Naps on Naps on Naps!

You gotta work hard if you want to get an A. But hard work can only be done if you have the energy for it…
No amount of coffee can save you.
Here are a couple of hints to help you power through all of your homework and tests:
  • Plan your academic responsibilities accordingly! 
  • Don’t party all weekend – perhaps if you have a lot to do you should hit the library at least once!
  • Get a good nights rest!!! This is tremendously important!!!
  • Plan your day accordingly and don’t get distracted!
Also, don’t forget to use the powerful system I invented: I call it the CNH program. 
The CNH program stands for Class, Nap, Homework. It’s a fantastic approach to collegiate life and allows an undergraduate individual to balance the most important facets of school life. Sleep and Academics.Real simple stuff. After you hit those lectures, head back and take a long and deep nap, wake up ready to power through that homework (preferably in the quiet distraction-free library), then do it all again tomorrow. Works every time. 
Good luck everyone!

Oh Midterms

Midterm weeks are not as stressful as finals week, but they definitely do bring restless nights of studying. As long as you keep up with the lectures and homework from the start, you dont have to be too stressed out for midterms.
Midterm seasons can be tough and restless, but you can make it fun! Look for some study buddies and form study groups. I found out that I can study for a longer time if I have someone to study with. Even if you guys are not studying for the same class, it definitely helps to have someone there to keep you from snoozing off.

Also remember this is one of the times the library gets SUPER PACKED, so make sure to bring your laptop just in case you cant get a computer right away! Grab your laptop, find a nice quiet and comfy spot and get to work! AVOID STUDYING AT HOME the bed is too much of a temptation

Some basic steps to help you:

  • ·        Start early
  • ·        Stay positive
  • ·        Pace yourself
  • ·        Take a deep breath
  • ·        Take breaks!

    < 3 Giselle

Most Boringest NBA Trade Deadline EVER!

This is how I feel:
Today at 3PM the NBA trade deadline ended. 


Instead, they chose to do hardly anything. The Celtics have held onto Paul Pierce, KG, and Rondo once again. For another season, as they struggle to put together one last huzzah at a championship. KG had the no trade clause and said he wanted to die green. Rondo’s trade value sharply declined after being on the receiving end of a season ending ACL injury. Lastly, Pierce just wasn’t moved for whatever reason. 

Trade talks around the league circulated all month regarding what the Celtics could do, but most importantly, what they ought to do. The Celtics only made one move this trade season, opting to move Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa (also out for the season with an injury) for Washington Wizard’s Jordan Crawford. 

Everybody welcome the newest Celtic!
Jordan Crawford

Sorry to end this on such a poor and depressing note… but the Celtics season is pretty much over. 

Yup i just said that,


Hello friends! I am eating some delicious food right now and I wanted to share it with you all. Not literally share the food, because by the time you read this I will be done and also this is my lunch so I probably wouldn’t want to share anyway.
Maybe some of you have heard of the wonderful majestic heaven known as
but maybe some of you have not.
That’s where I come in.

This right here, is my favourite meal. Ever. Greek wrap [no tomatoes] and a Sobe citrus energy. The Hawk’s Nest does this awesome thing where they make THEIR OWN HOMEMADE FLATBREAD for the wraps and then SLAP IT ON THE GRILL REAL QUICK before wrapping your delicious fixins inside and it’s just the chewiest most delicious wrap you will ever wrap your face around.


  • The Greek – Trudy’s favourite. Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, red onions, and Greek dressing.
  • Chicken Caesar  – I’ve actually never had this before, even though I LOVE Caesar salad. Whenever I want a salad-y wrap I just can’t deny the Greek. Anyway, simplicity is best with Caesar: grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, parmesean cheese, and Caesar dressing. Both Brady and Brit have had it before and highly recommend it.
  • Honey Mustard Chicken – grilled or crispy chicken tossed with mesculin greens, tomatoes, red onions, and the best honey mustard I’ve ever had. Trudy recommends the crispy chicken because yolo.
  • NEW Buffalo Chicken Wrap – I’ve yet to try this, but I plan to soon because who doesn’t love buff chix. Grilled or crispy buffalo chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Great.
  • NEW Veggie & Hummus Wrap – I also haven’t tried this yet, but I do love hummus and portabello so I may soon. Fresh made garlic lemon hummus, portabello mushrooms, grilled zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes, vidalia onions, and red peppers. Brit just tried this today for lunch and had some choice words about it. “Too many onions. And it was soggy! *sad face with tongue sticking out and a tear drop/icky face*”
  • The River Hawk – classic 1/3lb Angus burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion.
  • The Bird of Prey – another favourite of mine. BBQ ranch burger with cheddar, bacon, friend onion strings, and lettuce. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT ON A BURGER
  • The Wood Hawk – classic grilled chicken on delicious ciabatta bread. YUM
  • The Fire Hawk – I’m a wimp and haven’t tried this yet because I’m not a huge fan of spicy sammiches, but it looks pretty good! Grilled chicken, chipotle aioli, jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
  • The “Toma”Hawk – this was actually the first thing I ever ordered at The Hawk’s Nest, back in Spring of ’12 when I wasn’t eating meat. I have a strict repulsion to tomatoes but I was like yolo and got it anyway. It’s yellow tomatoes, basil, and smoked provolone on Texas toast. It. Is. Amazing.
  • The Bleu Jay – classic burger topped with bleu cheese and bacon. I’m really not a fan of bleu cheese so I haven’t had it, but I’m sure it’s wonderful if you do! Everything with bacon is good.
  • NEW The Greek Burger – basically the Greek wrap in burger form, so I had to try it. classic burger topped with feta cheese, lettuce, kalamata olives, onion, tomato, and Greek dressing. My new favourite burger.
  • NEW Portabello Burger – now, I love portabello mushrooms so I wanted to try this real bad. It’s a grilled portabello cap with lettuce, vidalia onion, jack cheese, tomato, grilled zucchini and summer squash, and their “Boom Boom” sauce. I’m not a huge fan of zucchini/squash, or most gourd-like veggies, but as the motto says..yolo. The grilled veggies were actually real good, but I did not like the boom boom sauce. I don’t know what’s in it, but it was spicy and kind of weird to me? Oh well. To each their own. Maybe it was the jack cheese. I’m just not a spicy cheese person.
  • NEW Pesto Chicken – SO GOOD. Grilled chicken, provolone, pesto, and spinach on delicious ciabatta bread. The Italian in me loves it, as well as the person-who-likes-good-food in me.
  • NEW Chili Cheese Burger – CHILI AND CHEESE?! Grand. Classic burger topped with chili, nacho cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. 


Love, Trudy.

Step away from the cold & come enjoy this journey with me

Winter?? Phhsssssst THAT DON’T PHASE ME!

I get it. The weather is NOT our best friend right now. He is cruel with all his blowing of wind, black ice, snow and low temperatures. To top it all off he has the sun playing TEASE! It shows up for a little bit and then it disappears! Oh the cruelty!
Well I have a solution for you to bear with it! Every time you feel the burning cold (yes because it buuurns), I want you to go to your happy place until you reach the inside of a building, shuttle or your home. Think ahead to maybe your spring break vacation coming up, or how spring should be approaching soon and the cold will have NO POWERover you! That’s what I’ve been doing for days………..
Here are a few images to help you cope! Dreaming always puts me in a good mood, I hope it serves you well lovies!

I mean wouldnt you love it if UML’s campus was in this yacht! 

< 3 Giselle 

It’s not too late to change your ways

Since most of you have inevitably been eating cupcakes wrong your entire lives I have decided that you need to be educated on how to “properly” eat a cupcake. I think everyone can agree that the best part of a cupcake is the frosting at the top. The problem that most people run into is that they eat the frosting first like a heathen. Here is an example of what eating a cupcake the wrong way looks like 


He only thinks he is enjoying his cupcake, wait till all of that frosting is gone

The biggest problem is that parents pass their poor cupcake eating technique onto their children. This epidemic of ill used cupcakes needs to stop. 

The inevitable fate of all humans eating cupcakes, the bottom that is just….cake

This kid can’t even get it into his mouth. Clearly doing it wrong. 

Regardless of the size of the cupcake you can still do it wrong
Look at this barbarian tarnish the holiness of that cupcake. Sacrilege. 

Think of how good that cupcake would have been if that barbarian ate his cupcake correctly.
I implore you to cast away the shackles that bind you to the torment that is eating the pure cake at the bottom of a cupcake. Do yourself a favor and enjoy a cupcake to its fullest. Also, think of the children. They are being deprived of a delicious cupcake sandwich that offers them equal frosting distribution across the entire cupcake. The cupcake gods shed bitter tears for every bit of cupcake that is ingested and not accompanied by delicious frosting. They are kind enough to give you cupcakes you should return the favor by not making them cry. 
What a cupcake god looks like


Introducing Roadster Routes!

Ever wondered when the next shuttle is coming?
Well now you can track the shuttles!!!
Its been in the works for awhile now, but now the beta version of UML’s roadster tracking application is now available. Because the beta version is still in a testing phase it is only available on any device that is capable of accessing the interwebs. Such as your phone or computer or tablet or whatever. 
 The best part is that its actually free!
So you can access the app by going to 
 There you can track the roadsters at all hours during the day and you can live a much happier transportation life. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the application. In the near future the University will be releasing the application to Android and iOS devices so you won’t have to use your web browser to view where the roadsters are. 
Hopefully your next ride on the RiverHawk Roadsters will be something like this:
Take it easy everyone and enjoy your long weekend!

SO you wanna be AWESOME?!

Good choice. Being awesome is pretty awesome. I would know, because I am awesome.
A wise man once said,

You know when you read a word too many times and it starts to look weird? That’s happening with the word awesome to me right now. I guess I’ll just have to use a different word to describe……


Now, don’t go clickin’ off back to your facespaces and mybooks and whatnot ’cause I said “STUDENT LEADER.” and that might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world to you. But let me assure you. It is the most exciting thing in the world to me, and I would like to share my excitement with you.


Well, conveniently placed anonymous question, I will tell you! There are TONS of opportunities for STUDENT LEADER.ship around campus.

You can lead a club or organization! There are over ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY (150+) CLUBS&ORGS ON CAMPUS. Everyone has beaten into your heads how important it is to get involved and blah blah blah so I won’t get into that. But if you’re in a club and you’re passionate about it, you can try to get on the executive board! Eboards consist of at least a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and maybe some more club-specific positions like Marketing Chair or Technical Officer or Designated Hat Person. It’s a bit of a time commitment to be an eboard member, but it’s super rewarding in that you get to steer the club in a direction you might want to see, and it’s a great resume builder!

Resident Advisors are kind of badly represented on TV and movies and funny YouTube videos and whatnot. Everyone thinks we’re OUT TO GET YOU IN TROUBLE or BREAKIN’ UP PARTIES LEFT AND RIGHT or SNIFFING EVERY DOOR IN A HALLWAY TRYING TO BUST EVERYONE. But! While conduct and conflict are part of the Residence Life Staff’s job, that’s not all we do! Here’s a nice list format to break up this wall o’ text:

  • anyway
  • RAs build community on their floors and in their buildings
    • that’s basically a textbook definition for being friends with everyone and making everyone else be friends with everyone too
  • RAs put on programs for the campus community
    • there’s a specific guide called the Residential Curriculum the pro staff puts together for the RAs and it’s our jobs to take a broad theme (like, HEALTHY LIVING) and turn it into a fun and engaging program that people will get something out of (like, FOOD)
    • just because the 4th floor RA is putting on a program in Leitch doesn’t mean only 4th floor Leitch residents can go! EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Residents, commuters, off campus friends..but probably not random people you find in the street
  • RAs serve as a resource
    • you know the “reference” section in a library? That’s basically what an RA’s room is. If you need info on anything happening on campus, help with academic issues, iSiS is being weird, your friends are being weird, it’s the middle of the night and you’re locked out of your room, it’s the middle of the night and you’re in need of some protection (I like to stock up at Safetypalooza until someone tells me to leave some for everyone else to which I hastily reply, “I’M AN RA THESE ARE FOR MY RESIDENTS” and then run away), you fell on your face and need a band-aid (I have an overstocked first aid kit in my room) get the point!
  • RAs enforce the code of conduct
    • this is what everyone assumes all RAs do all the time. Honestly, documenting incidents is kind of a pain. We have to get everyone’s information, let our supervisors know, let the RD on duty know, write up an in depth third person description of exactly what happened, follow up with the residents..
ANYWAY being an RA is great leadership experience, learning to work well with a team, bettering your people skills, all that good stuff. And Resident Advisor responsibilities are fairly uniform wherever you go, so if potential employers see that you were an RA they will immediately know what kind of stuff you did and what kind of skills you learned.

The application process for RA selection for next year is already underway, but keep an eye out in the fall for the online applications! Basically you fill out an online application, sign up for a Res Life 101 class which is basically a group interview process with other applicants and Res Life pro staff, and have a one on one interview with one of the Resident Directors of the halls. Yay!

Do you remember your orientation? Was it THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER?! If I was your OL it probably was.

This happened.

Orientation Leaders basically have the best job ever. Here are some more bullet points.
  • hang out in Lowell all summer with free housing
  • get paid full time
  • guide incoming students around campus and give them all the info they could ever need about everything UMass Lowell
  • hang out with Dean Siegel and Rowdy and sometimes Marty Meehan
  • be generally silly
Orientation applications are out RIGHT MEOW and are due on February 26th. The application process is pretty great. You fill out an online application, and then join us and all the applicants in what is referred to as SELECTION WEEKEND. All day Saturday March 2nd you hang out with a current OL and a group of other applicants and basically just do a bunch of icebreakers and games and fun things so we can get to know you and your leadership style. Then Sunday the 3rd you have your interview. Orientation is super speedy with their decisions so you’ll usually get your letter within the next week. GOOD STUFF GOOD TIMES

So! Those are some sweet things you can do to be an AWESOME STUDENT LEADER. 


-Trudy aka Trudes MaGrudes aka Tru Dat
(ps you also get awesome nicknames)

DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge- Use your NOODLE!

The UMass Lowell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting the first annual Difference Maker Idea Challenge!!
Let’s get your noodles working!! =) Get creative! 
In this first Challenge, student teams will be asked to develop real solutions to real problems. Students are asked to present a concept proposal for a needed service, product or business that addresses a real world challenge, such as climate change, access to health care, support for the arts, cyber security, regional unemployment (additional categories TBA).

  • ·         Applicants must be UMass Lowell students (graduate or undergraduate) or have graduated from UMass Lowell within the past year.
  • ·         UMass Lowell students or recent alumni must take a leadership role in developing, presenting and implementing the concept and proposed solution.
  • ·         Students are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams, meaning students from different majors should work together in developing and implementing the solution. If you haven’t yet connected with team members from other majors, we will help facilitate this.

Challenge Details and Deadlines
Challenge Kick-off Events

  • ·         Applications due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
  • ·         Applications must be submitted via the DM website. Forms are available at
  • ·         Finalists will be chosen for the pool of applicants and notified by Feb. 20.

Idea Concept Development – Jan. through Mar. 2013

  • ·         All student teams will be introduced to the Problem-Opportunity-Solution-Resources approach to problem solving. A series of workshops is scheduled to help teams examine their selected problem, explore the opportunity, develop possible solutions and identify needed resources.
  • ·         Idea Plan submission due by 5 p.m.  Apr. 12, 2013
  • ·         Each team must submit their proposed solution in an Executive Summary format, along with a concise PowerPoint Pitch Deck. This is an absolute deadline. Teams submitting plans past the deadline will not be included in the competition.

Idea Challenge Event – Apr. 17
Each team also will present a three minute pitch describing their problem and proposed solution before a panel of alumni judges. Each presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the judges. The judges will convene to make final prize award decisions later this evening.
A total of $25,000 prize will be awarded. YES you read correctly, $25,000! =)
For more information contact:

< 3 Giselle

An Early Spring!!!

PHOTO: An early spring is on the way, according to groundhog "Punxsutawney Phil." When the Pennsylvania groundhog emerged from his dwelling at Gobbler's Knob on Feb 2, 2013, he did not see his shadow. 
  Punxsutawney Phil, the King of the Groundhogs!

 In case you didn’t know, Groundhog’s day was Saturday, and the proclamation is in!!!
On this February 2nd, 2013,
the One Hundred and Twenty Seventh Annual Trek of the
Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler’s Knob….
Punxsutawney Phil, the King of the Groundhogs,
Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators,
Weather Prophet without Peer,
was awakened from his borrow at 7:28 am
with a tap of the President’s cane.
Phil and President Deeley conversed in Groundhogese
and Phil directed him to the chosen Prognostication scroll.
The President tapped the chosen scroll and
directed Phil’s Prediction be proclaimed:
My new Knob entrance is a sight to behold
Like my faithful followers, strong and bold
And so ye faithful,
there is no shadow to see
An early Spring for you and me.

Some good news! For the first time in nine years, Phil predicts an early Spring!!!

Which is fantastic news because its been dreadfully frigid out and I think it is fair to say that we are all sick of it. In case you are curious about Groundhogs like me, here are some fun facts: 

  •  The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12 to 15 pounds. 
  • A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. 
  •  Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. Hibernation is not just a deep sleep. It is actually a deep coma, where the body temperature drops to a few degrees above freezing, the heart barely beats, the blood scarcely flows, and breathing nearly stops. 
  •  A groundhog’s life span is normally 6 to 8 years.

As you can see groundhog’s are pretty cool and kind of psychic since apparently Punxsutawney Phil can predict when Spring will occur I’m just excited that Phil predicted an early Spring because it’s way too cold out and we have a giant snow storm coming this weekend. I hate snow.