It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all

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Sorry that you now have that song stuck in your head. It’s in mine now too – so, it’s only fair! : )

So you know the phrase, “it’s a small world,” right? Right. It is said more often than not when you run into the most random people in the most random places. Ever since I made the decision to go to Mount three years ago (was it that long ago already?!) I have been meeting Mount Union friends EVERYWHERE!

Once, I was in Cabo San Lucas (yes, all the way by California) with my mom and I ran into someone from Mount Union. Can we say random?

If I wear a MU shirt anywhere, I can almost guarantee I will run into alumni, current students and prospective students, etc. What’s great about that is it makes us automatic friends. Whether we talk about professors we both know, the new construction, the name change or, of course, the football team, we have something that we can discuss for hours. What’s even better about this is that this really helps with the job search. It baffles my mind how many jobs/internships I’ve applied for or researched that have a Mount Union grad somewhere on staff. When I applied for an internship last summer, it turned out that the person who I wanted to work for was married to a Mount grad! How cool is that?

Now, everywhere I go I find someone who shares the love of Mount Union : )

-samantha

R&R…

R&R…

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I’m thoroughly enjoying this break! I’ve spent the last couple of days with my family in Pennsylvania and had a great time! It’s always good to catch up with family that I don’t see very often.

Today, I’m headed back home to Cleveland. It’s a little rainy but that’s all the inspiration I need to write some poetry!

Plus, it’s March Madness … I’m in heaven!

-Janaye’

Belly Flops and National Championships

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We are deep into spring break 2011 and halfway through the semester. 99% of the campus is away at home or on a beach somewhere. Meanwhile I and fellow trackster, Scott Thomas, and a handful of wrestlers are on campus training for the 2011 DIII National Championships. The Track and Field Championships are being hosted at fellow OAC school, Capital University, while the Wresting Championships are being hosted by the WIAC’s Wisconsin-Lacrosse. The baseball team is at a spring baseball tournament in Florida, but we are all preparing in Alliance.

Spring break preparation isn’t too exciting. You need to rest as much as possible and practice as efficiently as possible when leading up to the competition. It is nice not to have to worry about school and walking around the campus and such. I spend my days sleeping, practicing and eating around town. It is nice to have all this free time and although the campus is a little empty right now, it is nice.I’ll probably take some video and pictures of our three-day trip to Columbus for Nationals. As far as I’m concerned, Nationals for track is unlike any other championship experience. There are so many more athletes from so many other locations around America competing in so many different facets of athletics, and the opportunity to not only compete but watch some of the best athletes in the nation is incomparable. Track is unlike any sport as well because there are much closer bonds and relationships between competitors than any other sport, especially in the throw. Although we are competing against each other, there is nothing we can do to inhibit another’s performance but have the best performance we can have. We are competing more against ourselves than anyone else. Being a thrower is like being in a brotherhood, which transcends schools and teams.A few weeks ago Mount’s student body held a fundraiser competition called “The Big Floppy” and it’s in its second season. I have competed in both seasons and have been gyped on both counts! But I will let you be a judge for yourself.

Spring Break or Winter Break?

Spring Break or Winter Break?

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While it seems that most of the Mount Union community headed to Panama for spring break, there is also a good portion of students who decided to head home and either work or relax for the week with their families, just like me. From Ohio to Pennsylvania, one thing that has been impossible to escape is the bad weather. Since I have ventured back to Pittsburgh, the weather has been up and down every other day and cannot even compare to the nice weather other Mount students are enjoying currently in the sunshine state. Although, I must say that the sun did make an appearance here in the burg yesterday and made for a nice time to sit outside and enjoy a nice beverage from Starbucks with a friend! Later at night I realized that from sitting in the sun for a short amount of time, I now had a slight tint of color on my cheeks! If that doesn’t get you psyched for the summer weather, I don’t know what does! Word has it there is going to be another snow storm here in PA tomorrow night so I just hope that this is it for the winter time blues, and the nice weather gets here sooner rather than later!

Women have come a long way

Women have come a long way

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As I mentioned before, I am the news director at the radio station on campus, WRMU.  I actually applied for a different position my sophomore year and ending up getting news director because the directors at that time said they thought I would fit the position.  When I started out, I really didn’t have too much of an idea what I’d be doing so I kind of did my own thing.  I started interviewing people who I thought the campus and the community of Alliance would enjoy hearing from.  I’ve covered local events as well and attend the elections each year at the Stark County Board of Elections to report back with live results as they come in.

Last semester, I was driving down State Street (which is the main street in Alliance) and I saw all these women, men and children standing along the road holding signs and yelling something. I didn’t know what was going on but I was pretty sure that they were protesting something.  I always have my recorder on me (for reasons like this) and I decided to stop and interview one of the women.  I was directed to the “leader.”  She told me that they were a group protesting abortion.  It is something that they do every year on that date, and on that specific date, there are also people from all over the country doing the same thing.

I immediately took the audio to the radio station, put a story together and put it on-air for our listeners to understand what was going on in our city.  We actually received an e-mail from a listener about this story who said she didn’t agree with the protesters, but she was glad we did a story so people could see both sides of the argument.

This past week, I attended an event called the “Women’s History Month Dessert.”  Since March is Women’s History Month, the school decided to kick it off by having women in power positions from the city come in to speak with our female students.  Any student was welcome to attend and we all had roundtable discussions.  The keynote speaker was Janet Weir Creighton who is the former mayor of Canton.  She is currently working as a commissioner in Stark County and she spent one year working in the White House alongside President Bush.  She was so fascinating to talk to.  I loved hearing her stories about being in the White House and the other things that she has experienced being in politics for so many years.

Another person I talked to was Phyllis Phillips, who is the ONLY woman on the Alliance City Council right now.  She talked to me about what her duties are as a councilwoman as well as other stories about her life.  She attended Malone College (now Malone University) and she told me that when she went there women and men students had all separate classes.  She said that the times were even staggered so the females and males would never pass each other walking around campus to get to their classes.  I cannot imagine being in school today and having to be completely separated based on what sex you are. It makes me realize truly how far women have come over the years.

I also spoke with Victoria Wood at this event.  She is the executive director of the Alliance and Minerva Red Cross.  She talked to me about what type of person you have to be in order to work at the Red Cross and what she does on a daily basis.  She had interesting stories as well because she is also retired from the military.  I talked to her about what it was like to be in the military as a woman and if she felt that she was treated different because she was a female.  She said there are definitely differences but that they say they are changing things (or trying to) today.

I put some of these stories together already.  They take a long time to sift through all of the interviews to find out exactly what information I’d like to use.  So far, I have two done on Janet Weir Creighton.  If you’d like to listen to her whole speech, which is really interesting and about 15 minutes, that is on the WRMU part of the Mount Union website.  My two stories about Creighton are there as well.  Also, feel free to check out any of my other podcasts that are listed there.

http://www.mountunion.edu/2011-podcasts

I’m sure there will be plenty more news opportunities and stories to come.  Stay tuned!

-Shannon

Spring break… ALREADY?!

Spring break… ALREADY?!

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Ahh, spring break … where does the time go?

It seriously feels like just yesterday that I was signing the lease for our off-campus house for my junior year with my four best friends.

“This year is going to be SO much fun!” I remember us all saying that with excitement. Heck yea, it was a blast – but the year is already almost over!

As cliché as it sounds, time goes by unbelievably fast, and especially in college. This is my second to last spring break I’ll ever have. Wow. Just thinking about how quickly this year flew drives me crazy. It truly teaches me not to take anything for granted — yeah, yeah, we hear it all the time — but seriously, the friends you gain and the memories you make. Take it all in and let nothing pass you by.

This post got me thinking about the past +2.5 years and all of the memories I’ve made. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one favorite so I’ll share a few:

  • WRMU took a director’s road trip to the Youngstown area where we went to a radio station, TV station and then got dinner. Shannon and I were so obsessed with the dinner we ate that we made a special trip all the way there just to get it again.
  • There is a huge rumor within the Mount Union community that Chapman Hall is haunted, right? Well, a group of ghost hunters came up on a Friday night to try and figure out whether this was true or not. You can bet that we were there, video cameras in hand, filming this experience for Studio M. (I won’t tell you what we found! You’ll have to find out for yourself.)
  • The WRMU staff loves to volunteer and do things together. So, one Saturday this past fall, we went out to Salem to spend the day at Alchemy Acres. We spent the whole day hanging out in the beautiful weather and playing with animals.
  • The First Ever R91 JAMBOREE! – The shows on WRMU used to be called “The After 10s” but we went ahead and gave the shows a makeover and decided to call them the “R91 Shows.” In celebration of the change, we decided to introduce the new concept to the campus by holding a party in Campus Grounds! We gave away prizes, free merchandise, had food, games and more. It was a successful event and we had a blast.

Trust me — the list can go on and on.

Have a great spring break!

-samantha

Meet Zach

Meet Zach

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Welcome! Before I introduce myself I want to inform you on the reason I am writing this blog. Mount Union has provided me with a ton of opportunities and has allowed me to succeed from the very start of my collegiate career. I want to inform others about a truly great place that will allow you to grow both personally and academically. I have enjoyed being a Purple Raider and I know you will too. I am currently in the midpoint of my college years (sophomore), so I hope I will be able to provide experiences and advice of what to expect in the early years and what is to come in the future.

First, I need to talk about where I came from before talking about where I am now. I spent four great years in purple and black at Berkshire High School in Burton, Ohio. Burton is a small town in Northeast Ohio and is famous for pancake breakfasts. Sports were my passion in high school and this has lead directly to my major in college.

I am majoring in sport business and accounting.  Double majoring is something I have always wanted to do and these majors do not just stem from my passion for sports but more so from my passion for business. I find business very intriguing and all the components that it consists of.  In sport business I am learning how one of the most lucrative businesses in the world operates. Accounting has also always been interesting to me. My goal is to become an executive with a professional sports team and accounting is an essential skill. Businesses are always concerned with their budgets and revenue, and in accounting you learn the bottom line and how to maximize revenue.

On Mount Union’s campus I am involved with The Dynamo (our school’s newspaper), Emerging Leaders Club, Accounting Club, Sport Business Association (which I’m the treasurer of), Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (which I’m in the president of) and First Year Experience as well as a mentor in M3C, an AmeriCorps volunteer scholarship program.  Campus involvement is imperative. It provides opportunities to meet people as well as develop the ever-important resume.

The most impressive part of my collegiate career to this point is the practical experience I have gained. I am a very self-empowered person and this attitude has lead to me obtaining multiple internships.  I have interned with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Center, Cleveland Indians (where I was a data specialist), Pro Football Hall of Fame (where I conducted research), the National Basketball Academy, the National Sports Forum, the Cleveland Cavaliers (where I work as a part of its sales team), and this week I begin another internship with the Cleveland Indians (where I’ll work with its database management staff).

I will be sure to get more in depth with some of my experiences on campus and with my internships later in my blog but I want to end by answering the question, “Why Mount Union?” The interaction and the relationships I am able to build with my professors is the main reason. At Mount Union, the professors are truly there to help you. I know some of my professors on a personal level and this is very important as they are my connection to business world.

Finally, the main reason I choose Mount Union was because I saw it had the right mindset. Mount is NOT OK with status quo and it is always looking toward the future and how to improve as a university.  In only two years at Mount I have seen an athletic complex, a business and engineering building and three apartment buildings built.

Mount Union is a NCAA Division III school with a Division I mindset. I came from a small community but I strive to be successful on a large stage. I am out to prove that I have what it takes to become an industry leader in sport business and when I achieve this goal, the opportunities Mount Union has provided me with will have been a major factor.

-Zach McMurray

“Good is the Enemy of Great”

Nice to meet you :)

Nice to meet you :)

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Well, hello there.  My name is Shannon and I am one of the authors of this blog.  I’m really excited to be blogging about Mount Union and my experiences here because I really have had some cool moments and I love to write.

First of all, I’ll start with a little bit about myself.  I am from Concord, Ohio, which is a town in Northeast Ohio.  It is in between Mentor and Painesville.  I really enjoy going to Mount Union because home is only a hour and a half away.  When looking at schools I considered Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Baldwin Wallace in Berea, Ohio.  Miami was about five hours away from home and I did not want to be that far in case I wanted to drive home for the weekend.  On the other side of the spectrum, Baldwin Wallace was about 40 minutes away from home and that was just a little too close.  I wanted to feel like I was going away, while still feeling close enough to home, so Mount seemed perfect.

I visited campus my junior year in high school and absolutely fell in love with it.  Now, if you’ve ever been on the campus, you know what I’m talking about.  Everything is so green here and the buildings are really nice.  Aside from that, the people at this school are incredible.  When I came for a visit, I heard a statistic about the ratio of students to professors and was very impressed.  This was another deciding factor in why I wanted to come to Mount.  I didn’t want to go to a large public university and just be another statistic, another number, in a classroom or giant lecture hall.  Here, the professors will meet with you outside of class any day to discuss class work or anything else that you are concerned with or interested in.  Well, that’s a little bit about why I came to Mount Union, now I’d like to tell you a little bit about my life since I’ve been here…

I am currently in my third year of school here and have been really involved each year.  I will probably go further in depth with these positions at a later date, but for now, here are the organizations that I have been involved with.  I am currently the assistant editor of our school newspaper, The Dynamo, and have been the commentary editor, student life editor, writer and photographer.  I still write and take pictures for the paper on a weekly basis, because as I said before, I have a strong passion for writing.

I am also involved with the radio station here on campus, WRMU 91.1 FM, and I have held the position of news director for the past two years.  I am also a member of Student Senate, the Association of Women Students (AWS), our school’s television station which is called Studio M, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and a few honor societies on campus.  I have loved being at a small, private school because there are so many opportunities to become involved in and you can really dip into whatever it is that you are interested in.

My major here at Mount Union is communication.  Within the major, we have what we call “concentrations” and those are basically just areas to specialize in.  My concentrations are media studies and public relations.  I also have two minors which are English and psychology.

So, that’s a snapshot of who I am and what I do here at Mount Union, I hope you continue to check out the blog to see what else is going on campus, in my life and in the communication department.  :}

How Does a Student Manage Time?

How Does a Student Manage Time?

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Time management is a very complicated thing when it comes to being a college student. Having free time and not have any parents around to make sure that you are doing your work allows you to make your own decisions. Friends ask you to go out and you have to find time to get all of your homework done. It all gets thrown into a giant mess of time and it’s a lot of stress.

Being a music major is very difficult because there are many parts to our day and lots of extra work that everyone has to put in. There is also the fact that most students have to take lessons and practicing for those takes an hour or more a day. I am taking 23 credit hours this semester as a freshman and have lots of work that I am always trying to get done to keep my grades up. I have worked very hard to make sure that I keep my grades up as well as manage my own time. Since I play bassoon I am in many ensembles and that takes up quite a bit of my time, even though it was originally difficult to figure out when I would get homework and social time in. But, I have worked at it and my grades are as good as they were in high school.

Other students have this problem too since every major is difficult and takes a very large amount of time. In the end, everyone figures it out. There are some rough patches and then students find out what works best for them. If you go to Mount Union and need help with time management I would suggest talking to your teachers and see what they did as a student. My advice to incoming Mount Union students would be to try and see if you can do work and homework without your parents. I know that managing two jobs and doing school work had really prepared me for college.

Spring Break!

Spring Break!

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Spring break starts now! It definitely feels good to be home for a much needed break! And, I just found out that Mount Union’s women’s basketball team defeated White Water earlier today! That’s a big win … a little payback from the Stagg Bowl! Lol

-Janaye’