UNITED WE STAND

For all the ladies who missed out on the great opportunity to see Monti Washington yesterday speak, I wanted to make sure that you all at least get the opportunity to know the main focuses of his speech. I found this United We Stand speaker to be one of the best ones the campus has had yet and everything he had to say was valuable.

1. Be Confident

2. Be tru, be you

3. FLY: First Love Yourself

4. Tell yourself everyday, that you are the sh*t

Monti Washington came from the streets to the stage and made his life what it is today. Here are some links to his pages to learn more about him and his process for you to do well in life and school. I encourage you all to look at the links and watch the videos.

Monti on Youtube

CIA Link

Truality Link

PAINT & PUNCH

I totally forgot about our WONDERFUL FNC! Thanks to all the Wilgus women who came to support Wilgus hall! This event was truly amazing, and a great opportunity to really express your own creativity and show us your skills as artists!

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DRAG SHOW

The Drag show was a blast with one of our fellow 1 East ladies that decided to come with me! Thanks for coming Jess 😉 I definitely owe you brownies now haha14625414_10209473962240181_1163474507_n.jpg14686476_10209473962320183_485694740_n.jpg14625340_10209473962200180_119424240_n.jpgT

ROCKIN’ BRIDGE PARTY

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Welcome weekend was a success and I got to paint some faces at the rockin’ bridge party! Here you can see Jen as a leopard and Devyn as an owl/sloth looking creature. I painted  faces all night from the time we got there to the time we cleaned up. I painted everything from Mike Tyson’s face tattoo to a chubby hamster. This event was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again!! Thanks to everyone who came!

Curt Patrouille

curt_patrouille_posterLast Sunday your Wilgus Hall Staff went to go see Curt Patrouille, a UWP Alumus, and a Command Sargent Major in the National Guard share on how to overcome adversity in your daily life and keep a positive outlook. Curt told us about the many adversity’s he has had to overcome in this lifetime and how he managed to do so. Curt’s main points on overcoming adversity and developing resiliency were to hunt the good stuff, stop dwelling on the negatives, look at the positives, communicate as best as possible with everyone, and develop relationships. Essentially what Curt was saying to us all is that the first steps to overcoming adversity in life are to stop getting down on everything and start taking control of how things that happen make you feel.Curt also said to not let others dictate the meaning of success in your life, so if you feel you had an accomplishment on day and someone doesn’t, don’t let them get you down. You had that accomplishment whether they say so or not. Curt’t final words were, Do what’s right, dont sweat the small stuff, never stop learning, and that everyone has wolves. This discussion was mainly to help teach everyone that there are things that make life harder and stress us all, but there are ways to overcome these stresses and conquer them. So do your best, look on the bright side, and you’ll go far.

A book Curt suggested for people to read is ” Escape the box” by Edward Hobbard, which is about an airforce infantryman shot down over korea and held hostage.

If you want to know more please dont hesitate to ask me!

Blood Drive and Donate4Me

  
Blood Drives. Most people know what they can and can’t do in order to be eligible to donate. But did you know the men who have sex with other men and people who identify as transgender cannot donate blood for a whole year? Donate4Me is what you donate for someone in the LGBTQ community who cannot donate themselves.

According to a study conducted by UCLA Williams institute the FDA can test blood for HIV after donation if there is suspicion. Also that lifting the ban on LGBTQ donations would increase overall blood supply by about 4 percent, or about 2 million more people could be helped.

If you want to learn more about this program or sign the petition to lift the ban, visit the Doyle Center on campus or go to change.org

Students Fight Back

Last weekend your Wilgus Hall Staff attended a presentation called Students Fight Back which was a presentation about self defense for yourself. Our speaker was named Morgan and she is Girls Fight Back speaker and self defense instructor certified! This organization has been active for over 15 years after it began for a student named Shannon was assaulted and murdered in her home and her friend/ sorority sister, Erin, decided to do something about it. This program focuses on de-escalation, intuition, how to support assault survivors, how to be a good bystander and/or ally, among many other things. Morgan walked us through some basic self defense techniques which was very fun to listen to a room full of people yelling and defending themselves from the air.

Did you know:

  • About 1/3 of female murder victims ages 12 or older are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
  • It is estimated that 43% of lesbian and bisexual women and 30% of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one form of sexual assault during their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 5 young women will experience sexual assault in college.
  • Approximately 57% of survivors know their assailants

With basic self defense skills and knowing how to be a good bystander these statistics can be lowered with your help. To me, personally, I gained a lot from this presentation on how to trust my intuition more and what to do if i feel uncomfortable with a person who might approach me in a not friendly way.

If you want more information here is the link to the website: http://www.girlsfightback.com/

And here is a link to a video of a short Girls Fight Back presentation from the founder, Erin Weed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J943b5kWpMA

Mary Jo Appreciation Dinner!

This past weekend we held a appreciation dinner for our favorite custodian in the world, Mary Jo! We had a build your own pasta bar and a variety or cupcakes and cake! It was so nice seeing so many residents from all over the building, and from other buildings, come down and show their love! We even discovered how to find the adjustable lights in the basement so give it a restaurant dinner feel. We all hope those who attended had as much fun as we did!

Apple Fest

       
    
 Some lovely 1 East, 3 East, and 4 West ladies went to FNC in Porter tonight and it was Apple Fest! It was super fun!

Football!!

Football!

Football!! Let’s all go support our Pioneers at their first football game of the season! It’ll be an awesome way for us to hang out as a wing and cheer on our favorite team! It’s free for students to attend so all you have to do is scan your ID at the gate and you’re in FOR FREE! Since this is the first game it should be awesome seeing the marching band’s new halftime routine along with the dance team! So even if you don’t understand football at all there is still stuff to do and watch! Come to the lobby September 4th and at 12:20 we’ll all walk over together! Hope to see you all there!

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