Daga Cribs

Welcome to Daga Cribs, the first and only place to find the real experiences happening in the suites of Onondaga Hall: the best building on campus at SUNY Oswego. Daga Cribs features the different suite-styles that are set up throughout Onondaga and finding the most unique, efficient, comforting design. This was an evaluation of some of the best suites in Onondaga narrowing it down to two designs and in doing so, ultimately crown a champion of “Best Daga Crib.” In addition, an interview with some of the roommates living in the suites giving them an opportunity to share why they think they have the “Best Daga Crib.”       

Onondaga Hall

A little bit about Onondaga Hall and its history:

Onondaga Hall was first opened in 1968 and established as the 4th high rise dorm on Oswego’s campus and the 2nd high rise dorm on West Campus. The name Onondaga comes from a nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Onondaga, or people of the hills. It’s located next to the other residence halls on West Campus that all share similar names that came from area Native American tribes.

 

Onondaga even sounds the coolest, and you can’t have such a great nickname like “Daga” with any of the other dorms.

 

SUNY Oswego hosts 13 residential communities on campus and out of all of the options, Onondaga Hall is the one to go with. Incredibly friendly staff working in Onondaga and Morgan McAdam, the Hall Director is superb. Easy decision to say the least about choosing housing for sophomore year. This living option is only open to upper-class students as Onondaga is the only suite-style residence hall on campus, housing over 600 students with co-ed floors. Onondaga is definitely the most popular residence hall at Oswego State as it looks over Lake Ontario and Glimmerglass Lagoon.

 

Each suite houses six residents and its unique setup was designed to attract students with aspirations of living with a group of friends in a home-like setting. The six students are split up between 3 rooms and they all share a common living area, a bathroom, couches, tables, and chairs. Onondaga is connected to Little Page Dining Center and Glimmerglass Fitness Center via tunnels through the basement. In the basement, there is a big open lounge with couches, chairs, ping pong table, pool table, foosball table and a television that is adjacent to the kitchen and laundry room. 

 

Open Style

There are two main types of suite layouts that were most common among all the residents living in Onondaga from which I selected the top two. One common way students arranged their suite was in an open style, placing a television in the center of a main wall with a table in front of it and chairs and couches against all opposite walls facing the TV. This layout is the least decorative of the top designs due to its openness which causes a lack of joint activity between the members of the suite or company of the suite.

This suite is utilizing their space however they are not using a portion of the space wisely, leaving only a single couch that is not a desirable position to watch TV in. However the layout of the suite is quite efficient; its open space leaves lots of room for moving around, accessing personal rooms, and accessing the suite door and bathroom.

Their walls are decorated with some signs and posters which adds comfort and the residents of this suite play hockey which requires them to leave their equipment bags in the suite, taking up space and also takes away cleanliness points. But, a bonus feature of this Daga Crib is their ability to use that outlier of a couch by pulling it off of the wall and turning 180 degrees in which a projector displays motion picture onto the bare white wall. This is an extremely rare and innovative layout and is one of the reasons why it is in the running for “Best Daga Crib.”

Utilizing the other half of the room for a projection on the wall

I had a chance to interview a resident of this suite (405-407) Brennan Wallace about why he has the “Best Daga Crib” 

 

Split Layout

The opposing suite-style is a split layout; dividing the common living area in half, utilizing the entire space but having different uses for each side. On one side, a television is resting on top of a mini fridge with one of the circle tables in front of it and two couches, a futon, and a Papasan chair surrounding the table in a U-shape. Adjacent is another mini fridge holding another TV and a drawer that is the stand for an Xbox, PS4, Gamecube, and Keurig machine.

 

 

On the other side, a nine foot strip of putting green is on the floor in front of the door and the remaining chairs that are split by the other circle table against the same wall the TV is on. There is a dart board hung on the wall next to the bathroom. The residents have some of their lamps from their rooms in the common area which gives it a more home-like setting than the common area lights.

Flags cover every wall adding to the decorative points. The split layout design is only open on the side with the putting green and the suite door and more enclosed on the TV side. Having the couches in the square shape motivates joint activity and involves everyone in the activity happening on either side of the room. In contrast, the split layout design makes a tight walking space around the couches and table which is inefficient for walking around the suite and getting to personal rooms.

I got to interview Connor Wade, a resident of this suite (316-318) and find why he thinks he has the best suite in Onondaga:

After exploring all of the many different suite-styles created by residents throughout Onondaga, these two layout designs were the most popular and it’s pretty easy to see why. Each of these suites have many great qualities and also some bad qualities, but everyone is giving it the “old college try.” Even though both of these suites may be violating some of the Res Life rules, their layout designs are great spots to live in.

Suite 316-318 has been crowned the champion of “Best Daga Crib”

Their suite-style layout is an extreme home-like setting making it very comfortable to live there or even visit. The cleanliness, decorations, activities, and overall uniqueness, are all what make this suite the “Best Daga Crib.”

Social Media Can Actually Help Students

Written by: Mike Lemieux

Who knew that one of the biggest distractions to students today could actually be beneficial to their success? I most certainly did not. All day, every day I see my peers using social media much more than I do and it makes me wonder how well they do with their school work? It also makes me ask myself, am I not using social media enough? It turns out that social media can actually benefit a student’s success, and a school’s success.

Technology and social media play an important role in the way students communicate with each other, and the way colleges and universities communicate with students and share information online. At this point in technological evolution, social media can now even help students get accepted to college! A telephone survey run by Kaplan Test Prep said that 35% of the 365 college admissions officers surveyed said they checked applicants social media accounts. A large number of those who looked at social media, said that the review benefited the applicant. One example of this, according the Yariv Alpher, executive director of research at Kaplan Test Prep, is a student who posted to Twitter describing how she facilitated a panel on LGBTQ rights. “There are a lot of positives here, it shows diversity, it shows initiative, it shows leadership, and it stood out positively to an admissions officer,” Alpher said. Obviously grades, test scores, recommendations, and the traditional factors are going to effect a student’s admission, but social media can provide some additional clues for admissions officers seeking to get a sense of the student. Colleges are mindful of who they admit because they want to make sure the applicant can fit into the schools culture and to the incoming class community.

Prospective students now have the power to connect with a school’s campus life 24/7 through social media. School’s have taken notice of what students are looking for, and are using social media to share their campus culture. “Social media has been key for us and has been a great audience connector not only with prospective students, but with prospective parents,” said Kayla Germain, E-Media Coordinator, The College Of Saint Rose. Social media is a great way for colleges and universities to share the good that is happing on their campus as it happens which can help a school stand out from others, especially to parents. “Using social media we relay that you’re not just a face in the crowd.  With parents it’s been really helpful because they love seeing some of the more engaging activities that we’ve been doing,” said Kayla.

More and more students are using social media to ask questions and share feedback. Vital.com emphasizes how important it is for a school to have a blog because it is a place where all the content can live, bringing visitors back to the website, and boosting your search engine optimization rankings. Jason Boucher, the Social Media Coordinator at the University of New Hampshire sees the value in their student blog as not only an engagement tool with current students, but also a recruitment tool to prospective students. UNH has a blog that gives students the opportunity to speak in their own words, and to be published, which is good for building their resume and getting some real-world writing experience. Prospective students and parents can read the voice of a current student and what their experience is like at the school, so it is authentic coming from an actual student.

Social media also now plays an important role in helping colleges and universities staying connected with alumni. Schools are able to share alumni’s life and career achievements through social media. By doing this, it helps reconnect alumni and help grow the school’s exposure, and also helps current students connect with alumni that are working in the same field as they desire. Colleges and Universities that are doing a great job of connecting with students also know how important it is to keep those connections after college.

In this age of technological evolution, the idea that social media only has a negative effect on students, and that some admissions officers might check an applicants social media accounts, shouldn’t be that bizarre. Today’s students have grown up communicating and sharing their lives through social media, so it only makes sense for higher education to integrate social media into their culture.

 

Mike Lemieux

Name:  Mike Lemieux

Year: Sophomore

Major: Broadcasting & Mass Communication

Hometown: Delmar, NY

Mike is a first semester sophomore at SUNY Oswego and he is a Broadcasting & Mass Communication major.  Mike is from a village outside of Albany, NY called Delmar. At Oswego, he enjoys playing on the club hockey team, spending time with friends, and playing golf. Hip hop and classic rock are his favorite types of music, and Mike loves to watch a lot of sports and movies during his free time. He has a passion for sports broadcasting and has plans to stay involved with athletics through media in the future.