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Political science professor presents lecture on Hugo Grotius

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at Assumption College held its third annual MEMS Faculty Lecture on Tuesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Jeremy Geddert, assistant professor of political science, presented a talk on philosopher Hugo Grotius. Geddert tackled the question of “Is Hugo Grotius really an early modern possessive individualist?” in his lecture to a full audience in the Testa Atrium.

Lance Lazar, associate professor of history, introduced Geddert and gave a brief explanation of the MEMS program.

“We try to bring a very broad spectrum of disciplines together,” he said. The program usually brings in scholars from outside the College for fall events and hosts speakers from on campus during the second semester.
“In the spring, we like to showcase the quality we have right here at Assumption College,” said Lazar.

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Student teams win at Trivia Night

“Team Barry,” which included teammates juniors Megan Levesque, Barry Nicholson, Alicia Mahoney and Alyssa Bates won an intense round of trivia hosted by Assumption’s Student Activities Board after “Open Mic Night” on Friday, March 21 in Charlie’s at 11:30 p.m. 
 
Trivia was broken into four rounds with four questions per round which were divided into categories of sports, random, movies and music. Elyse Gauvin, Graduate Assistant at the Office of Student Activities, would read a question aloud followed by four possible answers. For each round, a team could earn up to a total of 16 points, with a grand total of 64 points that could be accumulated by the end of Trivia. 
 

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Harpsichordist plays at Assumption

At noon on Thursday, February 27, Jonathan Bezdegian, a talented harpsichordist, performed his last three complex pieces of his harpsichord series in the Tinsley Community Room, an event sponsored by the HumanArts series. 
 
Dressed completely in black, Bezdegian began his first piece called “Pavana” by Ferdinando Richardson (c. 1558-1618). The audience was silent as the piece increased in strength and complexity to the end. Bezdegian then shared that this particular piece was quite sexual and a very popular dance song in Europe. The second piece, “Toccata Prima” by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643), was very important musically, as the composer used several themes throughout the piece which allowed the audience to “hear” the sexuality in the music. 
 

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According to Alex

I was watching a clip of Jimmy Fallon’s monologue on The Tonight Show this past week and was thoroughly enjoying the sarcasm and jokes until he got to one particular topic. This is a topic that has been permeating the news lately and also really getting under my skin: marijuana legalization.
 
Fallon was poking fun at Colorado’s announcement that it expects to make $100 million dollars over the next year from taxing legalized marijuana. Apparently, the state will be using those funds to build new schools. At this point, the show turned to a montage of ironic names for these schools, including “Hot Pocket Prep” and “St. Mary Jane’s.” 
 

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Women' studies hosts film screening on beauty in media

Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty? The 2007 documentary America the Beautiful, directed by Darryl Roberts, set out to answer this question.  
 
The Women’s Studies Program screened the film on Monday, February 24, coinciding with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The goal of the film was to bring light to the unrealistic standards for physical beauty in American society.
 
“Walden Behavior Care chose the film and the Assumption College Women’s Studies Program supported their efforts to increase awareness of how profitable businesses and the media influence self-confidence and worth based upon unreal and unattainable expectations,” said Suzanne Lewandowski, Academic Secretary for the History, Math, Computer Science, Women’s Studies and Medieval and Early Modern Studies Departments.
 

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Open Mic Night a success

On Friday, February 21, Assumption’s Student Government Association held an Open Mic Night in Charlie’s to support the Class of 2016 and showcase student talent.
 
Performances ranged from musical numbers to poetry readings. Raffles for iTunes and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards were also held throughout the night.
 
The nearly full room of attendants was treated to diverse musical performances, including sophomores Korleen Sheridan, Andrew Donahue, Jason Pink and Joseph Barile with “Royals” by Lorde. The ever popular and catchy new hit was played in an acoustic style, with Pink on guitar and Sheridan and Donahue on harmonic vocals. Barile’s beat boxing added to the live pop feel of the performance.
 
The room was soon swept up in the country tune of “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean, a vocal solo performed by Donahue and accompanied by Pink. Donahue’s country-rap midway through the song impressed the audience who cheered and clapped.

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Students enjoy skating on the Common

On Saturday, February 22, Assumption offered its students a chance to skate free of charge at Worcester Commons. Students were given complementary transportation to the Commons, which was arranged by the Office of Student Activities, as well as exemption from paying for skate rentals courtesy of the President’s Office. Once there, students could free skate for three hours while looking up at Worcester’s City Hall.
 
 From 4 to 7 p.m. students were able to take advantage of the warm weather by leaving campus to enjoy a night out courtesy of Assumption College. Among the Assumption students who attended were students from the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. All together the three colleges made the most of the off-campus opportunity by spending it in the Commons, skating until after the sun set.
 
Skaters used the time to not only get off-campus and explore Worcester but mainly to spend time with their friends.
 

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Faculty Corner:The Gospel according to 'Swedish House Mafia'

Perhaps you are like me and have found yourself listening to Bastille’s “Pompeii” as of late. It’s understandable: it’s a catchy song with a chorus that’s fun to sing, even if it isn’t at all like my usual music tastes. While listening to it, certain lines started jumping out at me more and more. Evidently, the song is intended as a fairly literal reflection on the specific events of 79 AD, when the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius buried the city of Pompeii. But I heard something different. As I listened to the words of the chorus, I heard instead a reflection on the troubles of our times in the developed world, the fundamental failure of modernity to succeed in its project. As the song says, we can often make those problems go away, if just for a moment, by closing our eyes and pretending they don’t exist. But they don’t really go away.
 

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Spring concert headliners announced at BINGO in Charlie's

It’s official. For the first time ever, Assumption College’s Spring Concert will present two artists as co-headliners, and those talented performers are Capital Cities and Karmin. The announcement was made Monday, February 24 in Charlie’s over a high-stakes game of BINGO. The Campus Activities Board has scheduled the spring concert for May 5, 2014 in the Plourde Gym. Ticket sales began Tuesday, February 25 and cost $15 per person. 
 

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Assumption alumna cherishes friend’s photos and memory

The first time I went to a Provoc meeting I was, believe it or not, nervous. It was the end of my freshman year, and despite having an interest in journalism going into college, I had yet to attend a meeting. As much as I loved writing, my anxiety had been winning out. But Erin Rodriques, my friend and future roommate, finally convinced me. She had been going to meetings all year for her photography, and her impressive work resulted in Erin being named the newspaper’s first Photo Editor. At her insistence that the meetings were low-key, the staff was nice and I didn’t have to write anything if I didn’t want to (because apparently I’m a kindergartner), I went, stuck close to her side and it didn’t turn out to be so bad.
 

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