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"What I Have Carried" Draws Crowd

On Tuesday, November 17, “Art in IT” presented their exhibition entitled, “What I Have Carried.” The event was held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., displaying a variety of artwork by Assumption’s own students. Pieces ranged from paintings to pencil drawings and even collages.

Every inch of the walls on the second floor of IT were covered with artwork that ranged from small compositions to works larger in size with beautiful vibrant color on the day of Art Club’s sixth annual art exhibition.

“It’s cool to see all the art that people are able to create. I feel as if the school can use Art Club’s pieces to bring more modern art to the college,” stated sophomore Julie Dunn.

The event kicked off with opening statements by senior Jennifer Dowling and sophomore Dori Rogers, both of whom run Art Club.

“This show got artists to think about what they have carried emotionally or physically,” Dowling stated.

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Male Pageant Excites The Crowd

On Saturday November 21, the Student Government Association put on their third annual Mr. Assumption pageant. This event was created three years ago so that Assumption could send a contestant to represent Assumption College at the Mr. Worcester competition. Last year, Assumption College’s Anthony Iannone was fortunate enough to take home the crown title of Mr. Worcester.

Two hours before Mr. Assumption started, preparations were being made to the stage, the contestants were arriving for the rehearsal, hosts senior Brendan Natal and first-year Mary Buckley were rehearsing the script and the SGA’s Mr. Assumption Ad-Hoc Committee was making last-minute changes. This year the Mr. Assumption Committee decided to have a theme, which was Under the Stars to create a classier atmosphere for the event.

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Cesareo Discusses New Building With SGA

On Sunday, November 22, President of Assumption College, Francesco Cesareo, attended the Student Government Association’s weekly senate meeting as the group’s guest speaker. His main topic of discussion revolved around the new academic building the College is currently planning. He explained the logistics of the building process and also took questions from SGA representatives after he presented and showed a brief video.

The building’s planning began in the 2011-2012 school year when a committee came together to discuss if there was a need for a new academic facility on campus. After deciding that there was, the group proposed an original plan for a 70,000 square foot building.

The Board of Trustees determined that this would be too expensive for the College and the proposal of size dropped to 58,000 square feet. The location of the building will be between IT and Hagan.

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Trump Stirs Crowd At DCU Center

Nearly 10,500 people made their way into the Digital Federal Credit Union Center Arena on Wednesday, November 18 to the Donald J. Trump for President rally. The rally, which was organized just days prior, drew people from all over New England and beyond. Donald Trump, a presidential hopeful, made his way onto stage with cheers of supporters yelling “USA” and “We want Trump.”

Though the rally started 25 minutes after its scheduled start time of 7 p.m., Trump claimed there were 3,000 people still trying to get inside, so he stalled the rally to let those outside into the DCU Center. Indeed, there were many outside waiting to get in—so many, the DCU arena had to raise partitions on their upper-level seating to make room for more people. One DCU staff member, who wished to be left unidentified, commented on the event.

“[It] drew in a much larger crowd than expected. I didn’t think it would sell out like this.”

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Let's merge conflicting fields

Assumption College had a distinguished guest speaker for the Rabbi Joseph Klein Lecture on Monday, October 26. Dr. Alan Mittleman, a stand out scholar in his field, focuses especially on the interface between philosophy, science, theology and politics.

“[My purpose] is not to disparage or discourage science… it is only to highlight issues of deep humanistic and religious concern,” said Mittleman.

In other words, he wants to start a conversation between scientists, theologians and the people of the world on what personhood means.

“[We live] in an age of genetically engineered and technologically enhanced human cyborgs,” said Mittleton.

The lecture was opened by Professor Daniel Maher, director of the Ecumenical Institute on campus and philosophy chair, who neatly summarized the mission of the Rabbi Joseph Klein Lecture.

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Small jobs mean the most

A silent auditorium filled with students and professors alike watched with much sympathy as Professor Cary LeBlanc showed the room a video in which he interviewed a man named Jerry, age 74, who worked in a paper mill for over 30 years.

“The machines intrigued me…[working there] I felt like…” Jerry then paused for a few minutes.

Jerry looked down for several moments, composed himself, words softening as they finally escaped his mouth.

“I felt like somebody…I cared about that job. It wasn’t just a job, it was about doing things right.”

The clip abruptly ended as everyone in La Maison Auditorium on Tuesday, October 27 sat in silence for a long few moments before LeBlanc picked back up with his talk.

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Another day, another NFL player accused of domestic abuse

On Friday October 16, Johnny Manziel and Colleen Crowley were seen having a heated argument whilst speeding on the highway. A witness stated that they saw Crowley attempt to exit the moving vehicle and, Manziel fought to keep her against the seat in the car by pushing her in an attempt to get her to stop.

Meanwhile, Manziel states that he merely grabbed her arm during the conflict.

The argument allegedly started when Manziel suggested that the two hang out with a friend while they were driving back from having dinner. Crowley supposedly responded angrily to the idea as she stated that he only wanted to meet up with the friend in order to meet other girls. The couple admitted to both having small amounts of alcohol in their systems during the fight, which could’ve easily added to the intensity of the dispute.

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Iran now allowed nuclear power

The Iran Nuclear deal, originally agreed upon in July, went into effect on Sunday, October 18 and has maintained its position at the forefront of media headlines in recent months. The deal will be one of Obama’s last contributions as president, and the White House website titled the page “The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon,” showing support for the controversial compromise.

According to the White House’s website, the deal includes the increased monitoring of Iran’s nuclear facilities as well as the pathways for supplies by the United States and several other world powers including the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany and the European Union.

“[We] have achieved a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward,” stated the White House’s website.

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Jazz puts students in a trance with soft notes

The sounds that danced along the halls of Kennedy Memorial at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 were akin to the aroma of a favorite dish filling the air—an inch to grab your attention, a mile to pull you in that direction. Assumption’s jazz ensemble housed tunes that could put anyone in the mood to groove, whether they are a fan of the genre or not. Proud and eager family members made up the audience in Kennedy’s dimly lit auditorium along with other Assumption students looking for a different way to spend their night.

Legendary jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong once said, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” Jazz is not just a musical genre—it is an experience that awakens the heart and soul from its slumber.

“I have to say my favorite would have to be Conway’s original composition,” said Director of the Jazz ensemble David Jost.

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Bringing immigration awareness to the College

On Wednesday, October 21, Assumption College presented the film Abrazos by Luis Argueta. Professor Esteban Loustaunau put this event together with the help of Latin American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Global Studies and Women’s studies as part of their year-long film series.

“After interviewing Argueta I was so impressed with his life, I said you know what I want to bring your film to Assumption,” said Loustaunau.

A young innocent boy around the age of 13 clutched his other brother for the first time in his life, with tears running down their faces they embraced each other. This is just one of many compelling images that flashed across the screen, as director Argueta played a screening of his most recent film, Abrazos. So many young Guatemalan children have never had the opportunity until now to be united with their families.

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