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MARCH EDITION 2010

GRAPEVINE

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

SNOW BOWL

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 resinfo@sju.uwaterloo.ca,


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