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What it means to be a university

There’s much more to the difference between a university and a college than just the title. That’s why we celebrate so fervently during #OrangeCrushWeek, and especially #UNITE!

To celebrate #UNITE this year, we stayed true to the theme of Salem: Halloween. All over campus there were treats including BBQ food, fried carnival food, lemonade and more. At night, there were tricks. There was a murder mystery party at night. We celebrated 6 years of university status with tricks and treats.

Becker College’s website offers a great description of the difference between the two. They are essentially the same in the way that a student is still earning a degree either way, and they both can be either privately or publicly operated. The quality of your degree really depends on the program, and how much the student applies themselves.

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What’s interesting is that Becker states that colleges are more hands-on and classroom settings are more intimate. That’s not the case with SSU, however. Salem State University prides itself on its intimate classroom settings where barriers between students and professors do not exist. Most classes are between 20-30 people on average here, so that the professors can pay close attention to each student’s needs.

Further, professors are not only educators, but also mentors to their students. Students and professors can build a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. Professors can be advisors to student organizations and can give access into their Rolodex of powerful connections. Students can give professors insights on the live and interests of millennials. These insights can benefit research and projects that they need the help of students for.

For Salem State, however, being a University is more than just the prestige. It’s about community. Students will be more inclined to stay on a campus where they feel there is a community that they feel welcome. Being a university is a mindset of an accepting culture where everyone wants to see everyone else succeed.

Thank you for all of this last week with us! The more events we come together for as a student body, the more we foster the sense of community on our university’s campus. With such a diverse and inclusive campus, being a university unites (pun intended) us even more!

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We were in the Halloween spirit!

What could Ellison be? #EllisonCouldBe

The cat is out of the bag, and is all over twitter. Within a few years, the Ellison Campus Center will be receiving the expansion it and the SSU community deserves. However, before Ellison goes under the knife, the architects Dimella Shaffer wants to know what we students really want to see in the campus center. Twitter has been exploding with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe. Students have been sporting #ellisoncouldbe T shirts, and have been voting via stickers on poster boards for what they want to see. The excitement is growing. Let’s take a look at examples of other campus centers first, to get a feel of what we really could have.

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The Dudley H. Davis Campus Center on the University of Vermont campus has so many resources. The gorgeous building has a game room, a book nook, green roof and terrace, a diversity and equality lounge, fireplace lounge and gallery, art exhibition, Ben & Jerry’s, a farmers market, a bookstore, and more.

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The UC Irvine Campus Center has study places, two food courts with a Jamba Juice, Wendy’s, Panda Express, etc. They also have SGA, student media services, UPS, a pub and more.

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The Reynolds Campus Center at Babson College has an ATM, local merchant carts, a resource room including art supplies for poster-making, coffee and food, printing services, a lounge, and more.

So, what have people been asking for on twitter?

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Tweet us your ideas with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe!