Pilot Project Offers Supplies for Students

By Molly Hurley

Editor-in-Chief

When it comes to basic classroom necessities, students at BSU have no reason not to be prepared. School Supplies 4 U offers classroom supplies to students on an as-needed basis.

An abundance of supplies for students located in Maxwell Library. Photo by Cynthia Svoboda.

 

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Diplomat-in-Residence and Ambassador Vernon D. Penner is Serving a Special Purpose on Campus

By Michael Rooney

Campus Life Editor

The Spring college semester means much more than a new year. It also means the beginnings of new adventures of students. Many students are currently studying abroad in a foreign country while others are preparing for their journey of a lifetime to come soon. Continue reading “Diplomat-in-Residence and Ambassador Vernon D. Penner is Serving a Special Purpose on Campus”

Staff and faculty changes in various offices coming this fall

By Marissa Bean

Although this academic year has not ended just yet, there are numerous staff and faculty changes coming to Bridgewater State University this fall.

The Student Affairs Office will include some new faces next semester, but one of the most prominent staff member in the office will be absent. Continue reading “Staff and faculty changes in various offices coming this fall”

The Vagina Monologues returns to campus to tell important stories

Samantha Correia
Staff Writer

An annual favorite returned to Bridgewater State University recently.

Female BSU students collaborated with the Taunton location of New Hope, a non-profit organization, to put on three performances of The Vagina Monologues this past week. These performances took place on April 22-24, with 6 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday.

The performances were directed by Danielle Galstian, Ruby DeLaRosa, and Lindsey Blais. Twenty-two other BSU women acted in the play, many of them in multiple monologues each. BSU has been performing this play annually for the past few years and continues to get a great turnout.

The monologues mixed comedy and tragedy to highlight the struggles that women face every day, throughout the world. All proceeds for the shows went to New Hope in Taunton, who sponsored the performance and had a booth at the performances with information about their organization. They were also available for counseling if any audience members were triggered by the sensitive topics mentioned during the performances.

New Hope is a non-profit organization that works towards “ending domestic and sexual violence in our community” according to their mission statement. They believe that this is incredibly important because domestic and sexual violence are often connected, and it is vital to work to end both. The organization helps women, men, and children who have become victims and who are looking for a way out.

The organization was started in 1979 by Edith Palmer, a resident of Attleboro, Massachusetts. Originally, the main focus of the organization was to serve as a hotline that women who were faced with domestic violence could call.

It has then grown into an organization that serves 54 communities in Mass. Their services now include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, Safeplan advocates in court, supervised visitation, and housing stabilization.

According to reported statistics from studies on domestic abuse that were found on the New Hope website, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Most of the time, however, many incidents of domestic violence go unreported, mainly out of fear.

Another startling statistic is that every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. Domestic and sexual abuse affect the LGBT community just as often, and domestic violence in same-sex relationships are often reported as well.

Although The Vagina Monologues specifically looks at the struggles of women, New Hope helps males who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse as well.

The Vagina Monologues were written and created by Eve Ensler. Ensler is a Tony-award winning playwright who has written a number of other plays, including The Good Body, Emotional Creature, Lemonade, and In the Body of the World.

The Vagina Monologues inspired Esnler to create V-day, which is an activist movement that works to end violence against women and girls, according to Ensler’s website. The most recent global campaign, One Billion Rising, was mentioned in the finale of last week’s performances of The Vagina Monologues.

The goal of the show was to “open the eyes of people who are unaware of struggles many women face during their lifetimes,” according to the directors.

The performance was divided up into twenty-one different monologues. Each monologue was based on interviews conducted by Ensler. She interviewed over 200 women for the play, according to The Eves, which was the introduction of the Monologues. All the women involved were excited to be part of something that raised awareness about the sexism and abuse that is prevalent in our society.

For more information about the New Hope organization, visit their website at new-hope.org. To talk to someone about incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault, call New Hope’s hotline at 1-800-323-4673.

Samantha Correia is a staff writer for The Comment.

Student Success Panel gives insight to the futures of soon-to-be graduates

Samantha Correia
Staff Writer

There is life beyond Bridgewater State University, and current students got to hear about the success of their fellow BSU students last Thursday during an event held by the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

On April 14, students and faculty gathered in RCC 201 to talk about the opportunities that BSU students have, along with the programs that BSU has to offer. The panel was made up of nine BSU students, many of whom were seniors and will be graduating in May.

The students who made up the panel were Jessie Barbosa, Brenda Terrero, Emmanuel Boakye, Georgina Addo, Nnemdi Azubuko, Anay Baez, Destiny Ihenacho, Erin Bergin, and Jinniang Guo.

The panel was organized to help give students a better idea about what might lie ahead after graduation. The students on the panel were able to offer up advice about being a student at BSU. The event was attended by many students and professors, and the students on the panel were able to provide valuable insight.

The Center for Multicultural Affairs, located in the RCC, works hard to provide opportunities to all students and to work towards student success and diversity.

Sydné Marrow, the director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs, hosted the event, which was a question-and-answer discussion, followed by an opportunity for students in the audience to sit with the panel students and ask their own questions while snacking on the food.

Marrow organizes many of the events that CMA holds.

“The Center for Multicultural Affairs fosters an environment within the Bridgewater State University community that promotes the celebration of cultural pluralism. We strive to create a sensitive community that appreciates the history, culture, and traditions of underrepresented students at Bridgewater State University,” according to the CMA page on the Involvement Network.

Students on the panel were first asked about what advice they would offer to freshman or sophomores, thinking back to their time during freshman year.

Terrero, a biology major, said, “put in the hours for what you want to do.”

Each student on the panel had dedicated time and energy toward their studies and activities, which has paid off in the end. Baez, a math major, suggested that students “take initiative,” whether that is starting a new club or going to your professor for help during office hours.

Terrero also said that “the leadership opportunities have helped me become the person I am today.” BSU offers many opportunities for students to become leaders, between organization positions to Student Government Association to internship opportunities.

Networking was emphasized by many of the students on the panel as an important way to make connections, especially with employers. With the Internship Fair being that same day, students mentioned how important it is to talk to employers, even at the freshman or sophomore level.

Barbosa, a criminal justice major, mentioned how she was offered a job at the Job and Internship Fair just a few hours earlier because an employer had remembered her from her sophomore year.

After graduation, the students on the panel all had their own plans for their futures. Terrero and Baez were considering doing a year of service in a program called Americorps, which is a US federal government program that stations people around the US to participate in community service. Boakye recently got a job working for VH1, and Bergin will be starting her masters program in Ireland in the fall. Including the Internship Fair job opportunity, Barbosa has three possible jobs lined up after graduation.

While getting a degree from a university is often a very personal experience, usually for the opportunity to get a job or to increase personal knowledge, it can have an effect on other people as well. This is exactly what the Student Success Panel accomplished. Students in the audience could ask their own personal questions and could go up and talk to the panel students individually. The students in the audience were relieved to find that they had so many options for their future. With her college education, Barbosa was able to inspire members of her family as well. She said that her mother recently started going back to school after seeing Barbosa’s success, saying, “you never know who you might inspire.”

Samantha Correia is a staff writer for The Comment.