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Welcome Back Marauders!

Spring 2020 Semester has finally arrived! Hope everyone has gotten settled in for a brand new semester/year. This can be a difficult time of the semester for some, what with getting settled back into Residence Halls, getting back into a routine, and new classes/professors. It can be a bit overwhelming but it is not impossible.

Here are a few ways of getting back into routines and Residence Hall life:

Print out your class schedule

It is important to know your class schedule. Having a print out of your classes will definitely help you the first couple of weeks, at least until you have it memorized.

Consistency

Once classes and work start, it is important to find consistency within your schedule. This may have seemed easier in high school when you had a strict schedule everyday, but once you figure out your classes and work schedules it can be easy in college as well. Balancing your priorities will make it possible to find consistency in your college routine.

Look over your syllabus before class

This may not be possible for every class. Some professors prefer to give you a printed copy on the first day. If you can get the syllabus early, though, it would be a good idea to take a look at it before the first day.

Have a planner ready

A commonly used phrase among college students is “I will remember that later.” We all say this yet most of the time we forget. It is a good idea to get some sort of a planner for the semester. If you are in need of one then stop by the school store.

Set your alarms

After being home for a while and getting out of your routines, it is easy to forget to set an alarm in the morning. Don’t forget to set an alarm because you do not want to be late on the first day of classes!

Try to get ahead of your work

There is nothing like getting behind the first couple of weeks of school. This will not only cause you stress but can also foretell what the rest of your semester will look like. If you get ahead of your work it will make the first couple of weeks smoother and help you for the rest of the semester.

All these tips are great but don’t forget to eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. If you keep yourself healthy there is a good chance you will be better prepared for class and work.

I want to wish you all a great start to your semester! I know you will all do well this semester!

Spring 2020 Is Coming Soon!

It is almost time for the Spring 2020 semester to start! Residence halls will open January 19th at 12 pm for those of you who live on campus and classes will start on January 21st. This may not seem like a lot, but trust me it can be overwhelming. It’s tough to get back to campus and only have one day to settle back into dorm life. However, there are a few life hacks you can try to make this time of the semester less stressful.

  1. BUY YOUR TEXTBOOKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

It is important to be prepared for your classes and most of your professors are going to want you to have them right away. If you end up not needing them it can’t hurt to return them.

2. GET YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES:

This goes along with number one. Some professors like to get started right away. Make sure you have your notebooks and writing utensils on hand, just in case.

3. TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR PAPERWORK:

Make sure your tuition is paid! You don’t want the added stress of finding out that you still owe money for your tuition. Also any kind of paperwork that needs to be done should be done as soon as possible. This may include, but not limited too, major or minor forms or graduation application.

4. GIVE SOME OF YOUR TIME TO YOUR TEXTBOOKS:

If you read the introduction of your textbook before you get to class you will have a better understanding of what your semester is going to look like. Similar to numbers one and two, this will help you be prepared for the first day of class.

5. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO DO NOTHING:

Before the semester starts, make sure that you give yourself a little break. The holidays can be stressful and soon after the semester starts. It is important that you have some time to not worry. Some things to get your mind off of everything are:

  • Reading a good book
  • Watching a movie or TV show
  • Spending time with a few friends or family

It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the beginning of the semester with everything you have to do. Try not to add to your stress by not being prepared for classes and procrastinating on important paperwork. By following these steps the start of the spring semester will go smoothly.

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2020-2021 Resident Assistant Information Sessions

Interested in becoming a Resident Assistant for the 2020–2021 school year? You must attend one info session, and you have 3 more chances of attending one!

At these info sessions, Residential Area Directors will be leading the meetings, and you’ll learn what being an RA has to offer both personally and professionally. There will also be a panel of current RAs who will be available for any questions regarding the job description of an RA.

The Resident Assistant application will open November 25, 2019, and the interview process will begin in February of Spring 2020.

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.

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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!

Stay Healthy on Campus

As fall approaches, so does cold and flu season. Unfortunately, illnesses can sneak up on us, but there are a few ways students can get ahead of the game.

Get a flu shot.
Health Services offers free flu shots to all students. While Health Services usually requires an appointment to be seen, they provide walk-ins for flu shots. If you believe you’ve gotten sick, Health Services will evaluate and treat acute illnesses. You can schedule an appointment by calling 717-871-5250.

Exercise.
Exercise helps white blood cells travel faster through your body; white blood cells are the ones that fight against infection. There are a few ways to exercise on campus. The Fitness Center is located in the SMC and is free to all full-time students. There are numerous intramural and club sports, as well as fitness classes, offered as well. If you don’t have enough time for a formal workout and still have PokemonGo downloaded, there are 8 gyms and 45 PokeStops around campus you can walk, jog, or run to. Don’t forget to hatch your eggs!

Get enough sleep.
While it’s tempting to pull an all-nighter, sleep deprivation can lead to reduced brain function, fatigue, headaches, and more. Between 7 and 9 hours of sleep will improve your overall health. Try taking a short nap during the day and sticking to a schedule can help you to stay rested throughout the day.

Wash your hands.
Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to avoid getting sick. Being in close contact with people through classes, the residence halls, and walking around campus means it’s easy to catch colds or viruses. Hand washing removes these germs. Wash your hands before meals, any time you will be touching your eyes, nose or mouth, or if you’ve been around others who are sick.

Drink lots of water.
Staying hydrated gives you more energy throughout the day by replenishing your body. It helps concentration and can help you from overeating. Refill the water you buy from the Anchor or Galley from water fountains with the EZ H2O filtration system — these water fountains can be found all over campus.

Eat right.
Eating healthy can help boost your immune system, maintain a healthy weight, and improve overall health. While it’s easier to grab a slice of pizza or cheesesteak, healthier alternatives are available at the Upper Deck, Anchor, and Galley. Even if you don’t have time before your 9AM class, always eat breakfast. Whether it’s a granola bar or banana, breakfast keeps you from overeating throughout the day. Never skipping meals is also important. Snacking can also help keep your appetite in check. Try keeping a good balance of dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein every day.

Relax.
Stress is something that you’ll definitely experience in college. Relaxing and having down-time is essential to staying healthy. Stress and getting run-down can adversely affect your health. Creating a routine and giving yourself regular breaks is the easiest way to relax. Don’t forget to hang out with friends and de-stress by binging Netflix or Hulu or curling up with a good book.

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