March 22

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Home Sweet Home

By: Kayla Johnson

lookoutAs much as I love being here at Scranton, this spring break could easily be described as “much-needed,” especially after the stress of midterm after midterm, paper after paper, and presentation after presentation. Unfortunately, I didn’t go on a nice vacation or travel anywhere exotic, but it was still a great time being home with friends and family who I hadn’t seen in a long time. There was a swirl of birthday celebrations, my sister (who turned 20), my cousin (who turned 5) and even my puppy (he’s one-year old now!). One of my best friends, Ismael, invited me to see the opening night for a dance ensemble he was a part of — I had never really seen him in action before, but I’m happy I had the time to go and see him perform at something he loved — not to mention he was an excellent dancer.

And, a trip home is never really complete without me seeing my friend of 15 years, George — this time he taught me how to master “Zombies” (it’s on Black Ops, I’m basically a pro now), while we recounted horror stories from high school. But, my absolute favorite part of the break was getting all of my friends together and visiting the Bethlehem Lookout — it’s this beautiful view of the city which is even better at night with the lights all around (trust me, the picture does not do it justice). But no matter what I did — kicking back on my couch, binge watching Netflix, or chilling out with my sisters, my mom and puppy — it was all I could have asked for in a break. It surely isn’t Cancun or Miami, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

California Dreaming

By: Kelly Lappin

spring break 1Scranton is my home away from home … but sometimes the infamous Scranton snow gets to be a little much when spring fever hits. Spring break comes just in time every year for a little break from the weather. This year, I flew six-and-a-half hours to find some sun in San Francisco, California. I had never been to California but I was quickly accustomed to the high sun in the sky and 70 degree weather.

My trip started out with venturing to Union Square where the notorious cable car turnaround was centered. The cable car was an amazing view of the city going up and down huge hills and taking me on my own personal tour of the city. I hopped off the cable car at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf for a boat tour and some delicious dungeness crab. The boat tour off of the Wharf took us underneath the Golden Gate bridge and past Alcatraz island. The views of the bridge were gorgeous. The day ended with decadent chocolate and ice cream from Ghirardelli Square. The next day was filled with beaches and hikes. The day started with walking to Baker’s Beach for some sun and beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After laying out in the sun for a couple of hours, Land’s End hiking trail was the next destination. The views of this hike was unbelievable. High above the the bay water, you can see the city, bridge, and views of Napa Valley. My time in San Francisco was amazing. I have always said that my home is in Scranton and my heart in New York City, but this trip has opened my eyes for another city I love.

Spring Break in Mexico City

By: Robert Bauer

mexico cityThis spring break, I traveled to Mexico City to visit my girlfriend. A five-hour flight allowed me to visit the city for the first time, and there was a lot for me to see. I visited the National Anthropology Museum, toured downtown, walked through Mexico City’s metropolitan cathedral, and trekked up a hill to see the Chapultepec Castle. I also shopped at various open bazaars, and I ate some delicious homemade and restaurant food. Other than authentic tacos and quesadillas, I had some of Mexico City’s best chilaquiles, seafood, crepes and desserts. The trip culminated in a visit to Acapulco where I stayed in a luxurious beach house overlooking the shore and west coast of Mexico. Overall, the best part of the trip was not visiting many amazing locations and eating delicious food, but instead being welcomed in by my girlfriend’s family. They gave me a new home away from home.

March 8

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Rest and Relaxation: Spring Break 2017

By: Kayla Johnson

The much-awaited spring break is right around the corner — whether it’s going home to see the family, taking a much-needed vacation to a different country or state, catching up on sleep or using the break for “me time,” no one can deny that  we all have to release some stress and take a nice breather from the pressures of school and exams.

“For me, it’s about getting to see my parents and grandparents. And, my puppy,” said Brianna Johnson, a sophomore at The University of Scranton. “It’s basically about getting to be back with my family after not seeing them for a while.”

It could also be a time spent with friends you haven’t seen in a long time, as one junior, said. “I finally get to see my closest friends from back home, our breaks never line up so I’m going to use this one to hang out with them and reconnect,” said Nicole Borrelli.

You may be at an exotic resort, on a sandy beach,  sitting on the front porch of your house, or on the couch in your best friend’s living room. Anywhere you are this spring break, it’s about making the most of your time and knowing that it’s time well-spent.

Stay Updated: Men and Women’s NCAA Tournament

By: Kayla Johnson

This past weekend, both the women and men basketball teams made amazing victories and played some thrilling games in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament. The Royals traveled to Williamstown where they played against Oswego State. They took a stunning victory home that night after the team overcame Oswego with a 19-point rally in the second half for a final 82-77 overtime victory with exceptional plays by senior, John Vitkus, and juniors, Ethan Danzig, Drew Schankweiler and Chris MCullough.
The second round of the NCAA tournament showed a valiant effort made by the men’s team, but they fell to Williams, a second mounting comeback not in the cards for them.

Hope lives on, however, with the women’s team, who made a memorable comeback in the first round of the NCAA tournament against the University of New England in the Long Center. Bridgette Mann, a sophomore guard, made a three-pointer in the last second of regulation, which brought the women’s team to a “come-from-behind” victory, winning 49-48, and advanced them to the second round. The team then played SUNY-Poly where four players scored in the double-figures and stayed in a lead for most of the game.

Led by Bridgette Man, Alexix Roman, Sarah Payonk, Denise Rizzo and Mackenzie Mason, the team scored points right off the bench and played a strong defense against the Wildcats, propelling them into the third round of the tournament, which will bring them to St. Louis for a Sweet 16 rematch with the No. 4 Tufts this coming Friday!! #GoRoyals!

The Hunger Banquet

By: Kelly Lappin

Last Thursday, students at The University of Scranton experienced a “Hunger Banquet” run by the Campus Ministries. Just as in real life, some of us are born into poverty as others into prosperity, students were randomly placed in where they sat and what they ate.

“The hunger banquet was an eye opening experience and really put into perspective how fortunate I am, but also how many opportunities I hate to give back to those in my community.” –Justine Plummer ‘18

Many students were surprised at their “Hunger Banquet” experience and hope to spread its eye- opening message to others.

Learn about the Campus Ministries and their upcoming events, here.

Craft Night Out

By: Robert Bauer

Last Saturday, Residence Life and the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) hosted the Late Night At Scranton event “Craft Night Out.” Nearly 300 participants got their craft on and decorated mason jars, painted pictures and tie-dyed t-shirts.

“The turnout for this event was phenomenal,” said Steven DePrimo ’18, one of the event organizers.

Learn more about the mission behind Late Night At Scranton, here.


Women’s Health Research Panel

By: Robert Bauer

Last Thursday, the women’s studies program and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs hosted a women’s health research panel, comprised of University faculty who work in women’s health on campus. Because “most medical research is done on men,” the discussion focused on important issues women face and the ongoing research to analyze and solve these problems.

“This talk shined a light on some things that aren’t really talked about a lot. Women’s studies, as they described, is very new in science, so I’m very excited about that and learning about all these things, especially having these professors in class. I know that they put a lot of work into it [their research]. I was very excited to see them all passionate about something that I share that passion with,” said Leah Colussi ’19, who is majoring in exercise science.

These topics included smoking relapse rates in women after childbirth, weight loss and gain in women, social and psychological influences on women’s health, and laws/policies affecting women. The panel was followed by questions from the audience and an interactive fair with several professors proving presentations of their work.

Learn more about the Women’s Studies program here.

March 16

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities kicked off on Saturday in downtown Scranton (read more about it below!), but we can look forward to another celebration, mashed potato-style, on Thursday in DeNaples.

On a more serious note, this past week, students attended the second spring job fair, but before they did we gathered some great tips for next time you’re called in for an interview. Read on below for all this and a graduating senior’s experience at the U, as well as a preview about what some of our students will be doing over spring break!

We’re on hiatus next week for break – have a good one and be sure to check back with us to get more coverage on spring break on March 30. In the meantime, check out our Flickr collectionfrom the semester so far.

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