EMU Blog

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

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     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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              IM Soccer Tournament Champions

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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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                 EMU Club Soccer Team

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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

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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.

Jun 19 2019

Where to go to Beat the Summer Heat

by blogemu

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Currently, Michigan’s weather is not cooperating for a fun summer outdoors. With the constant rain and cold, you might think it isn’t even summer. However, summer is here so go out and enjoy yourself!

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One of the traditional hotspots for summer is Cedar Point. Located right on Lake Erie and given the fact that it’s a peninsula, you’re sure to have a lake breeze. Whether you want to hit the roller coaster capital, visit their water park, or relax on the beach, it’s less than a 2-hour drive from campus (perfect for a day trip).

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Additionally, there are three Great Lakes within driving distance from campus. Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan are great spots to spend some time this summer. The very edge of Lake Erie starts around Toledo, Ohio (about an hour from campus). There are multiple spots to take a dip or have some fun on the water, starting at Maumee Bay State Park. Lake Huron starts in St. Claire county about an hour and a half from Ypsilanti. Lake Michigan is one of the touristy spots in Michigan. With multiple small beach towns, Lake Michigan is a go to. It is about a 2-hour drive across the mitten. When you reach Lake Michigan, you can go north or south for an enjoyable time.

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Rolling Hills is a water park close to campus with things for everyone, specifically young adults. There’s fun for all thrill levels, including the lazy river, water slides, and the wave pool. The drive from campus is short as well, less than 15 minutes. If you live in the county, rates are $6. If you are outside of the county it’s $10.

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The zoos are also a fun place to enjoy the summer. The Detroit Zoo is roughly 45 minutes from campus, while the Toledo Zoo is less than an hour away. Walking around, looking at the animals, and tourist attractions within the zoo is a fun time.

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Once the weather clears up, there are numerous options to enjoy the summer months. Pick one to enjoy and have fun.


About the Writer:

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

Jun 14 2019

Update: Renovation at the Rec

by blogemu

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

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

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

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


                             About the Writer:

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

Jun 07 2019

Best Ways to Document Summer Memories

by blogemu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                        About the Writer:

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

May 31 2019

Top Ten Travel Tips

by blogemu

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

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1) Plan Plan Plan in Advance!!

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

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

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

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3) Know What You Want to Do!

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

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4) SAVE Money!!

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

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.5) Only take the Necessities!

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

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6) Buy Souvenirs!

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

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7) Invest in a Polaroid!!!

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

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8) Download Videos from Netflix or Any Other Source!

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

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9) Window Seats are a MUST!

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

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10) Have the Time of Your Life 🙂

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(Photo by Dominick Brooks)

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                                                                                                                                                                        About the Writer:

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

May 15 2019

EMU School of Social Work Provides a Captivating Study Abroad Experience for Social Work Students

by blogemu

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One love. The motto of Jamaica is the briefest way to describe my study abroad trip in this beautiful country. Through the School of Social Work, I was able to study abroad in Bluefields, Jamaica for the week of spring break 2019. The community we stayed in felt like a whole new world, with lush green mountains, clear blue waves, and a hidden “off the beaten path” kind of atmosphere. Bluefields is a community that prides itself on supporting small businesses and embodying the ‘one love’ motto. Wolde Kristos, our tour guide, and his team at Reliable Adventures Jamaica greatly exemplify these ideals.  

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                   The house that we stayed at for the week
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                                                 Wolde, Tour Guide

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Wolde was our tour guide for the week, and he and his team of tour guides, chefs, and security kept us safe, well-fed, and happy for our entire trip there. During our visit, we were able to visit multiple local business-people. I met two artists in the area: Jerry, a woodcarver, and Jah Calo, an artist. Their work was absolutely stunning and they took so much pride in the items they created. We ate at local restaurants including Dor’s, where I ordered the well-known fried chicken. Our chef, Veda, also cooked us stunning and delicious dinners each night which allowed us to try the local cuisine. I was most excited to try the national fruit, ackee.

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Jah Calo’s outstanding artwork: photo by Ariel Roberts

 

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.This class served as the social work elective “International Service Learning”, and in Jamaica, our objective was to provide knowledge on various topics through service projects in the community. We were split into five groups, each of which worked in different capacities to serve the Bluefields area. Two groups worked at the community center, one focusing on the intersections of teen pregnancy and confidence and the other educating the community on human trafficking. Another group worked at the Basic School, which is their local elementary school, assisting teachers in their classrooms. The final two groups worked at the Belmont Academy, a high school in the area, with one group educating parents and students on how family involvement impacts success and the other group teaching how to do peer mediation to a group of students. I was in the peer mediation group and we had a great time educating fifteen students about what peer mediation is and how they can implement a peer mediation program in their school. They had so much fun learning and participating in the role plays and were so proud to receive their certificates of completion at the end of our program.

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While the work was important, we didn’t forget to have some fun too. We went on multiple adventures over the course of the trip. The first was a community tour where we trekked up the mountain to see the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. On our way up we learned about the community and the nature that inhabits it. We saw banana trees, allspice plants, and goats grazing on grass. We were also able to see an allspice factory and learn about how the natural allspice is used and produced. Another adventure included going to YS Falls. The waterfall park was beautiful, and the pictures speak for themselves. We had so much fun swinging on the rope swings and splashing through the water. We also had the opportunity to tour the fish sanctuary in Bluefields. It was once a huge fishing destination, but fishing is now banned in hopes of preserving the natural environment in that area.

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Some of our group members at the beach (photo by Faith Salsbury)

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.Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I have had, and I am so thankful for the EMU Study Abroad Office for their help through the process and for the School of Social Work for creating such an educational, fun, and meaningful experience. I learned so much in a week and gained so many new friendships. If you ever get the chance to participate in a study abroad here at EMU, I highly recommend you find all the scholarships available and go for it. You won’t regret it.

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About the Writer:

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Hi! My name is Pallas Schuster and I am from Cadillac, Michigan. I just finished my junior year at EMU and I am double majoring in social work and psychology. I am a member of Active Minds and the Social Welfare Action Alliance and I work as a Certified Tour Guide in the admissions office as well as a student assistant for Donor Relations!

 

 

 

 

Apr 24 2019

What’s Up With The Rec?

by blogemu

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what is going on with the Rec these days! What’s with all of that construction, anyway?
Well, it turns out EMU’s Rec/IM facility is getting a major facelift! There will be a lot of exciting changes coming with its renovation. In the meantime, students can still access the Rec in its current building until the official move date. The Rec will be closed from Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 2 in order to move all of the equipment and get ready to reopen. Wesley Howell, Director of the Rec/IM stated, “The Rec is currently in phase one of the renovation”.

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Renovations for the Rec/IM will take place through the summer of 2020.

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“The 3rd-5th floors are being worked on, which we expect to be completed in August of 2019. In late April, we will begin phase two. This includes the 1st and 2nd floor. We anticipate this phase to be completed in August of 2020.” He also stressed that the Rec facilities will remain available during this process. Starting May 3, head over to the Warner building and follow the signs to find your destination. You’ll still be able to lift weights, play basketball, and attend classes. Of course the pools will also remain open, but you’ll have to access them from a different route. Another change that’s coming with the reopening of the Rec is the unfortunate closing of the Competitive Edge Pro Shop. For years, the staff at the Pro Shop has been delighted to serve EMU athletes and students with a variety of healthy snacks and lots of protein options. Here is a statement from management at the Rec/IM regarding the Pro Shop closure:

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“The Competitive Edge Pro Shop has been honored to serve you for 28 years. Shopping with us has impacted us in many positive ways. Student employees learned skills outside the classroom and all profits were used to support the facility. Throughout this journey, we established great friendships, offered a variety of nutritional options, apparel, and basic necessities. We closed our doors on April 15, 2019. Thank you EMU community. We have loved serving you!”

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.We’re fortunate at Eastern Michigan University to have such an amazing facility to use! If you’re not sure about how to use the equipment at the Rec or what kind of workout plans are best for you, stop by their front counter today to get some advice and sign up for training sessions. You can also locate their class schedule here https://www.emich.edu/recim/.

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Working out is a great way to stay healthy, make friends, and spend some downtime between classes. The Rec is also open over the summer, just check their website for updated hours of operation. If you’re not currently attending any classes at the Rec, I encourage you to come and check them out. There’s literally something for everyone. 

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Starting May 3, the Olds/Robb building entrance will be closed and patrons can access the Rec’s facilities from the Warner Building.

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About The Writer:

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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.

Apr 03 2019

Understanding the UACDC

by blogemu

The University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC) is located in 200 McKenny Hall. Students can be seen in the UACDC getting assistance from both Academic Advisors and career service professionals. There is also a satellite Career Service office located in the College of Business for those students that are not on main campus.

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Academic Advisors specialize in working with exploratory students, but they’re ready and able to assist any undergraduate student with questions about the General Education program and their program requirements. Advisors meet with students to discuss upcoming and current courses, academic standing concerns, transfer course equivalencies, general education questions, and more. They assist students in understanding program progression and academic requirements. Some advisors in the UACDC also work with specialized groups of students, such as Military/Veteran students, International students, Individualized Studies Program (ISP) students, Second Bachelor’s students, and Dual-Enrolled students.

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The UACDC provides career coaching and corporate relation management, which are two types of career development services. Career Coaches meet with students to help with major and minor exploration, resume assistance, and to discuss grad school options. Career Coaches assist students in exploring possible career paths through career assessments such as MBTI, StrengthsQuest, and Values/Motivated Card Sorts. These assessments help build a foundation for students to identify their top interest areas. Corporate Relations Managers meet with students for resume and cover letter assistance, interviewing skills, job search strategies, networking, job fairs/on-campus recruiting, and internship assistance. Career development staff work with current students, EMU alumni, prospective students, and employers.

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The UACDC offers many programs during the fall and winter semesters to help students in their success at EMU. These programs include career fairs, Fast Track, group advising for Exploratory students, Eagle Expo, Registration Blitz, and First-Year Experience events.

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“WeSupportYourGoals” is the mission statement shared by the UACDC and the five college advising offices. It means that staff will welcome any questions and concerns and will work with you to find the appropriate solution and resources to help solve your problem. The UACDC staff is here to help and want to see to it that you are successful here at EMU.

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About the Writer:

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My name is Kaleyn Rice and I am currently in the Educational Leadership for Higher Education/Student Affairs Master’s Program. I have been at EMU for Six and a half years now since the start of my undergraduate program. I am currently an Academic Advisor in the UACDC.