Halloween on the College Budget

To be honest, I’m the kind of person who as at least 2 Halloween costumes planned, and at least one back up if I need it, so here are my 5 steps to having a great costume on a college student’s budget
1 Plan Plan Plan
The most important part of a Halloween costume is the concept behind it.  Whether you go as a classic sheet ghost, or Summer Fun Batman, you need to know what you need to get for your costume.  Figure out what you need for clothes, for accessories, make up, props, and anything in between.  List it out (draw a diagram if you need to), and you’ll be ready to get started.
2 See What You Already Own
When you have your list together, open up your closet, clear out the skeletons, and start digging for things you need and might already own.  Anything you can cross off your list is money saved, and we all know that an empty wallet is the creepiest thing of all.
3 Set a Budget
This is the hardest part, easily.  When you really love a concept for a costume, it can be hard to reign it in.  So set a budget, and stick to it! Don’t let the $100 pre-made costumes, or $90 wigs break your resolve.
4 Hit Up Thrift Shops and Discount Stores
A set budget is useless if you go to a pricey store where you could spend the whole thing on a set of devil horns.  Shop at places where the prices are low, and the selection is huge.  For main parts of costumes, hit up Savers, Target, and Walmart.  For accessories, try Dollar Tree, Five Below, and double check Savers as well. For Halloween make up, you might have to go to an actual party store, but CVS can probably supply what you need.
5 Get Spooky!
Put on the costume, get some candy and hot cider, and enjoy the holiday!
Some additional last second costume ideas:
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  • a SIM 
  • Any sort of animal
  • Super Hero’s Secret Identity
  • Regret
  • A Fifty’s Pop Art Character
  • Anything Disney
  • Being ready to take a shower
  • Spice Rack
  • Spice Girls Rack
  • A Spooky Scary Skeleton
  • Waldo
  • A Skeleton inside a person

Staying Safe on Halloweekend!

 Happy Halloween! 

I hope you have watched Hocus Pocus by now! (if not please get on that because it’s a great movie with good songs and it is 100% worth watching.)
BUT for those of you who will be running amok this weekend, here are some things about staying safe!


If you feel like you are in a creepy situation or just feel uncomfortable. Stick to your gut and leave. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Know your surroundings and make sure you have a safe way to get home. To make sure you have a way home, try to keep a couple bucks on you to pay for a cab if need be. Also, make sure you charge your phone before going out incase you need to get in touch with someone!
Use the buddy system! Always be with a friend (or four) and look out for each other. 
Don’t take drinks from people you don’t know and please don’t leave your drink unattended. You want to know exactly what is in your drink in order to have a safe and fun night!


If your friend seems like they are under the influence of a substance, get them the necessary help. Remember the Good Samaritan Policy and take care of your people!

Have a good Halloweekend!

River Hawk Homecoming 2015

Last weekend UMass Lowell held its annual Riverhawk Homecoming, and as usual, it was a success! On Saturday, the festivities began at 3 pm on Hawkey Way. I took a walk over to see what was happening, and I was impressed. When I first entered the scene there was live music from local bands as well as some performers from the University, such as our Acapella groups. Near the stage there were amazing food trucks, from one of which I bought fried clams, which were absolutely delicious. There was so much other food, like fried dough, french fries and a personal favorite of mine, deep fried oreos.

After filling my belly, I went to explore more. On and off campus groups and clubs had tables and booths. Many of the varsity and club sports had fun activities, as well as a “meet the athletes” station for young fans. One of my favorite stations was the make-your-own stuffed animal station. The best part was that it was absolutely free! Out of the many options, I made a dalmatian. I stuffed him, sewed him up and even put a cute Riverhawk Homecoming t-shirt on him! Here he his!
After the festivities on Hawkey Way ended, UMass Lowell Hockey played Merrimack for the second night in a row. Friday night it was a 1-1 tie, so the tension was high. We were ready for some competition. The game was intense, and ended the same way as the night before; going into overtime with a tie of 1-1.
Overall, homecoming was a great success, and I’m glad that I got to be a part of it, and I hope you did too!

Advising and Class Scheduling

Congrats! You’ve made it through the half way mark of Fall Semester! Even though midterms are over, there’s still a lot to be done, especially in preparation for next semester. Unlike high school and secondary schools, college has two semesters per year where you take completely different classes each semester. Picking classes on your own may seem difficult, however, it is much simpler than it seems.

First things first, meet with your adviser. They are assigned to you through SiS, and you can find out who your adviser is by looking on the right hand side of your Student Center in SiS. You can contact them directly through SiS, which is super convenient! At UMass Lowell, everyone is required to meet with an adviser, and you will have an advising hold on your account until you do so. This means that you are unable to register for classes! We believe that everyone should excel here at UML, so a meeting with your adviser will give you an idea of what classes to take next semester, and even the semesters ahead. Remember, advisers are your go to person in your department, they WANT to help you succeed and make the most of your college experience. Always take their advice.

Second, know your own curriculum. In order to be successful, you need to be informed on what classes you’ll be taking during which semester. This is especially critical if you are a member of the Honor’s College because your class schedule may be slightly different from others in your major. Honor’s students take extra classes, as well as take accelerated Honors versions of certain classes. Also, if you have AP or Transfer credits, your schedule will be altered, so its always a good idea to know where you should be.

Knowing your curriculum lets you be more prepared to meet with your adviser. If you have an idea of what classes you should be taking, it makes the meeting much smoother. Unfortunately, advisers see hundreds of students each advising period, so the meetings are short. Knowing what you need will give you more time to ask about the things you are unsure of, like what minor to declare. Bonus, advisers will be impressed if you know your stuff!

Lastly, breathe. Scheduling for classes is not the end of the world. It’s okay if you’re not in a class with your best friend, and it’s okay if you don’t know which professor’s class to take. If you end up enrolling in a class you don’t like, no worries, you can change your schedule as much as you like until the end of the add/drop period in the beginning of the semester (but don’t go crazy). No matter what you do, you’ll make the right choices.

Good luck!


If you haven’t heard it already, hockey is our most popular and favorite sport here at UMass Lowell. Our team is Division 1, and plays at the Tsongas Center on either Friday or Saturday nights. They are a great way to socialize as well as enjoy an interactive and competitive sport.
This past Friday, I attended the season opener game against RPI. I arrived about an hour early, afraid I wouldn’t get a seat in the student section. Luckily, there was space, but it was packed! Everyone was excited to be back and watch the Riverhawks kick some butt, especially me. At most games there are giveaways, and on Friday we received rally towels. The crowd was wild as the team hit the ice and began the game.
One thing I love about UML hockey games is that it’s not just about watching the game, the fans get to participate too! In between periods, anything can happen. Usually, there is a sandwich eating contest where the winner gets a gift card to a sub shop, and Rowdy will throw t-shirts to the crowd. Also, there is a “dance cam” or “kiss cam”, putting the audience on the big screen. Lastly, as I said earlier, there are always many giveaways like t-shirts, bobble heads and noise makers.
The Riverhawks ended up defeating the RPI Engineers on Friday night 3-0, with Evan Campbell scoring two points and AJ White scoring one.
If you have not gone to a hockey game yet, I highly suggest you attend at least one this year. They are so much fun, even if you know nothing about hockey. I was not really a fan of hockey before I came to UML, but I love it now. It’s a great place to go and hangout with new and old friends, and something to do on a Friday night.
Hope to see you all there tomorrow!

#Lowell – There truly is A LOT to like

Yesterday evening, UMass Lowell celebrated the rebirth of city of Lowell, and our new Chancellor, Jacquie Moloney. The day began with tours of Lowell, incorporating the new additions to Lowell as well as its history of once being a booming mill city. As the day progressed, the celebration moved to Mill No. 5, a renovated mill in Downtown Lowell. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s amazing. Mill No. 5 is an office building and schools on the lower levels, and a cute market place on the the fourth floor. You can find a thrift store, a vinyl record store, an apothecary and even an yoga studio! My favorite part is the coffee shop, Coffee and Cotton, for both its cozy vibe and delicious menu. Mill No. 5 also features the Luna Theater, which play indie films for great prices.
I arrived around 6 pm at Mill No. 5, just when the party was getting started. I entered myself into the free raffle, in which I ended up winning a $25 dollar gift card to Jimmy John’s, and some cool UML gear! Our very own students were performing as well, including Fermata Nowhere, an all female acapella group. Throughout the mill, there was many different food options, including small appetizers to a create your own caramel apple station. All the stores were open for this event, and I took a look into every one. I have only been to the mill at weird times, so this was super exciting for me because I had never been into some of the shops. I took the time to explore the mill, and found some fascinating things. Here’s a cute little sitting room I had never seen before!

However, the party truly didn’t start until Chancellor Moloney arrived. She took time to mingle with everyone, and after spoke about all the amazing changes that are happening at UMass Lowell, in the city of Lowell, and her first 90 days as Chancellor.

Overall, it was an amazing event, and I’m glad I was able to attend.