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A word, a topic, that has become every so familiar in today’s society. Stress is especially prevalent in the eyes and minds of college students who are careening head on into the mountain that is finals week.

Yet stress is all around. People experience stress on a daily basis sprouting from all different origins. But at the root of it all, stress only makes the problem worse.

There is a famous quote by which I try to live my life.

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment,” said Lao Tzu.

This speaks volumes to me. People go about their everyday lives not living in the now. They are either upset about the past or stressed about the near future. Neither of these two things help achieve anything.

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CAB comes full circle

The 2015-2016 Campus Activities Board year drew to a bittersweet close last Saturday as the executives and loyal members enjoyed brunch at O’Connor’s restaurant. The beautiful weather was just a sign of the day to come. The annual end-of-year banquet is always filled with laughs and the occasional teary eye.

This year was no different as we all shared memories and laughter over a delicious brunch. On the menu was a strawberry cream cheese stuffed French toast, roasted potatoes, bacon, scrambled eggs and muffins. Needless to say, the board was not disappointed.

Once brunch was over, the two chairs, senior Alexandra Zinni, and junior Marissa Smith, shared some heartfelt words about what CAB means to them.

“Thank you for spending you Wednesday’s with us, and all the hours in between. This is your story now,” said Zinni.

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SGA Perspective: end of year

This year the Student Government Association has been proud to represent you as a member of the student body. As we begin to close the year, SGA looks back on conversations we’ve had, and changes we’ve proposed to change the overall quality of campus life.

SGA worked with administration to outline concerns for the new COMPASS program, which will be implemented in the fall. We also worked with the Office of Residential Life to modernize their Housing Lottery practices: and supported the idea to automate Housing Lottery and do away with the in-person practice. I look forward to hearing about the success of the automated process when it launches in the fall.

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Dorm of the Week: Nault

After having lived here during my senior year at Assumption, I can say that I will surely miss it.

If I wasn’t with friends, in class, the library, the dining hall or off campus, I was spending a good amount of my time in this cozy single dorm room.

Upon entering room 225, turning on the overhead light, opening my window shade and turning on my fan, I knew this was the right fit. I have come to enjoy living in Nault Hall, as well as the hill area of campus in general, because I find that I am able to get a lot of work done. While I did have a room to myself, I was able to make good friends with others around my floor. We eventually spent some time playing a little Mario Kart on Nintendo 64, among other things.

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Taking Assumption for its worth and taking a chance

Over the last four years I have experienced Assumption like no other. I have gone through my own set of trials and tribulations as a student, but I can honestly say that I have taken Assumption for what it’s worth. As a person of color I can say that Assumption is not like your typical historic black college, but it does try to bring everyone a feeling of community. And as individuals we try and seek a place where we can belong.

Sometimes we have to create those communities ourselves or search until we find connection. I found it in many different areas. I was fortunate to play football my first year here and I found a brotherhood among the team, but I knew there was more to college than just football. I knew I had greater purpose and I did not want to sit around and complain about what Assumption was doing or not doing so I found ways to get involved.

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Hounds Away From Home: Rome edition

I can imagine that many of you have thought about studying abroad, however fleeting a thought it may have been. It is something that is bound to cross your mind during your time in college. What better time to travel, right? However, just as exciting as it seems, it may seem at least just as scary, if not more so.

This was exactly my thought process over the last year and a half as I tossed around the idea of taking advantage of Assumptions’s Rome program I had heard so much about. I swallowed my fear and took the leap, deciding to spend a semester abroad. If the thought has even so much as crossed your mind, I encourage you to do the same.

It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I will not lie and say that the fear ceased the moment I finally committed to applying to the program, but I knew that I had made the right decision. I was scared not knowing what to expect when I arrived in Rome.

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Why We Need Science, not Philosophy #10

Does anyone know what science is? Does anyone know what philosophy is? Can anyone explain the difference? Or science and philosophy what some (but not enough) thinkers call “logical fictions” or “(theoretical) constructs?

For instance, can the professors who are under contract to serve as members of Assumption College’s Department of Political Science . . . can they explain the difference? They should be able to. Here is why:

First, their department name is Political SCIENCE.

But, one of the courses that every Poly Sci major must take is PO 205, entitled “Political PHILOSOPHY.”

If they cannot explain the difference, perhaps members of the various science can explain what science is, and members of the philosophy department can explain what philosophy is?

Of should we turn to the College President? Or the Provost? Or…?

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New academic building

The Greenhounds were provided with a great opportunity to better the Assumption College campus when the club came together to brainstorm “green” initiatives to make the new academic building on campus more eco-friendly. Last month the club wrote a proposal to the president’s administration about sustainability and efforts to be sustainable on a college campus. The club’s effort to spread awareness of how to be environmentally friendly and safe translated perfectly into the development of the new building. It gave the Greenhounds a chance to show how a college campus can be sustainable as it continues to prosper and expand.

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GrooveBoston is going to be groovy

The end of the school year is full of different kinds of events ranging from Duck Day to PupCup. One of the more prominent events on campus at the end of the year is the Spring Concert. This year’s Spring Concert is unlike any other concert that we have put on before. Instead of booking an artist that not every student may know or like, we were given the opportunity to select a performer that plays a variety of music that the entire student body will enjoy: GrooveBoston.

Yes, Campus Activities Board has done GrooveBoston in the past, but this event will be like no other GrooveBoston show that we’ve ever seen before. First of all, the event will be held on a completely different day then it usually is. Instead of it being on the last day of classes, the show will be on the Friday of PupCup, April 22. For this particular show, GrooveBoston will be designing the show based on this year’s PupCup theme, which is America.

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Immigration 2

Throughout this semester, my classmate Micah and I have had the opportunity to work with refugees from all over the world and help teach them English for our Case Management class taught by Dr. Cinzia Pica-Smith. This course has never involved a community service learning component, but for the first time, the entire class was able to go out into Worcester and try to make a difference and learn from an extremely diverse population.

Micah and I both had presumptions and judgments before volunteering alongside these incredible survivors, but through our experiences, our outlook has been broadened and we have learned more than we could have expected.

Emma’s story:


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