Nov 15 2019

Top Ten Things To Do Before You Graduate

by blogemu

Being a college senior is an odd feeling. It means that this is your final chance to do things while still in undergrad. From my past 3 years at EMU, I have done many things – from going to a football game to exploring Depot Town. But there are still things that I want to do, such as attending Homecoming and going to an EMU volleyball game. Below is my list of top ten things you should do before you graduate from Eastern.

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1) Attend a Wellness Woof Wednesday

.Wellness Woof is a program hosted by the Rec/IM in which therapy dogs are brought in so that students can pet these dogs and destress. Wellness Woof is hosted once a month and is great for the midweek stress.

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2) Go to a class at the Rec/IM

If you need a workout buddy but can’t seem to find one, classes at the Rec are a great way to get your workout in for the day/week. From cardio classes to spin classes, the Rec has something that is sure to be of interest.

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3) Go to the Block Party for Homecoming

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Homecoming week is full of a lot of fantastic events, but the Block Party is one of the best. There are different vendors from all over the Ypsilanti area who come to give away swag and some even have raffles. Gather up some friends and be sure to put the Block Party on your list.

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4) Go to Sweetwaters Coffee Shop

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Sweetwaters is located just by the Ypsilanti water tower and has a large variety of drinks to choose from. Bring some homework or a friend and grab a drink.

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5) Get Insomnia Cookies

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Located by the Ypsilanti Water Tower, Insomnia Cookies offers warm freshly baked cookies until 3am. This is perfect for a late night study session before finals.

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6) Explore Depot Town

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Depot Town is located right by the College of Business and has some great little shops. From a cute coffee shop called B24’s to a novelty store known as The Rocket, Depot Town has something for everyone.

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7) Attend a First Friday in Depot Town

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First Fridays take place the first Friday of every month https://www.firstfridaysypsi.com/. Shops in Depot Town hold special sales and are a way to get to know the city of Ypsilanti better.

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8) Go to a football game

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One of the best ways to connect with your fellow Eagles is by going to cheer on our football team at Rynearson Stadium. Some of my best memories are from EMU Football games.

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9) Join a student organization

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One of my best choices in my years here has been joining a Student Organization. I am part of Ballroom and Swing. Student organizations allow for you to connect with other students who have similar interests or hobbies as you.

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10) Go to a Friday night movie

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One of the great services that Eastern offers to its students is the opportunity to see free movies in the Student Center. These movies are usually ones that were shown in theaters over the past year, and some of them are throwbacks. From seeing a movie that you loved again to seeing a new favorite, Friday night movies allow you to attend the movies without the scary pricing.

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Overall, my time here at Eastern Michigan University has been pretty amazing. From going to football games and attending Friday night movies with friends, to finding a student organization to connect with, Eastern has allowed me to find and explore who I am. This list is not extensive, so feel free to find your own things to do and your own people to connect with! Happy exploring!

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About the writer:

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My name is Sarah Dolohanty and I am a Senior at Eastern Michigan University. I am a double major in marketing and communications. This is my first year on the Go Social team! When I’m not in class or studying I am out with friends, exploring Ypsi or in the library curled up with a book. I am a giant movie buff since I worked at a movie theater for 2 summers. I love writing so hopefully you find my articles interesting!

Nov 08 2019

“Fallow” These Tips For Getting Involved on Campus

by blogemu

(photo courtesy of https://www.instagram.com/easternmichigan/?hl=en )

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.   Something we fail to remember as humans is that everyone has a place somewhere. At Eastern Michigan University, you have the opportunity to find your place in many different organizations that you can join right on campus! If clubs aren’t for you, then you can become a tutor, or simply just attend events. Whether you are active at the Rec/IM or involved in student government, there is always comfort in your home away from home. At Eastern, we have different clubs that involve innovation, dance, gaming, math, music, and professionalism!

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 .. Finding a club that is the perfect fit for you is the hard part, but with EagleSync (https://emich.campuslabs.com/engage/), a webpage provided to you by the university with all of the registered clubs that you could join, it becomes super easy! On EagleSync, there is contact information for each organization. After looking through all of the clubs, you’re bound to find the perfect fit. Once you come in contact with a member, take the risk, go to a meeting, and become a member yourself. If a student organization just isn’t for you after all that search, then you can always look into Greek Life. EMU Greeks are super friendly and always looking to expand their life-long friends.

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.  Another way to get involved outside of clubs is at the Rec/IM. At the Rec, you can join intramural sports, which is open to all EMU students, and meet fellow eagles. The best way to do so is through the website. With such a wide variety of clubs and organizations, there is never a shortage of events to go to. On the EMU Engage app, there is a list of plenty of events to attend for just one evening. Attending events is a good way to expand not only your friend circle, but your networks as well. Most likely, the more events you go to on campus, the higher the opportunity for free food appears. Fliers are always posted around campus and inside residence halls, so you can always be informed of new events and information. On the mobile app, there are ways to connect with students outside of any organization. The feed page shows all students and their posts to interact with others. There are no limits in how you can get involved on campus this Fall. It’s never too late to request a meeting with a group and join. You can always go to events and meet others with similar interests. The possibility of not finding a great fit is slim, however if you want, you can also start your own student organization and help get others involved. At Eastern University, you can always find your place as an eagle.


 About the writer:

            Shayla Parham is a first-year student at Eastern majoring in Public Relations. She works as a desk assistant at the Leadership and Counseling Office as well as being a team member of the Go Social Media Team. Shayla is a member of Optimize Eastern and University Christian Fellowship. Shayla enjoys music of all genres and quality time with her friends.

Oct 25 2019

NVRCH Music Festival

by blogemu

             Rapper Lil Baby headlined inaugural NVRCH Music Festival in honor of fallen EMU student(Photo courtesy of Jordan Woods, http://www.easternecho.com/article/2019/09/nvrch-music-festival-jayquon-tillman) 

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    The Nvrch Music Festival, put on by students, alumni and community members of Ypsilanti and surrounding areas, founded the festival this year in honor of a near heart fallen soldier, Jayquan Tillman, who was called home way to early. The festival occurred on Thursday September 19th, 2019 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. According to the official website, the mission of the music festival is to promote a community or togetherness and to commemorate the lives taken too soon. A portion of profits were put toward a scholarship in the name of the late Mr. Tillman, and might I say, that will be a nice scholarship for whoever is fortunate enough to acquire it. I was lucky enough to attend the very first Nvrch Music Fest, and also see Lil Baby, a famous rapper from ATL, perform at our very own Convocation Center, along with a host of other performers that hit the stage that night.

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The festival consisted of two parts, a day and night if you will and was open to the public. The day party was FREE! How lit is that? Free music and good vibes, can you beat it? The daytime lineup was an array of upcoming artists. Yung Boi Rob, Rich Lee, Asaka and Jon Flay are just a few of the many artists of whom I had the pleasure to see and hear for the first time. You can find all of those names on Instagram and YouTube. Go check out what you missed.

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 .  . At sundown, the party moved inside. I guess you could call this the main stage. To keep the promise of dedication to Jayquan and the scholarship fund, the arena tickets ranged from 25-50 dollars. Props to keeping those prices minimal because after all, we are still college students. Mark my words when I tell you that the setup was live! The special effects were on point!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get behind the stage to get the 411 but from the outside looking in, I’d say the team had done this before. Some names that blessed the stage include Miss Rockey Badd, ASDR, Polo Frost, and of course Lil Baby! Locals jammed out to all of the above, having the time of our lives! Good vibes and peace overfilled the arena, and there was nothing but smiles and laughs throughout the entire day. The DJ and the performers were off the chain. Lil Baby performed a few of my personal favorites like “Close Friends” and “Southside.”

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.   I hope this is the first of many Nvrch Music Festivals, and the featured artists grow and continue to follow their dreams. The Nvrch Music Festival was a creative and impactful way to promote peace and unity throughout all communities. One day, this festival will be recognized nationally and up there with the greats like Coachella and Rolling Loud. Stay tuned for the come up, that you can witness first hand.


                         About the writer: 

    My name is Sydney Bierria. I am a transfer student ( in my junior year) here at EMU. My major is communication and I plan to build an empire as a TV personality. Besides the GoSocial Street Team, I am not in any other organizations, although I should add that I am interested in the Black Media Association, and other social organizations that promote loyalty, friendship and growth!