Spring sports

Spring sports

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Spring is here. The weather has taken a turn for the best, and students have started to leave there dorms in their best summer clothes. Also, with spring comes sports. As I sit here, a few friends of mine are playing ultimate frisbee outside of HP (Hoiles-Peterson Residence Hall), a game that combines frisbee and football. This game is also offered as a fall intramural sport, but they enjoy it the most with just a small group.

The spring weather has also brought other students out to play soccer, volleyball, baseball and my favorite … a toss and catch volleyball game that my friends and I have come to call Nuk’em.

I hope that if there is anyone out there that has not participated in a spring sport yet, that he or she get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather before the terrible Ohio winter returns!

How many days until Opening Day?

How many days until Opening Day?

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Second semester is almost over — can you believe it? I know I mentioned in one of my previous blogs how shocked I was that it was already spring break… pfft, spring break already feels like forever ago. Since then, I celebrated my 21st birthday, St. Patrick’s Day and a bunch of other fun stuff in between.

As if this beautiful spring weather isn’t getting me excited already for summer, imagine going down to Progressive Field and enjoying it up close and personal.I’ve mentioned to you before how I am a huge Indians fan and how I even interned with the organization last summer. Well, what I didn’t tell you is how long  I’ve been involved with the Tribe.A few years ago I started working at Southpark Mall at the Cleveland Indians Team Shop where I sold merchandise as well as single game tickets. Now, working in retail really wasn’t my thing, but I met some great people which really opened doors for me. So, as you know, I scored myself an awesome internship last summer and I didn’t want my experience to end there. My supervisor last summer told me to try to get in as many doors as possible down at Progressive — I had already worked in merchandise and creative services, what was next?I signed up to take a class here at Mount (the one I told you in my last blog about the sponsorship proposal) and one of our side projects is to be a part of the ticket sales team! We were able to skip a day of classes and head to downtown Cleveland to visit the ballpark and get some inside training on how to be a “Grade A” ticket salesperson. Now, during this whole semester, we’re working with the Tribe’s sales team and trying to sell tickets for this season!So, now I have stepped into three doors with the Indians… but guess what… it doesn’t stop there.Last fall I applied to be in the Fun Bunch — those awesome people who run around at games promoting the team. As my luck had it, I scored a position with the team and got to work at Snow Days (haven’t heard of it? google it!) over Christmas break and had a blast. We also had the opportunity to work several outside events including the mall tour the team went on. I loved it!Once the season starts (April 1), I will be able to start working games. Let’s just say this summer is going to be awesome. I actually went down today for day one of my training (that’s what I was talking about earlier — up close and personal!) The smell of spring just reminds me of baseball season and I cannot wait to spend my summer nights at the ballpark!-samantha

Oh, it’s Monday

Oh, it’s Monday

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Happy Monday!

You can always tell when it’s Monday at school…  Everyone just seems tired.  It was 68 degrees out today though so I think that brought everyone’s mood up just a little :]  I feel like the weekends always go by way too fast! Ugh.  This week seems like it’s a busy one for everyone.  There are a lot of tests, quizzes and projects happening right now.  It’s fun though – I really do like staying busy, so I don’t mind the work. Just hope I can get some sleep this week!

Tonight, I have three meetings in a row starting at 7 p.m. First is Studio M, which is the television station on campus.  I’ve been involved with the station since I came to Mount three years ago.  It’s really cool being able to know what goes into a television show and how exactly to work all of the equipment.  During the meetings, we usually talk about what is going on, what needs to be filmed and if anyone has any new ideas for TV shows.  There is a sports guy, Billy, who has a couple shows where he interviews coaches and players on the Mount Union athletic teams.

At 7:30 p.m. is the Dynamo editor meeting, which is when all of the editors for the newspaper get together to discuss story ideas and what we’d like to see in the paper for the following week.  This requires us to know what exactly is going on around campus but also to be looking for interview subjects and events to cover.

Then at 8 p.m., the entire Dynamo staff arrives for a meeting.  This meeting is where the editors, writers and photographers get together to collaborate and assign story ideas.  Writers can choose to write about any story that interests them and they are always encouraged to speak up with their own story ideas as well.

I think that’s what I love so much about the media outlets here at Mount Union.  I love being involved and I especially love being a part of the leadership teams, but it is so exciting because we can really take them wherever we’d like to.  If there’s something you’re mad, sad or happy about, write a commentary article for the Dynamo! Have something you’re interested in?  Interview someone or cover an event, and you can use the interview for the newspaper or radio station.

Last year, two of my friends and I had an idea for a television show at Studio M, so we were told to go ahead with it and we ran it a few times.  Our show was called “For Your Entertainment,” and basically the three of us found entertainment news stories that interested us and we discussed them.  It was really fun and I think you can learn a lot about yourself when you see yourself on television.  It helps you to know certain things you do with your hands while you’re talking or maybe it will teach you that you should smile more :]

Everything we do here is always a learning experience … but it is also fun and it is completely up to each individual to make it their own.  Have a great week!

-Shannon

Good Food, Good Weather

Good Food, Good Weather

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The first week back from any vacation can hit students hard, no matter where they go or what they’re coming back to. And, with this sudden splash back to reality, the only thing that can fill the void of vacation is food. That is why I am thankful for our buffet-style cafeteria; all week they were serving great food including some Irish classics to celebrate Saint Paddy’s day. Thursday for dinner they had a great corned beef and cabbage, however Friday was the high point for me as they served stuffed banana peppers, which were really delicious.

Today is Sunday, which marks the first day of spring, and last night’s moon symbolized the specialness of the season with the ‘Supermoon.’ The moon was as close as it has been to Earth in 18 years. At moon rise, it was shaded blood red, and by the time it had peaked it had turned into a great shade of silver. Sunday continued to be a beautiful day as I spent the afternoon in the country of Alliance and appreciated the beautiful nature around me.

This Thursday, Mount Union will be hosting world-renowned astrophysicist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will present 10 Things You Should Know About The Universe. Mount Union is a small school of 2,000 plus students, but they always manage to get extremely impressive speakers, which rival even some of the largest and most prestigious schools around.

In two weeks – Saturday, April 2 – Mount Union will host the OAC Gold Meet. It looks to be a great spring Saturday morning, so people should try and come out to at least enjoy the weather. And if not for that, but to watch some of the nation’s best athletes!

Music

Music

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As I have mentioned in my previous blog posts, I am a music major. I love music and it is my life. The one thing that many people don’t know about music majors is our schedules. A music major has classes all day and they aren’t just classes that start at noon.  Actually, most classes have started before or by 10 in the morning. Another part to our schedule is recitals. We are required to attend and participate in a certain number of recitals every semester or our grades for lessons will go down. Being a freshman, I just completed my first recital performance and let me just say I was very nervous, but I played my bassoon piece well.

Even though our days start pretty early, that doesn’t mean we don’t go to bed early. In fact, many of the classes we take require practicing parts. Basic Musicianship is a class taken all through freshman and sophomore year and it requires a lot of practice. The class helps music students learn what they will need to be teaching or using in music.

If anyone ever has the chance, come over to Cope and hear some wonderful music. There are always recitals going on and there are many amazing musicians in this building!

And so the madness begins

And so the madness begins

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Well it’s the time again … March Madness … A time when students everywhere are talking about who they think the next champion of the NCAA 2011 Tournament will be! Well, I filled my bracket out just the other day and entered into one poll, having high hopes that NC will take away the victory this year as the champion! It’s interesting how much goes into filling these brackets out. Last year, I did one just for fun and based it solely on which teams uniforms I liked more…great theory I know.

Well … it just so happened that picking Duke as the champion helped me to place 3rd in the pole I entered, and I received a grand total of $20! Yes I know $20 is not a lot, but to college students, every bit counts. I was thrilled to be $20 richer from the madness! I can only hope that the luck of the Irish will stay with me and I can come away with just as much luck … if not more this year as March Madness continues!

My Schedule

My Schedule

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The time of the semester when scheduling takes places is filled with meeting with friends, advisors and planning your future semester – all the way from figuring out what classes you need to take for your major to what time you want to wake up in the morning. And, when you’re getting ready to schedule your academic classes, the best plan is to have a plan. The first time you meet with your advisor you should create a plan for at least the next few semesters.  Here are the classes I have already taken as well as the classes I will be taking in the fall of my junior year.

1st Semester Freshman Year

Intro to Art (3)

Intro to Information Management (3)

College Writing (3)

Intro to Environmental Science (3)

Freshmen Seminar- Apocalyptic Expectations (3)

Religion & Human Experience (3)

2nd Semester Freshman Year

College Life Options (1)

Management Principles (3)

Public Speaking (3)

Quantitative Methods I (3)

Wellness (2)

History & Philosophy of Sport (3)

Elementary Spanish II (3)

1st Semester Sophomore Year

Elementary Accounting I (3)

Marketing Principles (3)

Evaluating College Life & Options (1)

Life/Career Plans (1)

Intro to Microeconomics (3)

Elementary Statistics with Business Lab (4)

Sport Program Management (3)

2nd Semester Sophomore Year

Elementary Accounting II (3)

Quantitative Methods II (3)

Intro to Macroeconomics (3)

Business & Technical Writing (3)

Sport Public Relations (3)

Sport Area & Facility Management (3)

1st Semester Junior Year

Federal Income Tax (3)

Intermediate Accounting II (3)

Managerial Cost Accounting (3)

Business Law I (3)

Legal Issues in Sport (3)

Careers in Sport Business (1)

Direct Experience:  Sport Recreation (1)

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First week back

First week back

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Well, the first week back from Spring Break went pretty smoothly. But, I wish this weather was a bit more consistent though … sheesh.BTW, I hope everyone enjoyed a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Top of the morning to ya…

Top of the morning to ya…

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Hello everyone! With the shock of beautiful weather we were blessed with yesterday, spirits were high on campus as the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day started fairly early in the morning. The majority of campus showed their appreciation for the Irish by wearing green! I also decided to pull out one of the only green shirts that I own from my closet, and indulged in  ‘ShamMUC’ shake from the B&B  in Campus Grounds to celebrate my Irish heritage! I must say this Saint Patrick’s Day mint chocolate chip shake was one of the best I’ve ever had!

I started my Saint Patrick’s Day off by going to the Early Learning Center in Alliance for my observation for one of my education classes. When you are an education major, some of the required courses that you have to take also require you to be placed at a local school for observation in your particular area of licensure. For example, I am majoring in early childhood education and am currently taking CE 250 with Dr. Watters, which requires my to complete 30 hours of observation in a classroom for early childhood which is grades k-3.

I complete my field observation every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. and I really enjoy it! I am currently in a kindergarten class, and not only do I love it because that is the grade that I want to teach, but more so because of what I can do for the kids when I am there. Yesterday I assisted a little girl in reading a new book all by herself! I was so excited for her! It was so great to see how happy she was after she finished the last page and went over to tell her teacher what she had done! It’s moments like that, that really get me excited to be a teacher!

After heading back to Mount’s campus from my observation, I had some lunch in the lovely HPCC and attended my two classes that I have every Tuesday and Thursday. My second and last class of the day was stage make-up. This class is probably one of the coolest classes I think that Mount has to offer! In stage make-up, we learn how to use make up to create different characters and illusions on our faces that would be good for those performing on stage. Yesterday was bruises and abrasions. After we applied latex, fake blood and scar wax to our faces, the majority of the class truly looked severely injured! How neat right? I really do suggest taking this class for anyone who doesn’t have any ideas on how to fulfill one of their fine arts requirements!

Here is a wish for all of my Mount Unions friends as this fun holiday comes to an end! Happy Saint Patty’s Day!!

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Yes, This Is A Post About The Weather

Yes, This Is A Post About The Weather

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Anyone reading this post right now shouldn’t be. Go outside. Alliance is currently experiencing amazing, summer-esque like weather with temperatures in the 60s. Although spring break may be over, it is nice to see that summer isn’t going to remain in hiding for too much longer.

Another thing you may have noticed is how much more alive people seem when the weather is nice outside. Doors were being held opened left and right, multiple professors finished up their lectures early and everyone has a smile on their face! Such behavior starts a ripple effect and, before you know it, no one on campus has a care in the world.

Realistically, this weather won’t last long (see weather app to the right), but at least we have these few days. Homework is always going to be there with open arms, but elusive sunshine-filled days like today will not. So stop reading already. Go outside.

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