Good morning UND!
It’s looking like another sunny day with a high of 30. Spring break is just around the corner and for those not going on vacation this year here are a few tips on how to stay busy. You could learn how to trade stocks, write your life story, or take up tap dancing. Catch up on movies you have missed. Here are a few of my favorite dramatic films; Good Fellas, Donnie Brasco, and The Departed. Or try a ”laugh out loud” movie like Anger Management, License To Drive, or The Three Amigos. Not a fan of comedy? Try movies that rock, Rock Star, La Bamba, The Ritchie Valens Story, and Night at the Roxbury.
Hey everybody tomorrow is Ear Muff Day.
When : Always March 13th; origin of “Ear Muff Day”:
Big-eared Chester Greenwood is the father of the Earmuff. Greenwood patented the “Champion Ear Protector” on March 13, 1877. It later became known as “ear mufflers”, and was eventually shortened to “earmuffs”. (“Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”) -Gi Joe!
Have a great break everybody.
Many of us have had days where we were over loaded with homework, having fights with our parents and friends, or just feeling unenthusiastic. Sometimes we are able to break the depressing cycle and focus on the great things that are happening in our lives, other times we turn to things like alcohol or drugs to help us cope with life.
Studies have shown that the misuse of prescription medications in college students is on the rise. Many students are using prescribed medications (like Adderall, which is a stimulant prescribed to patients who have ADHD, Xanax, which is a sedative prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and Vicodin, which is a morphine prescribed to patients who have severe pain) to feel better and “manage” their daily lives. When prescribed by a doctor for a certain use, the medicine can be beneficial to a person, but when a person starts overdosing on a medication and taking it with other drugs and/or alcohol the effects can be deadly. Abusing prescription medication can lead to organ damage, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. When students start abusing medications their chances for becoming binge drinkers, misusers of drugs like marijuana and cocaine, and drug addicts increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is by exercising. In the words of Elle Woods from Legally Blond, “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Happy people are also more able to cope with the struggles of life. One other thing that a person could do is seek-out counseling services. Most college campuses, like ours, offer free counseling to students who may be feeling stressed, dealing with medication abuse, and dealing with alcohol abuse. Although it may be hard to step out of your comfort zone, the benefits of living a healthy, drug free lifestyle are definitely worth it.
More information on prescription abuse can be found at http://www.talkaboutrx.org
Good morning UND,
Looking nice out there today–clear skies and sunny with a high of 14 looking to reach even as high as 25.
The movie of the week is 300: Rise of an Empire 3D. The movie is based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300.
The Running with Lynn Show is proud to bring you the second installment of Stories of Suspense Ch.2 “Nightmares”. I had the classic “scary movie” bad dream again last night. The one where I’m in a rich fancy hotel and it seems like I’m walking for miles then when I finally get to the end of the hallway there’s two little twin boys standing there staring at me and chanting “come play with us Lynn for ever and ever and ever…”. “All play and no work makes Lynn a dull boy” I exclaimed! Then I woke up.
Have a great day everybody
What would I do in a situation like Stickman’s? We all know there is an association between college and drinking. To be young and drinking is empowering! College kids are trying to live life to the fullest. Yet, even with our ideas of drinking, we still have a nagging sense of responsibility. How do we find a balance?
Did you know if you Party like Stickman it will drain your wallet in more ways than one. It’s true the average UND student will pay $900 per year on alcohol, but I’d like to look at the opportunity lost to partying. The average college student who drinks is drunk, on average, 10.6 hours per week. Let’s say you worked a job at $8 an hour for 10.6 hours per week for 4 years. After taxes that $8 an hour turns into $22,048. Skipping a class after feeling the effects of a hangover will cost $20. Yup, college isn’t cheap.
Have you heard the term, “C’s get degrees?” Well, in some degrees that is true, but a degree no longer guarantees a job. Remember that new Huffington Post poll…”53% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed?” Well I like to think of the 47% and how they got there. What if you asked yourself, “Is all this wasted time drinking worth the cost?” Would you still Party like Stickman?
Hello everyone, my name is Jonathan Chavez. I hope you enjoyed my blog post! I’ve got some great events coming up in the residence halls called, “Partying with Stickman.” Stickman is a character who uses ironic situations to teach morals about college drinking. If anyone would like a speaker presenting on the effect of alcohol on education and the cost of tuition and perhaps an activity, I would be more than happy to present. I have a ton of free t-shirts, key chains, and coasters to give away, so please let me know if you’re interested! Feel free to contact me at the Health & Wellness Hub, located on the main floor of the Memorial Union, or by email at email@example.com. Thanks everyone!