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.

Hell Week

Hell Week

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Wrestling is a sport that demands every aspect of athleticism, from pure strength to the most refine technique.  It was the first sport ever, and the purpose of it back in the day was to literally kill your opponent while competing naked in oil. Today there is a different reason why it is popular and for me, it is an addiction. I can’t quit because I need it to function normally, but at the same time, I can get so tired I question myself “Why am I doing this to myself?”

Hell Week is what it sounds like … hell! Football has two-a-days, but our coach went one step further and is doing three-a-days. One practice at a time isn’t bad, but it is the continuous practicing three times a day for five days of the week that will get to you.

This week consist of 6 a.m. cardio/sprinting for about 45 minutes. During this time, the sun isn’t even out yet and you can see the stars, Jupiter and shooting stars. After class and maybe a few naps, we have 4 p.m. practice for two hours in a constant 80 degree wrestling room. This consists of drilling, live wrestling and you guessed it, more sprints, which can easily be added on for people who are late, not wearing their headgear and other various reasons. It’s pretty simple, if everyone does what they are supposed to do and not what they aren’t supposed to do, then no sprints.  That’s never the case, so we run more.

After dinner, there is a little over an hour that I am able to get homework and studying done until an 8 p.m. lift.  These lifts aren’t meant for the weak, they’re meant for the insane. I mean, 3-4 sets of anywhere between 1-20 reps, and why not, let’s just throw in 100 pull ups in the middle of the lift to add a little flavor. By the end of the day, you’re ready to pass out and just enjoy your sweet dreams…until they are disrupted by your alarm telling you to wake up to go run.

This week sounds bad, because it is.  But in the end, you feel like you’ve accomplished something the average athlete would never want to do.  It is obviously a little harder since you have to worry about studying, homework and tests, but that’s just a part of being a student-athlete.

I have respect for all college student-athletes. Everyone puts in their effort because everyone wants to be the best. I still keep hearing from athletes that they think wrestlers are crazy and they could never do it. I always thank them for that compliment (yes, being called crazy is a compliment sometimes) because you have to be a little crazy if you want to be a good wrestler.

Hell Week is an animal that chews on you.  It is an animal that swallows the weak but spits out the strong at the end of the week, and if you are able to withstand it then you are able to withstand any other challenge put in front of you. After just one week, you’re more conditioned, stronger, smarter and you know your physical and mental limits.  And there is a reason why Hell Week is at the end of October … Halloween Work-Out.

Lose The Stress, Find Your Escape

Lose The Stress, Find Your Escape

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This photograph was taken in Hawaii.

Stress is something that hits every student. Knowing how to deal with it or just how to avoid it all together is a big thing. Finding something that gets your mind off of your school work and grades is important when trying to live a balanced life. Nobody likes to just live in stress, so knowing that you are able to turn to something to turn off that stress is important. Find something you enjoy doing.

I turn to wrestling because it’s a great way to exert all of my physical energy and all of my emotions that might have been running through me throughout the day. It’s just seven minutes my opponent and I trying to figure out who truly is smarter, stronger and faster.

When I started writing poetry my junior year of high school, I didn’t think I was good. I still don’t think I am good at it but that’s not the point. Writing down a poem about how I may have felt that day was something I had never done before. It was a way for me to literally see what was going through my mind. It’s as if I collected all the junk from throughout the day and sneezed it on a piece of paper. I finally saw what was going on. Everyone feels better after they sneeze, and I felt better after writing a poem.

Sometimes talking to friends or listening to music just wasn’t enough for me. If what you might turn to usually isn’t there, try to have alternatives. For some people, simply screaming at the top of their lungs makes them feel better. Breaking things is always fun too, just make sure it’s not something you might have to pay back. Sleeping and dreaming is another great way to get away from reality, but that never lasts long enough.

Hopefully you have found something that helps you relieve stress. If you are stressed out about it, just talk about it with someone. Chances are he or she is freaking out about something and needs to let it all out too. Even if it is a five-minute conversation, at least you got it out.

“Forever Mount”

“Forever Mount”

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Last weekend was one of excitement and craziness here on Mount Union’s campus. It is a weekend that all Purple Raiders and even community members look forward to each year. It is a weekend that can be found marked on the calendars of Mount Union alumni, written in many students, faculty and staff members planners and even scribbled down on a note on the refrigerators of many community members. So you may be wondering what this so called special weekend is… am I right? Well, the weekend I am referring to is Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. This weekend is special all around at Mount Union as there are many fun and exciting events that take place all throughout the weekend for everyone.

The theme this year for the weekend was “Forever Mount.” The weekend kicked off Friday night with the Mr. UMU pageant. This is an annual event attended mostly by students, and in simple terms, is basically a male beauty pageant. Different organizations on campus select one male to represent them in the pageant. At the pageant, the men participate in events similar to that of the Miss America pageant such as a talent portion, a question/answer session, formal wear and Raider gear. The judges were faculty and staff members. The pageant has a humorous tone and is not serious in any way. This year’s winner was senior Josh Jones, who was representing Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Additional events that took place on Friday were the Mount Union Board of Trustees meeting and the Department of Theatre’s presentation of the comedy Bus Stop.

 

Saturday is the day that holds the most events and the most excitement of the weekend. This past Saturday there was an Alumni Brunch in which different alumni were honored, multiple class reunions, the annual Run-A-MUC race, the Homecoming parade and a Raider pep rally as well as tailgating before the annual Homecoming football game. This year at the Homecoming game, the Raider football team beat Marietta with a 62-0 win. During halftime of the game, this year’s Homecoming King Marcus Williams and Queen Kaitlin Petrilli were revealed and crowned. On Saturday, different organizations also held events such as the Alpha Delta Pi sorority silent auction, the Delta Sigma Tau sorority alumni tea and the Sigma Nu fraternity reception honoring Jim Williams.

Compared to Saturday of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, Sunday is more of a laid back day that in a way wraps up the weekend. Sunday was not too crazy of a day or full of commotion. This year, the Class of 1976 held a breakfast on Sunday and there was an alumni baseball game and cookout.

This weekend is so very special to all Purple Raiders and many look forward to it each year as the campus is crowded with alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members. And when I say crowded, I mean packed! – prayers are said to find a parking spot. Not only do people in the area attend all of these events, but also people come from all over the country just for this weekend. The high population of people that come to campus for this weekend and the distances they travel says a lot about Mount Union. It shows that people are proud to be a Raider and truly enjoyed the time they spent at the University of Mount Union.

Who’s that New Girl?

Who’s that New Girl?

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Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa Greenwell.  I am so glad that you decided to read my blog as I think that overtime it will provide you with a pretty good picture of what it is like here at the wonderful place called Mount Union.  But first, I think I should tell you a little bit about myself, so you can hopefully come to understand my love for Mount and true pride of being a Purple Raider.

I am from Canton, which is pretty much Alliance’s neighbor as Canton is only about 20 minutes away.  I graduated from GlenOak High School at the top of my class, taking part in varsity volleyball as well as many extracurricular activities.  I have one younger brother who is a senior this year and is currently in the process of making one of the most difficult decisions in the early years of life – where to go to college.  Like him, many of you reading this blog, are facing that choice as well.  I only hope this blog will play a role in your decision.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being active, watching movies, reading and volunteering.

Getting involved and helping others has been two major standards in my life.  I enjoy taking part in all sorts of volunteer activities, helping out whenever needed and giving back to the community in any way possible.  I believe that kindness and a helping hand are two of the greatest gifts you can give to another.  I love to know that I am making a difference.

Here at Mount Union, I am currently a sophomore majoring in biochemistry with a minor in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.  Since stepping foot on campus, I have involved myself in many different clubs and organizations on campus including Delta Sigma Tau sorority, Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity), American Chemical Society, Sophomore Service Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta, student worker in the Office of the President and I most recently joined the Relay for Life executive committee. I am sure there will be many blogs to come about the organizations I am involved in!

I have met many new people here on campus as well as developed good relationships with faculty and staff members.  In my opinion, Mount Union is the best place to spend your college experience.  I truly love it here, as you will see in my future blogs, so stay tuned for more!  I only hope you will continue to read as I will be writing on a variety of topics which I am sure will catch your interest.

Preparation for New Students

Preparation for New Students

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Although we, the current students of Mount Union, have left campus for the summer, the University has not slowed down a bit since we left. Driving back up to campus today, it hit me how nice and beautiful our campus really is. With the grass cut, trees pruned and lakes sparkling, the whole presentation is really something to see in person.

The campus is getting all dolled up primarily for the new students that will be visiting over the summer as we near the coming semester in the fall. Much like a first date, you want to make sure you are cleaned up and looking sharp for the meeting. Mount Union has undoubtedly succeeded on this front and looks stunning. Kudos to all of the students and staff responsible for helping out.

I know we just got back home and have settled in for about a week, but if you find yourself with a need to drive through Alliance, or back to Mount, be sure to take a little time to wander around campus. I think the actual “Mount Union Experience ©” started when we first walked on campus as freshmen. Take some time to reminisce and enjoy the view.

New perspectives at Mount Union

New perspectives at Mount Union

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Coming to Mount Union, I don’t think I fully understood what it meant to study at a “liberal arts” school.  According to the dictionary, the definition is as follows: “the academic courses of instruction at a college intended to provide general knowledge and comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects.”  Mount Union tells students that the terms liberal arts comes from the Latin phrase “artes liberals” which can be translated to mean “the education of a free person.”

I remember when I was still looking at schools trying to decide which one to go to, and I really liked Mount, someone told me not to come here because “they make you take a bunch of useless classes.”  I basically ignored that comment and did what I felt was right and came here.  I wondered to myself, “why would the college make you take useless classes?  There would be no point to that.”

The liberal arts studies really does relate to the definitions in the first paragraph because they require that students take classes not only in their major, but in a variety of areas to ensure that we are getting the most well-rounded experience while being in classes.  It doesn’t give students just one point of view, but instead helps students to gain perspectives from all fields and departments.

All students are required to have at least one major and one minor.  I guess the school was talking recently about making minors optional but they decided to keep them when it was put to a vote.  I have at times dreaded the classes that are outside my major, specifically science.  I’ve thought at times that these classes seem like a waste of my time since I won’t be going into science for my future career, but after all is said and done, they have been really interesting.  I took a biology lecture and a geology lecture and lab.  Geology is all about the earth and its layers, reading maps, volcanoes, lakes, oceans and rocks.  It’s actually interesting though, who knew?!  It makes me appreciate the work that geologists do on a daily basis in their careers and it makes me think a lot more about things that we all take for granted.   And although I’m not a history buff or a big fan of geography, it is useful to know certain things and there is such a variety in classes you can take.

My favorite class that I’ve taken at Mount in the past three years is definitely Intercultural Communication.  If you are planning to go to school here or if you already are enrolled, you should take this class.   It consists of half American students and half international students.  There are students in my class studying at Mount from Japan, Ireland, China, Vietnam, India, Russia, Germany and Malaysia.   The reason I love this class so much is because studying abroad was something that I always wanted to do. But once I got to college, I never wanted to leave the campus.  Although I do understand this is different than being completely immersed in a culture … being in this class, hearing all of the different accents and being able to learn first-hand about all of these cultures,  is so fascinating.

Every day in that class, we have group discussions and are able to speak with different people and talk about their experiences growing up in other countries. We talk about what it was like to learn English and other aspects of the culture.  Ahhh, I loooove it!  Today, we had a discussion about the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was interesting to hear the perspective that people from other cultures have on this very heated topic.

I’m sure I will have more to say about this class in the future because it really is so interesting.  I have met so many great people and made really cool friendships.  I would not trade this class for anything and as I said before, I highly suggest you take it, whether you are a communication major or not!

-Shannon : )

Guest Speaker (Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Guest Speaker (Pro Football Hall of Fame)

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My boss at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF), Pete Fierle, was a guest speaker in my public relations class today. Pete is the manager of digital media and communications, and he talked today about the HOF’s future 50 project and how the HOF uses social media. Social media is a rapid emerging market for organizations, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame is very active in social media. Check out the Pro Football HOF’s Twitter and Facebook. Pete is in charge of HOF’s social media. He and I have talked previously about my interest in social media, and I hope to potentially intern at the HOF again and help to develop its social media efforts.

Pete also touched on how to conduct a press conference (we will be hosting a mock one as a class project). I also found it very interesting how much the HOF relies on its public relations department for brand recognition. Pete gave us a lot of insight on the HOF’s induction ceremony and their involvement with Super Bowl weekend as well as the brand recognition HOF obtains from the Super Bowl. This video features Pete talking about the HOF’s interaction with Mount Union students. This special relationship will allow for numerous opportunities for future Purple Raiders.

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

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”