Fall Break

It’s Fall Break and all the Scranton students have gone home to slumber but not I! As the students rest their sleepy heads, I have chosen to remain in the residence halls, silently keeping watch and striking at evildoers who enter! For the weekend extending until Tuesday of next week, everybody gets a little break, and Residence Life has kindly but firmly made the students go home. I’m certain the moms and dads are happy to see their loved ones once more but I cannot speak on the students’ behalves. I for one am sorry that I was not able to return home but like I’ve said before, I get by with a little help from my friends. He appears once more on my blog (I’m not sure if I said his name in the previous post), Brad Graefe has also stayed in the dorms; he’s an RA over in Region 1. This Fall break thing is set up like this: there are five different regions; each region must have one RA on duty each night to perform sweeps of the residence halls. I, myself, belong to the best region: Region 2!
Anywho, on Saturday, the Steamtown Marathon took place and my buddy Brad ran in it. I was very worried for his own safety. He told me that he had not trained all too much for the marathon…and I surely believed him on that. The marathon began bright and early at 8:00pm but unfortunately I slept in. Still, I was able to make it to the finish line to cheer on Brad as he completed his marathon! He was extremely tried and had me rub his calves. It was unpleasant.

Finishing strong!

Finishing strong!

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Tastes good 🙂

A day in the life of a senator

Hey again! As I may or may not have said before, I am a junior senator part of The University of Scranton’s Student Government. Today was Student Government’s annual training retreat. Last year when I was a sophomore, the retreat was held in Condron Hall. Condron is a sophomore residence hall but SG needed the multipurpose room to accommodate all the senators for the training. The breakdown of Student Government goes like this: four freshman senators, four sophomore senators, four junior senators, four senior senators, two on-campus senators, two off-campus senators, the president, the vice president, and the cabinet of five officials. All in all, Student Government needs a fairly large space. This year, the annual training retreat was held at the gorgeous Chapman Lake! This place is a lake house owned by The University and it serves as the hotspot for the majority of Scranton’s retreats. For the weekend of October 4th and 5th, it belonged to Student Government!

The retreat was very insightful; there were a bunch of seminars, team building exercises, and great food. The seminars basically taught new senators how to write formal bills and resolutions and the chain of command in regards to the SG hierarchy. Also, the former president, vice president, and senior senator served on a panel during one of the seminars. It was such an incredible experience being able to hang out and chat with the alumni of Scranton! I remember quite distinctly when I appealed for a vacant sophomore senator seat last year during their administration. I began my address with “It is an honor to speak during the Castellucci-Burne administration..” Both Donnie and Christian, the former president and former vice president respectively, had a riot when I addressed them as such!

The lectures were great and all but I had a ton of fun during the team building exercise. There were three teams; each team had to construct a boat out of dense cardboard and duct tape. The only tool we had was a box cutting knife. At first, the task seemed impossible but in the end it was our team that won! Not only did our boat have the fastest time but it also withstood the water. Perhaps the latter part of the sentence was redundant being that it was implied that our boat lived if it had the fastest time… Anyway, I had a great weekend bonding with the other senators. I feel like our leadership across Scranton’s campus will be solid this year.

One of the other teams

One of the other teams

Competition was not stiff

Competition was not stiff