Tuesday, August 19, 2014

American Culture

There are so many things that you hear about and see in movies about how America is. Being a movie and the local gossip, you just assume that most of it isn’t true, don’t you? Well as surprising as it may be, a lot of it is!
The biggest, most identifiable aspect to America is the food!! Fast food is a huge industry in the States and so you cant miss it. The number of drive through and take out restaurants that are around is unimaginable! Imagine every five minutes of driving down the expressway seeing signs for a take out restaurant.  Talk about convenience! On top of that, the meals and drinks are HUMONGOUS. A small in America is equitant to a large in Australia, and it is half the price. So don’t worry too much about not getting enough for your money. Aside from the normal fast food places, there are lots of Starbucks in the area, and these are great when you are after a coffee with something nice to eat.
Sport is another massive industry in the States, like nowhere else in the world. Something you should defiantly make the effort to experience. This could mean either attending an EMU sporting event, or watching one of the professional team play – two totally different experiences, but both something to enjoy.
Fashion is simple in the United States – you can wear whatever you like! There is no pressure to fit into the fashion trends, and it is a really great opportunity to ‘be who you have always wanted to be’.
Nothing to stress over, but another difference that I experienced when coming to America was the testing system. A lot of the time the testing is multiple choices. This is there they will ask you a question, and you have 3-6 options to choose from for you answer. Coming from the testing system where you are always writing paragraphs, this is a lot of fun!
Coming to America will be a lot great memories and experiences :)

PS: Sororities and Fraternities actually do exist!
by Adele

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Local road races

Well, it's almost the end of the summer, and school starts soon. What better way to soak up the last of the summer sun than with outdoor exercise? Road races are fun for all ages, and you don't have to train much to run one; you can even grab a couple of friends and just walk together! Here are a few notable races happening around Michigan that you might be interested in:

Run for the Hills
Date: August 16
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Farmington
Description (from the website):
"Welcome runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers to the 5th Annual Run for the Hills, created to offer an awesome even for everyone and generate money for the Special Olympics Athletes of Oakland County."

Run Between the Vines

Date: August 16
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Jackson
Description (from the website):
"Join us in the naturally calming and stunning landscape of Sandhill Crane Vineyards just 20 miles west of Ann Arbor. The half marathon will take you from the vineyard to rolling dirt back roads shaded by a tunnel of trees...the out and back Vineyard to Vineyard 5K is a friendly and fulfilling romp to the woods and back where the wine will be flowing!"

sign up: http://runvines.com/ (the registration for running is full, but you can still volunteer).

Glow in the Park
Date: August 16

Time: 8:50 pm
Location: Milford
Description (from the website): 
"The best way to light up the night! The ultimate party fun run! But most importantly, it's the freakin' awesome foam-pits-fluorescent-colors-blacklights-glowing-warpaint-dance-moves night you'll never forget!"

Montrose Blueberry Festival 5k and 8k Road Race
Date: August 17
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Montrose
Sign up: 

The Crim
Date: August 22
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Flint
Description (from the website): Don't miss out on one of the largest and most beloved races in the country!

And just in case you miss the first glow run....

Glow in the Night 5K
Date: August 22
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Detroit
Description (from the website): 

"Come for the 5k, but stay for the glowing after party! Dance the night away under the black lights while getting covered in more glow dust. Enjoy yourself with family & friends as we throw more color in the air every 10 minutes! You won't want this fun one of a kind night to end!"

Sign up: 

A few tips to save money:

1. Volunteer to help at a race! You'll meet great people, have lots of fun, get a free T-Shirt, and it is FREE!
2. Sign up as a team for a discount on your entry fees!
3. Sign up early! There is usually a discount for joining a race in advance.

If you find you are addicted to racing after trying any of these, check out http://www.runmichigan.com for more! There are races all year round.

Happy Running!!
by Clarissa

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

U.S. Holidays

The US is a country filled with many different kinds of cultures and traditions so that means that there's also many kinds of holidays as well. Because there is just so many holidays that many people outside the US don't know about I wanted to make a little calendar list of all of the them for you guys.
Sept 1 Labor Day
Sept 6 Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day
Sept 7 National Grandparents Day
Sept 11 Patriot Day
Sept 17 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Sept 19 National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Sept 23 September equinox
Sept 28 Gold Star Mother's Day

Oct 6 Child Health Day
Oct 9 Leif Erikson Day
Oct 13 Columbus Day
Oct 15 White Cane Safety Day
Oct 16 Boss's Day
Oct 18 Sweetest Day
Oct 23 Diwali/Deepavali
Oct 31 Halloween
Nov 2 Daylight Saving Time ends
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Nov 27 Thanksgiving Day
DecemberDec 1 Cyber Monday
Dec 6 St Nicholas' Day
Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Dec 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 17 Pan American Aviation Day
Dec 17 Wright Brothers Day
Dec 21 December Solstice
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Kwanzaa
Dec 31 New Year's Eve
JanuaryJan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 13 Stephen Foster Memorial Day
Jan 19 Martin Luther King Day
FebruaryFeb 1 National Freedom Day
Feb 2 Groundhog Day
Feb 6 National Wear Red Day
Feb 14 Valentine's Day
Feb 16 Presidents' Day
Feb 17 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday
Feb 19 Chinese New Year
Mar 1 St. David's Day
Mar 2 Read Across America Day
Mar 8 Daylight Saving Time starts
Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
Mar 20 March equinox
AprilApr 5 Easter Sunday
Apr 6 National Tartan Day
Apr 13 Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Apr 15 Tax Day
Apr 21 National Library Workers' Day
Apr 22 Administrative Professionals Day
MayMay 1 Law Day/Loyalty Day
May 2 National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 7 National Day of Prayer
May 10 Mothers' Day
May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day/National Defense Transportation Day
May 16 Armed Forces Day
May 20 Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
May 22 National Maritime Day
May 25 Memorial Day/National Missing Children's Day
JuneJun 6 D-Day
Jun 14 Flag Day
Jun 21 June Solstice
Jun 21 Fathers' Day

Jul 4 Independence Day
Jul 26 Parents' Day
AugustAug 14 My Birthday!!! :P
Aug 19 National Aviation Day
Aug 21 Senior Citizens Day
These are just a few in the many number of holidays celebrated in the US and most I have never heard of before. But I do hope this list helps you to recognize or learn some of the holiday's that we celebrate or observe here. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and I can't wait to meet you guys in the next few weeks!

by Kemia
For a list of holidays and breaks at EMU, visit http://www.emich.edu/registrar/calendars/.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top 10 Must See Places in Michigan!

While attending EMU you are not limited to just Ypsilanti and the surrounding cities
in the area. Michigan is a huge place and has a variety of things to offer for people to see. So I have compiles a list of the top 10 places that I think are a must see when your in Michigan.
10. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

The Museum not only shows the life of Henry Ford and the history of the Ford Motor Company but also shows artifacts from America's history as well. Some of these artifacts are the bed used in army camps by President George Washington, the chair President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated and the limousine President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated.
Next to the museum is Greenfield Village which is a living history museum that shows life in America in its early days. It also includes a farm, Thomas Edison's workshop and a Ford's Model T car.
9. Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth a.k.a "Muth" a.k.a. "Little Bavaria", is a little German city in Michigan. The town was founded by Bavarian immigrants from Germany back in 1845 and the town (as well as the surrounding towns) still holds on to these roots. The city is mostly known for Bronner's Christmas Wonderland which is supposedly the worlds largest Christmas store.
Me and my family used to visit every year to visit the Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants. It really is an interesting little town and I recommend anyone in Michigan to stop by.
8. Mackinac Island

To get to this gorgeous little place you take a ferry boat and once you finally get there you are taken back to a Victorian time. Motorized vehicles are banned so bicycles, horseback, and horse-drawn carriages are the norm. The island is a national historic site and the majority of the island is a national park. I have never been there myself but the island hosts lilac, fudge, and music festivals.
7. Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes is a National Lakeshore that takes up a large portion of Michigan's eastern coastline. This park was mainly established for its beauty and it includes forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena.
I have never been to this park either but in 2011 the area won the title of "The Most Beautiful Place in America" from Good Morning America.
6. Great Lakes

Michigan is surrounded by three lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie. Lake Michigan has the largest surface area of any freshwater body in the world and tons of people come here to camp, swim, picnic, fish and hike. On the coastline of the lakes include beach towns, wineries, golf courses, lighthouses, and amusement parks. I have had the privilege to visit all of these lakes as well as 4 of the 5 total great lakes (the fourth being Lake Ontario). All of them are equally gorgeous so you only need to visit one.
5. The General Motors Building

The General Motors Building is the tallest building in Michigan and is still home to General Motors and sits in the city of Detroit. Inside the building includes shops, restaurants, a hotel, and other businesses that you can visit. Also the building houses a movie theater that me and my friends used to regularly visit which shows movies for 5$ before 6:00 p.m. Behind the building is the river walk which sits on the Detroit river across from Canada. You can walk up and down this riverfront and just enjoy the sights or go get an ice cream and ride the carousel. It is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. Dearborn
The city of Dearborn was the home of Henry Ford and is the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. Even though this city was settled by French farmers in the 18th century, it is known for having the most people of middle eastern descent outside of any middle eastern country. So because of this fact it is not uncommon at all to see signs in Arabic or buildings, shops, and restaurants dedicated to middle eastern culture.
3. Belle Isle

Belle Isle is an island state park located on the Detroit River and is between the US and Canada. It is connected to Detroit by the MacArthur bridge and is the largest city-owned island park in the US. The island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, a municipal golf course and many other numerous monuments.
2. Ambassador Bridge/Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
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The Ambassador Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. It is the busiest international border crossing in North America and is one of the only two Canada–US border crossings, the other being the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is an underground tunnel connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario in Canada. So if you are planning on visiting Canada these will be your ways of getting there.
1. Motown Historic Museum

Because I am an avid music lover my top place to see in Michigan is Hitsville USA/Motown Historic Museum. It was the first studio and offices of Motown Record Corporation  where the company got its first start to produce hit records. You can go in and see where stars like Smoky Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye stood as they recorded music. Also it was not only a recording studio but was once the home of Berry Gordy Jr. who is the founder of Motown. You can view exhibits explaining the company's entire history, listen to Motown music and buy souvenirs.

There are so many things Michigan has to offer, too many to list but I hope that my list helps you to narrow your decision on a place to visit or tour during your stay here.

by Kemia

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Protecting Your Identity

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Every student that attends EMU is given an Eagle OneCard. This card is not only your ID, it is also connected to a bank account, meal plans, refund deposits, student payroll, and more. You need it to sign into certain accounts and for staff and faculty to identify you. Your card and other information should be cared for properly so your information is not stolen or misused. Below are a few tips to keep your important information safe and secure.

Never send an email with your credit card information.

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Your credit card information should not be emailed to anyone. You never know who is on the other end reading that email. A bank would never ask you to submit that kind of personal information unless it is over the phone. You also should not email login information like user names and passwords. If the wrong person gets your information you could lose access and control over your accounts.


Do not take pictures of your Eagle OneCard and post it online.

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Your Eagle OneCard is physical proof that you are a student at EMU. Some students are so excited that they want to take pictures of their card to show their friends and family. You should never post a picture of your card online. The card not only has your student EID number on it, but it also has your debit card information on it. Not all sites are protected, anyone could see that information and misuse it.


Never leave your computer unattended while logged into any accounts.

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You should never leave your computer unattended while logged into accounts in public. EMU offers students an opportunity to use school computers but you have to be careful. If you print in one of the computer labs, make sure important information isn’t visible when you leave the computer to get your prints. If you still need to access the account after you print and do not want to close it, minimize the window so others around you cannot see your personal information.


Do not leave belongings containing personal information unattended.

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You should never leave your bag unattended, especially if it contains electronic devices, wallets, and other personal information. You also should not leave papers with personal information on them visible in public. If something is important to you then you should never leave it unattended in public, always take it with you or have someone you trust watch it for you.

I wanted to write about this because I see a lot of international students that are too trusting. I have seen a lot of students leave important things around like book bags, important documents, and electronic devices. I have also had a lot of students that have asked me for help and gave me their EID numbers or tried to send me their credit card information. You should not share that kind of information with other students. Faculty and staff can be trusted with your EID number, and will only request it for identification purposes. Some of the student workers that can request your EID number for identification purposes include Night Watch, SEEUS, and students working in offices that have agreed to keep your information confidential. Just remember that not everyone is as nice and trusting as you or the country you come from.

This is not a complete list of ways to protect you identity, so if anyone else has any tips or questions please leave them in the comment section below.
by Tyrie Adams

Student organization feature: ISA

EMU has many student organizations. Learn about the International Student Association (ISA)!

ISA is composed of foreign and American students who come together across national boundaries to create a sensitive and diverse environment at Eastern

I.S.A.'s mission is:
·         To support EMU's international students & to cater to their needs.
·         To promote cultural awareness, appreciation, and harmony through interaction and activities open to all students at EMU. 
·         To provide an atmosphere in which each student involved in ISA can have an opportunity to grow spiritually, academically, and socially.
·         To guide students by leadership through service.

·         Volleyball/ Basketball game
·         Parade of Nations
·         Halloween
·         Monthly events - movie night, game night, culture night
·         End of the semester party
·         Colours In Harmony
·         Zap Zone/Paintball

If you are already around campus you can check out our summer event, which is going to take place on August  9th.

Organizations's Website: 
Also you can find us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/isa.emu?ref_type=bookmark

by Elina