by Maura

What Not To Wear: SU Edition

March 14, 2014 in Campus Life, Colleges, Style



I go to Syracuse and, if you haven’t heard, it’s damn cold. Three fourths of the time you can’t even see what people are wearing because of several reasons:

  1. Everyone is bundled into huge, puffy, down jackets and could be totally naked for all you can tell
  2. It’s snowing so hard you can’t see your hand in front of your face never mind what other people are wearing
  3. It’s so cold, you’re focusing more on the fact that you can’t feel your own eyeballs and really don’t care what’s going on around you

Now that that’s out of the way, SU kids have fairly simple styles. For the ladies:

Get yourself multiple pairs of fleece or fur-lined leggings (the thicker the better) because that’s basically all you’re going to be wearing from the waist down 7 days a week for the next four years. They’re warm, they’re versatile, they make any butt look great…enjoy the leggings, they’re wonderful.

Leggings go with aaanything so tops are where the variations begin. Big comfy sweaters are a must. So many colors and patterns to choose from, you can go wild. Plus, it breaks up the inevitable grayscale gaze (when you realize you haven’t worn any colors except black, white, and gray in weeks) that comes upon us midwinter. Tank tops, especially with the sides cut low paired with a bright sports bra or bandeau, are perfect for switching from below zero outdoors to the overly heated indoors, avoiding that awkward sweatiness from running up stairs in a down jacket because you’re 15 minutes late for the class with the professor who likes to pause and stare at latecomers who try to slink in without being noticed.

And of course, how could I forget accessories? BOOTS AND BEANIES ALL AROUND! Seriously though, if you don’t look good in hats, get over it because the first time your snowy-wet hair freezes to your ears is going to put a violent stop to all attempts at vanity. Every now and then some cute sneaks are brought out and dusted off to break up the monotony, but boots are definitely a very necessary go to… obviously. You absolutely need (be they fashionable or not) a pair of rain-boots, a pair of knee high snow-boots, and a pair of ankle or calf high snow-boots. PS: UGGS ARE NOT SNOW-BOOTS! While I’m never one to say no to cute shoes of any kind, living in Syracuse causes one to consider function as well as fashion. I have, and suggest to anyone, a large store of high heeled boots that are great for going out, warm, waterproof, with rubber and heavily tracked soles. Traction is key! If the bottom of your heels don’t resemble a car tire than you’re going to have a much harder time getting around.

As for the gentlemen… well, honestly I don’t know. Jeans, khakis, sweatpants, flannels, and t-shirts are basically what I’ve noticed. Which I’m pretty sure is the same as anywhere. You guys have it so easy, you have no idea.

Anyway, trends at SU are pretty simple when they’re summed up:

  1. Stay warm
  2. Wear a lot of orange
  3. Repeat steps one through three

Thanks Susan

February 21, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

This winter has been particularly brutal at UConn so far. We’ve been slammed with so much snow lately, it seems like once a week. Once the sidewalks have been cleared off and parking lots plowed, it snows again right away. Parking lots have not been cleared out in weeks so there is just a build up of snow covering spots and making driving a major endeavor. There are some snow mounds up in my parking lot right now that I would say reach 20 feet high easily. The biggest issue, aside from the annoyance of constantly having to shovel out your car, is the effectiveness of the clean up crews. At first, the sidewalks and roads were all cleared out no problem, but lately, they have been getting more and more perilous to travel on. The ice, slush and snow, is really beginning to pile up on the sidewalks and I have, personally seen a number of people fall and bust their ass on the sidewalk. So who do the students place the blame on for their winter misery? Why, president Susan Herbst of course.

Very recently I’ve been seeing a twitter profile popping up called “Thanks Susan” (Here’s the link In the eyes of pretty much every UConn student, and as the twitter profile very accurately states, Susan Herbst is the source of all of UConn’s problems. Even if some things are not exactly her fault, she gets blamed. Shower head in your dorm doesn’t work anymore? Thanks Susan. If I think about it, I almost feel bad for her, but then something goes wrong and I automatically blame her and no longer feel bad. Team USA lost to Canada this morning? Thanks Susan.

One big topic that has come up with all the snow we’ve been getting recently is whether or not to cancel school. This is, understandably, a dilemma for the administration as they cannot put the lives of their students and faculty at risk of course. But they also don’t want to lose days of class and force teachers to cram material in order to make up for lost time. It’s really a tough decision. Lately there have been some days where it snowed and classes were cancelled and they could easily have had class. I’m not complaining mind you, but I think it would have been fine if classes weren’t cancelled. Then there are other days where the roads are awful, the sidewalks are a giant Slip n Slide, and the visibility is very low. And yet we have class. Now I’m trying to get to class and due to the horrible road conditions, the busses are all far behind schedule so I am forced to walk. Walking from my apartment involved walking down a huge hill, that when covered in ice and snow, is a death trap. I’m not trying to slip and eat shit walking to class. And If I do, I can guarantee that I won’t be the only one. So once again, Thanks Susan.

I'm really not sure why, but this picture makes me laugh.

I’m really not sure why, but this picture makes me laugh.

To Prospects of Life and an Alive Campus Farewell

February 5, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Tech, Travel

Hello Camper,

Aim and shoot for beyond the stars…

Alive Campus provides an awesome experience for individuals receiving and sharing information about their colleges. It provides an avenue for incoming freshmen, transfers and overall prospects to view an institution in light of the person-student. It is better than a commercial about an institution that attempts to sell the environment to the student. Still- the able, productive and willing student will learn to use an institution as a useful platform: Students excelling in academics and sports will be able to promote their selves through the institution or their merits for their personal reasons. College may be an expensive or inexpensive experience but SallieMae is always willing to assist the educational process toward their profitable return.

Every collegiate institution will vary by academia, cultures, privatization, religions, regulations and traditions. My attendance from Lock Haven University to Centenary College has been a fulfilling and tremendous rollercoaster of experience. El Torro and Kingda Ka in a blizzard cannot compare with my college tumbling experience. After completing then paying for one class and test I will have the opportunity to graduate from Centenary College in May, elated.

It has been a great experience writing for Alive Campus. It will no longer be my place to discuss Centenary College’s environment as I improve away from it. I do have bits of advice for individuals seeking to attend an institution or transfer from an institution. The future is changing dramatically with the variety of institutions available; chiropractic, culinary, dog training, masseuse, music and etc. type of schools exist for individuals seeking a particular career path of growth.

Do not rush any decision about the future. If you feel an inclination toward a different direction for your life then find the avenues prospering in the direction of your inclination. If you are unsure about attending a large university then attend a community college to save money and receive half (or more) of the credits at a four year college. You will have enough time to think and prepare financially for the future ahead of you without risking valuable time especially since community colleges are very affordable avenues. The one class I am taking at Centenary is more than my co-worker’s semester tuition at a community college.

Don’t let others make decisions about your life either: If they’re not offering financial backing and a place in their home with their advice about your future then take their advice like an open wound with a grain of salt; take careful thought thinking about the next steps in your future. Don’t rush your life. Advice is another option to think about especially when various walks of life will have advice readily available for a variety of purposes. Be patient thinking about decisions, and even more patient making those decisions, to enhance your life in the long run.

I hope the future progresses well for every individual!

It will progress well if you take your time for its true value.

Time is not money: It is your life.

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne

Thank you Radek Janowski and Alive Campers for being amazing and useful!

Lights-Out First Weekend and Other Stories of No Power

August 8, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life



My very first weekend as a freshman in college happened to coincide with Hurricane Irene. It poured and thundered and, as per usual in Assumption College (as I would later find out), the lights went out. For the first weekend on campus as we freshmen got settled in, we were without power, which made it difficult to do much of anything. I would have liked to finish decorating my room, but it got dark quickly and that was impossible. It was hard to get to know my roommate in the absolute darkness, too. In Assumption, the generators keep the lights on, even when there is no power, in the hallways and the bathrooms. So, like bugs, we all crawled out of our rooms to join up in the lit hallways.

Because of the woodsy campus, we were told not to leave our residence halls. Food would be brought to us, but the kitchen was down. We all sat together and met each other, which is something we wouldn’t have done if the power hadn’t gone out. When the lights finally went back on, the whole girls’ floor was at least acquainted with each other, which made living on that floor a little easier. We had so much fun, we thought it should be a yearly thing in the freshmen dorms. Cutting the power and forcing them to socialize might seem a little extreme, but it helps nervous freshmen feel more confident. The school didn’t exactly take our advice, but I still think it’s the right way to go.

For me, this was an exciting adventure. For my roommate at the time, it was a nightmare. She was completely dependent on the television, and even a few days without it was enough to thoroughly upset her. She stayed in the room a little more than I did, but she made friends, too; even the most recluse can make friends when the whole floor is huddled in a circle. In fact, this was how I met one of the girls I would be living with as a sophomore.

Power on Assumption’s campus was lost again that October, but instead of a downpour of rain it was several feet of snow. For the first night, there were a bunch of dorms without heat. Those students were put into the empty rooms in other dorms (each floor or so tries to keep a room empty for these kinds of emergencies). This was how I met one of my other future roommates, who ended up coming to my floor in, if I remember correctly, a Sailor Moon shirt (which is what sparked our friendship).

But classes were cancelled all over campus, and people were emptying out to sped the time at home, where food was available without going outside (heat is a plus, too). After a girl I didn’t really get a long with came into my room seeking shelter (with my RD, so I couldn’t turn her away!), I decided to just go home. Because I didn’t want that girl alone in my dorm and I didn’t know where else she would go since her state got it even worse and most people were leaving, I offered for her to just come home with me. We got home in time to go trick-or-treating.