National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2015

downloadThis year, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week takes place from February 22-28. By now you may have learned some of the more striking facts about eating disorders, but here’s an important term that you may have never heard of: subclinical. “Subclinical” eating disorder is the phrase used to describe a person whose symptoms do not meet the full criteria for an eating disorder diagnosis, but they display problematic behaviors when it comes to food, exercise, and body image. Constantly restricting how much food one eats doesn’t automatically make a person anorexic, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a problem.

Here’s the thing though, society has almost designed us to be this way. America is fixated on diet and weight loss and we are constantly receiving messages that we should be thinner or more muscular. How often do you see “diet” sodas, or “light” ranch dressings (hint: these products are far from healthy) at grocery stores? How many people have you ever known to go on a fad diet or juice cleanse? How many TV shows, magazines, and online articles do you see discussing what foods you should be eating and what exercises you “should” be doing to land yourself a “better” body? Weight loss can be a very healthy thing for some people, but it should not be the center of every person’s life. Studies have found that 35% of people who start off as “normal dieters” go on to pathological dieting. About 25% of those people then develop full-blown eating disorders (

Exercise and healthy eating are wonderful things, but it’s important to learn what is healthiest for you, both mentally and physically. If the vegan lifestyle really is for you and it’s not just your new way of restricting yourself, you should absolutely go for it. If you love to run every day, do that! Just don’t stress yourself out. Don’t let yourself feel the pressure to look like that popular fitness girl or guy on instagram. Don’t deny your body of the nutrients it needs to get through a day of class. Be wary of the messages the media sends you on a daily basis and talk with an expert if you want the real scoop on healthy eating and exercise.

Visit for a list of resources and more information on all eating disorders.

Take an anonymous screening to gauge your risk for an eating disorder and receive information about taking the next step,  if necessary.


Midterm Tips!

Midterms are fast approaching! Here are some study tips to help you get through the stressful week:

1. Join study groups or attend midterm review sessions: It is always great to have multiple people helping you study.Study groups make it possible to quiz each other on the subjects. The professors usually cover everything on the test in review sessions.


2. Don’t Cram: Do not wait until the night before to study for your exam. Prepare enough time between you and the test. It is a good idea to make a schedule of when you are going to study for each midterm. Planning early and reviewing your notes will help you feel prepared.


3. Stay Healthy: It is easy to intake too much junk food and caffeine or suspend sleep during a study session. The most important thing to do is schedule times for healthy meals, daily exercise, and sleep.


4. Disconnect: Take a break from social media during studying for midterms. There are so many sites that can be distracting. You can accomplish so much more by taking a break.


5. Take Breaks: Constantly studying for a very long time can be stressful. It is always good to take breaks every single hour. You should get some air or take a walk in between studying to clear your head.


Good luck on midterms, Crusaders!

Black History Month: Overview

Black History Month is a month where we can celebrate the achievements of notable African Americans who truly made a difference in the world and celebrate the beauty of diversity in this great country.  There have been many notable African American leaders in the past who have stood up for what was right and have paved the way for future generations to keep making a difference.  President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”  Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month. Some notable figures that have led the way are:

Jackie Robinson – First African American Major League Baseball Player


Rosa Parks – Refusal to give up her seat led to major civil rights movement and she is noted as the “Mother of the Freedom Movement”


Martin Luther King Jr. – Was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.


Oprah Winfrey – An American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist


All of these individuals and many more have and are setting the way for African Americans all around the world. A famous quote from Rosa Parks herself says “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

Award Show Round Up

With award show season coming to a close, the final awards show, the Academy Awards, has eight movies nominated for Best Picture. Here is a recap of how these movies did in the awards show earlier this year and how they hold up for the final stretch.


To begin, a little cheat sheet to the different awards shows:


Golden Globes: Winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press, members of world’s media. The past two years, the show has been hosted by Saturday Night Live alumni, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards: The SAG is considered the “nation’s largest labor union representing working actors.” Every year, at random, 2,100 members (of 125,000) are selected to pick the nominees, then the mass votes for the winner.
Critics’ Choice Awards: Votes are done by the people who make a living out of watching films, the critics. British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards: Considered the “British Counterpart” of the Academy Awards, all nations are considered by the BAFTA Film Committee.
Academy Awards: Also known as the Oscars, voters are members of the Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those involved in the business. Nominations are made by people in the particular category (i.e. directors nominate directors, actors nominate actors). Once the final nominees are in, winners are selected by all members of the Academy. Previously hosted by Ellen Degeneres the past two years, Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped as the host of the 2015 show.

awardshow1American Sniper: An American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Bradley Cooper as the deadliest marksman in U.S. military, Chris Kyle. Based on the book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle. The movie depicts the story of Kyle as he struggles not with his missions in Iraq but with his relationship back home as his wife and the reality that he can never truly leave war behind. Though praised by critics, the film has received backlash from many in regards to the interpretation of the film celebrating war and killing as well as the controversial portrayal of Kyle. This film is the highest grossing film nominated out of the eight. Cooper is the critic favorite to take home Best Actor at the Academy Awards. 

Golden Globes: 0 nominations.
Critics’ Choice: 2 nominations, 1 win. Best Actor in an Action Movie, Bradley Cooper.
SAG: 0 nominations.
BAFTA: 2 nominations.
Oscars: 6 nominations.
Total: 10 nominations, 1 win.

awardshow2Birdman: Starring Michael Keaton as a washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero role, Birdman is a superhero that has the ability to levitate and perform telekinesis. He struggles to make career on Broadway while battling his ego and his attempts to recover his family. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu selects a star studded cast including: Zach Galifanakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Risborough, and Naomi Watts. The opening film at the 71st Venice Film Festival, Birdman has received critical acclaim and was named as one of the best films of 2014 by the National Board of Review. Birdman is tied with Boyhood for most wins of the films nominated and is tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel with the most nominations at the Academy Awards.

Golden Globes: 7 nominations, 2 wins. Best Actor- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Michael Keaton & Best Screenplay
Critics’ Choice: 13 nominations, 7 wins. Best Actor, Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor in a Comedy, Michael Keaton & Best Score
SAG: 4 nominations, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BAFTA: 10 nominations, 1 win. Best Cinematography
Oscars: 9 nominations.
Total: 43 nominations, 11 wins.

awardshow3Boyhood: A coming-of-age drama, Boyhood was shot intermittently over a 12-year period (2002-2014)  by director Richard Linklater and stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as divorced parents in Texas raising their kids, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. With originally no completed script, cast and crew would meet for a few weeks each year for 12 years. The script took shape based on the changes noted in the actors each year as well as their personal experiences. Declared a “landmark film” by many notable critics, Boyhood has been praised for it’s direction, acting, and scope as the film is both technical and intimate. After dedicating 12 years of their lives, this film is highly anticipated to win Best Picture. Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress.

Golden Globes: 5 nominations, 3 wins. Best Motion Picture- Drama, Best Director, Richard Linklater & Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette
Critics’ Choice: 8 nominations, 4 wins. Best Picture, Best Director, Richard Linklater, Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette & Best Young Performer, Ellar Coltrane
SAG: 3 nominations, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Patricia Arquette
BAFTA: 5 nominations. 3 wins. Best Film, Best Direction, Richard Linklater, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Patricia Arquette
Oscars: 6 nominations.
Total: 29 nominations, 11 wins.

awardshow4The Grand Budapest Hotel: Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, an Austrian novelist, director, Wes Anderson brings the comedy of The Grand Budapest Hotel to life. Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies) is a concierge who teams up/mentors a young employee to prove his innocence for a framed murder. Fiennes stars with an ensemble cast known for being featured in Anderson’s films, including: Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Tilda Swinton, just to name a few. The whimsical world partnered with quirky characters, magical costume and set design has been met with critical acclaim. The Grand Budapest Hotel is expected to take home Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win. Best Film- Musical or Comedy
Critics’ Choice: 11 nominations, 3 wins. Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design & Best Comedy
SAG: 1 nomination.
BAFTA: 11 nominations, 5 wins. Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Music, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design & Best Makeup and Hair
Oscars: 9 nominations.
Total: 36 nominations, 9 wins.

awardshow5The Imitation Game: Based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as British Cryptanalyst, Alan Turing, the man who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II. Though deemed an international hero, Turing is thought to have committed suicide after his persecution for homosexuality. The director, Morten Tyldum brings together well known British actors Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Charles Dance in addition to Cumberbatch. A critical and commercial success, The Imitation Game has been included on the Nation Board of Reviews and American Film Institute’s “Top 10 Films of 2014.” The cast and crew have been honored by LGBT civil rights advocacy and Human Rights Campaign. At the Academy Awards, The Imitation Game is the top runner for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Golden Globes: 5 nominations.
Critics’ Choice: 6 nominations.
SAG: 3 nominations.
BAFTA: 9 nominations.
Oscars: 8 nominations.
Total: 31 nominations.

awardshow8Selma: David Oyelowo takes on the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in this American historical drama depicting the events of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. Receiving universal acclaim from critics, director, Ava DuVernay is especially praised for the screenplay and direction. She is also noted to be the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and is the first black female director to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Currently there is controversy regarding historical accuracy, as President Lyndon B. Johnson is portrayed as a reluctant political character. Taking home two awards for Best Song, writers, John Legend and Common are expected to take home the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win. Best song, “Glory”
Critics’ Choice: 5 nominations, 1 win. Best Song, “Glory”
SAG: 0 nominations.
BAFTA: 0 nominations.
Oscars: 2 nominations
Total: 8 nominations, 2 wins.

awardshow6The Theory of Everything: Adapted from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking this biographical romantic drama focuses on her relationship with theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in the world of physics. Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking and takes on the difficult physicality of the role, winning him two awards for his performance. Redmayne’s counterpart, Felicity Jones adds to the polished direction and strength of director, James Marsh’s vision. Music by Johann Johannsson combines acoustic instruments and electronics to tie everything together beautifully. Redmayne is a favorite to win for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 2 wins. Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, Eddie Redmayne & Best Original Score
Critics’ Choice: 5 nominations.
SAG: 3 nominations, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor, Eddie Redmayne
BAFTA: 10 nominations, 3 wins. Best Actor in a Leading Role, Eddie Redmayne, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best British Film
Oscars: 5 nominations.
Total: 37 nominations, 6 wins.

awardshow7Whiplash: A drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in a studio band, the film stars Miles Teller as a jazz drummer seeking the respect of his teacher played by J.K. Simmons. Simmons pushes his students to their breaking point for them to achieve greatness. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2012 Black List (top motion picture screenplays not yet produced). Originally produced as a short film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the script attracted many investors to make an adaption to the big screen. Despite receiving some criticism about distorting jazz history, Whiplash overall has received critical acclaim after its’ opening night at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. J.K. Simmons is anticipated to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him four for four.

Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 1 win. Best Supporting Actor- Motion Picture, J.K. Simmons
Critics’ Choice: 0 nominations.
SAG: 1 nomination, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, J.K. Simmons
BAFTA: 5 nominations, 3 wins. Best Actor in a Supporting Role, J.K. Simmons, Best Editing & Best Sound
Oscars: 5 nominations.
Total: 12 nominations, 5 wins.

Catch the Academy Awards LIVE Sunday February 22nd at 7 PM!


Random Acts of Kindness Day

Did you know that February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day? Even smiling at a stranger or leaving quarters in a meter can be a little deed done on this day. This reminds us that we should carry on random acts of kindness throughout the whole entire year. Research says that if we perform random acts of kindness, we will feel more positive emotions.rak

Here are some kindness Ideas for you to try:

  • Smiling at a stranger.
  • Eat lunch with someone who is sitting alone either at work or at school.
  • Call a family member and tell them you love them!
  • Clean the house for your parents or your dorm for your roommate.
  • Plant a Tree!
  • Donate your clothes or items around your house to your nearest salvation army.
  • Renew a friendship.
  • Volunteer in a homeless shelter.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Shovel snow for a neighbor.

Check out this video and it might inspire you to do something for someone else:

Avoid A Case of the Mondays: Manage Your Messaging


As you woke up this morning, what was one of the first things you did? Reach for your phone? It is Monday, so give yourself a break BUT consider these six ways to manage your phone usage, provided by the February issue of Student Health 101.

1. Test Yourself: AT&T created this 3D texting-while-driving simulator so that you can test yourself and see how difficult (and dangerous!) it truly is to text and drive.

2. Set the Mood: Know that your phone isn’t welcome at all places, all the time. Going to the gym? Leave it in your locker and use an mp3 player. Out to eat? Leave it in the car. You may also want to start relying on an old-fashioned alarm clock and charge your phone in another room at night to resist the temptation of staying up late, browsing Instagram.

3. Use an app or #x: AT&T has DriveMode and Sprint has Drive First, apps that silence your phone and respond to messages while you are driving. You can also text #x, which symbolizes that you are driving and can’t talk for a few minutes.

3. Reality Check: Did you know there are apps that track your smartphone usage? Moment (iPhone) and BreakFree (Android) can make you aware of your phone usage, which may help you to manage it.

4. Play a Game: You’ve probably heard of this one by now- When out to eat with friends, stack all your phones in the middle of the table. Who ever gives in and reaches for their phone first pays for everyone’s meal (or does the dishes if you’re at home).

5. Find Your Voice: Next time you want to make plans with someone, make a phone call instead of texting. Most of us have gotten out of habit of NOT texting.


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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

It is that time of year again: Valentine’s Day. It is a time to show your love for your family, friends, crush, and significant other. Did the day creep up on you? Did you forget to get something for that special someone? Have no fear! Here are cheesy ideas for last minute Valentine’s Day gifts.


1. Breakfast-in-bed kit


2. I love you a Latte latte


3. Customized cards


4. Candy bouquet


5. Homemade cupcakes


6. Loving deck of cards


7. Photo sign card


8. Gift your Netflix password



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