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Welcome to the Student Experience

Posted by Brian Lombardi on September 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Welcome to Fitchburg State University! Who am I? I don’t mean that philosophically; there’s enough of that going around. So who am I? My name is Brian, and although that doesn’t mean anything to you, I’m going to continue.

I’m a junior living it up here at Fitchburg State. I am an English Studies major with a concentration in professional writing. I started working with the Burg Blog last year, and it was a nice way to get my feet wet. This blog was really my first official opportunity to write.

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The End Is Nigh

Posted by Brian Lombardi on May 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM

The end is nigh. Why is this girl excited? Because another semester is closing here at Fitchburg State University, and summer is on the horizon.

The campus is blooming and beautiful after what seemed like the longest winter imaginable. Finals are picking the minds of students like guitar strings, but celebrations are around the corner, and more beach time than the clock could possibly count.

What this means is that it’s time to reflect on the semester. I skydived, danced, explored, socialized, laughed, witnessed history, and cheered all semester long at FSU.

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Surprise! It's Spring Week

Posted by Brian Lombardi on April 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s springing, slowly. No matter the specifics of the season, Fitchburg State’s Spring Week is in full effect. Fitchburg is traveling the world in 7 days, so to speak.

This girl just read about Spring Week-- she's super pumped.

Each day a different culture around the world is represented in some way or another.

Classic Spanish dancing, Roman Gladiators, French mimes, American Barbeques, and etc. There’s a long list of things for students to enjoy in-between their cramming for finals.

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The Woes of my Wallet

Posted by Brian Lombardi on April 23, 2015 at 1:45 PM

College students work like vacuums when it comes bank accounts.

For example: food is wonderful, abundant, and of course costs money.

Money is strange and scarce for the average student.

I’m counting more quarters at twenty than I was at ten—I’m prepared to replace my wallet with couch cushions. I don’t know where it all goes. 

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Fitchburg Against Violence

Posted by Brian Lombardi on April 16, 2015 at 2:30 PM

 Fitchburg State University recently held it’s 8th annual Take Back the Night.

TBtN is a nationwide event to help raise awareness about sexual assault or violence, and to provide support for survivors. It is a powerful thing to see your community gather and care for one another.

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Collegiate Talents

Posted by Brian Lombardi on April 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Fitchburg State University’s much anticipated last Main Stage show of the year, The Crucible, is currently running.

The Crucible is a work by ultra-famous playwright, Arthur Miller.

In my English Studies pursuits, over the years Arthur Miller has come up a lot. Luckily, the talented cast for FSU’s show pulled off a great performance, completely worthy of the celebrated story.

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10 Ways To Keep Yourself Upbeat

Posted by Brian Lombardi on March 19, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Fitchburg State is going to be a big part of your life. 

It’s important to keep spirits up around campus, yes, but more important to do so in yourselves. I know this is easier said than done sometimes. Life throws curves and we're not always thrilled to wake up each morning to face the day.

Everyone needs a little boost from time to time, that's perfectly normal. So let’s jump right into this. Here's 10 things that can help keep you busy and positive.

I’m winging this, but we can make it work. 

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What to Expect When You're Expecting (College)

Posted by Brian Lombardi on March 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Behold, a picture.

College is cool and rad, and any other positive adjective you want to put in there.

This was taken on my first day here at Fitchburg State University. Looking back on it now, it’s funny how nervous I was before I got here.

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Living on Campus in the Fall

Posted by Brian Lombardi on February 26, 2015 at 5:08 PM

New students to FSU, I’m going to give a run down on housing, because every Falcon needs a nest.

How are you today? I dropped a bagel on my jeans earlier and I tripped up the stairs, but I’m still here. And now that I’ve made it this far in my day, it’s time for me to contribute a little bit.  Figuring out how to live on campus can be an arduous process, as if picking a college wasn’t frightening enough. Luckily I am here to ferry you through all of that.

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The Forefathers: Part II

Posted by Brian Lombardi on February 5, 2015 at 5:01 PM

 This is actually the first and only part, but I’m going to make a Godfather reference at least once here.

Skimming through the digital archives of the library, I came across the Saxifrage of 1930, which is easier to identify as an old yearbook. It’s called saxifrage after the wild flower that grows in the cracks of stone. What? You don’t skim through old periodicals for a thrill? It was an accident, but it was curious to scroll back eighty years without even leaving the library. So now that I’m the Marty Mcfly of my generation, let’s move forward.

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