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February 2014 Archives

Get to Know a Shark: Christina

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Meet Christina!

 She is a sophomore here at Simmons College. Christina's thinking of majoring in English or Biology- or even both! Get the rest of the scoop on what it's like to be a sophomore here at Simmons, from Christina's point-of-view.

Soirée 2014

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Contributed by: Kyree Jones


Every year the Simmons College Campus Activities Board, CAB, holds an event called Soirée. Soirée is a fun night of food and dancing for the Simmons community. This year Soirée was held at the Seaport Hotel in South Boston. This year tickets sold out in about 2 weeks! By purchasing tickets, guests received transportation to and from the Seaport Hotel, dinner, and a fun night of dancing!


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Emily and Kelsey's Winter Essentials for Spring Semester.

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Contributed by: Emily and Kelsey

It's about that time of year in Boston when all of the stores on Newbury street are setting out their spring collections, but us shoppers are still piling on layers and layers of sweaters, jackets, and heavy boots trying to stay optimistic that winter will ever come to an end. Late February in New England is a cruel joke. Our professors call it "Spring Semester" but there isn't anything SPRING about it. We are still buried under fresh snow, going out in bone-chilling wind, and huddling together at T stops to stay warm. It's going to get better, but we have to stick it out a little longer first. Before you go out and buy your pastel colored skinny jeans or your "Spring Knit Scarf" (whatever that is), let's reflect on the essentials you may have realized you needed this winter.

Help Simmons change the conversation surrounding mental health!

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Contributed by: Sarah Savage

 Everybody has mental health, yet why talk about it?  As the pins below indicate, 1 in 4 people are living with a diagnosable mental illness.  The data is even more alarming when you focus on college campuses where 1,100 college students die by suicide each year.  This data can be found on the Active Minds website.

 Speaking about Active Minds...Simmons has a chapter here on campus that meets on Monday evenings at 7pm in Quadside on the Residential Campus, but what is it?  Active Minds is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental health. The Simmons Chapter has been nationally recognized as a 5-star chapter in areas such as the events they hold!

The History of Black History Month

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Contributed by: Daphne Flowers
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As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.


Being an RA on the Simmons Campus

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Contributed by: Jean Ryznal, Simmons Hall RA

There are many leadership opportunities at Simmons College. A student can be a Simmons 101 Facilitator, be a part of the Emerging Leaders Program, be an Orientation Leader, be a part of SGA (Student Government Association), or hold a leadership position within one of the many organizations on campus.  One leadership position I have had the opportunity to hold since my time on campus is as a Resident Advisor (RA). This past semester I have been able to enjoy both personal and professional growth through being an RA in Simmons Hall. 

Welcoming Dr. Patch Adams!

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Contributed by: Brianna Bouchard 


The Simmons Community will be welcoming Dr. Patch Adams to our campus on March 6, 2014 from 6-8pm. He be talking from 6-7pm in the Linda K. Paresky Center and will then have a meet and greet in Common Grounds from 7-8pm.  Dr. Patch Adams entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change. He used his free time to study the history of health care delivery around the world and to look at contemporary models with the idea of creating a medical model that would address all the problems of the way care is delivered. He did not  intend to create a model that would be THE answer to the problems; but to model creative problem solving, and to spark each medical facility to design their own ideal rather than succumb to the garbage of managed care, or a resignation to the impossibility of humanistic care.