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Students enjoy Professor Sholes' talk with wine

La Maison Auditorium filled up quickly Wednesday, October 14 for the newest lecture to the Wine and Cheese Discussion Series. Assumption College professors from various departments such as marketing, philosophy and natural sciences gathered around the conference table eager to learn and discuss.

Professor of Biology Owen Sholes commanded the lecture. Sholes had the opportunity to give a talk at the series last year, and was excited to get this talk underway. He prepared a slideshow, “Massachusetts Since The Ice Age,” that would carry the discussion.

“A small slice of time, only about 20,000 years,” Sholes jokingly welcomed the crowd, and began his lecture.

Massachusetts, a state that is no stranger to ice and snow during the winter, was once completely covered by a sheet of ice.

Sholes used material from his Environmental History of New England course here at Assumption, but did so in a way that would appeal to the minds of every audience member.

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Bringing back the arts to Worcester

Cultural organizations in the City of Worcester received substantial funding earlier this month in a donation by The Myles & C. Jean McDonough Foundation. The Boston Globe covered the announcement on October 2, reporting that seven institutions in Worcester will be awarded donations ranging from $500,000 to $4 million.

Artistic expression has been a major focus for the city of Worcester this year as the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the department for Economic Development team up to bring art back to the city, hoping to attract tourists, revitalize the community, and encourage art students in the city to participate.

With initiatives beginning in 2013, the city organized the new committee, the Public Art Working Group, to draft proposals.

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America's first glance at Pope Francis

On Thursday, September 24, Assumption College students travelled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Mass with Pope Francis.

By the time that there was only two hours before the Pope was supposed to arrive, there was not a single soul sitting down. Security and police officers, and even just volunteers handing out water, walked through the barricaded street that in the coming hours we would hopefully see Pope Francis. Every time someone walked by, everyone exploded with cheers. There was such an incredible vibe of positivity pulsing through the crowd.

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Death of a Novel

Raymond Williams, a professor of Spanish at the University of California at Riverside and author of over sixteen books, made an appearance at Assumption last Tuesday, September 29 in a lecture focusing on the Death of the Novel. Professor Williams discussed the effect that modern media, particularly Twitter, has on today’s literature.

“Someone announces the death of the novel every year,” said Williams.

He spoke of how he has noticed this phenomenon since the 1980s, when journalists predicted the impending doom of lengthy literary works. These predictions are frequently attributed to the changes being made to how readers are receiving their information.

With the rise of the internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s, these predictions have gained a noticeable amount of attention.

“The novelists do notice a lot,” said Williams.

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Consider LEED Certification

The secret is out: Assumption College has released the plan to construct a new classroom building on campus. It will be located between IT and Hagan in what is now a wooded area. Everyone is excited about the new building– more places to study and more places to have class that aren’t in La Maison. However, from a sustainability standpoint, is the college doing everything they can to ensure the building is as environmentally friendly as it could be?

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"Please know I believe you and healing is possible"

Pathways for Change, Inc. has been serving the Worcester area for nearly 40 years, but started off very small. In 1973 a group of students from Clark University recognized the lack of support for survivors of sexual assault. Students noticed victim blaming and rape culture was rampant and accepted, and still is to this day. In 1982 the business became incorporated and has been growing ever since.

Part of Pathways’ mission has always been to provide survivor centered, multicultural and accessible services to the Worcester community and all of central Massachusetts. Pathways for Change is one of the last free standing Rape Crisis Centers in the state and the company intends to keep it that way.

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Studying abroad brings new adventures

Ever thought about going to Italy, England, Australia, Latin America or other destinations around the world? On Tuesday, September 8, a Study Abroad Fair located in the Testa Atrium gave students an insight as to how to study abroad, and where to go and receive a great education.

“As a person I have changed a lot,” said senior Shannon Romanowski about her study abroad experience in Salzburg, Austria. “I am much more interested in the rest of the world.”

A crowd of around 50 hopeful travelers were excited to hear her and the other guest’s speak about the program. Dean Eloise Knowlton started the event explaining a little about what the program entails and what a great experience it is.

“Study abroad changes your life,” Knowlton said to the group before explaining her own past with studying abroad at Oxford.

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Free food and great weather

On Saturday, September 12, the annual Shrewsbury Street Shuffle was hosted in downtown Worcester. Over 15 restaurants opened their doors to offer a sample of their signature dishes to students. Colleges bussed students to and from their Worcester campuses to the event for a fun day downtown.

This year marked the ninth anniversary of the event, which ran from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participating restaurants hung banners on their storefronts or set up buffet-like serving stations outside to get the attention of students and indicate they were participating in the event.

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Assumption remembers revered professor

On the morning of April 10, the students, faculty, staff and all members of the College community were sent a memorandum from the office of President Cesareo notifying them of the passing of Dr. Richard Oehling.

Dr. Oehling, a retired faculty member of the College, wore many hats during his tenure here. According to the memorandum, he served as Academic Dean of the College, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of Faculty from 1973 until 1990. In 1990, he returned to teaching, serving as a professor of history, teaching History of Western Civilizations and courses exploring German history and film.

After retirement in 2002, Dr. Oehling continuing teaching at the College in a part-time position, teaching the History of Western Civilizations course as well as with the Worcester Institute for Senior Education.

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"People! I tell you..." Fiddler is coming!

Fiddler on the Roof is coming to the Hanover Theatre this weekend and AC’s theatre program is ready to entertain the audience. Set in 1905 Tsarist Russia, it focuses on Tevye the dairyman and his village of Anatevka as they survive the harsh conditions of Russian rule. Paired with catchy songs and dance, love and tragedy are never in short supply.

Directed by alumnus Richard Monroe and starring senior Jonathan Souza as Tevye, the show promises to be one of the finest the College has ever put forth.

“I think people can most look forward to students really trying to embrace the characters and the time period they’re in and giving it their all to perform a wonderful and deeply emotional show,” said Souza.


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