“School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.”

– Alice Cooper, ‘School’s Out’

After finishing final exams and moving out of dorms, apartments, and houses, we have finally been graced with the presence of the hallowed summer vacation.

My first week of break has been almost strictly unwinding, as I just restarted working at my summer job yesterday. My sleep schedule has already been turned upside-down; four in the morning feels a lot more like four in the afternoon than it ever should, thanks to sleeping in late and drinking coffee at midnight (genius idea, I know.) My childhood room is just as I left it so many months ago: record player and stack of albums in one corner,

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Coffee & College

Before college, you may think that coffee is disgusting. You may barely be able to stand the smell.  However, once the rigor of college begins, coffee will be a necessity and become your sixth food group. Maybe the only way for a college student that is disgusted by coffee to survive is to wean into drinking it by adding a bunch of sugar and cream to it.  Before you know it you will be drinking it straight black.

It is a known fact that college students drink coffee. This is why there is a Starbucks conveniently located on Hawk Hill.

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Fun Trips for College Students

When it comes to taking a trip with friends it can be very difficult to coordinate everybody. When the summer comes around all you honestly want to do is get away. You want to go on that trip to beach, amusement park, or resort. Below I have listed some interesting and fun trips that you can take as college students with your friends.

Miami

Who wouldn’t’t want to go to the warm sunny beaches of Miami? If you are a college student this should be on the list of places to go. Miami is one of the hottest tourist destinations for college students in America.

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Chances and Opportunities…

When you get to college, you are constantly told to get involved and be active. Many students do not understand the importance of this advice. Not only do you make friends for life, you may also get some unbelievable opportunities. I am a part of two clubs at Saint Joseph’s University: Radio 1851 and the Sports Marketing Club. Through these clubs I have been provided with not only great experiences, but also unbelievable trips that I will never forget.

Most recently I traveled with the Sports Marketing Club, as well as with Dr. Lord and Professor Tryce,

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“Just my dog and I…”

– The Bee Gees, ‘Edge of the Universe’

Finals week is upon us, which means stress levels are heightening by the minute and relaxation time is vital to mental survival.

I can’t think of a much better way to relieve tension than participating in the Paws for a Study Break program at St. Joe’s. The wittily-titled event brings local therapy dogs to the Drexel Library and Post Learning Commons for a few hours on reading day, which is the day before final exams begin. Students sign in and are then allowed to pet, play with, or even just fawn over adorable,

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“Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the street.”

– David Bowie and Mick Jagger, ‘Dancing in the Street’

Ah, summer: a time for frolicking in the sunshine, relaxing by the pool, road-tripping with friends (and, if you’re anything like Jagger and Bowie, dancing in the street.)

So where does work-related stress fit into that mix?

Whether it be from parents, from society at large, or even from yourself, there is a great deal of pressure placed on us as students to find a summer job. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, being that the months between May and September typically provide students with more free time than we know what to do with;

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“Arrive without traveling.”

– The Beatles, ‘The Inner Light’

Yesterday during free period, I took an impromptu trip to Mongolia.

Well, not exactly… rather than travel over 12,000 miles round-trip in an afternoon, I journeyed to the North Lounge of Campion to attend a lecture called “The Land of Genghis Khan: Then and Now.” The lecture was sponsored by the Asian Studies program, the History Department, and the International Relations program.

I initially decided to go because it was an opportunity to receive extra credit for my history class, Forging the Modern World. This event in particular appealed to me because I might have some familial roots in Mongolia;

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#EarthDay

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! In honor of this auspicious occasion I want to take the opportunity to talk about the SJU Green Fund.

What is the Green Fund, you ask? Well, it’s an organization that brings students and faulty together to make environmentally conscious and sustainable changes around campus. Some past projects include:

  • Reusable to-go containers for all first year students
  • Recycling, trash and compost sorting cans in Campion
  • Contribution to Solar Panel Project
  • Sponsorship and collaboration with Earth Week Programming
  • Sponsorship of various student organization programming throughout the year
  • Relay for Life water bottles
  • Recycling bins for all classrooms
  • Recycling bins for all on-campus resident rooms
  • Reusable to-go containers for all first-year students
  • Additional water bottle filling stations through campus
  • High efficiency lighting in Claver Hall
  • Orientation 2013 water bottles
  • Water Bottle Filling Stations which can be found in 28 locations across campus
  • High efficiency lighting in the lower gym of O’Pake Recreation Center
  • Hawks for H2O program
  • Water Awareness Week program

The Green Fund supports a variety of projects that are submitted by students,

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In Defense of Campion

I recently have been particularly sensitive to student’s comments about Campion food. I’ve heard people complain about food selection, operating hours, and workers. “The fries are always undercooked”, “I hate leftovers”, “the lines are too long”, “there are no vegetarian options”, “I’d rather starve”… Enough is enough!

It’s not your mom’s cooking, that’s a given, but it is good food.

The final straw was when a satirical article was published in The Squawk, the school newspaper’s April Fools prank, which thanked Campion for getting “to wait in a 20-minute long line for a crusty chicken sandwich served with gourmet shoestring French fries or a piping hot plate of mysterious chewy meat chunks with stale white rice”.

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Why you should go to a play that will make you cry

The 20th century was miserable. I can’t say that from personal experience – my cognitive awareness reached its peak when I turned six in 1999. I also can’t say that the 20th century was more or less miserable than any other century. Every place and time has its own troubles, on both individual and community scales. What I can say, however, is that the (American) 20th century’s particular variety of misery yielded a slew of depressing and gloomy literary works. Among this canon, and, in fact, perched at the very height of melancholy, rests Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

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