Meet the Resident Assistants — Phil Romansky

Meet your RA: Phil Romansky, West Village

  • Name/Year/Hometown
      • Phil Romansky / Senior / Stroudsburg, PA
  • Do you have any hobbies?
      • Biking, drinking coffee, and telling dad jokes.
  • Why did you want to become an RA?
      • I wanted to become an RA to teach residents that college is something to be taken seriously. I also want to model what it is like to be a successful non-traditional student. I’m thankful to have a lot of other transfer students I can connect with.
  • What is the most valuable part of being an RA?
      • The most valuable part of being an RA is being able to mentor students. The access that we have and our responsibility with it is incredible. RAs really are creating a community, everything we do is intentional, and I love that.
  • What is your favorite program you held for your residents?
      • My favorite program was our MTO Acai Bowl program that I put on with the help of RA Quinn and RA Larry. We made a really great team, and a lot of people came out!
  • What do you hope your residents get out of you being their RA?
      • I hope that my residents learn that there is a balance to college and that they find their own balance. I am really honest with my residents, and I want them to have a realistic vision of the world before they graduate. Hopefully, I can impart that foresight onto them.
  • Do you have any valuable tips or tricks that you have learned from your time here at MU to pass on to other students?
      • Free printing at the ELC and get a BIKE!
  • What is your favorite part of living in the residence halls?
      • There’s always someone to get lunch with.
  • Why did you choose to come to Millersville?
      • Anything was better than East Stroudsburg University!
  • What is your favorite class you have taken at Millersville?
      • Public Relations Issues and Cases.

Halloween in the Halls

Halloween is on a Thursday this year, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be celebrated. Celebrating in the residence halls can be difficult when all you want to do is trick-or-treat like when you were little. (At least that’s how I feel every year!) While it seems like there’s no way to celebrate All Hallows Eve on campus, here are some ideas to get you into the spooky spirit!

Watch Disney Channel Original Halloween Movies.
Growing up, I was obsessed with Disney Channel Original Movies, and the Halloween ones were always my favorite. If you’re a sucker for a good old fashioned DCOM, here are some of my personal favorites.

    • Girl vs. Monster (Hulu)
    • Halloweentown (Hulu)
    • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (Hulu)
    • Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (Hulu)
    • The Scream Team (Hulu)
    • Twitches (Hulu)

Watch family Halloween movies.
DCOMs aren’t for everyone, but other family Halloween films can help you get into the spooky season. They might not have the DCOM flair, but they’re still prized gems.

    • Corpse Bride (Hulu)
    • The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (Amazon; $3.99 to rent)
    • Hocus Pocus (Hulu)
    • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Hulu)
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas (Hulu)
    • Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost (Hulu)

Watch horror/thriller Halloween movies.
Some people want more thrills than wholesome content on Halloween, so here are some scarier films if you’d rather watch something from between your fingers.

    • The Amityville Horror (Hulu)
    • The Blair Witch Project (Amazon; $1.99 to rent)
    • Donnie Darko (Amazon; $0.99 to rent)
    • The Exorcist (Amazon; $2.99 to rent)
    • Pet Sematary (Amazon; $2.99 or $4.99 to rent)
    • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Amazon; $14.99 to buy — available to rent starting 11/5)

Bake themed treats and pass out candy.
If you live in East, South, or West, you can take advantage of the kitchens to bake Halloween cut-out cookies or Pillsbury Halloween sugar cookies.  You can also hand out candy to other residents on your floor. Ask your RA if you can have a small Halloween party! This will give you a fantastic excuse to wear that costume you’ve been planning for weeks.

Carve or paint pumpkins.
Carving pumpkins can get kind of messy, but you can still decorate pumpkins without the pumpkin guts! Whether you pick up some paint and a paintbrush or a knife and spoon, decorating pumpkins is a fun activity to help de-stress with friends and roommates.

Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Meet the Resident Assistants — Sarah Hagen

Meet your RA: Sarah Hagen, Shenks Hall

  • Name/Year/Hometown/Major(s) and Minor(s)
      • Sarah Hagen / Senior / Enola, PA / Social Work major, Psychology minor
  • Do you have any hobbies?
      • I love spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and anything involving music or art.
  • Why did you want to become an RA?
      • I wanted to become an RA to gain leadership experience and have an opportunity to get to know people and be more involved in the Millersville community.
  • What is the most valuable part of being an RA?
      • I think it’s really valuable to be in a position where I have the opportunity to help fellow students make more of their time at Millersville. Whether it’s working out a roommate conflict, helping learn more about available resources, or just talking about how their week is going, I really value being able to have a role in creating a positive experience for my residents.
  • What is your favorite program you held for your residents?
      • Probably the finger painting one I held at the beginning of this semester! There was an excellent turnout, and everyone seemed to have a really good time. It was a great opportunity for people to take a break and relax doing something fun and meet other people in the building, and it was really neat to see how creative people got with it.
  • What do you hope your residents get out of you being their RA?
      • I hope that I can be a source of encouragement and support.
  • Do you have any valuable tips or tricks that you have learned from your time here at MU to pass on to other students?
      • Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Everyone in college is having a different experience and takes a different path to reach their goals. Focusing on what other people are doing makes it too easy to lose sight of your own progress, and you don’t want to do that! Figure out what system works for you, and don’t be afraid to do some trial and error. And reach out — there are so many people here who are willing to help you with whatever you might be struggling with if you speak up.
  • What is your favorite part of living in the residence halls?
      • I like how many people it’s allowed me to meet who I might not have otherwise and how easy it is to get involved.
  • Why did you choose to come to Millersville?
      • When I visited, I fell in love with the campus and immediately felt at home. I felt like there was a strong sense of community here and wanted to be able to be a part of it.
  • What is your favorite class you have taken at Millersville?
      • Perspectives on Poverty with Dr. Frank. This class was so eye-opening and really solidified that I wanted to be working in social work.
  • Do you have any upcoming events?
      • Yes! I have an event called Think Pink tonight (10/29). Residents will be able to stop by and write notes of encouragement to be sent to Girls Love Mail, which is an organization working to provide handwritten letters to women who have recently received a breast cancer diagnosis.

Campus Resident Television Cable & Entertainment Streaming Survey

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs is seeking survey data on the television cable and entertainment streaming habits of our residents. All residents who complete the short survey will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $35.00 gift cards for the University Store. 

Please click on the following link to take the survey:

https://bit.ly/2MTWF5u

The survey will close on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 4:30 PM and two winners will be chosen at random for the gift cards. The two winners will be notified by email.

*** Photo courtesy of FreeImages.com

Meet the Resident Assistants — Maddie Feeman

Meet your RA: Maddie Feeman, South Village

  • Name/Hometown/Major(s)
      • Madison Feeman / Duel Early Childhood and Special Education / Wyomissing, PA
  • Do you have any hobbies?
      • When I have some free time, I love to read.
  • Why did you want to become an RA?
      • I wanted to become an RA to have the opportunity to gain leadership experience. I also wanted to be able to make connections with more students while also helping them reach their personal goals.
  • What is the most valuable part of being an RA?
      • The most valuable part of being an RA is being able to gain life-long friendships with the staff and the residents.
  • What is your favorite program you held for your residents?
      • My favorite program that I’ve held was “Pie an RA!” This program was held with RAs CJ and Jack, and we raised $255 for the Millersville Relay for Life!
  • What do you hope your residents get out of you being their RA?
      • I hope my residents are able to feel like if they’re struggling, or if they feel alone, they always have me supporting them and cheering them on.
  • Do you have any valuable tips or tricks that you have learned from your time here at MU to pass on to other students?
      • Do the things that YOU want to do. If you only do what other people want you to do, you won’t be able to become the best version of yourself. Find a new club or organization or department that intrigues you, and do what makes you happy.
  • What is your favorite part of living in the residence halls?
      • My favorite part of living in the Residence Halls is all of the programming and community-building that happens to build bonds and relationships.
  • Why did you choose to come to Millersville?
      • I chose to come to Millersville for a lot of reasons. However, for me, the most important reason is that, as soon as I stepped on campus, I felt a sense of community and family, and Millersville felt like home.
  • What is your favorite class you have taken at Millersville?
      • So far, my favorite class at Millersville is Dr. Himmele’s ERCH 485—Teaching English Language Learners.
  • Do you have any upcoming events?
      • I currently have Identi-TEA and Stress Ball Making on October 30th, where students can come drink some hot tea, make stress balls, and work on making goals. Later this semester, RA Connor and I will have some more Relay for Life fundraisers for students to participate in!

How to Stay Safe in and Around the Residence Halls

With daylight saving time coming to a close soon and days being darker longer, it’s essential to stay alert and safe on campus and around the residence halls. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your belongings safe this fall and winter.

Lock your doors.
Even when you’re in your room, you should lock your doors. It only takes a few seconds to enter an unlocked room and take books, cash, laptops, etc. If someone knocks on your door, look through the peephole before opening the door.

Carry your key and ID.
Keeping your ID and room key on your person ensures your room and valuables stay safe. Never give your ID or room key to someone else, and return lost IDs to the campus ID Office located in Boyer.

Sign in guests.
Don’t let people tailgate into the residence halls. If you think someone has entered the residence halls without a resident, contact the Resident Assistant on duty. Always accompany your guests throughout their stay in the residence halls, and be sure to sign them in and out of the building with the Desk Assistant or RA at the desk.

Keep your valuables secure.
Don’t leave backpacks, books, laptops, or other valuables unattended in public or in your unlocked room. This includes large amounts of cash. Keep your money in the bank and withdraw it when you need it.

Walk in well-lit areas.
If you have to walk around campus or around the residence halls after the sun sets, make sure to walk along sidewalks and pathways that have lampposts. Walking in dark areas could potentially increase the chance of something happening to your person or belongings.

Use the buddy system after dark.
Whether you physically use the buddy system or the LiveSafe app, having friends escort you to your destination greatly improves your safety. Walk to late-night classes with friends or have them virtually walk with you to make sure you get to your destination safely.

Create a safety kit.
While Millersville has a strict “no deadly or offensive weapon” policy, students can carry pepper spray to keep themselves safe. Carrying a whistle will alert those nearby when you require assistance or are in danger. Keep your safety kit handy so you can grab it easily at any time.

Learn self-defense.
The Martial Arts Club offers kickboxing classes, taekwondo classes, and Russian martial arts (ROSS) classes throughout the week. All three martial arts are forms of self-defense, and no prior experience is required! You can learn more information about the classes offered on the Martial Arts Club’s GetInvolved page.

Housing Teams Up With the Board Game Club on Friday Nights

Bored on a Friday night? Housing and Residential Programs is teaming up with the Board Game Club! Every Friday from 6-9 in South Village’s Great Room, the Board Game Club meets to play games, hang out with friends, and have fun. HARP has purchased more games and supplies free food every week.

The Board Game Club has a variety of games, including Catan Explorers and Pirates, Scopa, Traitor Mechanic, My Hero Academia: The Card Game, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Battle Cry, Exploding Kittens, Risk, and Pictionary.

Dungeons and Dragons is also played frequently on campus. In addition to DnD, the club also runs other RPG campaigns. This semester, they are running a Dungeon World campaign and a Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG campaign. They have also done one-shots for Mage the Awakening, Fiasco, and the Pokemon RPG game.

In addition to meeting on Fridays in the Great Room, the Board Game Club also meets every Wednesday from 6-9 in Luek 100. Although HARP doesn’t supply free food on Wednesdays, there’s still plenty of fun to be had!

Join the Board Game Club’s Discord here.

Meet the Resident Assistants — CJ Longo

Meet your RA: CJ Longo, South Village

  • Name/Year/Hometown/Major(s)
      • CJ Longo / Sophomore / Freehold, NJ / Environmental Hazards & Emergency Management, and Geography: Environmental Studies
  • Do you have any hobbies?
      • I love being outside in the sun, going to the shore, traveling, watching Netflix, Hulu, & YouTube.
  • Why did you want to become an RA?
      • I wanted to become an RA to gain leadership skills and to make a positive impact on my resident’s lives.
  • What is the most valuable part of being an RA?
      • The most valuable part of being an RA to me is just being there for a resident in need or just simply putting a smile on their face.
  • What is your favorite program you held for your residents?
      • My favorite program that I’ve held with my residents was Pie an RA (organized by RAs Maddie, Jack, and I). The RAs of South and I got pied in the face by our residents with a small donation to Relay For Life, and I was pied 8 times by my residents. As a staff, we raised over $250!
  • What do you hope your residents get out of you being their RA?
      • I want my residents to know that they can come to me with any questions or concerns and that I can point them in the right direction to different campus resources.
  • Do you have any valuable tips or tricks that you have learned from your time here at MU to pass on to other students?
      • Grilled Cheese from the Upper Deck is heaven on Earth.
  • What is your favorite part of living in the residence halls?
      • My favorite part of living in the residence halls is that you get to meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds.
  • Why did you choose to come to Millersville?
      • I initially chose Millersville because of its outstanding meteorology program, but I recently changed my major to emergency management, which is something I am more interested in. I also chose Millersville because of its luxurious residence halls compared to other schools with more traditional residence halls. Overall, Millersville was the perfect school for me because it’s not too far from home, has excellent academic programs, and it’s a beautiful campus.
  • What is your favorite class you have taken at Millersville?
      • My favorite class that I’ve taken so far here is Intro to Emergency Management with Professor Benyeda. This class opened my eyes to the emergency management field and was just such an interesting class to take. I also got to skip the midterm and final if I took the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course offered on campus, which was a fantastic course to take as well!
  • Do you have any upcoming events?
        • Yes! I am hosting a Halloween door decorating contest on my floor! The suite with the best-decorated door will win a free Chick-fil-A meal, doors will be judged on October 24th!

Millersville University Residence Hall Fall Break 2019 Bulletin

The fall break will start after classes on Friday, October 11, 2019.  The residence halls will remain open for occupancy during the fall break, but we ask resident students to register an intention to stay on campus during the fall break no later than 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019.  This registration is for fall break only.  There is no additional cost to stay over the fall break.  Please register subsequent breaks separately as the portal becomes available for each break period. 

Follow these instructions:

  1. Open MAX (for best results please use Google Chrome, or Firefox, do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Log into your My-Housing account.
  3. Select Application from the menu in black and then choose Break Housing Fall 2019 on the drop-down menu.
  4. Complete the required information.
  5. You must select a reason for requesting break housing from the drop-down menu.  If you select other, you must explain in the next box.
  6. Select “Continue” to submit your application.

The Residence Hall Staff may conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the fall break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

Fall Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be operational during fall break.
  • University Administrative Offices will be open during fall break during regular business hours.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services web sites for hours of operation.
  • Students are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staffs may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.  The Housing Staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied.  This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking.  Please leave it in place for the duration of the break.

Fall Break Preparation Procedures:
Prior to the start of the break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by moving it to the dumpsters in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 74 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, you must take the animal with you.  You may not leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

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Ville Takes On OUTober

October is LGBT+ History Month, which coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11th. LGBT+ History Month began in 1994 when Rodney Wilson, a history teacher in suburban St. Louis, came out to his students during a lesson about the Holocaust. He explained that if he had lived in Germany during World War II, he would have likely been imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis for being gay. This evolved into a much broader mission to teach young people about LGBT+ history.

The Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El Intercultural Center is hosting a slew of events between October 7th-11th to celebrate Coming Out Week.

Monday, October 7th

  • 12pm-2pm | SMC 202 — Faculty and Staff Lunch and Learn
  • 6pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — “Lead with Pride” Kickoff Keynote with Guest Speaker Dr. Jon Paul Higgins
  • 9pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — LGBT Lingo Bingo

Tuesday, October 8th

  • 3pm-4:30pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — Coming Out Week Film: Mala Mala
  • 6pm | SMC Promenade, Sponsored by CHEP — GSA Table at Purple Carnival
  • 6pm-8pm | South Village Great Room — Courageous Conversations: Power and Privilege

Wednesday, October 9th

  • 11am-1pm | SMC Robert L. Slabinski Atrium — OUT-a-Palooza
  • 3pm-5pm | SMC 118 — LGBTQIA+ Affinity Meet Up
  • 6pm | Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall — PCGSD Presents: Poetry Reading with Meg Day
  • 8pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — Quick Drag 101

Thursday, October 10th

  • 5pm-8pm | Student Memorial Center — Pridefest 2019
  • 8pm (Doors open @ 7:30pm) | SMC Marauder Courts — 6th Annual Pridefest Drag Show featuring Nina West and Peppermint

Friday, October 11th

  • 10am-2pm | SMC Robert L. Slabinski Atrium — National Coming Out Day – Paint with Pride!

October is also home to International Pronouns Day, which is celebrated on October 16th this year. International Pronouns seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns normal. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns affects transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. Using peoples’ correct pronouns validates their identity, which is imperative for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Spirit Day is celebrated on October 20th this year. Observers wear purple as a visible sign of support for LGBT+ youth and to honor LGBT+ victims of suicide. LGBT+ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment, and wearing purple is a way to stand with them in solidarity. The murder of Matthew Shepard is also remembered this month. Matthew was a student at the University of Wyoming who identified as gay. On October 6, 1998, he was brutally attacked and left to die but was thankfully discovered by a cyclist. He was transported to an advanced trauma ward in Colorado, but unfortunately, he passed away six days later.

While we celebrate and have fun this Coming Out Week, it’s important to remember that LGBT+ history is complex and intersectional. It’s a time to celebrate all that LGBT+ folks have accomplished and contributed, but it’s also a time to reflect on the continual fight the LGBT+ community faces for human rights.

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