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by Rachel

Waltzing Down Wildcat Memory Lane: Dorm Tales

May 11, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

No Flyer Was Safe, All Of Them Were Fair Game...

No Flyer Was Safe, All Of Them Were Fair Game…

The nights I spent drunk during my first quarter of college far out number the nights I spent sober. We were not alcoholics we were freshman. I don’t know what it was about drinking that quarter, but my friends and I just couldn’t get enough out it. Okay, maybe now we sound like addicts.  But, in reality we were young and drunk and weren’t wise enough to know there were other ways to have fun. But, wisdom and freshman year seldom go together and I’m a firm believer that, that is just the circle of life. Freshman will be dumb, sophomores with slump, juniors will act more mature than they should and seniors will spend an entire year trying to wish their way back to the past. So if you’re a freshman now… live it up, be more than just ridiculous, break something, make noise during quiet hours, be controversial, because when you’re a senior you’ll need those crazy moments to cherish when you’re old and boring.

The dorms are an amazing part of college; one reason is simply because of how awful they are. They really make you cherish all kinds of weird things like: personal space, being able to shower without shoes on, not having hours that involve the word: silent or having some awful rodent next door that rats you out for every late night cardio sesh you decide to have with your roommate (maybe that was just me, but still).  Other than the realizations you have while living in a jail type setting, you’ll never be able to live with so many of your closest friends again. And living so close your dearest pals means committing acts of chaos has never been so fun or so easy.

For me, one of the highlights of my freshman year was constantly messing with the message board in the lobby of my dorm. The message board was a place for people to post campus events and notify students of boring new policies.  The posters never stayed up for too long because my friends and I were always stealing the signs and hanging them up in our own room. Finally, one day the rodent next door caught on to us. The rodent as we called her actually filed a complaint against us and “claimed” we were disturbing the community atmosphere of the dorm by not allowing others to see the optional and planned events. We tried to explain to her that even if people had known about the events, they wouldn’t have attended. I believe the complaint also mentioned, “hoarding”… pure ridiculousness on that account, we were simple avid collectors. Since we knew everyone else on the floor, we deducted that the rodent was the cause of our woes. If she wanted notification of campus events, well we would notify her…. Of everything. That night my best friends and I may or may not have thrown a casual dorm party, proceeded to get belligerently drunk and cause a little mayhem. This was the kind of drunk that leads to faux-clever actions, ya know the kind of actions that only you and the others involved think are funny, yeah well it was that kind of night. Thus we went out and collected all the flyers from around campus… I’m talking hundreds. We then proceeded to decorate her door with all the flyers we had, we slipped a few (aka, around 70) under her door and led the RA to the real “flyer-hoarder and community atmosphere destroyer”. The rodent was speechless. Like literally… she couldn’t talk, she had just had surgery and got her tonsils removed. Oops.

The lesson:  have some fun, mess with your neighbors and don’t get caught. Like I said, when you’re old and boring, you’re going to need dumb stories to make you feel alive again.

by Rachel

University of Arizona Wildcats: Prowling College Websites

May 4, 2013 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges

College Prowler! Search: The University of Arizona, and never look back.

College Prowler! Search: The University of Arizona, and never look back.

I’d like to say that I picked the University of Arizona based off of some kind of primal instinct, or a perfect gut feeling, or saw a sepia colored glow that illuminated the campus when I walked around it… however that wasn’t the case, and before I even visited the U of A, I had a list of about 50 other colleges that I was also interested in. So, if your high school senior self is anything like how my high school senior self was, then I’m guessing you have a long list, with lots of options and those options are most likely not even in the same region of the US or possibly not even in the continental United States at all.  So how do you decide? Well, let me start off by saying you can only get so much information from schools’ personal and self created websites. Of course their virtual tours and campus photos are going to highlight the campuses best attributes, but what about what they aren’t showing you? While some universities adversities brand new student unions, make sure you peep the projects completion dates, to see if your incoming class will even benefit from the remodel or will just have to live through the mess. Websites like College prowler will help you get the inside scoop on your potential university by providing you with real opinions from real students that are actually living the college dream… or nightmare, currently.

Benefits of College Prowler:

  • Like I said previously, you get actual opinions, from current students. These students aren’t like the campus reps that you’ll meet when you visit a school. Campus Reps have to sell you every positive aspect of the school, while simultaneously ignoring blatant issues and problems that all students have with the institution.
  • Students talk about issues that matter. I don’t know about you, but my main concern was not choosing my major, instead I wanted to know about the dorms, boys and the party scene. On College Prowler students rank topics from A (the best) to F (the worst) and then give you their reasons why they selected these grades.
  • My absolute favorite part of College Prowler is the “Top Ten Best” list and “Top Ten Worst” list. I think these lists are always extremely accurate and really give you a sense of what the trade offs are. No school is perfect, but some of the top ten best lists will make you think they are, just make sure you look at the counter arguments!

Every university is going to have it’s problems, every school is going to require you to give and to take, with the help of college prowler you can narrow down your top schools list and find out just how much you’ll be giving and how much you’ll be taking,

by Rachel

The University of Arizona: Fitness, Fads and Fat

April 27, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

At the U of A Yoga is becoming more and more popular

At the U of A Yoga is becoming more and more popular

I always find that fitness is a touchy subject. Mention the word exercise in a group of people and watch how they react. You’ll always have the one person that claims walking to class as “solid cardio”, the girl that preaches the wonders of the stair master like it’s the bible, then there is the yoga junkie, the gym rat, the trendy dieter, and finally, the one girl that shrinks back and tries to hid behind her excess fat. While fitness may be a sensitive subject, I have never found myself to be sensitive when talking about it. To me exercise has always been a mandatory part of my day and one of my favorite parts of attending the University of Arizona is that many others feel this way.

The U of A offers free membership to the beautiful on campus gym and recreational center. No matter if you pop into the gym for an early morning run or a late night weight lifting session there will be tons of students working out along side you. This is great is if you like company. What if you like working out solo? Sorry, you’re out of luck because the gym is a popular place. So learn to wait your turn and try not to hog any particular machine for too long.

While fitness and maintaining a generally healthy lifestyle seem to be more than just a trend on campus there are some students that avoid this notion altogether. This morning I pranced into my early morning philosophy class and sat in my usual spot with my large coconut water in tow. I noticed that my row of friends all had various bottles containing some sort of healthy remedies on their desks as well. Some chose a simple water, lemon, lime and cucumber mixture, while others preferred their sport drink pick-me-ups that offer plenty of electrolytes, protein shakes and Xoom smoothies also adorned their tabletops. After about five minutes of discussing the best yoga studio in Tucson and the new pole dancing studio that opened on Grand (Oh yeah, I’m going to test it out) in comes my personal enemy, fat Steve. While yes fat Steve is indeed fat, his name is not Steve and we’re not actually enemies, we’re pals… sort of. He embodies everything I hate and I’m quite sure he has the same view of me. Anyways, fat Steve, my frenemy attempts to ruin every healthy morning of mine by tempting me with various cookies, donuts, sodas and other awful concoctions that should only be consumed in the darkest of movie theaters. But here’s my point, fat Steve loves his life, he’s perhaps one of the happiest kids I have ever seen on campus. So while I personally believe healthy means happy, he doesn’t and he’s doing just fine. So don’t be scared off by the things you hear about the University of Arizona, while healthy life styles are maintained, there are a lot more people that live like my pal Steve.  So come as you are, stay as you are or change your ways. Either or work just fine, because with 365 days of sunshine you’ll be happy you’re here.

by Rachel

Dating at the University of Arizona: JK We Don’t Do That

April 19, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Love

Here at the University of Arizona, students condone almost any and all kinds of behavior. Want to dance on a table? Want to fall off that same table? Do it, maybe you’ll even get lucky and fall into the arms of your future frat daddy.  Act like a slut, be a prude, be a fool, be whatever, it’s all accepted here, go for it. Just don’t bring up the “D” word. The U of A is notoriously known for it’s non-existent dating scene. People hook up, they rendezvous, they frat, they party, they get shitty, but students do not, “date“. (In case you didn’t get it yet, the “D” word is, “Date“)

Real relationships at the U of A are like unicorns. People that have found love in this hopeless place; I secretly refer to as people-corns. These people are few and rare, so rare that I haven’t actually met one yet. Sure, I have friends that have boyfriends in Arizona, but they are so facebook conceived that I often question the legitimacy. How many times a day are you going to upload a picture of you all over your boyfriend with captions like: I LOVE MY MAN// MY MAN// NO REALLY MY MAN// HE’S MINE// ALL MINE// LIKE REALLY ACTUALLY MINE. Okay I get it… he’s yours. These are not people-corns with real fairy-tale love. These are just the people I creep on instagram that supply me with a good laugh in the morning.

I wonder what has made me so bitter about love here at the U of A?  And then I remember all the balsamic salads I have watched drown during lunch. Girls with last night’s shacker clothes sit down and before they even speak, salty tears and boogers spew out of their facial orifices right onto these poor, unsuspecting, balsamic salads that are just trying to supply nutrients! Then the delusional, unknowing freshman discuss why guys only text them during the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00 am.  Because I feel like this is a mystery of life that must be learned on one’s own, I won’t spoil the conclusion they eventually come to. So, U of A gents realize what you’re ruining, not just feelings, but perfectly decent salads that become overly salted and wilted. This may be the real shame.

In all seriousness though, the University of Arizona is home to some pretty amazing guys and I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to have these guys as friends. So my recommendation to the future girls of the U of A is this: don’t get lost in the glittery haze of cheap vodka, be practical, be realistic, and realize that you’ll find the right guy at the right time and maybe, he won’t even be a student in Arizona. From my experience, I have found that the University of Washington, Seattle is a great place to look ;)

For those of you still looking to try out the dating scene:

  • U of A: Home of the best guy FRIENDS, ever.

    U of A: Home to the best guy FRIENDS, ever.

  • Class is the best way to meet people in a casual setting, guys are constantly trying to get your number… so you can, “meet up and study”.  Class is also great because Arizona is big on students engaging in small discussions during lectures. This could be your time to actually get to know people…. or you could actually discuss your Roman Lit topic.
  • Frat parties are also a great place to meet a hundred people in a night whose names you will never be able to recall again. Remember, most of the time “meeting” doesn’t just stop at the first initial handshake. And always bear in mind that the random cute guy in your Roman lit class could be the guy you didn’t “just shake hands with”. The Hunger Games taught us about odds,  so you’ll see him Monday and maybe for the first time all semester you’ll actually want to talk about Roman Lit.

 

 

 

 

 

by Rachel

University of Arizona: Home of Fashionistas or Fashion Faux Pas?

April 12, 2013 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Style

A cute and casual spring outfit perfect for U of A

A cute and casual spring outfit perfect for U of A

This week I’ve been spending a lot of time in Starbucks in anticipation of upcoming finals. Tragically, these exams seem to be approaching with Titanic like speeds, and I know the iceberg is inevitable, but I’m still unsure if I will be making it into a life boat… aka salvaging by B’s and turning them into A’s.

Like every college student sitting in Starbucks we spend about ten minutes actually working and reward ourselves with 45 minutes of doing absolutely nothing. It really is a fair allotment of time. However, during my time off from studying I’ve been insanely productive.  I attribute and blame this new found “productiveness” to my favorite sport: People Watching. I am entranced. The only problem is I don’t know what team to root for. I use to believe the University of Arizona was home to some of the most stylish collegiates… ever, however after this week…I’m utterly confused.

On Tuesday it was about 87 degrees at 10 am, which is a standard temperature for Arizona’s delusional version of “spring”. I was sitting in my usual oversized burgundy couch and in comes a girl wearing puke-green hunter rain boots. I was so baffled I did a triple take. Meaning: I looked at her, checked my iphone for the weather and reminded myself that this is indeed Arizona.  Because I spend a fair amount of time in Washington I know that Hunter rain boots are an essential, a fashion staple even.  However, this is not Washington, nor was it raining. It was actually borderline sweltering. I was simultaneously appalled and empathetic. Her poor feet must have been dying of shame and heat stroke. Thus I had no choice to leave before my eyeballs were assaulted again. I managed to have my faith restored and found stylish people swarming around me while I took the long way to class. Pastel high-low skirts fluttered about, high waisted shorts and crop tops adorned the physically fit and adventurous gals. Oversized Longchamp bags seemed to be everywhere, shiny Michael Kors watches decorated wrists, while mint and coral dominated the color spectrum. Just when I thought fashion peace had been restored and my body had returned to a happy equilibrium… I was assaulted… AGAIN. Brown moccasins paired with knee high fuzzy socks. It was at this point in the day I gave up and started writing. I would not allow myself to forget the tragedies laid out before me.  Someone had to grieve for these sad feet.

So you may be wondering what should you wear to class? Essentially whatever you want and feel comfortable in… however, if you’re a fan of moccasins and fuzzy socks, go ahead and rock ‘em, but I will write about you.

So keep in mind, this is Arizona, we have two seasons: Hot (AKA: Fall, Most of Winter, Spring, Summer) and Cold (That one month: February). So fashion is relatively simple around here. The biggest change that you should keep in mind are colors. Students may be wearing shorts in December, but they still try to acknowledge season changes with color changes.  The most popular brands and stores to buy from are pretty standard as well: Brandy Melville, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Nasty Gal, Tobi, American Apparel, Lululemon, Nike, Fraternity Tanks/ Sorority Apparel, etc. Popular shoe selections include flip-flops like rainbows, Converse, Vans, Toms, Tory Burch flats, Colorful Nikes, boots, etc.

Of course there are tons of other styles that wonder around campus, but above are a simple list of what the vast majority wears. To the overly daring girls that wear exotic rompers, and take hipster style to whole new heights, I commend you. But, to the people wearing UGG boots in the spring… what are you thinking?

Coral and mint are two of the most popular Spring Colors

Coral and mint are two of the most popular Spring Colors

 

Sundresses are a staple in Arizona

Sundresses are a staple in Arizona

High-waisted shorts are very popular around campus

High-waisted shorts are very popular around campus