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Future Vandals!
  It is officially 22 Days until fall check-in for the University of Idaho Residence Halls! Starting at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22nd you can begin the process of moving into your new home!
If the thought of moving into your res hall room has you a little overwhelmed, remember that there are always the ”Vandal Volunteer” folks to help you out. When you arrive to campus and begin your check-in process you will see people with purple “Vandal Volunteer” t-shirts on. These folks are there just to help you carry all of your belonging where ever you need them to be taken. There will also be dollies and carts available to rent for free, on a first come first serve basis, to help you make the transition!
Move-in day doesn’t have to be a stress, just look for a Vandal Volunteer to help welcome you to the Vandal Family!
See you on check-in day!
~D

Future Vandals!

  It is officially 22 Days until fall check-in for the University of Idaho Residence Halls! Starting at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22nd you can begin the process of moving into your new home!

If the thought of moving into your res hall room has you a little overwhelmed, remember that there are always the ”Vandal Volunteer” folks to help you out. When you arrive to campus and begin your check-in process you will see people with purple “Vandal Volunteer” t-shirts on. These folks are there just to help you carry all of your belonging where ever you need them to be taken. There will also be dollies and carts available to rent for free, on a first come first serve basis, to help you make the transition!

Move-in day doesn’t have to be a stress, just look for a Vandal Volunteer to help welcome you to the Vandal Family!

See you on check-in day!

~D

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Palousafest 2013!!!

Vandals and Future Vandals!!!!!!

It is time to get ready for Palousafest 2013! Start the 2013-2014 school year with some free food, free novelties, free music and hundreds of involvement opportunities! 

Palousafest is a great opportunity to meet new people and sign up with tons of different ASUI (Associate Students of the University of Idaho) sponsored clubs and activities. From Student Media Groups to Intramural and Club sports, this street fair provides a wide range of information about everything that is taking place on and off campus!

Palousafest  kicks off at 5:30 p.m., on August 24, on the Tower Lawn and Sixth Street. At 7:30 p.m. a concert opener will take place and then…wait for it….at 8:00 p.m. Eric Hutchinson will play a live concert on the Tower Lawn!!!!!!

Hope to see you all there!

~D

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Happy Wednesday Vandals,
   With school just around the corner I wanted to share with all of you future Vandals some items that are must haves for moving to U of I. It is important for all you residence halls students to realize that less is always more when moving into your room. Trust me, when you are moving out in the Spring you will realize that you didn’t use half of what you brought and bought 10x the amount of stuff you thought you did!
With all this in mind there are a few important items that I don’t think anyone should show up without. Check out my list below!
#1- Brita Water Filter: Moscow water has a ton of minerals in it and therefore the water does not always taste the best. The quickest fix for this is to bring a Brita with you. Talk to your future roommate and figure out if you can share one, or would both like your own. Either way this is a must have!
#2- Shower Caddy:  A shower caddy will make you life as a first year student a 100x easier. Any size, large or small, this caddy will make your commute to the shower less of a stress. I recommend purchasing one that is easy to wipe out and large enough to fit all your bathroom essentials in.
#3- Surge Protector/Extension Cord: You will realize very quickly how fast plug- ins run out in your res hall room. Between plugging in the alarm clock, computer, TV, and everything else, it just makes sense to bring a surge protector/ extension cord. This will save you time on the “which cord goes with which plug-in” game.
#4- Foam Mattress Topper-You will be sleeping, hanging out and studying on your bed for the next 9 months of your life so make it the most comfortable you can. It is important that you also are getting a great nights sleep for class the next day, so make sure to purchase a mattress pad, trust me it is worth it. (p.s. make sure it is a TWIN XL so it fits the res hall beds)
#5- Decorations/ White Board:It is important that your res hall room is a reflection of who you are, and that you feel at home and comfortable in this new space. The best way to do this is to decorate your room with things that you like and fit your personality. There are actually studies that prove the more decorations up in a students res hall room, the longer that student will last and the better they will do in college. Why? Because it shows the students is committed and has placed a certain amount of conscious effort into there time at the university.
As for the white board…it’s a great way for people to leave notes on you door, and a great way to communicate with you roommates!

I hope the rest of your summer goes well and we all look forward to seeing you at check-in :)
~D
 For more ideas about what to bring to U of I see the attached link to the University of Idaho Housing’s Pinterest “What to Bring” board.
http://pinterest.com/uihousing/what-to-bring/

 

Happy Wednesday Vandals,

   With school just around the corner I wanted to share with all of you future Vandals some items that are must haves for moving to U of I. It is important for all you residence halls students to realize that less is always more when moving into your room. Trust me, when you are moving out in the Spring you will realize that you didn’t use half of what you brought and bought 10x the amount of stuff you thought you did!

With all this in mind there are a few important items that I don’t think anyone should show up without. Check out my list below!

#1- Brita Water Filter: Moscow water has a ton of minerals in it and therefore the water does not always taste the best. The quickest fix for this is to bring a Brita with you. Talk to your future roommate and figure out if you can share one, or would both like your own. Either way this is a must have!

#2- Shower Caddy:  A shower caddy will make you life as a first year student a 100x easier. Any size, large or small, this caddy will make your commute to the shower less of a stress. I recommend purchasing one that is easy to wipe out and large enough to fit all your bathroom essentials in.

#3- Surge Protector/Extension Cord: You will realize very quickly how fast plug- ins run out in your res hall room. Between plugging in the alarm clock, computer, TV, and everything else, it just makes sense to bring a surge protector/ extension cord. This will save you time on the “which cord goes with which plug-in” game.

#4- Foam Mattress Topper-You will be sleeping, hanging out and studying on your bed for the next 9 months of your life so make it the most comfortable you can. It is important that you also are getting a great nights sleep for class the next day, so make sure to purchase a mattress pad, trust me it is worth it. (p.s. make sure it is a TWIN XL so it fits the res hall beds)

#5- Decorations/ White Board:It is important that your res hall room is a reflection of who you are, and that you feel at home and comfortable in this new space. The best way to do this is to decorate your room with things that you like and fit your personality. There are actually studies that prove the more decorations up in a students res hall room, the longer that student will last and the better they will do in college. Why? Because it shows the students is committed and has placed a certain amount of conscious effort into there time at the university.

As for the white board…it’s a great way for people to leave notes on you door, and a great way to communicate with you roommates!

I hope the rest of your summer goes well and we all look forward to seeing you at check-in :)

~D

 For more ideas about what to bring to U of I see the attached link to the University of Idaho Housing’s Pinterest “What to Bring” board.

http://pinterest.com/uihousing/what-to-bring/

 

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Then and Now: Wallace Residence Center

Hello Vandals!

 With summer flying by (I mean how is it already, almost, the 4th of July?!?!?) it is time to start thinking about getting back into the swing of school and most importantly reconnecting with friends who you haven’t seen since May!

For those of you future Vandals, and those current Vandals, I wanted to share with you an article about our Wallace Residence Hall. Wallace houses over a 1,000 Vandals each year and is a place where friends, memories, and grades are made!

This article discusses the history of Wallace and the new renovations currently taking place. It also shares memories of alumni students who lived there  close to 40 years ago!

From relationships and friendships to roommate stories and study time, Wallace is a building with a rich past, and an even brighter future!

CHECK IT OUT!

~D

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Hey Vandals!
  It has been awhile! I have been busy, busy starting my summer job and getting back into the swing of an 8-5 :)
  If you are still in Moscow for the summer I definitely encourage you to take full advantage of all of the great campus activities taking place! Screen on the Green is a free movie opportunity that takes place each Thursday night on the Tower lawn! It starts at 8:00 p.m. and is a great place to hang out with friends! So grab some friends, blankets, popcorn, snack, and head out this Thursday the 13th to catch “Oz the Great and Powerful!”
See you Thursday on the lawn :)
~D
P.S. We all know that Moscow’s weather is super unpredictable so in case of inclement weather, Screen on the Green will be held at the University Auditorium in the Administration building.

Hey Vandals!

  It has been awhile! I have been busy, busy starting my summer job and getting back into the swing of an 8-5 :)

  If you are still in Moscow for the summer I definitely encourage you to take full advantage of all of the great campus activities taking place! Screen on the Green is a free movie opportunity that takes place each Thursday night on the Tower lawn! It starts at 8:00 p.m. and is a great place to hang out with friends! So grab some friends, blankets, popcorn, snack, and head out this Thursday the 13th to catch “Oz the Great and Powerful!”

See you Thursday on the lawn :)

~D

P.S. We all know that Moscow’s weather is super unpredictable so in case of inclement weather, Screen on the Green will be held at the University Auditorium in the Administration building.

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Hey Vandals! With the stress of dead week, finals week, and all the work that comes with those two don’t forget to get out and enjoy your last few weeks of college before summer! Ten years from now you will not remember what you wrote your 10 page research paper on, but you will remember that afternoon you spent out at Guy Wick’s Field tossing the frisbee around with good friends!

Hey Vandals! With the stress of dead week, finals week, and all the work that comes with those two don’t forget to get out and enjoy your last few weeks of college before summer! Ten years from now you will not remember what you wrote your 10 page research paper on, but you will remember that afternoon you spent out at Guy Wick’s Field tossing the frisbee around with good friends!

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Hello Vandals! With finals literally right around the corner, I foresee many a long nights in our futures. I do not recommend the all-nighter rout for anyone, after all sleep is extremely…i repeat…extremely important to do well on any paper or test! An all-nighter or a prolonged period without enough sleep can be detrimental to your health, but unfortunately at one time or another, as a college student, we have all done the late night or nights thing. For those of you that are planning on doing an all-nighter here are some tips on how to do it successful and safely. 
 PROBLEM: An all-nighter should not be driven by a sugary, salty or highly caffeinated binge of food and drinks. Food and drinks with high amounts of sugar, caffeine, or salt will send your body into a roller coaster of high highs and low lows. Eventually your body will become over fatigued and will be completely drained of productivity 
SOLUTION:  Eat small snacks throughout the night. These snacks should be low in sugar, salt and caffeine. Fruits, vegetables, protein bars,  yogurt, and unsalted mixed nuts are great options and will keep your metabolism running and your brain focused.
PROBLEM: Dehydration can be a huge issue during an all-nighter that can destroy productivity and will cause you to crash . Most students will reach for one large cup of coffee and then another, and another, and another and well you get the point…
SOLUTION: Drinking one or two small cups of coffee early on in the nights is inevitable, but you need to be predominantly drinking water.  Water will keep you hydrated. This will allow your brain to function at a higher pace, and ultimately will allow your productivity to sky rocket. 
PROBLEM: Many student think a secluded, completely quiet corner of the library is the best place to escape to study, but that isn’t always true and your setting is maybe the most important aspect of successful studying.
SOLUTION: Do not seclude yourself completely. You will eventually run your internal batteries down and most likely end up falling asleep in your library cubicle drooling over that unfinished 10 page paper (ya…you know it’s true and we have all seen people who’ve done it). Keep yourself in a well lit, medium to low traffic area and it will allow you to work at your best. 
PROBLEM: Working for too many hours consecutively can cause your creativity, ability to form sentences, and ability to read and comprehend to disappear. 
SOLUTION:  It is okay and you should take a break every hour to two hours just to keep yourself from losing your mind. Take a quick break, stretch, walk around, use the bathroom, whatever fits your fancy. Just leave your computer or books for awhile…sometimes leaving your work and coming back to it will give you a new perspective and help you keep up the productivity. 
PROBLEM: Avoid using social networking sites like facebook, twitter, tumblr, pinterest………………………………………….
SOLUTION: Let’s be honest…do the best you can…it’s a problem we all are trying to find a way to overcome.
I hope this helps you all in some way!!!! Good luck!
~D

Hello Vandals! With finals literally right around the corner, I foresee many a long nights in our futures. I do not recommend the all-nighter rout for anyone, after all sleep is extremely…i repeat…extremely important to do well on any paper or test! An all-nighter or a prolonged period without enough sleep can be detrimental to your health, but unfortunately at one time or another, as a college student, we have all done the late night or nights thing. For those of you that are planning on doing an all-nighter here are some tips on how to do it successful and safely.

 PROBLEM: An all-nighter should not be driven by a sugary, salty or highly caffeinated binge of food and drinks. Food and drinks with high amounts of sugar, caffeine, or salt will send your body into a roller coaster of high highs and low lows. Eventually your body will become over fatigued and will be completely drained of productivity

SOLUTION:  Eat small snacks throughout the night. These snacks should be low in sugar, salt and caffeine. Fruits, vegetables, protein bars,  yogurt, and unsalted mixed nuts are great options and will keep your metabolism running and your brain focused.

PROBLEM: Dehydration can be a huge issue during an all-nighter that can destroy productivity and will cause you to crash . Most students will reach for one large cup of coffee and then another, and another, and another and well you get the point…

SOLUTION: Drinking one or two small cups of coffee early on in the nights is inevitable, but you need to be predominantly drinking water.  Water will keep you hydrated. This will allow your brain to function at a higher pace, and ultimately will allow your productivity to sky rocket.

PROBLEM: Many student think a secluded, completely quiet corner of the library is the best place to escape to study, but that isn’t always true and your setting is maybe the most important aspect of successful studying.

SOLUTION: Do not seclude yourself completely. You will eventually run your internal batteries down and most likely end up falling asleep in your library cubicle drooling over that unfinished 10 page paper (ya…you know it’s true and we have all seen people who’ve done it). Keep yourself in a well lit, medium to low traffic area and it will allow you to work at your best.

PROBLEM: Working for too many hours consecutively can cause your creativity, ability to form sentences, and ability to read and comprehend to disappear.

SOLUTION: It is okay and you should take a break every hour to two hours just to keep yourself from losing your mind. Take a quick break, stretch, walk around, use the bathroom, whatever fits your fancy. Just leave your computer or books for awhile…sometimes leaving your work and coming back to it will give you a new perspective and help you keep up the productivity.

PROBLEM: Avoid using social networking sites like facebook, twitter, tumblr, pinterest………………………………………….

SOLUTION: Let’s be honest…do the best you can…it’s a problem we all are trying to find a way to overcome.

I hope this helps you all in some way!!!! Good luck!


~D

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Hey Vandals! This Wednesday night, in the SUB Ballroom, Zach Wahl will be speaking! You may have seen his viral YouTube video where, at 19, he gave his testimony in support of gay marriage to an Iowa court. Wahl was raised with two mothers, and his emotional testimony about what “makes a family” has launched him into a successful speaking and book career! So, take a break from studying and head down to the SUB at 8pm! This is an opportunity to hear a wonderful speaker and gain some insight about opinions you may share, or disagree with! It should be interesting and I hope to see you there!
~D

Hey Vandals! This Wednesday night, in the SUB Ballroom, Zach Wahl will be speaking! You may have seen his viral YouTube video where, at 19, he gave his testimony in support of gay marriage to an Iowa court. Wahl was raised with two mothers, and his emotional testimony about what “makes a family” has launched him into a successful speaking and book career! So, take a break from studying and head down to the SUB at 8pm! This is an opportunity to hear a wonderful speaker and gain some insight about opinions you may share, or disagree with! It should be interesting and I hope to see you there!

~D

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