Safe Drinking Tips: Halloween Edition

Halloween is here, and you probably have fun plans for tonight. Enjoy the holiday, but make sure things don’t get too scary. Here are five tips to help you watch your spirits. 😉

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  1. Have a plan to get home safely. If you can’t stay the night at a friend’s house, don’t hesitate to call a taxi service. They won’t mind driving you home in costume!
  1. Eat up! If you’re at a party, there’s bound to be plenty of good food. Bob for apples, grab some chips and dip or enjoy some cookies. To be on the safe side, eat dinner before heading out.
  1. Arrive late to the party and leave early. Always a good move!
  1. Drink water throughout the night and pay attention to serving sizes. Drinks tend to be larger at house parties than at bars or restaurants. You’ll feel better physically and you want to enjoy the party, right?
  1. Don’t make drinking the only activity. Play games (not drinking games!), watch a scary movie, make new friends. There are plenty of other ways to have fun.

 

Happy Halloween!

Adapted via: http://www.drinkaware.ie/hints-tips/halloween-hints-tips/

SLC Meeting Recap- Tuesday, October 28

Student Leadership Council

Tuesday, October 28

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

Attendance:

Coast Guard AUP: Sean Cahill

MU Fitness: Chantal Copeland, Joanna Rapaski

MU Nursing Student Association: Madonna Saad

Music Club, SNATS, Sigma Zeta: Katie Crombez

Chair: Amanda Geraci, Student Life Coordinator

  1.    Approval of the Agenda

Sean Cahill (CGAUP) made a motion to approve the agenda as printed. Chantal Copeland (MUF) seconded the motion. The motion passed. The agenda was approved as printed.

  1.    Introductions
  2.    Review of the Minutes from the October 14, 2014 meeting

Katie Crombez (MC/SNATS/SZ) made a motion to approve the minutes as viewed. Sean Cahill (CGAUP) seconded the motion. The motion passed. The minutes were approved and have been posted to the MyPortal group for the Student Leadership Council.

  1.    Old Business

MUNSA requested that their previously approved request for SLC funds be changed from $100 to $50. Katie Crombez (MC/SNATS/SZ) made a motion to approve this amended request. Chantel Copeland (MUF) seconded the motion. The motion passed and MUNSA will be provided with $50 for this request, which will allow them to apply again this academic year.

  1.    SLC Funding Request

To date, the SLC has approved $325 in requests.

  1.    New Business

Amanda Geraci briefly described the CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Review process that has taken place in the Institutional Standing Committee on Student Affairs and Services. The CAS Review is a quality improvement process that will review the following six areas this academic year: Adult Learner Programs and Services, Athletics, College Honor Societies, Education Abroad Programs, Registrar Programs and Services, and Service-Learning Programs. In that context, Amanda Geraci asked for suggestions on obtaining student feedback. In 2010, the campus community participated in a SWOT analysis of Student Affairs and Services offices. That process yielded reports and changes within many service offices across campus.

Suggestions from the student leaders included:

  •         Online surveys
  •         Visits to RSO meetings
  •         Suggestion boxes in key areas
  •         Paper surveys
  •         Creation of an email address for feedback – should be something catchy and memorable.

Upcoming key weeks of programming were noted: Spirit Week is November 17-21. Winter Welcome Back will be January 12-16. MLK Service Projects will take place January 19-21. RSOs interested in hosting a project should contact Student Life.

University-sponsored social media includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. RSOs interested in promoting their organization on University-sponsored social media should send requests directly to Amanda Geraci.

  1.    Announcements
  2.    We Can Win tickets are available for pick-up in the Office of Student Life (Room 1411).
  3.    Alternative Spring Break (ASB) informational meetings will be held on the next two weeks beginning tomorrow.
  4.        The next Student Leadership Council meeting will be on Tuesday, November from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Kresge Hall (Room 1316). If you have an agenda item, please send them to Amanda Geraci in advance of the next meeting.
  5.    Adjournment

Sean Cahill (CGAUP) made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Katie Crombez (MC/SNATS/SZ) seconded the motion. The motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 1:04 p.m.

October is National Chili Month

National Chili Month! Bet you didn’t know it was a real thing!

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Beans, no beans, meat or vegetarian, sharp cheddar or jack cheese, just about whatever tickles your fancy. Every city has their own take on chili. Chili can be filling and nutritious. Here are some ideas to spice up your chile!

  • Choose lean cuts of meat and add lots of beans. Try adding different types of beans- black, small red beans, kidney beans and pinto beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse these before adding to the pot.
  • Add whole grains-barley or serve chili over brown rice.
  • Add extra vegetables. Onions, bell pepper, zucchini, squash, shredded carrots and celery make wonderful additions to your pot of chili.
  • Limit high-fat additions-cheese, sour cream, and corn chips. A little of any of these is all you need to add a little extra flavor to your chili.
  • Add chili to your hot dog for a chili dog. Try American Coney Island or Lafayette Coney Island in Downtown Detroit.

Whether you enjoy it in the comfort of your home, or tailgating for a sports event, chili is a favorite, delicious, and nutritious, satisfying meal.

Happy National Chili Month!

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Source: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/entertainment/dining/2014/10/21/celebrate-national-chili-month/17678617/

Broadcast and Film Club: Movie Night!

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The Broadcast and Film Club is holding another movie night this Wednesday, October 29th! This next one is going to be a ghoulish delight! We will be watching The Nightmare Before Christmas on a projector outside, and will be carving pumpkins for our contest during the movie! We will be discussing the spectacular stop motion in the movie beforehand. We will also hold a costume contest. This is the perfect chance to get in to the Halloween spirit! So come out and watch a great movie, eat some free food, put on a costume, bring a pumpkin, and maybe even win! Happy Halloween! 🙂

Guest post by: Nancy Boyd, Broadcast and Film Club

NCAAW: Safe Drinking Tips and E-CheckUpToGo

As National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week comes to a close, we want to make sure that you stay safe if you choose to drink this weekend. Here are five more tips that will help utilize the knowledge you’ve gained this week!

  1. Avoid mixing energy drinks/caffeinated drinks and alcohol
  2. Avoid situations where alcohol is present or you are likely to drink
  3. Set a limit on the amount of money you will spend when you go out and leave your ATM card at home.
  4. Decide which days you will NOT drink alcohol
  5. Tell someone about your plan to change your drinking behavior.

While we’re on the topic of safe drinking, check out e-CheckUpToGo, an anonymous online screening tool that lets you compare your results to your peers. Learn about how alcohol affects your present and future. Bonus: see how many cheeseburgers you’re drinking on your nights out. Don’t know what we’re talking about? You will once you take this survey! All you need is internet access (which you obviously have if you’re reading this!) and about 7 minutes. Just for completing the survey, you will be entered in a raffle to win a Madonna Prize Pack. Visit www.madonna.edu/echeckup to take e-CheckUpToGo

IMPORTANT: Upon complete, click on the “Verify Completion of your e-ChuckUpToGo” button in the top right corner of the screen on page 10 of 10 of your results. Enter your name, email, adress, student ID number, and select “Amanda Geraci” from the list and select “Next”. Your results are in no way tied to your name.

SLC Meeting Recap- Tuesday, October 14

Student Leadership Council

Tuesday, October 14

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

 

Attendance:

Animal Awareness: Miranda Queen

Campus Ministry: Natalia Capella

Coast Guard AUP: Sean Cahill

MU Fitness: Chantal Copeland

MU Forensic Science Society: Katelyn Staley

MU Nursing Student Association: Pam Gleishmann, Madonna Saad

Student Veterans Association: Cheryl Ziegler

 

Chair: Amanda Geraci, Student Life Coordinator

 

  1. Approval of the Agenda

Sean Cahill (CGAUP) made a motion to approve the agenda as printed. Chantal Copeland (MUF) seconded the motion. The motion passed. The agenda was approved as printed.

  1. Introductions
  2. Review of the Minutes from the September 30, 2014 meeting

Sean Cahill (CGAUP) made a motion to approve the minutes as viewed. Katelyn Staley (MUFSS) seconded the motion. The motion passed. The minutes were approved and have been posted to the MyPortal group for the Student Leadership Council.

  1. Old Business

09/30/2014: Lisa Hursin (N2) made a motion to remove the cap on SLC funding requests. Christine Siress (MUFSS) seconded the motion. The motion failed. The cap will remain at $100 per request per academic year.

A recommendation was made to keep the group informed of how much remained in the pot before approving requests. $900 remains for the current academic year.

  1. SLC Funding Request

Chantal Copeland (MUF) made a motion to approve the funding request of $100 for the MUNSA/NAANA Exploring Nursing event on October 30 to cover a portion of the costs of refreshments. Sean Cahill (CGAUP) seconded the motion. The motion passed and MUNSA will be funded for their event.

 

Katelyn Staley (MUFSS) made a motion to approve the funding request of $75 for Be The Change’s Scream for a Cure event on October 23, 24, and 25 to cover a portion of the costs of refreshments. Madonna Saad (MUNSA) seconded the motion. The motion passed and Be The Change will be funded for their event pending full approval from the Office of Student Life.

  1. Leadership Development
    1. Amanda Geraci presented a flow chart on how events are approved once an Event Planning Form is turned into the Office of Student Life. The flow chart is available on MyPortal under Campus Groups, RSO_Student Leadership Council, Forms, and Event Planning.
  2. Announcements
    1. We Can Win tickets are available for pick-up in the Office of Student Life (Room 1411).
    2. National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is October 20-24. Registered Student Organizations are invited to prepare a poster within the guidelines distributed and available on MyPortal under Student Leadership Council. Posters are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24. The winning poster will receive $50 toward on-campus programming.
    3. The next Student Leadership Council meeting will be on Tuesday, October 28 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Kresge Hall (Room 1316). Topics for discussion include the CAS review of six departments this academic year and other pressing matters forward by student leaders. If you have an agenda item, please send them to Amanda Geraci in advance of the next meeting.
  3. Adjournment

Sean Cahill (CGAUP) made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Katelyn Staley (MUFSS) seconded the motion. The motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 12:58 p.m.

National Day of Writing

National Day of Writing

The National Day of Writing was started in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English. The purpose of this event was to draw attention to the importance of writing in every subject and at every grade level from preschool to university. It also encourages writing for enjoyment throughout the entire lifetime (“About”).

The National Day of Writing has been celebrated at Madonna since 2011. There originally was separate Halloween Research/Write-a-thon, but they have since been merged together because they occurred close to the same time. The National Day of Writing on campus has a bit of a different purpose, which is geared towards the population on campus. First, it provides students who might not be aware of the services of the Writing Center or the Library help with academic projects, as well as provide extra exposure for those services. Second, it shows the lighter side of writing with different creative writing opportunities. Third, to have fun.

The National Day of Writing and Halloween Party runs from 9 AM to 7 PM in the Take 5 Lounge. There will be various writing activities and storytelling throughout the day, along with tutors and librarians available for homework help. UNIV 1010 students can also receive stamps for their activity cards.

References

“About the National Day on Writing.” NCTE. N.p., 2014. Web. 17 Oct. 2014. <http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting/about&gt;.