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Stay In The Green Zone

It is time to start thinking about reducing our waste and get our recycle game into gear here at Assumption. RecycleMania is coming, and it’s coming fast. RecycleMania is a friendly competition between colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Over eight weeks that encourages schools to be less wasteful and promote recycling. Trash, recycle and compost are collected from each school during this time period, weighed and then ranked in different categories. A percentage is then created based on trash conversion to see each school’s recycle rate compared to their trash rate. Schools are nationally recognized for their exceptional recycling and composting rates (along with a few other categories), and at the end of the competition, an overall winner is determined. The competition officially begins January 31, very shortly after we return from winter break.

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Tips To Survive Finals

It’s not hard to stress. In fact, it can be aligned closely to entropy, the inevitable condition that all things of the universe must come to. The more difficult thing to do is fix what’s broken, clean the mess, stop the stress. Of course all of these are more easily said than done. However, over the past year as Mental Wellness Educator in Peers Advocating Wellness for Students, I have looked for ways to make this just as easily done as said.

1) Just breathe. Without oxygen, you will die. Other than that, a deep breath can give you a much needed pause in life, allowing you to gather your faculties and better attack a situation.

2) Take a nap. You may have hated them when you were younger, but now is the time to embrace them. Napping can improve your efficiency, clarity and imagination. Even astronauts need sleep, so they take a 26-minute “NASA” nap to improve their performance by 34 percent.

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SGA Perspective

When I started to write my article I began to describe why Assumption College is amazing at Christmas time, with all of the different events on campus, the decorations and just the overall Christmas spirit within the community. But then I came up with an idea not to focus on the obvious Christmas cheer at Assumption and write about something else. Before I get into it, I figured I’d take the opportunity to thank each of the departments and people who add to the holiday spirit on campus.

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Why We Need Science, not Philosophy #4

Preface. This is one essay in a continuous series. Each essay will explain one premise for a semi-sorites, the conclusion of which is the 2nd most important discovery of modern science, namely, representationalism. It is a scandal in U.S. higher education that this 2nd most crucial discovery of modern science is not only largely unknown, but often ridiculed when it is known. It is an especial scandal that it’s ignored at Assumption, a Catholic college, which should be preparing students for life in a world where many think science is proven knowledge and opposed to religion based (isn’t it?) on faith..., that is, for a life in a world increasingly secularistic.
In this series, the argument for representationalism will center on sight. Because of the strength of the naive, common-sense illusion that we directly see physical things, it takes great effort to learn that it is an illusion.

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Faculty Corner - Until Estragon be formed in

Sydney. San Diego. Atlanta. New York. I have seen productions of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot all over the world. But this past summer, I decided to try out for a local production. It was totally out of character for me. I have thought about the play and taught it for years, and I have directed a few short plays in the past. I am also the faculty advisor for Assumption’s theater club, Merely Players. Yet I have not often been one for the stage.

With the encouragement of others, I decided to go for the part of Estragon. He’s a bum with stinking feet, bad boots and a hankering for carrots. I also tried out for the role of Pozzo, a mean man with a slave tied to the end of a rope. He is richer than Estragon, though finally just as pathetic, if not more so.

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ADAPT: educates students about Down syndrome

In the beginning of the month of November, Assumption Disability Awareness Promotion Team will be hosting their second Disability of the Month event. For those of you who do not know what ADAPT does, the purpose of this club is to promote equality and respect and to minimize stereotypes that are associated with individuals with disabilities. For this upcoming Disability of the Month, ADAPT will be raising awareness about a developmental disability: Down syndrome. Down syndrome awareness month took place in October, which is why ADAPT plans on raising awareness about this particular disability. For the rest of this article, as an officer for ADAPT club, I will be giving you some information in regards to down syndrome.

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ALANA: recognize your nationality

What is your nationality? What is your race? What is your ethnicity? Many do not know the difference between nationality, race and ethnicity. My name is Stephanie DeSouza, and my nationality is American-Brazilian, my race is Latina and my ethnicity is Brazilian. Nationality refers to the country where the person was born or where one holds citizenship.

Although I was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I do have a dual citizenship from Brazil, which is why I refer to myself as an American-Brazilian. Race is physical characteristics, for example Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Latino, etc. However, ethnicity is more specific. It is a combination of religion, language and culture. Ethnicity is the food you eat, music you listen to, language you speak and religion you practice.

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The Greenhounds' opinions on climate change

Two climate change seminars were held on Monday, October 19. The first was given by Professor Jennifer Marlon of Yale University, and the second by Celia Deane Drummond, a professor of Theology at The University of Notre Dame.

Students gave an explanation of campus groups who focus on topics of sustainability and fair trade, such as the Social Justice Ambassadors and the Greenhounds. She explained that the students of today are the ones who will be faced with the effects of climate change and global warming, but are the last generation who will be able to do anything about it.

Marlons’ seminar was held in the Fuller Auditorium in Testa Science Center. She started out the seminar by saying that she had narrowed global warming down to five beliefs. The beliefs are: that it is real, that it is caused by humans, that scientists and the Pope agree, that it is bad and lastly that there is hope for the future.

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START promises to provide a good time and fond memories

3. 2. 1…START. Mike Doyon, mark it. That was just a small part of the fun and games that took place between Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17. Assumption’s faith-based community is displayed in so many ways through the various clubs and activities it plays host to—none more important than Campus Ministry. And even greater, the START Retreat.

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Hounds Away From Home: The many lessons you learn

A friend of mine asked me to write about my experiences while studying abroad in Rome and honestly, I do not even know where to start. So much has happened that there is not really a beginning to come from. I cannot even begin to explain the experiences I have had thus far. The places we have been and the things we have seen and learned are mind blowing. Although every experience is life changing, it does not come without its challenges.

I am sure you have heard everything about study abroad: how great the experience is, how much you learn about culture and society, even how you learn so much about yourself, so I am going to leave that for you to explore. There is no reason to tell you anything you already know. Even if I did tell you about how awesome it is, you would not be able to truly understand until you experience it yourself. Because of that, I’m going to get down to the “nitty-gritty” and save the rest for you to find out on your own.

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