EMU Blog

Dec 06 2018

How to Survive Finals

by blogemu

It’s the most stressful time of the year. Finals are quickly approaching and while some students have experience with how to prepare for this difficult time, others may not be in the same situation. Whether you are a returning student or a freshman, I would like to offer some tips on how to survive finals!  


Junior Emily Louria (left), Senior Jessica Walsh (right) and I help each other study!



Study with a reliable group of friends who will keep you focused. It doesn’t matter if you are learning about different subjects. Sometimes, being surrounded by a group of people who are studying and have an intrinsic desire to succeed can allow you to stay motivated. If you find yourselves being distracted, take a brief break from studying.



This is one of the most important aspects of preparing for finals. Studying for exams can be very stressful. There is nothing wrong with taking a break if you really need to. Try your best to set a schedule for your breaks so you don’t overdo it.


Whether it’s putting on a face mask, watching Netflix, catching up on your favorite TV show, or exercising, any form of self-care could benefit you. “How can you take care of other things if you don’t care about yourself?” (Emily Louria ’20, Early Childhood Elementary Education major)



This is arguably the most important step in preparing for final exams. It is absolutely necessary for you to maintain a balanced sleep schedule. If you do not keep yourself well-rested, it will be very difficult for you to stay focused when studying. If you begin to have focus issues, you may not process new concepts and facts well.


During the week of final exams, try to minimize the number of nights you are hanging out with friends.  Try your best to get a full night of sleep (at least 8 hours) before the day of the exam.


Here are some wise words from myself:


“If I don’t know it by one be done.” “If I don’t by two, I’m through.” “If I don’t know it by three it’s not for me.” “And if I don’t know it by four, then I have to snore.”


Although this may seem silly at first, these are important standards to set for yourself so you do not become overexerted by the end of the semester. If you can help it, don’t go to bed too late because it will only hinder your academic performance.



I hope that these tips on how to survive finals have helped. Good luck!

Hello! My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in marketing. I am a member of the Go Social Team and I thoroughly enjoy working for the Division of Communications. When I am not working, I love to sing and perform on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in the Ypsilanti area.

Dec 05 2018

Introducing: Academic Resource Centers

by blogemu

Did you know that Housing and Residence Life added a new feature to some of the residence halls on campus?


Introducing… the Academic Resource Centers! These are new study areas 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 offered resources!


Instead of climbing up the hill to get to Halle Library, one can now walk next door, or downstairs, to get to an Academic Resource Center. The goal is for students to have resources available to them in multiple places around campus!


Housing & Residence Life created the Academic Resource Centers as another means to support students living on-campus. Students often remarked that they wanted more spaces within their living communities where they could study and focus on their academics – and this is exactly what Housing & Residence Life delivered!


While there are lounge spaces in every residence hall that students can use as alternative study spaces, a lounge can also be used for many other activities and is not exclusively denoted as a study space. The Academic Resource Centers are for studying and getting academic support; students don’t have to deal with other students interrupting their studies in these spaces.


In addition to providing a study space, departments on campus host special sessions for students.


The Honors College has Graduate Assistants available on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 pm – 6 pm in Downing to help with Honors related topics or general assistance. The BrotherHOOD and SisterHOOD living-learning communities also utilize the Phelps space to host formal study tables for their student scholars.


Check out the Academic Resource Centers in Downing and Phelps Hall for times and dates they are open!  

Nov 28 2018

November Business of the Month: Original Moxie

by blogemu

Moxie can be defined as “a force of determination, character, or nerve”. And moxie is something that our November business of the month, Original Moxie, demonstrates.


Founded by Rachel Blistein, Original Moxie is a salon that is dedicated to making and creating hair products that work for everyone.


But what sets them apart from other salons, isn’t just the talented people who make up Original Moxie- it’s their line of environmentally friendly hair products that have been crafted for all types of hair.


Rachel started creating her incredible line of products because of her own experiences with finding expensive products, and products that stopped working after a few applications.


After finding the right recipe, Rachel shared her products with her friends and family, who shared it with their friends and family. It wasn’t long before she was selling her products to people she didn’t know!


Original Moxie has a unique process to find which products work best for your hair. Using their 3-D system, they determine your hair’s density, curl, and dryness. From there, they can recommend the best product to make your mane stand out.


Their large variety of products range from shampoos, conditioners, treatments that help moisturize, protect, and de-frizz hair. Additionally, they sell items such as head wraps, spray bottles, and gift sets.


If you are interested in learning more about Original Moxie and their awesome line of products, please visit their website at www.originalmoxie.com.


Hi! My name is Heather Pruitt and I am a senior studying Public Relations with a minor in LEADership at Eastern Michigan University. I am a member of PRSSA and am the Director of Philanthropy for the collegiate chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau – Alpha Chapter. In my free time, I love to write music, spend time with my friends, and hang out with my cat.

Nov 27 2018

Everyday Backpack Essentials

by blogemu

If you’ve made it this far into the semester, you know there are some things that you just can’t forget about for class.  Time after time I find myself wishing I had my phone charger or a nice cold ice water. Here are just a few essential backpack items that will make or break your studying!

Umbrella!  I survived my first year of college without one by sneaking under friends umbrellas and using my hood…but getting SOAKED!  Do yourself a favor, save the hassle, and go pick up a good umbrella. You’ll thank me when it rains next week.


Tissues.  Simply put, you don’t want to be stuck running to the bathroom every 5 minutes to take care of that runny nose of yours.


Multicolored pens.  I have a photographic memory, so being able to color code my notes is helpful, especially when studying.


Chargers.  Phone charger, laptop charger, watch charger, headphone charger, camera charger…any electronic you use for school, bring the charger.  Especially if you commute and your home isn’t a short walk away!


Headphones.  It’s easy to get distracted while doing homework on campus with all the chatter.  Having headphones in your backpack can help reduce that noise as well as keep you focused!


A snack!  This one is my favorite.  So many times I have gotten up and left class because my stomach was growling too loudly and I had to run home and eat.  Don’t be me, and bring a snack.


Water bottle or beverage.  Whether your favorite drink is water or anything with caffeine (although I prefer the latter), you’ll be thankful you brought it when you’re on campus for 3 hours and the only drink options are out of a vending machine.


Chapstick!  There have been so many times where my lips are on fire, especially during these cold winter months.  If you add anything into your backpack off this list…make it the chapstick.


Of course, there are a ton more things you should have with you in your backpack, however, these are some things you might not think to include!  Make your semester easier, and add in these backpack essentials.


Hey everyone!  I’m Sami, and I’m a junior here at Eastern Michigan University!  My majors are marketing and communication, and in my free time, I work as a photographer and for the Detroit Tigers on their Energy Squad!  

Nov 13 2018

5 Great Places to Eat on Campus

by blogemu

Everyone knows that as a college student, there’s nothing better than eating for free. But, there’s only so many free meals offered on campus, and eventually, you’ll get sick of your typical pizza and Ramen.


When that happens, you have a couple options. You can use your student ID to pay for food at one of the many establishments on campus including The Commons, The Student Center, The Eagle Cafes and more.


5) The Eagle Cafes


These cafes, which are scattered around campus, are a great place to grab food between classes when you don’t have time for a full meal.


They offer tons of options for both food and drink. Pick up some chips for a quick snack, or if you’re hungrier try one of their grab and go sandwiches or salads.


Quench your thirst with water, pop, juice, or get a much-needed energy boost with coffee.


4) The Eastern Eateries


Located in the First Year Center, The Eateries offer burger, chicken, pizza, salads, soups, and more! Stop at one of 4 eateries for a meal or grab a quick bite from a great selection of snacks. ‘


The Eateries have plenty of seating, making it a great place to meet friends for lunch. They even have a printer!


3) CrossRoads MarketPlace


The MarketPlace is a hot spot for students with extra Flex at the end of the semester. With the largest selection of grab and go items, the MarketPlace is our on-campus convenience store.


While there you can get pizza, sandwiches, and a rotating menu of homestyle meals.


2) The Commons


I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “quality over quantity.” Well, that’s not always true.


The Commons is Eastern’s all-you-can-eat dining option. Here you can find hot entrees, a salad bar, deli, grill, pizza, cereal, a dessert counter, and soft-serve ice cream. There’s plenty of seating and one meal swipe grants you access for the whole day so you can camp out and study for exams.


1) The Student Center Food Court


Ranked as the #1 Student Union in the country, our student center has plenty to offer including Smashburger, Mondo, Sono, Blaze, Starbucks, The Hasty Rabbit, and The Lobby Shop.


The Student Center is a great place to meet up with friends for a meal, to work on a project, or grab a coffee.


Josh Young is a third year Marketing Major with concentrations in IMC and Sales and a Communication Minor. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and the Honors College.

Nov 07 2018

An inside look at the College of Arts and Sciences

by blogemu

In Eastern Michigan University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), you have the opportunity to express yourself in a variety of ways. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are involved in a broad spectrum of majors, minors, activities, and student organizations.


The individual departments in this college range from the School of Music and Dance, where students can craft their performing art skills, the School of Art and Design, where students can make and display their artistic creations, and the School of Communications, Media, and Theatre Arts, where students can learn about how to create content for different media platforms.


David Pierce Anderson, a senior majoring in Electronic Media and Film, has been heavily involved in all that his major has to offer. He first started as an ESPN 3 intern during his freshman year. Since then, he has been involved in other student-run media organizations such as ETV and the Eagle Filmmakers Association.


Some of the classes that he took while in the program included TV production, and film appreciation classes.


“Announcing Techniques and Media Literature have been two of my favorite classes that I have taken,” said Anderson. “Both of them were taught by professor Hammill, he retired last year, and I’m fortunate to have taken classes with him, he’s my favorite professor.”

Other opportunities for students in this school and program include hosting radio shows on the student-run Eagle Radio, writing articles for the Eastern Echo newspaper, and having an internship with WEMU 89.1, Eastern’s NPR station.


Of course, there is more to the College of Arts and Sciences than these programs.


Students in the theatre department have the chance to put on plays throughout the year, the Music department is home to the Marching Band, which performs the halftime show at every Eagles football game, and the Art and Design department is host to a gallery where art students get a chance to show their best work. The School of Arts and Sciences is the perfect place to explore your creative spirit.



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. He is also a member of the Filipino-American student org Kapamilya Club.


Sep 26 2018

September Business of the Month: Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill

by blogemu

Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill has been serving up great pizzas from their historic Depot Town spot since 1972. This classic eatery, which fuses 19th-century restaurant atmosphere, with 21st-century service and convenience is certainly a great place to hang out at while in Ypsi!




Aubree’s Pizzeria’s main dish is, of course, pizza. They offer many great flavors and styles.


Their Signature pizzas include the Tuscan Sun, which has spinach, feta cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes with their signature five-cheese blend; the Sicilian, which has olive oil, salami, Kalamata olives, tomatoes and their five-cheese blend all on their house-made dough; and my personal favorite, the Louisiana Cajun, which has Cajun sausage, roasted red peppers, sautéed onions and their five-cheese blend mixed in with chili sauce and green peppers on Cajun flavored crust.


Their Legendary Classic pizzas include their signature Big Kahuna pizza, which has chicken, ham, pineapple, bacon, and red onions with their in-house Frog Island BBQ sauce; the Supreme, which is topped with pepperoni, Spanish onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and Italian sausage with pizza sauce and their five-cheese blend; and their BBQ Chicken, which has their popular Frog Island BBQ sauce topped with chicken, bacon, red onion, and four-cheese blend.




Pizzas aren’t the only things on their menu. Their hand-crafted sandwiches include the Bourbon BBQ Chicken Sandwich, which has grilled chicken breast covered with their BBQ sauce and topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and coleslaw.


Their Firehouse Burger has spicy capicola, jalapenos, mild pepper rings, provolone cheese, mayo, and sriracha chili sauce on a pretzel bun.


Aubree’s is located at 39 E. Cross Street, in the heart of historic Depot Town, an up-and-coming entertainment district located only a 10-minute walk from EMU’s main campus.


If you don’t have the time to visit their charming Victorian-era spot, then you can call and have your food delivered to your dorm or apartment.


Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill is a member of the Eagle Discount Program, providing a 20% discount to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni who show their Eastern ID.


With great food, historic charm, and a stellar location, we are proud to promote Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill as August’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. He is also a member of the Filipino-American student org Kapamilya Club.

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!




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.




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.




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.


Jul 13 2018

It’s Okay To Not Work In The Field You Majored In

by blogemu

In college, you’ll meet people who have planned out everything after graduation. They’ll tell you the details of all their next steps until they’re 30.


And you’ll also meet people who have no idea what career they want to pursue after college. Some students might not even be sure of what they want their major to be yet.


The good thing is that success isn’t dependent on how well you know your future. In fact, both types of people are already successful – they’re in college!


Realistically, though, many people fall somewhere in the middle. We have a rough idea of what we can do with our careers once we graduate, but we know that plans change.


For instance, I’m pursuing a creative writing major with a minor in marketing. There are several different career fields I could go into with that combination. However, for all I know, I could end up in a job that has nothing to do with either field of study.


Matthew Duarte is a recent Eastern Michigan graduate who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology last December with a minor in criminology. He now works as a Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist, or Campus Recruiter, with United Shore – a mortgage company.


“My job includes scouting for campus talent in Michigan,” Matthew explained, “I also manage the company’s summer internship program.”


This may seem like a step from psychology and criminology, but the job you land after college is determined by a ton of different factors. For Matthew and a lot of others, it’s all about prior experience and the job search itself.


According to another article by Miriam Caldwell, the average length of the job search after graduation takes about 6 months (The Balance).


It took Matthew about half that time, but as you can imagine, he was hungry to jump into a working environment. His drive and some previous recruiting experience, while he was in the military, led to his job with United Shore.


At this point, you might be thinking, “If I might not end up in a career that goes with my major, why bother getting the degree in the first place?”


First of all, degrees are invaluable when it comes to getting a job. Even if it’s in a different field, companies love to see that you have earned a degree. In many cases, it’s even a requirement. But also, you learn way more in college than what’s included on the exams, and those bonus lessons can go along way in getting and keeping a job.


“I learned a lot of leadership and group collaboration skills,” Matthew explained, “I also learned how to use computer programs that I now have to use on a daily basis, like Microsoft.”


Your coursework right now is offering a ton of really valuable experience that you might not even know about until you get into the working world, no matter what career you end up having. And if you’re one of the many people who land a job in a different career from your major, make the most of it and always keep your focus on growth!


At his job now, Matthew is very happy because he’s paid well and treated well. He feels engaged and challenged in his work, and he feels as though the environment is one he can thrive in.


And when I asked if he would ever consider furthering his degree in psychology to become a therapist, he said, “No, but I have thought about going back to get an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration).”


So don’t sweat what type of career you’ll get after graduation. You’re going to find something somewhere, and it might even be related to your major.


However, if it’s not, just remember that if you’re positive and focused on growth, you may find a great job that you love and a new path to pursue.


Reilly McGovern is a current EMU senior studying Creative Writing and Marketing. She works at the University Writing Center during the fall and winter semesters and works on her novels over the summer.

Jul 10 2018

7 Tips For Moving On Campus

by blogemu

So you decided to live in one of Eastern Michigan University’s 13 residence halls – from EMU Housing and Residence Life to you, welcome!


We are excited to have you living the FULL Eastern experience with us in the beautiful city of Ypsilanti. Going away to college can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!


Moving away to college is often times trying for a lot of people because packing in itself is stressful.


Once you get through the first move of your college career though, you’re golden for the rest of your future moves to our residence halls.


We at Housing and Residence Life want to make things easier for you for when it comes time to start school, so here are 7 tips and tricks to make your life easier when it comes to moving away for college.


1) Make sure you coordinate big purchases with your roommate. You’ll be able to contact your future roommate a few weeks prior to move-in day, so take this time to talk about who will bring what.


Having two mini fridges in your room would take up too much space, so make sure this doesn’t happen by planning ahead with your new roommate.


2) If you can buy it for cheap near campus, don’t pack it. This means any school supplies, toiletries, and snacks. There are a number of grocery stores close to EMU that make this easy, like Meijer, Target, and Walmart.


Save the space your notebooks would take up and use it for something else.


3) Don’t bring your whole wardrobe with you. Sure, Michigan weather is unpredictable, but you’re not going to need your snow boots the first couple of months after you move in.


4) Invest in a good foam mattress topper. This will be one of the best purchases of your college career.


Foam mattress toppers will not only help you get a better night’s sleep, but it will make naps and Netflix lounging much more enjoyable.


5) Bring at least one business casual outfit with you. You never know when you might be attending a job interview or need to dress up for a presentation, so it’s a smart idea to have one set aside just in case.


6) Trash bags are your friend. Bring your clothes to school with you in trash bags so that you’re not hauling around heavy totes on move-in day. Trash bags can easily be thrown away or reused later.


7) Be selective about what extra stuff you bring. It might not be necessary for you to bring your whole DVD collection with you, but it’s okay to bring your favorites to choose from for when you have movie nights with your friends.

This blog is brought to you by Housing and Residence Life.

Jun 29 2018

My College of Education Experience: Sierra Moran

by blogemu

With 4 years of undergrad in the books, I am getting ready to finish up my remaining credits and start my student teaching experience.


Although the thought of graduating is exciting, I am well-aware of the lingering job search that awaits me.


So, the big question is: How will I stand out among fellow educators and secure a teaching position?




EMU’s College of Education stands out because of the number of field experiences that are offered to their students.


The COE requires all their teacher candidates to complete a minimum of 100 pre-student teaching hours before they can start their actual student teaching experience.


Those 100 hours are spent working with students of all ages, in a variety of different schools and other learning environments.


My teacher education courses have given me endless opportunities to be in a classroom working hands-on with students; whether it was working with 5th-grade students on the Carton 2 Garden contest or weekly literacy sessions with 3rd graders at a local charter school.


Out of all the opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to have experience, I am most grateful for my involvement in the grant-funded, River Rouge Art Integration Project.


The objective of this project was to incorporate art instruction into the core curriculum. As outlined in the program’s description, the purpose of this project was to explore the benefits of art programs and the influence they can have on students’ academic performance.


Alongside my peers, we worked diligently each week to transform the curriculum topic into a fun, creative activity for 7th and 8th-grade students. A few of my favorite lessons that we taught were building lemon volcanoes to observe a chemical reaction…

…and designing Calder inspired mobiles to introduce kinetic energy.

It was amazing to watch my students understand the content and excel at the task at hand. As a teacher, it doesn’t get much better than that.


This project put me in a position to use what I have been learning in my courses, design engaging lessons, and teach those lessons to middle school students.


I am certain that everything I have learned from this experience will continue to mold me into the teacher that I strive to be.


I am thankful to be in a program that recognizes the importance of real-world experiences and knows the impact that it will have on our futures beyond EMU.


When the time comes for me to hang up my cap and gown, I know that I will not only have the knowledge to back me up, but I will have the experience too.


If you would like to learn more about the River Rouge Art Integration project, check out: http://www.riverrougearts.org



My name is Sierra Moran. I am a 5th year student here at EMU, studying elementary education with a focus in integrated science. Ideally, I would like to use my degree to teach middle school science or upper elementary. My experience at Eastern helped me to find my home among my sisters in the Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. This fall I will be an NSOA and I can’t wait to meet all our new Eagles! When I am not at school, I am typically working as a barista at Starbucks.


Jun 26 2018

A Peek Into EMU’s History: Buildings on Campus

by blogemu

Eastern Michigan University is the second-oldest university in the state of Michigan. EMU’s oldest buildings show to the community the college’s century-long dedication to education.


The oldest building on campus, Starkweather Hall, was originally built in 1896 for the Michigan State Normal Schools Student Christian Association.

The unique building, which sort of looks like a stone cottage, has been the home of several Christian associations until the 1970’s when the organization disbanded. Some say that Mary Starkweather, the university’s benefactor, now haunts the building as a way to remind community members that she donated the building to the school.


Whether you believe in spirits or not, it is still a beautiful building with a fascinating history.


Another classic building on campus is Sherzer Hall. Sherzer Hall was originally built in 1901 as the school’s original science lab.

The historic brick building has since become home of the art department, but it still has the Sherzer Observatory, where astronomy students go to look at the stars and see other worlds.


A personal favorite of mine is King Hall, originally built in 1939 as the women’s residence hall. The building has many beautiful Art Deco elements such as carvings inspired by nature and technology, as well as a lounge which still has the original wood paneling.

While all of these architectural elements are wonderful, the real treasure is what’s inside: King Hall is currently home to WEMU 89.1, EMU’s NPR station, The Eastern Echo student newspaper, and the Early College Alliance, a program which gives local high school students a head start on college.


A little-known building on campus that many students seem to pass by is the Geddes Town Hall Schoolhouse. The Geddes Town Hall Schoolhouse, which is across the street from the Rec/IM, was originally built in 1895 in Pittsfield Township to serve the students of that area.

The schoolhouse has been in service until the 1950’s when more modern facilities replaced these historic pieces of Americana. The schoolhouse was relocated to EMU’s campus on July 7, 1987, and was officially dedicated in October 1988.


The building exists to remind the Eastern Michigan community of the school’s beginnings as a teacher’s college.


While EMU’s historic buildings are important to remember, the university’s more modern structures are also great places to go to on campus.


One of the most popular buildings on campus is the Student Center, built in 2006 to replace the older McKenny Union. The Student Center has the bookstore, restaurants, lounges to relax in, and even free movies on Friday in the auditorium.


The Student Center is where most of EMU’s campus life happens.


McKenny Hall hasn’t been the main hang-out place for EMU students since the Student Center opened in 2006; however, that may have changed since Chick-Fil-A opened one of their very few Michigan restaurants here in 2017.


This restaurant has made McKenny popular again with not only Eastern Michigan students but also with Ypsilanti residents too.


While not an official Eastern Michigan University building, the Ypsilanti Water Tower has become somewhat of a popular landmark with many students.

Originally built in 1890 by the city, its main function was to provide water effectively to the residents of Ypsilanti. Its unique style has since become part of the local culture, with residents and students alike using it as a major point of reference for all places in Ypsilanti.


Eastern Michigan University’s architectural gems are a testament to the university’s long history of providing quality education to those who desire it.

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.


Jun 21 2018

Resource Spotlight: University Writing Center

by blogemu

With the end of the winter semester still fresh, the not-so-confident feeling of turning in a paper and anxiously awaiting your grade is probably easy to recall.


Without a little help proofreading, or even just a second opinion, submitting a paper can be pretty scary. Luckily, Eastern has you covered!

Unless you’ve never taken a campus tour (or an EMU writing class), you’ve probably at least heard of The University Writing Center.


But did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Halle Library to get writing help?


The UWC has a satellite location in most of the main class buildings, including The College of Business. The following are all of the locations of the UWC satellites:


  • Halle Library (The University Writing Center and Academic Projects Center)
  • Pray Harrold Hall
  • The College of Business
  • Marshall
  • Sill Hall
  • Roosevelt Hall
  • Mark Jefferson Science Complex

(For more information on locations and fall semester hours, visit https://www.emich.edu/ccw/writing-center/contact.php)


Another fun fact about the UWC is that you can get help on more than just research papers and response essays.


Every type of major calls for some type of writing, so the UWC has consultants to help will all sorts of papers including technological reports, science lab analyses, poems and short stories, and presentation outlines.


The UWC even offers help with resumes and cover letters.


Guess what else?


You don’t even need to have a completed rough draft to stop by! The UWC appreciates that sometimes acting as a backboard to bounce ideas off of can be the most helpful service it can offer.


So, if you have an assignment but have no clue where to start, just come and talk it through with a consultant.


Going to the UWC seems pretty easy, right? Then why hasn’t everyone gone?


For a lot of people, the answer is a lack of one of two things: time or confidence.


Many people get so bogged down in work and life that they feel like they just don’t have the time. The nice thing about the UWC is that consultations are only a half an hour long, and you can either make an appointment or pop in unannounced.


And if you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, you can stop in for 10. There’s no obligation to stay for any amount of time, especially if you already have specific concerns for a consultant to pay attention to.


A lot of people also have concerns that their writing just isn’t good enough, and I certainly know how awkward it can be having someone silently reading your paper right next to you.


That lift of the reader’s eyebrows could mean that they really like what you have to say, but the writer usually assumes the opposite.


First, at the UWC, you can either read your paper aloud or ask your consultant to do it for you. There’s no waiting around for the final verdict!


Second, if you think you’re a terrible writer, the consultants don’t care. More often than not, someone who thinks their writing sucks is usually pretty good at it, but if not, the consultants are not there to judge – not while you’re there and not once you’ve left.


We’re there to help you grow as a writer, and we sure remember what our writing looked like before we got help.


So, when fall semester rolls around, feel comfortable stopping in at one of the UWC satellites at your convenience.


It’ll be a worthwhile experience and will likely raise the grade on your assignment. Just remember that our interest as consultants is helping you grow as a writer and making college just a little bit easier for you.


We look forward to seeing you this fall!


Reilly McGovern is a current EMU senior studying Creative Writing and Marketing. She works at the University Writing Center during the fall and winter semesters and works on her novels over the summer.