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Advocates for Life hosts its first Respect Life Week at Assumption

Advocates for Life hosted its first Respect Life Week, a weeklong event that focused on awareness of hunger, abortion and prison ministry. Advocates for Life is a student group that aims to make the student body aware of the culture of life and the challenges of bringing it to the greater world through Catholic social teaching.

The group primarily focuses on the issue of abortion because they feel that it is a social justice issue that is not given enough attention. However, they also focus on the dignity of all human life.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse happen frequently. Unfortunately, it is often denied, overlooked and excused. However, on Friday, March 28, in Hagan Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Advocates for Life club helped end the silence by handing out purple ribbons and offering students the opportunity to write a letter to someone who has experienced physical or emotional abuse.

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ALANA fashion show is a success

On Friday, March 28, the Ninth Annual ALANA Network Fashion Show was held in the Laska Gymnasium. The theme of this year’s fashion show was “A Dark Twisted Fantasy” and featured 45 models and an array of musical entertainment.

The purpose of the fashion show is to promote diversity and send a message to all members of the Assumption community that no matter what race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation you are, you are welcome on campus. This year, the models walking in the show held the record for being the most diverse group of models in the history of the ALANA Network fashion shows.

Juniors Jacqueline Louro and Chantal James organized the show for the second time.

“Seeing the show come all together is the best part,” said Louro, vice president of ALANA Network. “It was easier this year because we knew what to expect.”

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Spring Musical Les Miserables an impressive production

Assumption College impressed audiences with the annual Spring Musical, Les Misérables, at Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Mass. this past weekend. The cast featured a medley of talent from alumni, current students and local elementary and middle school students.
“It was a no-brainer because I heard the rights were being released and so I jumped on it,” said Director Brian Tivnan of the decision to perform this particular musical. The production involved about 80 people, with about 60 of those being current Assumption students. As of April 1, over 2,000 tickets to Les Misérables had been sold.
This production was Assumption’s first Spring Musical to have a complete crew of people working backstage. Stage Manager and Worcester State student Rachael Marz transferred from Assumption last semester, but Tivnan asked her to stay on for the Spring Musical.

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English professor Dr. Francus coming to present 'Monster in the House' talk

“Monster in the House” is a lecture by Dr. Marilyn Francus coming soon to Assumption College’s campus. Francus is an associate professor of English at West Virginia University and recently published the book Monstrous Motherhood: 18th Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity.

Dr. Rachel Ramsey, associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Assumption, has known Francus for almost 20 years. Ramsey took her first graduate class with Francus at West Virginia University.

“She was an advisor on my dissertation, so I’ve known her a very, very long time,” said Ramsey. “Her project has been in the works for 20 years, in a way, because this is a culmination of decades’ research. So I was very excited when her book came out.”

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Late Night Trivia continues to be a hit

Trivia has always been and continues to be popular. On Friday, at the Late Night at Charlie’s event on March 21 at 10 p.m., everyone on campus was welcomed to play a game of trivia to challenge their knowledge of pop culture. Everyone formed into teams of three to four people and came up with a team name. Some of the team names were The A-Team, The Hootenannies, Team Bank and Malibu Chris.

There were raffle prizes as well as prizes for the trivia game. The prizes included a Phillips Blu-Ray player, a Frozen DVD, several $25 iTunes gift cards, Beats ear buds and Visa gift cards.

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According to Alex

My roommate’s one dream for her 22nd birthday was to see Demi Lovato. I had never really listened to the ex-Disney Channel star before, but when we found out she was coming to Worcester on my roomie’s birthday, I couldn’t say no. I got the CDs and I started studying up, making sure I could scream the words along with the hundreds of thirteen-year-olds who would no doubt be surrounding us at the DCU Center. The weeks passed and I found myself listening to Demi more and more for love of the songs than for the sake of learning the words.

I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been broken.

I’m gonna say it like it’s never been spoken.

I’m gonna give it like it’s never been taken.

I’m gonna fall like I don’t need saving.

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SOPHIA screens movie All Is Lost for members

All 24 students that make up the Sophomore Initiative Program gathered for a movie night in Kennedy Hall on Tuesday, March 18. The program’s Interim Director, Professor John Hodgen, set up the event as a way to keep up the group’s momentum during this second semester.

The SOPHIA Program is in its pilot year here at Assumption, and has the hard work of Associate Provost Dr. Carroll-Keeley to thank for its success. Since receiving a grant from the Lilly Foundation, the SOPHIA Initiative has made great strides toward making an impact on the students involved.

“The primary goal of the initiative is seeking your vocation and what you love. If what you love brings you happiness and has a positive impact, that’s what’s important,” said sophomore Michael Hoye.

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Assumption College speech class to host events for hunger awareness

Hunger is a global issue that impacts millions of people and children around the world. Over 50 million people in America today face hunger. That is one in six of the U.S. population. Sixteen million children aren’t getting the food they need. According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2013 and in our own backyard of Worcester, Mass., the issue of hunger is a continuing problem that surrounds thousands of households.

In Worcester, 20.9 percent of families live below the poverty level. The prevalence of hunger is six times the Massachusetts average. With this statistic being so high, we must work together to make a difference in our Worcester community.

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Sholes gives unique talk on Frost

At Assumption College on Thursday, March 20, Dr. Owen Sholes, professor of biology, analyzed Robert Frost through metaphors in his poetry that showed flora and fauna, botanizing of plants and ecological succession.

The metaphors Frost used came mostly from his personal experiences with the landscape, the farms and the families in New England, where Frost lived at the time of his writing. Sholes used a combination of quotes from Frost and pictures he personally took to give an illustrated presentation of those metaphors. Frost notices two different kinds of change that New England goes through, and this interested him to use those metaphors in his poems to describe those changes.

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Faculty Corner: Why The Breakfast Club doesn't make the cut

Over the summer, when I was putting together the syllabus for Film and Literature, I asked my colleagues for film recommendations. I knew I wanted to focus on film and literature of the 1980s, but I was overwhelmed by the lengthy list of classical 80s films. What to include? What to omit?

The Breakfast Club made the short list, but it was the first one I crossed off for reasons I couldn’t quite articulate, except that there was something about the film that made me uneasy.

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