Swish for Make-A-Wish: One of the Best Events on Campus

By: Kaylin Huish & Denise Garcia

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Last weekend, the IC Public Relations Student Society of America hosted its 17th annual Swish for Make-A-Wish! Semi-pro and pro basketball teams competed to win gift cards to local businesses, as well as raise profits for Make-A-Wish Central NY. Keep reading to find out more about the event, as well as why it is one of the best events on campus!

The Food

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The community came together and we were able to receive several donations from local companies such as Firehouse Subs, Dunkin Donuts and over 800 chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings!

The Competition

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Alumni and current students came to play 5 on 5 games and ultimately win their bracket! There was great team camaraderie and it was very fun to watch. Swish was a perfect display of how sports can bring people together and strengthen the community.

The Cause

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During halftime, AnaMaria Ahmed and her mother, Darlene Arnold, told their story of AnaMaria’s fight to survive childhood cancer. It was a wonderful moment during the event when everyone was able to understand the importance of this cause and why they Swish for Make-A-Wish. During her speech, Darlene said, ”When It was the darkest and most horrible Make-A-Wish gave us hope.”

The Generosity

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Every dollar raised throughout the entire event will go toward making a sick child’s wish come true. We will still be accepting donations until May 5, so if you are interested in contributing to this great cause, click here: http://site.wish.org/site/TR?px=3868753&fr_id=2662&pg=personal.

The Sponsors

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The event wouldn’t have been possible without the generous, local business of Ithaca! We thank the following companies for donating food for the event, team prizes, or incredible raffle prizes for event visitors!

Agava • Applebee’s • August Moon Spa • Buffalo Wild Wings • Ithaca Escape Room • Finger Lakes Running • Firehouse Subs • Green Star Co-op • Hilton • Italian Carry Out • Kilpatrick’s • Marriott • Panera • Pudgie’s

The Entertainment

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All eyes were on IC Unbound when they performed two choreographed dances at halftime! We thank them for taking the time to donating their time to the Make-A-Wish cause!

The Music

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Thanks to WICB, Ithaca College’s on-campus radio station, players and visitors were able to enjoy a wide range of music while they were competing, eating, and hanging out! 

Once again, thank you to all the organizations who helped make this year’s Swish for Make-A-Wish a success! We’re almost to our goal of $3,000!

 

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No Success Without Self-Care

It’s nearing the middle of the semester, which means midterms are upon us! Take note of these important self-care tips because they can make or break your success!

By: Kristin Butler

The To-Do List Trap

There’s something about me that makes me love seeing a long to-do list. I used to clutter my list with tasks I knew were pointless to put on post-its, just so I could see a long list that I could check off at the end of the day. After writing lengthy to-dos jumbled with short term and long term tasks, I realized this technique didn’t actually help my progress, it just stressed me out.

Solution: Make two to-do lists. And don’t just fill it all for the hell of it. The organization is as follows: The Today list, things you want to accomplish today, in order of importance, and the extended to do list, the important things you want to do by the end of a certain time, like next week. Don’t make the to-do list too long, or you won’t feel accomplished at the end of the day. Be realistic, what can you do in one day? What do you have time for? And, if you find yourself with a lot of free time during the day, look at your extended list and see if you could accomplish something a little extra- look how your optimizing your time! Making your to-do list is supposed to be in your favor, don’t set yourself up for failure the moment you wake up and make your list. Examples for post it notes:

To-Do List (Today)                                  To-Do List (Extended)

Finish essay by 3pm                               FaceTime mom this week

Pick up Package                                     Submit internship applications

Go to the gym with Erica                         Go to Walmart

To-Do list technique Influenced by Organize Today Tomorrow (a great read):

Set a School Curfew

Set a time at night that you aren’t allowed to do anymore school work. After a certain time, say 10:30pm or 11pm: Don’t look at your emails. Don’t do anymore work. Don’t even talk about how stressed you are. Plan your day so you can end at the time you want, and then wait until tomorrow to do anything regarding school. Schedule your time effectively and have a set curfew where you leave your work at your desk and don’t come back until the next day. When you work in small increments of time you can stay more focused than when you work for hours on end. This will help you be the most productive you can be. After the curfew, this is you time, and it leads into my next very important point.

Set Time Aside for Yourself

Whatever you are passionate about, make sure to pencil it into your busy schedule. It can be hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. If you need to go to the gym to feel accomplished, make sure to go- even if it’s just for twenty minutes. If you need to time to nap, watch Netflix, or spend time with friends to de-stress: you need to make sure you do it. Give yourself something just for you.

Don’t Be (Too) Hard on Yourself

If I’m not perfect, I beat myself up about it. It’s not irrational to want to be the best version of yourself, but when there are bumps in the road and you punish yourself for not accomplishing everything you’ve wanted it, it doesn’t help you progress. It sets you back. And, even if you don’t accomplish something to the degree you want to, that doesn’t mean it isn’t something you shouldn’t be proud of. Don’t ever compare your accomplishments with other people. This can be so difficult and everyone does it at one point, but don’t live your life to please others, or to beat others. If you aren’t happy with how you’re performing, tell yourself “I can do better, and I will.”

Then push yourself to do better, and think about all the positives.

Stay Self-Aware

Give yourself what you need when you need it. No one knows you better than you. If you’re having a bad day, you know how to turn it around. If you need to be alone, make sure you give yourself that time. Reflect inward often. Don’t depend on other people to make you happy or give you what you need. At the end of the day, you are your own best friend, and you have to fulfill what you need personally in able to have the best outcome for your personal and academic success.

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Want more information or advice on self-care? Visit this Ted Talk playlist:

https://www.ted.com/playlists/299/the_importance_of_self_care

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Tis’ the Final Season

By: Hannah Byron

It’s the most wonder…STRESSFUL time of the year! With the thought of everything magical having to do with “home,” finals seem like one of the last things that would cross our minds as college students. Alas, with the first snowfall complete and the sound of fingers furiously typing those last minute study guides, home seems even more distant.

Where do you start when you have 47 things on your to-do list? Which assignment should you start first? Why am I the only one in my group who is doing the work? What even is sleep?

As I have learned from both my own study habit mistakes and successes, here are 5 recommendations to having a productive and bearable finals week:

1. Prioritize That To-Do List

Listing upcoming assignments, papers, and exams will set the tone for your week. Prioritizing items on your to-do list and designating time to each item makes a world of difference for actually getting the work done.

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2. Shut Your Phone Off

At the very least, put it on do not disturb. It forces you to actually do work and takes away all those meaningless and addictive distractions.

3. Get Out of Your Apartment

Library, campus pub, local coffee shop, ANYWHERE but your dorm room, apartment, or house. Personally, I am the most productive when in an environment where other people are working. It makes me feel more energized and motivates me to do work.

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4. Treat Yo Self

Use insomnia cookies and copious amounts of caffeine to award yourself after an hour of studying or finishing a paper.

5. Take A Break

Studies consistently find that students can only effectively study for an hour max without taking a break. Taking five to ten minutes to go for a walk or have a dance party is re-energizing and allows your brain to return to studying feeling refreshed.

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Just remember, this will ALL be over in a matter of a week. One week until you can overindulge in eggnog and become a slug for the month of January. Just a little longer. You can do this.