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Weather & Honors

October 30, 2012

yes, that is snow outside my window

yes, that is snow outside my window

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

For the past five weeks, I have been completing a one credit hour honors seminar titled “Global Climate Change”. In the Honors Program at Wilmington College, we are required to complete four of these courses, one each semester during sophomore and junior years. The topics are varied and interesting, and the workload is light. However, they give us additional knowledge of material that we would not normally learn in a traditional class, but information that is useful to know in today’s changing world. The two previous courses I took were “Mediation Training”, where we learned how to peacefully resolve conflict, and “Lifeboat 101”, where we learned about the dangers of exponential population growth. Next semester I will be taking a class about community building and staying local.

The reason I thought of this topic first thing in the morning is that I woke up to the ground covered in a dusting of snow and 30mph winds. Having a hurricane this late in the year is unusual, and climate change could be a factor. Who knows if the changes are natural or human caused (because the changes cannot be denied, no matter what data you look at or what your political views are; its concrete scientific data). I hope someday in the future we will know for sure, and everyone will do their part to help stop the rapid change.

Now Listening: Bad Books – Bad Books
Razor & Tie; 2010
http://www.last.fm/music/Bad%2520Books/Bad%2520Books?ac=bad%20books

Tags: honors , learning , seminar , weather , wilmington college

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Changes

October 24, 2012

Fall

Fall

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

You can almost smell the changes that are happening this time of year, both related to school and not. Yesterday, I registered for classes for the spring semester of my junior year. It is starting to set in that I will only have to register for classes at WC two more times before I graduate. Compared to this semester, next semester should be a little easier. I will be taking General Medical Conditions, Pharmacology, Clinical Practicum, Nonviolence & Social Change, Music in America, and a Community Building Honors Seminar. It may sound like a lot, but from what we hear about others taking classes, these will be less work than the ones I have now.
Outside of class, I’m starting to look forward to the traditional fall festivities. Every year, Wilmington has a HolliDazzle parade near thanksgiving to celebrate the beginning of the winter season. Everyone in town goes for it, and it is awesome to see the town connect with one another for cultural events. I am also looking forward to cooking a vegan thanksgiving meal at my house with my family, drinking apple cider, and taking a break from thinking for a couple weeks (and maybe getting to listen to more music!!)

Now listening: Grizzly Bear – Shields
(Warp; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/search?q=grizzly%20bear%20shields&from=ac
 

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Jungle Jim's adventure

October 19, 2012

Award Winning bathrooms at Jungle Jim's

Award Winning bathrooms at Jungle Jim's

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

What a crazy week it has been! Actually, it has been a crazy past four weeks. Like I keep saying, first semester of junior year is really really hard. But I’m learning a lot and I know it will prepare me well for physical therapy school.
This past weekend I hosted a hall activity where we went to Jungle Jim’s International Marketplace during the day (with a stop at chipotle) and I cooked an Indian meal for my residents afterwards. If you have never been to Jungle Jim's, I highly recommend it. They have any type of food you could imagine! I love to cook but I have never really cooked Indian food because it is difficult to find the spices and all the essential ingredients at Kroger in Wilmington. However, I took advantage of the Indian section at Jungle Jim’s and bought all kinds of spices to make different curries and dals. I decided to cook masoor dal with cinnamon rice and asparagus. It was delicious! And the leftovers are lasting all week. If you like spicy food at all, you would love Indian cuisine. I’m hoping to make a somewhat authentic Asian dish of some sort for my residents next month, any suggestions on what to make??

Now listening: Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder
(Tri Angle; 2011)
http://www.last.fm/music/Balam%2520Acab/WANDER%252FWONDER?ac=balam%20acab%20wa
 

Tags: AT , Athletic Training , Coffee , Food , Friends , Fun , Jungle Jim's

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Downtown Lunch

October 18, 2012

 

Contributed by Lynnea Kraft      
Jen’s Deli
I recently started working at Jen’s Deli. It’s a great little café in Downtown Wilmington that serves hot and cold drinks, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads.  This is a great place to study, eat lunch, bring your laptop to type a paper or surf the web.  Jen’s Deli is connected to Books n’ More, next to Murphy Theater.
Recently, they have been training me how to make lattes, cappuccinos and frappes. My favorite drink that I’m working on is a “dry cappuccino”.  That means that the cappuccino will be half foam, compared to the standard cappuccino which is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.   I haven’t quite got the foam to be consistently foamy. The bubbles come out in too many different shapes and sizes. But I hope to froth the foam correctly soon. I’d like to start making them for customers, instead of my caffeine addiction.  Other than my cappuccino endeavors, I’ve experimented a little with latte art. It would be cool to make a special design on every customer’s latte. Since I have my own espresso machine I can practice making them outside of work, but I’m still not super skilled yet. The picture to left features a few designs that I’m aspiring to make. J
On the other hand, if you aren’t into frappes, lattes and caffeine - do not fear! Jen’s Deli also offers delicious milkshakes, smoothies and Italian sodas made specially to order! From blackberry to amaretto, from orange dream to pumpkin spice – there really is something for everyone. I would be glad to make one of Jen’s signature coffees, sodas, or shakes for whoever comes to study, chat, eat lunch or browse the bookstore.    

Tags: Art , Downtown Wilmington , food , Fun

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Spin into Fall

October 18, 2012

Try out a class in Herman Court next to the raquetball court!

Try out a class in Herman Court next to the raquetball court!

 

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft
As some of you may know, I am a very active person. One of the ways I love to get my exercise in is by spinning. I went to my first spinning class this past summer in when I was studying abroad in Argentina.   When I returned to campus this fall I was excited to see that Wilmington College now offers spinning classes for credit or just for recreation.   I ended up adding one of the spin classes officially to my schedule. These classes taught me that there is a lot more to spinning then merely pedaling a stationary bike.  
                Spinning bikes have weighted wheels that are connected to the pedals so that spinners (people who spin) cannot coast. The bikes that WC owns are equipped with a dial that can add or take away resistance, or it can be used as a brake. Adding resistance makes it harder to pedal, and turning the dial the opposite way will take away resistance and make pedaling easier.  In order to simulate hills like in real-life cycling, the instructor will lead the spin class through a series of “hills”, “flat roads”, or “steep climbs,” and “jumps.”   To simulate these, the spinner will add resistance and change body positions per the instructor’s directions. 
In addition to my mandatory spin class for credit, I have begun to lead classes myself and attend other classes just for recreation.  I realized that each instructor can give you a different experience. I personally enjoy when the instructor gives visuals while biking. For example, if the class is doing a climb with resistance for a long period of time, the instructor may tell the class to think about being on country road nearing the end of a race. When the climb with resistance interval is almost over the instructor may say “There are some racers gaining on you! You are almost at the finish line!” This imagery always helps me push myself just a little bit harder.  
I f you would like to try spinning, classes are now being offered Monday through Thursday. Check out the flyers posted around campus for the current schedule!

Tags: Fitness , Fitness Challenge , Wellness , Workout

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Junior Year of Athletic Training

October 10, 2012

Flying Lotus' best album to date, Unitl the Quiet Comes is worth the listen; I highly recommend it .

Flying Lotus' best album to date, Unitl the Quiet Comes is worth the listen; I highly recommend it .

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

I cannot believe how crazy the past couple of weeks have been!! They always say that first semester of your junior year is the hardest semester in the sequence in the Wilmington College Athletic Training Program, and they are right. For the past two weeks, my only bits of free time have been on the weekends. Granted, I am in the middle of writing a 15ish page term paper on cervical spine fractures, so when that is done I hope to have a little more time for additional studying and recreational activities. However as one of my professors said in class, I feel like I am being transformed into a “know-nothing-sophomore” to a “know-everything-senior”.
As far as clinical rotations go, I have moved from football to volleyball. Although I enjoyed working with the football team, it is probably my least favorite sport (outside of the athletic training setting) so it is nice for a change. So far, volleyball seems much less chaotic than football during games and practices, so it’s a good time to relax a little.

Now listening: Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
(Warp; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/music/Flying%2520Lotus/Until%2520the%2520Quiet%2520Comes?ac=flying%20lotus%20until%20

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October

October 03, 2012

Me drinking out of coffee thormas while walking to class

On Thursdays, I'll wear Brown

Me drinking out of coffee thormas while walking to class On Thursdays, I'll wear Brown

 

"on October 3rd he asked me what day it was..."
"it's October 3rd..."
- Mean Girls
 
October, is my favorite month at Wilmington College. The colors against the brick buildings create the personality of fall. The weather is always out to surprise you. Girls running around in scarfs, boys running around in sweatpants. The smiles that everyone has made it through one whole month of school and their ready to continue their education on campus.
 
So I decided to compose the 50 reasons I love/ am excited for October.
 
 
  1. The Color brown
  2. Fall break
  3. Sweaters
  4. The Westheimer Peace Symposium
  5. Phonathon, one of my on-campus jobs, starts
  6. Searching for Peace exhibit at the Quaker Heritage Center
  7. Homecoming
  8. Old friends that are alumni returning to campus
  9. Going home for my brother’s wedding at the end of the month
  10. Walks in the Arboretum
  11. Hay Rides
  12. Butternut Squash
  13. Vegan Pecan Pie
  14. Halloween
  15. Dressing as a Lifeguard For Halloween
  16. Vegan Hot Chocolate
  17. Wearing Sweatpants and not having anyone judge you
  18. Walking around with a thermos full of coffee
  19. The October breeze on a Sunday morning
  20. Watching scary movies in friends dorm rooms
  21. October inspired Dates
  22. Date plums
  23. Remember to wear a light jacket
  24. Forgetting its cold and going outside without a jacket
  25. Everywhere has pumpkin flavored beverages and foods
  26. The goodie box that my sister sends every year
  27. Masks
  28. Children coming to campus to trick or treat
  29. Not having to stress about finales yet
  30. Having your class, work, and club schedules memorized
  31. Trying to understand why this weather is so confusing
  32. Feeling like it's ok to go to a coffee shop everyday
  33. Pastoral Care Week
  34. October 18, No Beard Day
  35. Telling my roommates Happy October
  36. Talking to my roommates about how much I love Halloween
  37. Telling people what they should be for Halloween
  38. Trying to figure out what "Sweetest Day" is
  39. Making roommates and friends celebrate "Sweetest Day"
  40. Make a Difference Day
  41. Sweet Potatoes
  42. Pumpkin Carving
  43. Pumpkin Painting
  44. Smashing Pumpkins
  45. Getting ready for No-Shave-November
  46. Realizing that by this time every year I have made at least 10 new friends
  47. Not having to see people in shorts
  48. Gaining that fall weather weight
  49. Watching leaves fall
  50. Wearing Brown

 

 

That’s why I love October

Why do you love October?

Tags: , Halloween , October , Sweetest day

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Field trip to Yellow Springs

October 02, 2012

Provided by Afiara String Quartet website. Check them out @ http://afiara.com/ !

Provided by Afiara String Quartet website. Check them out @ http://afiara.com/ !

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

Sunday, September 29th my Music of Western Cultures II class ventured outside the classroom and into a church. Our Professor Liz Haskins arranged for us to see and listen to the Afiara String Quartet. My class gathered at 6pm Sunday evening in BCAC (Boyd Cultural Arts Center) parking lot – a welcome change from our typical class time from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays in class room -- to start our educational outing. We piled in the school vans and arrived in a small town called Yellow Springs about 25 minutes away. 
                First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs hosted this event. The Afiara String Quartet is based out of Canada and have travelled all over the globe. For those of you who don’t know what a string quartet is, that’s okay. I didn’t know exactly what it was until my class with Liz Haskins. A string quartet typically involves four instruments: 2 violins, a cello, and viola.
Normally, classical music is not my go-to music choice, but I found it really interesting to read about these artists’ backgrounds. Of the musicians in this string quartet, two of them had studied at The Julliard School, one of the prestigious, if not the most prestigious musical school in the world. The other two had studied at the New England Conservatory, another well- renowned music school. Of the two who studied at Julliard, one of them was playing on a violin that was from 1737! I can’t imagine playing an instrument almost 300 years old, I’d be too worried about breaking it, rather than playing music!  
The quartet played two pieces by Beethoven and one by a recent composer who wrote a piece for one of the members’ mother. The Beethoven pieces were very expressive and lively. The other was a bit eclectic, but by the end of the piece I appreciated the variety of feelings this creative endeavor elicited.  After the concert, Liz Haskins treated us to Subway for dinner - a lovely way to end an educational experience outside the classroom.

Tags: Application , education , Music , Wilmington College

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