as students organized a winterclothing and paper product driveon Nov. 10 to 12. Students andcommunity members droppedo winter coats, scarves, hats anda multitude o paper products,such as tampons and rolls o toilet paper by the cannon inBranion Plaza.“Paper products are something we take or granted too oten,but we have to realize that itis not easy to aord everyday items such as toilet paper underinancial diiculties,” saidFarahbakhsh. “Since the projectis new this year, we are tryingthings out as a pilot. We hopeto make Beyond Project Servean annual oering to studentsthat can help them build on-going relationships and providesatisying ways to give back tothe community.”LCE welcomes students who wish to begin or continue theirlearning through community service volunteering and havetwo events on the way – aHoliday Hamper ood drive anda community kitchen workshopat two neighborhood groups.
Nov. 18 - 24, 2010
Te will to serve others from global to local
he University o Guelphis well known or many things – a green campus,caring sta, renowned aculty,delicious ood, and o greatimportance, the level o studentinvolvement in volunteeractivities. Volunteerism isextremely important ormany students who wish tomake a positive impact on thecommunity and beyond.Oct. 2 was a big day orhundreds o student volunteers.Project Serve Guelph,an initiative executed by Leadership and Community Engagement (LCE), wasan opportunity or studentsto engage in helping out acommunity organization as well as to learn about the localissues and problems that existin various neighborhoods o the city. Volunteers set out in
A look at ‘BeyondProject Serve,’ a new ongoing community volunteer initiative
JIHEE PARK groups to placements acrossGuelph, working on dierentprojects such as cleaning windows, painting walls, andsorting ood items.Project Serve Guelph wasan excellent opportunity orstudents to sample unique volunteering activities in a way that enhances the student-community connection.Rachel Farahbakhsh, one o the organizers behind theinitiative explained that “theseprojects oten help students toexplore dierent career pathsthat they would not in othercircumstances.” Indeed, servingothers helps students to relecton personal priorities as wellas to provide insight on thecontemporary societal issues o the community in which we live.Many students oten pursueurther involvement by takingthe next step and participatingin Project Serve Canada andInternational, which involveseveral overseas organizationsover the winter and summerbreaks. Applications haveclosed, and groups are currently preparing or their trips abroad. wo Canada projects deal withlocal issues on HIV/AIDS andstreet involved youth in Guelph;another group is heading toHattiesburg, Mississippi andanother to the Chippewas o the Nawash community inOntario, learning about race andaboriginal issues, respectively. his year however, LCE isintroducing another way orstudents to continue their localinvolvement and the connectionsthey may have establishedthrough Project Serve Guelph. he goal o Beyond ProjectServe is to implement a systemin which students are given theopportunity to commit to on-going local volunteer eortsthroughout the city.Currently, Beyond ProjectServe has partnered with ourneighborhood groups. heselocal organizations are publicagencies that serve to helpindividuals and amilies withlow-income status, housingdiiculties and immigrationissues, through accessible oodshelves and social support. Nearthe end o October and earlierthis month, volunteers engagedin various activities at theseagencies, such as a boot driveand soup social at the GrangeHill Neighborhood Group, anda ood drive or the wo RiversNeighborhood Group. he work o the volunteers led to amazingresults. “We collected enoughood or the ood cupboard tolast or ive months!” exclaimedFarahbakhsh. he volunteer eort to helpthese groups continued last week,
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“A lot o our events are really human rights oriented. Like thismonth we’re collaborating to dogenocide awareness month andbeore we did queer identities week, which was very successuland a lot o people came out. SoI think we’re really upholding thehuman rights aspect.” While Zavarella is proud o the work being carried out by SHAC,she still believes that a separateHRO would be benefcial orstudents.“I think one o my arguments orhaving a separate autonomous body dealing with this, is look where the
he smell o newsprint,crisp and yet somehow earthy, flls your nose as you lea through the latest editiono your local paper. Black ink smudges decorate your hands,leaving traces o your morningreading. Well inormed and ready to go, you head out or the day,news in mind.Canadians have turned to thenewspaper or a reliable sourceo news since the advent o thefrst newspaper in 1792. Die-hardnewspaper ans across the country have since been enamored withthe news, ipping through thepaper over a morning coee, onthe commute to work, or to winddown rom a busy day. O course,in the changing media landscapeo the past ew years, the internethas become an increasingly important source o news ortoday’s technologically-mindedindividuals. But even with thesheer amount o inormationavailable at the click o a mouse,are students taking the time to getinormed?No one is more aware o thepotential behind reading the newsthan those who make the news acareer.“Reading the news keeps peopleinormed about their community,be it the university community or the community at large,” saidGuelph ribune editor, ChrisClark. “News, in its many orms,tells people about a ull range o issues, opportunities, events andmore. Police crackdowns in thecore area, volunteer opportunities, Just or Laughs perorming at theRiver Run Centre are but threeexamples.”Still, it can be hard to fnd timein a busy day to stop and smellthe newsprint. Between midtermsto sit and papers to write, wheredoes the news actor into our livesas students and as citizens?“I think that some studentsare very well inormed, either by personal interest or because o their programs, but it is easy to getcaught up and live just within theuniversity bubble,” said SionaidEggett, a ourth year student inChild, Youth and Family Studies.“It’s easy to get caught up onimportant issues in our campuscommunity, but taking the time todelve into news that concern thelarger society in which we live canbe a bit more dicult.” echnology can be a key resource in accessing the news,and some students make copioususe o this convenient newssource.“I read the news onlineeveryday, generally during my classes although oten at home as well throughout the day. It’s airly constant. I’d say I’m checking ornew articles at least once every two hours,” said a second year vet student. Te news is almostconstantly available on iPhonesand Blackberries, devices ownedby many students.“I fnd that mysel and mostpeople I know use the internet toget a lot o news today; anyone with a Wi-Fi device or mobileinternet have even easier access,”agreed Eggett.So while students today mightnot be ipping through hard-copy news, it would seem that most stillcare about what’s going on in the world. Contrary to the view thatstudents are apathetic about thegoings-on in the Canadian andInternational communities, thereis a general understanding thattaking a little extra time to readthe headlines can be benefcialto a well-rounded point o view.In act, it’s not uncommon orstudents to post interestingheadlines on Facebook or witter,making use o social networks tospread the news. Whatever it is that draws youin, reading the news can be a key actor in engaging in your campus, your community, and your world.As Clark said, “Reading thenews keeps people inormed. I inormed the more likely people will become engaged. Te morepeople are engaged, the greaterthe sense o community – be it atthe University o Guelph or theCity o Guelph.”HREO (Human Rights & Equity Oce) is relative to the rest o campus. It’s out o the way, and that’sa strategic thing. It’s to protect people who use the services o the HREOand I think there’s something to besaid or an oce that works solely on political issues and issues relatedto human rights…I think it’s goodto have sort o a laser-sharp ocus onthese issues.” While there are some mixedeelings that endure, there seems tobe a general consensus that SHACis optimally assisting those students who need help, and will hopeully grow stronger as its capacity expands.
“We hope to makeBeyond Project Servean annual ofering to students that canhelp them build on- going relationshipsand provide satisying ways to give back tothe community.” – Rachel Farahbakhsh,co-organizer o Beyond Project Serve