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In todays society everything is so fast paced and rushed. Since birth each and every one of us are programed to live a certain way. Programmed to live a certain way, follow the flow of every other fish in the sea of life. From the very start we are put under tests and exams. Which can range from essential tests to school tests that test our ability to memorize and conform to the normal.

I am not saying those test are bad or that education is wrong. I love school; I love learning and love understanding concepts I didn’t before.

My problem lies in how that message comes across. For me education is about making yourself the best you can be. Learning about what you want exploring ideas and topic you find interesting. Not memorizing the PowerPoint slides of Ms. Fishbreathe on the other side of the table.

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Hounds Away from Home: A weekend in Italy

This past weekend, students studying at Assumption’s Rome campus began to expand their horizons past the city of Rome through a group excursion to Florence with a day trip to Pisa. The excursion lasted from Thursday, February 11 to Sunday, February 14.

Our adventure started with a high-speed train ride from Rome to Florence. Once we arrived in Florence, we walked right past Florence’s Famous Cathedral on our way to our hotel. Just an hour later, we were off for our first tour of Florence with Assumption’s own Professor Heidi Gearhart. First off, we looked at the intricate details on the outside of the Cathedral and of the massive dome for which it is famous.

Then, we went to Piazza della Signoria where we had some of the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted. After the hot chocolate break, we went back to have a group dinner together.

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SGA Perspective

Over the course of the year, I have received several questions about how things get funded within the Assumption College Community. To assist in fielding these questions, I felt it would be beneficial to give an overview of how activities are funded.

Depending on enrollment, the Budget Planning and Priorities Committee meet several times each semester to discuss the student activity fee, which is $125 per semester. Each of the items on the BPPC is heavily evaluated, and the amount determined is their budget. From here, allocation requests come from various clubs and organizations to the Vice President for Financial Affairs.

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Spin your way into the new year

During the month of February, the Peers Advocating Wellness for Students is hosting its first spinning program. PAWS aims to promote the health and wellness of all students on the Assumption campus. Spinning, or cycling, is an exercise that improves cardiovascular health, muscle strength, stamina, flexibility and posture. It also decreases stress levels, as well as the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, depression, diabetes and obesity. Spinning is great for people of all ages.

It is something that can be done for beginners or those recovering from injury at low intensity. It can also be a rigorous activity that provides a demanding workout. Spinning can be done both indoors and outdoors. It is also a good alternative to driving, as it promotes physical health, as and decreases the amount of pollution in the air.

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First-year Perspective

From very early on in my senior year of high school, I was prepared to go to college.

And I remember trying to pick a college, it came down to the three schools that I could afford to go to. Assumption was one of them. Ultimately, the decision came down to where I would feel happiest, though availability of academic programs had something to do with the decision as well. When I was at Assumption, I felt home, and no other college gave me that feeling. So I decided to officially call it my home.

I have not regretted one moment of my decision to be here at Assumption.

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Why We Need Science, not Philosophy #7

Have you ever heard the complaint, “There are none so blind as those who will not see?” The same idea can be expressed by “There are none so deaf as those that will not hear.” Both complaints refer to situations in which someone holds onto a mistaken opinion, despite all our efforts to get them to change their opinion to the truth.

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Life in the Congo

As the spring semester begins to get into full swing and the everyday stresses of college life start to pile up, let us take a moment to consider those for which these stresses would be a luxury. Unlike in America where it is mandated by the federal government that every child must attend school, in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the opportunity for even a basic education is scarce.

Life in the Congo is filled with conflict and poverty, causing much of the population to go without a secondary education. In fact, according to data collected by the UNICEF foundation in 2013, primary school enrollment rates were 72.5 percent for males and 72.1 percent for females, while secondary school attendance was at a staggering low 35.19 percent for males and 28.3 percent for females.

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Time to talk sex...versations

Let’s talk about sex…verstations, baby. That’s right, it’s a night to bring forth all those awkward sex education questions you never got to ask in middle school. Oh, and there will be chocolate.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there are many sentiments perturbing the air from both couples and single ladies alike. Have no fear; any feelings, questions and concerns may be put to rest at Sexversations. It’s the perfect environment to start a conversation about healthy relationships of anything that may implicate with them.

Liz Drexler-Hines, director of Health Services and Professor Christopher Klofft of the Theology department will be there to answer any questions you may have about relationships or any bodily functions; no topic is off limits. The panelists will try to answer your questions to the best of their abilities.

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Chapel Choir is a family

Rewind to the first Mass I attended here at Assumption College. I sat in the pew by myself, ready to start my journey of faith here. I remember being a little nervous because it was the end of orientation, and I was going to be starting my fall semester classes the next day. Mass was about to start, and Paul Covino opened his announcements with the Mass and Margaret Tartaglia asked if any new first years were interested in singing with the Chapel Choir. So I nervously went up to the group, was pointed towards the soprano section and someone handed me a hymnal. Before I knew it, I was starting my journey with Assumption College’s Chapel Choir.

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A pro...procrastinator

If you’re anything like me, you procrastinate everything. I procrastinate doing my homework. I procrastinate writing articles for the Provoc. I procrastinate getting out of bed. I procrastinate making dinner. You get the point: I’m a professional procrastinator. I put things off until the last possible second, and even then I usually wait until I’m already late.

I know it’s bad to procrastinate, but I do it anyway. I wait until there are 20 minutes before class to start studying for my exam. I wait until the night before to start writing my paper. I wait until there’s no time left. Why? I have no idea.


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