It’s something that 21-year-old Stony Brook University student, Mollie Auguste, can’t help but do, yawn. And no, its not because she is tired, bored, or has the need to stretch out, its just that every time her roommate at school would yawn, she would find herself involuntarily doing the same exact action, without even thinking about it. “I guess it doesn’t matter who it is where you are, what you’re doing,” She states. I find that when somebody yawns I usually yawn also and it’s weird. In fact Mollie isn’t the only one who experiences contagious yawning, everyone does, including household pets and animals in the wild. And as readers are reading this article, at some point, they may find themselves yawning as well.
The Stony Brook University Health Services center distributed flu shots in early-November. Vaccines were available for “eligible students” at the cost of $10.
With flu season at hand, it’s important for students to receive the vaccine, which stimulates their body to produce antibodies that protect against the flu virus.
Students who are either allergic to eggs or are sick at the time of the vaccination should not attempt to get the flu vaccine, as there could be detrimental side effects.
The Center for Disease Control considers all college age students at risk for developing the flu and instead of being sick during finals, it may be a better idea just to get the vaccination before it is too late.
Side effects of the vaccination can include a stiff, sore arm as well as flu-like symptoms. Those with side effects should contact the Student Health Center if symptoms don’t subside within 24 hours.
Stony Brook has had several other flu shots throughout the semester including an H1N1 shot. To find out where to get the shot now you should contact the Suffolk County Department of Health at (631) 853-3000.
Coming back to campus this semester, it was evident that there was something different about the food. Returning students found new concepts, including a salad bar, in the Union, vegan options in Kelly Quad and updates to the SAC cafeteria, too.
The changes are due to the new campus food provider, Lackmann Culinary Services. Lackmann is the replacement for Chartwells, the company that had provided campus food for years. Lackmann’s goals are to provide cheap, delicious and healthy food to the campus body.
After an extensive search, including investigating the options at a large buffet-style dining hall, Lackmann was chosen due to its local ties and affordability for students according to the campus dining bid committee.
The new campus dining provider has also spearheaded the “china first” program in H-quad, a green initiative where students use real utensils while they eat. The company plans to extend this idea to other parts of the campus and to continue using biodegradable containers and utensils.
Though it is too early to tell what students think of the food, it is clear that changes involving campus dining were needed on campus due to student complaints. According to the campus dining bid committee, students had many concerns about Chartwells including prices, hospitality and the quality of the food.
The Student Activity Center during lunch time
Across the train tracks and a short walk from campus is Green Cactus Grill, a restaurant specializing in healthy Mexican food — no MSG, lard or preservatives, and all natural ingredients.
Stony Brook has a Mexican option in the Union where many students complain that the prices for burritos and tacos are unreasonably high. At Green Cactus, many salads, tacos, burritos and appetizers are available for the fraction of the price. Two chicken tacos cost around $4.00 and the restaurant provides complimentary salsas for the chips that come with most orders.
Green Cactus Grill is a cozy restaurant, and many students and administrators from Stony Brook can be seen spending their lunch hour off campus. Green Cactus also provides meal deals and coupons on their Web site.
For many students, Green Cactus is a hidden gem yet to be discovered. However, once you’re a customer of Green Cactus, it’s hard to continue eating campus food.
Green Cactus has restaurants across Long Island including locations in Huntington and Wantagh.
Green Cactus is located at:
1099 Route 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790-1924
Recently I wrote of my addiction to caffeine. My preference was coffee. If I couldn’t have that I would settle for a Pepsi. But those days are over. I’m happy to report I haven’t had a ‘cup of joe’ in over a month, but it has been a long month. Yes I can focus a bit more but everything seems to move a bit slower including me. Next, I’m going to try adjusting my diet and that B12 energy thing everyone’s raving about.
I’ll keep you posted!
Photo from: www.nlm.nih.gov/…/ ency/imagepages/19517.htm
Trying to stay fit by going to the gym is probably the last thing on our list of duties, among our daily grind of going to class, studying, doing homework, and getting some sleep! However, working out not only keeps you healthy, as you may all already know, it can help you to relax and conquer those daily tasks with more energy. Now I don’t mean look like the dude in that picture up above. But go when you to help you relax physically and mentally. How do I know? Well I go to the gym about twice a week. I tell you it’s a stress reliever for me, when I’m either climbing on that Stairmaster or stretching out while listening to my favorite song on my IPod.
But if the gym is not your thing, don’t fret there are other forms of exercise through many available classes at the SAC or the Pichard Gymnasium. You can choose from a whole list of choices such as spin cycle, kickboxing, yoga, and my favorite hip- hop dance class.
So what are you waiting for? Find the class that fits in your schedule. But don’t just sit there, try to stay fit!
I am came across this video on YouTube and it was really eye-opening, especially because I enjoy sushi and eat it at least once a week. Finding out that restaurants could be using other fish then what their menu says is very shocking.
In my own personal sushi experience something like that happened to me. I order a spicy tuna roll in a Japanese restaurant in Binghamton, New York. When I received my order the spicy tuna was more of an orange color compared to its usual rich red color. It seemed as if they tried to serve me salmon instead of tuna. I didn’t make a compliment and just ate it anyway. However, after seeing this video I think I was in-fact served the wrong type of fish.
Keep an eye out and watch what kind of fish is being served on your plate the next time you order sushi.