The Break Effect

The Break Effect

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I’ll be the first to admit it: I procrastinated with homework this spring break.

Now, I’m positive that I am not the only one, but as I was working on some statistics homework, I thought I would make a chart to illustrate the connection between a college student’s productivity level and the amount of time that passes over the 10 day spring break.

Reading from left to right, each day is labeled with a number. The numbers are annotated as follows:

1. The “I’m going to get all my homework done today so I have all of break to relax!” mode.
2. The “It’s Saturday, I can take a break. I mean, I have all week!”
3. “I can’t do any work, Sunday is a day of rest… and video games.”
4. Sleep in until 2 p.m.
5. “Eh, I have plenty of time left. I’ll hit it hard tomorrow.”
6. Slight increase in productivity until what little resolve you started with is gone.
7. “Oh boy. There are still so many things I want to do before break is over. To the lab!”
8. “Last weekend. It’s as if I never had break, I’ll just do my homework on Saturday like usual.”
9. Small amount of work gets done before friends text you with last weekend plans.
10. “Oh crap. It’s all over. No need to worry though, I’ve been in this place before and emerged victorious.”
11. Up until 3 a.m. finishing all the work you had forgotten about and only remembered because you actually opened you books instead of using them as coasters for the past 10 days. Effectively killing all sleep you regained over break.

Happy Monday.

While this was meant as a joke, and I have been more diligent than this, I believe we have all been in this mode or felt similar as days roll by on an extended break period. It is hard to get up the motivation to start work during leisure, but often I realize that I had built how difficult the actual work was in my mind. Once I started and got rolling, I was able to finish most of my assignments with little pain.

Something that I use to help with my slight tendency to procrastinate is called the 30/30 Minute Work Cycle. The basic idea around this work cycle is that you spend 30, uninterrupted minutes (turning off your Internet helps) working on a task. When that time is up, you can have 30 minutes to do whatever you like. Using this system, I was able to get all my work done in a single day, along with finishing the campaign of one of my favorite games. You can read up on the whole idea here.

Here’s to a productive end of spring break!

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!

Family Ties

Family Ties

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Although it seems just like yesterday that I was receiving bags of massively-produced mail for various colleges, I am quickly closing in on the end of my freshman year. Like some students, however, I have a younger sibling who is currently a senior in high school; giving me the opportunity to experience that first year all over again. My younger brother, Nathan, has already ranked Mount Union as the top place he would like to attend, but I have to give credit to Mount for the latest piece of mail he received.

mount union t-shirt

Now while this will undoubtedly be a contested piece of apparel, and will “accidentally” find its way into my bag come the end of spring break, I can’t help but reminisce to my first piece of official Raider gear and how happy I was to be sporting the new colors. It is a great feeling to be identifying yourself with your future school. I look forward to meeting many of the purple-clad incoming 2015 class. But until that happens this coming fall, I would like to extend a personal “thank you” to the Office of Admission for my new shirt – I love it.

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

About Kyle

About Kyle

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I don’t even know you, dear reader, but I have been given the task of writing an introduction to myself as my first post on the new University of Mount Union blog. Hopefully as we spend the next several paragraphs together, a mutual bond of respect and friendship will be forged … one that can withstand the test of the Close or Back button. Now, normal convention dictates that this bio must be written in third person: “Kyle Dreger is an amazingly good-looking freshman.” Not being one to stop a good thing, I present the official overview of yours truly.

Kyle Dreger hails from the small town of Rootstown, Ohio, and is currently a freshman at Mount Union. He plans to major in computer science and enjoys working in any sort of code including: HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, daVinci and girls. He loves to write and has been doing so for well over a decade. When he is not writing or coding, he is an active member of the Raider Programming Board, Raider Relief  and Emerging Leaders. Where Mr. Dreger spends most of his time, however, is on the soccer field as a member of the men’s soccer team. He has been playing since the age of three and loves the feeling of night games under the lights.

Around the Internet, Mr. Dreger has the cleverly-awesome username of @kyledreger; feel free to check him out on Twitter or any other online communities. His hobbies include testing out new gadgets, keeping on the pulse of technology news and reading long, somewhat drawl, books. His future plans include graduating with honors in his major and attempting to get a job at Apple where he can apply his passion for good design with quality code to help make devices millions will use.

He sincerely hopes you’ve enjoyed this short overview of his life, and until the next post, enjoy checking out the new blog!

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”

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