ALS Ice Bucket Challenge–What is it Really About?

Hello friends!

This summer has been full of major trends and news breaking events! I mean Mountain Dew Baja Blast was released in stores, Burger King brought back chicken fries (praise sweet baby Jesus) and we even saw the death of comedy icon Robin Williams. One of the biggest things to sweep social media this summer were the videos of people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads. That’s right friends, I’m talking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

For those of you who don’t know, before it was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge it was just an Ice Bucket Challenge. A golfer named Chris Kennedy was nominated by a friend to participate in this challenge in the middle of July, and at the time participants chose which charity they wanted to donate to after completing the challenge. Kennedy decided to make his donation toward ALS research because he knew someone suffering from the disease. He went on to nominate the wife of his friend suffering from ALS to take on the challenge next, which seems to have formed the link between ALS and ice buckets. For more information on the origin of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge check out this article!

As the challenge has gained popularity I’ve seen more and more people posting in opposition of the challenge. People claim that it is a waste of water and time with claims such as, “I don’t understand how dumping a bucket of ice water over your head is supposed to cure a disease.” Obviously friends, it certainly isn’t going to cure ALS. That isn’t, nor was it ever the point of the challenge. It’s all about bringing awareness to this often overlooked disease! I’m curious as to how many people knew what ALS was when they watched a challenge video, or even when they were challenged themselves? I know I didn’t. That’s enough to get people to head over to google and simply search, “What is ALS,” which would quickly point them to a name they might be a little more familiar with, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For those of you who don’t know, Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the spinal cord and brain tissue causing physical paralysis. For more information on ALS visit their website here !

Another thing that people may not know about the challenge are the actual rules of it. I use the term rules lightly because ultimately, the challenge is supposed to be a fun way to raise awareness and support for ALS. If you are nominated for the ALS Ice bucket challenge you are supposed to:
1. Accept or deny the challenge.
2. If you accept the challenge you are supposed to make a $10 donation to ALS research and record a video of your challenge and post it on a social media venue nominating (usually) three others to take the challenge and repeat what you did!
3. If you decline the challenge you are supposed to make a $100 donation to ALS research.

I was nominated for the challenge the other day actually. My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is posted on my Facebook page and I proudly made a $10 donation in addition to my challenge!
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In all honesty, if the person who nominated me for the challenge hadn’t told me about the $10 donation I wouldn’t have even known about it. If everyone who spent time and energy complaining about the challenge spread awareness of that fact imagine how much more good the challenge would be doing! Not to say that it actually needs it though, because the last time I checked the challenged raised over $15 million dollars for ALS research! I have no complaints about the challenge though! I think it’s a way to spread awareness about this disease that people haven’t thought about for a long time, and through donations actually help make a difference. Think about it this way; even if people don’t make the donation when they do the challenge they (more often than not) will say they are doing the, “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” which gets people talking about the disease. That can cause a domino effect of that person looking up what ALS is and telling others about the disease and the challenge, which gets people talking and in turn gets people to take action.

So, what is the big deal? People have an excuse to have fun by dumping a bucket of ice water over their head, and some good comes out of it too either directly through donations, or indirectly through word-of-mouth! Even people complaining about the challenge is helping spread awareness for ALS! It’s a total win-win situation for everyone and it has proven to be a huge success! The only thing I can suggest is when you post your super awesome video of your bone-chilling experience include the link for ALSA.org in your status and encourage people to stop by the website and check out what is really behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! I for one, can’t wait to see what viral philanthropic challenge is next! To make a donation towards ALS research visit this link!

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Talk to you soon!
–Tyler Calhoun

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The Truth About Dorm Life

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The month of August is upon us! With that being said, summer is almost over. Am I the only one that feels like this summer just flew by?! The end of summer isn’t the only thing that August brings; this time of year means the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. I’ve seen a lot of my friends on Facebook getting ready for their first year of college. So, in honor of the back to school season I decided to share some knowledge about what to bring and what not to bring to your dorm!

First of all, be ready to throw out whatever plan you have in your mind about how you are going arrange your space. It’s a great idea to have a plan of how you want to set up your dorm, but that plan may have to change based on how things fit and how your roommate sets up the room, if you have one. In all honesty, you will probably change the layout of your room numerous times before you find what works best for you. That will come after you have gotten into your routine and you find out how you are going to like things. I remember the first month of school my freshman year one of my first friends at school changed her room about five times and later changed at the start of the winter semester. So, don’t be too stuck in your plan on move-in day because it will probably just change anyway!

One thing about college that I did not know was all of the things you could be charged for upon moving out, anything from marks on the wall to stains on the carpet. Anything that even looks like it might have been damaged by you has the potential to get you fined, and these fines are OUTRAGEOUS! So, here are some ways to avoid getting shaken down by your RA. If you want to hang things are your walls avoid using tape; when you take the decorations down the tape could take paint off the wall with it. Using a poster putty like this will work great to hang up your decorations and you won’t have to worry about messing up the beautiful office beige that a commercial company worked so hard to put up on your walls. I hope you caught-on to the sarcasm dripping from that last sentence. Command strips are also a great option to use for hanging heavier things on your walls. For those random marks and scratches that magically appear on your walls this is about to be your best friend. Mr. Clean is the name you hear everybody calling for when it’s time to prep the dorm for winter recess, or check-out. Praise be to Mr. Clean for this amazing product!

If you are at all like me, than you are probably fond of shoes…maybe a bit more fond than you should be. I mean you need to have options right? Shoes can really make or break an outfit after all. A lot of people buy the hanging shoe racks that go on top of your dorm room door. While these are convenient they can also scratch up your door and your doorframe, which you could get charged for. To prevent this from happening I suggest getting a shoe rack that sits on your floor. This way you avoid damaging your door and you can stick it underneath your bed, or at the bottom of your closet to keep it out of the way. You could also still use the hanging rack, but just attach it to the door some other way, for example using command hooks!

Call me a stereotypical college student, but I love coffee. If you are an avid coffee drinker then you know that it gets pretty expensive pretty quickly. To help defer the cost I highly suggest getting a coffee maker of your own. Some people get fancy ones, and some people have a basic Mr. Coffee coffee pot. I would go with whatever one you know that you will use. Personally I have a mini keurig coffee makerand I absolutely love it! I use it almost every day at school. If you don’t know what keurigs are you are about to learn! They are coffee makers that use small cups, k-cups, to make coffee. First, you simply add water to the Keurig, then you put in your k-cup and hit go! It’s great if you don’t have time to wait in lines or for a pot to brew because your coffee is literally ready in 60 seconds. But k-cups can be pretty expensive, so I have an attachemnt for keurig that allows me to brew my own tea or coffee. You can also use your keurig to brew hot water and pour it over your tea bags!

One thing that I didn’t even think about getting, but really wish I had was a mirror! In my dorm I shared a room with three other guys and we all shared one bathroom. There were MULTIPLE times that I was about to head out for class, or just out with friends and just as I went to make sure I was looking fabulous and to my horror the door to the bathroom would be locked. Let me tell you, there is nothing more terrifying than going out blind and hoping for the best. If you are someone who really takes pride in their looks, don’t do this to yourself. It’s not worth it.

I would highly suggest buying cleaning supplies too. I mean that’s basic, no one wants to live in a dirty dorm. To save some money though, you may not want to buy big things like vacuum cleaners. More than likely you will be able to check out appliances like these from your front desk. The same goes for cooking ware; most cooking utensils are available for residents to check out and use. I would suggest investing in small things like a couple plates, bowls, mugs, and silverware just so that if you want to make a snack without leaving your room you have the stuff to do it!

Probably the most important piece of wisdom I can share with you is you do not need to bring every piece of clothing that you own to school! In short, DON’T BRING ALL YOUR CLOTHES!!! I promise you won’t end up wearing half of what you bring with you anyway, and at college you will more than likely buy new clothes, not to mention the heaps of free t-shirts you will somehow just acquire. Nothing is worse than when you still have a suitcase full of clothes to put away and your closet already looks like a volcano on the brink of eruption.

Those are just a few pieces of advice from me to you! I hope you find them useful! If you have any questions about dorm life and what to bring comment below and I’d be happy to offer you my two cents! Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to like, comment, follow, and subscribe!

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Talk to you soon!
–Tyler Calhoun