Nov 27 2018

Everyday Backpack Essentials

by blogemu

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Nov 13 2018

5 Great Places to Eat on Campus

by blogemu

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

 

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

 

5) The Eagle Cafes

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4) The Eastern Eateries

 

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

 

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

 

3) CrossRoads MarketPlace

 

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

 

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

 

2) The Commons

 

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

 

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

 

1) The Student Center Food Court

 

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

 

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

 

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

Nov 07 2018

An inside look at the College of Arts and Sciences

by blogemu

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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