Amherst College really doesn't seem like the place to be.
Yeah, we don't go to Amherst College, I know. But it seems like wherever I look, Amherst College is the place being advertised as an extremely sexist campus. The articles, the students speaking out against sexism, everything.
It's not like I haven't heard guys flying past in their fast cars, hooting, and catcalling. Sexism is on every campus, even here at UMass Dartmouth.
A couple of years ago when I was chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital, I was paged to the ER. There had been a death and the family was requesting a priest.
As was my routine, I stopped by the charge desk to get updated on the situation. Nothing out of the ordinary (at least for the ER): an elderly gentleman came in as a code (cardiac arrest) and they were not able to revive him; wife was in the family room, etc., etc. I stopped by the patient's room briefly and then made my way to the family room.
Diversity. One of the biggest buzz words flying around admissions.
It is no secret that race and ethnicity play a major role in the process of admissions. Affirmative action – what do these words mean to you? Affirmative action is the policy in the United States that favors people who usually tend to suffer from discrimination. People everywhere constantly disagree on whether or not the policy set forth should be eliminated.
All dressed up with somewhere to go. Last Thursday, I patiently waited for my Bostonian excursion. Well, it wasn't really mine; nine other English students joined me.
Usually my days on campus consist of timesaving comfort - yoga pants, zip-up sweatshirt, sneakers, and a baseball hat. But not this day. Dressed in jean trousers, a turquoise Hollister shirt, a splash of make-up, and earrings, I was ready. We all were. We looked good.
Even the pesky, confused bumblebee, that tried to hitch a ride on the yellow school bus, realized excitement was in the air.
Another Halloween is behind us which means costumes are shoved to the back of closets until next year. Dressing up is fun, so why limit it to Halloween?
A familiar aspect of geek culture is cosplay. Short for "costume play" the activity is dressing up and acting as a movie, video game, or cartoon character for an event. The costume art has carried over from Japan and anime conventions to western video game conventions like PAX. Anime conventions are now all over the world.
A few weeks ago, I sat in the Grand Reading Room of the newly renovated library with the sun pouring in the windows and I watched one politician address questions from local residents and students.
The other candidate did not feel the need to visit UMass Dartmouth. He thinks he can win this election without student support. And he's right.
UMass Dartmouth does well in trying to encourage students to get more involved in politics. I'm sure you've seen MassPirg running around campus for most of the month of October, trying to encourage students to vote, which is good.
The first debate was broadcasted in the campus center a few weeks ago. Students attended to watch the men we're going to have to vote for in a few weeks, and were hopefully encouraged to watch the next three debates.
It's a countdown to a countdown. Retailers have been advertising layaway and prepping their season isles in stores. But wait, what about Thanksgiving?
After congregating around a family centered dinner devouring the delicious foods of turkey drenched with gravy and stuffed with bread crumbs, creamy mashed potatoes, and followed by the scrumptious desserts of the likes of pumpkin and apple pies, the countdown has reached its peak. With less than 24 hours left in effect, the anticipated shopping day will arrive; Black Friday.
On Tuesday, October 9, a Taliban gunman ordered Malala Yousafzai off her bus and shot her in the head and wounded two other Pakistani schoolgirls.
No. Okay, no.
I think of a 14-year-old as almost two years younger than my brother, so I feel like they're really young; that they should be protected. They are in eighth or ninth grade!
It's that time of year again- the season where everyone pretends politics actually makes a huge difference in our day to day lives here on campus. The fall air has arrived, along with obnoxious Facebook posts, criticizing tweets, and other forms of social annoyances.
Elections season divides us all, and in my experience, brings out the worst in everyone, registered or not. The way I see it, students can be categorized into one of four kinds of American voter.