“Hair Nah” gives glimpse of everyday life of Black Women’s Hair

By Bria Brown

Web Copy Editor

 

I was scrolling my twitter feed when I came across a game called Hair Nah, created by Momo Pixel. I was drawn to the game by a screenshot, a created character, and a game board with enticing colors. The game is fun and quick, but also informative. The character of “Hair Nah” is a young Black woman who loves to travel, but is reluctant because she constantly deals with people wanting to touch her hair. The object of the game is to get her to her flight while smacking away the reaching hands invading her personal space.

“Hair Nah” starts by allowing the user to customize a character. First you choose the skin complexion, and then a hairstyle from various choices. I was excited about the different hairstyles available to choose from. Many times when it comes to creating players in games, there is a lack of variety in Black women hairstyle choices. “Hair Nah” had styles ranging from Bantu Knots to straight long wraps.

After customizing a character, the user is ready to begin the game. The game features three different levels, increasing in difficulty with each level. The goal is to keep the prying hands away from the characters hair. Each time a hand is smacked away it triggers a smacking noise that reminds me of a high energy fighting game. It is fun to smack the hands away as the point meter increases. Once the user completes the 3 rounds of the game, getting the character to her flight successfully, an informative message is given.

“Hair Nah” brings awareness to what it calls a common issue for Black women. On a daily basis Black women deal with people invading their personal space and creating a nuisance to their daily activities by touching their hair. This could happen while traveling to another country, or by simply being outside for the day. “Hair Nah” is a fun game, while also being informative about an issue that doesn’t normally get much attention.

The game can be found at www.hairnah.com.

What’s the Buzz? | Episode #7

What’s the Buzz is a podcast hosted by University of Baltimore’s own Ricky Santiago and focuses on the interesting aspects happening on the UB campus and Baltimore area.

On each episode, the goal is to inform the UB community of all the amazing support the university gives its students. Secondly, What’s the Buzz informs students, faculty, and alumni about  the awesome events and people in Baltimore City.

This episode is a special Valentine’s Day show.

Student Spotlight

By Shae McCoy

Contributor

We all know that going to college isn’t always smooth sailing. There are a lot of times where we want to throw in the towel and second guess the reason why we are even in college to begin with. Tuition, exams, and homework are just a few of the things that may stress us throughout the semester, but there are many outside forces that may be contributing factors as well. Here are some testimonies from our peers about how they deal or have dealt with stress while school is in session.

 

Mari Rakijas

“I loved UB. My time there was the happiest 3 years of my life. But law school was definitely not easy and stressful as all get out! I can’t recommend enough how helpful it was to have a pet. Sometimes you just need to vent to someone who won’t talk back! Even after the roughest day, I knew I could snuggle with my cat and I felt like everything was going to be okay. Plus they make great moot court practice audiences.

Dominic Cromwell

“During my time at UB, each semester was a different story between my personal life and actual school life. I can say that what helped me make it through college was my PlayStation 3. I know it sounds silly but every night my friends and I would play the game together at 11pm. We get all of our work finished before then. We did this every night so it was kind of like our treat to ourselves for a long day of work.”

A’Jasia Summerville

“To ask how one gets through stress, that to me is asking how Houdini escapes a padlocked room. No actual answer, just assumptions. Getting through stress, there is no set answer or remedy. How I’ve gotten through stress, well that’s a story. I’ve managed by being a workaholic and redirecting my energy elsewise. When I have deadlines to meet, I work up until then. I work myself near exhaustion, I procrastinate to the bitten end, and then I grind to the bone. That has perhaps gotten me through all 11 semesters while studying at University of Baltimore.”

Taylor Walker

“I’m an alumni of University of Baltimore. I graduated four years ago but I remember the challenges I faced while going to UB and developed a routine for dealing with stress that I continue to carry while navigating my day to day life as a post-grad. While in school, I remained a full time student all four years at UB, never dropping below four classes per semester. I developed a habit of carrying a planner during my fall semester sophomore year. I live by it as it was my bible. Instead of simply writing my homework assignments in it, I chose to us my planner as a To-Do list. I made a goal to complete three tasks a day per my To-Do lists and reward myself for my accomplishments.I think what helped me the most was choosing to perfect my time management skills. I believed if I became better at time management, it’d be likely that I’d be less stressed and not feel too overwhelmed. But if I felt a moment of weakness I had other things that helped me, as well. Other methods I used while dealing with the stress of school are talking to one consistent friend I trusted in confiding my issues in and taking time to myself doing something I enjoyed such as play the Sims or read a book. I mastered all these thing that even now when I feel stressed, I go back to these same tasks to mellow.”

Anita McCoy

“Graduating from UB was one of the best days of my life, another milestone, another accomplishment., but… the stress I dealt with, was another story. Freshmen year, going into college, I must say I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into, nevertheless, I got through. Some different ways I was able to get through stress was talking it out to some colleagues, trying not to get overwhelmed, taking some time to myself, clearing my head and never giving up. It’s important to enjoy college, and do what you can to not get flustered. I had to stay organized, get a planner, plan every assignment, my study sessions, etc. so that I would have time to complete tasks and not procrastinate. Time management is very important, and necessary. Get rest, it seems impossible but its not. Some nights I only was able to sleep for maybe 4-5 hours, but that wasn’t an every night routine for me. It was typically during finals, after my late night studies and closing out the semester.

Keep in mind that graduation is the goal and if you are stress- ing, its going to make that day seem so far away.”

Shawn Newsome Jr.

“I’m one semester away from graduation, and all I can think about is how much progress I’ve made throughout the years. One thing that college taught me was that I should never be afraid to ask for help. Another is that support can be very crucial to one’s success. From the time that I started college in the fall of 2012 to fall 2014, I felt that I could give 60%- 70% of my effort and get through with no problem. I was wrong. My toxic relationship weighed me down. I received no motivation to do better, no one to push me. I failed all of my classes in the fall of 2014 due to my failure to attend classes and my refusal to put effort into topics that didn’t interest me. In the spring of 2015, I put a team together to keep me on my toes, and remind me of that fact that I can do much better than what I displayed. My philosophy professor, Steven Scalet, was a huge help with bringing me to open my mind. My mentor from the BMALE program, Ray McCree, checked with me often to hear of my progress and anything that troubled me outside of school. My friends reminded me of how great I am, and joined me on my journey to become a better version of myself. I handled stress by exercising consistently, and making it an obligation to take some free time from the loads of work. Resting is definitely needed for growth. Without that rest, you tire yourself out much quicker.”

Tips on how to get through college like a pro

So you want to graduate and stay sane?

By David A. Chiodaroli

Staff Writer

Another year, another semester of school. If you’re a green as grass freshman, or a even just a weary sophomore, you’re probably on the verge of a panic attack right now. While you tell yourself that you know how to handle it, I’m willing to bet that there are some things you’re dreading about this upcoming school year. How do I get enough sleep and complete my homework assignments? How do I balance my work and social life? How do I know if that girl in CMAT-272 likes me?

While some questions are easy to answer (hint: she probably doesn’t), others require considerable work, in order to better yourself for the classes ahead. Thankfully, you have me to give you some much needed advice on how to make it through another semester of exams, assignments, and overpriced Pearson textbooks. Without further adieu, let’s hit the ground running with something every student is familiar with: procrastination.

Try not to procrastinate: I know, it’s easier said than done, but procrastination can be a real killer of productivity, especially if you’re working on something with a tight deadline. I admit that I do occasionally procrastinate, however, I eventually snap to it and, as Larry the Cable Guy would say, get’r done. While putting your assignment off for an hour or two while you deflate after a long day can be encouraged, waiting until the day before it’s due is a completely different matter. Sure, telling your- self that you work better while under pressure is an easy excuse. But more often than not, the work you produce under the strain of a deadline will be sub-par compared to something that was prepared in advance.

Rather than dwell on how much you don’t want to do something, think instead of how great you will feel when that something is finally done. When I get an assignment, like an essay, I try to complete a rough version of it a week prior to its due date. That gives me enough time to focus on my other assignments and correct any issues needing to be amended. Of course, this is harder to do with classes that meet two or more times a week. However, I’ve noticed that these classes will usually assign large tasks at least seven days in advance. This way, you’ll be able to attack each of your homework assignments and still have time to spare. Which brings me to my next tip…

Make a routine for yourself: Just like how your class schedule is ar- ranged according to day, so should your homework. While you may be tempted to try and do all of your homework at once, doing so would usually result in you getting overworked. Therefor, segment your homework, and tackle certain sub- jects on specific days. I usually do my homework the night it was assigned, but it’s up to you on how you want to segment your schedule. Perhaps it’s math on Wednesday, Writing on Thursday, and Ethics on Sunday. Find a routine that works for you by experimenting until you find one that fits your life the best.

And while you’re at it, try to stay ahead of the curb. Most professors won’t mind if you work ahead, so if you really enjoy the book for ENGL- 333 and want to finish it, then finish it. As someone who has taken a lot of english classes, I can tell you that thereisnothingmoresatisfyingthan finishing all of your reading weeks before the end of the semester. No one ever got an F for overachieving, so what do you have to lose?

Give yourself time to breathe: No one ever said that college was easy. On top of homework and your class schedule, you’ve got a job, a family, and perhaps children. You’re going to be spending a lot of time tackling that tremendous workload, and it can often be difficult to make any time for yourself. However, while getting everything done on time is critical, taking a break and just focusing on yourself is just as important.

If you think this is a tall order, consider what I mentioned earlier. If you make a schedule that fits around your needs, then you will have time to relax and prepare for what’s next. Even if you don’t manage to have an entire day to yourself, at least you can have pockets of time during the day or night where you can put everything aside and exhale.

Finally, I want to talk to you a little bit about technology. By now, you probably know of the school’s multiple Wifi signals, your Outlook inbox, and the Microsoft Office 365 subscription that is paid for through your tuition (by the way, that subscription expires when you graduate, so consider downloading a non-subscription based version of Office before you take your cap and gown). However, you have another useful tool at your disposal that, for some reason, is rarely talked about or even mentioned by the faculty. Thankfully, I’m more than willing to spill the beans on UB’s best kept secret, and a life hack I use to stay on top of my writing assignments.

The G-Suite: You’ve no doubt heard of Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, but did you know that the University has its own Google Drive, with all the utilities you’ve come to know and love? So what does this mean for you? Well, for starters, you can begin a document, presentation or a spreadsheet on your personal drive on your computer at home, share it with the school’s drive, and pick up where you left off at the library or in one of the many computer labs on campus. Also, unlike Office Online, you can edit your documents in your spare time, if you have any of the Google apps on your smartphone or tablet, which is a whole lot easier than using the browser version. And the best part? It’s completely free.

All you need to access the school’s Drive is to sign into Google using your UB credentials, get a Google account of your own, and boom, you’re done. In addition to document sharing, the G-Suite also makes it easier to send photos and videos to other students and professors, so you never have to worry about how big your attachments are before you send them.

I hope this advice gives you the piece of mind needed to succeed during the next semester. Many of what I just told you were things I had to learn on my own, through trial and error. While I cannot make you do any of the things I’ve mentioned in this article, I hope you give them a shot, and perhaps this semester will be a little easier.

Welcome Back, It’s gonna be a good year

By Liz McMahon

Staff Writer

 

Photo Credit: University of Baltimore

To incoming students at the University of Baltimore, Welcome.

Welcome to a college where you can find your people. Whether you just got out of high school, recently retired from 50 years of hard work, or anywhere in between, that will happen here.

Some college slogans are cheesy, exaggerated, or just irrelevant. Here, we stay true to ours: “Knowledge that Works.”

At University of Baltimore, you’ll find full-time and part-time students, working full-time jobs, raising full- time families, and living full-time lives. While we are here to obtain education and skills to advance us in the workplace, a lot of us are already out there working hard.

Careers and part-time jobs aside, UB gives students the chance to get involved. Take it. Maybe your friends keep telling you how funny you are, and you’re ready to check out the Improv Club. Perhaps you have an interest in policy, and want to participate in the Student Government Association. Or, maybe you’re an aspiring writer looking to get a chance to share your words with your college community (hint: The UB Post). There are so many more organizations to pique your interest; I’ve only mentioned a few.

Whatever your field of study, just know that you belong. As I write this letter, I am reflecting on my entrance to the University of Baltimore. I was a full-time restaurant manager, nervous about going back to college but anxious to finally get my degree. After years of restaurant work, I was growing tired of knowing my potential as a writer but not putting it to any good use. I fantasized about getting published one day, but I feared I’d always be waiting tables and never get the opportunity. I also knew that attending a traditional university was not the right path for me. I needed to be at a place where I could continue to work and manage my personal life while expanding my academic experience.

Now, two-and-a-half years later, I’m set to graduate in May. I’m just around the corner from finishing my degree in English, with a Professional Writing focus. My first semester, I took a journalism class. My professor in that course became my mentor. She helped me get an internship at a local lifestyle magazine, and now I regularly freelance for them among seasoned professional journalists. I’ve had the chance to be a Staff Writer for this very publication, The UB Post, where I’ve interviewed people all over Baltimore and written about everything from food, arts, and culture to local politics.

Brag-fest aside, what I mean to say is that UB has opened doors that I thought I might have been closed to me. I’ve made friends with simi- lar interests, and friends with totally different life experiences. The UB community is so diverse, I really believe that every individual, no matter their story, can find not only a safe space, but a place to grow. My professors have gone beyond teaching classes to actually training me to be active in a career I am passionate about. All I had to do was show up.

Here’s hoping you keep your eyes open to the opportunities around you. If you’re anything like me, they’ll make themselves known. You may or may not be a “traditional student,” but you are welcome here.

Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

So You Haven’t Planned a Thing?

By Ricardo Santiago Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Love is soon to be in the air. If you have not already checked mega stores like Walmart and Target, love has already come and has its own section for profit! Here at the UB Post, we recognize that many of us do not have a massive amount of cash to drop on our significant others. Therefore, we have decided to give you 5 Valentine Day Date ideas to help the day go by in romantic fashion! Now remember, these are just ideas. You can make them original by switching and designing them to your liking. The most important thing to consider before you start planning is your significant other. Do they enjoy solitude or parties? Are they more relaxed and practical or gem and glam? Knowing who they are as a person helps you create the perfect date night.

 

1) The New Netflix and Chill – This is for the introverts in love. It doesn’t matter where you are, it matters whom you are with. Being with your special person is all that matters. If they feel the same way, you can create a solo magical night. The idea of ‘Netflix and chill’ is all too familiar. So make it special by creating a night devoted to just the two of you. A potential add on would be to create your own movie, depicting the times you both shared together. Add their favorite song to the film reel and some cute one-liners to impress. End with a cute card at the end to capture that moment in time forever. Then cuddle up with each other viewing an actual theatrical film.

2) Adventure Time – The day lands on a Wednesday, so this is for those couples that can land a day off. This is also for the ones that do not mind some unexpected fun. The city of Baltimore has so many free events that you can go out and enjoy for the day. The museums will be open to explore. A little selfie action down by Fells Point is always romantic. If we did not include this, we would be kicking ourselves. It is free and gets you out of the house during the day!

3) Loves when the Suns Down – For the night owls on a budget, you can appreciate this. Many restaurants will have specials for dinners designed towards a sensational night. Many on the inner harbor area are taking this Valentine’s Day to themed nights with three course dinners with set prices for each. GroupOn has deals for the Valentine’s Day events and spa’s too. Nothing says “I love you” like a deep tissue massage.

4) Arts and Crafts – Buying something for another person is a lovely gesture. Crafting something original that is one of a kind, that’s magical. If your significant other loves to dabble with hot glue guns and construction paper, this idea is sure to help. Most of the needed craft material you can acquire for cheap at a local Michaels or AC Moore. In addition, being a student, you get about 10 percent off the purchase. Create a night full of new memories by crafting around old pictures, memorable items, and relive the moments by telling each other the stories that made the relationship shine like the brilliant rhinestones you just bought.

5) Keep it Classic – So all this sounds great but your budget is more strict than usual. No problem there. Keep it classy by inviting that special someone to your kitchen for a dinner for two. Cook their favorite dish with a twist, or bake a lovely sweet for that little sweetie. Even a simple baked chicken with rice can go a long way if you set the mood right. Remember, it is all about the ambience.

I hope that these ideas will strike some genius chord in you to create an experience your date will not forget. It is Valentine’s Day, so remember that even if your planned idea has some bumps or just fails altogether, your significant other will see the initiative and effort put in. What matters is that they

know how much you care and love them to go to these lengths. Not just for one day out of the year, but any day of any month or any year. Because when you are in love, everyday can feel like Valentine’s Day.