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The need for safe drinking water continues

As the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues, political figures are working to figure out the logistics for what it will take to resolve the crisis once and for all.
About two years ago, the state of Michigan tried to save money by switching the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, according to CNN. When the switch happened, residents started to realize that their drinking water was brown, as the Flint River supply was nearly 19 times more corrosive than the Lake Huron supply. The brown water was due to the high levels of iron in the Flint River that was going untreated.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the iron that proved to be dangerous to Flint residents, but lead. A report from CNN stated that nearly half of the service lines in Flint are made of lead pipes. Since the water was not being treated properly, the lead in the pipes began to leech into the water, making it toxic to the individuals who drank it.

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Sexversations a success

Peers Advocating Wellness for Students made it very clear that their Sexversations event would revolve around educating students on sex. The forum was aimed at being an open conversation about sex and relationships.

On Thursday, February 11 in Testa Science Center, close to 30 students gathered for the Sexversation question and answer session. Professor Christopher Klofft of the theology department and Liz Drexler-Hines, the director of Student Health Services, were put in the spotlight to answer a plethora of anonymous student questions.

Such questions included, “How do you know when you find the one?” Klofft was the one to answer.

“You know you have found the one because this is a person who makes you a better person when you are with them than when you aren’t with them,” said Klofft.

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Common hour causes major concerns

On January 24, the weekly Student Government Association senate meeting was held. With all of the members present and the normally empty guest seats filled the first and major topic of the night began. This topic, which was presented by Dean Jennifer Morrison, who was accompanied by Dr. Catherine Woodbrooks, was that of the new integrated first-year experience labeled COMPASS.

COMPASS is a program that the administration is hoping to begin in the fall semester of 2016. As it stands right now, the plan of COMPASS is to have students of the class of 2020, in a similar way to Tagaste, take a seminar course along with core or major classes. The overall point of the program is to help first years make an easy transition into college and help with things such as time management and study skills.

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Mandatory meeting causes outrage in students

Dozens of student leaders flooded into Hagan Hall for a mandatory program called “Mercy Beyond Measure,” something that most students thought was going to be about healthy relationships. Unfortunately, for most students, this is not what they got. Instead, many of our student leaders were left feeling reasonably insulted and disrespected.

On the night of January 25, Joe Krans came to Assumption College to give a presentation on topics revolving around love and relationships. Some of this advice involved saving sex until marriage, making sure that you have God in your relationship and that girls are supposed to be princesses and guys are supposed to be princes. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with this point of view. There are plenty of people who want to live there life like this, and that is totally okay.

The first five minutes of the presentation were fine, but then, things took a very quick and unexpected turn.

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All babies deserve breast milk

Noemi Weis, writer and director of the documentary Milk: Born into this World, hosted a screening in conjunction with Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and Women’s Studies. The chair of the Women’s Studies department, Dona Kercher, introduced Weis.

“It was very, very challenging for me to be able to see in person malnourished babies. It emotionally was very tough. You read about them, you see them in pictures, but when you see them in real life it’s emotionally very draining.”

The film looked at women and babies from 11 different countries. Stunning visuals of communities from around the world would deliberately cut from well-off cities to shacks in extreme poverty. It was here where Weis saw children who were malnourished because the over-advertised formula did not have the same benefits of breastmilk, which the children could no longer obtain by that point.

Each mother’s unique experiences were explored without judgement.

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Comedian brings laughter to campus

Laughter filled the air in Charlie’s on Saturday, January 16 at the Comedian and Coffeehouse event. At 8 p.m. students shuffled in and were welcomed by an array of desserts like cupcakes, cookies, Dunkin Donuts coffee and hot chocolate.

Not to mention that the first 75 students to arrive received a free Assumption College blanket. There was also an abundance of amazing raffle prizes offered from a Keurig to Beats headphones.

The comedian of the night was Adam Grabowski, a college comedian who has won Best Comedian of the Year for Campus Activities Magazine four years in a row. His act greatly revolved around the night’s audience and the twist and turns that came with answers that were given to his questions.

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New room makes victims feel safe

As of this semester, the Assumption College campus officially has a new room to talk to victims and witnesses of crime. On a college campus or any community, a sense of safety and security is absolutely essential, and that is what this dedicated room aims to accomplish.

According to Police Chief Steven Carl of the Department of Public Safety, the previous area to speak to victims was in the dispatch area of the public safety facility. This did not create an appropriate or safe environment for victims.

“Dispatch is a busy environment with a lot of people coming in and out 24/7, so it provides no privacy at all,” said Carl.

This new area, which is now between the public safety facility and the copy center, will provide victims a much safer and comfortable environment to be in.

Additionally, the only area in which public safety could conduct interviews or investigations was in the prisoner processing room.

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We are here to take back the night

On Wednesday, October 21, about 80 members of the Assumption community gathered in the lobby of La Maison to embark on the Take Back the Night walk. The event was sponsored by Peers Advocating Wellness for Students, and was part of a national campaign designed to address “the power of speaking out” in regards to actions of abuse and violence of all kinds.

The large group of students, faculty and staff were lead by members of PAWS who were holding banners detailing the event on the walk throughout campus for an hour. Along the way, six stops were made at various blue lights to pause for reflection and hear from professors and various campus groups.

Between presentations, PAWS members encouraged the crowd to participate in marching chants.

“Shatter the silence. Stop the Violence. We have the power. We have the right. We are here to Take Back the Night,”said students.

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Second autopsy requested for Baby Bella

A second autopsy will be performed on 2-year-old Bella Bond, Massachusetts Judge Lisa Grant ruled on Tuesday, October 20.

Rachelle Bond, Bella’s mother, 40, was charged with accessory to murder, while her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, 35, was charged with murder. Bond continues to be held on a $1 million bail and McCarthy is ineligible for bail. The hearing was held in Dorchester Municipal Court.

Both Bond and McCarthy will be given a separate pathologist for the autopsy. The second autopsy was requested because McCarthy’s murder charge was based solely on Bond’s testimony and statements to the police department.

On June 25, a woman discovered a child’s body in a trash bag on Deer Island in Massachusetts. Thanks to a forensic artist’s rendering, a picture of a little girl with brown hair, large brown eyes and a chubby face captivated the nation’s attention on television and Facebook as the mysterious “Baby Doe.”

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Midnight Madness draws crowd

On Thursday, October 22, the Student Government Association partnered with the Department of Athletics and Recreation to host the highly anticipated school spirit event of the semester: Midnight Madness. Midnight Madness is a pep rally which officially welcomed the Assumption Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams to their new season.

Two hours before Midnight Madness started, SGA members were listening to SGA’s Vice President for Student Affairs, senior Lauren McCarthy, give them directions on their jobs for the night. The cheerleading team and dance team practiced their dance routines for the last time, perfecting them.

Meghan Campbell and Kendall Dardy-Jones, seniors and the hosts for Midnight Madness, practiced what they were going to say and when asked about how they were feeling, both responded with excited.

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