Monthly Archives: November 2013

Student’s Death at Penn Towers

Recently, we lost one of our own Penn staters due to a Psychedelic drug. MacMannis, 20,died Saturday  after he fell from the balcony on the ninth floor of Penn Tower and landed on Beaver Avenue. He was pronounced dead shortly after the coroner arrived early Saturday morning. The coroner ruled that his death was caused by head trauma sustained from the fall. Preliminary investigation indicates that drugs and alcohol were a factor in the tragic accident.

Over the last few days, the State College Police Department has responded to two calls for drug overdoses related to the use of “acid” or a similar type of drug. The initial investigation indicates the use of these drugs has resulted in the accidental death of a Penn State student and treatment of six other individuals for suspected drug overdose. In other words, someone is selling fake drugs.

This is why my blog stresses safety. This tragic accident is a result of drugs and alcohol. Know your limit, and don’t do drugs. Especially if you don’t really know what it is. After reading this story, I hope you take everything I said in my previous blogs into consideration.


Black Friday or Cyber Monday?


I mentioned Black Friday in a previous post, but I didn’t really get a chance to talk about the safety precautions you should take. Black Friday is a day when just about everything has a discount, and everyone knows that. Guess what, Black Friday isn’t the only time of the year that stores have great deals.

I know that may surprise many people because they think that Black Friday is the only time of the year that just about every store has huge discounts. Have you ever heard of Cyber Monday? Cyber Monday is a little different than Black Friday. If you don’t already know about Cyber Monday, it is the Monday after Thanksgiving when online retailers offer their products at special prices. Often, the deals found online during Cyber Monday are just as good as those offered during Black Friday, and sometimes even better.

One advantage that Cyber Monday has on Black Friday is that you don’t have to worry about riots and fighting over merchandise. You can be in the comfort of your own home and get great deals. It’s much safer!!!! But I know many people like to actually try on their clothes and actually be in the store. I personally love online shopping.

Which one would you prefer, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?


Traveling Home From College… Safely

Many college students take the bus home during breaks. Those busses include Grey Hound, Mega bus, and many more. With that being said, please keep your things close and watch your surroundings.

I have a friend whose luggage was stolen while traveling home. He had many expensive things in there. If you can take your luggage on the bus with you, please do so. I know that it may be a little uncomfortable, but it’s better than having you things stolen. If your forced to put your luggage on the bottom of the bus, sit on the front of the bus. If you sit on the front of the bus, you will be one of the first people to get off the bus, thus getting to your luggage first.

I couldn’t imagine looking for my things and not being able to find them. That is why I always take precautions. Those busses have many strangers . You never really know what’s on their mind. I’m not saying that everyone is a thief or murderer.. you just have to watch out. Especially when your traveling on busses alone.

I hope everyone gets home safely and has a wonderful break!

Black Friday Shopping At Walmart… Extra Precautions

As you guys know, Black Friday is coming up!! Many things will go on sale and the line to just about every store will ne super long! Let the madness begin…

One store that many people go to is Wal-Mart. They have some of the juiciest deals out there. Recently, they let out many of their discounts that they will have this year. One deal that caught my eyes was a TV that was on sale for $148.00 last year, but will be $98.00 !

This year they will take extra precaution because many injuries occur during this sale. Five years ago, a Wal-Mart employee is trampled to death. It’s just a shame. People seem to lose it all over a little sale… well big sale. Anyways, I would go shopping on Black Friday for two things, electronics and clothes. They seem to have the biggest discounts, especially electronics. I’m really looking forward to buying an iPad mini, that is… if it’s on sale.

Evjoy your holiday shopping!!!

Double Plane Crash Survivor Returns to Basketball Court

A high school student names Austin Hatch survived two plane crashes. Two years later, he said he is on the rebound and eager to play college basketball next year at the University of Michigan. Although the second plane crash killed his father and step mother,  he didn’t let that stop his dream. He ended up signing with University of Michigan.

Before the crashes, Hatch was a basketball standout at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game. After suffering a brain injuring, he knew that it would be a bit of a struggle to pick up the pieces and keep moving forward, but he was willing to do whatever it took.

A few months ago, he moved in with his uncle and finished high school. This fall he will be attending University of Michigan. Hatch has already overcame many obstacles in his life and probably has many more coming. His obstacles show that you should never give up on what you want to do, even when you think the worst has came your way. If I could meet hatch I would just tell him that he is such an inspiration and that his parents are looking down at him smiling and cheering him on every step of the way.

What would you say?

College Students Never Really Get A Break

In the previous post I mentioned Thanksgiving Break. Is it really even a break? I mean.. yeah we get to see our loved ones, but is it a break from the college? NO. As soon as we come back from break we have finals. So during this break, you have to somehow manage to get a few hours of studying in. If you fail to do that, I’m almost positive that you will be behind in lots of work. When I first realized that break was coming up, I was super excited. Soon after, I realized that a week after I returned, I would have three finals and an exam waiting for me. A bit much huh?

This is when time management comes in. Of course we will be excited to see our families, but don’t forget what will be waiting for you when you go back to college. If you like  me… you don’t want to have a stack of books read and flash cards to learn. DON’T CRAM. Remember that finals will affect your grade significantly, some more than others. So while your having fun back at home, don’t forget that you still have work to do. Yes… even on your “time off.”

Missing home? I Have Great News…

To all of the college students out there missing home, guess what…. Thanksgiving break is approaching!!!! Yay! I know that this blog is usually about ways to stay safe while enjoying college, but today’s post will be about something that all college students can relate to… missing home. I haven’t been home yet, so my home sickness is at a high right now. If you can relate to what I just said… hang in there. Thanksgiving break is coming up in about a week. Not only will you be with your family, but you will also eat some wonderful food. And trust me, a couple of days after you visit home, you will probably be ready to come back to college anyway. Haha.

I know this is a bit early to say, but I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving break!! Have fun, enjoy your time with the family, and eat lots of wonderful food. I’m sure your family misses you as much as you miss them, so enjoy every minute of it. See ya!


Bundle up!

About two days ago, it was 23 degrees outside! I know many people at Penn State are from places that doesn’t even snow. So this post it specifically for you. Penn State gets really cold. I know you probably hear this a lot, but hearing it and feeling it are two different things. The one thing I would recommend  is bundling up. The top things you will need to bundle up for the winter includes a coat (I prefer insulated coats), scarf, gloves, warm boats, and a hat.

Some people may think that the things I named are common sense and that everyone should know to wear those things in the winter. The problem isn’t that people don’t know to purchase those things, the problem is that they don’t buy the right kind of things. For example, if your  not from a place that has snow, you  may thing that any kind of boots will warm your feet, or that any scarf will warm or neck. That’s not the case. If you are like me… you get cold REALLY fast. Some of the winter apparel that I recommend includes:

1) Ugg boots (pretty expensive but will last forever and keep your feet warm)

2) A woolen scarf

3) An insulated coat (It doesn’t have to be from North face. You could find something cheaper that keeps you warm at a store like Macy’s)

Last but not least,  you should put on layers of clothes. This is just to be safe. Putting on a pair of legging under your jeans won’t hurt. Especially if it’s 19 degree out.  Hopefully this post helps you keep warm during this cold winter 🙂

Ways To Prevent Sickness

Hey guys! I noticed that the weather has been changing for the last couple of weeks. Its been getting really cold! I’ve also noticed that many people are beginning to have a really bad cough. Oh No. Just because a few people got sick, doesn’t mean that you have to. Here are a few ways to stay away from sickness.

1) Always wash your hands. And don’t forget to wash them for 30 seconds or more. I usually say my ABC’s while washing my hands just to make sure.

2) Lysol you room frequently. Lysol takes many of the germs away. By using Lysol,  your killing many germs that you probably didn’t even know was in your room.

3) If your the person that is sick.. COVER YOU MOUTH WHILE COUGHING. You are suppose to cough using your elbow, so if you use your hand just make sure that you wash them afterwards. You can easily pass your sickness to others by coughing without covering your mouth

I know these are simple things, but many people forget to do them. (especially covering their mouths) So just keep these three simple things in mind. I;m not saying that these things will save you from sickness, but it will definitely lower your chances.

Fire Safety

Since I’ve been here at Penn State, we have had two fire alarms. The fire alarms happen when you least expect them. Sometimes you may be eating, sleeping, or even taking a shower. I’ve witnessed people stay on the floor in their room as one is happening. DO NOT DO THAT. I know they occur often, but you never really know if there is really a fire or not. The point of a fire alarm is to prepare you for a real fire.

The number of reported fires in the dormitory occupancy group increased 18% from 3,200 in 1980 to 3,780 in 2011.  These fires caused an annual average of 2 civilian deaths, 30 civilian fire injuries, and $9.4 million in direct property damage. You will lower these statistics by taking fire alarms more serious. Do not ignore fire alarms, it’ s in the best interest of your safety.