Take Back The Night & The Holi Festival!

Hi all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m back and ready to talk about all of the AWESOME things Scranton has been up to!

Last week, The U put on tons of events: Earth Week, the Sustainability Conference, Take Back the Night, the ISP Ball Roll, the Festival of Nations, 2nd Chance Prom, the Rooftop Carnival, and the Holi Festival to name a few! I attended many of these events, but the two that stuck out to me the most were Take Back the Night and the Holi Festival.

Take Back the Night is a national rally to end sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Everyone is given an opportunity to share their story and show their support for those affected by violence.

At The University, our theme for the 24th annual Take Back the Night is “Remembering our Roots, Growing our Branches.” In my opinion, this theme allows those affected by violence in any way to reflect on their experiences and grow from what they endured. Rather than focusing on the negative aftermath of their experiences, this theme provides victims a positive means to cope with their traumatic experiences. Additionally, this theme gives supporters a way to help victims find strength in themselves to persevere forward.

Rallies such as Take Back the Night are vital to the healing process for many victims of violence. Public demonstrations which promote advocacy and acceptance help those affected by violence mend significantly.

Veronica Roth writes in her novel, Allegiant, “I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”

I am in awe of how responsive the University community was to Take Back the Night. So many people came out to support those affected by violence and truly, we mended each other. I am so inspired by all of the beautiful and courageous people who participated in this event. I feel so incredibly fortunate to attend a school which promotes sharing our voices and encourages healing and acceptance.

Here are some pictures from this year’s Take Back the Night!

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On Saturday, I went to the Holi Festival! The Holi Festival is an Indian tradition, where people celebrate spring by throwing colored powder at one another. So, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Asian Club, Residence Life and a bunch of other organizations organized our own Holi Festival celebration! We all gathered outside on the Dionne Green, ate authentic Indian food, learned about the history of the Holi Festival, and had a colored-powder fight on the green! The Holi Festival was an awesome way to release stress and just have fun with my friends!

Here are some pictures from the Holi Festival!

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Well, that’s all for this week! I hope you all are having a great last few weeks of school! :) I know I am here at the U! Spring, here we come!

Sarah :)

 

Preview Day!

Hundreds of perspective students and their families arrived on campus last Saturday, April 5, to take part in The University of Scranton’s Preview Day for Accepted Students. Eager visitors flowed into the Byron Center to take tours of our beautiful campus, meet with admissions counselors and financial aid advisors, and simply get a feel of the welcoming and genuine atmosphere that the Scranton community has to offer.

It truly warmed my heart to see the enthusiasm that poured out of the University, as it cheerfully welcomed the perspective Class of 2017. As a Co-Director of Royal Ambassadors (the tour program that we have here at The U,) I got to work on the tour route during Preview Day, meeting and speaking with quite a few of the perspective students and their families. It amazes me that every time I talk with a student who is considering joining our Scranton community, I leave the conversation loving Scranton even more than I already did. It is evident that students choose to attend this school because they genuinely love the atmosphere that our student body and faculty create. I believe that Robert Southwell, S.J.’s quote above the DeNaples Center really depicts the mindset of Scranton students, reading, “Not where I breathe but where I love, I live.” The love that our students have for this University is inspiring, admirable, and contagious – and it certainly shined through everyone who was involved Preview Day this year.

I remember when I attended Preview Day as a perspective student, Scranton stood out for many reasons: the countless opportunities to get involved, the supportive professors, the rigorous yet fulfilling course load, the religious affiliation, the school spirit, the friendly faces of the students, and of course, the amazing food. But what stood out the most, and continues to stand out – in my mind – above all of those other great aspects that this school has to offer, is the atmosphere created by the people who attend and work here. This school surrounds its students with love from all those whom they encounter, and is generally just a happy place to be. The Scranton community is a family. I could not imagine my life anywhere else, nor would I ever want to.

Seeing so many students fall in love with the UofS the way I did as a perspective student was amazing. I am so inspired by all of the enthusiasm put forth by everyone involved in Preview Day. I think that the way Scranton does Preview Day says something about how much our University community loves our school. Everyone involved is on top of their game, and all workers come ready and excited to share their “Scranton Story” with perspective students. I think that our Preview Day for Accepted Students really demonstrates that students love to love Scranton!

Good luck to all accepted students! Making your college decision is hard…but to those of you who attended Preview Day, you took a big step in the right direction! (That “right direction,” of course, being The University of Scranton  :))

Have a lovely week!

Sarah  :)

Ps. It’s warm here! Finally!! Happy Spring!!