Street Sweep Fall 2017

Twenty-three University of Scranton clubs gathered together for their semi-annual Street Sweep this weekend. Students sweep throughout the Hill Section and pick up trash and litter left on the streets. This two-hour event is one of the biggest events held on campus — 300 students participated this year.

Jordan Reis, a representative for the Business Club said, “Street Sweep is my favorite service event of the semester. It’s a great way to do a lot for the community that really doesn’t take too long.”

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April 26

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.

O Canada!

By: Kelly Lappin

This past weekend Scranton students took a trip to Montreal, Canada! The trip allowed students to explore Montreal on their own and indulge themselves in Canadian culture. The trip begab early Friday morning with a 6 a.m. departure and ended Sunday in the early afternoon. This gave students plenty of time to look around in Old Montreal, Quartier-Latin and Chinatown. Some of the many sights included the famous and beautiful Notre-Dame church, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Olympic Park and much more. The Montreal trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Get ready to sign up for next year’s trip!

Check out some photos from the trip on our Flickr.

Spring Cleaning: Street Sweep 2017

By: Kayla Johnson
Earth Day arrived on Saturday and with it came the students of The University of Scranton, ready to clean up the streets of the Historic Hill Section, and much more. This Street Sweep introduced new elements into sprucing up the students’ home away from home — including painting fire hydrants, installing solar lights, raking out leaves from sewer drains and tidying up around Nay Aug. Thanks to the students, the streets of Scranton look great!

Check out photos from Street Sweep on our Flickr.


Maintain and Sustain: Teach-In with Mark Murphy

By: Kayla Johnson
During Earth Week, the Education for Justice hosted a series of teach-in seminars on different topics and the importance of campus sustainability, religious literacy, environmental literacy, HIV/AIDS in the world and feminist art. Mark Murphy, director of sustainability at the University, gave a talk on how maintaining sustainability on campus affects us and our environment.

Murphy stated there is an inherent importance of maintaining our campus, “If we don’t keep it clean, functional and appealing, students will go to another University.” He also stated that we need to do the same for our planet, because we only have one — and there is simply nowhere else for us to go. Things such as climate change and global warming are real and vital to keeping our earth clean — as one point in his talk stated, “Why continue dirtying our air, water and land? We live here, let’s maintain it and the other things will take care of themselves.”

Learn more about Education for Justice, here.

Holi at Scranton

Hosted by the Asia Club, the Residence Hall Association, the Multicultural Center, the Asian Studies Department, the United Colors Organization and ICA, the event was a great success. See the event in photos by Christine Cicoria ’18 here.

Scranton students took part in Holi, commonly known as the Festival of Colors, on Saturday.

October 5


ccparksThings To Do In Fall
By Megan Castaldi

Fall has arrived! What better way to welcome in the change of seasons than by getting outdoors to part take in the many festive, fun, fall activities in the Scranton region!

Here are a few of the activities #OurScranton has to offer! Read more here.

Canine Friends Provide Stress Relief
By Megan Castaldi

Students are always looking for a way to relieve their stress around midterm time. What better way to do this than to take a study break at Pet Therapy!

Hosted by Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, Pet Therapy had the Dionne Green packed on Sept. 27 with students and faculty members petting and playing with The University of Scranton’s canine friends! This event typically welcomes about 800 visitors and greets around 40 dogs.

Our friendly, furry visitors were happily receiving hugs and belly rubs from members of the community. Many students enjoyed this event because it reminded them of their pets at home.

Junior Devon Tirney said, “I love pet therapy! It’s a great stress reliever from school and is comforting because I miss my dogs from home.”

To learn more about Campus Ministries, click here.

See more pictures of Pet Therapy on our Flickr page.

Beautifying Scranton: Street Sweep Fall 2016
By: Kayla Johnson

streetsweepThe University of Scranton’s student government organized an army of nearly 650 students this past Saturday to take on the streets of Scranton, especially downtown and the historic Hill Section. Many members from student clubs and organizations took the opportunity to exercise service (and just exercise in general . . . those hills are steep!) and give back to the community of Scranton by tidying up the area. More than 400 bags were filled with garbarge.

“It felt great to give back,” said Emily Calderone, a junior. “Even though I’m a junior this is my first Street Sweep. When you’re done cleaning the streets it makes you feel like a better person.”

Service to the community is the driving force of Street Sweep and students and volunteers were excited to help. Hundreds waited in a line that spanned the lengths of the Loyola Science Center’s first floor hallway. They were looking forward to getting their t-shirts and filling up trash bags with litter.

Streets were swept from Madison to Prescott and Mulberry to Myrtle, and were swarming with students from various clubs from the University as well as individuals who just wanted to serve the community. Trekking through the hills with friends and fellow students united the school and the community.

Get to Know the Alumni: Advertising Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

Professor Stacy Smulowitz and the Advertising Club hosted a group of Advertising alumni in the Loyola Science Center recently. The purpose? For alumni to connect with current students from the University and dole out some (much-appreciated) advice and insight to the industry.

The alumni who were invited maintain a strong connection to their university which continues to help shape and mold their careers. So, they were more than willing to do a Q&A for the school after the meeting! Here are some their answers, tips, advice and wise words.

danDan Antonelli, president and creative director for Graphic D-Signs, Inc.

RN: Why were you excited to speak with Scranton students?

DA: It’s important to give back and recognize where you came from, and acknowledge that you wouldn’t have arrived at this point without help from a lot of folks. Without the education from Scranton, and – more importantly – the internship I had at the University in the Publications Office (working for Gerry Zaboski), there’s probably no way I get to where I am today.

RN: What is the best advice you have for students (either graduating or still in school)?

DA: Follow your passion. Find a job that you can’t wait to get to in the morning and that doesn’t depress you on a Sunday night. Life’s too short to work in a job that you’re not passionate about. Chasing money won’t make you happy, but pursuing something you’re truly passionate about will.

RN: What do you consider to be the best gained knowledge from your experience in the real world that you can share with students?

DA: Nothing you do today should be considered good enough for tomorrow. And there is no pinnacle for success. You should always be aiming higher.

ad-alumKaren Mennella, a media trainee at Zenith (part of Publicis Media)

RN: What are some insider industry tips?

KM: Speak up, be passionate, and be ready to learn. For future graduates, don’t be afraid to participate. Also, find what you’re passionate about in the industry and get more involved with it. Lastly, every day is a learning opportunity, so be open to new things and constructive criticism.

RN: How has the industry changed since you’ve joined it?

KM: Even though I’ve only been working in the industry for four months, I’ve already seen so much change in the industry. It’s pretty fast-paced and exciting. Stay on top of trends, know what’s in and out, and know what’s coming.

Student Musician Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

student-musicI recently talked to Richard “Richie” Endico about being a student musician! Read on for more:

RN: What instrument do you play and how long have you been playing?

RE: I play percussion and I learned how to play when I was around 5 or 6. I learned from my dad. I also play the piano a bit, which I picked up in high school and learned from my band teacher.

RN: What made you want to be a student musician at The University of Scranton?

RE: When looking at schools my senior year of high school, I wanted to go somewhere that had a music performance program, but something that wasn’t too intense or a class for a credit. When I visited, it was exactly what I was looking for. A wide variety of different performance groups that rehearsed once a week, and it was with student musicians who played because they wanted to, not because they had to.

RN: What’s your favorite thing about a student musician?

RE: My favorite thing about being a student musician are the people I have met so far. Through performance music, I have made some great friends . . . coming from all different backgrounds and majors.

RN: Do you want to play after college? And what are your plans after graduation?

RE: I would enjoy the opportunity to continue playing after college. My plan after graduation is to try and find a few musicians that also play, get together maybe once or twice a week, and jam out. The great thing about music is that there is always something to work on and get better at.

Read more about Student Ensembles here.

April 20

Everyone loves a Ball Roll! (Or is it just us here at The University of Scranton?!) Check out coverage of the event below.

Also, Earth Week is upon us! The University is hosting many events and activities this week to bring about ecological awareness and promote sustainability. To see a list of events for the week, click hereand read on to see how our Scranton community got involved this past week to better our world.

And, as always, check out photos on our Flickr page.

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