21 things I’ve learned at 21

By Hailey Bishop

Turning 21 last year, I decided to create a list of what I’ve learned in that time. Things that have inspired me, broke me, shaped me into the woman I am today.

  1. Self-love is the best love. In the past I haven’t always believed this to be true, but loving yourself is the most courageous thing you can do in a world that tries to tell you not to.
  2. Keep your standards high. Keeping my standards high for myself and those that mean the most to me in life is essential. It gives me peace of mind.
  3. Know your worth. This was always taught to me growing up. Know your value, know your worth and you will be successful in whatever you pursue in life.
  4. Be kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself means providing yourself with the experiences that bring you most joy, love and positivity.
  5. Never play small in life. Never sell yourself short in life. Always go for the gold in life. What you believe, you will achieve.
  6. Feel your feelings. Never discredit your own feelings/emotions at the expense of others.
  7. Empower yourself, even if others don’t. Always know the strength you hold within yourself, even if others don’t see it.
  8. Let your creativity shine. Allow your light to shine through, and it will glow throughout everything you do.
  9. Never dim your sparkle. Something I’ve learned in life is to never dim your light for anyone else’s comfort. Live your life to the fullest for YOU, regardless of the opinions of others.
  10. Live a life you love. Love the life you’re living in the present. Little moments in life add up to be the most meaningful parts of the human experience.
  11. Work hard in silence. Let your success make noise. Your success speaks for itself.
  12. Never be afraid to reinvent yourself. Starting a new a path can be just the change you need to bloom into the person you were always meant to be.
  13. Leave what is not meant for you. Once you leave what is not meant for you, brighter things will appear in your path.
  14. Never let life harden you. Life can be unexpected, wonderful, loving, sometimes hurtful. Never let the circumstances of your life harden your heart. Only you can determine what hardens you.
  15. Have integrity always. Always try to do acts of kindness when no one is watching. It may mean the most to someone in the world who needs it.
  16. Love the skin you’re in. Love the person you are each and every day. Your sense of self is going to reflect in every aspect of your life. Make sure to love yourself first. This sets the tone for the things that follow.
  17. Be bold. Be bold in the things that you feel deeply about. This will create a positive impact of interest.
  18. Embrace your uniqueness. Embrace what makes you YOU. No one can take that away from you.
  19. Make memories. Making memories is the most meaningful thing we have as people.
  20. TRAVEL! Traveling is so exciting, but also important in life. Time never turns around. Take time to travel. It gives a new purpose and perspective to the present moment.
  21. Live life to the fullest! You have only one life so if you’re not in love with your life find the courage to change it.

With combination of course options amid pandemic, Curry completes the fall semester

Michael Foster, a senior lecturer in the Academic Enrichment Center, taught Reading, Writing and Research 1 in a hybrid format this fall.

By Olivia Perron

     In the era of Covid-19, colleges and universities have had to make decisions about how to continue student learning while keeping students, faculty and staff safe and healthy. While some universities decided their best option was to remain completely remote, other colleges chose to take a different approach to learning.

     Curry College integrated four ways in which a class could be held this fall: in person, online, hybrid and hyflex. A hybrid course is when one session of the class is held in person and the other session is held online. A hyflex course is when one half of the class is in the classroom during a single session while the other half is online, with the two groups switching for the next class meeting. In-person classes were offered in the fall with lower seat availability, while online-only classes were offered at typical capacity.

     First-year student Austin Kessler had four hybrid classes. Earlier this semester he said that he found the hybrid classes were accommodating for students’ safety. He found the flexibility of switching between online and in person to be convenient, and when asked which type of section he preferred he stated that it was hybrid sections.

     “They [hybrid sections] allow for us to be able to be comfortable from our rooms on one day and also allow us to have the in-person college experience,” said Kessler.

     Some students struggled with losing the face-to-face learning they once knew so well. Other students found much difference in learning. A key comment from both sides was that students had to become more independent driven in order to have the best chances of success.

     “[The online component] made learning a bit easier since I think it’s a learning curve for both sides so the homework load doesn’t feel as excessive as it would probably normally be,” said Alice Tisme, a third-year student. “But I found the transition fairly easy, surprisingly.”

     For professors teaching in the new environment, a key became enhancing their ability to engage students through technology. Professors also worked on ways to make sure that students heard and understood the material.

     “I believe that it’s one thing to teach to the content of the course material and another thing to be able to create an environment that is conducive to learning that is going to stick to the student so that they will have the resources that they need to be proficient in their professional careers after they graduate,” said John DiCicco, PhD, a professor in the business department, during the semester.

     First-year student Kaylee Walsh had a mix of online, in-person and hybrid courses. She said that she enjoyed the idea of staying in bed for an online class but also warned of the ease it gives students to slack off and procrastinate.

     “Although it is a lot more convenient for me to have my classes online, I’ve noticed that I seem to put more effort into classes I have in person and make better connections with my classmates,” Walsh said during the semester. “So, therefore, I prefer having class in person.”

     Michael Foster, a senior lecturer in the Academic Enrichment Center who taught Reading, Writing and Research 1 in a hybrid format, said during the semester that he found students speak up more in an online format.

     “Students today are so accustomed to engaging the world online that having the opportunity to communicate in a hybrid manner helps me reach students more effectively at times,” said Foster. “Many students who are too shy to speak up in class will more readily share their opinions via hybrid learning, which is different from what I experienced in the past.”

     Whether engaged in online, hybrid, hyflex or in-person courses, professors and students have come to the conclusion that each mode has its share of perks and downsides. In the world of technology, these new ways of holding courses may remain integrated into college life.

     “I believe students remain engaged as we continue to improve our technology and our method of pedagogical delivery as instructors,” said DiCicco.

First-year student Kaylee Walsh had a mix of online, in-person and hybrid courses this fall.

Final Phase of Learning Commons Opens

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The second and final phase of the Learning Commons project officially opened for business on Wednesday September 18th.

The first phase opened last semester and includes state-of-the-art science labs, a virtual dissector table and multi-configurable classrooms.

The newest phase, in the old science building, includes offices for Study Abroad, the Curry Speaking Center, the Writing Center and a new café, to name just a few additions.

The opening ribbon cutting featured Curry president Kenneth Quigley, provost David Szczerbacki and other members of the faculty, alumni and board of trustees.   The goal of the new building, according to Curry officials, is to provide the space and tools to facilitate the college’s approach to “teaching and learning through mentoring and empowering students to help them achieve their ambitions.” 

 

Finding the Words to Tackle Hate Speech

BY KELLY LEWICKI // MARCH 7, 2019 //

As most people at Curry College already know, a threatening message was scrawled on a bathroom stall in the Hafer Academic Building last week. But, like many of the previous hate speech incidents that have occurred on campus in recent years, students are questioning the manner in which college officials and the Milton Police Department have handled the situation.   

According to the college’s protocols for investigating bias-related incidents on campus, the Milton PD is notified when a possible hate crime has occurred. At that point, the investigation is turned over to them. This is what happened following last Thursday’s incident in the first-floor men’s bathroom in Hafer. However, the college opted not to share the actual words of the threat with the Curry community, and declined to provide it to the many area news organizations that covered the police investigation.

In a story by CBS News Boston, Milton Police Deputy Chief James O’Neil said the perpetrator, who has yet to be identified, according to college officials, could face up to one year in prison.

This begs the question: Given the severity of the repercussions, why refuse to admit to students the true nature of the crime?

According to a source familiar with the details of the investigation, but who was not authorized to speak about it publicly, the threat read, “I’ll kill you all. F*** all stupid n*****s.” The writing was so large that it took up most of an inside wall of one of the bathroom stalls. 

In an email to the campus on Friday, March 1, President Kenneth Quigley wrote, in part, “As I tell each and every member of our entering class at Convocation, acts of bias are contrary to everything that Curry stands for. Simply put, they will not be tolerated on our campus and those engaging in acts of bias will not be welcome as a member of the Curry College Community.”

Although Curry has suffered a string of bias incidents and hate crimes over the years, it has been rare for President Quigley to personally address them. The last time he issued a personal statement to the student body was September 2017, following a handful of incidents on two consecutive days.

That email read, “As I wrote to all members of the Curry community at the start of the academic year and shared directly with our entering class at Convocation, ‘Hate Has No Home Here.’ Simply put, acts of bias will not be tolerated on our campus.”

The similarities between the two have left the impression on some students that the college is merely going through the motions.

“Because I already knew what the bathroom stall said, his email just made me more upset because it seemed copied and pasted,” said junior Kevelle Toppin. “Based on prior bias incidents, those emails we received last week felt very similar. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but that was my initial reaction. And after the email, it felt like it was over and done with and no further action was going to be taken.”

Paul King, director of Public Safety at Curry, said his office and Milton Police were in agreement that the writings on the stall posed no “immediate threat” to the campus community. “If an immediate threat had been identified, Public Safety would have issued a shelter in place or evacuation notification to the community,” King said. But “given the nature of this incident, we decided to increase patrols.”

“There are many people in the Curry community who are working every day to make our community more diverse, inclusive, and equitable,” said President Quigley. “Just before learning of the incident, I was in a meeting with several terrific Curry students who were planning a diversity event. Our Student Government Association responded quickly when the incident was reported [in terms of] how students can move to action as part their “Let’s Talk About Our Curry” event. And, we recently had an important Black Lives Matter event on campus. I believe that when all parts of the Curry community work together to celebrate diversity and respond loudly to incidents like this, it helps diminish the impact of hateful acts.”

But Greg Estes, Senior Class president and a Criminal Justice major, said he wants the Curry administration to be even more proactive to prevent future heinous acts.

“In 886 last year, there were events that happened and they did put up cameras,” said Estes, referring to a residence hall. “They should consider doing the same thing in academic hallways.”

The college’s Policy for Responsible Installation and Use of Video Security Cameras on campus reads, “Cameras shall not be installed in — nor positioned to view through the windows of or entryways to — areas where individuals have a reasonable and legitimate expectation of privacy, such as private offices, spaces dedicated to health and counseling services, residence hall rooms, locker rooms, bathrooms and classrooms.” Cameras were first installed on campus for security reasons in August 2017, and, as Estes said, cameras were placed in the hallways of 886.

“I don’t see any problems with pointing it down the hallways to see who is going in and coming out,” Estes added.

According to King, the college continues to “assess such situations and determine priorities for additional cameras based on this incident and others that happen on campus.” He added that he believes common  hallways that lead to a bathroom is a public, rather than private, space. 

Cameras aside, Cotdell Tuning, Junior Class president and president of the Black Student Union, said she has bigger concerns about the moral compass of the campus as a whole.

“With all the free resources we have available to us, it’s surprising that people still don’t understand human decency,” Tuning said. “The way the issue was handled was insensitive as well….The black community [being] targeted is disappointing, but not surprising, because this college is an institution that is run by people who will never understand how it is to be a person of color.”

The words on the Hafer bathroom stall have long since been painted over, and in their place the college hung a flyer denouncing the act.

“We choose to remove vandalism, not to hide it, but in order to not perpetuate hateful speech,” it reads. “Help change the conversation and, in turn, make Curry College a truly inclusive community.”

But some students don’t want to change the conversation. They are eager to have it and to face the issue of racism head-on. To engage others in that conversation, though, there needs to be a more transparent accounting of the hate, they say.

The Department of Public Safety asks that anyone with information about the hate speech incident contact their office at 617-333-2222, or call the anonymous tip line at 617-391-5280 or email at publicsafety_tipline@curry.edu.

Kicking Out Commencement

BY KELSEY DAVIS // FEBRUARY 25, 2019 //

At the end of last year, Dean of Students Maryellen Kiley and the Class of 2019 started to assess whether Curry has outgrown the space that we have on campus. Curry students took a vote and this year, for the first time ever, Curry College is moving the commencement ceremony from Blue Hill Ave to The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.

With this news came questions and mixed feelings, not only from the senior class but from future classes, as they are concerned about their graduation experience.  

Holding the ceremonies at Curry College is important to many students, including senior Alex Landry. “I feel that this campus is a part of our identity as Curry students,” said Landry. “That’s why I voted to keep commencement here at Curry.”  

While many people feel similar to Landry, including Dean Kiley, she feels the move will only be beneficial to students and their families. “Commencement on campus has been wonderful in many ways, but one of the bigger challenges has been seating,” Kiley explained. “We could only allow 4 tickets per graduating student.”

The lack of seating has been a recurring complaint from students and their families in past years. The move to The Xfinity Center will allow students to have up to 8 tickets and, if needed, an additional 12 lawn seats will be made available to each student.

Kiley also mentioned a number of other concerns that will be addressed by the move, the most pressing being the safety of students and their families. “Last year there was some concern about safety. There’s, you know, thousands of people coming down…there’s one entrance and one exit.”

In the event of an emergency, with cars often lining the streets throughout campus during an event of this size, Curry is not as accessible as it should be to emergency response vehicles.

Surprisingly, according to Kiley it will also be cost efficient, although she was not able to disclose any of the costs or the amount of the actual savings. Renting the tent and other equipment for an on-campus ceremony is incredibly expensive. So supposedly, holding the event in Mansfield will actually be of equal or lesser cost to the school for more space.

Not only that, but one of the biggest issues in the eyes of a Curry College student was also addressed by Kiley. “And the parking…”

Case closed, see you in Mansfield.

With these changes, Kiley and the senior class officers are working to make commencement weekend as memorable as possible. Not only will The Xfinity Center be decked out in purple, but a special reception will be held on campus the day before for graduating seniors and their families. Students will get the chance to invite a staff or faculty member of their choice to meet their families and walk down memory lane together as they prepare to become Curry College Alumni.

The junior class has expressed concern about what their commencement will look like as we have moved through this process. Junior Connor Carignan told The Currier Times, “I think it’s only fair that we have a vote for our graduation plans, just like the seniors did this year.” In response to this, Kiley said, “I think we will see how this year goes, then we will have to determine if everything goes well and we are satisfied with the facility.”

Underclassmen, particularly members of the Class of 2020, are encouraged to attend Commencement to see what it’s like and help make an informed decision in the future.

Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19th starting at 9:30 a.m.