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MARCH EDITION 2010
KEEPING YOU CONNECTED TO ALL THINGS SJ
Coming Home by Glen Lombard Residence Manager •••
John Ed Pearce once wrote “home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” For many students living at St. Jerome’s, the concept of “home” is an increasingly perplexing one. As a student, there was a nervous tension anytime I used the term “home” when in the midst of my parents to refer to my life at University. There was a look that I couldn’t quite place when I said at the end of Reading Week, “What time will you be able to drive me home….umm…to Waterloo, I mean?” Of course, there was an unspoken Truth (with a capital “T”) that “home” was where my parents lived, not in residence, where I was living. For my parents, this was a challenging concept to come to terms with. As your son or daughter progresses towards convocation, the feeling and expectations they have of “home” changes. With independence comes a sense that you can make it on your own. Everything from routines, sleep patterns, diet, friendships, hobbies, interests and goals shift.
THE JOKE’S ON YOU The winner of this year’s St. Jerome’s Film Festival. Cast include Andrea Dedlow, Zach Vlaar, James Bennett, Mitchell Buchanan, and Conor Turland.
On the other side of the undergraduate tunnel, I now realize that that’s the point. As comfortable as “home” was, residence and university in general became a place where I could Pigure out who I was and who I wanted to be. Surrounded by new friends and a new extended family, University became a new kind of home. Not one that would replace the place and relationship that I had with my parents, but instead—as Pearce suggests—home became a place in time that I’ve come to look back at with fond memories.
HOT WHEELS TOURNAMENT Cars race to the finish line to become the new champions of this year’s Hot Wheels Tournament.
So Parents, don’t fret. When that four‐letter word sneaks out of your son or daughter’s mouth—don’t take it personally. “Home” has simply moved from being a place, to a concept akin with comfort and security. If your son or daughter feels comfortable and secure here in residence, it means the perfect conditions are set for them to discover the world which lies at their Pingertips. For that, you should be proud.
ROCK BAND COMPETITION The party's just begun, we'll let you in. You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy. You keep on shoutin', you keep on shoutin'. I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day. ~KISS
RESIDENCE LIFE TEAM
Campus Recreation Hockey
by Brianne McDougall, Rebecca Bird, and Jennifer Gooderham Residence Life Team •••
As members of the residence life team we strive to encourage residents to participate in events and to have a balance between work and social time. Residence life is responsible for organizing events that appeal to a diverse group of people. Some events include going to the Stratford Festival, a LAN party, paint balling, road hockey games, stress busters (during exams) and cooking nights. Our team meets once a week to plan and discuss past and future events. The team is currently comprised of Pirst and second year students, however, next year the plan is to have all upper years. Our programming includes Get‐Moving Mondays, Try it Out Tuesdays and events on both Friday and Saturday nights. Rebecca Amadei is the coordinator of the Residence Life Team and is a wonderful role model and leader for all of residence. She works closely with our team to mentor and lead us in a positive direction with the events going on in residence. Being a part of this team has truly demonstrated the importance of community involvement and what St. Jerome’s is all about!
by Jason Annan First Year Student •••
My experience as the captain of the St. Jerome’s Hockey Team in the Campus Recreation league has been one of the best experiences in my first year of university. It has provided me a great opportunity to meet other people with the same interests and also to be part of a team doing what I love to do – play hockey. Taking the responsibility of being team captain was a significant step in learning some of the responsibility required of a university student. It allowed me to show that I am capable of taking leadership, planning activities, and following through on commitments. Having fifteen other students depend on my organizational skills and commitment is an experience I am glad to have had. The feeling of accountability to my teammates and responsibility to my team are attributes that I’ve transferred to my schoolwork. I’ve given my studies the same amount of care and attention as I did my team and I managed to make the best of both. Creating a balance between work and play has helped both my academic and my personal life.
The Third Floor Mixer Presented by Don Ryan and the 3rd Floor Guys
SJU Residence Green Card
Residence Life Programming for Environmental Sustainability and Community Outreach by Rebecca Amadei Residence Life Program Developer •••
When we live in residence, it can be so easy to forget about the world that exists beyond the doors to St. Jerome’s. At times, we become so consumed in the motions of life in res and as we carry on, the world around us continues to evolve….But what about our call to global citizenship? Have we forgotten to be good stewards of the land? And how about our relationship with our local and global community? SJU Residence Life has made a commitment to providing opportunities for our residents to stay in touch with the environment and community beyond our walls. One of our newest initiatives is the “SJU Residence Green Card”.
documentaries, Relay for Life, SJU In Peru fundraisers and workshops, and guest lecturers who present on topics such as organics and fair trade.
In addition to the experience that each student could get out of participating in a “Green Card” event, The “SJU Residence Green Card” his or her name will be entered into a offers programs that reinforce our draw to win a prize at the end of the commitment to sustainable development and our strong values in year. This year Mountain Equipment Co‐op has agreed to donate community outreach. Some of this an expedition pack (for term’s events include used clothing camping and backpacking) swaps, trips to our local movie to the winner of the draw! theater to watch thought provoking
SJU Residence Life continues to develop and grow each year. We’re looking forward to watching how our commitment to community and environment can empower our students to stand in solidarity with people locally and globally, to act responsibly toward the earth, and to reach beyond their limits to make a difference.
SJU’RE HEALTHY by Jessica VandanBussche Student Health and Wellness Advisor •••
Filled with Olympic spirit, St. Jerome's residents have eagerly hit the gym, snow and ice this term! This winter, St Jerome’s has been home to numerous intramural teams, ball hockey games, weekly yoga classes and an introduction to the fitness room. Students also ventured to Blue Mountain for a day of skiing and snowboarding. Yearning for more activity? Stop by Jess V’s room on Mondays at 9:30 for Get Moving Monday and remember to visit www.campusrec.uwaterloo.ca to find times for pick-up sports. As always, Jess is available to help personalize your fitness routine or to help organize a sporting event.
Residence Life by Calida deJong First Year Student •••
As a Pirst year Planning student, I’ve spent the past term as a Program Coordinator for the ResLife Team and I’ve had a blast! ResLife runs small residence events practically every night of the week. Some of the events are well planned, such as the trip to go Paintballing, others are much more random, like the night we ended up holding a Beatles RockBand competition in the lounge. My favourite event to run was my very Pirst ‐ a LAN party. I’m not a gamer at all, I barely know what Halo is, but it was awesome to go out and try something new. Seeing everyone there so into the games and having fun competing was awesome. The event ran until about 2am when my ResLife team had to force everyone to stop so we could clean up and go to bed! My particular passion on ResLife is organizing “Green Events”. A few weeks ago we ran a Clothing Swap; people brought good condition clothes they no longer wanted and traded them for other lightly loved clothes. All the left over clothes are going to be taken to an orphanage in the Philippines. Currently, I’m trying to Pigure out how to build a solar‐powered iPod charger so that we can show people in residence how to build them. St. Jerome’s Green Focus is one of the reasons I chose to live here. Our cafeteria serves Fair Trade coffee and really encourages sustainable practices. I recently attended a meeting to try to initiate a composting program on the main UW campus, St. Jerome’s already has it in place. We compost nearly 100% of our organic waste, which in most places would just end up in the garbage. The people at St. Jerome’s really care; from Rebecca Amadei the ResLife Program Developer who is such an amazing support and is always there to talk, to Ben one of the cooks in the kitchen who once delivered a taco to my table because they had previously run out. You’ll be hard pressed to Pind the community and caring that St. Jerome’s shows anywhere else.
A Generous Community Haitian Relief Effort Upon learning of the devastation in Haiti that occurred as a result of the earthquake on January 12, 2010, the St. Jerome’s community came together to develop a student led fundraising endeavor to support the Haitian relief effort. After much research and consideration of the numerous organizations seeking support, the student group coordinators opted to support Development and Peace and The Mennonite Central Committee. Development and Peace is the ofPicial international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada. The goals of Development and Peace are to support initiatives by people in the Global South to take control of their lives and to educate Canadians about North‐South issues. By collecting loose change from members of the SJU community, we were able to raise $560.77. In addition, this donation qualiPied for the Canadian Government’s Dollar‐for‐Dollar matching program. The Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. The MCC collected donations to form aid kits to be delivered to the people of Haiti. St. Jerome’s collected items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, bed sheets, combs, and bath towels to help assemble these kits. By the end of our donation program, we had collected 250 kilograms of donations from our very generous community. The generosity and the willingness of our community to give to those in need is a true testament to what St. Jerome’s is all about. Not only do we value education, but we are able to aid those who are in greater need than ourselves.
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March 2010 Editor: Melissa Howard Have a question, comment or concern? Send an email to Melissa at email@example.com,