Aug 10 2018

How To Survive Your First Year At College: Tips For Incoming Freshmen

by blogemu

Going away to college is scary, let’s face it. Moving away from home can be intimidating, being away from family can be scary, and starting college class can be daunting. But before you know it, you’ll be on your way to graduating with a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Until then, here are some tips and tricks for incoming freshmen.

 

Go to class. This is so important. You don’t want to miss out on any material covered during your lectures for when you’re tested on material later on. Sometimes professors offer extra credit for perfect attendance, too.

 

Set up a routine. Going to bed every night at the same time and waking up around the same time each day will help you have healthy habits, like getting enough sleep at night. Setting up a time each day to study and do homework will also ensure you get things done.

 

Back up everything. Whether it’s on a flash drive or on Google Drive, having everything backed up just in case is always a good idea. Not to mention, you never know when an old paper will come in handy for a portfolio or to reference for another assignment.

 

Get to know your professors. Having a relationship with your professors will help you in the long run, like getting a reference letter for a job or scholarship

 

Have at least one business casual outfit with you. You never know when you might need it for a class presentation or a job interview.

 

Use a planner or Google Calendar. This will help you stay organized when it comes to assignments, extracurricular, and anything going on outside of college, like appointments.

 

Use your resources. Go to the math lab or the writing center for help in your classes. Many intro level classes also have supplementary instructors to help students understand the material as well. Take advantage of them.

 

Do you have any tips for incoming students? Leave them in the comments down below!

 

This blog is brought to you by Housing and Residence Life at Eastern Michigan University.

 

Aug 10 2018

Blog Recap: 4th Annual Partner Summit

by blogemu

The 4th Annual Partner Summit, hosted by IMG, was held on August 8th in the Convocation Center on the main court floor. This year, 15% more corporate partners who are supporting EMU and the Athletic Department attended (32 in total) and had table displays with various giveaways.

 

The day started with an “Inside EMU Athletics with Vice President and Director of Athletics – Scott Wetherbee”. This portion of the day was exclusive for corporate partners to have the opportunity to learn about new initiatives happening this upcoming year in athletics, along with discussing ways to help grow the brands through the partnerships.

 

The “tabling and mingling” portion of the Partner Summit followed and this was open to all EMU coaches, administrators, faculty, and staff. In total, over 400 people attended (approximately double from last year) and were able to meet representatives from the corporate partners and form new relationships. They also learned about ways to work together while receiving EMU exclusive discounts and pricing to assist with budgets. A special “thank you” to Walter Kraft for sending out an invitation to all University staff to attend this year. The first 200 staff who attended received a complimentary ticket to the first EMU home football game on August 31st and an EMU backpack cooler.

 

The following EMU Athletic Official Partners were in attendance: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites (Official Hotel); Little Caesars (Official Pizza); and Trinity Transportation (Official Transportation).

Attendees received complimentary food and beverage from Aubree’s (Depot Town); Bigalora; Cottage Inn; Jimmy John’s; Little Caesars; Marco’s Pizza; Noodles & Company; Qdoba; and United Dairy Industry of Michigan (Chocolate Milk).

 

A few partners had “enter to win” contests to win Marco’s Pizza for A Year; Keurig Machine (courtesy of The Hubbard Company); $25 gift certificates to Aubree’s; hotel room night at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; hotel room night at the Holiday Inn on US-23 & Plymouth Road; and a $100 Starbucks Gift Card (courtesy of Eastern Michigan University Credit Union)

All EMU employees are encouraged to attend this fun and unique event next year. The date and time for the 5th annual Partner Summit will be shared in June 2019.  

 

For more information on EMU corporate partners and ways to connect with them, please reach out to: Heidi Wegmueller, General Manager of EMU IMG Sports Marketing, at heidi.wegmueller@img.com.

 

The complete list of corporate partners who attended are: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Aubree’s; Bigalora; Boj; Cottage Inn; Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Destination Ann Arbor; EMU Bookstore; EMU Credit Union; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; FGS Inc.; Genius Phone Repair; Golden Limo; Holiday Inn Ann Arbor (US-23 & Plymouth Road); Jimmy John’s; Key Bank; Kroger; Little Caesars; MAD Creative Concepts; Marco’s Pizza; Michigan Army National Guard/EMU ROTC; MSW Print; Noodles & Company; Qdoba Mexican Eats; Saint Joseph Mercy Health System; St. Andrew’s Products; Sherwin Williams; The Hubbard Company; Trinity Transportation; United Dairy Industry of Michigan; United Way of Washtenaw County; and Ypsi Alehouse.

 

Jul 17 2018

Business of the Month: The Wurst Bar

by blogemu

This unique restaurant and bar on Cross Street isn’t afraid to experiment with different kinds of flavors of their main specialty: Sausages.

 

They serve up everything from sweet Italian and vegetarian bratwursts to more exotic offerings like bison, catfish, and even alligator! The Wurst Bar might just be the most interesting bar in Ypsi!

 

Wursts:

 

Their most popular offerings are their bratwursts, it’s in the name! They serve 12 brats, ranging from the “usual” brats like Sweet Italian, which is made with pork, beef, rosemary, and oregano; the Vegetarian Hot Seitan, a spicy brat with red pepper, paprika, and seitan; and the Braadwurst, which is made with pork, pepper, and nutmeg.

 

Their “unusual” offerings include bison, lamb, Swiss merguez; cheddar summer sausage, which has beef, cheddar, garlic, coriander, and nutmeg; and gator and catfish brats, which are served with red pepper and green onions.

 

All brats are served with a wide array of toppings like sauerkraut, caramelized onions, roasted sweet peppers, and pickled spicy peppers.

 

Burgers:

 

Wursts aren’t the only thing that The Wurst Bar dishes up; they also have a great selection of burgers as well. The Original is, of course, the original, made with fresh ground brisket with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.

 

The Chili Cheese Burger is essentially The Original but with chorizo chili and aged cheddar cheese. The Southerner comes with fried green tomato, pimento cheese, and bacon. The Wurst Bar considers their Southerner burger to be “The Best of the Wurst.”

 

They also serve up the Wurst Burger, which has their famous wursts on an Original burger and includes onion, sauerkraut, tomato, and Swiss cheese.

 

Sides:

 

The Wurst Bar also has a good collection of smaller snacks if you aren’t in the mood for their main courses. My personal favorite are the poutine tots, which are tater tots served with brown gravy, and Wisconsin cheese done in the style of the classic Canadian poutine.

 

Other snacks offered at The Wurst include Stuffed Shroom, mushrooms with cheesy sausage stuffing, mozzarella cheese, and mushroom ragout; and Wurst Balls, which are fried wurst sausages stuffed with pimento and served with mustard vinaigrette. The Wurst Balls are another on the Wurst Bar’s “Best of the Wurst.”

 

The Wurst Bar has been serving up their unique style of bratwursts to the Ypsi community since 2012. Located at 705 Cross St.

 

The Wurst Bar is literally right across the street from EMU’s campus. You can take an easy, quick walk to this place after a long day of exams and lectures.

 

The Wurst Bar is a member of the Eagle Discount Program, providing a 10% discount to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni who show their Eastern ID. (Discount does not apply to their alcoholic beverages.)

 

With unique dishes, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff, we are proud to promote The Wurst Bar as July’s Eagle Discount Program Business of the Month!

Gary Simmons is a senior from Muskegon, Michigan who is majoring in both Journalism/Media Studies and Urban Planning. When he isn’t out promoting EMU/Ypsilanti with the Go Social! Team, he is either writing articles for the Eastern Echo, working on TV programs with EMU’s student-ran ETV station, or is making people laugh with Laugh-a-Minute Enterprises.