Opinion: Misuse of mental illness terms insensitive
Nov13

Opinion: Misuse of mental illness terms insensitive

Mental illness in college aged students is at an all-time high. According to Chardon Chadron State College Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 75 percent of all mental health issues begin by the age of 24, and one in four people in general suffer from mental illness. With mental health being such a prevalent issue among college aged students, it is important for students, professors, and community alike to comprehend and take seriously the severity of these conditions. People should not throw the terms around loosely and use them as slang, or a re-appropriation of words that identify a medical condition to convey a momentary feeling or situation. It is not uncommon to hear someone say: “Oh, I’m so depressed today” or “This test is giving me anxiety” or “Today, I’ve been so bipolar” or even, “Oh, I’m just OCD.” However, use of these terms outside the home can be mis-interpreted, and so they should be used with more care. I feel it is not appropriate to use the names of these illnesses without care, because it lessens the meaning of words that are really designated to encompass the severity and seriousness of a mental illnesses. Personally, hearing at least one of these phrases weekly makes my stomach turn, because when students and professors alike misuse and laugh off certain mental illnesses, it feels as though they are laughing off people who have really been affected by illness. According to the Preventing Suicide Among College Students by the New York Times in 2018, suicide attempts among college-aged students have increased. So with the severity of the issue being what it is, why should those without illness use medical terms for serious health issues as terms for day-to-day emotions? And so, it must be said that someone’s mental illness should not be someone else’s slang to use in expressing how they feel with every day events. For instance, anxiety is a nervous disorder characterized by apprehension, usually accompanied by panic attacks, according to Medical News Today. And yet, the word anxiety is often used to explain away or define nerves. According to the same source, depression is a mental condition characterized by severe despondency and dejection, often accompanied by feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and lack of energy, sleep, and appetite. But instead, people sometimes use the term to define someone who is simply sad. The list goes on and on with the misuse of terms that name mental illnesses, but is it that inconvenient to come up with a better expression that does not run the risk of demeaning anyone? Having a mental illness increases the risk of suicide,...

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Dos and don’ts of vacationing
Jun27

Dos and don’ts of vacationing

The DO’S and DON’TS of vacationing   When vacationing, it is easy to slip into traveler-tourist mode. You know the one, where as soon as you get to your destination, all manners seem to fly out the window and your persona is someone completely different? It’s as if your body goes into “vacation mode.” But as Christians, it’s important that we lead by example everywhere we go, even on vacation. So,  following are some suggestive Do’s and Don’ts of vacationing. DON’T Don’t stay in the hotel room Don’t get stuck in a rut and stay in the room the whole trip, make sure to get out. No one likes a trip stuck in the hotel room, especially when there’s so much out there to explore. So, make the best of the vacation by getting out and seeing as much as you can. Not sure where to start? Check with local hotels for brochures or ask a hotel attendant where the best places to go are. Don’t become a tourist-zilla When on vacation, it’s hard when things don’t go either the way you expected or how you planned for them to go. It’s important to not take these things out on the people who have no control over such situations. Hotel taking a little longer to get your room ready? Take a walk through the neighborhood or look for a good place to eat. Museum cost more than the online price? Ask if there isy have a student discount, or ask a local person what other fun activities there are to do. Remember that the experience you have is solely based on you and your reactions, so have a good trip. Don’t litter Don’t forget that there are people who still live in the places that you’re vacationing. When visiting beaches especially, it is important to remember that leaving behind trash and other things makes you a messy and unappreciative guest. Pick up after yourself, and make sure the group you’re with does as well. This can impact not only you, but the local people and wildlife. DO Do be a good guest Remember to clean up after yourself in all situations, and be as courteous as you can. Just because you won’t have to deal with the consequences after a trip, many people will have to after you. Tip your servers, clean up after yourself, and be courteous to everyone around you. Do explore the city and broaden your horizons Make sure to explore new things while out in a new city. When visiting somewhere new, try just one new experience that would be memorable and entertaining for you...

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How to plan for an impromptu trip
Jun23

How to plan for an impromptu trip

It’s officially summer for the vast majority of crusaders out there, and along with summer comes vacationing and trips around the state and around the world. Some people plan months in advance. However, there are those who prefer to go with the flow and take trips on the spur of the moment. These types of trips, while fun, could still be planned for and given some thought to make for a better experience overall. Budget Whether you’re making a day trip to the nearest city or taking a weekend getaway to the nearest beach, make sure to know a general maximum you want to spend while out. Having a budget helps to guide you on spending, and it makes sure that you don’t overspend. Always factor in gas and lodging costs, as these can often be the biggest costs. Transportation is key Make sure to gas up before a big trip, and make sure your car is in the best condition possible before making a long drive. Check your gas, and make sure your oil is topped off, and check the air pressure in your tires. Not sure how to do these things yourself? Check out your local Jiffy Lube and Discount Tire. Often, these stores will check your car for free. Making sure your car is in top condition before taking off on a trip ensures that you won’t end up getting stuck somewhere. Have a general idea Even when making an impromptu trip, you should have a general idea of what you want to do when you make it to your location. Whether you want to wander the streets and ask locals for ideas of how to spend your day, or just want to do one specific activity, knowing what you want helps even when making a spontaneous trip. It can help with your budget, as well as knowing your time frame and how long you’ll want to stay. Be OK with being flexible When making a spontaneous trip, it is important to realize that some of the luxuries of planning will have to be given up, like planned out visits to museums and monuments that might otherwise be sold out. Look up online what types of things are popular in the city that don’t require planning, and then try to abide by those. This can help you figure out a general idea of what can be accomplished while on your trip. Also, when planning an overnight trip, call ahead to see what is available. This can save you from spending a night in the car. Spontaneous impromptu trips can be a fun way to get away...

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Without Borders, an International Love
Apr11

Without Borders, an International Love

With 8,597 miles, a 7 hour time difference, and native languages between them, a love between crusader Regina Hauser and Belgium resident Mathis Deville was unlikely. However, now three years strong, the pair has a bond between them that no ocean could break. Sophomore Clinical Lab Scientist Regina Hauser is originally from Bynum, Texas, population 199. Being from this tiny farm town, Hauser grew close to many in the student body and participated in many school activities and sports. Mathias Deville is originally from Brussels, Belgium with a population of 1.175 million people. Bynum residents usually flocked to meet any new foreign exchange students that would be living and studying for the school year, but Hauser noticed girls especially flocked to one new foreign exchange student in particular. She noticed this at one of the first football games of the fall 2014 season. “I remember noticing how strange that most of the girls were surrounding him like bees with honey on the bleachers, but I didn’t know who he was so I didn’t care,” Hauser said. “I was dressed in my volleyball uniform, sitting on one side of the gym, and weirdly enough, I remember what he was wearing. Mathias was wearing a pink polo shirt with khakis. Then I saw everyone adding this guy on Facebook so I added him and saw his pictures but didn’t talk to him.” After a few months of glances and flirtatious smiles, Deville messaged Hauser on Facebook, and a whirlwind romance bloomed. Soon, the two began hanging out together outside of school and on social media, and they quickly became inseparable. “The first time I saw him outside of a school setting and we spoke… I struggled understanding his French/Flemish accent,” Hauser said as she laughed about it. “We dated for about two months after that, and it was awesome. We became close and usually pretty inseparable. But then, he started listening to all of the negative comments school boys were saying about me. Since I had rejected all of them and instantly started dating the new boy in school, they started spreading awful rumors about me, so we decided to break up.” Weeks went by, and Hauser began dreading her encounters with her former boyfriend. Stolen glances and lingering tension was all that seemed to remain between the two, until one day Hauser suspected her sister of withholding information. “One night my sister told me he approached her to ask about me and that he’d been keeping up with me through her the whole time,” Hauser remembered with a smile. “Mathias started texting me again and we started to become good...

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New SGA President Baker pushes diversity education
Mar07

New SGA President Baker pushes diversity education

An election three years in the making, the student body of UMHB elected junior political science pre-law and speech communication major Tyler Baker as its president for the upcoming 2018-2019 year. Since his election as freshman class president during the fall semester of 2015, Baker has planned his run for student body president extensively. “I got to Student Government and I just said, ‘I want to be student body president. I see myself doing that,”’ Baker said. Running on many platforms, one of which being the issue of diversity on campus, Baker hopes to impact the community and leave a positive legacy for the class he has been chosen to lead. Running against junior business management major Daniel Martinez, Baker ran a tough campaign. “Campaigning against Tyler is a task. He is very active in any campaign of his,” Martinez, said. “I noticed that my freshman year when he was running for class president. This race was no different. He was very active and prepared. So it was difficult, but it did cause me to channel my creativity and expand on it. This led to me make videos and push harder on social media. I do support Tyler in his presidency. He will do great in this role, as he has done great in every role he has served thus far.” Baker began his climb to the top when first deciding that he wanted to be president of the student body one day, and join the Student Government Association on campus. After a successful run as freshman class president, he then continued on to working as sophomore class president and junior class vice president. Balancing school with the multiple clubs and associations he is a part of, Baker makes sure to prioritize his time. While SGA is a close second, he always makes sure that his school work remains his top priority. “SGA has really been my life; it’s been something I’ve been so passionate about. It’s definitely a rewarding program to be a part of. What you put into it you definitely get out,” Baker said. “For example, my roommate and best friend is Sam Kinnin and I met him through SGA. He served on the sophomore class while I was sophomore class president, and we both got invited to a conference called Castle that UMHB attends. We just got really close on that trip, so yeah SGA has impacted my life in so many ways.” One of the big changes the new president hopes to implement at the university is increasing education about the diversity of our campus community. Having been greatly influenced and personally moved by...

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