Health Services Wants You To Avoid the Flu

BY COLIN MURPHY // NOV. 10, 2015 // 

In October, a total of 147 flu shots were given to Curry students during Health Services’ flu shot clinics. Flu season starts in October and reaches its peak between December and February. Getting a flu shot is the best way to avoid contracting the flu.

The number of shots provided by the Health Services’ flu shot clinics increased this year. Last year, 125 shots were given.

Erin Simmons, the Director of Campus Health Services said, “The shots are a great service to the community… You are not only protecting yourself, but you are protecting the people around you.”

COURTESY OF NHS EMPLOYERS. CREATIVE COMMONS.
COURTESY OF NHS EMPLOYERS. CREATIVE COMMONS.

Individual students getting their flu shots is extremely beneficial to everyone else on campus, including those who do not get their annual flu shot.

Common reasons for people not getting a flu shot include the dislike or fear of needles, the myth that the shots can make people sick with the flu and underestimating the shot’s importance.

Simmons said that increasing advertising and explaining misconceptions are the best ways to raise awareness of how important the flu shot is.

Simmons said that Health Services has the goal of reaching “herd immunity” on campus. Having “heard immunity” to the flu would mean that everyone on campus would be immune.

First-year student Roberto Roca got his flu shot from a doctor prior to arriving on campus. Roca said, “It was my time to receive it.”

There are 2,100 traditional undergrad students at Curry and only 147 flu shots were given to students. It is likely that many students, like Roca, received their flu vaccination off-campus from a family doctor or a pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where or how you get vaccinated, just as long as you do so.

Simmons encouraged all students and faculty to get their flu shots to reduce the likelihood of illness and to learn more about the flu vaccine. More knowledge will lead to an increased chance of a fully flu-protected campus.

Beauty into Beast: Holi-Daze

BY OLIVIA ANDREW // NOV. 4, 2015 //

The dreaded holiday season is upon us! Although we all love family gatherings, celebrations and creating fond memories, holidays can also be a health enthusiast’s worst nightmare.

The holidays are a time for binging. We all do it, we pig out on turkey, mashed potatoes and pie. So, how can we tackle this particular predicament?

There are two ways that I have found to be very effective for me and my lifestyle choice:

  1. Increase the intensity of your workouts and dietary restrictions for the next couple of weeks. By taking this route, you are reinforcing your discipline and enabling yourself to resist unhealthy temptations. Then, when the holidays come around, you are more likely to partake in the food festivities in moderation. With your hard work constantly in mind, it will be a lot harder for you to justify throwing it all away for three piece of pumpkin pie.
  2. Continue your current workout routines and dietary habits throughout the holiday preseason. Then, when the holidays roll around, partake in the feasting as you wish. However, have an post-holiday plan ready to go. Once the holidays are over, increase the intensity of your workouts and further evaluate your diet to help you lose any weight you may have gained.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA ANDREW.
    PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA ANDREW.

There are people who are strong enough to not let the holidays affect how they eat and kudos to them! For me, half of the enjoyment and memories are eating my grandmother’s famous apple pie and my aunt’s amazing mac and cheese. I just can’t say “no”! But, with the help of a holiday game plan, I won’t have to worry about a little holiday indulgence.

I won’t lie – this past month hasn’t been easy. One of the first things I learned living this lifestyle is that lying doesn’t do you any good. You have to admit any problems you may be having and then find a way to resolve them.

My schedule has been the biggest challenge to conquer. Although I always find time to walk or run and get at least an hour of exercise four times a week, it can be hard to manage. I have so much going on outside of fitness that my workouts haven’t been as intense and my diet has wavered.

But GOOD NEWS! I have pinpointed my problem and have taken the steps to correct it. Because of my choice to body build, I have decided to make sure to dedicate one hour a day (with weekends off) to intense workouts.

I have created posters and reminders everywhere, so I have no excuse to quit or avoid. You are more likely to achieve a goal if it surrounds the place you live.

Make a schedule, put up pictures of inspiration, keep them exposed and you can achieve your fitness goals!

PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA ANDREW.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA ANDREW.

Last month I gained four pounds of muscle! I’m very proud of myself and it’s important to remember that baby steps are good steps.

Other then discovering muscle gain, I learned that stomach fat is incredibly hard to burn! Don’t think that you can just constantly do cardio and it will go away, because it won’t. Many people give up on losing weight or getting fit, because they don’t see immediate progress. You need to remember that improvement takes serious dedication and heart. If you want it, never give up on it! Abs are made in the kitchen, not just the gym. Make sure you are getting the right nutrients into your body while also working out.

None of us are perfect. I am still struggling with my goals. My stomach doesn’t look like I want it to yet, but my upper body and calf muscles are showing improvement.

With holiday season looming and leftover Halloween candy lingering, don’t give up. You’re worth it, we all are!

Jimmy Fund RA Program Takes Off

BY SAM PISCITELLI // NOV. 3, 2015 // 

At the end of last semester, Kayla Keany was feeling the pressure. She had exams looming and RA commitments to keep up with. It was tough for Keany to push forward, but she did so by finding happiness in helping others. That’s when she began brainstorming ideas to raise money for the Jimmy Fund.

“I love volunteering and working for others,”  said Keany, a Resident Assistant in 156 House and a junior Community Health and Wellness major. “I thought about it, and on a personal level I connected with the children and I thought it would be a great organization to sponsor.”

With the help of fellow RA and junior Community Health and Wellness major, Colleen Joyce, Keany put together a multi-step program to raise awareness and collect donations for the Jimmy Fund.

Colleen Joyce (left) and Kayla Keany (right.) PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLA KEANY.
Colleen Joyce (left) and Kayla Keany (right.) PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLA KEANY.

Keany contacted a representative from the the Jimmy Fund back in April and proceeded to fill out all necessary paperwork. She met with a Community Director and asked help from friends like Joyce.

“It was a lot of brainstorming and making those ideas become solid,” Keany said. “With something you really want to do that is big, you have to work towards it, and with that came a lot of time and effort.”

Keany arranged for Kate McGuirk, Assistant Director of Corporate Partnerships at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an associate for the Jimmy Fund, to appear as a guest speaker on Sunday, Nov. 8. McGuirk will be talking about the ins and outs of the Jimmy Fund, where donations go and its importance. The event will take place on the 8th at 5-6 p.m. in the Student Center’s Large Meeting Room.

When Keany received a personal phone call from McGuirk thanking her for going “above and beyond” for these children, she was beyond ecstatic. “When I got the phone call I was getting ready for the day. When I answered it my heart melted into little pieces, and I thought it was adorable,” Keany said. “Knowing that I was making the impact made me want to go above and beyond for this program.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLA KEANY.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLA KEANY.

Keany and Joyce have collected around 42 books and homemade cards to be sent to the Jimmy Fund patients at Dana Farber. While Keany expressed saddeness at her inability to deliver the cards herself, she said she is “happy they will bring joy to these beautiful, strong children.” Keany also said her favorite part about the cards being sent to the kids is that they are all so diverse, so no child will be delivered the same card.

The “Strike out for Cancer” fundraiser will continue through the end of this month.

If you are interested in participating in the “Strike Out for Cancer” fundraiser, please contact Keany at kkeany2013@students.curry.edu.

2015 Campus Security Report Released

BY KELLIE-ANN MAXWELL // OCT. 27, 2015 // 

Every year, colleges that receive federal funding must submit a “crime log” of sorts to the Department of Education in order to keep receiving federal funding. Curry College has recently made their “crime log” available to the faculty, staff and students.

There are several ways to access the College’s “crime log” or Clery Report. You can go to Public Safety and ask to see the Campus Security Report or go to www.curry.edu and type “Campus Security Report” in the search bar. Public Safety also sent the full report to faculty, staff and students in September. It is also available here.

As a private college, Curry only needs to release an annual campus crime report. Daily crime logs detailing more current issues are not available to anyone. However, there is a bill in the works that would require private Massachusetts colleges to release daily crime logs to the public.

The Clery report was named after Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University. Lehigh was once a minimum security campus in Pennsylvania, meaning that the doors on the rooms had no locks. In 1982, Clery was murdered when someone broke into her room, raped and killed her.

Clery’s murder remained a mystery for months until a student came forward and said he noticed that his roommate had a clock that looked very similar to one that Clery had owned. The roommate was brought in, questioned and found guilty.

Clery’s parents petitioned the school and government. They believed that they should have had access to the school’s crime statistics and the kind of security the campus offered. In response, the Clery Report was created.

Each pair of shoes represents seven survivors of sexual assault. PHOTO BY WOLFRAM BURNER, CREATIVE COMMONS.
Each pair of shoes represents seven survivors of sexual assault. PHOTO BY WOLFRAM BURNER, CREATIVE COMMONS.

Universities and college that receive federal funding must submit their Clery Report to the Department of Education no later than October 14th. The Report covers 3 years and is a year behind. For example, the 2015 report covers the years 2012-2014.

Curry’s Clery Report lists building locations, crime management and prevention, fire safety, emergency procedures, bullying prevention, security and ends with a list of on-campus crime statistics. The on-campus crime statistics include how many crimes have been committed and whether or not they were committed by students.

The Report stated that every residence hall has sufficient fire suppression systems such as fire alarms, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and evacuation plans. The Report also included policies that Curry has against different violations and misconducts, as well as safety procedures.

The Clery Report released this year included a lot of information, but there were several highlights. There has only been a single fire in the last 3 recorded years. The fire occurred in 2013 in the residence hall 886. The crime statistics at the end of the document showed that Liquor Law Violations have been consistently going down. There were 474 in 2013, 323 in 2013 and just 274 in 2014.

Although there wasn’t anything drastic reported in this year’s Clery Report, students have to take campus safety into their own hands.

Curry College’s Chief of Public Safety, Brian Greely, said, “Public Safety is everybody’s responsibility. If you see something, say something.”

Levin Library Gets Into the Halloween Spirit

BY JAMES BONNEAU // OCT. 26, 2015 // 

Halloween festivities aren’t just for kids. Levin Library will be bringing the Halloween spirit to campus on Wednesday, October 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be fall-friendly, free refreshments and a storytelling contest. Costumes aren’t required, but strongly encouraged.

This event is one of the first for Levin Library. The Library’s Marketing and PR intern Matt Gleason said, “The Library typically doesn’t hold events like this, so it’s something new.”

For the event, Levin Library’s main floor will be transformed into a room of horrors. Librarian David Miller and Professor Katherine Morrison will be telling their scariest tales. If you’ve got a scary story of your own to tell, stop by to share your haunted experience.

PHOTO BY CRISTIAN IOHAN STEFANESCU, CREATIVE COMMONS.
PHOTO BY CRISTIAN IOHAN STEFANESCU, CREATIVE COMMONS.

The best storyteller will receive a prize, which is rumored to be Dunkin Donuts gift card. Even though the contest is focused on scary stories, all stories are welcome.

Gleason said, “Funny and other stories are welcome.”

All are invited to attend the event, with or without a story to tell. In order to attend the Halloween event, you must sign-up first. Sign-ups are at the front desk in the Levin Library.

If you’re dying to get as much use as possible out of your Halloween costume or just really enjoy free snacks, stop by the library on the 28th to show your Halloween spirit.

As for the free refreshments, Gleason said, “There will be apples, apple cider and candy.”