Aug 16 2019

How to Prepare for Move In Day at EMU

by blogemu

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Move-in day can be very hectic, especially if you are a first year student. However, at Eastern Michigan University, we have an excellent team consisting of students, housing staff members, and student organizations that are here to make “move in magic” happen. Here are some tips that will help you move into your residence hall with ease.

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What day am I supposed to move in?

  • First year students move in on Friday, August 30, 2019, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Returning students move-in starting on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 9 a.m.  Some students are granted permission to move in early. These early move-ins are approved by EMU departments. If you think you can move in earlier, please make the request through your EMU department.

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Know What Isn’t Allowed before you move in

These items are prohibited in Residence Halls and Apartments:
Routers: for residents of Best, Brown, Buell, Downing, Munson, Phelps, Putnam, Sellers, Walton and the Towers (Hill, Hoyt, Pittman)
Pools of any type
Waterbeds
Candles, candle warmers, incense and wax/oil melting devices
Bunsen burners, alcohol burners
George Foreman grills, induction cook-tops, hot plates, electric woks and other direct heat source appliances (microwaves, toasters, and coffee pots are allowed)
Drapes/curtains
Space heaters
Air conditioning units*
Hookahs

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*Excluding Cornell Courts, Westview, and 601 W. Forest apartments. This does not apply to residents who have an accommodation approved by the Disability Resource Center. In this case, the unit may not be window mounted, but must be portable and self-contained (see Campus Policies section regarding AC installation).

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Important things to communicate with your roommate(s) before moving in:

  • Essentials for dorm decor
  • Who’s bringing the microwave & mini fridge
  • Items for cleaning
  • Allergies (Dairy, peanut butter, shellfish, and tree nuts are very common)
  • How do you feel about pets? Are you allergic to any?
  • Is it okay to share snacks? Are we expected to bring a lot of food before moving in?
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Can I bring my pet?

“Only fresh-water, non-flesh eating, fish are allowed in the residence halls including The Village and Brown/Munson Halls. Fish tanks should not exceed 10 gallons. This does not apply to residents who need a service animal or therapy animal as defined on the Disability Resource Center webpage. Residents found in violation of this policy will be instructed to remove their animal and subject to referral to the University conduct process. Residents of Cornell Courts and Westview Apartments are permitted to have up to two cats for a fee. If a resident has a confirmed booking/assignment to live Cornell Courts or Westview and indicate they will be bringing a pet cat, they will be billed an additional $100 per semester. If they bring a pet cat and do not register the pet with Housing & Residence Life, they will be billed an additional $200 per semester for the term of your contract. Cats may only be kept with the consent of all residents of an apartment. The owner of the cat(s) will be responsible for any applicable cleaning fees or damages relating to the cat(s). Both residents must confirm their agreement by filling out the applicable paperwork with Housing & Residence Life. The only other type of pet allowed in Cornell and Westview is non-flesh eating fish in a tank that does not exceed 10 gallons. *Housing & Residence Life can remove a pet from a University residence hall or apartment, when it is determined that the pet is abandoned and/or abused, and turn it over to an appropriate animal care agency.” -Eastern Michigan University Housing & Residence Life

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Where Can I Park?
If you are moving into or near the first year center (Putnam), your best bet for parking would be in green lot. However, if you did not already pay for your Fall parking permit (available on https://www.parkemu.com/ ) , make sure that you park near your residence hall with your hazard lights on. Otherwise, you will be ticketed.

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Where can I get my key and check in?

  • As long as you have your Eagle ID, checking in is easy at the front desk of your residence hall. Without your ID issued from Eastern Michigan University, you will NOT be able to swipe into the building or enter your new living space.
  • Once the housing staff members confirm your identity, you will be assigned keys for your room and mail box. Then, a Resident Advisor will show you to your new living space and confirm the condition of the room.
  • Do NOT forget your state issued ID/License. Housing staff members also use this to verify your identity. If you do not own a state ID, you will NOT be able to borrow a moving cart or any equipment provided by your residence hall’s front desk.

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What comes in must come out

Before you start packing, remember that whatever you bring inside of your dorm or apartment must be removed at the end of the year. As the school year progresses, you’re going to bring more things inside of your living space. Be careful about how many things you bring in your room because it will build as the semester progresses. If you are unsure about what to bring, check out EMU Housing and Residence Life’s checklist! https://www.emich.edu/residencelife/documents/whattobringwhatnot.pdf?v=2019-07-26T15:23:21Z

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STAY CALM

I know that this process can be very overwhelming, but trust me, you can do it! Do your best to plan on what you need to bring in advance. There are many people here to help make the process of transitioning into a new space convenient for you. Moving into a new environment is the first step to meeting an entirely new group of people. Make the most out of your experience by taking the time to introduce yourself. I hope these tips have helped, good luck!!!


                           About the writer: 

Hello! My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a junior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I truly enjoy working for the Division of Communications as a Go Social Team Member. When I am not working, I take pleasure in singing and performing on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Belleville, and Ann Arbor. 

Aug 02 2019

Healthy Living at EMU

by blogemu


Imagine this: you just woke up from your three hour “night’s sleep” and reach over your cluttered nightstand to finish the precious last drops of yesterday’s Starbucks. Class starts at 8:00 am and it’s already 7:51, looks like it’ll be another Ramen for breakfast kind of day. This is the norm for many college students and it does not take a medical professional to know that this is not the healthiest lifestyle. So, given that the average college-age student should scientifically be at peak health, why are we giving ourselves the bare minimum? And how can we fix it?

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First thing’s first… Everyone needs sleep, especially during this mentally challenging part of our lives. As young adults, we should be getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. That’s seven consecutive hours of sleep! Depending on naps between your Stats class and Ultimate Frisbee practice is not going to cut it. Our bodies have to complete multiple REM cycles to reap the full benefits of sleep. Some of these benefits include improved learning ability and memory, according to Medical News Today, which are crucial for college students.

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Sleep is the easy part because we are tired all the time anyway, but are we monitoring what we are putting in our bodies on a daily basis? It is no secret that an average college diet consists of iced coffee, cafeteria pizza, and maybe a shower beer on special occasions. “Inadequate nutrition affects students’ health and academic success” says Sam Abraham, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Bethel College School of Nursing. What seems to be the real secret is that campus meal plans often offer a variety of healthy choices. Everything from salad bars, freshly grilled chicken, and fresh fruit smoothies can be found around most campuses. It is just a matter of looking past the in-house soft serve machine and making a conscious decision to not DoorDash Taco Bell at 1:00 am (even if you do have a coupon.)

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Lastly, getting up and moving will do wonders for health! Luckily, many college campuses have countless opportunities for outdoor activities like sand volleyball, basketball courts, and endless sidewalks for evening strolls. Additionally, if you are as fortunate as the students at Eastern Michigan University, you have access to a fabulous recreation center included with your general tuition fee! At the Rec, you can find free group fitness classes as well as a variety of intramural sports for only $10 per semester. Looking for a plan specific for you? Contact their certified personal trainers https://www.emich.edu/recim/fitness/training/index.php  to schedule a session today. “Working out doesn’t have to be hard, it’s just a matter of making it a priority,” Ivy Wells, Current EMU student, EMU Rec/IM employee, and personal trainer says. The Rec is ready to help you focus on your health and fitness.

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.When it comes down to it, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is dependent upon three things: sleep, diet, and exercise. As Ivy stated, it does not have to be hard, but you do have to take action. So here’s to keeping off the “freshman 15” and being as successful as we can these next few years! Remember, we’re all in this together, so partner with your friends and peers and get moving!


About the writer: 

Hi, I’m Abby! I am a senior at EMU studying public relations with minors in dance and entertainment management. I am pretty involved on campus, including positions in Sigma Kappa Sorority and EMU Dance Forum. I am often found in the Warner dance studios, the Rec/IM, or walking around campus with Tim Hortons in hand.

Jul 26 2019

Group Fitness Classes at the Rec

by blogemu

Nothing’s better than fun AND free fitness classes! You should already know that services at the Rec/IM are included in student fees on campus, meaning that if you’re not coming to the Rec, you’re missing out on something you’re already paying for. What you might not know is that there are free group fitness classes at the Rec/IM most of the year!

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During the regular school year and Summer A, EMU Students and community affiliate REC/IM members can enjoy several offerings, such as Spin, Pound, Weight Training, “Butts & Gutts”, H2O fitness, and more. Classes are no more than an hour long, and are offered Monday through Friday. The Fall schedule is coming soon, and will be posted on the Rec/IM Group Fitness website: https://www.emich.edu/recim/fitness/classes/index.php

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Students participating in a Group Fitness class stated, “My personal philosophy is that fitness is a lifelong journey that is different for everyone. We all are uniquely motivated and enjoy diverse activities. Physical activity provides benefits far beyond physical wellness including many other dimensions of health, ” said Kristi Teasdale, Assistant Director of the Rec/IM and Aquatic Exercise Instructor. “Participants gain a realistic understanding of how taking responsibility for personal health will impact their ability to be successful in a host of environments. Try something new. You might like it” (Rec/IM website).

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One Instructor, Grace Rowe, invited me to do just that. Grace teaches spin. For those unfamiliar, spin is an indoor bike-based High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout. Depending on the instructor and the comfort level of the participant, the work out can be as intense as desired. Rowe received her spin certification through Mad Dogg Athletics and has been with the Rec/IM and at Eastern since 2014. She is double-majoring in Sports Performance and Creative Writing with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
“I would say to somebody thinking about doing Spin for the first time to go for it, Spin class is your time, and everything we do is for you,” said Rowe. “I push each athlete to be their best whatever that means, and at the end of the day, we are there to have fun and do something great together.”

Grace Rowe instructing during Friday morning Spin (Photo Courtesy of Abigail Postema)

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What do you think? I’m convinced. Up until now I’ve been a little intimidated by spin, but I think I’ll try going to Grace’s class in the Fall. Eric Antolak, another Group Fitness Instructor at the Rec (now returning to the facility as a Graduate Assistant) had this to say: “Group Fitness at the Rec/IM is an incredible opportunity for all students on campus. All instructors are certified by nationally accredited certifications and the classes are free of charge!” Antolak is studying Sports Performance and Entrepreneurship. After playing competitive sports in high school and going on his own weight loss journey, Erik chose a career educating others on how to exercise safely and properly. “We offer a broad range of classes that assist with whatever goals you may have in mind. Group Fitness is also an excellent opportunity for students to pursue a job in the fitness industry as all of our current instructors attend EMU!”

Eric Antolak demonstrating a proper kettlebell squat (Photo Courtesy of Abigail Postema)

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The Rec is always looking for qualified trainers and instructors! If you are a certified personal trainer or instructor and you are interested in working at the REC/IM, please contact Eric Antolack or Kristi Teasdale and visit the REC/IM’s Student Employment page for an application.


About the writer:

Hiya! I’m Vee, and I’m a graduate student at EMU pursuing concurrent MAs in Creative Writing and Written Communications. I’ve worn a lot of hats at EMU in my decade here. I was born and raised in Ypsilanti, and I’m an expert on all things local. My rescue cat “Toni Bologna” is my life!