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Both groups in the club, the Octaves and Royal Harmony, spend each semester learning a variety of songs to perform at their concert at the end of the semester. The groups also perform at various events on and off campus. Over the years, dozens of Royals have become part of the Men and Women for Octaves family.
After 10 years of countless rehearsals, performances, bonding and service activities, the club has gained a reputation for being a dedicated, talented group that brings uplifting entertainment to many events!
Dr. Michael Friedman is the moderator of the club, as well as a member of the Octaves, and has been with the club since its start. We reached out to Dr. Friedman to learn more about the club and how it has changed over the past 10 years.
How did a cappella get started at Scranton?
“It’s so fun to see everyone get so excited!” Cory Freivald ’20 said.
Pet Therapy – Canines on Campus is an event held by Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice. The purpose of the event is to provide stress relief to students and give them an opportunity to relax before dead week and finals.
“It comes at a great time because everyone starts to really miss their pets at the end of the semester,” Katherine Melilli ’20 said.
Dozens of Royals gathered on the green to meet all the dogs, take photos with them, and enjoy some time without worrying about the stress of upcoming final exams.
Brennan Hall, room 500, was the setting for Student Government’s last meeting of the semester on Friday, April 28, 2019. Starting at 3:15 p.m, Senate had multiple guests attend the meeting to discuss the chartering of additional clubs on campus. In addition, the meeting ended with a summary of the work Student Government has accomplished over the 2018-2019 school year.
This past week, Student Government approved the chartering of two additional clubs on campus: The University of Scranton Running Club and The Entrepreneurship Club, pending future approvals. The Running Club hopes to establish a community of students interested in running in a noncompetitive environment, while The Entrepreneurship Club has as its goal of providing a creative space for students to pursue business-like ventures with additional University students. Both clubs would be open to all members of the University community.
Senate Summary of the 2018-2019 Year
At the beginning of the semester, the Student Government developed a plan, ReImagining SG, that covered many aspects of the student experience. From integrating student learning into additional courses to expanding discussions concerning diversity and inclusion, Student Government had much success in accomplishing these goals.
On Wednesday, April 1o, USPB presented doctor and breakout comedian Priyanka Wali. This was USPB’s last comedy event of the school year.
Wali, from San Francisco, has been featured on The Today Show, Cosmopolitan and Healthline, among others. She was also named by Refinery29 as one of the “50 Female Stand-Up Comedians You Need to Know.” And if that’s not enough, she’s also the only American Indian female comedian who practices Internal Medicine.
After her show on Wednesday, however, she makes a strong case that laughter may very well be the best medicine.
“This performance was definitely a highlight of my week. I had so many exams and papers, but it was refreshing to laugh nonstop for an hour,” Maveli Espitia ’20 said.
Her stand-up focuses on life as a woman, an Indian-American, the child of immigrant parents, and a scientist in America.
To find out more about the USPB events going on for the rest of the semester, click here.