Jan 31 2018

Black History Month at EMU

by blogemu

One thing I love about Eastern Michigan University is that as a university Black History is celebrated all the time. Specifically, Black History Month events sponsored by the university start in January in order to get students prepared and in the mindset to remember and celebrate Black History Month in February.

 

 

This year campus began commemoration in January by hosting events that celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

By having events that remember MLK, and also remind us of his life and legacy, students are able to learn more about what his work actually meant and how it can apply to society today.

 

 

Some of the events that took place in January included keynote speakers, The Color of Drums put on by the Poetry Society at EMU, Community Conversations, and performances by Close-Up Theatre Troupes.

 

 

At these events the lives of African Americans and society as a whole are analyzed and portrayed in modern times providing insight into the progress that was made by many African Americans in American history, prominently including MLK.

 

 

Throughout the events that were held there was time for self-reflection by students and faculty about what MLK’s legacy meant, and how his principles of equality and love can be shown on our own campus.

 

One event that spoke to me personally was The Color of Drums put on by EMU’s Poetry Society. Throughout the show there were actors rushing in from stage left and people who were performing poetry rushing in from stage right. They both collided in center stage in an explosion of hot bars and emotional interpretation, it was magnificent.

 

 

There were also segments of the show that analyzed other stereotypes, such as though surrounding greek life and rape culture. Being apart of the show I watched a few skits and participated in even more. The controversial aspects and intense narratives of these pieces left a lasting impact on the students who attended.

 

 

Over all I felt as though the events that were held in January in order to prepare for and celebrate the upcoming Black History Month in February were insightful, educational, and thought provoking.

 

 

These pieces ultimately showed where our culture in American society has come while also showing different aspects of culture that we can all work on. Through these events, students were educated and their minds were opened. Once exposed to problems as well as solutions, I myself, found it hard not to take to heart what I was learning.

 

 

If you would like to get involved as well as celebrate and commemorate Black History Month there are lots of events on campus that you can attend. I have listed some of the events that will be offered below, and I hope that you will check them out.

 

 

Lastly I ask you this, what will you do this Black History Month to make a difference and celebrate MLK’s impact? I encourage you all to think about what action you can take to battle racism and show love to all. Every little bit helps. Happy Black History Month!

 

Mon Feb 5, 2018

Public Lecture on Mass Incarceration by Attorney Mark Fancher

From: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

McKenny Hall – Tower Room

 

 

Tue Feb 6, 2018

Liberation Theology, Economic Inequality, and Social Justice

From: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pray Harrold – 216

 

 

Sun Feb 11, 2018

EMU Unity Mural Paint Day

From: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Bowen Field House

 

More events can be found here!

 

 

 

 

Marcus LaGuerre is a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University where is studying Simulation Animation and Gaming (SAG) as his major with a minor in Business Management. Marcus currently works as a Resident Assistant and part-time as a night watch assistant. He also does various jobs for EMU’S Street Team through the Marketing Department.

Jan 24 2018

Thank you EMU!- An Alumni Feature From Stevie Newton

by blogemu

 

Eastern can’t get rid of me that easily!

 

Hi everyone – my name is Stevie Newton! You may have recently viewed me on the EMU Snapchat during my Alumni Takeover.

 

I began my college journey by attending community college to play softball, and then transferred to EMU in 2014 to study Public Relations and Communications.

 

Like most students at EMU, I enjoyed – and still do –  the diversity campus has to offer, the amazing scenic views, and the luxury of being surrounded by coffee shops and coffee lovers like myself.

 

As a student, I participated in Club Softball and was able to continue playing the sport that I love, while meeting and interacting with some pretty cool people who also shared the same interest.

 

I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to work in University Marketing; I sort of pushed my way into the position, but that’s another story! Working in University Marketing presented the chance to meet so many new faces on campus, and interact with talented and kind faculty and staff members.

 

I learned from the best in the classroom, and was fortunate enough to apply what I learned while working.

 

 

After graduating with my bachelors in 2016, I began graduate school to study Integrated Marketing Communications.

 

Shortly after, the automotive company that I was interning for created a full-time position for me and I decided to take a leap and test my skills – which has worked out incredibly.

 

Attending EMU was a challenge; in the best way. EMU challenged me to step further out of my comfort zone to learn some new skills and set myself apart in my competitive field.

 

I had friends from before college that attended EMU, so I was happy to maintain those relationships, but I was also challenge to welcome new personalities and individuals into my life. Attending EMU has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life.

 

I am proud to have been a part of such a WONDERFUL university. Thank you Eastern Michigan.

 

 

 

Stevie Newton was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and moved to Ypsilanti in 2014 to attend Eastern Michigan University. After graduating, she pursed her passion of social media and began her career at Horizon Global Americas as the Digital Marketing Coordinator. You can always find her with coffee in hand and laughing with her friends.

Jan 17 2018

Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Major

by blogemu

Picking a major in college is one of the most important and meaningful decisions you can make as a student.

 

In a way, picking a major is like getting on a bus ride.

 

Your decision is the bus route you decide to take. Each route can take you on a very specific road.

 

The bus will take you through multiple fixed stations, but once you get off at your destination (graduation); the places you will continue to travel to is up to you.

 

You can get off the bus sooner if you wish, and, of course, you can decide to switch to another bus if you want. However, you can also fall asleep on the ride or look through the window at the view to explore the route.

 

You can decide to sit quietly or socialize with other people on the bus. You can also trust the driver (professor) to take you to where you want to get, or you can talk to him, ask him questions… Bus rides can be tiring, but they can also be fun and relaxing. They are what you make them.  

 

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the bus company you are riding with is Eastern Michigan University, and trust me, you are in good hands. Now it’s time to pick a bus route, or in other words, you major.

 

Whether you have a major in mind or you are still undecided, there are many important things you need to consider before further pursuing with your desired major. Lucky for you, we have narrowed it down to the three most important things to consider when choosing a major or a field of study.

 

Q1: Does this interest you?

 

This might sound like a cliché, but give yourself time to really think: is this field of study interesting to me? Will I be happy to wake up everyday and deal with this topic for a long period of time?

 

Your decision will not only determine what degree you will graduate with, but what career you will be most qualified for once you’ve graduated. Give yourself time to think about it deeply; however, you do not have to decide right away.

 

Q2: Is your choosing field in progress?

 

Another important aspect to consider is whether or not your field of interest is in demand. This is can be tricky, because in a way you need to predict the future, and that limits your options.

 

You want to look at the field in terms of development and progress – How did this field changed in the last 10 years? What are the job opportunities offered in the field? What are the salary potential? How easy can one find a job in the field?

 

Passion for the field will not guarantee a career, so this question needs to be taken to consideration in the early stage of your decision.

 

Q3: What makes me stand out from the rest?

 

Lastly, every student needs to remember that in any field there will be competition. There will always be people who are interested in the same field as you; and so, they will compete you for those desired jobs.

 

Ask yourself, what do I have, that others don’t? It could be specific “hard skills” you’ve acquired in your life such as; InDesign, Microsoft-Office, accounting or mathematics, public speaking, bookkeeping, data analysis, a second language, etc.

 

In addition to “soft skills” which are just as important: incredible passion for the field of study, willingness to learn more,  leadership character, management, communication, creativity, time management, conflict resolution, etc.

 

Take your time to think about those questions, trust yourself and listen to your heart. Remember life is full of surprises and it is important to enjoy the journey, whatever route you’ve picked. And if you haven’t gotten on the bus yet, just wait – there will always be another one on it’s way!

 

 

 

 

 

Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.