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The REAL Student Body

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.� -Unknown

What is the umbrella definition of gender queer? People who identify outside or in between social norms. They transgress the social norms of man or woman. How do you define gender queer for yourself? I fall somewhere in the range of the scale from woman to man, but it is not pinpointed in any particular location. What is one misunderstanding people may have of someone who is gender queer and how would you respond? People who identify as gender queer just do not know if they are a man or a woman or they do not know who they are. My response to that is that being gender queer does not mean that you do not know who you are it is that you know that you do not identify in the boxes of social norms that society gives you in regards to gender. If there was one piece of advice you would give to someone who was coming out as gender queer what would it be? Do not be afraid to be who you are because people will tell you that you do not have the right, but you do. Just do what you do as an individual, do not do it because of an assigned identity. - FloJo


What is the umbrella definition of asexual? Someone who does not feel sexual attraction to other people and are not interested in having sex with other people. Some people may use it for other forms of attraction, but that is the most widespread use of the term. How do you define asexual for yourself? In the same way, I am not sexually attracted to others, but sex is also something that I wouldn’t mind doing for a partner I am in a long term relationship with. What is one of misunderstanding people may have of someone who is asexual and how would you respond? One of the biggest misconceptions people have about people who are asexual is that they just haven’t had a “good” or the “right” experience yet. My response is that people know if they are not sexually attracted to others. The reason why is not because the bad experience made them asexual, but rather being asexual made those experiences not enjoyable. If there was one piece of advice you would give to someone who was coming out as asexual what would it be? It is okay and it is not wrong to identify as asexual. You do not have to force yourself to be sexual because others force you to act that way. A lot of people tend to not know what it means to be asexual because it is not something that is well known. Do not let them deny you that identity.

- Jaime Hassan

Welcome to Student Senate‌ President: Joe Maynard Vice President: Nick Hetland

What are your majors? Joe: General Business Administration Nick: Civil Engineering Why did you choose to run for senate? We talked about it from the beginning of the year. When we decide to take something on we like to go all in and we saw an opportunity to better ourselves as well as the URI community. We felt as if we could make a difference on campus. What do you think set you apart from you opponents and how do you plan on using that difference while you are in office? We went for the common person president and vice president. Instead of taking action from ideas we have come up with, we like to collect a pool of ideas from others before we do things. Being inclusive was a big part of what we wanted to do. Letting everyone know that we want to work together and that Senate can help them with things they want to do was a big component of our campaign. We have a collegiate approach to solve collegiate problems. We know what problems need to be fixed and now we are working on fixing them. What are you looking forward to the most for next year? Getting the new proposal for a new Memorial Union is definitely something we are looking forward to. A bigger union that can house all student groups on campus will be more convenient for everyone. We are looking forward to going to all student group events and making Senate a visible resource to them. We also want Senate to be involved in the day to day lives of students. We want to get our face out there. Seeing our ideas come together and seeing students benefit from what we do will be our biggest reward.

What big changes are you looking to make on campus? We would like to see message boards in popular areas that will feature everything from the weather to what is happening on campus. We want to see lights put up on intramural fields for events and games that run late. Currently, we are working on creating a dining hall app that includes nutrition facts for students. Lastly, we would like to give out folders to first year students with contact information on Senate and other groups on campus. It will also feature class information and their rights while living on campus. How do you plan on supporting an inclusive campus? We want groups to support each other’s events so it is “not are you coming?” it’s “when are you coming!” Co-sponsoring events will also create connections between student groups and Senate. By increasing communication we can get people to go to more things. We want to make Senate more apparent, so groups know what they need to do and be able to execute their ideas by fully using the resources provided by Senate. What is one motto you live by that you would not mind sharing? “Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do”-Joe “Don’t screw up today what you screwed up yesterday”-Nick

Farewell to a graduating Senior‌

Abigail Seelig With what degree will you be leaving URI? I am majoring in Fashion Textiles, Merchandising and Design and minoring in Public Relations. How was your experience at URI? My experience was awesome! At first I had some doubts about whether or not the school was right for me, but once I got involved I met great people and really enjoyed being a student at URI. What will you miss the most? I’ll definitely miss seeing my best friends everyday and just being around people with the same ambitions and goals as me. Where do you see yourself going with your degree? At this point in my life, I want to take a year off and enjoy myself. After working so hard for the past 4 years, I want to relax before emerging myself into the real world. In terms of my career path, I have gained so must interest in potentially opening up my own bridal boutique! As I see it, everyday is full of surprises, you never know what is going to come your way. What is your biggest dream/goal for your future? My biggest dream and goal is just to be happy. I know that sounds cliché, but if you’re happy with what you’re doing, nothing can bring you down. If you could leave one piece of advise to current and new students at URI what would it be? There’s a lot of advice I could give to new students, but at URI the biggest advice is definitely to get involved. You’ll meet great people, learn a lot, and build a great résumé!

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Writing and I first met when we were young. It was not love at first sight, but I found her enticing and fun to be around. I remember being asked to write a story about being my favorite animal for a day, and I wrote about living a day as a cheetah. I remember the ecstasy and euphoria that was surging through me like the waves of a tsunami. But, that is only when we started flirting with each other; my finger tips would passionately but gently grab the pencil, and I would satisfy the lines on a paper with the imaginative thoughts spilling through my mind. The pencil and paper were instruments to our developing relationship, playing a symphony of our love story. It was not until middle school where we really started exploring each other and exchanging intimate interactions. We did not care where we were at, Writing and I did not shy away from PDA, we actually encouraged it. It was the rush of having people around while constructing such interesting stories that kept our relationship alive. For some reason, when I was alone I never invited Writing over, and she never scolded me for that, but I knew deep down Writing wanted me around as much as possible. It was not until after I made up a story about street racing, inspired by “The Fast and The Furious,” that Writing and I started going out. I wanted to tell the world that I loved her but I thought it was too soon, even though I had never felt that way about anything before. My love for Writing traveled through my blood stream and into my mind, arousing multiple concepts for stories and poems. When teachers told me to make up stories, I would get excited because I know I would be meeting with the wifey soon. But, when I went into my sophomore year of high school, our relationship took a toll and the distractions of new females and the wonders of a new experience took my love away from me. Writing would visit me from time to time, because like every relationship that ends, it doesn’t really end. She would still come around and pleasure my imagination. It was not until my freshmen year in college that the fire of our relationship was met with gasoline, causing our love to explode, scattering my affection for everyone to see. It is funny when I think about it because the reason why our love grew to height of three Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other is from me getting involved in a new relationship. When I was with Nursing, Writing appeared to me more than ever. I would be with Nursing and Writing would sneak in, and make love to my mind. I could not find myself away from her, whenever I was around Nursing, Writing would be on my mind. I would be in class writing stories and poems rather than listening to the lesson at hand. Our connection was reestablished and became better than ever before, and I was hit with a revelation. It dawned on me like the Sun waking up the world with its illuminating smile that I was making a foolish mistake being with Nursing, my heart belonged to Writing, and she knew it. I loved her more because when Nursing tried to kidnap my heart, Writing did all that she could to get me back. That is when I decided I wanted to be with Writing for the rest of my life, so I signed the papers, and arranged our wedding. She was the passionate inspiration to my decision to label myself as an author. Writing develops my character every day, making me a greater intellectual with every passing day. She puts money in my pocket and on my graduation day, my fianceé and I will officially be together. She will be the catalyst of me achieving my main goal in life, my personal legend that will publish a novel, and showcase our love for the world to see. Writing is my all and my all cannot be divorced for I will be empty.

8 Study Tips to Get You Through Finals‌ 1. Snack smart 2. Sleep well 3. Partner up with someone from your class 4. Take breaks 5. Test yourself 6. Get organized 7. Switch subjects 8. Pick a great location to study

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