On UMC commencement, the PGA's 'fifth major', Pirate track, your brain, and gray hair...

Graduates consider sticking around
The University of Minnesota Crookston will host another commencement ceremony this Saturday on campus, and hopefully with the economy seemingly on the rebound, the prospects for today’s graduates going out in the real world and finding a decent job to kick-start their careers are better than they have been in recent years. It’s still troubling, though, that all these companies and corporations are seemingly turning big profits again, and yet they’re doing so with less workers than they had prior to the Great Recession so, therefore, they don’t seem to be in a big rush to hire lots of people back. A word to the UMC graduates: Don’t be afraid to check out the job prospects around here. We’d love to have you stay and make a home and a life here. The community is working harder than ever to introduce you to the working world through various internships, and wouldn’t it be nice if some of those internships ended up being a path to a good job?

A memorable weekend at the PGA’s ‘fifth major’
Many PGA players and those who follow professional golf like to call it the “fifth major.” It’s The Players Championship, and it takes place this Thursday through Sunday at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Florida. There are the four majors, of course, the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship, and they are considered majors for a reason. But winning The Players Championship at the Stadium Course is just plain huge. The course, designed by Pete Dye, is home to the famous, “Island Hole,” #17, but its other 17 holes aren’t too shabby, either. They call it the Stadium Course because it’s so fan-friendly when it comes to viewing. There are more bleacher seats than any other PGA event out there. But it’s the drama that makes the tournament great; when the top of the leaderboard is tight late on Sunday afternoon and everyone has to land their ball on that island green, it’s great theater.

Pirate track defend title
Crookston boys' track & field will defend its Section 8A True Team title Tuesday at home as it hosts the section meet, beginning at 2 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. The Crookston girls' team finished fifth last season, but was runner-up in 2011 and won it in 2010. The Pirate teams always seem to perform well at the true team meets and this year should be no different with all of the quality athletes for both. Fans are welcome to attend and watch all the events, and with the forecast calling for a high of 70 it should make for a perfect day.

Exercise your mind
The human brain is a wonderful thing. It allows us to move, think for ourselves, be creative and problem solve. Sometimes, though, when we age, our brains slow down and we may not be as sharp. If we don't keep our brains healthy, it could lead to dementia when older. What can we do to keep our brains functional as long as possible? Exercise is important, as is eating healthy foods. Socializing is actually healthy for your brain, too. A good social life helps to prevent depression. Also, try brain teasers. Take the time to do crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, even math problems. Make your brain concentrate. You should also allow yourself to be bored. In today's information-dominated society, we read so much, our brain hardly has the time to process everything. So turn off the TVs, get off of social media, and do something constructive (or nothing at all) and help your brain out. Amanda Wagner, Times’ intern

It’s your hair, it’s your choice
News reports say scientists believe they have found a cure for gray hair.  While many of us struggle to hang on to every last thread of our youth by dyeing our hair back to its original (or nearly original) color, the messy at-home coloring debacles many of us manage to create could be coming to an end and so could the wonderful pampering of a salon color. What could this mean for the cosmetology business? Thankfully, vanity will prevail and even with the opportunity for a natural cure to going gray many women (and a few men) will continue to tweak the hair color they were born with. Why go gray gracefully or settle for your given color if blonde highlights or an auburn overtone makes you feel better about your appearance? Rejoice in or forget this "miracle cure.” Whatever you do with your aging hair is your business. Do what makes you happiest.