Archive for March, 2013

On Marriage

[Editor’s Note: The views expressed by the author are their’s alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Residence Life or Creighton University]

Have you been following the news lately? Same sex marriage, back in the Supreme Court. What do you think of it? Me personally, I don’t understand what the government is trying to accomplish by banning same sex marriages. One of the main arguments currently is children—isn’t a marriage supposed to encourage procreation? Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer claims, “There are lots of people who get married who can’t have children,” so why is this argument even valid? Society is changing rapidly, and with more and more single parents, is a child better off with one single parent or two of the same sex?  Only nine states, plus Washington D.C. allow same sex marriage. Marriage! It sounds like the State and Church are getting pretty close to crossing lines here. Rob Portman, an Ohio Senator, became the first Republican to back gay marriage, according to BBC. With the divorce rates in the United States creeping up to 50%, the concept of marriage is becoming more comical. Now, I’m not saying that people should not get married. I want to get married, I even have a Pinterest board devoted to my future wedding, but how can the government claim the validity of marriage when so many get divorced? It’s supposed to be a life long commitment, and if we have people who want to want to commit to each other for their entire lives, who are we to stand in their way? That’s just my opinion. What do you think? Ask your friends, engage in a discussion, their answers might surprise you. College, after all, is a time to engage in discussion.

Sincerely,

Erika Fennen

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BluGold – Water Conservation

I think it’s safe to say that many of us take water for granted. Speaking from personal experience, I know I use plenty of water throughout my day without even thinking about it. Did you know that it takes six liters of water to flush a toilet? And that’s with the new “water saving” technology they’ve implemented on modern-day commodes. Water can be wasted doing other daily tasks such as washing your hands and brushing your teeth, the key is to make sure you turn the water off while brushing and then back on when it’s time to rinse! Water is a finite resource, and although we’ve been living with abundance, the truth is that only three percent of Earth’s water is drinkable and two-thirds of that three percent is frozen into glaciers. Right now we are able to build dams and irrigation systems to manipulate Earth’s freshwater, it’s easy to forget how precious it is. If you realize that you are using a lot of water in your daily routine, check out the BlüGold signs in your residence halls to learn more about how you can start saving Earth’s precious water supply!

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Staying Ahead and Staying Motivated

With the NCAA tournament starting this week and Spring break just wrapping up, motivation for school seems to be at an all-time low. The fact that Easter break is just a week and a half away only adds to the feelings of procrastination and laziness that are already plaguing Creighton students. How can you get motivated in this current climate? Well, here are a few tips so get you back on the fast track to productivity:

 

1. Start with busy work. The more small items that you can cross off of your to-do list the better you’ll feel about taking on big projects.

 

2. Try to plan out your day. Take advantage of that hour or two between classes to get some work done so you’re not just sitting in the library for 5 hours straight.

 

3. Lastly, bargain with yourself. If there’s a basketball game on at seven, wake up early that day and put in a few hours at the library so that taking a two hour basketball break doesn’t end up being detrimental.

The Importance of Snail Mail

This spring break, whether you’re in St. Louis for Arch Madness, on a SBST, at the beach, or staying in Omaha, consider writing a letter to someone you love. Snail mail is the best type of mail; anytime I get a letter from a friend or family member I instantly smile—how could you not? At the beginning of this year I came across a really cool project, The World Needs More Love Letters (http://www.moreloveletters.com) when I found the love letter to college freshmen (http://www.moreloveletters.com/2012/08/25/a-love-letter-to-college-freshmen).  The founder of this project holds letter writing campaigns to get words of support to people who need them the most. Everyone needs a boost sometime, so why night write a letter?

Night Class Trap

When picking your schedule for your future semesters here at Creighton, be wary of night classes.  You may think, “I’d rather sit in a class once for three hours than three times for an hour. And the teacher will probably let us out early every time anyways.”  That’s all well and good.  But be wary my friend.  It’s hard to think about a class you only have once a week, more than once a week.  When do you think about what work you have to do for a class? For me it’s almost always the day or even night before.  But think about night classes; you’re doing three times the work every class.  So that means three times and much homework, three times as much material in each class session.  Well if you’re like me and you don’t think about work until the night before it’s due, you’ll be in trouble… like I am today.  If you do sign up for a night class or heaven forbid two, make sure you know what you’re getting into.  Make sure you work on that class just as much as others.  Just because it’s only once a week doesn’t mean it requires any less time than your other classes.  And if the homework isn’t due until the start of class when you have your test, don’t think you can do it all in one night/sitting.  I’ve made that mistake twice now.  I don’t learn from my mistakes too well but as I approach this midterm unprepared, I think I finally have learned my lesson.  So feel free to take night classes, just be wary of the once a week syndrome.

Spring Break Road Trip Essentials!

With spring break just around the corner, there is bound to be a road trip in your future. So, why not have a list of music, food, and activities to make the road trip that much better!

 

Playlist:

Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver

My Favorite Highway – Simple Life

Anything Can Happen – Ellie Goulding

Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

Some Nights – fun.

Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

World News – ocal Natives

Take a Walk – Passion Pit

Salina – The Avett Brothers

Grace Kelly – Mika

And We Danced – Macklemore

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

 

Snacks:
Goldfish

Trail mix/chex mix

Carrots

Grapes

Pretzels

Apples

Craisins

 

Activities:

– Would You Rather

– S/He’s Perfect for You, but…

– Life Stories

– Hot Seat

– Guess the Movie Being Described

– (and my favorite activity on a roadtrip to date) reading a book out loud (the Harry Potter series are perfect for this!)

 

Happy Spring Break everyone! (but before then, good luck studying!)

 

Peace – Elizabeth

Mid-term Study Tips!

Stressed about Midterms?  Here are some tips to help you stay relaxed:

 

1.) Remember to find some time to exercise.  Exercise can help relieve some of the tension and stress that is building up and allow you to release some of it in a healthy manor.

 

2.) Try to still eat healthy.  Though you may be staying up late and just want to grab that pizza at late night or something, going for a healthier snack will help you stay focused and give your body and brain the nutrients it needs to help you get your work done well.

 

3.) Breathe!  Take a 10 minute break every 50 minutes or so.  Get up and stretch, walk around a little bit, take some deep breathes, etc.  Research shows that studying for 50 minutes at a time and then taking a 10 min break and doing something active (like walking around, stretching, etc) is the best way to study and will help you stay focused and retain the most material that you are studying.

 

4.) Study in groups or find quirky ways to remember the information you are studying.  You will remember it better if you make the information your “own” and find a mnemonic or weird way to remember the information rather than just reading the information off of your notes or the powerpoint.

 

5.) SLEEP!!  Sleep allows for the information to be processed by your brain and make the switch from short-term memory to long-term memory.  You will be able to focus better and retain more information if you remember to get some sleep!  Don’t pull those all-nighters!

 

6.) Last of all…have a reward!  Plan something fun for after your tests/papers to do either before break or during break.  Having something to look forward to will help you be able to push through the grind of this week.

 

GOOD LUCK!


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