RJSC Newsletter

October 2013

Welcome back to our newsletter!

Hello, RJSC! Welcome to the October edition of the newsletter. Fall has finally arrived, and so have midterm assignments. We wish you luck and hope that you still have time to attend the variety of events that we will be offering this month. Not only will this be an opportunity to expand your college experiences, it is also an opportunity to win Panda Bucks for our upcoming drawing!

Are you interested in submitting a short article to the newsletter? Contact the editors or your RA!


Pictures of past events can be seen above. Since mid-September we have had the Margaret Boyd Scholars info session, a round table discussion about NFL salaries, many hall council meetings, parents weekend, ALiCE active shooter training, a microwave cooking program, September birthdays sundae night, weekly bike rides, hip hop abs, intramural signups, board game night, desserts for Deb (breast cancer bake sale), a halloween movie night, a staff pumpkin patch trip, cards for cancer, and a resume workshop! More upcoming events are listed below.

  • 10/16 Hall Council Meeting- all are welcome (Read Rec Room, 9-10p)
  • 10/17 RJSC Bike Ride (Read Passion Garden, 4:30-5:30p)
  • 10/17 Study Abroad Info Session (Johnson Lobby, 6:00-8:00p)
  • 10/17 Hall Council Halloween Movie (Read Rec Room, 9:00p)
  • 10/18 Halloween Guest Registration ends (5:00p)
  • 10/18 Halloween Movie Night (Read Rec Room, 8:00p-Midnight)
  • 10/19 Poker Tournament (Johnson Lobby, Noon-1p)
  • 10/20 Panda Bucks Drawing! Three gift cards available!
  • 10/20 RJSC Variety Show (Read Rec Room, 7-8p)
  • 10/22 tRAC or Treat (Read Lobby, 5:30-7:30p)
  • 10/22 Halloween Guest Roommate Approval ends
  • 10/23 SafeZone (LGBT Ally) Training (Read Rec Room, 7-9p)
  • 10/23 Hall Council Meeting- all are welcome (Read Rec Room, 9-10p)
  • 10/24 RJSC Bike Ride (Read Passion Garden, 4:30-5:30p)
  • 10/25-27 Halloween Weekend: Refer to hallway postings and floor meetings for information regarding Halloween policies and procedures
  • 10/28 RJSC Trick of Treat (8:30-9:30p)
  • 10/29 Round Table with Faculty in Residence (Read Rec Room, 7:00-8:00p)
  • 10/30 Hall Council Meeting- all are welcome (Read Rec Room, 9-10p)
  • 10/31 RJSC Bike Ride (Read Passion Garden, 4:30-5:30p)

Check with your RA for updated information on individual floor section programming and events!

Resident Spotlight

Michael Mayberry

Michael Mayberry is a freshman from Columbus, Ohio. He studies English in the Honors Tutorial College and Integrated Language Arts in the Patton College. For a career, Michael plans to teach high school English and coach wrestling. Michael is a member of the Athens Middle School writing club, and he is currently training for his first marathon. Before enrolling at OU, Michael took a gap year during which he rode to San Diego on a bicycle. Michael has way too many ramen noodles in his room, and welcomes any RJSC residents who are hungry. He hopes to be an RA next year.

Michael wrote an opinion piece on feminism and rape culture at Ohio University for The New Political, a campus newspaper, and has received much attention for his work. The piece can be found by clicking on the link below.

Staff Spotlight

Kyle Bowland, RA

Kyle is the second floor mens Resident Assistant in Johnson Hall. He is currently studying economics and political science with intentions to go to law school, and is minoring in history. His interests include music, reading, sports, philosophy, and space exploration. His favorite things include adventuring around Athens, the band MUSE, the New England Patriots, the book Paradise Lost, and rain. He is most excited about getting to know new people and exploring new things this year.

Hall Council Spotlight

Monthly Update

Ready for HallOUween? Well, so are the kids of Athens. That’s right, it’s that time of year again—time for tRAC-or-Treat—and RJSC is ready to make it great!

What is tRAC-or-Treat? I’m glad you asked! tRAC-or-Treat is an event put on by the Residence Action Committee to give back to the Athens community, specifically those of Trick-or-Treating age, by creating a fun, safe, and Halloween-themed environment for them to enjoy on campus. Not only does this event allow the kids to have a great candy pick-up route; it also gives them a chance to experience being on a real college campus with some pretty awesome big kids. A big goal of the event is to provide positive feedback about OU and get the kids excited about making college enrollment a goal.

With that said, what does the RJSC Hall Council have to do with tRAC-or-Treat? On Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm, the Read Rec Room will be home to games, crafts, Halloween treats, and excited elementary school students! We are all very excited about hosting our young guests and will be discussing opportunities to volunteer with the program at our next Hall Council meeting (Wednesday October 15th at 9pm in the Read Rec Room). If you are interested in helping out and having a great time, please join us! Alternatively, if you cannot attend the meeting, send an e-mail to cj531712@ohio.edu (Cami Jones, Hall Council President) for more information!

In other Hall Council News:

The Recognition Committee just had its first major event—an ice cream social to celebrate late August/September birthdays! It was a HUGE success, so be on the look-out for their next celebration!

The Programming Committee will be hosting a movie night Thursday 10/17 in the Read Rec Room, complete with fresh-popped popcorn, starting at 9pm.

The Fundraising Committee is currently working on several promotions to generate funds to be used for Hall Council programming and possibly a printer for the study lounge. These include “Trash for Cash” (posters and sign-ups coming soon), and a grilled cheese sandwich sale (TBA).

Finally, keep an eye on your e-mail for information provided by the Involvement Committee concerning opportunities to volunteer in the community and participate in university events like the Color Run, Bare it on the Bricks, and more!

Faculty in Residence Spotlight

As a dancer and a Professor in the Dance Department here at Ohio University, it is crucial for me to listen to my body on a daily basis providing it the recuperation it needs in order to heal and function properly. I have noticed in my students and some of you living in Read/Johnson that the stress of the semester is taking it's toll on your body and its health. We are at the half-way point in the semester and the weather is shifting into colder and damper climates. Our bodies are enduring greater amounts of stress at this time than normal. Thus, our immune systems are working harder to regulate and keep the body functioning as to meet the increased demands. Unfortunately, I have heard from some of my students that their behaviors regarding sleep, eating, and stress reduction have decreased and in turn not compensating for the attack your bodies are enduring. It is imperative that you give your body 8 hours of rest each night during this time. It is a fact that the body's cells require 8 hours in order to regenerate and provide more cells in your body in which to function. Listening to what your body is saying and responding accordingly will bring about the productivity in your class work, studies, work outs, and social activities without over stimulating through the use of caffeinated drinks, sugary snacks, and late night cram sessions.

Additionally, I found a few helpful hints from one of my favorite healthy living resources: Whole Living Magazine. They have an online version that is absolutely free for you to explore other helpful Whole living tips!

Here are some hints they recommend during this seasonal transition in the semester:

Rub Your Temples
Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

Get a Good Pair of Sneakers
Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

Eat Bananas
People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

Get a Massage
Certain trigger points -- spots of tension in musculoskeletal tissue -- can cause back pain. Ask a massage therapist or other bodyworker who specializes in myofascial release or neuromuscular therapy to focus on these points during a massage.

Eat Avocados
For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They're rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin. Try them on salads and sandwiches, and even in smoothies.

Keep Echinacea Close
If you feel a cold coming on, consider reaching for this age-old remedy. A 2007 meta-analysis showed that the herb can reduce cold symptoms. Aim for three grams daily in tincture or capsule form, starting at the first sign of symptoms.

Eat Japanese Food
In addition to following good dental hygiene, you can help prevent cavities by adding more shiitake mushrooms and wasabi to your diet. Both foods contain compounds that help fight the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities.

To treat an acute migraine, drink a full glass of water -- dehydration can trigger headaches. Even if you need to take a medication for the pain, try wrapping your head with an Ace bandage so that it covers your eyes, then lie down and breathe deeply. This often helps the pain pass more quickly.

Drink Cranberry Juice
Cranberries contain a substance that appears to keep bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and has been shown to help prevent UTIs. Because cranberry cocktail is high in sugar, drink unsweetened juice diluted with water or take capsules of powdered cranberry extract.

Swab Your Soles
Are you tired of having stinky feet? Kill odor-causing bacteria quickly by soaking a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wiping your soles as needed.

Drink Green Tea
Hot or iced, green tea can help rev up your workout. Its catechins, antioxidants, and caffeine help increase the metabolic generation of heat. Drink a cup about 10 minutes before exercising.

**Courtesy of Wholeliving Magazine and wholeliving.com

Remember to eat well, hydrate, and rest!
You deserve it!

RJSC October Birthdays!

  • Mary A.
  • Charlie M.
  • Emilee H.
  • Noah R.
  • Ellenore H.
  • Ben B.
  • Michael T.
  • Natalie C.
  • Dj A.
  • Chloe M.
  • Kylie S.
  • Steven Y.
  • Mica S.

Thanks for checking out what we've been up to so far this year! Stay posted and in the conversation about RJSC to make the best of your bobcat experience. Fill out the "Get In Touch" form below with questions or comments about the newsletter, or the complex in general! As always, your feedback is appreciated.

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