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College: The ultimate balancing act
By CHAD GRAFF EXECUTIVE EDITOR
ight hours after I waved goodbye to my parents as a freshman, I was sitting in a second ﬂoor room on Main Street passing around a cheap bottle of liquor with six complete strangers. I remember looking around at everyone there. They looked so much older – and bigger – than my 18-yearold, 160-pound self. As the only freshmen in the house party, the seven of us got to talking. The kids from the upstairs room lived a few doors away from my second ﬂoor Williamson room. We walked back together that night, freezing up every time we walked by a police car. It seemed like every ofﬁcer in the state was in Durham that night. (Don’t worry, freshmen, it only seems like that. You’ll get used to it.) We made it back safely that night. And every other night freshman year. We had late nights in the lounge talking about nothing. We had ﬂoor dinners at Philly. We had Xbox 360 tournaments (yes, we were nerds). We studied together. We did everything as a ﬂoor. And it was the best year of our lives. Two years later, I’m sharing an apartment with those same strangers from the yellow house. So why the cheesy story?
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“Don’t be alarmed, we’re Stoke;” Surviving dorm hall hell By ALEXANDRA CHURCHILL Staff Writer
Despite what you might believe, not every freshman ends up in the air-conditioned SERCs or scores a single in Congreve. You might feel like all of your other newfound friends from orientation landed something far better than you, but I can attest firsthand to the reality that most freshmen end up in dorm hall hell. Think I’m dramatizing? Over the course of the 2008-2009 academic year, dozens of calls were made to the Durham Fire Department and campus police, referring Stoke Hall for ringing fire alarms, stuck elevators, and other medical emergencies. I’m a proud survivor of Stoke Hall that year. In all actuality, Stoke isn’t terrible, but the two semesters I was living there, it certainly wasn’t the dorm for me. You learn soon enough that there’s a reason why people either groan or smile sympathetically when you reveal where you live. My freshman year I was living in a built-up triple with two other girls on the eighth floor of Stoke. Our first night, the fire alarm went off. It wasn’t a big deal. We were told during orientation that a fire drill in the beginning of the semester was normal. But almost every other night, the same thing happened. It was definitely not a drill. After weeks of sleepless nights that semester, it got to a point where I slept through the
alarms, even though one was right beside me, and my two roommates had to shake me awake whenever they went off. On top of that, a group of friends and I were in an elevator one winter day when the power went off on campus for the day. We got stuck in the elevator, midway between the first and second floor. We waited 20 minutes to be freed. The night my floor mates and I returned to campus for the spring semester, we were in high spirits. Surely, there was no way second semester was going to be worse than the last. I was in the middle of unpacking, clutching T-shirts in my hands when we heard the fire alarms go off again. Groaning, we stepped into our flip-flops and shuffled down the stairs. I was in a baggy t-shirt and pajama shorts, but I neglected to grab my coat off the rack. Like the rest of us, I really wasn’t expecting to be out there for very long. I was wrong. Dead wrong. An RA came into Wildcatessen, rallying for quiet from the throngs of us in Uggs and pajamas. “There’s a situation with the elevator. The fire department is working on it, but for now, they’re saying that you’ll have to find somewhere else to stay for the night.” There was an audible explosion of uproar. Here we were in the dead of winter with nowhere to go and classes in the morning. Without much choice, we all went our separate ways. I was lucky enough that my boyfriend and his roommate let me sleep in their
double for the night. But he lived in Englehardt Hall in the Lower Quad, so it was still a cross-campus trek in snow and frigid temperatures. Some poor suckers stayed outside, braving the cold and waiting for Durham Fire to let them in. I later heard that they let students reenter the building around 11:30 p.m. and into their rooms an hour or so after that. The year continued and the alarms didn’t stop ringing. The firefighters complained and Res-Life officials began to warn us that if the alarm pulling didn’t stop, the hall would be fined thousands of dollars for each incident, which would then have to be paid off equally by all residents. That was ridiculous, considering that most of us were standing outside in the sleet, snow and rain, and were just as pissed off about the situation as the firefighters and the hall director. Why did 639 of us have to pay out of pocket because one idiot (or maybe a handful of idiots) decided not to grow up after high school? On my last day in Stoke Hall, I should have been bouncing off the walls with joy. But when I peeled away my posters and de-cluttered the shelves, I was faced with the bare 13-by-15 foot dorm room I had first moved into in September. And admittedly, I felt a little sad about it. Between all of the blaring alarms, the elevators, the parking lot fights, the screaming neighbors, the cramped rooms, and the bunk beds, I had made some long-lasting friendships with the girls on my floor. I still catch up with my fresh-
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man year friends, saying, “Oh my god, remember when the elevator fell? That was ridiculous!” I still catch up over dinner with my roommate Ellie and I’m convinced that Stoke was the glue that has since kept us together. You’ll come to find that even the worst things in your college years, you’ll miss. So if you’ve ended up in dorm hall hell this semester, you can always try to switch dorms or petition to be released from your contract with housing, but I suggest trying to make the best of it. And if you wake up to the blaring sirens of cop cars at a drug bust in the parking lot, do what my friends and I did: share some microwave popcorn and watch it from your window. If the fire alarm goes off again, make a betting game out of it with your friends. And if you find yourself stuck in the elevator
with that cute RA you’ve seen at floor socials all year, well, it could be worse. Learn to laugh it off with your friends, because I guarantee you, you’ll be laughing about it with your friends anyway several semesters from now. I’m living downtown this semester in a spacious, air-conditioned double in Fairchild Hall. I couldn’t ask for a better dorm situation. Still, I’m feeling nostalgic about dorms right now, because this is my last semester living on campus and in college. Sometimes, when I hear that familiar alarm echoing down Main Street, I can’t help but smile. And I still wear our dorm hall T-shirt from that year. It’s baby blue with the catchphrase printed in bold, white font: “Don’t be alarmed! We’re Stoke.”
hockey team has already played a few games, but none match the intensity of the Maine game. The Whittemore Center reaches critical mass when Maine comes into town. Tickets sell out in approximately 35 seconds, so it’s best to skip all of your classes for that week to park out in front of the ticket office to make sure you get in. Trust me. Hockey games at the Whitt are always crazy. Students have a good time going wild when the Wildcats score, screaming at the opposing goalie, and laughing as parents have to explain to their children the definition of an orgy (you’ll understand soon).
Mark your calendars: Important dates to remember at UNH can spend some quality time talking about their classes, their roommates, why they haven’t been returning calls, and why they smell like Keystone Light.
By RYAN CHIAVETTA Staff Writer
For a new student at the University of New Hampshire, it can be difficult keeping track of all of the different events that occur during the school year. With so many interesting things going on, it helps to know which dates are worth noting. This is a small sample of some of the noteworthy proceedings that take place in Durham, and if you keep these in mind, an exciting year is in your future. Or you can ignore it and spend your days playing Call of Duty until 3 a.m. It’s your choice. It’s not my job to socialize you.
August 26-28: Move-In
The beginning of everyone’s college career starts here. During this first weekend, freshmen will meet up with their RAs and Hall Directors and learn about the different aspects of life at UNH, get acquainted with their roommates, and get a taste of life on their own. It is here that freshmen will grow their dreams of earning their degree, making life-long friends, and getting crunk as often as their bodies can tolerate it.
August 29: Classes Begin
It is on this date that fresh-
October 28-30: Hallowcoming
men realize why they are spending a boatload of cash to come to college.
September 2-5: Labor Day Weekend
Well, that was fast! Just as school gets started, the first long weekend of the year arrives. This gives students a chance to relax as they get adjusted to their new schedule, while question why they thought drinking for three (or four depending on your dedication) straight nights was a good idea.
September 30-October 2: Parents’ Weekend
For some students, this will be the first time they see their family since they moved in. Many different events are scheduled for the week, so students and their parents
You know how crazy it would be if Batman and Superman joined forces? This weekend is sort of like that, except replace fighting crime with people going around in costumes going absolutely bananas at various UNH sporting events. Is that a crappy analogy? Probably. Homecoming is probably the same thing as it was at your high school. All the sports teams play at home in a glorious celebration. It’s also a time where students go insane in one of the liveliest weekends of the year. Match that with the always insane Halloween and you have, as it says on the Facebook event, “Hallowcoming.” So why put these two together? It could be to reduce two major party weekends to one really big party weekend. But with UNH in a budget crisis, it would be easier to save money with fewer students on campus.
November 5: Maine Game
By this date, the UNH men’s
Dates TBD: Fall/Spring Concerts
Every year UNH has a couple of artists come up and perform to packed crowds. Acclaimed performers such as Bob Dylan, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Wiz Khalifa have brought their talents to Durham over the decades. In the weeks leading up to the concerts, be expected to have every human being on campus asking you if you are going to the concert, and feel like a complete loner if you missed out.
Winter Break Begins
At this point, the first semester is over, finals are done and it is time to say goodbye to all of your friends. Heartfelt farewells will be shared, and maybe even a tear or two will fall, which is ridiculous. It’s only a month, you crybabies.
March 10-18: Spring Break
A big time jump here, but one of the most common myths of college is that Spring Break is a week that magically turns into a time where parties rage on the beach for days on end, beers are passed along like water, and everyone is in insane physical shape. In reality, you are too poor to go anywhere like that, and you will spend your time at home doing nothing. Sorry to ruin the illusion. That’s just a small sample of some of the interesting goings on at UNH. There were some dates that were skipped, but I’m not your teacher. I told you in the beginning that I am not here to socialize you. Go out and discover some of this stuff on your own. You’ll appreciate it later.
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Club sports offer involvement opportunities to students By KERRY FELTNER STAFF WRITER
I walked into MUB Theater II and sat down, alone in the corner. I looked around. Over 100 women sat awkwardly in the plush red seats, some talking, but most were texting quietly. As the sole person to attend UNH from my high school in upstate New York, I felt some of my two weeks of homesickness alle-
viated just by being with so many people in one room. I had yet to form any signiﬁcant friendships, and I was beginning to doubt my choice to go to a school seven hours away from everything and everyone I knew. After listening for two hours to coaches and team representatives discussing their expectations and experiences I knew one thing for certain: I was going to do everything in my power to become a
member of the UNH women’s crew team. That night, I committed myself to the team for all four years of college. The crew team is a self-funded club sport that trains just as hard, if not harder, than school-funded teams across the country. We have competed and beat out schools such as the University of Rochester, Ithaca College, UConn, and UMass. Each of these schools have all
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of the beneﬁts of ﬁnancial backing, namely, recruitment of top athletes, new equipment and the all-important luxury of traveling in style in comfortable buses. Then there is our team. We are a group of women who get up at 5 a.m. every day because we want to, not because we are paid to. Our team is made up of women who have a strong sense of achievement, both for ourselves and for the goals of the team. It takes a certain type of person to willingly challenge his or her mental and physical capacities on a daily basis. As a freshman, attending the initial meeting was the most important step I took. Although I knew absolutely nothing about the sport, I knew I wanted to take a healthy risk, I wanted to learn about something new and I wanted to learn about what I was really capable of as an athlete. I will be a senior this year and have been a coxswain for the team in races such as the Head of the Charles, Club Nationals, the Eastern College Athletic Conference regatta, and the New England Championships. Along with these accomplishments on the racecourse, there have been many other rewards that we have taken away as individuals and as a team. For me, the crew team has made my college experience. I will remember going to UNH hockey games, writing for The New Hampshire and some of my favor-
ite classes, but the memories I will treasure most are seeing the sunrise every morning (usually during the most frigid days of fall), eating breakfast with my teammates after rigorous practices and, most importantly, I will remember each woman on the team. My teammates have become my most trusted and respected friends. One of the main reasons I walked into the meeting was to meet new people and the bonds that have formed over challenging workouts and race situations are ones that are not easily broken. My advice to any freshman is to take a healthy risk and get involved in some aspect of college life here at UNH. Whether it’s an intramural team, one of the 200 student organizations on campus, or club teams like crew, there are opportunities to turn your college experience into something much more rewarding than just getting the degree at the end of four years. I have learned more outside of the classroom about life than I have sitting inside a lecture hall or studying in a corner of Dimond Library. I look back at my four years with a strong sense of pride that comes from dedicating myself to something, challenging and expanding my skill set and discovering a new passion for a sport I knew nothing about. Have an open mind and see what happens. You just may surprise yourself.
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Unwritten traditions of the typical UNH student By KERRY FELTNER Staff Writer
The UNH athletic department’s motto stands as “Tradition. Pride. Excellence.” With 18 funded varsity teams, there are plenty of opportunities to show your Wildcat spirit. Gnarlz & Wild E. Cat The beloved mascots of UNH make many appearances around campus throughout the year, mostly serving to rile up fan support at athletic events. Wild E. Cat joined the UNH family in 2000, and Gnarlz was added to the mix in 2008. Donning at least 3 costumes for Halloween Halloween is one of the most widely supported holidays here at UNH. Many students seize the oppertunity to have three costumes while others use the same costume
each night. Wherever you are on campus during Halloween, be sure to observe your surroundings. You may just find a Lady Gaga strutting her stuff down Main Street, or a gorilla on the loose in D-Hop.
White out the Whitt UNH’s biggest hockey rival, the University of Maine, calls for UNH fans to don white in order to white out the entire Whittemore Center in support of our Wildcats. The student section is crazy during this game, with fans painting their chests and faces and rallying together to scream every chant. Don’t miss this game. Club sports Check out the variety of club sports UNH has to offer. If there is something you’ve always wanted to pursue, now is the time to try it. From Ultimate Frisbee to sailing
to judo, there are 29 club sports at UNH that offer a chance to learn a new skill set, make new friends and to compete against other schools.
Sitting in HoCo for hours Ahh freshman year ... the year of excess time between classes to get involved, join in activities ... or waste away in Holloway Commons after meals chatting with friends, people watching and eating (obviously). Shamelessly spend a day in HoCo this year. Local Harvest Feast Every year UNH Dining hosts a Local Harvest in which local farmers and vendors bring their fresh produce to UNH. The Local Harvest is a unique tradition, as students can see firsthand the type of local produce that is available. The feast consists of healthy products from all over New Hampshire.
D-Hop nights D-Hop is the quintessential stop for students, especially between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. The $2 slices ($1.50 late night) is one of the best deals in town, and the pizza is a staple of the UNH diet. Tossing the fish Since the early 1970s, a fish has been tossed after UNH’s first goal during home hockey games - a tradition that truly took hold after a fraternity made the act a ritual for each game, according to the UNH Athletics website. The fish is meant to poke fun at the other team as the goalie “fishes” the puck out from the back of the net.
All-nighters Most students pull an allnighter at least once in their college careers, after procrastination sets in and deadlines loom. Hopefully all
deadlines will be met, all work will be completed and you can avoid the hours of staring at a computer screen in Dimond Library trying to bust out a paper. But don’t count on it.
Some helpful tips to save money as a college freshman By JULIA MILLER Staff Writer
As college freshmen, being poor is standard and going broke is as easy as it sounds. Late night convenience store runs, outrageous book prices, and just the bliss of first-time financial freedom and frivolous spending will drain any college bank account in a weekend. Luckily, John Rolfe, a senior in the Whittemore School is offering advice to freshmen about smarter spending for the first-year UNH student. “The number one reason why freshmen should be managing their money is to create successful habits for the future,” Rolfe said. Rolfe advises first setting a budget. Keep track of how much money is coming in and know how much money is going out. UNH Residential Life advises separating wants from needs. But what the department has neglected to mention
in its educational programming is that many student expenses are pre-paid in tuition, fees, and room and board. New students just need to know how they can make use of their benefits. “Take advantage of free items and services that are provided. For example, Health Services provides condoms,” Rolfe said. If you reside off campus, attend events that offer complimentary food. Often they are advertised and hosted in the Memorial Union Building. Students with an unlimited meal plan can take advantage of Philbrook Dining Hall’s late night hours, and always be sure to take one piece of fruit or baked good out of the dining hall for between-meal snacking, rather than spending at pricey gourmet locations. Bring a reusable mug into the dining hall to take out hot beverages; this year, contrary to previous years, UNH Dining will allow students to bring their own mugs
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into dining halls. Take advantage of this, rather than spending too much of your money at Dunkin Donuts (which will open in Holloway Commons this semester). Minimize monthly fixed expenses, or bills. If you have a Netflix or World of Warcraft account, it will cost extra money, whether you use
it or not. Now that you’re in college you may not have time to watch as many movies or play so many video games. An alternative to playing video games in your room is to visit the game room on the first floor of the MUB or take part in residence hall socials. Also, the Dimond Library Mul-
timedia Collection offers a wide variety of different movies on loan. If you’re looking for new releases, the MUB offers two-dollar movies. But that’s just petty savings. Textbooks are where students can really get taken advantage of. When MONEY continued on page 5
University of New Hampshire
Student Senate Session XXXIII
Have a voice on campus and work to create the UNH you want! There are four ways to get involved: First-Year Senators Class of 2015
Resident Senators Classes of 2012-2015, residents
Complete an election petition to become eligible for this election; 2 positions are available for election. These petitions are due back no later than September 12th at 7p.m.
There is 1 senate seat per 100 residents in each dormitory. See your hall director for more information on representing your dormitory in Student Senate.
Greek Senators Commuter Senators Classes of 2012-2015, commuters Classes of 2012-2015, Greeks Become a Commuter Senator by getting 25 signatures on your petition from fellow Commuters. These petitions are accepted on a rolling basis.
Become a Greek Senator by getting 25 signatures on your petition from other members of the Greek community. These petitions are accepted on a rolling basis.
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A freshman’s unofficial guide to UNH 24
You’ll learn quickly that we love our nicknames and acronyms here in Durham. Keeping them all straight can be a challenge at first, but with this easy guide you’ll never be out of the loop.
17 16 36
33 28 8 14
Off-campus apartments/houses: 1. Young Drive 2. Nick’s Bricks 3. Park Court 4. Red Towers 5. Above Wildcat 6. The Banana 7. The Coconut
8. The Greens 9. Jenkins Court 10. The Websters 11. The Beaver Dams 12. The Coops 13. Coe Drive 14. Rosemary
Fraternity houses: 25. Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) 26. Sigma Nu 27. Phi Beta Gamma (PBG) 28. Phi Kappa Theta (Theta) 29. Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) 30. Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) 31. Tau Kappa Epsilon (Teke) 32. Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR)
15. The Ghettos 16. The Straffords 17. The Compound 18. Madbury Court 19. Davis Court 20. The Lodge 21. 99 Madbury
22. River’s Edge
On-campus apartments: 23. The Gables 24. The Woodsides
Sorority houses: 33. Kappa Delta
34. Alpha Chi Omega (A Chi O) 35. Alpha Xi Delta (AZD) 36. Alpha Phi (A Phi)
37. Chi Omega (Chi O)
The New Hampshire
Friday, August 26, 2011
A comprehensive guide to staying safe at UNH Text alerts, escort service highlight safety list Staff Writer
Your parents always told you to be safe. And it was probably one of the last things they said to you before they dropped you off with storage bins and a shower caddie in your new room. And for once, they might be right. Once you’ve arrived on campus, you would never think that small, picturesque Durham would be unsafe. But soon you’ll start hearing rumors such as the infamous Halloween 2009 beating or the winter storm of 2008. According to a yearly report of criminal statistics reported by the UNH Police Department, over the years of 2007-2009, there were 26 incidents of forcible sex offenses, eight incidents of aggravated assault and 27 incidents of burglary on campus. So here is a guide to staying safe your first semester at UNH and
a few of the on-campus resources you should know about.
UNH campus police is required by law to inform students and faculty members of imminent threats. The alert system was implemented in compliance with the Clery Act, which requires all colleges and universities with federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about campus crimes. This free service automatically sends a brief text message alerting the UNH community to criminal incidents, weather dangers and snow days. You can sign on to this service at https://alert.unh.edu.
Blue light system
Chances are you’ve spotted these square poles at least once on campus, because they virtually stand at every street corner. There’s a large red button on them next to a speaker. When the button is hit, a blue light on top of
the pole lights up and the speaker links directly to the University Police Dispatch. You can use a blue light to report a criminal incident, a fire, or any other type of emergency or to request assistance of any kind from the UNH Police Department.
It’s a Thursday night and you’ve just left an off-campus party. You’re too drunk to drive and it’s a long walk home. If you find yourself in this situation, call Safe Rides. Safe Rides is a program for UNH students who need a sober ride home and is completely free, covered by your student transportation fee. It operates Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. during the school year, and covers the towns of Durham, Dover, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, and Portsmouth. Rides are on a firstcome, first-served basis with priority given to people who are not within walking distance of their residence.
Back on campus, if you’re feeling sketched out walking through the woods from the library in the middle of the night, call for an escort. The UNH Police Department has a response time of less than two minutes and will escort you from wherever you are to wherever you’re going. All officers in the walking escort service wear clearly marked uniforms and police squad vehicles are also clearly marked.
Mass Notification Warning System
If you ever hear a blaring siren and a voice alert system ringing through campus, you should know that it’s the Whelen Mass Notification Warning System. It’s used when there is imminent danger to the campus community and is designed to follow up with voice instructions. It’s often used when there’s a chance of a natural disaster,
like a hurricane.
Lastly, here are some hotlines to keep in your phone: University Police Department: 862-1427 UNH Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at (603) 862-3494. Medical Assistance: 862-1530 Support group information, resources/referral, library: 862-3823 UNH Counseling Center: 862-2090 Office of Conduct and Mediation: 862-3377 With this information you’re guaranteed to have a safer and much more secure experience at UNH. Just remember, if anything gets sketchy, use your head and play it safe.
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Secrets to getting along with the roommate from hell By BRI HAND News Editor
Coming into college, everyone has this “ideal roommate” concept that they hope will come true. You hope that you will be best buds, go to every meal together, stay up late talking or playing video games, and delight in spending every waking moment with as you two share the smallest of quarters. But what happens when that wish for the perfect roommate doesn’t quite come true? When you make up excuses to stay away from your room as long as possible? When your dorm room doesn’t quite feel like your room. Or, to put it bluntly, what happens when you get a roommate from hell? Roommates from hell come in many ways, shapes and forms. Here is the lowdown on what kinds of hard-to-deal-with roommates you might encounter during your random setup here at UNH, and how to handle them. The Partier: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night (and maybe Wednesday or Sunday if there’s a special occasion) they get all dressed up to go out and your room suddenly
transforms into what looks like a mini liquor store. There’s no longer any room in your fridge to put your leftovers from D-Hop because it’s stocked to capacity with Keystone cans. You come back from hanging out with your friends to find your roommate sitting on the floor, halfnaked, puking into your recycling bin. Sounds fun, right? The Solution – Unfortunately, intervention doesn’t seem to work well with this. Your roommate will get defensive, say that he or she just wants to “have a good time” and fall back into his or her normal habits. Make a brief comment about how it seems like they’re going out a lot, and maybe suggest toning down some of the crazy behavior when you’re around. Hopefully this sticks, and you can have a peaceful Friday night without having to constantly use Febreze to hide the smell of puke in your dorm room. The One in a Relationship: Sadly, as fun as love is, it’s not that fun when it’s your roommate who’s in it. They constantly ask you if it’s okay if their respective partner can stay over (or worse, don’t ask at all) or send you a quick text “sexiling” you for the night when you were on your way back to the
room. Or worse, they don’t send a message at all, and you have that awkward moment where you walk in on them. When you are finally permitted to enter, they’re so tangled up cuddling on your roommate’s bed that you have a hard time finishing up your essay - too distracted by the sound of them kissing … or worse. The Solution – It’s difficult to say no when your roommate asks if it’s okay to have his or her honey sleep over without sounding like an absolute jerk.
Roommates from hell come in many ways, shapes and forms. Instead, come up with a good reason why this night/weekend isn’t the best time for them to stay over (homework, quiet time, or just plain wanting to be able to change without taking all of your clothes to the bathroom). Then, offer another time that might be better as not to completely tick off your roommate. You deserve time to yourself, that’s true, but also
respect that they want alone time as well. Try to find a balance between the two, and everything will run a lot better.
The Loud One: This roommate has no idea what appropriate noise level is and doesn’t understand the concept that coming in at 2 a.m. merits a much quieter entrance than 9 p.m. This roommate will let the door slam behind them while you are sleeping, loudly pull out all of his/ her drawers to find pajamas, type a message on Facebook like he or she has raccoon claws, and then clumsily climb up to the top of the bunk bed you two share, rocking it so much that you think there might be some kind of earthquake outside. The Solution – Remind your roommate that you are a light sleeper (even if you really aren’t) and hopefully he or she will get the hint to be a little more respectful when he or she enters the room in the wee hours of the morning. Also, some advance warning for when you especially need sleep might be helpful as well, so they have it in their minds to be extra quiet. Or, just make a joke out of the whole thing. Saying to them, “it sounded like a gunshot when you
closed the door last night” goes a long way. The Messy One: This roommate is having a little trouble coping with the fact that Mommy doesn’t clean up after him or her anymore. Whether it’s laundry overflowing onto the floor, sheets that haven’t been washed since move-in day, or unidentifiable leftovers in the mini-fridge, this roommate doesn’t lend him or herself well to a nice, clean environment. The Solution – Make sure you and your roommate have an understanding of what each of you considers “clean.” You might need to deal with a few clothes on the floor in exchange for effort on your roommate’s side. But this is your space, and you definitely have the right to a clean environment. This is not to say that you should have a nuclear meltdown anytime your roommate leaves old Easy Mac on top of the refrigerator. But if there is a pattern, definitely say something before your friends start making excuses to avoid coming over to your room because it “just has a funky smell to it.”
Make friends, explore, and remember to take a nap on the lawn News Editor
Welcome to UNH, freshmen. I have to admit, as a senior, I’m
sometimes envious of you. My classmates and I are staring down the barrel of a job market that’s so spectacularly bad for new college
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grads it would be almost funny if we didn’t have to graduate into it in a matter of months. By the time you graduate, maybe things will be bet-
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ter, or maybe we’ll all be scrambling to learn Chinese. I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m not really envious of you. Because I’ve learned a lot since I first lay in the top bunk in a sweltering room in Stoke during freshman orientation, unable to fall asleep because I was so excited to begin, to start what you’re starting this week, this big adventure called college. Here’s what I’ve learned since then. Work hard, but don’t work too hard. Take a late-night walk in the snow, have long talks, hang out with friends at HoCo until it’s time for the next meal, lie on Thompson Hall lawn in the springtime … take time to notice that this is a nice place. Don’t miss it because you’re holed up in the library. This seems like a big place to you now, but it will start to feel small. Explore everything — internships, study abroad opportunities, even alternative spring break. Durham will always be here, and it’s a big world out there. And you’ll appreciate our sleepy little town even more if you’ve been away. The people who are worth your romantic attention aren’t the ones texting you at 1 a.m. asking you to come over and “watch a movie.” That one’s important. Know what you want, know what you deserve, and stick to your guns. And, when you inevitably ignore that hard-won little chestnut from a wizened senior, just remember that every person you date/ hook up with/have a weird undefined thing with is part of your story and part of the hopefully functional adult you’re going to become. Don’t disavow that. It’s college. We’ve all been there. (Just use a condom). Fight for your friends. From this year onward, and progressively for the rest of your life, your friends are going to be increasingly scat-
tered across the country and the world. The friends who were two doors down last semester might be in Kenya or London or New Zealand next semester. Your friends from home may not come back for the summer — they might take on internships in California or summer classes in Cambridge. Make the effort to hang onto the people you care about. It’s worth it.
The people who are worth your romantic attention aren’t the ones texting you at 1 a.m. asking you to come over and “watch a movie.”
Finally, don’t get locked into a five-year plan or fixated on a dream career. The jobs I’m looking at now are in fields I didn’t even know existed when I was a freshman. Things happen. You learn new things — about yourself and about the world — and you change your mind. That’s OK (and you’re not even remotely alone). Whatever you think you want now might not make you half as happy as something you haven’t even discovered yet. Yes, have goals — just stay awake to the rest of the world, too. And have fun out there.
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Friday, August 26, 2011
A Greek’s guide to Greek Life By ANDY GILBERT staff writer
Joining a fraternity, sorority, or society, especially one connected to Greek Life is to join something far larger and more intricate than a normal student organization. You can join a student organization, ignore it, and then drop it if you choose. It’s different if you join a brotherhood or sisterhood; it can help to create some of the strongest bonds a person can make at college. They can also be envied, stereotyped, respected, or stepped on by students and professors alike, but those who call themselves Greek can teach invaluable lessons in service, integrity, respect, love, honor ,and tolerance. This article covers the chapter organizations associated with UNH’s Office of Greek Life and the governing bodies of the Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council and the United Greeks Association in respects to what they represent and how to join. And this isn’t based on people I’ve spoken to; instead, this is based on my own experiences, as a member of a Greek Life fraternity for more than two years. I joined Alpha Gamma Rho in the fall of my sophomore year and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My chapter helped me to become a stronger person, as Greek Life has for over thousands of other students in the last several years. There is a bond here, a connection that you can’t always see from the outside. Unfortunately, I rarely see that bond highlighted when I hear about Greeks from anyone else on campus. Despite the fact that Greek members make up 48 of the 50 top CEOs in the country, some never see joining a chapter as a rewarding endeavor. Well, trust me, it is. This article is a cross between an editorial and a guide. Its goal is to better inform those reading it about Greek Life and how to join, not from an outside perspective, but from an inside perspective as someone who has gone through it and never thought he would. As a reporter and a Greek, I find myself in a rare position to set the record straight. But bear in mind, this isn’t an article that’s going to tell you about various chapters’ secrets, nor is it an instant guarantee to get into any chapter. However, by reading this article I guarantee you’ll look less like an idiot when talking about Greeks and more of a mature, unbigoted adult. So let’s begin.
Greek Life and how it operates, and less like a douche who’s just trying to climb a social ladder. Like I said, going Greek is a lot more than just joining another student organization. Greek chapters are treated differently under social policy and how they govern themselves. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s just a really important thing to understand before anything else. To keep it brief, Greek Life chapters have three different governing bodies that work separately as well as collectively to insure the betterment of the whole. Each chapter is placed in one of the three bodies when they become a chapter or colony at UNH. As mentioned, the three governing bodies are the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and the United Greeks Association. Each chapter sends a delegate to the governing body they are associated with. Delegates update and pass these laws and policies directly, and they immediately affect those chapters within the Greek System.
Greek Evaluation Every year, “GPEP” standings and GPA standings of each fraternity, sorority and society associated with Greek Life are publically released. GPA standings are a collective of the entire chapter’s overall GPA. GPEP, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. GPEP stands for “Greek Performance and Evaluation Program,” and is an annual merit-based evaluation for UNH Greek Life chapters similar to an annual SAT, except there’s no practice test prior. GPEP evaluates a chapter’s efforts in five different categories: Intellectual Development, Membership Development, Community Service and Philanthropy, Accountability and Risk Management, and Community and Campus Involvement. At its most ideal point, GPEP appears as a cheat sheet turned evaluation routine to examine and recognize a chapter’s ability to commit to the ideals of Greek Life. At the very least, it demonstrates how well or committed a chapter is to filling out paperwork. It shouldn’t be the only thing used when you’re deciding on which chapter to join. While it can mark a chapter’s contribution in the fields it evaluates, it doesn’t demonstrate each chapter’s individual and unique character. To discover their character, you’re going to have to meet them, and the easiest way to do that, before becoming Greek, is to rush.
Rushing and Bids
Before we get into rushing, let’s start with a basic understanding of how Greek Life works politically. Why? Well, because you’re going to look more like a potential member, or at the very least a respectable human being, if you actually understand the mechanics of
Alright, first off, this really isn’t a howto-rush guide. So if you’re looking for tips on how to click with a certain fraternity or sorority, you’re SOL. But if you’re looking to understand how the rushing and bidding process works, keep reading.
Rushing can, and is encouraged to, run year-round. Depending on the fraternity or sorority, potential new members can receive bids at any time during the academic year. However, most tend to have specific times of the year in which they invite potential members to come and meet the brothers and sisters of the chapter, usually at the beginning of each semester. There are two types of rush events: formal and informal. Most chapters tend to use informal rushes, or events not connected to one another and are run solely by the chapter themselves. These events can range from football to laser tag to crafts. The dates of the events are usually advertised by the chapters themselves. However, this is not always the case. For example, the five sororities of the Panhellenic Council hold a formal rush known as “Rho Psi” in the fall semester of each year. Those interested in joining the five chapters in Panhellenic in the fall participate in a joint formal rush event that happens in September, and those interested need to sign up online beforehand. And remember, just because you show up for an event, whether informal or formal, no matter the Greek chapter, does not guarantee you’ll get a bid. A bid is a formal invitation to become a new member in a chapter and to participate in the chapter’s new member program. These programs are vital, as they teach new members the values and history of the chapter, prior in most cases, to becoming initiated. Depending on the chapter’s schedule and the amount of content in the program the length of it varies. The decision to give someone a bid is based on variety of factors that differ from each chapter, but is something very honorable to get, as it means that the brothers or sisters see strong potential in you to be a productive and successful member of their chapter. If you don’t get a bid, don’t get mad. Try again next semester. Getting mad at not getting a bid will simply alienate you from the chapter. And perhaps that chapter wasn’t really the best one of you. Also, if you don’t get a bid, you’re free to look into another chapter. In fact, it’s also possible to get bids from multiple chapters, but in the end you can only choose one.
New Members, Mentors and Rituals As a new member, you will most likely be given a mentor, usually known as a Big Brother or Big Sister, though that’s not always the proper name so be courteous and know the proper title of your mentor. Mentors are usually selected based on their compatibility with the new member in a variety of ways on depending on that chapter’s customs.
At some point, provided you succeed in the New Membership program, you will be fully initiated into the chapter. This is something to be very proud of and the details are of which are to be kept secret unless stated otherwise. A chapter’s rituals are somber events to symbolize important transitions or times within the chapter, no different in that respect to a baptism or bar mitzvah. The secrecy that goes with them is to symbolize and strengthen the bond between the chapter on both a local and national level. If you ever feel uncomfortable at any point during your participation in the new membership program or ritual, talk to your mentor, your chapter’s president or your chapter’s advisor. Chances are your feelings were caused by a miscommunication or misinterpretations of something someone said or did. An uncomfortable situation is extremely rare and can easily be resolved, and help to strengthen the chapter in doing so.
Full Membership and Beyond Greek Life will teach you a lot about life and its challenges. As I’ve already mentioned, based on my own experiences, I really came into my own thanks to Alpha Gamma Rho and I know plenty of other young men and women who have also become more mature and have learned a lot from their experiences with their chapters. By joining Greek Life, you get part of something more, from rituals to networks to outstanding alumni, not only from your own chapter, but from chapters across the country. And many of the chapters frequently interact, ranging from co-sponsored events to Greek Week in the spring. Also, to run into a Greek from that point onward is like running into someone you can instantly relate to, no matter where they’re from. That’s why it’s called Greek Life – it’s more than just a three to four year commitment. Fraternities, sororities and societies are outstanding examples of young men and women coming together for common interests and building upon each other to do great things. Each chapter works toward being the best they can be both in the community and in the university. This isn’t Animal House. This isn’t Old School. This is the real thing, not a National Lampoon production. Each chapter also has a philanthropy or nonprofit it supports, ranging from the Red Cross to Heifer International, to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The goal of any Greek chapter is to make better men and women in many ways. Hopefully by reading this guide and getting the full story you are now more interested in joining one, or at the very least, are a lot more educated on what and who they are.
Get Involved! Join any of the many clubs on campus! Don’t be afraid to get involved! There are hundreds of clubs on campus for all interests. Not so sure about one? At least go check it out!
Sports Clubs: Aikido Archery Baseball Climbing Cycling Dance Fencing Synchro Skating Golf Men’s Ice Hockey Judo Men’s Lacrosse Nordic Skiing Men’s Rowing Women’s Rowing
Men’s Rugby Women’s Rugby Coed Sailing Shooting Shotakan Karate Ski & Board Women’s Softball Taw Kwon Do Tennis Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Men’s Volleyball Women’s Volleyball Woodsmen Wrestling
Student Organizations: Accounting Students Association Active Minds Aegis Alabaster Blue Alliance Alpha Epsilon Delta Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Tau Omega Alpha Phi Alpha Delta Phi Alpha Sigma Phi Alpha Gamma Rho
Alpha Chi Sigma Alternative Break Challenge American Civil Engineers American Mechanical Engineers American Society Microbiology Animal Welfare Alliance Animal Club Arnold Air Society Athletes Intervarsity Fellowship Ballroom Dance Club Best Buddies UNH Billiards Club Black Student Union Business Starters Campus Activities Board Catholic Student Organization
Chess Club Chi Alpha Ministries Chi Omega Sorority Child Life Organization Chinese Scholar Association Christensen Hall Council Christian Impact Circle K Club Managers Association College Democrats College Republicans Collegiate FFA Comm-entary Committee Rights Justice
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Need something to do? Explore the Seacoast area By ALEXANDRA CHURCHILL and CORINNE HOLROYD Staff Writers
Once you’ve unpacked and settled into your dorm room, you’ll come to find very quickly that Durham is, well, boring. Chances are, your first weekend at UNH, the first thing you want to do is take advantage of that free pass on the Wildcat Transit bus route and explore the towns around the UNH campus. So, whether you’re in the mood for some fine dining, the great outdoors or a better taste of New England culture, here are some off-campus spots to explore as well as the travel options you can take to get there. Durham: You don’t have to travel far from campus for something to do. Just off campus, if you travel Route 4 from Durham to Newington, you’ll spot the silhouette of a wagon on a hilltop. If you haven’t turned up that dirt drive, you’re missing the best view in town. Wagon Hill Farm is a historic site of undulating hills and dirt paths. And make sure to add sledding down Wagon Hill on a snow day onto your bucket list for freshman year. Dover: Hop on Wildcat Transit’s Route 3 and take a walking tour of Dover’s historic downtown and Riverwalk. In the center of town, you can catch a movie at the Strand Theater or grab a cup of coffee at Kaleo Coffee, which offers a discount for students with a UNH ID. Also, make a point of visiting Hilton Point Park if you’re traveling along Route 4 Spaulding Turnpike on the Dover side of the Piscataqua River where it meets the Great Bay. The swirling eddies, bobbing sailboats and open skies make this riverside park a great
place for a picnic or day out on a Saturday afternoon. Newmarket:
While Newmarket is the quieter of Durham’s neighbors, you don’t have to walk far past Main Street to find something to do. Packers Falls has always been a popular swimming area in the Lamprey River. In downtown Newmarket, Crackskulls has been a longtime off-campus favorite hangout spot for UNH students. Just grab a book, lounge back in one of their armchairs, and sip on a cup of freshly brewed coffee. If you’re looking for some nightlife in quiet Newmarket, try The Stone Church that sits atop Zion Hill. The church, a Universalist house worship reestablished as a music club in the sixties, is now one of the more well-known venues for live music on the Seacoast and has hosted live shows from up-andcoming bands, including Phish. Newington: If you’re dying for a trip to a mall, the Fox Run Mall is your best bet. Here, you can shop at over a hundred stores for virtually anything you want. Looking to revamp your campus wardrobe? Fox Run Mall has brand-name stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, Charlotte Russe, Hollister Co., Express, and PacSun. Want some electronics or the latest album? Stop at Fye or Radio Shack. Or what if you’re in desperate need of some dorm room décor and supplies? Try JCPenny, Macy’s or Sears. If you want to check out the newest movies, there’s always Regal Cinemas. Portsmouth: Looking for a breath of fresh air? Breathe in the ocean air off the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, a picturesque maritime town. Where the bus drops you off at the center of
Market Square in plain sight of the white steeple of the North Church, downtown is always bustling with people. Take a walk downtown to window shop the artisan shops that line Portsmouth’s cobbled streets. Check out discounted records and CDs at Bull Moose or the newest book releases at River Run Bookstore. If you want to relax in a café ambiance, grab a cup of the best coffee in Portsmouth at Breaking New Grounds. Buy your tickets to the latest in-theater show at The Music Hall. Go to brunch with your friends at The Friendly Toast and try one of their dozens of breakfast specials, such as the Green Eggs and Ham. Out of the state: If you want a weekend trip and are lacking a car, taking one of the buses is a good alternative. If you’re willing to spend money to travel – or even to go home for a weekend if you’re out of state – you can take the Amtrak Downeaster train up to Portland or down to Boston for the day. The C&J Bus system can take you to Boston (including Logan Airport) and New York City. Each of the buses has Wi-Fi available for its passengers. Amtrak trips have varying prices, depending on when and where you go. Make sure to check Amtrak’s website for train times, destinations and fares. C&J trips are $150 for a round trip to NYC, $40 to Logan Airport with a student ID, and $28 to South Station in Boston with a student ID. If you’re looking to travel to a town that Wildcat Transit, Amtrak and C&J don’t travel to, the COAST bus system (short for the Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation) may have stops in that town. A list of stops and fares are available on its website, www.coastbus. org, and fares range from 50 cents to $2.50.
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My advice to you: Open your mouth and speak By SAMANTHA PEARSON Arts Editor
So you want to survive your first year at UNH? There’s only one piece of advice I can offer, and it involves two very simple steps: Open your mouth. Speak. No matter how shy you are, no matter how terrifying the whole “college experience” seems to be, the only way you will ever make it through the next four to six years is if you are willing to talk to the people around you. Try greeting your neighbors, or asking your RA for recommendations on things to do on campus, in Durham and in the surrounding towns of Portsmouth, Newmarket and Dover. Join a student organization. Sit next to someone in one of your classes instead of leaving three empty desks between you and everybody else.
College is meant to be a time for exploration of character. Experimentation in all areas of life is not only tolerated, but also encouraged. Speaking is the best way to make friends on a campus this large, and it is also the best way to establish a connection to the faculty and students. Taking the time to talk to your peers, as well as your professors, will help you create a basis of support for your social and academic pursuits at UNH. Making friends is as easy as inviting someone to sit with you in the dining hall. Getting to know your professors is the best way to get recommendations and acknowledgments which will help you further your academic career and get you a head
start on future plans, like internships and job opportunities. Simply greeting and introducing yourself to someone can open a wealth of experiences for you. When I moved from Northern California to New Hampshire for to college, I thought making friends was going to be easy. It would have been, too, had I followed my own advice and spoken to some of my peers. It wasn’t until the very end of my first semester that I felt I had made any lasting relationships with anyone other than my roommate at the time, and it was because I was too afraid to talk to people. Since then, I’ve learned my lesson, and I’m certainly not the only person on this campus who will offer this advice: don’t be afraid to talk. A fellow TNH staff member even said that he tells all of the incoming freshmen exactly that. College is meant to be a time for exploration of character. Experimentation in all areas of life is not only tolerated, but also encouraged. What is the point of experimenting if you have no one with whom to swap stories? Furthermore, how are you supposed to meet new people and explore life outside of your safety net if you are unwilling to converse with people who are different from you? As long as you are willing to talk, and unafraid of shaking a few hands and smiling at a few unfamiliar faces, then you will have a fantastic first-year college experience. Remember that you are surrounded by freshmen just like you who are having very similar struggles. There is more common ground between you and your peers than you realize. In order to see that, you have to open your mouth, speak and, finally, succeed. Don’t hold yourself back. College is more than just education in the classroom. It’s an education in letting yourself be you and in meeting others. So don’t hide from it - embrace it.
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Robotics Club Rotaract Sales Club Salsa Club Sandpaper SCAN TV 24 Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sigma Phi Epsilon Sigma Chi Fraternity Sigma Nu Sigma Alpha Sorority Signal Sisters in Step Sketched Out Comedy Troupe Slow Food UNH Society of Women Engineers Society of Physics Students STAND Stonewall Grads Student Art Association Student nutrition Association Student Occupational Association Student Environmental Coalition Student Popular Entertainment Student Healthcare Leadership Student Athletic Organization
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 it comes to investing in textbooks, it’s much cheaper to buy books online than in a local bookstore, Rolfe said. More speciﬁcally, Rolfe advises students to buy international editions of textbooks on eBay. “These are non-hardcover books, intended to be sold abroad that feature identical content and exercises for 33-50 percent of the price.” Rolfe suggests that students get a credit card in order to establish a line of credit for future loans and purchases. However, be sure not to spend too much money at once and pay off your debts promptly. When selecting a credit card, be sure to select the most favorable terms of agreement. Basically, get a credit card with
the lowest interest rates and fees and be sure you know the details in the ﬁne print. If you’re looking to increase your personal revenues, a part-time job on campus can be advantageous to students. Dining and the Survey Center in Huddleston Hall are popular employers who don’t require students to be eligible for federal work-study. In other words, it’s typically very easy to be hired at these locations. Additionally, be on the lookout in your academic department for work opportunities that will beneﬁt your career interests and resume. UNH also has an Undergraduate Careers website that can be helpful, and meeting the right people never hurts. “Make friends with upper classmen to learn about their experience in obtaining on campus work,” Rolfe said. “I found out about paid academic tutoring positions through befriending one of my teaching as-
Basically, get a credit card with the lowest interest rates and fees and be sure you know the details in the fine print. There’s a lot to wrap your head around being a new college student, but when it comes to managing your personal ﬁnance at UNH, just remember these few things: don’t spend money you don’t have, set a budget, buy books online, you don’t need a gym membership, you can ﬁnd a job, and you have already paid for almost anything you could want or need while studying here. All you have to do is take advantage of it.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Simply put, that’s what college is about – stepping into a new place and out of a long-known comfort zone. That’s especially important during freshman year as strangers form bonds that last, well, forever. And the best part is, it really doesn’t matter what you do – as long as you’re doing something. You’re lucky enough to attend a large school with plenty to offer. Here, there is no doubt you’ll ﬁnd people with similar interests. And if you don’t, you’re not trying. And that’s the worst thing you can do in college. The next four years will shape the
rest of your life – namely the person you will become. You’re not going to ﬁnd yourself in college. But your experiences in college will set the foundation for the rest of your life. You’ll leave this campus with more stories than you can remember. You’ll leave this campus with the allimportant diploma (hopefully). But most importantly, you’ll leave this campus a different person. The classes are why you come to college. But the culture is why you want to stay. You’ll have more free time in college than you can imagine. What you do with that time will deﬁne your next four years. Striking a balance is the wellknown secret. You could get by college studying nine hours a day. You could get
by (the ﬁrst semester of) college drinking Keystone Light everyday. But the students that get the most out of college are the ones that are able to do both. And the best part is, you’re being handed the opportunity to do that here. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new will be key. Over the next two weeks, all the freshmen walking past you are in the same position as you: lost and without many friends. Strike up conversations with strangers, keep your door open, and most importantly, be open to trying something new. Because you never know what exchange will lead to a life-changing friendship or opportunity. Even if it is in the sketchy room of a yellow house.
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Like a Pro: For the Freshmen
niversity of New Hampshire Class of 2015, welcome to Durham. You are now a part of the Wildcat family, and I’m going to give you one major piece of advice: have as much fun here as you possibly can. Before you know it, the next four years will be over and you are going to be stuck in the real world taking orders from eight different bosses – that is, if you’re lucky enough to land a job right out of college. But hey, don’t worry, that “fantasy” is at least four years away so we can ignore that until the second semester of senior year. I still have one carefree semester left. People often say that college is the best four years of your life and, judging from my own personal experiences over the last few years, those people are probably right. I could list off all of the crazy nights I have encountered, or at least those I can remember, but we can save that for another time and place. Instead, I would like to share a little advice for the freshmen. Do not be afraid to try new things, both socially and educationally. College is a fresh start from high school. Most people here don’t know you and quite honestly don’t care who you were in high school. Nobody cares if your football team won the state championship and nobody knows if your only friends were your mom and your Xbox. I am not telling you to change who you are entirely, but don’t think you can’t make a few changes. Freshmen, you are about to
have more free time than you know what to do with. There are students who can manage their time properly and those who will be on academic probation faster than you can recite your SAT score. Procrastination will be your worst enemy, especially since your parents aren’t around to hassle you to do homework. Also, most professors really don’t care whether or not you do your work or even go to class for that matter. Motivation will be your best friend. If you can be self-motivated enough to do your work on time, then there is no excuse not to get passing grades. College is actually pretty easy if you can limit procrastination and stay motivated. Now that you know how to pass any class you take here (you’re welcome) we can discuss the other part of college – the elusive social aspect. One of my professors once said that he believed the social skills one learns in college far outweigh anything you will learn in the classroom, and I couldn’t agree more. Take advantage of your surroundings. Go out and have fun, meet new people and try new things. A night out around campus truly can ease the stress that college courses may bring. Sometimes taking a break from schoolwork is what you really need for success in the classroom. For some people, taking a break might be hiking through College Woods, and for others taking a break includes a bottle of cheap vodka, loud music and a dirty
basement. In college those are both viable and respectable options. When else in your life will you be able to say that? The “real world” is coming faster than you think, so get all that recklessness out while you can. Just be careful how far you push it – there is a fine line between cutting loose and being that roommate who needs a babysitter every Friday and Saturday night. Don’t be that guy everyone watches being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon on Main Street. Don’t be the guy whose BAC is consistently higher than his GPA. I guess what I am trying to say is this: do what you want and have fun doing it. Because if you’re not enjoying yourself, then is it really worth it? There are so many opportunities here at UNH to take advantage of – from the different student organizations to simply going outside and joining in a game of Ultimate Frisbee on T-Hall Lawn. Join a student group – if there isn’t a group for you, create one. Attend the MUB movies, go to the sporting events, and take advantage of all UNH has to offer, because this is the one time in your life you will truly be able to do what you want. Enjoy your time here at UNH, have fun and most of all: Stay classy, not UMassy, The New Hampshirite The New Hampshirite is an anoymous UNH student who entertains much of the campus with his politically incorrect and realistic accounts of student life in Durham. Read his blog at unhblog.com.
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Thumbs up to hurricane parties. Irene’s invited! Thumbs down to the day after hurricane parties. Thumbs up to being back at UNH. Thumbs down to waiting in line for textbooks. And buying textbooks. And pretty much anything involving textbooks. Thumbs up to police escorts on the first weekend. Riding in style. Thumbs down to the other kind of police escorts. Not the way you envisioned the first weekend, eh? Thumbs up to finally being away from little children. Trust us, this isn’t as weird as it sounds. Thumbs down to being forced to think about future employment already. Thumbs up to new dorms/apartments. Looks weird when it’s clean, huh? Thumbs down to forced triples. And Stoke. And a huge thumbs down to forced triples in Stoke. Thumbs up to Dunkin Donuts accepting Dining Dollars in the MUB. Thumbs down to Panache leaving. What will we do without those cupcakes, honey BBQ melts and Starbucks coffee? Thumbs up to getting out of class early the first week. How long does it take to read a syllabus? Thumbs down to thinking you have a good schedule at the beginning of the semester, then dreading it two weeks later. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down are the collected opinions of UNH students, faculty and staff, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TNH or its staff.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The New Hampshire
Intramural and club sports offer options for everyone ARJUNA RAMGOPAL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
As a sports writer, I love sports. Watching is great, but obviously playing is that much better. Unfortunately, I am not a gifted athlete and would have little chance to make a varsity team. Not only that, but I probably don’t have the time to commit to a team. I am sure most of you out there probably don’t have the time to commit your life to play a varsity sport. Well fear not friends, because UNH has sport clubs and intramurals. There are 29 sport clubs at UNH, clubs that range from archery, shooting and fencing, to rugby, ice hockey and baseball. Club sports are very similar to varsity sports, with many teams competing around the region and even across the country. Intramural sports are for those looking for a little fun once a week for a few weeks. There are over 20 different sports and tournaments in men’s, women’s and co-rec leagues,
available throughout the year. From the ever-popular ﬂag football, to the wacky and zany broomball, intramurals has something for everyone. Build a team with some friends, or enter as a free agent where you can hook on with a team looking for an extra player. Intramurals are a great way to let out some energy, hang out with friends and other cool people, and have some fun. I remember last year I entered the co-rec ﬂag football league. Being a freshman, I thought it would be hard to make my own team but I was shocked to ﬁnd out how easy it was. Our team wasn’t the best, and we lost the majority of our games, but it was loads of fun running around with some friends playing a sport I love. For more information on intramural and club sports, visit http:// campusrec.unh.edu. I encourage all of you to get involved and go for a sports club or intramural team. Stay active, be healthy, and have some fun!
Men’s lacrosse is one of many club teams that compete at UNH. Despite it’s designation as a club team, the team still competes at a high level, competing against schools like UConn and the University of Arizona. on and off the ﬁeld help her team achieve success as well. In her freshman year she agreed to play back, choosing the success of the team as more important than moving out of her comfort zone being a primary up-ﬁeld player. With a willingness to score and help her team win no matter what it takes, Krall should have a ﬁne senior season for the Wildcats.
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Nagengast’s work ethic, her consistent improvement, and her ability to come through in the clutch, she should put together a great ﬁnal season.
Men’s Soccer: Brad Hilton
The senior midﬁelder led his team with eight points on three goals and two assists last season, starting all 19 games the Wildcats played in 2010. He also recorded a team-high 37 shots, 19 of which were shot on goal. Like Nagengast, Hilton has improved each year he has played, doubling his goalscoring opportunities between his sophomore and junior seasons, with results. Out of his three goals scored in 2010, two were game-winners that came in back-to-back victories. With Hilton using his playmaking abilities to create goal-scoring opportunities, expect a big year from the senior midﬁelder.
Senior midfielder Brad Hilton will be key to the men’s soccer team’s run at an America East title.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 wearing a burnt orange shirt or hat, he or she stood out amidst the sea of college students showing their school spirit. Longhorn athletics is at the heart of that giant community. Coming back to Durham, it was a different story. Again, there shouldn’t be a comparison between the two schools since the size difference is so vast. But I noticed only a few students had UNH athletic shirts on, and the blue and white Wildcat colors didn’t ﬂy so high on campus. But that can change easily. The next four (or more) years for you incoming freshmen are as great as you make them. It’s up to you to change what you don’t like, start what hasn’t been started, and to accomplish everything you set your mind to. This is a community, with an athletic program that absolutely should not be ignored or taken for granted. It seems ridiculous not to display school spirit when it’s so easy to do so. Whether you’re a fan of athletics or not, it’s a great opportunity to cheer for your school with thousands of peers and fellow students. There is one thing at UNH that unites us all: we’re all Wildcats. We have that in common. Wear your blue and white proudly.
Women’s Soccer: Jordyn Krall
The senior midﬁelder/forward started 17 out of the 20 games her team played last season, and saw action in all of them at each position. She ﬁnished with ﬁve total points, including two goals on 21 shots and one assist. While her offensive abilities give the Wildcats a chance to score when she’s carrying the ball up the ﬁeld, Krall’s leadership abilities
Volleyball: Lauren Laquerre
A co-captain going into her senior year, the outside hitter ﬁnished last season with a team-high 319 kills in 26 matches and 95 sets played. She also recorded 177 digs and 31 blocks, good for fourth overall among her teammates. While Laquerre has improved each season, her junior year proved to be far and above her best. Even while playing injured her sophomore year, Laquerre still put up top numbers on her team, ranking fourth in kills with 147 and ﬁfth in blocks with 62. Her work ethic on the court has resulted in impressive numbers throughout her UNH tenure, and it has also shown in the classroom. In her freshman and sophomore years, she was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll and America East Commissioner’s Cup Honor Roll for recording GPA’s better than 3.0 and 3.5, respectively. At the end of the 2010 season, she was given the Franklin Taylor Scholarship Award for her academic excellence. A leader and superstar, expect Laquerre to add to her great numbers and top her impressive junior season.
2011 UNH Football Schedule Thu Sep. 1
Sat Sep. 10
Sat Sep. 24
at Richmond *
Sat Oct. 1
Sat Oct. 8
Sat Oct. 15
at William & Mary * Zable Stadium
Sat Oct. 22
vs. Massachusetts @ Gillette Stadium *
Sat Oct. 29
Rhode Island *
Sat Nov. 5
James Madison *
Sat Nov. 12
at Towson *
Sat Nov. 19
Cowell Stadium 12:00 PM * indicates conference games
The New Hampshire
Friday, August 26, 2011
It was recently announced that the men’s hockey team will skate at Fenway Park this winter when they take on the University of Maine on Jan. 7.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The New Hampshire
Building Wildcat Pride T
BRANDON LAWRENCE Content Editor
hree years ago I came to the UNH campus as a freshman not knowing much about what college life would be like. It was a completely new scene, and I was nervous about the looming adjustment process. But there was one thing that kept my emotions in check during the changing time, and that was athletics. I’ve always been a fan of just about every sport, and coming to college with a hockey team known nationally as a powerhouse excited me. A football team that consistently makes it to the FCS playoffs sounded nice, and Division-I teams all around always provides entertainment for the avid sports fan. My message to not just incoming freshmen, but the rest of the UNH community as well, is to take advantage of the Division-I athletics UNH has to offer. Go to games and support the Wildcats. Show your school spirit, because four years go by way too fast, and the opportunity goes with it. This isn’t by any means the biggest school, and comparisons to athletic communities like Texas, North Carolina and Michigan don’t even exist. But when I took a trip with others on the newspaper staff down to Austin a few years back, I found one concept fascinating, and wished that I saw more of it back in Durham. Everywhere I looked in the streets of the University of Texas, I saw the rusty orange color of the Longhorns. The street signs were orange. Longhorn logos dominated the sidewalks, buildings and clothing around campus. If a person walked by and wasn’t PRIDE continued on page 14
UNH students pack the stands to cheer on the men’s hockey team as the Wildcats take on an opponent at the Whittemore Center last season.
8Decker ready to lead
Five UNH athletes to watch this fall RYAN HARTLEY Staff Writer
There will be much to watch this fall as far as sports go. With five varsity sports teams, including football, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball, students will have more than the changing colors of the trees on campus to admire. Besides the teams themselves, each squad features an athlete that students should be focusing on when they’re in the stands. Not only will these athletes thrill their spectators, they will lead their respective teams both on and off the field of play.
• Football: Kevin Decker
Going into his senior season, the co-captain will finally have a chance to shine this year. Having been a backup to R.J. Toman for the majority of his UNH tenure, Decker will enter the 2011 season as the starting quarterback. Last season he played in thirteen games and started one, a secondround postseason game at Bethune-Cookman, in which he went 23 for 35 passing with 289 yards and three touchdowns. Besides his ability to pass the ball accurately, Decker also possesses some speed out of the backfield, rushing 28 times for 92 yards and one score last season. With his natural abilities and motivation to show everyone what he’s truly made of on the field, expect the senior to put together an impressive season.
• Field Hockey: Katherine Nagengast
Senior Kevin Decker will finally head up the UNH offense after playing behind R.J. Toman for the first three years of his career as a Wildcat. Decker has shown promise throughout his time in Durham and has an opportunity to prove his worth as starting quarterback this season. Check out the full UNH football schedule on page 14.
Last season the senior goalkeeper put up eye-popping numbers, compiling a 1.96 GAA, a .703 save percentage and two shutouts en route to a 14-7 overall record. She also managed to play 98 percent of a possible 1,482:09 minutes, displaying a workhorse mentality on the field. If that wasn’t enough, Nagengast went a perfect 5-0 in America East conference games with a 1.20 GAA and a .786 save percentage. While last season was arguably her best, the senior goalkeeper has shown marked improvement each year she’s played; in just her sophomore year she had become a fulltime starter, starting all 19 games in which the Wildcats played. With FIVE ATHLETES continued on page 14