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Elizabeth Link

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Tips on Running



I would have never considered myself a runner... and I still don’t exactly now. I think of myself more as a semi-educated athletic person who attempts to run. Recently, I signed up for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 5th of this year. For those of you who don't know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles.  Before I began working out at the beginning of the semester, I could barely run more than a mile and a half at a time. Now, five weeks later, I’m well on my way to running the whole race... or at least most of it.

When you start a new exercise regimen, it’s important to understand the best way to go about training and working out.  When it comes to running you have to know how to push yourself and increase your distance in a way that wont strain your muscles or increase your risk for injury. You also have to know what kinds of food will keep your body working to its full potential so you see results and make your goals.

A running schedule helps keep me on the track for success. Pinterest has also helped me create a stable core that in return, helps me run better. Pinterest has so many great boards about fitness and nutrition that I can hardly get enough of it. I’m constantly pinning new exercises everyday that help me target the parts of my body I want to work out. You can also find tons of healthy recipes that will keep you fit, trim and that taste delicious.  Start your own boards and cater them to your interests and make sure to spice things up during your workouts!

So take the challenge and make the effort to be a better version of yourself. Setting goals can help keep you motivated and once you start seeing those results you wont want to stop. If you have something to work towards, you’re more likely to stick with it and get healthy. Plus- as women, we love to shop. Getting workout clothes is just another excuse to get some new stuff and look cute. So what are you waiting for? Get started!

Valentine's Day



Girls love the romantic gesture. We love everything sparkly, expensive and insanely romantic. And that’s because movies make everything out to be one hundred times better than they might actually be in real life. Do you know a guy that would write you love letters every day for a year? That’s 365 letters, I can count on two hands how many my boyfriend has written to me. Unfortunately there aren’t many men in the world named Noah Calhoun.

However just because men may not be as crazy romantic in real life as they are in the movies doesn’t mean we still cant enjoy and wish for those types of things to happen to us someday. So in wishful thinking here are some movie moments, some realistic and some maybe a little less, that I think everyone can agree they hope will happen to them someday.

Kissing in the Rain- The Notebook. John Cusack standing outside the window with a boom box- Say Anything Having that special guy find you at a place that is special to you that you only mentioned to them once- Ashton Kutcher finding Cameron Diaz at the Lighthouse on Fire Island, New York. What Happens In Vegas Re-creating your first date together- The Vow Being serenaded with the song “Can’t take my eyes off of you” by Heath Ledger’s character Patrick Verona- 10 Things I Hate About You

And then there is one of my favorite romantic exchanges from Sweet Home Alabama, “What do you wanna marry me for anyway?” “So I can kiss you any time I want.” Any Nicholas Sparks book turned movie will give you the romantic story of boy meets girl and eventually they live happily ever after. It’s what every girl wants eventually and there is no reason we can’t have it. So keep watching your oh too addicting romantic comedies and drop a few hints to your significant other and maybe they’ll get the hint and make one of your dreams come true.

My College Bucketlist



For December graduates the real world is only a few weeks away. I know it’s a cliché but college really has gone by so fast. I’ll be graduating in May and then I’ll be a member of the working w

orld. So while I still have time to relax and make the most of my college experience I think it’s a good time to make a bucket list for the rest of my senior year here at West Virginia.

I have done a lot of things while attending school here but there are still so many more experiences to be had. Morgantown is such a great community and town I want to explore everything it has to offer.

So far in my college experience I have run the United Way 4 Mile race across all three campuses, which ended with me running through the tunnel at Milan Puskar Stadium onto the football field. How many people can say that?

After transferring here spring of my sophomore year my new roommate who I was just getting to know, took me to wisp for tubing with her and some of her friends. It helped me get to know her and introduced me to people other than the small group of friends I knew before coming here.

I have also written for HerCampus for three semesters, joined the women’s club lacrosse team, have gone to the farmer’s market, have been on national television for college game day, rushed the court after a basketball game, attended many football games, swam in cheat lake, am a member of PRSSA, am the Public Relations chair for the Sports Management club and have made some really close friends.

However there are still many things I want to do which include

Students Help Raise Health Awareness


On Thursday October 18, 2012, the Public Relations Student Society Of America (PRSSA) chapter at West Virginia University took part in the United Way’s Youth Day of Caring. The volunteers handed out information on healthy living, recipes and the farmers Market located on Spruce Street.
The Youth Day of Caring is a yearly initiative to get people under the age of 25 together to volunteer for a non-profit in their community. West Virginia is one of the least healthy states in the country and the PRSSA students felt that they should focus on trying to get people to change their outlook on junk food.
“It’s good for people to develop these habits early. College is a good place to start focusing on healthy lifestyles,” said Jack Lake, Community Service Chair for Volunteers. Lake talked to students about the benefits of being health conscious and also gave away free stress balls and plastic tumblers that were donated by LiveWellWV. PRSSA stationed a booth in the free speech circle across from the Mountainlair where they had posters advertising correct portion sizes for food, nutrition facts about alcohol and energy packed foods. The Mountaineer, Jonathan Kimble, even stopped by to take on challengers in a push-up contest.

Interesting facts I learned from the booth: The ‘cream’ filling in Twinkies is mostly shortening like vegetable or beef fat. According to, a Long Island Iced Tea has upwards of 400 calories! As many as drinking 4.1 Miller Lites. The Benefits of drinking Green Tea include prevention of cancer, can increase metabolism, reduces heart disease, and can lower your cholesterol.

Fall is My Favorite Time of Year


Fall is my favorite time of the year. If you think about it, how much better could a season get? The beautiful weather and scenery, picking apples and pumpkins, and Halloween all rolled into what might be the best season ever. The only thing I have to say is I wish that I could still get a tan, but I guess I can wait till summer comes back around.
Halloween is the favorite holiday next to St.Patty’s day for college students. They get to dress up with friends and be someone or something else for a few days while going out. When it comes to costume ideas, there are literally hundreds if not more options to choose from. If you’re still undecided you do have a few days till the 31st to make your final decision.
Costumes can be made out of pretty much anything you have in your closet or out of a few simple pieces you can get for cheap. Creativity is crucial when it comes to this holiday. Just this morning on twitter I saw pictures of students dressed as contestants from toddlers and tiaras, construction workers, many different professions with the word ‘sexy’ in front of it and the ever popular girl staple the cat.
If you still have to pick an idea here are a few simple and easy costume ideas.

The Greek Goddess- Bed sheet, leaves for a headpiece (optional) and colored string to tie around your waist.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Little black dress, pearls, black long gloves, heels, and a fake cigarette (optional).
Skittles- Colored duct tape, long t-shirt, fabric to make the letter S.

Pittsburgh Penguins Public Relations Team


On Monday October 8th, The Pittsburgh Penguins PR team visited students at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism. This was the second time Jennifer Bullano and Jason Seidling had visited the Public Relations Student Society of America at its WVU chapter. They discussed things such as how they got their current positions, what they look for when hiring interns and some of the interesting things they get to do while on the job.
 Something that I found particularly cool was when Mrs.Bullano talked about how close she works with the team and especially the players and coaches. She mentioned after being there for a few years they are all like family and she knows many of them personally and has a connection with them that goes past just work. For someone like me who wants to work in sports it’s neat to think that some day I could be in her spot, talking to and getting to know players and coaches on a personal and professional basis.
Not only does she get to interact with these professional athletes but she also gets to travel with them. Who wouldn’t want to travel for free all over the country with professional athletes that you might consider friends? Sounds like the perfect job to me!
But Mr.Seidling did remind us that it’s not all fun and games 100% of the time. They have to keep track of statistics during the game, have media guides and sheets prepared for every game to hand out to reporters, and must give out credentials before every game to allow the media into the building along with many other things that change day to day.

Chiara Maimone


Name: Chiara Maimone
Hometown: Huntington, NY
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Year: Senior
Relationship status: Single
Hobbies and Interests: WVU Women's Lacrosse & Spending time at the beach
Why did you decide to come to WVU?
Because I wanted to go to a school that offered my major, had a women's lacrosse team, was somewhere out of New York, someplace that had sports teams and was a big school.
What has been one of your favorite memories from college?
Being able to travel to so many different states with my lacrosse team. I don't think I would have gotten the opportunity otherwise.
What is one thing you could not live without?
My family
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Move back home to New York and get a job in New York City in the fashion industry.

A Little Life Lesson From a WVU Grad


WALLINGFORD CT- Carl Josephson is learning what it takes to be a staff writer for a local newspaper. The recent graduate of WVU studied print writing while attending school and is now using his skills as a sports writer for the New Britain Herald, a medium sized paper in New Britain Connecticut.
While he has only been at the paper for around two months, he said he has learned a lot about the profession and how to do well in it.
“Pay attention. I think that covers a lot of it, “ Josephson said. “Know what you’re doing when you start because you’re expected to know it, that’s why they hired you. And when they show you something make sure you pick up on it the first time so you will be able to do it the next time you’re asked.”
As a sports writer Josephson said he works most nights. Going into the office at around four or four thirty p.m., five days a week, then going out and covering local high school sporting events. Then coming back to the office to write up to three different versions of the story, with at least one being for the ten thirty p.m. deadline.
He also communicates on a daily basis with three different editors and executives above him.
He mentioned that he doesn’t always cover the same events, at the same schools so it gives him a little variety with his writing. And because there are so many sports in
the fall he could have multiple stories in the paper on any given day. However because football is so big in the area surrounding the paper, each sports writer is assigned one specific high school in order to build a relationship with the team, coaches, and players.

Avicii in Concert


Thursday September 20th marked my first Avicii concert and it was epic. Everywhere you looked there was neon clothing, crazy makeup, glasses without lenses and people just going crazy. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I hadn’t really listened to him before other than a couple of songs but I heard a lot about how great of a show he puts on and I had high expectations. I was not let down. 
My group left late because we didn’t care to see the opening act so we got there just a few minutes before Avicii took the stage. We found our seats, and a few more of our friends and soon the lights went dim and you knew what was coming. When Avicii started playing everyone went wild including myself. Fog was released and soon made its way into every section of the arena, which made the strobe lights, and lasers look amazing. Everyone at the show was on their feet dancing and just having a good time. The backdrop lit up with the word, ‘Avicii’ in bright lights behind the turntable, which made for an awesome image when looking at the stage with the bright red and orange background and the dark figure Avicii in the foreground. He played a pretty long set which was great because the crowd was loving it, and I’m sure if he wanted to play through the night everyone would have stayed to enjoy the party. 

Justin Drohan


Hometown: Nashua, NH

Major: Public Relations

What are some things you look for in a girl: Great Personality, Similar interests and goals as me, Sense of humor

Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, Snowboarding, Having a good time with friends.

Future Goals/ Plans: PR practitioner at agency and Graduate school

Favorite thing or memory about WVU: St Pattys Day 2012

If you could meet anyone who would it be and why: Kobe Bryant because he is my favorite athlete of all time.