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Dec 01

2015

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Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

             As a senior in college currently applying to graduate school, and preparing for plans after Stonehill, I cannot help but appreciate what Stonehill has done for me. This is why I participate with Giving Tuesday.

Soon after Thanksgiving, we begin to participate with days like Cyber Monday or Black Friday, days that focus more on gaining materialistic items. However, we then have Giving Tuesday, a national day of philanthropy when we are all encouraged to give back to something that we value.

For the third year in a row, Stonehill College is participating in Giving Tuesday. This day can be misunderstood, as some people think it is simply Stonehill just asking for money, even though the tuition is high, and even though we still have loans to pay when we graduate. In reality, the day is about so much more.

I am proud to say I have been a scholarship student these past four years, and like many of our students, I can say I would not be able to come to Stonehill if it were not for scholarships. I encourage alumni, parents, and even students to give today to help with scholarships.

Giving Tuesday helps for so much more then scholarships too. In our mission statement, Stonehill calls for us to, “create a more just and compassionate world.” We live out that statement by serving others, with programs like H.O.P.E. No matter where the group is going, each trip is very special as it relates to specific social justice issues that impact the area. So please remember when you give to Stonehill, you can be a part of the process of Stonehill giving back to others outside of our community but close to our heart.

Another reason, especially for seniors to give, is the senior class gift, go big or go home campaign. For the past month, different members of the senior class, the legacy committee, have been meeting with Class President Cody Page, Class Vice President Erin Carberry, and Legacy Committee Advisor Nick Howard ’13. Different members of this committee will be at different stations around campus throughout the day, welcoming our classmates to make a gift. This is not just about Stonehill, but it is about pride in our class as well; the Class of 2016. If you have any questions about the campaign, feel free to reach out to Cody and Erin!

So today, no matter what has made Stonehill special for you, whether it is scholarships, H.O.P.E. or something special to you, think about the opportunities Stonehill has given you, and give back. It will totally be worth it. #GivingTuesday #GoBigOrGoHome

Nov 19

2015

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The Importance of Finding a Mentor

Throughout high school, I can vividly remember the intense bonds that my classmates would form with various teachers, advisors, and administrators. shat stuck out to me most, was that so many of us were finally figuring out our passions and would therefore find ourselves connected to a particular class or instructor. My mentor(s) through high school were always my Spanish teachers. They were the ones I sought all of my advice from, the ones I took cues from as I started to apply to colleges, and the ones I still look forward to visiting all these years later.
College, much like high school, brought about new passions, and from this, new mentors. The type of mentors you find in college, however, take on a completely different role, in my opinion. When I think of Student Government, I immediately think of Jim Hermelbracht, our advisor. I think I speak for the entire Executive Board, at the very least, in saying that he has been a mentor to all of us through our years at Stonehill, and (on a personal level) in many ways inspired me to run for my position as Vice President.
A mentor like Jim is so essential as we go through our formative years at college. Not only are our passions growing and changing, but we are continuously pushed outside of our comfort zones.

I can recall a number of times when I have been frustrated, confused, or simply in need of a bit of inspiration- all of which can be addressed by someone you have come to know and admire.
This post is particularly important to me at this time as I recently sought out Jim’s advice as my mentor. After spending my junior year abroad, I thought a transition back into SGA would be seamless, and would hopefully help me to ease back into my home at Stonehill. A few months in, I realized that I needed a bit of guidance as to how to “re-adjust”, especially into my role. Jim offered personal experience, his own ideas, and tangible plans to help me along- about a week later, I feel infinitely more at “home”. There truly is so much value in finding a person like this; someone who knows how to push you, while comforting and guiding you at the same time.

On behalf of all of us, thank you Jim!

Nov 10

2015

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The Value of IDEAS Courses

The traditional classes offered at Stonehill are great. However, IDEAS courses offer a unique opportunity to learn from your peers. IDEAS stands for Integrating Democratic Education at Stonehill; they are student-run courses that aim to educate students on a topic that may not be offered in the traditional course offerings at Stonehill. Listed below are some reasons why you should take an IDEAS course.

  1. They are taught by your peers. How often do you get to take a class that is not taught by a professor? These classes are totally run by students, which helps to foster a different kind of discussion.
  2. These are not typical course offerings. The variety of courses being offered allow students to explore a subject that they may be interested in, but are not able to incorporate into their academic schedule. They also offer a new perspective on topics that may have been discussed in traditional classes.
  3. They offer opportunities to generate a discussion with other students. This type of course encourages open discussion and allows people to express their opinions. Only your peers are present, so you are able to speak a little more than you might in your traditional classes.
  4. You may meet new people that you might not have met otherwise. Since these classes do not necessarily apply to any specific majors, people who are interested in the topic may take a class that they would not be able to take otherwise. These people may not be in your traditional classes because the IDEAS courses offer different topics that stray from traditional courses.
  5. You may find an interest in a new topic. These courses allow you to expand outside of your comfort zone and outside of your traditional course schedule. If you think you are interested in a topic, take that class. You never know, you could find a new area of interest for yourself.

IDEAS courses offer an opportunity to learn about something that you may not have considered when choosing traditional classes. If you are at all interested, make sure to check out the different course offerings on the IDEAS Facebook page. Also, registration starts during Add/Drop period, which begins on November 30th. They are limited to eight students per class and are first come, first serve. Make sure to reserve your spot in a class!

 

Nov 10

2015

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Senate 11-2-15

Here are the minutes from SGA Senate’s meeting on Monday, November 2nd, 2015!

SGA Senate Agenda

Monday, November 2, 2015 11:32

 

Divestment Campaign- Jess Devereaux, Connor Hilbie

  • Long term project
  • Building student support and education
  • Start with contact with SGA
  • Process of divesting fossil fuels and move towards more sustainable energy.
  • Has worked in the past.

Fossil Fuel Company’s

  • Unsafe by almost the double amount of C02
  • Morally wrong- destruction of our planet.
  • Builds case for government action
  • Brings up climate change discussion.
  • Profitable and not lasting long. None renewable.
  • Struggling economy
  • Leads to violence and wars
  • Reinvest in safer ideas for our planet and none violence.
  • Stonehill cannot do this by themselves but takes a moral and strong statement for other colleges to make the government realize this is a serious issue.
  • We have signed pledges committing to climate change and we need to follow through with this- St. Francis Pledge-
  • Created an online petition

Questions?

This is separate from Solor cap issue?

How do we sign up?

  • Join the facebook group

 

Finance – Jeanne Finlayson Jennifer Matthews

Has there been anything done?

  • Have met several times- with new graduates, we start from scratch every few years.
  • Still in educational phase. Spoke with investment advisor- Invest in “Funds of Funds’ or “Index Funds”
  • Started a few years ago- Brought proposal to Board of Trustees who now oversee investments.
  • As of June 30th- 189 million dollar endowment.
  • 35 funds- 7 have 3.2 million in subinvestments
  • Assuming small amount invested in fossil fuel.
  • Not invested in the major fossil fuel companies, but a few gas companies. No direct investment in fossil fuel companies.
  • 6 Million that are exposed to oil.
  • Cannot just pull out because there needs to be research on where else the money goes.
  • Stonehill will not end it as a social part, but mostly due to investment.
  • Restart investment education with board in January?

Question- Is it renewable energy

  • Investments in mostly solar energy

Question- Have we divested in companies in the past?

  • We have in 1989 but no one on our board has done it before but it was an easier more specific divestment. No one has taken a definite yes or no on this topic. We have always taken a stance on no direct investments?

Where is the link?

  • Kate will post it on the SGA facebook page.

Where do we go from here?

  • Student body awareness
  • Had tables around campus- Students did not know what divestment was before tables.
  • Effectiveness of divestment. Not really economic effective but mostly social efforts

Are there plans to announce Stonehill supports this?

  • We want other schools to see this. All about the social aspects. Controversial issues are not brought up if there is not a strong interest.

Other schools?

  • Harvard working on it and Hampshire college completey divested. 100 schools either working on it or completely divested.

Finance- Any talks of switching this to green funds?

  • Bringing this to the Board of Trustees
  • Ten year commitment with the green fund and private equity. Have to maximize an alternative if we divest.

Anyway the Trustees can make an announcement for support?

  • It is hard to say because not a lot of education- only 7 members on a subcommittee are involved in this with a new chair- he is interested in what the student body thinks. Too early to tell
  • Some funds may not have oil now but may in the future- Companies that commit to never having it.

Has SEA had an event?

  • Tuesday November 17th event @ 7 pm
  • Professor against divestment speaking
  • Debate on the issue
  • All students welcome and questions

Do you think it is feasible to completely divest?

  • Theoretically no. There will not be a economic issue so far- All social awareness
  • 5 year plan or 10 year plan.
  • Hard to picture a world where it is gone
  • Sue Mooney is their advisor

How can SGA support?

  • Not yet, but just focusing on education
  • Even at sustainability fair, crowd is not aware of it.

Has Senate endorsed something like this?

  • No but it would help show the board of trustees that students care?
  • Help advertising?

How can you pass this on for next year?

  • Co President a sophomore Tony Martucci to continue on for next year
  • Everything is online on the SEA email
  • Young underclassmen
  • Former President and graduate still helping

Are there any efforts that the college is doing to support a clean environment?

  • Almost finished with the bike fair.
  • Promoting unneeded drives to close places- Spoco, lot 17 ect.
  • Underclassmen use shuttle- Rent a car
  • More electric car stations
  • Solar Canobies on Parking Lot- Movement- Hold up by National Grid and not the College- Start the day after graduation
  • Social movement and cost effective
  • Not as much of a snow issue?

 

  • Updates
  • Mike Middleton IT- First years need to update password soon. 6 months.
    Issues with Hill Spot- Turn off wireless radios. Sends update week before, and 2-3 days before. Changepw.stonehill.edu Go change it online, type current username and password and then change
  • 2018- Planning a clothes drive the week after Thanksgiving 11/30-12/4
  • Diversity- 1 love training Tuesday at 7 pm.

 

  • Approve minutes
  • Need to be a weekly routine.
  • Michael Middleton notion Anna seconds
  • In favor- Everyone Opposed- No one Sustained- No one
  • Minutes approved

 

  • Follow up from last week- Actually following through with these

 

 

  1. Academics – concerns brought to Friday’s meeting
  2. Food – concerns passed to Kathleen Fitzgerald
  • Speaking at Town Hall
    1. Events – ideas passed to Adrianna
    2. Campus Climate – divestment campaign
  • Better awareness for climate campaign.
  • Fits into larger goal at Stonehill
  • Father John approves
  • Fits with SGA- We helped with the to-go containers.
  • Support from Senate would help- Active students support- Would need to talk with Jim
  • All social movement
  • Attach petition to Senate Highlights
  • Academic meeting
    1. Submitting course evaluations
  • Jamie, Kristen, Michael, Kate met with Dean Almeida, Maria Curtin, and Joe Favazza
  • Course Evaluations- Making process longer, reward incentive. Last ten minutes of a class with laptop. Moved online last year.
  • The course evaluations come at Thanksgiving
  • Lack of middle opinion who found the class alright- Compared to strongly liking class or strongly disliking class.- Missing ideas from that area.
    1. Diversity training for faculty
  • Current is only for academic development day- Nothing required-
    1. Diversity audit of curriculum
  • They look over the courses every semester to see which ones are diversity related.
  • Sending Kate that list soon.
    1. “Life After Stonehill”
  • Technically a life skills class
  • Taught by Andrew Leahy
  • Dean Almeida sending syllabus to Kate soon.
    1. 40 graduate school affiliations
  • Not well advertised.
  • In process of typing up requirements and focus of each program
  • Graduate school fair similar to the job expo.
    1. Next meeting – LC discussion
  • More improvement
  • Having past and current LC Advisor
  • Keeping LC’s but looking at which ones to get rid of and which ones to add.
  • May give responsibility to a senator for project.
  • They will be speaking at Town Hall.

 

  • It’s On us
    1. Pledges
  • This Thursday
  • Nametags given out on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Give pledges to Kate when you can.
    1. Nametags
  • Pick them up on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Continue to promote the event.
  • Chris and Anna promoted event at Guerilla Girls Event last Wednesday, WHEN and the Moore Center spoke about it as well.

 

  • Town Hall
    1. Schedule for the evening
  • 5:30 on Wednesday in Martin Auditorium.
  • Start with brief SGA update.
  • Kathleen Fitzgerald from Sodexo
  • Detective from Campus Safety
  • Kevin for policy changes
  • Kristin Pierce for housing.
  • Open Floor Discussion
  • Father John brief closing remarks
  • Everyone should be there and E-Board gives brief intro to speaker.

 

  • SGA awareness party
  • 11/20 Brother Mikes Friday.
  • Plans for next semester
  • By the Foot- Kid Snacks
  • PR Committee Meets @ 6:30 on Sundays

 

  • Questions, Comments, Ideas
  • Pick up nametags
  • Wifi questions?

12:28 Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates

Kate Morneault (Executive President):

  • Career Services will be coming to Senate November 16th

Anna Craft (Executive Vice President):

  • Working w/ IT to come up with a way to use an online calendar for club/organization

Matt Farrenkopf (Executive Secretary):

  • Putting up Town Hall posters
  • Brainstorming event for 11/20 to raise awareness for SGA

Chris McNamara (Executive Treasurer):

  • Met with Rita Friday to finalize e-mail

Adrianna Rosadio (Executive Programming Chair): No Update

Nisha Khubchandani (Executive Diversity Chair):

  • Planning a program for Native American Heritage Month to be held in November

Ryan McDonough (Executive Finance Chair):

Andrew Hunt (Commuter Senator):

  • Food committee is working on hot breakfast at Sem

Michael Middleton (Commuter Senator): No update

Jamie McDermott (2016 Senator):

  • Karaoke Night Friday, November 6th in the Hill

Jacqueline Durand (2016 Senator):

Molly Wolf (2017 Senator): No Update

Marisa Licata (2017 Senator): No update

Kristen Fontaine (2018 Senator):

Tim Cronin (2018 Senator):

Sebastian Patino (2019 Senator):

Chad L’Heureux (2019 Senator):

Lea Perugini (Heights Senator):

  • Haunted Sem and fall fest successful

Laura Harvey (Corr/Villa Senator):

Rebecca Brackett (O’Hara Senator): No update

Emily Hunter (Boland Senator): No update

Travis Normandin (HCC Senator): Fundraiser soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 06

2015

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Senate Minutes 10-26-2015

SGA Senate Agenda

Monday, October 26, 2015

Attendance – All Present
Excused- Tim Cronin, Laura Harvey, Mike Middleton

11:34

 

 

  • Updates
  • Andrew Hunt- Aces Place after Thanksgiving may increase Sunday hours- Budget issue
  • Travis- Sem Fundraiser coming soon

 

  • How to approve of minutes
  • Starting soon, please check out the minutes. Make sure there are no mistakes.
  1. Senate Outcomes
  2. E-mail & blog
  • We will be posting full minutes on blog
  • With an outline of Senate sent to the Student Body via E-Mail

 

  • It’s On Us
  1. Posters
  • After Senate, Hall Senators could begin posting them up in their residence halls.
  1. Pledges
  • Commit to wearing nametags. Different form of advertising.
  • Bring them to next Monday’s senate.
  1. One Love
  • Diversity Committee with Jess Greene- Discuss domestic relationships. In honor of student Yeardely Love
  • How to identify abusive relationship
  • November 3rd at Senate
  • Working with Health and Wellness
  1. Panel on Wednesday night
  • Awareness for sexual assault.
  • Continue to raise awareness.
  • Everyone is aware of what the event is.

 

  1. Town Hall
  2. Survey for topics
  • Top 3- Sodexo, Campus Safety, and Policy Changes
  • Biased Incidents
  • Survey is closed
  1. Facebook page
  • Continue to invite people.
  • PR Committee will be posting

 

  1. Future Senates
  2. Divestment campaign –TBA
  • Divestment from Fossil Fuels. Our company is not investing in companies with this.
  • Future students and staff maybe coming to speak to raise awareness.
  1. Christina Burney – Nov. 16
  • Director of Career Services
  1. Club approvals
  • Last two Senates.
  • Checking off to make clubs provisional.
  1. In the Future, we need to be prepared to have questions for our speakers.
  • Putting in their own personal time to come speak to us and keep us informed.
  1. Brainstorming session
  • Normally we begin to lose steam around this type of year.
  • Now that we are in groove of things, we will now hold a brainstorming sessions.
  • Broken up into groups, write down on poster on what is a “perfect college” see what we can improve on.
  • 5 categories. Count off by 5.
    1. Academics
  • Diverse curriculum with social justice awareness.
  • Minimum scheduling conflicts.
  • Improve LCs and Capstone, and Cornerstone. – A lot of issues finding LC that relates to what you want to learn. Too much variation. Concern we can bring to academic committee.
  • Better advisors.
  • Graduate school programs. – Affiliations with other schools- not well known and many programs that are no longer a thing.
  • Life skills classes.
  • Outcome related classes and not just on the grade- what did you learn? Did you work hard, etc.?
    1. Food
  • More professional workers.
  • Portion equality with gender (Women are receiving less portions then men).
  • More local food
  • More options for people with allergies
  • Less expensive food options – healthy
  • Hours- specified- Even when stations are open until 7:30, at 7:15, many stations are already closed and cleaning up- Receives angry responses from workers if you arrive too early or too late.
  • Cross examination of utensils.
  • Hot breakfast everyday at the Sem
  • Dinner maybe stays open until 7 on Sundays?
  • Marissa -9:30 was told to have to wait for breakfast.
  1. Events
  • Promote Diverse Events
  • Take down past posters. – Minor issue that affects other advertising. Work-study job? Stamps maybe could include taking down posters 24 hours. Student who works in Duffy takes down posters.
  • More attendance
  • More annual events. Ex. The success of Midnight Madness.
  • Weekend late night events- Dodeball, food activities
  • Promote Events earlier.- underclassmen not aware.
  • Promote online calendar on the app.
  • School wide volunteering.
  • Bounce of tradition and new. Same events but with a slight change.
  • More student run events awareness.
  • Homecoming weekend
  • Daytime concert.
  • Clubs will host very similar events to other clubs- Better communication between clubs.
  • More awareness of Master Schedule- Anna and Patrick hold meeting for calendar- 80 clubs and 10-15 show up.
  1. Athletics
  • Super Fan Contest.
  • Ice Hockey Rink
  • Do not bash poorly performing teams
  • Concession stands at every game.
  • Better relationships between athletics and non-athletics- Not just that relationship but all student leaders. Cross Collaboration.
  • School Spirit improved- Pep Rallies?
  • Pool outside.
  1. Campus Climate
  • Be aware of Campus Happenings.
  • Supportive reducing biased incidents- respect, understanding.
  • Open mind atmosphere.
  • Green campus.
  • Political climate discussions.
  • Act on your complaints- Come to Senate.
  • Off campus events- reduce “Stone hill event”
  • Day of service. – Mission Office. On Academic Development day or a day that is already free.
  • Yik Yak- Negative feedback of Culture Not a Costume. We received negative and positive feedback with ignorant Yik Yak Posts.- Not just SGA, this is a College issue. Yik Yak shows we are not as inclusive as we need to be.

 

Now that we have these ideas, how can we make this work? E-Board will figure out which ideas are realistic for us, which ones we can pass on to other offices? Etc.

  1. Questions, Comments, Ideas?

End- 12:33

 

 

 

Updates

Kate Morneault (Executive President): 

  • Career Services will be coming to Senate November 16th
  • Academic Committee meeting times are in the process of being scheduled

Anna Craft (Executive Vice President):

Matt Farrenkopf (Executive Secretary):

  • PR committee is working on advertising for Town Hall and organizing for our November 20th SGA Event.

Chris McNamara (Executive Treasurer):

  • Met with Rita Friday to finalize e-mail

Adriana Rosadio (Executive Programming Chair):

  • 10/26: Women’s Soccer (3:30pm)
  • 10/27: Field Hockey’s Purple & White Game (7pm)
  • 10/29: Midnight Madness
  • 10/30: Field Hockey (7pm)
  • 10/31: Women’s Soccer (12pm)
  • Football (1pm)
  • Halloween Dance

Nisha Khubchandani (Executive Diversity Chair):

  • “One Love” Training: collaborating with Health and Wellness and Criminology Department (November 3 at 7 pm; location TBD)
  • Launched Culture Not Costume Posters Social Media Campaign to address recent poster vandalism

Ryan McDonough (Executive Finance Chair):

Andrew Hunt (Commuter Senator):

  • Aces Place after Thanksgiving may increase Sunday hours- Budget issue

Michael Middleton (Commuter Senator): No update

Jamie McDermott (2016 Senator):

  • Karaoke Night Friday, November 6th in the Hill

Jacqueline Durand (2016 Senator):

Molly Wolf (2017 Senator):

  • Charity Dodgeball Tournament & Possible Class Apparel

Marisa Licata (2017 Senator): No update

Kristen Fontaine (2018 Senator):

Tim Cronin (2018 Senator):

Sebastian Patino (2019 Senator):

Chad L’Heureux (2019 Senator):

Lea Perugini (Heights Senator):

  • Planning for haunted Sem and Heights fall fest
  • Discussing how to promote hall council

Laura Harvey (Corr/Villa Senator):

  • Villa and Corr are working on haunted sem.

Rebecca Brackett (O’Hara Senator):

Emily Hunter (Boland Senator): No update

Travis Normandin (HCC Senator):

  • Sem Fundraiser coming soon

Nov 06

2015

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It’s On Us

ITSONUSThank you to everyone that supported the It’s On Us event on Thursday. A lot of thought, time, and care went into planning the day’s event, so it was extremely touching to see the community come together to raise awareness about such a serious issue. I understand that it may have been a triggering event, but I hope that it allowed us to realize the large number of us that have been impacted by sexual assault and the vast amount of support that is present in our community. We are proud to say that among, students, staff, and faculty, we passed out approximately 800 nametags throughout the day and about 200 people attended the evening event in The Hill. There will be pictures posted in the upcoming days so keep an eye out for that!

If you haven’t signed the online pledge yet, take a few seconds and click here to commit to creating an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.  Once again, thanks for all the support and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nov 03

2015

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10-25-15 Senate Notes

SGA has posted the approved minutes from last Monday’s meeting onto our SGA Blog.
SGA Senate Agenda
Monday, October 26, 2015
Attendance – All Present
Excused- Tim Cronin, Laura Harvey, Mike Middleton
11:34

1) Updates
• Andrew Hunt- Aces Place after Thanksgiving may increase Sunday hours- Budget issue
• Travis- Sem Fundraiser coming soon

2) How to approve of minutes
• Starting soon, please check out the minutes. Make sure there are no mistakes.
A. Senate Outcomes
B. E-mail & blog
• We will be posting full minutes on blog
• With an outline of Senate sent to the Student Body via E-Mail

3.) It’s On Us
A. Posters
• After Senate, Hall Senators could begin posting them up in their residence halls.
B. Pledges
• Commit to wearing nametags. Different form of advertising.
• Bring them to next Monday’s senate.
C. One Love
• Diversity Committee with Jess Greene- Discuss domestic relationships. In honor of student Yeardely Love
• How to identify abusive relationship
• November 3rd at Senate
• Working with Health and Wellness
D. Panel on Wednesday night
• Awareness for sexual assault.
• Continue to raise awareness.
• Everyone is aware of what the event is.

3. Town Hall
A. Survey for topics
• Top 3- Sodexo, Campus Safety, and Policy Changes
• Biased Incidents
• Survey is closed
B. Facebook page
• Continue to invite people.
• PR Committee will be posting

4. Future Senates
A. Divestment campaign –TBA
• Divestment from Fossil Fuels. Our company is not investing in companies with this.
• Future students and staff maybe coming to speak to raise awareness.
B. Christina Burney – Nov. 16
• Director of Career Services
C. Club approvals
• Last two Senates.
• Checking off to make clubs provisional.
D. In the Future, we need to be prepared to have questions for our speakers.
• Putting in their own personal time to come speak to us and keep us informed.
5. Brainstorming session
• Normally we begin to lose steam around this type of year.
• Now that we are in groove of things, we will now hold a brainstorming sessions.
• Broken up into groups, write down on poster on what is a “perfect college” see what we can improve on.
• 5 categories. Count off by 5.
1. Academics
• Diverse curriculum with social justice awareness.
• Minimum scheduling conflicts.
• Improve LCs and Capstone, and Cornerstone. – A lot of issues finding LC that relates to what you want to learn. Too much variation. Concern we can bring to academic committee.
• Better advisors.
• Graduate school programs. – Affiliations with other schools- not well known and many programs that are no longer a thing.
• Life skills classes.
• Outcome related classes and not just on the grade- what did you learn? Did you work hard, etc.?
2. Food
• More professional workers.
• Portion equality with gender (Women are receiving less portions then men).
• More local food
• More options for people with allergies
• Less expensive food options – healthy
• Hours- specified- Even when stations are open until 7:30, at 7:15, many stations are already closed and cleaning up- Receives angry responses from workers if you arrive too early or too late.
• Cross examination of utensils.
• Hot breakfast everyday at the Sem
• Dinner maybe stays open until 7 on Sundays?
• Marissa -9:30 was told to have to wait for breakfast.
3. Events
• Promote Diverse Events
• Take down past posters. – Minor issue that affects other advertising. Work-study job? Stamps maybe could include taking down posters 24 hours. Student who works in Duffy takes down posters.
• More attendance
• More annual events. Ex. The success of Midnight Madness.
• Weekend late night events- Dodeball, food activities
• Promote Events earlier.- underclassmen not aware.
• Promote online calendar on the app.
• School wide volunteering.
• Bounce of tradition and new. Same events but with a slight change.
• More student run events awareness.
• Homecoming weekend
• Daytime concert.
• Clubs will host very similar events to other clubs- Better communication between clubs.
• More awareness of Master Schedule- Anna and Patrick hold meeting for calendar- 80 clubs and 10-15 show up.
4. Athletics
• Super Fan Contest.
• Ice Hockey Rink
• Tailgates.
• Do not bash poorly performing teams
• Concession stands at every game.
• Better relationships between athletics and non-athletics- Not just that relationship but all student leaders. Cross Collaboration.
• School Spirit improved- Pep Rallies?
• Pool outside.
5. Campus Climate
• Be aware of Campus Happenings.
• Supportive reducing biased incidents- respect, understanding.
• Open mind atmosphere.
• Green campus.
• Political climate discussions.
• Act on your complaints- Come to Senate.
• Off campus events- reduce “Stone hill event”
• Day of service. – Mission Office. On Academic Development day or a day that is already free.
• Yik Yak- Negative feedback of Culture Not a Costume. We received negative and positive feedback with ignorant Yik Yak Posts.- Not just SGA, this is a College issue. Yik Yak shows we are not as inclusive as we need to be.

Now that we have these ideas, how can we make this work? E-Board will figure out which ideas are realistic for us, which ones we can pass on to other offices? Etc.
6. Questions, Comments, Ideas?
End- 12:33

Updates
Kate Morneault (Executive President):
• Career Services will be coming to Senate November 16th
• Academic Committee meeting times are in the process of being scheduled
Anna Craft (Executive Vice President):
Matt Farrenkopf (Executive Secretary):
• PR committee is working on advertising for Town Hall and organizing for our November 20th SGA Event.
Chris McNamara (Executive Treasurer):
• Met with Rita Friday to finalize e-mail
Adriana Rosadio (Executive Programming Chair):
• 10/26: Women’s Soccer (3:30pm)
• 10/27: Field Hockey’s Purple & White Game (7pm)
• 10/29: Midnight Madness
• 10/30: Field Hockey (7pm)
• 10/31: Women’s Soccer (12pm)
• Football (1pm)
• Halloween Dance
Nisha Khubchandani (Executive Diversity Chair):
• “One Love” Training: collaborating with Health and Wellness and Criminology Department (November 3 at 7 pm; location TBD)
• Launched Culture Not Costume Posters Social Media Campaign to address recent poster vandalism
Ryan McDonough (Executive Finance Chair):
Andrew Hunt (Commuter Senator):
• Aces Place after Thanksgiving may increase Sunday hours- Budget issue
Michael Middleton (Commuter Senator): No update
Jamie McDermott (2016 Senator):
• Karaoke Night Friday, November 6th in the Hill
Jacqueline Durand (2016 Senator):
Molly Wolf (2017 Senator):
• Charity Dodgeball Tournament & Possible Class Apparel
Marisa Licata (2017 Senator): No update
Kristen Fontaine (2018 Senator):
Tim Cronin (2018 Senator):
Sebastian Patino (2019 Senator):
Chad L’Heureux (2019 Senator):
Lea Perugini (Heights Senator):
• Planning for haunted Sem and Heights fall fest
• Discussing how to promote hall council
Laura Harvey (Corr/Villa Senator):
• Villa and Corr are working on haunted sem.
Rebecca Brackett (O’Hara Senator):
Emily Hunter (Boland Senator): No update
Travis Normandin (HCC Senator):
• Sem Fundraiser coming soon

Oct 31

2015

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Career Services: Why you should not take them for granted

It’s come to the time of year, especially as a senior, where the chaos of interviews and in-office visits seems to get the most hectic. At Stonehill, we are incredibly lucky to have a talented and dedicated Career Services staff that are willing to do anything from phone interviews to practically life coaching. The office has a breadth of connections and resources that unfortunately is not used by as many students as could benefit from them. The earlier you start attending their events, the better. Career Services even runs a fantastic domestic internship program that allows students to spend semesters in New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Career Services has supplied me with a large amount of opportunities for both internships and full-time employment and I could not be more grateful. Even now as a senior, when the job hunt is in full swing and stress is running high, I feel confident that I can rely on Career Services for professional connections and support.

My advice: seize all the opportunities they make available to you and use their office as soon as you can in your college career. Whether it be a mock interview, information luncheon, on campus job interviews, or just career counseling, the office has something that can help everyone grow personally and professionally. I promise that you will not regret it.

Oct 20

2015

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The Top Ten Reasons as to Why I’m Grateful for Stonehill (Nisha Khubchandani, Executive Diversity Chair)

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. This weekend was one for the books for Stonehill as we held our largest ever Fall Open House. Stonehill welcomed over 900 perspective students and a total of approximately 3,000 visitors. It was a very exciting time to showcase our love and enthusiasm for Stonehill! While serving as a science panelist and science center tour guide, I had flashbacks to when I was in the shoes of these perspective students, touring the Shields Science Center with awe and excitement and learning about the many opportunities Stonehill had to offer. As I reminisced about these good times, I began to think about all of the reasons why I am so grateful I enrolled at Stonehill College. Below are the top ten of the many reasons why Stonehill will forever be my home away from home.

1. The professors: The professors at Stonehill College are always available when we need some extra help for a class or even if we need to have a life chat. Many of my friends often remark about that one life changing talk with one of their favorite professors or how their professors are actually now their friends. It’s pretty evident that Stonehill professors not only care about our academics but are also interested in our passions and want to guide us in any way possible.

2. The community: As a small college, Stonehill cultivates a close-knit community that makes the campus really feel like a second home. We all know so many of our fellow Stonehill peers and genuinely care for each other, a characteristic which in my opinion is particular visible through many of our programs and leadership organizations.

3. The classes: Every class I’ve taken here has provided me with a little more insight and given me a fresh perspective of the world. Whether I’m learning about the world at the molecular level, exploring different cultures, or looking at social injustices, I’ve been able to engage in a range of discussions and expand my breadth of knowledge. What’s even more amazing is the Integrating Democratic Education at Stonehill (IDEAS) Program, which gives students the opportunity to facilitate a class on a topic of their choosing. The program is a great way to bring more awareness to a topic you are particularly passionate about or explore subjects you may not be too familiar with.

4. HOPE Trips: This one is actually pretty relevant since HOPE trip placements were recently announced and just as every year, social media was filled with many excited posts about where people will be spending time serving our neighbors. HOPE trips are a very unique aspect of Stonehill and often provide an incredible amount of insight and personal growth. I’ve been lucky to participate in HOPE trips to the Dominican Republic and the Bronx, New York and I loved both experiences. For those of you who are considering applying for HOPE next year, I would definitely recommend it!

5. SGA events: Whether it’s a movie out on the quad or our beloved bingo nights, SGA plans so many fun and exciting events. Mixers, carnivals, beach trips, you name it! These events are great ways to get the community together, meet new people, and just have a great time, especially when you need a break from academics or want to reward yourself for all of your hard work.

6. DiverCity: Yes, DiverCity is technically a SGA event that specifically falls under the SGA Diversity Committee but DiverCity is so awesome that it had to stand on its own here! DiverCity is a festival that incorporates dance segments, spoken word performances, theatrical pieces, fashion and much more. It is meant to represent and celebrate diversity while also looking at different social justice issues. Each year, I participate in the Bollywood dance and I absolutely love it!

7. The cozy spots: A lot of people on campus have that one spot they love visiting when they need to do work or just want to hang out. The beauty about Stonehill is that there are so many little cozy spots that fulfill this very purpose! One of my favorites is a bench right outside the Campus Ministry that overlooks O’Hara Pond. This view of the pond here is especially gorgeous during the autumn.

8. Aesthetics: Going along with the many cozy spots, Stonehill is just an overall beautiful campus. This is evident by the way the snow blankets our grass in the winter, the radiance of Donahue Hall in the summertime, or the colorful palette of the trees in the autumn. Or how about the deer that frolic the campus or the turtles near O’Hara Pond? Stonehill also has a range of different plants and animals that create such an aesthetic campus. In fact, according to the Stonehill College 2015 BioBlitz, our campus is home to at least 140 different species. So go ahead and take that beautiful Instagram picture of the swans swimming about or the amazing red and yellow trees that overlook us; it’s part of the Stonehill experience!

9. The opportunities: There is so much to get involved in on campus. Interested in social justice work? Apply for the ALANA-A Brothers and Sisters Leadership Program. Love singing? Check out the Chapel Choir! Have a passion for Doctor Who? SciFi Club might be for you! With over 70 student organizations, Stonehill provides a plethora of opportunities for students with a diverse range of interests.

10. Our success: Stonehill may be a small college but don’t underestimate its power! According to the Stonehill College website, out of the Class of 2015 graduates who were actively looking for employment, 65% were successful in finding jobs. Moreover, 76% of those Class of 2015 graduates who wanted to pursue further education were admitted to graduate schools. Meanwhile, 100% of the Class of 2015 graduates who wanted to participate in service after graduation were admitted into post-graduate service programs. These statistics indicate that Stonehill has a great success story. Together with the many available resources and opportunities, the devoted faculty and staff, the range of diverse classes, and the amazing community, Stonehill College provides an incredible college experience that ultimately prepares students to pursue their hopes and dreams.

Oct 13

2015

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8 Different Pieces of Advice to help you through Senior Year

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their long weekend, whether you stayed on campus, visited a friend, or even even able to go home. I had the opportunity to go back to my high school’s football game, take a day trip up to Vermont, and be able to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Every person I talked to and caught up with asked me the same similar question- How do you like Senior Year so far? It would come with statements like “wow that flew by fast!” or the good old “What are you doing next year?”
For this weeks blog, I decided to go over my own personal advice for my classmates and how to get through and enjoy our senior year.
1. Don’t ask what people are doing next year! What may seem like a polite interested question may just make people who don’t know yet, more nervous. My view on this is if someone does have an idea, they will tell people. This person will already be asked by a parent, sibling, relative, friend from home, and every other person who knows they are a senior. Be that person that is not just a constant reminder of the unknown, but a supportive friend who shows they care. Plus, while the year is going by fast, we are only a month in!
2. When you are stressed about next year, find that one friend you can go to for anything in the world- your stress, your excitement, your goals, your fears. This person gets what you are going through, even if this person is not a senior and doesn’t yet know the worries, they do know you which is the most important thing at the end of the day.
3. Talk to Career Services!- I lived on campus this summer and one day I had that moment when I just said “Wow I am scared about a year from now” I am sure everyone will have it, and that is totally okay! I went to career services, met Andrew Leahy for the first time, and what I thought would just be career advice, turned into a combination of that and a much needed life talk, which lead me to have an idea and clear perspective of what my plans could be with my future. Plus his friendly personality and solid advice make you feel 10 times better!
4. Meet new people- We have the largest class in the history of the school. There is no way you know everyone here! This year, I have gotten to know people I may have said 3-4 sentences too in my first three years, and now I consider these people strong friends of mine. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
5. Don’t be anymore stressed than you need to be with “last time” moments- While it is great to be reflective and think about your surroundings, do not stress yourself out with the “last time I do this” and “last time I do that” idea constantly in your head. It is important to find the balance of thought, and staying in the moment.
6. Go on a retreat!- Personally, I am a spiritual person, but this is not the reason I go. I go on retreats because I enjoy getting a way from Stonehill, and having solid conversations with people I know, and people I do not know well yet at all. Even if you do not consider yourself religious, or even spiritual, it is totally fine to come get away for the weekend, and think about the bigger things in life with very supportive people!
7. Come to Brother Mikes!- Even if you do not drink, Brother Mikes is such a fun atmosphere. From concerts, to trivia, to even just hanging around talking with my friends, Brother Mikes is a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy the near end of a long week.
8. Believe in yourself!!!- I cannot stress this enough. You have already gone out of your comfort zone by either making new friends, going abroad, doing an internship, did well in a difficult class, and you have made it through three years here. I am not saying do not think about next year at all. I am saying that while you may be stressed, and it is normal to be stressed, we are all people with different passions, ideas, experiences, stories, and values. Put those together, and you will not just be okay, but you will thrive beyond Stonehill.
That is all for now! I hope you all had a great long weekend, and have a great week, Stonehill!