Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Year Of SSU

The round up the year, the music streaming service Spotify posted a “Year in Music.” They highlighted some of the top albums, artists, and new genres of 2014. Ed Sheeran boasted the top male artist as well as having the top album “X” of 2014. The top song we listened to on Spotify in the winter was “Happy”, and the top song of the summer was “Magic.”

Even though it’s nice to look back on music of the year, it’s even better to reassess what you accomplish. This inspired me to curate a “Year of Salem State” review, with our top moments, events, and breakthroughs of 2014 including this semester and last semester.

Top Events:

  1. U-NITE
  2. What She Said
  3. Casino Night
  4. WMWM Concerts
  5. Johnny Cupcakes – Leadership Weekend Conference

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Breakthroughs:

  1. Construction of Viking Hall
  2. Construction of new science labs
  3. Salem Diner Reopening

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Themes

  1. Public Service,
  2. Social Responsibility
  3. Blood Drives

We hope you enjoyed these last two semesters as much as we did. If you’re a freshmen, we hope you’ve enjoyed your first semester, and look forward to all your next ones. To start and end the post on the idea of music, here’s the 2014 “United State of Pop” mash-up, which incorporates the top songs of 2014.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Indecisive

For those indecisive people, like me, holiday gift giving can be a very stressful time. Especially as students, we don’t always have the funds to shower our loved ones with lavish gifts. Sometimes, things are just easier when the thinking is done for you. That’s why a collegiate magazine for undergrad lifestyle HerCampus has done the thinking for you and complied a Holiday Gift Guide. Here’s some top picks from all the categories.

Girls Style & Accessories

Easy burgundy top, Tobi, $22.

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Crumpet Course Ring Set, $12.99, available at ModCloth

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Mens Style

Cowl Neck Sweatshirt in Burgundy, $17.90, available at Forever 21

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Social Republic Hipster Giraffe T-Shirt, $24, available at Macy’s

Social Republic Hipster Giraffe T-Shirt

Girl’s Beauty

Smashbox On the Rocks Be Legendary Lipstick Mini Trio, $19, available at Macy’s

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Tech

Polaroid Small Battery Pack in Red, $25, available at Macy’s. Never let your phone die again!

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Elago Laptop Stand, $35, available via Canopy.

IMG_0292Diana Baby 110 Gold Edition Camera, $75, available at Lomography

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For Mom

Stonewall Kitchen Jam Tree, $15.99, available at Macy’sStonewall Kitchen, Jam Tree

Gifts For Dad

Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Collection, $39.99, available at Macy’s

Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Collection

Happy holidays, everyone. What are you doing for the holidays? Going home? Comment below!

Source: http://www.hercampus.com/holiday-gift-guide/her-campuss-holiday-gift-guide-2014

Five Cool Places to Go For Winter BreakThat Aren’t By The Fireplace

There’s nothing wrong with going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays. There’s also nothing wrong with going back home and snuggling with your dog all break. The holidays are meant to be relaxing, reviving, and maybe even a bit fattening. However, for some, far-off islands of the Mediterranean, Asia, or the Pacific are just as relaxing and reviving as a couch. Here are five cool places that people have spent the holidays.

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1. Panama

Panama is a beautiful destination surrounded by two coasts – one carribean and one Pacific. According to “Were What In The World”, a travel blog, it’s affordable for the holidays and New Years. White sandy beaches aren’t far from offshore islands.

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2. Columbia

The holiday spirit doesn’t skip over Columbia. The country’s Caribbean coast is hailed and one of the world’s treasures. Columbia also boasts, “many small boutique hotels, including luxury lodgings, plus interesting shops, sidewalk cafes, and loads of fine dining.”

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3. Malaysia

For those who find golf relaxing, Malaysia has 17 golf courses. For those who are adventurous, the country is also home to 200 species of birds, offers hiking trails and monkey-watching. The country has been described to have a laid-back vibe

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4. Hawaii

Whenever I think about mixing Christmas with Aloha, I think of Mad Men. Don and Meghan went there one holiday. Down in Hawaii, the surf and the holiday cheer are at an all-time high. Hawaiian residents are just as excited for the season as us northerners.

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5. Australia

Did you lose your christmas spirit? You may need to look Outback. Christmas is smack dab in the peak of the summer holiday down under. What’s better than Christmas and the beach?

Personally, I’ve always stayed home for the holidays. Do you travel anywhere funky for the holidays?

sources:

http://blog.whereandwhatintheworld.com/2013/12/top-10-tropical-christmas-new-year-getaway-destinations.html

http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/christmas/

http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/australia.shtml

The End of a Semester, The Start of the Reflection

Not only is the beginning to middle of December a time for finals, peppermint hershey kisses (that might just be me), and holiday shopping, but it’s also a time for reflection. For students in leadership positions, thinking of “new years semester resolution” for your group or club are just as important as thinking of resolutions for yourself. When your E-Board met over the summer or in September, you probably compiled a list of goals you wanted to achieve. What were they? How many of them did you accomplish?

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Here are some questions to keep in mind when reviewing how successful your semester was for your group or club:

  • How much money did you add to your budget/fundraise?
  • How many more members did you attract?
  • How many events did you put on?
  • Did everything you plan to do happen?
  • If not, why?
  • What could you improve on next semester?
  • What are your goals for next semester?

After reflecting on your past semester, start making resolutions for the next. Take your goals and accomplishments from last semester, and build on your goals in order to build your group in power, size and accomplishments. Improve your group in order to help the members of your group get the best out of your organization.

If your E-Board would like some guidance, check out the “New Years Resolutions” student leader training on Thursday, December 4th in the Metro from 4:45-6:15!