Thanks for Your Support

Today marked the annual Thank a Donor Day at the University of Louisville. The event is “a celebration of the donors who support this University”

These donations contribute to the Endowed Chairs and Professorships, scholarships, research grants and trials, research facilities, student groups, athletic facilities and teams.

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“Thank a donor day is sponsored by Donor Relations. The goal is to get students, faculty and staff out to thank our donors for their private denotations to the university,” said Amanda James.

 

Student and faculty members made signs and signed a cardboard wall to show their appreciation for the donors. They had also shot footage for a video that they plan to send out come thanksgivings time.

 

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After students wrote heartfelt thank you signs and signed the wall of gratitude they were offered a free meal. The members of the Donor Relations organization had a line of grills were they handed out hot dogs and hamburgers to line of students.

This celebration took place today on the Belknap campus in front of the Red Barn. If you missed the celebration, do not fear they will be putting on another event on Thursday at the health sciences campus quad from 11:00a.m. until 1:30p.m. as well.

Lend Me Your Ears

“It’s free to anyone and everyone” are words that college students love to hear. University of Louisville Seniors, Sarah and Ashley, are giving the university students a listening ear.

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The psychology majoring duo, have decided to lead a service project called “free listening.” “Free listening is about listening to people and what’s on their mind without any judgement,” Sarah said.

“Therapy is well-known for its problem-solving techniques and reputation as a tool for overcoming anxiety, depression and addiction. But as Spiegel explains, it’s also a way to establish better emotional wellness in your daily life.”

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Essentially, the process starts with you coming up to the “listeners” and start talking about whatever you want to talk about.  If you want to talk about the time you were eight and thought hamsters could fly, you without any judgement.

Free listening is basically like talking to a therapist, with the exception of diagnosing and it is 100 percent free!

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If you are still on the fence about giving free listening a try, there are a lot of benefits associated with therapy.

“Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you.”

“Talking with a professional allows you to get a sense of how you appear to other people, helps you get feedback on whatever you’re feeling and offers insight on how those emotions are affecting your everyday life.”

 

Culture Takes Louisville

Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, Louisville, Ky. celebrated its 14th annual WorldFest. It is the area’s prominent international festival, which brings various cultures together and celebrates the differences that make them unique. WorldFest is a way for individuals to leave the comfort of what is known and embrace the unknown. It’s an opportunity to experience Germany, Greece, or wherever without having to spend loads of money on a plane ticket.

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Locals strutted their stuff in the Parade of Cultures. The parade stared behind Metro Hall (527 W. Jefferson) and travel northbound on 5th across Main and Market streets and up the Belvedere. The parade gave people of different ethnicities a way to embrace their heritage and share it with those of dissimilar ones. All groups were encouraged to wear the traditional outfit of their native country.

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People come from all over to attend WorldFest, not only to absorb different cultures but to indulge in ethnic food! The festival offers diverse foods from round the world. It gives people an opportunity to taste food they have never heard of nor imagined they would get a chance to. Vendors that participated ranged from Ethiopian to Nigerian, from Cuban to Puerto Rican, or Thai to Cambodian. The festival was also a great occasion for smaller, not well-known businesses to advertise what they have to offer.

The entertainment at the parade was wide-ranging. There were two stages (main stage and fountain stage) that hosted different events. The main stage presented different genre of multiple bands, while the fountain stage showcased traditional dances.

When you have all there is to do and you have eaten your pineapple ice cream, there are souvenir stands! Each shop sells trinkets or clothing that is personal to their own culture. There were Native American stands selling dream catchers, Africans shops selling dashikis, and much more.

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Quest for the Perfect Brows

 

Thick, thin, arched, or flat, eyebrows have an array of different shapes and size. What is in this month could change the next. Along with these changes comes the solutions to achieve these new looks.

Nowadays, there are several more realistic looking solutions which range from eyebrow kits that you get from Sephora to 3-D eyebrow embroidery (microblading). What works for some may not be the best solution for others. You have to be careful when trying to decide which solution is best for you, because things can go terribly, terribly wrong!

As an avid eyebrow pencil user, I grew tired of having to draw my eyebrows on every morning. Fearing that my brows might smudge or wind up on someone’s face after I kissed them (it has happened many times, so embarrassing). I decided to make a change!

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I decided to undergo the eyebrow thickening technique of eyebrow tinting. It is a simple 20 minute process, almost the same as getting your hair dyed and easy on your pockets. Eyebrow tinting is temporary and last up to a month. This was perfect for a commitment-phobe like me.

When I left the salon I was ecstatic, my brows were on “fleek”. I finally had full, beautiful eyebrows. Unfortunately, 45 minutes to an hour later, my eyebrows were starting to itch and burn. The old adage “beauty is pain” must have come from this pain.

 

Warning! The following pictures are graphic.

 

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I had an allergic reaction to the dye. This could have been avoided if a skin-patch test was done. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have one administered and I wasn’t informed about being able to have one done either.

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I had to go to the ER. My eyebrows got infected and the hair started falling out. My face swelled some badly that I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. This was one of the most humiliating times of my life! The worse part (besides the pain) is that I still had to go to class. I had to wear sunglasses and a hat to try to hide my face.

Luckily, a lot of antibiotics and two weeks later, my face went back to normal. I have decided to stick with eyebrow pencil.

 

Social Media, yea or nay?

According to Queen Rania of Jordan, “Social media are a catalyst for the advancement of everyone’s rights. It’s where we’re reminded that we’re all human and all equal. It’s where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them.” Social media plays an important role in my life. I use it to keep connected with my friends and families that are far away. I use Snapchat and Facebook every day. Not only are they good for, keeping in touch, but they are good for passing the time. Whenever I’m bored I look at peoples post on Facebook, or I watch their stories on Snapchat. Through Facebook, I have been able to talk to relatives I never have even met. I have found out that I have a lot in common with them through their posts. On the other hand, I still try to resist some social media sites. For example, I still don’t have a Twitter because I try to stay away from the gossip of the world. I also didn’t have an Instagram until a few months ago. I only got one because my friend made it for me. I barely use it. I do plan to one day get a Twitter account one day, because I have recently found out how useful it actually could be. It lets you know when you favorite stores are having sells, for example. Social media is a great tool for communication, but if used wrong it can cause much harm. I don’t believe that we can ensure that social media will serve as a force that improves interpersonal human communications. At the same time I don’t believe that social media is something that is shallow or used to harm people. Social media/ the internet are an incorporeal thing and do not emote. We as individuals chose how we use social media for good or bad. In other words, social media isn’t bad or good it all depends on the person using it.

Looking back over this course I’ve learned a lot of new things, but the one thing that sticks out for me was the displacement theory.  This theory states that “we as individuals only have so much time in our lives that we can communicate. Meaning that participation in one communication domain takes away from others, when a new communication technology is introduced then we have less time for other communication activities.” This theory is proves to be true in many aspects of technology. For instance in the case of social media, we have moved through many different social networks. For example before Facebook was big we had Myspace. Once people started using Facebook more they stopped using Myspace as much. Now Myspace is virtually obsolete unless you are a musically talented person. The impact of communication technologies in my life has made things easier, because in order to for a technology to be successful it has to be as easy as or easier than then its predecessor. To learn more about the progression and of social media I have linked an article about the evolution of social media.

Unplugged

I could never really relate to the phrase ‘hell on earth’ until this past Thursday. For a class assignment my professor challenged our class to unplug from the world for a day or half a day. At first I thought this task wasn’t even a challenge. I convinced myself that I could go a full day without the internet or my cellphone as easy as I could blink- I was wrong. The night before I decided to do the assignment I made a plan as to how I could get through this task as easy as possible.

My plan: Wakeup by 11:00am; go to class at 2:00pm; go out with a friend to Hilltop Tavern (an establishment where you eat, drink, and play board games); and then end the night watching movies. Seems like a really solid plan right- WRONG!

What actually happened: With my phone on I didn’t have an alarm to wake me up, and without any other clocks in my apartment I wasn’t sure what time I woke up. Since I decided I didn’t want to be late for class I decided to just get dressed and go to school (If I was early I could just go to the library or grab some food on campus). Usually I check my weather app before I get dressed, but since that would require my cell/ internet I couldn’t. So I decided to check the weather the good old fashion way by sticking my hand out the door- hmm nice and sunny out. When I started my car I noticed the time- 12:20pm. At this point I’m thinking ok not doing so bad, just a little behind schedule. I get school and go to the library to do homework and possibly get a head. Well unfortunately I forgot that I need a computer, as in the internet, to do every single assignment. I now had about a hr. and half to blow before class, which doesn’t seem like that long until you are literally just watching the clock on the wall. Finally it was time to go to class- I’ve never been more excited for class. I arrived in class and I sat, and I sat, and I sat. after 20 minutes of sitting in a virtually empty room with 2 other students, one girl said she had just checked her email and “the professor sent out an email saying class was cancelled.” In this moment I felt like someone in the universe could be playing a joke on me. I now was on the way to my sister’s place to see if she wanted to go to Hilltop tavern with me. I banged and banged on her door but there was no answer, so I drove over to my friend Travis’s place. I knocked on the door and he answered the door in his boxers. He agreed to go with me, but he questioned, “Why didn’t you call me first so I could get ready.” Ugh I wish I could of used my cell, it would of saved me gas of driving to my sister’s and then to his. We arrived at Hilltop tavern at 4:30pm, but we had to wait for it to open at 5:00pm. While waiting for it to open, it started to rain. There I was caught in the rain with flip flops and shorts on with no umberella. If only I had some type of device that could predict the weather- oh wait, I do but I couldn’t use it! When it opened we played 3 hrs of boardgames, from Monopoly to Clue and even Candyland. I’m not going to lie I really enjoyed myself and didn’t even think about my phone the whole time. I got home and turned my cellphone on and it was 8:50pm. I had a flood of unanswered texts and my email had 67 unread messages (even though a lot were junk mail).

This experience was eye opening! In a way this experience was good and bad. In relation to reading the articles “YOUR SUMMER VACATION UNPLUGGED: IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE” by John T. Peters and “Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)” by Jenna Wortham, I have come to conclusion that we relied far too much on technology, but without it we are at a disadvantage from the rest of the world. For instance, in “YOUR SUMMER VACATION UNPLUGGED: IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE”, the author says, “[his] kids’ image of [him]… [is him] always looking at some device.” Not being on my cellphone I noticed that even people at out in big groups of people were all on their phones and not really paying attention to one another. What’s the point of going out with others if you are just going to exclude yourself anyways? Another example that relates to my experience coincides with “Turn off the Phone (and the Tension)”. Jenna Wortham brings about a good point when she exclaims that, “for many people, smartphones and social networks have become lifelines — appendages that they are rarely without. As such, they can sway our moods, decisions and feelings.” Being without my phone I noticed that I kept having micro anxiety attacks because I kept looking for my cell phone and couldn’t find it- forgetting that I purposely left it at home. I’m so use to having my phone permanently attached to my hand that it doesn’t feel right not having by me at all times. Another way I felt was what Ms. Wortham referred to as ‘FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.”’ This also caused me anxiety, I felt like I was missing out on everything, even though nothing was happening because it was a school night. Neither the less I wanted to be reassured nothing was happening. A good reason for not having my cell/ internet would be because of “Joy of Missing Out or JOMO (Wortham). Sometimes it’s good to just relax. It is hard to relax if you are constantly skimming your cell, or Facebook, or Twitter wondering what everyone else is doing. It is always better to take some me time to recuperate your mind and body. I have nattached an article that will help you embrace ‘JOMO.’ Hopefully this will be a guide to help you unplug too!

Video Game Mania

According to the textbook “Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals”, “72% of American households play computer and video games (ESA, 2012).”  The role that video games play in society today is both positive and negative.  In my own life video games have posed a problem. A few years back I had a boyfriend who I eventually broke up with literally over video games. He preferred to spend all his free time playing Call of Duty. Another relationship ruining game is World of Warcraft A.K.A. WOW. WOW had gotten so out of hand that my pastor at church had a sermon about the problems it’s causing in church members marriage. Another Problem video games bring is contribution to obesity. America is already one of the most obese countries in the world. Since people are sitting inside on their butts’ playing video games they are spending less time outside getting exercise. A final problem with video games is the violence. Video games have created lack of sensitivity towards violence, and children have a problem differentiating between real life and fantasy. Kids are seeing people get shot in these games and see no repercussions happening in the games for doing so they figure it is okay.

With all the negative things video games bring there are also positive roles video games play in society. There are games like Leap Pad that help children learn while having fun. There are also video games that help with health. Doctors have used video games to help children with autism, People with physical rehabilitation, senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease, and now video games are helping discover heart conditions. I have found and attached an article that shows positive effects of video games.

With video games the theory of relative constancy plays a big role. To reiterate what the theory of the relative constancy principal tells us is that people only have a finite amount of leisure time. Time spent on new communication technologies will come at the expense of old communication technologies.  In reference to the textbook “Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals”, “In monetary terms, video games are easily competitive with the largest media. The opening day sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops exceeded $360 million worldwide, easily exceeding the largest-ever weekend movie gross mid-2012 (The Avengers) and the first-day sales of the final Harry Potter book.” This data shows that with more time/ money spent on video games there is less money/time invested into movies. I think one reason people spend more time on video games is because you don’t have to the comfort of your own home. Another possible reason people prefer video games is because it is an investment. With video games you pay three times what you would for a movie ticket, but you get to play the game for the rest of your life; whereas going to the movies is a onetime thing.