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Coffee!

September 30, 2012

Me, working at Joe's

Me, working at Joe's

 Contributed by: Brad Fuller

 

Friday night was my first night working by myself at Joe’s Java, a coffee shop within Sugartree Ministries, the local food pantry. They offer a full service coffee bar to help raise money to buy food for the ministry, and I am the new volunteer barista on Friday nights. It is a 10-minute walk from campus and will soon be open Monday-Saturday until 10 or 11pm. Joe’s is a great place to hang out, even if you aren’t into coffee. This past Friday there were around 15 students there and I hope to recruit more within the next few weeks. I only learned how to make specialty coffee drinks a couple weeks ago, but it is something that I already enjoy a lot. I like interacting with people (especially interesting people), and interesting people seem to flock to coffee shops of any kind. I was there hour hours Friday and it seemed to go very quickly. If you are a current student or faculty member, come get coffee from me next Friday! If you are a prospective student, come get coffee from me on Friday and I will tell you everything you need to know about Wilmington! It will be a great time. If you are into service and being somewhere with positive, giving spirit, Sugartree Ministries is the place to be. I’m sure I will talk much more about it in the future.

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

Tags: coffee , community , food , food pantry , service , sugartree ministries , wilmington college

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Miniature Golf

September 24, 2012

Myself, focusing on the tee shot

Myself, focusing on the tee shot

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Yesterday, the Alternative Housing Residence Life Team hosted an event at Adventure Cove miniature golf in Wilmington. The event was free to everyone that lived in the College Commons, Campus Village, Fife Hall, or college owned Greek housing. There was also free pizza available. I sometimes hear students complain that there is nothing to do on the weekends, but these are the students that do not take advantage of all of the programming we offer, both on weekends and through the week. Putt Putt is one of my favorite things to do in town because I have always been a golfer and I love being able to play putt putt with anyone, regardless of skill level (real golf you sort of have to know what you’re doing and it takes a lot longer to play). Next month I’m hoping to host multiple programs, providing I have the time. This is the point in the semester where the work begins to get difficult, as well as my honors seminar class starting tomorrow and my big paper being due in less than a month now. There is always time for fun (and sleep, of course, which I refuse to sacrifice), but studies always come first.

Now listening: Grouper – A | A : Dream Loss
(Yellowelectric; 2011)
http://www.last.fm/music/Grouper/A%2520I%2520A%2520%253A%2520Dream%2520Loss?ac=grouper%20drea

Tags: miniature golf , programming , putt putt

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A Workout for Everyone!

September 21, 2012

 

Contributed By: Lynnea Kraft
“Have you ever heard of ’The PROGRAM?’”  I had seen signs posted around campus with that phrase headlining.  I thought to myself “Why, no. No, I have not.” I’m always looking for ways to changeup my workouts , so I abruptly stopped to read the sign as people dodged me on their way to dinner.   The following poster snippets jumped out as I continued enlightening myself about this new class:
“.. plyometrics, abs …” Well, I don’t know what sort of creature a “plyometric“ is, and who doesn’t need a good ab workout? New exercise word + abs= education + toned core = I think I’ll try this class.
“…P90x and Insanity”  Now, I have yet to try either of those, but friends have told me those workouts can get pretty intense.   Intensity = sweat = challenging = I need to try this class. 
Classes … Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm” Night class Tuesdays + RA meetings at 9:30pm Thursdays = I AM going to “The PROGRAM.”   Thursday, 7:30pm!  I then penciled it in to my schedule.
When I arrived at Herman Court, I was a bit lost because I forgot to check the sign for where exactly in Herman court this class was to take place. I walked around hoping to run into someone who could tell me where to go. I did run into some people, but they had no idea what I was talking about. I started to fear I would be getting flabby abs, instead of a tight tummy. Thankfully, after a few more minutes of wandering, I found it in the auxiliary gym (it’s the small gym on the same floor as the bleachers, between the main gym and the football field).    It was a small class, but the instructor told me that most people come at 8:30pm. Approximately 50 minutes later, I had definitely worked up a sweat, tried a few new exercises, and learned that a “plyometric” is not some extinct dinosaur. A “plyometric” is a powerful movement done quickly and repeatedly.    With a good instructor, and a good workout, I recommend this class to break up your typical exercise routine, or start new one!

Tags: Schedule , The Program , Wellness , Workout

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The Program

September 19, 2012

 

Hello, my name is Isaac Garrison and I am a junior with a Public Relations Major and Peace Minor living in the College Commons at Wilmington College. I am involved in many clubs and groups, a practicing Quaker, a Vegan, and Awesome.

Every year students have to figure out how manage their time so they can get a few minutes into the gym. The need to stay active is important because the way one keeps their body shows how they keep their life.  This year the students of WC are lucky that the school is providing fitness classes. The classes include spinning classes and “The Program”.  “The Program”, which happens every Tuesday and Thursday, is a mix of weight loss and muscle building exercises. It is much like the workout regimes of “Insanity” and “P90X”. Last night was the first time that I have gone to “The Program” and I am not regretting it at all, even though I am a bit sore all over.

  I walked into the axillary gym with a fellow student to fall under the trainers’ fitness expertise. We did everything from Jumping jacks to pushups to mountain climbers. The sweat that dripped off the body was earned as we worked the legs, abs, the arms and the chest. I would defiantly recommend “The Program” to anyone who is at Wilmington College. I mean it’s, free, fun, and only an hour long.  I am really excited to go back Thursday night and burn calories and get even more Quaker Fit.

Tags: , Fun , The Program , Workout

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Brit lit + music = learning

September 19, 2012

Beowulf, as depicted by the 2007 film

Beowulf, as depicted by the 2007 film

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This morning, I was writing a paper for my British literature class. The paper dealt was a reflection on a couple articles about the modernization of Beowulf, including some film adaptations of the epic poem and some other outlets of expression. For some reason, I connected the articles with Nick Drake’s 1972 album Pink Moon. The album is very simple with limited amounts of poetic lyric and only Drake on acoustic guitar. If you have not heard this classic, I highly recommend it. There are several different ways the album can be interpreted, similar to the way Beowulf can be portrayed in many different ways. Since the author of the poem is unknown, there is little we actually know about the poem except for the exact Old English text. Similarly, we know very little about Nick Drake’s music due to his quiet personality, posthumous popularity, and vague lyrics. Drake also studied English Literature at Cambridge University, which makes a neat connection between an album I love and a class that I am taking outside of my Athletic Training major. Nothing helps me learn more than somehow connecting class material to anything outside of class that I can.
 

Now listening: 

NIck Drake - Pink Moon

(Island; 1972)

http://www.last.fm/music/Nick%2520Drake/Pink%2520Moon?ac=nick%20drake%20pi

Tags: beowulf , class , music , nick drake

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A Healthy Snack

September 13, 2012

Kroger, Aldi, and Walmart carry it.

Kroger, Aldi, and Walmart carry it.

Contributed by Lynnea Kraft

As this is my first blog, I'd like to introduce myself.   My name is Lynnea Kraft.  I am a junior and mymajor is Exercise Science.  I currently live in Friends Residence Hall as an RA (Resident Assistant).  My interests and activities include spinning, cycling around town, swimming (just recreationally… I can’t even freestyle properly!), trying out new healthy food recipes, and I’m always looking for a new ways to exercise.  Now that you know I’m a food fanatic and a health geek, I’ll kick off my first blog by telling you how to make my absolute favorite breakfast/snack. 

Are you ready to learn what my super-healthy, super-tasty, super-fantastic breakfast is?

Okay…. My favorite snack/breakfast is…. wait for it…. Fage 0%fat plain Greek yogurt! But don’t worry, though, I don’t just eat it plain. I like to add granola or some high protein cereal (it adds texture, crunch, protein, fiber and other essential vitamins and minerals), honey or blueberry jam (to make it naturally sweet), and some dried or fresh fruit. I also recommend adding in some wheat germ (the most nutritious part of the wheat kernel); it’s a concentrated source of vitamin E, folic acid and other stuff your body will thank you for! Once all that tastiness is in bowl, just mix it all together… and “PRESTO!” The perfectly delicious, deliciously healthy breakfast has just been concocted.  This not only makes a good breakfast because it is low-fat, but also because it is very high in protein. In just one cup of Fage Greek yogurt alone there is 23 grams of protein! If something is high in protein, it will make you feel full longer and prevent you from carb-cravings later in the day. Ever since I introduced it into my diet, I noticed that I wasn’t dying of hunger by lunch time or binging on unhealthy carbs before dinner. Unlike the cereal and milk I used to eat for breakfast, this breakfast helps keep me going and makes me feel satisfied long after I’ve eaten it. With all the stresses of school starting, it is nice to not have to be stressing out about food! Try it out for yourself and see if you notice a difference!

Tags: homepage , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Programming

September 12, 2012

Burrito!

Burrito!

Contributed by: Brad Fuller

As you may or may not know, I am a community advisor in the College Commons apartments, which is very similar to a Resident Assistant (RA) in the residence halls. One of our job duties is to host programs for our residents as a way of community building and as a great way to get people involved. This past Sunday, I hosted a program at my apartment where I cooked burritos and made everything from scratch (except for the tortillas…). Cooking for people may be one of my favorite things to do, so I chose to do it for my program. Not as many of my residents showed up as I would have liked, but I’m hoping for a better turn out next time. I could probably also improve my advertising techniques, as this is difficult to do in an apartment-style living arrangement. Next month, I am planning on cooking a vegan dish that is a little more exotic than simple burritos (not to discredit burritos at all, since they are my favorite food), but my goal will be to get my residents to try some foods that they have never tried before.  

 

Now Listening: Beach House - Bloom

(Sub Pop / Bella Union; 2012)

http://www.last.fm/music/Beach%2520House/Bloom?ac=beach%20house%20bloom

 

 

Tags: food , programming , Residence life , wilmington college

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School

September 06, 2012

Something I really need to work on: Organization Skills

Something I really need to work on: Organization Skills

Contributed by: Brad Fuller 

Although my classes are hard this semester, they still seem very manageable; much more so than I thought. I’m only taking 14 credit hours this semester because of how much everyone talks about junior year in the athletic training program being the toughest. Judging on the material and the syllabi from the classes, I agree so far. My classes are Head, Neck and Spine, Physiology of Exercise, Upper Extremity Evaluation, and clinical practicum (with a British Literature class and an honors seminar as well). Many students come to Wilmington College thinking that Athletic Training is simply taping people’s ankles and carrying them off the field when they are injured. These students quickly realize that this is not what the profession is about and that there is a great deal of work involved. Coming in as a freshman, I was mostly aware of what I was getting into. There is no sugarcoating; its hard. But so far, I’m loving everything I’m learning about.

 

In unrelated news, I began my first training shift as a barista at Joe’s Java, which is located within Sugartree Ministries, out local food pantry. Sugartree is one of myfavorite establishments and I love the work they do, and with a little more training I will be serving drinks at the coffee bar there! It is open at night and is a great place for students to hang out, do homework, and drink low priced, high quality coffee. I’ll give more specifics once I fully start serving there.

Now Listening: Timbre – Little Flowers
(self-released – 2010)
http://www.last.fm/music/Timbre/Little%2520Flowers?ac=timbre%20little%20flowers

Tags: Athletic Training , coffee , school , Volunteer , Volunteer Opportunities , Wilmington College

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