Becoming a Hartwick student involves learning a whole new language!
Here’s a cheat sheet to help you learn more about Hartwick slang, nicknames, and common abbreviations.
Cold Cheese Pizza: The Oneonta pizzerias are so used to students asking for cold mozzarella cheese on their pizza slices, this has become a standard menu item.
The Commons: The dining hall is affectionately called as The Commons.
Fishbowl: The section of The Commons that has windows along both sides, between the main dining area and the Stack Balcony.
Fishes: No, this doesn’t refer to the students who eat in the Fishbowl, but rather to the first year students in the Honors Program.
Frisbee Field: The grassy, level area between Dewar Union and Yager Hall.
Gigantopithecus: This is the official name of the gorilla statue on the lawn above Anderson Center for the Arts (rumor has it the statue use to be called the buffarilla, due to its resemblance to a buffalo as well as a gorilla!).
The Hawks’ Nest: The Hawks’ Nest is a second-floor VIP room that overlooks the south end zone of Wright Stadium (Home to Hartwick’s football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and field hockey teams). The room boasts an impressive wall of glass with race track windows and an oak beam ceiling. The first floor of the multi-purpose facility houses a ticket office, concessions and restrooms for all ’Wick home athletic contests.
Hilltops: Hartwick’s student-run newspaper and the name of a residential house (Hilltop House).
J Term: Shortened form of January Term.
“The Lake”: Pine Lake Environmental Campus is “the” lake, a great place to go hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, snowshoeing, and cross-county skiing. Students also enjoy the wood-fired sauna, experience group bonding on the challenge education rope courses, and know the lake campus also is a wonderful academic and residential alternative.
Oyaron: Oyaron is the name of the hill Hartwick was built upon. Legend has it that the Iroquois tribes that originally inhabited the area called our hill “Oyaron,” which in Iroquois means “Hill of Dreams.” Oyaron House is the new name of one of our residential halls and the name of the Hartwick yearbook.
“The Small”: What students call the Southside Mall, due to its very small size and limited selection of stores.
SUCO: Short for the State University College of Oneonta, or SUNY-Oneonta, our neighboring college on the hillside across the street from Hartwick.
Swoop: Hartwick’s mascot! Look for Swoop at our home games. Go Hawks!
Table Rock: This is a tricky one, as it can mean two things! May be a reference to Table Rock Café, the eatery and convenience store located on the first floor of Dewar Union. It may also be in reference to the area located at the top of Oyaron Hill. From the outcropping of rocks referred to as “Table Rock” there is a wonderful view of Oneonta and the surrounding valley.
“Taste of ’Wick” Hartwick’s annual club and activities fairs, hosted for first year students in September so co-curricular campus groups can showcase their activities and share information about their group with prospective new members.
The Wick: Hartwick’s magazine and a great source of news and information about all the great things happening across campus. Also, it is just a shortened version of Hartwick, used all the time by alumni, students, faculty, and staff.
Local Restaurant Lingo
There are many restaurants in Oneonta, and students have nicknames (or shortened names) for some of their favorites. Here’s a sampling….
The Autumn: The Autumn Cafe, a favorite local eatery, on Main St. Oneonta, which offers a wide variety of fresh and natural foods, from soups and sandwiches to gourmet dinners.
Brooks’: A local (and national) favorite! There is nothing like Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q. Students love it for its affordable pricing, great food, and large portions. It’s always busy and hasn’t changed in more than 35 years. Brooks’ is sometimes featured on the Food Network, so be sure to check it out – and bring your family there too!
Center Street: A sub and sandwich shop close to campus, Center Street Deli & Seafood is the place to go if you are looking for an order of shrimp, a cup of coffee, or a great deli pickle.
Pie in the Sky: Pie in the Sky is the best place pancake breakfasts, fresh produce, baked goods, and other local goodies. PITS has such a local following that there’s a Facebook group called “I love Pie in the Sky”. Sadly, they recently stopped making their amazing ice cream.
Yellow Deli: A favorite among college students and locals alike, located at Main and Chestnut Street, this eatery features fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and mate teas. Also worth a visit just to admire the craftsmanship of the interior design.