A Moswego Movember to Remember

“There’s truth and honor in a mustache. And that’s why I started flying one on the flagpole outside of my house. 
”            - Jarod Kintz

Hey Readers!

There is but one week left in this year’s Movember rally! “What’s Movember?” you ask? Check out this page to learn all about the campaign to raise awareness for men’s health issues (AKA prostate and testicular cancer).

Yes, I am.

So, why am I posting about this? I’m on Oswego’s Movember team, of course! See?

There’s me, with my beautiful Movember ‘stache.

So, if you have a minute, check out our team web page; and if you can muster it, donate a few bucks for the cause!

I mean, how could you not after seeing that pretty face?

LiNK and the Global Awareness Conference

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

― Elie Wiesel

 

Hey readers!

Last weekend, the campus showed it’s activist spirit at the annual Global Awareness Conference in Hart Hall, a HUGE event with speakers, demonstrations, and activities showcasing our college’s global spirit! It was a fun festival full of interesting mini-events, with the organizers running the gamut – from local speakers and professors to world-renowned activists. The keynote speakers this year were Gabriel Bol Deng, an activist and former Sudanese “lost-boy” who is working on educational and health programs in the newly formed South Sudan, and Jessica Minhas, a renowned humanitarian working on exploitation and abuse issues around the world through the use of new media.

My club, Students for Global Change, gave a talk about the crisis in North Korea, and had visiting guests in the “Northeast Nomads”, a group of individuals who promote Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) and its cause to college campuses across the country. The Nomads showed a documentary about Danny, a refugee that LiNK helped rescue and start a new life. Shameless plug: If this stuff sounds interesting to you, feel free to come to Student’s for Global Change’s club meetings, Wednesdays at 8:30 in Campus Center 133, and join our facebook group to stay updated with what we are doing!

 

Club Prez Sarah with the Northeast Nomads!

To close out this post, I’d just like to take this opportunity to remind you, dear readers, that it doesn’t take much to be an “active citizen”, but it is a VERY important thing to be. Next time you walk through the campus center, don’t be discouraged by all the groups who seem to be asking you for money; go up to their tables and talk to them! Get to know them, and if you find that they are trying to raise awareness for an issue that you care about, ask how you can get involved. Dedicate time and energy to a cause worth fighting for – I promise you, its worth more than any amount of money in the world.

 

Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

As Thanksgiving Break approaches, I am eagerly counting down the days until I get to go home (for the first time since August) and relax for a few days. The hustle and bustle of this semester has been quite tiring at times, so I am really looking forward to being able to spend some quality time with my family and not with my notebooks.

I am excited to enjoy the always delicious traditional dinner with my family, the annual watching of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV, helping my Mom cook and the inevitable food comas.

Reflecting back on this year, I have a lot to be thankful for and would like to share a few with the Oswego community in hopes of hearing a few of yours as well!

I am thankful for:

  • Being able to expand my experience with an internship with the Public Affairs office
  • Being able to continue my education in the Public Relations field at Oswego
  • My friends for continuing to create fun memories
  • My parents for supporting me in all of my endeavors
  • My little brother for reminding me that even though I’m a sophomore in college, I will always be his older sister who annoys him
  • My boyfriend for always being there for me and being able to put a smile on my face
  • Being able to spend the holidays with my family

 

Please feel free to comment below and share what you are thankful for this year at Thanksgiving! I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

My WNYO Experience

WNYOI have always believed that it is a good idea to set goals for the future. One of the biggest goals I set for myself – from the very first day at Oswego – was to get involved with the campus’ TV, radio, and newspaper organizations. My ultimate goal when I leave Oswego is to be able to say that I was a member of WTOP, WNYO, and The Oswegonian.

I started my first semester here as a member of the PRSSA, the Public Relations Student Society of America, which I have blogged about in the past. For my first semester, that was the only club I joined. With my classes, PRSSA, and my obligations of writing about motorsports, I was quite concerned about overbooking myself as a first year student, so I took a conservative path for getting involved.

As the second semester approaches, I cannot wait to get involved more.

A friend of mine, Justin Dobrow, happens to host a radio show on WNYO every Saturday night, called Saturday Night Beats.  I have had the privilege of getting to know Justin through my classes – he is in four of my five classes this semester.

Justin took the opposite path I did – he is involved with just about everything, it seems. Being involved with WTOP, WNYO, and having a job on campus with the responsibilities of class (just to name some of his activities) is a lot to take on, but he balances it quite well. Fortunately for me, he was generous enough to invite me to the studio to watch him in action. I, of course, jumped at the chance.

Quite honestly, I did not – and still do not – know a lot about radio. I was not even sure if this is something that I would be interested in. Having a chance to see how it works was exactly what I needed.

Thanks to Justin, I was able to watch and learn along the way. He answered every question I had, and even put me on the air. It was pretty amazing and was the highlight of my weekend. I left the studio more excited about radio than I was when I walked in. I also had a lot more knowledge about WNYO and I now know that I am extremely interested in becoming involved with the organization.

So, as next semester nears, I am excited to join at least another club. Whether it’s The Oswegonian, WTOP, WNYO, or a combination of them, I am eager to get involved. Even if I don’t check everything off of my list next semester, I know that I one day will.

I would like to thank Justin once again for inviting me and introducing me to WNYO. It certainly was a great experience.

There is No Place Quite Like Home

Last weekend was the final NASCAR race weekend of the season. As a huge race fan, I needed to soak as much NASCAR in as possible. The NASCAR offseason is less than 100 days, but it is long enough for me. So, I needed my fix before the dark, cold winter without my favorite sport.

Living on campus, the basic cable offered here does not include all the channels I need to watch racing. I can access the Sprint Cup race itself on the channels available through the cable package, but I wanted to watch the whole racing weekend. Practices, qualifying sessions, and pre-race shows were all part of my plan. I wanted a whole weekend dedicated to one of my favorite things: auto racing. In order for me to close out the NASCAR year, I wanted to watch as much racing as possible. Like the NASCAR nerd that I am, I did just that.

Fortunately, I live fairly close to home – less than an hour away. It was one of the reasons why Oswego was a great choice for me. It is far enough away, but close enough too.

I have also been fortunate in that I have gotten the opportunity to go home a few times before last weekend. I went home for my high school football homecoming game as well as other times to visit with family.

In addition, last weekend offered me the opportunity to celebrate my grandma’s birthday and my dad’s birthday at home. Our family has a lot of birthdays in November.

As much as I love Oswego – and I love it here – there really is no place quite like home. Since first moving here in late August, I appreciate the times with my family even more, despite the fact that Oswego has become my home as well. I know that this holiday season will mean a great deal more than in the past just from being away.

I feel like I already owe a lot to Oswego in my short time here, but one of the biggest things I have gained is a greater appreciation of where I come from.

 

Financial Aid Scams

Some are wondering how to differentiate financial aid scams from the actual financial aid or whether the information they’re receiving is correct. There are various ways to tell whether or not you’re going about the financial aid process correctly. Please watch out from the following schemes:

Don’t pay for FASFA: There are several sites/companies that are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education that are out to pull scams on naïve families. There are sites that will offer their help with the FASFA application for a fee. FASFA stands for FREE Application for federal student aid; therefore you should not pay any fee. If you want FREE help contact the financial aid office at SUNY Oswego, the FAFSA’s online help at www.fasfa.gov or the Federal Student Aid Information Center. Always remember the FAFSA url has a .gov in it.

“I’ve got aid for you; give me your credit card or bank account number.” Never give out your bank account number or give away your credit card number to any website or company, make sure everything is legitimate. By giving out your information you put yourself at risk for identity theft. For more information about financial aid fraud or to report fraud contact the Federal Trade Commission.

“Buy now or miss the opportunity.” Companies would try to pressure you into believing that their company could offer you the best service at a small fee. Don’t pay for information that you could find for free. Companies are out to get your money and they would find any angle possible. For free sources of information you can visit SUNY Oswego’s financial aid office, library’s reference section, or visit SUNY Oswego financial aid website: http://www.oswego.edu/financial

“Click here to claim your scholarship.” Have you ever received an email saying that you earn a scholarship but you never applied for one? Scammers are becoming more creative with trying to get money out of your pocket. They’ll say something in the lines of “Click here to redeem your scholarship” or “Congratulations, just a few more steps to receiving your award.” Companies are trying to get you to pay to “retain” your award/scholarship. Don’t fall for it, trash the email!

These are just some of the scams that are circulating around the web, there are plenty more. Be smart when you’re applying for financial aid and searching for information or a scholarship. If you have a question don’t be afraid to ask. For more information please contact the links above or call and/or visit the financial aid office.

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Oswego and My Love of Hockey

OS_HockeyJust over a year ago, I was not a hockey fan. I had absolutely no interest in the sport and, quite honestly, had no knowledge about it.  I was primarily a fan of football and auto racing and I had no intentions to expand my horizons.

Oswego changed that.

It all began last year when I visited and toured college campuses in the spring and summer months. Oswego was on my list of potential schools, but I needed to check out the campus before considering anything further. Visiting Oswego made all the difference in the world.

The campus tour was terrific and made me fall in love with the school right away. Leaving the tour, I knew Oswego was going to be my choice. The highlight of my tour was most certainly the ice hockey arena. The place looked amazing to me – it still does. It looks professional and quite honestly, it looks like a big deal.

I could instantly picture myself sitting in the stands – maybe even in the Steve Levy Press Box – enjoying the thrills of a college hockey game. I knew from that moment that I needed to get myself to an Oswego State Lakers game.

After the visit, I began to follow hockey more closely. Once the NHL season finally started after a frustrating lockout, I was able to watch hockey on a frequent basis. Thanks to the many hours of NHL coverage on TV and an online NHL rulebook, I was able to learn the basics. I would not consider myself an expert by any means, but I have learned quite a bit in the recent months, especially how to enjoy the sport.

For my high school senior class trip, I went to New York City where I saw my first NHL game in person. The game took place in Madison Square Garden, where the New York Rangers played against the Toronto Maple Leafs. For those keeping score, the Rangers won the game.

Getting to watch any professional sport in person is amazing, but this was even more exciting as a new fan of hockey. The visit was something I will never forget.

Last weekend, I was finally able to attend a game here on campus, checking that off of my Oswego bucket list. I attended both the men’s game against Fredonia on Friday and the game against Buffalo on Saturday. While one night was better than the other for the Lakers, both nights were extremely enjoyable for me.

The energy in the arena was incredible, something I was thrilled to be a part of. The excitement displayed by everyone, especially those in the student section, was amazing. People were shouting and chanting, showing our team support, and maybe even rooting against the opposing team now and then. The energy of the crowd was just as exciting as the game itself.

After attending my first two games here, I cannot wait for another home game to come around.

I cannot believe how quickly I have fallen in love with hockey. Thanks, Oswego.

 

Humans vs. Zombies

Humans vs. Zombies

          The Campus wide game that consisted of about 150 students this past week was full of thrill and a good relief from school-related stress. With humans using Nerf guns and the zombies using two hands to capture humans, this game was intense. I’ve written short daily messages to myself on Facebook describing how my days had gone throughout the game as a human until I suffered the slightly shocking fate of getting caught by a zombie because I forgot to watch my back. Overall this game was fun, especially when becoming a zombie because you can play with a human’s mind since they are more afraid of not surviving until the week is over. This is how the days went by for Humans vs. Zombies:

Monday: The day after sign up day, I personally forgot to sign up and wished I would have joined. Instead, I participated in the unique mission the game had at 8pm. It was an hour long and it was a mission where we had to find a bucket in 3 locations. From what I remember, 2 of the 3 locations were the Shineman Center and the Glimmerglass Lagoon. The zombies were released to go to these locations first, and then the humans had to wait 5 minutes before heading out in 3 small groups (The lagoon group being the largest since most of the zombies were spotted going that way). The area was very dark and circling the lagoon was a large task to find a white bucket. To the humans’ unlucky turnout, the zombies found the bucket first and were defending it. With the loss of some humans and the addition of a few reinforcements from the other small groups that had finished collecting their buckets, humans succeeded in this mission in the allotted time. The savior of the mission who collected the bucket by the lagoon was Cody who later turned to a zombie as we were running towards Hewitt Union (the location where we had to return from where we started). Since I wasn’t signed up, I was allowed to be around the humans during the mission, the funny part was that I was running with the humans and a zombie assumed I was one of them. Turned out I was a good decoy!

Tuesday: This was the day I finally signed up at 8pm. Luckily, signups were still allowed for this last day only and since I didn’t have a Nerf gun, I was safe to be a human the next day whether I became a zombie during this mission or not. Me and my friend Fernando went and signed up only to figure out we had to pay for a donation to sign up, but thankfully Fernando helped me out and paid for me. I told him I’d pay him back and stay human as long as possible. This mission, however, turned out to be a survival of the fittest mission. Humans had to make groups of 10 by the Quad and had to go through to the end of the corridor between the Penfield Library and Lanigan. In that corridor, we had to fight through hordes of zombies. Since there were about 60 humans in this mission, the first two groups both had ten people. However, because those first two groups almost completely failed, the last couple of groups had to combine to 2 more big groups of 20 humans. The first two groups failed pretty badly with an average of 2 to 3 humans surviving each of them. The third group was very successful with having most of the humans survive. I was in the fourth group with Fernando, and since most of the humans that failed in the earlier groups turned to zombies for this mission; we had to deal with the largest horde of zombies. For our group, we had four decoys, me, Fernando, Kinsey, and this one guy with a blue coat. Two of us survived, that being me and Kinsey. The whole group had us decoys in the front, walking by the wall of the Penfield Library. Zombies jumped at us from the front and from hidden locations like the windows. By the time we had gotten rid of the zombies patrolling the area in front of the library, we confronted all the rest that were relaxing in the corridor. There were a huge number of them and it finally ended with us humans running it and hoping to get to the end. A quarter of us made it especially me and Kinsey as we bolted through the grass, going around the zombie and human crowd. This was a thrilling mission overall with the goal of not getting touched with two hands by a zombie. My first night as a human was successful despite the fact it wouldn’t have mattered if I had turned on that day or not. I went to my dorm and wrote on Facebook:

         “Day 2 9:50pm… joined late as a Human in Oswego’s humans vs. zombies event. I’m officially in the game and surviving a night. Tonight’s mission was completely suicidal but I survived it >:) till tomorrow and every other day!!!”

I also had supportive comments from a friend named Devon who was also a human at the time:

         “Just follow your instincts and survive. You’ll find a way!” – Devon

Even later that day when I left to Oneida, I had to come back to Cayuga and spotted some zombies relaxing in the front entrance for a couple minutes. I thought I was going to be tagged; however there was a rule that as long as a human or zombie is within 5 feet from a building, they cannot be turned, so therefore I walked by the grass and to the front door. I reminded them about the rule and they were sad and went back inside. When I got back into my dorm I went on Facebook once more and posted:

         “Made it back to my dorm safe… tomorrow is going to be fun”

I even had friends who weren’t supportive by posting:

         “I was hoping you would get caught” – Bree

Wednesday: This day was probably the most intense one ever. Before the mission at 8pm, a floor mate named Mario wondered if I’d like to go along with him and his roommate to pick up a friend at Mahar and escort her to the library. So we went around the parking lot towards the lake and went along the road towards the back of Mahar and picked up Dominique. Along the way we did see a few red headbands [indicating that person was a zombie] and luckily had no confrontations. We all got to our locations safe and sound until the 8pm mission. Also known as Mission Impossible, we had to escort a person from the Quad to the lagoon and then back into Hewitt, and if we failed, the humans had to face a nuke that would go off by Friday and thus spell doom for the humans. As we heard this, me, Mario, Kinsey, Shawn, and Ian all huddled and previously decided that if this mission at some point turned out to be far too much to handle, we would run away from the mission and save ourselves by running to Cayuga. Sadly, we had to go with this decision by the time we escorted the person to the lagoon because too many zombies were surrounding and jumping at us. We saw our numbers dwindling until it was only us 5 left and Kinsey reminded us about our earlier plan. She ran alone towards the Quad having zombies run after her while me and Mario ran bolting through the back of Seneca and around the wind tunnel and into Cayuga. I had the image in my mind that this was seriously an intense mission we really couldn’t have managed on our own. When I arrived to my room, I was out of breath and as I was catching it I wrote this on my Facebook wall:

         “I’m still aliveeee!”

I was then filled with comments on that post with questions about how am I still alive. People assumed I was tagged because what spectators saw were zombies pretty much annihilating the humans in that mission. People who were zombies commented saying I will get tagged by them and that really can make someone paranoid, but overall thrilling to have gone so far.

Thursday: This was the end of my reign. I had to go to class and went through the Quad and past the Campus Center until the last exit toward the Shineman Center where a zombie was hiding by the door. I was walking along with my friend Fernando and got caught from the back hearing the words “Gotcha!” and I looked back and saw this guy with a mask. I remembered this was Halloween and so I was sort of freaked out. After class, I changed my headband from blue to red and posted on Facebook:

         “Humans… You all are screwed now. I got turned.”

Of course I received some laughs from friends, especially Bree. However, it was actually so much more fun being a Zombie. I found a fellow zombie player and we grouped up with a couple others then found humans getting ready to leave Mahar. It was Mario and Ian and they saw me. They were surprised I was tagged and since I was with a group of zombies, we attempted to go for a tag. This is when we had a chase from Mahar and through the back of Seneca into the parking lot where they were safe. Zombies and humans couldn’t be in combat in parking lots. Mario had a Nerf shotgun so it was intimidating. This is when we gave up and went back home while I posted on Facebook:

         “Day 4: At 10AM marked my 38th hour as a late-joined human…I got tagged right outside of campus center as I ran to Shineman. So close. Red headband time…”

This is when Tim commented with the idea of coming up with an interesting blog about this campus wide game. Thankfully I went about it and enjoyed writing about it. The mission for today was a full day mission where humans had to find bright orange rocks marked “HvZ” hidden throughout the campus and bring them to the campus center before 6pm.  There were 26 rocks total which equaled the amount of humans left. However, only 4 rocks were returned by the humans while the zombies returned most of the ones left over. Humans failed two missions in a row and zombies therefore won the general game. I also heard an interesting story about how two friends were tagged. Their names were Bageot and Mohammed and they were surrounded by friends who were turned into zombies. When one of the zombies turned Mohammed into a zombie, Bageot didn’t think twice about realizing that every zombie was stunned except for Mohammed. Therefore Mohammed tagged him and he sadly turned to a zombie. This was pretty humorous and he was out of luck at that point.

Friday: This was the last day of the HvZ event. Humans had until 12pm, but because of the failure of Wednesday’s mission, zombies won according to the moderators of the game. Later in the day, there was a just-for-fun mission that was pretty much a send-off mission. It was at 6pm and anyone could be a zombie or a human if they chose. We were left with an even amount of zombies and humans for this event, with 12 of each as we started. The mission was that humans had to defend the doors to Hewitt Union from the waves of zombies that came in every time all 12 zombies were stunned. There were many waves approaching the humans and the only goal the zombies had was to turn all the humans into zombies rather than reach the doors. The zombies’ goal was fulfilled and we won. I was lucky enough to be the only zombie to tag Mario, Shawn, and Kinsey—the same group of people that I ran with from Wednesday’s mission. When the mission was done, the moderators congratulated us and we were sent off until next time…

I encourage everyone to try out this event. It is very thrilling, exciting, and of course it can make a human paranoid. I hope you all come to enjoy it as much as we all did because I’m sure we are going to see the same faces again from the last game.

SUNY Oswego’s ninth annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit.

Wednesday, November 6 at 3 p.m. in the Waterman Theatre, SUNY Oswego will be hosting the ninth annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit. The Media Summit gives students the opportunity to do in-person networking with SUNY Oswego’s alumni. ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Steve Levy and former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Donna Goldsmith will headline a panel of sports media and business professionals.

This year’s sports-themed summit is titled “Get in the Game,” and will include Jay Beberman, managing editor for sports at Bloomberg News, and John Kucko, sports anchor at WROC-TV in Rochester. After the panel discussion, there will be a table set up outside the Waterman Theatre from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for students to speak with alumni’s.

This is a great opportunity for students aiming for careers in sports journalism, public relations and broadcast production. I hope to see everyone there!

More information about SUNY Oswego’s 2013 Media Summit is available at www.oswego.edu/mediasummit and at the student organizers’ website, www.mediasummit.org.

Happy Halloween – Things to do on and off Campus

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Happy Halloween Oswego! Excitement is in the air (let’s just hope it doesn’t snow… who wants to freeze in their costume?).  Halloween at Oswego and in college can be a very fun experience, especially for first year students. There are many things to do on campus to get in the holiday spirit!

On Halloween night, there is a Costume Party themed Open Mic in the café in Penfield.  The event kicks off at 7pm and runs till 10:30pm. Wearing costumes is encouraged as there will be a costume contest! There will also be Pumpkin painting and FREE coffee! Students are encouraged to come out and enjoy some great talent and spooky fun!

The weekend also holds some Halloween themed fun! On Friday, November 1st, there will be a costume dance held by the Storyteller’s Guild.  “The Dance in the Woods” will be held at 6pm in the Hewitt Union Ballroom. Also on Friday, the 3rd annual “Scalesbury Haunted House” is being held. The haunted house begins in Scales where patrons will sign up and wait to be pulled out of the party at which refreshments will be served and music will be played. They will go outside behind Scales and through the basement of Waterbury where they will be frightened and scared. At the end, attendees can choose to leave or go back to Scales and run through it again. It runs on November first from 8pm to 11pm.

If you’re looking for some off campus fun, look no farther than the Terror Trail. This popular attraction promises to be the most frightening and scariest Halloween show in Central New York. Located in Volney NY, “The Trail” provides entertainment and thrills for all ages and also offers food, fun, and Halloween novelties for kids, young adults, and families alike.  For more information, call Phone: (315) 593-2999.

On Sunday, Oswego is proud to once again hold “Safe Trick or Treat”.  Community members and their families will enjoy bringing their children to a Halloween party in the campus center and visiting the dorms to Trick or Treat from residents. Students should talk to their RA or RHD for more information on how to participate and earn community service!

Happy Halloween, Oswego! I hope everyone has a great, fun Halloween! Of course, please stay safe and respect the city community and do not tarnish the holiday for younger Oswegonians.

(Photo Courtesy of Terry.Tyson from Flickr)