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The Semester is Ending

November 28, 2012

A photo of my thanksgiving meal

A photo of my thanksgiving meal

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

What a crazy time of year it is for every college student everywhere. Final papers, last week cramming, projects, final exams… the list goes on. However, the end is finally in sight, and thanksgiving was a great break. For me, fall semester is more difficult than spring. In the spring, we have a weeklong spring break right in the middle of the semester, which provides a good division of days off. In the fall, however, our first break longer than a day doesn’t come until thanksgiving. However, once finals week is here, I will feel a great deal of relaxation as classes slowly come to an end throughout the week.

Over thanksgiving break, I did what the same thing most students did; full workouts, lots of sleep, lots of eating. It was nice to go home and prepare a vegan thanksgiving meal with my family (no, this is not an un-American practice). I also had time to listen to music, which I feel I have not had nearly enough time to dedicate to. My favorite album I listened to, listed below, is one I highly recommend to anyone that has ever liked ambient music or post rock/grunge sound; a very unique blend.

Now listening:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
(Constellation; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/music/Godspeed%2520You!%2520Black%2520Emperor/Alleujah!%2520Don't%2520Bend%2520Ascend?ac=godspeed%20you!%20black%20emperor%20all
 

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Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2012

Weekend water-park fun! Find your own way to relieve pre-final stress!

Weekend water-park fun! Find your own way to relieve pre-final stress!

 

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food and fun. For Wilmington College students, however, Thanksgiving break has a slightly different meaning. The way the semesters are set up allows for Thanksgiving break to be right before finals. This break gives students a chance not only to air out their brains, but also to catch up on needed sleep and get some good nutrition before the final week of class and sleepless nights preparing to make or break the grade.
                Although I had to make a 4 hour journey to my hometown in northeast Ohio, the food and fun I had over break was definitely worth the trek. I caught up on sleep and home cooked meals. I also had the chance to burn off some “end-of-the-semester” stress at The Kalahari Resort – the nation’s largest indoor waterpark under one roof.   Hopefully this little recovery time will give me and other students the extra boost needed to finish the semester strong! Good luck to all!
                PS. STAY HEALTHY FOR FINALS! TRY TO GET REST, AVOID ALL NIGHTERS, AND EAT BREAKFAST!
 

Tags: food , Fun , learning , Wilmington College

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International Club

November 17, 2012

Did you know that Wilmington College has international students from Scandinavia, Great Britain, Cameroon and Mexico?   WC also offers study abroad programs on every continent (except Antarctica) through AHA International.

Did you know that Wilmington College has international students from Scandinavia, Great Britain, Cameroon and Mexico? WC also offers study abroad programs on every continent (except Antarctica) through AHA International.

 Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

The International Club on campus is for international students and anyone interested in learning about other cultures. I have been a member since freshman year, but this year’s Club has been the best by far. 
On Wednesday November 14, the International Club hosted its first International Festival. This event was open to students and faculty to discover the diversity on our own campus, and experience and learn about other cultures. To make this event a success, the International Club not only took a trip to Jungle Jim’s, but we asked faculty with international knowledge to get involved as well.   After much preparation, time and a little creativity the International Festival compiled a myriad of foods, pictures, and artifacts and even sports jerseys. Japanese sushi, peanut chicken from Ghana, plantains, Swedish Christmas drinks and meatballs, Argentinian breakfast foods, and Norwegian pudding are just few of the delicious foods we were able to offer at the International Festival 2012.
            Hope to see you there next year!

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Election Issues

November 11, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Now that everyone seems to be cooled down a little bit, lets talk politics. I don’t want to talk about any specific issues or anything like that, but rather the public perception of the presidential election. As some background, I voted for President Obama because the issues he cares about are most similar to the ones I care about. I’ve also heard convincing arguments on why one should vote for Governor Romney. However, the next president isn’t really the concern I have. My concern was some of the hatred I have heard via social media from some of the people I know, as well as those I don’t. Even before the election, I knew the American public was going to be heated, considering roughly half of the country strongly supported each of the two major candidates. I hope that someday, we have an electoral system that supports more than two political parties, because the American people are made up of more than two visions. There will never be a candidate that everyone supports, however I feel that it could be better somehow. Our nation is divided, and division in any group is unhealthy. During my time as a student leader at Wilmington College, I have learned to work together in groups, bring opinions and views together, and work together to achieve a common goal. It seems so simple in a small group with a smaller task, but when leading an entire country, the issues become more complex. I hope that we can make it through the next four years and beyond without any major conflict, all while believing in America and moving our country forward (see what I did there? Ha. Haha).

Now listening: Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
(Interscope / Aftermath / Top Dawg; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/music/Kendrick%2520Lamar/good%2520kid%252C%2520m.A.A.d%2520city?ac=kendrick%20lamar%20good%20kid
 

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Weekend adventure

November 05, 2012

My Indian meal from North Market

My Indian meal from North Market

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This past week in class, I had exams in my two hardest classes at the end of the week. What did that mean for me? Easy weekend! On Saturday, the honors program took a group of honors students to COSI in Columbus to see the Body Worlds and the Brain exhibit. The exhibit contains many “plastinated” bodies and body parts so we can understand the beauty of the human body and how everything works together. As someone going into the health field (athletic training/physical therapy), I thought the exhibit was fascinating and I hope to be able to learn as much about the body as possible.

After this we went to North Market in downtown Columbus for a cultural meal. As you may or may not know, I am a Vegan, so it is exciting to get to go to ethnic places in cities because there are usually many vegan options. In the market, there are several retailers and places to purchase prepared food. I chose to go to an Indian place in the market because Indian food is my favorite. It was probably the best meal I’ve had in a while, all courtesy of the honors program! Also being the foodie that I am, I then purchased (on my own) several locally grown items, including maple syrup and apples. It doesn’t get any better than local apples and maple syrup.

Now listening: Passion Pit – Gossamer
(Columbia; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/music/Passion%2520Pit/Gossamer?ac=passion%20pit%20goss
 

Tags: cosi , food , honors

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Goodie Bags

November 01, 2012

Starfruit!

Starfruit!

 

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft
                Being an RA with all of the Halloween festivities going on, I wanted to somehow incorporate my Residents. So after thinking about what I could do I came up with the idea to make all of the girls in my hall a goodie bag.    Of course, being the health-geek that I am, I decided to stray from all the sugar goodies of Halloween and create a “healthy goodie bag”. The local grocery store Kroger has a decent whole and organic foods section as well as a good variety of produce.  I hoped to be able to find some non-traditional healthy foods to try.    I was able to get fun, individual organic vanilla milks. I also got Larabars which are made with whole fruits and nuts and no preservatives. Believe it or not, Kroger has some exotic produce. I was super happy to find the exact count of star fruits to put in each goodie bag. Green tea is a good de-stresser and being that we are nearing the end of the semester stresses are definitely peaking.   After gathering a few more odds and ends I was ready to check out.  
                Just FYI….If you haven’t checked out Kroger’s organic and whole foods section, I definitely recommend it. Look for orange stickers marked “MANAGER’S SPECIAL” if you aren’t wanting to spend a lot of money trying something new. 

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