Taken by Danielle Coloma, freshman. January 2014, at Twin Brooks Park in Trumbull, CT.
“I think it captures the serenity of the park perfectly, as well as the feeling of reflection that winter always brings me,” – Coloma
Taken by Danielle Coloma, freshman. January 2014, at Twin Brooks Park in Trumbull, CT.
“I think it captures the serenity of the park perfectly, as well as the feeling of reflection that winter always brings me,” – Coloma
Campaigning for USGA President, Treasurer, and Senator Positions for the next year has commenced. If you’re the student who complains about the student activity fee, or how USGA operates, make sure to pay attention to the nominees, and don’t forget to vote!
The variety of students in organizations, Greek Life, sports, the arts, etc., who came together for the It Gets Better video made by David Janovsky and Connor Briggs was amazing. It’s great to see how our campus can really work together to make a difference in our school community. Keep your eye out for the final product!
Random power outages: I was hoping to grab some food before going to work, but Bartels was closed. Staff should’ve written down the code on the back of student’s ID cards and then charged them for the purchases later, like Jazzman’s was doing.
When teachers promise they will post something on Blackboard that night, but only do so several days later. With midterms, projects, and essays piling up now, delayed posts are inconvenient!
Spring Break is so close you can almost feel yourself not going to class for a whole week, but I hope you are going now to get midterms out of the way. Although the weather isn’t showing it, the semester is almost over, and when we come back, it’ll be nearly April. Rest up these next few days fellow Chargers, we all deserve it.Tweet
Relationships are very tough. They involve dedication, honesty, commitment, and love. They are tough, but they are so rewarding. When you build that connection between you and someone else it seems utterly unbreakable, and a bond like that is so precious to have. They can be straining at times and you’ll get into fights or disagreements and feel like it’s the end of the world, but it won’t be. If for some reason your relationship ends it can be heart breaking; you will probably cry a lot and a million questions will generate in your mind, but there will always be something else waiting around the corner. There are a million relationship clichés that you’ll be fed in a lifetime, but I’d like to give my outlook on the ones you hear the most.
“My heart skips a beat when I see you.” The number one cliché of all romance clichés on the market that sounds so entirely corny until you actually experience it. When you’re away from your special someone for so long and when you see them you literally lose your breathe for a minute and your body has this “I’m so in love,” reaction.
“Fluttering butterflies.” Even the manliest of all men can experience these when they’ve found the right person. These little skips and dances that happen in your stomach when you have that amazing first, second, and third kiss make you believe the person you are with could be the one. If you’re a gut-instinct kind of person like me, then you’ll go by these butterflies with the start of any relationship, and if the butterflies stop completely, you’ll know something is wrong. Not only can butterflies feel amazing, but they can also be a good indicator of where your relationship is heading.
“There are so many fish in the sea.” This is a statement that is very true but annoys me to my core. No one wants to hear that there are a million more options out there when they have just lost the one they love. Not to mention just because there are a million fish in the sea, doesn’t mean you want to catch them all. Some fish are worth leaving to swim on their own.
“They don’t deserve to see you cry.” While true, it is almost impossible to keep your emotions at bay when you have a broken heart. Though some people may tell you that your ex doesn’t deserve to see what they’ve done to you, I could argue that they do. If there was any real love there in the first place then being honest and wearing your emotions on your sleeve is the only way you can come to some sort of closure. Whether or not that closure is getting back together, or never speaking again, it’s good to let your ex know exactly where you’re at and how you’re feeling because chances are they could be feeling the same thing.
“This is the final Ask Melanie.” You’re right… this isn’t a cliché, but I wanted to find a clever way to roll into my closing statement. Unfortunately, this is the final Ask Melanie and I want to take this time to thank all of you for your amazing questions and letting me into your personal lives each week. I really hope that my column has helped at least some of you on your relationship journeys because college can be the hardest time to keep a healthy relationship going. At the end of the day you need unconditional love; from that comes trust, honesty, unspoken compromises, and everything that fuels a healthy relationship. I wish nothing but the best for all of your future romantic endeavors.
Love & Happiness.
It has been a super exciting week here in Prato. Along with regular activities like soccer, movie night, family dinner and game night, we had our conversation exchange where we got to meet a lot of local Italians around our age and talk to them for an hour to practice our language skills. They are all so friendly; they added us on Facebook and now invite us around Prato for gelato, pizza, bowling or anything else they like to do. It’s really exciting to spend a night having fun and getting to know local people and ask questions.
Teaching at the local school also started in our individual groups. Each group gets a different class at a specific time and gets to either help them with what they are doing or present on something related to American culture or our majors. The students are all very eager to learn and it is amazing how well they speak English at 16, while they are still learning five other languages. One student I talked to told me she preferred German. I wish I was fluent in five languages now, but at 16 that would be crazy!
I think the most fun we’ve had though was our trips this week; we went on an excursion to Lucca on Friday, where we walked around the town and saw the cathedral and the churches that have been changed into galleries and other things. We also got to rent bikes and pedal cars to ride on the walls around the city; some students climbed a tower in the middle of the city and got amazing photos, while other students got to see parts of Italian operas performed. It was a beautiful day; the rain cleared up and the sky was clear.
On Sunday some students joined Kevin to Viareggio to see the Carnevale celebration. Viareggio is right on the beach and it was actually quite warm out, so it was a perfect day to sit outside and watch the parade. Everyone dressed up in costumes or wore masks and wigs. They threw confetti and silly string all over the place and tossed candy to the kids waiting in their costumes and blast music. People were dressed up like minions from Despicable Me, characters from The Simpsons, clowns, Disney Princesses, Pokemon, M&M’s, animals, and mimes, and a lot of families and couples even coordinated their costumes. The parade floats are huge; they move, people dance and jump off them, and all have different messages. One poked fun at the politicians, and another was about the internet. Some have very strong messages, but they are delivered in such a fun way. It was an experience I will never forget.
This week is Midterm week, which will lead right into Spring Break, so we have a busy week ahead now too. A lot of us are planning big trips for next week all over the place, and I am in the process of booking a trip for Easter Weekend in addition to Spring Break. Travelling here is so much easier than in the U.S.; it’s much cheaper and there is so much more to see so close to where we are.
After seeing Lucca and Viareggio this week, plus realizing we are halfway through our time in Italy, I am antsy to see more of the world and I don’t want to come home. The people here are family now; I want to see more of what there is around here. While I haven’t left yet, I already miss Italy.
Samantha Higgins is spending a semester abroad at UNH’s Prato, Italy satellite campus. Follow her adventures this semester!
It was another amazing week here in in Prato. I still can’t believe just how nice everyone is, how beautiful everything is, or that I am actually here.
There is so much to do. I realized we had been here for a month, and it made me miss everything here already. We have a few months left, but just knowing that we are one month down, and that it went so quickly, makes me so sad.
We had our regular Monday soccer this week- no rain! With the dinner that follows at one of the restaurants- Francescaioli, which just so happens to be in the same building that UNH just purchased to be the new campus building starting next semester. So anyone who plans to come will be there from now on!
I love the dinners after soccer, I don’t even play soccer; but I just go to watch the game and then go to the dinner because it’s so nice to see all of us together. Everyone doesn’t go, but a huge group does and I think it’s a great way to build our relationships with the other students; cheering them on then getting dinner afterwards.
Tuesday was supposed to be the start of the conversation exchange, but they had to cancel it. This is one of the programs I am most excited about here. It is a weekly meeting where the Prato students are paired up with various Italians who have signed up and they spend a half hour talking in Italian and a half hour talking in English so that both people can practice their language skills. I really need this because when it comes to language learning it is pretty much in one ear and out the other, no matter what I do; I just do not retain it at all. Hopefully this will be able to start up next week because a lot of us are looking forward to it.
Another thing that began this week was a volunteering program at a local school. The Prato students were able to sign up to go to this school once a week, in groups or pairs, to teach English. So everyone who signed up went to see the school and talk to the woman in charge. The different groups get to do presentations on their major or hobbies to not only teach the students English skills but also more about what America is like.
We also had another movie night, which was better than the last because it wasn’t nearly as hard to understand what was happening. I actually enjoyed it this week. Even though you have to read the subtitles and that always drives me crazy, it wasn’t bad and I think it’s starting to grow on me.
I also experienced a new restaurant that was recently added to our meal plans. The meal plan here is so great you just hand the restaurant a voucher and get to eat, no money is exchanged and you always eat enough- sometimes even too much.
This new place is just so nice! The food was a smaller portion than other places, but at the end of the meal you realize that it was absolutely perfect- and it tasted just that! They also have a lot of different desserts, such as the Italian favorite; pears in wine. I do not like pears, nor am I a fan of wine, but it was delicious!
The best part of the week was, by far, going to Pisa. I never realized just how much the tower truly leans! It was breathtaking! To see something that I have only ever seen in pictures and realize that I was actually there was crazy too. It was an amazing experience, and taking pictures with the tower was a lot of fun because it takes a true science when making sure you have the right light, the right angle, and the right position- it took a while.
All the shops there had such cute little souvenirs too, shirts with Snoopy holding the tower up, the Hulk knocking it down, and Tinker bell using her ‘magic;’ they are all very creative.
I think so far it was my favorite place, but now I am working on planning Spring Break- so we’ll see if it stays that way!
40-50 degree weather multiple days in a row? I’ll take it—even if it means going to class. Nice pattern we had going, unfortunately, more snow is on the way.
Congratulations to Ski and Snowboard club on their Penguin Plunge fundraiser. On Feb. 23, many students braved the waters of the sound and ran in to raise money for autism. From experience, the warm temperature of the air outside definitely didn’t translate to the water.
Good to keep in mind that UNH closes for flurries but stays open for full-fledged blizzards á la Feb. 18. Time to invest in a solid pair of boots for the trek from Forest Hills.
When clubs don’t email people with news, but expect them to check Facebook for meeting times and events. I guess the UNH students who do check their school email thoroughly are part of the minority. Now do I have solid reasons to go on Facebook instead of doing homework?
UNH is taking things another step further in regards to sustainability. Jessica Zielinski helped start a chapter of the nonprofit organization PLAN on campus. The goal in mind is to hold a huge tag sale at the end of the school year for students who want to get rid of furniture/clothing/décor. Other students can stop by the sale and by gently used items for a few bucks. Be on the lookout for updates!
Titled ‘Sleeping King’
By: Jenna Reilly
Taken January of 2013 in Kruger Park, South AfricaTweet
I have been single for about eight months now and the last relationship I was in my ex boyfriend cheated on me. I’m open to a relationship, but it seems like there is no one out there and I’m feeling lost. I hate feeling like I’ll never find a guy that will treat me right because I don’t want to just settle. I always rush into relationships too fast, but I am tired of being alone.
Any time you are in a relationship that ends badly it tends to always make you guarded after, so I have to commend you for being open to a relationship after the way your last one ended.
It is so bold and brave of you to move on from that and realize that there is something greater for you out there, but I know how annoying the waiting game can be. At the end of the day the hardest part might be for you to step out of your comfort zone of waiting for someone to approach you and simply make the effort yourself.
You should never feel lost without a man. You have been you since the day you were born and you will continue to be yourself regardless of who comes in and out of your life.
It was really good to hear you say that you don’t want to settle because you don’t know how many girls will do that just that in order to feel fulfilled and it winds up hurting them more in the long run.
You sound like a smart, head strong girl, who has a lot of potential to do amazing things in life based on her own independence. You need a man who is going to be your partner in crime, not move on to something else because he is feeling like he’s not getting enough attention. He’s a boyfriend not a baby or a puppy. You need someone who realizes that your independence and standards make you the woman you are and someone who thinks those traits are, well, sexy.
I have all the faith in the world that you will find someone. Someone like you, who seems to have been through so much and still come out with such an optimistic attitude, is inspirational, for lack of a better word, and there is no doubt in my mind that your positive attitude will draw the man of your dreams to you very soon. Stay you and everything will fall into place.Tweet
Love, Marriage, & Divorce; Toni Braxton and Babyface Bringing Back the Old-School Beat
If you have read my articles from the start, then you are probably aware of the fact that I am a huge RnB fan, and if this is the first article of mine you’ve ever read, well then I guess you know that now too.
I love everything about RnB from the soul of the music, to the beat, and the feelings that it evokes. One of my all-time favorite RnB artists is Toni Braxton and from the fate of some RnB angel, Braxton released a new album Love, Marriage, & Divorce, featuring Babyface on Feb. 5, 2014. Braxton and Babyface have a long history. In 1990, Babyface (and L.A. Reid) “discovered” and signed her to LaFace Records.
After listening through the album I have to say that I couldn’t have expected anything more from the soulful music Braxton and Babyface deliver. They bring the classic sound of 90s RnB to a new level with emotional lyrics and contemporary beats. The two have an angelic quality to their voices when they both become one. Their unique harmonies and copycat riffs that can be heard on the hook of, “Hurt You” and throughout every song are phenomenal.
My favorite song on the album is “Rollercoaster” which, reminds me of a modern day Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross kind of duet. This album has taken two extremely amazing and independent artists and made them into an unstoppable duo. “Rollercoaster” takes the story of any typical romance going through the motions of their relationship every day. The emotion in their voices mixed with the synth-induced beat makes for an amazing Sunday night track by the fire with the one you love.
I have met many people in life who say they aren’t a fan of Braxton because of how deep her voice is. Her previous albums have really showcased her lower vocal register and really not allowed her to explore her entire voice but this album is so refreshing. Braxton not only showcases her signature voice but exposes a completely new register that fans have never heard her reach before. There must be a new producer around, or someone encouraging Braxton to step out of her comfort zone. Whatever it is, the fans of the RnB community have happy ears and souls.
RnB music has such a huge following because it was born off of the roots of Blues and Jazz. These two styles married together and made a genre that conjures so much emotion in the fans that listen to it. For RnB listeners it’s not just about a pretty tune, it’s about what the song makes you feel.
Braxton and Babyface captured the true RnB message behind every one of their tracks on this album and I believe someone who isn’t a strong RnB fan would be able to appreciate the love and emotion put into this record.Tweet
It rained a lot this week, so while you guys were all getting snowed on, we were getting rained on. But that didn’t stop it from being a very eventful week.
Soccer Monday night was cancelled because of the rain, so that was a big downfall since it was such a hit last week. On Wednesday, those of us in the Culture class got to take a trip to a local gelateria and learn about where they get their fresh ingredients and the entire process of making gelato. We also got to try some absolutely delicious freshly made gelato! That night we had our first Movie Night, which, for students taking the Italian Life and Culture class is mandatory, but other students were welcome to go watch as well. They provided snacks and put on a movie with English subtitles, and while I personally found it to be interesting, I also found it to be incredibly odd. It was quite a strange movie so I hope the professor is going to explain what was happening when we go back to class, because otherwise I am going to be so lost!
We also had our first trip to Florence as an Art History class. For those taking the course, we met at the train station at the start time of class and met our professor in Florence where we went to see Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce Churches. Both of which are absolutely beautiful, but there is just so much to take in and we didn’t have very much time. With that on top of the fact that the professor had to speak very quietly since we were in a church, a lot of us couldn’t hear her in the first church. However, in the second church we got headsets, so she has to go over everything again in class next week from the first. I actually think that is a good thing, because seeing something in person and then hearing the history about it at the same time can be extremely over whelming; at least this way we will have time to digest everything and then we can take notes in class. Overall it was an absolutely beautiful day, the rain had cleared up, the skies were blue, so those of us who didn’t have any other classes, opted to stay in Florence for the rest of the day.
It just so happened that there was a Chocolate Festival happening in Florence for the week. So we were able to get lunch, walk around a bit and then go through a bunch of tents with individual venders selling chocolates. While we were walking around, we saw an artist using chalk to draw a postcard design on the street. It was absolutely beautiful and he was very talented; the shading and the details were amazing and he was not even halfway through with it.
When we got to the Chocolate Festival they had chocolate truffles, chocolate cake, chocolate covered strawberries, cannolis, peanut brittle, lollipops, fudge, and so many other things there for sale. Plus they would give out free samples as you walked up to their booth so you could try everything before you bought it. After we stocked up on chocolate, we headed for the train to make it back to school in time for Game Night.
Thursday wasn’t over with just game night though; it just so happens that Thursday was my birthday, so after the students at the school sang Happy Birthday to me, my friends and I went to one of the restaurants on our meal plan, Mokha.
I like Mokha because the food is amazing and they change their menu a lot so we get the opportunity to try new things very often. We told them it was my birthday and, after we ate, for my dessert, they brought out some type of pudding with strawberries and chocolate on top with a candle in it and wished me happy birthday. It was so sweet! It just goes to show how the people here really are like family. From the staff at school, the people you travel with, to the people at the restaurants you go to. It might have been a rainy week but it was definitely a good one.Tweet