Looking Back

Apr 25 by

It’s the middle of spring term! It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that I have almost finished my freshman year at Union, because it feels like only a few weeks ago I was introducing myself to everyone on campus. Prospective students might be asking (like I was), what is Union really like? Sure, you’ve been to open houses, tours, you’ve read all the statistics. But all of that seems useless when you really can’t experience what life is really like here. When I was looking at colleges, I dreamed of having a one-week trial at every school before committing myself to one. But sadly, that’s not an option. Instead, I’ll tell you how it’s been for me, in the hopes that you can gain some insight. Why I Chose Union I...

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“Don’t Throw Out Your Back #Throwback” Playlist...

Apr 22 by

I know that there are other students who share my love for the so-called “oldies” (songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s), but these songs really aren’t so outdated as the younger generation might take them to be. Below is a collection of 26 songs that I think any college student could relate to (whether it be for partying, sex, crushes/relationships, or just being young and cutting loose), but I do wish this list could be longer. Yeah, the dances at frats today seem a bit provocative—or not much dancing, but jumping—however, for the most part, songs about dancing still have the same overarching themes within the past 50 years: back then, bums were still shakin’ and bumpin’; gettin’ down and low was part of the fun; the nightlife and dance floor were about...

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Millennials Are…

Apr 15 by

Millennials are “entitled, self-centered and overly reliant on technology.” Being a millennial has its perks. However, “millennial” is probably the last adjective I would use to describe myself, but it’s definitely not one I could ignore. Not all older adults understand the unusual struggle of being a millennial. We’re stuck between two frames of the American culture and we’re expected to uphold the values of the “American Dream” while pleasing our own progressive urges for other alternatives outside of the ever-changing, American dream. It’s true, millennials did grow up around technology—but we grew up alongside technology, we weren’t born into it. There’s a difference. Although I grew up in the early 2000s,  I still consider myself a “90s kid,” though some would argue that being born in ’97 is too late in the decade...

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How Not to College

Apr 13 by

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them.  I just finished dishes today that had been sitting for months.  Obviously nothing was moldy and nothing was actually food, but still, it’s disgusting and you should be better than me.  (If you are really...

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Union’s Versatility for Events...

Apr 6 by

One of my favorite things about living at Union is our ability to create events that cater to our interests. There are so many clubs and groups on campus with access to funds and spaces that it only takes a few emails or showing up to a meeting to drum up support for your event idea, and with enough advertisement, the event can be a real success. In October, Arts House partnered with WRUC and Breazzano House to bring two bands to Union for a punk show. Scout Boys and Prince Daddy & The Hyena are returning to Union on Saturday with the addition of Snowhaus for a second show. I coordinated with all three bands to try and make this next show even more successful than our first, and my Arts housemates have been incredibly helpful...

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The Relatable (Awkward) Freshman...

Apr 1 by

Coming into college, I had a fairly well-grounded sense of who I was, my likes and dislikes, and my interests and disinterests. Though these characteristics are expanding and shifting a bit, it doesn’t make me, or any freshman, prone to not being or feeling awkward during new college situations. The jump from Senior year in high school to Freshman year in college is an age-old tale (sort of), but I’m sure any college student could vouch for at least experiencing one (if not all) of the following relatable, yet awkward, freshman year situations that bring out the not-so-cool side of us.   Eye-contact miscommunication It happens all over campus. And with a small student body, often times you make eye contact with people that you feel you sort-of know but immediately question whether or...

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