March 2

This past week, students celebrated a victory (go Lady Royals!) and did everything from engage in a refugee simulation to attend a talk by David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations. Keep reading to hear more about these things, learn more about our incredible mock trial team and see photos from cannoli night, the refugee simulation and the women’s championship basketball game. Are you thinking of running for student government? Get advice from Bella Dolente, vice president of the junior class, below!

Lady Royals are Landmark Conference Champs!

By: Michele Schulmeister

The Long Center was filled with excitement this past weekend as the Lady Royals defeated Catholic University in the Landmark Conference Championship.

The final score was 78-57, allowing the Lady Royals to keep their perfect record (27-0) for an undefeated season. This was the fourth Landmark Conference Championship in program history.

“There was a lot of uncertainty about our success this year,” said Noelle Alicea, a senior captain on the team. “Because of this, we had to come together as a team and rely on each and every person to do their job. Winning [the Landmark championship] solidified all the hard work and time we put in.”

Read more about the game here and see pictures from the game and celebrations here and here!

Although the men’s team didn’t make it to the championship, they received at at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Both teams will play on Friday.

Mock Trial Team

By: Michele Schulmeister

In the beginning of the semester, the University’s Mock Trial team had the opportunity to travel to Penn State to participate in the AMTA regional competition.

“Although we did not place highly enough to move on to the next round, we walked away with one team win and one of our students, Sarah Currie, placed as an outstanding witness.” Said Professor Melissa Wright, the director of the University’s Mock Trial Team. “Overall a great first year!”

For the rest of the semester, the team will work on recruiting members for next year’s team. The Mock Trial Team is open to any student at the University who is interested in the program. Students pursuing a law degree and legal career in the future gain experience from the team, while also developing vital skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and teamwork.

The Mock Trial team also plans to host an informal event for those who want to learn more about the team. More information about this event will come out soon. Make sure to keep an eye out!

Make Your Own Cannoli Night

By: Jessica Perillo

The University of Scranton’s Italian Society and Late Night at Scranton hosted a “Make Your Own Cannoli” event on Feb. 25 on the first floor of the DeNaples Center! Students enjoyed making their own sweet treats, and they even got to participate in Italian games in which the first and second place winners received Starbucks gift cards!

Check out more pictures from the event here.

Learning to Live Like Refugees

By: Jessica Perillo

This past Friday, Feb. 26, students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to attend a refugee simulation in which participants learned about the conditions of refugee camps and advocated for refugees worldwide.

The event, hosted by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors at The University of Scranton in collaboration with Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, attracted more than 230 participants.

There were various interactive stations along the way, including water, food and shelter to get participants to experience the hardships and trials that refugees endure on a daily basis. Each participant was assigned the identity of a different refugee.

“By giving names and stories to refugees and contrasting the living conditions in a refugee camp with that of college student’s, this simulation provided a powerful visual for students to better understand the situation and appreciate the opportunities they have,” said Mary Ellen Kane ’17.  “I hope that students will  advocate for refugees by continuing to educate themselves, spread awareness, and take political action to make sure refugees are welcomed into our Scranton community.”

See photos here.

Ireland Ambassador Donoghue Visits Scranton

By: Jessica Perillo

The University of Scranton and Times-Shamrock Communications welcomed David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations, to campus last night.

Ambassador Donoghue discussed “Ireland’s Role in the World: Sustainable Development, Peace and Human Rights.”

Because nearly 30 percent of the Scranton population today is of Irish descent, the city has a strong connection with the country. The founder of St. Thomas College, later The University of Scranton, Bishop of Scranton William O’Hara, was born in Ireland, so the University has an important connection as well.

The lecture was timely both for students and the Scranton community. The Ambassador’s topics of sustainable development, peace and human rights are of critical importance,” said Julie Cohen, Director of Community and Government Relations at the University. “As we seek to have a global perspective on campus, we need to hear from those working to address these complex challenges and consider how we can be in solidarity with those most vulnerable here in our own community and across the world.”

Since 2013, Ambassador Donoghue has served as Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations. His diplomatic service began in 1975, and he has served in the Anglo-Irish Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs on many occasions. He has also served as Irish Ambassador to Germany, Irish Ambassador to Austria and the Vienna-based United Nation agencies, and Irish Ambassador to Russian Federation.

Q&A with a member of Student Government: Vice President of the Junior Class, Isabella (Bella) Dolente

By: Michele Schulmeister

RN: How long have you been a part of student government?

B: I have been a part of student government for three years now! (Hopefully next year will be my fourth!)

RN: How have you benefitted from it over the past couple of years?

B: Helping students create clubs, representing the student body at different events or voicing student’s opinions at various meetings is something I’ve always wanted to do. Student Government has helped me to grow as an individual here at the University.

RN: Do you have any advice for students who want to get involved?

B: I think some advice I would give students who want to get involved is: 1) Try a club/activity you never have before/something you didn’t do in high school and 2) I would pick two or three things you really like to do and be dedicated to those couple activities.

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