EMU Blog

Sep 13 2017

Fall Semester is in Full Swing

by blogemu


Hey Eagles!  I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your fall semester.


Fall is one of everyone’s favorite times of year here at Eastern Michigan University, mostly because there’s so much going on around campus!


Making the most out of fall is crucial to enjoy your time at EMU and take advantage of all the fun things Eastern offers for students to do.


To help you put together your social calendar for fall, I’ve highlighted some of the most important sports and other campus events for you.


Between sporting events, Campus Life activities, and everything else going on on campus, be sure to mark your calendars and enjoy what EMU has to offer this fall!


Below is list of some of my favorite activities that I have highlighted for you. Be sure to check EMU Athletics for a full schedule for fall sports, and for all other activities be sure to check out the Campus Life schedule as well.




Womens Volleyball Team vs Fort Wayne, IN

Sept. 12 at 6 PM at the Convocation Center


Campus Jam

Sept. 13, 3- 8 PM at the Student Center

Enjoy free things such as: Giveaways, Food, Rockwall climbing and more!


Varsity Football vs Ohio University Bobcats

Saturday, Sept. 23 at Rynearson Stadium (time TBD)


Explore the World: Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10 – 2 PM at the Student Center Ballroom


Womens Soccer Team vs University of Buffalo

Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 PM at Scicluna Field


Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

Friday, Oct. 6 from 8-10 PM at Pease Auditorium


Homecoming Block Party & Pep Rally

Friday, Oct. 20 from 6:00 – 8:45 PM, at the Student Center Patio and Lake House Amphitheater

Come meet all the local businesses that partner with EMU and try samples, win raffles and more! Then head to the amphitheater for a pep rally to fire you up for the next day’s game!


Threepenny Opera

October 20-21, 26-28 at 7 PM and October 22 & 29 at 2 PM at Quirke Theatre

Come see EMU Theatre’s first show of the fall season!


Varsity Football vs Western Michigan University; Homecoming!

Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 PM at Rynearson Stadium


Varsity Football vs Ball State

Thursday Nov. 2 at 7 PM at Rynearson Stadium


Varsity Football vs Bowling Green

Tuesday Nov. 21 at 7 PM at Rynearson Stadium



No matter what your social event preference is, EMU hosts a variety of fun filled events for everyone!


If you’re interested in music, art, theater, sports, or just getting involved on campus, you can find a ton of events through organizations such as Campus Life, Student Government, EMU Athletics, EMU Theatre, EMU Music Department, and so many more.


Check their websites and Facebook pages to find listings of other events coming up later in the semester!


Let us know in the comments or tag us on social media if you attend any of these events. Let us know how you like them and what your favorite part was! Stay cool EMU.






Emma Schulte is majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Spanish, and is a senior at EMU. In her free time, she acts as Co-President of the American Marketing Association. She also likes to swim, hike and travel. Emma loves being involved in events and organizations on campus, and is incredibly proud of where she goes to school.

Sep 06 2017

TheRide- Watch. Play. Text.

by blogemu

Why drive when there’s a smarter way to go?


Catch TheRide to class, shopping, or a night out. You can sit back and enjoy someone else doing the driving while you text, tweet, or catch up on homework!


There are all kinds of ways to spend the extra time that TheRide gives you. You also don’t have to spend time looking for a parking spot and you can save money on gas and parking.


If you’re new to the area or you’re new to riding the bus, we look forward to having you aboard! TheRide is easy to take.


Visit TheRide.org to plan your trip and find the estimated arrival time of your bus. You can also view how-to-ride videos and use other helpful rider tools.


Be sure to sign up for our MyAlerts system, which will keep you up to date by email on detour information, schedule changes, and holiday schedules that affect your specific route.


Thanks to a partnership with EMU, you can buy discounted 30-day passes at the EMU Cashier’s Office and bill them to your student account!


In addition to the discounted 30-day pass, EMU covers your fare when you ride Route 41, the College of Business shuttle. There are many locations around town that you can get to from campus on TheRide – such as Arborland, Briarwood, downtown Ann Arbor, Depot Town and Meijer are just a few.


We encourage you to visit TheRide.org to use our tools and get all the information you need to get where you need to go. To find out about our ongoing service improvements, visit TheRideYourWay.org. Be sure to follow us @CatchTheRide on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


We look forward to seeing you soon on TheRide!

Aug 30 2017

Fajita Fest: Student Organization Fair

by blogemu

EMU Student’s in their First Four orientation group!



The countdown to the first day of classes has begun! It is crazy how fast the summer is flying by! In honor of classes beginning again we are hitting all the stops ahead of time to get those first time college goers ready for the full EMU experience!


The best part about Fall semester is all the events that take place on campus to get you involved within different departments, clubs and organizations. One of my favorite events that takes place every year towards the beginning of the semester is Fajita Fest and yes, they have fajitas!


Fajita Fest is a First Four event designed for you, the students to explore the different student organizations on campus.


There are over 250 student organizations to choose from so it is a great way to meet new people and get involved in something you care about! Getting involved is also a good way to stay active within the EMU community, which creates a new home with long lasting memories.


If you’re interested in attending Fajita Fest during First Four and you’d like to get an idea of what types of student organizations are on campus visit Eagle Sync and you can get a list of student orgs. with a little information about each one.


Knowing a little bit about the organizations you’re interested can help you to think of questions to ask members during Fajita Fest! This can give you a better idea of what will interest and fit with you and what you want to do.


This year, Fajita Fest will be taking place on the last day of First Four orientation, September 4, 2017 from 12 to 3 pm. If you are an incoming freshmen and would like to know more about First Four and Fajita Fest download the Guidebook App. This year, there will be limited First Four schedules hard copy so get the app prior to the first day of orientation to be fully prepared on what to expect.


Welcome to Eastern Michigan University! We hope you have a wonderful First Four experience!




Courtney Carroll a senior at Eastern Michigan University double-majoring in Public Relations and Communication. Currently interning for University Marketing, she plans to graduate this fall with hopes of a future career in social media marketing! Connect with her on social @courtneyjjayne

Aug 23 2017

First Four Orientation- What to Expect?

by blogemu

Hey, Eagles! It’s Josie here from University Marketing and BlogEMU.

I had the chance to sit down with some members of the Campus Life Orientation Team of Eastern’s Advisors and Mentors (O-TEAM) to talk about everything you need to know about First Four. Including what it is, what to bring, and generally what to expect from this year’s First Four 4-day event.

Imagine being in a room full of fun individuals who are passionate about Eastern Michigan University and First Four! These are exactly the types of people your O-Team and First Four group leaders are.

They will be some of the first people you will interact with coming into college, and I know they will do an amazing job assisting you with the next chapter of your lives while creating an experience you will never forget.

Without further ado, we invite you to check out the first edition of our new video blog,


Make sure you’re following EMU on all of our social media channels to stay updated on all things First Four and of course all things EMU.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! The Countdown to First Four has officially begun! We can’t wait to see on September 1st.

Aug 16 2017

Partner Summit at EMU

by blogemu

The 3rd Annual Partner Summit, hosted by IMG, was held on August 9th at EMU’s .Convocation Center on the main court floor. This year, 20% more corporate partners who are supporting EMU and the Athletic Department attended (30 in total) and had table displays with various giveaways.



The day started with a “Meet the New Athletic Director – Scott Wetherbee”. This portion of the day was exclusive for corporate partners to have the opportunity to meet Scott and learn about his connection to corporate partners and ways that we can all work together to grow the brands and support each other.


The “tabling and mingling” portion of the Partner Summit followed and this was open to all EMU coaches, administrators, faculty and staff.


In total, over 200 people attended and were able to meet representatives from the corporate partners and form new relationships. They also learned about ways to work together while receiving EMU exclusive discounts and pricing to assist with budgets.


The following EMU Athletic Official Partners were in attendance: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Domino’s; and Trinity Transportation.



Attendees received complimentary food and beverage from Aubree’s (Depot Town); Cottage Inn; Domino’s; Jimmy John’s; Little Caesars; Marco’s Pizza; Noodles & Company; and United Dairy Industry of Michigan (Chocolate Milk).


A few partners had “enter to win” contests to win Marco’s Pizza for A Year; $100 Gas Gift Card (courtesy of Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram); and a $100 VISA Gift Card (courtesy of FGS, Inc.).



All EMU employees are encouraged to attend this fun and unique event next year. The date and time will be shared in the coming months.


For more information on EMU corporate partners and ways to connect with them, please reach out to: Heidi Wegmueller, General Manager of EMU IMG Sports Marketing, at heidi.wegmueller@img.com.


The complete list of corporate partners who attended are: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Ann Arbor Sports Commission; Aubree’s; Candi Cane Wireless of Ann Arbor; Cottage Inn; Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Domino’s; EMU Credit Union; Ephesus; FGS Inc.; Foresight Group; Golden Limo; Holiday Inn Ann Arbor (US-23 & Plymouth Road; Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Belleville; Jimmy John’s; Key Bank; Little Caesars; MAD Creative Concepts; Marco’s Pizza; MSW Print; Noodles & Company; O-Sports; Qdoba Mexican Eats; Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport; Sport-Travel; St. Andrew’s Products; The Polo Fields Golf & Country Clubs; Trinity Transportation; United Dairy Industry of Michigan and United Way of Washtenaw County.

Aug 09 2017

Advice for Freshmen

by blogemu

Let me first start off by saying WELCOME! You chose a great place to land here at EMU! I’m sure it still doesn’t feel real; you’re going to college, but it’s happening and the first day of classes will be here before you know it (September 6th)!


Prior to my freshmen year, four years ago, I hadn’t prepared anything until the week before I moved in. Yes, I procrastinated. Something I’m sure a lot of you could relate to however, once I was a week out from moving in I was completely stressed. Books, clothes, food, basic life necessities, I had to get it all and that whole week leading up to move in, it was not fun. So what’s the best advice I can give you?


  • Don’t procrastinate!

Beginning college is fun but it’s more fun when you’re prepared and ready to go! The best way to do this is by creating a checklist. By starting it now you can do a little each day leading up to move in just to be sure you don’t forget anything. Check your class schedule and email your professors to ask about course materials and textbooks!


  • You don’t need to decide right now!

Your major doesn’t need to be determined right away. This is something that I had a hard time understanding, however, general education courses are designed to give you an idea of what a certain major could look like so try out a variety of classes because you never know what you may enjoy if you never try! Which brings me to my next piece of advice…


  • Do something that makes you happy!

Trust me when I say you’ll regret it if you don’t. We often find ourselves worry about money when in reality we should worry less about money and focus on what makes us happy. Go into a field that will make you enjoy waking up for work in the morning!


  • Come prepared the first day of class!

Often times, professors will either email out the syllabus prior to the first day of class or they will post it to Canvas (primary website used to stay on top of all your courses). Check your Emich email and Canvas account often before classes start to get a good grip on what is expected throughout the semester!


  • Don’t lose the syllabus!

Professors lay out the entire semester into the syllabus’ and expect you to follow it, so never lose it and always look back at it. If you don’t you may miss/forget about assignments!


  • You pay for the classes you take — remember that!

Skipping class is going to happen, I get it but don’t skip class just to skip because at the end of the day regardless if you go or not, it’s still money out of your pocket! Skip wisely!


  • Don’t overwhelm yourself with classes when you register for Winter Semester!   

By now, you should be registered for Fall semester however, prior to Christmas Break you will need to register for Winter semester and when that time comes don’t overwhelm your schedule by taking the max credit hours (19). This may seem like a good idea because you want to graduate sooner but get a feel for college first, understand your limits and then schedule your classes in the future accordingly!


  • Get out of your comfort zone!

Join a club or organization on campus and meet new people. College is where you find yourself so go out, explore and find yourself!


  • Always carry an Umbrella and invest in good winter coat & boots!

The best piece of advice anyone could’ve given me before college was this. I came to EMU with a North Face windbreaker jacket (wasn’t even thick enough to be a coat), no umbrella and not one pair of warm boots.  I immediately regretted that decision the first day it snowed/rained!


  • Everything works out the way it meant too!

Don’t sweat the small stuff. College can be hard, it has its moments but one day you beginning your Freshman year and the next you’re registering for graduation like where has the time gone!?


Good Luck!





Courtney Carroll a senior at Eastern Michigan University double-majoring in Public Relations and Communication. Currently interning for University Marketing, she plans to graduate this fall with hopes of a future career in social media marketing! Connect with her on social @courtneyjjayne

Aug 02 2017

An Alumni’s Experience

by blogemu

I never thought college would actually fly by as quickly as everyone said it would, but to my surprise, it did.


I did not get the normal “college experience” like most people, yet I regret absolutely nothing about my journey. College is a unique and challenging time for every individual who embarks on the experience and it’s so worth it.


I started out at a community college and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University. I chose EMU for many reasons. I was the 3rd generation to attend EMU from my family, it was close enough to my home that I could commute, and it was affordable.


Another bonus to EMU was the Public Relations program. Not many schools in Michigan actually have a PR program and I was so set on studying Public Relations that I knew EMU would be a great fit for my career goals.


The program is big enough to matter but small enough to where students matter in it. I had a very close relationship with all of my professors and was always able to go to them with questions and help applying for jobs, internships, and with my resume. I am forever grateful for the relationships with all of the PR professors and still keep in touch with them!


When I first started at EMU it was really hard to get involved and meet people, but once I started getting to know people from my program college life became more fun.


I joined the Public Relations Student Society of America which was a club aligning with the PR program that gave me access to so many resources that helped me gain experience in the field as well as internship opportunities and networking events to get me in the world of public relations.


Because of all of the hard work I put into my education and experience at EMU, I was able to land a job right out of college, and I am already moving up due to my experience and dedication to public relations.


I am forever grateful to the professors, faculty, and staff who poured into my education and experience during my time at EMU!




Lauren Houck is an EMU alumni. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations in December of 2016. While at EMU, Lauren was involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America and held the Vice President of special events and programs for EMU’s PRSSA chapter. Houck currently works in governmental relations.

Jul 26 2017

Fifth annual TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park 2017

by blogemu

It’s that time of year again! The fifth annual TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park was last night, July 25th, and it was a huge success!


With over 800 Eastern students, staff, alumni, and supporters of all ages in attendance the night was a hit and fun was had by all who came out and supported the Tigers.


TRUEMU Nights are always a great time, and TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park was no different. Eagles showed their Eastern pride by sporting green and white as well as there EMU/Tigers hats.



The night opened with the throwing of the first pitch by EMU Political Science Professor Ed Sidlow. A strike was thrown of course! The singing of the national anthem was done by EMU music student Devyn Mitchell. Mitchell did a wonderful job. The talent our students at Eastern have is incredible!



Throughout the night there were several performances from the EMU cheer and dance teams. Eastern’s very own Swoop could also be spotted during the game as he made several appearances on the field and throughout the park.



Part of the evenings success came from the money raised. A $5 portion of every EMU ticket package sold went towards the Genuine Eastern Michigan (GEM) Scholarship Fund raising a total of $4,055. This fund is used to help EMU students.


The check was presented on the field and accepted by Regents Mary Treder Lang and Jim Webb, President Dr. James Smith and his wife Dr. Connie Ruhl Smith, VP for Communications Walter Kraft and Student Government Vice President Larry Borum, and of course Swoop.



After the game EMU supporters gathered behind the EMU sign on the field and took a group photo to commemorate the evening.


TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park 2017 was a huge success and we can’t want to celebrate again next year with our Eastern family!

Jul 19 2017

Volunteer Opportunities For Students in Ypsi and Around Campus

by blogemu

Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Do you like to volunteer, but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further! There are many amazing places to volunteer your time and talents in the city of Ypsilanti as well as on Eastern’s campus.


Check out these great resources and places to volunteer:


Vision Volunteer Center


VISION, or more formally known as Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods, is dedicated to helping students, as well as staff, become actively engaged in service. The VISION office is located in EMU’s Student Center in room 346. The goal of VISION is to address global and local issues and meet community needs. VISION is a great resource for students as it counts toward LBC credit, students can earn pre-teaching hours, and it’s a great way to get more involved with the EMU community. If you would like more information on volunteering visit their website, or stop by their office in the Student Center and check it out!


Swoop’s Food Pantry


Swoop’s Food Pantry is a pantry open to EMU students. The pantry is located on the first floor of Pierce Hall, and it is run by EMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteers.The basic mission of the pantry is to provide food and other essentials assistance to current EMU students. The pantry is always looking for donations as well as for volunteers. Volunteering for Swoop’s Food Pantry is a great way to directly give back to your fellow Eagles. To read more about their or to sign up to volunteer mission check out their website.


Growing Hope


Growing Hope is an organization located in Ypsilanti that helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and increasing access to healthy food. According to their website, Growing Hope serves as a technical assistant, program coordinator/partner, and general resource for nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions that wish to use gardening as a way to further their social, educational, and/or environmental missions. Growing Hope has a variety of volunteer opportunities which include working in their garden as well as their main office. For more information check out their website.


Dawn Farm


Dawn Farm is an organization that has residential, outpatient and detoxification programs for addicts. The goal of Dawn Farm is to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery. A unique factor about Dawn Farm is that they place an emphasis on the recovering community as the most important source of healing and recovery support for their clients. Dawn Farm offers a continuum of addiction treatment and recovery support services. Volunteer opportunities with Darn Farm include assistance with the Dawn Farm garden, assistance with special events, assistance with Dawn Farm mailings, and assistance with organizing donations to name a few. For more information or to check out other volunteer opportunities visit Dawn Farm’s website.


These are just a few of the great organizations on EMU’s campus and within Ypsilanti that are in need of volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. Pick an organization that is meaningful to you and start volunteering today!

Jul 12 2017

Life after graduation: What now?

by blogemu

One of the things that everyone thinks about while cramming to finish our degree is what will happen after graduation. We’ve just spent years educating ourselves to be prepared for what’s to come, but nothing is concrete until we have a degree in our hands.


Finding a job after graduation can be quite a task depending on what career field you’re entering. Not every area is actively searching for new people and it can be very discouraging if you don’t find something right away.


After I graduated in April, I took on a full-time internship at Visteon in Van Buren Township. I’m part of the marketing and communications team and we are few in numbers. Internationally, our team is comprised of about 15 people. For a large corporation, this isn’t very much but we get the job done.


In my case, an internship was the best option for me after graduation as I will be moving across the country in September. For those of you who can’t find full-time work directly after graduation, looking for an internship may be a good alternative. Internships keep you current in the industry and they’re something to put on your resume.


Life after graduation has been a complete transition. Going from being in a classroom all day to being in a cubicle and working environment has been a bit of a challenge.


My professors and my program fully prepared me for life after college. The techniques and writing styles I learned during my education prepared me for what was to come. Had I not attended college, I wouldn’t be able to perform the daily duties expected of me in this position.


The most pertinent thing to keep in mind is that sometimes it takes time to find the position that’s right for you. Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t get a job on the first try – that just means it wasn’t meant to be. Keep your chin up and keep looking, something will surface eventually that was a match made for you.





Courtney Schultz is an EMU alumni. She graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications. Follow her around @cschulPR.

Jul 05 2017

Discover the Social, Emotional, and Physical Benefits of PEGN Physical Activity Classes

by blogemu

Are you looking for a class that will keep you active? Do you want to learn a new skill or sharpen your skills in an activity you currently love?  Would you like to reduce your stress and meet new people in the process?


You can do all of this AND receive credit that will help fulfill your graduation requirements here at EMU.  Our PEGN (physical activity courses) are a fantastic way to do all of this!


PEGN classes are offered both on and off campus during the Fall, Winter, and Summer sessions.  One of the many great things about our classes is that there is something for everyone!  We offer a range of activities in aquatics, dance, traditional sports, martial arts, personal safety, health and wellness, and fitness.


Many of our PEGN courses run for short sessions or just weekends.  There is sure to be a class that fits in your schedule. We also have courses that start late in the semester so if you find yourself in need of a course, don’t hesitate to take a PEGN course!


Here are additional benefits for our PEGN classes:


  • PEGN classes fulfill General Ed requirements
  • 8 PEGN credits can apply to graduation requirements
  • Convenient schedules – weekend only classes, 6 weeks classes, classes starting late in the semester, on and off campus
  • You can repeat a PEGN activity class two times – sign up for it again if you like it!
  • New classes are offered each semester
  • A variety of courses are offered and for all levels and abilities
  • Classes are typically 1 or 2 credits
  • Click here to view a listing of all the PEGN courses offered


For more information about all the various PEGN classes offered at EMU and at other locations, please contact Jean Foster at jfoster9@emich.edu or visit Eastern’s website. To get a glimpse into PEGN courses feel free to check out this video.

Jun 26 2017

Swoop’s Food Pantry

by blogemu

One of the biggest stressors that college students face is dealing with money. The best discovery I made this year that has helped relieve some of that stress is was Swoop’s Pantry. For those of you who don’t know what Swoop’s Pantry is, it is a food pantry run by EMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteers.


The basic mission of the pantry is to provide food and other essentials assistance to current EMU students. It is a way for students who have trouble paying for groceries each month can come to the pantry and get groceries for free. To read more about their mission feel free to check out their website.


Swoop’s Food Pantry is located in Pierce Hall, on the 1st floor. The set-up is super easy; all you do is walk in, fill out a quick online form to prove that you are a current EMU student, and then you start shopping!


The pantry has shelves and shelves of fresh produce, meats and poultries, canned foods, grains, and desserts. There are even shelves for free toiletries and kitchen supplies. EMU students in need can come to Swoop’s Food Pantry, sign in, and pick up reusable fabric bags to fill with foods and supplies. Students are allowed to visit Swoop’s twice a month, but if on a dire circumstance, three times a month.


The food for the pantry is half donated, half bought by the program. Donations come from awesome local non-profits, including Growing Hope, who provides organically and locally grown produce to the pantry. If you want to donate, or know somebody who wants to, donations are always appreciated!


Swoop’s Food Pantry is even open up during the summer. If you’re an EMU student in need or have the completely normal stress of trying to stock groceries for yourself, you should definitely check out this amazing, on-campus resource.


The hours are Monday through Wednesday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Check out Swoop’s Food Pantry and let us know what you think!

Jun 21 2017

It’s Coffee Time: The New Starbucks Location Is Now Open!

by blogemu

EMU’s very own Starbucks has  moved and has gotten BIGGER and better, located where the old Ezone was, Starbucks has taken over the Student Center. Following the grand opening of the Student Center in 2006, Starbucks was right behind that, opening it’s doors in May 2007.



Today, the Starbucks location in the Student Center is a full-fledged Starbucks, now carrying the full pastry and sandwich program. This new location will not only grow in menu size but it will also offer room to grow as well. Along with the space comes WiFi which will be available inside and outside on the patio for Starbucks customers.


So it’s bigger but why is it better?


Well the pastry and sandwich program is a plus, and the space provided is nice but the real reason I’m geeking about this new and improved Starbucks is the little amenities it has to offer like…


Outlets at the tables! This is probably as close to genius as it gets offering a quick way to get some power for your phone, computer, Ipad you name it. This minimizes the cords laying all over the floor and provides easy access.


The big tables for groups (and group projects ugh.) We all know this a little too well but group projects and meeting at the library – boring. These huge tables provide a perfect space to get together this a group of friends or a group for class to bust out some homework.



The Decor. Everyone loves a space with good lighting and great decor, this is the perfect place capturing the earthy tones Starbucks in known for while providing some rustic elements to make this place feel cozy.



The Patio with WiFi. I mean come on who do I need to convince that this is amazing! WiFi! Even on the patio, you don’t gotta tell me twice. If nothing else get’s you to come to this new Starbucks, let this be the reason! Get yo’ coffee and WiFi on.


As the Starbucks moved from it’s upstairs locations, The Lobby Shoppe will be fulfilling its new location which is in the works right now (no date on when it will be open). This will include many great design features like the Starbuck’s has including the garage door look as the shop door! With the hopes of continuing to be the #1 Student Center in the Nation we look to grow and expand and this is just the first step in maintaining that.


Go check out the new Starbucks – I guarantee you’ll be back!

Jun 13 2017

Good Eats in Ypsilanti

by blogemu

With so many good places to eat in Ypsilanti it’s hard to know what restaurants are the best to try. Of course there are always fast food options, but if you’re anything like me you’re probably in the mood to try something new.


Luckily, Ypsilanti has many great options. If you are looking for some good eats that won’t break the bank and are close to campus check out these places that are all within walking distance of EMU.



  • ABE’S CONEY ISLAND – This place is perfect for dining on a budget. It has your classic Coney Island favorites that won’t break the bank. One thing that separates itself from other Coney Islands is their signature “Hippie Hash”. It’s technically a breakfast food but can (and should) be enjoyed for any meal of the day. It has a base layer of hash browns, topped with tomatoes, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs cooked to your liking and topped with either feta or cheddar cheese. A great meal and a great place to enjoy with friends, especially when the late-night cravings hit. Abe’s Coney Island is located on Michigan Avenue, at the intersection of S. Hamilton Street (south end of campus). (402 W. Michigan Avenue)


  • MAIZ MEXICAN CANTINA – Located in Depot Town, this Mexican restaurant is sure to not disappoint. They have Mexican favorites, like tacos, burritos and quesadillas as well as dishes with Mexican influences, like a Shrimp Cilantro Lime Salad. They have “$2 Taco Tuesdays” so you can stock up for the week as well as great happy hour deals for those of you that are 21+. It is a fairly new addition to the Ypsilanti area, so head on over and check it out. (36 E. Cross Street)


  • THE WURST BAR– Despite its name, this hot spot has quite a reputation in this town. They have unique sausages made from different kinds of meats and different flavors that are sure to dazzle your taste buds. Another signature dish is their tater tots, which can come nacho, poutine or vegetarian. This restaurant is also well known for their craft beers, which is a great pair with their cuisine. (705 W. Cross Street)


  • SIDETRACKS – Also in the Depot Town area, Sidetracks has everything you could want from Shepard’s Pie to a traditional Michigan salad. Everything tastes not only amazing but is reasonably priced. Evident from the name of the restaurant, the theme of the place is railroads and has many decor for guests to enjoy. They are very busy on weekends in the evening, so try and go at a time that isn’t during a dinner rush so you don’t have to wait an hour to get a table (very popular as you can tell). (56 E. Cross Street)


Be sure to check out one of these great places for some fantastic food next time you are looking for something new to try in Ypsilanti!

Jun 07 2017

Part 3: WOW! Quito, Ecuador… What to say?

by blogemu

Our last couple days of our trip were filled with opportunities for hiking through the Mindo Cloud rainforest and feeling the water of natural waterfalls beat down on our skin. We also got to see how natural chocolate is made at a chocolate factory (They sell the same chocolate locally in Dexter, MI as well)!


My favorite part of the last couple days in Quito was having the chance to hike and ride a horse up the side of the Pichincha Volcano; it was definitely a ONCE in a lifetime experience! Something we all were able to check off of our bucket lists!


Traveling internationally for the first time was such an eye-opening learning experience. I learned so much about resilience. Resilience of a nation, of a culture, of individual people, including myself.


During the trip we dealt with altitude sickness, dietary differences, experiences that pushed us to our limit physically and mentally, a language barrier, among other things, but we all came out changed and stronger people having faced these challenges head on with the support of our peers.


I will never forget this trip to Ecuador. I will never forget the 10 other students, our professor, his parents, or our bus driver. These people definitely made the trip the unique experience that it was for each of us.


The sunshine, the mountains, the rainforest, the streets, the parks, the schools… All unique in their own way, All make Ecuador what it is. Ecuador definitely lives up to its tag line, “Ama la Vida”, or Love Life. Although Ecuador is still considered to be a “developing nation”, it teaches you to enjoy the little things, to take time out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy what the earth has to offer.


If you get the opportunity to study abroad, I would definitely urge you to try your hardest to make it work for you. Short trips, such as this one to Ecuador, are perfect for busy students to take a break from their normal and learn about and within a different culture. Thank you for following my journey and have a great summer!


Go Eagles!




Candace Tulacz is a Master’s Student at Eastern Michigan University. She will start the second year of her program in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Student Affairs this coming Fall.