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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“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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I must Gogh!

On Friday I ran the Student Union Board‘s (SUB’s) first late night event of the semester!

The event was First Friday, which features numerous galleries and local artists from the Philly area!

“First Friday is a unique cultural event in Philadelphia and one of the city’s most popular evening escapes. Held the first Friday night of each month, this arts community ‘open house’ brings together city dwellers and suburbanites, contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.”

And added to that list was Saint Joe’s students!

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#magis

It’s Saturday night and I’m currently in my dorm room, listening to the new Beach House album, doing my homework for Tuesday (does that make me lame?) [nerds are hip, right?].

Recently, in my Civic Media class in the Communications department, we had discussed social capital and whether it had been declining or not and also digital media’s role in this decline or incline.  Then, when I went to do my Sociology of Migration homework that same night, I started reading the assigned book, which had started to discuss social capital and its relationship to Migration-Trust Networks.

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Adulthood vs. Fun?

“I feel like such an adult.”

So I said yesterday, while in the process of buying a mouse trap.

At what point did it become an “adult” thing to have to deal with mice in your apartment? Adulthood should be associated with having pro-actively cleaned counters and secured food, not with spending 9 dollars on a reactive solution to a mouse emergency. Adulthood should be associated with taking responsibility for preventing bad situations, not just for responding to them when they pop up.

Undergraduate college students are placed in a strange box between childhood and adulthood.

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When your world’s turning

College can be a big transition for most, if not all, people making the big leap. Looking back a year later since I moved into Villiger 338, I can honestly say that the only feelings I can remember were excitement to move into my own, new space (and to decorate it however I pleased) and the sadness of leaving my friends and family.

Now I’m a sophomore (woah) and the same emotions are consuming my body just like last year.

However, I would say that there are a lot of differences.  Freshman year you’re more consumed with freaking out over the location of your classes,

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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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“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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“Relax and let your mind roll on, over all your problems.”

– The Who, ‘Relax’

Completing group projects. Writing papers upon papers. Following through on social commitments. Working. Studying for quizzes and exams. Participating in extracurricular activities. Filling out the FAFSA, applying for loans. Registering for classes, being wait-listed, cramming GEP classes into your schedule. Figuring out housing, finding a roommate, putting a downpayment on a house.

The middle of the semester can make you feel as though you’re in the middle of a nervous breakdown.

It seems to me that the beginnings and the ends of semesters are typically smooth sailing; it’s the middle periods where the figurative waters become choppy and I begin drowning in work.

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Why is Modern Slavery so Dangerous? Because it’s Invisible

When I say Angelina Jolie what you do think? You probably imagine a strong, beautiful, excellent actress, right? What about Ashton Kutcher? You think of a hilarious, successful and good-looking actor, do you not? But did you know that these and other celebrities like Ricky Martin, Demi Moore, and Alicia Keys are also involved in organizations that provide support to people suffering from slavery at this very moment?

Probably not.

Why?

Because it’s really not publicized.

 This past Thursday, March 26, was the first day in months that the temperature reached above fifty degrees and it felt like spring outside.

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