Coping with the stress and anxiety of finals week

BOSTON – It’s finally December and college students throughout the country are nearing the end of their fall semesters − finals week is just around the corner! This is crunch time; but how can students remember everything they’ve learned thus far, with holiday excitement in the air and winter weather weakening their immune systems?Stressful StudyingStaying physically, mentally and emotionally healthy during finals week is crucial. Some students resort to hair pulling, nail biting, comfort foods and hibernation to cope with their stress, but there are many more effective ways to prepare for final exams.

“When everything comes to a head and is due during finals week, I can get easily overwhelmed,” says Christopher Lopez, a junior at Boston University, “So I try to  spread out my workload the week before to avoid some of that stress.” Continue reading

Don’t put your life on layaway

BOSTON–In an economy like this, it is important to understand how we came to this point and how it is still making an impact. On Nov. 5, 2008, a classroom at Simmons College was filled with a small group of 10 college students gathered for a night to discuss how our economy is being affected and how the United States is facing the possibility of a recession.

The event, “Red Zone,” was hosted by the Boston chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The speaker and member of the organization was senior Jazmin Flete, an economics and finance student at Babson College.

The night began with refreshments and snacks. Using a PowerPoint presentation, Flete elaborated on some of the crisis issues our economy is facing, such as the bailout President Bush approved, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, and the Rescue Plan (Tarp). The slides displayed images and questions on the economy today. Continue reading

Carroll awes audience with “Constantine’s Sword”

 BOSTON–James Carroll spoke to Suffolk University students Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2008, about his newly released movie, Constantine’s Sword.  Students and faculty filled the C. Walsh Theatre to see Carroll and his film.

The film touches upon The Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to the Christian faith. The film proceeds to illustrate why the Jewish people are held responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus.

The movie projected graphic images at times, but the aspects of faith and politics were apparent.  As it opens in Colorado, Mikey Weinstein, an alumnus of the U.S. Air Force Academy, portrays the pestering that his son Casey, a Jewish cadet, experienced by several evangelical Christians.  Other scenes included the Catholic Priest Carroll tracking down the trail of blood that takes him from Crusades to America’s current foreign policy in the Middle East. Continue reading

Boston Public Library sponsors “Food for Fines”

BOSTON–In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Boston Public Library spent Nov. 1-15 participating in “Food for Fines,” a program that eliminated outstanding library fees for those who made a non-perishable food donation.

Libraries across the U.S. participate in Food for Fines in order to “donate off” their fines while helping fill the shelves of local food banks. This year, all 27 branches of the BPL participated in the program to help raise goods to donate to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. Continue reading

Hookah bar is popular hang-out for students

ALLSTON, Mass. – Just steps away from Boston University’s campus, hookah bar Nile Lounge is the newest hot-spot for Boston’s 250,000 college students.

Located just over the Allston-Boston border at 70 Brighton Ave., Nile Lounge is a hip, fun, and low-key destination for people of all ages. As the weather gets colder, students are eager to find indoor destinations which cater to thier needs and budgets. Nile Lounge is definately that place, where anyone can be entertained for hours without spending money, and still bond with friends. Contrasted to typical nights out at bars, restaurants, and clubs, it is amazing that hookah lounges did not become popular earlier. Continue reading

Trying to walk a mile in his shoes

On Oct. 17, 2007, disbelief struck the small town of Paducah, Ky.  Josh Heine, the 18-year-old recent graduate of Paducah High School, was seen speeding in his uncle’s stolen Porsche, going in excess of 100 mph.  Suddenly, Heine lost control of the car, sending him off the road and directly into a tree. The force of the collision expelled Heine, who was not wearing his seatbelt, out of the car.

Physical TherapyBy the time paramedics arrived, they believed Heine was not going to make it to the hospital.  He stayed with the paramedics and fought his way to the hospital.  Once there, the doctors immediately began the process of getting him air-lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee; this was halted when they were not able to get him stable enough to be lifted to another hospital.  At this point, doctors already knew of at least 12 broken bones.

Heine had no feeling below his neck, prompting the use of an X-ray.  The results were disturbing; Heine had fractured his C4, C5, and C6 vertebrates, and doctors said he would never walk again.  After undergoing a series of surgeries to help with shattered bones in his arm, Heine was then found to have a broken pelvis and began the use of a catheter. Continue reading

The launch of 3-2-1 Connect

BOSTON–In a recent meeting, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a new program called 3-2-1 Connect designed to attract event planners to coordinate their event in Boston.

In collaboration with the Boston Convention Marketing Center, 3-2-1 Connect links three hotels, two shopping destinations, and one world-class convention center: the Sheraton Boston, Westin Copley, and Marriot Copley hotels, the Prudential Center and the Shops at Copley Place, and the Hynes Convention Center. Continue reading

Fall Fest: Hit among teens

There are many events that occur at Suffolk University throughout the year, but one of the most celebrated is Fall Fest, a variety show performed every year by Suffolk students showcasing their talents. Fall Fest has been part of Parents’ Weekend at Suffolk for years, providing students a chance to give parents and peers a glimpse into who they are. A number of individual and ensemble acts perform to a theme that changes every year.

This year’s Fall Fest was themed “Going Back to the 80s.” Each performer was dressed in 80s garb and several acts related to that poignant decade. One of these numbers was a Madonna Medley, featuring three performers singing three of Madonna’s greatest hits.

Samantha Hartlen, senior at Suffolk, sung “Like a Virgin” in that medley. “It was so amazing to be a part of the show, especially that act,” said Hartlen. “Madonna’s music was so influential; I mean, her music is still impacting us today.” Continue reading

Boston proposes new bike sharing plan

BOSTON – Following in the footsteps of Paris, Portland, and D.C., city officials in Boston will evaluate a new initiative to bring a bike sharing program to the city during the coming months. The plan will offer riders a convenient way to rent bikes by the hour, and return them to any of terminals in the downtown Boston.

londonbikeshare2.jpgOf the dozens of proposed bike rental stations in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill areas, one will be placed outside Suffolk University’s own Ridgeway building where new bike racks were installed in early November.

The initiative has already been gaining momentum among the city’s environmentally conscious commuters. The plan comes on the heel of Boston’s “bean town to green town” initiative, a program that has put Boston on the edge of eco-friendly living. Continue reading

S.O.U.L.S. captures homelessness realities

BOSTON — Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service (S.O.U.L.S.) held a photo exhibit for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month on Nov. 6 at Suffolk University to help change common misperceptions students have about the homeless.

For the seventh year in a row, S.O.U.L.S. has been sponsoring a clothing and food drive for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month at Suffolk University.  Each year, an exhibit of photos taken by homeless people themselves is presented to the Suffolk community.  This year, the exhibit was called Perspectives: From One Lens to Mind’s Eye.  S.O.U.L.S. worked with Neighborhood Action, an organization offering several programs, such as food and clothing donations to those in need.  Together, S.O.U.L.S. and Neighborhood Action gave cameras to 10 homeless people in the Boston area to capture different aspects of their lives. Continue reading

Best Buddies International is changing lives throughout the world

BOSTON – They’re college students, high school students, kids in middle school, ordinary citizens and coworkers; and their service work is changing lives throughout the world.Melissa Demir with Buddy Director Jennifer LeBlanc They’re members of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Best Buddies has more than 1,400 chapters throughout the U.S. and 50 other countries. Their volunteers provide an equivalent of $70 million in service each year and touch the lives of more than 350,000 individuals living with intellectual disabilities.

Best Buddies International was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989. The organization stemmed from an idea Shriver had while he was studying at Georgetown University. He realized the need for relationships between people with and without intellectual disabilities and knew college students could make a difference. Shriver encouraged his peers to initiate these friendships while they were in school. It wasn’t long before his idea became an official 501(c) (3) entity and “Best Buddies Colleges” was born. Continue reading

Students, Bruins, fans raise money for kids

BOSTON­ — While many Boston-area college students likely spent Nov. 1 supporting the Boston Bruins as they faced the Dallas Stars at TD Banknorth Garden, one group decided to support a different kind of cause. Throughout that night’s game, 20 student volunteers raised money and awareness for Jumpstart, a national early childhood education organization that helps at-risk preschool students gain language, literacy and social skills to succeed in future schooling.

The Boston Bruins Foundation has been a supporter of Jumpstart and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record for the past three years,” said Mark Green, director of development for Jumpstart’s northeast region. “We are in constant contact with them about ways that we can partner to support their work as well as our work. Because of their recent participation in Read for the Record on Oct. 2, 2008, they wanted to do something with us.” Continue reading

Best (Buddies) Thanksgiving ever!

 WATERTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Suffolk University chapter of Best Buddies held their annual Thanksgiving Dinner in Watertown, Mass. It was an overcast autumn day, but the gloomy weather didn’t stop anyone from having a terrific Thanksgiving celebration.Best BuddiesKayla Shepherd, a Best Buddies officer, said, “This is my favorite (Best Buddies) event, the buddies have an absolute blast and everyone gets to enjoy a great meal.”

Buddies from both Watertown and Malden showed up to the event which was comprised of roughly 30 people. This event has been a huge success for Best Buddies in the past and once again lived up to its name. Continue reading

Hard work pays off for Mock Trial Team

BUFFALO, NY – It was a weekend of litigation, passion, and best of all, victory for Suffolk University’s Mock Trial Team as they travelled this weekend to the University of Buffalo for an invitational competition.n1234020330_30437828_6908.jpgSuffolk’s Mock Trial Team A competed against 11 teams from across the country, including University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, and University of Connecticut, and emerged victorious, winning first place and taking home numerous awards.

The winning team consisted of Captain KyQuan Phong, Captain Alaina Spaziani, and members James Duffy, Kyle Brach, Katia DeStefano and Alexander Rittershaus. Continue reading

Photo exhibit depicts the lives of homeless in Boston

BOSTON — Students from a service learning organization at Suffolk University presented Perspectives: From One Lens to Mind’s Eye on Thursday Nov. 6 in the fourth floor lounge of the Donahue Building at 41 Temple Street. The event featured a photo exhibit with pictures taken by various homeless people in Boston, a discussion led by one of the photographers, and light refreshments.DiscussionJon Paton, a senior community service scholar of Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service (S.O.U.L.S.) coordinated the event. The exhibit has been a popular event since its inception six years ago and Paton has organized the event for the past two years.

“My goal is to put out the message that not every homeless person is someone in need of a home, but someone who needs a normal life, not sleeping on the street or on a friend’s couch,” Paton said. This event is part of Hunger and Homelessness Month at Suffolk. Continue reading

Suffolk University students enjoy a night on the town

BOSTON — Suffolk University students attended a night of dinner and performance on Sept. 19, sponsored by Program Council, an on-campus organization that coordinates many University events for students.Blue Man Group at Charles Playhouse.  Boston, Mass.

Dinner was held at the Hard Rock Café, located in Boston’s downtown Faneuil Hall, followed by a Blue Man Group show at the Charles Playhouse in the Theater District.

Program Council coordinated this yearly event; purchasing 100 tickets for dinner and a show with their own club budget, charging each student $20. In his second year of organizing the program, Brian Martineau, one of Program Council’s executive board members, expressed his dedication to the occasion. Continue reading

Writing as resistance: A lecture by Dr. Bryan Trabold

BOSTON — Most Americans would probably agree that the First Amendment is an integral part of our society. The freedom to express ourselves, to say and do and write what we want within the limits of the law, is what makes America what it is. How would we feel if that right was taken away?Dr. Bryan Trabold

Dr. Bryan Trabold, professor of English at Suffolk University, lived in Cape Town, South Africa, from 1998 to 1999. His study of the Apartheid through the eyes of two South African newspapers of the 1980s, the Weekly Mail and the New Nation, helped to solidify his dedication to honesty through media and bringing the truth to the masses.

Trabold’s lecture, “Writing Space and Resistance in Apartheid South Africa,” which took place at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Library Poetry Center on March 25th, centered around the two newspapers and their rebellion against censorship. The newspapers used unique tactics to publish information that the South African government wanted to hide. They attempted to balance upholding the law with sharing information that they felt citizens had the right to know. Continue reading

HD studio brings new opportunities to Suffolk

BOSTON — As a freshman, Lindsay Pelzar came to Suffolk University as an enthusiastic media major. Although skeptical about the lack of media equipment, Pelzar gave Suffolk the benefit of the doubt in hopes for a better future.

“As a media major, the absence of a studio here was a weakness for the school in my eyes,” Pelzar said. “But I chose Suffolk in hopes that the future would bring new developments.”

Luckily, she was right.

On February 25, 2008, Suffolk University’s Department of Communications and Journalism proudly announced the grand opening of its brand new HD studio. Located at 73 Tremont St. next to the Suffolk Welcome Center, the state-of-the-art studio looks out onto one of the busiest streets of downtown Boston. Continue reading

An unsung hero at Suffolk University

BOSTON — One of the most ambitious and active students at Suffolk University will be graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology this May.

carlye2.jpgIn three weeks, Caryle Crosby’s hectic schedule will no longer be the same. Her roles as president of program council, residential assistant, orientation leader and scholar will be passed onto another student. She will no longer be a Suffolk University student but a Suffolk University alumna.

Crosby, 21, is prepared for the real world after college thanks to her many leadership involvements at Suffolk University.

Crosby grew up in a small town in Scituate, RI where she attended North Scituate Elementary School from preschool to the 4th grade. She moved to Connecticut as a result of her parents’ divorce. She returned to Scituate her junior year of high school and graduated in 2004. Continue reading

Young women pay attention to surroundings

BOSTON — Sara Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore at University of Massachusetts Amherst had just transferred to the University’s Boston location. Excited to come to the city, she quickly picked up some necessities for her first apartment and moved in with a friend from her home state of Connecticut, Sherry Johnson.

Smith immediately felt safe and at home, but that soon changed. Continue reading

The Big 2-1

BOSTON — She has been waiting 20 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds for this very moment. Three, two, one, here it is. Now her life is exactly what she wanted it to be.

katie-drunk.jpgCaitlin Anne Julia Sullivan is now officially a 21-year-old junior at Suffolk University. Born February 13, 1987, she felt like she was never going to turn 21.

Counting down the days, she remembers starting when she was only 18. “I remember turning 18 and 19 and not caring at all about my birthday, just waiting and wanting to turn 21,” says Sullivan. Continue reading

Interior design, more than just a career

juneericsonphoto.jpgBOSTON — Walking into 326 A Street in Boston, Mass., you realize right away that this is not your typical office. Twelve desks, cluttered with fabric samples, colored pencils, Diet Cokes, drawings, legends, and schedules are immersed in the mess. Suffolk interns with stressful looks on their faces are bustling about, crossing paths with each other as they try to make their deadlines.

Directing the scene, making sure that everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing, and when to get it done by, is an energetic and stylishly dressed redhead named June Ericson. Continue reading

Fenton building maintains historic look

BOSTON — The Fenton building, located at 32 Derne St. in Boston, Mass., is in need of renovations, according to Suffolk University students. This historic building, named after Suffolk University Law School alumnus Judge John E. Fenton, had its last complete renovation in 1975 upon the buildings’ purchase by Suffolk University, according to Suffolk University Archives.Suffolk University Fenton Bulding

The six-story commercial space directly across from the north end of the State House was originally built in 1913.

In the early 70s, the building was purchased by Suffolk University in order to make room for the growing Colleges of Liberal Arts and Business Administration.

Prior to the renovation and dedication of the Fenton building in 1975, many of the undergraduate classes were held in different small properties that were scattered across the North Slope of Beacon Hill. The new expansion allowed Suffolk University to create more classrooms and office spaces.

Judge John E. Fenton, a native of Lawrence, Mass., graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1924 and then he served on the Massachusetts Land Court for many years while maintaining a watch over Suffolk University as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 1965, Fenton was appointed President of Suffolk University. Fenton remained the University’s president until 1970. Continue reading

Alternative Spring Break ’08

BOSTON — While most college students travel to a tropical location like the Bahamas or Mexico for their Spring Break to party, a select 40 applicants chose to make a positive difference for others during their Spring Break.

At a reunion type event, The S.O.U.L.S. group hosted an information session on the trips they took. Traveling on what they call ‘Alternative Spring Break,’ the students went to two destinations, one in Waveland, Mississippi and the other to El Paso, Texas, where these 40 students split up to help communities in need. Continue reading

President Sargent fosters Suffolk’s major growth

BOSTON — Since David J. Sargent became president in 1989, Suffolk University has been through tremendous growth, changing from a small commuter-based institution into a flourishing and urban university serving students across the country and around the world.Under President Sargent’s administration, there have been a number of major additions to the Suffolk community. One of these additions is the campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, as well as three satellite campuses in Massachusetts. Students are able to take advantage of these locations, as many Suffolk students choose to study abroad.

Trish Ayer, a freshman at Suffolk University, intends to study at the Madrid campus next year. “I am thrilled about studying in Madrid next semester,” Ayer said. “The campus there offers Suffolk students such an easy way to study abroad, while keeping on track with their credits and university hours.” Continue reading

More detail cops leads to safer night life environment in Faneuil Hall

BOSTON — What starts out to be an enjoyable and entertaining night with friends comes to an abrupt ending full of drunk violence. The typical scene for after hours in Faneuil Hall on weekend nights is full of belligerent drunks starting unnecessary and dangerous fights for insignificant reasons.6iqp46ca6xkbhoca196jwocaen409zcak86najcarbnso7caaqtqk4camcq0x9caqtn7mcca76l08xcaj1oeqfcarmx2lycao10i25cayfe7e0ca8lm40wcak3te9kcadwll3pcatpabu7ca8wofa2cafpet76.jpgWith the increasingly violent behavior outside bars in Faneuil Hall, more detail cops have been assigned to work on Friday and Saturday nights. Last Friday, February 22, four detail cops were on duty. Two worked on foot while two drove around in a paddy wagon. Previously, only two detail cops worked the weekend nights; one in car and one on foot.

“It’s not the best job in the world to have to deal with drunks all night long, but there are more of us working now to help make Faneuil Hall a safer and controlled environment,” said Boston Police Officer, Joe Garady.

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Combating diversity with bearhugs

BOSTON — What would you do if you were asked to hug two complete strangers? That’s exactly what audience members attending Suffolk’s presentation, “Discussing Diversity with Ruthie Alcaide from MTV’s “The Real World: Hawaii” had to do.

After being asked to “find two people you have never met, and then give them both big bear hugs,” the audience giggled nervously and then shared awkward pats on the back.

This discussion took place on Tuesday, March 25, as a part of Suffolk University’s “Unity Week .” Ruthie Alcaide, from MTV’s infamous TV show “The Real World: Hawaii,” came to Suffolk to talk about acceptance and diversity. Continue reading

Oh rats!

istock_000005350490xsmall.jpgBOSTON — The overabundance of rats in the North End of Boston is creating a community-wide disturbance. The rats have repeatedly spread garbage around the community by taking advantage of the penetrable white plastic bags left out on trash nights.

The rat population has not gone without notice. On Dec. 11, 2007, author Brian R. Ballou reported via The Boston Globe that a national rodent control company, d-CON, “rated Boston as the third most likely city to experience a surge in the rat population.” However, no solution to the surge has been ultimately successful. Continue reading

Unity Week Showcase at Suffolk University

uw_2008_sidebar.gifBOSTON — It was a quiet evening, a week after spring break when ushers stood on the side of each doorway at the C. Walsh Theatre awaiting audiences. The crowd gradually walked through the doors of the theatre as 35 performers prepare for their acts.

“Attendance might be lower this year because of spring break,” said Carlye Crosby, president of Program Council and the director of Unity Week Showcase.

As friends, families, faculty, and staff took their seats, performers were ready to begin. The masters of ceremonies Jared Cain and Janc Noble began the event as the audiences laughed, shouted, and clapped.

Singing, dancing, and poetry reading filled the eyes and ears of about 100 people in the C. Walsh Theatre on the evening of March 27, 2008 as Suffolk University expressed unity and celebrated diversity through its 7th annual Unity Week Showcase. Continue reading

Spring Break: Safety first

BOSTON — Class is no longer in session, the beaches are packed, and a week of rest and relaxation is in order. It’s Spring Break time again, one of the most anticipated holidays of the year.

This year, however, the focus shifts from pleasure to safety. Since the turn of the century, safety measures have become noticeably more ineffective than in the past, and changes must occur.

Whether due to the terror attacks of September 11th, the insurgency in foreign countries, political instability, or the disappearance of Natalie Holloway, parents have more than just a few drinks to worry about this Spring Break. The biggest concern about Spring Break this year is safety. Continue reading

Boston real estate: Dorm, apartment, or commute?

BOSTON — Students studying at Boston colleges are finding it increasingly difficult to find decent and affordable living situations. One of the main issues for the men and women at Suffolk University is that their school is located in the affluent Beacon Hill area, which provides very few inexpensive options.Nathan R. Miller Residence HallScholars may be asking themselves, well where do I live now? Suffolk has two dorms: 150 Tremont St. and Nathan R. Miller Hall. The newly added 10 West ‘student apartments’ were built to accommodate more students, however the three dorms can only accommodate a small portion of the school.

This leaves the rest of the campus population relying on finding an apartment or commuting from a neighboring city.

Although convenient, even the dorms are marked at high prices. A double/triple room costs $5,560 a semester and a single room costs $6,310 a semester. Suffolk’s dorms are rated as the second most expensive dorms in the country. Continue reading

SOULS Alternative Spring Break

BOSTON — Put away the bathing suits and flip flops and break out the work boots and jeans. Suffolk University students are partaking in a different, less party-oriented kind of spring break this year.

Suffolk University’s S.O.U.L.S organization is hosting an alternative spring break program in Texas and Mississippi during this year’s regularly scheduled break. Volunteers will participate in poverty relief projects through Habitat for Humanity in Texas and Katrina relief in Mississippi through Community Collaborations International. Continue reading

Things to do in Boston for budget-minded students

BOSTON — On a chilly weekend, Casey has been sitting in front of her laptop surfing the internet for hours. Facebook has become her addiction. She walks back and forth to the kitchen several times in an hour before settling down on the couch to watch an episode of “The Office.”

istock_000004919083xsmall.jpgCasey Suter, a sophomore at Suffolk University, has a small amount of money in her purse and no desire to drink alcohol this weekend. She does not know what do on this frigid Friday without the burden of burning a hole in her wallet.

Many Suffolk University students share the same predicament as Casey but little do they know, Boston offers a wide variety of things to do when the weather is cold and students are low on cash. Continue reading