weekend recap

Good Morning everyone ….. this past week was great. With Miss UC and the crossing of the new PBS members was amazing. Nothing but great vibes and good times on Utica college campus. But the best thing that happen this week was the amazing weather that we were blessed with. Everyone was out on the quad relaxing playing can jam , throwing baseballs , footballs , kicking soccer balls everything you could name the quad had it was jumping. I think thats what makes Utica a great place like people form relationships on days like these because people are just so open i made a lot of new friends today and i got to increase my all ready founded friendships. This week was has we say LIT!!!!!!!!!

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You Are The Company You Keep

I must say, the best thing I could have ever done in my three years at Utica College was to get involved—- with the student life on campus that is! One of my favorite organizations that I have joined has to be Student Senate. I am currently the Student Body Treasurer.

Through Student Senate I’ve met some great people–like minded, and just flat out amazing!
I don’t think there is one dull week for me here because of Student Senate. There is always something to do: whether it’s a meeting to attend, budget to create or student concern to attend to. I love it!

Last week, the Student Senate Executive Board was invited to a dinner hosted by the President of the College (Todd Hutton) and his wife Jennifer Hutton to talk about what we’ve been up to lately as an organization.

After a delicious dinner and great discussion in the President’s Office, we all (including the Student Senate E-board and our Advisor Joe Gutowski) decided to take the infamous “Ellen Selfie”….I think we pretty much nailed it!

#SELFIE
Interested in learning more about Student Senate?
Check out our Pioneer Place profile: https://pioneerplace.utica.edu/organization/studentsenate/about

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SENATE SPOTLIGHT: This here is my great friend Farah Hamati! She’s an International Student from Jordan, and I will always thank Utica College for bringing us together–I don’t think I would have ever thought to visit Jordan on my own but thanks to UC, I now have all the reasons to!

Whats the weekend looking like

Sorry guys for these late blogs this week, football started up and the amount of homework was crazy this week but im back and today this blog is to talk about some of the major events that is happening this weekend that i know the campus has been buzzing about and cant wait for. First up the OMIGHTY OMICRON ALPHA CHAPTER of PHI BETA SIGMA Fraternity are hosting a Evening of Theatrical Expresssions. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn located at 1777 Burrstone rd New Hartford, NY 13413. Its dress to impress so please bring out your best outfits i know i will. Its Free for UC students and shuttles will be provided, also guests are allowed to come it will be 15 dollars at the door. This event again being hosted by your boys in blue on Sat April 5,2014. The next and last event that the campus has been talking about is the OM Awards coming live on April 4 2014 at Strebel Auditorium being hosted by none other than you know Open wait on it YES! Moments. Admission is 2 dollars and there will also be a specail proformence by the Hamiltons Speak Easy. Now In the famous words of the
Great BIG papa “if aint know now you know” whats going on This weekend on UC campus.

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Do you have summer plans? If not UC has got you covered.

Summer time is the time to relax and focusing on catching up with old friends and spending time with your love ones. However, after the first month of that, it can get dry  and you need something to keep you occupied and active. Utica is here to help you out. Utica College offers a wide range of jobs, volunteer opportunities and programs to get involved in. Here are a list of things that may interest you, followed by links and descriptions, if it seems like something you like to do follow up with it by clicking on the links for more information.

Summer Institute Peer tutor/mentor 

Paid Job

The peer tutor/mentors are essential to Utica College Summer Institute Program. They provide the pre-freshman with resources that will enhance their opportunity for academic success and facilitate their transition into Utica College. Peer tutor/mentors are expected to foster a sense of community among students in the residence halls, and work cooperatively with other staff members to provide social, recreational, and educational activities.

Link :

http://www.utica.edu/student/development/tutoring/ptcdescription.cfm

Ecological, Zoological, Conservation and behavioral Internships

If you have an interest in becoming  a bio major, chemist, or even begin in the health studies field there is a wide range of internship opportunities that will help you to be hands on in these environments and learn if this is your true calling!!

Link:

http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/biology/internships/ecological.cfm

Mosse Love as always, L.

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Human Bowling @ UC and Tips to make your event a success

Today one of my organizations, Alpha Phi Omega Petitioning Group held a fundraiser event to raise funds for the March of Dimes Foundation. The event was human bowling where students get into a metal cage sitting down and are rolled and knock down cloth bowling pins. It was sponsored in part by Student Senate so it was completely free for UC students but there was a suggested donation of $2. Lots of people showed up and participated and donated some even donated without participating. Although there was tons of mud out there it didn’t stop us! We got dirty and had a great time for a great cause!

Event planning isn’t always easy but here are some tips to a successful event:

  1. Do your research early- Months in advance you need to know exactly what you’re doing, where it will be, what date and time, and how much will it cost. A good way to is to talk to your peers on campus to see what they want here at our school. An alternative to that is to check out what neighboring schools had on their campus and if we can make it a success here. It never hurts to try new or unusual things.Human Bowling
  2. Use all your resources! Human Bowling was funded by Student Senate. When planning your event consider presenting to the Finance Committee to request funding from Senate. That’s one of the many reasons it is there!  Get together with another on campus organization and make it a collaboration. Some orgs have their own specialty, if you do an event with WPNR they can play the music for the event or PRSSA could be in charge of publicity.  If you don’t qualify for the funding by the Finance Committee by laws, reach out to orgs on campus that may have a budget like, the Utica College Programming Board or the Inter-Greek Council.
  3. Communicate Whether it be with people in your organization or the Director of Student Activities make sure you are communicating well so everyone understand what is going on and what’s their part. So make sure all your locations are booked and you have attended any meetings required. If you are not sure about something…ASK! It makes it a lot hard on yourself when you assume things. Don’t forget your manners either, thank everyone who helped you out. Thank you cards are really nice touch and it leaves a great impression about your org on someone.

    Tatiana from Sigma Iota Alpha and I
    Tatiana from Sigma Iota Alpha and I
  4. PROMOTE! – Get the word out there! There areso many FREE methods on campus to spread the word:
    • Put it in the DaySheet
    • Submit and ad request to WPNR and have it on the air
    • Paper flyers are good for the wall but try e-flyers…  take it a step further create custom invites and send them via email
    • Use social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter are all big right now take advantage
    • Have each member of your org tell a new person – a great way to meet people and get the word out
    • You could even take an ad out in the Tangerine (this one cost money)

     

  5. HAVE FUN!! The public will feed off your energy, if you look like you aren’t having fun they won’t either. You put so much hard work into why wouldn’t you have fun!
My success dance
My success dance
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UC changed me

My freshmen year is coming to a close, and as cliché as this may sound , Utica College has changed me for the better. Although my stay has just begun, this small but not-so-small place has taught me knowledge within the classroom, and also knowledge outside of equations , writing skills and all the other occupational skills we hope to acquire when we enter college. This knowledge that was provided to me was about me. It seems crazy, but Utica College gave me knowledge about myself.
I know that sounds even crazier that an institution taught me about myself, and none of the information that was taught has anything to do with books, but UC did just that. It provided me with new friends, poetry events , monologues , talent shows , forms , fraternities , sororities , walks for different causes and so many different things I really don’t have the time to speak about.

Before I stepped foot on campus, I was all about football, and only football. With these new influences on my life, I’m now about football , poetry , owning my own fashion company , writing blogs, and yes, making sure that my grades are where they need to be. I’m thankful for this new thought process UC has given me. And I guess the saying is true: “When you think you know everything about yourself, you learn something else … It just takes the right time , people and place to reveal it.”

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Spring Has Sprung! Maybe?

The current temperature in Utica, New York is 37°  Fahrenheit. If you’re anything like me, you are currently jumping for joy. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. I love being able to wear scarves and sweaters, and I love tromping around in the snow. But I hate being freezing and shoveling snow. So by the time March rolls around, I’m pretty ready for a change. 

(A picture from last weekend’s Heart Run and Walk. I was clearly over the cold.)

Spring makes me think of flowers, fresh vegetables, and fresh air. Do not lie, spring air smells crisper than winter air; it’s a thing. …and I may have driven home from class with my car windows down a bit. It was a tad chilly, but so worth it.

(The ASA Gray Biological society planted vegetables this past week. Very “Spring-like behavior.”)

One of my favorite events on campus last year was an event in celebration of spring, Holi. It is a Hindu celebration commonly known as “The Festival of Colors.” People get together and throw non-toxic “color” at each other as a way of ushering in the spring season.

HOLI!!

(One of my favorite pictures from last year’s celebration.)

I’ve been told that the coordinators of the event are planning to do it again this year, which I sincerely hope they do. Matty Campos, a student at UC and an individual involved with the planning of the event said, “It will def. happen.” So, I’m taking that as a positive thing, and will count on the event.

It really is one of my favorite things about the spring semester though. It is so much fun being able to throw colored powder at random people. However, be sure to close your mouth because the stuff tastes horrible. It is a great event, and once information starts going up about it, I encourage everyone to get involved! It is so much fun.

(I got color in my mouth last year, not very nice.)

So while I patiently wait for spring (and Holi!) to actually be here, I’ve been told that the temperatures are supposed to drop again heading into next week. I’m disappointed and sad…but I’ll take the little bit of Spring-like weather while we have it! I’m going to take full advantage by blasting Miley Cyrus while driving with the windows down, no shame.

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Ally Week: How Utica College’s Gay-Straight Alliance is Spreading Equality

March 3rd-7th is Ally Week here at Utica College! Throughout the week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), the Gay-Straight Alliance will be posted outside the caf from 12-2 pm. There, you can find a photoshoot area, complete with rainbow flag, where you can take your very own “No H8” picture.

(My own “No H8”  ally picture.)

The concept of the photoshoot comes from the successful campaign venture started in California by the No H8 Organization in protest of “Proposition 8.” Proposition 8 was a state constitutional amendment by the state of California which many felt violated the rights of LGBTQIA individuals. The proposition was passed in 2008, and then ruled unconstitutional in 2010. Despite the proposition no longer being relevant, the idea behind the campaign still remains valid: Equality.

(No H8 supporters, Francis S. Bartkowiak and Georgie Archundia)

The club encourages EVERYONE to come out and show your support; support for the equality of ALL people. The emphasis is on “Ally” week, however, and if you are an individual that identifies as straight, you are equally encouraged to come take a picture!

(Karita Rawlins, Courtney Hryniowski, and Me: Straight Allies)

(Jesse Haggerty, Proud GSA Member)

So come on out this week (March 3rd-7th) and help encourage people to love, and live, freely.

 

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High Heels, Senators, and Lobbyist

Tuesday morning at 7, several fellow Utica/MVCC students and faculty and I boarded the comfort of a Bernie coach bus to head to Student Advocacy Day in Albany. In the government capital building, more than 100 other New York students, along with our small group, came to lobby the state representatives, senators, and assembly members to advocate for student financial aid. What could be a better experience than seeing firsthand how government makes its decisions on something that affects us as students?

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Starting off the day we have to go through security, typical precautions for an important building like this. But of course, I am made to walk through several times because of the glitter on my shoes – a very interesting start to the day. We all then gathered to meet with fellow Utica alumni, John Casellini, who currently works in Albany as an advocate for Utica College. Meeting with him helped ease the nervousness because he is a professional lobbyist, and we needed his help!

After the of wisdom from Casellini, all students were gathered to speak about their stories, and listen to several speakers about these aid options. Students told their stories at the rally about their struggles with financial aid, and their experience with the New York student aid options. They were very relatable, sad, and inspiring stories from other students all around the state who needed to advocate for their education.

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We had three meetings with two very important people, and I mean important. We met with assembly members, Anthony Brindisi, who is on the board of higher education, and Senator Griffo. We all went into their offices, sat down, and spoke about our issues with the finical aid programs. Not only is it just fantastic to meet these people, but this experience of acting as professional lobbyist, and actually using one of our Constitutional rights to advocate was just cool all in and of itself. When else do we as individuals ever get to go lobby the government?

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At the end of the day, we got a chance to walk around the building and explore. Talk about gorgeous; the famous “Million dollar stair case” is a sight to see: hand-crafted sandstone that goes four floors up. Not to mention, the history artifacts, and the Hall of Governors is practically a museum. The history in this building goes all the way to our founding fathers of America.

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In the end, after the pain of walking for hours, and the constant annoyance of dress slacks and dress shoes, we managed to get our messages across. Not only was this a rewarding experience in the way that we get to see government happen before our eyes, but rewarding as in the way that I feel like we accomplished to relay the vice of the students to our government.

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