Getting Involved On Campus

With the fall semester in full swing, are you finding yourself spending the majority of your time outside of class laying in your bed binge watching seasons of your favorite shows on Netflix with nothing more to do? Are you feeling a little homesick or feeling like you want MORE out of your time here at West Chester? If so, the solution is simple: GET INVOLVED!

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With over hundreds of clubs and organizations here on campus, there is sure to be something that interests you! From clubs that center on your major, sports, community service/philanthropy, or organizations such as fraternities and sororities, you can’t go wrong in at least trying something. Here are some reasons why you should get involved on campus:

  1. A “Home Away From Home” and builds a smaller community of support within the larger WCU community.
  2. Great add-in to your resume.
  3. Depending on the type of organization, you could be a part of directly making a positive impact to the community.
  4. Fun and relaxed social time with others with similar interests that resonates past small talk with people in your classes.

Click here for all of the clubs and organizations located on WCU’s campus!

Written by Pat Githens, Peer Educator

Body and Soul: A Balanced Role

Yoga isn’t just about being flexible; it’s about connecting with your mind, body, and soul. It involves meditation and breathing patterns to help relax your body and mind all while getting a workout in. Here are some interesting facts and benefits about yoga:


  • Helps alleviate stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Decreases heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improves flexibility and physical endurance
  • Reduces symptoms of insomnia
  • Helps alleviate back pain
  • Proven to help enhance fertility in women
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health

With all of these benefits, it’s hard to not be interested in trying yoga! Yoga classes are offered through the Rec Center for WCU students for FREE! So pick a time, grab a mat, and try it out! You’ll never know if you like it if you never try. Put your mind at ease and enjoy the flow~

Written by Claudia Miriello, Peer Educator

Review of the West Chester Growers Market

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Did you know that there is a growers market walking distance from campus? It’s a great resource to purchase fresh produce, sweet treats, and take in West Chester’s community!

Located at the corner of North Church and West Chestnut Streets in town, the market has been serving the community since 1995!

The market prides itself in being West Chester’s original producer-only market that offers the opportunity to “shake the hand that feeds you”. We decided to interview some West Chester students at the Growers Market about their experiences.

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Photo provided by Peer Educator Allie Fonseca

Have you ever been to the WCGM before?

Student 1: Yes, my roommate told me about it freshman year and I’ve made a lot of trips here since then.

Student 2: No, I didn’t even know this was a thing! I would have been here before if I had known.

What was your first impression of the WCGM?

Student 1: Definitely that it is a great thing in our community. Everyone is so happy to be at the market and the things that they sold were so cool. It’s a great place to get fresh fruits and vegetables, and my roommates like to bake together so it worked out for us.

Student 2: My impression was that it was such a welcoming environment. Everyone was walking there dog and there was live music; it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

What importance do you think a growers market within walking distance of a college campus has regarding the student body?

Student 1: I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to expose yourself to the town that you’re getting your education in. It’s also a healthy alternative to get food to prepare yourself.

Student 2: I think a lot of the times students can say that there isn’t anything around to do, but sometimes it only takes a matter or looking what’s going on in town to see that such a cool thing goes on every weekend, and it’s actually something that promotes a healthy living style.

The West Chester Growers Market is open every Saturday 9-1pm, May through December!

Want more info? Here’s their website:

Written by Allie Fonseca, Peer Educator

Lead the Way!


What makes a good leader? Leadership can be coming from all different aspects. You can be a president of a club or the captain of a sport team. Regardless of the title, how are you being a good leader? Studies have shown what it means to be a good leader.  Here are some important tips:

  1. Remember that one person CAN make a difference. That person can become a leader and has the capability to impact people.
  1. Realistically, everyone has to learn from somewhere, most people become a success from learning through others. Being open minded is extremely important!
  1. You do not need to have a title to be a leader or wait for a promotion to come your way. It’s something as simple as raising your hand in class by volunteering to lead.
  1. Remember why you want to be a leader. It is to help people reach their highest potential!
  1. True leadership depends on a person’s ability to motivate people, not to make money or advancements in profit.

You have the ability to be a leader with something you are passionate about! Not only to you have the capacity to do something great but you also have the ability to inspire people as well! Kid President has some words to show that it doesn’t matter how old you are to be a leader and a team player!


Written by Morgan Harkness, Peer Educator

What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

Did you know that September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month?

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that involves red blood cells (RBCs). RBCs are usually shaped like round discs in healthy individuals, but people with Sickle Cell have RBCs shaped like crescent moons or sickles.Sickle CellThese sickle-shaped cells stick to the wall of blood vessels, slowing down blood flow and decreasing the amount of oxygen reaching the organs.

The symptoms of this disease can be debilitating, but with medication and pain management, people with Sickle Cell can live fairly normal lives.

The following celebrities, who have had Sickle Cell Disease, are proof that people can still accomplish great things in life, regardless of this disease.

  • Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, singer part of TLC
  • Prodigy, rapper
  • Paul Williams of the Temptations
  • Miles Davis, jazz musician
  • Tiki Barber, football player
  • Ryan Clark, football player
  • Santonio Holmes, football player

So can we do about this? “Stop the Sickle Cycle” by sharing information on social media and spreading the news that September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month!

For more information about Sickle Cell, please visit this website:

Written by Rachel Kile, Peer Educator

It’s Summer Time! — Relax and Unwind

During the school year, most students don’t have any free time to do activities that they enjoy. But in a week or so, it will be time for summer break, which means relaxation! Summer break is the perfect time to take a break from all the stress that school brings.


What are you going to do to unwind after finals? If you don’t have many ideas, here are a couple activities to get you started.

1. Read a book (that’s not a textbook)!
2. Volunteer.
3. Did studying interfere with your workout schedule? Get back on track this summer.
4. Go hiking on a trail you’ve never been to before.
5. Check out concerts playing in your area.
6. Travel- whether it is to another country or another town. Traveling is a rewarding experience that is hard to do during the semester.
7. Spend some time with your family.
8. Catch up on your sleep!
9. Try out your baking skills.
10. Hit the beach.

Summer can be at time to have fun, but don’t forget about a few other things as well: update your LinkedIn page, apply for scholarships, and stay on top of student loan deadlines.

Written by Rachel Kile, Peer Educator

Stay Safe in the Sun

As the end of the semester approaches, you are probably planning those beach getaways and fun in the sun to get that golden tan. Or, you could be planning your trip to the tanning salon. That’s why it’s important to take sun safety into consideration. Click the link below to see what happens when a bunch of people think they’re getting a free tan.
Did that shock you? Here are some sun safety tips!
• Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply your sunscreen as directed!
• Exercise in the shade to stay cool.
• Wear protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses to minimize the effect of the sun’s rays.
• Reduce the risk of heat-related illness by knowing the signs of dehydration, and staying hydrated.
• Avoid consuming alcoholic and caffeinated beverages before and during outdoor activities because they increase your risk of becoming dehydrated.
• Look out for any new moles and/or marks on your skin. Be sure to get these checked out by a dermatologist.

Want to learn more? Click here!

Written by Allie Fonseca, Peer Educator

Blue Zones—Living a Longer, Happier Life

The thought of living to be one hundred years old may either terrify or excite you. But how do we live that long? There are millions of products designed to help people live longer, but experts say these products do nothing for longevity. Whatever the secret is, individuals living in blue zones know the answer.

There are locations all over the globe, called Blue Zones, where you will find a population of people living longer, healthier and happier lives. Dan Buettner and National Geographic have scoured the world and have discovered five of these zones, located in: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece and Loma Linda, California. They found that people living in these areas reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

Each group of people have their own unique set of guidelines that they live by, but Buettner has found some overlapping characteristics, known as the Power 9.

So, what do theses people do to live longer and more enjoyable lives? Watch this short video to learn a little more about the Blue Zones! Or check out the Blue Zones website.

Written by Rachel Kile, Peer Educator

Everyday Should Be Earth Day

Earth Day will be on April 22nd this year. It was started over 40 years ago as an environmental forum, but has transformed over the years as a day of environmental action across the globe. Global warming and climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our generation, but small lifestyle changes can help the bigger issue. This Earth Day consider how to you can make eco-friendly choices in your life.


Not sure how you can help? Easy ways to get started include…
-Only using the washing machine/dishwasher with full loads.
-Take shorter showers.
-Turn your refrigerator down to the lowest temperature while still keeping your food cold.
-Look to see if your room or apartment has compact fluorescent bulbs. Not sure what they are? Click here to learn more. If you don’t use CFL bulbs, ask your landlord if they can be changed.
-Be aware of which lights need to be on, and which don’t.
-Walking, biking and mass transit greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
-Use “reusable” products, such as water bottles, and grocery bags.
These may seem like very small changes, but everything you do makes an impact on our planet.

No job is too big.
No action is too small.
For the care of the Earth… is the job of us all.

If you want to make an even greater impact and start a bigger earth day project, look to this resource.

Written by Dave Parsons, Peer Educator

Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate

Disordered eating is considered to be a problem only faced by women, but it is not. Men also suffer from disordered eating habits. In fact, the number of men with disordered eating is estimated to be over 10 million and that number continues to rise.
Males of any age can develop an eating disorder, but they are most likely to begin between the ages of 14 and 25. It is not unusual to develop an eating disorder later in life. This problem can be harder to spot, as many men with eating disorders tend to be overly focused on exercise and muscle definition. Men with eating disorders are also less likely to seek professional help than women.eating

Athletes and performers are especially at risk to acquire an eating disorder because of the pressures of maintaining a certain body type. Many men suffer from Muscular Dysmorphia, which is the belief that their muscular build is undersized and underdeveloped, while in reality their muscle tone is above average.

The belief that these disorders only affect women, along with the stereotypical belief that men should hide their problems and/or insecurities, demonstrate how serious and dangerous eating disorders in men can become.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, consult the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for resources, support, and help.

Written by David Parsons, Peer Educator