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Full name: Marc Alexander Rossi
Hometown: Upper Saddle River, NJ
Relationship Status: Single
What's the best class you've taken at UVM? Italian-American Culture & Lit with Gennari - Godfather/Sopranos screenings.
What's the worst class you've taken at UVM? Macroeconomics with Bill.
The absolute best study spot on campus? Old Mill 5th floor looking out over downtown.
Have any advice for freshmen? Promise little, do much.
We've all got a few. So tell us, what's your biggest pet peeve? Incompetent drivers. Alright, you have to spill it.
What's your most embarrassing moment? One rainy afternoon in first grade I crapped my pants at a lunch table full of girls.
If you had to recommend an awesome movie for us to watch, what would it be? City of God
Any guilty pleasures? Motown Jams
The TV shows you can't stop watching? True Detective & Shameless currently. For the rest of my days, The Sopranos.
You get to take your celeb crush out on the town. Who do you take? Mrs. Yoncé Carter
Do we have a voice for our generation? It's a question that has an insane amount of responses and a whole boat-load of controversy. I mean, come on... it's difficult to pin-point it since our pop-culture is overwhelmed with a number of celebrities being caught in too many dirty situations. Who wants to see another celeb divorce, eating disorder or drug scandal. With that being said, who even qualifies to be THE voice of our youth and why does it even matter?
My opinion? There shouldn't be one single voice because we are not a whole, like-minded entity. We are feminists, environmentalists, intellectuals, ski-bums, teachers, followers, leaders, beauty gurus, minimalists, and so much more. We, as a whole, are the voice. Each personality is a color apart of a Monet painting, and when we take a few steps back from ourselves and like-minds, it's a beautiful thing.
But to be honest, we all need a reminder sometimes that we have the power to make a voice on our own. We're practically at the half-way mark to the semester and that's A LOT of time to start kicking yourself back into gear. Make the most of your time. Work hard first, then play hard. Tell a friend how beautiful they look today. Tell yourself how beautiful you look today. Go volunteer anywhere. Take nervous energy and put it into improving yourself. Say hello to your professor outside of class (as painful as it can be). Smile at the cutie you pass on the way to class. You can do whatever you want.
And to help make your roar a little louder each day, I've compiled a list of motivational quotes from a few of our favorites. So go ahead! Read. Get Inspired. Go Inspire. Repeat.
"Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are." -Beyonce
Full name: Maggie McGuinness
Hometown: Miller Place, NY
Major: Math and Economics
Relationship Status: Single
Best Class: Money and Banking
Worst Class: North American Indians…I do not recommend it
The Best Study Spot: Jeffords Study rooms; Theres microwaves and whiteboards to write on!
Advice for Freshman: Make as many friends as you can, and keep and open mind to everyone!
Pet Peeve: When someone has dirt under their fingernails..I just can't get past it.
Weirdest thing at UVM: Gotta be the naked bike ride
Most embarrassing moment: Freshman year diving into the front green fountain, dancing around in it for a while, then proceeding to a party dripping wet.
Guilty pleasures: Jars of peanut butter
Celeb crush: Victor Cruz
Dream Job: Statistician for a sports network
Favorite Sport: Football
Live anywhere in the world: Probably Southern Spain! It was my favorite place to visit in Europe and they all love to party.
Biggest Turn-on: Someone who can make me laugh.
Biggest Turn-off: DM's
Ideal Date: Lame… but probably drinks and watching a football game at home!
I can't even begin the amount of afternoons that I've spent binging on Netflix's Orange is the New Black. And to clear the air, I have zero regrets on doing so. The show has a multitude of diverse characters that bring their bad-a** personalities and rugged histories together to make create amazing, incarcerating experience (no pun intended). I'm also sure that many of you can agree with me on the addictive quality of the show; June 6th is already marked on my calendar for their new season. With all of the characters to fall in love with, I fell in love with Sophia Burset, played by Laverne Cox, who is the prison's devious stylist. What makes for an even more interesting aspect of the show is the fact that she is the only transgendered character to be featured.
So you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered that she was going to make a presence on the University of Vermont's campus. On February 20th, Laverne Cox dazzled hundreds of students in the Grand Maple Ballroom with her in inspiring story of her journey to womanhood. The history-making transgendered actress is a truly iconic figure in the LGBTQA community and certainly blew us away with her radiating confidence and wit.
We love a great female role model on campus, especially one that rocks it on the University of Vermont's ice rink. Rowan Hayes, a sophomore at UVM, brings good vibes and devotion to UVM's Women's Club Hockey team. He personality is one to celebrate as a fellow student, a team mate and a woman of our generation. Check out her reflection on her life on and off the rink below!
Explain your position on the club hockey team.
This is my second year playing center forward.
How much experience have you had playing hockey.
I grew up in a family full of ice hockey players, playing for my first time when I was about 4 years old. I played in the boy’s league throughout most of my BAHA (Burlington Amateur Hockey Association) career, until a year before going to high school. I also played on the Vermont Starts, an elite travel team for girls, where I spent almost every summer weekend at hockey tournaments in Canada.
I then played for my high school team, right here in Burlington, until they lost the sufficient funds to continue at a varsity level, so I switched over to a neighboring high school. This is how I ended up being the captain of the Champlain Valley Union team my senior year.
What keeps you playing hockey and how do you push yourself individually in the team?
Vermont certainly prides self on buying local and that's exactly what makes Localvore Today, an e-commerce hub for money-saving offers, feel right at home.
Founder and CEO Dan White moved to Vermont two years ago after working for industry pioneer Groupon to create a more sustainable approach for e-commerce marketplaces. After partnering with Michael, a website builder and digital marketer who moved to the area when his van broke down in the state, the company was born.
As a boot-strapped company that doesn't have any institutional investors, the company has worked hard to feature deals for over 300 different businesses in just a year and a half. White prides the company's growing success within the community and their rise above top other e-commerce marketplace, such as Living Social “We replaced a Living Social within the market and by doing so we've been able to keep approximately $100,000 in the community.”
Their driving force that separates them from the rest: Buy local and support local with the “Daily Deal.” Localvore's “Daily Deal” is currently the company's first and only service. However, White affirms they plan to add more services in the future that will further support the Vermont merchants.
The website has featured offers from a variety of Burlington's popular businesses, including Hen of the Wood, A Single Pebble, Healthy Living and Marketplace Fitness. If you're thinking what we're thinking, today's the perfect time to start saving some money! Check out their deals at www.localvoretoday.com.
Over some time, I've done my best to educate myself on the actual welfare of animals in our country. Much of what bewilders me is how little people know about animal welfare outside of the food industry. And the most disturbing is the amount of companies that continue to test their products on animals.
But I have to be honest, I never really thought of it in the past. It's not something that most people keep in the back of their head, which is understandable (yet also the problem). When my skin is hating me because it's so dry, I usually just rush to the store and buy a moisturizer that usually works well for me. I never think of the consequences of that kind of convienance.
Though a couple of months ago, I had decided to watch a documentary regarding animal welfare on a day that I had run out of shampoo. So naturally, off to Walmart I went to replace it. And, as corny as it sounds, the moment I began to scan the shelves I got to thinking: I wonder how many of these products actually test on animals. I couldn't get it out of my head. The possibility that my skin products could have been experimented on a rat or rabbit kept me from making any purchase at all that day. I got into my car, whipped out my phone and did some quick research in the parking lot (Walmart parking lot research sounds legitimate, doesn't it?).
Not only did I find that the majority of my regular products tested on animals, but the majority of products sold and advertised have also been. What's even crazier is the fact that animal testing isn't even legally required in most cases in the United States as opposed to countries like China.
Stressing out about your Thanksgiving Day outfit? We want to make sure that every picture you photobomb this holiday you look great in. Avoid tearing apart your closet and waking up to a Mount Everest of clothing and use these outfits we chose below to guide you!
Introduce your best scarf to your favorite earth tone sweater and play around with some accessories to give some edge to a simple look.
I think this may be the easiest outfit to assemble, since most closets are already filed with comfy crew neck sweaters and button ups. Pair your outfit with a simple black pair of heels or ankle boots and you're ready to go grab a slice of pie!
Have a wide-brimmed hate that you've been trying to make a statement with? Pair it with a simple sweater (you can find great ones at Target or Urban Outfitters) and your favorite pair of dark wash skinny jeans.