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Suffolk Journal Issue 4_13

Suffolk Journal Issue 4_13

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They’re dierent from the rest in thatthey don’t try to perpetuate stereotypes –no jerks, snobs, or party-induced projectilevomit. They’re relatively new and they have big plans for Suolk and the Beacon Hillcommunity. They want to be unique, and thecommunity service and philanthropic workthey do shows it. Introducing Sigma AlphaEpsilon and Theta Phi Alpha: Suolk Uni-versity’s very own fraternity and sorority.Fraternities have a bumpy history at Suf-folk, but Sigma Alpha Epsilon is workingto end the negative connotations that comewith being a brother. Establishing a Suolkchapter of SAE was the brainchild of KyleGaw, Paul Thompson, and Je Miller dur-ing their freshman year in 2008. The groupwas colonized in Sept. 2009 and is currentlyworking toward receiving its charter, whichis basically something that says your frater-nity/sorority has an established ritual and isrecognized nationwide as a chapter. Whenthey receive their charter, the 27 members ofthis “frat in the making” will join the larg-est brotherhood in the country to becomethe Suolk chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.“My hobbies… hmmm…” Senior KelseyTrenti sits pondering in the Orientation andNew Student Programs Oce, reclined in herchair. “I love wearing ip-ops. It has to beabove 30 for me to wear ip-ops. I like surf-ing… what else?” She stops and thinks somemore. “I’m a genius, that’s a hobby,” she sayswith a laugh. “I do stand-up, I guess that can bea hobby. I like brand management, travelling, anavid Team Coco reader, so I follow their blog.”She ends the segment of the conversa-tion with a smile and the statement: “I’m veryawkward.” The interview she gave the
 ,Senior and Student Government Associa-tion (SGA) President Mitch Vieira has dedicat-ed most of his four collegiate years to servingthe university’s community. The majority of hiswork has been with the SGA, beginning early ashis freshman year as a senator. He then becametreasurer for his sophomore and junior years.Vieira is also a member of the Concert Com-miee, the Leadership Education and Program-ming (LEAP) Commiee, and the Who’s WhoSelection Commiee. A government major at Suf-folk, Vieira is also a member of the political sci-ence honor society. Besides his contributions to
Kelsey TrentiMitch Vieira 
Derek Anderson
Journal Staff 
Gianna Carchia
Journal Staff 
Getting toknow Greek 
 Jenn Orr
Journal Staf
SUPERs battle student issues
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Drexler-Hines
The Suolk UniversityPeer Education Resource(SUPER), is a group com-prised of undergraduatestudents trained to providetheir peers with informa-tion and resources con-cerning issues with whichmany college students deal.“The goal is to help stu-dents develop the tools neededfor making informed choicesthat will support and encour
Bianca Saunders
Journal Staf
SGA leadership awards
see SUPERS page 5see TRENTI page 3see VIEIRA page 3see GREEK page 2
The ceremony honoredstudent leaders, organizationsand faculty, recognizing themfor their achievements withinthe Suolk community. Alsofeatured was a performance by the Ramications, Suf-folk's co-ed a'cappella group,and had closing remarks fromDean John Silveria. Notablyabsent from the awards werethe E! Network, Ryan Seacrest,and Joan and Melissa Rivers.Suolk University’s ver-sion of the Oscars, the Stu-dent Government Association(SGA) Leadership Awards, washeld at the Downtown Har-vard Club on Monday night.Nomination ballots wereopen to students, sta and fac-ulty to nominate candidates based on provided criteria.
 Alex Mellion
Journal Staff 
Outstanding freshman:
Heidi Walsh
Outstanding sophomore:
Lina Rodriguez
Outstanding junior:
Bey Lo
Outstanding senior:
Alexa Golden
see SGA page 3
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"SUNORML discussionspeaks for legalization'pg. 5
"Life planning" pg.14
"A Capella unites voices"pg. 10
"Dance company lookingfor practice space" pg. 18
"Japan's recovery madedifcult" pg. 6
PAGE 2April 13, 2011
 Wednesday, April 6
3:29 p.m.Archer Building
Report of a hazardouz condition at 20 DerneSt. Report led. Case closed.
Friday, April 8
10:25 a.m.Donahue
Donahue Cafe reported that there are signsof someone climbing through the open cafewindow within the wall last night. Reportled/ open case.
2:25 p.m.Sawyer Building
Report of larceny at 8 Ashburton Place
Saturday, April 9
12:00 a.m.Public
A Suolk University student was found in-toxicated at 35 Brookline Street, Cambridge,MA by a tenant. The caller notied EMS.Report led.
2:50 a.m.150 Tremont
Elevator entrapment at 150 Tremont St. Re-port led.
10:13 a.m.10 West
Medical assist at 10 West Street. Report led/case closed.
11:02 p.m.150 Tremont
Report of a water damage to mens bath-rooms on oors four and ve of 150 tremontStreet. Report led.
Monday, April 11
2:24 p.m.150 Tremont
Report of a smell of Maruana on the 8thoor. Report led. Judicial Internal
9:29 p.m.10 West
Medical assist at the Modern Theater. Reportled. Case closed.
from GREEK page 1
Frat, sorority different from rest 
Celebrating its h birth-day this year is the Suolkchapter of the Theta Phi Al-pha sorority, Gamma Lamb-da. Consisting of 36 members,Gamma Lambda was estab-lished in 2006 and is currentlygoing through its “make or break years” since recentlypassing through all of its char-ters. As the sorority growsand membership increases,graduating sisters like for-mer TPA President MikaylaLocke emphasize that “it’s re-ally up to the newer girls andthe newest girls to carry on.” Judging by their rela-tionships with the Suolkcommunity thus far, carry-ing on the spirits and func-tions of Sigma Alpha Epsilonand Theta Phi Alpha shouldnot be a problem. In a worldwhere sororities and frater-nities are oen thought to behotbeds for college studentstrying to score booze and sex,the Suolk chapters of theseorganizations are workingagainst that o-puing image.“We do a lot of commu-nity service and a lot of fund-raising for our chapter. It’smostly trying to make friends basically,” said junior KyleGaw, a Sigma Alpha Epsi-lon brother. “I think you getthe negative stu when yougo to bigger campuses andGreek life is more prevalent, but it’s not like that at all[here]. It’s just basically guyswho want to make friends.”Between friendship, com-munity service, and fund-raising, Greek life at Suolkis quite independent. The brothers and sisters do therecruiting, pay dues every se-mester to support themselvesnancially, and leave therest of their nancial needsto fundraising. Sigma AlphaEpsilon and Theta Phi Alphado not receive any fundingfrom SGA, according to by-laws stating that any selec-tive organization (meaningthat they only allow malemembers in one and femalemembers in the other) cannotgo through SGA for a budget.Everything goes through thegroups themselves and therecently established GreekCouncil, which began opera-tions last fall and funds thesorority and fraternity – butonly if they work togetheron a school event (WelcomeBack parties, Greek Week).“There’s nothing reallySuolk can do all that much.I feel like they treat us OK;I don’t think they treat us badly,” Gaw said. “You haveto kind of think about it – wecan’t really get money from[SGA], and I understandthat because the money thatthey get comes from all thestudents. So we can’t takethat money away when itcomes from all the students.”“Before Greek Council wewere completely on our own,and we still are in a sense,”Mikayla Locke said. “We do alot of events with them but alot of the things we do are ourown nancial responsibility.”And a lot of the thingsthat SAE and TPA do don’tcome cheap. Every summer,there is a leadership conven-tion organized by the nationalTheta Phi Alpha oce and thesisters are required to send [aleader] for dierent work-shops. “That can get expen-sive,” Locke continued, “sowe try to raise as much moneyas we can each year for that.”Fundraising is hardlywhat SAE and TPA are allabout, however. The maingames with these two or-ganizations are communityservice and beering theSuolk community throughnetworking and events. Thesisters from Theta Phi Alpha– Gamma Lambda donatesupplies to Camp Friendshipevery year, make cards forthe Big Sister Association ofBoston and Children’s Hospi-tal, and participate in ServiceDay. The brothers from SigmaAlpha Epsilon plan to workmore Program Council andare trying to end any strife be-tween the Suolk communityand Beacon Hill residents.“We’re big with com-munity service. That’s hugewith us – we do everythingand anything almost,” said junior Robbie Waters, cur-rent president of SAE. Also, just creating university rela-tions. We’ve been workingreally well with the BeaconHill Civics Association and because Beacon Hill has is-sues with Suolk already,we’re trying to bridge the gapand make it so that they willlike Suolk just in general.” Joining a sorority or fra-ternity at Suolk involvesaending a rush week, heldevery fall and spring semes-ter. Rushes must display agenuine interest and desirein joining in order to becomepledges, and if pledges aregood enough, they become brothers or sisters in their re-spective organizations. BothSigma Alpha Epsilon andTheta Phi Alpha are lookingforward to growing in mem- bership over the upcomingyears, and they’re also hop-ing that Greek life will havemore of a presence at Suolk.“As Greek life grows onSuolk campus, hopefullywe’ll grow and really cre-ate a positive outlook onGreek life,” Locke noted.“Cooperation and commu-nication are important.”“Geing a bigger Greeklife would be awesome,” Wa-ters added. “I think the oth-ers would agree that bring-ing another frat on campus
Photo courtesy of Theta Phi Alpha
see GREEK page 4
PAGE 3April 13, 2011
Suolk’s Asian AmericanAssociation (AAA), alongwith the Oce of Diver-sity Services, is celebratingthroughout April for AsianAmerican heritage month.“A lot of these events foldinto the Stand for Japan cam-paign,” said Craig Cullinane,associate director of DiversityServices. “They are all op-portunities to give [to Japan]and celebrate Asian culture.”The month’s opening cere-mony also served as the Standfor Japan kicko. Hisashi Na-katomi, deputy consul gen-eral at Japan at Boston, spokealongside a student panel con-cerning the tragedy in Japan.The second event, anAsian dessert reception, washeld yesterday. Cantonese, Japanese and Taiwanese-in-spired desserts were cateredfrom Chinatown’s Bao BaoBakery (owned by a Suolk
Photo by Angela Bray
alumnus), including red beanmochi, almond cookies, taropaste pus, green tea pastepus, and egg tarts. Black andmango teas with boba (smalltapioca balls) were the popu-lar accompanying beverages.“[Diversity Services],along with AAA, makes aconnection throughout thecommunity on this coordi-nate,” said Jacinda Felix Haro,director of Diversity Services.Today’s Zen Friends dis-cussion will regard the liter-ary friendships between lateimperial Chinese women po-ets and Buddhist nuns. Nextweek will bring an AsianAmerican karaoke night anda Buddhism in Asia lecture.“[AAA] oers eventsfor the Asian communitywhile intersecting with oth-ers doing their program-ming,” said Cullinane.the Suolk community,he is involved with the schoolcommiee in his home townof Seekonk, Massachuses.Vieira has had severalinternships, but said he hasgained the most experiencethrough his involvement withthe university. Vieira is in-terested in a career in publicservice as an elected or ap-pointed ocial, perhaps inmunicipal-level government.The next stop for Vieiraon the road to public of-ce is a Master’s in pub-lic administration that hewants to pursue at Suolkaer graduating in May.“I would still like to be in-volved on some level,” he saysregarding Suolk, acknowl-edging that a connection withthe school is completely dif-ferent as a graduate student.The commitment Vieirahas dedicated to his respon-sibilities at the universityhas not gone unseen. He hasreceived multiple acknowl-edgements for his under-takings. He was a recipientof the Dorothy McNamaraaward in his sophomore yearof college, an award that ispresented to a student whohas been highly involved oncampus. Vieira’s participationin the Suolk program, The Journey, earned him the pro-gram’s Leadership Corner-stone Award. The Journey is aprogram that aims to developleadership skills through thefour cornerstones ofinvolve-ment, service, career explora-tion, and leadership. Vieirawas also named College ofArts and Sciences (CAS)Student of the Year in 2010.Although he has benet-ted from abundant leader-ship experience at Suolk,it is not what has meant themost to him. Looking back,Vieira says the most valu-able part of his Suolk ca-however, was not, andlled with good conversation.Trenti is about to be agraduate from the SawyerBusiness School with a doublemajor in marketing and busi-ness management. Graduat-ing in May, Trenti has done alot for the university and hasfully embedded herself into it.“I wanted to go to schoolin the city, mainly,” said Tren-ti, regarding her lure to Suf-folk in therst place.“That’swhat drewme here. Ialso want-ed to be close to the beach.”Trenti also shed light onwhat made her experience atSuolk so great. “I’d probablyhave to say my overall involve-ment here has made my expe-rience that much beer,” shesaid. “I was actually talking toDave DeAngelis, I was doingmy Journey exit-interview,and I was telling him I camehere to play basketball origi-nally. And when I couldn’tplay basketball for whateverreason, I was going to trans-fer my second semester, butthen I became involved withProgram Council (PC). Thatkind of just opened the doorsand opened opportunitiesfor me. I became an orienta-tion leader. It just opened somany doors for me and net-working opportunities. I justlove Suolk so much, thisexperience here has mademy life. I love this place.”And taken those op-portunities, she has. Trentinow works as a marketingconsultant for the Cape Ann basketball team and for acompany called Signed On.“Basically, what it is is aweb development companyand we aggregate social me-dia, tools, widgets and ap-plications. So laymen’s terms,we build websites right now.But we’re trying to shi that,we’re developing a prod-uct that will allow the userto build websites withoutthe help of the developer.So, I’m probably going tostick with them,” said Trenti.Trenti said she’d stickwith the job aer gradua-tion and then see what hap-pens next. “I kind of justgo with the ow,” she said.Trenti’s dream job, how-ever, would be to work forthe company Patagonia.“So Patagonia is a com-pany like The North Face andEMS. They sell outdoor appar-el and it lasts forever,” Trenticlaried. “But [the founders]philosophy is corporate cul-ture is huge and it’s very im-portant to keep your employ-ees happy. So for example, if Iworked in the headquarters ofUtah and it was a great skiingday outside, they would letyou go skiing for a few hoursand, on the honesty policy,would have you come backto work. How sick is that?”Further down the road,what Trenti truly wants is towork in brand management.“I nd it fascinating to workwithdemo-graph-ics andtargetmar-kets and see why people likeproducts and the psychologyand sociology that go with it.”As for advice to thestudents still here, Tren-ti’s is simple and true.“Just have fun, don’tstress, and just go with theow. Don’t worry about thedrama, it doesn’t maer.That would be my advice.Because I think people getcaught up with stress everyday, like lile stress, and itreally doesn’t maer in thelong run,” she said. “Net-work as much as you can, because it will pay o. I don’tknow, I can tell you a bunchof bullshit, but just have fun!”
 Asia-inspired Boba tea and egg tarts
 AAA, diversity servicesform campus connection 
from TRENTI page 1from VIEIRA page 1
 Who's who among seniors
reer has been the time hespent interacting with others.“The best memories weregeing to know my fellowstudents; making friend-ships that last a lifetime,”he said. “The people, theclasses; I’ve learned invalu-able lessons at Suolk.”Vieira’s commitment toserving his community willgreatly benet him as hepursues his dream of work-ing as a public ocial. Hispresence in Suolk’s un-dergraduate communitywill be missed as he beginsthe next phase in his life.“My advice would be toencourage every student toget involved,” he said. Yourtime as an undergraduate istruly enriched by taking ad-vantage of the opportunitiesthat are oered. These op-portunities open doors withnetworking and buildingrelationships that will lastlong aer you leave Suolk.”International Student:Sara FraenkelTransfer Student: ThomasKwiatkowskiCoach: Adam NelsonFemale Athlete:Christina “X” WebsterMale Athlete:Donato DandreoStudent Organization:Best BuddiesCAS Student:Edmund PlamowskiSBS Student:Russell DukeNESAD Student: Julie RudzinskiSta Member:Craig Cullinane
SGA leadershipaward winners
CAS Faculty Member:Rachel CobbSBS Faculty Member:George MokerNESAD Faculty Member:Lydia MartinUnsung Hero (Student):Courtney PorcellaUnsung Hero (Faculty/Sta):Dave DeAngelisCampus Event:Campus CrawlNew Student Organization:Entrepreneurship ClubMost Improved StudentOrganization:Collegiate InvestorsAssociation (CIA)Student-Sponsored Event:GOP Care Package Drive
"I just love Suffolk so much, this experience here has made my life."

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