The Base Runner

The Base Runner

Harold was in his first year of college and a lover of baseball.  All around his room was memorabilia.  Each day after school, he would be outside playing catch with his friend, Johnnie. “I gotta go.” said Johnnie.  “Okay, I’ll see ya tomorrow.” replied Harold.  His sister was peering out the window, looking at the downcast little boy.  “I guess I had better go and get him.” She thought to herself.  Harold had a look of felicity when he saw his sister.  They had a special bond and every day when he finished playing catch, she would go to get him.  He was in a wheelchair.

Harold’s sister had a surprise.  She had talked with Coach Lewis and on Saturday, Harold was going to get to play baseball.  The week went by slowly for him, and on Saturday morning he asked his sister, “How is it going to happen?”  “Well,” she replied “You are gonna hit the ball and I’m going to get you to the bases.  How does that sound?”  Harold didn’t seem pleased.

Both teams knew what was going to happen and some of the players were bitching.  “How come we gotta do this, Coach?” complained one player.  “Because,” replied the Coach “We are doing it for him.  He can’t play like you or me, so what’s the big deal?”  Getting out of the car, everyone was watching Harold and his mom.

The game started.  Some of the other players went ahead of Harold.  He was discomposed and it showed.  There was a player on second.  Coach Lewis called to Harold.  Harold’s sister  wheeled him over and gave him a bat.  She placed his wheelchair strategically by the plate so the ball would cross over, and the pitcher threw the ball.  “Strike One!” yelled the Umpire.  Timidly Harold tried again.  “Strike Two!” shouted the Umpire.  Harold was apprehensive.  The third ball was slowly coming at him, the bat raised and “swooooop,” the ball went flying far into the field.  Harold’s sister grabbed his wheelchair full force with both hands and started pushing him.  They made it to first base, and were careening on to second and the ball came flying to the short stop: he fumbled the ball.  Harold’s sister grabbed harder and accelerated like a speedster.  They were close to home plate and the catcher caught the ball.  By then, it was too late.  Harold’s sister had touched the home plate with her size six shoe.  The crowd was cheering and going wild.  Even the players on the opposing team were shouting.  Harold’s heart was pounding. They were applauding him in triumph.

Harold and his sister watched the rest of the game from the bleachers.  Harold looked adoringly at his sister, touched her hand and said, “Sis, I didn’t know you had it in you…that you could run so fast!”  “Well” she said, “It’s because I had such an inspiration, and that was you!”  Harold never looked at his sister the same, he was in such awe at what she had done for him.

This story is not mine and was for different situation but I should inspire people to include others, even if you think something is improbable for that person. You never know the surprises life will bring.

Parks

As spring gets closer and days get warmer we all want to spend time outside! Whether you want to go on an interesting walk, or find some swings, or throw a Frisbee around there are lots of places near campus that you can do that! 

1. Lake Calhoun! Lake Calhoun isn’t super close to campus but it is fantastic! There are lots of running/walking/biking paths and open green space.  The lake is gorgeous with a wonderful view of the skyline.  

Directions here: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Hamline+University,+Hewitt+Avenue,+Saint+Paul,+MN&daddr=Lake+Calhoun&geocode=FTQgrgIdLWty-iG6QTYIIbnDsg%3BFby8rQIdJS9w-in1abxvbyf2hzExCsvCDilyFw&aq=0&oq=Hamline&sll=44.95267,-93.23468&sspn=0.068881,0.169086&vpsrc=0&gl=us&hl=en&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&ll=44.952408,-93.23307&spn=0.068881,0.169086&t=h&z=13&layer=c&ei=_Y9XT5WSI4qXwQHDqLn_BQ&pw=2 

Or, you can take a bus, find a bus route at www.metrotransit.org

2. Horton Park: Horton has lots of open green space and is just 2 blocks from campus.  Horton is across the street from the Friends School just down Englewood at Englewood and Albert.  There are also some picnice tables and some short walking paths.  

You can find more parks around campus here: http://www.parkgrades.com/parks

As the days get warmer, you can head to a park and get homework done while you lay in the grass or go get some exercise. Enjoy the warmer weather!  

Adele at the Grammys

In review of the Grammy awards show one can easily find that the standout of the night was Adele, who took home 6 Grammy awards and performed for the first time since her throat surgery. Adele’s Grammy sweep spurred a jump in sales and solidified her on top of the charts for the 21st week. The success of her album 21 has made her the longest running number one album by a female solo artist in billboard history. 

The critical reception for her album was well received and Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from selected mainstream critics, assigned it an average score of 76 based on 34 reviews, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”. These favorable reviews along with massive sales has pushed her album to the spotlight where she can be heard around the world. 

This album success has marked a shift away from the overtly sexual and sonically bombastic status quo and has proven that Adele is in fact the next superstar and is here to stay.

A little bit now, goes a long way later =]

List your life goals. What is it you want to accomplish in life? Not just with work, but personally? If you’ve listed them before, it’s always good to update them. Then choose one of those goals to achieve this year. Now think about what you can do today to move closer to that goal, even if it’s just a small thing. Get the ball rolling. If you have thirty minutes to spare in-between classes truly reflect on what it is that you have accomplished this year, where that has gotten you and where you want it to take you in the future. 


Something fun to also contemplate is creating a bucket list =] I love thinking of things that I want to do before I die because it motivates me more to work towards achieving those goals. I create a list of short-term goals, long-term goals, and then a bucket list. The majority of which are intertwined and I know will happen over time, but it is the short-term goals that really get you. 

FOR EXAMPLE!! What will you be taking the next semester? Have you declared your major or minor? I have found it extremely helpful to try mapping out what it is that you have yet to take in regards to: 1.) your major, 2.) your minor, 3.) your Hamline plan letters. It can seem daunting, but if you take 30 minutes of spare time to go into the basement of the Library and make a meeting with the Center for Academic Services, they will tell you all the credits you have, what you need to graduate, and help you map out how to get there. When I was a sophmore, I found it very helpful to sit down, read through the Hamline Bulletin and know what classes were offered what semester, how that coincided with all the majors and minors I wanted to accomplish and then saw how some classes overlapped to fulfill different requirements. When you are able to see what your course load will look like later down the road, you can more easily plan for study abroad trips if that is what you want in your near future to accomplish, or even to go on a spring break trip! 

It may not sound like an exhilarating 30-45 minutes but it will definitely help you out and assist in accomplishing your short term goals of graduating!!

The Contract

Josh Patrick was packing his bags, ready to leave. He had found this beautiful home with blue walls and dark tan beams that ran around the outside. He had been living in the dorms for the first semester of the year and decided it was time for a change. Not that he didn’t enjoy the time he had with his roommate, who would always make dinner for chef classes on the weekend and leave him the extras, but Josh wanted his own place so he could relax and bring his high school sweetheart whenever he wanted. The only problem was that he was rejected in his proposal in terminating the contract. It was something about not the right filing or timing for his proposal; the head of the residential offices tried to explain to him the importance of the contract, but Josh was never a good listener even in class. One time he recalled going to class and seeing the professor talk about the renaissance paintings and the next thing he knew he was being asked a question about romanticism. The same thing applied in his meeting with the Head of Residential Offices.

                “…well that sums up the process to turn it in, but you don’t have need or basis…” she was saying. He was passing in and out; all he could think about was how boring you’d have to be to have pictures of dogs all over your desk but grey walls and a grey suit. “…do you have any questions?” she had asked Josh.

                He looked at the woman and replied with haste, “Nope, I think that explains everything. It’s uh-very straight and uh-simple.” pleased with his performance he shook hands and went on his way. That is how he came up to the conclusion that he should just leave, if they were not going to let him on paper, then if he just left they couldn’t say it was his room anymore and they would be forced to let someone else take it. He smiled at the thought of going around the system; it wasn’t like they were making it easy for him. He had to be in the house at a certain time or else the landlord would get another tenant.

                “I’m going to miss you…at first loser,” Josh’s roommate boomed in laughter. He was always joking around, except for when it counted. He was cool with Josh leaving, but Josh knew that he didn’t like the idea of someone new coming in and establishing a presence.

                Josh nodded to his roommate, “yeah I’ll see you around jerk. Don’t pull the chicken too much when I’m gone.” Josh turned to leave the room; he reached out towards the handle and pulled. What he saw was another room; this was not what should have happened because Josh was expecting to see a hallway that would lead him to the stairs where he would lug all his belongings down. Against his better judgment Josh went forward into the room, he couldn’t help the feeling; it was as if he needed to be in the room. He put his bag by the door so it wouldn’t close down. That is when he saw something that made his heart skip a beat and pull the hairs on his head. His roommate was gone and when he looked into the room he just walked into he compared it to the old one and saw they were similar. As a matter in fact they were too similar; Josh looked closer and saw all the bags, chairs, blinds, desk, CDs, shoes, all of them were in the same place. The rooms were identical. Josh backed into his old room thinking he was hallucinating. He then kicked his bag to the side and closed the door. He opened the door again and there the room was, exactly the way his was. He was pacing back and forth now, calling out to his roommate. “This isn’t funny anymore! You can stop now! That was a good one, now let me out!” but there was no answer, no reply, he was standing there in his room looking at his room. Josh sat for a moment; all he had to do was find an opening, somehow. But what could he open? How could he get out? The window!

                Josh rushed to the window and looked out; he could see people moving outside. Yes! He thought this was his break; all he had to do was get it open. He grabbed the wrench they gave residents in the beginning of the year to crack the window open a little bit, but Josh decided that was not good enough. He opened the crack of the window and then kicked the glass to push the hinge farther and farther open.  Finally he broke the hinge and the window flew open. He watched as it dropped down the third to the second and finally the ground level of the building. Josh called out, “Hey someone help! Anyone help!”

                One guy turned around and gestured with his hands, he then kept walking. Josh was confused. He called out again and this time a girl passed by, she was mouthing something, but he couldn’t figure it out. It looked like she was saying, “…out….the contract…” he couldn’t make up every word but he didn’t like that combination of words. Josh rushed to his bag, pulled out the contract and read every section. It was long and it took what felt like days but he eventually got to the point he wanted. It was the cancellation of his contract rules.

TERMINATING CONTRACT AGREEMENT:

                ONE THAT DESIRES TO TERMINATE CONTRACT AGREEMENT MUST FIRST SEND IN SECTION A1 OF THE CONTRACT TERMINATION PROPOSAL AND THEN FILL OUT SECTION B4. TERMINATION IS DETERMINED BY THE STAFF OF RESIDENTIAL OFFICES. IF ONE DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THESE RULES, CONSEQUENCES WILL BE TAKEN INTO EFFECT AGAINST THE RESIDENT’S RECORD.

None of the words were making sense, but there was a tiny portion in very very fine print that caught Josh’s eyes it read:

THE HOUSING IS BINDING UPON THIS SIGNATURE, IF ONE DOES NOT ALLOW PROPER TIME TO CARRY OUT CANCELLATION PROCESS, PERSON’S LEAVING PROCESS MAY BE STUCK IN LIMBO WITHOUT ANY ESCAPE CLAUSE OR WAY OUT.

Josh went to the trash and started ripping the contract; he didn’t stop until he was done. He felt easier, his lips curled up and he felt good about this, he surely thought he had won. But when he looked over at his desk he saw the contract, pure as if it had never been touched except for his signature clear as day on the bottom.  Josh ripped and ripped and ripped the paper, but over and over again it kept coming back. He stopped and cried by the trash can, head into his face, as he realized that it would not go away.

Josh’s heart fell. He couldn’t believe it. He ran to the door and ran into the identical room, there he saw another door behind the desk he opened that one too. He was rushing now. How could they have people sign this? He was just an innocent student and he was stuck in the room for, lord only knows how long. Once he opened the other door he saw another room, he recognized it immediately. This was not going to go well. He had to find out a way to get out of this room. He ran, and ran, and ran. His legs were getting tired, he already felt like weeks were passing. Yet he was not hungry, he didn’t need water nor go to the bathroom. It was when he realized this that Josh took a moment and sat down in the hundredth identical he must have been in. He thought for some time; that was all he had in this place.

                It was then that he thought of the window again, his window. He wasn’t going to take any chances in opening one of these fake windows.  He was going to go to the one he knew he had opened. He ran, and ran, and ran even when his legs were giving out. He kept going. He didn’t know when or how he’d get to the room but he knew he’d recognize the window the way he left it. He found the window and went to the panel. He wasn’t sure what he was going to do, there was no rope and there was not a ladder that he could use. But Josh was desperate, and he wanted out of this place. He took his bag, hugged it tight, and jumped down the building waiting for the ground the rush up into his face. At the last moment he closed his eyes. When he opened them he was in his room. His roommate was there staring at him, “What’s up man?” said the roommate.

                Josh laughed, “Nothing, just a bad dream.” He walked over to the window. Oh he couldn’t believe it, his body was fine, the window was fine, and everything was fine. He must have dozed off before he was going to leave.

                His roommate gestured to him, “while you’re up can you go down and get me a coke?” he tossed Josh a twenty and Josh nodded back at his roommate. He went the door with the money, grabbed on the door handle…

                Josh was looking at his room again. He immediately closed the door and turned around, his roommate was gone again, and in his place was the contract with his signature on it. This time it came with a note that said:

NO ONE LEAVES.

Yo-gonna love this…

This is the week that midterms generally begin. AND they don’t seem to stop for another couple of weeks depending on which classes you’re in.Talk about stressful!

So here is a fantastic solution: Yoga! It’s great!

If practiced in the morning, it can help you start your day off right by centering you, allowing you time to stretch, and time to get your limbs and joints moving.  If practiced in the evening it can help you wind down after a long day by helping you to relax. This is just a bit of an intro to yoga…

This series of poses is great to start out with. It is called sun salutation. Do this over and over again until you feel like you have de-stressed enough to stop. when you have finished in shavasana then it is time to

When you are finished don’t just end your practice and go onto your next task right away- instead… finish with the traditional pose to end with called ‘corpse pose’ or ‘shavasana’. Stay here for a 5-15 minutes depending on how long your practice is.

When you are finished don’t just end your practice and go onto your next task right away- instead… finish with the traditional pose to end with called ‘corpse pose’ or ‘shavasana’. Stay here, with palms up, for a 5-15 minutes depending on how long your practice is.

When you have finished your shavasana then comes my favorite part…at the end of each practice it is very important to recognize yourself and the energy surrounding you. You do this by placing your hands together, bowing your head, and saying “namaste”. Namaste means

    The God/Goddess within me acknowledges the God/Goddess within you.

    The Divine in me recognizes and honors, the Divine in you.

    The spirit within me bows to the spirit within you.

    I greet that place where you and I are one.

    I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.

Yoga is a healthy and worth-while way to wipe away your daily stresses.Try it!

Explore Science!

Real Pirates

I have written a lot about art-sy things to do in the Twin Cities! Today, I am going to focus on something else, Science! Minneapolis is known for theater and the arts but there are other great museums as well! The Science Museum of Minnesota is located in St. Paul on Kellog Boulevard.  

There are lots of awesome exhibits that are ongoing, but the current special exhibit is Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. You can “learn to tie knots and hoist a pirate flag.” There is also a chance to meet members of the crew and find out what life was like on a pirate ship.  There are more than 200 artifacts from the Whydah on display! 

The exhibits that are ongoing are awesome as well! Such as, Mississippi River Gallery and the Human Body Gallery. You can read about all the exhibits here: http://www.smm.org/visit

Ticket prices vary depending on the exhibits and day. Student discount day is on Thursdays, and you get a super great deal!! 

Admission Prices

Regular Price:

Real Pirates + Omnitheater + Museum Admission$31.00

Real Pirates + Museum Admission $25.00

Omnitheater + Museum Admission$19.00

Museum Admission Only: $13.00

Student Prices: Thursdays after 5

Real Pirates + Omnitheater + Museum Admission:$20.00

Real Pirates + Museum Admission: $14.00

Omnitheater + Museum Admission: $12.00

Museum Admission Only: $6.00


You can take the bus by using the 84F that picks up at Snelling and Hewitt, and then the 16 down University to Kellogg Blvd and Minnesota Street. 

Or, you can drive, directions here: http://www.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Hamline+University&daddr=Science+Museum,+St+Paul,+MN&hl=en&geocode=FTQgrgIdLWty-iG6QTYIIbnDsg%3BFdrErQIdOG5z-iEQaKxI0gy0FA&aq=&sll=48.231784,-46.669142&sspn=66.415207,173.144531&vpsrc=6&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&ll=44.954048,-93.131189&spn=0.03444,0.084543&t=h&z=14&layer=c&ei=0CJDT6LfLKXDwQH_guiZAg&pw=2

information about parking here: http://www.smm.org/directions/parkingrates

So, go explore science and learn something new!

Remembering Whitney Houston

On February 11th, 2012, music lost an icon. Sadly, many people of the younger generation don’t know much about who Whitney Houston was or what she did for music so here’s a little post about some of the things that Houston accomplished in her lifetime.

- Whitney had eleven No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive No. 1’s on that chart, and is the first woman to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

- Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” from “The Bodyguard” soundtrack is the best selling commercial single in history, and the biggest selling record by a female solo artist. The song also is the longest-running No. 1 single by a female solo artist, residing at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks.

- Whitney has sold more than 55 million albums in the United States, and more than 170 million records worldwide.
- “The Bodyguard” is the world’s biggest selling soundtrack with over 42 million units sold. It also ranks as the best selling album of the 1990s, and the best selling album by a female artist. The largest initial certification of any album by the RIAA was for “The Bodyguard,” whose first certification was for sales of over 6 million copies. It was also the first pop album in Korea to sell 1 million copies.

- Whitney had 14 gold singles in the United States, behind only Janet Jackson and Madonna among female artists.

- Whitney was the first female artist to have two diamond albums (as of January 1994, both Whitney Houston and The Bodyguard were over 10x platinum).

- Whitney was one of only two female artists to have three albums sell over 9 million copies each in the United States: “Whitney Houston,” “Whitney,” and “The Bodyguard.”

- In the 1990s, Whitney Houston was the best-selling soundtrack artist in the United States, with her three soundtracks selling more than 27 million copies throughout the decade.

- “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack is the best selling gospel album of all time, with sales of more than 3 million copies in the United States and 5 million copies worldwide.

- Whitney’s 1991 Superbowl rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” is the only version to be certified platinum.

- Whitney holds the record for highest one-week single sales by a female artist, as 632,000 copies of “I Will Always Love You” were sold in the final week of December 1992.

- “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” was the third single ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (and the second single by a female artist.) After spending one week at No. 1, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” spent the next 11 weeks at No. 2, making it the longest No. 2 run in Hot 100 history.

- The Bodyguard sold 1 million copies in the final week of 1992. At that time, it set a record for the most albums sold in a single week. The record was broken six years later.

- Whitney’s albums have spent 51 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, more than any other female artist.

- Whitney’s “I Look To You” album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has been certified platinum for 1 million copies sold in the United States to date.

- Whitney had the longest stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart, where “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack remained at the top for 26 weeks.

- Whitney won 22 American Music Awards, more than any other female solo artist, and second only to Michael Jackson.

- Whitney won a record of eight American Music Awards for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack in 1994. She is tied only with Michael Jackson, who won eight AMAs for “Thriller” at the 1984 ceremony.

- Whitney is the only artist with at least one Grammy, American Music Award, Emmy, MTV Video Music Award, MTV Movie Award, People’s Choice Award, and Billboard Music Award to their name.

Houston changed the path of music and is the source of inspiration for many new artists. In 2009 the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time. So I hope by reading this you will be able to respect her career a little bit more and maybe defend her when your friends try to crack jokes about her. Just try to remember her for how she lived not how she died and realize what a legend we all lost because there will never be another Whitney Houston.

What are the benefits of a clean room?

Happy Spring Semester Everyone!!

In general spring semester is quite difficult, the weather starts to get nicer and the urge to ignore your pile of homework for something else is absolutely normal. By this time you know a couple people on campus and doing homework with them is much more fun than doing it alone… even if that means you don’t get much accomplished =p Other times, you might find yourself with random 30-45 minutes of free time in your schedule that you are not quite sure how to fill. WELL!! I’m here to help give you some ideas to fill that space with productive activities that don’t involve actively thinking about things [since we’re wonderful students who are critically thinking 24/7 sometimes our tired brain needs a break right?].

 

I don’t know about you, but my room tends to accumulate clothes piles overnight. Not quite sure how it happens, but it does and I accept it. In my 30 minutes or so in-between meetings, class, lab, and work, I can usually be found cleaning my room. I absolutely will not keep my door open if I have a messy room so I’m constantly cleaning with the hopes my residents don’t think I’m a slob!! There are also other tons of benefits!!

 

For me, the most important benefit is that it helps to eliminate stress. Have you ever noticed how your room reflects your mood? I heard having a clean, organized room can help bring feelings of ease and content. On the other hand, a cluttered room can bring feelings of stress and like you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you.

 

Organization

  • When a room is neatly organized, you can quickly find items that you need. On the contrary, if everything is piled into a large mess, it is a difficult task to sort through it all.

Navigation

  • When your room isn’t cleaned, it becomes a tricky obstacle course where you are forced to step over or around messes. Keeping a clean room eliminates this problem almost immediately.

Safety

  • Maintaining a clean room is a preventative measure for possible accidents and injuries, as tripping over items and breathing in fumes from spilled chemicals only hinders your personal safety.

Just looking at this stresses me out

 

The girls' new dorm room This makes me feel at home and at ease =]

 

If your room is always clean, keep a look out in a couple weeks for another great idea of what you can do with your free time!! Until then, hope you have a great day!!!

When going out goes wrong

Disclaimer: I do not own any part of this story nor did I create it. This is also a gross story so you probably shouldn’t watch while eating. Just thought I’d share what happens in the aftermath of partying. P.S. Check out, moral of the story at bottom.

THE STORY:

It was the second weekend freshman year. Most people I knew were going out to party including my roommate, Morty. Morty went out at about 9 o’ clock to a party. I wasn’t expecting him early so I wasn’t going to wait up or anything. I went to bed and was awoken at 5am as Morty opened up the door and passed out on his bed…or so I thought.

A little while later he rolls out of bed with his head still on the pillow. I say to him “Hey are you alright” because I was thinking he was going to throw up or something. OOOH No throwing up would have been a gift. Instead within moments I hear a fart noise and then a splatter on the ground. “Did you just soil yourself? Oh my God – that’s nasty!” I yelled. Obscenities were about the only words coming out of my mouth because what else can you really say when something like this happens?

I ran out of the room and down the hall into the lobby to see if anyone was awake who could help me with Morty. I found a girl I knew and she was talking to some guy. I asked “Can you umm help me out because uhh my roommate just uhh well he just s@#$ himself!”

With a stunned look on her face she replied “You’re on your own dude, sorry.”

I really can’t blame her, I don’t think I would have gone out of my way to help her is her roommate and soiled herself!

I went back toward my room and saw Morty standing outside the doorway. Trying to remain calm I say to him “Hey, are you alright dude?” Meanwhile he is not alright because he soils himself again in the hall way. And then he goes into the bathroom.


I decided to make a leap of faith and jump over the poop in the hallway to get into my room and grab my pillow and comforter to go sleep in the lounge.

A friend of mine was already in the bathroom when Morty went in. Apparently (and there was evidence to support this), he pooped again on the floor of the bathroom, slipped on the poop and fell. Then while trying to get up, he stuck his hands in his farm potato.

When he finally came out I looked at him and said “listen you need to clean this crap up!” So he goes into the room and grabs the pants he had been wearing. He then proceeds to try and wipe the shit up with his pants!

At this point I just gave up and went to sleep. The next morning I called him to wake him up and said “Hey, do you know what happened last night?”

He replied “No, What?”

“You fricken s@#$ yourself dude, and you need to clean it up.” I think his last response after that is probably the most hilarious thing about this story.

He said “No Way, (then, he looks down) OOOHH S@#%!”

-Suny

"Remember that we all make decisions in life, some have consequences more serious than others. If you suspect someone you know may need care in the night from a party get help, call someone, don’t just sleep it off because the vomiting is not the worst case scenario (obviously), be responsible."-ALL4OSBORN

Deep Breaths…

Hey all!

So we’re all getting back into the swing of things. And I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for good ways to relax after a tough day/week. In addition to classes many of us have work or other commitments like student orgs or sports clubs or teams. There is so much to do every day! But when do you sit and breathe? When do you take time to simply relax?

This semester it will be my duty to share good tips for relaxation. It can be hard to look for information yourself when it comes to self-care. So let me do it for you!

First thing’s first: What does it mean to relax? Relaxing means releasing the tensions of the day/week and finding a sense a calm within yourself.

So how can you relax this week? Breathe Deeply.

Feeling stressed evokes tense, shallow breathing, while calm is associated with relaxed breathing, says Michael Lee, author of Turn Stress into Bliss and founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in Bristol, Vermont. So to turn tension into relaxation, he says, change the way you breathe.

Try this: Let out a big sigh, dropping your chest, and exhaling through gently pursed lips, says Joan Borysenko, PhD, director of Harvard’s Mind-Body Clinical Programs. Now imagine your low belly, or center, as a deep, powerful place. Feel your breath coming and going as your mind stays focused there. Inhale, feeling your entire belly, sides and lower back expand. Exhale, sighing again as you drop your chest, and feeling your belly, back and sides contract. Repeat 10 times, relaxing more fully each time.

Set aside time to breathe! If you can do that every day, great! But if you can only seem to find relaxation time once a week then really try to be intentional about your breathing. Set aside time. The beauty about breathing is that it doesn’t take up too much time each day and gives you a ton of good energy!

Deep breaths, folks! The semester is only just starting :)

 
 

Rollerdome!

Welcome back! I hope you all had wonderful Jterms and winter breaks! I am going to continue writing about fun things to do in the twin cities this semester, hopefully as it starts to get warmer I can give you some fun ways to spend time outside off campus! 
So this week, it’s Rollerdome!

My friend Marta just told me about this the other day and it sounds super awesome! I haven’t been yet, but my friends and I plan to go soon! During the winter, the metrodome is turned into an indoor rollerblading rink! Rollerdome has been going on for a long time. In 1993 there were some world records set! Jonathon Seutter skated 271 miles in 24 hours! You can go to “relax, exercise, train, socialize, or just watch other turn endless effortless laps on the roughly half-mile smooth concrete loop.” The dome has two levels for skating. Upstairs is the “virtual health club” where serious speed skaters have a lane and people go for a serious work out.  Downstairs, you can take things at your own pace.  There are also water fountains and concession stands, so you can always find refreshments! Helmets pads and guards are recommended and available to borrow at Rollerdome!

The website provides a list of rules to keep everyone safe.  The number one rule: have fun and skate safely!  Other rules include, you must have a valid picture ID to rent equipment and no readmittance.  You can see a complete list of rules here: http://www.roller-dome.com/page/show/104842-rules.

There isn’t open skating every day, sometimes there are other scheduled events. You can see a schedule of events here: http://www.roller-dome.com/page/show/76164-schedule-of-events.

Admission prices at the door are as follows…

Adult: $6.50

Student w/ ID: $5.50

Pre-teens and seniors(55+): $4.50

And you can rent skates for $5.00!

The accept all major credit cards, personal checks and cash!

You must sign a waiver when you arrive, just saying you are aware of the rules.  And remember, that if you are under 18 you must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver for you.

So, get skating at Rollerdome! 

How-To: Valentines

Hello all,

It’s Anna from 2nd Floor Peterson! I hope you all enjoyed your break and J-Term. I wish you all a great start to your spring semester. My posts are going to be really different this semester. Fall term, I was all about exercise. Spring term will be all about simple crafts for the various seasons and holidays that we approach!

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I would walk you through, step-by-step, how to make my signature Valentine cards!

Here is what you need to start:

• Colored paper. I usually use 2-3 different colors in one Valentine. I like to stick to different shades of red, pink, silver, and gold.

• Markers. I have red, silver, and black.

• A glue stick or transparent tape.

• A pair of scissors.

• Either sheet music with lyrics (since I’m a music nerd), or a few lines of poetry printed out in a nice font.

• Stickers or stamps!

Step one:

Draw out a heart shape onto a piece of your colored paper. I used a heart-shaped template, and traced it out. This is a good idea if you plan on making more than one. I am making about 40 (wish me luck!) After you have your heart drawn out, cut it out!

I made three different sizes for each piece of paper.

Once you have these three concentric hearts, you can tape or glue them together in any you would like. I wrote a message on the bottom one that says “Happy Valentine’s Day”!

Next, cut out whichever song lyrics or lines from a poem you would like to use. You can cut them down to whatever size you need, to get them to fit on your Valentine. I chose “love is crazy pretty baby; take it real slow” from a Colbie Caillat song. I also used my little heart stamp here!

Finally, add the text to your valentine! You can spruce it up in any way that you would like. I just got lazy with this one :P

On the back, you can write another personal message. I just like to sign my name and add the year! Simple as that.

These are really fast and easy Valentines! When I make them, I use different lyrics for each one, switch up the colors, and mess with the arrangements a little bit. I hope you all enjoy the Valentine’s season!

Madonna Lip-Sync?

Hey everyone welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun break! I had a nice time away but I’m glad to be back. This semester is going to be a little different because I will mainly be focusing on new things happening in music and all the culture that goes with it. Another thing I’d like to say is I’ve been getting sick of writing and formatting things like an essay question so from now on I’m going to basically just do whatever I want with these posts so if that bothers you then you should just stop reading this right now. Its been awhile since I’ve posted on here so I thought why not start it up again by talking about the Superbowl!!


On Sunday February 5th over 100 million people watched Superbowl XLVI and saw the Giants beat the Patriots. Aside from the game were the entertaining commercials and a Half-Time performance by Madonna along with Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and MIA. You can see the performance for yourself right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROkhklj0ZGs

Madonna is now getting a lot of heat because of her lip-syncing the performance. We don’t yet know how much of it was actually lip-synced but we do know that she didn’t sing the whole thing live. Elton John stepped in and had to bash her because he obviously has the voice of an angel and expects everyone else to be on his caliber but I’d like to see him sing live while performing an exhausting dance routine instead of just sitting there at his piano bench.

Anyway that’s beside the point, the real question I’d like to ask people is “was the performance entertaining?” If the answer is “yes” then she did her job. Not everyone understands and respects the ability to sing a live performance but if it’s entertaining they’ll keep their eyes glued to the screen long enough for companies to slip a few ads in. 

We all remember how last year’s performance went so I can understand if Madonna didn’t want to pull a “Fergie” in front of a hundred million people. The Half-Time show as a whole I thought was pretty creative and entertaining, I mean, I’m not looking for everything to flow together like some sort of performance critic I just want to see how long I can look at the screen before playing “Temple Run” seems like the more fun thing to do. 

All in all this was the first Half-Time show I watched all the way through till the end and I think that’s because of how much extra stuff was being thrown in from all angles. Madonna wasn’t so much the main performer but more of the Dorothy character wandering through Oz while Cheerleaders, Spartans, and some guy on a wire pop into the screen and jam out to LMFAO while the words “World Peace” randomly forms out of nowhere.

I think these performances shouldn’t be taken too seriously because the whole goal of the show was to go “over the top” and do something new. Madonna and friends did a good job of doing that and because of this I think more people will end up watching next year’s Half-Time show.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

See ya in a couple of weeks!

Semester? Almost over. Winter break? Almost here.

Well, it’s almost over, fall semester I mean.  
So, how do I survive?
It’s important to make sure you are eating well, and drinking lots of water.  If you are healthy the whole finals thing will be a lot easier.  Sleep lots, I don’t mean all the time during finals, cause yes it is important to study too.  But, make sure you don’t stay up the whole night before a test cramming, you will probably do worse than if you had just skipped studying and slept.  Relax in general, take time to study but balance that with time doing things you enjoy.  Don’t stress too much, cause in the end it’ll all be okay! Believe in yourself!

Also, you can look forward to what comes after finals.  Winter break! We’ve all been waiting for the semester to be over for a long time, for some of you maybe since it started.  I’ll be headed home to work, shop for gifts, and make cookies, and hopefully get some much needed relaxation.  I will be celebrating Christmas with my family on Christmas eve and the other part of the family on Christmas day.  My grandma has decided to make lamb this year; she always picks something new to experiment with.  So, that should be exciting!

After all that relaxation hopefully I will be ready to go again for J-term and spring semester.  I will finally be starting classes for my sociology major! I am super excited for that. I am also excited to experience my first J-term class.  Last year for J-term I was on campus for most of it, but I went to New Mexico on the Piper Pilgrimage.  It was super fantastic! And, to all of you going this year, it’s definitely worth it!

So, good luck with finals! Sleep lots,  read a good book and relax over break! Happy holidays!!