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Raising Awareness during#EnoughIsEnough week

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Picture from SAAM press kit.

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault across the country and the global community. The movement began in the 1970’s when women started doing protests against the violence they experienced when walking through the streets at night. Throughout the  years, individuals have raised awareness during the month of April every year by providing education that anyone can help prevent sexual assault– by holding protests, providing resources, promoting respect to end sexual assault in the workplace, and more.

What has SSU done during this month in the past? Read last year’s blog post here, which was featured on the directory of how different campuses are recognizing this month.

 

What is SSU doing this current month? This past week, April 19 – 22 is #EnoughIsEnough week. Here are the events that occurred:

Monday: Vikings Give – Starbucks Cafe 7 – 10 PM

Tuesday : 1  – 5 PM NOH8 Photo Shoot, Alumni Plaza

Wednesday: Walk A Mile in her shoes – Marsh Quad 5 -7 PM
Thursday: Fashion Show with Sisters on the Runway. Okeefe Gym 5 – 8 pm
Friday: Clothesline Project, Library Quad 10 am – 12 pm
Friday: Vikings Take the Pledge Underground 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Why are SSU students taking a stand against relationship violence and sexual assault? It’s been a problem in society, and especially on college campuses for years- way before Sexual Assault Awareness month’s inception- and continues to be a problem. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), there is still a lot of education needed on the fears, myths, and stereotypes around sexual violence and what/who it affects.

According to the NSVRC, in a nationally representative survey of adults, 37.4% of female rape victims were first raped between ages 18-24, which is college-age. 40% of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years. 30 % of colleges and universities offered no training on sexual assault to students nor law enforcement officers, also according to the NSVRC. Ending sexual assault isn’t just up to the victim and the aggressor, it’s up to bystanders as well. That’s why SAAM is trying to educate as much as they can, not only during this month, but every day of the year.

“It’s especially important for these discussions to happen on college campuses because it is so common that in many cases it is overlooked or downplayed, by students and even staff.”

  • Dominique Resendes, Vice President of the Florence Luscomb Women’s Center

Let’s see some pictures of SSU Students participating this week:

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Students wearing their NOH8 paint to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and consent, and more. Photos courtesy of the Salem State University Alliance.

 

The LOG – For the Students, By the Students

Last semester, the student newspaper, the LOG, had a rebirth. The website now offers a multimedia experience with videos including student interviews and more. Not only does it offer news about local events such as the opening of Jimmy Johns, but there’s also opinions pieces about things on campus such as the food.

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The streamlined design of the new website lets you easily navigate written or video stories, their Twitter, Facebook, and the latest weather. Topics covered by the log include news, features, sports, opinion, and more about life in and off of the Salem State University campus. We interviewed two representatives from the Log, Jane Regan and Leneai Stuart.

Leneai is the Editor-In-Chief. Jane Regan is an award-winning journalist and has been  has been working in multiple facets of the journalism field for 35 years. She’s worn the hats of camerawoman, reporter, video editor, researcher, and more. She claims her main focus to be “public interest journalism”. She has global training experience, but also has run three local newsrooms full of mostly volunteer reporters with “real life” gigs in Somerville, MA and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Working with students and volunteers to do multimedia news work – producing text stories, taking photos, making little videos – is my passion. I love helping beginning journalists learn how to do great interviews, how to tell good stories, and how to create news content that matters and that can make a difference. – Log Faculty Advisor.

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SIA:  Tell us about all of the new updates implemented into the Log this year.

LOG: So far this year the Log has made some big changes. First and most importantly we have updated our website in many ways. With the changing of news and media outlets (and lack of students reading print lately) we knew that our website, as it was, needed to be redone to reel in all the readers we wanted and were trying to gain. We set a totally new overall theme and layout of our website to something more modern and aesthetically appealing as well as simple, easier to navigate, and more photo oriented. On the sidebar of the site social media links have been added so that more people know the accounts exists and use them to keep up with us.

In our print edition we have worked hard on mastering InDesign and making the paper look clean and professional. This has been a hard task but the Log staff has worked many hours to master this and continues to improve with each issue of the Log we put together. We have also added things to both print and online that are more appealing to our peers like a Netflix section where we put together a small list of movies and tv shows we have watched and loved! The Log has also added in comics, many more photos, and many great writers to our team.
SIA: How did your open house recently go?
LOG: Our open house went great! The people that came all brought a lot of great qualities we’ve been looking to add to the Log team. Sports writers, photographers, and even someone interested in making videos for the Log came and showed lots of enthusiasm for their skills and being able to use them to contribute to the Log’s growth.
SIA: What kind of articles do you supply our school with?
LOG: The Log supplies the school with school and community wide news and event coverage. We not only cover the issues on campus and our community but also the concerts, art shows, and so many other events that are constantly happening around us. We offer quality sports stories so those of us who can’t always make the games or just don’t necessarily know what’s going on with a team can check out our website or print edition and get the gist of what’s going on at our school. 
SIA: What inspired the transformation?
LOG: The transformation was inspired by the all new Log editorial board and our want to gain readership. Many people underestimate the power of journalism and we really want to show how much we can do with it for our school and community. We also saw the lack of enthusiasm for the school newspaper and how many people just disregarded it and considered it irrelevant. The school newspaper should be a go-to for campus wide news and also a trustworthy news outlet and place for students to write and share experiences, concerns, and opinions with the campus as a whole. We didn’t want to see the paper fail and we knew we had to do something about it.
SIA: What can we look forward to?
LOG: You can look forward to continued growth and development of our website and social media accounts. As well as more new content and of course, much of the wonderful articles by our current and new Log staff!
SIA: Where can we get the updates?
LOG:Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for periodic updates and of course Salemstatelog.org where you will actually be able to witness the change and improvements the Log is still implementing.

Change is in OUR Hands!

There’s a different kind of climate change occurring in our world today, and it has nothing to do with the environment. The global climate has recently switched from steady to unruly. There have been 298 attacks before November 20 this year. We also can’t forget the attacks on campus as well, such as at the University of Missouri and Yale. These are including global terrorist groups and one-man attacks such a the Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado.

This post is not to recount the terrors of what’s happening globally. This post is to inspire us on the SSU campus to be agents of change. You may think, “I’m just a student, what can I do?” There are plenty of things you can do. You have more power than you think.

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These days, the battle to control the narrative happens in real time, and it involves anyone with a social media account.

– The L.A. Times

College students have done numerous campaigns to enact social change and combat this poisonous climate. What can you do as a student?  You can:

  • Write to your elected officials
  • Do a guerilla campaign on campus (think MASSPIRG’s chalk and signed sandwich)
  • Host an event to discuss these issues
  • Send money/help to refugees and victims

What will you do? Tweet @SSUECC what YOU can do to enact social activism on campus with the hashtag #SSU4Actvism.

The first step that you can take is attend the campus forum on the racial climate at SSU. Join the Diversity & Multicultural Affairs office along with SGA  to identify priorities,  create solutions, and move towards healing regarding the racial climate of the world and reduce racial tension.

The forum will be at Vets Hall at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 7.

Get Zombie-fied this Halloween!

What is it about Zombies that everyone loves so much. They’re all over the media in shows such as “The Walking Dead”, and movies such as “Warm Bodies”. They may be dead, however they’re rising up in the ranks quicker than some people that are alive. They’re definitely alive in the hearts of many fans of the Halloween season, and there are plenty of those around Salem. In the spirit of Halloween and for the love of all things Zombies, we’re curated a list of awesome zombie movies to watch to prepare for Halloween.

1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

2. Dance of the Dead (2008)

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A jewel among a wasteland of modern zombie dramas. A mix of high school and the undead.

3. Dead Snow (2009)

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A thrilling combination of zombies and Nazis.

4. Warm Bodies

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A zombie movie that reminds us that love can warm our hearts, and make us feel (become) alive.

5. Zombieland

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Like Scott Pilgrim, this movie integrates video game motifs and themes into it. However, this is an awesome new brand of video game: a zombie-slaying one.

In the mood to fight the zombies now? Join Student Involvement at Connor’s Farm this Friday for Zombie Paintball! Tickets will be sold for $10 at the information desk of the Ellison Campus Center. The bus that will transport you to the event will leave the Okeefe parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

10 Reasons to Say “NO More” to Sexual Assault by the SSU Women’s Center

October is a month in celebration of many things including Sexual Assault Awareness.

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Sexual assault is a huge issue that affects men and women, especially on college campuses. Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted, according to RAINN. Every year, there are 293 victims of sexual assault. “No More” is an organization that aims to stop domestic assault and violence, and raise awareness of it. They’re a “unifying symbol and campaign to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault.” The SSU Florence Luscomb Women’s Center held a campaign on campus last week to aid No More’s advocacy. You may have seen them giving out purple ribbons and asking you if you’d like to take a picture of your reason why you say no more to sexual assault. Students came up with some awesome reasons why they say no more. Here are our top 10 favorites:

1. Because everyone deserves to feel safe

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2. Because nobody should live in fear.

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3. Because everyone is worth respect and love. 

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4. Because people still think domestic violence and sexual assault is something to joke about.12107153_926710957407715_3395578124287973078_n

5. Because nobody deserves to feel unloved.

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6. Because everyone deserves to be safe at home.

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7. Because too many people normalize these actions and think they are okay but THEY’RE NOT

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8. Because not just women are victims.

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9. Because who doesn’t?

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10. Because we all may know someone who has been affected. 

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Get connected with the SSU Women’s center!

Their blog: http://ssuwomenscenter.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSUWomensCenter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomenOfSSU
Snapchat: @ssuwomenscenter