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Quadside Poetry Slam, 8-11pm
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What to know what is new in dining? Are you excited about the new look of Bartol Hall? Read more about changes on the horizon! Wh a t’ s co o kin g o n c a m p us? ’d like to introduce you all to the new team that is working hard to make your dining experience a fabulous one this upcoming year. Andy Allen, the new Director of Dining Services has joined the Simmons community this summer. His first order of business? A fresh look to Bartol Hall! The bright new paint and archive photos of the Simmons community create a more welcoming atmosphere that celebrates our rich history. Andy’s 35 years of working with food and experience as an Certified Executive Chef will no doubt be valuable as he works to create a positive dining experience for our campus. So far he is loving Simmons!
Joining us at the end of the Spring semester is our Bartol Hall dynamic
duo, Samantha Foor, Bartol Hall Manager and Emily Hedgepeth, Kitchen Supervisor. They will continue to bring their passion for food into Bartol, introducing creative new dishes to the res campus, and seeking feedback on new changes. Samantha’s background is as a dietitian nutritionist and Emily brings her extensive culinary training. Highlights of Recent Changes in Dining Campus Wide: • Fens is open for breakfast on the academic campus beginning at 7:30am, Monday through Friday. Bartol will continue to oﬀer a
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The night kicks of with Simone Beaubien; a veteran of the New England slam poetry scene and then 4 Cantab Lounge Slam Poets will take the stage for a head to head slam oﬀ. We will open the floor back up for more performers from the audience following the slam.
Saturday, Sept. 11th Quadside Karaoke, 8-11pm Grab some friends or make some new ones and head down to Quadside to sing your favorite tune.
Tuesday, Sept. 14th Colors of Success Multicultural Affairs Welcome Reception , 4-6pm Meet fellow students and staﬀ resources at this annual event. Refreshments served.
Thursday, Sept. 16th COF Block Party, 5-8pm Meet other students of the Colleges of the Fenway at this popular gathering. Come back after the comedian for a COF After Party (9pm-1am) at Mass Art!
Thurs, Sept. 16th Comedic Magician Derick Hughes Swing back to Simmons for dinner and drop into this fabulous comic magician. Bring all of the new friends you made at the block party!
Bringing New Spirit to Dining @ Simmons full continental breakfast as well as two rotating hot items per day. Please fill out a comment card at Bartol with your favorites so they may plan the menu accordingly. • If you happen to be on the residential campus during lunch, Bartol continues to be open for your convenience. Bartol features freshly made sandwiches, hot selections, a rotation of pizza and grill items, salad and deli bar. • The made to order grill is now open MWF, and pizza will be oﬀered on T & Th. The grill is also open dinner, M-F. Due to popular demand, hot breakfast has been added to the Fens cafe therefore grill will no longer open for breakfast at Bartol. • New for this academic year is a Gluten Free area in Bartol Hall. If you have gluten allergy or other a dietary need please contact Samantha Foor, Bartol’s manager to coordinate your meal. • Fens now features freshly made sushi! The frozen yogurt machine has been relocated to the other side of the serving area. The Fens and Bartol will feature smoothies on a regular basis for those who are looking for Freshens.
• Quadside now accepts the meal plan Mon-Fri from 8-9:30pm. If your practice or class runs late, Quadside will feature 3 combos that can be utilized as a meal. • If you have suggestions or compliments for anything in dining The Simmons College Cafeteria Circa 1950 please utilize the common Purchases less than $4 will pull from cards as the managers love to hear your points and purchases over $6 will from students and want to make your use a meal and points (for cost over dining experience a great one! $6). The Fens feature combos that will allow you to make a complete meal for less than $6 if you choose. Meal Equivalency Reminders You can only swipe one meal per meal At breakfast, you may make use of period, but based on popular request your meal as an equivalency for dining services has doubled the purchases that range from $2-$4. number of guest meals from 5 to 10 Purchases less than $2 will pull from this year. your points and purchases over $4 will use a meal and points (for cost over $4) Also, don’t forget to check out www.fenwaycard.com often to review At lunch and dinner, you may make use your meal and points balance of your meal as an equivalency for throughout the semester! purchases that range from $4 to $6.
Wir eles s Co me s t o t h e Re si d e nc e Camp us While many of you may have enjoyed the wireless access provided in Bartol, Quadside, and Simmons Hall living room over the years, you may have pondered what it would be like to have easy access to the internet while sitting in your hall lounge or on your bed in your room. Soon, your wish for the convenience of wireless will be a reality! Simmons Technology has been working hard throughout the summer to install over 190 wireless access points throughout the entire residence campus. Whether watching that Netflix movie on your ipod touch at the gym, or sitting in the sun outside right outside of your hall, you will have the benefit of wireless access at your fingertips. Just like on the academic campus, you will be asked to authenticate your computer to the Simmons Network with your Simmons login. However, for ease of use, once you go through to authenticate, your computer will remain registered for the duration of the semester. You should not authorize others onto the wireless network as the number of devices you can register is limited and you will be responsible for any unacceptable use of the network. Guests may use the wireless guest access feature. Technology anticipates that all wireless access points will be turned on for student use by mid-October. They will be turning on each building one at a time as the software programming is completed. First up, Simmons Hall.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available!
Res id en tia l re n o v a t i o n s
nyone who has a younger sibling may know the feeling when a younger brother or sister gets something you didn’t get when you were that age. It might have been an allowance, a later bedtime or curfew. You know that deep down you should be happy for them, but something inside you just can’t help being jealous. We’ve all been there, and it’s okay. In the long run, you do start to feel excited that they got something great because you know it is really something that you have been advocating for, and in the end, you both win.
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highlight some of the most exciting changes this year. Simmons Hall Common Room Improvements include: • New flat screen TV above the fireplace with laptop connector • New high table seating furniture by the windows • New soft seating furniture • New baby grand piano • New lighting (most important of all!)
For those of you who lived in Mesick Hall, or Simmons Hall last year, or the year before, we know you may have a little bit of big sibling jealousy this year. It’s okay, we understand. But don’t fret, the improvements we’ve added this summer to these two halls will be a benefit to all residential students! See our sidebar on the new residential commons spaces to see how you can access them if you don’t live in Simmons or Mesick yourself. For those of you who haven’t yet visited our renovated spaces, I want to
Mesick Hall Improvements include: • New flat screen TV with laptop connector • New furniture in common lounges • Overhead lighting in rooms • New room windows • Bathroom renovations – sinks, showers, lighting and floors • Kitchen renovations, 1st and 4th floors View architectural drawings & before/ after pictures of these new spaces online at http://web.simmons.edu/ ~reslife/2010/Renovations.html or stop by these halls anytime before 11pm and check out the renovations in person!
Like the changes on the residence campus? Tell us what you think to help us continue to cultivate a vibrant residence campus life and plan for possible future enhancements! Email me with your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org Room sick Mtg e M w e N
New residential common space
Renovations benefit everyone! We want to highlight some ways in which you might take advantage of our newly spruced up spaces.
Book the Mesick Meeting Space (1st floor Mesick) for an organization meeting or a study group. It’s the 1st “smart” meeting room on campus and has a built in computer, projector, DVD, CD, and laptop hook up. Reservations can be made through conference services by calling 617-521-2158, by emailing email@example.com, or visiting their oﬃce at E-200 in the MCB.
Play the new pianos. Come by the Simmons Hall living room to try out the new baby grand piano. All are welcome, especially those with musical talent! A new upright piano has also been added to the Smith Hall/ Quadside music room. This is the perfect place to go if you want some privacy when you play, or if you are short on that musical talent ;)
Pop in a movie. Is your own hall lounge crowded? Feel free to stop by Simmons or Mesick to use their new flat screen TVs and DVD players. Want to mix it up? New flat screen TV’s were purchased this summer for North Hall basement, South Hall basement, Evans Hall. A jawdroppingly big TV is also located Morse Hall living room!
Practice a presentation, view a slideshow, or watch your instant Netflix Queue. While all flatscreen TVs have the capability for hooking up to a laptop, both Simmons and Mesick have connections built into the wall. You’ll need a standard VGA cable (~$8) to make this work, but if you ever plan to use your laptop for presentations it might be a great investment! Mac computers will also need a VGA display adapter (~$19).