but it warms your soul. Fortunately for us, Utica College has a wide array of places to choose from when it comes to coffee. If you haven’t done it before, I encourage you to sit outside the library in the concourse and sip a coffee (or hot chocolate!) and just observe. As I’ve said before, this campus is beautiful in the fall. Take some time to appreciate it.

Thanksgiving break – This isn’t necessarily a thing which occurs on campus (for most), but it is three days off that the school allows us. I love spending time with my family, and relaxing before the craziness of finals starts. Plus, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, is the day after. I love getting all of my Christmas shopping done and out of the way on one day!

 

 

 

 

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Homecoming Information

Oct 16, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

via utica.edu

It’s that time of the year again!

From special entertainment events to football, this year’s Homecoming will feature a ton of stuff for students and alumni to enjoy.

The Utica College Pioneers will take on St. John Fisher College at 1:00pm on Saturday, but that will be preceded by a pre-game tailgating party. I mean, who doesn’t love food and football? The menu will feature hot dogs, burgers, and beverages.

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After the game, enjoy a few entertaining events, including a performance by Leon Etienne, who performed on America’s Got Talent. The event is free, but expect Strebel Auditorium to fill up quickly.

Basically, Homecoming will give you a chance to mingle with Utica College alumni and current students. It’s fun, so make sure to check it out this weekend. This is one of the biggest events of the year, and the Utica College staff has put in a lot of time in order to prepare, so take advantage and have fun.

For more information on Homecoming and how to register, visit the official Homecoming page of Utica College.

 

Too Old For Halloween? Never!

Oct 9, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

It’s only October 9th, but I am already planning out my Halloween festivities for the month of October. I love this weather, I love apple cider, and I love the fashion! I also love Halloween. Plus, the history of Halloween is probably the coolest part about the holiday. When I studied abroad in Ireland I took a walking tour of “Dublin’s Hallowed Past” and learned the history of the spooky holiday.

(Me touching a “sanctuary stone” in a graveyard I visited in Ireland.)

Originally, the holiday was celebrated by the Celtic People who populated Northern and Western Europe, with large numbers of people concentrated in what is modern-day Ireland. The purpose of the day was to celebrate the end of a successful harvest season, and the start of a long winter.

“Samhain” or Halloween was actually the biggest event during the Celtic calendar. Their new year started on what we consider to be November 1st, so it was the very last day of the year. It was believed that the souls of those who had died during the past year would finally be able to make the long trek to the underworld. People would light bonfires in the hopes of guiding the dead along their way and keeping them from still-living people.

I’m a huge history buff, so this is totally interesting to me. However, if the history of the day isn’t your thing, then I’m sure the actual day is. And, lucky for all students, there are numerous events on and around campus to celebrate the upcoming day!

RHA’s annual Haunted House- This event is located right on campus in the basement of one of the residential halls. Be scared by fellow classmates and Utica College students as you wander through rooms full of scary goblins, and ghosts, and gouls…oh my.

The History Club’s trip to Sleepy Hallow- An event put on by the History club, there are fliers all around campus for this event. They are doing a movie night on October 24th to watch “The Headless Horseman,” and then the next day, they are venturing to Sleepy Hallow for a private tour of the cemetery there. If you don’t know the story of Ichabad Crane and the Headless Horseman, I suggest looking more into this event!

The Utica Zoo’s Spooktacular- This is a fun event for children (and adults!) of all ages. The ASA Gray Biological society and Alpha Phi Omega are just two organizations from campus volunteering to pass out candy to young trick-or-treaters wandering throughout the zoo. Come, dress up, and join in on the Halloween fun! (October 17th-19th, Friday and Saturday are “scary days” from 6-9 p.m., and Sunday is less spooky from 12-4 p.m.)

CAYO Industrial Haunted House- This one is not for the faint of heart. I have personally never gone, but I have heard stories from friends who have been scared out of their minds. It takes place right in Utica, not too far from the school. It’s filled with haunted horrors and scary creatures all brought together in one big warehouse. It runs all weekends in October, so check out the website if this haunted house sounds fun to you!

(Last year I was a hippie for Halloween, and my friend a unicorn. I am still working on costume ideas for this year!)

What Did You Do This Weekend: Asa Gray Picnic 2014

Oct 6, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

The Asa Gray Biological Society is one of the oldest academic organizations on campus. It is  geared toward volunteering and planing activities that have to do with biology in some way, shape, or form. Basically, it is an organization that is open to all students on campus who have an interest in joining a club related to the natural world.

I, personally, have been a member since my first year here at Utica, and even have the privilege of being an eboard member for this year.

This past Sunday, the club held one of its annual events, The Asa Gray Picnic. This is an event that is open to all club members, and all first-year biology students. Professors and students get to interact in a more relaxed setting. Every year, there is guaranteed to be free food, games, and a fun atmosphere for everyone to partake in.

Typically the event is held at a bio professor’s house, and this year, it was held at the home of two professors: Dr. Wise and Dr. Buchanan in Trenton Falls. Their house is something you would expect to see in a magazine about beautiful country homes. It was completely secluded and had a large yard which, was ideal for yard games.

People took advantage of the sunny yet brisk day, by sitting around a fire, playing frisbee, and enjoying the free food. The students were all encouraged to sit and chat with their professors, and fellow students. Funny stories of test stresses, long labs, and general classes were shared by everyone. Even topics not related to school were discussed. The picnic was a time where people could just come and relax.

If this annual event sounds fun to you, feel free to check out an Asa Gray meeting sometime soon. There are numerous other events they put on, and new members are always more than welcome!

 

Leadership Weekend 2014

Oct 1, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to attend Student Senate’s annual Leadership Weekend. The purpose of the event was for student leaders to develop leadership skills within themselves and when working with other people. The weekend was held up on Raquette Lake at Camp Huntington, which is a secluded property owned by SUNY Cortland. We left from Strebel at 2 p.m. on Friday and returned at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

    (Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon boat to get there!)

(Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon to get there!)

The biggest attraction of the weekend were the high and low ropes courses, which were done Saturday afternoon. Individuals were split into two groups, and then went through a series of obstacles designed to test a multitude of skills associated with leadership ability. On the low course, the main take back was that of teamwork; people had to help out their team, and had to be encouraging if someone was having difficulties. The high ropes course was more about challenging yourself, and overcoming any personal hesitations you might have had.

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold...while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold…while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

 

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

Throughout the weekend there was also free time to kayak, canoe, swim, and even paddle board. The weather was beautiful (not a rain cloud in sight!!), so everyone took full advantage.

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

The other main focus of leadership weekend is for the students to think of ideas which may better the school, prepare presentations on them, and then present their proposals to various Utica College dignitaries who were invited up to the camp on Sunday afternoon. Several ideas were thrown around, but eventually three ideas became the prevalent ones, and were presented by the groups on Sunday afternoon. The proposals were:

1.) Better Handicap accessibility on campus. (Including shoveling snow more thoroughly in the winter, fixing the elevators in the academic and residential buildings so they break down less often, and allowing for better handicap seating in classrooms.)

2.) Updating IITS issues. (Printers placed in every residential hall, schedules put up outside of computer labs when they are in use, and the Strebel computer lab getting a bit of a “face-lift.”)

3.) Helping to integrate commuter students more easily. (More programming for commuters, and a lounge which contains lockers, a refrigerator, seating areas, etc. so they have somewhere to go on campus.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

The ideas were all good ideas, and presented very thoroughly. The various Utica College officials took notes, and will try to implement some of the students’ suggestions.

 

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

Leadership weekend was probably one of my favorite things to have done on campus, and to quote my friend Elaine, “I’ve done a lot.” It is a beautiful place to go and spend a weekend, and I highly encourage it. Even if the ropes course freaks you out (like it did me!) think to yourself, “When am I ever going to get this opportunity again?” A completely free weekend spent in the Adriondacks challenging yourself, and thinking of ways to make your school better – I can’t think of anything better.

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.

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.

Geocaching 101

Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer

For the past 8-9 years I have been part of the greatest treasure hunt in the world, Geocaching. Oh, you don’t know what it is? I’ll tell ya!

Quick video that explains Geocaching:

http://youtu.be/1YTqitVK-Ts

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Your goal is to locate the geocache (container) using the coordinates and hints left by those who hid the geocache.

When you find the geocache, you are going to find a logbook and possibly “cache” or some treasure inside. If you take some treasure, you must leave something of equal or greater value inside the geocache for the next person who comes along.

The geocache come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t always be looking for a certain cache. This is a great way to spend the afternoon driving around town or walking in the woods trying to locate as many as you can!

If you want to try, here is the link to download the app to your phone:

http://www.geocaching.com/mobile/

Happy hunting!

 

 

Gone Farming

Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Laura Holmes

This semester I joined Asa Gray here on campus. Honestly I mostly joined because one of my good friends, MaryEllen, is a member and their meetings are really short which is fantastic for someone who is always busy like me. This past Sunday I took part in my first event as a member…I went farming.

I’m definitely not what anyone would call a girly-girl but to be honest I left my days of digging in the dirt behind well before I finished middle school.  When I told my family about my farming adventure the general response was “but you don’t like thing like that…”  which is not necessarily false.  I’m not much for yard work or anything like that at home.  However, I have recently become really interested in the environment and sustainable living so naturally the idea of farming has grown (see what I did there?) on me.

We went to a family owned farm in Chittenango called Hartwood Farm.  The owners were extremely friendly and gave us a tour of the property and explained everything.  We even got to see their pigs and chickens! After the tour we helped them pick some of the produce (Swiss Chard to be exact) and then brought it back to Utica with us to donate to the food pantry and Hope House.  I learned a lot about sustainability and the difficulties of farming ( a lot can go wrong very easily) and I got to spend time with people I didn’t know before.

I held a chicken!

I held a chicken!

Overall I had a great time.  Farming is definitely hard work, I was tired after just 3 hours so I have no clue how people do that all day everyday! But at the same time that’s definitely something I am interested in learning more about.  One of the owners talked with me about this program called WWOOF.  It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and is basically a network of organic farms around the world that invite people to come and live and work on their farms for different periods of time.  The idea is to provide the farms with the needed manpower during busy seasons and help people learn about sustainability and farming at the same time.  This is definitely something that I am going to look into more in the future.

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 

Autumn in the Adirondacks - 2013

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!