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Commencement sentiments

It may seem odd for a first-year student in her second-semester to be writing about Assumption College’s commencement ceremony. However, although I do not like to do this often, I will refer to the fact that I have been a part of the Assumption community for almost fourteen years now. So while I am three years away from my own commencement, I have witnessed a fair share of Assumption commencements in my time.

I’ll start with a flashback that will help to form my position. Imagine a young girl, walking briskly to keep up with her father’s bigger strides. She watched as her younger brothers quickly moved ahead of her, their feet seeming to take on the form of wings. She smiled and ran to join them, quickly catching up because of her height advantage. As they ran past the football field, the finish of their warm-up run was in sight. At the end of their path stood a gigantic white tent. It was there that the formal races would commence.

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Pub proposed on campus to create new social experience

Rumors have circulated around Assumption College regarding a possible addition to campus. The college could potentially have the privilege of its own watering hole.

The pub itself is a campus location that is still in the developmental process. There is nothing official at this point, but the Student Government Association has high hopes for this possibility.

The idea came up when SGA sent out a survey to upperclassmen prior to Easter recess. Questions regarding if students wanted a bar on campus, prices for draft beers and days and hours of operation and so on.

Senior and SGA President Patrick Giroux commented on this possible campus watering hole.

“SGA began exploring the concept for a pub on campus back in February,” said Giroux. “The idea came up when SGA was asked to seek student feedback for their ideas for an ‘updated’ campus center.”

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Social media changing news for good

Having access to current events and up-to-the-minute information is important in the modern world because the nature of our world is changing right before our eyes. Without access to the news, most people would be unaware of the numerous events that take place and create an impact on society.

While traditional forms of journalism such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television continue to stand the test of time, social media is the new trend in our society that is working to make its presence shine.

We are living in the digital information age with many Americans getting some form of news on a mobile device or online. Thanks to a number of online resources and the rise of social media, we are getting news, either as it happens or before news organizations get the chance to report it.

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Hound at heart

It is Accepted Students Day 2016. A multitude of potential new first-years and their parents flood the campus of Assumption College. These high school seniors have an exciting, yet scary decision to make regarding what college they will call home for the next four years.

My younger sister is one of those students on the verge of making one of the biggest decisions of her life. I meet with my sister and mother at Testa to give them a tour of the building on campus that, as a science major, I am all too familiar with. As I show my sister around, I have a flashback to when I was making my college decision and how choosing Assumption facilitated my growth into the person I am now as a senior.

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Find the magic

“I hate writing.”

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard one of my favorite pastimes criticized, ridiculed and condemned.

“I’m just really bad at it.” “I don’t know all the grammar rules.”

As a writing tutor, I understand how frustrating it can be when the thoughts in your head get scrambled the second you try to put them on paper. As a student, I know how difficult it is to write a paper on a subject that’s even less interesting to you than watching paint dry. As an English major at a liberal arts school, I know how difficult it can be to write a five page paper or a five line poem.

As Sam (my plain old self, minus all the labels), I love writing.

I understand pretty much all of the reasons why writing frustrates people; what I don’t understand is why no one seems to recognize how important of a skill writing really is.

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FBI and Apple challenging our right to privacy

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the whole Apple being forced to hack into a killer’s cell phone thing. We all want privacy when it comes to our private messages, e-mails and phone calls, but where is the line in the sand drawn?

Apple had a valid reason for not wanting to let the Federal Bureau of Investigation hack them: according to Apple, it would compromise the security of all iPhones. In short, if they were to budge in the lawsuit, everyone who owns an iPhone is open to having their files viewed.

The FBI did end up breaking into the San Bernardino Terrorist’s phone without Apple’s help, and saying that Apple lovers were upset is a huge understatement. I can understand it and I can’t at the same time.

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Construction creating chaotic commute

Our college is constructing a new building that is set to be completed in the Fall 2017 semester. In the process of doing this, they cut down a staggering 80 trees and have inconvenienced students by blocking the main paths between the majority of the classrooms, the library and Hagan. The construction site adds several minutes onto many journeys across campus and is a bit of an eyesore.

I happen to live in Alumni Hall. Suppose I wanted to do homework in the library. Before construction on this building began, it was a simple, direct walk from my dorm to the library. Ever since the new construction fences went up, I have to walk in a very roundabout way to get to the library.

The same inconvenience applies to every student who lives in both Alumni and Desautels Hall. Although the new building will give more offices to staff and improve the school, students are going to have to deal with this inconvenience for over a year.

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10 seconds at a time

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, written by Tina Fey, tells the story of a woman named Kimmy who was in a bunker while believing the world had ended. After she realizes it’s a lie, the show follows her progress learning how to live in a world that is unfamiliar to her.

Recently, Sam and I decided to take on Kimmy’s ideas because even though the show is absolutely ridiculous, it has some good life advice. For those of you like me, who are constantly worried about the next 10 steps ahead, stop and tell yourself: 10 seconds at a time.

Kimmy originally came up with this when she was turning the crank that fueled her captor’s electricity. One of her sisters asked her how she did it because it’s obviously hard labor, and every 10 seconds, she starts over, because you can stand anything for 10 seconds.


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Biden tackles sexual assault at red carpet event

This Oscar season, Lady Gaga was nominated for “Best Original Song” for her piece, “Till it Happens to You,” in the documentary The Hunting Ground. The film focused on sexual assault on college campuses and Gaga, being a survivor of sexual assault herself, took on the project of writing a song that would capture the essence and severity of the movie.

Vice President Joe Biden was tasked with introducing Lady Gaga in her performance of the song at the 2016 Oscars. Biden, who has an active history of speaking out against domestic violence, captivated the audience with a moving introduction.

In his speech, he encouraged viewers to visit ItsOnUs.org and take “A pledge that says—I will intervene in situations when consent has not or has not been given. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture.”

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Senior stress: the need for a job

Graduation: the time after four years in a college setting when I want to cry because I’m not sure where my life is going. It sounds depressing, I know, and even though it should be a happy time, I can’t help but stop my mind from running amuck because we all have that one thing on our mind: jobs.

After my four years as a mass communications major with a triple minor and experience within the newspaper, you would think finding a job would be rather easy. But you would be wrong because I’ve applied to over 100 jobs and only got asked by two companies for interviews.

I’ve talked to my dad about needing a job, and nothing makes me panic faster than seeing everyone around me getting a job and being stuck in limbo. I could always be a camp counselor, I could nanny all summer and I could even keep the job I have now with Gear Beast.


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