Students can play games, enjoy food and try their luck for the new year at the Asian American Association’s (AAA) annual casino night in the Coleman Morse Lounge on Friday in celebration of the Lunar New Year, lasting from 9-11 p.m.Crystal Chen-Goodspeed, junior and treasurer of the AAA, said the event will give students the chance to compete for tickets and enter into the raffle for prizes, which include a Kindle and Beats by Dre headphones.“There is free reign to play any game [visitors] want … There will be Asian-themed goodies and red envelopes during the course of the event to really convey the many messages of Lunar New Year,” Chen said. “At the end of the night, everyone will submit their raffle tickets and drawing will commence to distribute prizes.”Khanh Mai, junior and vice president of AAA, said the games will incorporate a range of meanings and traditions.“Some of the games are seen as traditional to the respective culture, such as bau cua of Vietnam and mahjong of China. Others are more prototypical of casinos, like blackjack and poker,” Mai said.“It is like your normal casino night with an Asian flair,” Chen-Goodspeed said.According to Chen-Goodspeed, gambling and games are traditional celebrations of the Lunar New Year.“A big part of the holiday is large family gatherings and gambling. It is believed that if you have good luck in gambling during the celebration, then you will have good luck for the remainder of the year,” Chen-Goodspeed said.Mai said this event is important because it allows students to maintain their Lunar New Year traditions even while away from home.“It’s important for ND students to celebrate partly because it may be a glimpse of home-away-from-home for them,” Mai said. “I know that my first time away from home during Lunar New Year was especially rough; I would equate it with not being home for Christmas.”The AAA — who partnered with the Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Chinese Culture Society and Japan Club, as well as the multicultural commissioners from Siegfried, Pasquerilla West, McGlinn, Carroll and Breen-Phillips for the event — encourages all students to attend, even if they have never celebrated in the past.“It’s always insightful to learn about different cultures and their own special way of seeing and celebrating the world,” Mai said.Although celebrations of Lunar New Year vary around the world, the AAA hopes their casino night will encompass the core tradition of the holiday, Mai said.“Families tend to gather in the days preceding Lunar New Year to indulge in family time and begin festivities; [Casino Night] plans to do the same. It’s time for us to spend with one another, and amidst the fun, think back on the year past and look forward to the future,” Mai said.The entrance fee of $5 at the door gives each student 15 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased if needed.Tags: AAA, Asian American Association, asian american association casino night, Casino Night, coleman morse lounge, crystal chen-goodspeed, khanh mai, lunar new year
Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 17 Views no discussions HealthLifestyle 10 Keys to Healthy Living. by: – June 20, 2011 By Marissa LippertOne of the goals at Epicurious is to help you balance the great pleasures of eating and cooking delicious food with maintaining a healthy diet. Wholesome eating and a healthy lifestyle can be surprisingly simple when a solid foundation of smart habits is in place. Here are ten useful tips you can easily incorporate into your day-to-day life.1. Be PreparedWhen it comes to establishing and maintaining nutritious eating habits, being well-prepared makes a world of difference. Set up a weekly time in your schedule to head to the grocery shop or the farmers’ market to ensure that your kitchen is well stocked with a variety of healthy foods for meals as well as convenient, portable snacks.2. Rearrange Your PlateLimit calories and boost nutrients by filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. The other half of the plate can be split between lean proteins, such as fish, chicken, and tofu, and a mix of complex whole grains and carbohydrates, such as quinoa and sweet potatoes.3. Less Is MoreScan the ingredient list of all your processed foods, and seek out foods with short ingredient lists. Seek out foods with short ingredient lists. Ideally, most—if not all—of the ingredients will be easily recognizable. Try to minimize your consumption of processed and packaged foods.4. Keep a Food JournalMake a close assessment of what you’ve eaten in a typical week to affirm positive eating habits as well as to identify and tackle negative ones. Keep a food journal for three to seven days and choose small, strategic goals to work on, such as drinking more water or consuming two pieces of fruit and two different vegetables daily.5. Take CuesBe aware of when you’re hungry and when you’re full. Doing so will help keep portion size in check, which in turn will impact your weight loss or gain. Eat slowly—it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you are full—and aim to get fruit or vegetables into the majority of your meals.6. No Skipping MealsEating every three to four hours helps keep up your metabolism and calorie-burning ability. Make sure you have breakfast—even if it’s as simple as a piece of fruit and a skim latte—about one to one-and-a-half hours after waking, and at least one snack between meals per day.7. ExerciseTry to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Challenge yourself by changing your current routine: Add one extra day at the gym, go for a daily 30-minute power walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or add 10 to 15 minutes to your workout.8. Drink UpBoost energy and digestion by drinking water daily. Aim for at least six 8-ounce glasses and increase your intake according to your individual needs and physical activity level.9. Strive for BalanceHectic schedules are challenging, and they can affect our food choices. Reduce stress by taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Try to carve out some quiet time for yourself every day, even if it’s just 30 minutes.10. Sleep WellAn important physical component of maintaining good health is getting a sufficient amount of sleep. Along with physical activity and nutritious eating, proper sleep can help you manage sugar and carbohydrate cravings as well assist your efforts to achieve an ideal weight. Healthy adults should try for an average of seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Studies show that trying to recapture lost sleep on weekends simply doesn’t add up.by Epicurious.com
The announcement took all of 30 seconds to say, but the ramifications are still being felt.Ever since senior quarterback Matt Barkley declared his intention to return to school for his senior season on national television, USC has been lauded as the preseason favorite to win the national championship.When the “experts” talk of such predictions, the discussion usually centers on Barkley and Co. on the offensive end. One of Barkley’s main targets, sophomore receiver Marqise Lee, made some sensational plays in practice on Thursday.“[Lee] was the MVP of today,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Obviously he’s a great player and he has the potential to be a real star player.”The Trojans do not just feature an experienced offense, however. With eight starters returning from last year’s squad that was third in the conference in points allowed, the Trojan defense is not to be taken lightly.“As a defense, we just come out and do what we’re supposed to do,” junior cornerback Nickell Robey said. “All we’re worried about is winning on third downs and getting off the field.”Robey, a starter since his freshman season, has taken on more of a leadership role this year and has made it a point of emphasis to help the younger players adjust.“We have a lot of young guys, so we’re trying to get them acclimated to the system. When we can do that, we’re going to be better as a defense.”On Thursday, the defense got the better of the high profile offense, forcing turnovers and making it difficult for the offense to move the ball.“The defense kind of dominated today for the most part,” Kiffin said. “It’s always hard to evaluate the offensive line and the run game when you have no pads on.”With the loss of three starters on the defensive line from last year’s unit, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is relying on newcomers to step up.“We have to show up inside. That’s where it all starts,” Orgeron said. “If you’re weak inside, you’re not going to have the type of team you want.”Orgeron is hoping for solid play from returning seniors Devon Kennard and Wes Horton.“Devon and Wes are coming. Those are guys I expect to play well,” said Orgeron. “Last year, Devon had some missed sacks, some missed plays. But he’ll get them this year.”If Thursday’s practice was any indication, the defense will turn some heads this season.