EMU Blog

Dec 02 2019

Housing & Residence Life: December Events

by blogemu

Winter can be a dreary time of year. Finals are right around the corner and it’s hard to find the motivation to leave your residence hall. Eastern Michigan University has you covered with events you can attend without leaving the comfort of campus. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite events around campus that residents enjoy attending below:

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Tuesday, December 3rd

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AMP! Presents Handmade for the Holidays: .

Handmade art pieces will be available to purchase from local students.

– Student Center Lounge (across from the bookstore) – 10:00am – 5:00pm
“Season of Light” at the EMU Planetarium: “Season of Light” explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season.
– Mark Jefferson Science Complex – 402 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

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Wednesday, December 4th

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Teaching Kitchen: Pass the Sweet Potatoes:

They will be teaching about the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes with a hands-on cooking class! (This event is LBC 3A approved.)
– Hoyt Hall (Teaching Kitchen) – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, December 6th

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Friday Night Movie: “A Madea Family Funeral”
– Student Center Auditorium – 7pm – 9pm
Monday, December 9th

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Happiness Hop: 

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.Come hangout with Flurry and Urszula, EMU’s fluffy and furry rabbit friends to relieve your stress, improve your mood, and meet some great new friends. – Student Center – 250 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Wednesday, December 11th

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Wellness Woof – December Edition: Come to relieve your stress, improve your mood, and meet some great new friends by petting therapy dogs at the monthly Wellness Woof event.
– McKenny Hall – 348 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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Friday, December 13th Friday Night Movie: “ELF”

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– Student Center Auditorium – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
For a full list of events on campus, checkout the EMU calendar.
If you aren’t in the business of leaving the residence halls at all, December is a great time to start preparing for winter break. Here a few expert tips from housing on what to do before leaving for the end of the semester:

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Use Up Any Food:

You wouldn’t want to come back after two weeks off to a terrible stench coming from your room. Make sure to use up any perishable food in the weeks leading up to break.

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● Take Home Everything You Need:

Over the two week break, the residence halls will be closed and you won’t be able to access them until January. Make sure to take everything you need home (even stuff you THINK you might need) because you won’t be able to run back and grab it if you forget.

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● Swap Out Seasonal Items:

Don’t want to deal with those fall decorations you brought with you at move-in anymore? Take home any clothes or decorations that seem a little off season to make room for winter related items. Swap those crop-tops for sweaters!

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● Unplug:

Unplug any electrical items that won’t be in use over the break. It’s better to be safe than to have something over heat while you’re away.
Check with your RA for a detailed list of what to do before leaving for the break.


  About the writer:

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.  Hello! My name is Olivia Wash. I am in my senior year with a major in Marketing and a minor in fashion. I am the current president of the American Marketing Association and I work for Housing and Residence Life. In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix and hanging out with friends.

Nov 29 2019

How to Build Your Resume in College

by blogemu

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   You are finally done with school. Congrats! You’ve just completed a major milestone in your life. Now what do you do? You have a degree but not many job prospects. Don’t let this be you on graduation day. Instead, read along to figure out some tips to help you build an extensive resume in college:

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Join Student Organizations

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 College advisors and parents always encourage you to join student organizations for a reason. Sure, student orgs help you meet new friends. They also provide you with an outlet outside of the constant educational grind. But more importantly, they give you access to a network of people interested in the same things you are interested in. Therefore, take advantage. Join organizations closely related to your major and personal interests. Always list the experience on your resume (no matter how big or small the role is). Then, watch it all come full circle….

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Conduct Research

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Research, research, research. If you are interested in pursuing medical school, law school, or a graduate degree, then conducting research can boost your application-and your resume. Eastern Michigan University has an amazing McNair Scholars program that helps underrepresented and or low income students get into graduate school. Also, Eastern Michigan University faculty are always willing to oversee research projects.

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Be Visible

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.  You might want success, but are you positioning yourself for success? If not, stop complaining and take a leap of faith. Every single person that has achieved success put themselves out there. This means that you must be visible on campus to build your resume. So, show your personality. Run for student government. Be apart of multiple student organizations and programs. Be known for something. This will work in your favor when it’s time to reach back into your alumni network.

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Volunteer

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  .Volunteering on your downtime is not only important for the community, but it helps you meet other amazing people who are doing well for the community too. You never know who you’ll meet when you are passing out dinners or encouraging people to vote. Always have business cards ready and be willing to speak to people. Be good while you’re doing good.

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Internships Matter

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 .  As much as a degree makes you marketable, experience is the greatest asset. Employers are no longer looking for a high GPA or a nicely-formatted resume. They want employees who know what they’re talking about. This is why all college students must complete at least one professional internship before graduating. Internships will help you narrow your career choices Who doesn’t want a competitive edge over others during application season?

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  College is the time where students want to spread their wings and carve out their path. This includes figuring out which career they want to pursue post-graduation. Don’t wait to be great. Start right now. Start today. Tomorrow is way too late.


About the writer:

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Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

Nov 22 2019

Fall Festivities in Ypsilanti

by blogemu

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Fall is finally here in Michigan and everyone one is already dreading the time when there is snow on the ground. There are plenty of ways to have a good time during the fall season before everyone is wrapped up in their blankets for hibernation. Family friendly and inexpensive, there are so many things that can be done this fall here in Ypsilanti.

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Wiard’s Apple Orchard

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(Photo courtesy of http://michiganlife.com/Wiards-Orchard-County-Fair-Ypsilanti-Michigan.

Going to an apple orchard is a fun way to celebrate the fall season. There is no better to spend fall than by eating cinnamon sugar donuts, apple cider and picking pumpkins. There are bouncy houses for the children as well as corn mazes, animal farms and play areas. And for the spooky season there the “Night Terrors” that goes on. A large haunted house that takes place at the Orchard once the sun goes down for a full night of screams and scares.

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 Rolling Hills Park

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At Rolling Hills Park, there are plenty of activities to keep you in the fall spirit. There are nature trails, places for hiking and biking, and picnic areas for everyone to enjoy. This is a simple and inexpensive way to have fun with friends or family. You can go fishing or set up some leave piles, an overall outdoor nature park for everyone to enjoy. As a plus, there are even sledding hills and ice fishing for people do enjoy when the snow does cover the ground!

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Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

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If you’re not feeling the rainy weather and you don’t want to be outdoors, you could visit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. This museum features classic cars from the local Willow Run plant and Hudson Motors. If you’re a true car lover, you will greatly appreciate the classic cars that are on display in this museum. For only five dollars, you can explore and appreciate the art of timeless cars and their designs.

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Fall snuck up on us this year but there are still ways and activities for people to do to properly enjoy it and have a good time during the season. Hopefully you can try some of these activities out with friends or family and make some festive fall memories that will last a lifetime.


Written by Jaleia Woods

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

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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!

Oct 21 2019

How to Stay Away From a Spooky GPA

by blogemu

 

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     When October rolls around, students easily get distracted. Halloween, homecoming, and other festivities become their number one priority. Sometimes, this causes a student’s academic performance to decrease. Here are a few tips from an actual EMU student to help other students keep their GPA less scary:

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Make time to study

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After class, you should not go directly to an extracurricular activity. If possible, go back to your dorm or a quiet space to review class notes. This will help the information stick out to you so the information covered in the lecture won’t become a ghost of the past. Also, the library is a great place to study.Click https://www.emich.edu/library/hours.php for the Halle Library hours.

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Create study groups

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Studies prove that studying in a group contributes to higher test scores. So, if you find a few smiling faces in class, create a study group. Go over hard concepts in detail whenever you get together. But, be careful to not use a study group as your only means of studying. Think of study groups as a nice complement to your study schedule.

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Have a little fun

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School can be spooky. Don’t forget to destress sometimes. Go outside sometimes. Attend on-campus events. Be sure to make your life as balanced as possible. Plus, there’s always events happening here at EMU. Check the official events calendar. https://today.emich.edu/calendar

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Do not cram

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Cramming is the enemy to your success. You cannot expect to consolidate a whole lecture into a night’s worth of studying. It may have worked in high school, but college is a new environment. Work on assignments every single day. This will keep you motivated and less stressed in the end.

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Find tutors

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It’s okay to need help-especially when EMU offers so many resources. You can be apart of TRIO or go to the Writing Center and the Math Center. There are people available to help you through a scary scholastic time in your life. You are not alone.

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Hopefully, all of these tips will help you overcome your fears. Yes, school can be scary. However, you can make the journey a little easier by prioritizing, organizing, and dedicating your own time.


                         About the writer: 

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Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

Oct 14 2019

Academic Resource Centers on Campus

by blogemu

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 Welcome back to campus, Eagles! Did you know that housing does more than just coordinate where you live each semester? EMU Housing & Residence Life has resources on campus that you may be missing out on. The Academic Resource Centers are currently in their second year of providing students with the tools they need to succeed. These study areas are located in Downing and Phelps hall.These spaces offer an area for students to break away from their room and concentrate in a new environment. Residents can work alone in these spaces, collaborate on group assignments, or ask questions to a student worker regarding
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.    Instead of climbing up the hill to get to Halle Library, one can now walk next door or downstairs to get to the Academic Resource Centers. The goal is for students to have spaces and resources available to them in multiple areas around campus! In addition to providing study spaces, departments on campus host special sessions for students. The Honors College has Graduate Assistants available during specific times in Downing to help with Honors related topics or general assistance. The BrotherHOOD and SisterHOOD also utilize the Phelps space to host formal study tables for their communities. Check out the Academic Resource Centers in Downing and Phelps hall for their opening dates and times!


Written by Lauren Calhoun

Oct 07 2019

NPHC Yard Show

by blogemu

     On Friday, September 13th 2019, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Incorporated (Inc.) hosted their annual Yard Show at Big Bob’s Lakehouse and Amphitheater. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is currently composed of nine (9) historically African-American and international greek letter sororities (women) and fraternities (men), including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. also, known as the Divine Nine.

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     On EMU’s campus, seven out of the nine greek letter organizations participated in the annual yard show. Usually at these events you can expect upbeat music, lots of laughter, and enjoyment in watching the members from each respective organization step and represent themselves in an extraordinary way.

 

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      Eastern Michigan’s Greek Life is made up of four different councils: College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council. Each of these respective councils bring their very own organizations and traditions to the Campus Life and leadership of EMU. Different organizations require different commitments. The values that bring these organizations to life are far and wide from truth, faith, knowledge, honor, brotherhood, sisterhood, and friendship. Each of these groups work very hard to instill these values and ideas in their daily lives.


 

Written by Nautica Marshall

 

Sep 23 2019

Club/IM Sports at the Rec

by blogemu

  Do you ever miss your high school sports experience? The Rec/IM’s Club and Intramural (IM) sports programs are great options to keep your favorite activities in your life without making the commitment of being a collegiate level athlete. 

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   For those of you who crave competition and a family-like team atmosphere, club sports are going to be your best option. These are teams who practice together regularly and travel to compete with other universities. Some have described club sports as a “JV-like” team for the university. They are still in no way affiliated with university athletics, but have a similar experience without the added pressure of being a student athlete. In addition, the Rec/IM currently offers over 18 club sports, including soccer, kayaking, and Jiu-Jitsu. For contact information, visit https://www.emich.edu/recim/sports/club/index.php

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   The IM Sports Program offers both highly competitive and recreational leagues, tournaments, and meets in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational sports. The sports offered range from a single night to a month long of competition. Many people compete with friends and roommates, while others enter into a tournament. Some people enter as a free agent to fill an open space and end up leaving the experience with newly developed friendships. To read more on the IM Sports Program, students can visit https://www.emich.edu/recim/sports/intramural/index.php. “Competitive Sports (both IM and Club) offer a unique opportunity to continue playing, or begin playing, the sports and activities we love to compete in, while continuing to maintain that teamwork and comradery that all employers are looking for at the next post-college step,” says Rec/IM’s Graduate Assistant of Club and IM Sports, Tony Sofia.

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   IM Texas Hold ‘Em night February 2019 PC: Abby Postema

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If you ever have questions that cannot be answered by the Rec/IM website, feel free to contact Tony at the Rec/IM office. His office number is 734.487.3754 and email is asofia@emich.edu.  


                  About the writer:
Hi, I’m Abby Postema! I am a senior at EMU studying public relations with minors in dance and entertainment management. I am quite 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.

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!

Jul 12 2019

What’s In Your Beach Bag?

by blogemu

Summer is in full swing and if you’re one of the many Michiganders trying to beat the heat, a trip to the beach can be the perfect escape. Whether it’s a quick dip or a fun-filled day in the sun, stocking your bag with the essentials is key to perfecting your trip.

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First up: the bag. Grab a generously sized, durable, and waterproof carryall to store your must-haves. And don’t forget the basics – stock an over-sized beach blanket as well as a towel and loose-fitting clothes like a coverup for when you’re lounging in the sand. Depending on your plans for the day, pack a change of clothes and waterproof bag for your suit so you don’t have to stop home on the way to your next destination.

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Next up, protect yourself from the sun. A beach umbrella is totally worth the investment, as it can protect you as well as your cooler and electronics. Sunscreen is another necessity if you’re planning to spend extended time outside the safety of your umbrella. Despite recent reports from the FDA about the safety of chemicals in sunscreen, the American Academy of Dermatology highly recommends its use. Still not convinced? Grab a mineral-based sun repellent and make sure to stay out of the sunshine. Luckily, floppy hats are also considered this summer’s chic look, so there’s a variety of colors and styles you can choose from. Areas like the tips of the ears, back of the neck, scalp, and face often fall victim to burning and can all be protected by donning a wide-brimmed hat. Umbrellas, loose clothing, and hats are all good ways to stay cool on the beach.

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Now that you’re dressed and ready to take on the sun, don’t forget some things to keep you occupied. You’re at the beach! You’re out in nature! Enjoy the moment and log off for the day. Grab a book or, for less commitment, a magazine. If you’re not sure what to read, start with Neil Gaiman. His book “Good Omen” recently became a Prime series, with Netflix reportedly looking to pick up his “Sandman” comics. Looking for something a bit scarier? Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” trilogy was also recently picked up for TV and has been described as the “modern horror masterpiece” by Den of Geek.

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Even if it’s just a short visit, make sure to pack plenty of beverages to stay hydrated. But what about those long days at the beach? You need to either come prepared, or run the risk of having to leave early in order to avoid having to buy questionable food from a person with a cart. So pack smart and in this case, plan to overpack. Picnic food is great for a quick snack between dips in the water. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always a good bet. As for water, pack yourself a reusable bottle and a large container to refill it. Especially when traveling in a group, individual plastic bottles stack up quickly and they don’t taste very good when left in the sun. 

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What about music? Good question. Are you the only one on the beach? If the answer is no, then consider the people around you and pop in a pair of earbuds. If you’re in a large group you can have music on low volume. But once again, consider the people around you. If you can hear the music outside of your group of friends, then it’s too loud. The other people on the beach have as much of a right to not have to listen to your music as you have to listen to it!

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Finally, for those of you trying to look your best while bronzing your beach bods, beauty expert Meredith Osswald has a few tips. For beachy looks, use Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion spray. “Bumble & Bumble provides UV protection, shine and hold. It has a sea salt mineral blend to provide body and texture, tropical oils to soften and add shine, and UV filters to help protect against the drying effects of the sun.”

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 For a fresh face despite the oily effects of a day at the beach, Supergoop is the mist-setting spray for Meredith. “Supergoop lets you reapply SPF over your makeup. It has peppermint and rosemary to help control oil and even out sun-blotched complexion,” Meredith noted. An added bonus is that both of these products are cruelty free and you can score them for under $20 at various local beauty retailers. Meredith also recommended stocking your bag with some SPF lip balm and underarm deodorant wipes.

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Independence Lake is only 30 minutes from EMU and costs Washtenaw County residents $6 for a day pass. – Photo by Pamela Mohar


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.

Jul 04 2019

Fourth of July Safety Tips

by blogemu

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Happy Fourth of July, eagles! For many people, this day is filled with festivities and great food, along with long-lasting memories made with friends and family. Here are some tips on how to stay safe during this holiday.

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.Be careful with sparklers!

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Adults tend to let children play with sparklers, not realizing that they tend to burn at high temperatures. If you have a younger sibling or child, be sure to supervise their actions if they choose to ignite sparklers.

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Firework Safety:

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Buy fireworks with instructions that describe how to safely use them. Keep a big bucket of water around when lighting fireworks. If a firework is not functioning properly, leave it alone! Trying to ignite a messed up firework is very dangerous. After some time, pour water on a malfunctioning firework. ALWAYS light fireworks away from people and cover all fireworks with water before discarding them to avoid fires.

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PET SAFETY:

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DO NOT let your pet(s) outside while fireworks are being used. Many pets are terrified of the loud sounds and are likely to react negatively. The safest place for them is inside of your home and away from the noise. If your pet does happen to escape your home, please be sure to have an ID tag with your name and phone number so they can be found.

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BE COURTEOUS

Please be mindful that fireworks are not fun for everyone. Loud booms, pops, and snaps can be triggering for veterans, pets, and others. If you can, try using fireworks that are not excessively loud. Be careful about when you are lighting fireworks (hopefully not after 11:45pm). Stay safe eagles, I hope these tips have helped!

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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.