Friday, December 31, 2010

UNH New Year's Resolutions

With the New Year right around the corner I thought it would be appropriate to come up with some New Year's Resolutions for the UNH student body, employees and community. I'm not talking about losing weight, hitting the gym or quitting smoking. I'm talking about things that really matter... to some people... kind of...

Increase Student Participation
This goes for nearly every aspect of student life on campus. There are around 200 student organizations at UNH and there is literally something for everyone. Many of these organizations host fundraisers and rallies for good causes. Try making it your goal to attend or partake in one event this semester. Relay for life, blood and bone marrow drives and dozens of others are a great place to start. Even many fraternities and sororities host great events. While on this topic of student participation, attend more UNH basketball games. The men's team is currently 6-6 and will soon start their conference schedule, which are always their most competitive games of the year. There will only be a handful of games left by the time most students are back on campus, so lets make them count. I would also love to see more signs at hockey games. I'll have more on this in a post closer to the start of the semester, but I plan on selecting an early game next semester to encourage students to bust out their funniest and most creative signs. (Cat pack crew/, Gnarlz and Wild E- I'll be in touch via facebook for your help!) I've already come up with a few ideas and had several great ones submitted via twitter.

Violence Free Semester
Can we have just one semester without a stabbing (or even a small "poking")/vicious assault (or any assault for that matter), or gun scare/threat? I think we can. Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

For UNH professors to grade and post grades in a timely manner
If we're expected to write a paper a week, it would be nice to get our previous papers back first. I'm tired of hearing the excuse "you only write one paper, I have to grade 25." It's your job. One week is plenty of time to grade papers or post exam grades. (That being said, final grades are now posted via webcat. 3.66- Suck it!)

Regain Party School Status
Why not? We're already the druggiest school in the country, right? Right? Lets face it, UNH being named the druggiest college is a complete joke. The only drug the UNH study body is addicted to is alcohol, and that alcohol is very cheap beer and whiskey. We're not drug addicts, but just severe alcoholics. Lets get a title we can stand behind and be proud of.

Win a National Championship
I'm looking at you, men's hockey. (47% of blog voters think men's hockey will win a national championship before the football team wins FCS -28%- or the basketball team wins the America East tournament -25%.) We're currently second in the country, but seem to remain under the radar. Lets avoid that late season/post season collapse and win a title we can really stand behind and actually be proud of. Regular season titles are for housewives and little girls!

Be less judgmental
Why yall got to hate so much? We do it to. Lets try to be a little more mature.


And most importantly:

Stay classy, not UMassy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Another semester in the books...

Well that was fun. I can 100% say that was the best semester during my time at UNH. From social life to actually enjoying my classes (3 out of 4 ain't bad!) and having really great professors. I've been home for a few hours, and I love here and it will be nice to have a break, but I'm already looking forward to the start of next semester. Although I am looking forward to hitting the slopes, sleeping in and maybe making a little money while I'm home.

It was an eventful semester and I once again have had a great time blogging. I hope you've all had a great time reading. I probably won't be posting too much over break, unless something big about UNH comes up or I have something to share. I'll keep tweeting and facebooking so feel free follow/friend/like me/the blog if you go through Nonsensical withdrawals.

My time left  at UNH is ticking and going faster by the day so next semester I plan on holding nothing back. To think that I held back just a little last semester scares me now that I think about it.

Have a great break UNH, see you in the "spring."

Lastly, a congrats goes out to part time blog contributor and full time Bruins fan Geoff Cunningham for finishing up his last semester of classes at UNH. He'll be interning down in D.C. during the spring semester.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

PS: You may have noticed I took down the post about the RAs being fired. I was contacted by the SRA and she asked that it be removed because she had been receiving threats (prior to the post) and had personal property damaged. Also, it did not happen in the way I (or most of campus for that matter) was informed. I did not have to take it down, I did so out of respect for a fellow student.

....Just need to weigh in

So I've been absent from the blog for some time now, got caught up with life. This UNH being ranked the 'Druggiest' college in the country was just too important not to weigh in on. The first question--which The New Hampshirite has fully covered--is whether or not UNH actually is the 'duggiest' campus in the US and how these rankings were really put together. Although I've seen people doing just about every drug on this campus, besides the super hardcore (heroin, cyrstal meth, crack etc.), there really is no way to tell if UNH really is the number one school in America for drug consumption. As The New Hampshirite properly explained, our position on this scale may have more to do with the DPD and UNHPD being way too serious when it comes to UNH students having a little ganj. It may not be.

What the top housing F├╝hrer's fail to realize is that this 'Drug-gate' (I'll keep it alive) has a lot more to do with the 'RA-gate' (I'll keep that alive too) than meets the eye. As the housing and conduct Axis creates more and more ridiculous rules to curb underage drinking, students are realizing that the risk of underage drinking is just too high and pursuing other highs. Molly, ecstasy, marijuana, acid, mushrooms, and cocaine are filling the void and becoming many student's 'go to drugs' as a less conspicuous route. You never hear of any students getting caught by there RA's for doing shrooms, why? BECAUSE THEY'RE EASY TO INGEST AND PRETTY low key. They leave no chance for internal possession and unless you bug out, lead to a safe, albeit crazy, day or night of partying (or finding your inner path).

UNH Housing's failed attempt at curbing underage drinking has created this negative externality (can you tell it's finals week?) and now the school has to deal with its own mess. Didn't like being the number 7 party school in the nation, I'm sure being the number 1 drug school must have administration ecstatic! Now on the 'Ra-gate' issue, it seems as if it's just another example of how fucked housings policies are. All RA's, SRA's, and Hall Directors on this campus are fucking douche bags, and I'm standing by that. Some may come off as your friend, they may even be nice to you for a little bit, but on the inside they are power tripping, self-esteem-less, free-riding, under-age-girl-hitting-on tools. And the few that may have had a soul? Well, they have already been fired or politely asked not to return, a la the 'Ra-gate' incident.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it UNH....I know you will!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

UNH Drug-gate won't go away...

Due to my expertise on UNH nightlife and drugs (or supposed expertise that is) I was interviewed by the Portsmouth Herald on what I am dubbing "UNH Drug-gate." I've already had one of my coined terms (University of Nice Herb) used in the paper, I suspect "Drug-gate" will be used next. (Side note: I don't know if I really came up with U of Nice Herb, but I've never heard it used before.) Anyways, the article talked about a statement released by a UNH spokes person, then featured yours truly for a while and then used some quotes by other students. I'm glad to say my quotes actually made some points, as apposed to saying "derh high people walk around UMass derh." Okay, I added the "derhs," but I think you get the point.

Here is the important part of the article about me. Because that is what really matters... (Am I right?)

A UNH student, who writes the anonymous column "The New Hampshirite" in the school's student-run newspaper, agreed with Mantz.

"I really don't think UNH deserves being labeled a drug campus, let alone the 'druggiest campus,'" the anonymous columnist said, declining to give his name for this story. "As far as how prevalent drugs are, aside from alcohol, marijuana is probably the most used. I remember a UNH Health Services ad from earlier this year that said 73 percent of UNH students don't use marijuana. So, if 27 percent do use marijuana, that is actually lower than what The Daily Beast had as the statewide average for 18- to 25-year-olds."

The New Hampshirite columnist frequently writes about the party and night life atmosphere at UNH. While he admitted marijuana and cocaine may be used on a smaller level at the university, he said drugs like Adderall, which are typically prescribed for hyperactivity and attention disorders, are abused more at UNH.

"I hear about more students taking Adderall to pull all-nighters — especially now that it is finals week — than just about any other drug," he said.

The columnist said he was surprised when he heard about the ranking, and particularly by the use of on-campus arrests in the determination of the final score. According to The New Hampshirite, because of UNH's zero tolerance policy, more arrests are made. The school doesn't give initial warnings or citations for drug use. A zero tolerance policy allows punishment on the first offense.

"Since UNH has a zero tolerance policy, we have more arrests than most colleges," he said. "In a way, we were only ranked No. 1 because of how strict the rules are here."

(You can read the less important part of the article here. Really good piece though, big thanks to the author for using me as a source!)

Thats some damn good quote usage there. First the Union Leader and now the Portsmouth Herald. When is some newspaper finally going to write an investigative feature piece on The New Hampshirite. Think about it. Who is the New Hampshirite? Is it more than one person? Who is the anonymous (and most likely devilishly handsome) person behind the University of Nonsensical Happenings, the student run blog that is taking over Durham (...and the world)? Who is this masked vigilante taking down one university figure head after another? (Too far?)

One final thought on this whole "Drug-gate" thing... As one of my brothers said  "druggiest isn't even a real word... that's like saying The Daily Beast is the worstiest blog."  In all fairness, druggiest doesn't have that red squibble under it, so some internet dictionary must have it, but you get the point. (However, worstiest and squibble both have the red squibble.)

Stay classy, not UMassy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Follow Up Thoughts on UNH's Drug Use

I've been working on a research paper all day and I need a quick break from that type of writing...

So, I would just like to take a few moments to follow up on yesterday's post about UNH's number 1 drug ranking in the country. First of all, there is noway that list is accurate at all and it only takes a little statistical analysis (and common sense) to realize that. UNH has a zero tolerance policy, meaning if you have one tiny little marijuana seed or tidbit of pot on you, you will be arrested. Many other schools, such as Vermont, simply issue you a citation much like a speeding ticket. That means while UNH has more arrests for marijuana than other schools, it does not mean that UNH students are using pot more than others. We simply get in more trouble for it. If that study was to be done accurately it would need to include citations issued for drug use along with the arrest numbers. If that were the case, I would highly doubt UNH would even crack the top 10, if it would even make the list. Now, do a fair amount students here use pot? Yes. But I guarantee it is not any higher (and actually probably less) than most of the other schools on that list.

It a way it is kind of amusing because UNH is only being labeled a top drug school because our policy is so strict. Either way, it is completely ridiculous that this has been made into a big story. I mean it's the "Daily Beast" a glorified internet blog that made a slideshow. There really is no solid evidence to back up their claims. This is just another case of the conservative media trying to make us all look bad... I wouldn't be surprised if Stephenson Billings of Christwire was behind this list...

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

UNH Ranked Number 1!

No, that title is not for our men's hockey team, who's questionably ranked number 2 behind Yale. I mean Yale?!?! Who have they played! Anyways, that's for another post. UNH was just named America's Druggiest College by the Daily Beast! (read this in Dan Lebatard rant manner)There we go! We have done it! University of No Hardware no more! U-N-H U-N-H UNH! Vermont are no longer the Dirty Hippies of New England! Colorado Boulder who? Buffalos no longer buff-a-blow pot smoke! U-N-H the University of Nice Herb! Wildcats! Yes! Play it again! The entire campus exploded in joy! Their bong smoke filled the air! New Hampshire Live Free or Die! The Old Man on the Mountain didn't just fall, he passed out! UNH! Can you hear me?! Wildcats, YES!

Stay druggy classy, not UMassy.

Dear Stillings Guy

So a couple of my roommates and I just tried to eat at Stillings. We didn't realize that they closed at 7:30 this week. We got there are roughly 7:45, walked in without a problem, punched in our ID numbers and walked over to get some food. As I reached to grab a plate I here "Hey, guys! We closed at 7:30! ALL WEEK! Get out!" As I turn to look I see an older guy throwing us out like he thinks he's Joe West tossing Ozzie Guillen or something. I mean this guy had the entire finger point and arm swoop and all. Mind you, there was still food out and the three girls in front of us who went in the other direction were not bothered. I guess they were just throwing all that food away, or worse, saving it for tomorrow's sloppy Joe's. I quickly thought to myself, I'm sorry I didn't have time to memorize the dining hall schedule for the week because I was writing final papers all day so I don't end up with a shit job where I wear a tie for no reason, but I decided not to say that. Although, had I been on a limited swipe meal plan I definitely would have spoke my mind. I would have had no problem had he said something like "Hey sorry guys, we closed at 7:30." If that were the case I probably would have apologized to him, but instead he had to go into all power authority "I WEAR A TIE SO I FEEL IMPORTANT" mode.

 PS: Thanks for following us out the door, I was really hoping on snagging a roll of bagels or something.

Not my classiest post, but I digress.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Look at Nonsensical Headquarters

Last week photos of Julian Assange's Wikileaks headquarters surfaced on the internet. Well, I am here to say that Assange ain't got shit on me and Nonsensical Headquarters. Sure we don't have a floating conference room, high tech computers and all that fancy stuff. But we have character... and apparently way too much free time. This is what happens when you're too hungover to study the weekend before finals. You make an epic fort in your apartment. Welcome to Nonsensical Headquarters:

Our fort features two couches, a flat screen TV with a N64, PS3, Xbox 360, PS2 and a Game Cube all hooked up, and a stereo so I can DJ epic fort parties. It also has a secret entrance under a table and easy access to the kitchen for quick beer access.

But the best thing about the fort is when you kill all the apartment lights, the open sign provides the perfect lighting inside the fort:

Quick side story- I was introduced to a few blog readers  from a mutual friend last night and it was really cool to talk with some people about the blog I've never meet before. It was almost embarrassing in a way, but definitely really cool to hear some feedback. Plus it is good to know that there are some really chill readers out there. I must go now because I want to got a fort to throw down in.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Last Weekend of the Semester...

Last day of classes. UNH hockey at Maine on CBS college sports at 7 and UNH football at Delaware on ESPN 2 at 8. Stop reading this (for now) and crack open a beer or your choice of alcohol and enjoy yourself.

The New Hampshirite's Picks:

UNH over Delaware: 24-21. (Modified from last night's Tweets).
UNH over Maine 5-3. Top line (STD line) stays hot and Maine won't be able to stop them.

This semester flew by and it's already the last weekend of the semester, make it the best one yet!


Stay classy, not UMassy.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bus to NYC Official

Just this afternoon C&J announced that beginning in February there will be a daily bus from UNH to Portsmouth and then directly to New York City. The bus will leave UNH at 6:30 a.m. stop through Portsmouth at 7 and arrive in NYC around noon. There is a return bus at 2 p.m. On the weekends the trips are switched. A one way trip is $75. That's a little pricy, but taking away a transfer at South Station in Boston, which can take a while will be worth the price. I've taken buses to Boston to NYC many times and I think this will be pretty great. I love visiting NYC and this will definitely make the trip a little easier. Check out an article about this in Friday's TNH. I believe they were able to interview the C&J president and Huddleston has been tweeting about this for a few days.

So, today I finished up one class for good. Three papers and an exam to go... I need a beer. 

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Update on

By Lady Meow

Looks like my post gave a little boost, the site keeps getting busier! :)

The New Hampshirite even gets some action:

Stay Balanced

Well, UNH, we have done it. With finals beginning next week, we have made it though another semester. I cannot believe I only have three semesters left here. It seems like just yesterday I was moving into Williamson Hall, nervous, excited and not knowing what to expect. I still might have to switch my major some time next year just so I can stick around a little bit longer. To the students graduating early or leaving for internships, good luck out there. I am not here to worry about the future though; that is what second semester of senior year is for. I am going to use the next few hundred words I have left this semester to share some advice.

I realize that I am only a junior and I have another year and a half left in this magical place we call college, but I cannot stress enough to make the best of your time here. It goes by fast, way too fast and I don't want to wake up one day regretting my time in college. I have friends and older brothers out in the "real world" and every time we get together they remind me, not that I necessarily need it, to enjoy every second I have here. Like the late Warren Zevon said, "enjoy every sandwich," because eventually one will be your last.

That is why I no longer complain about doing work, even when it keeps me up until the early morning hours. Right now, I'm writing this well past midnight while I'm working on a PowerPoint presentation I have to do later today. Oh boy. But I'm doing this now because I just enjoyed the crap out of my weekend, because I'm in college and I try to take advantage of every opportunity I have to make my time here memorable, even if I don't necessarily remember it. Sure procrastination can be stressful, but you got to stay balanced. For every essay you write or night you spend cramming should be another weekend night you cut back and let loose.

Cutting loose does not mean that you need to get drunk bar-hopping downtown or raging at a party, although those are great options. Find your own place and your own thing to make you happy. Whether it is simply sitting down to read a book, going for a run or to the gym, find your place and stay balanced. That is the best way to avoid the stress of college or finals week.

For myself I have a few things to balance my life. When the weather is nice, I'll be out around campus on my skateboard or tossing a baseball around with a few friends. As dedicated readers know, I also take great pleasure in drinking lots of alcohol. Nothing competes with the feeling of having a few (or a lot) of friends over and throwing back a few (or a lot) of drinks. This past weekend my roommates and I hosted a birthday party for a friend and the next morning we woke up to cake embedded in the carpet, toilet paper streamed across a bathroom and into the hall, and a couple broken dishes. It didn't bother a single one of us. Even when we found out that the culprits was the guest of honor and her friend, we just laughed it off. It didn't bother us because we threw an awesome party and everyone had a blast. We were all able to clear our minds from the stress of final projects and exams for a few hours and enjoyed college for what it is.

It is now approaching one a.m. now and I'll be up in a few hours to finish a project, but I am completely fine with that. Maybe I'm crazy for not stressing out over that type of stuff, but the way I see it is that my grades have improved every semester of college and every semester has been more fun then the last. That is not because I now spend more time studying in the library or revising papers, it is because I am more relaxed. I used to stress out over how much work I had to do in so little time, but now I take one thing at a time and just plugging away. Enjoy yourself, UNH; find your balance and live, because college will only be the best four years of your life if you allow it to be.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

I tiny, teensy love

By: LadyMeow

So incase you've been in outerspace for the past month, is like twitter, facebook and flirting all in one! It's a place where you can flirt anonymously (with UNH students) and see if anyone responds. I love this site its simply hilarious, cute, and entertaining.

Things to consider though....Will the STDs here go up? How about pregnancy rates with people flirting with each other? More relationship changes on facebook? Just kidding. The possibilities are endless though. Any of you sociology majors, I'd take advantage of this and do some research. Yeah, you're welcome.

Here are my favorite 'flirts' so far:

At Lord Hall: Female, Blonde. Hey Babe, over there with a bowl on your head. Your face makes me want puppies to om nom with a fork!! omnomnomnomnom (OM NOM NOM)

At pike: Male, Brunette. we were danced last night. you were so cute. wish i could remember your name... (obviously keeping it classy at pike).

At Everywhere: Female, Redhead. you are the sexiest girl on campus. ROAR (RAWR!!)

I just love this, you get really cute ones such as:

At Kingsbury: Male, Brunette. you're always there when I am and we usually make eye contact... I'm pretty shy but I think you're really cute :-) (Dude, talk to this girl!)

At Woodsides J: Male, Black hair. He lives in an apartment building beside me and every time I walk in the building to see my friends I get big butterflies and smile so big...but only when I go past the door and I can hear his voice. Hes soo cute....I cant stop thinking about you (You know its meant to be when there's butterflies involved. Cmon now.)

At Kingsbury: Female, Black hair. You sit next to me every day. You've got the most amazing green eyes, and a pretty smile that I wish I saw more of (aww what a sweetie! This is what guys should be saying, I love it!)

Basically, I've booked marked this page and it's so nice seeing all this LOVE on campus (Maybe I'm going crazy due to this end of semester hell too). It's definitely a great distraction.

Keep it up UNH! Keep flirting :D

Also, Emily Cialdea is in charge of the UNH LAL, fucking PROPS.

Good luck with the rest of the semester and finals everyone!

Monday, December 6, 2010

UNH Bus Halloween Time Lapse

This video was posted to the blog's facebook page over a month ago, but facebook deemed it to be spam so I never got notified. I just came across this and it is pretty interesting. Big tip of the hat to the creator and I'm sorry I missed it. Check it out:

 The best part is that I know a few people in this who can not only be identified, but look right into the camera. This is awesome.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Adventures of Stan

These are the adventures of Stan. Stan is a pseudonym for one of my roommates. Last night, like any responsible college students with an apartment, we had a few friends over to celebrate Thirsty Thursday. Stan was going out the bars with a few of his recently turned 21-year-old friends. Around 12:30 this morning I get a text from Stan. It read, "Someone come get me. PLEACE" [sic]. I figured he was locked out of our Gables building so I called him only to find out that he was at the Whittemore Center bus stop. (Apparently he thought by texting me the bus would come.) I explained that the buses don't run that late and he said he'd be right back. A few minutes later he is banging on the door, yelling "Let me in, somebody let me in!" He is completely out of breath, having just sprinted from the Whit to the Gables. He sits down and claims that he is "the fastest kid on campus" and that nobody could catch him and everybody cheered him as he ran through A-Lot. (Forrest Gump style.) Although, he was very concerned about the guy with the crossbow who was trying to hunt him. Apparently this crossbow wielding man wanted to "shoot [Stan and me]  in the forehead" and "one of us [had] to stand guard all night."

Now, I was pretty intoxicated when all of this was happening, but clearly I was the more sober one. I finally got him to go to bed after convincing him that there was no one with a crossbow.

And that is why you shouldn't watch The Walking Dead if you are an imaginative drunk.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Plans Taking Shape...

It's been a pretty busy week over here at Nonsensical Headquarters. Final papers, research and finals preparation aside, yesterday we had a twitter confirmation from President Huddleston that there will be a bus from Durham to NYC starting in January or February and today we had a UNH professor tell her class to "Stay classy, not UMassy." Ahh yes, my evil plan to take over UNH is finally starting to take shape. Just wait. Before you know it UNH will be under my command.

Anyways, if you are at all interested in President Huddleston's Twitter account (following him is worth making an account) check out this post on TNH Executive Editor Thomas Gounley's personal blog. Mr. Gounley and I are both huge fans of Huddleton's Twitter, but Tom proved this morning he really is the ultimate Huddle-Tweet analyzer.

I'm keeping this short because I need to get some work done so I can enjoy my first Thirsty Thursday in a while... and I really want to get drunk as soon as possible.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sporcle Challenge

I have just become aware of the Sporcle college challenge. If you don't know what Sporcle is, you are missing out. It is the best time-wasting-procrastination website on the entire interwebs... well at least the best non-pornographic website that is... cough... cough. Sporcle has hundreds of trivia quizzes ranging from sports, to movies to history and beyond. Can you name every US President or member of the Red Sox 2004 World Series team? I can. Anyways, Sporcle is running a college ranking system to see which colleges and universities are the best Sporclers. Currently Boston College is ranking 9th, BU is 14th, and UMass, That's right UMass, is ranked 24th. And I thought they were only good at being douche bags. (With exception to my dad and uncles. Sorry guys... but that was the 70s when it really was the "Zoo.")

Anyways, UNH is nowhere to be seen on the rankings. I challenge you all to make an account (make sure you add UNH as your school after creating an account!) and play a few games a night. Try naming every US President and don't stop until you can. You will learn and make UNH proud. What else are you gonna to study? Last two weeks, fuck it!

Stay classy, not UMassy.