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!!!!!!!!!
This weekend was absolutely beautiful, who knew that spring in Utica would be so nice. Is it the beginning of Quad season? Let’s see… Saturday was in the 60’s and many people were outside; however, sunday reached a high of 82 degrees, you know what that means… It’s Quad season. This weekend the Quad was filled with many people doing all types of things; playing football, soccer, baseball, frisbee and others just sitting or laying in the grass, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Is this nice weather planning on sticking around? Or will the weather go back to it’s usual ways? As I look at the weather forecast for this week, it says it’s supposed to snow on Tuesday but it’s going to be at a low of 28 degrees and a high of 61 degrees. The real question is, will it actually snow in April? But then again, you need to remember it is Utica, anything is possible when it comes to the weather. The rest of the week looks great, hope it doesn’t change. The wait for spring is officially over, I know myself and many others are very excited for winter to have passed.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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 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.”
I’ve stopped looking at Valentine’s Day as a day allotted for celebrating your sweetheart, and instead started looking at it as an excuse for celebrating whatever you love most. For me, that’s food, family, and cats. In that order.
It might seem hard to face V-Day alone, especially if you’re living on campus while your family is miles away and your roommate happens to have a hot date. But don’t let your relationship status get you down; there’s so much more to February 14th than romance.
If nothing else, V-Day is a great excuse to binge-eat chocolate, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. It’s also a good reason to show some love to yourself. You can make it a day about you, and use it to indulge and treat yourself more than you normally would. There are so many possibilities and so many reasons why it doesn’t have to stink.
The key is changing how you think. Get the idea of candle-lit dinners with a significant other out of your head. Yes, for some people, that’s what V-Day means. But for others, it has a whole different meaning. What means the most to you? What do you love? That should be what the day centers around.
There are plenty of things to do on Friday, Feb. 14th that will make it an awesome day regardless of your relationship status. You can have a movie marathon. It doesn’t have to be rom-coms; watch a marathon of blood and gore if that’s what you’re into. Just pick you favorites, pull on your pj’s, and settle in with a smorgasbord of snacks.
Here’s my favorite: eat as much chocolate as you want. Forget your diet; it’s one day out of the year. Grab as much chocolate as you can handle from the store then eat it with every meal: chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, Nutella-peanut butter-banana sandwiches for lunch, your favorite dish with hot cocoa to drink for dinner, and endless chocolate candies for dessert.
It’s all about treating yourself. Grab another single friend and head to your favorite restaurant to indulge in comfort foods. Or, stay in and get your favorite take-out. You could even cook a fancy meal for your friends or family.
Heck, spoil your pets too while you’re at it. Make it a day of appreciation for them. I love my cats like they’re my children, so I’ll happily throw them a V-Day celebration. Animals are much easier to please than people anyway.
You could even go on a little shopping spree to treat yourself. Chances are, you’ll have the mall to yourself since all the lovebirds will be off having fancy dinners.
And, if nothing else, rejoice for the awesome sales on Valentine’s Day candy the day after.
Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumnus of Utica College. So many events were held that it was nearly impossible to attend all of them, which was a shame. However, this 2013 homecoming was particularly special to me as it was the first time in 10 years that the alumnus of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity came back to an active chapter of Omicron Phi.
We kicked off the weekend on Friday night with a get-together on Varrik Street at the Celtic Harp, where a great number of alumni and undergraduates met for the first time, or reconnected after years of being apart. The entire second floor of the pub was filled with Greek letters, laughing and old chants, which I’m sure pushed the first floor patrons to their limits of tolerance.
Early Saturday morning, we held our Postulant pinning ceremony, a ceremony which marks the beginning of a prospective member’s journey into becoming a brother of Alpha Chi Rho. Of course, at that point, the ceremony was solely for the purpose of maintaining tradition, as I and all the other members of the Fraternity were already brothers. It gave us a chance to be paired up with an alumni “Big Brother” who would guide us through the rest of our college career, and for the rest of our lives. It was an amazing feeling to have my big brother, Jean-Paul Plamondon from the class of 1996, stand before me and administer my oath into the Brotherhood. JP and I both have served in the Army, and got to know each other over the summer when the undergraduates and graduates went camping in the Catskills.
After the pinning ceremony we all moved over to the parking lot for some tailgating activities. Our alumnus went all out, setting out a red carpet, velvet ropes and a wacky waving inflatable tube man. I don’t think Utica College has ever seen so many AXP letters on its campus at one time. Needless to say, we had an awesome time.
I was able to visit the Syracuse Zoo on Sunday thanks to Cody, a resident assistant in South Hall for the ULive themed floor. The floor is aimed towards biology/health studies students, and they do all sorts of cool stuff geared towards students in those majors. I was so excited to be a bio major for the day!
Poor thing has a cataract from a car accident, but he’s made almost a full recovery.
We’re also pretty much in love. Send dead mice in lieu of wedding gifts.
Another great part of the zoo is seeing animals in their natural environments. It’s kind of like “The Real World,” but with lemurs and flamingos.
You better believe I was that person yelling “you guys, I found Nemo!!!” in the middle of the zoo. Even the toddlers were embarrassed for me.
Do you like the zoo? When was the last time you went and what zoo?
Owls! Although, the red panda is making a mad dash for my heart.
Do you act your age?
In most situations, I do (I swear). The zoo just warrants some light-hearted fun!