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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Areas of SJU’s Library Defined

 

It’s inevitable that as a college student you’re going to spend a lot of time at the library meeting with groups, printing papers, or finishing up a last minute assignment. Each area of the library has a distinct personality, it’s helpful to know what area is best for what to make the most of our library!

 

First floor new side:

It’s almost guaranteed that if you sit here you won’t get any work done whatsoever. Sit down and suddenly you will see everyone you have ever met at SJU and they will all be feeling really chatty.

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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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“You could throw a rock and hit Canada”

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Mid-Atlantic conference for the National Association of College Activities (NACA) with my fellow Student Union Board exec members.  The conference was held in Buffalo, NY (I had never been there before) so I was really excited to road trip with other surrounding universities.

“NACA is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life, providing our members with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more.”

I joined the exec board as a freshman last semester and was able to plan and execute some really cool events.  

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The Perks of Staying on Campus as an Upperclassman

I’m a senior this year and my friends and I really wanted to live off campus in a house. After months of trying to find a suitable place that was big enough for six people we decided to do on-campus housing registration. We now are all happily living in the townhouses, and there are some unexpected perks even though I initially felt like I was missing out not living off-campus.

No splitting bills

One of the biggest issues of living off campus is managing paying bills and rent. If you’re living with a large group then making sure everyone pays for everything on time can get time consuming and it can cause tensions within the group as well if one person isn’t keeping up with payments.

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It’s Fitness Time!

As the weather starts to cool down and the nights begin to arrive sooner, it is quite apparent that fall is definitely here and winter is, dare I say, quickly approaching. With this change in season comes the usual slump of not wanting to leave your toasty bed, and thus not wanting to work out. I get it — its cold outside and warm inside; it really is quite logical which option to choose.

Back home I really would not have this problem of what to do for fitness because I always had sports practices, but here at school I really had to adjust to working out without my usual designated practice times.

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#ATime4Change

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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