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Taylor Dining Hall renovations

One of the most popular questions incoming students have about a prospective college is often not about academics or the community; they want to know what the food is like.
A college’s dining hall serves as an important fixture for any campus. Yes, students have meals there, but it also serves as a location to gather a group of friends, study for an upcoming test or even find yourself in an impromptu meeting with a professor. Assumption’s Taylor Dining Hall is no different.
This past summer, Taylor Dining Hall received a overhaul through a series of renovations to both the seating area and the food stations.
“The main change to the dining hall was to remove the beverage wall to open up the area,” Assumption College’s Director of Business Services, Todd Derderian, said. Because walls have been blown out, entire serving stations have been added and the tables have been replaced and rearranged.

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Shrewsbury Street Shuffle an amazing success

Every September college students in Worcester can count on a few things: a return to campus life, a new academic year, and the Shrewsbury Shuffle. Shrewsbury Street is home to many of Worcester’s finest food and beverage destinations, featuring a diverse line up of cuisine and tastes for all eaters. No matter what you are craving, Shrewsbury Street has something for you and it was displayed perfectly yet again in the 10-year anniversary of the shuffle.
Personally, this was my first ever shuffle and having only visited Shrewsbury Street a few times in my two years here at Assumption, I really wasn’t too sure what to expect. However, I soon realized that this event is one of which all college students in Worcester should take advantage. Upon arrival at the north end of the street, I was feeling fully immersed in the Shuffle and ready to follow my fellow patrons to any and all participating locations.

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Assumption College Chorale spring concert

This past Sunday, April 17, would be the last time the Chorale would perform as a whole, as a smaller group will be traveling to Europe. In May of 2016, they will be bringing their talents to Prague, Vienna and Salzburg.

The crowd roared with a combination of laughter and applause. The upbeat doo-wop style a cappella ensemble “Come Go with Me” by C.E. Quick was evidently a favorite amongst the audience. It was beautifully performed by a select a cappella group of the chorale, and also contained a bit of humor.

Senior Joshua DellaFera relished in his role as the bass soprano. When delivering his deep voice and singing out, “You never give me a chance,” he glanced at the audience and flashed a smile. The crowd definitely ate it up, as the humor and clapping continued.

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NEPTA hosted at Assumption last year

On Saturday, April 9, the Assumption College Academic Support Center hosted the 22nd Annual New England Peer Tutor Association Conference. NEPTA is the only organization in United States that is founded on the principle of tutors presenting to tutors.

210 peer tutors from 27 colleges and universities located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York attended the conference.

The opening speaker Dean Eloise Knowlton started the day off right by emphasizing the conference’s Olympic theme with a passing of the torch ceremony. Former Assumption tutor Kaitlin Bouthillette’15 focused her keynote address on her Master’s Capstone project which examines the impact that working as a tutor has on tutors.

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See something? Say something.

Assumption College hosted its annual Clothesline Project on Monday, April 11 which kicked off the Sexual Violence Awareness week.

“Not a lot of people know this but I was sexually assaulted when I was younger, and for me it’s kind of encouraging to help people who are going through the same thing,” said Peers Advocating Wellness for Students executive and sophomore Aishea Henry.

Henry is heavily invested in the annual Clothesline Event on campus for personal reasons, but also to help raise awareness on a sensitive subject that many are afraid to talk about.

“When I went through it I had my parents to help me and not a lot of people have a supportive system around them, so that’s why I do it,” said Henry.

Having an intrinsic motive such as a personal experience is something that people looking to help others can heavily rely on. Henry utilizes her negative experience and uses it to motivate and advocate for herself and others every day.

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Assumptionist murdered in the Congo

Just before midnight on Palm Sunday, March 20, the Assumption community experienced the devastating loss of one of its most devoted members. Father Vincent Machozi, A.A. was murdered at the age of 51 while performing work for peace and justice in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to Art Jahnke’s article for BU Today, the 2015 graduate of Boston University’s School of Theology worked closely with the university’s Pardee School of Global Studies African Studies Center because of his roots in eastern Congo.

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Dr. Fred Bauer gives goodbye speech

This past Wednesday, April 6, Assumption hosted a farewell lecture and reception for Professor Fred Bauer, who will be retiring after this semester. One of Assumption’s most popular professors, Bauer has been teaching philosophy for over 47 years, one of the longest tenures by any Assumption College professor. Students, faculty and even alumni were all in attendance for Bauer’s farewell lecture, in which he spoke about Divine Deception, a philosophical concept that he has studied throughout his tenure at Assumption.

Attendees listened to Bauer attentively as he elaborated on this concept of Divine Deception, and Bauer interacted with the audience through brief demonstrations that many of his introduction to philosophy students would surely recognize.

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Painter Jeremy Durling sheds light on career

On Tuesday, March 15, over 60 students and faculty filled Kennedy 112 to hear the life story of the remarkable painter, Jeremy Durling. Durling is a representational and perceptional painter, painting still life and models with his own interpretation in the final product.

As the lecture opened, Carrie Nixon, an associate professor of studio art, introduced Durling as “a remarkable rising star in the Boston painting scene.” Throughout the lecture, Durling shared his life story of how he got to where he was today and what influenced him in some of his works.

Over the course of his life, Durling has had many experiences that led him to a career as an artist. He first obtained an Associate’s degree in English at Mount Wachusett Community College.

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Pirate of Penzance to be great

As the last weekend before final exams approaches, students, alumni, faculty and friends from Assumption College are working to bring a show filled with many laughs and tears to the Hanover Theater. From Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24, Assumption College’s Theater Department, in collaboration with St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., will be putting on W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s most popular comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance.

Set during the reign of Queen Victoria on the coast of Cornwall, U.K., The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of Frederic, who is mistakenly indentured as an apprentice to a pirate. He soon falls in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship, but he discovers that he is technically still a youngster.

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Fair Trade event brings students to Bingo

On February 12 at 10 p.m., The Social Justice Ambassadors held their first late night event in the history of Assumption College: a Bingo event intended to raise awareness of “fair trade.”

The SJA is affiliated with Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, and their main goal is to bring awareness to the social justice problems occurring all around us and throughout the world.

These social justice problems range from hunger to homelessness to the refugee crisis and more. This year marks the first time that the SJA are considered an official Assumption club, not just a committee.

For their first late-night event, the SJA chose the theme of “fair-trade.” Fair trade is a social issue that focuses on when you buy a commodity like coffee, cocoa or chocolate at a fair price to help promote better wages and working conditions for the workers who cultivate those products.

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