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772356138.jpg It's Sexual Assault Awareness month, and the Simmons chapter of Girls' LEAP is doing its part to raise awareness.

We sat down with program member Jackie Hernandez '12 to talk about Youth Speak Out, a youth-led interactive workshop to raise awareness about how common violence is in the lives of young women, and why it is important to speak out on the issue.

"I think what people don't know is that sexual violence against women is usually by someone the victim knows. Most people think it's a stranger you meet down a creepy alleyway. 86% of sexually assaulted women aged 12-17 knew their attacker."

That is certainly an alarming statistic! The event is being led by teen mentors who work with Simmons students at schools throughout the Boston area to empower young women. The program teaches girls self defense, self reflective skills, saying no, setting personal boundaries, and self confidence.

Continue reading Girls' LEAP speaks out on violence against women.

The Simmons Black Student Organization faired the storm Tuesday to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month. All were welcome to participate in the cake cutting ceremony, and those lucky enough to be passing by received a free piece! The girls were joined by President Helen Drinan and School of Social Work Associate Professor Gary Bailey. If you're interested in celebrating Black History Month, the BSO has planned plenty events this month for you to take part in.

bso1.jpgTuesday February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Quadside: Project Have Hope Bead Party

Project Have Hope started buying beads from the Acholi women in 2006. Through this partnership, sales have increased significantly. Bead bracelets will be sold at Quadside, so make sure to get down there and support this great cause.

Continue reading Simmons BSO kicks off Black History Month.

We caught up with the Simmons Sirens, the a capella group on campus, and we had the opportunity to record them singing a lovely winter song. It definitely puts us in the mood for snow and ice skating (Frog Pond!), and we hope it does the same for you.

What are your favorite things about winter?


Tis' the season of shopping, crowds and finals. I know it's a busy time. But, there is so much going on this weekend at Simmons that you should take advantage of. Organizations have worked hard all semester to bring you top notch entertainment and fun. Please, take a break from the hustle and bustle of classes, studying, work, and whatever else is going on in your hectic life, and attend at least one fantastic performance or celebratory event.


Continue reading A weekend of activities.

Wondering what a Simmons athletic career could offer you? How about a chance to play a competitive sport for four years, while still having the opportunity to achieve everything you want to academically?

Simmons athletes are looked up to on campus. Being an all women's college means female sports teams don't have to take a back seat to men's athletics, as is with most colleges and universities. There is a certain camaraderie that comes with being a Shark. Each team is committed to supporting their fellow athletes during games, matches, and meets.

Continue reading See what it's like to be a Simmons Shark.

This Saturday is the second annual Boston Book Festival, an event that introduces Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, and authors to the city of Boston. As it turns out, the festival's chief organizer, Deborah Porter, is a Simmons alum and according to the Boston Globe, organizing the festival amid a recession was an impressive feat. So, props to Deborah!

In addition to the festival's organizer, there are quite a few presenters who also are connected to the Simmons community. While browsing through the list of authors who are scheduled to appear, I came across best-selling authorKristin Cashore, who earned her master's in Children's Literature from Simmons; GSLIS alum Maija Meadows, a children's librarian at the BPL's Lower Mills Branch; Continuing Education Instructor and award-winning young adult author Mitali Perkins; Helene Atwan, director of Beacon Press, which publishes Professor Theresa Perry's "Race, Education and Democracy" lecture and book series; and our 2010 Commencement speaker, Elizabeth Alexander. That is some major representation.

Continue reading Simmons at the Boston Book Festival.

If you're a senior here at Simmons then you probably know that you're having your yearbook photos taken this week. I stopped by to ask some of these photogenic seniors to reflect on their time at Simmons. You can tell the nostalgia is setting in already.

Even though graduation is creeping closer and closer, there are still seven months left for crazy fun college experiences. The best advice these seniors could give to first years was to get involved and don't put too much stress on academics. College is all about the array of experiences. As long as you stay on track with your studies, feel free to enjoy yourself a little.


To celebrate the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, Simmoms Hillel held a contest between 12 student organizations.

Fasting? Praying? Confession?... Gingerbread? If you guessed the latter - you must have stopped by the Kotzen Room today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sukkot sounds like a fun holiday. It is the Festival of Booths (sukkah means booth in Hebrew). The holiday can be traced back to ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. These huts provided shade to allow workers more time in the fields to harvest the crops.

As a result, Sukkot is the celebration of material goods rather than the deprivation. It is a holiday in which Jews are encouraged to rejoice and enjoy the material things in life.

So, what better way to celebrate this joyous occasion than with a gingerbread sukkah-making competition. The construction of a completely edible religious hut. Sounds good to me!

Anyway - I hope you were able to stop by and vote for your favorite gingerbread sukkah. I stole some M&M's while I was there.


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