Dec 052014

Health Education Coordinator Ashley Chastain has made this lovely and handy guide for the Safer Sex Materials available at the Wellness Center. They are also available in the DSC office for you to use in your Safer Sex Material bowls in your lounges (speaking of which…do you need to refill your bowls? Come on up to 5495 when schedule shows that DSC members are in office, and you can get refills).

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Dec 052014

**Update 12/13: Remember to bring EARPLUGS to protect against any possible use of LRAD sound cannons. If you are at the GC, you can pick up a free pair of these in Room 5409. Snacks and water are also good to bring!**

If you are pepper sprayed, here are some tips & remedies:

  • Avoid touching the affected area/using lotions or other oil based products: Pepper spray is oil based, so your finger oils will spread it and make the burning worse. However, you should remove your contacts immediately if you are wearing them, preferably having someone assist you (because your hands will likely have the residue).
  • Apply milk to the affected area to decrease burning: Milk doesn’t get the particles out of your eyes, but it does reduce the sting. Pour cold whole milk into a large bowl and soak the area  You might consider bringing a spray/water bottle of milk with you to have on hand, especially for if it gets into your eyes.
  • Blink fast to produce tears: Tears help to clear out the spray
  • Rinse with dish detergent and water: Use 1/4 of a mild dish detergent/soap and dilute it with 3/4 cool water. Make around 3-4 liters worth, because you may need to wash your eyes out about 10 times. Pour into large bowl and dip your face in for about 20 seconds at a time; change the water after each rinse. A wet towel containing the mixture is also an option: pat it on the area.
  • Use saline solution: This well help flush extra pepper spray out of the eye after the burning has decreased; blink your eyes after applying to eliminate any remaining oils.
  • Use Liquid Antacid and Water: Liquid antacid (L.A.W.) is 50 percent liquid antacid and 50 percent water. This option only applies to aluminum or magnesium hydroxide based antacids such as Maalox and not simethicone based antacids.  The website says that while this is what emergency medics usually use, it’s not recommended for people without experience.


Know your cell phone rights:

“In June the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Riley v. California that police do need a warrant. This is good news for protesters, but in a heated moment law enforcement could still bend these rules.” ( According to Lily Hay Newman over at Slate, you are allowed to take photos and videos in public spaces, but the rules may be different on private property; she asserts, however, that generally law enforcement are not allowed to view/delete stuff on your smartphone sans permission. She suggests uploading media to cloud service, live stream, or social network as you capture it. A handy thing to remember is that if you are bringing your cell phone, you should make sure that it is pass-code protected. More at the link above.

Advice for International Students Engaging in Political Actions:

National Lawyers Guild number in case of arrest: 212.679.6018

Dec 022014


Wednesday, December 3 & 17


Wellness Center, Room 6422


This drop-in series was developed especially for the doctoral students of the Graduate Center.  This series will be facilitated Dr. Daniel Rothenberg of the Student Counseling Services/Wellness Center.


Practical dimensions of completing your dissertation

What you need to know about the “nuts and bolts”, as well as the complexities of completing the dissertation, selecting an advisor and what you must do in order to successfully navigate the dissertation completion process from beginning to end.


Personal dimensions of completing the dissertation

What you need to know about the personal dimensions of how you relate to your dissertation topic, your advisor, your family and friends in order to successfully complete the doctorate. What is the inner wisdom that you need to acquire in order to navigate the dissertation and avoid pitfalls on the road to a life in academia?  This workshop will provide mindfulness skills, as well as awareness tools that you need to regulate your life and maintain clarity from the time that you begin your dissertation through the time that you obtain employment beyond the doctorate.


You must be a currently registered GC student to participate.  Please bring your GC I.D. with you (must have the Fall 2014 validation sticker).  If you wish to complete a workshop application in advance, please see attached.


For more information, please call (212) 817-8731. For a calendar of all upcoming workshops, please visit our website at

Nov 192014

In case you want to put it in your calendar, the Wellness Center will be hosting the following events:

·        World AIDS Day: HIV Awareness and Rapid Testing Event – December 9th, 2014 from 10:00-3:30pm

·        Cholesterol & Glucose Screening Event – March 25th, 2015 from 9:30-2:00pm

·        2015 Annual Wellness Festival – May 4th, 2015 from 10-3:30pm

Oct 242014

Did you know that the Wellness Center has a survey on which you can give them feedback about the kinds of resources and workshops they should provide? Fill out the survey and drop it off in Room 6422 to let the Wellness Center know how they can better serve your health and wellness needs (especially because the DSC H&W survey only comes out once a year–this allows you to give more regular feedback).

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