Monthly Archives: April 2015

SSU Groups Do More Than Get Social

Groups and Organizations did more than get social this year, they actively participated in social change! Social Activism was a major theme on campus this year for groups and clubs. Putting on fun events and parties are just one way that student organizations help out on campus. Giving back to the community is another! Who said living simply so others can enjoy the fun isn’t a party in itself?

According to ideas.ted.com – a blog supplement of TED talks that focuses on social change and ideas that need to be spread – we’re at a point of crisis in our country. Everyday citizens need to be more educated on the issues of today, and how to advocate for them. Those with “clout” a nowadays are the only ones that know how to do this. Basically, those with the power are making all the changes. However, Student Organizations this year worked on teaching the SSU student body about how to enact social change, by leading my example.

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Student Orgs had no trouble defining social change, however here is a definition for us that need a little clarity:

Social change refers to any significant alteration over time in behavior patterns and cultural values and norms. By “significant” alteration, sociologists mean changes yielding profound social consequences.

Ideas.ted.com advises its readers to understand five simple concepts before they go about enacting social change. Our students groups and organizations this year sure did know these five concepts this year when they did their social activist projects. They seamlessly combined fun and social change. Our students groups and organizations mastered these five concepts: Understand the system, Identify your objective, sharpen your strategy, tell a story, and practice.

After our student leaders grasped those concepts, they were ready to enact social change. However, what is an example of social change? Here is what SSU and Student leaders were up to this year:

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sources:

http://ideas.ted.com/5-basic-skills-of-power/

http://socialmarketing.blogs.com/r_craiig_lefebvres_social/2008/12/

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/sciences/sociology/social-change-and-movements/social-change-defined

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES: GIRLS CODE VS. GUY CODE

The general public is aware of the MTV show “Girl Code”, however, most are not as aware of the show’s predecessor “Guy Code.” “Guy Code” premiered in 2011 and “Girl Code” premiered in 2013, technically making Girl Code a spinoff of “Guy Code.”

This sets up a battle of the sexes: Girls Code vs. Guy Code. Girl Code ha the hype and notoriety, and Guy Code has the seniority. Last year, Girl Code came to SSU for “What She Said” and the packed Twohig Gym laughed from start to finish. This year, on April 28th at 9 PM Twohig will be packed once again for the men of Guy Code’s “Man Cave Monologues”.

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“Guy Code” is a show that features male athletes, entertainers, comedians, actors, and more to discuss the code of conduct that exists between men. The show’s set up is similar to “Girl Code.” The show also has a blog that supplements the content on “Guy Code.”  Two additional spinoffs are in production: “Guy Code Court”, a fake court setting to hear guy code violations, and “The Hook-Up”, a dating show hosted by “Guy Code” star Andrew Schulz.

WHO WILL WIN THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES?

Girl Code has the notoriety, and is considered a franchise

On September 26, 2012, MTV2 announced that Guy Code’s second season delivered the highest rated and most watched original series in MTV2 history.

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TAKE THE POLL HERE:

Which show do you like better, Girl Code or Guy Code?
Girl Code
Guy Code

Poll Maker

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Check out Lil Duval, Monroe Martin, and Matteo Lane on Tuesday, April 28! Check the Program Council page for updates and ticket sales.

Sources:

http://itsallisonbtch.buzznet.com/user/journal/17642785/dont-take-mtvs-girl-code/

Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the Resources of SSU

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April is Sexual Assault awareness month. For years, SAAM has been a powerful movement  to not only end sexual assault, but also make victims feel more comfortable about their situation so that they are able to report it. This campaign believes that by campaigning about this subject, the stigma will dissipate.

In the 1970s, women marched in the streets of London for their right to walk alone at night. This was a predecessor to the first “Take Back The Night” event held in 1978 in San Francisco and New York. The first Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurred in 2001, and has been strong ever since.

Unfortunately, the public barely knows the effect of sexual assault because of the ill-reporting of the matter. Victims are weary to report the incidents due to fear, illness, disability, and influence of alcohol and other drugs. According to nsvrc.org, “This is a gendered form of violence. About one in five women (18.3%) and one in 71 men (1.4%) in the U.S. have been raped at some time in their lives (Black et al., 2011).”

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HAWC is a resource in Salem. HAWC stood for “Help for Abused Women and their Children”, for 30 years, and now it stands for “Healing Abuse Working for Change.” HAWC now not helps abused women, but also the LBGTQ community, and offers diversity services. HAWC has a staff of 22 and approximately 50 helpful volunteers that serve as a resource in Salem.

Additionally, if you need help on campus about this matter, reach out to The Women’s Center, Counseling and Health Services, and Student Advocacy. These are all located in the Ellison Campus Center. If you’re interested in promoting this cause on twitter, use the hashtag #SAAM.

Salem State University and the alumni association will be participating in the HAWC Walk on Sunday, April 26, in Salem. Help spread the word to alumni, students, faculty, staff, or friends to join our team. Here is the link to join our team: http://hawcdv.donorpages.com/WALK/SalemStateUniversity2015/

SOURCES AND OTHER READINGS:

http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month

http://hawcdv.org/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sex-offense-statistics-show-us-college-reports-are-rising/2014/07/01/982ecf32-0137-11e4-b8ff-89afd3fad6bd_story.html

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/local/sex-offenses-on-us-college-campuses/1077/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/15/sexual-assault-statistics_n_6316802.html

http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/about/history

Five Crazy Experiences You Could Have As A Student Leader #FindYourAdventure

We’ve ranted and raved about the multitude of benefits of being a student leader and/or getting involved in a student organization on this blog. However, in case you forgot, the leadership, team building, time management, event planning and creativity skills you gain from being in a student organization are not only great resume builder but they are ones you will carry with you long into your life after graduation. Not to mention all the friends you will meet. However, this blog post isn’t just to bore you with stuff you (hopefully) already know, it’s to show you all the fun you could be having!

Our student leaders have some pretty fun experiences they could only have as student leaders. Whether your cup of tea is political lobbying, campfires, or staying in swanky hotels, there’s something for everyone. Join a student organization not only to find professional experience and friends, but to find your adventure! Below are five awesome experiences you could have if you were a student leader.

SSU at State House Day

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SGA Retreat

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Women’s Center Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

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PRSSA National Conference – Philadelphia, Washington DC, or Atlanta

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Fun activities like becoming a hamster for a day!

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Find your adventure with student involvement! Interested in being a student leader? Your favorite group or club should be running elections very soon. Contact them for more information. If you’re interested in getting involved in SGA, tweet them at @SGASSU!