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UDM Homecoming Week!

Posted by toor on January 20, 2010

Welcome to a new semester and a new year! 2010 WOW can you believe a we’re already a decade into the new millennium? I feel like it went way to fast. Anyways this is my first blog of the semester and there is A LOT going on this week for homecoming.  So let me do a week overview….

Tuesday:  UDM student life hosted The Real Deal Crazy Game Show in Grounds Coffeehaus. It was a blast. Around 50+ students showed up and participated. The energetic host chose students from the crowd at random to participate. They tried to answer some random question. If they got it right they spun the wheel! If wrong, they had to complete a slightly embarrassing or difficult task in a short period of time. Then they could spin the wheel! The wheel designated how much $$$ they win. Then the participant was given the option of keeping the cash or opening a mystery box that could have a more valuable prize or something cheap. A few students won cash, others won a can of mushrooms. The big winner of the night won an mp3 player valued at $125!! The energy in Grounds was contagious throughout the show as the game show host amped up the crowd. I’m sorry for those who missed the action, but you better try to make it next time!

Wednesday: TONIGHT! from 7-10:30pm is the famous CASINO NIGHT! This year it features comedian Michael Dean Ester. For those of you who haven’t experienced a casino night, it is a vital part of the udm experience. Every year has an amazing turnout with some of the best prizes for students to win. I remember my freshmen year my roommate won an XBOX 360! This year prizes include: Nintendo Wii, DVDs/Blue Rays, gift cards, digital cameras, GPS, and ipod shuffles. Come out to play the classic casino games like blackjack, poker, and roulette. PLUS student life gives out FREE homecoming T-SHIRTS to all students who attend. A little word of advice is to go earlier than later because smaller sizes run out fast!

Thursday: Come show your TITAN SPIRIT at the Spirit day/Pep Rally in the Fountain Lounge from 1-2pm. I walked by earlier today and saw the chairs and balloons already set up and ready to go. The pep band will play, the Titans in Motion will dance, and the cheer team will cheer! What else could you ask for!? T-shirts will also be given away during this rally.

Friday: The UDM Showcase will be going on from 11-3pm. Hear most of the school’s student organizations will have tables set up with info to hand out to interested students. This is a great way to see whats available on campus to become involved in! If you’re new on campus or want to be part of an organization this showcase is a must.

OF course later that night is the OFFICIAL HOMECOMING PARTY/CONCERT! This will be in the ballroom from 9pm-2am. This is open to EVERYONE so bring your friends, family, or whoever but make sure you show up!

Saturday: THE BIG GAME! Calihan Hall 2-4pm UDM vs Wright State! The basketball team has been having their best year since I’ve been here so this is definitely the year to watch. The student section will be wild as we cheer the Titans to VICTORY!!

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Posted by toor on December 8, 2009

There’s a lot happening this week. I know everyone’s busy preparing for finals but don’t forget not to stress out. Take a break every once in awhile. Here are a few fun things you can go to while taking a breather….

Tuesday: Grounds Coffeehaus is having another OPEN MIC NIGHT!! at 8:30pm special host and performance by DOLLAH JONES! as always performances by the talented and ever growing UDM poets, musicians, singers, and performers.   I go to Tuesday Night Live, it seems to get better and better. The rawr talent demonstrated by UDM students is astonishing! I promise you that you will leave awestruck at the deep meaningful performances.

Wednesday: SENSOG, Engineering and Science Student Council, Bio Club, ACM, and Tβπ are
hosting the annual “Lighten Up and Beat Out Your Stress” event during dead week. It will be held in the Engineering High-bay in the Engineering building Dec 9, 2009 from 7-10pm. There will be pizza and pop along with different games such as a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, and gladiator jousting. Free massages will also be available throughout the evening.



(Administered by the Detroit Health Department)

When:  Wednesday,

Dec. 9, 2009

11 am – 3 pm

Where: Ballroom,

Student Center

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Rainy Days are Great for Grounds

Posted by toor on December 2, 2009

Today’s was rainy in Detroit. It was cold but not enought to turn it into snow 🙁 I hope everyone is as excited about winter as I am! I love to go snowboarding so the snow can’t come fast enought for me.

The semester is coming to an end really fast! You know what that means… FINALS!!!! Looking for a place to relax, study, and stay awake? LOOK NO FURTHER!!! Grounds Coffeehaus is perfect. Couches, tables, amazing wifi, and COFFEE will make your study experience easier. Grounds stays open later that the library!! Sun-Thursday Grounds is open till 2am.

The Science behind Coffee:

Caffeine is a stimulant, accelerating your physiological activity. Specifically, it speeds up the action of your brain and makes you more alert. It does this by binding to adenosine receptors in the brain. Normally the chemical adenosine binds to these, causing drowsiness by slowing down nerve cell activity. The caffeine doesn’t have this effect, but does get in the way of the adenosine. Because the caffeine is blocking the adenosine receptors, your neurons become more active than they otherwise would be. That is why it sees to be good for the brain. Then your pituitary gland responds to all the activity as though it was an emergency, by releasing hormones that tell the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline. This is what is sometimes known as the “fight or flight” hormone (and is also called epinephrine).

Essentially all that adrenaline makes you tensed and ready for action, but not necessarily intellectual action. You do become more alert initially, and your brain may work better and faster. But by the time you start that second cup, you may be anxious and irritable, which is not conducive to clear thinking. Therefore, for studying it is best to limit your coffee intake (unless you need a little cram session), but everyone at UDM is always well prepared for their finals. No cram sessions needed.

Sorry about that, I’m a biochemistry major and feel the need to add a little science to everyone’s life.

MAIN PONIT: Come hang out in Grounds this next week! Give it a chance, discover one of the best places on campus.

Good luck to everyone on FINALS WEEK!!!

Stay calm, don’t stress out, and start preparing early…

I want everyone to comment below about their favorite moment this semester…

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Do you have AIDS?

Posted by toor on December 1, 2009

32.9 million adults are infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide

Each year approximately 2 million people die from AIDS

In the U.S. there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS

Wear some red tomorrow because Tuesday Dec. 1st is World AIDS Day!

SPB is hosting representatives from AmeriCorps Team Detroit in the Fountain Lounge to do FREE and CONFIDENTIAL HIV screening from 3:30 – 6pm. Also at 6:15pm  there will be a panel discussion on HIV/AIDS. People are encouraged to bring questions/topics for the AmeriCorps Team Detroit experts can anwser.

To show your support for the fight against AIDS and to raise awareness WEAR RED all day tomorrow.

University Ministry is also trying to help raise awareness and support for World AIDS Day. Anytime after 10am AIDS Awareness Ribbons will be sold for $1 outside the University Ministry office. A short fild will be playing on loop all day as well outside University Ministry office.
All contributions will be going to the world’s first high school for AIDS orphans in Nairobi, Kenya called the Jesuits’ St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School. This project was founded by one of UDM’s own alumni, Fr. Terry Charlton, S.J. ’70.

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Hump day…

Posted by toor on November 18, 2009

Its Wednesday and I feel like its midterms again. I have a ridiculously busy week all the way through to our Thanksgiving break next week! I can’t wait for the turkey, stuffing, and my favorite pumpkin pie…. mmmmm….

Things that have happened so far this week:

Sunday: Men’s basketball team defeated Western Michigan Univ. 86-80. Calihan had the most people I’ve seen at a game since I have bene here. Mostly people sat in the upper bowl but it would be nice if the student section filled up with some avid fans. I think the team looks pretty good this year and am hopeful for the rest of the season. I heard, but not sure if this is true, that we have 9 televised games this year. LETS GO TITANS!!

Monday: One of the largest meteor showers in awhile occured late at night called the Leonid Meteor shower. There was supposed to be about 500 meteors per hour but I didn’t see that many. The sky was slightly cloudy but there were some open spots. I saw around 10 in the 30min I stood outside. Maybe if the sky was clearer we could have seen more.

Tuesday: Grounds had another Poetry Night! Since it is hunger and homeless week there was a panel of faces, which was basically an open discussion with people who were homeless. Students listened to these people talk about there experiences. Students also did an amazing job creating and reading their poetry. I think these open mic nights are the most successful events in Grounds and definitely are becoming a regular popular event.


UDM’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program is hosting an event called Gender, Sex, and Hip-hop in LS 113 at 7pm. A documentary called Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymeswill be shown. A round-table discussion will follow the film in which  local scholars, activists, and hip-hop artists will offer their rich and varied perspectives on the film and explore with audience members the impact of these issues in the local, national, and global music scenes.

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Hunger and Homelessness Week/OPEN MIC NIGHT TUESDAY!

Posted by toor on November 17, 2009

This week is Hunger and Homelessness Week and there are events planned everyday to help out the homeless or raise awareness for all the people starving and living outside everyday. Detroit is at the focal point of this issue because with largely increasing unemployment rate, more people are getting kicked to the curb as their homes are foreclosed.

Monday: Today Fasting for and with others occurred in which students could donate the money they normally spend on lunch to the cause. Students who signed up got a free wrist band showing their support. Also in LS 113 the Soloist was played on the big screen.

TUESDAY: In GROUNDS COFFEEHAUS their is an open mic/poetry night from 7-11pm.  Also here there will be a Panel of Faces, which I am not sure what that is yet but if you come to Grounds tomorrow you can figure out! The last couple Open Mic Nights were a great success and a ton of fun so come out bring your friends and enjoy the show.

Wednesday: VOLUNTEERS are needed to help feed over 1000 homeless people for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dearborn. This is hosted by N.O.A.H. and students can sign up to help out outside of Campus Ministry. Volunteers are needed from 11-2pm so PLEASE try to HELP OUT! Also the Phi Beta Sigma’s are hosting a Sleep Out where students spend the whole night outside without blankets or tents. This helps raise awareness and gives people a real life experience of what it is like to be homeless.

Thursday: At 7pm in the Fountain Lounge there is a Concert Against Hunger featiromg tje Bad Cat amd Freematics. During the day the TDR will be closed for the International Friendship Luncheon in the Ballroom. Students are encouraged to bring a can of food and will get $1 off their meal if they do. Every year there is food from so many different cultures and countries. I love eating lunch this day because of the variety and new tastes.

Friday: Outside of Campus Ministry they will be collected Letters of Love from students to the homeless.
This week be part of the change! I helped out Sunday by doing APO’s Sandwich Bus in which we made sandwiches and lunches for the homeless and physically delivered them to as many homeless people we could find around Detroit.
Comment Below about how you made a difference…

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To Write Love on Her Arms Day ♥

Posted by toor on November 12, 2009

This has nothing to do with UDM… but it could if we get enough people to participate this Friday November 13th 2009.  This is an organization/cause that I found earlier today that I thought was good to share with you. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING AND THEN JOIN IN THIS FRIDAY!

Every 17 minutes a suicide occurs.

The #1 cause of suicide is untreated depression.

2/3 of depression goes untreated

It is estimated that 13-24% of teens/young adults regularly engage in self-injury.

Rescue is possible

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.

TWLOHA is an attempt at healing, founded on a message that pain can be fought by love, that there is hope and people are not alone.

This was inspired by one broken girl, five broken nights, and a few amazing friends. The story has evolved into something much more… into something beautiful.

Reaching out to hundreds every day… changing perspectives and changing lives….

This organization is simply an invitation to an honest conversation with a friend or loved one. A conversation of healing and love and hope. Please accept it rescue is possible.

To Write Love On Her Arms Day is a day where anyone can write the words love on their arms, to support those who are fighting against depression and those who are trying to recovering. On this day, just write love on your arms, and show it off, other people will ask why you have love written on your arms, and you tell them you are supporting to write love on her arms day, and how its benefiting a non profit organization helping stop depression, and make love the movement

Write “LOVE” on your arm this Friday to raise awareness. When someone asks about it, tell them about TWLOHA.

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Whats been going on…

Posted by toor on November 10, 2009

This is going to be a random list of things that are happening or have recently happened on campus.  Plus an area I hope to get some input from you on.

First: If you haven’t been to the Titan Fit Zone yet, you’re missing out. Core classes and yoga classes are now being offered on a weekly basis. Core classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6pm for the following dates: Nov. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10.  You have to be a registered Titan Fit Zone user which basically means you need to get a sticker on the back of your student ID from the 1st floor of the student union.

Second: Farewell to Bill. He retired this past week after working as manager of Sodexo for the past few years. He always made his presence known in the TDR and Loft. He wanted students input/feedback about the food service. He responded quickly to the comments posted on the board. Bill is a very great guy and I’m sure that I will not be the only one to miss him.  But hey CONGRATS Bill on the retirement. Enjoy yourself and thanks for all the hard work you put in at UDM!

Thirdly: I was asked to come up with a new image for the top of the blog. It has to be Grounds related obviously but I am open for some suggestions. Should I go with real images, the nuts n blots look you see outside student union, the black silhouette of the couple drinkin coffee, or something brand new? Let me know what you think by commenting below! THANKS

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National Service Week!

Posted by toor on November 5, 2009

This week is National Service Week! Service is part of UDMs mission; therefore, everyone should do what they can to give back/help out this week. Alpha Phi Omega is the service fraternity at UDM and is hosting an event everyday this week. Sunday APO did their award winning Sandwich Bus, in which they make 100s of bagged lunches and hand deliver them to the homeless around Detroit. Monday they went to the Salvation Army from 12-4pm to volunteer. Tuesday APO went to a senior home to play games and hang out with the elderly. Thursday APO is making scarves for the homeless from 12:45-2pm in the Quad Commons. Friday at 2pm anyone can meet by the rock to help do a campus cleanup! I am actually running the campus cleanup so encourage anyone to come out and help make this campus even more beautiful.

I will have gloves and trash bags to hand out and will direct groups to various areas on campus to pick up any trash they may be laying around. This is a great opportunity to give back to UDM.

Also, on Tuesday was a blood drive with the American Red Cross in the Fountain Lounge. Even with students prescheduling appointments, they had to wait up to, I heard, 2 hours. This is GREAT news because it means UDM students represented and donated a large amount of blood. The capacity and workload we gave the American Red Cross will hopefully encourage them to return next time with more volunteers to collect blood.  I believe that every time you donate blood you can save 3 lives. The success of this blood drive speaks volumes about our student body. I am impressed that so many people are willing to help out.

Speaking of service….

Hunger and Homeless week is approaching November 16th-30th. Watch for events happening every day that week to raise awareness and help out the homeless during these hard economic times.

This time for comments I would like you to tell me about your favorite service project you’ve ever participated in or any service projects you would like to see happen. COMMENT BELOW!!

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Safety Street… trick or treat…

Posted by toor on October 30, 2009

Today from 4-7pm in the fountain lounge was safety street. For those of you who don’t know,  safety street is an opportunity for inner city children to come trick or treat in a safe environment here on UDM’s campus. All of the student organizations donate a minimum of 16 bags of candy for this event. On Thursday, the organizations gathered for thr facade blowout. Here each group was given sheets of cardboard and paint. They decorate and design a facade to pass out candy through at safety street. There was music food and fun as students creativity came out.

Today was the time when students actually dressed up in costumes to hand out candy.  I dressed up as Tigger.  As I walked around the fountain lounge, I saw facades designed for children of all ages. Their were pumpkins, the peanuts gang, Rugrats, a barn, a castle, the Adam’s family, and many others that I can’t name off the top of my head. I had a blast as the kids ran around collecting candy. Some were a little to scared to approach the students dressed like zombies.  Students were dressed up as witches, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, Pooh, princesses, and power rangers to name a few. I think the children really enjoyed safety street and believe their parents were very grateful that UDM hosted this event.

This was a great start to Halloween weekend. I hope everyone has a safe a fun time!

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