Utica College has a new Organization on campus that is trying to make a change within the community.

(Flyer of most recent event)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is a national organization that is now an official organization on the College campus. Just like many other Orgs, the NAACP are on route with hosting events and forums that will help educate and bring students and faculty together. Today they hosted an event, “Do You Know Your Rights”, inside the pioneer cafe. The event was hosted by one of the organizations members, Sophomore Crystal Bent-Taylor. Taylor spoke off of a PowerPoint, discussing some of the state laws that people should know about. It was a good turn out for the NAACP, and they hope to have more events like this in the future.

According to NAACP President, Senior Amie Pinckney, “Our goal is to have the NAACP as a resource for our campus. For me, it means to not only leave a mark, but make a difference in this community”. It is possible for anyone on this campus to bring an organization or your on club to this school. If anyone is interested in possibly doing so, “Miss Monica in student activities would be able to help with procedures,” Pinckney said.

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This Weather?

I hope everyone had a great winter break with your friends and families this year, and I bet you all wish it didn’t have to end. I don’t know how you all felt this break but being that the weather was so nice, it didn’t really feel like Christmas to me. So it wasn’t much of a surprise to see that the week we came back, all the snow came with us. With that being said, I just wanted to give two big tips on how to make it through the weather this semester:

  1. Always check the weather before starting your day.
    • The weather is constantly changing throughout the day, and it’s important that you are wearing the proper clothing. So that means hat, gloves, boots!FullSizeRender-3 copy
    • You don’t want to wear the wrong clothes and then end up getting sick, because getting sick and being away from home is the worst. Mom won’t be here to take care of you.
    • The daysheet, a daily newsletter that goes on to all UC students, always has the weather for the day in the email, so that is one place you can check.


  2. Always check your emails before leaving your room on a snowy day.
    • It is very rare that Utica College cancels classes on a snow day and I learned that last year, but always check for possible cancellations.
    • You don’t want to be that person who gets up and goes to a 9:30 class only to find out you don’t have class that day. Trust me, I’ve done it and I was not happy that day.
    • Especially if you’re coming from dorms like Burrstone where you have to cross the street to get to class, check your email!

These are two big tips that I wish someone had given m,  because there were times when I just put on a sweater not realizing how cold it was outside. Also, there were times where I would go to class only to see I got an email saying class was cancelled. Just stay organized and on top of things this semester, and there will be no worries.


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– Jay


Fuerza Latina Has a Successful Night!

Fuerza Latina had an amazing talent show this past Saturday in Strebel Auditorium. Their annual talent show , hosted by Gregory Spears and Jabarie Broomes, consisted of dancing, stepping and singing from people on the Utica College campus and off campus as well. There was about 14 different acts that went up to perform but it all came down to the top three. Third place went to Prestige Step Team, Second place went to Impacto Sensual and First place went to Africa In Motion. I had interviewed the Secretary of Fuerza, Karina Cabrera (Senior) about her Organization and this is what she had to say.
“Fuerza Latina to me is an organization where we embrace and acknowledge the empowerment of the Hispanic/Latino community, not only in Utica College but in the world. In the organization, we welcome everyone no matter their ethnic background. We stress how important it is to be diverse and that just because we are “Fuerza Latina” does not mean that we are strictly an organization for just Latinos/Hispanics, because that is not the case. We want to educate everyone on what it means to be Hispanic/Latino and our role in this country and world.”
Karina says that it is never to late to join Fuerza Latina, they have weekly meetings on Wednesday’s at 5pm in Boehlert Conference Room. She also felt that the talent show was a huge success overall. “This year’s talent show was better than last year’s in that it was shorter and we had a successful after party planned.” But last year’s talent show is a talent show to remember because our decorations were AMAZING and the fact that we did it ourselves made them even more special.” We have a lot of talented people on our campus, and you would never know unless an event like this is happening.
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Congratulations to Fuerza Latina on a successful night! For more information on events on campus, check my twitter @Jayson_UC


MizzouHead-830x465Some of you may be aware of the issues that are going on within the University of Missouri campus. Students are protesting due to racial threats and other racial incidents that had been going on over the last couple of months. It’s been brought up through social media and the news with new bits and pieces of information being revealed every other week. It isn’t only at the University, it’s also being spread to colleges like Yale, Howard and Ithaca College. Students are standing out in solidarity to this movement and are being activists towards it. Utica College, like many other schools, became part of that movement. A bunch of students pledged to wear black all day yesterday in order to bring awareness to the issue going on. History repeats itself and we know it, but as a community we must bring issues like this to attention in order to make sure that it doesn’t. As the day went on yesterday, people that supported the pledge to wear black met up in Strebel Lounge to discuss what is going on and also to take a picture and say a quick prayer. Some may feel as if there is nothing that can be done to stop what is going on but that is not the truth. Change can be made if you want it and if you believe that it could. So, as a community we all need to come together and try to be that change.


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Finals are Coming…

I’m not too sure about everyone else, but this semester feels as if it is going by so quickly. In a couple of weeks, it’s going to be thanksgiving break and as soon as we get back it’s going to be time for finals! Sucks to hear it, I know but we all want to make sure we end this semester on a good notuntitlede. Meaning, trying to do well on our tests and the only way that can be possible is by…. STUDYING! We’re all at this school for one thing, and that is to get a degree in our field of choice, so why mess all that up by doing poorly on our finals?

There are plenty of quiet places all over campus where you can study, starting with the library. You could always check out a room in the library, for up to 3 hours. Also there are many spots down in the basement where you could study as well. There are three different computer labs downstairs that are available, but if your going to do that I would recommend going late at night. There are usually classes down there, but at night they are typically empty. There are many other places on campus, you just have to search around until you find a place that makes you comfortable.

“To acquire knowledge, one must study…..”
―Marilyn Vos Savant

That is all I have for this weeks blog, good luck on your finals, for more information about events happening on campus, check out my twitter account @Jayson_UC.



Fright The Fashion Show !

Utica College constantly has events going on campus that are hosted by different Organizations throughout out the year. Most of them being annual events and sometimes even new ones. The Black Student Union hosted their annual Fright the Fashion Show in Strebel Lounge this weekend. The purpose of the event, like many other events, is to bring the campus together to take our minds off of academics. The event FullSizeRender-1showcased a collection of some students to do a runway walk, like a real fashion show, in their Halloween costumes. This is one of BSU’s biggest events they have on campus, they had been preparing for it since September. It had a pretty good turn out with about 9 people competing.First place went to Thalia Guttierez, second place to Souad Al-Bashieer and third place to Nicholas Azubuike. FullSizeRender






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Monkey Attack In Utica?


So now that I got your attention, I guess it would be a good time to say that unfortunately this isn’t going to be a blog about monkeys coming to invade the earth or anything like that. I find this topic to be a little bit more interesting so I hope you enjoy.

Personality is defined as, the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. In other words, everyone has their own identity in this world and that’s what defines a person. Everyone has character traits, whether they are good or bad, everyone has them. Some examples of characteristics for individuals could be someone who is organized, honest, patient, responsible, etc. Recently I had taken a personality test called, The Big Five Personality Test. This was about a 30 minute test that consisted of 40 different questions. In the end, it gave results that referred to the five letters of personality known as OCEAN.header

Openness, Conscientiousness, extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Openness means a person is open to new experiences, those people tend to be original, creative, curious, and complex. Conscientiousness means a person is well-organized, they tend to be reliable, self-disciplined, and careful. With the trait of extraversion people tend to be sociable, friendly, fun-loving, and talkative. People with agreeableness tend to be good nurtured, sympathetic, forgiving, and courteous. Finally the last word, Neuroticism, which means a person who scores high on the test tend to be nervous, high-strung, insecure, and always worrying.

 “Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless” – Paul Harris

With that being said, I hope you enjoyed hearing about this information on personality and I highly recommend that everyone takes this test because it is pretty accurate and it gives a good insight into the type of person you are. Here’s the link to take the test if anyone is interested: and also don’t forget to follow my twitter @ Jayson_UC for more updates about events happening on campus.

 Till next time,



Sleep is Essential


As the weeks go by, the closer we are until the semester is over. Which means that it’s almost time for finals week! I know everybody is as excited as I am to know summertime is right around the corner. But before we can lay back and relax in the sun, we must make sure we are doing the things necessary to pass those finals. There is one thing in particular that will be essential for passing those finals besides the obvious, studying, and that is SLEEP! Many don’t understand how essential sleep is when it comes to day-to-day living. We underestimate how much our body truly demands. As human beings sleep is vital for survival, so without good sleep it becomes hard for people to concentrate and you can become ill.

The condition of not having enough sleep is well-known as sleep deprivation. This condition can have a major impact on the lives and actions of people among all ages. It’s understandable that we are in college and sometimes it’s hard to go to sleep but it’s very important that one makes sure to get 8 hours of sleep a night. It’s not easy to get back to normal sleeping habits because our body has to go through what is known as sleep debt. “Our bodies give us plenty of signals when we’re tired. But some of us are so used to being sleep deprived that we remain oblivious to how impaired we really are. Sleep debt isn’t something you can pay off in a weekend, researchers say—it can take weeks of building up restorative sleep habits” ( There are five signs for a person to know in order to find out if you are sleep deprived or not.

  1. Simple decisions stump you
  2. Your still hungry — after eating all day
  3. You keep coming down with coldsimage
  4. Weird things make you cry
  5. You’ve become a klutz

Those are some things ones should look out for when enough sleep is not something they are getting. Of coursethere are some reasons as to why people can’t sleep. In some cases people just can’t get enough sleep because of sleep disorders that they may have. Insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and even night terrors are all examples of some of those disorders. But as the clock is ticking and it’s coming down to finals everyone has to make sure to get the right amount of sleep that is needed in order to stay focused during those tests.

Please continue to read my blogs and don’t forget to follow me on my Twitter @Jayson_UC to get updates on upcoming events on campus.

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W.I.N.D Week !

“We are the Women In a New Direction”

 The beautiful ladies of Women In a New Direction (W.I.N.D) had a great week full of different events leading up to their annual “All Girls Rock Gala/ Banquet” this past Saturday. Their events consisted of candy apple dip inside the cafe, where they had served caramel dipped apples to UC students. Also a fashion show in Strebel Lounge, where they showed examples of what a person should and should not wear to certain occasions. For example they explained what a person wouldn’t normally wear on a first date and then they had people come up and show what should be worn. The last event they had before their gala was their annual Mr. UC pageant. This was a chance for some men of the Utica College campus to showcase what they got. Like any other pageant, there was a variety of different categories ending with two questions. Casual, beach wear, sport attire, professional attire and a talent. Six guys ended up being in the show, including me. This was a last-minute decision for me to be in the show and strangely enough I ended up being the winner. I had no intention of winning the whole thing so I was surprised to hear my name. Second place went to Adonai McCormack (junior) and third place to Aaron Jackson (sophomore).

W.I.N.D taking the stage after Mr. UC

Finally, it was time for their final event of the week, their annual “All Girls Rock Gala/ Banquet”. This was held in the library concourse and it was  a chance for UC to recognize some woman on our campus. They were given awards like woman of the year, beauty and brains, and most dedicated. A guest speaker called “Pinky” had come up and spoke about how one should brand their self in life. She had such an empowering voice and she made good points that will be life lessons for everyone. Overall the Woman of a New Direction hosted a great banquet and it was a great way to end their W.I.N.D Week.

Some of W.I.N.D & B.O.N.D secretary Gregory Spears taking a selfie

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Well, that’s all for this weeks blog, please continue reading my blogs and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Jayson_UC, where I am always tweeting about stuff going on around campus.

Till next time,