5 Ways to Stay Healthy at RIT

With the holidays coming up, RIT students and faculty returning home for Thanksgiving are ready for some home-cooked meals and relaxing before the few weeks before finals. The last few weeks can be quite hectic! Sometimes students who are surrounded by constant classes, studying, homework, meetings, and maintaining a relative social life, can forget to retain a healthy lifestyle. Some students don’t believe in the need to develop healthy living styles now – but eating ramen and microwavable mac and cheese while pulling all nighters may have severe consequences to your health. Developing healthy habits in your life as a college student will only make it easier to stay healthy throughout your life. Here are five tips to stay healthy at RIT!

1. Exercise – There are plenty of ways to get exercise on campus and walking the quarter mile every day is a good start. However, the Wiedman Fitness Center in Hale-Andrews Student Life Center offers a seven day schedule to all RIT students. Even just working out for half an hour a day could improve your overall health! Hale-Andrews also offers a five multi-purpose courts, a dance and aerobics studio, an elevated 1/8 mile running track, conference and classroom space – you can even go for a swim in the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center! Check here for the hours to all the facilities provided around campus including Wiedman Fitness Center, the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center, the Red Barn, and more!

2. Eat right – Probably one of the easiest ways to stay healthy and yet a bit difficult in the life of a busy college student. You might not realize your intake of food and how it’s affecting you! A lot of college students fail to eat right – why else would everyone know the definition of the “freshman 15”? Even after freshman year, some students still struggle with maintaining a healthy diet and RIT has many healthy options at every corner of its food and dining services.

Though there is always a large availability of food here on campus – Gracie’s, The Commons, and more –  with the help of RIT’s Dining Services’ website, students can see the vast majority of healthy options that their college has to offer – with even more guidance on nutrition labelling!

3. Get on a good sleep schedule – All nighters are quite common on a college campus. Seeing students walking to class half-asleep is no fun, and teachers don’t want you to fall asleep in their classes (but some of us have done it!) All nighters are tempting when cramming for a test when the stress and anxiety levels are running high. That weekend to celebrate, you might just go stay out late until the early morning hours having fun with your friends. The goal here is to try to not make that a habit. Sure we all have like to have fun and we all sometimes have to cram for a test, but trying to make a decent sleep schedule is hard for a lot of college students. Students aresaid to need at least seven to nine hours of sleep at night. You might be thinking that there is no way you’d ever get that much sleep based on your homework and cram sessions, but sleep deprivation can lead to decreased brain function, fatigue, headaches and weight loss or gain. Losing out on a good night’s sleep is never the right answer! Instead, try to stay on a schedule by avoiding caffeinated drinks before bed. Keep track of the hours you sleep with an app on your phone which can help you regulate your nightly routines. Best of all, even if you’re feeling tired during the day – check out RIT’s own Nap Map to find out the best place on campus to take a short power nap to help you get through the day!

4. Hydrate – Drink your water! It’s a sentence we’ve heard plenty of times yet many choose those caffeinated and sugary drinks to fuel them throughout the day. However, water replenishes your body – keeping you more focused and energized throughout the day. All of that sugar and caffeine can wear your body down, making it more difficult to focus and stay awake as it only gives your short bursts of energy. Drinking water will improve your overall health and keep you moving throughout your day so find a reusable water bottle and take it to class!

5. Relax – Probably the most difficult thing to do as a college student. Relaxing never seems to be an option but the truth is, is that you need to take moments to just breath. Taking breaks and having downtime is essential to staying healthy. If you’re stressed from studying, take a moment to read a book or hang out with your friends, even take a nap! Stress management is like time management – just another thing students learn as they grow. Stress and anxiety is a major problem in young adults and especially college students, which can be detrimental to your health. Take a moment in every day to just step back and breath! Find ways to help yourself relax – it can do wonders for your physical and mental health.

Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again where we push out the winter dust (and salt) and make way for the fresh air (and mud) of springtime here in Rochester! Out with the old and in with the new, but hold that trash bag, you don’t have to throw your unwanted goodies in the dumpster. Even better, you don’t have to spend a fortune freshening things up, either.

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Henrietta is a college metropolis in terms of secondhand stores. There’s AMVETS, Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, Salvation Army, Savers – so many options, but which one is best for you? Here’s a basic overview of what to expect from each store:

AMVETS is the king of used goods, from appliances to sweaters, they have it all. Located in Jefferson Plaza, across from South Town and near D.P. Dough, AMVETS offers a surprisingly large selection of clothing, ranging from upcycled chic to retro. They’re also a great place to go for books, vinyl albums, knick-knacks, accessories and (on some lucky days) even furniture. This is one of my personal favorite stores. You can buy used goods here for extremely reasonable prices, and you can also bring some of your gently used items here to turn them in for another bargain hunter to find!

Goodwill is the staple secondhand store in the area with as so much variety, it’s practically a Wal-Mart. Also located in Jefferson Plaza, on the near side, Goodwill is about the size of AMVETS but with about a 50/50 ratio of clothes to everything else. They have a wide variety of books to choose from , as well as cassettes, vinyl records, CDs, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, VHS tapes, computer games, board games, puzzles – the list goes on and on. Their clothing selection, while not quite as extensive as that of AMVETS, still holds the occasional treasure, as long as you’re willing to search for it. Goodwill makes your life even easier, because you don’t even have to leave campus to donate items! Next to the bus stop behind NRH, you’ll find a metal drop box for clothing. Just put your clothes in a plastic grocery bag or a clean trash bag and tie off the top before putting them in the box.

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Across the street in South Town Plaza, Plato’s Closet takes thrift sore chic up a step to bring you some style. Unlike the other stores, Plato’s Closet features clothes and accessories only and fashions only from within the past year. Also unlike the other stores, if you bring some of last season’s clothes in to Plato’s Closet (they also list what articles of clothing they are looking for on their storefront window), they’ll give you some cash in exchange for your gently worn clothes. They cater to a young (high school and college) audience, so their clothes will be the most fashionable of the local selection.

For those of you who have young nieces and nephews or your own little ones pitter pattering around, Once Upon a Child is also in South Town and offers and accepts used baby clothes, accessories, toys and furniture. They’re a great stop for the basics or for when the tots (inevitably) outgrow their little clothes.

Salvation Army is a little farther out, located across the street from Marketplace Mall. They carry clothes, furniture, games and some appliances. The store itself is the largest of the ones in the area, and it has a large selection of pretty much everything.

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Savers is across from Wal-Mart and offers rows and rows of clothes to choose from (and to contribute to). If you have an old Halloween costume you want to get rid of, this is the place to take it. Outside of the Halloween season, they provide plenty of seasonal clothes, and accessories for customers to try on, and you can bring your own clothing by and drop it off at the counter.

Not looking to clear house, but rather to clean it? You don’t even have to leave campus! Crossroads, the Global Village Market, and Sol’s Underground carry a selection of home cleaning products. Remember: when cleaning, work from the top down. Dust, take out the trash, clean windows, change sheets, and vacuum last to pick up all the dust. Once you’re all cleaned up, you’re ready to ring in spring!

10 Inventions that Make Winter Wonderful

RIT is a school that prides itself in innovation, so much so that we have an entire building dedicated to the craft. Besides being known for its brilliant students, RIT (and Rochester, in general) is known for its brutal winters. If last year’s weather patterns are any indication of how this winter is likely to turn out, let’s take a moment to honor the brilliant minds that made winter not only bearable for us hairless apes, but who also made it fun!

Gloves
Before anything, we need to be warm. Jackets, boots, and mittens have been around since prehistoric times; without those basics, the native people of northern Canada would have frozen before you could say “mammoth.” When did people decide to give winter the finger and invent gloves? According to Fashion Time, the first remnants of gloves were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. Considering he died in around 1323 B.C.E., that makes the oldest known pair of gloves somewhere in the ballpark of  3338 years old!

Snowshoes
Granted, Egypt isn’t exactly known for its brutal winters, but you know where is? Central Asia; and you know what came from Central Asia? Snowshoes! More than just tennis rackets for your feet, snowshoes allow the wearer to move across deep snow with ease by spreading the wearer’s weight out over a larger surface area than their feet alone, keeping them on top of the snow instead of knee deep in a drift. Snowshoe Mag dates the invention of snowshoes to sometime between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago.

Skis
Let’s jump even farther back in time, now, for a look at skiing. The term “ski” comes from the Old Norse word for — surprise — a stick of wood, “skíð.” The oldest ski remnants were found in northern Russia and date back to roughly 6,000 B.C.E.

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Snowboarding
, on the other hand, is a much more recent invention. It was invented in 1964 when a young surfing enthusiast named Sherman Poppen decided to make a surf board for the snow so he could shred it up in the Rockies. Initially, the invention, whose prototype was made of a pair of skis bolted together, was called a “snurfer” — a clever shortening of “snow surfer.” The popularity of the idea grew and manufacturing began shortly after its conception. Sadly, Poppen’s idea died out about as quickly as it had taken root, and it wasn’t until 1970, when another surfer from upstate New York, Dimitrije Milovich, decided to redesign Poppen’s model. Milovich’s inspiration came in the form of a lunch tray and a new, shorter model of surfboard. His design featured a shorter board with gravel and glass laminated to the top to give it some grip and nylon straps to keep your feet in place. His idea was better, but still not quite right. In the following years, several other snurfing enthusiasts tinkered with and improved on the design until it eventually became what we know it to be, today.

Earmuffs
Time to credit one crafty kid. The invention of earmuffs goes back to Farmington, Maine, in 1873 and Chester Greenwood, who decided he’d had enough of the cold and that something had to be done about it. To chase the chill away, Chester created his “Greenwood Champion Ear Protectors,” which were made of beaver fur on the outside of the earpiece, velvet on the ear-side, and a band of soft wire connecting the two pieces. He later refined the model to include a thicker band and spring hinges at either end to hold the fabric parts more snugly to the wearer’s head. His idea was patented March 13, 1877, and the rest is history.

Sleds and Toboggans
The word “toboggan” is a funny-sounding word that likely comes from the Mi’kmaq word for sled (tobâkun) or the Abenaki word for sled (udãbãgan). According to Canadian Icons, the French Canadians adapted the word sometime in the early 1800s to “tabaganne,” from which today’s “toboggan” evolved. While toboggans have been around longer than the Internet seems to know, they are thought to have originated in Northern Canada as the brainchild of the aboriginal groups living there. The Mi’kmaq or Micmac lived in what is now Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, a part of the Gaspé Peninsula, and eastern New Brunswick and the Abenaki inhabited parts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Sleds as we know them today differ from toboggans in their steerability and the runners on the bottom of the sled, and are a much more recent invention. Samuel Leeds Allen, the inventor of the Flexible Flyer, patented his steerable sled August 13, 1889. You may have seen these kinds of sleds hanging up somewhere in your grandparents’ garage — the wooden sleds with metal runners, just like something out of an old fashioned winter scene. They may be a bit slow compared to newer sleds and toboggans, and they may be a little on the fragile side, but if you ever get the chance to ride one of these sleds, it sure is a treat.

Cough Drops
As fun as winter is, there comes a time for almost everyone where the weather gets to you and you find the cold to be both inside and out. You wake up, your throat hurts, then it turns into a tickle and eventually a cough. Fortunately, someone made cold and flu season a bit more bearable for us all, and that “someone” is James Smith, of Poughkeepsie, New York, and his two sons, William and Andrew. James Smith was the father of “cough candy,” which appeared in an advertisement in a local paper a few years after its invention, in 1852. His sons inherited the business after their father’s death, in 1866, and carried on the recipe, though there were many impersonators who tried to butt in on the profits. Eventually, they developed a distinct package that became one of the first factory-filled products in history.

Facial Tissues
Before we had the wonders that are disposable facial tissues, people used handkerchiefs, which, I imagine, when someone came down with a case of the sniffles, wouldn’t last too long before you needed a new one. Now, of course, many people prefer the disposable option of the little bits of soft paper we call facial tissues. Who decided to create these little wonders, and how long did humanity have to wait for a trusty ol’ Kleenex? As it turns out, disposable facial tissues have been around for centuries, in Japan, where they are called washi. It wasn’t until 1924 that Kimberly-Clark introduced Kleenex, though their original intended use was for removing cold cream, rather than blowing one’s nose. Consumers, however, were having none of that cold cream business, and by 1926, somewhere in the ballpark of 60 percent of users were using the Kleenex for wiping their noses, while the other 40-ish percent used them for other tasks, such as napkins and toilet paper.

Hot Chocolate
Winter just isn’t complete without hot chocolate. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after a long afternoon of whizzing down hills on your toboggan or a brisk walk back from class. Although our favorite lady, Swiss Miss, didn’t join the party until the 1960s, hot chocolate has been around since 2,000 to 1,000 B.C.E., when the Olmec of Mesoamerica, in what is now southern Mexico. Their practice for making the chocolate beverage they called “xocolātl” was to grind cacao beans into a paste, mix it with water, and pour it between bowls to make it frothy. The drink gave sustenance and provided a pick-me-up, leading the Olmec to believe that the drink possessed mystical qualities. From the Olmec, the drink was passed to the Maya and the Aztecs. When Cortes conquered the Aztecs and their chocolatey drink, he brought it back to Spain, where it spread throughout the rest of the world.

 

And the rest, my friends, is history. Happy winter!

Procrastination Station: Winter has Come

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In this little corner of the internet, where we support all of your procrastination needs, we will help you to survive this cold weather slump for the last couple weeks of the semester until we are safely into winter break, where we hope that you are traveling to someplace much warmer than Rochester, NY.

Things to do:

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Let’s face it, it’s the time of year we don’t want to do anything besides curl up in a ball with some quality Netflix and sleep. Luckily, there are some things happening to help with those fine goals of solitude and laziness.

Since the first showing of Guardians of the Galaxy was so packed, CAB is showing it again on Thursday at 9pm in Ingle. Show up early (doors open at 8:30pm) to make sure you get seats!

Keep busy Saturday- go see the women’s basketball game at Clark Gym and then go to the men’s hockey game at the Polisseni Center.

Procrastinate on Sunday by heading to Ingle to see RIT’s concert band play some Star Wars songs.

Catching Up With the World:

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You think our weather is bad? Check out the snowstorm slamming the Buffalo region. Some areas have already gotten around sixty-five inches of snow. In one town south of Buffalo, ten of their twenty-two plows got stuck in the snow. The same type of lake-effect weather is expected to slam the region again today.

A terror attack in Jerusalem has left three US-Israeli citizens and a British-Israeli citizen dead, and six others wounded in the deadliest act of terrorism in Jerusalem since 2008.

A recent poll has announced that 56% of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, making this the record number of those against the insurance program.

Some Fun Things Happening in the World:

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Someone has created a Breaking Bad version of Frozen’s song, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and it is pretty perfect.

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A new trailer for the Peanuts movie has leaked, and it is pretty adorable.

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And finally, please be thankful for tiny hamsters eating a tiny Thanksgiving feast.

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Procrastination Station: Autumn in Coming

Procrastination Station Logo 2Who else can’t believe it’s been a month already? The leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling, and our desire to do work is definitely waning as winter approaches.

But have no fear! Rather than falling into a slump and giving up like we all tend to do when the weather starts getting colder, take a break and catch up with what’s been happening and what you still have to look forward to in the upcoming months.

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Procrastination Station: Happy Last Day!!!

Let the fanfare begin and bring out the marching band, because today is the last day of classes! Woo-hoo, celebration!

Now let this celebration last for about 2 minutes before letting the panic settle in, because next week is finals week, which sadly means that the procrastination cannot last too much longer.

In light of that, here is this semester’s last Procrastination Station, to celebrate the last day of classes, and bemoan the beginning of finals week.

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