Let us de-stress and go to the gym

By JACKIE BONOLA

Staff Writer

Everyone wants to be in the best shape they can.  There are many reasons why people loose motivation in their quest for maximum fitness. However, going to the gym is one of the best things you can do for yourself in this time of stress.

For college students a common but reasonable excuse is school work. Over the semester the sheer volume of homework increases, and we students become overwhelmed with the idea of balancing grades, eating healthy and being fit, along with all of our other obligations. Going to the gym starts to take the backseat. It becomes a “maybe I’ll go to the gym” or “I’ll just go tomorrow.”

From my own personal experience when I would feel unmotivated to go to the gym I would use the gym as a way to relieve stress from all the work I had to finish. I guess running the stress off on the treadmill helped me clear my mind. I would be more focused on the work that had to be done instead of sitting in the library freaking out over whether I would get any of it done or not.

There is something to be said to those students who are able to balance school work, eating healthy and going to the gym regularly. Those students deserve an award.

It is difficult to stay motivated and you are not alone. It is hard to be self-motivated. I’ve been working on it all school year. But it all has to do with the mindset. If you can think of the gym not as a task to you have to do but something that you want to do. Going to the gym will become less of a chore and more like a ritual.

Here are a couple of tips to keep you motivated to stay in the gym:

  1. Give yourself a pep talk before and during your workout. This could be something like telling yourself “you can do it” or “just one more set.”
  2. Go the gym when you are feeling stressed. That break that you take between study sessions watching YouTube can be used more wisely.
  3. Set up small milestones/goals, and give yourself enough time to achieve them. Nothing feels better the setting a new personal record.
  4. Take a friend! find someone who can help you stay motivated. It can be easier if you do not have to do it alone.
  5. Create a gym playlist on Spotify that will get you pumped. Whatever gets you going whether it would be Hip-Hop or Rock, play it every set and never forget your headphones.

Always keep one thing in mind, why did you go to the gym? Remind yourself that you joined the gym for a reason and that you should not stop until you reached that goal. Many join the gym to loose weight, gain muscle, be better runners or just becoming the healthiest you that you can be. Sometimes they forget those reasons.

Students have a difficult time finding time amongst all the chaos, so it is always good to slow down and take care of yourself. Do not let the gym take the backseat. Take an hour long break from that research paper and liberate yourself by going to the gym.

Why everyone should run regularly

By ABIGAIL CHEW

Most people are well aware that running provides an excellent way to get into shape, but they are unaware that it can improve almost every aspect of life. While it may not be everyone’s favorite exercise, knowing what it can do for their life may give entirely new perspectives.

A daily run can have monumental physical benefits. Running will help to raise an individual’s levels of good cholesterol as well as reduce the risk of developing blood clots in later years. The lung function and use will significantly improve due to the constant focus on steady breathing.  The immune system will be boosted, preventing sickness.

Illness prevention is an important aspect of running that more people should take into consideration. For women specifically, running is known to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.  The risk of heart attacks and strokes will also be greatly reduced.   Many doctors even recommend running for those in early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

The other often not as highly recognized advantages that running provides are the mental benefits. Stress relief is a major example of such benefits.  Runners are found to show more optimism compared to those who do not incorporate the exercise into their daily routines.  Studies show that sleep quality improves as well as a healthier appetite.  Running gives an individual the time to clear their mind, reducing the chances of developing tension headaches.

Running has also been well known to reduce depression. As one is running, the brain will begin to secrete hormones that naturally improve one’s mood.  The creation of increased feelings of energy and focus allow life to be better enjoyed.  The act itself presents a different focal point (since one must divert all attention to their breathing), eliminating the opportunity to have negative thoughts.

Being able to set and accomplish goals is an extreme confidence booster, which is an opportunity running offers. Feelings of empowerment and satisfaction with oneself are developed through the knowledge of strength and capability.  If the choice to run is based on a goal to lose weight or to tone the body, then a better self-image is acquired.

Becoming part of a running community itself provides an excellent way to improve the social component of life. There are always clubs, teams and fundraising events that offer running opportunities, which allow one to meet others with similar goals and outlooks.  There is always constant support provided by this group of wellness-focused people.

Though there are numerous ways running can improve one’s mind and body, many people still find excuses to avoid it. Not having the time for a daily run is a common reasoning.  A 30-minute run is all it takes to reap all the benefits, which is very little time that can easily be set aside during the day.  Plus, running does not require any equipment to assemble in order to partake in the exercise.  Finding motivation is another deterrent when it comes to running.

However, finding a friend to run with and hold you responsible is an excellent solution for this issue. Some people find themselves self-conscious about running in public.  Again, running with a friend can be a solution, and so can choosing to run on a treadmill rather than outside.  Fear of injury is probably the most reasonable excuse to running, but it is a fear that can be easily abolished.  Educating oneself on the proper stretching techniques before and after a run will assist in avoiding joint damage.

For so many people, it is surprising to learn of all the different ways that running can improve overall physical and mental well-being. The truth, however, is that these are only a few of the many benefits that running can offer the body.  Making running a daily routine can leave one feeling more energized, more focused and better able to enjoy what life has to offer.

The North Korea non-issue

By LUKE WATHEN

Staff Writer

North Korea, a nation that has long had an antagonistic relationship with the United States, has been in the news a fair deal lately following their testing of a nuclear missile. In a political era where almost anything is possible, many are wondering if such aggressive actions from North Korea are likely to spur an all-out conflict with the U.S.

Despite these fears, a war with North Korea is highly unlikely. The reasons for this are plentiful and can easily be outlined by looking at the country’s past 20years of blunders.

In 1994, America and North Korea both signed an agreement that would give North Korea oil and economic aid in exchange for the country dismantling their nuclear weapons program. In 2002, however, it became apparent that the country had no intention of discontinuing its nuclear program, effectively rendering the 1994 agreement moot.

Since then, North Korea has stayed on the world’s radar due to their infrequent, yet alarming nuclear missile tests. The U.S. is unable to act decisively against these perceived threats, however, due to the country’s strong ties to China, a major trading partner for the U.S.

What is worth noting about these tests is that they are always failures; none of the missiles launched reach a proper altitude and are thus unable to be any real threat to the U.S. In other words, North Korea is simply flexing its anemic muscles and hoping that the world trembles in fear.

Following the most recent missile test, North Korea has not only shown that their nuclear program is an embarrassment, but reminded the world that their leadership is as well. The government-controlled media of North Korea issued a statement denouncing  not only President Trump, but the Chinese government as well.

While it is no surprise that Trump and the U.S. were the target of a verbal attack, it is shocking to see North Korea lash out at their only ally on the international stage. It is difficult to say what the future relations will be between the nations, but suffice it to say that North Korea may very well find themselves completely isolated in an increasingly globalized political arena.

North Korea, though the subject of rightful scrutiny and contempt, is by no means the threat that some fear it to be. Despite its frequent threats to the contrary, their nuclear program is laughable at best and their threats for a major conflict are empty at best.

Coupled with their uncalled-for antagonism towards their only ally, China, the country is effectively signing its own death sentence. For now, it is safe to say that North Korea is best described as a non-issue.

Has Disney lost its creativity?

By RILEY FANNING

Staff Writer

In recent years, Walt Disney Studios has continuously pumped out live action remakes of their classic films that have been box office successes despite having a lack of creativity on the company’s part. “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast,” have all been re-adapted from their older cartoon origins into movies with real actors. Other remakes like “Mulan” and “Aladdin” are in production, and rumors are circulating about even more being made.

All of these live action remakes are most likely being made solely based on profitability. The older films they are based on have a wide audience to reach once they are adapted and promoted. People in their twenties and older who watched them as kids are drawn in, as well as their children and new consumers.

Most of us know the movies, the characters and the songs by heart. It provides a connection between all of us who grew up with these films. The nostalgia alone draws many people to these movies, but there is a sacrifice to all of this when Disney is focusing on this strategy.

These films may be giving us a nostalgic glance into our childhoods, but they will never be as magical as the original. Disney is basically making the same movie again and again, using our own fond memories to cash in at the expense of creativity.

Stories and storytelling are largely essential parts of the human experience. Yet, the film industry is first and foremost a business. Movies are a form of storytelling that lets us know about society, culture and the ideas of the people who create them.

The constant updates being made to the old tales is a sure way for Disney to make millions, at the expense of new stories created about our current time. It is much easier to recreate something already made than to come up with original and compelling content.

Remakes are not necessarily a bad thing, but the huge quantity Disney has been spewing out is excessive. Movies with new characters and plot are risky, which is why many films are either remakes or based on books that have an established audience. But with risk comes reward, and it is going to get tiresome seeing the same old Disney tales brought to life.

The focus on updating the old classics is leading to the absence of new stories and interesting cinema coming from Disney. Hopefully the upcoming adaptations will add new life into the stories, and give them relevance to today’s culture.

“Everything We Keep” is everything a reader wants

By HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

In “Everything We Keep,” author Kerry Lonsdale keeps the reader captivated page after page through a dense plot filled with unexpected events, romance and strong character development.

It is an adult fiction novel listed as a top Amazon bestseller of 2016 and a Wall Street Journal bestseller that breaks the reader’s heart just to build it back together again, only to tear it right back out by the next chapter.

Lonsdale sets the stage in the first chapter with heavy heartbreak, in which the protagonist, Aimee Tierney, is attending the funeral of her fiancé, James Donato, whom she had been dating since she was eight years old. Talk about a tear-jerker.

Later in time, Aimee discovers that James is indeed still alive and the reader follows her in uncovering the mystery of what happened to James at the hands of his dysfunctional family, as well as the journey Aimee takes through her loss and recovery from love.

The novel’s strengths lie in its unique plot twists that leave the reader both relieved and irritated as the story comes to a close. The journey to the end of the book pieces the characters together in an invisible web that makes sense once the conflicts are resolved, though some may argue that the ending is too much of a cliffhanger.

While the novel is impressive, it does have setbacks. The author provides too many obvious clues that can leave the reader guessing what is going to come next, but she does still leave the element of surprise in some instances.

The title itself, “Everything We Keep,” reflects the major theme of secrets that is present throughout the storyline, for most of the characters in the novel grapple with something or someone they have lost in the past.

The sequel, “Everything We Left Behind,” will be released in July 2017, and will continue the tale of what happens after the epilogue of “Everything We Keep.” The question readers are asking will hopefully be answered: will Aimee be tempted to fall back into the arms of James?

This book is ideal for mature readers, as some of the conflicts pertain to situations college-aged readers can grasp. Some of these concepts include career obstacles and medical diagnoses. The characters in the novel, especially Aimee, teach the reader lessons on how to overcome uncertainty, set and accomplish goals and continue forward after losing someone foundational.

The Flyer gives “Everything We Keep” a 9/10.

The terror and liberation of graduation

By Luke Wathen

Staff Writer

College is, for many people, a time of exploration and opportunity, a time where you are free to explore interests, potential careers and connect with professionals from all walks of life. Like all good things, however, college eventually ends with a degree and, for many, the lingering thought of “What now?”

As of the writing of this article, I am four weeks from graduating and entering the workforce. While I was initially ecstatic at the idea of finally shedding the label of “student” that I have carried for over 15 years, a part of me could not help but feel frightened at the idea of graduating.

These feelings are, of course, perfectly natural. When you continuously do what is essentially the same thing for 15 years, anything new can come off as intimidating; it also does not help that horror stories of educated professionals struggling to find employment permeate the media.

Two resources have done wonders in alleviating my fears of the future, however, and these resources were afforded to me through Salisbury University.

The first is indeed.com. Indeed is a job-posting site that is the very definition of user friendly and expansive; all you need to do is type in a keyword for the type of job you are looking for and a general area of where you are willing to work. What follows is a list of available jobs, the qualifications needed for said job and information on how to apply.

If you are unable to find a job that interests you at that time, you are also able to enter an email address to receive alerts when jobs that meet your criteria become available. Suffice it to say, this website has saved me much toil and heartache in my job search.

The second and most important resource is something every college student should carry under their belt: internships. I was fortunate enough to be part of a field of study (communication arts, journalism/public relations track) that included a mini internship as part of the core requirements, and it was a fantastic opportunity to say the least.

My internship with the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) offered me many opportunities that would not be available in a traditional classroom. Not only that, but it also provided an excellent networking opportunity, something that is essential in the competitive job market.

I can only speak on behalf of the CMAT department, but finding another internship was not difficult at all. SU does an excellent job both through the academic departments, as well as career services, with assisting students in finding and securing internships that can eventually lead to employment.

Graduation time can be both a liberating and uncertain time where a new beginning comes from another beginning’s end. In my experience, however, this anxiety can be alleviated with the proper utilization of some on-campus resources.

At the end of the day, it is important to relax and be confident that you will succeed. We are all seagulls after all, and seagulls are made to soar.

 

Unite to save science

By: RILEY FANNING

Staff Writer

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One of the many anonymous protestors at the March for Science Protest in Washington D.C. during Earth Day. 

With the recent March for Science and the People’s Climate March occurring so close in time to one another, one must wonder why they did not join forces to create one giant protest.

On Earth Day, people in Washington D.C. and other cities nationwide protested for science. At the core, the main message was anti-Trump and his proposed budget cuts on climate change. Essentially, it was a fight for rationality against a cabinet of alternative facts.

A week later, another march occurred on April 29 specifically for climate change due to the recent claims from President Trump that climate change is not real. The separation of these two events makes little sense, and seems disorganized.

The People’s Climate March is essentially the same as the March for Science. The core message of the climate-centered movement is to make a statement to the new administration. The March for Climate website states “On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.”

The March for Science had a nearly identical goal, and similar mission statement. The March for Science Website states “We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

The split of these two marches seems unnecessary and sloppy. They are both based in the idea that science and fact should be fought for. These are great ideas, but the dichotomy between the two protests is actually harmful to the mission. Both have the same aims, and both are under the umbrella of science. Making two entirely different marches that could have come together is excessive.

It would have made much more of an impact to combine forces and have one large march. Protests for movements such as Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March have been able to have huge impacts due to their singular message. With the March for Science and the People’s Climate March splitting up, the message becomes confused. Instead of helping the cause, the different marches become somewhat counteractive and muddled.

Protests and marches can ignite real change, but when the message branches off and breaks down into pockets, the ideology is weakened. Unity should be the focus of a protest, bringing together people who believe in the same things. In the future, similar protests for the same cause should come together in order to have a larger social effect.

Driving courtesy

By JACKIE BONOLA

Staff Writer

There are four types of people on this planet: ones who leave notes when they hit someone else’s car and ones that do not, as well as safe drivers and reckless drivers.

In light of a recent accident, which involved my brother’s car being totally marked up and ruined, I realized that not everyone has the same moral compass as I do. It is understandable that the culprit was scared and did not want to have to face the responsibility to pay for the damage that they did to my brother’s car.

But then I think about the time when I did the same thing, except I accepted my fault and left a note. All I had left on the other car was a small white line. Although at the time I thought it was the end of the world, I was not sure if I should leave a note since the mark was not noticeable.

I was guilt-stricken and I returned to the car. The words “hit-and-run” made me change my mind. I opted to do the right thing no matter how minor. In the end, the owner of the car I hit never returned my call. I guess he or she blew it off.

The result of a hit-and-run is worse than paying for the damages of a car. Jail time is possible if you are caught. There is also the paranoia of knowing that other people would probably do the same thing you just did if they hit your car.

All of this really goes back to safe driving. The summer is approaching, everyone is cramming to finish assignments and study until we drop. We forget all those lessons learned at driving school.

As many Maryland locals know, we do take turn signals very seriously. Driving without using them is truly reckless because the car behind you or in front of you cannot read your mind. Maybe we do not use them because our generation is in a rush to get everywhere. I understand that we are only young once, but it only takes one second to make a mistake that could cost you your life.

Another driving courtesy is to not wear headphones while driving. Not only does it look silly, but it can block out people’s horns that are trying to get the driver’s attention.

Last of all, texting and driving is a major issue. As someone who knows a person that got into an accident while texting and driving, I can tell you that it is really dangerous and whatever is causing your phone to go off while driving can wait. Go on YouTube and look up testimonies of families affected by texting and driving. I promise you will never text and drive again.

Between being courteous, focused and aware, there is no reason why anyone should get into serious trouble on the road. Sure, accidents will happen, but there is no excuse for a hit-and-run or a bad accident to be part of anyone’s day.

Ward Museum’s new feature exhibit

By JACKIE BONOLA

Staff Writer

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury has a new limited exhibit titled “Scientific Illustration: Artistry in the Age of Science,” that is sure to impress anyone that experiences it.

The feature exhibit is in the LaMay gallery at the museum. The blue walls are filled with different kinds of scientific illustrations. Some of these illustrations are ones that one would find in a science textbook. Some of them are colorful while others are just black and white.

Scientific illustration is its own form of art that can only be performed in a manner in which detail is interpreted by an artist and their perspective. And with that, everyone has their own perspective to any object they study.

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One of the many scientific  illustrations at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury.

In the exhibit, there are prints and originals featured from old and contemporary artists. They have illustrations by famous artists like John James Aubudon, Mark Catesby, John and Elizabeth Gould. The artist does not only capture the object, but the environment surrounding the object as well.

Gina Viera, education assistant at the Ward Museum, has seen many age groups come through the Ward Museum’s doors. “A lot of people have come to see the exhibit and we’ve gotten a lot of good feedback,” she said.

The combination of science and art is rarely perfected. The science portion of it comes from the studying and learning of the object that is being illustrated. The biology and anatomy are taken into comsideration when illustrating these images.

One may think that illustrations and paintings will soon become obsolete with the advances in technology. Cellphone technology has improved the image result with the capability of a resolution of, at least, 12 megapixels. However, this art form is unique and necessary.

“I think they can capture different kinds of details. They can do things that photography can’t. Illustration and painting allows for interpretation from the artist,” said Jackson Medel, curator at the Ward Museum.

“Photography is, in some ways, sort of flat,” Medel said, “and it just has one [side], it just captures what’s there. And it can do it in amazing detail. Photography is certainly a beautiful medium that people work in. But, I think painting and illustration can do things and interpret things in a way that photography can’t.”

Aside from the usual wildfowl displays and art that the Ward Museum features all year round, the museum’s main exhibit changes. They also give aspiring artists the opportunity to showcase their own work.

Shania Adkins, director of special events, was there when the exhibit opened up. There were 500 people at opening night. “The feature exhibits are usually the most popular,” Adkins said.

This exhibit is free to Salisbury University students and is leaving on May 14, so students should check it out before it is gone.

“Everything We Keep” is everything a reader wants

By HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

In “Everything We Keep,” author Kerry Lonsdale keeps the reader captivated page after page through a dense plot filled with unexpected events, romance and strong character development.

It is an adult fiction novel listed as a top Amazon bestseller of 2016 and a Wall Street Journal bestseller that breaks the reader’s heart just to build it back together again, only to tear it right back out by the next chapter.

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Cover for Everything We Keep. Image from kerrylonsdale.com

Lonsdale sets the stage in the first chapter with heavy heartbreak, in which the protagonist, Aimee Tierney, is attending the funeral of her fiancé, James Donato, whom she had been dating since she was eight years old. Talk about a tear-jerker.

Later in time, Aimee discovers that James is indeed still alive and the reader follows her in uncovering the mystery of what happened to James at the hands of his dysfunctional family, as well as the journey Aimee takes through her loss and recovery from love.

The novel’s strengths lie in its unique plot twists that leave the reader both relieved and irritated as the story comes to a close. The journey to the end of the book pieces the characters together in an invisible web that makes sense once the conflicts are resolved, though some may argue that the ending is too much of a cliffhanger.

While the novel is impressive, it does have setbacks. The author provides too many obvious clues that can leave the reader guessing what is going to come next, but she does still leave the element of surprise in some instances.

The title itself, “Everything We Keep,” reflects the major theme of secrets that is present throughout the storyline, for most of the characters in the novel grapple with something or someone they have lost in the past.

The sequel, “Everything We Left Behind,” will be released in July 2017, and will continue the tale of what happens after the epilogue of “Everything We Keep.” The question readers are asking will hopefully be answered: will Aimee be tempted to fall back into the arms of James?

This book is ideal for mature readers, as some of the conflicts pertain to situations college-aged readers can grasp. Some of these concepts include career obstacles and medical diagnoses. The characters in the novel, especially Aimee, teach the reader lessons on how to overcome uncertainty, set and accomplish goals and continue forward after losing someone foundational.

The Flyer gives “Everything We Keep” a 9/10.