Different, Not Less

The zebra is the official symbol of rare diseases because each zebra’s stripes are unique to them, and each person with a rare disease is unique to them. Thus, the zebra is synonymous Rare Disease Day occurs on Feb. 28 of each year. A rare disease is a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people. There is more than 7,000 rare diseases that affects 25 million Americas. Most of the people struggling with these rare diseases are children. There is an innate problem – there is very little funding and…

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Vaccinate good times, come on! (Let’s Vaccinate)

Recently, there has been a big debate over the safety of vaccines. Some people have been led to belief that vaccinations cause autism; this is faulty information – vaccines are essential and necessary to keep diseases eradicated. Elliot Zieman, Professor of Biology at Wilmington College, said, “Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. The key to vaccines is the prevention of diseases. Disease prevention means a vaccinated person is protected from acquiring and transmitting the disease.” Because people are choosing not to vaccinate themselves, the…

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Wilmington College Rallies Against Cancer!

This past Saturday, the annual Relay for Life event commenced on the Wilmington College campus. The committee, consisting of nine members and two advisors, did an amazing job facilitating and organizing this event. Kadie Grundy, the National Days and Philanthropy chair for the Service Leader Executive Board, was the leader on this massive project. Her committee consisted of: Anna Buck, Cody Martin, Ariana Riccardi (myself), Hannah Edge, Hannah Davis, Katie Hill, Laura Swinehart, and Tiffany Kim. The two advisors assisting Kadie were Keni Brown, the President of the Service Leader…

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Easy Ways to Go Green

We encounter plastic use throughout our entire day. We use plastic water bottles, shampoo bottles, body wash bottles, tv remotes, hair clips, toothbrushes, trash bags, the list is truly endless. Over the last ten years, we as a species have produced more plastic than during the entirety of the previous century. It fills our oceans and landfills and breaks down at a prolonged rate; estimates for plastic degradation at sea has been ranged from 450 to 1,000 years. It is essential to keep Earth clean so that generations to come…

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What’s Black and White and Nothing More?

“Zero Shades of Grey” is a program that states that sexual assault is black & white with no space in between. Throughout the process of overcoming sexual assault, there are three stages. Stage one is being the victim. Stage two is being a survivor. Stage three is becoming a creator. The three stages are important for the victim to become free from what has been holding them back because sexual assault is something that can hinder a person from living their life. An interesting fact to consider is 78% of…

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Individuals: They’rrre Great!

On Sept. 17, 2018, Jason Dixon came to Wilmington College to talk to students about taking care of themselves and empowering his audience to think, “I’m kind of a big deal” about themselves. During his presentation, Dixon talked about how telling yourself “you are important” helps with prioritizing your life and what is most important to you. Realizing that you are a big deal is where it all starts. A freshman who attended the event said, “The ‘Greatest Coach’ speech was very entertaining yet informative with a touch of inspiration.”…

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Cold Weather Have You Down?

Seasonal depression is a very real thing that can affect people when the cold, rainy, and wintery months come to visit us; the miserable weather can be detrimental to your overall outlook on life. If you are one of the people who know this demon all too well, there are ways to try and conquer seasonal depression. Access to Light and Sun: Light therapy boxes give off light that mimic sunshine and can help in the recovery from seasonal depression. The light from the therapy boxes is brighter than regular light…

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Breathe In, Breathe Out

Do you need something relaxing to do on a Wednesday afternoon? Well you’re in luck! Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Professor Martha Hendricks hosts a yoga session in the Quaker Recreational Center. All she needs is for you to show up and participate! The QRC provides mats for everyone, so if finding a mat was a concern, no need to worry now! Something stopping many people from pursuing this opportunity is having no experience, but do not fret, experience is not needed – Hendricks will be there…

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Students Operate Collegiate Farmers’ Market

This past week, I was able to catch up with some of the agriculture students who are hosting a weekly Farmers’ Market, where they are selling the freshest organic produce Wilmington College has to offer! Managed by Molly Scroggy, a veteran of the college farm, she said, “this is an amazing opportunity to get out and support a local community cause by buying fresh, healthy, and organic produce”. This farmers’ market is run by the Agriculture 350 class and what they sell comes directly from the previous Horticulture classes, which is pretty…

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