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Messages of Hope

After the election, the climate of the country has been anything but stable. The Salem State community has attempted to make this campus a safe space, however, and there have been multiple ways in which the campus has addressed this. Along with emails informing the community that SSU cannot tolerate hate and bias, the student involvement and activites office has taken it upon themselves to make a statement.

The theme of #ChangeMakersWeek was letting your voice be heard. As stated below, we have given multiple outlets to raise our voice. One of these outlets was hosting Dear World during Leadership Weekend. The Dear World project travels across various college campuses, conferences, and more to find the stories inside people and tell them to the world.  They have covered Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon bombings, and more.

Even if you don’t know someone at all, hearing a simple story from them can shed some insight on their true selves. Stories bring people together, even in the darkest of times. At the Student Leadership Conference on Sunday, we heard the stories behind five students’ pictures. Though not everyone knew those students personally, the crowd had the privilege of hearing a few deeply personal stories about them, giving us all a sense of closeness.


Here are examples of outlets available to the campus community:

Campus-wide “brave space” sessions were held to open up the conversation in a non-judgmental space.

The Student Involvement office recorded videos of students committing to not tolerating hate and bias.

The Student Involvement office gave opportunities for students to leave messages of hope on sticky notes in the campus center.



Students, faculty, and staff were given the opportunity to tell their stories through the “Dear World” campaign.






10 Phases of a GrooveBoston Show

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In January 2015, the second semester started off with great vibes when GrooveBoston’s “Cohesion” tour came to campus. For hundreds of SSU students, the flashing lights, music, and being surrounded by good friends was better stress relief than five massages in a row. Going to one of these concerts, however, isn’t just a fun two to three hours. It’s an experience like no other. That’s why we’re going to document every different phase you will pass through at PROXIMITY on October 22 at the Twohig gym, in case you’ve never been and don’t know what to expect.

1. The Dashing Deal Finder

When SSU hosts these events, we always offer some great deals on tickets. The trick is getting to the info desk in the campus center to get the good deals. At this stage, it’s about one month out from the event and you’re gathering your friends to go. This means you may be buying multiple tickets. This planning is just starting to get you excited for the event!

Right now, we currently are selling the first 200 tickets for $10, and the second 200 for $15.


2. The Countdown

You count in days. You count in the amount of classes left. You count in episodes of American Horror Story. The countdown to PROXIMITY has begun!


3. The Outfit Panic

It’s a little less than a week to the show and you realize that you don’t have anything to wear! Who keeps neon-colored shorts and bandanas laying around their dorm? It’s probably time for a trip to Target! Why Target, you ask? Is that even a question?

4. The Planning Process

Now it’s time to coordinate everything – from when your out-of-town friends are getting here, where they’re staying, who can sign who in, and most importantly where are you ordering pizza from after??

5. Peaceful Preparation

Everything is coordinated and now there’s just the preparation for the night. You’re getting ready and getting excited. Listen to some jams to get pumped up, grab your tickets AND YOUR SSU ID AS WELL AS YOUR LEGAL STATE ID, and go!

6. The Journey to O’Keefe

Don’t get me wrong – getting to O’Keefe is a journey in and of itself. Will you wait for the shuttle? Will you take an Uber? Will you brave the cold and just walk there? Getting there can be half the fun!


7. Sweet Relief

FINALLY! You made it in. You’re taking in the lights, music, and friends. Take a deep breath and dance.

8. The Endurance Race

How many hours can you last dancing? Can you out-dance your friends? Perhaps you challenge a new friend that you met to a dance-off. You never realize how much dancing brings people together.

9. Way Better than a Zumba Class

Who would’ve thought you’d get a workout on a Saturday night? Sure, Zumba classes are great to take at Gassett, but you’re soon realizing that this is a workout like none other.


10. HUNGER!!!

You’ve danced your heart out, and now it’s time to eat your heart out. There are many places around here that you can order pizza from after the show – and many take ClipperCash! Domino’s and Sammy’s are open until 2 AM! After a night of dancing and fun, reward yourself with some eats, and play the waiting game until the next huge event at SSU!



REGULAR PRICING AFTER FIRST 400: Students $20, Guests $25

All students must show their clippercard, all guests must show their legal ID

Twohig Gym in the Gassett Fitness Center!
Doors open at 10, close at midnight



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)


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

2. Dance of the Dead (2008)


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

3. Dead Snow (2009)


A thrilling combination of zombies and Nazis.

4. Warm Bodies


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

5. Zombieland


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.

Find the Entrepreneurial Spirit


Do you know any entrepreneurs? What do they have in common? Common words to describe entrepreneurs include passion, perseverance,  hard work, and creativity. If an entrepreneur is doing it right, they love what they do. Why would you leave a stable office job and paycheck if you weren’t pursuing what you love?

Not only are entrepreneurs passionate self-starters, but they also are a very individualistic. Entrepreneurs are their own bosses for a reason. Research has shown that entrepreneurs are mainly protean career-oriented,  meaning they like to manage themselves. These protean-oriented people usually jump from job to job until they find what fuels their fire, and sometimes that means starting their own business.

As seen on Shark Tank, entrepreneurs can come in all shapes and sizes. Tonight, entrepreneurs will come in the shape and size of student organizations. Come to Alumni plaza from 5-7 to see what pitches for events by student organizations will get funded! Also, check out Roxy’s grilled cheese while you’re there. They will be serving 150 grilled cheese including tomato and cheese, bacon an avocado, pulled pork, and grilled cheese.

How To Have A Smooth Eboard Transition


It’s out with the old, and in with the new. It’s that time of year to pass the baton to a new executive board of your group/club.

First of all, congratulations on being a student leader! Leadership roles can help further any career path you choose to pursue. If you’re graduation, congratulations and good luck! If you’re stepping into a new position, we hope your new position is fun and challenging. However, the transition of leaving an old position and stepping into a new one can be a tough transition. Here are some tips to ensure that your successor can be just as successful as you were:

1. Map It Out For Them

Give the new officers a written-down guide of some sort, if you can. A face-to-face meeting is good if they take notes, however, it’s better for them to have a written resource for them to refer to, instead of them constantly asking you questions. If you can take the time to write a handbook for that position, that would be ideal. However, printing out a copy of your constitution with that includes position duties is also a way to do this.

2. Make Them Feel Welcome

A mixer event for the old and new e-board is a great way to break the ice. A group that knows each other better is more likely to be more productive. Get together with the new and old officers, whether it be a dinner, bowling, a movie, or just a get-together. Don’t have any talk of work, just have fun and get to know each other.

3. Tie Loose Ends

If there was a crisis in your club during the year, try your best to handle it before a fresh set of hands take over. It’s easier for a new e-board to be successful with a fresh start. If you can’t, maybe there’s a returning member on the e-board that knows how to handle it.

4. Be A Resource

Whether you’re graduating, or moving onto a new position or club, or just focusing on school, still be a resource to our successor. Let them know that they can contact you with any questions.

 Who’s excited for the next school year? It’s going to be a great year. What are some of your big plans?

Also, we want to hear your ideas for the new ellison campus center! Tweet us your ideas with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe