January 2012 issue no: 3
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Community Service: Smith, Willis Interdisciplinary LLC, we salute you for your exemplary work in programming! Leadership: Stetson East
RA Jordan Liderman coordinated a rape and sexual assault awareness program with representatives from Boston Area Bouvè College: Stetson West Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and Northeastern’s University Health and CBA Corporate Explorers: Counseling Services (UHCS), which more Speare than 30 residents attended. During the CBA Leaders in Society: Speare program many students opened up College of Engineering: Stetson about personal experiences related to West the topic, while hearing stories of survival, empowerment and self-‐care Connections: Stetson West from the panel of experts. Also, College of Computer & throughout the month of November the Information Sciences: Smith residents of the Smennedy Street Criminal Justice: 153 Hemenway community were encouraged to submit artwork for the “What is Smennedy?” Honors: INV, WVC, WVF mural project. The designs were to be Pre Med: 337 Huntington inspired by all of the diversity our
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residents bring to the community and the chosen design was sketched and painted during a community-‐wide event on December 3rd. During the event a specialist and historian of the Black Arts Movement from Roxbury, Gary Rickson, came to speak about the significance of urban murals and, specifically, about the efforts to preserve and remember the historic murals that capture the culture of Roxbury. Keep up the great work!
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GLOBAL FRONTIERS: The Global Frontiers LLC is looking for RAs to help us co-‐program "Welcome to Our Home" with the ISSI on February 24. The program will be listed in the ISSI Carnevale (a 2-‐ month cultural celebration of international students and cultures and the diversity in Northeastern University). There will be 4-‐5 different rooms where each room will be a featured continent or area. These featured rooms will have samples of food from that area as well as music and interactive activities as well as a poster board that describes the flavor/culture of those areas. Ideally, our international residents will help us in promoting their home country and also give descriptions and a perspective of what it's like living there. Please contact SRA Venisse at firstname.lastname@example.org
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RA Spotlight: Olivia Gonsalves Olivia Gonsalves, you are our RA Spotlight! Congratulations! We know that you are not serving in the RA role this semester as you are studying aboard, but we wanted to acknowledge all of your efforts from the first semester! As a first-‐year RA on the Smennedy Street team, Olivia dedicated a tremendous amount of energy into bringing much of the Community Service LLC programming to life. Together with the rest of her colleagues in Smennedy, and as a co-‐op in the Northeastern Center of Community Service, she has
been at the heart of many of our area’s most successful initiatives and took it upon herself to raise the stakes even higher. After agreeing to present to the entire RA staff about community service, service-‐learning and philanthropy during the November Workshop, Liv put those words into action and launched a campus-‐wide program to support one of Boston’s largest holiday charity events, Christmas In The City. The program has not only raised a significant amount, financially, for the impoverished and homeless youth of Boston, it also raised awareness and created a great call-‐to-‐action among the RA and resident populations on campus. Her hard work and passion has not gone unnoticed and as she studies abroad this semester, she leaves some massive shoes to fill.
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at the 2011 fall semester
Excellent Past LLC Programs Oxfam Hunger Banquet: As many students on campus recently learned, not all obscenities have four letters. Recently the RAs from five LLCs on campus, in collaboration with the Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC), held an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to bring awareness to the famine currently wreaking havoc in Somalia and the horn of Africa. The idea for the program came during RA training when RAs were asked to form groups and explore ways their LLCs intersected and interacted with others. Several RAs began discussing the importance of global awareness, and the idea of working with a topic that ties together multiple interest areas easily led to the Somalia famine. Through a semester’s worth of hard work, the RAs secured funding from the SJRC and were able to offer participants of the program a small taste of what it meant to be hungry. Under direction of the evening’s emcee Naomi Thompson Hall, Associate Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, participants were encouraged to reflect on their own lives and the privileges they were given by living in America. Led in a discussion and lecture by Dr. Denise Horn, noted professor and author on globalization and international affairs, the participants were able to explore the political, economic, and global issues that have culminated in this famine. The evening was a true success, and many students expressed interest in learning more about what they could do to make a difference on the famine’s impact. Collaboration is a most powerful tool in the fight for global awareness, and our RAs have proven just that. WVF Honors: The RAs of West Village F have been all around town, treating their residents to all that Northeastern and the surrounding Boston area has to offer. They traveled to the Museum of Science to see the Pompeii exhibit, which features items on loan from the Pompeii excavation in Italy. This program provided students the opportunity to be exposed to another part of the world that is difficult to get to and Pompeian life and culture. They also took residents to the Career Services’ Career Fair. Residents had the opportunity to participate in resume review and interviewing skills prior to participating in interviews. They also took students to a program sponsored by Spiritual Life on Laughter Meditation, where students learned about the therapeutic effects that laughter has on the body and techniques on how to distress. December had the RAs taking residents to The Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. They were introduced to a renowned piece of music and theatre that has been considered a holiday classic for years. Residents had an opportunity to learn through a discussion led by Professor Strukus before the performance about the compositional aspects of the masterpiece and the culture of ballet. Lastly, the residents were treated to a dinner in Chinatown at The Q Restaurant. Professor Hua Dong, and international students from China joined the residents for dinner and cultural dialogue at a traditional Chinese Hot Pot restaurant. After dinner Professor Dong intrigued residents with a discussion of the Dialogue he would be leading this summer in China. Also, Professor Dong led a brief tour around Chinatown and explained true Chinese culture. Willis: In a joint venture between Creative Expressions and Community Service LLCs, the RAs put on “Cards for Kids.” Residents got together to create holiday cards for children in local hospitals. Criminal Justice: Jay Brooks, the CJ Resident Assistant, surveyed his wing in the beginning of the year and discovered several of his residents are looking to join the law enforcement field. Lead by Sergeant Maloney and Officer Lindsey, residents toured the NUPD station from top to bottom. With their all access pass to the station, students engaged in conversations around law enforcement and the difference between local law enforcement and law enforcement at institutions of higher learning. The biggest take-‐away from the tour was the understanding of the role of an NUPD Officer. All Northeastern Police Officers are committed to service and providing a safe community for both on and off campus residents. Computer Science: On Sunday December 4th the residents of the CCIS community were brought together by their RAs Jean Nei and Kotaro Taniguchi, for a presentation on the history and development of one of the world’s most successful gaming empires, Nintendo. After the presentation the gamers were given the chance to compete in a tournament of retro Nintendo games (1985 to 2001) for a chance to win a ticket to PAX East 2012. Community Service: On both Saturday December 3rd and December 10th the residents of the Community Service LLC volunteered to stock shelves, prepare food and serve lunch to the homeless and impoverished residents of Boston, along with their RAs Ally Seigel and Theo Matt, at the Boston Area Food Bank. The small but mighty group left campus shortly after sunrise and spent the day meeting, interacting with and serving the greater Boston community.