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Feb 21 2020

How To Make the Most out of Winter Recess

by blogemu

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..   Finally, it’s the time we have been waiting for since winter semester began, right? WINTER BREAK! I’m no travel agent, but I am a college student and I know how to have fun. Being a college student means I am just as broke, if not a little more. Also, knowing how to have fun means that I love being out and about exploring new things.

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. The key to an amazing winter break is having supportive friends and family surrounding you. That’s the key to a good time at any time because you need to laugh and give your mind a break. Good family and friends have innate nature to make sure the people they surround themselves with are having a great time.

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.  The next step to having a successful winter break is to get out of the house and explore something. Dig deeper into something you enjoy doing. Take a road trip somewhere. The road trip doesn’t have to be the whole week you are out, it could be an extended weekend. If you are driving, make sure everyone who’s riding has gas money. If you are riding, make sure you have gas money.

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.  Airbnbs are the new wave. Most times, they are really good prices and they are really nice and clean. Also, customer service is very helpful and responsive. The prices jump really high around holidays and if a special event is going on around the city. In that case, make sure you book as early as possible. If not, try to book really late because sometimes they have “last minute” prices. Hotels are always a safe bet when traveling to unknown areas. Look at multiple sites, and compare prices before booking.

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.  If all fails because you are not financially stable, I suggest working and saving any extra money during the break to put towards another break. Keep in mind that a break could be as short as an extended weekend or as long as two months. Seize every break because most professions have no such thing. Look at places you would like to experience and do research on prices to travel, stay, and function (eating, shopping, and transportation). Start a group message with people you’d like to spend your breaks with.

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.  Last but not least, be open minded when dealing with other people. The more people you travel or spend time with, the more flexible and open minded you should be. Be optimistic and positive about every situation.


About the writer:

My name is Sydney Bierria. I am a transfer student ( in my junior year) here at EMU. My major is communication and I plan to build an empire as a TV personality. Besides the GoSocial Street Team, I am not in any other organizations, although I should add that I am interested in the Black Media Association, and other social organizations that promote loyalty, friendship and growth!

Feb 14 2020

The Color of Drums at EMU

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 .    Founded in 2001, Poetry Society hosts The Color of Drums (TCOD) in Pease Auditorium annually. The Color of Drums was initially founded by a Poetry Society oldhead; “Blake”. TCOD is the only staged event on campus where modern poetry and acting collide. This TCOD cycle, There were 8 skits guided by different titles, Crossing Lines, TRIGGER WARNING, 6 Feet, Watch the Throne, Masterpiece, Doors Up, and RockStars. This year, The Color of Drums was completely dedicated to honor the legacy of Tiran Maion Burell, a poetry society old-head who recently passed away at 29. To break the skits up, there was a halftime performance given by the Diversion Dance Troupe (Poetry Society’s sister org) and the Alpha Phi Alpha (The Fraternity Tiran pledged). TCOD works this way: the theme is declared by the MLK committee and then PS has a sub theme for the show itself. This is also the biggest show for PS. Our newbies who plan to earn membership in PS tend to do their first major show with us after months of grounded group work.

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  This event impacted my life because Tiran was the closest thing I had to a black hero. Without Tiran, my experience at EMU would be completely different. Tiran was the coordinator of BrotherHOOD, a coalition Living Learning Experience with the mission to further extend wisdom. BrotherHood provides resources for black boys from underprivileged communities or families, and assists them with navigating the college experience. Tiran was also a prominent member of the EMU Poetry Society (PS) and the reason I was introduced to PS. This show was dedicated to him because Tiran is a legacy in and of itself, as he has done 7 TCOD cycles which is the most done in PS ever. Tiran also helped me get my first real job, which was working in the Office of Urban Community Development and International Outreach in Porter. I was fortunately able to work on most of my poetry and learn more about professionalism. With Tiran, it feels like a part of me no longer exists. But in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, it is a timeless necessity to reflect on not only the famous figures who paved road the way as activists, but also the black role models who made the road easier to travel down.


About the writer:

Hello! My name is Mack Colston Jr. and I am a junior at EMU. Although I am actively involved in Poetry Society, I also enjoy singing and playing my guitar.

Feb 07 2020

Black History Month at EMU

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.According to History.com, Black History Month was first established in 1915. Throughout the centuries, the significance of this particular month has played a huge role in defining the true meaning behind African Americans and their culture. Whether it is breaking records or creating a platform for other minorities, African American identity plays a huge role in the United States as a whole.

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Historical African Americans and Places:

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Garrett Morgan Sr. ( the inventor of the first traffic lights)
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  • Born in Claysville (Harrison County, Kentucky), Morgan later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 14 years old due to employment.
  • Later on, Morgan established his own business in Cleveland, Ohio, dealing with sewing machines. Throughout his time in Cleveland,  Morgan was able to develop his own invention of a belt fastener for the sewing machines, establishing a patent in 1912.  
  • Years later, Morgan invented the smoke hood (a fireman’s mask) and traffic signal light between the early 1900s.

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Black Wall Street of America: 

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Documentary of Black Wall Street

  •  Black Wall Street was fully Developed on May 31st, 1921, located in Greenwood District, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
  •  This Historical place  had the significance of establishing African Americans within  their communities.
  • Black owned businesses created economic growth amongst the African American communities.
  • Race riots brought it to an end on June 1, 1921. 

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Interesting Books and  Movies by African Americans:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X 

Authors:  Malcom X and Alex Haley 

  • This books talks about the life behind human right activist Malcom X.
  • Throughout the book, readers are given life lessons , which can be used today.
  • Topics dealing with self esteem & unity

The Great Debaters Film (2007)

  • Directed by Denzel Washington

Higher Learning

  • Directed by John Singleton 
  • Dealing with incoming college students from different backgrounds, who face challenges amongst each other.

The New Jim Crow

Author Michelle Alexander

  • Deals with the mass incarcerations amongst African American and other minorities across America.
  •  Focus on the true meaning of behind the word “ justice” in America.

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Here is Eastern Michigan University’s campus event schedule for this upcoming week for Black History Month:

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Sun Feb 9, 2020:

The Intersection at the EMU Student Center

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Fri Feb 7:

“North Star”
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Quirk Sponberg Theatre

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For more information on events, please visit

https://today.emich.edu/calendar


About the writer:

Hello! My name is Bianca Ramsey and I am currently a junior at EMU. I am pursuing a BA in Media Studies & Journalism while being a reporter & writer for the Eastern Echo.

Jan 31 2020

EMU CloseUp Rises Up Against Injustice

by blogemu

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Hello everyone! Over the weekend, there were lots of events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but I wanted to share my experience about performing in my first CloseUp show. It was very emotional because it was my directors’ last show before stepping down from their positions, but also just the nature of how raw and real some of the scenes were made for a very impactful show.

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.For those who don’t know, CloseUp is a theatre troupe located right here at EMU. Often times, you can see us perform at orientation for the incoming first year students or on MLK Day. We talk a lot about the things other people are afraid to talk about. For this MLK show, we really wanted to do our directors justice by performing the scenes they wrote to the best of our abilities. Some of the topics in our scenes included: hypersensitivity, racism, sexual assault, masculinity, and stereotyping. In the troupe we had a lot of diversity; from the black community, the Muslim community, the LGBTQ+ community, and immigrant community. We, the troupe felt that those who were minorities should tell their stories in the most real way possible. A lot of the time, the stories that we were telling on stage were our own and the emotions that we used to deliver those stories were real. In CloseUp, we strive to give our audience a deeper meaning to the scenes so that when they leave, they will feel changed.

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.My takeaway from this show was just how important it is to speak your truth, no matter how hard it is. It’s important to talk about the difficult subjects and stand up to the injustices you see around you; whether that be here at EMU, your home, or even for a stranger. MLK Day may be one day a year, but we can continue to speak out and rise up against injustice every day.

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.We had two very successful shows and I’m so proud of my troupe. I wish everyone could have seen this show because I believe it really has the power to move people. For those who saw it, thank you so much. For those who were unable to make it, we hope you join us next time.

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About the writer:

 Hi! My name is Paige Wendt and I’m a second year student and a communications major. I love musical theatre, reading, baking cupcakes, and dancing. I’m involved with Best Buddies here on campus as well as the CloseUp theatre troupe. Besides the Division of Communications, I also work in event ticketing for the university (in simple terms: selling tickets for plays, sporting events, concerts, etc. that happen)

Jan 24 2020

Challenges of Being a Freshman

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           .Coming to college as a young adult is quite challenging. In my experience, I was constantly thinking about what it’s like to be completely independent and on your own? I also didn’t think it’d be a challenge, like how hard could college really be? Little did I know, college isn’t easy by any means, in terms of classes and staying active in all your student organizations, but the hardest part is allowing yourself to be exposed and talk to people.

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..  As we get older, we tend to think to ourselves that adulting is about being completely on our own. It’s a valid point because not just anyone is going to pay your bills, but part of maturing is knowing how and allowing yourself to be in a community. At Eastern Michigan University, I have never failed to feel cared for in all aspects of interactions with people I see on a day to day basis. My employers care about my schooling. My professors care about my mental health. My mentors care about me thriving. My friends care about my goals. There is someone always cheering me on and you never have to feel alone.

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.  .I expected to come to college and be fine because I’ve already lived the life of being independent. What I found out was it’s not just about being alone, it’s about taking responsibility for yourself in ways that not many talk about. I found it less challenging to manage my time, but more challenging to acknowledge when I wasn’t feeling like myself. When I wasn’t feeling myself, I had to take it upon myself to talk to someone and get brought back down to earth. Part of being independent is also being self-aware because no one else can do it for you. At Eastern, there are so many great resources to keeping your mental health in check. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is very helpful to many for counseling and guidance in adjustment to life in college and maintaining mental health. Having Residential Advisors (RAs) that check to see how you are doing is very helpful as well.


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.   .When entering a new atmosphere, it’s important to check in with yourself mentally and make sure all is well. If you are having a hard time doing that, it’s okay and totally normal! I recommend putting yourself out there, and being vulnerable. It’s alright to let others know that you are struggling with something. At Eastern, you never have to feel like you are doing anything alone.


About the writer:

        Shayla Parham is a first-year student at Eastern majoring in Public Relations. She works as a desk assistant at the Leadership and Counseling Office as well as being a team member of the Go Social Media Team. Shayla is a member of Optimize Eastern and University Christian Fellowship. Shayla enjoys music of all genres and quality time with her friends.

Jan 10 2020

Five Tips For Transfer Students

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  .You have decided to transfer to a new school. Despite your parents’ advice and what some of your close friends are saying, you desire a change. A part of you is afraid that you’re making the wrong choice. But, you do not have to experience a scary transition if you do not want to. Read along to learn about five tips to make transferring a breeze:

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Credits, Credits, and Credits

Before matriculating into any university, you must meet with an academic advisor. Be sure that you and your advisor come up with a detailed educational plan. Also, be aware of the credits that you may have from previous schools. Those credits may or may not transfer. This could potentially change the course of your educational career.

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Get To Know Your RA

If you are a transfer student moving into a residence hall, you should definitely become acquainted with your Resident Advisor. Most college dorms have a Resident Advisor on each floor. Resident Advisors are there to help you transition into your new collegiate environment. Resident Advisors can refer you to campus resources, assist with roommate conflicts, and simply be a confidant in your times of need.

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Make Friends With Other Transfer Students

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There are some things that other students will not understand. Find other transfer students to bond with. They will be able to resonate with your feelings of homesickness and awkwardness. Additionally, they will be able to help support you as you transition into your new college.

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Join Clubs

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Being able to have a group of people that share your interests is an amazing feeling. Student organizations give you something to look forward to outside of schoolwork. It will help you achieve balance between your social life and academic life as well. Go to Eagle Sync and pick a club that you might want to join. Then, attend the organization’s meetings and take it from there.

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Do Well In School

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It’s no secret that transfer students usually are leaving institutions that did not benefit them academically. Whether you are a transfer student with a stellar GPA or in need of a do-over, be sure to do well during your first semester at a new college. This will leave a great impression on your professors and set you up for future academic success.

Being a transfer student is not easy. Once you make the decision to leave one university to attend another, you are taking a giant leap of faith. The best way for you to make the most of your situation is to keep a positive attitude. Also, always keep in mind that things will look up in due time.


About the writer:

   Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

Dec 20 2019

Happy Holidays from EMU

by blogemu

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.   Hello fellow eagles! Finals are finally done and it’s time to get a fresh start and relax our brains with a well-deserved break! While most of us will be going home for the holidays, some of us will still be in our beloved Ypsilanti community. No matter where you are in the world in the next couple weeks, I want to encourage you to take this time to relax and regenerate your mind.

There are so many fun things to do in Ypsilanti over break like visits with Santa, New Year’s celebrations, and Winterfest events! No matter how old we get, it’s important to allow ourselves to appreciate the little things so that we can stay motivated for what’s next in store for our futures. Some of the events are as follows:

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December 20

The Santaland Diaries – A 21 and over event with David Sedaris acting out the retail world for a failing actor who can only land a job as Santa’s elf at Macy’s.

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December 21

The Santaland Diaries
Santa Clay at the Co-op – Come get a photo with a clay Santa and spread the holiday joy!
Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum – Free event all day to see Santa and do fun Christmas activities.

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December 22

The Santaland Diaries

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December 28

Spotlight New Year’s Celebration – A night of West Coast Swing dance and fun at the Ypsilanti Marriott.

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December 29

Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest – A three-day celebration of North American talent serving communities across the country to build the continental kizomba/ urban kizomba community. This event teaches you how to dance and grow with the community.
Spotlight New Year’s Celebration

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December 30

Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest
Spotlight New Year’s Celebration

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December 31

A Stellar New Year’s Eve – Arbor Brewing Company bringing in their own celebration to the New Year with different music and food options.
Dawn Farm’s Umbrella Ball – New Year’s Eve Dance and Celebration with raffles, music, and dance.
Dragin for a Cure for HIV NYE Party – 18 and up benefit event for Unified with entertainment, performances, and dancing! An Iconic New Year’s Eve – Queer burlesque performers of Kitty Delicious Queer Burlesque. An event with dancing, and New Year’s celebration.
Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest
Roaring 2020 Party – Cultivate presents a roaring 20’s party for the new year with live music, dancing, and toasts to the new year.

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January 1

Bike Ypsi – Riding into the New Year at 12:30 am in an annual ride starting at Arbor Brewing Company. Spotlight New Year’s Celebration location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti Charter Township, MI

There is plenty to do in Ypsilanti during break if you find yourself not being able to go home for the holidays, or if Ypsilanti is your home. Have a wonderful break Eagles, and happy New Year!
(For more information on events, please see YpsiReal.com)


                            About the writer:

 Shayla Parham is a first-year student at Eastern majoring in Public Relations. She works as a desk assistant at the Leadership and Counseling Office as well as being a team member of the Go Social Media Team. Shayla is a member of Optimize Eastern and University Christian Fellowship. Shayla enjoys music of all genres and quality time with her friends.

Dec 13 2019

How to Have a Successful Finals Week at EMU

by blogemu

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   Hi all! It’s easy to get stressed out with finals coming up, so I wanted to share some tips on how to be successful during finals week!

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  An important thing is to not procrastinate and to attend all of the classes leading up to the exam. It’s better to study in blocks of time rather than one late night cramming session before the exam. Some other helpful ways to study are to rewrite notes, use flash cards to test your memory, and to quiz yourself or have someone else quiz you. Another tip is to create a music playlist with songs to help you study! I have one with classical music because it makes for nice background noise and isn’t too distracting. Probably the most important thing is to do is to get enough sleep! Your brain uses sleep to process and retain information, so by going to bed at a reasonable time, you won’t have that brain fart on a question in the middle of the test.

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  When you feel like you’re not really paying attention to what you’re studying anymore, take a break. Taking a walk, playing on your phone, and watching a YouTube video a few activities that I enjoy between studying.

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  Depending on where you study, sometimes it’s good to switch up your study spot too. If I’m studying in my dorm for too long, I start to not study at all. Usually, I’ll go to the library or the student center and then resume my work there. The Halle Library is definitely a great space to study! Each floor has a lot of great places to study and it’ll be nice and quiet so you can concentrate. Personally, I love going to the second floor and sitting by the windows. That way I can get work done, but still have the light coming in from outside.

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  Finally, make sure you check your exam schedule! Some exams start earlier than normal class time so make sure you show up on the right day at the right time! Set extra alarms, reminders, or write your exam schedule down so you won’t forget it.

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  Well, I hope you found these study tips helpful! Best of luck to everyone on their finals and have a great winter break! 


                      About the writer:
   Hi! My name is Paige Wendt and I’m a second year student and a communications major. I love musical theatre, reading, baking cupcakes, and dancing. I’m involved with Best Buddies here on campus as well as the CloseUp theatre troupe. Besides the Division of Communications, I also work in event ticketing for the university (in simple terms: selling tickets for plays, sporting events, concerts, etc. that happen)

Dec 02 2019

Housing & Residence Life: December Events

by blogemu

Winter can be a dreary time of year. Finals are right around the corner and it’s hard to find the motivation to leave your residence hall. Eastern Michigan University has you covered with events you can attend without leaving the comfort of campus. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite events around campus that residents enjoy attending below:

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Tuesday, December 3rd

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AMP! Presents Handmade for the Holidays: .

Handmade art pieces will be available to purchase from local students.

– Student Center Lounge (across from the bookstore) – 10:00am – 5:00pm
“Season of Light” at the EMU Planetarium: “Season of Light” explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season.
– Mark Jefferson Science Complex – 402 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

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Wednesday, December 4th

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Teaching Kitchen: Pass the Sweet Potatoes:

They will be teaching about the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes with a hands-on cooking class! (This event is LBC 3A approved.)
– Hoyt Hall (Teaching Kitchen) – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, December 6th

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Friday Night Movie: “A Madea Family Funeral”
– Student Center Auditorium – 7pm – 9pm
Monday, December 9th

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Happiness Hop: 

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.Come hangout with Flurry and Urszula, EMU’s fluffy and furry rabbit friends to relieve your stress, improve your mood, and meet some great new friends. – Student Center – 250 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Wednesday, December 11th

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Wellness Woof – December Edition: Come to relieve your stress, improve your mood, and meet some great new friends by petting therapy dogs at the monthly Wellness Woof event.
– McKenny Hall – 348 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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Friday, December 13th Friday Night Movie: “ELF”

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– Student Center Auditorium – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
For a full list of events on campus, checkout the EMU calendar.
If you aren’t in the business of leaving the residence halls at all, December is a great time to start preparing for winter break. Here a few expert tips from housing on what to do before leaving for the end of the semester:

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Use Up Any Food:

You wouldn’t want to come back after two weeks off to a terrible stench coming from your room. Make sure to use up any perishable food in the weeks leading up to break.

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● Take Home Everything You Need:

Over the two week break, the residence halls will be closed and you won’t be able to access them until January. Make sure to take everything you need home (even stuff you THINK you might need) because you won’t be able to run back and grab it if you forget.

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● Swap Out Seasonal Items:

Don’t want to deal with those fall decorations you brought with you at move-in anymore? Take home any clothes or decorations that seem a little off season to make room for winter related items. Swap those crop-tops for sweaters!

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● Unplug:

Unplug any electrical items that won’t be in use over the break. It’s better to be safe than to have something over heat while you’re away.
Check with your RA for a detailed list of what to do before leaving for the break.


  About the writer:

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.  Hello! My name is Olivia Wash. I am in my senior year with a major in Marketing and a minor in fashion. I am the current president of the American Marketing Association and I work for Housing and Residence Life. In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix and hanging out with friends.

Nov 29 2019

How to Build Your Resume in College

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   You are finally done with school. Congrats! You’ve just completed a major milestone in your life. Now what do you do? You have a degree but not many job prospects. Don’t let this be you on graduation day. Instead, read along to figure out some tips to help you build an extensive resume in college:

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Join Student Organizations

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 College advisors and parents always encourage you to join student organizations for a reason. Sure, student orgs help you meet new friends. They also provide you with an outlet outside of the constant educational grind. But more importantly, they give you access to a network of people interested in the same things you are interested in. Therefore, take advantage. Join organizations closely related to your major and personal interests. Always list the experience on your resume (no matter how big or small the role is). Then, watch it all come full circle….

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Conduct Research

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Research, research, research. If you are interested in pursuing medical school, law school, or a graduate degree, then conducting research can boost your application-and your resume. Eastern Michigan University has an amazing McNair Scholars program that helps underrepresented and or low income students get into graduate school. Also, Eastern Michigan University faculty are always willing to oversee research projects.

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Be Visible

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.  You might want success, but are you positioning yourself for success? If not, stop complaining and take a leap of faith. Every single person that has achieved success put themselves out there. This means that you must be visible on campus to build your resume. So, show your personality. Run for student government. Be apart of multiple student organizations and programs. Be known for something. This will work in your favor when it’s time to reach back into your alumni network.

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Volunteer

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  .Volunteering on your downtime is not only important for the community, but it helps you meet other amazing people who are doing well for the community too. You never know who you’ll meet when you are passing out dinners or encouraging people to vote. Always have business cards ready and be willing to speak to people. Be good while you’re doing good.

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Internships Matter

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 .  As much as a degree makes you marketable, experience is the greatest asset. Employers are no longer looking for a high GPA or a nicely-formatted resume. They want employees who know what they’re talking about. This is why all college students must complete at least one professional internship before graduating. Internships will help you narrow your career choices Who doesn’t want a competitive edge over others during application season?

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  College is the time where students want to spread their wings and carve out their path. This includes figuring out which career they want to pursue post-graduation. Don’t wait to be great. Start right now. Start today. Tomorrow is way too late.


About the writer:

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Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

Nov 22 2019

Fall Festivities in Ypsilanti

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Fall is finally here in Michigan and everyone one is already dreading the time when there is snow on the ground. There are plenty of ways to have a good time during the fall season before everyone is wrapped up in their blankets for hibernation. Family friendly and inexpensive, there are so many things that can be done this fall here in Ypsilanti.

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Wiard’s Apple Orchard

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Going to an apple orchard is a fun way to celebrate the fall season. There is no better to spend fall than by eating cinnamon sugar donuts, apple cider and picking pumpkins. There are bouncy houses for the children as well as corn mazes, animal farms and play areas. And for the spooky season there the “Night Terrors” that goes on. A large haunted house that takes place at the Orchard once the sun goes down for a full night of screams and scares.

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 Rolling Hills Park

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At Rolling Hills Park, there are plenty of activities to keep you in the fall spirit. There are nature trails, places for hiking and biking, and picnic areas for everyone to enjoy. This is a simple and inexpensive way to have fun with friends or family. You can go fishing or set up some leave piles, an overall outdoor nature park for everyone to enjoy. As a plus, there are even sledding hills and ice fishing for people do enjoy when the snow does cover the ground!

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Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

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If you’re not feeling the rainy weather and you don’t want to be outdoors, you could visit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. This museum features classic cars from the local Willow Run plant and Hudson Motors. If you’re a true car lover, you will greatly appreciate the classic cars that are on display in this museum. For only five dollars, you can explore and appreciate the art of timeless cars and their designs.

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Fall snuck up on us this year but there are still ways and activities for people to do to properly enjoy it and have a good time during the season. Hopefully you can try some of these activities out with friends or family and make some festive fall memories that will last a lifetime.


Written by Jaleia Woods

Nov 15 2019

Top Ten Things To Do Before You Graduate

by blogemu

Being a college senior is an odd feeling. It means that this is your final chance to do things while still in undergrad. From my past 3 years at EMU, I have done many things – from going to a football game to exploring Depot Town. But there are still things that I want to do, such as attending Homecoming and going to an EMU volleyball game. Below is my list of top ten things you should do before you graduate from Eastern.

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1) Attend a Wellness Woof Wednesday

.Wellness Woof is a program hosted by the Rec/IM in which therapy dogs are brought in so that students can pet these dogs and destress. Wellness Woof is hosted once a month and is great for the midweek stress.

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2) Go to a class at the Rec/IM

If you need a workout buddy but can’t seem to find one, classes at the Rec are a great way to get your workout in for the day/week. From cardio classes to spin classes, the Rec has something that is sure to be of interest.

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3) Go to the Block Party for Homecoming

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Homecoming week is full of a lot of fantastic events, but the Block Party is one of the best. There are different vendors from all over the Ypsilanti area who come to give away swag and some even have raffles. Gather up some friends and be sure to put the Block Party on your list.

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4) Go to Sweetwaters Coffee Shop

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Sweetwaters is located just by the Ypsilanti water tower and has a large variety of drinks to choose from. Bring some homework or a friend and grab a drink.

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5) Get Insomnia Cookies

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Located by the Ypsilanti Water Tower, Insomnia Cookies offers warm freshly baked cookies until 3am. This is perfect for a late night study session before finals.

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6) Explore Depot Town

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Depot Town is located right by the College of Business and has some great little shops. From a cute coffee shop called B24’s to a novelty store known as The Rocket, Depot Town has something for everyone.

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7) Attend a First Friday in Depot Town

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First Fridays take place the first Friday of every month https://www.firstfridaysypsi.com/. Shops in Depot Town hold special sales and are a way to get to know the city of Ypsilanti better.

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8) Go to a football game

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One of the best ways to connect with your fellow Eagles is by going to cheer on our football team at Rynearson Stadium. Some of my best memories are from EMU Football games.

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9) Join a student organization

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One of my best choices in my years here has been joining a Student Organization. I am part of Ballroom and Swing. Student organizations allow for you to connect with other students who have similar interests or hobbies as you.

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10) Go to a Friday night movie

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One of the great services that Eastern offers to its students is the opportunity to see free movies in the Student Center. These movies are usually ones that were shown in theaters over the past year, and some of them are throwbacks. From seeing a movie that you loved again to seeing a new favorite, Friday night movies allow you to attend the movies without the scary pricing.

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Overall, my time here at Eastern Michigan University has been pretty amazing. From going to football games and attending Friday night movies with friends, to finding a student organization to connect with, Eastern has allowed me to find and explore who I am. This list is not extensive, so feel free to find your own things to do and your own people to connect with! Happy exploring!

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About the writer:

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My name is Sarah Dolohanty and I am a Senior at Eastern Michigan University. I am a double major in marketing and communications. This is my first year on the Go Social team! When I’m not in class or studying I am out with friends, exploring Ypsi or in the library curled up with a book. I am a giant movie buff since I worked at a movie theater for 2 summers. I love writing so hopefully you find my articles interesting!

Nov 08 2019

“Fallow” These Tips For Getting Involved on Campus

by blogemu

(photo courtesy of https://www.instagram.com/easternmichigan/?hl=en )

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.   Something we fail to remember as humans is that everyone has a place somewhere. At Eastern Michigan University, you have the opportunity to find your place in many different organizations that you can join right on campus! If clubs aren’t for you, then you can become a tutor, or simply just attend events. Whether you are active at the Rec/IM or involved in student government, there is always comfort in your home away from home. At Eastern, we have different clubs that involve innovation, dance, gaming, math, music, and professionalism!

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 .. Finding a club that is the perfect fit for you is the hard part, but with EagleSync (https://emich.campuslabs.com/engage/), a webpage provided to you by the university with all of the registered clubs that you could join, it becomes super easy! On EagleSync, there is contact information for each organization. After looking through all of the clubs, you’re bound to find the perfect fit. Once you come in contact with a member, take the risk, go to a meeting, and become a member yourself. If a student organization just isn’t for you after all that search, then you can always look into Greek Life. EMU Greeks are super friendly and always looking to expand their life-long friends.

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.  Another way to get involved outside of clubs is at the Rec/IM. At the Rec, you can join intramural sports, which is open to all EMU students, and meet fellow eagles. The best way to do so is through the website. With such a wide variety of clubs and organizations, there is never a shortage of events to go to. On the EMU Engage app, there is a list of plenty of events to attend for just one evening. Attending events is a good way to expand not only your friend circle, but your networks as well. Most likely, the more events you go to on campus, the higher the opportunity for free food appears. Fliers are always posted around campus and inside residence halls, so you can always be informed of new events and information. On the mobile app, there are ways to connect with students outside of any organization. The feed page shows all students and their posts to interact with others. There are no limits in how you can get involved on campus this Fall. It’s never too late to request a meeting with a group and join. You can always go to events and meet others with similar interests. The possibility of not finding a great fit is slim, however if you want, you can also start your own student organization and help get others involved. At Eastern University, you can always find your place as an eagle.


 About the writer:

            Shayla Parham is a first-year student at Eastern majoring in Public Relations. She works as a desk assistant at the Leadership and Counseling Office as well as being a team member of the Go Social Media Team. Shayla is a member of Optimize Eastern and University Christian Fellowship. Shayla enjoys music of all genres and quality time with her friends.

Oct 25 2019

NVRCH Music Festival

by blogemu

             Rapper Lil Baby headlined inaugural NVRCH Music Festival in honor of fallen EMU student(Photo courtesy of Jordan Woods, http://www.easternecho.com/article/2019/09/nvrch-music-festival-jayquon-tillman) 

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    The Nvrch Music Festival, put on by students, alumni and community members of Ypsilanti and surrounding areas, founded the festival this year in honor of a near heart fallen soldier, Jayquan Tillman, who was called home way to early. The festival occurred on Thursday September 19th, 2019 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. According to the official website, the mission of the music festival is to promote a community or togetherness and to commemorate the lives taken too soon. A portion of profits were put toward a scholarship in the name of the late Mr. Tillman, and might I say, that will be a nice scholarship for whoever is fortunate enough to acquire it. I was lucky enough to attend the very first Nvrch Music Fest, and also see Lil Baby, a famous rapper from ATL, perform at our very own Convocation Center, along with a host of other performers that hit the stage that night.

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The festival consisted of two parts, a day and night if you will and was open to the public. The day party was FREE! How lit is that? Free music and good vibes, can you beat it? The daytime lineup was an array of upcoming artists. Yung Boi Rob, Rich Lee, Asaka and Jon Flay are just a few of the many artists of whom I had the pleasure to see and hear for the first time. You can find all of those names on Instagram and YouTube. Go check out what you missed.

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 .  . At sundown, the party moved inside. I guess you could call this the main stage. To keep the promise of dedication to Jayquan and the scholarship fund, the arena tickets ranged from 25-50 dollars. Props to keeping those prices minimal because after all, we are still college students. Mark my words when I tell you that the setup was live! The special effects were on point!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get behind the stage to get the 411 but from the outside looking in, I’d say the team had done this before. Some names that blessed the stage include Miss Rockey Badd, ASDR, Polo Frost, and of course Lil Baby! Locals jammed out to all of the above, having the time of our lives! Good vibes and peace overfilled the arena, and there was nothing but smiles and laughs throughout the entire day. The DJ and the performers were off the chain. Lil Baby performed a few of my personal favorites like “Close Friends” and “Southside.”

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.   I hope this is the first of many Nvrch Music Festivals, and the featured artists grow and continue to follow their dreams. The Nvrch Music Festival was a creative and impactful way to promote peace and unity throughout all communities. One day, this festival will be recognized nationally and up there with the greats like Coachella and Rolling Loud. Stay tuned for the come up, that you can witness first hand.


                         About the writer: 

    My name is Sydney Bierria. I am a transfer student ( in my junior year) here at EMU. My major is communication and I plan to build an empire as a TV personality. Besides the GoSocial Street Team, I am not in any other organizations, although I should add that I am interested in the Black Media Association, and other social organizations that promote loyalty, friendship and growth!

Oct 21 2019

How to Stay Away From a Spooky GPA

by blogemu

 

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     When October rolls around, students easily get distracted. Halloween, homecoming, and other festivities become their number one priority. Sometimes, this causes a student’s academic performance to decrease. Here are a few tips from an actual EMU student to help other students keep their GPA less scary:

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Make time to study

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After class, you should not go directly to an extracurricular activity. If possible, go back to your dorm or a quiet space to review class notes. This will help the information stick out to you so the information covered in the lecture won’t become a ghost of the past. Also, the library is a great place to study.Click https://www.emich.edu/library/hours.php for the Halle Library hours.

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Create study groups

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Studies prove that studying in a group contributes to higher test scores. So, if you find a few smiling faces in class, create a study group. Go over hard concepts in detail whenever you get together. But, be careful to not use a study group as your only means of studying. Think of study groups as a nice complement to your study schedule.

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Have a little fun

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School can be spooky. Don’t forget to destress sometimes. Go outside sometimes. Attend on-campus events. Be sure to make your life as balanced as possible. Plus, there’s always events happening here at EMU. Check the official events calendar. https://today.emich.edu/calendar

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Do not cram

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Cramming is the enemy to your success. You cannot expect to consolidate a whole lecture into a night’s worth of studying. It may have worked in high school, but college is a new environment. Work on assignments every single day. This will keep you motivated and less stressed in the end.

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Find tutors

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It’s okay to need help-especially when EMU offers so many resources. You can be apart of TRIO or go to the Writing Center and the Math Center. There are people available to help you through a scary scholastic time in your life. You are not alone.

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Hopefully, all of these tips will help you overcome your fears. Yes, school can be scary. However, you can make the journey a little easier by prioritizing, organizing, and dedicating your own time.


                         About the writer: 

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Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.