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More Love Letters Campaign @ Simmons College

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Contributed by: Matoaka Kipp

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Have you ever written a love letter to a complete stranger?

This past month of April, Simmons students gathered together to do just this. Inspired by The More Love Letters Campaign, started by Hannah Brencher back in the early 2000's. The More Love Letters Campaign's mission embodies ideas of self worth, pride in ourselves and each other, as well as the joy of recognizing our humanity. From what started out as a few love letters left around the city of New York, turned into a nationwide movement dedicated to spreading love and affirmations through letter writing.

Tying the Present and the Past

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Contributed By: Maria Cervantes Gonzalez

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If you were to time travel back to May 1st sometime in the 1950s, the Simmons campus would look entirely different. There would be women dressed in full medieval costumes and long tables on the quad, covered with strawberries, would be laid across the lawn.

It is hard to believe, but this is what May Day looked like over 50 years ago. Now, there are no costumes and the tables are now kept indoors. However, May Day has been kept alive at Simmons since 1912, making it the longest running tradition in the college's history.

In the past 102 years, May Day was originally held on May 1st, but is now celebrated at Simmons on the last Sunday of April. The Simmons sophomore class traditionally puts on May Day every year.

Vagina Monologues at Simmons College

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Contributed by: Priyal Goyal


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The Simmons College student organization, SWAG (Sexuality, Women and Gender) puts on the Vagina Monologues every year in the month of March in honor of the Women's History Month. This years performances stretched from February 13th- February 15th and as always did not disappoint!

 

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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(Picture before the Masquerade decorations)

 

Welcoming Dr. Patch Adams!

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Contributed by: Brianna Bouchard 

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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.

Dance, Dance

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Finals week is upon us here at Simmons, and no place sounds cozier (or more terrifying) than your favorite study room in the library. In a break from the monotony of Spanish homework, last Saturday fellow blogger Mary Ying and I spent the day dancing with over 150 other Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project participants at our end-of-the-semester recital. Throughout the semester, students take free (save for a small costume fee) performance classes with COF instructors or enlist fellow dancers to perform their own choreography.

Some of my lovely new friends and general backstage silliness.

How Women Become Political

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Last Saturday, Simmons College played host to GrooveBoston as during its fourth stop on their Vitality Tour. With enough lights, bass, and strobes to land a plane with, GrooveBoston rocked the Holmes Sports center with an audience of over 400 College of the Fenway students. Armed with an arsenal of effects, the DJs of Groove Boston created a mesmerizing show focused on overloading the senses and exploring the way in which music is consumed. 

gloria steinem.jpgOn March 22, 2013 Gloria Steinem came to campus and caused the kind of stir you would expect from a rock star. Steinem's icon status is well earned after over 40 years of activism & advancement of women's rights. This storify follow's Gloria's day on campus through the eyes of Simmons' community.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.jpgWinnie Madikizela-Mandela was born September 26, 1936 in what is now South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. She was one of eight children and lost her mother at the tender age of eight years old. Winnie grew up during Apartheid, which was a racial segregation system enforced through legislation in South Africa. Despite restrictions to education for blacks, she earned degrees in Social Work and International Relations. With her Social Work degree Winnie worked at Baragwanath Hospital where she became the very first black social worker in South Africa. This is where she became especially aware of the huge gap between the privileged white minority and the levels of poverty that blacks were subject to. This is where Winnie's passion for equality and her political voice evolved.

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