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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Personal Loss Will Set You Free

Life is Short, Live Spontaneously While You Still Can

Set You FreeI was raised very differently from most kids my age and many kids being raised today.

I came from a small, close-knit family, with working parents who hired nannies, and enforced structure. I was raised Protestant, went to church on Sundays, and went to a Catholic high school.

Then, when I was eight-years-old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. For nine years following, I watched my mother struggle, conquer, and then struggle again with the disease.

When I was 17-years-old, my mother finally lost her battle with cancer. At the time, I was a senior in high school, struggling with graduating, finding a college, figuring out who I was, and who I was going to become. Her death left a gaping hole in my life.

I began doing things, good and bad alike, to take away the pain and make me happy, if only for even the slightest moment. I was struggling, learning to contend with difficulties, trying to figure out what was going on.

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Just the Winter Blues... or Something More?

The Symptoms and Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter BluesAs cold weather closes in, the winter chill blankets the campus. With less hours of sunshine and more indoor activities, some people are prone to the winter blues. Not everyone who experiences the blues can come out of it so easily. In some cases, depression can last all season long.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a depression that occurs at the same time every year. It can zap your energy and cause significant mood changes, according to Thomas McCarthy, psychological counselor at the University.

SAD has several symptoms similar to depression but there are a few that make it distinctly different. Everyone experiences a random depressive mood differently, McCarthy said. A person’s appetite can either increase or decrease and sleep patterns can be affected by too much sleep or sleeplessness. “For seasonal affective disorder, it seems there is an increased sleep, especially during the day, and an increased appetite rather than a decreased appetite.”

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Just Another Sibling Rivalry

Student Finds Motivation in Sibling’s Success

Sibling RivalryI have spent much of my entire life competing with my sibling, but that’s normal right?

It’s only natural to compete with those around you, especially a family member.

My sibling and I are extremely alike, we both love sports, love to snowboard, find the same jokes funny and most importantly we love to get on each other’s nerves. Despite all of this, I can definitely say without a doubt that I look up to my sibling more than anyone else I know.

My sibling never gives up, no matter what. It truly is remarkable the amount of drive this person has. It is inspiring. I’ve always joked that I live in the shadow of my sibling, but behind each joke is a tiny bit of truth.

My sibling Noel, is a 15-year-old girl. I am 20.

That’s right, go ahead and laugh. The very person I live my life to inspire and motivate has surpassed me in just about everything she has done up to this point.

My sister, Noel, is a little more than four years younger than me. She excels in just about everything she does. In her freshman year of high school she started varsity soccer and softball, as well as getting in some playing time on the varsity basketball team. Did I mention there hasn’t been a marking period she hasn’t gotten honor roll?

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A Weekend Aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dr. Michael Palladino Invited on Distinguished Visitor Tour

USS Dwight D. EisenhowerEvery few days, the Navy holds a series of distinguished visitor tours (DV) as a “high-tech show-and-tell” that invites audiences to see a snapshot of the military that they would not normally experience.

Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, was asked by President Paul G Gaffney II, retired Navy Vice Admiral, who gets these DV Tour invitations all the time, if he was interested in attending one of the tours.

Palladino described his experience as nothing short of “once in a lifetime.” He flew down to Norfolk, Virginia and then to the base on a carrier-onboard delivery (COD) transport plane, where his trip truly initiated.

“Our COD went from 105 miles per hour to zero miles per hour in only two seconds as it landed abroad the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as the USS Ike. After landing, it was a situation of ‘controlled chaos’ and they immediately got us situated.”

When the plane came to a halt, there were four arrested cables on its tailhook, a hook that attaches to the rear of a plane to reach rapid deceleration. “The pilots typically target the second or third cable, with the more skilled pilots grabbing the second one.”

The Mark 7 Mod 3 arresting gear is installed in most modern aircraft. It has the capability of recovering a 23,000 kilogram aircraft at an engaging speed of 150 miles per hour in a distance of 340 feet. The system itself is engineered to absorb a theoretical maximum energy of 64.4 mega-joules at maximum cable run-out.

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Weighing in on a Healthier Lifestyle

How to Get Rid of Your Gut

Rid of Your GutWith all of the fast food restaurants within miles of one another and the abundance of unhealthy food people put in their bodies every day, obesity has become an epidemic among Americans. According to the National Bureau of Economics, as the number of fast food restaurants increase, so does the percentage of the population suffering from obesity. Although there are also many health risks that can cause a person to become overweight, poor diet is partially to blame for the rising rate of obese Americans.

“Healthy foods cost more money, and fast food is cheap and easy,” said Kimberly Price, freshman student and track athlete. “Some have such busy schedules that they do not even have time to exercise.”

James Konopack, health studies Coordinator, said, “Positive energy imbalance, which is when calorie intake exceeds calorie expenditure, is obviously a major reason. This is related to the that we’re eating as well as a disturbingly high rate of physical inactivity. Many people recognize that high-calorie foods area part of the problem, but we sometimes overlook the dangers of excessivesedentariness. We’re sitting more now than in the history of our species.”

Researchers noted that children whose school is close to a fast food restaurant may be more prone to obesity. One’s proximity to unhealthy food increases their chances of obesity, especially if the individual lacks self control and dietary discipline.

John Jackman, fitness center coordinator, said, “High protein burns fat, and carbohydrates are much higher in calories. People should eat more protein than carbohydrates, but don’t neglect them all together. High fiber is also important. You will trim your waist quicker by eating small meals more times a day than large ones all at once. Stay away from high sodium foods because of water retention. Also, drink plenty of water.”

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The Birth of the Christmas Spirit

Origins of Popular Holiday Traditions

default article imageEvery year the holiday season kicks off around Thanksgiving. People gear up to begin their Christmas shopping through Black Friday sales, while others spend the weekend putting up their Christmas decorations. Lights go up on the outside of houses, Christmas music begins to be played on the radio, and trees get placed inside the living room where it will spend the next month until Christmas. It seems that every year we get ourselves into these Christmas routines, but most of us are not even aware of how they came about. The answers to where some of these Christmas traditions came from are about to be answered.

The crown figure of the Christmas season, who you see almost everywhere in the month of December, is jolly Santa Claus. The funny thing about Santa Claus is that his presence wasn’t always associated with Christmas nor was it always a happy perception in that case. Matthew O’Brien, History professor, said that the idea of Santa Claus as we know him today did not come about until Clement Moore’s classic holiday poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“Originally, there was Father Christmas, who was this old figure to remind people of death. In the nineteenth century he got reinvented as a grandfatherly figure who was kind to children, but Christmas wasn’t about children in the medieval period,” said O’Brien. “Children had St. Nicholas day, which was celebrated in early December, and served as a religious reminder to children not to sin.”

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Christmas on a College Budget

Unique Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Christmas on a College BudgetNow that the annual Thanksgiving madness has come to an end, Christmas is just around the corner. As college students, most of us are short on time and money to shop for everyone on our lists.

Alyssa Gray, first-year student, said, “I do in fact tend to make most of my gifts, not only because I am on a college budget, but because I believe that it means more to make a gift instead of buying one.”

One past present included sneakers that were painted and personalized.

Everyone has that one person on their Christmas list that seems to stump them. There may be no knowledge of their hobbies, no new ideas, or no help from the gift receiver.

Gray said, “For me, it’s definitely Dad. Every year he says he wants ‘nothing’ and I am quite honestly beginning to run out of various socks, ties, and sports memorabilia to give him.”

It’s easy to run out of gift ideas for parents after so many years of Christmas shopping. But the first thing to remember about parents is that they take pride in their kids. Which means, students, get them a college sweatshirt or maybe a mug with the name of the University on it. These are original and easily accessible. This also supports the idea of Bonnie Spain, journalist for Rapid City Journal, that shoppers should buy locally as much as possible rather than online.

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Senior Spotlight: Dharm Patel

New Inductee of Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society

default article imageDharm Patel came from Colonia High School in Colonia, NJ to the University as a Monmouth Medical Scholar in the combined 8 year B.S./M.D. program with Drexel University School of Medicine. In the summer of his sophomore year, he began research with Dean Michael Palladino of the School of Science by participating in the MU School of Science’s Summer Research Program (SRP) in 2009.

“Dean Palladino’s lab seemed the best fit for me,” Patel said, “because his lab had a very successful track record for understanding the fundamentals of basic science research in the field of reproductive biology. There needs to be a solid understanding of how the fundamentals work because you can manipulate that understanding to solve a problem through various techniques and experiments.”

In addition to being the PI (mentor) for Patel’s research, Dean Palladino is also the Chief Advisor for Patel’s Honors Thesis.

Patel’s current research project is entitled “Effects of Lipopolysaccharide-induced Inflammation on Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 Expression in the Rat Testis.” His research in immunology and reproductive biology is aimed primarily at identifying the molecular changes following inflammation of the human male reproductive tract from bacterial and viral infections.

His work explores the crosstalk and signaling pathways between NF-kB and HIF-1, two major transcription factors for inflammation. From his abstract submitted to Sigma Xi, “This relationship may be useful in studying disease states at the molecular level in which hypoxia, [deprivation of an adequate oxygen supply], and inflammation are a feature of the microenvironment.”

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The Simplest Way to Land a Job

Tips on How to Make Your Resume Shine

default article imageAs any job applicant knows, one of the most important keys to obtaining a job, or even an interview, is an impressive resume. According to nriplacement.com, “The average employer spends only 10 seconds looking at a resume, yet it is the only contact an applicant has with the potential employer.”

In life, people never get a second chance to make a first impression, and a resume is a person’s first impression to an employer. A resume that is anything shy of flawless can impact job prospects. Unfortunately, when it comes to a job search, there is no room for mistakes.

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said, “A good resume clearly communicates the candidate’s career objective, skills, education, experience, and other information relevant to the job for which he or she is applying. Desired qualifications depend upon the employer, but most employers also look at GPAs and the general tone of the resume.”

As the job market becomes more competitive, a resume is all an applicant has to stand out among the many job seekers applying for the same position, according to nriplacement.com.

Years of hard work go into a resume, so applicants should put effort into ensuring that this document reflects years of life experiences.

“Students should start a resume as soon as they can, even as freshmen,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Director of Cooperative Education. “They should update it every semester.” It is important to have one on-hand for career fairs or other events.

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From Typist to Vice President

Administrator Profile on Patti Swannack

Typist to Vice PresidentIn 1975, the University hired a young woman as a clerk typist in the personnel department at a time when women were not even permitted to wear slacks to work.

Working her way up to Vice President of Administrative Services, Patti Swannack spent the past 36 years pursuing a business career she is passionate about.

“I love what I do,” Swannack said. “I was provided with a lot of great opportunities.” When Swannack started working at the University, she said there was only one woman working in administration at the time.

When bosses left their position, she seized the opportunity to move higher up the ladder. Eventually, she became the Executive Director of Human Resources until 1994, when Swannack moved into the vice president position.

Responsible for campus planning and construction, summer is the busiest time of year for her. Many renovation and construction projects take place while the students are home on break.

Most recently, the new parking lot was completed last summer and ready for students when they returned.

“We’ve done $175 million in construction since I was Vice President,” Swannack said. We built the Jules Plangere building, McAllan Hall, re-roofed Wilson Hall, renovated Oakwood Hall, Mullaney Hall and Redwood Hall.”

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Livin’ it Up in Sin City

Student Spends Her Twenty-First Birthday in Las Vegas

Sin CityLas Vegas is one of the greatest destinations on earth. Who doesn’t love to go away to Sin City for a weekend where anything and everything is possible? The lights, the hotels, the glamour, the rooftop clubs… What’s not to love? They say that “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” And whoever “they” may be, they were not messing around with that statement. There’s a reason it’s so widely recognized, but you can’t understand it until you’ve experienced it.

Las Vegas, Nevada is where I spent my twenty-first birthday this past summer. I was on the plane when midnight struck and that magical birthday fairy granted me permission to drink alcohol (legally).

I ordered a Jose Cuervo from the flight attendant, and sat back, wondering what this vacation would be like. Nothing has ever exceeded my expectations more than Vegas.

When my friends and I landed in Vegas we immediately set our bags down at the hotel and headed out to the strip. It was like New York City’s Time Square, but bigger, better, and brighter.

We went into the MGM Grand, New York, New York, and Mandalay Bay. Everything was huge, everything was colorful and most importantly, everything involved liquor. Everyone was out partying and it was 3:00 pm!

After exploring for what felt like forever, we headed back to our room to prepare for our big night out.

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