Curry Invests in Academic Expansion

BY COLE McNANNA // Feb. 12, 2018 //

To the tune of $22 million, Curry College is building on its academic strengths in healthcare and the sciences.

The new Science and Integrated Learning Commons, the college’s first new academic building in 12 years, is scheduled to open in January 2019. It will eventually connect the Science Building and Levin Library, enclosing the southwest corner of the academic quad.

Following SILC’s debut, the Science Building will receive an interior renovation set to finish in August later that same year.

The Academic and Advanced Performance Center, which opened in 2006, was Curry’s most recently constructed academic building. Bell Hall, which opened in 2014, is largely a residence hall but also features classroom and learning spaces.

CBT Architects, which designed many of the college’s newer buildings, including the Student Center and Bell, produced a video of what SILC will eventually look like.

The addition has been in the administration’s sights for a long time, said President Ken Quigley, noting a need to improve academic facilities, especially the aging Science building. He said Curry is working to provide students with the best opportunities for success in their fields of study.

The new building will feature approximately 22,000 square feet over three floors, with classrooms, labs, offices and study spaces throughout. And although “Science” is in the building’s name—until someone makes a sizable enough donation to earn naming rights—the facility won’t be restricted to only those students.

SILC will feature individual study spaces and rooms for group collaboration, some of which will be open 24 hours of the day. In addition, the building will house a first-floor café.

Susan Pennini, vice president of institutional planning, said the college wants to “wow” students with architecture that revives the campus while at the same time better serving their needs.

She mentioned drawing students into the building and ultimately getting them to think, “Oh, this is here, too? I need this.” To that end, SILC will house various academic enrichment offices, including the Writing Center, the Speaking Center, and the Academic Success and Advising offices.

Pennini went on to echo President Quigley’s thoughts of creating the “Student Center of the quad,” giving students another option for study spaces, dining, and places to relax and take a breath.

Freshman Communication major Dan Coughlin said he looks forward to making use of the new space.

“I’m excited for it to go up because I’ll have a spot to do my homework,” said Coughlin. “I never do it in my room; I’m too distracted. But it’ll be good to go somewhere and bang it all out in one sitting.”

However, another student was hesitant to jump onto the bandwagon of acceptance for this new building.

“The issues Curry has been having with the student body and how they’ve been interacting with the hate crimes…is there a way to put [the money] towards that kind of stuff?” asked sophomore Communication major Mark Vranos.

“But if this building is going to be helpful in another way, then great,” he added.

Pennini said the building is part of an ongoing effort to bolster the college’s retention rate—the percentage of first-year students who return for their second year—and to improve academic support services.

“Buildings are a reflection of the ideas we have,” she added.

Those ideas clearly involve a lot of glass, as one side of the building is almost entirely windows, adding a modern touch to the traditional brick-and-mortar and Tudor-style campus.

Windover Construction taking up valuable real estate in the parking game. // Image Credit: Cole McNanna ’18

The building’s extension into part of the library’s parking lot will force the disappearance of a handful of parking spots on a campus already dealing with parking issues. But with Public Safety now in the building previously used by Health Services, more parking spaces are available in the Mayflower lot.

Senior Maddie Libuda believes students will enjoy the new facilities and is only moderately disappointed that she won’t get to make use of them herself.

“I think I’m OK with it because the last four years we’ve had the new Bell building and a few new buildings come…1016 [Brush Hill Road] is nice,” the Sociology major said. “It would have been nice to have 24-hour study lounges on campus, but other than that I don’t really think we’re missing out on anything.”

If she’s going to miss anything, it could be the overhanging tree that always welcomed you to the Quad on a brittle 10-degree day; “I think the sad thing was that they ripped out one of the most beautiful trees on campus to put this building in,” the soon-to-be-graduate ended.

10 Tips and Tricks of the Residence Hall

BY JONATHAN LEVSKY // OCT. 25, 2016 //

If you’re a resident at Curry College, then you know all too well the many rules of the residence halls. But what if there was a way to enhance your dorm without breaking any rules at all?

Some of these rules may be surprising, but nevertheless they’re in place to ensure your safety within your room as well as the residence hall. So you may not be able to bring your candles, or your extension cords, or even your tapestry. However, there are still some ways to work around these restrictions and make your room as functional, comfortable, and personalized as possible.

IMAGE CREDIT: Jonathan Levsky
  1. Command Strips are a necessity.

Command strips, which come in all shapes and sizes, can be used on pretty much anything. They can stick your favorite posters to the wall, hang extra hooks in your room, and hold photos and decor securely. The best part? They’re damage free, meaning no damage fees for you!

  1. Plug in air fresheners.

We all know that candles are awesome; they add both nice aroma and atmosphere to a room. However, they are not legal in campus residence halls. So switch it up and purchase a plug in air freshener for your room to add a nice smell. You can purchase them just about anywhere and can even change up the scents whenever you like; even holiday specific scents. Who doesn’t love the smell of Pumpkin Spice in the fall and Candy Canes in the winter?

Buy curtains and a tension rod to hide a messy closet. // CREDIT: Shauna Nickerson ’18 and Nicole Harkins ’18
  1. Tension rods and curtains will hide that messy closet.

You move into your new room and unpack. Everything has a place, except for the things that don’t. For some, a closet is a perfect place to stuff those extra items you don’t need out in the open. But by purchasing a small tension rod and curtain, your messy closet can be hidden from everyone that enters your room.

  1. Door Draft Stopper are multipurpose.

Door draft stopper can be placed beneath a door to stop air that may be coming in underneath. What many don’t know is that it can also be used to also block light from coming in. So if you’re someone that needs complete darkness to sleep then purchasing one of these is a must.

  1. Fire proof spray your tapestries.

One of the most popular items on and college campus are tapestries. However, like candles, they aren’t allowed. Or are they? A tapestry alone is not allowed unless it is fire resistant. By spraying down the tapestry as well as having proof that it’s fire resistant, you can have that $100 Urban Outfitter tapestry hanging freely in your room.

  1. Invest in a rug.

If you’re anything like me, sitting on the floor in your room to do homework is a pretty common thing. However some floors with old carpets just aren’t as clean as you’d like and trying to clean it yourself is nearly impossible. So cover it up and purchase a rug! You can get any color and size you want and even match it to your room. It also serves as a comfy place to sit or have guests sleep.

  1. Bring extra storage bins.

We all have had that moment when we unpack our room and find that there is not enough space for everything. So purchasing more storage bins for your room is a must. Put anything you need in extra storage to be used when you need it and then just slide it back under your bed when you’re done.

Invest in command hooks and strips to decorate your walls without damage. // CREDIT: Christianna Casaletto ’18
  1. Take advantage of the bed risers.

When you first move into your dorm, you’ll notice that the beds can be raised to any height you want. Most students decide that highest is best for maximum storage. However, this may still not be high enough if you’re trying to put items such as your fridge under your bed. Buy extra bed raisers so that you can raise the bed as high as you need and fit everything perfectly under your bed.

  1. Over the door hangers are a must.

Anybody who has a lot of clothes and shoes will understand just how small the Curry closets really are. By purchasing an over the door hanger, this problem can easily be avoided. A simple hanger is placed over your door and provides extra space to place items such as your shoes and clothes away.

  1. Dryer Racks are a life saver.

Sometimes, the Curry Dryers just don’t do their job, no matter how long you keep cycling your laundry in them. A dryer rack you can solve this problem and be able to hang all your wet clothes out until they are perfectly dry to put away.

Get Up and Stand Up for Comedy

BY BRYAN LUIS // FEB. 6, 2013 //

If you’re struggling to find something entertaining to do on campus this Saturday night, and you like comedy, the Miller Field House is the place to be.

Starting at 7 p.m., stand-up comedian Josh Wolf will perform live. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door. Curry’s own Steve Nicholson, a senior communication major, is the opening act. Student Entertainment and Events (SEE) is hosting the show.

Wolf isn’t your average small-school standup comedian; he has actually done some high-profile work. Wolf has appeared on the TV shows “Raising Hope,” “My Name is Earl,” “All of Us,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “After Lately.” In addition to appearing in three episodes of “Raising Hope,” he also wrote an episode.

Comedian Josh Wolf will be performing on Curry’s campus this Saturday at the Miller Field House. Tickets are $5. //

Wolf has bounced around over the years like many entertainers do. He has been a spokesman for Microsoft, performed a one-man show at HBO Workplace, and qualified as a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”; he lost to Theo Von.

Wolf’s comedy bit “The College Experiment” is among the funniest I have seen. He pokes fun at celebrities in a satirical manner. You can also follow him on Twitter at @joshwolfcomedy.

An interesting fact for all you 1990’s TV junkies, like myself, is that Wolf is cousin to Scott Wolf, the actor who played younger brother Bailey Salinger on “Party of Five.” On the show, Bailey dated Sarah, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt.

So if you are looking for an inexpensive way to have fun on campus, you should check out this show. Nicholson will be a riot, as usual, and Wolf is sure to put on a terrific performance.

Eating the Easy Way

BY BRANDAN BLOM // SEPT. 12, 2012 //

California Pizza Kitchen at South Shore Plaza is a good place to eat. // CPK.COM

College students have to pay a host of fees, bills and even fines for various reasons. Already cash-strapped, most students need to find the best deals available when it comes to good eats.

Luckily for Curry students, there are a variety of restaurants close to campus.

At the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, for example—a shuttle takes students there every Friday and Sunday—you can find whatever style of food your heart desires, from a grilled cheese sandwich to sushi, thanks to the plaza’s food court. But there is more than just mall fare. There are a number of good, affordable sit-down restaurants, too.

For casual, cheap dining, try California Pizza Kitchen. They bring a gourmet twist to pizza with classic options like The Original BBQ Chicken or the Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage Pizza. They also bring a California twist on a traditional Mexican dish called Fire-roasted Chili Relleno. It’s described as a “spicy poblano (type of pepper), stuffed with chicken, cheese, corn and black bean salsa, wild mushrooms, spinach and eggplant.” The dish is topped with homemade avocado salsa verde and cilantro.

All of this is relatively inexpensive. Pizzas are about $13, while the Chile Relleno entrée is just $11.25, including tax. You can check out CPK’s entire menu online.

Another good sit-down restaurant for a good price is The 99 Restaurant, which is just outside of South Shore Plaza, adjacent to Target. The 99 offers classic American-style dishes like sirloin tips and chicken tenders. These come with French fries and cost only $10.

Finally, for a different type of dinner experience, you try Dave & Busters. They create a fun environment with classic and new arcade games, and a great American-style menu. It’s a little more expensive than CPK and The 99, but it’s worth it.