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.