The Chuggler: A Tailgating Essential

The Chuggler: A Tailgating Essential

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For those of us who are of age, tailgating is the highlight of the year. We wait all summer to finally whip out our koozies and beer pong tables. We’ve made it a tradition, but I’m starting to think we’re just going through the motions. Every tailgate consists of the same games. Where’s the fun in that? What we need is something new and exciting to bring to the table.

This is my first football season as a 21-year-old, and it’s definitely been worth the wait. What I’ve found is that Greeks aren’t being all that adventurous with our tailgating activities. We have the opportunity to pair up with other Greek organizations and tailgate to the fullest of our abilities. Why aren’t we?

Luckily, I’ve found just the thing. This is THE tailgate accessory to have for the season, and you shouldn’t be caught on Memory Mall without one. It’s called The Chuggler. The Chuggler is a 30oz beer mug that also turns into a funnel! You just fill it with beer and pull down the tube that hooks to the top. When first plugging the hose into the bottom of the mug, just be sure to get the hose far enough up the bottom. We don’t want any spills, people!

 I can’t even imagine what I did before The Chuggler came along. It revolutionizes parties, provides you with fun new drinking games, and is perfect for those game day open container policies.

I took the time to test it out and decided we couldn’t part. I dropped my koozies and swapped it out for my hot pink Chuggler. It quickly became a favorite at tailgating and all of my friends’ parties. There’s nothing more portable or more perfect. Start showing these off around your friends and you’ll be the trendsetter of the group.

The Chuggler comes in eight awesome colors and can be bought in bulk!

Head to their website right now and buy yours!

http://www.chuggler.com

While you’re there, check out the Chuggler accessories. They make everything you need to keep your Chuggler cold and trendy. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your old drinking games, try their signature Chuggler game! It’s easy to play and instructions can be found directly on their website. I think it’s about time we all shook things up a bit. Your tailgates will never be the same.

Play responsibly! 

  

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Not My Michigan

A Michigan student-athlete turned Registered Nurse on the Michigan Medicine contract negotiations in 2018.

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It's May 1st, 2016. I'm bright-eyed, eager, and graduating from the University of Michigan as a Nursing Student and Student-Athlete.

I am ready to take on the world the way that Michigan taught me how: fearlessly, compassionately, and wholeheartedly. I bleed blue. I know what it means to be a Wolverine and to represent the Michigan Difference in everything I do. I wear the block M on my School of Nursing scrubs and my Michigan Dance Team uniform well aware that it represents goodness, tradition, and excellence. I am determined. I am inspired. I am ready.

It's Monday, September 17th, 2018. What does Michigan mean to me now? I used to be so sure. Now, I simply don't know. So, what's the deal? How did my view on an institution become so indifferent in recent months?

I chose U of M to start my nursing career because it had the widely known reputation of putting its patients first, respecting its nurses, and providing the best care to patients in the state (5th in the country, to be exact). In my first year, as I was clumsily learning how to push patient stretchers, titrate intravenous vasopressors, and to communicate with the medical team, I proudly participated in our hospital's effort to achieve Magnet status.

When Nursing earned Magnet Status, an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center and indicator of the strength and quality of Nursing at Michigan, I felt that same pride as I did in May of 2016.

I knew in my heart that I picked the best institution to develop my nursing practice and to give high quality, patient-centered care to anyone who walked, rolled, or was carried through the doors of Adult Emergency Services. The hospital's goals were aligned with mine and those around me. We put patients first, and more specifically, we put patients over profits.

I am lucky enough to work at a hospital that has been unionized for more than four decades. When I started working, the concept of a union was foreign to me. For those who may need a refresher, unions promote and protect the interests of all employees. They collectively bargain with employers to secure written agreements for employees regarding pay, benefits, and working conditions.

Collective bargaining agreements are legally enforceable contracts holding employers and employees to mutually agreed-to workplace rules and process to provide a fair and just workplace. The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association, has been working diligently since January to bargain with the University of Michigan to protect me, the 5,700 nurses who work within the institution, and our patients. I'd like to think they're the good guys in this story.

Here's where things get sticky: David Spahlinger, president of our prestigious U of M health system, has publicly stated that Michigan is "committed to maintaining current staffing levels," but will not make this commitment in writing. Common sense is reflected in the most high-quality research on the topic of nurse-patient ratios and its direct effect on patient care.

Appropriate staffing allows me and my coworkers to give the quality of care that I know we have the ability to provide. High staffing levels are associated with reduced mortality, falls, medication errors, ulcers, restraint use and infections. Unregulated staffing is a significant barrier to nurses' abilities to provide optimal patient care and prevents Nursing at Michigan from providing what we know to be the Michigan Difference in healthcare.

UMPNC held voting on a work stoppage for unfair labor practices last week. Out of 4,000 votes cast by nurses at the U, 94% authorized a work stoppage in protest of the University's unfair labor practices. No date is set, but our elected nurse bargaining team now has the authority to call for action.

Thank you to Katie Oppenheim, who chairs our union, for reiterating in an article to the Detroit Free Press that a work stoppage is not our goal. "Our goal is a fair agreement which respects nurses and guarantees safe staffing. The university can remedy this situation immediately by stopping their unfair labor practices and bargaining in good faith."

I am proud to be a nurse and I hope that our efforts to keep Michigan a patients-over-profits institution are recognized at the community, state, and national level. Anne McGinity, David Spahlinger, and those who have the power to make Michigan the magical place I once thought it was, make like Nike and just do it. For the love of patients, nurses, and our great University. I know we are better than this.

(Stay Tuned, folks).

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It's not an easy thing to do, to be healthy in all areas of your life. As a matter of fact, I don't feel like that's really possible to ensure health in every single part of your life. Try not to make perfection a goal. It's not something that you'll ever reach. If you're striving for perfection, you've already lost the battle. Instead, try to strive for progress and positivity. Most importantly, love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle.

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