Weather or not, here I come!

Hello everyone! What a week it has been. We all could use a break from midterms, right?!

As always, there’s been some excitement here in Oswego, weather-wise. Let’s get to it.


Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

Saturday, Oct. 8, ended on a brilliant note. As the sun set, the clouds lit up like fire. The surrounding landscape glowed of yellow as the sky became very bright. As the sun continued to set, the color morphed from yellow, to bright orange, to deep pink. It was a surreal experience to stand at the lakeshore and look at the best sunset of the semester so far.

Thank (in part) Hurricane Matthew for the extreme sunset. The clouds from the system, well to Oswego’s south at the time, streamed north, but the edge of the clouds ended just below the horizon as seen in the photo above. This allowed the setting sun to briefly illuminate the clouds from underneath, creating an effect known as afterglow. Afterglow is fairly common among most sunsets, however this intensity is probably only a twice-a-year occurrence in Oswego.


Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

Then, on Oct. 13, a weather system moved through the Great Lakes, bringing with it some morning rain showers. Later in the afternoon, the dreaded Oswego wind moved in. Large waves ensued as the wind blew out of the northwest, some of which likely exceeded 5 feet in height. As the waves came in, some would crash into the rocky shoreline and have nowhere to go but up. Not a good day for boating!

Don’t be fooled, however, waves around here can (and have) reached 10-15 feet in height. Come wintertime, I’ll probably come back to this topic for one reason or another.


Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

The night of Oct. 13, Oswego had a chance to see the Aurora Borealis. I walked down to the lake around 9:50 pm to snap some shots with my camera. While I did not succeed in photographing the aurora, I did still walk away with this cool view of Lake Ontario at night. However, aurora were sighted and photographed around nearby Rochester, as well as several other locations in the Great Lakes region.

Why the lack of visible aurora here in Oswego? A couple reasons. 1) The nearly full Moon added a lot of light pollution to the sky, making it harder to spot the relatively dim aurora. 2) There may have been a “substorm”, or brief uptick in auroral activity, that initiated the flurry of aurora sightings in the region. At the time, Oswego had cloudy skies, with clearing taking place shortly after the time of those reports. Substorms normally do not last more than an hour or two, so Oswego may have just missed the viewing window. Tough luck on this one!

The upcoming week looks like pretty typical fall roller-coaster weather, with near-daily rain chances, warm temps to start the week (chant enough and we might reach 80 on Tuesday!), followed by cooling as the week progresses. Until next time, Oswegonians!!!

Hangul(Korean) day

Hello! An nyeong(Hi in Korean)!

How is your semester going? How was your midterm? I will have three more tests after this week! So excited!

Today, Oct 9th! is special day in Korea which is my country and i want to share with you. It will be a informative blog today but i am sure you will have fun.

Hangul is the language that has an inventor named King Sejong and even comes with a user manual guide. Before Hangul have been invented, Korean used Chinese characters which only high-class people can learn. However, King Sejong wanted to make a language which every Korean can read and write easily. Hangul consonants are direct representations of the shape of the mouth when they are articulated. The vowels of hangul have a philosophical meaning to them. The circle represents the heavens, the horizontal line represents the Earth, and the vertical line represents humans.







King Se jong






Korean consonants






Korean vowels


Hangul is considered the easiest writing system. It has only 28 letters, but you can make 11,172 syllables. Nowadays, many foreigners are learning Hangul because of K-pop and K-drama. Lakers also can learn Korean in campus! There is a club called KOSA and we have meetings every Mondays at 8pm in hart hall. If you want to learn a second language i highly recommend you to learn Korean!

I brought some quotations about Hangul.

“Hangul is the best alphabet that all the languages have dreamed of.” -Jogn man (historican)

“Hangul is perhaps the most scientific system of writing in general use in any country.” -Edwin O. Reischauer(Professor, USA Harvard)

“King Sejong ststematized the phonological theory five centuries earlier than the West which completed its phonological theory in the twentieth century” -Werner Sasse(Professor, University of Hamburg)

The Perfect Oswego Sunset

Whether it’s hot, cold, windy, or even sometimes cloudy, the Oswego sunset is always a fascinating sight to see. As a SUNY Oswego student for a little over a year, I have witnessed hundreds of sunsets so far. Being a meteorology major, sunsets come as second nature to me. I’ve had countless memorable sunset runs, many of which I had my camera in tow.


I’ll start with the basics – shown here is the sunset from Sept. 20, 2015, taken from the lakeshore behind West Campus. Calm waters, still-warm temperatures, and a crystal clear sky made for a relaxing evening. When the lake’s very calm, the sun can take on an appearance that it is “melting.” Photo credit: Matthew Seymour



Dec. 6, 2015 – the Sunday of finals week during the fall 2015 semester. The temperature was unusually warm for the time of year, and the sky was fairly cloudy. All of a sudden, the clouds exploded into color like a fireball. Students came rushing down to the lake to capture the beauty of the pink post-sunset sky. Several of these type of sunsets occur each year, but this one was particularly notable for its intensity and duration of strong coloration. Photo credit: Matthew Seymour



March 16, 2016. The day before St. Patrick’s Day. A bright rainbow, or should I say THREE rainbows, appeared in the sky opposite the sun. It’s a sight I had never before seen. The third rainbow (the fainter one in the middle), known as a “reflection rainbow,” is formed when sunlight bounces off the (calm) lake water first, then refracts through the falling raindrops. [P.S. I assure you there was a sunset here, despite the actual sun not being in the photo.] Photo credit: Matthew Seymour


Finally, one of my most recent sunset photographs, from Oct. 6, 2016. Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

As you can see, no 2 sunsets are alike!

So, you’ve seen and heard about the sunset. You ask now, where on campus can I see this for myself?

Based on my experiences, anywhere where you can see the lake as far out as possible is a great sunset-watching spot. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Anywhere along the lakeshore. Now, if you prefer flat stones (with a few large boulders sprinkled in) as your shoreline choice of rock, head to East Campus behind the lakeside dorms. Round cobblestones, head to West Campus. (Either way, it rocks!)
  • The 3rd and 4th floors of Shineman Center have great vantage points.
  • If you’re lucky enough to live in the upper floors of a high-rise dorm, these spots offer more-than-adequate views of the famous sunset.
  • Off-campus: Areas such as Breitbeck Park, Rudy’s, and the Oswego Bluffs are excellent choices.

That does it for me today. Happy sunset chasing!!!

Lakeside Mentality


Lake Ontario is and will always be my treasure spot. Corny? Not corny?

By treasure spot, I mean it is where my adventurous mindset takes place. My friends and I would take trips to the lake and make it a memorable opportunity worth treasuring. We’d skip rocks, pray, blast great music, and go swimming. It wasn’t easy balancing myself on those algae-filled rocks, however, the experience was still amazing.

Lake Ontario is very beautiful. It helps my friends and I look above all the stressors we go through in life, and find something imaginative and exciting. When in Oswego, taking a trip to Lake Ontario is a must.  Please, don’t let this moment pass you by.

If you haven’t been to the Lake, make time to take a trip over there. It can be relaxing and very uplifting. Find the adventure all around you.

The video below captures one of  many memorable “Lakeside Adventures” my friends and I had last semester. Take a look…


Photos of the Week


This past week there have been many stands just like this one all over SUNY Oswego’s campus making sure people are registered to vote and have their absentee ballot through Vote Oswego.



Earl Bellinger is an alumnus from Class of 2012 who came in this week to give a lecture called “From Starlight to Stellar Ages: A Look inside the Private Life of Stars.” He is an astronomy doctoral student at Yale and was the first SUNY Oswego student to intern with NASA at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

How To Avoid Getting Sick This Flu Season

Let’s be honest. No one likes getting sick. Usually around this time of year, people are starting to get sick. Every sniffle, cough, and lost voice can drive someone insane. It’s even worse when the sickness spreads. Now you’re probably thinking “Ilyssa, is there any way I can avoid getting sick this flu season?” Yes, but you should also know what to do when you do get sick.

Here’s a few tips on how to avoid getting sick during flu season.

  • Hand sanitize!

Most of the time, rubbing a little bit of hand sanitizer will increase your chances of not getting sick. If you don’t your own bottle, you could either buy a bottle or use one of the machines that are all over campus. There’s a lot of them on campus, so be sure to use them.

  • Wipe down your gym equipment.

This one can be overlooked a bit. If you’re an avid gym-goer, sometimes people won’t wipe down the machine after using it. Both gyms on campus have bottles of diluted lysol you can use to knock out the germs on your favorite machine. Why get sick at a place where you want to be healthy?

  • Get a flu shot

As long as you don’t have a fear of needles, getting your flu shot will help protect you, your roommates, and your family from getting sick. You can either check with Mary Walker Health Center to see when their flu clinics are (it’s free, by the way) or see if your local hospital has their own clinics.

  • Buy a bottle of disinfectant spray

Not only will using the spray benefit you, but it will also benefit your roommate(s) or housemate (s). That way all of you can avoid getting sick.

What happens if my roommate is sick?

Be cautious, but don’t avoid them unless it’s really serious. Help them out with any schoolwork they missed. See if you can make them some soup or pick up medicine. Also, be sure to hand sanitize and spray lysol when they’re not in the room.

What happens if I get sick?

Don’t panic. I know it stinks to get sick, but it happens to everyone. Here are some ways you can get better in no time.

  • Neti pot

A neti pot is that thing that looks like a teapot. First, you put in lukewarm water and the salts they provide you. Next, tilt your head to the side. Carefully pour the water down the side of your nose facing upwards. If you see water coming down the other side of your nose or your through your mouth, don’t panic. It means it’s working. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other side of your nose. The neti pot is pretty effective so I’d suggest getting one if you need to get rid of your cold ASAP.

  • Drink lots of fluids, especially orange juice and water

I don’t drink orange juice, so my alternative is a giant Vitamin C pill and B-12 pill. Any sort of Vitamin C you can get is beneficial. I would skip the soda and coffee for until you get better and try to get some tea with honey. Tea will help your voice recover better than soda and coffee will.

  • Lots and lots of rest

If you have a long weekend, take that opportunity to recover and sleep in. If it happens during the week and you’re really sick, see if you can rest up.

Email your professors ahead of time and let them know you can’t make it to class that day. Depending on the attendance policy and how many classes you’ve missed, the professor will probably be understanding and let you miss the class (unless, of course, there’s a big test that day). Get in contact with someone you know who’s in the class and ask them for the notes you missed and assignments you have to make up. Don’t forget to stay on top of your assignments!

You can also ask your RA if they can send you a “sick tray” from one of the dining halls if you don’t have the energy to get up.

Stay healthy this flu season!

When thunder roars…

…Go indoors! (But really, that’s how the saying goes. Practice your lightning safety, folks.)

Hello everyone, and Happy October! What has the wonderful weather of Oswego been up to lately, you ask?

Well, the month has come in with a literal bang, as campus experienced a rather noisy late-season thunderstorm on Oct. 2.


Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

Around 5:15pm on Oct. 2, this massive-looking cloud formation, known as a shelf cloud, appeared in the western sky. This cloud is commonly found at the leading edge of thunderstorms, and can signify incoming strong winds. Sure enough, about 5 minutes later, the wind became gusty and rain began to come down in buckets. So, if you see a shelf cloud, better run for cover!


Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

Today, Oct. 3, started out cloudy in the morning, with the sun shining by the time afternoon rolled around. But, something else was in the air – I almost mist it. (Ha ha) A thin layer of fog rolled in off the lake during the early afternoon. This fog likely formed due to a relatively humid air mass moving over the cooling lake waters. But more striking is the appearance of a faint white arc, known as a fogbow. Fogbows are formed in a similar process as rainbows, however in this case, the sun’s rays refract off of fog droplets instead of raindrops.


Photo credit: Matthew Seymour

Additionally, the sunsets continue to impress. Shown is the sunset from Sept. 29, as I viewed from the second floor of Shineman Center.

Be on the lookout for my next post, which will tell you about some of my sunset experiences, and where to go to get the best views and best photographs alike. Until next time, folks!!

If You’re in the Mood to Eat Somewhere New

Dining hall food is pretty great (“Chicken Patty Day” anyone?), but sometimes you want to try something off campus that isn’t a fast food joint. Especially if you are new to Oswego, you don’t really know all that is out there. That’s where I come in. I’m going to cover some reliable mainstays in Oswego that are always worth the visit.

Let’s begin with Rudy’s. Rudy’s is a lakeside joint all about fish, tenders, and other tasty foods close to the west side of campus and one of the most iconic eateries in this part of New York.


Especially in the beginning of the summer, ask anyone there and there’s a chance that you’ll hear that people are from Rochester, Albany, and other places across New York. Rudy’s is only open seasonally, so make sure to stop in before they close after Columbus Day weekend. Bev’s Dairy Treat (known most commonly as just Bev’s) is right next to Rudy’s, and if you ever have a hankering for soft serve, it’s the place to go.

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Press Box and Old City Hall are also some really great restaurants to check out. They are right off Bridge Street and perfect places to take your parents when they come into town or if you want to go somewhere nice off of campus. They are bar and grill-type places. You can’t go wrong with anything at Press Box, and I highly recommend the wraps and fries at Old City Hall.

If you’re searching for Italian at a family restaurant, Canale’s is the place to be. The alfredo is excellent and anyone in search of a hearty pasta will certainly enjoy it and the warm atmosphere. You don’t walk out of Canale’s hungry!

For a cute cafe with a relaxed vibe, Port City Cafe offers salads, paninis, desserts, and other lighter fare. With soft lighting and your choice of booth or counter by the window for sitting, it’s definitely a place to try.

This post certainly doesn’t cover all of the restaurants in Oswego, and I encourage you to go out and explore all there is. I know I will!

Welcome to Autumn!

Hello everybody! It’s that time of year again…

Autumn!!! Or fall. Or pumpkin spice everything season. Whatever you prefer to call the three months between Sept. 22 and Dec. 21.

Here in Oswego, that means a few things. Swimming season at the lake is coming to an end. Temperatures begin to drop, and windy days become more numerous by the week. The green trees will soon become adorn in red and orange fall colors. And before you know it, well I won’t mention the dreaded s-word just yet…

So far this season, we haven’t really experienced true “autumn” weather in Oswego. A warm pattern, a continuation of the hot and dry summer Upstate NY experienced this year, carried over into September. Here in Oswego, the daily high temperature reached above 70ºF everyday this month through Sept. 23, even on a few occasions eclipsing 80º. Doesn’t sound like autumnal weather to me!

Meanwhile, the low temperature has dropped below 55º only four times so far this month, and did not reach the 40s until the morning of Sept. 25.

A tranquil sunset on Sept. 21 at the campus lakeshore. [Photo credit: Matthew Seymour]

A tranquil sunset on Sept. 21 at the campus lakeshore. [Photo credit: Matthew Seymour]

Keep in mind that, on average, high temps drop from the mid 70s on Sept. 1, to the mid 60s on Sept. 30. Lows normally go from the upper 50s on Sept. 1, to the upper 40s by month’s end.

Just this past Friday, a strong cold front finally pushed through the region, putting an end to Oswego’s extended summer weather. Temps the past couple days have been right around where they usually are, if not a little below normal. What a relief!!

A large wave crashes into the lakeshore the evening of Sept. 23, during strong northerly winds that followed the passage of a cold front in the morning. [Photo credit: Matthew Seymour]

A large wave crashes into the lakeshore the evening of Sept. 23, during strong northerly winds that followed the passage of a cold front in the morning. [Photo credit: Matthew Seymour]

The autumn-like weather looks to stick around this time, with cool temps continuing for the next several days. Have a great week!!

4 Ways to Wake Up Without Coffee

Coffee is absolutely a fantastic. If you are feeling tired, lazy and need that boost, all you have to do is stop at Fans and get yourself some coffee to give you that boost you need in the morning. I used to drink coffee every single morning, french vanilla with skim milk and one sugar to be more specific. I started to notice that I was not able to function without that morning stop to Dunkin and decided that I did not want one cup of coffee to determine my mood in the morning. Also I went from a small cup to the biggest one they had so I figured it is not okay to be drinking that much coffee in the morning. So I did some research and after all my browsing and experiments I narrowed it down to 5 ways to waking up in the morning without a cup of coffee.

1. Sunlight

  • Sleeping in a completely dark room is great but keeping those curtains open will bring in natural light and science says the sun’s rays will help you wake up. I do sleep with my curtains open and its true! As soon as the sun comes up I usually beat my alarm clock and wake up. Also, the sun light is kinda just annoying so I get up because of that.

2. Take a cold shower

  • This is a savage way to do it but a quick little cold shower will wake you right up. If you do not want to put your whole body through the misery, you can just give your face a quick splash of cold water.

3. Workout

  • Believe it or not a nice workout will start your day off great! Anytime I get a chance I like to get a workout in the morning, exercise will help your blood flow circulate and get you moving.

4. Make a great playlist

  • Create an upbeat playlist to help give you an instant energy boost. Plus dancing has been shown to help keep you alert and we all know everyone likes to dance in private.