Jun 14 2019

Update: Renovation at the Rec

by blogemu

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The Rec/IM is excited to announce that in Fall 2019, the first phase of renovation will be complete. This phase includes floors three, four, and five. Returning students will be able to access the basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts on floor three, while floor four will host the new track and fitness areas. The fifth floor is reserved for meeting and gathering space and will be available for rental upon completion of renovation. “The entire renovation is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2020,” according to Rec/IM facility director, Wesley Howell. This includes floors one and two, which Wesley has indicated will now include a dining option. “We’re not sure exactly what that option will be,” he added, stating that the campus dining service (Chartwells) will be managing this part of the renovation.

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The newly renovated weight and cardio rooms will open in Fall 2020. Until then, patrons can use the weight room located in Warner 134B and the cardio room in Warner 208.

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As of April 2019, the Rec/IM facility closed for renovations but continues to serve the community out of their temporary location inside the Warner Building. The temporary facility hosts a basketball court as well as cardio, weight, and spinning rooms. Members can also attend group fitness classes for free and take advantage of the pool facilities, hot tub, and sauna.

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As a thank you to patrons during the renovation process, the Rec is offering 25% off full-price summer memberships. Summer memberships are valid through August 16, 2019. These memberships include faculty/staff, non-affiliate and Alumni, as well as the partners, children, and dependents of those members. This does not include memberships already offered at a discount, such as the $35 continuing student summer membership and day passes. Returning students who choose to accept the $35 fee in the fall can also sign up for intramural and club sports for only $10. The first intramural leagues coming up in September will be flag football and soccer. Interested students can contact asofia@emich.edu for more information on club and intramural sports.


                             About the Writer:

Hi! I’m Pamela, a senior studying Communication Technology. I’ll be starting the graduate program for Creative Writing this fall. You can usually find me around campus covering events for the Eastern Echo or working at the Rec/IM. I’m passionate about health, music, happiness, reading, wine, and cats.

Jun 07 2019

Best Ways to Document Summer Memories

by blogemu

.“A picture says a thousand words”. Most millennials choose to document their outings with photographs. With the assortment of technology at your fingertips, you can document in a multitude of ways. From the camera that’s constantly at your fingertips (aka a cellphone) to digital cameras and Polaroids, the medium you use to take your pictures is endless.

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In the days of technology, posting on social media is one of the main ways to document your summer memories. Whether you’re going to an amusement park, beach getaway, or a road trip to your favorite eatery, posting it to your favorite social media platform is one of the best and easiest ways to document summer memories. Snapchat and Instagram are probably some of the easiest to document, many of my friends have “summer 19” story highlights on their page.

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Another fun and easy way to document these summer memories is to make a scrapbook. On a rainy or cold day, this is a fun way to kill time. You can print the best pictures you have from all of your trips and make even more memories. Grab a scrapbook from your local craft store, call some friends, and pull out the glitter. This is a way to capture the best of summer while creating even more memories.

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.A personal favorite of mine is to hang pictures up in your room. Whether you live at home or spend most of your time in the dorms, hanging pictures up on a bulletin board or your mirror is a great way to show off your memories. You can reminisce on the good times during the stress of school.

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.Many college students spend their summer at Cedar Point, especially from my hometown. I see pictures constantly on my Instagram or Snapchat from views on top of rides or the typical Snoopy pictures. I also see a lot of people post on their vacations. You spend your summer living your best life, and you want people to know. Whether you take a quick weekend to Michigan to camp, or go to Florida to tan, people want to hear about the fun you’re having (and you want to tell them).

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.There are many more ways to document your summer, but there is only one way to live your summer. Go out and make your memories, or else you have nothing to document. One of the sayings to live by is “YOLO”. So live your life to the fullest and share it for everyone to know.

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                        About the Writer:

     My name is Elizabeth Erne and I am a public relations major, starting my freshman year at EMU. In my free time, I am an avid reader and spend my summers working at an ice cream shop and helping with their social media. 

May 31 2019

Top Ten Travel Tips

by blogemu

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“Where are we going for summer vacation this year” (asks every senior who just graduated high school and every college student when they go home)? Vacations are meant for traveling aren’t they? As you use that statement to persuade your parents to take you somewhere, remember that traveling is hectic and honestly seems so fun before getting into the process and wishing there was an easy way out. So, before planning your next trip, keep these ten tips in mind!

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1) Plan Plan Plan in Advance!!

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Planning last minute is fun but it leaves you feeling drained of energy, stressed, and under pressure. Knowing that you are traveling either with family, friends or alone in advance can save you so much time and also can make you feel relaxed throughout the process!

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2) Know Where You Can Get a Deal on Your Ticket!

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Vacations? Traveling? They cost money!! They are so expensive!! Looking for tickets online and looking in advance could save you money! Catching good deals in advance and comparing prices are just another way to get away from stress of booking a last minute expensive flight!

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3) Know What You Want to Do!

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Knowing the resources that a hotel or vacation destination offers can save you a lot of time. Try to get as much knowledge about a particular area before traveling. Nothing is worse than not knowing where to get something that you need or where to go to have fun.

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4) SAVE Money!!

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When traveling, make sure you have money! Know how much the ticket, housing, and activities will cost. Carrying extra cash could never hurt.

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.5) Only take the Necessities!

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Some people might not agree with this, but by only taking necessary items, you’re saving yourself a lot of space and weight! What I mean by only taking the necessities is things that you can’t buy anywhere else or things that you can’t live without!

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6) Buy Souvenirs!

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.While traveling, you want to buy things that can remind you of your trip. This can be anything, including journals, keychains, and articles of clothing. Something that could easily give you the feeling of being back at the location! Something that isn’t costly but does play a huge role!

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7) Invest in a Polaroid!!!

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A Polaroid has to be the most important thing to have. When going places, you would want to capture moments. A Polaroid comes in handy much of the time, even if you don’t want to spend so much money! IT IS worth a one time buy!

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8) Download Videos from Netflix or Any Other Source!

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Nothing’s worse than sitting in a flight bored out of your mind. By downloading some videos from Netflix or another source, you can guarantee yourself a great way to pass time and have a fun flight!!

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9) Window Seats are a MUST!

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Whenever you can, make sure you can get the window seat!!

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10) Have the Time of Your Life 🙂

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(Photo by Dominick Brooks)

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                                                                                                                                                                        About the Writer:

.My name is Ayesha Syeda. I am a second year student with a major in Psychology and a double minor in communication and health education. Writing has always been a passion for me, which made me become a writer for EMU Odyssey while starting my first year at EMU. Recently, I joined the psychology club and started writing for Blog Emu to get more out of my experience in college.