I applied to be a part of Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR) as a first year student because I wanted to have discussions about real issues over tea. By the end of the semester I gained knowledge, friendships and valuable experiences I would not have gotten anywhere else. The following semester I was asked to co-facilitate the program and now I am on the Like Minds e-board as the CCOR representative and I'm in my fourth semester with the program.
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- 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime
- Over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence.
- In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
The producers of the 2013 Vagina Monologues brought the V-Day worldwide movement to Simmons College in a big way! The award winning play by Eve Ensler brings together voices of many women, sharing their fear and excitement about ownership of their own bodies and experiences.
The V-Day movement as a whole seeks to end violence against women and girls and bring awareness about violence against women across the world. This year, the Simmons performance included two student-written monologues by Marissa Johnson and Beatrice Seifert called, "Risers" that led directly into the video, "One Billion Rising."
I recently had the chance to chat with Kelsey Duchesne, a Dix RA, about how she created "home" here at Simmons.
What is your favorite thing in your room?
I brought a portion of my Buddha collection with me from home, and have them scattered all around my room. Each one has a different place, story or person tied to it, so it's nice to be reminded of wonderful memories every day.
If you had to describe your room in one word what would it be?
I would say my room is very eclectic! There are so many different colors and patterns and nic-nacs, but together it all seems to work.
How do you best utilize the space you have?
I have a very fierce rule for myself: keep my room neat. When my room is neat, it can be anything. It can be a comfortable bedroom, a quiet study space, or a warm and welcoming place for my friends to gather. You can get so much use out of your room simply by picking up your clothes and making your bed in the morning.
How does your room reflect your personality?
It's difficult for me to just throw out adjectives that I (hope) people will associate me with. All I know is that everything in my room is there for a reason; I think it's beautiful, or there is a story behind it, or it compliments my interests. Anyone who knows me could come into this room and immediately know that it's mine.
I recently had the chance to interview Corey, the Resident Director of Arnold Hall, about his fabulous apartment.
What is your favorite thing about your apartment?
My favorite items in my apartment would be the 1920's subway signs that I mounted on canvas stretchers. I love them because they are a part of history and I made them myself. They are items I saw on eBay and decided to get crafty. I measure and cut the stretchers as well as the canvas.
If you had to describe your apartment in one word, what would it be?
Ever taken a photo with a film camera? Ever wondered how to use the "manual" settings on a camera? When I arrived at Simmons, I wasn't sure if people even used film cameras anymore and I certainly had no idea how to use the manual settings on a camera. Now as a junior, teaching people how to use a film camera is my job!
To the surprise of many, Simmons offers an array of photography classes ranging from introductory courses in digital and traditional photography to more advanced classes such as documentary and contemporary photography. We even have our own digital printing photography lab and a complete darkroom. Who knew, right?
Photography is everywhere (textbooks, Facebook, posters, magazines, billboards, etc) and prevalent on our campus. I mean, it's pretty hard not to Instagram a picture of our good looking campus or take a group photo with your friends! Not only are students using or seeing photos in their every day life but we have students at Simmons with some amazing photography projects and businesses. Take a moment to check out some photographers at Simmons!
Photo credits (in order from top to bottom):
Untitled, photo by Taylor Paige Photography
Ariel, photo by Kate Michaud from the "Damsels of Disney" project
Victory Garden, photo by Ariella Brown
Interview with Nerissa Chan, Morse Hall
Want some decorating tips? Looking for some new ideas? Want to know how Quadside Late Night Crafts and CAB Craft corners can help with your room decor? Perhaps you are just curious how other people have set up their bedroom. Whatever the reason, you will enjoy taking a trip with SC Cribs to RA Nerissa Chan's room in Morse Hall.
What is your favorite thing in your room?
My favorite thing in my room is probably a split between the rug and the fridge (oddly enough!) I found the rug secondhand for free and my fridge has been with me FOREVER. They both really help tie the room together.
In 1975, over 35 years ago, women took to the street in Philadelphia after Susan Speeth, a microbiologist was stabbed by a stranger while walking alone home at night. Since then, the Take Back the Night March and Rally has changed, evolved and grown. Now taking place in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and India, Take Back the Night focuses on eliminating sexual violence in all forms through the thousands of colleges, women's centers, and rape crisis centers.
Interview with Lauren Contic & Lyndlee Hayes, South Hall
Want some decorating tips? Looking for some new ideas? Perhaps you are just curious how other people have set up their bedroom. Whatever the reason, you will enjoy taking a trip with SC Cribs to first year Lauren & Lyndlee's South Hall room.
As a Campus Life Coordinator at Simmons College I have been asked to partake in some interesting events and programs. With every event I learn something about that student group and when I am really lucky I learn a little about myself. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is one of the programs where I was challenged and learn about who I am as a staff member at Simmons and global citizen.
This year I found myself in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. The group leaders Meghan O'Beirne, Laini Cassis and Naomi Chick led the trip with nine other members and two staff members following their lead. The challenges: We woke up early, worked hard, shared a close quarters and we had to prove at times how strong women can be, especially with labor intensive work. We also faced the grim reality of living conditions for some blue collared Americans. However, the rewards from this trip overshadowed each and every one of these challenges. Working side by side with the future homeowners was a privilege. Learning about demolition work and construction taught us new skills, patience, and appreciation for perfection in craftsmanship! I built a house, built upon my skills, and built friendships.
Interview with Joana Paolino, Arnold Hall
Want some decorating tips? Looking for some new ideas? Perhaps you are just curious how other people have set up their bedroom. Whatever the reason, you will enjoy taking a trip with SC Cribs to current Junior Joana Paolino's Arnold Hall room.
If you had to describe your room in one word, what would it be?