How do most college students make it through the hectic week of classes, work, and studying? Coffee. What is a great way to relieve stress and have fun with friends? Music. Where is there a great place to hang out with friends every Thursday night in Winona and where you can win awesome prizes and hear fantastic music? At Mugshots on West Campus!
Mugshots is a student-organized coffee shop that spotlights local talent from Winona State every Thursday night.
Usually the students in charge organize fun themes to get everyone excited for the band or vocalists who will perform that night. Mugshots is always looking for new and upcoming talented musicians and vocalists to stand in the spotlight on the stage at Mugshots. Students can request information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not only are there great performances but real musicians, but there are also karaoke nights! Students who live on West Campus can sing for house points! Mugshots has also had poetry nights where students can read their best pieces.
There are also silly contests. One time I went there was a contest to see who could put on the most tattoos before the night was over. My friends decided it was a great idea, so we applied hundreds of tattoos by the end of the night between the three of us. It was a terrible choice because it was so hard to get off, but we had a great time anyway! We also won a free Mugshots t-shirt!
Unfortunately, the semester is coming to a close and so is Mugshots. Don’t worry though! Mugshots still has one more week of fun. This Thursday, Mugshots is putting on a Winter Wonderland theme with karaoke! Snacks will be provided by Chartwells and who doesn’t love a good snack with a great performance? Doors open at 8pm and get there early to snag a table!
I can’t think of a better study-break before heading back to the library for the rest of the night. Everyone loves coffee, free music, treats, prizes and games, right? Grab some friends and have a blast every Thursday for FREE at Mugshots!
It seemed like as soon as Monday rolled around, all anyone could think about was that Turkey Day is just around the corner. Many students in WSU’s residence halls have already left to begin their celebrations even though the official break doesn’t begin until Wednesday, November 27th. With students scattering to their hometowns, classes get missed, assignments get sidelined and studying for exams gets delayed.
Now, I’m not pointing fingers. I know, especially as a freshman, how appealing celebrating early is. I just want to leave you with some advice to ponder while you are at home with the family, wearing your favorite holiday sweater, and munching on your favorite foods.
Finals week is just around the corner
Its easy to completely put your academics on the back burner when you’re at home, but remember that finals week begins one week after everyone returns from break. Take a few minutes out of everyday to look over your notes so that much of the information is fresh in your mind when you return from break.
Get some sleep
This will be difficult, I know, but try to stick as closely as possible to your normal sleep schedule. Your body will have a difficult time adjusting during that final week of classes if you’ve been going to bed at 2am when you normally hit the hay at 11.
Resist the temptation to eat everything you see
As challenging as it may seem, taking my advice will really benefit you in the long run! Loading up on chocolate chip cookies, your Grandma’s pumpkin pie, and all of your other favorite holiday sweets may seem like a good idea at the time, but these things really weaken your immune system and make you vulnerable to disease. No one wants to get sick right before finals week, so it’s really important that you take precautions and avoid overindulgence!
Enjoy your time with friends and family
As the country moves further and further towards consumerism, it’s easy to forget what’s most important in life. Things that add value to our lives don’t often come packaged in a cardboard box and plastic. Instead of getting caught up on the hottest Black Friday deals, take some time to appreciate what truly adds value to our lives–the relationships that we have with others.
I’m well aware that I’m interrupting your precious “study time,” but I want to share some thoughts and experiences about WSU’s Housing and Residence Life!
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Bethany Adkins and this is my second year at Winona! Thanks for checking out my first ever blog post!
So what is Housing and Residence Life?
I’ve found that Housing and Res Life resonates a little differently with everyone. For me, Housing and Res Life was the first outlet that I really felt connected to at WSU. As a freshman, I looked long and hard for a group that felt empowered to impact the lives of students on campus and make their voices heard. Res Life turned out to be my pot of gold! I accepted the Desk Assistant position in Sheehan and began attending Hall Council meetings, which is the student run government in the halls. Through these things, I realized that the students who were getting the most out of their experiences at WSU were the ones who were giving back to their communities through campus involvement.
Little did I know that being a Desk Assistant or attending RHA would help catapult me into my current position as a Resident Assistant in Lourdes Hall. I absolutely love my job! Being an RA has allowed me to interact with students from so many different walks of life, all with different aspirations and challenges.
I want to leave you with some LIFE lessons that I’ve come to realize through my position.
L: Laugh often
Seriously though…what’s life without a little laughter? In college, it’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives and get stressed out over classes, professors and money. Don’t let these things drag you down. Get out and have some fun! Do handstands, sing Disney songs or dance in the street wearing a banana suit. Laugh lots. Life’s too short not to.
I: In some cases, ignorance really is bliss
If you eat a cookie given to you by someone down the hall, don’t proceed to then ask them if they had washed their hands or used clean utensils. What if they didn’t? That cookie in your stomach won’t sit too well…
F: Forget about the little things
People are going to tick you off. That’s a matter of fact. But, ask yourself this: is it worth my attention? Is being angry about this going to make me a better person? Is it really the end of the world? More than likely, it’s not.
E: Everyone is hurting, just in different ways.
Sometimes we feel as if our struggles are of paramount importance. We get caught up in our pain and feel victimized because we suffer. Remember, everyone has a weight that they are carrying. You are not alone. Realize that no matter what, you are blessed in some way and that you have some reason to smile.
So those are my LIFE lessons for you all!
Until next time,
Stop! Put the pens down and close the wallets before you sign that lease off-campus. It’s that time of year again when Winona State students are looking for new places to live for the 2014-2015 school year. Most students think that the dorms are only for the first year students, but in reality, WSU has residence halls that are reserved for only upperclassmen (and are much nicer than your average freshman dorm). They are:
I believe that more students should take advantage of living in the dorms in their few short years of college. Take it from someone who has paid a lot of money in living off campus– there are a lot of benefits to living in the dorms!
1. Living in the dorms comes with a meal plan
Personally, I don’t have time to cook off-campus. Most of my meals consist of mac and cheese and sandwiches. Trust me, after two months of sandwiches, it gets old. I miss being able to walk downstairs in Lourdes to grab a meal that actually counts as a real meal. It was so convenient to grab a to-go box on the way to class or work.
2. Heat, cable, and internet are included
It wasn’t until I moved off campus that I realized that I was very lucky when I was living in the dorms. In the dorms, students can adjust the heat (somewhat) without worrying about the consequences of a heat bill. Another nice thing is that cable and Internet is included in the housing fee. After having to commute to a friend’s house to watch the Packers game or The Ellen DeGeneres Show, I really started to miss the access to cable TV at the dorms
3. No lack-luster landlords
I’m sure everyone has heard horror stories of dealing with landlords. If students live in the dorms they don’t have to worry about waiting for appliances to be repaired or worry if their heat will turn on in time for the cold Minnesota weather.
4. Don’t have to buy/bring furniture
Another convenience of living in the dorms is the luxury of having all your furniture there when it’s move in time. When moving in off-campus, students have to lug couches and beds, often up several flights of stairs. On campus, there are elevators for any items that may be difficult to move into the dorm room, but everything is pretty much already there.
5. Meet new people
One of the reasons freshmen live in the dorms is so they can branch out and meet new people. I met a lot of my best friends at college just by hanging out in the dorms and by going to campus-sponsored activities. Just think of how many more friends an upperclassman student could easily make in the dorms!
It’s easier for students living off-campus housing to waste so much more time on Netflix and watching TV because it’s too much effort go out and it seems like there is nothing to do anyway. When you live on campus, there is always have something to do that close by. Students can participate in Mugshots in Lourdes by listening to free music. Students can also enjoy the access to pool tables and ping-pong right in their building with the new friends they’ve made who live just down the hall. The RAs are always making sure that the residents have something to do by planning monthly events and socials!
So before signing an off campus lease that may end in a headache and a pile of monthly bills, think about the convenience of living in the dorms and look into applying for on-campus housing instead!
There comes a time every year when a student must decide where he or she wants to live for the upcoming year. Typically, freshmen live in the dorms on campus and may not be sure where to go. With so many living options at Winona State, the decision can be difficult. A lot of students stay away from living on the west side of campus because of the annoying bus rides and the distance from main campus. Personally, I lived on West Campus my freshman year and I loved it.
This year, West Campus is trying something new to try to spark an interest in living on the other side of town.With this program, students have to make yet another decision, but this one is a fun one! Students living on West have long been grouped into into “houses” ( like in the Harry Potter books!) which are determined based on where their dorm rooms are located. Eridanus and Octans are both in Maria, Aquila is in Tau, & Hydra, Pyxis, Vela and Volans are all in Lourdes Hall. Now, they are taking the House groups a step further with the addition of House Interest Communities.
The House Interest Community Program allows students to decide where they want to live, that is, which House to belong to, depending on what their interests are. The options are: civil action, global awareness, green living, health and wellness, leadership, outdoor adventure and social justice.
Throughout the year, the students learn with an experienced leader in a classroom and out in the community about their House’s selected topic. Students will also earn a credit by going on the fun adventures and giving back to the community by leading activities, learning about new ideas., and exploring Winona. This is just another way that Winona State students are working to improve our world!
My name is Rebecca Dantzman and I am a member of the Residence Housing Association along with Bethany, whom you already know from previous posts on the Res Life blog.
I just wanted to reiterate that everyone on the Residence Housing Association is excited to have our Hall Councils begin planning and implementing their first programs. Residents can learn all about the updates and events happening within their halls by attending their Hall Council meetings. If you don’t know where they are located or what time they meet, head down to your front desk and ask! Do you have an idea that you want to see implemented within your Residence Hall? Bring it to the Hall Council. The Residence Halls are your home, and they are what you make it. We are here to be your voice. So speak up and tell us what you think!
The Residence Housing Association is also sponsoring a campus wide event next week and everyone who lives in the Residence Halls is welcome to attend. It’s called Dirty Little Secrets–come see what happens on those nights you can’t remember! Join in for free drinks, dancing, and mingling. Be there on (thirsty) Thursday, October 10th in the East Hall of Kryzsko Commons from 7:00—9:00PM. Prepare yourself for a wild night. We want to party with you!
Event planning was the first draw of life in Housing and Residence Life that attracted me—the catalyst for my (and many other people’s) involvement. While back in my day it was known as “programming,” the term “program” has since been involuntarily placed in the witness protection program and shipped off to Guam or some other far away place along with its partners-in-crime, “dorm” and “residents.” We now plan events for the students living in our residence halls, and while these strict lingo rules may seem unnecessary, they are not without purpose. We now “plan events” to go along with the positive connotations of living in a homey residence hall—and boy, oh boy, do we plan them!
How anyone going to WSU could complain that there’s nothing to do at this school amazes me. During any given week, there are dozens of events occurring in every hall across campus, in addition to the hundreds of events independently coordinated by other clubs and organizations. The last couple of weeks, thousands of students have been participating in one way or another with the Residence Housing Association’s current event: Pimp My Room–Winona Style! Students living in the residence halls had three weeks to swank-ify their rooms and submit them to RHA, upon which the top ten out of thirty rooms were selected based on creativity, space efficiency, organization and WSU pride. These were then displayed on Facebook and upon which the votes have been pouring in! Our Executive Board for RHA couldn’t help but notify each other excitedly to see over 3,000 votes on the first day alone (and sympathize with our VP of PR and Marketing, who had to experience with each and every FB notification…).
It is moments like these that remind us of the power of event planning to do more than entertain—they bring us together. The activities, along with the lingo, are vital to the collaborative creation of our interconnected community here at WSU. You are part of that community and, whether it’s participating in events or going to hall council meetings, isn’t it time you took a part too?
It started with a piece of PR. A simple sheet of paper occupying a blank canvas of a wall, which my eyes, brand new to WSU, were drawn to like a mosquito with ADD. I was hungry for interaction, for inclusion, for a purpose in this new place. This laminated 24″ by 12″ poster was an advertisement for acceptance in the form of my residence hall’s first Hall Council meeting. Many meetings later, I am the Executive Vice President of Finance and Records for the Residence Housing Association (RHA) and the Of-The-Month Manager of the National Residence Hall Honoray club (NRHH). Those long titles probably don’t mean anything to you so let me tell you more about the Housing and Residence Life organizations.
The entry-level position of H&RL consists of four positions, a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary distinct to each unique hall. While they may sound at first mention like the bottom rung of hall governments, they are supported and held high by a complete team of peers and advisors. The Residence Housing Association Executive Board trains the council members vigorously throughout the year.Meanwhile, the National Communications Coordinator acts as the face of our campus H&RL on a regional and national scale; the Resident and Community Assistants and Assistant Hall Directors guide and assist the councils, all while shaping a safe and inclusive community with their numerous events; the National Residence Hall Honorary recognizes and supports all levels of campus good deeds; and the Leadership Development Coordinator melds all members together into a well-oiled machine of team-working and personal relationships. Our faculty advisors catch us softly when we fall and constantly boost us higher as we pursue stronger leadership skills and build deeper connections with one another.
On the day-to-day workings, our fearless Desk Assistants manage our halls from dusk till dawn, our Hall Governments assist with tasks and create community like little Keebler elves, and—have I left out the most vital part of all of Housing & Residence Life?? Oh yeah, the students living in the halls! Without them, we’d be planning events for empty lounges, making door decorations for empty rooms—a barren wasteland of sad buildings standing empty. You, the students, fill our residence halls and give purpose and meaning to the term “community.” Whether you hold a position or simply give a chuckle every time you look at your Pokemon door dec, you are all a part of the H&RL community simply by living among us. So welcome, my neighbors—we’ve got an excellent year ahead of us in this halls….
But seriously, with heat indexes in the triple digits, be sure to read over these tips on staying cool and the warning signs of heat related conditions from Student Life & Development.
Dear WSU Students:
Extreme heat and humidity can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. By taking precautions and recognizing and responding to symptoms, heat related conditions can be avoided.
Precautions to take to prevent heat exhaustion:
Drink plenty of fluids including water and sports drinks; avoid alcohol or caffeine
Wear loose fitting, lightweight, light colored clothing
As much as possible, find cool, air conditioned locations
Do any exercise early in the day, before it gets too hot outside
Take a cool shower or bath to bring down your body temperature
Apply a cool cloth to your neck or armpits
Spray yourself with cool water and then sit in front of a fan
Symptoms of heat related conditions can include:
Cool, moist skin with goose bumps even when in the extreme heat
Feeling faint or dizzy
Weak, rapid pulse
Elevated body temperature
If you have questions call WSU “Ask a Nurse” at (507) 457-2292.
Students living in on-campus residence halls should work with their RAs and Hall Directors to determine the locations of alternate air-conditioned spaces if necessary. Off-campus students are encouraged to find a cool place to study, such as the library and Kryzsko on main campus and Tau Rotunda on west campus.