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A Look Into URI School Spirit

July 3, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Sports

Rhody Ram

Rhody Ram

At the University of Rhode Island you’ll find a large group of students lined up and eager on only two occasions: when the dining halls open back up and when Greek week starts. I failed to mention any sports games or events, because if you ask any Rhody Ram they’ll tell you our teams have not been worth watching in the past few years. Although other events like concerts and shows have excited students to become more involved, here is a look into URI school spirit by a Rhody Ram herself.

Recently, our Men’s Basketball team has worked their way up to becoming a more recognized and respected team. From their improvement in defense to their confidence on the court, they’re definitely a team to follow. Last season I attended the Senior Game, a time where fans bid farewell to the teams graduating players and believe me, that game was worth watching. Players like T.J Buchanan, E.C Mathews, and Hassan Martin stepped up their game last season bringing the team to their first National Invitation Tournament appearance since the 2009-2010 season. Alongside head coach Dan Hurley, these men are single handedly bringing more school spirit to the University of Rhode Island.

Let’s not forget the other sports teams taking strides toward improving their athletic performance on and off the field. Men’s sports also include baseball, football, track & field, cross-country, golf, and soccer. The women are also making their mark as Rhody’s must-see players. Their teams include basketball, cross-country, rowing, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, and volleyball. With a new training facility installed, these athletes are well equipped to have successful seasons this upcoming school year.

It’s only right that I also mention the group of students who have never failed to show school spirit at URI events. The Mob are high-energy school spirited Rhody Rams that have made it their mission to pump up the crowd and show players some Rhody spirit. Although they primarily focus on men’s basketball and football, they are always supporting sports teams at URI. With their crazy, energetic, and infectious energy, it’s no wonder they’re the biggest and most successful student-fan organization we have on-campus.

Kevin Hart at URI

Kevin Hart at URI

The University of Rhode Island also offers other events throughout the year like concerts, fundraisers, celebrity appearances, and educational forums. Since last year, I have found myself attending more and more events because of the wide-range of topics covered. If there’s one thing that has led to attend more events, it’s that there’s something for everyone. From film screenings to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) concerts and even appearances by Nev Schulman from Catfish and comedian Kevin Hart, URI offers a lot of events students do not take advantage of. The best part is, tickets are usually either free or at a discounted price.

This upcoming school year will be my final year at the University of Rhode Island, which mean’s I have some catching up to do. You’ll find me at some sports events and maybe even a concert or two. We only get four years to enjoy what our school’s have to offer so we might as well take advantage of it, right?

Here’s to being Rhode Island born and Rhode Island bred!

Freshmen Year Checklist: 10 Things You Should Do at URI

June 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Top 10 Lists

Welcome to URI

Welcome to URI

You’re finally moved in to your dorm room, most of your stuff is unpacked…now what? Well, at the University of Rhode Island there are countless ways to get involved. From becoming involved through clubs or organizations, to taking trips off-campus and getting to know the surrounding area. Take a look at this freshmen year checklist: 10 most interesting activities you should do as a freshman once you have officially deemed yourself a Rhody Ram!

1. This will probably be one of the most hectic and chaotic nights of your freshmen year, but you’ll be happy you went. The first night all freshmen move in, URI hosts a ‘show and tell’ of all the clubs and organizations on-campus right at the memorial union known as First Night. Not only will you get a sense of how you can get involved, but it will make it easy for you to meet other freshmen. They’ll have some food, fun games, and even have booths set up to answer any of your questions. It’s definitely a night you won’t want to miss!

2. Have you got an interest for writing? Take a look at the student-run newspaper, The Good Five-Cent Cigar. Are you interested in video games? Well, URI has a club for you, too! Were you a part of your high schools student senate and would like to continue being part of a team designated to make decisions for the student body? URI’s Student Senate seems like the right place for you! No matter what your interests are, every university offers clubs and other organizations allowing all students to become involved. Don’t be shy and attend one of their meetings, clubs are always looking to expand their team.

Rhody Ram

Rhody Ram

3. We’ve always wanted to be those students filling up a basketball arena supporting our college basketball team. Man, did those kids on SportsCenter look like they were having the time of their lives. Truthfully, not every university is going to make it to the finals, but that’s okay! Part of the college experience, is attending sports events that may or may not end up how we ant them to. At the University of Rhode Island, the student body has begun supporting its evolving Men’s Basketball Team. In past years, games have begun to be sold out because of the school spirit. Get a group of your friends together, buy some Rhody gear and support your fellow Rhody Rams at any sporting event; could be baseball, hockey, football or soccer. Rhody Rhody Rhody!

4. Let’s face it, most of us didn’t come to college to join a Division 1 football team (that’s alright!).  Most universities offer a fun and competitive alternative known as intramural sports. From flag football to basketball and even indoor soccer, at URI you and your friends can start a team all your own. You’ll compete against other student teams and who knows, you may be good enough to be named champion!

Oozeball Tournament

Oozeball Tournament

5. A day dedicated to friendly competition, volleyball, and some dirt. Did I mention an entire field covered in mud? URI’s Annual Oozeball tournament welcomes all students looking to have some fun. Hosted at the beginning of the Spring semester, this tournament challenges you to bring out your inner kid. As a former player, I have a few suggestions for those brave enough to get a team together: Wear clothes you plan on disposing off, tape your shoes to your fee, bring your A-game and don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. The best part is getting to dive around in the mud!

 6. Maybe you came to school with no intention of joining Greek Life – most of those involved in sororities and fraternities probably said the same thing. It’s a difficult transition to make, but experiencing Greek Life may offer a lot more than you had ever expected. “Rush’ is a chance for you to meet each individual organization. The Greek community embodies strong leadership, personal growth and service. There’s a lot to learn from these leaders and what better way to stay involved then to become one. Besides who doesn’t want to make some friends and have a good time?

 7. I won’t lie, but there will be days that URI’s dining halls will no longer satisfy you’re cravings. You’ve had enough Butt Nuggets to last you the rest of your life and the wraps from Hope will have gotten to be boring. Have no fear! URI’s Emporium, located at the top of campus offers a variety of quick and easy foods. From burgers and pizzas to Chinese food and calzones; this place has it all. If there’s one recommendation I do have, it’s to encourage you to take a walk over to I-Zone. You’re going to have those weekend cravings at 2am when you get home from a party and you’ll thank me for this later, but give them a call and order a nice Chicken Parm Calzone for yourself. It’ll be the greatest yet messiest, but most delicious decision you’ll make at URI your freshmen year.

8. You’ve had a busy week and you’re just about ready to give up on everything (well don’t). URI has got this great little spot down in Narragansett that will offer your some down time. Whoever invented the Narragansett Seawall deserves a medal because it has offered students a place to just relax for years! There’s not much to say about it, unless you’ve taken a trip down there. Along the way you can pick up some ice cream or a smoothie and just go sit on the stone wall and get your thoughts back in order or even just enjoy the beautiful spring sky that Rhode Island is known for.

Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House

Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House

9. Now that you’ve gone to the Seawall, it’s important to embark on another Rhode Island tradition! Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House offers fresh seafood and some sweet treats. Their Lobster Roll is absolutely to die for a long with their Fish & Chips. Have a sweet tooth? They’re Doughboy’s are perfectly fried and topped with sugar that will have you coming back for more. Whenever the weather gets warm, you’ll find a line of URI students waiting to get their teeth into some of Iggy’s fresh seafood.

10. It can’t be the best year of your life yet if you haven’t gotten the chance to have some Brickley’s Ice Cream. Rhode Island’s greatest creation has to have been this homemade ice cream. From fruity flavors to chocolate galore, you’ll find the perfect kind for you. Let’s not forget about the warm and toasty waffle cone. There’s more than one Brickley’s in Rhode Island so don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to try some unforgettable homemade ice cream.

Now that I’ve shared with you the freshmen year checklist: 10 things you should do at URI, I hope you’d consider getting involved in some of these activities. You’ll never be a college freshman again in your life so why not make the best of it today. Make those mistakes and learn from them, meet some great people and remember (or forget) those long night’s!

Community College Edition: Sports

May 9, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Events

 

 

There are so many things I miss about high school. Prom, for one, was the best experience ever. But the sports makes a close second! I remember being so competitive; Rooting for my team and hoping we would be victorious (the competitive side in me made no choice for losing). But now those memories, are just… memories. I left my love for sports with my high school career and I haven’t had a need for it since. Fast- forward four years, and now I am in college. College is a HUGE experience and widely known for its sports. So what are college sports like? Well my pretties, here is the Community College Edition. #enjoy

1. No One Really Knows the Who, What, When, and Where

This, of course, is debatable, but at least at Pasadena City College, no one knows what sports are being played and at what times. I tried to get into college sports so many times during my first semester, but it was merely impossible. You could ask everyone in your class what games are that day and no one would know, nonetheless care. At a community college, sports are just so watered down. I think this may be because everyone is just trying to get out and into a four- year college. No one has time for sports, besides, there is always time for that when we get into the college of our dreams! *cough cough* UCLA Bruins.

2. School Spirit Is Dead

Of course, no team becomes victorious without its fans! But then there is the moment when you realize, your community college team(s) have no fans… I believe school spirit makes the game more interesting. It is just so fun being able to trash talk rival teams and to wear temporary tattoos of your school’s mascot. But community college is different. With everyone studying so hard, we all just want to go home and sleep at the end of the day, NOT stay at school. Of course, team spirit varies at every school, so don’t feel terrible if you plan on attending a community college; only YOU can determine how great your college experience will be.

3. You Find Out Your Team Loses Anyway

See #2 and #1

Because what point is there winning if no one knows when the game is, goes to the game, and cheers their team on?

4. HOMECOMING! 

Before you get too excited, let me elaborate: No gorgeous gowns are involved, no curls, pearls, and nail polish is optional (GASP!) It’s just football, and that’s all it will ever be. The days of crowning Kings and Queens are over (at least at PCC), and wearing your school spirit is a must. On the contrary, people actually do attend the Homecoming game. So for one night, you will experience a TON of high school nostalgia and wish those days would have never ended. #trustme. It is a night of pride, spirit, and becoming united as a school. So enjoy it while it lasts! But hey, if you must wear a flowing ballgown and 6 inch pumps, don’t let me stop you! You do you, girl. #girlswillbegirls

 

Spring Break Destinations

March 6, 2015 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Events, Travel

In the spirit of spring break being this coming week (for some college students) or the following week, I have decided to write about popular destinations for spring break. Here are the top 4 places that college students must go, at least once, before graduating from college.

Spring Break 2015!

Spring Break 2015!

Miami, FL: I know that for some college students this may be an overrated place to go for spring break, but if you want to experience the feeling of a real spring break then this is a must go destination. Going to the beach, enjoying the nice weather, especially if you live in a state where it is cover with snow (I live in Boston, MA). Miami is also a place where the night life is active. If you enjoying going to the clubs, drinking (if you are 21 or older) or enjoying the music and environment then this is a great place to go. If you want to have a great time without going to the clubs then going to theme part like Islands of Adventures or Disney Downtown is a great way to spend some of your spring break.

Acapulco, Mexico: This is another popular place to go during spring break. Some may say not to go to Mexico because it has become a dangerous country, and it is true, but if you do decide to travel to Acapulco, just travel with cautious. Despite its dangerous environment, Acapulco, is a wonderful place to travel to. It has wonderful beaches and the weather is great. Since this is a popular destination for spring breakers, then there are a lot of parties and events happening during the month of March, for college students to enjoy. Acapulco is also tourist friendly, so it is okay to travel to Acapulco without speaking Spanish.

Las Vegas, Nevada: If you want to have a great time then going to Las Vegas is another must go. I know some of the people reading this might had already traveled to Las Vegas before with either their family or with other people, but going to Las Vegas for spring break is another unique experience. There are the casinos, clubs, and other activities that are fun and enjoyable to do. If you want to have a once in a life time experience then go to Las Vegas for spring break.

Puerto Rico: This is another destination to go to for spring break. Like Miami, Puerto Rico has wonderful beaches and at night, there are many clubs and activities to do that will make you wonder why you have not travel to Puerto Rico before, at least that’s what the reviews say, but like every review they can be wrong. So just go to Puerto Rico and experience it yourself!

There are many places to travel to for spring break, but deciding which one is the most fun to experience is difficult. As a college student, it is necessary to travel to one of these four destinations at least once before graduating because you will have the wonderful experience of a college spring break. 

What Happens When You Have Free Time At College?

December 1, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Reviews, Style

Here at URI, I must say from personal experience, I have a decent amount of free time.  When I’m not in class or in the library wasting my life away in books and papers, I’m out and about, exploring or getting myself into something interesting.

Here are a couple of URI/college student favorite places to go/things to do when we have some free time ….

  1. The malls:  There are two malls located around somewhat close to campus.  The Providence Place Mall is about a 40-minute drive away, and the Warwick mall is about a half hour car ride away.
  2. Newport:  This ocean/nautical town is located about a 20-minute drive from campus.  It is home to great restaurants, a lot of history, and beautiful views for everyone to enjoy.
  3. The beach: about a 10 minute drive from campus is the beach town of Narragansett.  It’s a student favorite because, well, it’s the beach.  There’s ocean views, sand, and the salty air smell that draws people from everywhere in for a relaxing day.
  4. Straying away from URI—when most students have free time, they take a nap.  College kids need naps just as often as toddlers do.  They’re simply how we survive.  So if I ever have a quick free minute, you know you can find me passed out on any surface that resembles a bed.
  5. Staying in shape and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key in college.  Heading to the gym is a great way to blow off some steam and release some stress.  While it might not be the first place you think to go when you have free time, it is certainly a healthy alternative.
  6. Going out to support your college sports team is also a fun time when you don’t have anything better to do.  Whether its baseball, football, basketball, or something totally out there, going to experience a college sport in person is much different than watching it on TV.
  7. Netflix is the answer to everyone’s prayers.  An online library of endless TV shows and movies certainly can keep anyone entertained for hours without end.  It’s so easy to indulge in a single show and not leave your room for days, especially when you have NOTHING to do.  It’s my personal favorite source of entertainment at all hours of the day.  So, if you plan on starting a new show, clear your schedule for a couple weeks.  You’ll need it.
  8. Reading is one of the most underrated activities of all time.  Especially in college when everyone around you seems so much smarter than you, it can’t hurt to pick up a book or download something entertaining to read on your computer.  It sounds stupid and boring, but indulging in a good read every once in a while when you have some free time isn’t as bad as it sounds.

While college might be a crazy, hectic, weird lifestyle, believe it or not, there is always time to relax.  It’s also important to take some time for yourself and literally do nothing at all.  If you don’t, you’ll probably go crazy.  So, even if you feel like you should constantly be entertained at all times, it’s okay to do nothing.  Even when it feels wrong.