Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Do I really have to say anything else? There is no excuse for anyone, let alone a college student, to admit to rape and not get in trouble. This person should be facing jail time, and yet they aren't even expelled. I really don't know what to say. I just hope that if a case like this were to occur at UNH, our student deans, or conduct office or whoever would be able to handle it so the criminals would not be allowed on campus again. It is unacceptable.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
- "Gotta love February in FL" - 8:05 PM Feb 23rd
- "Rained out in golf. Movie marathon instead: Shutter Island and Invictus. Thumbs up to both, though glad Invictus 2nd. Needed the lift." - about 19 hours ago
- "Tried golf again this morning . . . but defeated by wind and cold temps. iHOP proved a good alternative." - 7 hours ago
Stay classy, not UMassy.
^ UMass, proving my sign-off once again. Also, UMaine bans smoking TOBACCO on campus.
This is the debut post of "This Week in Dining," which will be a reoccurring theme every week. This is an effort to continue my vendetta against the UNH dining system because it is time someone puts them in their place.
But this week they struck back.
For the first time in the history of the blog I have finally made an actual difference on campus. I am pretty confident that the following sign in HoCo, which describes their new policy, was set up specifically because of my past newspaper column.
Well fuck a duck! I must say that I am very disappointed in dining's decision to release this new policy. Obviously they realized that when I issued a vendetta against them all of UNH would soon turn against them. They are actually just trying to discourage my "massive" following on campus from coming together. So, actually I am pretty honored because they acknowledged how influential I have become. (What?) I guess this sign has been up for a few days, but I didn't notice it until today when my roommate pointed it out as I walked out with a banana.
First of all, who the fuck would support this? "We appreciate your support and understanding." I am pretty sure that every student will be pissed about this (my bad, I appologize if it really did have anything to do with it. I apologize to the students that is. Dining can fuck themselves). I highly doubt any one student would support this. Most students probably haven't noticed the changes because we don't read signs, but eventually our voices will be heard. Hunter S. Thompson once said "It is very important to learn, early in life, that you can beat City Hall and that You can change the System. You might be beaten and gassed by Police a few times before you succeed, but that stuff goes with the territory. And you will be proud of it later, just as you will make many smart friends who will stand with you all your life." It is time we make those swines at Dining here our rage. I ask everyone of you to listen to Rage Against the Machine and then write one of those napkin letters and demand that we have the right to take one piece of fruit and a mug full of a beverage out of the dining halls. First they waste OUR money with the stupid salt and peppermills, then they take away our trays on Tuesdays and now this!
Our money from meal plans allows the dining system to run. Therefore we should have a say in the decision making process. It is the same problem with the entire Smith Hall fiasco, most students probably wouldn't have cared if the administration discussed it with students first, but they acted without communication. I guarantee that if dining asked for student input not one student would have said "I think we need $32 salt shakers." Because only a douche who only cares about their image would say that. Right, dining? I have said it before and I will say it again, they only care about their image. Every year UNH dining is considered one of the tops in the country. This is true only because they have longer hours than most dining halls, we have unlimited meal plans, they are "green" and they have a buffet style (some schools you can only pick one type of meal and others are set up like the MUB food court). Those are really awesome things and the food usually is pretty decent, but I feel like the past few weeks there has been a terrible selection. Anyone else notice that the further away from a holiday, parent's weekend, or local harvest day the worse the food gets? Dining thinks they are hot shit, but in reality, they only cause hot shit.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
In this article from boston.com several issues I have brought up in the past were mentioned. Mainly, the renovation of the field house and the football stadium. This is a fine example of economics 101, you're going to have to spend money to make money. A new football stadium would attract bigger crowds and bigger crowds attract bigger recruits which leads to better teams and more wins and the cycle continues. Many FCS football teams loss money or break even and UNH has the chance to be one of the few profitable teams in the league if the university is willing to spend money now to make money later. One figure from that article that jumped out at me is that only 1% of former athletes gave donations to UNH. That is terrible, many college athletic programs only exist due to contributions and that needs to increase immediately if UNH is going to achieve their goals.
Obviously there are a boat load of money issues going on with UNH right now from the potential professor salary strike to the massive tuitions, but if UNH were to make athletics a priority a lot of money could be made. Take a look at all of the top earning universities in the country, they almost all have a strong athletic program. Now I understand that UNH is tiny compared to those schools (ex: Ohio State, Arizona State, Texas, Michigan ect.) but as a decent sized state university with no instate competition UNH has not taken advantage of these opportunities. The field house and football stadium are a disgrace to our university, there are much smaller schools with nicer facilities. There are local high schools with nicer fields and gyms than UNH. It really is quite pathetic.
One area that could really help out UNH in the long run is the basketball program. If they were to move their home games to the Whittemore Center, which has been done in the past when Florida played here and for high school state championship games, they could attract bigger programs to play here. Every year UNH travels to teams like Pitt, Maryland, or Penn State, but very rarely do we get a return game the following year, which is the case with most teams.
Boston University, which is in the same basketball conference as UNH, has very similar facilities to UNH. They have a smaller gym and a nice big arena that is primarily used for hockey. Their basketball team usually plays about half their home games at the nicer arena. Those games routinely attract bigger crowds and they have to compete with the Boston professional teams and other schools like BC, Harvard and Northeastern for non-student crowds. I see no reason why UNH can't do the same.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The most obvious choice for a hungry drunk on campus is the Durham House of Pizza, or DHop as everyone calls it. DHop is famous for their $1.50 slices after 11 p.m. It is very cheap and delicious so if you have the dollar bill blues it doesn’t put a big dent into your pocket. Through some investigative journalism, meaning I asked my older brother who used to work at DHop, I found out the secret for the great taste in every bite. There is extra sugar in the sauce, but you didn’t hear it from me. DHop has a great atmosphere and on a warm night it is the best place on campus for some food and free entertainment. My recommendation: whatever slices have the most toppings piled on. Trust me, it will be delicious and filling.
Another great place to cure the hunger monkey is Kurt’s Lunchbox. Kurt’s is conveniently located in C-Lot for anyone living in Area Two and it is a much shorter walk than DHop for anyone living out in the boonies of Area Three. I live in the Upper Quad and there have been nights where I will gravitate towards Kurt’s from the smell alone. While on the topic of lunch trucks, I went to Irie Taco the other day and it was phenomenal. I told him he could give DHop and Kurt’s some great competition if he started staying late night. Anyways, my Kurt’s recommendation: The classic cheesy fries, or snotty fries, as any true Kurt fan would know. His cheesy fries are famous for a reason and I’m not one to fix something that isn’t broken.
As tasty as Kurt’s and D-Hop are, plus the hilarious situations that occur there almost any night, they both close at 2 a.m. Not too long ago both would stay open as long as people showed up but semi-recent Durham ordinances have forced them to close up shop early. That happened around the same time DHop added 50 cents to their late night slices; thanks Durham. So, if you are out past 2 a.m. and in need of some grub, Wildcatessen is the place to go. It is conveniently located under Stillings in Area One, which is very close to many apartments and the infamous frat row. Wildcatessen is also open until 4 a.m. on weekend mornings and they specialize in subs. If you have the ability to you can order ahead online, which is great for any dorm room partiers. Wildcatessen is apart of the UNH Dining system, so don’t even joke about stealing from there or you could get in trouble. My recommendation is their steak and cheese sub, but they are all very good.
Sometimes students pass out without eating after a late night out, it happens to the best of us. After waking up in a haze with your clothes thrown around the room, or still on, some hangover food is essential. As a side note, waking up with strange things in your room can be very amusing but also confusing. Last week my room was a mess and it was filled with balloons. Still haven’t figured that one out yet.
A very popular choice for a late brunch is The Bagelry located at Mill Plaza. Others like the Mei Wei Asian Cuisine Restaurant, which used to be the China Buffet. However, the dining halls also have some great choices. My top choice for a hangover brunch is a chicken patty with some of those chopped breakfast potatoes at Holloway. I would argue that is the best thing to eat if you are still feeling some effects form the night before. Wherever you choose to eat, make sure that you’re having fun and staying safe.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Monday, February 22, 2010
On to my next topic. Anyone see that hockey game last night?
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Saturday, February 20, 2010
Stay Classy, Not UMassy.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This is just the basic routine that we all go through. Of course everyone's is different with unique variations, but it is pretty simple. Sleep, food, class, homework, fun. For some of us fun is going to a game or playing video games or watching a movie and others define fun as waking up with no memory of the last 12 hours. Well, that precise moment isn't fun, but you can at least assume that you had a little fun during that window of time that seemed to have vanished.
Speaking of having fun and partying... "dancing" to hip-hop in a dirty Durham basement can be a blast but I feel gets a little repetitive. Every fucking weekend I hear the same old songs by the same performers. How about a little variation UNH? I think it is necessary to mix in a little rock now and again and just get really trashed and belligerent. Because deep down we all wish we were rock stars and if you don't then I don't know how to react. For example, watch this youtube video. I have seen this band several times and they are absolutely amazing live, but their music is very diverse and different, so they can take a little getting used to. But at every performance they have fun and so does the crowd. They always win over the crowd fast and it is enjoyable to bring people who don't like their albums to a live show, because they'll turn into a huge fan. I've seen it happen a few times. It is a true party like atmosphere every time they take the stage.
Plus how many bands are there with an electric fiddler and accordion player from Russia with two Asian percussionist-dancers, an Ethiopian bassist, an Israeli guitarist and an American drummer lead by a crazy Ukrainian singer who was also a Chernobyl refugee? Those combinations bring out the true musicianship and soul in a performance. Fuck Ke$ha.
Stay Classy, not UMassy.
(yes, that is from UMass via the Stool)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So I downloaded a free trial of photoshop and I was goofing around and came up with this: (click for full size)
It is the first photoshop I've done and it isn't perfect but I thought it was blog worthy. I only have it for 30 days but I'm hoping to add a few pictures for the blog.
Stay classy, not UMassy
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Partying has always been a big part of UNH culture. Whether students just like to dance, drink or relax for a few hours, going out can be a nice way to relieve the stress of school, but it is important to know what you like. Everyone has a different taste in types of parties. Some people prefer huge “ragers” that are thrown by our university’s fine fraternities, and other people prefer a small social gathering of friends at the Gables. Therefore I believe it is unfair to rate one as better than the other; it is like saying what is better: rap or heavy metal? They are two different genres so it becomes difficult to compare them against one another. The easiest way to breakdown the UNH party scene is to discuss each type of party individually. So let’s begin with the most commonly stereotyped college party: a frat party.
Frat parties are very interesting and you can never be sure what to expect. There are always a lot of people and a lot to do, from dancing to playing beirut and other drinking games. Fraternities definitely have way more space than any other than other parties so it is easy to spread out and find something that you like. One bad thing about frat parties is that they can be tough to get into. Unless you are a half-naked girl, or you show up with four half-naked girls, you better know a few brothers or you are not getting in. Another disadvantage to a frat party is that brothers stick together so if you make one angry, by accident or not, you might want to clear out. Let’s face it, as bad as some stereotypes are, they all exist for a reason. It is also important to include that each frat is different with their parties. Some fraternities like to keep their parties pretty low key and limit attendees to friends, while others just want to have the rowdiest party ever.
Next up we have parties at campus-owned apartments: at UNH we have the Gables. Parties at the Gables usually tend to be quieter with most attendees being friends of the residents. That being said, parties at the Gables can also be pretty rowdy, but it really depends on the people who are hosting. Partying at the Gables can be a lot of fun, but quiet hours kick in at 1 a.m. so things usually have to wrap up a bit earlier than most other options.
Another type of party is the kind located at an off-campus house or apartment. Simply because they are off campus, you can usually expect a rowdier atmosphere. A party off campus is nice because they are usually in between the size of a frat party and something at the Gables. If you are hosting an off-campus party, make sure you are aware of the town’s noise policies because the last thing you want is a cop to shut it down early. That happened at a Halloween party I was at and it resulted in everyone walking a few miles back to campus because we all had to leave at once and couldn’t wait for safe rides or the designated drivers to make rounds.
When you are preparing to go out for the night, be sure you know and understand the conditions of the party. If it is a theme party dress up, you don’t want to be “that guy” who was too cool to gel your hair or pop your collar. Even worse, don’t be that guy who over does it. Another tip is to find out what type of room the party will be located; there is a big difference between a Gables’ living room and a dirty frat basement. It is probably a bad idea to wear white shoes to the latter.
If you plan drinking, it is always a good idea to bring your own alcohol. It is much safer to backpack it across campus than to be drinking out of a party bowl. Even if you are friends with the host, you never know what someone else might slip in it. Lastly, always plan a head of time on how to deal with police. Refusing a search does not give them probable cause. If you are the host, make sure nothing is visible from outside or through the front door. Never answer the door with alcohol in your hand, and always step outside and shut the door behind you. This will prevent an officer from seeing, or smelling, anything that could lead to a search. Many college arrests occur either because students do not know their rights or they fall for a cop’s tricky wording. Know your rights, and have fun out there.
Stay Classy, Not UMassy.
Monday, February 15, 2010
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PS: I've heard rumors that McCready was arrested a few years ago for supplying alcohol to his younger brother or he was at a party and he was 21 with minors or something like that. Anyone know if there is any truth to that?
Friday, February 12, 2010
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
I do however owe an apology to my fellow students. Starting on February 8th there was a new food truck on campus. They are called "Irie Taco" and are located next to the lower quad, where the dumpsters are between C-Lot and Engelhardt. I just saw it this morning and as at the campuses premier blogger I feel as though I should have been all over that shit on day one. I haven't had a chance to eat their food yet but you can find their menu here. I have heard that they are really good and have decent prices: $1 soda cans, $2.50 for tacos and around $5 for burritos. I was told they are only here during the day, and I'm not sure if they plan on staying late on weekends, but I'll try to find out ASAP.
While I was walking around campus this morning, running some errands before the weekend and I realized that there are some little things that make me happy. For example, perfectly timing the walk signal at the intersection across from the Whit when there is a lot of traffic. Or getting two items from a vending machine when I only pay for one. Okay, that is all I got for now. Enjoy you're thirsty Thursday and if you don't have plans you should all attend the men's basketball game tonight against Binghamton at 7. The coach and players have really appreciated the bigger crowds and they need good momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. Plus, they are giving out free T-shirts again.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
On the other hand beer is much better to bring to a party since you can drink more of it. Brining a water bottle with cranberry vodka is not going to last long at a party, especially there are a lot of drinking games going on. That brings up my next point about cheap beer, it is the best alcohol for drinking games. Whether it is beirut, kings, asshole, fuck the dealer or any other game, beer is the way to go. If you're playing a drinking game with rum or vodka or any type of hard alcohol you'll be lucky to last a game or two. While Natty Light and Keystone Light seem to be the campus favorite cheep beers I actually prefer PBR.
Personally, I think PBR has a better taste than most cheap beers, despite it's high carbonation. Most cheap beers taste very watery, while PBR does have a little better flavor. It also has a slightly higher alcohol content (5.7%) compared to most beers in it's price range and quality. Keystone Light is only 4.2%. But at the same time PBR isn't a light beer so that would make sense. Most light beers are in the low to mid 4% alcohol range, but heavier beers are usually around 5% (but range up to 10% or higher).
Since PBR isn't a light beer it has 50 more calories than Keystone Light. Drinking a lot of cheap beers will result in mass drunkenness and probably a decent hangover, but what do you expect? You get what you pay for. Most cheap beers are pretty similar, I just like the slightly higher content that PBR has to offer. When it comes to light beers, I would put Keystone just ahead of Natty. I know that everyone has their preferences, but let's face it cheap beer is cheap beer.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
MVP: Drew Brees
Over Under 1.5 members of The Who dying on stage: Under.
Common Townshend is going to tear it up!
I love a good underdog story.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
While a lot of people claim baseball is boring, when you're on the field with the game on the line the intensity is insane. Since the game is slower, it allows time for the tension to build. A baseball game is like Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" or Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will be Blood" because they are long and drawn out, but they are also amazingly intense... and 3 hours long. Since baseball is slower paced then most sports it allows for intensity to build. A great game climaxes with a walk-off home run or a 95 mile per hour fastball up and in that a hitter chases for strike three. (Like Basterds climax: SPOILER). There is so much strategy leading up to the final innings that a casual sports fan doesn't pick up on, like an a well timed hit-and-run or steal. Almost the same thing can be said about a movie like Inglorious Basterds, or There Will be Blood. A certain wording or delivery to a line, an angle of a shot, or lighting that a casual movie goer doesn't pick up on can add so much more to a scene. For a movie to have an awesome climax it has to have perfect timing and proper scenes prior to build the tension. (Plus any movie about killin' Nazis is awesome in my book.)
As one of my brothers put it, M. Night Shyamalan could not have pulled off an ending like Tarantino in Basterds. Much like a championship baseball team needs the right type of manager. Or any sports team in general, that's why Herm Edwards never won a Super Bowl and Shyamalan never won an Oscar, although he got two nominations for The Sixth Sense. When Edwards coached you always knew he would screw it up when his team was playing well... do I really need to make that connection with Shyamalan?
Those two movies also have two of my all-time favorite bad-ass villains in Christoph Waltz's (if he doesn't win an Oscar for best supporting actor I will flip out the fuck out) Hans Landa, and in Daniel Day-Lewis' Daniel Plainview. No, those characters aren't serial killers setting up bloody traps, but they are greed-filled geniuses who do their job better than anyone else. They aren't out for blood lust, but they perfectly deliver some of the most badass lines ever written. When Day-Lewis gives his monologue you learn that he is one bad dude. Although, possibly his best line in the movie is "I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people." It's simple, straight forward, but perfectly written and delivered.
Okay, I have no idea what I am talking about anymore. I think I might still be drunk from last night. If I may borrow a line from Billy Madison "what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
Stay classy, not UMassy.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I took this card from one of those plastic stands on the tables at HOCO and I don't understand what health services is trying to prove or say. At least there weren't any grammatical errors this time (I mean it's not like they are writing a blog.) Let me explain why it confuses me:
I have a feeling that everyone on campus, not just "over half" participates in alcohol-free activities. If you don't, then wouldn't you have to be drinking like 24/7? I would like to meet a person who can handle, and afford, that accomplishment. I mean isn't going to class an "alcohol-free" activity? Because in that case they could probably say like 70% and not just "over half"of students participate in alcohol-free activities.
The 52% of students fact doesn't surprise me and that makes perfect sense. But I just can't seem to wrap my mind around the fact that there is such a high percentage that only participates in alcohol related activities. And I thought I had a drinking problem! This is such a relief to know that I have a long way to go before I hit rock bottom.
Stay classy not UMassy.
PS to assholes: I know that they mean over half of campus participates in organizations/clubs/sports where alcohol isn't allowed. I am not a moron, I just understand how sarcasm works. I think it is just really funny the way health services words all their flyers. We get it, not everyone on campus drinks... (just the cool kids do!)
PPS: I need a Jersey Shore nickname for a party, any ideas? According to the nickname generator "The New Hampshirite" is "The Impact."
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Yesterday my roommate (aka William Takefield) told me he would buy all our alcohol until I shaved. Ladies, please don't mind the scruff... but today he realized that he doesn't have any money. Lame. Again, I swear I'm not an alcoholic. Anyways the whole no shave thing started when I was telling him about Febru-hairy, which is No Shave November for people who are three months slow. I encourage any guys to take part, just think of it as an excuse for not shaving.
Please, make sure you vote in the new poll at the top right of the page, it is very important for an upcoming post. I have a new photo of the day, sent in by my UMaine correspondent known as The Maine Guy. It was taken in a UMaine student parking lot and just goes to show how much UNH dominates Maine in every aspect of life:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
UNH in 2020 from UNH Video on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Right before I start talking about the whole point of this post (theme parties and regular parties in case you're not paying attention), let's get some embedded Youtube music! Who doesn't like listening to music while reading?
Yes, it's a Ting Tings remix, but listen to the part with Wale and the beat. Shit's hotter than Miranda Kerr making out with Jessica Burciaga. Google those names if you need wanking material.
Alright, on to the actual point of this post. To start, how many of you like theme parties? Since you're not in front of me right now, I'm going to assume you all raised your hands.
If you didn't raise your hand, WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? Let's make a quick list of why theme parties are awesome:
- You get to wear hilarious things
- It's much easier to start a conversation when someone is covered in newspaper for an Anything But Clothes party
- You get to wear hilarious things in public
- Less laundry to do (since you probably wouldn't wear those things on a regular basis)
- You get to get drunk while wearing hilarious things, and then go out in public
- Picking a fight with someone in a toga is one of the funniest experiences a person can have
- Probably the best reason, GIRLS SKANK EVERY THEME PARTY UP. And I mean this in the best way possible.
You might think that I'm objectifying girls with all this talk. NO. FUCK YOU. That's all I have to say about your feminist harping.
The theme of a theme party is important. Cutting-edge college commentary there, right? And a bit of alliteration too (ENGLISH NERDS HOLLA AT ME). Keep your theme broad, with options for creativity. Choosing a theme like "CEOs and Office Hos" implies the skank factor, and works well, although it's a very common idea. Don't get too detailed, however. No one will go to a "Characters From Judd Apatow Movies" party, mainly because Apatow's characters are usually everyday slackers or mediocre people that have no outstanding qualities. That's a weak fucking idea, and the skank factor = zero. Also, Katherine Heigl's a bitch. I just wanted to say that.
Please keep in mind that not everyone is loaded with money, and has two closets full of clothes. Don't make some fucking party where people have to dress up in tuxedos or something expensive and obscure. Everyone can find budget shit at TJ Maxx (great store) but don't go overboard on attire for theme parties.
Try to make your theme party rhyme. Everyone loves rhymes. Base your rhymes off of the words "skanks," "hos," "sluts," or other derogatory terms for women. It might seem harsh, but they always work and end up being hilarious and not that offensive, unless you're an RA or something.
Here are some quick theme parties I thought of that hopefully aren't as common as "CEOs and Office Hos" or "Golf Pros and Tennis Hos."
- Jersey Shore With Jersey Whores (This can either be a Guido party or a sports jersey party.. multiple options!)
- Champs And Tramps (Attire of teams that have won championships recently and skanks)
- Barbarians And Librarians (This is actually sort of common, but too great to leave off of the list)
- Robots And Ho-Bots (Sexy robots.. my disk just got hard!)
- Micks And Chicks (Irish stereotypes/Mick Jagger lookalikes and, once again, skanky girls)
- SuperBros And SuperHos (Use well-known superheroes or make up your own! A little on the pricier side, but worth it if pulled off correctly)
Try to theme it with the party. Beer is hard to set with a theme, but if you have a pirate party or something, offer rum or tropical drinks. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.
If you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments or email The New Hampshirite and I'll get it eventually. Write "Fuck you Rusty" in the subject line so he knows it's for me.
It says, “The University of New Hampshire has a rich history of time honored traditions dating all the way back to its founding in 1866. From University Day to Homecoming, hockey games to undergraduate research, these traditions are a part of what makes UNH a unique, fun and exciting place to learn.” The site also specifically lists the fish toss after the first goal of a hockey game and family weekend as UNH traditions. Um, what? If you ask me the only true tradition listed is the hockey fish tossing, but that is extremely common among hockey teams. Another “tradition” is the “White Out the Whitt” hockey game against Maine, but most college crowds do that for every home game. Both the fish and whiteout game are awesome, but I don’t think hockey games have been the same since they got rid of “Black Betty.”
I mean does the university truly think that undergraduate research is a tradition that makes “UNH a unique, fun and exciting place to learn?” The funny thing is that the admissions page was missing a few key traditions that no one on campus can deny, like being arrested for underage drinking. It has become so commonplace that you would think UNH is the filming location of Campus PD, which is my new favorite show. Watching it makes me feel better about myself. Other unwritten traditions include the hockey team having great season and then losing in the NCAA tournament and fans calling for Coach Umile to be fired. Also, don’t forget how after the first snow, students always complain about how UNH never cancels classes.
In all seriousness, traditions can help build the UNH community; there is even a student organization, CommUNHiversity, dedicated to “enhance the sense of community and school spirit on the UNH.”When they wanted to burn a wooden bear before the Maine hockey game, something that students were very excited for, the administration shut it down. Rumors have gone around saying burn-a-bear is supposed to happen at next year’s homecoming though, and hopefully that will evolve into an annual event. I feel the administration cares too much about our “prestige” or “appearance” to allow certain traditions to exist. Even Ivy League schools such as Dartmouth have huge bonfires. With proper planning and rules, safety should not be an issue surrounding bonfires at homecoming and other events.
I think that the ultimate UNH tradition would be some sort of race around the Durham 500. For those of you who don’t know, the Durham 500 is the one-way oval shaped stretch of Main Street, Madbury and Pettee Brook Road that passes through and around downtown. Think of it as a NASCAR track, with Store 24 in the infield. It wouldn’t have to be a race, it could simply be a jog, walk, or bike ride, or all of the above. Of course to make it better we would need to incorporate some sort of dress code. While a naked mile would probably be met with a harsh reaction from the administration and the Durham and UNH police departments, funny costumes, underwear or body paint could do the trick.
UNH is closing in on its 150th anniversary and I think it is time that we start some traditions for the next 150 years. Whether it is something started by CommUNHiversity, another student organization or just a few bored students, history can be made. I just hope it can be something new and original, I mean there is only one Durham 500 and I think that could be a great place to start.
Stay classy, not UMassy