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October 17, 2014
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Politicians Visit Martin Institute

Healy (left) and Miller (right) are fighting for the spot of Massachusetts Attorney General. Photo by Olivia Schneider

Healy (left) and Miller (right) are fighting for the spot of Massachusetts Attorney General. Photo by Olivia Schneider

By William Pennington

 

The Martin Institute at Stonehill College hosted the three candidates vying to be the next State Treasurer and two candidates vying to be the next Attorney General during two forums held last night.

The Treasurer’s forum was moderated by Rick Holmes of Metrowest Daily News and included Janet Wu of WCVB-TV Boston, Peter Kadzis of WGBH-TV Boston and Paul Crocetti of the Waltham News Tribune as panelist.

Current State Treasurer Steve Grossman is not running for reelection after an unsuccessful bid for Governor. Goldberg who defeated State Senator Barry Finegold and State Representative Tom Conroy last month in three way primary is running against Republican Mike Heffernan of Wellesley and Arlington resident Ian Jackson of the Green-Rainbow Party.

“It’s really an executive function and you want someone who has a business background in an area with diverse business models,” said Goldberg. Touting her experience as a businesswomen. “The way the Treasurer’s office has been constructed is not just thinking about the physical issues that face the Commonwealth but you do want someone who has that background,” said the former Chairman of the Brookline Board of Selectmen.

“Massachusetts has a very unique set up,” said Heffernan. “Massachusetts has six constitutional offices,” he continued, “and they report to the people and that means that running the credit of the state of Massachusetts,” he said, “should not be subject to the legislature or the Governor, it becomes a very important role,” he said referring to the Treasurers office.

“I’m a software engineer professionally but before that I’ve been a tree planter and also a lobstermen,” said Jackson, “having an elected position gives you a bully pulpit to speak on issues and as a preachers kid I can use such a pulpit.”

The three candidates had mixed views about casinos coming to Massachusetts, a question the will appear on the ballot in November. Heffernan said he does not support repealing the casino law which will allow three casinos to operate in Massachusetts. “I will be voting no on repealing casinos, I believe that we need the economic help that comes with casinos,” said Heffernan. Goldberg said she, “supports repealing casinos,” as did Jackson.

The candidates were also asked a lightning round of questions, including a question about whether or not they play the lottery. Goldberg said she did not, Jackson said he occasionally played, and Heffernan said he had a “two dollar winning lottery ticket in his back pocket!”

The Attorney General’s forum was moderated by Chazy Dowaliby, editor of The Patriot Ledger and The Enterprise. The panelist for the forum were Ed Donga of The Enterprise, Janet Wu, and Adam Reilly of WGBH-Boston.

Current Attorney General Martha Coakley is not running for re-election to run for Governor. Maura Healey, an attorney, from Boston, who defeated former State Senator Warren Tolman is running against Republican John Miller.

Miller went after Healey hard trying to label her as Beacon Hill insider, “she has worked on Beacon Hill for the last 7 years,” said Miller. Healey fought back saying, “I’m proud of the work I’ve done protecting the people of Massachusetts in the Attorney’s General Office,” referring to the 7 years she worked as an Assistant Attorney General under the Martha Coakley.

The two candidates were asked if they would ever consider a run for Governor. Miller said, “absolutely not, I don’t want to be Governor, I’m running for Attorney General,” Healey did not rule it out saying, “I want to be elected as Attorney General and hopefully re-elected in four years.”

There were two things the candidates could agree on, both picked the television show Law and Order over NCIS and said that Tom Brady should remain quarterback.

Massachusetts voters will go the polls on Tuesday, November 5 to vote for Attorney General and Treasurer.

October 17, 2014
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Fans Say Bye to ‘Dallas’

By Liam Dacko

Over the past 36 years, the Ewing family has survived multiple shootings, countless car accidents, two fires, a bombing, and numerous other tragedies. The only force they couldn’t seem to fight back against (cancellation) hit them hard Oct. 3. That’s right, folks: TNT’s popular drama Dallas has been given the boot.

In a press release, TNT informed fans that the nighttime soap opera would not be returning for a fourth season.

“TNT has decided not to renew Dallas. We are extremely proud of the series, which defied expectations by standing as a worthy continuation of the Ewing saga. We want to thank everyone involved with the show, from the extraordinary cast to the impeccable production team, led by the show’s creative forces, Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin. We especially want to thank the people of Dallas for their warm and generous hospitality during the production of the series.”

The show, about a family of oil barons who lie and cheat their way up the corporate ladder, premiered in 2012. TNT’s Dallas is a sequel to the CBS series of the same name, which ran from 1978 to 1991. The new version featured several favorites from the old show, including Larry Hagman’s rascally J.R. Ewing, Linda Gray’s drunken Sue Ellen, and Patrick Duffy’s golden boy Bobby. Along for the ride were the next generation of Ewings, including J.R.’s equally devious boy John Ross, Bobby’s milquetoast son Christopher, their love interests (Elena and Pamela), and Bobby’s gun-toting wife Ann.

Dallas 2.0 premiered to almost 7 million viewers. That’s a far cry from the ratings achieved during the previous show’s heyday. It was estimated that 83 million people tuned in to Dallas on November 21, 1980, to find out who shot J.R. Ewing. At the time, that broadcast was the highest rated episode in television history. Although the new show never reached the heights of its predecessor, it did well enough to be renewed for a second and third season.

Natalie Woods ’16 is one of the many viewers who has taken to Twitter to bring the show back.

While posting this weekend, she got the chance to have a brief discussion with Dallas star Patrick Duffy.

Woods got a response after tweeting the following to Duffy: “@therealpduffy lead us to the promised land, PDuffy!! You can do it! The cast is too perfect to lose. #SaveDallas”

Duffy responded: “@natalie_woods14 Next couple of weeks will be crucial. Everything is ready!”

Woods said it was great to communicate with Duffy.

“I love how it’s so easy to get in touch with celebrities on social media,” she said. “He is really connected with the fans because he knows we love Dallas as much as he does.”

This is not Woods’ first experience getting in touch with a member of the Dallas cast. Back in June, she got the opportunity to meet Emma Bell at an event featuring the cast of The Walking Dead. Bell, who starred in season one of the The Walking Dead, played Emma Ryland on Dallas.

“Meeting Emma Bell was amazing,” she said. “She was so down to earth and nice. We had a great chat about Dallas and The Walking Dead, my two favorite shows! She also complimented me on my eye-shadow. I nearly died.”

Woods does not believe the show will be gone for long.

“I think in this day and age where there are so many different outlets for television, Dallas absolutely has a chance,” she said. “I am really hoping Hulu, Netflix, Amazon or another streaming network will pick it up.”

If the show is resurrected, Woods is excited to see what will happen next.

October 17, 2014
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Wellness Campaign Targets Sexual Assault

By Aimee Chiavaroli

Sexual Assault Prevention Week, held this year from Sept. 22 to 26, offered students opportunities to learn how to prevent sexual assault and help survivors.

Health and Wellness Coordinator Jessica Greene held a merit-point program Thursday, Sept. 25, called “Blurred Lines,” featuring a video and discussion on sexual assault, alcohol, and consent. She also provided pamphlets with resources for reporting an attack or getting help.

Sexual assault comes in many different forms, and while there are assault cases of men against men, and women against women, men are typically the aggressors against women, Greene said.

Greene’s program covered the different types of consent, verbal and nonverbal, and how alcohol can sometimes blur perceptions of how the situation is actually playing out. Verbal consent, as Green explained, is verbally saying “yes,” while nonverbal consent would be actively participating such as kissing back.

It is “both people’s job to give and receive consent, and a lack of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes,’” she said.

The Prevention Week’s programs were held days before two sexual assaults were reported to Campus Police.

The first assault took place around 2 a.m. on Sept. 28. The woman told police it occurred on a pathway by the MacPhaidan Library.

A Stonehill College Announcement email was sent out on Oct.1 alerting the campus that another student reported she was sexually assaulted four weeks ago in a residence hall. The assailant was someone the woman had met on two occasions prior to the assault. The woman told police she knew the person’s name but did not want to provide it to authorities at this time.

Experts said one way to prevent assault is to be educated on how to not be a bystander, and how to talk to and help survivors.

Recently, the White House launched the “It’s On Us” campaign to raise awareness on sexual assault being a community-wide issue for which everybody needs to be responsible.

This campaign is part of an ongoing effort by the White House to prevent sexual assault and promote ways to respond to it. They started with a comprehensive “Title IX” guideline for schools and colleges on how to deal with reports of assault, and then launched a “1is2many PSA” and a “Not Alone” campaign in April. This raised awareness on how one sexual assault is too many, and that survivors are not alone.

The “Not Alone” campaign sees colleges and universities taking initiative on conducting “campus climate surveys.” These surveys are meant to assess people’s knowledge and awareness of sexual assault, Vice President of Student Affairs Pauline Dobrowski said. It will test if people know basic definitions and are informed on these issues, so the school knows what to improve on.

“We want to be intentional about what we’re asking and how we’re asking it,” Dobrowski said.

“We’re working diligently to take the lead on this issue here at Stonehill, while responding to additional guidelines and recommendations as they are put out by the federal and local government,” Dobrowski said.

The college is developing the survey this year, and plans to implement it early fall next year.

“Our hope is that the results will provide us with deeper insight into the level of knowledge and awareness of this issue on our campus as well as the areas in which we can improve,” she said.

Students are encouraged to keep talking about the issue so assault survivors will feel comfortable reporting cases to authorities, experts said.

Stonehill has a number of resources available, including Bystander training and R.A.D. self-defense classes, which teach awareness skills and techniques. There are also groups and organizations on campus that discuss these topics such as Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN), The Moore Center for Gender and Equity, and Men Against Violence.

On or off campus, students can also contact A New Day, a rape crisis center with offices in Brockton and Quincy. The center has a 24-hour hotline, 508-588-8255.

There are a number of different ways to report an assault. You can make a report to doctors, counselors, nurses, or priests at confession confidentially. Individuals who are paid by the college such as a resident assistant (RA), professor, or administrator are required by law to file a report. They will, however, maintain as much privacy as they can.

There are more options and information on the Title IX page on Stonehill’s website.

“First and foremost we want to do all we can to prevent an incident from happening, but in the unfortunate event that an incident does occur, we want to ensure that we have systems in place that encourage reporting,” Dobrowski said.

October 17, 2014
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The ‘Freshman 15:’ a Thing of the Past?

By Kelli O’Keefe

First-year student Olivia Williams always thought students gained 15 pounds their first year.

“I thought it was a thing because you can eat whatever you want whenever you want.”

Learning to eat properly in college is one of the many worries of incoming students. Maintaining a nutritious diet in college can be difficult but there are many resources on campus that can help.

First-year student Joanna Carlino worried when she would find time to eat. “I’ve struggled with finding times to go to the cafeteria.”

Jessica Greene, health and wellness educator on campus, said students are nervous whenever they are in a new environment. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for freshmen to create a routine, she said.

Kimberly Pierce, a Sodexo dietitian on campus, and Greene hear from concerned students about the “Freshman 15.” Data shows average weight gain is only about 4 pounds, Pierce said.

Many reasons lead to freshmen weight gain, Greene said. Some examples include food being available at different times of the day, late night hours at the Hill, alcohol consumption and less exercise.

Williams thinks she will eventually learn to plan when and what to eat. “I think it’s also about how you’re handling school so far,” she said. “It’s about adjusting to a new environment and schedule in general.”

Sometimes the health and wellness office receive complaints about the options in the cafeteria, Greene said. People always want more fresh produce which is difficult during winter, she said.

First-year student Audra Crowell was worried the cafeteria would not have enough options. “They could have more options but I think they offer a fair variety.”

Sodexo has a very successful program called ‘Napkin notes’ where students can leave anonymous suggestions on a napkin and post it on the bulletin board in the cafeteria to be answered by a staff member, Pierce said. “We’ve had great suggestions by students.”

Hummus and wheat pasta went from being an occasional option to an everyday staple because of students’ suggestions, Pierce said.

Some students complain eating healthy is more expensive. Greene said it may be more expensive but said you maintain a nutritious diet on meal plan.

“In the beginning it’s hard to figure out how much you want to eat and spend,” Greene said. “You have to adjust your diet to your spending.”

Healthier options can sometimes be more expensive just like buying groceries at the store Pierce said. Budget- friendly healthy choices include soups, deli sandwiches and vegetables.

Pierce and Greene receive visits from concerned students. “Believe it or not, our students are very health conscious,” Greene said.

Crowell thinks she is more health conscious since starting college but it is hard because there are more options. “It’s difficult to eat healthy when you always have access to a bakery.”

Pierce sees students for reasons ranging from eating healthy to food allergies. Sometimes a student will come for one visit but often meet multiple times during the semester.

“My office is very well-utilized,” Pierce said. “I schedule an average of 70 to 110 student visits a semester.”

Pierce helped Crowell with making the right choices. “I met with the dietitian because I felt like I was eating the wrong things,” Crowell said. “I’m used to depending on my family’s eating schedule but now I have to make more independent choices.”

Pierce said keeping the “Choose my plate” template in mind when building a meal will keep your calories in check. The templates are found online and hanging in the dining hall.

Fill up on healthier options such as salads, grilled chicken and vegetable-based flatbreads Pierce said. “Since many of the options at the Hill are designed to be pub style, consider these sometimes foods.”

The school promotes being healthy especially by e-mail about offered workshops and nutrition, Williams said. “It makes it helpful to eat healthy.”

“I don’t think the ‘Freshman 15’ is a thing anymore,” Williams said. “I still haven’t found a balance with my schedule so I haven’t been eating as much.”

Pierce advises freshmen to be aware of their food choices but to not obsess over their weight. “They have plenty of other things to worry about,” she said. “Students can avoid the ‘freshman 15’ by eating three meals a day, healthy snack choices, staying active and deciding what you want to eat for a meal beforehand.”

Learning tips to eat healthy makes it easier, Carlino said. “I try to set which hours of the day I’m going to eat beforehand, everything comes back to making the right schedule,” she said.

October 17, 2014
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Assault Update: 10/8/2014

By Laim Dacko

Investigators are still trying to track down more information to identify the man who sexually assaulted a student walking on campus in the early hours of Sept. 28.

The female student told police she was sexually assaulted on the red brick walkway leading to the Chapel of Mary around 2 a.m. The College notified members of the community that morning via email.

The woman described the assailant as a male with strawberry-blond hair. It was also reported that the suspect was around six-feet-one-inch, Chief of Campus Police Peter Carnes said.

The investigation is ongoing. Campus Police is currently interviewing people who may have information about the assault, Carnes said. An experienced sexual assault investigator from the Easton Police Department recently joined the investigation. Massachusetts State Police have also been brought in to perform a number of forensic tests.

Carnes said he cannot say with confidence when an arrest will be made.

“We are not at this time in the position to say an arrest is imminent,” he said.

Unlike assault cases shown on television shows, incidents like this take considerable time, Carnes said.

“Reality is much different.”

A composite of the assailant is not available at this time. Campus Police plans to release one to the community once it is available.

The Campus Police department is focused on not only trying to make an arrest, but also being sensitive to the needs of the victim and promoting a safe campus for students, Carnes said.

David Williams ’17 said he is glad the school is bringing in individuals experienced with this type of case to help with the investigation. He does, however, find the news a bit jarring.

“It makes the seriousness of the situation all the more real,” he said.

Maddy Ryan ’16 is happy to see the school being proactive.

“It makes me feel good that they are putting in the extra effort to make campus safer,” she said.

Will Camillo ’16 echoed these statements.

“I think it’s a sign that not only is Stonehill taking this matter very seriously,” he said. “But that it also reassures students who may have preconceived notions about Campus Police that an outside police force is conducting the investigation in as professional a manner as possible.”

Two days after that assault was reported, a second woman told police she had been assaulted twice in a residence hall weeks earlier. In that second report, made Sept. 30, the woman told police she was declining to reveal the name of the suspect, who she knew.

Campus Police has dropped their investigation into the assaults reported on Sept. 30, Carnes said.

The Department of Education does mandate, however, that the College complete a Title IX investigation within 60 days. A member of the Stonehill community who is not a member of the police force will conduct this investigation. The investigator will interview victims, witnesses, and accused parties. They will then submit a recommendation of findings to the Dean of Students, who will decide the outcome of the investigation.

The College has implemented a number of measures to help with the investigation and keep students safe.

Carnes said if students know anything about the attacks, they should follow a “see it, hear it, report it” philosophy. Any information, however trivial, could help Campus Police make an arrest. Campus Police has started distributing “See It, Hear It, Report It” fliers across campus that feature safety tip reminders.

Campus patrols by cruiser, bike, and foot have also been increased in light of the attack.

Starting this past weekend, Campus Police offered a van service as part of its safety escort program for students. Students can access the service, which runs between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, by calling Campus Police at extension 5100.

Student Affairs is working to make members of the community aware of a number of resources available to them in cases of sexual assault. Students can access a list of those resources by visiting http://www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/health-wellness/share-sexual-harassment-assaul/.

“It is time for everyone to reflect on their safety,” Carnes said. “If you feel uncomfortable, ask for a ride, which you can do by calling Campus Police.”

The College’s president, Father John Denning, released a statement about the assaults on Oct. 6 via email.

Denning commented on the student-organized “Stand Up, Stonehill” event that was held in the Martin Institute on Oct. 2. The event featured a number of speakers who addressed the importance of actively preventing sexual assault.

“Thursday night reminded me of why I am so honored to serve our College; it showed me once again that our capacity for doing good and standing together is deeper than we sometimes realize. It was an uplifting occasion, and again, I thank everyone who made it happen.”

“Moving forward, as a community, if we are to create a culture where sexual assault is not tolerated, we have to support the words we heard on Thursday night with concrete deeds and actions. This is our institutional responsibility, and I want you to know that it is also my priority, one that we have been working on tirelessly and will continue to do so with great attention.”

October 17, 2014
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Seniors Start Job-Hunt

By Erin Leo

The school year has barely begun but some seniors are already preparing for job-hunting in the spring.

“I’ve updated my LinkedIn and my resume, and I’ve started looking at what is currently available online and talking with people I know who work somewhere in my field,” senior Jordan Harris said.

Even in the preliminary steps, seniors are still nervous about job hunting and filling out job applications.

“It’s a daunting task for anybody transitioning out of college, especially when what you hear about the job market isn’t exactly promising,” senior Abby Barnicle said.

Christina Burney, associate director of Career Services, said networking in the fall is key for seniors to create valuable connections that will make applying for jobs in the spring less nerve-wracking.

“You should begin having conversations with people who are in a career field that you can see yourself in,” Burney said. “Those conversations are critical right now because you don’t want to roll into the job search and just start your networking at that point. You want to already be known to these people.”

Senior Alex Ordway has already been utilizing the networking events provided by Career Services.

“I’ve been going to the Career Roundtables and Lunches so I can meet professionals in different branches of art and design, and to get my name out there,” Ordway said. “I was also able to go to a design conference in Boston with one of my professors where I got to meet a lot of artists and designers from all over the country.”

Burney recommended seniors take time to look at the alumni mentor database in Career Connections, which boasts 1,300 alums from all over the world in every industry.

‘They are a fantastic resource because they have voluntarily signed up to provide career guidance to our current students,” Burney said.

LinkedIn is also a very valuable networking tool students should utilize, said Burney. Students on the site can run targeted searches and look for Stonehill alumni and vice versa.

“It can feel, from the perspective of the senior, like you are doing a whole lot of work that is not actually leading to anything specific like a job offer but it is not until you have hindsight that you realize how incredibly valuable those conversations, contacts, and connections are,” Burney said.

Seniors majoring in accounting and finance are already realizing how valuable those connections are since they often begin seriously interviewing in the fall.

“I’ve already begun applying to a couple of the companies that I talked to at the accounting and finance networking event, “ said senior Corey Bacigalupo. “I’ve also been getting ready for upcoming on-campus interviews which start in the next couple of weeks.”

Even if they haven’t started the process, most seniors are aware of how close the real world is.

“I haven’t started searching for jobs just yet, but I’m planning on making a meeting with Career Services very soon,” Barnicle said.

Despite being a bit nervous, Harris said she felt prepared to begin searching for jobs.

Ordway had similar feelings.

“My biggest fear is that I won’t be taken as seriously as an art student that went to an all art school, but I am confident in my portfolio that I’ve created through my classes here,” Ordway said.

Barnicle added that Career Services is a comforting resource.

“I know Career Services has a lot of success with Stonehill students so I’m not too worried,” Barnicle said.

October 17, 2014
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Examining Racial Profiling

By Thomas G. Farrell Jr.

Freshman Mustafa Anthony remembers the first time he was racially profiled in his hometown of Alcoa, Tennessee.

The person complimented him about how well he acted, something he would hear too frequently.

“In Tennessee, a lot of older white people would always tell me after they met me and spoke to me that they were surprised how I carried myself,” Anthony said.

“It always made me feel good to show people who I really am, but it also upset me that I was even profiled in the first place.”

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, now a household name, on Aug. 9 sparked the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra. Stonehill held a teach-in community forum on Sept. 22 in the Martin Institute to show the Stonehill community how race, class, and power impact society.

Chief of Campus Police Peter Carnes initiated the idea of a community forum for students and faculty to share feelings, reactions, and responses to the violence in society.

“Violence is made up of many, many pieces,” director of Intercultural Affairs Liza Talusan said.

“It consists of social messages – what is acceptable, we are accountable for, and what we believe about the value of people, and particularly different groups of people; of policies that allow violence to occur; and how we as a community react to violence.”

But where does racial profiling come in? Talusan has a theory.

“Racial profiling is a part of all of this. Racial profiling is made up of mental short cuts, of schemas that we have of particular groups of people, and how we believe them to be a part of causing trouble or a part of solving trouble,” Talusan said. “Schemas exist about all types of people. We have cognitive frameworks of people who have brown skin, who have white skin; people who use crutches; people who use wheelchairs; people who are tall, short, plus sized, skinny; people with invisible disabilities, etc.”

Sophomore Chris Traore, who lives near Hartford, Connecticut, said he is upset racial profiling still exists. However, he is lucky, he said, to have grown up in a diverse community.

“Growing up in such a diverse community made me a better person because I learned not to judge people based on their race, nationality, or creed, but rather for the type of person they are,” Traore said.

Traore learned from his parents to be the bigger person in situations where racial profiling comes up.

“Although I have been racially profiled in the past, I’ve just been able to move on from it, and not let it affect me,” he said.

Sophomore O’Shea Bell lives in Bronx, New York and said he frequently experiences racial profiling.

“In the Bronx, if the police see a group of black males they usually stop us to take precaution,” Bell said. “However, my grandmother experienced racial profiling in her day and she taught me to turn the other cheek and be the bigger person.”

The organizers of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” forum said it gave the Stonehill community an opportunity to find the right answers together regarding violence due to racial profiling.

“My hope is that we create more opportunities to develop positive mental short-cuts by sharing experiences with a diverse group of classmates, colleagues, friends, and family,” Talusan said.

October 17, 2014
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National Trend Hits Home: Stonehill Against Assault

By Aimee Chiavroli

Members of the Stonehill community packed the Martin Auditorium to make a point: they were standing up against sexual violence.

The Oct. 2 event, hosted by Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN), The Moore Center for Gender and Equity, Men Against Violence, Active Minds, Campus Ministry and Student Government Association (SGA), sought to provide support for survivors and get the community to talk about the subject.

The program was held days after two women reported separate cases of sexual assault on campus. The first reported assault remains under investigation. Campus Police has dropped the investigation of the second report, only to hand it over to a member of the community not part of Campus Police, specializing in Title IX offenses.

The event, which was originally supposed to be held on the Quad, was moved to the Martin Auditorium because the ground was too wet for sound equipment.

Evan Wolstencroft ’16, president of The Moore Center and member of WHEN, said it was important to talk about sexual assault and support survivors.

“Violence thrives in silence,” he told the standing room crowd. “Everyone deserves to know that they’re supported in who they are and what they do, because everyone deserves to feel safe.”

Campus Minister for Service Immersion Programs MaryAnne Cappelleri echoed that message.

“Every time one person is hurting, we all hurt,” she said. “Let us all live in a way that creates justice and compassion in all that we do.”

Tables were set up in the back of the room with resources, posters, t-shirts and chalk. Those who attended signed two posters that read, “I’m standing up against sexual violence.” Red bystander T-shirts reading, “I am not a passive bystander” on the front and “We are Stonehill” on the back, were available for students to take.

At the end of the program, people filed out of the Martin Institute and took a piece of chalk and a candle then walked to the clock tower.

At the tower, Cappelleri said a prayer, people blew out their candles and wrote new messages in chalk around the clock tower. WHEN executive board members suggested writing “I should feel safe here,” along with personal messages of encouragement to survivors.

A message signed by Rachel Selbert ‘16 wrote, “This is our home. Let’s make it safe for all.”

At the end of the event, Vice President of Student Affairs Pauline Dobrowski, Stonehill president Father John Denning, and Father Jim Lies, among others, thanked speakers and members of the organizations for their support and dedication.

“When students rally together it speaks volumes,” Dobrowski said. “We need all members of our community, especially our men. This is a community issue.”

On October 6, Father Denning also commented on the event in an email sent to the members of the Stonehill community.

“Thursday night reminded me of why I am so honored to serve our College; it showed me once again that our capacity for doing good and standing together is deeper than we sometimes realize. It was an uplifting occasion, and again, I thank everyone who made it happen.”

“Moving forward, as a community, if we are to create a culture where sexual assault is not tolerated, we have to support the words we heard on Thursday night with concrete deeds and actions. This is our institutional responsibility, and I want you to know that it is also my priority, one that we have been working on tirelessly and will continue to do so with great attention,” he said.

October 2, 2014
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Another sexual assault reported

By Brendan Monahan

Stonehill’s Chief of Police Peter Carnes sent out a campus wide announcement Wednesday evening notifying the community of another reported sexual assault.

The victim filed the report with the Stonehill College Police Department Tuesday night. In compliance with the Clery Act, the College shared details from the report with the community.

The victim told Campus Police that she was sexually assaulted a month ago in a residence hall by an individual she had encountered twice before the assault.

The victim chose not to exercise her right to provide the accused’s name.

The Summit will continue to cover this story as more information becomes available.

September 30, 2014
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Easton PD joins assault investigation

By Liam Dacko

An experienced sexual assault investigator for the Easton Police Department joined the investigation into an attack that occurred near the MacPhaidan Library Sunday.

This announcement was made to the Stonehill community via email Tuesday afternoon.

Campus Police is continuing to search for potential witnesses to the attack, which reportedly took place around 2 a.m. The victim described the assailant as a male with strawberry-blond hair.

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