Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

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It’s prime time of the Fall season. The air is brisk, leaves crunching, pumpkin patches are blossoming, football is in full action, and warm apple cider compliments your seasonal sweater and scarves. Autumn is a very popular season, and even though school can get in the way make sure you take some time to watch the trees change color. Photography has grown into a small hobby of mine, and the changing colors make for the perfect shot. Some of the trees on campus create such a contrasting color, that it makes me wonder how do these leaves create such vibrant colors to begin with? I went to my brother who works at the Urban Ecology Center for some advice, and he directed me to one of his blog posts

“Lianna Bishop from the Urban Ecology Center tells us that Fall is a season known for trees full of beautiful shades of reds, oranges and yellows. But, you may be wondering, why do leaves change color in the fall?  Do trees change to the same color every year?  Our team here at the Urban Ecology Center have been thinking a lot about fall foliage lately. One of our Environmental Educators, Matt Flower, helped fill us in!

The brilliant colors of fall happen when the production of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants associated with photosynthesis, slows down. As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, the leaves’ true yellow, red or orange color is exposed.

Weather can also affect the way these colors look during their fall show. The best leaf colors seem to occur after warm, clear days with cool (but not freezing) nights – just like the type of weather we’ve been having lately. No wonder the trees have been so stunning!

Matt helped identify each tree and its respective color: Silver Maples are a light yellow, Green Ash a glowing purple, Shagbark Hickory a golden yellow and Sugar Maple a red-orange. Try picking out your favorite tree near your home, work, or school and watch its colors change over time.”

As the days grow shorter and cooler, I hope you’ll get outside and enjoy nature’s multicolored farewell to the season. Also, check out these creative and intense photos of leaves for some inspiration, and check out this awesomely autumnal song.

 

It Feels Like Summer

It Feels Like Summer

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Campus is full of people outside all the time now. It seems like every day I can see a frisbee being thrown, a soccer ball being kicked and shirtless men playing sand volleyball. This weather is amazing and I feel like it is going to stay, which is surprising in Ohio.

I just read in the paper that this winter was one of the warmest winters ever recorded. I can easily believe that since last school year it was still cold when I went home in May. I didn’t believe that it would get so warm so fast. I am always pessimistic about the weather. I never want to get my hopes up.

I love to run outside, but I’m starting to run barefoot so I am running inside of the Peterson Field House.

Baseball has always been a summer sport, so it only makes it feel more like summer when I have to watch it nearly every day. I have just started to consistently experience athletic training with the baseball team.  There has only been one “scary” injury so far but he is OK and should heal with no problem. I am slowly learning all of their names and quickly learning their personalities. I also realized quickly that nearly all of our starters are sophomores. That’s my class status so I definitely take pride in knowing that our class is doing work and doing it well. Just like last semester when I was at Hoover High School for my athletic training experience, I am getting closer with the team. I am pumped when we win, and I feel even worse when someone get hurts. Athletic training makes you have a heart toward athletes a little more than if you were just a fan. You have to actually take care of their injuries, so when they can triumph over that injury, you feel like you contributed to their success.

We Won?

We Won?

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On February 25, the Mount Union wrestling team finished second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. We had six finalists, five of them winning their finals match to advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships, and we had two guys place third as well. Second place isn’t what we wanted as a team, until our coaches re-counted the team points from the tournament and discovered that we actually won by one point. No matter what sport it is, one point is always very close.

It was hard to believe we didn’t win when we had five out of 10 weight classes winning the tournament. I didn’t wrestle personally but I was still there supporting my teammates as an athletic training student. I had the choice of attending the event on Saturday with my other teammates who didn’t wrestle and just watch, or the choice to serve as an athletic training student and leave on Friday with the team and have food and a hotel paid for. I decided to work as a student and get some experience while I was at it. It was well worth it since I was always mat side for each match.

It was an exciting tournament for sure. Next year, one of my goals is to win it and defend the tournament title. It’s a big thing to do since our team is young next year, but I know we can do it. I just hope they don’t mess up the scores again. I’d rather not celebrate thinking we won, then finding out the next day we lost because that would be a bad feeling.