Shuttle systemmmmm!

Hey Everyone!!!
Has everyone been feeling so moody because of this terrible weather we’ve been having lately?  This rain and cold weather is just AWFUL!!  It came by so fast I didn’t even have time to pack all my summer clothes away let alone take out my winter clothing!  But yes, its time to prepare for the cold season up ahead.  Make sure you plan plenty of time to bring up your winter clothing before it gets too cold!  Bring bulkier comforters, plenty of blankets, more sweatshirts, etc.  Also make sure you bring home all your tanktops adn shorts…you don’t want to clutter your room wtih clothing you won’t be wearing!  If you find that you have to take a trip to walmart or something becasue you need to buy more winter clothing, or rainboots or something and you don’t have a way to get there, you can use the Drumhill shuttle system that we have here on the weekends! 

the times for the drumhill service are as such:
Departs Drum Hill on the hour, starting at 12:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
if you have any questions or you want to let transportation services know you wanna get there call 978.934.2222! and they will be more than happy to help.

everyone enjoy the long weekend and make sure you stay warm!!


Don’t Worry!

I’ve noticed recently that the gloomy weather has spurred on a lot of different reactions from people these days. Either everyone is suffering from a severe case of cabin fever or they just seem to be all around down and out. One day I decided to research if the weather had anything to do with the sudden change in behavior.

Did you know that there is something called Seasonal Affective Disorder? It also goes under the name of “winter depression” and “winter blues.’ Poets have described a sudden sense of sadness, loss and lethargy with the coming of winter for centuries.
 I know the winter is cold
It brings out your fears
All throughout the years
I know the winter is cold
It makes you think
Of all the things you miss
I know the winter is cold
It’s dead and lonely
Suddenly nice are the phoney
I know the winter is cold
Because I’ve been afraid and alone
And I can’t break free
Of the everlasting winter entrapping me

Courtney Beaudry
The typical symptoms of SAD include depression, lack of energy, increased need for sleep, a craving for sweets and weight gain. Symptoms begin in the fall, peak in the winter and usually resolve in the spring.

This disorder can sometimes affect up to 10 million Americans while a larger number might suffer from the general winter blues. 

So if you’re feeling tired, don’t want to go to class, and you’ve suddenly gained that freshman 15…here are a few tips to beat it. 

  • Light can help! There has been a study showing improvement in SAD symptoms when individuals took a one-hour daily walk outside. It’s best to do this in the early hours of the morning, but if you can’t then make time out in your day.
  • Daily exercise
  • And if all else fails and you’re starting to feel like you need someone to talk to, please contact the Counseling Center. You can call them at 978-934-4331 or stop by their offices to make an appointment. McGauvran Student Center, Room 363, UML South, 71 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854-3092 
SAD is a very serious disorder. If you’re worried that you might have it, then please do yourself a favor and talk to someone. Sitting in your room and hoping it’s going to go away isn’t a good cure. It could hurt more than help. Try surrounding yourself with light and just remember that there are people out there who want to help. 
SAD can also affect you in the summer. So if you suddenly start feeling anxious, irritable, have trouble sleeping, and start losing weight this could all be an affect of Summer Seasonal Depression. 

Just keep remembering the words of Bobby Mcferrin: “Don’t worry, be happy!”

-Daisy 🙂

Pop Punk and Halloween

Shannon here, official Halloween correspondent! I’m here to inform you about a great event related to HALLOWEEN happening October 30.

As previously mentioned, I have many favorite things in life including Halloween, Hello Kitty, and POP PUNK. That being said, on October 30 from 7-8:30pm bands Life on Hold and Beneath the Sheets will be playing at Nightmare New England / Spooky World in Litchfield, NH.

Both of these bands are fantastic, from Lowell and comprised of both past and present UMass Lowell students. If you aren’t doing anything Saturday October 30 you should definitely consider coming out and supporting these bands and take a look around Spooky World while you’re at it!

The show has an event page on Facebook, you can check it out HERE and RSVP! 

Shannon 😀

In Honor of

    Well, hello there all. It’s Ashley, again. There has been a TON of stuff going on in the media and in our country about bullying, anti-gay bullying, intolerance, suicide, and just overall hate. I keep feeling the need to spread the word, spread awareness, and give more information overall about this hate epidemic that seems to be consuming the news, our thoughts, and even our campus.
In the past two months, all of these students have taken their own life because of bullying and anti-gay intolerance
Asher Brown, age 13. 
 “Brown, his family said, was “bullied to death” — picked on for his small size, his religion and because he did not wear designer clothes and shoes. Kids also accused him of being gay, some of them performing mock gay acts on him in his physical education class, his mother and stepfather said.” – The Houston Chronicle
Seth Walsh, age 13.
“He was a very loving boy, very kind. He had a beautiful smile. He liked fashion, his friends, talking on the phone. He was artistic and very bright.” Judy Walsh hopes her son’s death is a wake up call to the community to “develop more tolerance for different people.”– NEW YORK (CBS)
Billy Lucas, age 15.
“This is the first time that Greensburg High School administrators can remember a student taking their own life. But it’s not going unnoticed – school administrators met Monday to discuss forming a committee that would include students and parents to help battle the bullying issues.” – WorldNow and WTHR
Tyler Clementi, age 18.
“Mr. Clementi’s family issued a statement on Wednesday confirming the suicide and pledging cooperation with the criminal investigation. “Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician,” the statement read. “The family is heartbroken beyond words.” – The New York Times
Raymond Chase, age 18.
“Today I contact you with the deeply sad news of the passing of Raymond Chase, sophomore, 19, culinary arts major. The campus community is mourning the loss of this vibrant young man who leaves many JWU friends and teachers, and a loving family of Monticello, New York.”
Another very famous case of hate was the murder of Matthew Shepard, age 21. The two men robbed, pistol-whipped, tortured him, and tied him to a fence in a remote, rural area, leaving him to die.
The epidemic of hate crimes and intolerance has been extremely evident in the media. Many different celebrities and organizations have taken huge steps to prevent terrible tragedies such as these from happening again. 
A ton of celebrities have made you tube videos for The Trevor Projects sharing the  simple, yet extremely powerful, message of “It Gets Better.”
You can watch some of these powerful messages on or
The Love Is Louder movement is also another project started by actress Brittany Snow and MTV. “Love Is Louder is a movement that is hopefully going to bring some awareness and make some noise when it comes to teens who are feeling suicidal or even just sad, outcasts, and being bullied, and really feel like they have nowhere to turn to,” Snow explained. “It’s a place where people who have been through it can support them and share their stories, [so they will know] that they’re not alone, and that there’s a place for people to put their experiences and hope.”-MTV, visit their website at

 There are a ton of different ways that people are trying to combat all of the hate against different groups of people.
There are a bunch of different events and things on campus that YOU can get involved with and/or support.


You can also support the OBP, Pride Alliance, and UML Gender Studies by attending
 Well, that’s a lot to digest and think of. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please leave feedback.

Sending love,

Pizza Rut

Hello PEOPLE! I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather, it is starting to smell like fall and there are leaves everywhere… ahh… This is my favorite season.  Now that we have been in school for a few weeks, I have noticed that a lot of people (myself included) have been eating the same thing everyday for lunch and dinner.  I personally, have gotten myself into quite a bit of a pizza rut. I have eaten nothing but pizza for a few days now, and I am paying the price dearly.  I never want to look at a slice of pizza for at least a month.  Now I guess you’re asking the question: “James.. How could this predicament be avoided so that I too in the future do not develop a hatred for the delicious triangles of Italian-ness?”  Well my fellow lover of all that is delicious and triangle, the answer to your question is quite simple.  EAT SOMETHING ELSE.  Seriously. Do it.  I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but next time you go for that slice of pizza, say to yourself: “Self, I had 8 slices of this stuff yesterday didn’t I?” and go for a sandwich or a salad or some chicken.  There are a variety of foods available in the dining hall, so use this to your advantage.  Besides the fear of hating pizza the rest of your life, you really should be eating different foods because it is just plain good for you.  A balanced diet is important for everyone and it will not only make you feel better during the day, you will be more focused during class and have more energy to handle the daily hectic life of a college student.

Have a good lunch!
James (Lord of the delicious triangles of love…and cheese.)

Peaceful Protests at UML

Hello world,
Ashley in da house. Usually, my blogs are pretty light and fluffy. This blog will be a bit heavier, so read carefully and please respond with an e-mail at if you have anything you’d like to ask or say!

The Off Broadway Players, our amazing theater group on campus, is putting on “The Laramie Project.” “The Laramie Project” is the story of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard who was brutally beaten on October 6, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming and died six days later as a result of his injuries. The Tectonic Theater Project visited the town of Laramie one month later and returned several times over the next year to conduct interviews with the people of Laramie and those related to the story.

The Off-Broadway Players perform in the Comley-Lane Theater, located in Mahoney Hall, on UMass Lowell’s South Campus (870 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA).

Thursday, October 21 @ 7:30PM – OPENING NIGHT!
Friday, October 22 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, October 23 @ 7:30PM
Sunday, October 24 @ 2:00PM
Tuesday, October 26 @ 7:30PM
Wednesday, October 27 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $5 for students/faculty/staff, $10 for adults.

I know, you’re all thinking…what? This isn’t too much to talk about, Ash. Well, actually, there’s more. 

If any of you are familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church, WBC, then you may know where this blog is leading.

The WBC is a group of people who picket certain events with hateful picketing and protest. They are scheduled to come to UMass Lowell on October 24, 1:15 – 2pm outside of Mahoney Hall to protest OBP, Pride Alliance, and Gender Studies performance of “The Laramie Project.”

 PLEASE:::: DO NOT plan any sort of counter protest!! A student on campus has come up with a very PEACEFUL way to voice their opinions of the protest. 

They encourage a silent, peaceful protest were anyone who is interested should wear purple  to support both Matthew and our Off Broadway Players. 

For anymore information regarding this issue please refer to the Facebook event “Wear Purple for The Laramie Project.”

So, if you’d like your “voice to be heard” simply PEACEFULLY & SILENTLY attend ‘Wear Purple for The Laramie Project.’

If you cannot be there physically, wear purple wherever you are and send kind words and thoughts to the production of this show.

Remember, if you have any questions, comments, or something to add, feel free to email me!

Send love,


It’s Finally the Weekend!

            I don’t know about you guys but this past week seemed like it was never going to end! So this weekend is going to be me sitting around relaxing (finally)! Although I’m not really looking forward to the weekend ending either because next week I have an Organic Chemistry exam and the week following that I have a Microbiology exam. I just got out of an exam! So if you’re ever feeling like me, completely overwhelmed with all the exams and homework make sure you utilize the things UMass Lowell has to offer such as tutoring and the library! 
            Tutors are students, like us, that have gotten a B+ in the class they are tutoring or better. They take the time to explain something to you that your professors may go over quickly and they will work with you until you get it! 
            The library is also a great place to go to study. It is always quiet and there are less things to distract you there. If you do, however, want to study with a group, you can always go up to the second or third floor because you can usually be a little bit louder up there. The library is an especially nice place to go during finals week! 
Well I hope everyone has a great weekend and is prepared/preparing for any upcoming exams!

-Cait 🙂