Wednesday, December 10, 2014

...Of the UNI Varisty Mens Glee Club Christmas Variety Show

Hello future Panthers!

This past weekend (on Friday and Saturday) the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club held their annual Christmas Variety Show. It is a fantastic show full of entertainment that will put anyone in the holiday spirit! I hope that you all will enjoy my video and the random pictures it contains from this weekend :)


As you saw in the video, this year Panther Palms (our American Sign Language Choir on campus) was asked to interpret the show. Last year at the Glee Club Show, while Dr. Wiles, the director of the Glee Club, was in the lobby he encountered a family using American Sign Language to communicate. It was at that moment he realized that this show was not as inclusive as it could be. After that experience, he connected with Katie O'Brien, an ASL instructor here at UNI, and they began working on a revamped Christmas show that included interpreting during each act. It was a blast working with the Glee Club and we hope this may become a new tradition.

Now I know this post is a little late to notify you about the event, but if you are interested in joining the Glee Club or Panther Palms I strongly suggest you do! They are both groups full of wonderful people doing the things they love.

STAR Olivia

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

of an Intramural Volleyball Player!

Hey Future Panthers!

Are you nervous to try out for one of the sports teams here at UNI, or maybe even the club teams? Have no fear! We have intramurals here! While I was in high school, the only sport I played was tennis. I wasn't really involved in sports because I wasn't really the athletic student; I enjoyed the arts. My roommate really wanted me to go to the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) with her but I really didn't want to. She motivated me to make the trek over there, and I enjoyed it once I was there! When you become a Panther, really be sure to utilize spaces like the 
WRC because they have an amazing facility!

Many of the girls on my floor wanted to get a volleyball team started because we were not good enough to play for the actual team or club volleyball! We just wanted to play for fun, so we tried out intramurals! Luckily, they have two different levels of competition: A and B league! A league is more competitive than B league so since we were just playing for fun, we chose to play in the B league! This was definitely the best choice because we only won our first game! 

As people say, the game is not about winning; it is all about having fun! Our team definitely reinforced this saying! Even though we didn't win and were not very good, our team definitely would have gotten Best Team Spirit had there been an award for it! We were just excited to get the serve over the net or when our score reached the double digits! After playing every team, they each told us that we were so funny and they enjoyed playing against us. All of the referees enjoyed reffing our games because they would just crack up laughing at us! We even had a game close to Halloween and came dressed as characters from Winnie the Pooh!

Back Row L-R: Kanga (yes, that is me), Pooh, Tigger
Front Row L-R: Eeyore and Piglet
If volleyball is not your thing, there are many other intramural sports you can join, like flag football, racquetball, tennis, swimming & diving, disc golf, and even CANOE BATTLESHIP! It's pretty cool! If you have a chance, check out their video at 
I strongly encourage you all to at least try playing intramurals! They are so fun and especially if you play with your friends! As much as I didn't know what I was doing, 
I had a great time playing with my friends and made so many memories!

Until next time,

~STAR Hannah

Monday, December 1, 2014

...Of Getting in the Holiday Spirit!

Hi there future panthers!

The holiday season is upon us, and when you are away from home for the first time getting into the holiday spirit can be hard! Here are some tips and ideas to get in the holiday mood!


~STAR Eliza

...of Decorating for Christmas in the Residence Halls

Getting ready for holidays in college is so much fun. Back in October, I posted about decorating for Halloween, and in continuum, I've decided to show you all how my roommate and I are preparing for the Christmas season! 

We wrapped our door with ribbon and wrote a little "to and from" card to resemble a present, and we had a lot of fun cutting paper to make our own snowflakes. It's quite therapeutic, you know.

We brought a little throw rug to occupy our TV and kitchen area, as well as strung up some pretty lights to illuminate the loft.

We made little craft owls, hung up some garland, and strung up more lights over our vanity/sink to brighten the area and bring some Christmas cheer.

 Don't forget the ornaments!

And, last but not least, our Major Award is visible from the window to all who care to see its beauty from outside Hagemann Hall! But be careful - it's fragile (must be Italian)!

-STAR, Lauren

Monday, November 17, 2014

.....Of a Panther Palms Member

Hello, beautiful people!

Are any of you interested in Sign Language or know someone whom is Deaf? Through my experiences with the Deaf Community I have grown a passion for Sign Language. Couple that with my love for music, and I am a proud member of Panther Palms, our American Sign Language choir here on UNI's campus. Our director, Katie O'Brien, is a wonderful ASL instructor here at the university. We are made up of a variety of majors, ages, and ASL knowledge. I love being a part of this group and getting to know other people who have a passion like mine. While we are still a newer group on campus, we have performed at a variety of different events and have performed a variety of music (O'Brien is always willing to take requests). November 8th was a particularly busy day for us. We signed the Alma Mater and National Anthem for the UNI vs. NDSU football game and then drove to Waterloo to perform for an AIDS benefit! Our final performance of the semester will be the first week of December, when we perform during the Varsity Men's Glee Club Christmas performance. Hopefully you will all be attending to see Panther Palms signing over 10 Christmas songs and even interpreting a very fun skit the boys wrote. It will be a hoot! :)

Me and a group of us before the football game

Until next time,
Star Olivia

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

of a Sherman Resident!

Hey future Panthers!
Are you nervous about living in the dorms? ...getting to know new people?
Well, your Resident Assistant on your floor knows how to solve these problems! Along with the help of his or her house council, they plan activities to get to know the people on your floor! I live on Sherman floor and am a member of our house council. After the majority of our house completed a survey called "MapWorks" (it simply asks questions about your transition to college), we received a $50 house party! We decided to spend the money on a pizza party!
We had a mandatory house meeting and voted to watch "She's the Man" with Amanda Bynes! We used the $50 to buy 9 pizzas from $5 Pizza, which fed all of us that attended! We gathered downstairs in the rec room, pulled all of the couches and chairs together around the TV, brought our pillows and blankets, and had a girls night full of pizza, snacks, and "She's the Man!"
If you're nervous about the transition into college, the RA on your floor makes it so much easier by planning fun house activities to become better friends with the people on your floor! Our movie night was a success and cannot wait to have another one!

We destroyed the pizzas!

~STAR Hannah 

of surviving the cold weather!

Hey, hey, hey Panthers!

It is that time of year again, when we need to start bundling up, curling up in a warm blanket, and sipping hot chocolate to stay warm.  Winter has struck, and it is really cold for November.  I don't know about you, but I hate wearing winter coats, so last year I had the goal to not wear a winter coat until January 1st.  I achieved that goal, and you might be wondering how I was able to attain that goal when I have to walk from class to class on a college campus.

Here is your survival guide for staying warm on UNI's campus during the winter months:

1.  Know your shortest route to class-  Luckily for you, UNI's college campus is already very compact and only takes about 10 minutes from one side to the other!  However, during the Fall, I figured out which routes would be the shortest to get from one building to the other!

2. Find ways to get inside during your walk to class-  A lot of times there are buildings that you might be able to walk through to get to another building on campus.  Even if you can warm up and be inside for a few minutes while you walk through the building, it can sometimes be enough to give you the motivation you need to make it to your final destination. 

3. Warm up with a warm beverage of your choice- For me, that is hot chocolate, but for you, that might mean coffee, lattes or other warm beverages.  These drinks warm your soul and can remind you of the warmth that you receive during the summer time!  UNI has great coffee shops to choose from located all over campus: Biscotti's, 23rd St. Market, the Book Bistro, and Chats!  

4. Wake up early enough to shower so you don't have wet hair- If you tend to oversleep and miss your alarm like me, you might rush through the door with wet hair.  After one minute of walking outside, your hair is frozen and all you can do at this point is try to Let It Go.  For real though, walking outside with wet hair is going to make you colder compared to if you had just woken up a few minutes earlier and had time to dry your hair before walking outside!

5. ENJOY the Weather-  You know as well as I do that we can't control the weather, and sometimes, when life gives you lemons, you need to make lemonade.  In this situation, life is giving us snow, so let's make a snowman?  Go outside and enjoy spending time with your friends.  Make a snowman or snow fort, go sledding, but most importantly, make memories with the people who are most important to you at UNI!

These are just a few things that helped me to survive the cold weather months, and hopefully, these can help you too!


STAR Sarah