Walking the Royal Mile

As the rain dried up and the weather began to warm in Scranton, I decided it was time to get outside and spend some time on campus.

As a second semester set to graduate in just under one short week, I decided that the best way to spend that time was by wandering around campus.

What better way to get all the views that Scranton has to offer while getting some active time in than walking the Royal Mile?

CHEW created the Royal Mile as a part of their Happy Trail series.

The Royal Mile is a one-mile loop stretching from North Webster Ave. down to Jefferson Ave. The loop encompasses campus and includes milestones like Leahy Hall, the Class of 2020 Gateway and the DeNaples Center in one short trip.

My walk started outside of my dorm in Romero D, and the first thing that met my eyes was Granteed’s Pizzeria. This restaurant has been a staple among my friend group over the past few years, and it was great to see so many people passing in and out of the glass doors.

Granteed’s is located on the corner of Monroe and Mulberry.

Next, I headed down Mulberry St. and across Jefferson Ave. where I passed Hyland and Leahy Hall, a walk that I used to dread but now miss in the times of online school.

I also had feelings of nostalgia when walking past St. Thomas and the Loyal Science Center, both of which held many of my general studies classes and major classes in the Communications Wing.

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Creative Ways to Stay Active Outside of the Gym

Though gyms are open, not everyone is comfortable enough to go inside to workout. Whether it’s due to wearing masks or just not wanting to be close to others while in the gym, it’s not the perfect fit for everyone. But there are plenty of other workout alternatives to help get active while still staying safe.

Workouts with CHEW

The Center for Health Education and Wellness on campus has been working to offer plenty of socially distanced, outside workouts for students. These include yoga workouts and even some virtual workouts that were held over the two-week quarantine in September.

As the weather has been getting colder, CHEW has moved to holding workouts over zoom. The workouts take place nearly every day of the week, and the schedule can be found here for students that are interested in signing up for any of the classes offered.

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Panel Reminds Students to ‘Fail Forward’

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the University held its inaugural Fail Forward Panel for faculty, staff and students. The panel featured Christine Black, J.D., Bobby Davis, Ph.D., Michael Fennie, Ph.D. and Billie Tadros, Ph.D. They were vulnerable in sharing their stories of adversity, failure and resilience to the 300-person audience.

Often times people only share the good in their lives. This panel acknowledged the bad to help others understand that they are not alone in their struggles. In addition, the panel’s shared stories were great examples of how failure can lead to success.

“If we are willing to be authentic with one another, sharing our struggles and not just our joys, we are able to develop more meaningful connections which can sustain us through challenging times in our lives,” Dean Lauren Rivera, a moderator on the panel, said.

Sometimes failures can feel like the end of the world, especially for students. The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) set up “Fail it Forward” boards around campus for people to share their failures with the school community. This public display helped students come to the realization that they are not alone, and that everybody fails at some point in their life. The responses on the boards ranged from sleeping through classes and failing exams to car accidents and tripping in public.

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CHEW Fitness Challenge

Every spring, the University’s Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) runs the Fitness Challenge. This year, more than 1,000 Royals registered for the 12thAnnual challenge.  Weekly Fitness logs are sent out once a week, along with optional daily wellness challenges and a fitness calendar that includes various fitness programs on campus.

Cory Freivald ’20, a Peer Health Educator leader, said, “The Fitness Challenge is run by CHEW every year, and it’s a fun opportunity for students, faculty and staff to keep their new year’s resolutions going strong and get fit!  Scranton offers tons of fitness classes, club and intramural sports, and an amazing fitness center.  The goal of the Fitness Challenge is to help people find their favorite way to work out and stay healthy, and keep them motivated over the course of the four weeks.”

The fitness challenge is a great way to get motivated and live a healthier lifestyle. Free prizes help to encourage students to get moving and hit the gym or fitness classes on campus.  At the end of the fitness challenge, those who completed it are rewarded with a free shirt.

Gabby Basile ’20 loves going to the gym and especially enjoys it throughout the fitness challenge.

“What I like about the fitness challenge through CHEW is that you get a tighter sense of community,” Basile said.  “Knowing that many other students are participating motivates me even more to crush my workouts- and who doesn’t love to be rewarded with a nice new gym shirt?!  I participate every year and I think everyone should.”

Information about fitness classes can be found here.





Stress Less This Week

The arrival of Dead Week brings with it late nights of studying, writing papers and, inevitably, stressing out.  Taking a break and letting your mind and body rest is just as important as studying is.  CHEW is hosting Stress Less Week on campus to help students de-stress before finals. They have a full week of activities planned.

The week started out with “Stress Less Fest” on Monday,  This event was in collaboration with USPB, with a trail mix bar, cookies, stress reduction tips, free giveaways and more!

See the rest of the schedule below:

Dec. 5:

Free Chair Massages, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd floor TDC outside of CHEW

Energizing Yoga, 6 p.m – 7 p.m, Royals Room in the Byron Center

Dec. 6:

Energizing Yoga, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m, Royals Room in the Byron Center

Late Night Study Smoothly, 9 p.m – 11 p.m, 1stfloor TDC

Dec. 7:

Positivity Patrol, Look for PHEs around campus

Gentle Yoga, 12:10 p.m – 12:40 p.m, Royals Room in the Byron Center

For more information, follow @uofschew on Instagram!

Stay Healthy with Health Services and CHEW

Staying healthy during cold and flu season can be tough, and although washing your hands helps to prevent the spread of disease, sometimes it’s not enough. Luckily, the University has resources available to help students through these times!

The Roche Wellness Center is the place to go when you are feeling under the weather. Located on the corner of Mulberry Street and North Webster Ave, the wellness center is a convenient place for students to seek health advice on campus.

Appointments can be made online using the Student Health Portal, found here.

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