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Suffolk Journal 4_16

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VOLUME 74, NUMBER 22April 9, 2014
 Suffolk Journal
VOLUME 74, NUMBER 23April 16, 2014
 Suffolk Journal
Suffolk remembers Boston Marathon one year later
Sam Humphrey
 Asst. News Editor
istic payments in their condi-tions. “The outstanding student loan debt right now is $1.2 trillion,” Warren said Friday. “The average debt for those  who get a bachelor’s degree is $29,000.” Graduate school bor-rowers see even higher num-bers. “This is crushing our young people. More than a third of borrowers under the age of 30 have been delinquent for more than 90 days,” the Sena-tor said.Warren explained that this has impacted our economy in that young Americans and re-cent college graduates are not buying homes or taking part in activities expected by the government to stimulate the economy.“Tying students to a life-time financial servitude as a condition of getting an educa-tion does not reflect our val-ues,” Warren said. “These stu-dents didn’t go to the mall and make a bunch of charges on credit cards. They worked hard to earn skills that would ben-efit this country, to help build a stronger middle class, and a stronger America."Reports by the U.S. Gov-ernment Accountability Office shared that in loans borrowed
Photo by Sam Humphrey
See WARREN page 4
One year after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, members of the Suffolk community rallied to give back before next week’s race.The American Red Cross (ARC) set up several tables in the Regan Gym in Ridgeway for the Suffolk community to donate blood on April 15, the one year anniversary of the bombing that killed three people and injured hundreds. The university also held a moment of silence at the minute the first bomb exploded last year and a Boston-themed banquet to raise money for the One Fund in addition to the blood drive.“We’ve done [blood drives] every year at Suffolk for a long time, one in the fall and one in the spring,” said Tim Albers, associate director of the S.O.U.L.S. Center for Community Engagement.  Albers said this year’s goal was
Photo courtesy of Suffolk University
to get 45 to 50 donors.“Last year’s blood drive was scheduled by chance for the Tuesday after the bombings,”  Albers said. “Around 130 people signed in, and we had to turn even more away because the Red Cross just didn’t have the capacity to accommodate everyone. We had a huge outpouring.”Though fewer donors  were expected at this year’s Suffolk drive, a steady crowd of students, faculty, and staff braved the rain and streamed into the gym, keeping the  ARC’s nurses busy.
See MARATHON page 4
In the list of heaviest bur-dens for college students and graduates, paying back student loans is at the top as young  Americans leave higher educa-tion with a degree and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. In a multi-day conference at Suf-folk University’s Law School, Senator Elizabeth Warren dis-cussed the factors that take part in the billions of dollars that student debt accounts for in the U.S. and proposed solu-tions to stop government prof-its on these loans and protect borrowers from sinking under the burden alone.“You could take down a list of protections available to mortgage borrowers,” Warren said, “none of them are avail-able for student loan borrow-ers. Congress has stripped away bankruptcy protection from both federal and private student loans. Borrowers can-not discharge debt unless un-der the most extreme of cir-cumstances,” Warren said.For those struggling with student loan repayments, there are no options that will grant any form of “relief” from their debt, leaving them to face years of the federal gov-ernment demanding unreal-
Senior Michael Guay donating blood on campus Tuesday.
Same school, vastly different post grad lives
Daniella Marrero
 Asst. Int'l Editor
Haley Peabody
 Journal Staff 
See ALUMNI page 3
 As commencement looms gloriously on the horizon for many Suffolk students, so does the prospect of securing a job in their field and making their degree worthwhile. Several re-cent Suffolk graduates shared their trials and tribulations of post-college life with
The Suf- folk Journal 
. Despite graduat-ing from the same university, the students had completely different experiences hunting for their dream jobs.Jared Pelletier, a 2013 graduate, started his job hunt in early April last year, almost two months before commence-ment. As a broadcast journal-ism major, Pelletier knew the degree of competitiveness that he faced and was willing to look for a position outside of the immediate Boston area. Within six weeks, Pelletier had landed a job on the air for WDTV News in Bridgeport, West Virginia. “Anyone serious can’t be afraid to move,” he said, “You need to realize to really make it, you need to be willing to go.”Recognizing that finding employment in your field after graduation can be a difficult task, Pelletier offered his best advice to the class of 2014, and said, “don’t sit and wait for  your opportunity, push out
Warren denounces  government profit on  student loans
Senator Warren explains the economic impact of excessive student loans at Suffolk University Law School.
Daniella Marrero
 Asst. Int'l Editor
Venture magazine launch
features farewell reections
alongside future hopes
page 8
The Suffolk Journal
 April 16, 2014
Sunday, April 13
3:06 a.m.Temple Street
Other agency assist - burglary. BPD assumed jurisdiction.
Saturday, April 12
3:04 p.m.
Of campus
Other agency assist - larceny. BPD assumed jurisdiction.
Friday, April 11
7:01 p.m.150 Tremont
Liquor law violation - minor in possession of alcohol. Cleared by
exception - no Sufolk aliation.
Friday, April 11
12:16 a.m.150 Tremont
Drug ofense - drug law violation.
 Judicial internal.
Thursday, April 10
2:06 p.m.
Of campus
Other agency assist - robbery. BPD assumed jurisdiction.
Enjoyable outings ahead for class of 2014
Maria Baluch
 Journal Staff 
Suffolk’s senior week com-mittee has put together 11 days of fun-filled events for the class of 2014 to enjoy and culminate their final year at the university. Senior week kicks off May 5 with a celebration at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub with a pri- vate area to celebrate along-side seniors, free food, and great music. “I really hope that seniors are happy and excited about the events, and I really hope that they have a great time,” said committee chair and win-ner of the Oustanding Senior of the Year Award Ashlie Tri-olo-Dekkers.Triolo-Dekkers, began plan-ning in October by reaching out to seniors via social media. Triolo-Dekkers took a creative approach this year for event concepts, as she wanted to get as much feedback from the se-nior class as possible, she said.This led the committee to create a class of 2014 Twitter page (@Suffolk2014) and have seniors tweet any ideas they had in mind. The committee then developed a survey con-sisting of 25 different ideas that seniors rated on a scale of 1 to 10. The survey helped committee members to formu-late the final list of events that  will be taking place from May 5 to May 15. IDs will be checked at every event and students are allowed to consume alcohol if they are of age. Alcoholic beverages are being served at the given locations, but it will not be provided or purchased by the university. Because Mohegan Sun is an overnight trip, no outside guests are allowed. “We thought it might be better to have it just for Suf-folk seniors because that’s who  we’re celebrating,” said Triolo-Dekkers. Additionally, there will be at least two faculty members at every event for safety rea-sons, Triolo-Dekkers said. The events will conclude on May 15 with a toast by the Stu-dent Alumni at the lobby of 73 Tremont.Other senior week events include a Red Sox game, a trip to Six Flags, white water raft-ing, and a service trip with Cradles to Crayons.For event information, visit the HUB, where tickets will re-main on sale until April 25.
"I really hope that seniors are happy and excited about the events, and I really hope that they have a great time." - Ashlie Triolo-Dekkers,senior week committee chair
Photo courtesy of Flickr user 6SN7
The class of 2014 will be taking a day trip to Newport, R.I. on May 7 for sight seeing and shopping. Afterwards, they will head over to the Atlantic Beach Side Restaurant for a beachside clambake.
Honors program holds food drive through April
For the month of April, the College of Arts and Sciences honors program and alumni board are sponsoring a food drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank.Boxes are located around campus for students to donate non-perishable foods.Students will also be collecting food donations at the hon-ors program research symposium on April 25.“We encourage all students to support this community service initiative, which will bring food to disadvantaged in-dividuals and families living in Boston and its surrounding communities,” said Steven Church, administrator of the hon-ors program.  Anyone looking for more information can contact Church at schurch@suffolk.edu or Honors Council President Brendan Clifford at bjclifford@suffolk.edu
Photo courtesy of Suffolk University
Seniors are offered an overnight trip to Mohegan Sun Casino from May 12 to 13.
The Suffolk Journal
 April 16, 2014
Suffolk alumni share their post-graduation stories
 From ALUMNI page 1
side of your comfort zone.”Despite the stressful nature of searching for a job and fac-ing the fierce competition in the broadcast field, Pelletier said that his education at Suf-folk helped give him an “edge” on the air. Although he was initially unaware of the heavy emphasis on multimedia that  was present in his field, he said, “I didn’t realize just how  well my education had pre-pared me to step right into the professional world so fast and so furious.”Carmen Sofia Plazas, an-other graduate of the class of 2013, shared similar success to Pelletier in her initial job hunt. Plazas was a student from Ma-racay, Venezuela, and received a master in arts in communica-tions in December. Plazas got a head start in applying to jobs in the U.S. nine months before gradua-tion, meeting with advisers, talking to professors, and do-ing personal research and net- working within her field. “I like to think that I am an organized person,” Plazas said. “In the fall of 2013, I officially started to apply for both in-ternships and full time jobs. In November, I had a few inter- views and luckily one of them resulted on the offer of the po-sitions that I currently have as a junior account coordinator at ARGUS Communications.”Plazas began working at  ARGUS immediately after graduation, the ideal job she  was hoping for. She wanted to  work with the Hispanic mar-ket, and her current job has al-lowed her to do just that.“Before graduation I pic-tured myself doing in-house marketing for the Hispanic audience in the healthcare sec-tor,” she said, “such as working in the marketing department of a hospital or a bigger orga-nization like Partners Health-care. I wanted to use the fact that I’m bilingual and Hispanic as a skill. Yes, I was not able to find exactly what I wanted. However, now that I’m actually  working, not dreaming about it but working with ARGUS, I’m more than happy with how things worked out for me.” She advised current stu-dents to be prepared to handle the weight of finding a job, but not to forget their own dreams.“Plan in advance, think big, stay loyal to your work ethic and values, and always be positive. The perfect job is out there waiting for you. It’s just a matter of finding it.”  Although the perfect job may be waiting right around the corner, success does not immediately find graduates.  Alumna Kirstin Mulvaney, an-other member of the class of 2013, struggled in the months after commencement. Mulvaney studied English and worked as a teacher’s as-sistant and as a tutor at the  writing center while at Suf-folk. She began looking for  jobs months before graduation in Boston and New York, hop-ing to work in higher educa-tion. Six months after receiv-ing her degree, however, she had not received any calls from employers, including her application to Suffolk Univer-sity. With the pressure of stu-dent loans kicking in, she was forced to take a job at CVS in New York, her home state, to cover the costs. Although CVS provided some economic relief to cover the loan payments, Mulvaney said that because of the dif-ference of minimum wage be-tween Massachusetts and New  York, she was earning less than in her part time job as an undergraduate in Boston, and the high cost of living in the city did not allow her to stay.  An opportunity came from a high school friend after seeing a Twitter post from Mulvaney expressing her frustration with  working in a minimum wage  job as a college graduate. She  was then able to get a job with  AmeriCorps, a corporation for national and community ser- vice, as a teacher for elemen-tary kids in Rochester, N.Y.Mulvaney said that al-though this job is not some-thing she expected she would ever take part in, the oppor-tunity to work with kids via  AmeriCorps has shifted her perspective on what she would like to do in the future by  working with students who are learning their ABCs and numbers rather than her origi-nal idea of working in higher education. After forming close bonds with the children and their family’s circumstances, Mulvaney said she sees a flaw in the American school system to push for a college degree as the only plausible path to a “successful” life. She believes it is a choice that is not attrac-tive or practical for all.“I am not devaluing a col-lege degree,” Mulvaney said. “I am saying that it is not for everyone and not suitable for all circumstances.” During her time at Suffolk, Mulvaney said she would have liked to have taken more ad- vantage of resources at the career development center and attend more networking events, but felt that those kinds of events on campus were usu-ally designed for business or law students. “What about the students that don’t want to work for big corporations?” Mulvaney said about Suffolk’s networking gatherings. Her advice to current stu-dents is to avoid “zoning in” on one job or career and to leave room for change. “Be prepared to be creative  with what you can do with  your major,” she said.But although looking for a job is the biggest worry for all college seniors and gradu-ates, Pelletier, Plazas, and Mul- vaney all unanimously agreed that people should not forget to enjoy themselves and their post-graduation life.“Paint, start a band, read a book, take a nap. Do things that make you happy and that  will lift your mood and spirit and that don’t cost a thing,” Mulvaney advised.Plazas shared that looking for jobs can be a stressful task, but that with proper organiza-tion, it is manageable. “I have managed with or-ganization, planning, asking for support of my family, and friends, lots of chocolate, and hot yoga,” she joked. Pelletier said, “Breathe and relax. Things will work out one  way or another, whether you think they will or not.”
Photo courtesy of Carmen Soa Plazas
Photo courtesy of Jared Pelletier Photo by Ally Thibault
 Top: Broadcast Journalism graduate Jared Pelletier, Bottom left: English graduate Kirstin Mulvaney, Bottom right: Communications graduate Carmen Sofia Plazas.
"Breathe and relax. Things will work out one way or another, whether you think they  will or not." -Jared Pelletier

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