Safe Apartment Living During Winter Break, By CA Taaj


We are fortunate to go to school in one of the safest cities in the United States, however it’s important to still practice safe apartment living techniques. As the academic quarter comes to a close and the holiday season approaches, many students go home to enjoy time with family and friends. To ensure that your apartment and personal belongings are safe and sound for the duration of winter break, here are a few tips to keep your holidays spirits up.

  • Lock doors to your bedroom and front door
  • Close windows and blinds
  • Take valuable items and electronics on vacation with you
  • If you are leaving your car, lock the doors and remove valuables so your vehicle does not become a target

For those who will be enjoying the holidays at Norte, you can do your part by keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity. While the Clubhouse will have limited hours during the winter break, you can always call the front desk at (949) 856-4600 to reach a staff member in the event an emergency arises.  Along with the previously mentioned tips, here are some additional guidelines to follow!

  • Never leave your apartment door unlocked. Always lock your door even if you are going to quickly check your mail or take out the trash
  • Make sure that your apartment door is well lit. If a light is out, please notify the front desk
  • Be smart, cautious and aware

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to having a happy holiday!

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Finals Prep, by CA Karis


It’s finals time again!  I’m here to offer you a few tips to help you make it through this stressful time. While it may not be many students’ central focus, self-care is vital for finals week success. Even though it’s often difficult, try your best to get enough sleep each night so your brain and body have time to rejuvenate. Study breaks and making a little time for fun during finals week can also greatly help you succeed. Try taking a break to grab Cha with friends, go for a walk, or get away and have a nice meal. Remind yourself that your brain needs recovery time in order to continue to retain information.

Nutrition is another area that can strongly affect how you perform during finals week! It’s often easy to eat the most readily available food such as fast food or frozen food, but these foods will prevent your mind from working as diligently as possible. Instead, take a shopping trip at the beginning of finals week to stock up on food to last you throughout the week. It is of course much easier to eat healthier foods if they are readily available to you. Also remember to pick up snacks to bring to the library or study rooms to eat during study breaks such as apples, bananas, carrots, almonds, cashews, or popcorn.

If possible, try your best to study consistently each day instead of right before the test to save yourself some stress. Also try to obtain blue books or scantrons as soon as your professors inform you of which ones you need, and place them in your backpack before finals so you don’t have to worry about anything but studying. Good luck on finals!

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Important Safety Tips for our Residents


Top Three Safety Tips

While all of the guidelines outlined in this post are important, following these three simple tips can dramatically reduce your risk of being the victim of a crime:

  1. KEEP YOUR DOORS LOCKED!  So many burglaries could be prevented if everyone would simply lock their doors and windows.  Also, lock your doors when you are inside, especially at night.
  2. Do not leave anything of value in your car.  Most vehicle break-ins occur when the owner leaves CDs, a purse, a laptop, or other items of value in plain view.
  3. Criminals have no holiday spirit.  Be especially vigilant during the holiday season – this time of year always sees an increase in crime around college campuses.

We would like for you to be aware of some important guidelines for your safety and the safety of your guests and your property.  We recommend that you consider following these guidelines, in addition to other common sense safety practices.

Inside Your Apartment

  1. Lock your doors and windows – even while you’re inside.
  2. When answering the door, see who is there by looking through the peephole.  If you don’t know the person, first talk with him or her without opening the door.  Don’t open the door if you have any doubts.
  3. Do not give out keys or lock combinations.
  4. Don’t put your name, address or phone number on your key ring.
  5. If you’re concerned because you’ve lost your key or because someone you distrust has a key, ask the manager to re-key the locks.  We will be happy to accommodate you, as long as you pay for the re-keying.
  6. Dial 911 for emergencies (you can also call UCI PD directly at 949-824-5223).  If an emergency arises, please call UCI PD, then our office (949-856-4600)
  7. Check your door locks, window latches and other security devices regularly to be sure they are working properly.
  8. Immediately report the following to the office in writing, dated and signed:
    1. Any needed repair of locks, latches, doors, windows, smoke detectors and alarm systems; and
    2. Any malfunction of other safety devices outside your apartment, such as burned out lights in stairwells and parking lots, blocked passages, broken railings, etc.
    3. Close blinds at night.
    4. Mark or engrave identification on valuable personal property.

Outside Your Apartment

  1. Lock your doors while you’re gone.
  2. Leave a radio or TV playing softly while you’re gone.
  3. Close and latch your windows while you’re gone, particularly when you’re on vacation.
  4. Tell your roommate(s) where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  5. Don’t walk alone at night.
  6. Don’t hide a key under the doormat or anywhere outside your apartment.  This is the first place a burglar will look.
  7. Use lamp timers when you go out in the evening, or go on vacation.
  8. While on vacation, have your newspaper delivery stopped.
  9. Carry your door key in your hand, whether it is daylight or dark, when walking to your entry door.  You are more vulnerable when looking for keys at the door.

Your Vehicle

  1. Lock your car doors while driving.  Lock your car doors and roll up the windows when leaving your car parked.
  2. Whenever possible, don’t leave items in your car, such as tapes, CDs, wrapped packages, briefcases or purses in view.
  3. Don’t leave your keys in the car.
  4. Check your back seat before getting into your car.
  5. Don’t stop at gas stations or ATM machines at night – or any time when you suspect danger.

Personal Awareness

No security system is fail-safe.  Even the best system can’t prevent crime.  Always be aware of  your surroundings, and always proceed as if security systems don’t exist since they are subject to malfunction, tampering and human error.  Landlord and manager disclaim any express or implied warranties of security to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

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Happy Thanksgiving, By CA Raynil


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, maybe not the most wonderful time of the year, but certainly one of them! Thanksgiving is a time when we can all connect with friends and family, eat delicious food, and be grateful for all that we have. In honor of this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, here are some fun facts about our nation’s tradition that you may have not known:

  1. You may be eating Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Sweet Potatoes this year for Thanksgiving, but the only known foods to have been served on the first documented Thanksgiving are deer, various types of Foul (poultry), Flint Corn, cod, bass, and other types of fish.
  2. April showers bring May flowers, but what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims! Well…not completely. Only about half of all the individuals on the Mayflower were pilgrims. The rest were simply in need of a ride to the New World.
  3. Sarah Josepha Hale, the writer of Mary Had a Little Lamb, is credited to have convinced President Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday.
  4. Is all that Turkey making you sleepy? Think again! Tryptophan, a common amino acid found in the human diet, does cause drowsiness when consumed in high levels. However, the amount of Tryptophan found in Turkey is comparable to many other meats. In fact, egg whites, soybeans, sunflower seeds, Atlantic cod, and pork chops all contain higher levels of Tryptophan than Turkey.
  5. The first Thanksgiving that was celebrated by the pilgrims consisted of a feast that lasted an entire 3 days.
  6. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  7. The pilgrims did not have forks during the first Thanksgiving. They ate with spoons, knives, and their hands.
  8. The President of the United States of America pardons 2 turkeys every year. These turkeys are sent to a farm where they are able to live out the rest of their lives in peace.
  9. Approximately 45 million turkeys are consumed every Thanksgiving.
  10. The year 2021 will mark the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving. The first celebration was held in 1621.
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The Power of Volunteering, By CA Mikkie


Do you want to get more involved in your community?!  Do you want to explore career options without delving into the time commitments internships demand?!  Do you like making others smile?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, then volunteering is for you! Volunteering is great because it’s mutually beneficial in the sense that you are positively contributing to your community all while getting experience in that area of interest.  

Great, now you want to volunteer, what’s next?  Luckily for us, UCI offers this great online resource that consists of a volunteering database.  This resource is named UCI Center for Service in Action.  All you have to do is create a volunteer profile, and then search the database for relevant volunteer positions.  Here are 5 simple steps in creating your volunteering profile.

  1. Plug into the URL bar
  2. Follow the steps to set-up a profile
  3. Search the database
  4. Contact the program advisors/coordinators
  5. Get a volunteer position!

Good luck!


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Roommate Troubles? By CA Hannah



Living in an apartment with other people (often for the first time), can be tough. You may have different ideas of what you consider clean, or maybe you’re on different studying schedules.  Maybe you have a certain pet peeve that you just can’t let go. Instead of letting the problems stew and get worse, establish apartment guidelines early. Establish a schedule for cleaning, quiet hours, and visitation as soon as possible to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Remember to be reasonable! Some issues may only be resolved by compromising. If you find yourselves arguing, take a moment to breathe and figure out the root of the problem. Verbalize to your roommate why you are upset, and remember to keep things civil! Raising voices and pointing fingers will only make the matter worse.

However, if the problem persists, keep in mind that you always have your CAs to talk to. Feel free to email them explaining the problem. Your CA will then set up a time to sit down with each member of the apartment and work things out.  

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Veterans Day, By CA Kendra



Veterans Day is an official United States Holiday that honors those men and women whom have served in the armed service of any branch. This year, this holiday is observed on November 11th which coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day occurring in other parts of the world that commemorate the end of World War I.  “Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice.” Armistice Day—which celebrated those who died in WWI—was created by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919.  He proclaimed for this holiday that “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” This celebration was later expanded to all veterans in 1945 by World War II veteran Raymond Weeks, and supported by Dwight Eisenhower. This holiday is not to be confused with Memorial Day which is a day of remembering men and women who died in service, rather than celebrating the service of all U.S. military veterans as Veterans Day does.

To celebrate Veterans Day, there are tributes to the former and current military men and women including patriotic music and inspirational speeches. The City of Orange will be holding a tribute on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Depot Park 100 N. Atchison St., Orange 92866. Nationally “at exactly 11 a.m., each November 11th, a color guard, made up of members from each of the military branches, renders honors to America’s war dead during a heart-moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.”

The President or his representative also takes part in the ceremony by placing a wreath at the Tomb and a Parade of Flags, performed by several veterans’ service organizations, takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater next to the Tomb. There are many different ways people celebrate Veterans Day, but the important thing about this holiday is to honor those who have risked their lives to protect us and our country. 


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