Monthly Archives: October 2014

All You Need Is A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T


Respect is a gift that we’re all born with. Whether we choose to activate it or not, we all have respect for ourselves and for others. It’s a key principle that can solve many problems in our society. A seven-letter word can change society. Isn’t that crazy?

As highlighted in a previous blog post, sexual assault or assault of any type is NOT tolerated on this campus. In a recent flyer sent out by Counseling & Health Services states, “Salem State University WILL NOT TOLERATE Sexual Assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in any form.” Not only does SSU stand by this, but it also has the resources to help you out in case something does come up.

If only "Ryan Gosling Memes" were an office to help students on campus, right?

If only “Ryan Gosling Memes” were an office to help students on campus, right?

What can you do to help yourself before you need the help of many of the resources on campus? Arm yourself with the 4 R’s!

  • RESPECT – The key to any healthy relationship is respect. Know that you are strong enough to say no to anything that you don’t want to do. No one can give consent if they are unconscious, forced, or coerced.
  • RESPOND – If you become aware that someone has been assaulted or victimized, know it’s not their fault and remind them of that. Be an ear to listen to and a shoulder to cry on. Guide them in the right direction.
  • REPORT – University employees are trained to report any incidents to the appropriate resources on campus. Speak out, and someone will help you. Students who have been or are being affected by sexual or relationship violence can access personal, academic, legal, and/or student conduct resources and supports. All students have the right to speak out and up!
  • RESOURCES: Here are the very helpful resources at your disposal on this campus:

Salem State University Police (978) 542-6111. Assaults may be reported to the police without filing formal charges.

Dean of Students Office (978) 542-6401. Can take action on campus to protect and support you.

Counseling and Health Services (978) 542-6410. Confidential health and counseling services.

Title IX Coordinator Beth Marshall, (978) 542-6022. Able to take action in many areas to protect students and staff.

YMCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center 2 hour hotline (800) 922-8772. Free off campus resource.

Healing Abuse Working for Change 24 hour hotline (800) 547-1649. Free off campus resource.

For more information: 


UNITE Wrap-Up #SSUOrangeCrushWeek

Thursday, October 23 2014 was Salem State University’s 4th anniversary of becoming a university. SSU celebrates in style with a day-long celebration called “U-NITE.” U-NITE is a great day to not only bring our campus community closer and get them involved, but it’s also a great way to increase viking pride!

Upgrading to a university is a big step for the school itself, students, and faculty. This step deserves a day-long celebration. Wouldn’t you want to celebrate furthering your status and being able to help students further themselves and their futures? I would want to celebrate every day, not just one day.

Let’s recap all the fun we had!


Airbrushed hats are soooo in now…


This whoopie pie has some serious Viking Pride!


How long can you ride the bull for?



Can you hit BlackJack?


Poker Night!

Stay tuned to see who won the #SSUOrangeCrushWeek Instagram contest! Make sure to follow @SSUECC on twitter and @ssuactivites on Instagram.

Salem State University’s Women’s Center Empowers Women by Redefining Beauty

Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite are identical twin sisters with PhDs in the study of the media and how it affects body image from the University of Utah. Some people become professors or do research with their doctoral degrees, however, these sisters started a foundation that combats the negative effect of the messages of the media on women and girls.


These two twins now tour colleges across the US with presentations made up of, “Our co-authored master’s thesis and complementary doctoral dissertations form the basis for a popular and empowering visual presentation, which we have presented to tens of thousands of people across the U.S. since 2009.” The presentation continues the discussion of body image, and what is considered “healthy” and “beautiful.” This discussion is imperative today considering the rising rate of eating disorders and body shame.


“Researchers have found that overweight girls who were more comfortable with their bodies were more likely to make healthy choices as they entered young adulthood. The girls who felt good about  themselves were more likely to be physically active and pay more attention to what they ate. Meanwhile, the girls who were the most dissatisfied with their size tended to become more sedentary over time and paid less attention to maintaining a healthy diet.”

I hope you’re as excited as I am for the “Redefining Beauty” talk on Wednesday, October 29 from 7-9 PM in Vets Hall!


It’s Never Too Early to Start A Business

You may feel like a mere college kid heating up mac ‘n’ cheese in his dorm room when you look at the success of the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, however they started in the same place as you. The best part about being involved in college is that you gain experience as part of a team, or even being a leader of that team. College is the part in your life where your creative juices are flowing and you’re exposed to so many ideas and opportunities. Who said you have to graduate to being being an entrepreneur?


Mark Zuckerberg in college, while he was creating a multi-billion dollar website we know and love today (Facebook).

Here’s 9 huge companies that originated as college start-ups:

  1. Google  – Stanford Unversity
  2. TIME Magazine – Yale University
  3., University of Virginia
  4. – Williams College
  5. Napster, Northeastern University
  6. FedEx, Yale University
  7. Microsoft, Harvard University
  8. Dell Inc, University of Texas
  9. Facebook, Harvard University


 College entrepreneurs are more common than you think. Could you join the ranks of Bill Gates? By working hard, and being a student leader of a group or organization here at SSU you sure can! You don’t have to start the next music streaming service or supermarket, but you can start designing cool hats, create a blog, or do whatever your heart desires. Be your own boss, and you’ll live like a boss. By obtaining a leadership position here in any club such as SGA, AMA, PRSSA, STE, or any group that you find interesting will help you grow your business and network. Before you go write your business plan, here’s a song all about being a boss:

Like My Status… Please!

How many times have you tweeted your favorite celebrity in hopes that they’d reply to you? How of you have retweeted a tweet in order to win a $50 Starbucks gift card? The new culture of social media has made just about everything more accessible, even celebrities. In the PBS Frontline documentary Generation Like, YouTube star Tyler Oakley states that his fans talk to him like they’re best friends. This most likely has to do with the intimacy social media gives our interaction with others, especially celebrities. There’s no way you could know what brand of shampoo Audrey Hepburn used; Elvis wasn’t going to use your selfie in his music video if you tweeted it to him.


Generation Like outlines how us, the consumers and target audiences, make decisions because of social media and make decisions for social media. Some of us spend more time choosing a filter for our instagram than choosing an outfit to wear daily. Social media is giving this generation a way to express their identity in ways that we couldn’t before. We’re branding ourselves with every picture we upload.

If we upload pictures of sunsets, trees, and mountain bikes, an outdoor sporting goods store may reach out to you. Some critics say that this is an example of companies using our data to exploit us, however if you’re interested in these things, wouldn’t you want to know more information about it? Companies can be sneaky about it, and, yes, it can come off as creepy. However, the world is becoming more tailored to our convenience. Everything is at our fingertips.


Social media making everything more accessible also makes fame more accessible. Those who have over a million followers have gotten countless people  TV and Movie parts, as well as enough money to move out to California and support their families.  Many people now enjoy having the internet as their boss. One could say that it’s another channel people can use to follow their dreams. Instead of going to auditions, people are social networking with producers and uploading their work on YouTube.

If you’re interested in diving into this subject at a panel with two professors here, you’re in luck! Cindy Vincent, a professor of communications and John McArdle, professor of business will be leading a discussion about social media and “Generation Like” on Monday, October 20 from 11-1 in Marsh 210.

Do you like your data being used to tailor advertisements for you? How OBSESSED with social media are you, from a scale of 1-10. Comment below!