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‘Paint and Sip Night’ Draws Nichols Community Together


On Oct. 23, Student Involvement  provided the Nichols community with a fun, artistic, and relaxing event in Fels Student Center. Students and a few staff and faculty were able to enjoy their Friday night by painting an autumn scene on canvas.

The painting instruction was lead by “Just Paint,” located on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, Mass. Its owner, Susan Dunshee, says she enjoys putting on these events to expose adults and children to art. Local artist Mustafa Najm helped Susan to teach the art lesson. He gained his experience by teaching art at universities in Iraq.


Fels lounge was filled with a light-hearted atmosphere as students tried out their painting techniques. The event was directed toward seniors, but others were also welcome to join. Overall, 50 people participated.

Carmen Garcia, a junior criminal justice major, had a great time working on her masterpiece.

“It’s easier than I thought it would be, but the details are hard,” she said. “I’m glad I came; this is different from other events.”

First-year student Karan Saini, a business communication major, was grateful to take a break from midterms.

“I needed this distraction from homework,” said Saini.

Everyone’s artwork varied; some students stuck to the instruction, while others experimented with colors and techniques.

Senior class president and international business and finance double major Sean Hoey was one of those who strayed from the herd with his creative painting.

“I am the next Pablo Picasso,” he said. “I’m not sure what any of this is, but it looks good to me.”

Most students wrapped up their masterpieces just after 10 p.m. The overall reaction to the event was positive. It was a great opportunity for students, professors, and staff to get to know each other outside the usual professional or academic setting. Any stress from the busy semester seemed to dissipate among the amateur artists. Many students expressed interest in holding another paint and sip night, or trying something else creative.

Those 21 and older were welcome to sip wine whilst they painted. Police officers were present in Fels to check IDs and to make sure anyone who was allowed to drink was doing so responsibly.


Erica Milosh is a Nichols College senior English major and a contributor to Bison Chronicles.

Lip Sync Battle at the Bison Rally


The Athletic Center’s main gym was filled with students, faculty, and staff on Oct. 5 as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) set up for the annual Bison Rally. The Bison Rally is a school wide event where the athletic teams participate in a lip sync battle against each other. This year, there were 5 teams competing to win the lip sync trophy.

The bleachers in the main gym were packed with students as well as the indoor track overlooking the basketball court where the lip sync was taking place. Each athletic team was given the opportunity to get a group of their team together and come up with a fun, engaging lip sync performance for not just the students but for three chosen faculty judging the competition. The judges are to give each team a score between 1-10 and who ever accumulates the highest amount of points wins the trophy and are named “Lip Sync Champions;” that is until next year, when the battle takes place again. This, in my opinion, has become a huge competition between the sports teams but a fun, supportive kind of competition. Although the sports teams are battling against each other, they are always cheering each other on and supporting each other during the friendly competition.

To start the night, men’s lacrosse came out with a bang and blew the crowds away by switching from slow to fast paced songs; you could definitely tell they had been practicing for weeks. Next up was the women’s field hockey team followed by the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and then finally the women’s ice hockey team. What I think makes this event so unique is that each sports team comes up with their own dances. There’s never repeated songs or dance moves between the teams.


Men’s basketball took the cake when they didn’t receive a score under 9.0 from either of the judges, but their sister team—women’s basketball—was not far behind, coming in second place. Women’s ice hockey, meanwhile, followed in third.

Michelle Keklik, a senior sport management major, noted: “This is by far my favorite campus-wide event; I’m never ever disappointed in the new, creative dances the sports teams come up with each year.”

Chelsey Mahoney, a senior women’s basketball player and hospitality major, expressed: “I’ve been part of the lip sync competition with my team since my freshman year. It is not only fun to perform in front of our student body, but all the practice and hard work that went into the dance and music made us closer as a team.”


In my opinion, this event will always be enjoyed by the students; there’s nothing better than getting together with your fellow Bison and having a great time!


Freshman Peruse Academic Majors Fair


On October 13th, Daniels Auditorium hosted this fall’s 13th annual Academic Majors Fair. As a Professional Development Seminar requirement, freshmen students were required to check out the fair and look into their majors of interest.

Nichols offers twelve undergraduate business majors and five liberal arts programs. Every major—from marketing to mathematics—had a table filled with information and poster boards displaying details about the major, curriculum, and post-graduation job opportunities. Approximately 360 students attended the fair.


Many students wandered about the fair stopping at each booth. It was clear which students were undecided and those who had an idea of what they wanted to do. For example, the sport management table was the most crowded of all 16 tables; Tim Liptrap stood in the center of the flock of freshmen, discussing different avenues of sport management and career possibilities.

First-year student Kate Shannon, a marketing major from Grafton, Mass., contemplated the benefits of sport management. Sport management includes marketing qualities; Kate felt confident that she would learn adequate marketing skills if she chose to change her major.

Kate was also perusing the psychology table, but resolved sport management might be the way to go based on her interests. “The fair is great because I’ve found a lot of good resources and networking connections.”

A few students found their way to the Finance major. Riley Bishop of Charlton, Mass., and Aiden Stuart of Orange, Conn., both became interested in finance through a high school course. Aidan seemed set on finance but was still keeping his options open toward the human resource and accounting majors.

Criminal Justice was another popular booth. First-year student Joe Small of Goffstown, N.H., was certain about his choice to major in criminal justice. He was influenced by family friends who are state troopers and police officers. Joe explained that criminal justice is a strong field to get into.

KC Poplawski, Director of Advising Services, has been involved with the fair since it began. “More students started considering a second major or minor as a result of this event. We noticed a rise in students with a secondary area declared.”

The fair was bustling with activity, and every professor was busy speaking with multiple students at once.  Not only was the fair a great event for freshmen, but for every student. Upperclassmen were stationed at tables to discuss their personal experience in their chosen major. This aspect to the event gave freshmen a realistic idea of what it would be like to pursue a specific area of study. Some second-year students were looking as well; students do not have to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year.


Along with the numerous tables advertising majors, Career Services and the Honors Program both had their own booths displaying benefits and resources.