My Day In Prison

These past two Fridays, I went to Graterford Prison with my Crime, Justice, & Media class. We sat down with several juvenile lifers and shared an intelligent and inspiring conversation about everyday life in prison, and the criminal justice system. Suffice to say, it was one of the most captivating moments of my life to date.

There were a total of nine students and our professor, Mike Lyons, that jumped in a SJU van and made the hour trip to Graterford early Friday morning. When we finally got on the road the van was filled with nervous anticipation.

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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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Mental Health Day

Now that finals are approaching, some of us are reaching the point where we spend more time in the library than in our apartments because we’re trying to stay on top of everything, but somehow keep slipping behind, and as a result we are sleep deprived beyond belief.

If you fall into this category, then hopefully you will find this useful.

Sometimes, the best thing that you can do for yourself, is take a mental health day.

 

Let me start by saying that just because you are taking a mental health day,

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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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The end is near … Hey Grad School!

Hey seniors.

So, how cool is senior year, right? Doing so many fun things because you know it’s your last opportunity to do them, but then actually facing the fact that it’s your last time doing them. As an orientation leader, my consciousness of “the end” has been with me since that last week in June when I announced to approximately a million families and incoming students that I’m a senior and had my last go round at the absolute best job ever. To some extent, having that experience over the summer helped me to realize that this really is our last shot at everything St.

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Group Projects

We all hate them, and yet, professors still make us do them. Usually the excuse is because in the “real world” we will have to do them so, we should practice now.

The thing is, group projects can be fun, but only if you like the people who you work with. If you have friends in the class and you can choose to work together, you know that you can trust them. When groups are assigned, there is usually that one person that hardly does their part, doesn’t show up for meetings, but somehow gets the same grade as everyone else.

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Finding Your Hawk Mate: The Importance of Strong Female Friendships

Hawk Mate: (n.)

  1. someone you find at Saint Joe’s who you didn’t know you were missing until you met them.
  2. a soul mate.

The term “hawk mate” is a SJU-exclusive phrase that describes that person you find during your four years on campus that is with you for the rest of your life. There is no limit on how many of these special people can be in your life, but every student finds one. In the past, the term has only been used to describe those who are dating. For example, you may hear someone say,

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Studying Styles

Oh studying, no one likes it, but we all have to do it, well at least sometimes… I have always had a pretty good regime when it came to sitting down and actually getting to work, but man, college is a whole new ball game. There never seems to be a break, you get done with one assignment just to get a new one the next class. It’s a never-ending cycle, and so my basic studying skills have had to be amped up these past couple weeks. I think everyone has his or her own studying particularities, which I just find fascinating.

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We talked about dead people

I was lucky enough to meet Cheryl Della Pietra, the author of Gonzo Girl on October 27th. I read her book for my literary journalism class and, honestly, I loved it. The novel is based on Pietra’s time as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant. Hunter S. Thompson was an American writer who wrote about politics, his own life, and oh, you know, just the mass amounts of drugs he took and alcohol he drank.

Pietra read from her novel and answered questions from the audience. People asked her about her time with Thompson, what inspired her to write the book,

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7 Reasons why I hate “Rate My Professor”

It’s that time of year again, the real life Hunger Games: Class Registration.

Many students turn to RateMyProfessor.com to find all the dirty little secrets about the faculty on campus. But this is not the place to go!!! Let the all wise senior tell you take you on a journey of scandal and debauchery. 😉 The horrors that await you on this so called “YELP for professors” website are unhelpful and just plain dumb.

Don’t believe me? Just continue reading and I will tell ALL!

So here are 7 reasons why I hate “Rate My Professor”:

  1. Spite –

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