Double Review: The Hunger Games

Double Review: The Hunger Games

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I heard about The Hunger Games from a number of my teammates who were reading the book. I didn’t even know they read books so this instantly convinced me to want to read this specific book. I bought it online and it took longer for it to be delivered than it did for me to read it. I finished the book the night before I saw the movie. The book pretty much took over my life until I finished it. It was hard for me to put it down as I had to figure out what happened next and how it happened.

This book was definitely an original piece but at the same time it reminded me of The Greatest Game, a story about a hunter hunting another hunter. Overall, this book is at a reading level that anyone in the family can enjoy.  I’m no critic, but I am critiquing this book anyways.

I saw the movie expecting it to be not as good as the book (just like any other book that is made into a movie), and I was right. But compared to other books that have been made into movies, this was a very good movie. It was easy to understand for anyone that didn’t read the book. I know a few things were left out from the book, but the movie was still about two-hours long and it didn’t disappoint. I felt anxious while reading the book. During the movie I felt a wider range of emotions, but it wasn’t as intense as the book.

Either way, I enjoyed both and I still have to read the second and third book of The Hunger Games. Once I get the money, I’ll buy them, read them and maybe even review them. If not, I suggest you read all three and let me know how they are.

Mount Union ESPYs

Mount Union ESPYs

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This past week was the Mount Union ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly).  Usually this awards show is on ESPN but for the past 4 or 5 years, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has hosted them at Mount Union.  Last year I was unable to attend but all I know is that the wrestling team had a respectable amount of individual and team awards.  This year it seemed that women’s basketball and volleyball had the majority of awards.

Being a member of SAAC, I presented an award.  With Dom, the other wrestling representative for SAAC, we presented the Comeback Athlete Award.  This was my first time ever presenting an award so I felt a different type of honor.

I can’t wait for the upcoming ESPYs just because it was a fun and honoring award show.  Hopefully within the next two years, I’ll be receiving an award as well.

It Feels Like Summer

It Feels Like Summer

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Campus is full of people outside all the time now. It seems like every day I can see a frisbee being thrown, a soccer ball being kicked and shirtless men playing sand volleyball. This weather is amazing and I feel like it is going to stay, which is surprising in Ohio.

I just read in the paper that this winter was one of the warmest winters ever recorded. I can easily believe that since last school year it was still cold when I went home in May. I didn’t believe that it would get so warm so fast. I am always pessimistic about the weather. I never want to get my hopes up.

I love to run outside, but I’m starting to run barefoot so I am running inside of the Peterson Field House.

Baseball has always been a summer sport, so it only makes it feel more like summer when I have to watch it nearly every day. I have just started to consistently experience athletic training with the baseball team.  There has only been one “scary” injury so far but he is OK and should heal with no problem. I am slowly learning all of their names and quickly learning their personalities. I also realized quickly that nearly all of our starters are sophomores. That’s my class status so I definitely take pride in knowing that our class is doing work and doing it well. Just like last semester when I was at Hoover High School for my athletic training experience, I am getting closer with the team. I am pumped when we win, and I feel even worse when someone get hurts. Athletic training makes you have a heart toward athletes a little more than if you were just a fan. You have to actually take care of their injuries, so when they can triumph over that injury, you feel like you contributed to their success.

OATA Cavs Night

OATA Cavs Night

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The Ohio Athletic Training Association (OATA) offers presentations throughout Ohio for athletic trainers and other health professionals. These presentations are given by anyone from surgeons to athletic trainers to physical therapists. On Sunday, March 11, a presentation was held at Quicken Loans Arena right before the Cavs game. The Athletic Training Club at Mount Union encourages members to attend these presentations as it exposes us to the real world and allows us to network with professionals.

Five of us attended the two presentations on Sunday. The first one, which was very interesting, was about barefoot running. Barefoot running is healthy because it allows your legs to get stronger while catching your body weight. Running barefoot puts 50%-70% of all your body weight on your feet, while running with shoes on, puts 150%-200% of your body weight on your feet. You let the cushioning of the shoe take the blow, which really just sends a big shock throughout your leg, adding unneeded stress to your body. If you’re going to do this, train into it slowly as it takes months to fully adapt. The other presentation focused on how young athletes are more likely to have a bone chip rather than an ankle sprain.

After the presentations, we attended the basketball game. They won, surprisingly. Overall, I thought this was a great experience, and it only cost $10. We got discounts from OATA and from the Athletic Training Club at Mount Union. Hands down, this was easily the best $10 I have ever spent.

Spring Break… Service Style

Spring Break… Service Style

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It seems that campus is alive again about a one week hiatus for spring break and it also seems that each student has come back with a different story from their break. A lot of students relaxed at home, my boyfriend included (I’m a little bit jealous), about just as many probably went on vacation to somewhere in Florida or one of the Carolinas, but a fairly small handful decided to spend their spring break on an alternative spring break work trip. Each year various trips are planned, from volunteering at an orphanage in St. Croix, to cleaning up the Gulf in Florida, but this year there was a new kind of trip planned through Alpha Phi Omega. This trip would turn out to be one of the most life-changing experiences any of us had ever been on.

Twelve lucky students who are brothers in APO were selected to take their spring break and spend it at Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) in Kissimmee, Florida. Most have probably never heard of this small wonderland, but I hope that one day, every single person on this planet will know the name. GKTW is a village that sits on 70-acres right in the middle of Florida’s best child-friendly attractions. This foundation often works closely with Make a Wish and their sole goal is to give any child with a life-threatening illness the chance to visit all the attractions in the area and have a place to stay, all at no cost to their family. That’s right, every single family who stays at the Village (over 100,000 to date) receives accommodations, park tickets (Disney, Universal, and Sea World), food, flight, rental car, and much more… all for free.

Going into this trip, we were not told exactly what our duties would entail. All we knew was that this not for profit foundation runs on volunteers; 1,400 volunteer shifts need to be filled each week in order for the village to run smoothly. Our trip advisor prepared us as best as she could to interact with children with these life-threatening illnesses. One of the biggest things about GKTW and the child and family never have to worry about thinking about this illness that brought them there. For one week, they are able to be care free, with no hospitals, no needle-pricks, no doctors.

We Won?

We Won?

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On February 25, the Mount Union wrestling team finished second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. We had six finalists, five of them winning their finals match to advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships, and we had two guys place third as well. Second place isn’t what we wanted as a team, until our coaches re-counted the team points from the tournament and discovered that we actually won by one point. No matter what sport it is, one point is always very close.

It was hard to believe we didn’t win when we had five out of 10 weight classes winning the tournament. I didn’t wrestle personally but I was still there supporting my teammates as an athletic training student. I had the choice of attending the event on Saturday with my other teammates who didn’t wrestle and just watch, or the choice to serve as an athletic training student and leave on Friday with the team and have food and a hotel paid for. I decided to work as a student and get some experience while I was at it. It was well worth it since I was always mat side for each match.

It was an exciting tournament for sure. Next year, one of my goals is to win it and defend the tournament title. It’s a big thing to do since our team is young next year, but I know we can do it. I just hope they don’t mess up the scores again. I’d rather not celebrate thinking we won, then finding out the next day we lost because that would be a bad feeling.

Soundtrack of My Life

Soundtrack of My Life

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Any and every human pretty much loves music. Everyone has at least one genre they listen to non-stop and others they can’t stand. Ever since I got a 4GB iPod, I have downloaded as much music as I could, legally. I collected numerous CDs from my brother’s collection and my parents. I had everything from the Beatles to Beethoven to My Chemical Romance to The Killers. After awhile, my iPod was too full and I had to limit my music down to 1,000 songs out of 2,000. This wasn’t okay. I simply needed more space.

After I collected all the music I could from my family, I started borrowing CDs that I liked from my friends. This added around another 500 songs. After I listened to a song or artist so much that I became sick of them, that is when I decided I needed more music than I what I already had. I finally got the idea from a friend to go to the library and rent their CDs. Every time I would go to the library, I would grab what I could fit into two hands, which was around 17-18 CDs. This consisted of artists that I’ve never heard of but had an interesting cover or it was bands I’ve heard of but didn’t have their music.

I would go to the library several times for months until I got everything I pretty much wanted. I never used to buy music until I got a job and I would buy a CD here or there online, but for Christmas or my birthday, I would always ask for iTunes gift cards. Gift cards provided me with enough money to buy even more that I couldn’t normally access.

I am still not currently satisfied with my music collection, although it is a good amount of music, about 50 GB worth of music. I got an iPod Classic, which holds about 150 GB, so I still have plenty of space until I fill it up. I’ve widened my music variety from metal to world to alternative to mainstream pop. The majority of my music though is alternative and I listen to almost everything I own. There are some artists I forget I even own and I need to delete, but nearly all of it I listen to.

I’m pretty sure if I lost my iPod or somehow broke it, I might just cry. Although I still have all my access to all of my music on my laptop, it’s the convenience of it that makes it so magical. I’m still looking for more music so let me know when you discover more music. Chances are I will like nearly anything you let me listen to.

Spring Break Plans

Spring Break Plans

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I’ve never done anything really exciting for spring break. I visited my family in Portland one year but that was about it. This spring is probably the first spring break where I don’t know what I am going to do. I have the chance to go to Florida, home or I can just stay at Mount Union.

If I go to Florida, I’m obviously going to have a good time with my friends, have an actual warm spring break and I’ll get to relax. That doesn’t sound bad at all. The main problem is money because I never really have a lot of that green stuff.

If I go home, it will be snowing like it did last spring break, so that’s no fun. I may go sledding if there is enough snow though. You can never be too old for sledding. I won’t do anything productive other than catching up on movies that I’ve been waiting to watch.

If I stay at school, I’ll be helping the guys who may make it to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. My goal is to represent Mount Union one day at that national tournament, and I know if I was training for it, I’d want good drill partners, which is what I want to do for my teammates now. I’d also work as a student ambassador, so I’d be making money and staying healthy.

Most people will be going home over spring break, maybe even on vacation with their friends, but this spring break, I’m most likely going to be doing something productive for the first time ever.

Breakfast for Bruce

Breakfast for Bruce

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Today I took part in something great and truly extraordinary; something that touched hearts. Today, I felt like I made a difference and I know many people who shared in my experience would say the same thing.

As many of you know, most likely from my previous blogs, I am a sister of the wonderful and amazing Delta Sigma Tau sorority. Today we held Breakfast for Bruce. This event was a benefit breakfast in memory of one of our sister’s father who passed away from cancer not too long ago. The breakfast took place this afternoon from 3 – 6 p.m. at a church next to campus. The breakfast included pancakes, sausage, bacon and hash browns. We had many themed raffle baskets at the benefit including Pampered Chef, sports and movies. Hundreds of raffle tickets were sold.  The purpose of the breakfast was to remember our sister’s father and raise money for her family. It is amazing to see how much support we received from the Mount Union campus for this event. Many students bought tickets and came out for the event as well as faculty and staff members, community members and even some families of students. In addition, campus organizations even supported this event through monetary donations or devotion of time at the event. The outcome of the breakfast was wonderful and exceeded our expectations!

It truly is remarkable to see what can happen when a campus can come together to support a cause. I, along with the Delta Sigma Tau sorority, would like to thank everyone for supporting our event and helping to make a difference. Thank you!

The Many Uses of Dryer Sheets

The Many Uses of Dryer Sheets

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Some people think dryer sheets are only used for … well, dryers. Not anymore, I’ve discovered this simple sheet can do so much for the simplest things.

1.  Place one in your car, under a seat so nobody can see it, and wait a day. The next time you get in your car, you will smell the difference.

2.  Put one in your wallet, it’ll make your money smell great.

3.  Put one in your dresser or where ever your clothes may be.

4.  Wipe it on your skin to keep bugs away.

5. Put one in the toilet paper roll. Stick it in the actual roll and every time you use it, it will release just a little bit of fresh air.

6.  And, basically any old bag, book, shoe, compartment or cabinet will benefit from having one of these sheets in there.

These are just a few ways a dryer sheet can be used. I’m quickly realizing that even the cheap dryer sheets work well and they come in such a large quantity that you can use it anywhere and for anything! Dryer sheets are simple yet they’ll surprise you. So next time you see someone smell your money, just know that it’s because of that dryer sheet you just put in your wallet.