EMU Blog

Sep 26 2018

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

by blogemu

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

 

Pizzas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Burgers

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

With great food, historic charm, and a stellar location, we are proud to promote Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill as August’s Eagle Discount Program Business of the Month!

 

Gary Simmons is a senior from Muskegon, Michigan who is majoring in both Journalism/Media Studies and Urban Planning. When he isn’t out promoting EMU/Ypsilanti with the Go Social! Team, he is either writing articles for the Eastern Echo, working on TV programs with EMU’s student-ran ETV station, or is making people laugh with Laugh-a-Minute Enterprises. He is also a member of the Filipino-American student org Kapamilya Club.

Aug 10 2018

How To Survive Your First Year At College: Tips For Incoming Freshmen

by blogemu

Going away to college is scary, let’s face it. Moving away from home can be intimidating, being away from family can be scary, and starting college class can be daunting. But before you know it, you’ll be on your way to graduating with a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Until then, here are some tips and tricks for incoming freshmen.

 

Go to class. This is so important. You don’t want to miss out on any material covered during your lectures for when you’re tested on material later on. Sometimes professors offer extra credit for perfect attendance, too.

 

Set up a routine. Going to bed every night at the same time and waking up around the same time each day will help you have healthy habits, like getting enough sleep at night. Setting up a time each day to study and do homework will also ensure you get things done.

 

Back up everything. Whether it’s on a flash drive or on Google Drive, having everything backed up just in case is always a good idea. Not to mention, you never know when an old paper will come in handy for a portfolio or to reference for another assignment.

 

Get to know your professors. Having a relationship with your professors will help you in the long run, like getting a reference letter for a job or scholarship

 

Have at least one business casual outfit with you. You never know when you might need it for a class presentation or a job interview.

 

Use a planner or Google Calendar. This will help you stay organized when it comes to assignments, extracurricular, and anything going on outside of college, like appointments.

 

Use your resources. Go to the math lab or the writing center for help in your classes. Many intro level classes also have supplementary instructors to help students understand the material as well. Take advantage of them.

 

Do you have any tips for incoming students? Leave them in the comments down below!

 

This blog is brought to you by Housing and Residence Life at Eastern Michigan University.

 

Aug 10 2018

Blog Recap: 4th Annual Partner Summit

by blogemu

The 4th Annual Partner Summit, hosted by IMG, was held on August 8th in the Convocation Center on the main court floor. This year, 15% more corporate partners who are supporting EMU and the Athletic Department attended (32 in total) and had table displays with various giveaways.

 

The day started with an “Inside EMU Athletics with Vice President and Director of Athletics – Scott Wetherbee”. This portion of the day was exclusive for corporate partners to have the opportunity to learn about new initiatives happening this upcoming year in athletics, along with discussing ways to help grow the brands through the partnerships.

 

The “tabling and mingling” portion of the Partner Summit followed and this was open to all EMU coaches, administrators, faculty, and staff. In total, over 400 people attended (approximately double from last year) and were able to meet representatives from the corporate partners and form new relationships. They also learned about ways to work together while receiving EMU exclusive discounts and pricing to assist with budgets. A special “thank you” to Walter Kraft for sending out an invitation to all University staff to attend this year. The first 200 staff who attended received a complimentary ticket to the first EMU home football game on August 31st and an EMU backpack cooler.

 

The following EMU Athletic Official Partners were in attendance: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites (Official Hotel); Little Caesars (Official Pizza); and Trinity Transportation (Official Transportation).

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

 

A few partners had “enter to win” contests to win Marco’s Pizza for A Year; Keurig Machine (courtesy of The Hubbard Company); $25 gift certificates to Aubree’s; hotel room night at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; hotel room night at the Holiday Inn on US-23 & Plymouth Road; and a $100 Starbucks Gift Card (courtesy of Eastern Michigan University Credit Union)

All EMU employees are encouraged to attend this fun and unique event next year. The date and time for the 5th annual Partner Summit will be shared in June 2019.  

 

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

 

The complete list of corporate partners who attended are: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Aubree’s; Bigalora; Boj; Cottage Inn; Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Destination Ann Arbor; EMU Bookstore; EMU Credit Union; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; FGS Inc.; Genius Phone Repair; Golden Limo; Holiday Inn Ann Arbor (US-23 & Plymouth Road); Jimmy John’s; Key Bank; Kroger; Little Caesars; MAD Creative Concepts; Marco’s Pizza; Michigan Army National Guard/EMU ROTC; MSW Print; Noodles & Company; Qdoba Mexican Eats; Saint Joseph Mercy Health System; St. Andrew’s Products; Sherwin Williams; The Hubbard Company; Trinity Transportation; United Dairy Industry of Michigan; United Way of Washtenaw County; and Ypsi Alehouse.

 

Jul 17 2018

Business of the Month: The Wurst Bar

by blogemu

This unique restaurant and bar on Cross Street isn’t afraid to experiment with different kinds of flavors of their main specialty: Sausages.

 

They serve up everything from sweet Italian and vegetarian bratwursts to more exotic offerings like bison, catfish, and even alligator! The Wurst Bar might just be the most interesting bar in Ypsi!

 

Wursts:

 

Their most popular offerings are their bratwursts, it’s in the name! They serve 12 brats, ranging from the “usual” brats like Sweet Italian, which is made with pork, beef, rosemary, and oregano; the Vegetarian Hot Seitan, a spicy brat with red pepper, paprika, and seitan; and the Braadwurst, which is made with pork, pepper, and nutmeg.

 

Their “unusual” offerings include bison, lamb, Swiss merguez; cheddar summer sausage, which has beef, cheddar, garlic, coriander, and nutmeg; and gator and catfish brats, which are served with red pepper and green onions.

 

All brats are served with a wide array of toppings like sauerkraut, caramelized onions, roasted sweet peppers, and pickled spicy peppers.

 

Burgers:

 

Wursts aren’t the only thing that The Wurst Bar dishes up; they also have a great selection of burgers as well. The Original is, of course, the original, made with fresh ground brisket with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.

 

The Chili Cheese Burger is essentially The Original but with chorizo chili and aged cheddar cheese. The Southerner comes with fried green tomato, pimento cheese, and bacon. The Wurst Bar considers their Southerner burger to be “The Best of the Wurst.”

 

They also serve up the Wurst Burger, which has their famous wursts on an Original burger and includes onion, sauerkraut, tomato, and Swiss cheese.

 

Sides:

 

The Wurst Bar also has a good collection of smaller snacks if you aren’t in the mood for their main courses. My personal favorite are the poutine tots, which are tater tots served with brown gravy, and Wisconsin cheese done in the style of the classic Canadian poutine.

 

Other snacks offered at The Wurst include Stuffed Shroom, mushrooms with cheesy sausage stuffing, mozzarella cheese, and mushroom ragout; and Wurst Balls, which are fried wurst sausages stuffed with pimento and served with mustard vinaigrette. The Wurst Balls are another on the Wurst Bar’s “Best of the Wurst.”

 

The Wurst Bar has been serving up their unique style of bratwursts to the Ypsi community since 2012. Located at 705 Cross St.

 

The Wurst Bar is literally right across the street from EMU’s campus. You can take an easy, quick walk to this place after a long day of exams and lectures.

 

The Wurst Bar is a member of the Eagle Discount Program, providing a 10% discount to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni who show their Eastern ID. (Discount does not apply to their alcoholic beverages.)

 

With unique dishes, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff, we are proud to promote The Wurst Bar as July’s Eagle Discount Program Business of the Month!

Gary Simmons is a senior from Muskegon, Michigan who is majoring in both Journalism/Media Studies and Urban Planning. When he isn’t out promoting EMU/Ypsilanti with the Go Social! Team, he is either writing articles for the Eastern Echo, working on TV programs with EMU’s student-ran ETV station, or is making people laugh with Laugh-a-Minute Enterprises.

 

Jul 13 2018

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

by blogemu

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Jul 10 2018

7 Tips For Moving On Campus

by blogemu

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Jun 29 2018

My College of Education Experience: Sierra Moran

by blogemu

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

 

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

 

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

 

Experience.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

…and designing Calder inspired mobiles to introduce kinetic energy.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Jun 26 2018

A Peek Into EMU’s History: Buildings on Campus

by blogemu

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Gary Simmons is a senior from Muskegon, Michigan who is majoring in both Journalism/Media Studies and Urban Planning. When he isn’t out promoting EMU/Ypsilanti with the Go Social! Team, he is either writing articles for the Eastern Echo, working on TV programs with EMU’s student-ran ETV station, or is making people laugh with Laugh-a-Minute Enterprises.

 

Jun 21 2018

Resource Spotlight: University Writing Center

by blogemu

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The UWC even offers help with resumes and cover letters.

 

Guess what else?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

 

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

 

 

Jun 19 2018

COT Spotlight: Christine Franzen

by blogemu

Christine Franzen is a recent EMU graduate who followed her passion for art and animation to New York City, where she works as a projection designer for theater productions. As a projection designer, Christine is responsible for creating every video and image on set.

All her life, Christine has had a passion for drawing, animating and theater.

 

After acting in four performances at EMU, Christine decided to put her drawing and animating skills to use and assisted the projection designer on One Man, Two Guvnors. She went on to be the lead projection designer on Macbeth.

 

“Projection is interesting because you can take a small space and make it something totally different,” Christine said. “You can take the audience to an entirely different place.”

 

Her favorite production so far was “Me…Jane” which played at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. “Me… Jane” is a musical for kids about the life of a young Jane Goodall.

 

“It accomplished what I love about projection the most. It wasn’t too much, it was the thread the guided the story along. I also loved the message to go follow your dream. I felt like I was a part of something bigger than just the show.”

 

Christine’s goal is to continue to make a name for herself in the world of projection design and get to a point where clients seek her out for work.

 

In her free time, she continues to develop her skills in graphite, colored pencil and digital art. Check out christinefranzen.com to see some of her incredible work.

 

This blog was brought to you by the college of technology.

Jun 13 2018

Dorm Room Hacks

by blogemu

So you’re moving into your new room in your residence hall, and you think to yourself, “What can I do to make this place feel more like home? What can I do to maximize space?” Well, don’t you worry. We’ve got you covered!

 

If possible, loft your bed.

If you can’t do this, raise your bed as much as you can and utilize that space for storage, or even bunk your beds. Pro tip: your dresser can fit underneath a raised bed, just be careful not to scratch the top of it!

 

Hang up some wall art.

You can buy these at stores like Target (and sometimes even the dollar store), or you can pain them yourself! There are several Paint And Pour programs throughout the year in the residence halls were you can keep the art you paint.

 

Command hooks are your friend.

Stick a couple on the back of your door to keep your keys so they don’t get lost. They are also great for hanging other wall decorations such as mirrors and paintings!

 

Use binder clips to organize your cords.

Just clip them to the side of your desk and there you go! It is an easy and quick way to find your cords when you need them.

 

Bring pictures from home and tape them up near your desk.

Having some reminders of home makes all the difference. 

 

Make sure you bring Lysol or Clorox wipes.

When one person gets sick on your floor, it’s a matter of time before you, your roommate, or a suitemate gets sick, too. It’s better to be safe than sorry and wipe everything down just in case.

 

You don’t have to bring everything with you.

Bed Bath and Beyond will be visiting campus during move-in weekend with a bunch of supplies for sale you might not have thought to bring.

 

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

Jun 07 2018

Eagle Discount Program Business of the Month – June: Got Burger!

by blogemu

Serving up some of Ypsilanti’s best burgers, this family owned and operated eatery may only be 3 years old, but they’ll be around for the long haul.

 

Got Burger offers a variety of dining options including an tasty chicken shawarma, chicken wings, an assortment of vegetarian options, and of course, burgers.

 

Burgers:

They offer 7 different burgers ranging from their own Got Burger to Bacon, Egg, and Cheese to the spicy Firehouse Burger.

 

All of their burgers can be made vegetarian by substituting the beef patty with a veggie patty or falafel. Or build your own!

 

Sandwiches:

Be a fungi and get the Portobello Bliss, or try why of their chicken sandwiches; Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch, Chicken Breast Sandwich, or my favorite, the Chicken Shawarma, made with sauteed onions, mushrooms, and jalapenos, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and made in house hummus.

 

Sides:

Home fries, cheese fries, chili fries, chili cheese fries, seasoned fries, and sweet potato fries, there’s no shortage of fry options.

 

Not feeling fries? Try their yummy onion rings or melty mozzarella sticks

 

Wings:

Yummy wings fried wings tossed in your choice of flavor: Mild, Hot, Fire, Sweet BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Cajun, Garlic Parmesan, and Jamaican Jerk.

 

Hot Dogs:

They’ve got the Plain Jane for the more traditional folks, Chili Dog for the more adventurous, Chili Cheese for the extra adventurous, and he All-American Dog for the patriotic folks.

 

Got Burger is dedicated to providing their customers with delicious food made from quality ingredients. You can cool off on a hot summer day with one of five of their tasty fruit smoothies.

 

Located at 301 West Cross Street, Got Burger is only a 10 minute walk from campus. Enjoying the comfort of your apartment or residence hall? Then take advantage of Got Burger’s delivery service by ordering online or by phone.

 

Got Burger is a member of the Eagle Discount Program, providing a 10% discount to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni who show their Eastern ID.

 

With great food and friendly service, we are proud to promote Got Burger as June’s Eagle Discount Program Business of The Month!

 

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.

May 29 2018

Things To Do In Ypsilanti

by blogemu

It’s summer and school is done for the year. What better way to celebrate the summer months than to experience all that Ypsilanti has to offer?

 

The best way to get a feel for the businesses and events in the Ypsilanti area is to go to any of the businesses in downtown or Depot Town during First Fridays.

 

First Fridays Ypsilanti takes place on the first Friday of every month and features free food, music, art, and other activities as a way to introduce newcomers to our unique city.  

 

Every Tuesday, between 3 to 7 Growing Hope hosts an outdoor Farmer’s Market at 16 S. Washington Street in downtown Ypsi. The downtown Farmer’s Market is a great place to get fresh fruits and vegetables during the warm summer months. The Farmer’s Market summer season lasts from May to October.

 

One of the most popular events in Ypsilanti is ElvisFest, which happens every July in Riverside Park, near Depot Town. ElvisFest is a celebration of the life and work of rock n’ roll star Elvis Presley, and is also a tribute to the great music, fashion, and culture of the 1950’s.

 

ElvisFest features Elvis impersonators performing some of the King of Rock’s most iconic hits, a classic car show displaying some of the most fashionable automobiles of the era, and also has great food and drinks. This year’s ElvisFest will take place July 6 and 7.

 

One of my personal favorite places to be at in Ypsi is Go! Ice Cream, located at 10 N. Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti.

 

Go! Ice Cream is a locally owned ice cream shop that has unique handcrafted ice creams with flavors like Local Honey, Peanut Butter Sorbet, and my personal favorite, the Brûléed Banana Split. Yum! Go! Ice Cream is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon to 9 pm.

 

If you aren’t interested in parties, and simply want a quieter, reserved experience, then Ypsilanti still has you covered. The Michigan Firehouse Museum, located at 110. W. Cross Street, has a great collection of historic firefighting equipment.

 

Located inside the original 1898-built Ypsilanti Firehouse, it will give visitors an insight into the history of firefighting, and a look at firefighting in Ypsilanti. The Michigan Firehouse Museum is open Thursday-Sunday from 12-4.

 

Not too far from this museum, at 220 Huron St is the Ypsilanti Historical Museum, located in a historic house built in 1860. The museum has exhibits on Ypsi’s history and shows what life was like in the 19th century. The Ypsilanti Historical Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2 to 5.  

Ypsilanti’s biggest festival would have to be YpsiFest, which will take place August 24-26 this year.

 

This year’s festival will have music performances, the “Ring of Steel” aerialist/acrobatic troupe, food trucks, an Arts and Crafts competition where visitors can buy unique goods, museum tours, and a row of markets lined up on Cross Street.

 

YpsiFest is quite possibly the best way to celebrate everything great about our town. This year, it will take place in various areas around Depot Town, Frog Island Park, Riverside Park, and Cross Street.

 

Ypsilanti is always buzzing with activity, and there is definitely fun to be had during the summer months when school is out. If you are ever in Ypsi during the summer months, you should check out some of these events and places. Ypsi is the place to be!

 

Gary Simmons is a senior from Muskegon, Michigan who is majoring in both Journalism/Media Studies and Urban Planning. When he isn’t out promoting EMU/Ypsilanti with the Go Social! Team, he is either writing articles for the Eastern Echo, working on TV programs with EMU’s student-ran ETV station, or is making people laugh with Laugh-a-Minute Enterprises.

May 23 2018

Studying Abroad: Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising in Europe

by blogemu

Bonjour! Hallo!

 

These are just a few phrases you will have to learn if you would like to join some of the students in the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) department here at Eastern Michigan University as they travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands and Paris, France May 20 – May 29, 2018.

 

Through this study abroad opportunity, you will get to experience the global fashion markets of Amsterdam and Paris.

You will arrive in Amsterdam, via the group flight, and will visit key fashion and cultural sites such as: The Tilberg Textile Museum, Waalijk leather and shoe museum and the Ann Frank House.

 

In Paris, you will visit the Pierre Cardin Museum, the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and meet with a Paris fashion designer.

 

You will also get to attend a Parisian Galeries Lafayette Fashion Show and enjoy a special day tour of Versailles visiting the palace and gardens of Louis XIIV.

 

More highlights about the program can be found at ww.emich.edu/extended/travel/apa/index.php click “Programs” under the headline, “Study Abroad,” then choose “2018 Global Supply Chain Markets.”

 

This study abroad opportunity is open to all EMU students in good academic standing and guest students. Applicants must also be at least 18 years old at the time of travel.

Students can earn 1-3 credits from attending the trip. Said credits can fulfill the course ATM 279 (3 Credits) or ATM 277 (1 Credit).

 

The program fee is approximately $4100 with round trip airfare included (See program budget for a complete list of estimated costs). Financial aid and scholarships are available to help cover the costs as well.

 

You can find more information on national and EMU scholarships specifically for students that wish to study abroad at http://www.emich.edu/abroad/financialaid/scholarships.php

 

For any additional questions please contact instructors Julie Becker (jbecker2@emich.edu) and Holly Mosher (hmosher@emich.edu).

May 15 2018

Learn to Learn

by blogemu

I believe anyone is capable of doing absolutely anything. The only thing ever holding someone back however, is themselves. Thinking that there’s “just no way” you can pick up the guitar or learn to knit is what stops you. Not simply being inexperienced. But if you can learn how to teach yourself skills, you can do anything. Effective learning is a skill everyone can make use of.

 

When learning something new, it is important to remember that you most likely won’t be a professional at the skill you want to learn right away. No one is. Critiquing yourself and learning from your practice is what results in progress. After each session of practice, reflect on what could have gone better. Where did you make mistakes? What was the cause of those mistakes? Keep those things in mind in the next session and actively work on those areas.

Next, you need to simply stick to it. Tasks will become harder as you push yourself farther into your new discipline, and that’s okay. Understanding that it’s not supposed to be easy is crucial. The cycle of practice >reflect >progress will never really end. A professional in any field will never cease practicing their skill.

 

The final portion of effective learning is the drive to want what you’re leaning. If you’re passionate about something, the odds are you’ll be good at it if you genuinely try. If you don’t care to learn guitar, why would you want to blister your fingers for it?

 

Cody Ryan Martell is a senior at Eastern Michigan University. He is a photographer for the University Marketing department, a content director for Modern Animal Marketing, and a dog enthusiast.