Happy Thanksgiving!

The Office of Student Life would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy this time off and come back and finish off the last two weeks of the semester with a bang!

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November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

Did you know that Americans will consume over 65 million pounds of peanut butter this month? Did you know that November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s month? November 4 marks the anniversary of the patent for peanut butter, applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg.

There is an endless amount of things you can do with peanut butter. Check out some ways to celebrate this month!:

Peanut Butter Monster Cookies:

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Frozen Peanut Butter Bites: 

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars:

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Peanut Butter Fruit Dip:

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Peanut Butter Smoothie:

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Source: http://peanutbutterlovers.com/2011/11/november-peanut-butter-lovers-month/

AGerS: Movie Night!

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This mission of the Department of Aging Studies is  to prepare students to address the concerns of an aging population and to promote the potential of persons in their later years. With that spirit in mind, the department’s student organization, the AGerS, have chosen the film, Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman.  The movie tells the story of an aging baseball scout dealing with failing eyesight and his relationship with his estranged daughter.  This intergenerational film focuses on both the vulnerabilities and strengths of older adults, as well as some of the family issues that surface as a parent ages.

Thursday, November 6th from 7:00- 9:30 p.m. in S100 of the Franciscan Center

Contact mu.Agers@my.madonna.edu for more information

Guest post by: Denise Brothers, Department of Aging Studies

National Candy Day: TODAY!

National Candy Day is celebrated on November 4, 2014. This is a day where the whole world celebrates CANDY! I mean if we think about it, what would the world be like without candy?! Well I can tell you that we would be saving 500 billion dollars a year. Yes I said billion with a B! But if we were to stop this production there would be so many unpleasant Americans. Candy has been around for quite a long time. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD. Now that was a really long time ago! In more recent years saltwater taffy was invented in Atlantic City in 1883. That’s over 131 years! The first Hershey bar was made in 1900. That’s over 114 years! So candy has been around a long time. For all you candy lovers here are a few interesting facts to blow your mind.

  • For you gum chewers, chew the gum until the sugar is gone to blow a bigger bubble. You do this because sugar does not stretch and can cause the bubble to collapse early.
  • The tootsie roll was created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896. The name came from his daughter, who was nicknamed “Tootsie”.
  • The average American eats twenty-five pounds of candy each year. If that seems like a lot don’t worry because the average person in Denmark eats thirty-six pounds of candy each year.
  • The Baby Ruth candy bar was first sold in 1920, named for President Grover Cleveland’s daughter – not the famous baseball player.
  • A lollipop, which was invented by George Smith in 1908, was named after Lolly Pop, a racing horse.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Franssons of Sweden made the world’s largest lollipop weighted 4,759.1 pounds for a festival on July 27, 2003.

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So basically candy is amazing! It makes us happy, at times it makes us feel loved and it puts a smile on our faces. So on November 4th go out and get yourself a bag of candy and enjoy!

 

Source: http://www.tropicalfoods.com/healthy-living/fun-facts/candy-fun-facts/

Election Day 2014

Tomorrow is Election Day and it is important you go out and vote, if you have not done so by absentee ballot. This is a midterm election and every vote is critical. Research shows that voters are much less enthusiastic and less likely to vote as compared to the midterm elections of 2006 and 2010 (Jones, 2014). Midterm elections act as a “thermometer” on the performance of the president and the controlling parties. In most cases, the president’s party loses seats in the house and senate. People often go to the polls uninformed and vote for who ever sounds familiar. Uninformed voting is as bad as not voting at all. Before you go to the polls tomorrow, take some time to look at who is on your ballot and the proposal that are up for consideration. This is the link for the Michigan Voter Information Center where you can find your sample ballot: https://vote.michigan.gov/mvic/.

Source:

Jones, Jeffrey M. “Voter Engagement Lower Than in 2010 and 2006 Midterms.” Gallup. N.p., 8 Oct. 2014. Web. 31 Oct. 2014. <http://www.gallup.com/poll/178130/voter-engagement-lower-2010-2006-midterms.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_reader=feedly&gt;.