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The Charger Bulletin

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | May 7, 2014

Positives:

+ Summer is right around the corner! Remember to stay safe and enjoy these few months without school. Don’t spend it all wishing you were back at UNH, because that will come all too quickly.

+ Congrats to the cast of Spring Awakening for putting on such an emotion-laden and thought-provoking musical with maturity and grace. The set, lights, music, and acting combined to make quite a moving performance.

 

Negatives:

- The workload at the end of every semester. Although we know it is coming, it is rare to plan for it. We say we won’t procrastinate, but every semester eventually brings an all-nighter (or several).

- People on this campus are fiends when it comes to free food, it is always gone so quickly! When organizations advertise in huge print about food at an event, they might as well include “For the first five minutes only.”

 

The Battery Charge:

What an amazing Spring Weekend! From the comedian Loni Love, to the music-themed carnival and the Krewella concert, to the drive-in movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, this weekend couldn’t have been better. Thank you SCOPE for putting together such a fantastic few days!

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | April 30, 2014

Positives:

+ Good use was made of the German Club this past week with events. On Thursday, Marine Biology club had their annual Marine Carnival (complete with a mechanical shark), LAU had a rollerblading night with glowing lights and a DJ, and on Friday the Nerdlympics finale dance event was held.

+ CSA’s Fashion show never fails to impress. Congratulations to all students involved with this event, and of course amazing job to the models!

 

Negatives:

- When club members go to meetings, but don’t attend any of their clubs events, much less stop by to sign a point sheet; what is the point of being in a club if you don’t actively participate?

- Being the minority of students at UNH that still have 100+ dining dollars (or even 200+). Starting with 800 at the beginning of the semester may seem fine, but with few food options for certain diets, it becomes nearly impossible to get your money’s worth.

 

The Battery Charge:

Boredom was the last thing possible this weekend with trip after trip sponsored by various clubs. SCOPE sponsored a trip to see Cinderella on Broadway and a trip to Six Flags, while Marine Biology club had a whale-watching trip, Paintball Club had a trip to Skirmishland USA, and the Green Team had a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens.

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by Patricia Oprea | April 2, 2014

Positives

Congratulations to the UNH Winter Guard for placing third in the Winterguard MAC championships this past weekend, not to mention that this is their first season! Amazing job to all ladies, and their coach, Suzanne Broadbent, for such dedication.

Thanks to the Career Development Center for putting together their spring Career Expo event last Friday! Hundreds of students stopped by the Rec Center to talk to dozens of companies about employment and internship opportunities. Hopefully this eased the worried minds of seniors, and gave students a better realization of what their future can hold.

Negatives

When the entire weekend is composed of rainy days, and the busiest days of the week are the sunniest. It seems like a great time to get homework done, but an even greater time to sleep in.

When a clan of RAs sees you standing outside in the cold without a card or keys, and just lets you stand out there. Not wanting random people in buildings makes sense, but if you know the person, what is the problem? If the person wasn’t supposed to be there, don’t the RAs have authority to send them back out anyways?

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It is great to see organizations and students on campus dedicating time and resources to charities. Last week Rotaract had their second annual Hunger Games event, and raised nearly 3,000 dollars! This week Sigma Chi is holing their annual Derby Days to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

 

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by Patricia Oprea | March 26, 2014

Positives

It is always great to see students who not only go to school in this city, but also try to improve the community. Amazing work to all students who participated in Alternative Spring Break and volunteered at nonprofits in New Haven and West Haven during their break!

Now the weather is finally starting to match up to these few months called “Spring” Semester. It’s time to take advantage of the tables outside of Bartels and Sandellas, as well as the willow trees on Harugari for new study spots.

Negatives

Having homework over Spring Break! Hopefully professors understand that motivation is hard to come by. I would rather pull an all-nighter during the school day than spend precious vacation time on an essay.

The struggle of going back to eating campus food after eating food from anywhere else for a week straight— now back to figuring out how to spend the remaining hundreds of dollars of a required meal plan. Seven dollar cereal? I guess so.

Battery Charge

Whether your break was spent curled up watching Netflix, or lounging under a blazing sun, it’s time to get focused again. Keep track of dates and deadlines, and don’t forget about internship or job searches for the summertime!

 

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by Patricia Oprea | March 12, 2014

Positives

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!

Negatives

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!

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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.

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by Patricia Oprea | February 26, 2014

Postives

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.

Negatives

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?

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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!

 

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by Patricia Oprea | February 19, 2014

Positives

Congratulations to all the guys who received and accepted bids from our fraternities on campus! May you have an exciting journey pledging, and enjoy Greek life.

Nice job to SCOPE for planning a trip to a trampoline park! Many people, including myself, never knew such a fantastic place existed. Now there was no excuse for staying indoors on Valentine’s Day.

Negatives

When a snowstorm cancels events on campus; I don’t mind not having classes, but not getting free stuff is another thing, especially when the event is Nineties Night.

Who is this Nor’easter to prevent me from reliving the glory days of childhood?

When organizations on campus don’t coordinate their events; The Ski and Snowboard Club is holding their annual weekend trip to Mont Tremblant on February 28, and now SCOPE decides to have a trip to Mohawk Mountain that Sunday. Clearly, all the people going to Canada would’ve been interested in that free excursion… who will sign up now?

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When in doubt (or lack of material), I have winter to thank for producing snow days to write about. Although UNH only announced their cancellation early Thursday morning (per usual), some students were homeward bound Wednesday night, lucky enough to have a five-day weekend. Now it’s about time for spring weather to commence.

 

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by Patricia Oprea | February 12, 2014

Positives

Congratulations to all the girls who received bids from our sororities on campus! Hope everyone has an exciting journey while pledging. Now may the fraternity rushing commence.

Phenomenal job to everyone involved with the Chinese New Year festival in Dodds, Feb. 7. From martial arts, singing, bands, piano playing, and traditional dances, this show was an impressive display of culture by all! Plus all the Chinese food served afterwards was no shortcoming.

 

Negatives

The snow and ice and water makes it much easier to trip and fall around campus….almost too easy. I have a conspiracy theory that some spots are purposefully not doused with salt for comic relief.

Twenty out of twenty-three of the Black Student Union’s signs for Black History Month have been stolen! The theory of snow-accumulation hiding them has been ruled out, but this case is far from solved. Who finds amusement in ruining a tradition?

 

Battery Charge

Four snow days? The groundhog was right this year, looks like several more weeks of winter are ahead. It may be spring semester, but spring is surely not anywhere in sight. I’m currently trying to rationalize if all the tuition money lost due to the absence of classes is worth all these free days. Then I remember that sleeping in until noon is so worth it.

 

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by Patricia Oprea | February 5, 2014

Positives

Rush week is now in full swing! Many have been waiting all semester for this, especially the freshman who are now allowed to go out for the fraternity or sorority of their choice. Good luck and have fun to all!

Charger Rec Group X classes and Rec Sports have now started— just in time to work on those New Years Resolutions. Doing squats with other people is a lot more motivating than doing them alone. Stop by the gym- classes range from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and some are only a half hour long.

 

Negatives

One nice thing about winter break was the lack of email notifications. Those days are long gone as club meetings and events start up and every single one of SCOPE’s events is advertised.

Forgetting the quality of dinner at Bartels on any given night. Over Winter break it seemed to slip my mind that the potatoes are the only food you can count on, and the vegetarian section is home to meat and dessert instead.

 

Battery Charge

One week of classes is down! That only means that we are one week closer to Spring break and summer vacation. Wishful thinking at its finest as midterms will come before both of those. Hopefully everyone’s textbooks, notebooks, online software and motivation are set and ready to go for the next few months.

 

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | December 5, 2013

Positives

Winter Break is just about two weeks away! Where has this semester gone? But hey, I’m not complaining. Wherever it’s gone it can stay there because I’m ready for five weeks of no morning classes.

This is the last week of classes so don’t slack off now! Make sure to pay attention during reviews; finish out the semester strong. Relaxation time is just around the corner (as is Relaxation Day, sponsored by SCOPE)

 

Negatives:

How crazy people get over Black Friday shopping. It can be a fun experience, but some individuals just get too serious about the sales. Fighting over a twenty-dollar toaster? A few hours ago people were giving thanks for what they had.

When people try to cover up the truth. It doesn’t matter that the stabbing two Saturdays ago was an isolated incident between two people. Just because it was not a positive news story, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. As students we have a right to know what goes on within our own campus.

 

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What could be better than a few days off of school, time with the family, and piles of food? I hope the tryptophan from all that turkey you ate on Thanksgiving has worn off, because it’s time to get down to business— time to get food off the mind, and start thinking about finals. And research papers. And projects. Well, in that case, maybe I’ll go back to thinking about food instead.

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