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Lan espressos his feelings about traveling

The second Agape Latte of the semester was held on Monday, October 26 in Charlie’s. Professor James Lang was the speaker of the night, discussing his various trips across the country and around the world.

He began by saying how spiritual travels are becoming increasingly popular because it breaks people’s normal routine and causes them to think about their spiritual life and why they are put on this planet.

Lang moved on to telling stories about three of his trips. The first trip was to a school in Amman, Jordan to speak about his book on cheating. Jordan, being a Muslim country, has many mosques placed throughout the area with loudspeakers on each. The purpose of the loudspeakers is to call the Muslim people to prayer five times per day.

“[It’s] a very strange and disorienting experience, but also very beautiful,” said Lang.

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Why you need to join and go to Ireland

In March of 2016, the English Department will celebrate the founding of the Irish Republic with a Spring Break trip to Ireland, and you are invited to the party. Led by Professors of English James Lang and Rachel Ramsey, the trip will be the eighth visit to Ireland sponsored by the English Department in the past 15 years. Each year’s visit has opened up new perspectives for students, faculty and members of the Assumption College extended family on the culture, history and landscapes of Ireland. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us for the trip, along with members of their families.

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Changes might be coming to meal plans

On Tuesday, October 6, Sodexo held a focus meeting to look at and possibly revise the current meal plans being offered. The meeting was run by two Sodexo representatives, one of them being the woman in charge of Sodexo at Assumption. Sodexo opened up the event to any Assumption student who wanted to voice their opinion.

The goal of the event was to analyze how Assumption students use what Sodexo offers to them, and with this knowledge, think of innovative solutions or new meal plans to resolve any issues. The two Sodexo representatives went around the conference table, asking each student how they use Taylor and Charlie’s and how these options could be improved. Right off the bat, it was clear that students had a great deal to say about Sodexo’s current meal plans.

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Students honored with award

On Wednesday, October 14, Assumption College hosted their annual Ray Marion award ceremony. Established in 1985, the Marion award was named after Dr. Raymond J. Marion, a dedicated faculty member and member of the Assumption community. It’s awarded annually to two seniors with the highest grade point average in their class upon completion of their junior year. Recipients must be at class level, carrying a total of at least 30 courses within their academic career.

Dean Eloise Knowlton gave out the award, which celebrated its 30th anniversary, to seniors Rachael Hickey and Andrew Lampi.

Hickey is from Woodstock, Connecticut. She studies psychology and human services and rehabilitation studies. She is president of the psychology club and a member of the international psychology honor society. She has been assisting Dr. Fitzpatrick on a study on social synchrony. After graduation, Hickey plans to pursue a masters’ degree in clinical psychology.

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Latin food draws crowd to Hagan

On Thursday, October 8 as the African Latino/Hispanic Asian and Native American Network celebrated Assumption College’s ninth annual Latino Festival. Students were greeted by the Latin beats of the live band Grupo Fantasia. The hall was transformed into a room ornamented in colorful decorations, flags and even a piñata. Also displayed on a screen was a slideshow showing Portraits of Assumption, which showcased Assumption students, faculty and staff around campus sharing what being Latino and Latina means to them.

The event started with hosts seniors Laura Sevilla and Jordan Cavaco introducing themselves, welcoming everybody and explaining what exactly Portraits of Assumption. They gave details about the diverse participants in the Portraits of Assumption, which exhibited the varying shapes and sizes of Latinos in America and focused on the value of diversity on campus.

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Culture comes to the College

The Silk Road Art Guild of Central Massachusetts held a show at their exhibit in the Information Technology Center of Assumption College on Thursday, October 8. This event featured pieces from 13 of the 30 artists that make up the group.

Artist Sharon Smith Viles founded this guild with her students three years ago when they decided it was time to “introduce the community to Asian art.”

“[We want to] encourage a multi-cultural appreciation of the arts and crafts of the Middle and Far East as interpreted by Artists in Central Massachusetts,” said Viles.

They meet in homes and have had about 15 local exhibits since their founding. “The emphasis is Japanese and Chinese ink painting art and Chinese landscape and flower, bird art,” said Viles.

Viles explained that the artists are a “very eclectic group of people” and that the artists are located in and around central Massachusetts.

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Flooding brings about damage

The record-breaking rainfall in South Carolina may have passed, but the aftermath remains far from over.

Nearly three weeks after the state reached 1,000-year event rainfall levels, meteorologists forecasted better conditions for many areas, along with some patches of rain that could increase water levels to new heights as the flooding continues to flow down the coast.

In addition to the rain, dams have been breached, rivers have overflowed their banks and multiple people have been reported missing or dead in this disaster. 21 people have been confirmed dead, 27 dams have been destroyed and more than 300 roadways remain closed.

While the cleanup process is ongoing, most businesses are in the process of reopening and people are finding themselves able to gain entry back into their homes.

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It's about consent

On October 3, actress and model Amber Rose brought the SlutWalk to Pershing Square, Los Angeles, California. She held a sign that read “Strippers Have Feelings Too,” and was followed by hundreds of women.

Some of them were fans while others were rape survivors. Some of them wore costumes and clothes deemed “slutty” to make the points that were written on signs being held up by the crowd; “My Clothes Are Not My Consent,” and “The Way I Dress Does Not Mean Yes.”

The slut walk is not a new idea. It began in 2011, when a Toronto police officer told college students at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, that if women wanted to avoid sexual assault, then “don’t dress like a slut.”

The police officer later apologized.

“I don’t think he was sarcastic or malicious. I think he thought he was being helpful,” said Joey Hoffman, a student government member.

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Putin gives help to Syria

As tensions between the Bashar al-Assad regime and ISIS continue to grow in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to intervene and support the Syrian government and their military efforts against ISIS.

Putin claims Russian ground troops orchestrated air strikes have only been targeting ISIS, but USA Today reports that U.S. officials claim Russian airstrikes have targeted US backed opposition groups attempting to disempower the current Syrian government led by al-Assad.

Russia is not the only player involved in a coalition with the Syrian government; Iran has been an avid supporter to al-Assad since the establishment of the regime. Ann Barnard of the New York Times reports that Iran has provided economic and military assistance to Syria, helping fuel the fight against opposition militant groups and ISIS.

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First woman to be put to death in 70 years

On Wednesday, September 30, Kelly Gissendaner became the first female prisoner to be executed in the state of Georgia in 70 years for convincing her lover to kill her husband, Douglas, in 1997. According to CNN, her execution was delayed for several hours by the efforts of her attorneys and family members but was only five hours later than anticipated.

“Her children had to make a heart-wrenching choice Tuesday: go see their mother one last time, or make a final appeal in front of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles,” stated CNN.

“We chose to try and save her life, and they still denied us,” said Gissendaner’s daughter Kayla, to CNN, regarding the final appeals for her mother’s life.

CNN also noted that Pope Francis joined Gissendaner’s team and wrote a note asking the appeals board to spare her life.


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