Category Archives: Weekend

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.

What is it like to never consume alcohol, forever pseuodrunk?

Sep 9, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer

Personally, I do not consume alcohol. My family, on both sides, have trouble with alcoholism, and since it is hereditary, my chances of becoming an alcoholic as well are very high, so I choose not to drink. There are other people out there who also don’t drink and choose to be above the influence, you guys are awesome!

I just want to shed some light on what it is like to be a non-alcoholic drinker:

1) We get harassed by people who choose to drink alcohol.

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I have been verbally harassed by people before by being open about not drinking alcohol. Usually these are people who think I am judging them because they drink and I don’t. I can speak for most non-alcoholic consumers and say:  WE DO NOT JUDGE PEOPLE WHO DRINK! We just choose not to participate.

2) We are your rides when you want to go home from a party

Have you ever gone to a party and had no way home? Well, I hope that taxi wasn’t too expensive. Do you know how you can lower the cost? Get a Designated Driver (DD), like someone who does not drink alcohol! We, the sober ones, are so willing to get you home safe, because we care about your safety, give us a call if you need a ride (some gas money would be nice in return).

3) Just because we don’t drink doesn’t mean that we don’t like to attend parties

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Sure, I would love to be the DD for the rest of my life, but sometimes I would like to attend the parties myself. If you have friends that don’t drink, please still invite them out, plus, sober people are fun and can be your ride home!

Now, for those of you non-alcoholic party goers, if you need a trick to look cool and have a different experience at the clubs/bars , try pseudodrunk. Weird word, huh? That’s probably because I made it up, although Urban Dictionary says it is a real word. Lets break down what this word could mean:

Pseudo –  false

Drunk – someone under the influence of alcohol

Now, lets put the words together:

Pseudodrunk – someone who pretends to be under the influence of alcohol

I’ll give you the easy tip to being a pseudodrunk that worked for me. Go up to the bar and ask for a coke. That’s it! If anyone asks you what you are drinking just say “coke and rum.” You wont have people giving you weird stares or having your friends bug you about not joining the crowd and drinking. For an added bonus, if you try to act drunk, everyone will believe that you are actually drunk. Think of it as a social experiment and try to see if people actually believe you are drunk.

Disclaimer: I am not saying that you need to do this to have a good time when you go out with your friends, but it is an option if you want to just blend in with the crowd.

 

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
    on Netflix and dream of being lavaliered

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!

 

 

 

Finding Inspiration By Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone!

Sep 5, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Over Labor Day weekend, I took a FABULOUS trip to Boston to visit my aunt. Coming from this small town, I couldn’t wait to be in a big, beautiful, REAL city!

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This was such a positive experience for me – but, then again, I had a feeling it would be. I honestly was in a bit of a rut when it came to ideas for writing, and I never expected to find the amount of inspiration that I did, just from spending 3 days away from Utica!

So many incredible things happened in the course of those 72 hours. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone to say the least! For one, I had the extreme pleasure of riding Public Transportation for the first time (okay, okay, I know. What’s the big deal? Well, as someone who never thought I’d actually do that & to have done it & LIKED it….definitely an accomplishment for me!)

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Downtown Boston – North End – Pure Italian!

Then there was the Feast of St. Anthony, which was a whole different experience in itself. I have never been surrounded by so many people! It’s an annual tradition in the North End of Boston, filled with music, fun and FOOD. (amazing food, I might add). I definitely got a chance to channel my Italian side at full speed because of this!

A first for me, and such a wonderful experience!

A first for me, and such a wonderful experience!

Saturday was completely breathtaking. Stepping out into the Boston Commons, the Public Gardens, Quincy Market, (& getting my shopping on at the Alex & Ani store) was so peaceful & quiet. I felt completely in my element & so much at home, it was unreal. This was the day I truly felt a sense of freedom & relaxation….which meant a very HAPPY me!

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The beauty of the greens; the vibrant colors of the flowers; & the calmness of the swan boats was simply stunning.

My favorite day, without a doubt was Sunday. Between attending Mass with my aunt & then enjoying some relaxation time down at the Boston Harbor, I learned that I can (& need to) disconnect from the outside, technological world for a little bit and just live in the moment….and I’m so glad that I did.

Castle Island & the beautiful Boston Harbor.

Castle Island & the beautiful Boston Harbor.

But, while Boston itself gave me such a creative burst, I think I owe majority of the credit to the company. My aunt & I have always had a special bond & she has always inspired me & guided me – especially in the spiritual direction. It is because of her that I am the Faith filled woman that I am today. It is also because of her that I was able to write this post. Her home is filled with such beautiful artwork & positive messages of hope & encouragement…..how could I not be inspired?

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So, the whole point of this post? Sometimes you find your creative inspiration in the most unexpected places. Sometimes, it hits you when you least expect it. Sometimes, you have to try something new (& disconnect) to find it. And sometimes, you have to leave your safe, comfortable home to truly experience all that life has to offer. Don’t be afraid of stepping out of the box. :)

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.

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.

Top 10 Best Ways to Procrastinate

Jul 28, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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We procrastinators share a special bond; we get each other. Nobody else understands why we put off assignments and tasks until the last second and voluntarily subject ourselves to working under pressure, but that’s okay. No one needs to get it but us.

One of the most annoying problems procrastinators face is when they run out of ways to procrastinate. How are you supposed to justify not doing your work if you’ve got nothing else to do? That simply won’t fly. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to procrastinate so you never have to run out of things to do when you should be doing other things.

1. Buzzfeed

This is hands-down the number one reason I procrastinate when on my computer. Buzzfeed is an abyss of procrastination potential, especially because of its infinite feed format. You keep scrolling, but it never really ends.

The site features posts compiled by BF staff and contributing site readers, and there is no limit to the topic of each post. Most of them are “listicles,” meaning that they are articles in the format of the list. Almost all the posts are hilarious, but they do serious, in-depth news articles addressing crucial current events as well.

The best thing about BF is that there is something for everyone. Whether you like food, Harry Potter, sports, cats, Chipotle, make-up, feminism, or whatever, you’ll find posts about it on BF.

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2. Pinterest

Contrary to popular believe, Pinterest is not just for the ladies. Like Buzzfeed, there is something for everyone on Pinterest. It covers food, tattoos, nail art, make-up, animals, cars, celebrities – you name it.

Some people don’t understand how it works until they actually start using it. Think of it as a collection of online bulletin boards. You find pictures of things you like on the web and then pin them to the appropriate board. For example, say you love cooking and you found this great recipe on a food blog with a drool-worthy photo. You can pin that delicious picture to your “Recipes to Try” board.

The boards are customizable, and you can make any you like. If you’re planning a wedding, make a “Wedding Inspiration” board. If you’re into fitness, make a “Fitness” board.

Pinterest is great for procrastinating because it never ends. Just keep looking through all the stuff you like and pinning away.

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3. Baking/Cooking

This is a great way to procrastinate because it is actually productive. Plus, you can make it a two-for-one procrastinating session if you look on Pinterest for recipes.

If you’re procrastinating, it’s probably because you’re bored with what you’re supposed to be doing. And if you’re bored, you’re probably hungry. It just makes sense that you get in the kitchen and hone your cooking skills. It’s a legitimately useful ability to have!

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4. Online Shopping

Regular shopping works too, but online shopping can be done in the comfort of your pajamas, and there’s less chance you’ll order something online. With the internet, you have every one of your favorite stores at your fingertips. The possibilities are endless.

Go look for those new sneakers you need for the gym, or find a dress for your UC graduation ceremony. If you really want to torture yourself, you can look at adoptable pets in your area. Again, that is actually a productive way to procrastinate because animals need homes!

5. Cleaning

The only time I clean is when I don’t want to be doing something else. Even if you don’t live your life like a tornado like I do, there are literally always things that need cleaning. I bet you the top of your ceiling fan needs a dusting, and vacuuming is always necessary. Do some laundry, organize your closet, or clean your oven.

6. Movie Marathon

Pick out your favorite movies, make some snacks, and procrastinate the day away. This one never gets old because there are always new movies to watch. The best thing is binge-watching a franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

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7. De-Clutter

It’s time to purge the stuff you no longer need. Again, this is  very useful way to procrastinate. I guarantee you’ve got stuff laying around that you’ll never use again. Grab two garbage bags, one marked “To Donate” and one marked “To Trash.” Fill them up and de-clutter your space. It is an especially good idea to get in your closet and do this.

8. Thought Catalog

This is similar to Buzzfeed in that it has articles covering all kinds of topics, and they are all reader-submitted. However, it is in a blog format as opposed to a feed. Honestly, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine because some of the stuff submitted is quality and thought-provoking, but some of it is controversial garbage. It is a ball to read some of the more ridiculous articles, and it’s even more fun to troll through the comment section.

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9. Work Out

If you hate working out, this won’t appeal to you, but it is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I honestly don’t even consider it procrastinating sometimes though because it de-stresses me while doing something good for my body, so it really is a necessary act.

Best of all, working out is customizable. You get to pick what you want to do, and for how long. Run for 30 minutes or dance for an hour; it doesn’t matter. You’ll sleep better too, which will help you in the long run when you finally have to finish that assignment that’s due tomorrow.

10. Nap

This has to be the best one. There is nothing like napping when you should be doing a million other things. Naps are fun, refreshing, and anyone can take them!

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Campus Security

Apr 30, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

real random post but i love the campus security at UC like here mad cool i mean i know at other places there might be some conflict but here there really cool i mean don’t get me wrong like they don’t pay games when it comes to breaking the rules but other than that they really respect you as a person and give you respect. I really have a great relationship with these women and man. i’m really thankful for having these people in my life to not only keep me safe but to talk with and share my concerns with. i just thought i should really let you guys know about the great job that this campus security really does thank you