How to Survive the Stress of Finals Week as Told by the Characters from Parks and Recreation

It’s that time of year, again, Clemson students… finals week.

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Does just hearing the term “finals week” stress you out? Don’t let it! You’re a Clemson Tiger… you can do anything! Just follow these six, easy steps to stay as stress-free as possible during a crazy week of tests, papers, and lots more.

1. Get sleep!

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It’s no secret that getting 7-8 hours of sleep will help boost your memory and grades.

 2. Avoid junk food!

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Put the ramen down, and eat something healthy! Healthy food will help boost your brain power and make you feel better, overall.

 3. Take a break!

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Taking breaks can help you clear your mind and relax so that you are recharged when it’s time to get back to the books.

 4. Exercise!

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Exercising will both relax and energize you. Whether it’s attending a group fitness class or utilizing the workout facilities at Fike, you’ll feel much better afterwards. You know what they say- strong body, strong mind!

5. Avoid social media!

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Unfortunately, there is no Facebook final exam. Put your smartphone down or download apps that will block those sites for you; do what you have to do to help stay focused while studying.

6. Stay positive!

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Good luck from every one in Campus Recreation!

This blog was written by Joey Dunaway, Graduate Marketing Intern.

Clemson Triathlon Team Competes in National Championships Here in Clemson!

Have you ever been in the car on your way to pick up fast food and seen a car with a 26.2 bumper sticker? Did you wonder how someone could possibly run 26.2 miles? Maybe that’s not intense enough for you. Let’s change the running to biking and add in a one mile open water swim before a marathon of biking. Tired, yet? Alright, how about finishing off the swim and bike ride with a 10k run? Sound impossible? Clemson sophomore, Mike Pajewski, completes races like these every semester as apart of the Clemson Club Triathlon team.

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(Mike Pajewski completing the bike portion of the triathlon)

As a competitive swimmer from Charlottesville, VA, Mike knew he wanted to continue his training when he came to Clemson to study Industrial Engineering. When he met someone from the Club Triathlon team he was encouraged to come out for some practices. At first, Mike was hesitant as he was only used to swimming, but he gave it a chance.

At his first practice, Mike was barely able to run a few miles. However, the good thing about Triathlon Club is that students from all ranges and experiences participate and encourage one another. Also, the club coach will work with you to design a specific training plan unique to you. Because of the support Mike received as well as his dedication and commitment, Mike continued attending practices and competed in his first national triathlon event last April. This year, Mike has transitioned into the role of club President, which is a testament to his dedication and passion for the sport.

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(Mike, front row far left, pictured with other members of the team)

Still a little confused about what it takes to be apart of Club Triathlon? Let’s talk about it. First, anyone can be apart of the team—there are no cuts. The practices aren’t mandatory, but when you do practice you can choose your own pace and level of training. The coach, president, and others in the group are also willing to help beginners come up with a personalized training plan. Seriously, you don’t have to be an amazing athlete to join, but you can certainly become one after your involvement in the club!BL3G6203

The team typically competes in three races a semester with nationals in the Spring. There are two different types of races: sprint races and Olympic races. Sprint races are a little shorter with a 750m open swim, 12-17 mile bike ride, and 5k run. Olympic races are the traditional one mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and 10k run. To compete in these races each racer must pay certain fees associated with travel, race fees, team apparel, and more. Because the fees can rack up, Mike and his executive committee have spearheaded many new fundraising initiatives such as obtaining new bike sponsors, selling team apparel to alumni, kids, and those in the community, as well as working to bring back the Easter Bunny 5k run.

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The team is lucky this year, though, because the 2015 Collegiate Club National Championships are actually being held right here in Clemson, SC. On April 24th and 25th Club Triathlon teams from all over the nation will travel to Clemson to compete in numerous races and events in order to walk away as champions. Whether you are interested in getting involved with triathlon, looking for something to do this weekend, or just wanting to support fellow members of the Clemson Family come out Friday and Saturday to cheer on Mike and all the other members of the Club Triathlon team!

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The dates, time, and location for the events are as follows:

-Friday, April 24
Race: Draft Legal Sprint
Location: Clemson’s Campus Beach
Times: Men (9am), Women (11am)

-Saturday, April 25
Race: Olympic Distance
Location: Clemson’s Campus Beach
Times: Men (7:30am), Women (10:40am)

-Saturday, April 25
Race: Mixed Team Relay
Location: Clemson’s Campus Beach
Time: 4:15pm

Don’t forget to come out this weekend wearing your orange to cheer on the team all the way to the finish line!

If you are interested in learning more about the Club Triathlon team at Clemson, want to know how to get involved, or want to buy some cool merch check out the team’s website at www.clemsontri.com or “like” them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clemsontriclub

Blog post written by Joey Dunaway, Graduate Marketing Intern.
All photos courtesy of Clemson Club Triathlon

8 Reasons Why Every Clemson Student Should Participate in Intramural Sports

1. Because You Didn’t Make the Clemson Football Team

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Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Come out and enjoy various levels of competition on a nightly basis. You can re-live your high school glory days in our competitive leagues or take it more lightly in our recreational leagues.

2. So You Can Take a Break from Homework

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Everyone can use some time away from the books to relieve stress and have fun playing a sport.

3. Because You Can Exercise Without Even Knowing It

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Participating in our various programs and events is a great way to exercise and stay healthy.

4. Because You’re Bound to Make Friends

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Over 5,000 Clemson students participate in Intramural Sports each year, so you are bound to make connections and get to know your fellow students better.

5. Because Working as a Sports Official is Awesome

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Who knew you could get paid to be around sports each night? Even if you are not the next Ed Hochuli, our officials training clinics will prepare you for success and a year-long job.

6. To Expand your Wardrobe Collection

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Winning the coveted Intramural Sports championship t-shirt is a big deal around here. Earn it, and display it proudly around campus.

7. Because Textbooks Took all Your Money

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Fortunately, all participation in Intramural Sports is free!

8.  Everybody’s Doing It!

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Intramural Sports at Clemson has been named in the top 2 spots of the annual Princeton Review ranking of “Schools Where Everyone Plays Intramurals” for 3 straight years and counting!

Special thanks to Chris Cox and Jamie McLean for contributing to this post.

Clemson Club Rugby: Back-to-back Undefeated Conference Champs

The Clemson University club rugby team had a very successful season this fall.

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Team accomplishments include:

  • Second consecutive undefeated conference season
  • Back-to-back Atlantic Coast Rugby Championships
  • American Collegiate Rugby Championship Bowl Series win over South Carolina 40–14.

Individual accomplishments include:

  • 2014 Honorable Mention All American–Jason Damm
  • 2014 Atlantic Coast Rugby League MVP–Max Simons
  • 2014 Atlantic Coast Rugby League Freshman of the Year–Drew Dommel
  • 2014 Academic All American–Rion Tapp.

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While the team has had numerous on-field accomplishments, it is the academic accomplishments that Coach Justin Hickey wants to be recognized. For example, to be an Academic All American, athletes must be a regular starter on the field and have a cumulative 3.7 GPA or higher. Clemson’s Rion Tapp has received this honor as a junior and as a senior.

In South Carolina, rugby is only played in approximately eight to ten high schools. However, interest in the sport is growing rapidly. What is it about this sport that makes it attractive to young men and women across the nation?

Rugby is a sport that combines all other sports. Even if an athlete did not grow up playing it, it is easy to pick up, especially with the help of fellow teammates. Rugby encompasses football, basketball and soccer. It combines running, jumping, passing and kicking into one physically demanding sport.

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Although rugby is extremely competitive, it comes down to camaraderie. Individuals on the club rugby team grow close with their fellow teammates. It does not end there though. There is also a shared mutual respect with rivals, as the sport is all about sportsmanship. Typically, the home team will feed the visiting team following the match, allowing the athletes to socialize with one another.

As an added benefit to being a member of the rugby team, there are student leadership opportunities available to manage the club. Students are responsible for arranging travel and financial plans.

DSC09152Another benefit is the opportunity to professionally network due to the strong alumni connections of previous club rugby athletes. These professionals sometimes contact Coach Hickey with job opportunities for the players.  In a way, there is a business club within the rugby team.

Coach Hickey is very proud of his team, as they have come a long way since his arrival four years ago. The club now has over 60 members. These young men are motivated and work really hard. They practice everyday, study film and use the weight room. However, Coach Hickey is most proud of the students’ academic accomplishments. Whether the athletes go to graduate school or enter the professional fields, he is always rooting for them.

DSC09237The rugby team welcomes other interested students to join the club. The starting roster contains athletes who have never played the sport before. It does not matter whether you start freshman year of high school or junior year of college—at some point you are learning the sport. Other experienced members of the team will also help those who have never played before because they want to see the team succeed.

Although most of the season takes place in the fall, there are a few events happening this semester. The Tigers are currently competing in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship Tournament. The Rugby team won the first around against Arkansas State to advance on to the Quarterfinals. The Quarterfinals will be on April 11th, and Clemson will compete against Navy. The team will also compete in the Atlantic Coast Rugby Sevens Championships on April 18–19. The winner will advance to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, which will be featured live on NBC later this spring. Way to go men’s club rugby!

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For more information check out the Clemson Club Rugby website at http://www.clemsonrugby.com, follow them on Twitter at @ClemsonRugby, or like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/clemsonrugby

(All photos courtesy of Jim Sullivan and Clemson Rugby)

8 Reasons to Attend a Group Fitness Class

1. Relieve stress.

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Working out is a great way to relieve stress and boost productivity!

2. Hang out with your friends.

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Group fitness classes are a great way to bring a group of friends together to get your fit on, keep each other accountable and have fun!

3. Get motivated to work harder.

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Whether its camaraderie or good ole competition- group exercise motivates people to work harder and push themselves!

4. Most classes are for beginners.

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Don’t be intimidated to sign up for a group fitness class because you have never done it before. That’s ok! Chances are you won’t be the only newbie in the room, and it will be a great opportunity to learn something new.

5. Instructors will help guide you through the class. 

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Our trained group fitness instructors are passionate about what they do and love sharing their passion with others. Also, they can teach you safety and proper forms for all kinds of workouts. So no more exercising incorrectly!

6. Group classes are fun.

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It’s one of the only places where being loud and blasting music during exercise is normal!

7. There are a wide variety of fitness classes offered.

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Whether it’s cycling, yoga, pilates, core or Zumba, there is guaranteed to be a class that caters to your fitness needs!

8. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Sure, who doesn’t love laying on the couch watching Netflix? But after getting out and getting fit you’ll be glad you traded the couch for the gym!

Special thanks to Erin Helbling, the Graduate Assistant for Fitness and Wellness, for contributing to this post.