Sun Safety

Considering the terrible winter the East Coast has had this year, I know I can’t be the only one that’s ready for summer. I catch myself daydreaming about laying pool side with a fruity drink, or lounging with a good book on the beach. 

Yes, summer is time for relaxation and fun in the sun, but being in the sun’s rays without protection can cause some serious damage down the line. 

Here are some tips according to the Sun Safety Alliance:

  1. Know that sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm
  2. Wear hats and sunglasses to protect your face
  3. Remember that UV rays can bounce off sand, snow, concrete and water
  4. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors
  5. And reapply often
  6. Lastly, stay in the shade when possible

These tips don’t have to be followed only in the summer months its important to practice sun safety all year-round.  It’s a good idea to use moisturizers or makeup with built in SPF.  Also it’s best to avoid tanning beds, being tan in the middle of winter just isn’t worth the risk to your skin.

Skin cancer is one the most common forms of cancer and it can be prevented by taking simple steps and taking care of  yourself. 

For more information on how to stay safe in the sun please visit http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/

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By Samantha Kresz

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Suicide Prevention

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            Every 14 seconds someone in the United States commits suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This results in nearly 40,000 deaths a year in the United States due to suicide. This number is too high, and it’s up to you and I to change that.

            Rowan recently received a grant from SAMHSA to start a large suicide prevention campaign. So, I think it’s time to talk about what we can do to help people suffering from suicide ideation, and here are some ways how:

  • Get involved and become available. This shows support.
  • Be willing to listen, and accept his or her feelings.
  • Don’t judge him or her, and don’t debate with the person whether suicide is wrong.
  • Don’t be sworn to keep this a secret. You need to seek support before it’s too late.
  • Get help from a crisis counselor.

These are just a few ways you can take a large part in preventing suicide.

            Raising awareness by donating is another great way to help out with the cause. AFSP is a nationwide organization that brings people together from across the country to understand and prevent suicide. You can participate in their walks to help raise money or simply by donating. Check out the website and the “out of the darkness” walks here: http://www.afsp.org.

If you would like to get involved in Rowan’s upcoming suicide prevention campaign contact Allison Pearce at pearce@rowan.edu.

 

By: Justin Perry

Staying Positive

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With midterms fast approaching, it may seem hard to stay positive and not stress out from the upcoming tests or papers. It is important to remain confident and hold a healthy and positive attitude as we enter our midterms. Remaining confident in our studies increases our chances of earning a good grade. A good philosophy is:

  • Study hard! When a test is approaching, it is best to be prepared. Begin studying a week or two prior to the exam. When writing a paper, do several drafts before completing a final draft. This can help with your writing style. The tutoring and writing center are also available; you can make appointments to help prepare yourself for a test or paper. Procrastination will only hinder your chances for a good grade.
  • Enter the exam with confidence. This is one of the most important factors going into a test or when writing a paper. If you know you studied hard for a test, or worked very hard on a paper then you should be confident that your hard work will pay off. Having a defeatist attitude towards a test or paper will only result in a bad grade. I believe you WILL be successful if you believe you can be!
  • Feeling relieved that you finished the exam. I always love making plans after finishing an exam, whether it is meeting up with friends or doing other therapeutic activities like playing The Sims. There is no greater feeling then having the weight of a test or paper taken off of your shoulders. Congratulating yourself with a fun activity after the exam is the perfect way to relieve yourself of all the pressure you were under.

** Do not forget that your professors are there for a reason and you can always talk to them if needed! It is also important to note, that programs like the tutoring center and writing center are at your disposal if you need help studying for a exam, or writing a paper. I was once told that 90% of the things you will worry about tend to solve them self, and if you know you are prepared then don’t let the small stuff get you, because that is life.

By: Jim Skala

No Makeup Monday

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If you watch the news then you might have heard about the Today Show doing a “No Makeup Monday” campaign.

I think that nowadays girls, especially young girls feel like they need to wear makeup to feel put together or because  of societies extreme portrayal of beauty.

If we all take one day, whether its every Monday, one Monday  a month or just one Monday in general to not wear any makeup it is liberating.

Not having to worry about fixing my lip gloss or if my eyeliner or mascara smeared takes pressure off. Take a vow to celebrate natural beauty, inner beauty and what makes you beautiful.

By: Alison Nowak