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February 2, 2017
by Summit

Free Range Minds: tuning into our own thoughts

Last week I went to the gym.

If you know me well, that last sentence should be enough of a story for you; however, for everyone else I will continue.

I found myself at the Sports Complex trying to pick a machine to start a cardio routine on. When I finally (and somewhat begrudgingly) hopped on the treadmill, I reached in my pocket for my earbuds.

Now in my head, the ensuing anguish of discovering no such earbuds played out with the gravity and anguish of a Scorsese film. In reality, I’m sure anyone who bothered to look only saw a slack-jawed expression of disbelief on my face.

How was I going to get through an hour of cardio with no music? I don’t even undertake the seven-minute walk to The Hill without my iPod (I firmly believe Cat Stevens can accurately represent my voracious appetite for Mac’n’Cheese bites).

It was only after I had spent an hour truly alone with my thoughts that I began to see the shape of a problem I hadn’t noticed before. I’m a fervent believer in the power of music and all the good it can do for the mind, body, and soul, but I don’t think any musician or serious artist would want a life constantly barraged by sound—I’d argue that no serious, self-reflective, individual would.

Many of us wake up in the morning and want to listen to some music while we get ready, then we put in our headphones on the way to class, we listen to discussion or a lecture for an hour, then head out to lunch where we talk to our friends for another fifty minutes before more class, then dinner, then homework set to the background noise of a “productivity playlist.”

That’s just active listening! What about news broadcasts, podcasts, commercials, television, YouTube videos, live streams, and social media soundbites?

With all of these noise pollutants, it’s no wonder that many people lose the discriminatory faculties of the ear and can’t listen to a song, or a person, properly.

Giving oneself time to think—and only think—is a beautiful thing.

We like our meat free range, so why not our minds? A mind free to wander is a powerful tool to crystalize opinion, deepen understanding and unleash creativity.

All of that might sound like the synopsis on the back of a self-help book, so I’ll try this instead: letting your mind wander can be a bit troublesome at first, especially with deadlines looming or busy schedules, but is ultimately a deeply relaxing exercise. Without the boundaries of a specific conversation or context, the line between thinking and meditating blurs beyond discrimination.

So the next time you reach for your headphones, consider giving yourself the benefit of undisturbed free thought: it’s worth your while. How else do you think I came up with this?

February 2, 2017
by Summit

Think. Act. Lead. Conference provides important career planning opportunity

By Erika Sasso

296 first-year and sophomore students gathered in the Commons Jan. 21 to participate in the Think. Act. Lead. Planning Conference. The event offered input from various alumni from fields including business, education, and healthcare.

The day started with the “Think” portion of the conference that featured the key note speaker, Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, Jr. JD. Rojas has a career in sports managing for the New Orleans Baby Cakes baseball team. He offered some advice for Stonehill students to be used in their future careers.

Rojas expressed to students that moving up in your career is all about forming relationships with people.

“It is not what you know, but who you know,” he said.

Following the keynote speaker, students had the opportunity to break out and visit different panels to learn about various tools that can be used to help them shape their careers in the “Act” portion of the conference. This allowed the students learn about how they can make their goals attainable.

The Career Development staff and other Stonehill faculty members led the sessions providing students with everything they needed to know about studying abroad, interning away, managing their finances, how to use LinkedIn, how to become a leader on campus, choosing the right major, graduating on time and how to start a resume from scratch.

“It is critical that students intentionally plan their time at college,” Director of Career Development Christina Burney said. “Plan early to take advantage of all opportunities because the earlier you start the more successful you will be in life.”

After the “Act” portion of the conference, students were able to eat lunch with alumni in a range of fields and ask them questions about their work and how they ended up in the career field they were in. Students got to know different alumni at a personal level in a relaxed environment.

The Career Development Office constantly encourages students to reach out to alumni and attend alumni luncheons. This part of the conference made it easy for students to network with over 40 alumni of all age ranges, expertise levels, and career fields.

The last “Lead” portion of the conference featured panel discussion with the alumni students had the chance to meet at lunch. These alumni included professionals who have started their own businesses, ended up on unexpected paths that they could have never predicted, and have exceled in the medicine, business, and education fields.

Pamela Bardhi ’13 led the panel discussion “Becoming Your Own Boss.” Shortly after graduating from Stonehill she opened Ria Café in Boston and is now also the founder of Bardhi Investment Group. She inspired students to stay motivated and not let anything get in the way of their dreams.

“When life throws you problems you find solutions,” Bardhi said.

Another popular panel among the students was “Unexpected Paths,” led by alum Chad Gaughan ‘10 and Beth Rea ’95. Gaughan majored in Biology at Stonehill and to become a dentist; however, after graduation he decided to take what he thought would be a temporary job at a concierge company and ended up becoming the Director of Operations. He is now President at a Local Property Shop.

Rea majored in English at Stonehill and planned on receiving her master’s degree in English as well. Over the course of her four years at Stonehill, she realized she had a knack for graphic design, which led her to study at the Massachusetts College of Art. She is now the Creative Director at Fidelity Investments’ and still has thoughts on switching her career everyday.

Sophomore, Katie McGovern said she appreciated the “Unexpected Paths” panel telling unique stories.

“It is very refreshing to hear about people who did not exactly know what they wanted to do when they started but are now successful in paths they never even imagined,” she said.

The conference began the spring semester encouraging students to explore their options and move forward with their careers, with insight provided by the experienced alumni, dedicated professors, and the hard working staff at the Career Development Center.









December 10, 2016
by Summit

Stonehill faculty band together to encourage post-election conversation

By Amy McKeever

Any student worried their voice would be silenced after election results were released, found reassurance earlier this week.

Their reassurance was found in a petition signed by 156 faculty members that outlined encouragement to come forward and talk about their feelings in the classroom.

In the coming months, challenges will come,” the petition said. “We stand ready to face them together and will be offering events to encourage discussion on these important issues.”

By signing the petition, faculty members welcomed conversation by any student on the political spectrum.

The petition was posted in each class Facebook page in order to be seen by all students. It can be found at

December 10, 2016
by Summit

Sculpture on Quad vandalized in two days

By Jamie Fleming

Two days after a wooden sculpture crafted by artist Philippe Lejeune was installed on the quad with the help of students, it was knocked down.

“It doesn’t seem like there’s a way to apprehend the perpetrators in situations like this and that’s something they run up against,” Professor Candice Smith Corby said.

Stonehill’s Exhibitions and Collections Capstone’s class worked with the artist Oct. 18 to put up the sculpture, called “Totem”, as part of his “timber!” exhibit. The sculpture is valued by insurance at $5,000.

Oct. 20, it was moved to the senior courts by students late on the night of Midnight Madness. Nov. 10, the statue was put up again in the quad and on Nov. 12 it was knocked down.

The person that knocked it down has not yet been found.

“What it means is that we have some members of our campus community who are capable of really bad decisions. It is one thing to express disagreement with the artist piece; it is quite another to destroy it,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Favazza said

Students said they were disappointed by this latest act of vandalism on campus.

“The greatest violence is the violence we do to ourselves. Honestly, this is only hurting our reputation, our campus, our student body. I had faith that we would be able to put our art on the quad and it would be fine, and people would appreciate it, see it, and recognize that it was art,” senior Caite Sheehan, who is in the class that worked on getting the artist here, said.

Student Sara Shevlin shared her sentiment.

“It’s not just Philippe’s ‘Totem,’ itself. It’s the fact that this happens all of the time. We’re affected by it because this is our thing, but it’s the bridge, it’s the garden,” Shevlin said.

Smith Corby and Professor Allyson Sheckler had worked with the Provost office to get the artist on campus. During his stay at Stonehill in October and November, he hand-painted tree designs on the bike shed near Villa Theresa and on a guard rail near Duffy.

Favazza said the installation was part of Stonehill’s continued support of the arts.

“Public art is a surprise and a catalyst. When we see it, it surprises and evokes a non-literal reality for us. It is a catalyst for conversation and expression, so I want to support public art at Stonehill; it challenged us to think in a different mode while allowing each person who sees it to engage and interpret it in their own way,” Favazza said.

The fact that the sculpture was taken down on weekend nights specifically stood out to those who had a hand in putting the sculpture up.

“My inclination is to appeal to the good nature of the people that I believe we have. Granted, that gets a little foggy if you have too many drinks sometimes,” Smith Corby said.

This, however, has not been the only vandalism on campus, and people are beginning to take note of that.

“It diminishes us as a community of scholarship and faith when art is destroyed, art that has been created quite literally to advance the academic mission of the College,” Favazza said.

December 10, 2016
by Summit

60-year-old time capsule removed unopened


By Aisha McAdams

A nearly 60-year-old time capsule that was removed from the Old Student Union remains sealed until a ceremony is planned for this spring to reveal what has survived over half a century.

Joseph Kelleher, associate director of building operations, said facilities management decided to remove the time capsule during a hazardous material assessment Nov. 8 of the building.

The Old Student Union building will be demolished after commencement in 2017. Kelleher said it was convenient to remove the capsule now.

According to a Summit article from 1958, the time-capsule was sealed in the cornerstone of the building May 20. In the cornerstone a catalog of the college, news clippings and a picture that showed the campus as it existed was said to be placed.

Nicole Casper, director of archives and an alumni herself, said that they have not opened the time capsule yet and are not sure what is inside.

“We don’t know what news clippings or photos they put in it,” Casper said. “It will be interesting to see if what comes out if they are readable. News clippings are most fragile and are more likely to break down.”

According to Casper, the articles were only protected by a copper tin inside the cornerstone so they could have easily been damaged by the elements. Capser said that it sounds like whatever is contained in the capsule is solid.

For preservation purposes the time-capsule will remain in archives. Casper said Stonehill plans to have a community event to open the time capsule sometime next semester with hopes of having those who were at the original event in 1958 join.

November 16, 2016
by Summit

Students pick up the pieces from a messy election


By Jamie Fleming

When Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States, Stonehill students felt the same roller coaster of emotions experienced by others in the country.

“I stayed up watching the news until 4 in the morning. When I first heard he won, I didn’t believe it at all. Then the next day I woke up, I was just sad,” sophomore Francesca Rizzo said.

Other students around campus felt the same feeling Rizzo experienced.

“I’m worried about our global representation more so than our domestic problems right now,” sophomore political science major, Tyler Hanlon said. “I feel like these protests and marches will fizzle out but there has been a lot of foreign leaders who are worried about working with Trump.”

Hanlon said he does not know how the people of the United States let Trump get this far in the political process.

There were some polarized opinions on campus when it came to Trump being nominated.

Sophomore Megan Tryder said she felt the election made it apparent that our nation is still working on long-running issues.

“I was heartbroken. It was truly a surprise; I didn’t think America would elect someone like that,” sophomore Megan Tryder said. “I had thought we were moving in the right direction of becoming somewhere that was more inclusive and having equality for all people.”

Tryder said she is worried about what the future holds.

“I’m obviously worried about my rights as a woman… I think my biggest worry would be the environment because Trump denies that climate change is real. With America being one of the leading nations in regards to clean energy and fighting human caused climate change, that could spell a really big issue for the next generation,” said Tryder.

However, other students on campus, were relieved with the election of Donald Trump.

“When Trump won me and my entire family were overwhelmed with relief. America needs a change and hopefully he will give us that. For those who support Hillary, I’m sorry but he won fair and square. Now we have to come together as Americans and stand by our president. He did not come to power by overthrowing Obama, he won through the power of a democracy,” said senior Marissa Rosati.

Sophomore Jason Comeau said he was thrilled with the election results.

“When I heard Trump won, I was elated. I couldn’t have been happier. I stayed up until he received the call from Hillary because I couldn’t believe it,” Comeau said.

He said the results were a shock for so many people since the silent majority has stayed with Trump for a while and they weren’t as vocal to overcome the negative attention that came with being a Trump supporter.

To create an open discussion on the topic, professors reached out to their students in class.

“I’m a political science major and my teachers talked about it in all of my classes. One of them was surprised at the outcome and was almost embarrassed for the nation because of the things that he has said and for all of these people to vote him into office. Its saddening,” Hanlon said.

“Two of my professors reached out to our class, both of them were crying… people got to talk about their feelings and their worries and fears… one of my professors is a minority and she was very heartbroken that America still felt that way towards minorities,” Tryder said.

Stonehill’s Race and Racism class this week was dedicated to discussing the election, Rizzo said. The professor of the class, Megan Mitchell, wrote three key points of discussion on the board. Emotional validation regardless of opinion, the good and bad consequences from the election, and moving forward.

As for moving forward and picking up the pieces, students at Stonehill have a lot to say.

“I think he answer is clear; we need to come together under President Trump…. He has the true values that a lot of people in this country do have, he will work for the majority of the people and do what’s best fort he country not what’s best for the few,” Hanlon said.

“Both sides have to come together and respect that he won, they have to come together and try to work collaboratively with him to pass sound legislation,” Hanlon said.

“Its definitely an uphill fight for the democratic party but through compromise and hopefully some rationale, there can be group work.”

Stonehill allowed students to reach out and express their opinions through prayer and through a post election healing and hope space at the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

While Stonehill students worked together, across the nation, hundreds protested the results of the election chanting “not my president,” or “we do not accept the president elect.”

“I think that rejecting him as our president is almost counterintuitive. We would never have a unified nation; rather than rejecting him, we have to accept him as our president but under the recognition that there are things that can be done to promote positive change,” Rizzo said.

“What’s done is done and now we have to move on. We’re all in it together at this point, you’re not a Trump supporter or Hillary supporter anymore. You can’t hope that Trump fails as a president because you’re in America too,” he said.

November 16, 2016
by Summit

Women’s soccer victorious in championship

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By Laura O’Malley

Claire O’Brien was not alive when the Stonehill women’s soccer team last won the NE-10 Championship.

Now, the 21-year-old captain of the team is celebrating this month’s win.

“It’s amazing for us seniors who were all born in 1995 to be a part of a team that won the championship exactly 21 years ago,” O’Brien said. “We feel like we were meant to be here and continue this season for as long as possible and I wouldn’t want to experience this with any other group of girls.”

Some of the seniors on the team said they were born for the championship.

Jose Gomes, a staff member at the Stonehill Sports Complex, was the coach of the women’s team in 1995 when they won the NE-10 Championship.

Nov. 6, he watched his daughter play on the newest winning team.

“Every team dreams of winning a championship like this. My favorite player on the team is my daughter Lindsay who I am lucky enough to watch every game, ” Gomes said, who was the head of the women’s soccer team from 1991 through 2001.

“This team started off ranked low but really strong. They hit a couple of speed bumps but now their off to the NCAA tournament with a Championship as well,” Gomes said.

Gomes said he was excited to watch his daughter play at home in the championship game and the team win another title.

His daughter said it was unforgettable.

“Winning the NE10s is something I will never forget. What made the moment so special for me, was that my father was there to watch. I like to think that he started the success of Stonehill College Women’s Soccer program and it is incredible to be on the team that no only carried on this legacy but also beat his teams previous records,” Lindsay Gomes, junior, said.

Julia Larson, another senior, said the end of the game was exciting.

“Once the buzzer went off, it felt like everything we had worked for this season and over the last few years had payed off. As a team we’ve had a whole lot of sweat, tears and a ton of laughter invested into our season. Never a dull moment with the crazy Skyhawks. I feel so proud to be apart of a team as special as this where all 30 of us have come together as a single unit allowing us to take anything that’s thrown our way,” Larson said.

Hosting a home championship playoff game is something that she will never forget, Larson said.

Junior Julia Galdorisi said the winning moment was amazing.

“Winning the NE10 Championship was an unforgettable moment and definitely the highlight of my entire soccer career. It was an incredible feeling to finally achieve our team goals and be recognized for all of our hard work this season on campus. I have never been more proud to be a part of the Stonehill Women’s Soccer team,” she said.


November 16, 2016
by Summit

Junior Foley teaches CPR on campus


By Jackie Kioussis

For the past few months, junior Katie Foley has worked as an EMT in her home town after she passed the certification test.

Now she’s helping other students learn life-saving techniques.

“A lot of times when I’m working and we show up on scene to emergencies there are people here who are able bodied and easily could have helped. There’s people there who could’ve helped but didn’t, and I wanted to raise awareness of what to do in those situations,” she said.

Foley instructs three different levels of classes on different days of the week, and she posts the schedule on the Stonehill Facebook page every week.

Foley is an EMT so she already possessed her CPR certification. She took a class provided by the American Heart Association to become an instructor of CPR.

“There are definitely a lot of people who are interested, but they also say they will take it later in the year. There is a lot of interest from healthcare administrative majors and other science majors,” Foley said.

Foley said students seem to enjoy learning about CPR and noticed most of her students have taken a CPR course in high school, but they do not remember everything from it. She urges students to take CPR again, because it is good to refresh their memories.

“I like instructing for the top level of certification. I like to teach people how to give Narcan [the drug that reverses heroin overdose]. It’s a good skill for people to know. You can literally go to CVS and buy it. I think it is important for people to have this skill because you never know when you will need it,” Foley said.

November 10, 2016
by Summit

Stonehill’s policy on marijuana unchanged

By Amy McKeever

Massachusetts may have legalized the use of marijuana for those over the age of 21 Tuesday, but for Stonehill students policies regarding the drug have not changed.

Despite the change to state law, any use or possession of marijuana on campus is still against the College’s code of conduct, according to a Stonehill College announcement released on Wednesday.

The announcement, sent by General Council Thomas V. Flynn, stated that because Stonehill receives federal funding, the College must adhere to federal regulations. The regulations classify marijuana as an illegal narcotic

The College’s official statement on the use of marijuana says any student convicted of an offense involving the possession or sale of a marijuana during a period of school enrollment in which federal financial aid was received, is ineligible to receive federal student aid for specified periods of time, depending on the seriousness of the offense.

Those caught using or possessing the drug will be subject to disciplinary action by the College’s community standards.

November 4, 2016
by Summit

Stonehill teams sign athletes through Team IMPACT

By Jackie Kioussis

When the hockey team signed seven-year-old Ethan Simoes through Team Impact, Connor Tedesco did not realize the child would have an effect on his life.

“Having Ethan on board is a blast. He brings a lot of energy to the locker room and he always has a smile on his face no matter what,” Tedesco said.

Since 2011 Stonehill College has had nine teams participate in the Team Impact program, where students with disabilities or serious illnesses sign with college teams. The teams that have participated are Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Football, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Field Hockey and Cheerleading.

Tedesco said Ethan seems to enjoy the program as much as the team enjoys having him on board.

“He was really shy at first, but after we coaxed him enough he came in and met the team on his official signing day. He was smiling ear to ear after becoming a part of the team, which was really special to see,” Tedesco said.

Ethan was diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder when he was only one year old. He signed with Stonehill to be an honorary Skyhawk Nov. 10, 2015. Tedesco considers the boy a younger brother.

“He is like a younger brother to all of the guys on the team. He’s fun to have around and we love cracking jokes with him. He even picks on some of the older guys on the team and it’s a blast having him come to different events,” Tedesco said.

Tedesco believes that he has grown as a person since meeting Ethan, and has learned the impact athletes can have when they give back to their community.

“There are a lot of kids out there who look up to collegiate athletes and it’s important to be good role models and it’s shown me that I have to a role model for Ethan,” Tedesco said.

Tedesco said he thinks that every team should participate in Team Impact because it is a great experience for both the kids and athletes.

“My favorite memory with Ethan is when I took him to a Bruins game because it was an awesome time watching the game and sharing in the experience together. He also met my puppy, Griffin, and he seemed to really enjoy playing with him. Watching Ethan with Griffin was another special memory for me…I hope to keep in touch with Ethan throughout the rest of our lives,” Tedesco said.

“Partnering with team impact has been a great experience. The organization does a great job of building a relationship between kids who have disabilities and collegiate athletes,” he said.

Stonehill Cheerleading signed twelve-year-old Leigha Hedtler on Dec. 15, 2015. Last January prior to signing into the Stonehill athletics family Leigha was diagnosed with stage four melanoma.

Junior Niamh Ryan, of the Stonehill Cheerleading team, believes that Team Impact makes being a collegiate athlete even more important and satisfying than it already is.

“It was fun having a signing day for her [Leigha] and being able to include her as part of our team throughout the season,” Ryan said.

Stonehill Baseball signed eleven-year-old Kyle Grenon back in April of 2013. Kyle suffered a stroke in 2012 that caused him to no longer possess control over the left side of this body.

“Team Impact is a good way to help those kids feel involved and apart of the team. It’s a good way to get their minds off of other things going on in their lives,” junior Alex Hurley, on the Stonehill Men’s baseball team, said.