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Hill Happenings 1/29 – 2/4

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Hill Happenings 1/22 – 1/28

JANUARY 21

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Hill Happenings 1/15 – 1/21

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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER!

 

 

Check out what SGA’s been up to this month! And get a glimpse at the newly approved clubs and organizations! PDF version HERE –>December Newsletter
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Hill Happenings 12/4 – 12/10

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Hill Happenings December 1 – December 3

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Check out SGA’s November Newsletter!

Check out the PDF Here –> November Newsletter

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Hill Happenings 11/20 – 11/26

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Choosing to Grab the Green

 

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Grab the Green is upon us! For the third time, and for the first time during the fall semester, disposable to go containers will not be sold at the cafeteria.
But why are they not being sold? Why does Food Truth every year work with Sodexo to deprive students of the convenience of using a disposable container?
Many students, in the hustle and bustle of their daily schedules, depend on taking food to go in order to eat. Certainly using a disposable container, rather than remembering to carry around a reusable one, is the easier option. Unfortunately, that convenience has led to over 5,000 disposable containers a week being sold. The large majority of these containers end up in landfills, contributing heavily to the amount of solid waste produced by Stonehill. At 33 cents a container, Stonehill students are spending more than $1,650 a week on single-use plastic. For many, including the organizers of Grab the Green, this is just not acceptable.
Grab the Green started in the spring of 2013 as an experiment. By not selling disposable to go containers for only one week, the organizers hoped to demonstrate that the Stonehill community can thrive without them. While the week was a rousing success, raising considerable awareness about solid waste and successfully promoting the use of green reusable containers, many felt that the school could not permanently eliminate disposable containers.
Now, Grab the Green occurs annually to continue raising that awareness. While the inconvenience of not having disposable containers might annoy some, it is only one week. And that one week could make all the difference in creating a more sustainable Stonehill.
So grab that green. Choose to utilize your green reusable container, even after this week is over. Sodexo will clean it for you, you’ll save money over time, reduce your impact on the environment, and you’ll look wicked cool doing it.
Sean Davenport, Executive Vice President
P.S. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93bWh1YrK1s. You’ll be glad you did.

Nov 13

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A Prescription for the Fall Blues

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The dreaded fall lull. You all know what I’m talking about – that lame period between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Mother nature can’t get it right, your thermostat can’t get it right, your GPA can’t get it right, social gatherings can’t get it right, and your bedroom at home starts to seem a whole lot better than that untraceable smell coming from some corner of your dorm room.

Maybe the strange smelling dorm room is just me. Otherwise, we’ve all been in this situation. And first years, don’t panic, the fall lull doesn’t last forever. In fact, in many ways, this time of year can be one of the most beneficial of your college career – if you know how to handle it.

Here’s some advice:

  1. Go off campus. Everyone needs a change of scenery. Sweaty courts parties will always be here when you get back, I promise. I’m partial to going into Boston or Cambridge, but Providence is just as close, and by using the shuttle and the T, you can be there in no time. Also, don’t forget about the fun fund – or as I like to call it, “free money”. Submit an event you’re interested in attending and the Fun Fund Committee will deliberate and then appropriate money for you to attend!
  1. Get coffee with a professor. They really love when you ask them to chat – and nine out of ten professors are caffeine addicts. The fall can be a time where you start to reconsider your major, your academics, your job prospects, your future, your life…some overwhelming stuff. Four years later and I’ve come to realize that coffee and a good chat is a cure-all for this kind of mental overload. Do it.
  1. Relax. Easier said than done, I know. Every once and a while there’s that night where you just can’t bring yourself to focus. Map out your schedule, and when that day rolls around that you might just be able to watch a movie before bed – do it. If you’re into Christmas flicks, contact SGA’s Finance Chair, Julie Malone for more information.
  1. Look ahead. The future can make you a little uneasy. Okay, the future is terrifying. But it can also be a really great thing. Thinking about studying abroad? Really want to secure that summer internship? Look into things now. Not only will you be ahead of the eight ball, but thinking about that sunny Italian coast line you could be living on next year is a pretty good incentive to focus on your current academics to make sure you can get there. Be sure to swing by the Office of International Programs and the Office of Career Services for more pointers!
  1. Go to that thing you weren’t going to go to. For some, that’s Bingo (and yeah, you’re missing out). For others, that’s a social gathering. Take this funky fall period to try new things. Bingo won’t hurt you, and neither will meeting new people.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, you out there?) No but seriously – finals follow Thanksgiving, and before you know it, you’re home for Christmas break and about to enter your second semester. Don’t let Fall’s strange vibes coop you up in your bedroom. Take the next couple weeks to get it all together. Take everything in stride, and the fall could help you in ways you never thought imaginable.

 

Andrew Curran, Executive Secretary