Monthly Archives: September 2014

Educate Yourself with CESA and One Night

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A common theme in the news lately has been sexual assault on college campuses. Why the sudden growth in these incidents? Part of the problem could be the lack of education on college campuses. Not education not to commit the act, however education about what exactly it can be. Sexual assault isn’t always the cookie cutter we see in movies and such, there’s many different circumstances that can arise that may not look like sexual assault, however it is.

Can sexual assault happen between two best friends? That’s exactly what happened in the production “One Night” that was put on by the theatre company “Equalogy” here on Monday during community time at Vets Hall. The production was an interactive play about one night of fun before four friends graduated from college. After too many drinks, two friends who had feelings for each other almost got intimate, however, the girl decided against it. However, she had no say in the matter.

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She was taken advantage of and distraught. The male character was confused because they had been intimate before. However that had nothing to do with it. Something like this could easily play out on any college campus, and according to the news it has. According to Sarah Lawrence University, at least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career, and at least 50% of those incidents include alcohol.

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Sexual assault can’t just be between a suspect and a victim, it can be between two friends, two people in a relationship. It doesn’t discriminate between gender, age, or sexual orientation. Being a bystander and not speaking up can be just as bad. Don’t blend in like a zebra. Speak up, help your friend, and bring them to a hospital.

Lucky for us, we have a great source on campus that educated us about sexual assault. CESA (Campus Educators on Sexual Assault) is the go-to source here at Salem State.  (@SSU_CESA) If you’re interested in training to be a campus educator yourself, sessions are on Tuesdays on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th from 4:00-7:30 in Marsh 210. Dinner is provided at every training session.

Sources:
http://www.equalogyinc.org/

http://www.slc.edu/offices-services/security/assault/statistics.html

http://psychgumbo.com/2014/04/01/sexual-assaults-the-silent-epidemic-on-college-campus/

http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/blogs/blog/beckiwarrillow/2013/02/12/Got-Consent/

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Why the Apple is Fall’s Favorite Fruit

When it comes to fall, what fruit comes to mind? Pineapple-picking and sipping on mango cider aren’t fall staple activities unfortunately (however they would be fun).  It’s apples! I was biting into a juicy Macintosh apple as I was getting inspired to write this post. Naturally, I then wanted to indulge on some hot apple cider donuts.

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The apple is one of the earliest cultivated fruits.They originated from small, sour crab-apples and have transformed from cross pollination into the larger, sweet delicacies we enjoy today. In the 13th century BCE, an Egyptian Pharoah cultivated apples along the Nile River Valley, and they quickly spread to the Rhine Valley, then set out for world domination. William Blackstone, an early settler also brought a bag of apple seeds over from Europe to Massachusetts. These seeds were planted in Beacon Hill in Boston as well as in Rhode Island. No wonder why apple specialties are such a fall staple for us New Englanders, they originated here!

Apples are known as “the cream of the autumn crop.” Next to pumpkin and anything concerning pumpkin spice, of course (according to Starbucks). It’s cultivated in the Northern Hemisphere in the fall and winter season. Now, there’s 7,500 varieties of this healthful fruit.

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Need a fall activity fix? Here’s some fall activities and events around the area:

Apple Picking – Russell Orchards

Fall foods, rides, games, and animals – Topsfield Fair

Rides, thrills, and haunts  – Canobie Lake Park Screemfest

Corn Maze – Connors Farm

Clubs Get A Bite of Funding From Shark Tank

Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17, Shark Tank takes over Alumni Plaza in front of the Ellison Campus Center here at SSU from 5-7 PM. If you’ve ever had a dream of a student organization putting on an awesome programing (What, you don’t dream about programming?), then this event is for you.

Just like on the hit TV show “Shark Tank”, members of various clubs on campus will pitch their program idea and budget to a panel of faculty and staff. The “judges” will then compromise how much the group or club will receive.

 

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What’s even better is you won’t go hungry like a shark during this event! Food trucks will be serving grilled cheese and whoopie pies from local vendors. Just a little something to sink your Jaws into.

 

While we get pumped for the event tomorrow, how about we check out these awesome products that went on the market thanks to the investors from “Shark Tank.”

 

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nuts ‘n more peanut butter – This protein-packed peanut butter comes in seven varieties (regular, toffee crunch, chocolate almond, chocolate peanut, pumpkin spice, cinnamon raisin, and almond butter). It not only includes all natural peanuts, but it also includes healthy flax seeds for digestion. It’s a fun way to get more out of your peanut butter.  $10.99 USD per 16 ounces.

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pursecase – This is one of my favorites – probably because when I watched the episode, the developers said they worked in PR and I’m a PR major… do bias. However this #StylinAndDialin’ iPhone holder is a stylish mini case that holds your phone, wallet, money, etc. It’s a chic carryall. $15-$35 USD.

 

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DrainWig – Developed by a mother with a love/hate relationship with long hair, the DrainWig prevents all hair from being caught down the drain in the shower. It also prevents chemicals from falling down the drain. $12.98 USD per pack.

 

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http://www.lorettahelson.com/shark-tank-lessons/

http://www.amazon.com/Nuts-More-Peanut-Butter-Ounce/dp/B009798F1Q/ref=sr_1_11/178-6047274-6328833?ie=UTF8&qid=1410981778&sr=8-11&keywords=shark+tank+products

http://pursecase.com/

https://www.thegrommet.com/drain-wig-prevents-clogs-1

Parting the Seas of Social Change

Here at SSU, we believe you can change the world. That’s what the student leaders who attended our leadership conference weekend from Saturday, September 14th to Sunday, September 15th learned. One of the major ways of getting involved in society today, even as a student, is social change. Getting involved in the major social issues of our day such as LGBTQ rights, the wage gap, or immigration can give you experience to use after you graduate.

Assisting with social change doesn’t have to be this grandiose, difficult process. Your addition can be as small or as big as you want, as long as it’s something that makes you happy. The conference’s keynote speaker Johnny Cupcakes emphasized doing what you love, and being happy. If social change makes you happy, go for it. If walking dogs is what makes you happy, go walk some pooches. Whatever it is, do more of what makes you happy as Johnny Cupcakes says.

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I know what you’re thinking: making a difference isn’t as easy as it sounds. What exactly should I do? Do I make changes on a big or small scale? What’s the first step? What you want to do is up to you and your passions. Multiple universities and scholars have constructed a guide using “the 7 c’s” to help people conduct social change.

 

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INDIVIDUAL VALUES

  • Consciousness of self
    Be aware and knowledgeable of the values you are advocating for, and know how you feel about them yourself.
  • Congruence
    Be consistent with your values, thoughts, words, and actions.
  • Commitment
    Me committed to your mission. Be motivated and passionate, and it will eventually rub off on others!

GROUP VALUES

  • Collaboration

Working togethers empowers others. When the public sees a group of empowered individuals,             they will feel empowered too! There’s power in numbers

  • Common Purpose

A common purpose strongly bands people together. Being in a group will enable the members to          analyze the issue and take steps toward change.

  • Controversy with Civility
    Recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: that differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such difference must be aired openly but with civility.

COMMUNITY/SOCIETAL VALUES

  • Citizenship
    The individual and the collaborative group become responsibly connected to the community and the society through the leadership experience.

 

If you’re aware, committed, and part of a group, you can change the world!

 

Sources:

http://www.kean.edu/ku/Social-Change-Model-of-Leadership-Development

http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-make-a-difference-12/

Image Credit:

http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-make-a-difference-12/

http://www.kean.edu/ku/Social-Change-Model-of-Leadership-Development

 

5 Reasons Why Salem State University is Taking Over The World

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When you see our school’s logo what runs through your mind? Witch trials? Your happy place? Schoolwork? Your friends? Salem State University means a lot of different things to different people, however soon it will on everyone’s minds. The improvements that this institution has undergone in the past few years are immense. Some are big and noticeable, some are smaller, however no matter the size they are all huge stepping stones for this university. Each improvement is another reason to have peace of mind that you chose a great university! Here are five big stepping stones the university has taken in the past couple years.

 

1. Becoming a “University”

When SSC became SSU, it became a. one of the biggest state schools in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an important part of the north-of-Boston community. As a University, SSU now offers degrees from different “colleges” in the university (such as the college of arts and sciences, the college of health and human services, etc). Your education here is comprehensive, in-depth, and adaptable to a global world.

2. The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

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Not only does the library have a wide variety of books for research, it also has silent study rooms with dry-erase walls, and numerous computers for private study. There is also a librarian for every department that is there to help you do research and learn more about your discipline.

3. The Gassett Fitness Center

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The Gasset Fitness Center has state-of-the-art cardio and muscle machines, free weights, mats, and more. There is also a gym for basketball and dodgeball games. One of the coolest features is the free fitness classes including Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, SurfSet, and Total Body Conditioning.

4.  The 1000 reasons campaign

The 10,000 reasons campaign is the University’s first ever comprehensive campaign. It’s basically explaining why SSU is taking over the world. What are some reasons? Well, you’re one, your roommate is one, and all of your professors are, too! The goal of the campaign is to raise $25,000, and so far it has raised $16,000.

5. FirstYear Seminar

SSU is all about helping our First Year students. The FYE office makes it it’s mission to help first year students transition. They implemented the First Year Reading Experience, and now they’ve implemented the “First Year Seminar.” This is a seminar class that is part of the new General Education curriculum. An example of a seminar class is “Your SSU Education And Your Future (And Maybe Student Debt).”

Getting Involved: The Stepping Stone to Success

Imagine you could have a group of friends where you all share one common interest and work for common goals. Wouldn’t that make life so easy? Well, you can get just that by joining a group or club on campus.

Freshmen year can be overwhelming, good or bad, between school and adjusting. However if you get involved you’ll meet people that are in your same situation. Now, where exactly can you go about doing this? The Groups and Clubs fair on Monday, from 11-1 at Alumni Plaza in front of the Ellison Campus Center.

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Need more convincing? Here’s a list of awesome celebrities that got involved in college. Look where it got them!

Tori Burch was an Kappa Alpha Theta, and now she’s designing the cutest shoes around.

Jennifer Gardner was a Pi Beta Phi, and now she’s taking over the silver screen.

When you head to the involvement fair, make sure you take a selfie! Take selfies with your favorite groups including MASSPIRG, PRSSA, MSA, LASO, or more. When you take your selfie, upload it on instagram, hashtag #StudentLifeSelfie and tag us @ssuactivites. The account with the most selfies will win limited edition T shirts!

5 Things To Do On Campus That Are Better Than Hiding in Your Room

The first week of school as a freshman can easily be the most terrifying and exciting time in your life. In one day you’ve gained a double life: one at home and one at school. Luckily for you, you’ve chosen a school that makes sure that no freshman is in distress in their new life here. The first few weeks of school are full of events from the beginning to the end of the day. If you’re not bored, you’re not missing home, right?

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However, sometimes it’s still hard to mix and mingle. I’m here to remind you that there’s things that are still mores scary than social interaction, no matter how terrifying it does sound.

1. Laying on the quad

Yes, laying on your bed is the best thing after a long day, however there’s no chance of you getting a nice tan. Bring your roommate,a towel, and some sunglasses our to the Marsh quad and soak up the sun. Laying down in the open gives you a better chance of meeting some new friends to join your picnic party.

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2. Hanging out in the lounge.

The lounges in your dorm are there for a reason! Bring some food, a good movie, and friends will flock. Who knows who you might have deep conversations about life with, or who will become your new best friend!

3. Going to an event!

You’ll get more freebies in college than you would if you won the lottery. Welcome week block parties, cookouts, and movie nights will keep you fed for a whole week between the school-served food and the donation from food trucks. This year there’s even free haircuts, yes, haircuts!

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Usually if you want to see a singer or comedian you have to pay big bucks for a ticket. However SSU has them frequently for either free or at a steep discount.

5. Join a club or group.

Joining a club or group is like instant friends. If you join a group that centered around a major, hobby, or interest, you’re guaranteed to have a lot in common! Not only can joining a group make you cool friends, it can help you gain job and leadership skills.

Doesn’t that all sound a lot more fun than staring at the ceiling? If you do some of these things maybe you can find some friends to stare at that ceiling with you. Have a great first week at SSU, everyone!