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COGO or No Go?

Joining COGO will not only help you succeed in college, but in the real world too.

What is COGO? COGO, an affectionate name for community government, is the child of the parent organization, Residence Hall Association. Every residential community on campus has one and it’s tasked with building and bringing together the community, coordinating fun events for the students, and enhancing our existing amenities. After the Governor is elected at the beginning of the year, they choose the rest of the team, and they get started!

A few months back, we interviewed a member of community government turned college graduate on how his participation in COGO helped him in his job at Oracle in Austin, TX. You can find that interview here: http://reslife.web.unc.edu/2017/02/28/why-you-should-join-community-government/

This time, I’ll give you my personal account on how being the marketing manager for my COGO has impacted my life and what you should consider before diving in headfirst!

Why did you first join co-go?

In case you hadn’t noticed, UNC is ginormous. We have more than 29,000 undergraduate students and we’re somehow supposed to find friends? Being a part of a smaller community was important to me and I thought COGO would be a good way to meet people and actually make an impact on our huge campus. Also, let’s be honest, as First-Years, we don’t really get that many leadership opportunities thrown at us even though we need them. I felt COGO was a good way to get started.

How has COGO helped your college career so far?

Being the marketing manager for my COGO has really made an impact not only on my resume, but on my soft skills as well. This is almost a full time job (except we don’t get paid :/ ) and that leaves you with so much experience. As someone who is pursuing marketing, I really learned a lot more about branding, advertising, and social media. Beyond that, I learned what it meant to be part of a team. We had our failures and successes and we learned how to handle it all and handle it together. These are skills that I will definitely need in the future. All of my experience has helped me get internships and other leadership positions on campus. Employers like school involvement! Shocker!

What were some things you did?

As Marketing Manager, I really controlled the advertising part of our COGO. If there was an event, I decided how to market it. This involved designing flyers, designing logos, posting on social media, and managing all of our free stuff (you know, the important stuff!). If you got a T-Shirt from Craige last year, that was created by me in conjunction with some other team-members.

Favorite Cogo Memory?

I loved planning all our events with my team members but my favorite memory was our end of the year dinner. It took us a whole semester to get comfortable with each other so when we were finally able to sit down and talk about stuff other than COGO, it was amazing. We have so many different personalities but we all got along great. I loved my COGO family and if you join a COGO you’ll love yours.

What are some things you wish you knew before you started?

Something that’s important to know about COGO is that it can easily feel like a “thankless job.” It’s those days when they thank the RAs for what WE do (we are not associated with the RAs in any way shape or form), when people ask “what’s COGO?”, and when people just come down to grab the food and skip the actual event. It’s days like those where you wonder why you even do it. Yet, you’re still feeding someone, they’re still grateful for it, even if they don’t say it. You still plan awesome events, and people do enjoy them. Maybe we’ve saved them from one hour of boredom. That’s good enough for me, fam. Most days. 😛

Best part of Cogo?

Hands down, it’s the people you’ll meet. I loved my team members, I loved my CD, I loved the residents I met (especially those who thanked me), I loved the other members of different cogos, I loved our Exec Officers, and I loved the RAs who helped us. COGO members are some of the most selfless and generous people you’ll meet and I am so glad I met them.

Any negatives?

Depending on the position you have, you might have more work than other COGO members. We’re still kids, so sometimes we drop the ball. If you’re the only one keeping the ball up, don’t get angry. It happens!

Advice for people involved in or looking to get involved in cogo?

Meet the governor and apply for as many positions as possible. Even if you don’t feel you have enough experience, there’s a position for you in there somewhere!

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If you have any questions feel free to shoot us a comment below!

 

 

CoGo 101

The perks of residence life are plentiful—proximity to classes, easy access to campus resources, a sense of community, and…free quesadillas?

You’ve probably been riding the elevator, brushing your teeth in the bathroom, or just hanging out in the study lounge in your residence hall, when you noticed a poster advertising some kind of event. Maybe, you’ve even been walking through the lobby only to find students scooping bowls of ice cream or flipping pancakes. They’re not the RAs—so who is this mysterious group of residents, and what do they do?

Chances are, they’re part of your Community Government—think kind of like Student Government from high school, but within your residence hall community. Still confused? Read on for some frequently asked questions about CoGo!

Parker residents made ice cream sundaes and played speed-friending games at their CoGo's first event of the year.
Parker residents made ice cream sundaes and played speed-friending games at their CoGo’s first event of the year.

What is Community Government?

Community Government is a part of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), which works to create a positive on-campus living experience. Each Community Government (called CoGo for short) is appointed and led by a Community Governor, who was elected in August. Your CoGo usually consists of about 8 to 20 residents, who hold positions like Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, and Marketing Manager. Together, the CoGo team plans fun events for your community and purchases residence hall enhancements.

Ram Village CoGo gets ready to serve Wings and Moe's to their residents.
Ram Village CoGo gets ready to serve Wings and Moe’s to their residents.

Is Community Government Like My RA?

Not quite! Your RA is a paid staff member hired by the Department of Housing and Residential Education (DHRE), and they serve as an administrator and mentor for your hall. CoGo members are volunteers, and any resident can apply. Each Community Government also has its own budget for hosting programs, which is based on the number of residents in their community. While the RAs and CoGo are separate entities, they both share a common goal of making your hall a great place to live!

Olde Campus Upper Quad (OCUQ) CoGo shows their residents how to make stress balls out of balloons at their study break event.
Olde Campus Upper Quad (OCUQ) CoGo shows their residents how to make stress balls out of balloons at their study break event.

What Kind of Events Does Community Government Plan?

CoGo programs may be social or educational, and they can range from weekly recycling drives to formal dances. Popular events include pancake nights, sports viewing parties (watching UNC beat Dook is even more fun with a crowd!), and holiday-themed activities. Many Community Governments hold end-of-year traditional events, large-scale social programs which may involve catered food, inflatables, or musical performances. If you have an idea for an event in your hall, let your Community Governor or a CoGo member know! Their job is to represent you, and they’re always open to suggestions.

Kenan CoGo teaches their residents what can and can't be recycled in the community bins.
Kenan CoGo teaches their residents what can and can’t be recycled in the community bins.

How Can I Learn More/Get Involved?

Avoid that sinking feeling when you realize you missed out on free cinnamon rolls—sign up for Food in my Hall, a free RHA text notification list. You’ll get a message every time your Community Government is having an event! Also, be sure to follow your community on Facebook and Twitter for updates on upcoming programs. If you’re interested in joining CoGo, get in touch with your Community Governor—they may have an open position or an opportunity for you to help out.

Whether you’re interested in taking on a leadership role or just enjoy eating free pizza and meeting new people, attend an event and get to know your CoGo! That group of residents passing out cupcakes in your residence hall’s lobby does more than just hand out free food—they work really hard to make your on-campus experience memorable.

Get Involved With Alpha Phi Omega!

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What is it?

Alpha Phi Omega is UNC’s only co-ed fraternity with a dedication to community service. The organization’s three principles are leadership, friendship and service. UNC’s Rho chapter engages in service on campus and in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, as well as holding social events for brothers. APO works with Carolina Tiger Rescue, Adopt a Highway, the Human Rights Center, UNC Hospitals, Arc of Orange County, A Helping Hand, Battle ParkCharles’ House, TABLE, and other community organizations, as well as campus organizations such as Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life. The chapter also runs the UNC Lost and Found; they sell items that haven’t been claimed for a year and vote on the charities that receive the funds raised. The brothers hang out a lot too; they attend UNC baseball games together, play capture the flag in Coker Arboretum and paint pumpkins on the quad.

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Rush APO! The rush process at the beginning of the semester involves two weeks of attending as many service events and brotherhood socials as possible. It’s blind rush, which means new brothers are chosen solely based on how many events they attend during rush. Brothers can become leaders through APO by becoming one of the two presidents, three vice presidents or dozen officer positions, such as Intramural Chair or Historian. There is also a service committee, a membership committee, and a fellowship committee that any brother can join.

Although called a fraternity, APO is co-ed and any UNC student can rush. You can also be in a Greek fraternity or sorority and still join APO- membership isn’t exclusive!

How do I learn more?

You can check out the Rho chapter’s website, like them on Facebook, or contact either of the presidents at presidents.rho@gmail.com.

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Get Involved with UNC Habitat!

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What is it?

UNC Habitat is a campus organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to provide affordable housing to low-income families. The houses are built by supervised volunteers and paid for with a nonprofit mortgage. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has helped almost 200 families in 25 years.

UNC Habitat sends members to sites every Friday and Saturday. Volunteers don’t need any experience building or tools, just a pair of sneakers, work clothes, and a positive attitude! Continue reading Get Involved with UNC Habitat!

W.O.W. I’m in college!

Top 10 Events of Week of Welcome!

You just got to campus. There is so much going on: over 100 events from August 16-25, so where do you even begin? Go to as many as you can, but here is a list of the my recommended top 10 must-go-to events during your first week at Carolina:

Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on South Road.
Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. on South Road.

1) FallFest! The alcohol-free celebration welcomes students to campus from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday August 18th on South Road. The 16th annual FallFest will include free food, performances by student groups and bands, games and more. This year, over 250 student organizations and recreation leagues will have information tables where students can learn to get involved at Carolina.

2) New Student Convocation. Put on your Carolina Blue and attend your official class induction on Sunday August 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Join Chancellor Carol Folt and distinguished guests in a ceremony marking your beginning as a Tar Heel.

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Many Ways to Leave Your HEELprint

“Carolina Snapshots” exhibit highlights possibilities for campus involvement

If you were around campus last summer, you might have seen the “Carolina Snapshots” photo installation in the Carolina Union Art Gallery. As a way to introduce new students to what Carolina has to offer, it was created in order to showcase the diverse experiences of various individuals, groups and organizations on campus.

The exhibit will return again this summer with new photos and stories. Stop by the Carolina Union Art Gallery to check it out any time from June 2013 through August 2013. After that, the exhibit will travel to different Residence Hall communities across campus, so make sure to keep an eye out for it!

If you want to share an experience to help inspire the newest Tar Heels this summer, there is still time left to submit a nomination for a friend, student group or yourself. The deadline is April 5, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

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One Man’s Trash, Another Earth’s Treasure

Composting Spreads Across UNC’s Communities

EAC members set up outside OCUQ to launch their new program, Carolina Compost.
EAC members set up outside OCUQ to launch their new program, Carolina Compost.

Whether it’s the smell of rotting banana peels or the often long overdue hassle of actually taking bags out to the dumpster behind my residence hall, I’ve always assumed that all UNC students probably had at least one thing in common: Nobody likes trash.

Well, maybe not everyone. Recently, I discovered a few people on campus who would love to obtain every last ounce of seemingly useless apple cores and veggie scraps that sit so innocently, yet smelly, in trash cans all across UNC.

 

 

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Top 10 Things that Won’t Change

Exciting changes are ahead, but some things will remain the same

By Megan Carroll and Simon Suber

Starting a new year at school and being away from home can be scary.  You always hear about the many changes that you’ll go through during this transition.  However, there are a several things that you can look forward to staying the same.

You must balance study and free time. You are at college to learn after all.

1. School is still school.  You will be sticking to the basics: going to class, taking notes, studying, and taking exams.  The material you learn may be different, but the concept is still the same.  Keep your wits about you and create a good mix of general education courses, first-year seminars, and courses that interest you for your first couple of semesters.

2. You still need basic school supplies. Notebooks, binders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, etc., are all a good idea to bring. College provides you with great new material to learn, but you still have to write it down. Learn the best way to take notes for yourself, and then make sure you have the materials that will help you succeed.

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Random Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

LLC members win award for video about volunteering at Ronald McDonald House

Members of Service & Leadership volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill
Two members of the Service and Leadership LLC made a video about their experience volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. The video won an award in a contest about random acts of kindness.

As part of their participation in the worldwide scavenger hunt GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) during Oct. 2012, Daena Vogt-Lowell and Karla Jimenez were tasked with making a video that shows a random act of kindness.

They decided that volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill with their Living-Learning Community, Service and Leadership (S&L), would be the perfect opportunity to do so.

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Before you climb the bell tower

Top 10 things to do before graduation

As a senior at UNC, I can’t help but reflect on all of the wonderful things this university has to offer. Read on to find out my opinion of the top 10 things every UNC student should do before graduating.

  1. This Friday, November 30th, UNC Men’s Soccer hosts Indiana on Fetzer Field. With a win on Friday, Carolina would advance to their fifth straight College Cup. Admission is free to all UNC Students.

    Experience UNC arts. Whether you are an artist yourself or just an admirer, UNC is home to a vibrant arts community. Performing arts, visual arts, literary arts – you name it, UNC has an organization (or several!) for it. See a Playmaker’s performance. Visit the Ackland Art Museum. Attend a lecture from a visiting author. You won’t be disappointed!

  2. Attend a variety of UNC athletic events. Many students live for UNC Basketball, but why stop there? UNC has amazing soccer teams, a field hockey team, a baseball team; the list goes on. Make it a goal to attend at least one game of each sport!
  3. Join a club or student organization. One of the best things about UNC is the diverse array of interests and hobbies. Chances are if you are interested in something, there are at least 10 other people here who are too. Join a club – or start your own! Continue reading Before you climb the bell tower