Going Home for the First Time

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Although we’ve settled into this wonderful campus we now call home (we love you, Cuse), our real home is calling our name. The thought of seeing our family and friends from high school excited us all the way up until Thanksgiving Break started. For some of us lucky ones who don’t live too far away from home and have already taken a trip back, we certainly had high expectations. After the ticket for our trip home was purchased or our parents scheduled a time to pick us up, the excitement began. As the day came closer, home was all we could think about. We couldn’t wait to get away from communal bathrooms, dining hall food, and our exhausting class schedules. We longed for the day we could comfortably sleep in our own bed and shower...

Dancing, Food, and Philanthropy

WinterMixer

Winter Mixer Helps Raise Money for Habitat Bummed out that you can’t go to those date formals until spring?  You’re in luck! There will be a freshman mixer December 5th!  OrangeSeeds will be hosting the Winter Mixer, which will be an awesome night of dancing, singing, eating, and hanging out with friends.  Insomnia Cookies will be there, so you better not miss out!  Semiformal dress is encouraged, but not necessary- we just want you to be comfortable.  The Mixer is from 7:30 – 10 PM in Hall of Languages 500.  Pick up your tickets for $5 from the box office in Schine starting Wednesday, December 3rd.  Best of all you will be doing good for the community due to the fact that 100% of proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity...

5 Ways to Survive Being Sick in College

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Ah, college.  It comes with parties, all-nighters and…being sick?  Yes, unfortunately, being perpetually sick comes with the job of Full-Time College Student.  Something about living in close quarters with hundreds of others whose hygiene is questionable is to blame for that.  Or maybe it’s the fact that since you no longer have your mom to scream at you to put a coat on, you’re exercising your newfound freedom to wear basketball shorts and a t-shirt on your walk to class in the middle of a snowstorm.  Because you’re an adult and can make your own decisions, damnit!  Whatever the reason for your never-ending sniffles (or aches, or fatigue, or migraines, or what-have-you), may the following tips help ease your pain! 1. Just...

36 Thoughts We All Had During Scheduling

MySlice New Look

Okay, next semester’s schedule. I got this. Oh Amy wants to get pizza at Varsity in a half hour. I’ll totally be done with this by then. Should I tell her I’ll go? I mean I just had pizza in the dining hall for lunch… But pizza is relatively healthy right? I mean there’s sauce…and cheese…and…. Schedule. I have a schedule to make. Focus! Okay so I need to pick classes for my core…let me get out this course catalog… Geeze this book weighs a TON! I feel like a weakling… I really need to start hitting the gym more. My arms are embarrassing. Let me see if Jenny’s free tomorrow for some weights. Okay. Courses. Let’s see… I need to find a lab science. Oh AST 101, this looks interesting! I’m totally into...

Most Fashionable Freshmen on the Hill

Dayna 1

Making the effort to put together an outfit every gets harder and harder with each passing week. Endless tests, papers, and parties, coupled with minimal amounts of sleep have left some freshmen walking across the quad in clothes that look suspiciously similar to last week’s. Maybe its just because they have been drained of creativity after dedicating all their time to school work.  If you belong to this disgruntled crowd of outfit repeaters and sweatshirt sporters, head to CollegeFashionista, the online fashion magazine for college students, for some style inspiration. CollegeFashionista established its presence online in the summer of 2009. What began as just a small publication for five universities has expanded into a thriving...

Easy Dorm Recipes

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Freshman year is a time for new beginnings, many of which are exciting and wonderful. One change college brings that’s not so exciting? Missing your mom’s home-cooked meals, which, after being exposed to dining hall food, suddenly seem as though they’d be on the menu at a five-star restaurant. At home, we’ve all had that moment when we open the pantry door, look around and think, “Why don’t we ever have any food?” That question takes on a whole new level of truth when you find yourself sitting in your dorm late at night and start to curse your parents for only getting you the two-meals-a-day plan. Don’t you worry because we’re hooking you up with a bunch of quick, easy, tasty and healthy (gasp!!!! Don’t worry, only a...

The Real North Pole

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Welcome to Syracuse, the snowiest city in America (Sure, Erie, PA beat us out in total snowfall by six inches last year, but we beat them by almost 2 feet in “Average Snow to Date”)! It’s a source of pride for Syracusans to boast that we can make it through our unendingly long and treacherous winters. As a native Syracusan, I can attest to that fact but I will also disclose that you must be selective when bragging because it gets obnoxious. Really obnoxious. By the way, shoutout to the real MVPs who make life during winter livable: the snow plow drivers. Anyway, what do you need, fellow freshman, to survive the patented Syracuse winter? First, please don’t think you can outlast or defeat Mother Nature. She takes no pity and will...

The Luxuries of a Split Double

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A split double dorm room: a freshman’s dream come true. Double the opportunity and double the fun means that split doubles are the ideal type of dorm room for Syracuse freshmen.  Below, you will find the seven undeniable reasons why that wall between you and your roommate is so sacred. 1. Enables Privacy Privacy, privacy, privacy. A word and condition that is often foreign to the average college student. In a split double, students can pride themselves on the amount of privacy made available to them. Two separate rooms within the dorm decrease the chances of awkwardly catching your roommate mid nose pick or during a naked solo dance party. It also saves you from having to creepily watch your roommate sleep at night. That white wall that...

10 Things You Learn About Your Best Friends While Away at College

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1. You are living your life in a sequence of countdowns to when you will see each other next. 2. You are concerned as to why you miss each other so much but you know they are just a simple phone call away, no matter what. 3. You spend an immense amount of time stalking her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, because naturally, you just miss seeing her face. 4. When you visit one another, you disregard all of your vital responsibilities and act as if this is a weekend-long BFF honeymoon. 5. You know every single thing about her love interests yet you’ve never met them once. 6. She is probably the only reason you still make actual phone calls. No, just kidding. She is THE only reason. 7. You look through Saturday night’s texts and...