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Beating the Highs and Lows of The Last Eight Weeks

by Molly Robinson

Come on, we all know that ya didn’t do ANY work over spring break and this week is kicking you in the you-know-what. The remaining portion of the semester left after spring break flies by but also comes with a lot of stress, procrastination, and tests/projects. There are several ways to beat these lows and turn the rest of your semester into a bliss-filled sprint.

  • St. Patty’s Day/ St. Maddy’s Day. Make this holiday weekend fun for you—whether it’s putting on that green shirt and heading over to your buddy’s place or making shamrock cupcakes. Enjoy the fact that the miserable week after break is over and you get to do you. Do exactly what you want to do for a full twenty-four hours. When you hit the books next week, at least you can say you that your weekend was baller.
  • Madipalooza— April 13th fun. Free food, free concerts, free stuff, free happy you. We all know those people who made a profile picture of their human Velcro experience last year. That could be you! … .Just kidding, but really. It’s an excuse to get out of the dorm or the apartment and forget all about reality and enter what is basically the college equivalent of a field day.
  • Breath. Take the time to relax and refocus on your goals for the end of the semester and as an individual do some yoga, play some football, do whatever you need to do to loosen up. Finals are horrible, but giving yourself a break can boost your mood and make studying more manageable.
  • Make your own freaking formal. A lot of people are in fraternities and sororities or other organizations that host formals in the spring. Who cares? There is nothing that formals have to offer that a normal weekend at JMU can’t offer you. Celebrating and making a night special is possible for any one, no matter the organization your in. Find people you care about and find an excuse to dress up, go out to eat, or plan something special. Don’t let formals season get the best of you. And if you are going to a formal, good for you—make it everything you want it to be with the right people and the right attitude.
  • Splurge. Treat yourself to things that make you happy. Find something each day that makes you laugh, you’ll feel better no matter what you’re going through.

Remember the saying, “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day” when you are in embarking on these last few weeks of the semester.

Mind Your Body

by Molly Robinson

Eating Disorder Awareness is not as popular of a topic as other illnesses such as Breast Cancer Awareness. However, it should be viewed in equally high importance, at least to some populations and ages.

We are constantly flooded with ‘ideal’ images that society teaches us to value, such as actors/actresses with a specific physique. At the same time, some of us may also be flooded with phrases on the JMU campus such as ‘Our first and last love is self love’ and ‘the prettiest girls are the happiest girls.’ But what if you’re not happy at this point in your life? Does the idea of ‘self love’ sound cliché and a little conceited to you? These are just examples of ideals that can cause us to question our views of body image personally and societally.

Each individual faces the challenge of accepting his or her body, learning to like it, building confidence in one’s inner self, and finally, fully embracing one’s self and opening up to happiness. Positive body image is an issue that most people struggle with, no matter your body type or gender. Eating Disorder Awareness Month serves to remind us that body image extremes can lead to unhealthy habits and, eventually, can even compromise our ability to function.

Awareness on the health issue can facilitate us, as college students, to recognize symptoms of someone who could be suffering from an eating disorder. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some tine in their life including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or otherwise not specified. Thus, it is likely that you may come across someone with an eating disorder.

You may ask the question: What can I do to help my friend/family member with an eating disorder? The simplest answer is just to genuinely support them, encourage healthy meals with healthy proportions, and normal workout habits.

At JMU, the Hope (Help Overcome Problems with Eating and Exercise) team is available for any student. UREC’s Nutritional Analysis, is another resource at students’ disposal that offers a nutritional analyst who can meet with you to discuss decencies and excesses in your diet and how to approach a healthy meal plan.

This February—Eating Disorder Awareness month—embrace this quote by Amy Bloom, an American writer: “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”


by Mike Bock

Yesterday I reached the midway point of my intramural season by finishing the second of four Co-Rec Ultimate games at the ISAT field (for those of you confused, Ultimate is the official name for Ultimate Frisbee.) Our team got destroyed 12-2, and even though I’m not thrilled about losing, we learned a lot and should be better prepared for the next game.

I love intramural sports at JMU. I was a one-sport athlete in high school, and didn’t really get a chance to play for fun until I got to JMU. Sports sponsored by UREC give people like me a chance to meet up with their friends for an hour or two per week and burn off some steam (and calories) in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere. Club and intramural teams range from the conventional (like soccer and flag football) to the more “fringe” sports (like the Triathlon club and the newly created Battleship league.) No matter what sport or team you’re interested in, you can bet that UREC has a team for it.

With national obesity rates rising and with plenty of exams and tests to study for, it’s more important than ever that we commit to an active and healthy lifestyle. Intramural and club sports teams can play a part in making our years at JMU a healthy and enjoyable experience.