Visit Philly 2016: Spring Events

The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the temperature is slowly escaping the below freezing mark; spring is coming! Spring is my absolute favorite season in the year. The feeling of crisp, fresh March air on the face and warm sun on the skin is bliss in its purest form. This spring, I’m making it a goal to get out into the beautiful city of Philadelphia more often. With the city nearly in my backyard, I sometimes take it for granted. I’ve done some research into events going on in Philly this season, and hopefully it will also inspire all you lovely readers to get out and feel the brotherly love.

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

As we all know, we had a break from classes yesterday in observance of MLK Day. This week there are lots of events and activities scheduled by the Diversity Awareness Committee to continue celebrating his legacy:

Tuesday, January 19th:

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Thankful for a Different Bird

This Thanksgiving, as food is splayed out on tables across America, we will say our prayers and count our blessings for all that has happened in the past year, and for the family and friends that surround us. We’ll dive into piles of food, laugh (or bicker) with family, and merriment will be had by all around. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and ultimately– the inevitable turkey, the “bird.”

 

And though I do indeed harbor a fondness for turkey on Thanksgiving, this year, I’m especially grateful for a different bird.

 

As a senior who will be leaving this campus in a mere six months,

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CIP Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year, the Center for International Programs (CIP) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner that allows International and American students to come together, mingle, and enjoy a good meal. For many of the students, this is their first American Thanksgiving dinner so they were excited not only to meet new people, but also to celebrate the holiday.

A few months ago the executive boards of the Asian Student Association (ASA), Latino Student Association (LSA), and International Student Association got together to talk about why there was no overlap of students in our general members. We all agreed that we should start working together in order to support each other’s organizations and help increase each other’s membership.

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Drug Awareness Week

This week is Drug Awareness Week!

There are three events this week that everyone should try to attend, but it is a crazy time in the school year so maybe make it a goal to attend at least one!

Addiction Speak Out

Wednesday November 18th at 6 pm in the Perch

Panelists will share their experience and there will be Q&A session.

 

Drugs over Dinner

Friday November 20th at 5:30 pm in Villiger Lounge

Watch a short video about prescription drug abuse and then discuss it over a Thanksgiving style meal.

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Filmadelphia

I have always been a big movie buff. I love everything about them–the creation process, the cinematography and, most importantly, watching stories come to life before your eyes.

And this year I was lucky enough to volunteer at the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival. Last year, as a freshman, I found out about the opportunity through my first semester English professor who recommended it to us.  It was such an awesome experience last year that I had to do it again!

The festival ranged from October 22nd through November 1st.  It featured a whole array of different films including documentaries,

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A Day of Kindness

The city of Philadelphia is not usually associated with the word “kindness” (we all remember HitchBOT’s destruction a few months prior). However, on October 27th, Philly’s 333rd birthday, A Day of Kindness was proclaimed in the city.

This day also celebrated Pope Francis’ visit to the City of Brotherly Love where he spoke about the importance of kindness, William Penn’s wish for kindness, and the Dalai Lama being awarded the Liberty Medal.

At 5:30 PM on Tuesday, thousands of flags of kindness made by people of all ages, races, and backgrounds throughout the city were dedicated to the kindness mission.

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Out of the Darkness

This past Sunday, SJU held its first-ever Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention. Sponsored by the Dean’s Leadership Program, the walk drew over 300 students and raised over $3,000 for the SJU and national chapters of Active Minds, a mental health awareness and advocacy organization. I was one of the 300 present for the walk on Sunday night, and for a first-time event, it was really well done. 

 

The walk began with student leaders from the Dean’s Leadership Program introducing its importance, followed by an associate dean of the business school,

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Halloween on Campus

It’s finally here!!! Halloween is definitely one of the most fun holidays to experience on a college campus. At Saint Joe’s, we celebrate for about half of the month of October. Here are some of the awesome events we had on campus this year around.

Fall Fest

On Thursday, Oct. 15th, the SJU Student Union Board sponsored the annual Fall Fest during free period. This year, students gathered outside of Campion to celebrate the season with fall-themed food and activities, and even a musical performance by Piper Bateman, a senior at Saint Joe’s. Students snacked on on caramel apples,

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Unity Week!

Tomorrow is the beginning of Unity Week! This week is dedicated to LGBTQ identities and for that reason there will be a lot of LGBTQ centered programming. Here’s the schedule:

Sunday Nov 1

  • Movie Viewing: “For the Bible Tells Me So” – Cardinal Foley Center 4pm
    • A film exploring how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Followed by discussion with special guests from the Waldron Mercy Academy
    • Moderated by Sr. Elizabeth Linehan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Opening Liturgy Eucharistic Celebration – Chapel of Saint Joseph 7pm

Tuesday Nov 3

  • ANNUAL SPEAK OUT!

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