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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!

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

 

The CC Scene Told Through Disney Movies

April 17, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health, Love, Sports

I absolutely love watching movies about the college experience. So what better way than to tell you the ABSOLUTE truth about the CC social scene than through DISNEY MOVIES? Yes, you read right. #enjoy

Monsters University

1. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. AND MORE STUDY. Monsters University is probably one of the best sequels in all of Disney movie history! (Sorry Disney, we only speak the truth.) What makes this movie even more fantastic? IT CANNOT BE MORE TRUE! Part of a community college social scene are people studying. If you have goals to reach, the library might just be your BFF! One-eyed Mike Wazowski has the dream of being a full-fledged scarer, and he knows that studying is one way to get there! So what are you all doing? Let’s get to studying! #hopontoit

The Rescuers

2. THE CLUB LIFE. We crown Bernard and Miss Bianca King and Queen of The Club Life! Community College is all about networking, and what better way to do that than to join clubs? Join clubs that you take interest in! Are you a woman with a voice? Feminist Club may be your calling. Do you have a knack for acting? The Theatre Club would love to have you! Of course if saving little children from villainous people if your thing, the Rescue Aid Society may be hiring in your area. #rescuersreference

Hercules

3. ZERO TO HERO. The social scene is more than just joining clubs and studying. It’s also about staying fit and staying healthy! Many college students take part in after- school activities such as sports. Taking part in a sport gives you discipline and allows you to meet people with the same passion you do. In my opinion, if it worked for Hercules, it could work for you, too! Who doesn’t want killer abs and toned legs for beach season? #notme!

Lady and the Tramp

4. THE OCCASIONAL DATE. Yes, once in while you will get asked out and hopefully, he or she will sweep you off your feet! This is one of the most looked-forwarded to things when it comes to embracing the social scene in college. Have fun and enjoy the time you have meeting new girls or guys. BUT, don’t let your emotions cloud your head! This is still school, which means you need to keep your grades in check and at all times! So with that said; Stop day- dreaming and get back to studying!

Tangled

5. LEAVE THE TOWER. Rapunzel knows what she’s doing; It’s time to leave the tower. Yes, of course you may take a break from studying so hard in the library! Explore the community surrounding your college! I go to school in Pasadena, California which is great because just five minutes away is an outdoor mall! Tons of college kids hang around the surrounding community after school to relax and enjoy the college life. You did more than just apply to go to school, you also applied to become part of the community. Take advantage of it. It could just end up being your #bestdayever.

Sleeping Beauty

6. FOR THE MOST PART. Aurora has the right idea. Sleeping is the one thing you will be doing for most of your college experience. Because let’s face it, after studying hard, joining clubs, working out, going on romantic dates, and exploring the surrounding community, we just become DEAD TIRED. Right, Aurora? #imakemyselflaughsometimes Luckily for us college kids, we don’t need a kiss from a prince or princess to wake us up. So after you get your beauty sleep, you better wake up and do it again. Like now. #onrepeat

Until Next Time!

 

Clubs at VMI

March 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Sports

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If you decide to attend the Virginia Military Institute you should know right away that your time is very limited, especially your first year. During your first year you don’t really get the option to join many clubs since they keep you pretty busy with other activities. However, once you complete the first six months of your first year you can join just about any club you want! There are a variety of different types of clubs, so you can choose anything that suits your fancy. The clubs range from academic, to theater, to sports clubs and there really aren’t any bad ones that are looked down upon, because if there were the school wouldn’t allow us to have them.

So to start off with the more academic side of things these are your options.

American Chemical Society

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Economics and Business Association

Cadet Investment Group

English Society

Honors Forum

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

International Relations

Pre-Law Society

Society of Physics Students

Tau Beta Pi

These options give you a range of different groups that you might like to join, especially if there is one that is also your major.

 

Next are the club sports. If you don’t want to participate in sports as an NCAA athlete, then these are a great alternative.

Basketball (Men’s & Women’s)

Boxing

Rugby (Men’s & Women’s)

Equestrian

Soccer

Field Hockey

Tennis

Golf

Powerlifting

Ice Hockey

Trap & Skeet

Jiu-Jitsu

Triathlon

Lacrosse

Ultimate

Marathon

Volleyball

Pistol

Water Polo (Men’s)

Wrestling

Painball

 

Next are the publications clubs that you can be a part of. If you like to write and/or take pictures then you can either join The Cadet Newspaper or The Bomb, which is our yearbook. Both are cadet run publications and are looking for writers and photographers all the time.

 

Next are the special interest groups. These range from a variety of different interest and thus why they are called special interest.

Acoustic Guitar

Android/iphone App

Ballroom Dance

Big Red

Civil War Roundtable

College Republicans

College Democrats

Eagle Scouts

Fishing Club

Knitting and Crocheting

Marksmanship Club

Recycling Club

Scuba Club

Soaring Club

Yell Leaders

 

The military clubs are next and as you might have guessed revolve around the military, so if you are really motivated and Hooah about the military then you might want to consider joining one of these clubs.

Armed Forces Aviation

Arnold Air Society

Association of the U.S. Army

Cadet Battery

LDAC

Marshall-New Market Battalion

Ranger Challenge

Semper Fi Society

Tanker Platoon

Trident Society

Special Actions Detachment

Veterans

 

The religious clubs are next. So if there is a specific denomination that you follow then there just might be a club for it as well that meets on a weekly basis! Check the list below.

Baptist Student Union

Canterbury Fellowship

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Lutheran Student Union

Newman Club

Officers Christian Fellowship

Presbyterian Campus Ministry

Religious Council

United Methodist Christian Fellowship

 

If you are really interested in public service then you might consider joining or participating in the many service clubs that are available. These include the following:

Blood Mobile

Cadet Program Board

Cadet Recreation Committee

Emergency Response Team

Firefighters

International Club

Search and Rescue Squad

Timber Framers

Engineers Without Borders

 

Last and certainly not least are the music and theater clubs. Here is the wide variety that we have available.

Commanders jazz ensemble

Glee Club

Herald Trumpets

Men in Grey a cappella group

Pipes and Drums

Progressive Music Club

Brass Ensemble

Regimental Band

Timmins-Gentry Music Society

Theatre

So overall, no matter what your interests are there are tons of choices for clubs and if we don’t have what you like then you can always start one yourself! However, I think you can find at least one that can occupy the rest of your time at the I.

New England Spirit and Emerson Pride

October 10, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Sports

We all know the story of the high school footballers and cheerleaders who dominate the sports scene — it is depicted in every John Hughes and coming of age ‘80s film, where the band geeks, the chemistry nerds, and the remainder of the non-athletes are undervalued. When considering colleges, sports did not sit at the top of my priority list. In fact, I only applied to select liberal arts schools that have little to no emphasis on sports. When it comes to athletics, Emerson College, although carrying a strong reputation in few sports departments, focuses on school spirit and enjoyment rather than competition and ranking. Living in sports-thriving New England makes the experience culturally meaningful though.

The Wizardly Sport

“We don’t fly. We don’t think we fly. We play Quidditch.” The most widely entertaining and serious sport at Emerson College is Quidditch: the wizardly game from “Harry Potter” that involves “riding” on broomsticks, braving scrapped knees, and competing in the fictional Wizardly World, (but let’s not forget the wild parties thrown by upperclassmen after competitions). Just joking, the parties aren’t that wild, but the sport is.

An Emerson Quidditch game in action!

Quidditch consists of six teams, all culminating in a championship cup known as the Griffith Cup, similar to the Quidditch World Cup in “Harry Potter.” Games take place in The Common, where students and staff cheer on The Old North Outlaws, The Faneuil Falcons, The Boylston Berserkers, and the other three teams referencing Boston street names and districts.

New England Spirit

Although most students at Emerson would rather watch the season premiere of American Horror Story or create an independent, psychological thriller with friends, sports are hardly looked down upon. In the dining halls and student lounges, New England football, Bruin’s ice hokey, and Red Sox baseball games can be found playing. Students take pride in their New England sports teams, especially since Boston is one of the capitals of sports history and culture, and loudly entertaining baseball fans.

The Boston Red Sox logo is widely seen on baseball caps and tee-shirts around the city, especially during game season.

Attending Red Sox games are perfect for date nights, Friday evenings with friends, or fun-filled experiences of passionate Bostonians shouting and rooting for their home team. Coming from San Diego, my hometown showed little enthusiasm towards sports — the Padres team being placed at #5 in the “longest losing streak in Major League Baseball history,” according to Baseball-Reference.com, devoured my spirit. Though arriving in Boston around the time of Derek Jeter’s last game at Fenway Park, my knowledge of sports increased, as did my interest in attending baseball games, wearing red and white colors, and speaking highly of my new college city/hometown.

The Truth About Sports

How do we define “sports?” A physical activity for competition and enjoyment? A form of exercise to build muscle and increase strength? These are physical descriptions of sports, but what about the mental components, the communication with peers, and the spirit of the game? The question that should be posed is, what magnitude do sports carry? From my experience at Emerson, I’ve learned two valuable things that answer that question.

First, sports don’t have to be physical. Meditation, yoga, breathing excersises, and building relationships with peers are all forms of healthy activity. My West Coast persona shines in Boston when I practice downward facing dog and “leaping lotus” in The Common with friends, or when I attend community outreach meetings, shake hands with visionary students and strangers, and let my open-mindedness unfold in classroom settings.

Meditation and yoga are beautiful “sports” that build endurance, strength, and an open-minded aura.

Second, sports can apply to anything. If listening to the beats of Disclosure or jamming to the riffs of Nirvana are your callings, by all means, pursue it. If excelling in documentary filming or reviewing concerts excite you, follow that as well. There are many “sports” or avenues of interests at Emerson and surrounding Boston. Whatever that “sport” or passion is, don’t give up on it. Everyone caters to something.

Sports generally carry a physical or competitive connotation, but when that’s eliminated, the term becomes more subjective and insular, allowing students to free their minds and explore different avenues of interests. New England’s spirit and Emerson’s pride make up the culturally and academically enriching experience for college students.