Samantha TrunkettBy Sam Trunkett, CLA Ambassador

 

“Be the Match” is an organization that aims to build a large and diverse registry of potential bone marrow donors who can help those suffering from advanced blood cancers. In the fall of 2013, two Oregon State University students, Blair Fettig and Jesse McGinty, teamed up and established a “Be the Match” university chapter in the hopes of finding a donor for a fellow OSU student. Since then the OSU’s “Be The Match” chapter has registered over 1,000 potential donors through on-campus events. Today, the group is tasked with staging another event for a very special individual.

Rio Ramirez, a fun-loving and spunky four year old, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia in December of 2015. He is just one of 14,000 individuals waiting for a bone marrow transplant. The “Be the Match” team is trying to up Rio’s odds of finding a bone marrow donor by arranging a super hero themed bone marrow registry event and fundraiser in his honor. If you are in Corvallis and would like to get registered to be a potential bone marrow donor or you would like to attend the event it will be at Franklin Elementary School. On top of joining the national donor registry with “Be the Match,” there will be live music, a silent auction, and a bake sale. All of the proceeds will towards Rio and his family. If you are not able to attend but still wish to be a super hero and help Rio out during this difficult time you can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/eef5vn8c

Jenna Saperiaby Jenna Saperia

It’s a new year, and that means a fresh start for infinite adventures! The term just began, and that means that the stress of trying not to fall behind along with the inevitable crossed eyes that come from reading your computer screen for six hours straight is upon us once again. But 2016 is the time for change; resolve to mix in restorative breaks to maintain your peace of mind! Here are just few options.

Find a new place to breathe the fresh air. If you enjoy Mary’s Peak, try Chip Ross Park. The uphill bike ride there will be a work out, but the satisfaction of the view, and the fun of going downhill on the way back will be worth it.

Find a new coffee shop. Sure, you enjoy the indulgence of Dutch Bros coffee, but try mixing it up with a local option! Interzone is close to campus and a great place to get a delicious coffee while experiencing a new Corvallis environment!

Find a new distraction.New year means new movies, which means new books to read before the movie comes out! Personally, I’m reading The 5th Wave. A movie night with friends after a week of studying is exactly what we need to make this term successful. So grab a book, find a couch in the MU, enjoy some spontaneous piano playing, and maybe even take a nap.

Now that you’ve got a new plan for the 2016, rock your resolutions and ace this term!