Families Don’t Always Share The Same Genes

Families Don’t Always Share The Same Genes

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At Mount Union, the word family is a defying characteristic. When you think of the word family you often think of your mom or dad, an aunt or uncle, basically someone who is related to you genetically. However, the word family can represent a group of people who are in no way connected genetically. They didn’t come from the same town, same high school or even the same state. The word family simply connects the group of people through the strong bonds formed between each person and the valuable relationship they all share. The term family applies to the Mount Union campus in many ways as the campus as a whole is one big family made up of many intertwining families. These intertwining families possess their own special characteristics, which make them unique and set them apart from the others. Some examples of intertwining families are Greek life, residence life, student-led organizations and each grade level themselves. One intertwining family that is especially important to me is the Delta Sigma Tau sorority family, which is apart of the Greek life family.

As you probably know from my biography, I am an active sister in the Delta Sigma Tau sorority. To me, my sorority is my family – my home away from home. This past week in the sorority was “I” week, also known as initiation week, in which many new ladies became sisters of the sorority. Just as the Delta Sigma Tau family is a sub-family of the Greek life family, there are also sub-families in the Delta Sigma Tau sorority. The families in Delta Sigma Tau are made up of active sisters taking a new little each fall during initiation. Last Thursday, during “I” week, one of these new babies joined my family by becoming my little. A little is somewhat like a child or little sister. Taking a little is a process that many sisters in sororities and brothers in fraternities take part in at least once during the time they spend as active members. As I am only a sophomore, this was the first little that I have taken. My little is Alyssa Betro, a freshman at Mount Union.

Becoming a big is something special that cannot be fully understood until taking part in the process. It comes with many new responsibilities, experiences and opportunities. It gives you the chance to help someone and guide him or her through the college years. It gives you the chance to always be there for someone and make him or her know that he or she is never alone. It gives you the chance to create an unbreakable bond with someone based on love and friendship. It gives you the chance to make a difference. Becoming a big is truly a wonderful experience that I would not trade for the world.

Thankful November

Thankful November

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You may have noticed on your Facebook or Twitter news feed that many are taking part in “Thankful November.” It’s pretty self-explanatory … you just make a status/tweet about what you’re thankful for on each day in November. I think it’s really important in such a busy world to remember to stop and think about all the things that make you fortunate. Some of my friends have posted about their parents, friends, siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, hardships, happiness, education and sorority … so many things!

I’m taking part in this challenge and sometimes it’s a little difficult to sit down and actually think about your life. I mean, there are so many things to be thankful for each day, little things and big things too, but it’s almost harder to narrow it down to just one. I’m going to leave you with a few examples of what myself and/or my friends have been thankful for in the past two weeks or so.

  • Today I’m thankful for my education. So many people in this country don’t finish high school, much less finish college or plan to go to graduate school. I’m thankful that my family is fortunate enough to be able to send me to Mount Union. I’m also thankful for the professors here that have pushed me to do my best in all my classes.
  • I’m thankful for the opportunities that have been given to me ♥ … I have the ability to travel and live in some of the most beautiful places, attend a variety of schools and experience a lifestyle not many will ever get the chance to. ♥
  • I’m thankful for all the troops fighting for our country’s safety.
  • Today, I’m thankful for the beautiful sunshine. It’s not often that we’re able to drive with the windows down well into November in Ohio, so I’m appreciating it today.
  • Today I’m thankful for sorority. Never have I met another more wonderful group of women who genuinely care for each other as these women do. Every time I walk into that house, I feel a warmth wash over me and I know that I’m home. I love knowing that around every turn on campus, I’ll have a friendly face to say hi to. These women accept everyone for who they are with no questions asked, no judgments made.
  • I’m thankful for my parents and all they have done/given up for me. I know everyday that I am number one in their lives and that means the world to me. I love you, mom and dad!

Bieber Fever

Bieber Fever

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Justin Bieber, a name that became famous pretty fast. I honestly do not have any Bieber fever thank goodness, but I have to admit I do like his music once in awhile. He’s young, blonde and he has the right connections to become more and more successful every day. He is only getting bigger with his new headphones called JustBeats Solo, which are a special edition of Dr. Dre’s beats headphones. There are different types of Beats headphones but Justin has the Solo model.

I don’t have a pair of either of these headphones, but JustBeats Solo come in purple and white (Mount Union’s school colors), which just happen to be Justin’s favorite colors. Coincidence? I think so only because Justin Bieber isn’t old enough to go to college yet, so he hasn’t considered Mount Union as one of his choices … but that is besides the point.

The point is the actual headphones. What is better? I have always been a fan of Bose. Every speaker, headphones, etc. that it makes seems unmatchable. My brother bought a pair of Bose over the ear headphones more than seven years ago and they still work perfect. Is it the fact that Beats headphones look more stylish or do people actually prefer one over the other? The prices are all jacked up on steroids on both companies headphones, so will Dr. Dre be able to hold up with the quality of Bose? I am pretty sure that no matter which company you buy from, you won’t be disappointed. Dr. Dre loves his music and the quality of the sound is sure to be heard with both headphones.

I will always prefer Bose, only because that is what I own and I have a heart for them now. People still buy Beats and soon they will be JustBeats. I am not sure if we will be seeing them at Mount Union, but the colors will definitely fit well. I am almost hoping people do buy JustBeats solely because the color. Purple is rare these days, so if you decide to buy these purple headphones, you might have to go to the health center because you got Bieber Fever.

Elections 2011

Elections 2011

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Another one of my favorite things to do with WRMU is to participate in election coverage.

Every second Tuesday of November, members of the WRMU news team heads to Canton to broadcast election coverage live on-air at the Stark County Board of Elections.

Of course, it is probably way more exciting to be a part of this during a presidential election, but regardless of what is being voted on, it is still a great learning experience! You don’t even need to be interested in politics to enjoy being there.

Results start pouring in around 8 p.m. or so (the time varies every year), and we collect the information along with various other media outlets from the Stark County area.

It is fun because we are right there with other media outlets – newspapers, websites, radio stations, etc.

Election coverage … just another thing I love about WRMU :]

The Bane of My Existence

The Bane of My Existence

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As I sit here “multi-tasking,” thinking that I’m taking in real information from my study materials while keeping my eyes on NCIS and slowly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I realized I really need a reality check. I guess thus far the reality check isn’t working because logically I realize writing this is just my latest procrastination tactic. However, a little more productive than Facebook or TV, eh?! Anyway, the reality check… I really need to study up on my study skills. I’m standing at the bottom of a very tall mountain of a week: three exams, one quiz and one paper due. For some strange reason, the panic has not set in that the first of these exams happens in just over 12 hours.

So… for all of you out there who also have a bit of difficulty getting started on that paper or starting the long road to preparing for an exam, I’ve decided to compile a few study tips. Now, I’m doing this for myself too, so bear with me if they aren’t the greatest.

1. Turn the TV off. I know, the Law and Order marathon that’s on right now is killer, but chances are you’ll waste at least 25 minutes of every hour staring at the TV. No, turning the volume all the way down does not work… I’ve already tried it!

2. Don’t have music on too loud either. Personally I enjoy classical piano music when I’m studying… that way there’s no lyrics that will distract me.

3. If you don’t need the internet, turn your wifi off/unplug your ethernet cord. Facebook is a daunting thing to avoid.

4. If you do need the internet, try this to “keep you out” of Facebook, Twitter, any website that will distract you: http://keepmeout.com/en/. All you need to do is put in the website you’d like to be kept out of, make a bookmark for the page, and it keeps you out of the website for a designated period of time.

5. Take breaks. Going straight for six hours will make your brain turn to mush. Try smaller chunks with short breaks between each, maybe an hour of studying with 15 to 20 minute breaks between. Take a walk, make some food, watch a funny YouTube video (here’s your time to Facebook creep as well!).

6. Try studying with one or two other people. Maybe you missed some of the notes… chances are someone else will have caught it. Not to mention, actually saying things out loud sometimes engrains them in memory a bit better than just reading them over and over again.

7. Finally, and arguably most important, is that you GET SLEEP! It’s recommended that you get at least six hours the night before an exam. If you study all night and only get an hour of sleep, your brain doesn’t have time to process it. (It’s true… my cognitive psych professor told me!)

Just Dance

Just Dance

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What is one thing people love to do, but they usually aren’t good and hate doing it in front of other people?  Dancing!

Let’s be serious, who doesn’t sing and dance in the car?  I do!  I also dance in my room when nobody’s watching.  I am pretty decent at Dance Dance Revolution and Just Dance, but I’ve always been eager to learn how to dance, any kind of dance.  I can Bernie like nobody’s business. The running man is an easy one. Every day I am not shuffling, and I can dance like any other person at a club, but that’s all too easy.

The dance class I am taking is PE 140 and it takes place in the multi-purpose room in The MAAC.  I’ve learned Foxtrot, Swing and Rumba.  It is a 1-credit course, although we meet twice a week on Monday and Wednesday.  My class is small so we are personally taught, which definitely helps a great deal when you’re doing something you’ve pretty much never done before.

My favorite is probably swing simply because it is upbeat music and I can’t help but smile when I am doing it.  This is easily the only class I have taken where I am smiling and laughing nearly the entire time.  Simply put, it is fun!  Foxtrot is meant for slow and smooth movement across the dance floor.  I feel classy while I am dancing and I feel as if I should be in a tuxedo.  Rumba is all in the hips.  I am no Shakira but you have to be sexy to say the least while dancing.

What have I learned from this class?  The man is the leader and the woman follows.  Dancing and haunted houses are possibly the only two things where the man leads and the woman follows.  Mount Union doesn’t only offer the traditional academic classes like high school, you have a chance to let go and have fun.  When I am just having a stressful week, I honestly look forward to dancing.  It takes my mind off of all the stress and I just focus on stepping in time and making sure my partner follows my lead.

If you want to add another class for next semester, I highly recommend PE 140 or PE 141.  It is only one credit but it makes it feel as if you are taking less classes simply because you are having more fun than you normally would.  You also have to learn to keep up the beat with the music, and it requires some coordination. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have the best coordination, that’s what this class is for … teaching you how to dance.  So go for it, just dance!

7 Simple Stress Busters

7 Simple Stress Busters

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Going from college to high school can seem like a big transition for some students.  The academic workload, increase of responsibility and just the aspect of being on your own for the first time in your life can come as a bit of a shock.  Many students are not prepared and putting all of the new aspects of college life together at one moment can lead to what all people have but dread: stress.

Stress is a common presence in the lives of many Americans, not just college students, and it can arise from a multitude of factors varying for each individual.  College students, however, do face high levels of stress, which can contribute to how successful a student is and their overall college experience. Learning to manage stress can be a key component to a successful college experience. The biggest problem with stress is how to deal with it.  What actions can be taken to relieve and prevent future stress? What do you do if you are stressed?  Well, here are seven simple tips to help relieve and prevent future stress.

1. Allow plenty of time. Do not get involved in too much or spread yourself too thin, as being too busy is a major source of stress.  Allot yourself enough time to complete every task that needs to be accomplished.  Decide which tasks are most important and need to be completed first.

2. Exercise. Exercising or just doing something active, whether it’s yoga, rock climbing or even karate, is a great stress buster.  Exercise improves blood flow to the brain and causes the release of chemicals called endorphins into the bloodstream, which provide feelings of happiness and an overall sense of wellbeing.

3. Get plenty of rest. Sleep is important in the management of stress meaning that getting enough sleep allows time for your mind to refocus, recharge and rebalance.  Sometimes getting in a daily nap or going to bed early one night may be all you need.

4. Talk with a friend or family member. If you are very stressed, talk to someone.  Find someone that you feel comfortable talking to and tell them what is on your mind.  Sometimes getting other peoples perspective or just getting things off your chest in general can make all the difference.

5. Get some quiet time. As in college life, alone time is hard to find. Personal space is rare for students; bathrooms and bedrooms are shared as well as the gym and even the library.  Finding time to yourself is difficult.  However, it is important to find a space where you can go and be alone to escape from the crazy world of college life.  Getting sufficient quiet time in which you can regain thoughts and just relax can work wonders on your stress levels.

6. Make room for fun. It is important to make time for activities that you enjoy doing – the activities that you do for you, for fun.  Everyone has something that they love doing and that makes them happy when doing it, whether its playing a sport, the guitar or even doing volunteer work.  Find something you love and use that as your go-to-activity when you feel stressed.

7. Keep things in perspective. College life may seem overwhelming, as there are many things that you want to do.  Although this is the case, there is only so much a person can handle and the reason why you are in college must not be, but often forgotten, is academics.  No matter what you choose to involve yourself in, the most important priority is always academics.  Nothing else will matter if you do not succeed academically.

Stress, like many things in life, is manageable and how you deal with stress holds much significance.  Following these seven simple tips will help de stress your life, allowing you to lead a more successful and fun college career.

Our field trip to NYC

Our field trip to NYC

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Last Wednesday, I took a trip with some of my fellow sport  business students to New York City for a long, but exciting day.

Aside from being able to take in all of the amazingness NYC has to offer, we were all able to learn from professionals about how to become successful.

If you are about to stop reading this because you’re not a sport business major — don’t. The advice and expertise gained on this trip can apply for any student, any major or anyone who just wants to hear some good tips.

After landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York, we hopped in some cabs and headed over to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. We were greeted by Katie Mahon, the director of ticket sales. She took us on a tour around the ballpark where she explained some of the field’s high selling points. During our tour, we noticed that every TV in the park had “NY Mets welcome Mount Union students” on their screens. Talk about a warm welcome! Mahon wrapped up our tour and took us to one of the park’s suites where there was a beautiful breakfast waiting for us including fresh fruit, bagels, pastries and, of course, a lot of coffee.

It was in the suite that we met with Leigh Castrogine, the vice president of ticket sales and services. Castrogine and Mahon had some other employees from their departments there to give us advice on how they all got to be where they are today.

While Mount Union is always pounding the importance of internships and experience into our heads, it is always nice to hear it coming from professionals in the businesses we would like to get in. They could not stress enough that it was so important to fill our resumes with experience. Coming in at a close second, the Mets preach that networking is a huge factor to being successful. This goes along with the cliche; it is all about who you know.

Some other advice the Mets gave us was the importance of learning. They said to read books, talk to people and find out how other industries work. No matter what your career path, you can learn from other industries.

The speakers we heard from at Citi Field were all about passion. They said that once you lose your inner passion, you are on the wrong track. You have to work hard and prove yourself all while finding and following your passion. These are all very important tips on how to make yourself stand out.

“If you want something, no one is going to just give it to you,” said Castrogine. “You’ve got to ask for it.”

After our meeting with the Mets, we got in the car and went straight to Madison Square Garden(MSG) where we met with Adam Campbell, the director of inside sales and season subscriptions.

Campbell gave us an inside tour of MSG including the new renovations of the arena, the fabulous suites and, yes, the seats that are courtside.

It was no surprise that Campbell discussed the important of internships. He believes, however, that the purpose of an internship isn’t to find what you want to do, it is to eliminate what you don’t want to do.

He believes also that the willingness to learn complements a hard worker.

“Treat your internship as an X-month long internship,” said Campbell. “Always have your game-face on.”

Campbell talked next about what to look for in a job and in an employer.

“No matter what job you take, make sure you work for good people, people who care about you and your success.”

Campbell’s opinions on networking went hand in hand with the Mets’ views, however he contradicted one part.

“It is not about who you know,” Campbell stated. “It is about who knows you.”

When we were finished up at Madison Square Garden, we had about an hour to kill before we had to be at the National Hockey League (NHL) offices. This meant we had a short amount of time to wander around Times Square. We all went our separate ways to get some shopping and eating done. My group and I found a cute little pizza shop down the street from the heart of Times Square and we all picked up some delicious slices of pizza. We got it to go, however, because we wanted to make sure to eat our lunch on the bleachers in Times Square. Gotta get the whole NY experience, right?

The hour seemed to fly by and before we knew it we had to get to the NHL offices.

We were introduced to Nicole Allison from the Club Consulting and Services Department. She brought in Kelly Patterson, the manager of consumer products and retail, and Scott Jablonski, the director of club and financial reporting to help teach us more about the NHL.

They explained to us the differences of working for an actual team versus working for a whole league. In a job like this, they said, you have to look at it as any other business; it has the same functions as a business that has nothing to do with sports.

They taught us what kinds of fans the league has compared to other leagues and how they use these facts to be successful. This was all pretty cool because you never really realize or pay attention to the business side of sports. Especially in a league, you can’t pick a favorite team because you have to be fair to all and your job gets difficult because you can’t control the outcome of the games.

Of course, they all had advice for us on how to be successful. Jablonski was a big supporter in being a hard worker right from the get go. ”The biggest question you can ask yourself is, ‘What can you do on day one?’”

He also was a firm believer in the networking aspect.

“Everyone knows somebody,” Jablonski stated. “Everyone started out at the bottom and worked their way to the top.”

After the NHL offices, we had another hour or so to walk around Rockefeller Center and enjoy the scenery. That time went quickly once again and soon we were on the subway on our way to the Bronx to visit Yankee Stadium.

We were greeted nicely by Dan Rosenthal, the manager of inside sales for the Yankees. He took us on a great tour of the stadium. We were able to see the amazing suites, the awesome VIP areas and all of the history throughout the ballpark.

Rosenthal had nothing but great advice to give us. He, too, was a firm believer in networking.

“Build relationships and connections with people,” he said.

He knows that it is important to know your limits and what will make you successful.

“Put yourself in the best position to succeed,” Rosenthal said. “Go to a culture and place where you can grow your career.”

To have such an important role in such a great organization like the Yankees, Rosenthal has to know what it takes to land a job  like that. He told us the five things that he thinks makes a god worker.

First, you must have a tremendous work ethic. Second, you must be passionate about your craft. Next, you must be open to learning and be obsessed with wanting to get better. You must also have a positive attitude that is contagious. Lastly, you must be a leader by example — be someone who does something little that leads to something big.

Explain this to me again… why am I taking this class?

Explain this to me again… why am I taking this class?

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Why am I taking this class?

Well, it’s pretty simply actually … it broadens your horizons. It makes sure that you leave this university with a little bit more information than on just one topic. Yep, I’m talking about general education courses, which are the bane of my existence. Would I have a 4.0 GPA without those nasty gen eds? Pretty close to it. Would I be as informed on a wide range of topics from geology and government to literature and international politics? Nope … not even close.

For those readers who are already Mount Union students, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Those pesky 100 or 200 level gen eds really are killer sometimes. For those readers who are looking into coming to Mount Union, you’ll know soon enough! I’m not here to bash these classes though, because I do honestly believe they are just as beneficial to a college experience as majorand minor classes.

I started thinking about this because once again because it’s a class that doesn’t go toward my major that will be pulling my GPA down a bit this semester, but then I got to thinking about what I was actually learning in the class. First of all, I’m learning how the world works. No one, NO ONE from any major can honestly tell me that knowing how the world works isn’t helpful. No matter if you are into science, education or religion … knowing how the world works is pretty integral. Second of all, I’m interacting with students who I usually don’t even see. This might also seem kind of trivial, but sometimes in major classes, we fall into comfortable groups. By junior and senior year, you’ve been in classes with the same people for your whole college career. You probably sit next to the same people, work on projects with the same people and pass the same people in the hallways. My gen ed course this semester is literally the only class I have that isn’t in T&H. Further, it’s the only class that isn’t in either T&H 101 or 201. No joke. Same two classrooms for all my classes, except ONE. Crazy, I know.

The last thing I’d like to say about general education classes and professors is that they work with you. Courses that count for general education are usually made up of students taking it for that reason and just a few who are taking it for a major class, so professors know what they’re getting into before the class starts at the beginning of the semester. They understand that this might not be your favorite subject or your best subject, so most of them do their best to make it better. Some professors throw in some humor just to spice it up, some professors take it slow and make sure everyone understands and some professors take an interdisciplinary approach. This is the reason I love my gen ed class this semester. We have a major final paper that we have to write and turn in on the last day of class and it obviously has guidelines surrounding the topic of the class; however, we had a whole lot of freedom when picking the topic. The professor suggested that we bring in our individual major if we want to, so naturally, I centered a political paper around psychology. How cool is that?!

Moral of the story: don’t knock general education courses until you give them a shot!

Halloween Work Out

Halloween Work Out

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The video is of our work out.  Enjoy =D

Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, not for wrestling. There is no break in wrestling, but there is time to joke around.  Every year the wrestling team has a Halloween work out. After a long and difficult hell week, we still have time to dress up and have a good time. But in all seriousness, we still got a good work out in too.

The practice consisted of pictures and being judged by the indoor track team. The categories we were judged in were overall best costume and best group costumes.

We then ran around campus and in all the academic buildings to show ourselves to Mount Union’s faculty and staff members to brighten their day. They definitely appreciated seeing everyone in ridiculous costumes. This year’s costumes consisted of Sasquatch, Wayne’s World, White Chicks, The Village People, marching band leader and a sexy female nurse. I was Jacob Black from Twilight, and even our coaches were a bunny and a black cat.

After all the judging and running, we eventually would run our way to Gulling and do a circuit lift. The baseball team was ending their work out in there and they just had to put a smile on their faces. Usually people would say this is just crazy, but everyone gets a good laugh out of it.

If you would like to see more pictures, check out the Purple Raider Wrestling page on Facebook.

What’s the purpose of this?  Our coach likes to have a good time just like any other person, but he takes things seriously too. We are trying to be the best. How can you be the best if you can’t laugh at yourself once in awhile? It’s a perfect balance and it shows that we can still be the best and have a good time.