Who’s one #1???!!!!!!!

Recently the Umass School system was rated and guess what??????? You should all be proud to be going to the best university in the wOOOOOORRRRRllLLLLDDDDD woot woot!!! We were the only school in New England to make top 200, BEAT THAT HARVARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So when you are telling your friends where you are going you can tell them I go to the best school in the world. Where do you go??? To everyone who is thinking of transferring to Boston University or any other school think twice.

Enjoy this sunnny day!! 🙂


RIP George Parks

This blog is dedicated to George Parks, who will be missed by many. 

Last night the director of the UMass Amherst Minuteman, George Parks, passed away unexpectedly. He died, at the young age of 57, from a heart attack. George Parks directed the Minuteman for the past 33 years. During this time the UMass band performed at three presidential inaugurations and in 1998 won the Louis C. Sudler Trophy, the nation’s top honor for a marching band. He was also the driving force behind the Minuteman’s $5.7 million marching band building, which will be named in his honor. His contributions to the school and to the music community will be remembered. Below is a video of George giving a speech from the groundbreaking of the new band building. In this video you can see just how warm and lively he was and why he will be missed by so many people. 

Rest In Peace
1953 – September 16, 2010

Flash Back


Ever had a flash back moment, ever wonder what it was like 20 years ago? I do all the time, I look back on my childhood all the time:

Tommy and Chuckie
Pokemon cards
Beanie Babies
Girl Power!            

  A lot of the times items from our childhood are left behind thrown away. After the knocking down of Smith hall for the future Emerging technology and Innovation Center, at the corner of the building was a box….. The box was from 1947!!!!! It was light indicating that it was mostly letters in the box, BUT still that’s wicked awesome.  In honor of this cool finding, the school is making another time capsule that will be buried in the same spot. Starting in the spring 2011 they will be taking different types of items. So ask yourself if this was found in 20 years what would you want the future to know about the past??????


Hello Thursday!!

Well hello all,

I’m Ashley! I wrote the first giant intro blog, but didn’t really introduce MYSELF!

Soooo! Here I go…

I’m a Junior (Senior next semester, YIKES!) Psychology major specializing in Developmental Disabilities and minoring in Education. I have no idea what I want to do with it; maybe I’ll teach or be a guidance counselor or school psychologist….or a broadway star. I’ll know when I get there! 

I’m involved in a handful of things on campus! I am the Orientation Operations Manager and was an Orientation Leader the last two summers. I’m also a returning Orientation Ambassador. That being said, I’ve been trained multiple times and have TONS of information stored up in this brain of mine. Make sure you ask me QUESTIONS! I would love to help you out!! 

I’m also a Resident Advisor for the school! I currently am an RA at the ICC! It’s so cool to be downtown, I can walk around and find a new place to eat, shop, or hang out every day!! I was also an RA in Bouge last year, and lived in Bouge my freshman year…so I know A LOT about the residence halls. 🙂

I used to play Women’s Rugby but due to an injury I can no longer play. If you’re interested in learning a new sport, rugby is really awesome. Contact Jessica_Yu@student.uml.edu 🙂 She’s another ambassador!!

If there’s one thing you should know about me is that I LOVE to sing! I’ve been singing every since I stole the microphone from Barney at a family function. I love being on stage and LOVE musicals! I’ve been in choirs and show choirs my whole life! (AND I LOVE GLEE!…Obviously!) I am involved with the Off-Broadway Players here at UML and love doing musicals with them! It’s so much fun! I was also in University Choir which gave me some extra credits so I can graduate early! And recently I joined the UML Gospel Choir! It’s wicked fun and so different, so check it out if you have time on Mondays @ the ICC @ 8pm!

Well, that’s just a little information on me!! If you have any questions or comments, holler at me!


My Turn!

Hi everyone!! My name is James Ham and I am a junior music education major here at Umass Lowell.  I was also an orientation leader over the summer and I got the chance to meet some of you freshman or transfers who might be reading this.  So due to my major, it is very easy to tell what I enjoy doing.  I absolutely LOVE music.  To me, music feeds the soul, and I can’t imagine not having music being a daily part of my life.  I am very involved when it comes to music at this university.  I created the one and only acapella group here at Umass Lowell and I named it “Hawkapella”.  Acapella music is in fact my favorite genre of music… I loved how the sky was the limit when it comes to arranging a song to be sung by nothing but your vocal chords.  Although I do enjoy singing (pretty much all the time… and I annoy anyone who is around me at the time… terribly sorry for that) the instrument I am best at is actually the trumpet.  I picked it up in third grade and I haven’t stopped since then!

Well that is enough about me, how about you who are reading this currently?  I would love to hear your stories and what drives you to do what you love to do!  Please send the ambassadors a message on facebook, or maybe give us a “Tweet”.  We are always here to answer your questions, or even if you just want to talk to someone!

Ill also give you a little tip before I go on my way:

As you all have noticed, we just had our official first full week of school, and the homework is starting to pile up and the quizzes and tests and projects are starting to be announced and you’re all staying up late to try and get everything done.  It gets a little challenging to get up in the morning when you have been running on only 4-5 hours of sleep for a few nights in a row, so here are some tips that will get you up and on time for your class!

1) Set multiple alarms…. because we are all guilty of just shutting off our alarm without even waking up to begin with.  If you set more than one alarm, you will have to wake up to at least one of them… I have set 8 alarms before (but I am extra careful.. and extra sleepy)

2) Put your alarm clock out of arms reach… This way you will actually have to GET OUT of bed to shut off the annoying ringing that disturbed your perfect dream.  And this will motivate you to get ready for your day, because you are already out of your bed and you might as well get your day started!

3) GET A DECENT NIGHTS SLEEP.  Trust me, I know we are all guilty of pulling all-nighters, or not getting as much sleep as we should, but you should REALLY take the time to get a proper 8-10 hours of sleep if not every night, then MOST nights… and if you cant always get the 8-10 hours of rest, try taking a 30 minute nap when you have a break to recharge.

Well, that’s it for my tips and such.  I hope that you all have a great semester and that you will always be on time for your 8am class that you are probably dreading getting up for tomorrow! 🙂




Hey everyone! I hope your semester is amazing so far. My name is Meg, I am one of the lovely Orientation Ambassadors/Leaders for this year. You might remember me as being from being the ‘slut’ in the Orientation skit this summer, but my character is nothing like myself. I am a sophomore Nursing major and although, my classes are hard I love every moment of it. I’ve known since I was in a freshman in high school that I wanted to be in the health field. I love helping others and it is one of the main reasons the I am a Nursing major.

When I am not in the library studying Anatomy, Microbiology, and Physiological Chemistry, I am cheering. I am one of the UMass Lowell Cheerleading Captains. It is so much fun, I was not much of a cheerleader when I came to college (I only had cheered for 2 years because I danced for over 14 hours a week for most of my life) but I am so happy I got involved. The girls and guys on the team are amazing. We have so much fun at practice and at the games. And it’s great to know they always have my back.

After all of that, I have only have a little time to spare which is the time I dedicate to you! I want to make sure you enjoy UMass Lowell as much as I do. UMass Lowell was not my first choice school, but I am so happy I came here. The campus is exciting and always improving and the people are amazing! I really hope all of you take all the opportunities to get involved, it will help you meet a lot of people who have similar interests as you. And I hope you listen to us when we say: ask us anything! We have heard all the crazy questions,so don’t think you are stupid or weird for not knowing something. And plus we want to help you, so don’t be shy and ask us all your question.

Have a great semester!!

-Meg (:

Hey Guys!

I hope everyone’s time here so far has been great! We’re really excited to have you all join our community!

My names Cait White and I’m a 19 (soon to be 20) year old sophomore here and UMass Lowell! I’m here for a Biology major and a psychology minor. I chose UMass Lowell because it was the perfect distance from home, I loved the atmosphere of the school and it worked out best financially. I have no regrets in my decision and I’m am so excited about all of the new people I have met. All of my current best friends are people that I have either met in class or that I worked with over the summer as an Orientation Leader (I hope some of you remember me! (I was the anorexic in the play…haha))  

Here on campus there are a lot of activities that I love doing. I recently rejoined the BioClub, which I love because we plan fun trips and do fundraisers that help people and the environment, which is something that is important to me! I was also on the women’s rugby team up until recently. Due to a hectic schedule I had to put it off until the spring, hopefully! Rugby is such a fun sport and for any girls that are reading this right now, you should all go and join! I’m not a big girl and I’m still standing! 🙂 Sometimes I like to go to the gym and work out. Last year I did yoga and I LOVED it, but I can’t make it to the classes this year because they conflict with my schedule. I clearly need to set up my classes better next year!

Well now that you guys know about me, I want to know more about you! How is your semester going? I hope you guys use all of us as a resource to answer any questions that you may have! That’s why we are here! 

Just as a little tip, make sure you make time for yourself! That is so important. My first semester I was swamped with classes and work and I was just constantly doing schoolwork. I ate really crappy food, barely slept and was sick all the time. The next semesters I made time for myself, joined rugby, and got a job and my health & grades improved! So please, don’t be a stranger! You can ask any one of us questions or come to us if you need help with anything! Hope you have a great rest of the semester! 

-Cait 🙂


Poets Galore

“They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn…”

– Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 1, Ch. 1

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For those of you who don’t know (even though most of the freshman should know since they went on the downtown walking tour over the summer. See how it comes back to haunt you? =]), Lowell is the home of notable poet and novelist, Jack Kerouac ( March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969).  He is considered a literary iconoclast, and alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing covering topics such as jazz,promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Will Clarke, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Haruki Murakami, and Bob Dylan. [1]
Once a year, Lowell throws a festival to honor their native born son. It features poets, musicians and artists from all around who come to share their art with those who wish to view it. The festival is centered around Kerouac Park (On Bridge Street). The park maintains a faithful audience once a year for the “Lowell Celebrates Kerouac” festival. Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, an organization that does just as its name suggests, along with local cafes, museums, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell hold poetry slams, documentary screenings, exhibitions and discussions based on the great poetic inspiration.[2]
The festival will be going on from September 30th to October 3rd. So if you’re looking for something to do on a weekend or need a bit of art in your life after a long day of classes, this might be the event for you.
In the words of Jack Kerouac…

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”
-Jack Kerouac
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[1]  “Jack Kerouac.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 15 Sept. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac>.
[2] Silva, By Kaitlyn. “Lowell, Massachusetts: History and Culture in the City of Kerouac.” Travel with GoNOMAD.com: Alternative Travel, Travel Writing, Travel Research Advice from Travelers, Airline Tickets. Web. 15 Sept. 2010. <http://www.gonomad.com/destinations/0902/massachusetts-lowell.html>.
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What, what, what are you doing!

Greetings and salutations fellow bloggers!
My name is Shannon Houghton and I am one of the many orientation ambassadors and leaders that you may have encountered this summer. I played the Snooki character in the skit if that rings any bells and if it doesn’t you missed out! :]
I am a senior Music Business major and I’m a big fan of the program. I chose UMass Lowell because of its great Music Business program and I’m really glad I did! I absolutely love music and am open to many different types of it. Going to concerts is one of my favorite things to do and I’ve been to too many to count. I play the tenor saxophone and have been since the 5th grade which is pretty crazy to think about in my own opinion. Ironically, the only music I don’t like to play is jazz and my favorite is classical. I love Hello Kitty and as expressed in the introductions at orientation, I have an impressive Hello Kitty collection ranging from purses to a toaster and a waffle maker.
Enough about me, how are you guys doing? As all of the previous blog posts mentioned, we are here for you! Don’t remember how to get somewhere? Contact us! Having a hard time adjusting? Contact us!
Please don’t be a stranger! :] And if you are a stranger, its okay! We’ll be sending you guys lots of follow up tweets, blog posts and emails!
Have a great Monday!


Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great first two weeks of classes! My name is Jess Yu and I am one of the lovely orientation ambassadors that we have on staff here at UMass Lowell. Some of you guys probably recognize me from being an Orientation Leader this summer. I was the one that was being crazy, or maybe you recognize me from being the foreign exchange student in the skit. Anyways, we are here as a resource to you, answer any questions you have. We are even here to here about your experience so please feel free to tell us! We are here to help you!

So a little about myself… I am 20 year old sophomore from Plaistow, New Hampshire (don’t bother trying to act like you know where that is :] ) I am also a Medical Technology major currently taking Business and Nutrition classes so I can receive a Business minor and Nutrition minor. I am currently taking 3 business classes right now and let me tell you…they are NOT easy! After being in these classes, I am 100% positive that I have picked the perfect major for me. I have always wanted to do something in the health field and the health science classes that I have to take for my major are just so interesting and I really enjoy it! Any questions that you may have about majors please feel free to ask one of us…all of our majors are pretty diverse!
I am also Captain of the Women’s Rugby Team that we have here at UMass Lowell. I am absolutely OBSESSED with rugby, since I have been playing for 4 years…2 in high school and 2 in college. This summer, I was lucky enough to be able to be part of a team that made it to the national rugby tournament and be a starter for the team. It was a tough and long journey to get there but it felt amazing when I was there. It is an excellent sport which teaches you a lot of discipline and quick decision making and I recommend all of you to try it! If rugby is not your thing I recommend everyone to join a club, either sport or a group. It’s always great to get involved!

I currently live in an apartment right off campus.  I was a commuter freshmen year first semester than lived in the residence halls freshmen year second semester than all sopohmore year so I have experienced everything!  I also work two jobs, one work study, and also a night time job at Market Basket so as you guys can tell, I am a very busy girl but I wouldn’t want it any other way…I love staying busy and staying involved. But that’s wayyy too much information about me…lets here about YOU! Any questions that you guys have, please feel free to ask! I would be more than happy to answer anything. :]
Peaceeee out!