EMU Blog

Feb 13 2019

Valentines Day At EMU

by blogemu

Well, it’s that time again.
Nope, not another polar vortex. Worse…Valentine’s Day.
Whatever your situation is, these two words can easily instill panic. But never fear – BlogEMU has you covered.
For all you couples out there with no idea what to do, Campus Life is throwing their very first Dinner and a Movie night. For only $10 you and your date can dine on delicious Italian food, provided by EMU’s catering service. Dinner starts at 7:30 in the Student Center Ballroom and includes salad, pasta, bread, and dessert, with gluten-free options available. Every couple that attends will walk away with a free gift (it’s super secret, I couldn’t even get the deets). Following dinner, there will be a movie screening of – you guessed it – Valentine’s Day (2010). Everyone is welcome to come out for the movie – it’s free and starts at 9 pm in the Student Center Ballroom. So while you don’t need to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the movie, any ticket purchased for dinner will get you in the running for an extra special, super-comfy front row seat.
Jarrod Stober of Campus Life says that despite this being the first year, they’re still anticipating a decent turnout because it’s a great “opportunity for students to have a nice sit-down meal that is a little fancy at a low-cost rate.” Tickets are available on the Eventbrite website and can only be purchased for couples, so make sure you come hungry and bring a buddy! Hope to see all of you lovebirds (or spaghetti lovers) there!

Eastern Alumnus, Jake Iwaniec and WCC student, Meredith Osswald cheers breadsticks at Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill in Depot Town. Photo courtesy of Pamela Mohar.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you single students out there! A quick Google search will provide you with tons of opportunities around Ypsilanti to help you revel in your single-ness this Valentine’s Day. The Ypsilanti 20s and 30s Singles group on meetup.com is sponsoring an event on Valentine’s evening at Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill in Depot Town. Come join them for some pizza, shuffleboard, pool, and (of course) lots of singles to mingle with! You can find all the details about this event HERE. 
So Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! No matter what you do have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to spread some love every day.

About the writer:
Hi! I’m Pamela! I’m a senior at EMU studying communication technology. When I’m not at school, I’m working at Ann Arbor’s Community TV Network or spending time with my girlfriend. I’m also passionate about cats and wine and when I grow up I want to be a writer.

Feb 13 2019

How to Schedule Classes

by blogemu

Are you struggling with compiling your class schedule? Not sure how to sign up for classes? When it comes time to register for classes each semester, it is often stressful and confusing for students so here is a step-by-step guide to help you schedule your classes to minimize stress & confusion and maximize your time!
1. Make sure you’re aware of what classes you need to take. 
It’s important to know this ahead of registration time. Look through a course catalog and write down the CRN of all the classes. Meet with your advisor if you need extra help planning out your class schedule.
2. Make sure you’re conscious of your assigned registration day and time. Each student’s registration period is different depending on completed credit hours. Check out the “Registration Appointments” tab at https://www.emich.edu/registrar/ for information on your specified date and time which will be made available closer to register period.
3. Be aware of dates and deadlines. You don’t want to sign up for classes too late! Be aware of when registration begins and plan ahead. You can find this information under the “Dates and Deadlines” tab at https://www.emich.edu/registrar/.
4. When it’s time to register for classes, log into your personal my.emich account. Click on the “Student” tab and make sure “Student Services” is selected, then click on “Registration.”

Student > Student Services > Registration

5. Under the “Registration” tab, it’s time to add your classes & create your schedule! Click on “Add or Drop Classes” and select what semester you are registering for. In this case, you will only be able to register for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019.
6. Now, remember those CRN numbers you have previously wrote down? Pull those out and insert each CRN into one of the empty boxes at the bottom of the page.

7. Once you’ve finished, click SUBMIT and your registration is complete!

About the writer: 
Hello! I’m Hannah Nowaske. I’m an Eastern Michigan University senior from Canton, MI majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Graphic Communication. I am a member of PRSSA and the EMU Love Your Melon campus crew. I also work in the Division of Communications as a GoSocial Street Team member. In my free time, I love to travel and be outdoors!

Feb 06 2019

Black History Month: What it Means To Me Now

by blogemu

Source: The Stranger

Black History Month or African-American History Month is a celebration of some of the greatest heroes and events that have happened in the black community. In the United States, we celebrate Black History Month annually from February 1st to February 28th. Here at EMU plenty of events are taking place this month to celebrate, including the popular Unity Ball event put on by the Black Student Union happening January 31st, 2019 in the Student Center Ballroom. Black History Month is even celebrated in other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom (That’s awesome!).
As a 22-year-old African American male, many of the individuals we celebrate this month were my heroes growing up and still are today. Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall were revolutionaries in their time. The sacrifices they made and battles they fought are the only reason I’m writing this today.
As I’ve become older the appreciation I have for them becomes stronger. Ordinary people become extraordinary by standing behind righteous causes such as the Civil Rights Movement or the abolishment of slavery. From Harriet Tubman, who guided slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Rosa Parks, refusing to give up her seat on the bus – we’ve seen the power ordinary people have to do extraordinary things and spark change in an entire country.
As I type this today, we still are fighting the long fight of race and discrimination here in the United States. From being shot in the street by (bad) police officers, to facing discrimination at our workplace, we still have work to do. This is what this month means to me now that I’m an adult, that the work isn’t done and even though I’m an ordinary person I can help an be apart of an extraordinary movement that can benefit the future generations down the line. You reading this can help too! Going to discussions on campus and becoming more knowledgeable about issues is the first step to activating change.
To end on a happy note, I just saw an article the said the rate of black college graduates is at an all-time high. What a great thing to hear in my senior year here at EMU!

About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a Senior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Feb 01 2019

My College Bucket List: EMU Edition

by blogemu

Everyone should know what a bucket list is and if you don’t, it’s a list of really crazy, cool or awesome things you want to do before you well… kick the bucket. I think it is cool to have a bucket list for college too. Basically, it would be things you want to do before you graduate here at EMU. It could also include events EMU is apart of or it could just be about things to do in Ypsilanti in general. Plenty of us come from different cities, states, or even a different country altogether. You may not live in Ypsilanti year round or be around Eastern campus once you graduate so you should make a list of things you want to do before you walk across that stage. The list will motivate you to get out of your normal routine and stop and “smell the roses”. I personally made a list of things I would like to do here at Eastern and in Ypsi before I leave. Check it out, what would be on your EMU bucket list?

  • Be in an EMU Theatre production
  • Help volunteer on Eastern’s campus
  • Go to a basketball game decked out in all EMU gear
  • Go to a football game and sit in the first row of the student section
  • Attend a Comedy Night in the Student Center
  • Play the classic arcade games in the newly built Eateries
  • Try all the desert foods in The Commons and see which one is the best
  • Go to a new program in each Residence Hall
  • Go to a potluck dinner or a family dinner with friends
  • Perform in Poetry Society Showcase
  • Order a double meat burger from Smashburger
  • Take a yoga class at the Rec/IM
  • Join an intramural basketball league at the Rec/IM
  • Take pictures over Ford Lake
  • Have a photo shoot on the top of the parking garage in the summer
  • Play tag in Pray Harrold
  • Be in a Dodgeball tournament
  • See the leaves changes colors in the fall one last time
  • Try to run for Homecoming King
  • Meet President Smith

About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a junior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Jan 30 2019

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

by blogemu

Congratulations! You took a huge step towards being independent. You are finally able to embark on a new journey and further discover your own sense of identity. Before you start this new chapter of your life, let me offer some key tips to have a successful college experience.

Pictured: Dominick & fellow Eagle Band Members

Don’t Stress About Your Major
You have so much time to make a decision about what you want to do with your life. I have had FOUR different majors in my time at EMU ( and I’m a sophomore). The best way to find out what you are interested in is to make an attempt to join organizations on campus. Some of my best experiences from this school year took place during my involvement in student organizations.
Don’t Skip Classes
Skipping classes regularly is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in college. Most professors will deduct points from your grade if you miss their class constantly. If your professor does not take attendance on a regular basis but you still decide to skip class, you will miss out on important information all of the time. Don’t waste your own time and money by purposely missing classes.

Pictured: Dominick with friends

Treat Your Professors with Respect
Try your best to be attentive in class and have positive interactions with your professors. One day, you may have to come to them for a Letter of Recommendation. Also, if you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to visit the professor during their office hours! Some professors tend to explain concepts more elaborately when speaking to an individual rather than a group of students, individual attention from a professor could lead to a better understanding of the content they are teaching.
Cherish Your Friendships & Don’t Be Too Involved
I, unfortunately, lost a dear friend who was the most influential person that I met at EMU. His death was very unexpected of course, but I truly wish that I would have spent more time with him instead of trying to be involved in nearly every organization on campus. Cherish the true friendships that you establish during your time in college. It’s great to be involved, but don’t overdo it to the point where you never see the people that you care about the most. Please do not take them for granted.

Pictured: Dominick with his friend, Laz who recently passed away

I hope these tips have helped and I wish you the best of luck with your college experience!!!

About the writer:
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.

Jan 28 2019

Housing Application Launch

by blogemu

The housing application for the 2019-2020 school year is now live and active! If you haven’t applied for housing yet, you should do so as soon as possible as the priority period closes February 22nd, 2019 at 11:55pm.
Here are steps to follow to apply for housing:

  1. Go to www.emich.edu/residencelife/applications and select which category you fall under for your application (first-year student, current residents, transfer students, winter/summer housing, graduate students)
  2. You will be taken to a page that outlines detailed information and important dates (make sure to read all of this as certain things may pertain to you).
  3. Enter the housing portal and login using your emich username and password.
  4. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit.
  5. Fill out the forms for housing and dining contracts, emergency contacts, resident and roommate information, any needs/accommodations, and if you have a preference towards a specific Living Learning Theme Community (LLTC).
  6. Write a personal description for potential roommates to find you. If you already have people you want to live with next year, make a roommate group to make it easier when room selection time comes.
  7. You’re done for the moment!

The application will close on February 22nd, 2019 at 11:55 pm. Housing will email out lottery times during the winter break at the end of February for students that applied during the priority period. The time slot will give a date and time for students to go back into the portal to pick their space between March 4th, 2019 at 10:00 am – March 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am. If you are in a roommate group, only the group leader has to pick the space. Once the room has been selected, users must finish their application by choosing a meal plan. Students in roommate groups will have to individually go in and pick their meal plan as the group leader cannot do this for each student. After this, no further action is necessary.
Anyone who didn’t apply during the priority period or who was not permitted to apply then, the application will reopen on March 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am for any remaining students to apply, select their space and pick a meal plan.
Read through all the information carefully on the website to answer any other questions you may have. Feel free to contact housing by email or through their social media platforms!
Happy Housing, Eagles!

Jan 23 2019

Best Study Spots on Campus

by blogemu

Photo by EMU Student, Sami Liebig

Studying can be a bore, especially when you are in your dorm room and there are so many distractions!  I’ve compiled a list of some of the best study spots around campus that will keep you feeling productive and help your concentration for this new semester.

  1. The EMU Greenhouse:The greenhouse is connected to the Mark Jefferson Science Complex, and is open from 8 am-5 pm during the week.  The greenhouse is beautiful to relax in and they have a study table for you to do your work around all of the plants. It is quiet, so you are able to fully concentrate on studies and getting your homework done.
  2. The COB Study Rooms:  If you are a business major, it is much easier to go study at the College of Business.  They have many different quiet study rooms, and there is more parking available so you don’t have to walk in the cold very far.  The COB also has an Eagle Cafe located inside, so you are able to grab snacks and drinks during your study sessions with ease.
  3. Outside of the Student Center:  On a warm spring or fall day, the best place to be is the Student Center.  On the patio, there are an array of tables right by the pond, and it is the perfect place to unwind and focus on studying without being cooped up in a room.  Grab a coffee from Starbucks right next door and spend your day studying AND soaking up the sun (nothing gets better than that!).
  4. Study Lounges in the dorms:  Sometimes, just getting out of your room can do the trick in making you more motivated!  During my times in the dorms, I would always do homework in the study lounge on my floor.  It’s only a few steps away, but it would get you away from the distractions of being in your room.
  5. Children’s Literature section of the Halle Library:  Of course, the library is arguably the best place to crack down and get things done.  However, I find myself most productive on the second floor, near the children’s books!  It is a happier environment, and I feel like it usually isn’t as crowded as the rest of the library.  

Overall, our beautiful campus has so many places great for studying, but these are just a few of my personal favorites!  Check them out over the course of the semester, and maybe you can find yourself loving them just as much as I do!

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

Jan 22 2019

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: His Legacy & Message with Fast Facts

by blogemu

Taken by EMU Student, Sami Liebig

In honor of celebrating MLK this past weekend, I want to talk to you about why we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I want to give you a little bit of history on what this man did, not only for African-Americans but for America as a whole. His speeches and his messages are still just as relevant today as they were then. How he called for people to protest non-violently even as violence surrounded them. The amount of backlash, hate, and discrimination he faced walking his righteous path. His speeches are legendary and are some of the best in the history of this country. How he saw a future for America that we would one day come to fruition as all races and live in harmony. I honestly could go on and on about what this man means to me personally, but that would take too long, so here are some fast facts about this American civil rights hero and why we observe him on this national holiday.

Fast Facts:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia to Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams.
  • Dr. King skipped 9th & 12th grade and enrolled at Morehouse College at the age of 15
  • In 1955, he became the leader of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man
  • In 1957, King along with many other civil rights activists formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). They would go on to organize many peaceful civil rights protests around the country
  • On August 28, 1963, King organized “The March on Washington in support of racial equality. It was here that he gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech”.
  • On October 14, 1964, King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • In 1968, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as a day to remember his legacy and what he did for civil rights.
  • In February 1959, Dr. King traveled to India to learn Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence

 (n.d). 2019, “Fast Facts about Martin Luther King Jr.”, www.phillytrib.com

About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a junior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Dec 14 2018

6 Things Incoming Public Relations Students Should Know

by blogemu

At the beginning of 2017, I was given the opportunity to become a Group Leader as a part of Eastern Michigan University’s Orientation program. As someone who loves interacting with people, and has a passion for Eastern, working this job has become one of my favorite things to do.


However, my favorite part about being an Orientation Group Leader is getting to know the incoming students. I am excited for them to find their place at Eastern, just as I have found mine, and to start writing their own story while they’re at college.


I enjoy talking with all students at FastTrack (the segment of orientation where students register for classes) but nothing gets me more excited than meeting a future PR major. Even though I have only encountered a handful, I am incredibly excited for everything that they are about to experience when they start PR at EMU.


While I am excited to see the students start their journey at Eastern, there is nothing that I want to do more than to tell them everything I wish I had known when I started. But with one short day, it can be a little intense for incoming students to register for classes, get their first taste of college, and be bombarded with advice about their program all in one day. So I decided to create a list of the six things I wish I knew about PR as an incoming freshman.


Learn to love writing.

When I started the program, I expected to exclusively be planning events, posting on social media, and standing up in front of my class giving presentations about the future of Facebook. While these aspects are apart of the Public Relations program, I was in the dark about how important writing is in the world of PR. Press releases, feature articles, crafting newsletters, and blog posts, are all incredibly important parts of PR. So learn to love writing, learn to love your writing, because it will become an important part of your life.


Start networking from the beginning

Within the first few weeks of starting my freshman year, I decided to join PRSSA. I’ll be honest- joining PRSSA freaked me out because I had to learn to network and get acclimated to college life. How was I, an 18-year-old, who was stressed about finding new friends, supposed to network with professionals for a career that was years away? I found that having someone in the program who I felt comfortable asking questions to, and getting help from, was reassuring. They can help ease any worries you have about entering the world of PR. Additionally, the earlier your start networking, the more people you come in contact with, which can benefit you in the long run.


Join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Joining PRSSA is great way to start networking and to learn about PR. It allows you to learn how to network, as well as give you information about subjects that are relevant to the PR world. Joining PRSSA also gives you the chance for great leadership opportunities in and out of the organization.


Invest in a ‘professional outfit’

When I started college, I had no idea what clothes would identify as ‘business casual’. I didn’t even know when or why I would need them! I found that it is important to invest in clothing that is appropriate for the occasion. While it may not be frequent when you start college, there will be occasions that require you to dress in business casual and possibly business professional. Make sure that you are prepared and have outfits that fit criteria. Having the wrong outfit can leave the wrong impression! However, if you are unsure about what outfits are business casual or business professional, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest!


Make time to do a little PR everyday.

Make an investment to look at a PR blog a few times a week to stay updated with the ever changing world of PR. There are some professors who like to use current events as teaching points for their classes. When you are up to date, it gives you an advantage to speak up in class, and really helps fuel class discussions. Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of time I recommend subscribing to Help A Reporter Out (HARO). HARO is an online database that helps journalists with upcoming stories. They send you emails several times a day with topics that are relevant. This is a great way to stay updated on current trends.


Set out a timeline of how you want things to go.

It is one thing to know that there are goals you want to accomplish in college, however, it is another thing to achieve those goals. Create a timeline of what you want to do in your college career, and set dates to accomplish those goals by.


Hi! My name is Heather and I am a senior at EMU! I am majoring in Public Relations with a minor in LEADership. I am a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and work in the Division of Communications and the Orientation and Transitions Program office. In my free time I like to write music and hang out with my cats.

Dec 12 2018

What to Do Before Leaving for Break

by blogemu

You did it! You survived the semester! Everything from the first-day jitters and midterms, to the icy-cold weather of Michigan winters. With finals in full swing, there are only a few more things to worry about before you can fully relax. Not only do you have to prepare yourself to go on break, but don’t forget about preparing your room as well.


You first need to determine if you are in a residence hall that closes for break. Walton, Putnam, Phelps, Sellers, Wise, Downing, Best, and Buell Halls all close for the break between fall and winter semesters. These buildings close on Wednesday, December 19th at 12:00 pm and will not reopen for current residents until Sunday, January 6th at 9:00 am.


A ton of information will be provided by the in-hall staff and posted around the building to help you prepare for this; but to help you prep, we recommend that you follow these steps on what to do before you leave:

  • Take What You Need Home –Take any and all essential items with you for the few weeks that we are off. You don’t want to be without your favorite pillow until 2019! Need that special pair of kicks? Better take them! Traveling and need your passport? Don’t forget it!
  • Clean Out Your Fridge – Nothing is worse than coming back from break and smelling a stench so bad that everything in the room reeks of it. What could it possibly be? It’s that carton of milk you left from a month ago. Don’t leave any food in the fridge! Throw away or take home anything that’s left. And while we are taking about gross smells, make sure to take out all your trash before leaving.
  • Unplug Anything from Outlets – We’re all for being eco-friendly, so any items that are using an outlet should be unplugged. You won’t be using these items over break and the building can reduce its carbon footprint by not having them in use.
  • Communicate with Your Roommate(s) – Make sure to talk with who you’re living with on who will be the last person leaving. You wouldn’t want both of you leaving for the break with both expecting the other will clean up the room.
  • Check with Your RA – Residence advisors will post reminders on your floor about last minute things to do before leaving. This may include signing papers, cleaning up, reminders on taking out the trash and more. They will know specific tasks for your building so make sure to ask them before you leave.
  • Lock all doors and windows – Double check this before leaving, even if it’s just for a few days!
  • Make sure your windows are securely closed – With the wonderful December and January weather in Michigan, an open window can result in a lot of damage!

If you live in Hoyt, Pittman, Cornell, Westview, Brown, Munson, 600/601 West Forest or one of the Village buildings, these buildings and complexes remain open during the break. But that doesn’t mean that you are off-the-hook!


Anyone staying for all or part of the break period must sign-up for break housing no later than Monday, December 17th, at noon. Why? We need to make sure that everyone that is going to be staying on campus over the break period has appropriate card access to the buildings and to know who is here in case of an emergency.


Information on how to sign-up for break housing will be emailed to all eligible residents – if you miss this email, or have questions, reach out to your Resident Advisor, Graduate Hall Director, or your Complex Director for assistance.

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.