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If you don’t already know, this week is Alcohol Awareness Week and today was Black Out Day. This week takes place every year, right before Halloween and is hosted by the Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) office. Black Out Day is a day where students sign up to take a vow of silence from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to honor those who are in recovery, or have been lost to alcohol related tragedies such as overdose, addiction, and suicide.

Not only do we help spread awareness about the dangers of alcohol use, but everyone who participates is educated on the signs of alcohol poisoning.

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“Come together, right now, over me.”

– The Beatles, ‘Come Together’

On Sunday afternoon, I headed over to campus to represent Radio 1851 at the Fall View open house. I’d never been to one of SJU’s open houses before today; after I applied as a senior, my family and I took a guided tour and, more or less, decided on the spot that St. Joe’s would be my new home for the next four years.

As I woke up that morning to the brisk morning air coming through my window, the only thing on my mind was snuggling back into my blankets.

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Manayunk Mayhem

There is a quaint little town in Philadelphia, which is known here at SJU as the place where all the upperclassmen live. This eclectic up and coming neighborhood positioned near the Schuylkill River is Manayunk. There are a number of amazing things to do here, and with its close proximity to campus it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

 

What is so great about Manayunk is the convenient location, the great events that are put on, and the new shops that are always opening up, but this town wasn’t always as popular as it is today.

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There’s No Place like Home!

What does it mean when you go home and it doesn’t feel like home? Obviously, it’s your home, but it doesn’t feel right. Maybe you felt the same way. Maybe your home didn’t feel the same and you can’t figure out why. When you’ve been at college for a month and the only thing that got you through midterms week was knowing that you would be back home for a few days to unwind, eat some home cooking and procrastinate doing the work that was assigned during break until Tuesday night. What happens when you walk into your bedroom and you don’t recognize it?

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Cheese Curds and Kinship

I had the honor and privilege this past weekend of representing SJU at the Alpha Sigma Nu Centennial Triennial Conference at Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Alpha Sigma Nu is the international Jesuit honor society, with a chapter at every Jesuit university in the United States, as well as in Canada, Korea, and now Spain. Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is based around three tenets: scholarship, service, and loyalty to Jesuit values.

As Chapter President for Saint Joe’s, I and two other members of our executive board of the SJU chapter were able to attend the conference this weekend.

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Retreats

At some point in your college career you should definitely go on a retreat. I am currently in the Poconos for the OML (Office of Multicultural Life) Retreat and it is the highlight of my semester so far.

The thing about retreats is that you already know that its going to be good time, but afterwards it ends up being ten times better than you originally imagined.

Retreats can be a time to reflect, a time to meet and connect with new people, a break from school work or just an escape from campus for a weekend.

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Welcome Home: First Fall Break

You’ve made it past your first round of midterms (or maybe still have more to tackle when you get back), you’ve endured the long hours at the library, the repetitiveness of going to class, grabbing lunch, going to class, chatting with your suite-mates, going to dinner, and making sure your prepared for the next day ahead. After much effort so far this year, your reward has finally arrived: fall break.

 

My first fall break started out with a tad bit of sadness, but soon transformed into an absolute perfect time away. I think colleges and universities really know what they’re doing when assigning the breaks in the semester.

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What it means to breathe Philly sports

If you are new to the area and just starting your life here at Saint Joseph’s University, you know that a trip to the city is a must-do. When visiting the city, you may have noticed that Philadelphia is different then other cities. Philadelphia, being a large metropolitan area, offers the visitor an array of entertainment options. Philadelphia is a town known for its rich history, from the Liberty Bell to our professional sports teams. There is something for everyone. Besides our rich history there is something uniquely different about our city. Something very special. Philadelphia is a city full of passion–specifically a passion for its sports teams,

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“How can we not raise a voice against the madness?”

– Crosby, Stills & Nash, ‘Raise a Voice’

Northern Arizona University. Texas Southern University. Umpqua Community College. Community College of Philadelphia.

What do students of these four schools have in common?

They all experienced some form of gun violence on their campuses within the past week.

St. Joe’s students were given a taste of this fear this past week, after discovering a threat on the site 4Chan directed at “Philadelphia area schools” posted over the weekend. It spoke of a “beta uprising” that had begun on the West Coast would continue on the East on Monday.

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My First College Test

This week I took my first real college test. Sure, I’ve taken the little quizzes, written essays, but a big college test, well; I guess I’m not in Kansas (high school) anymore. The exam was difficult sure, but mostly it was the whole experience of it all that really threw me for a loop. After I handed in my test and left the classroom I thought to myself, “Alright, I think I did well on that” but mostly I was thinking, “I need to write a blog about this” And so, my first college test experience:

 

Walking up the flight of stairs to my classroom I was greeted with panicked stares glancing up at me briefly from their notebooks as I walked into the room.

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