Katz Gymnasium Transforms Into Flu Clinic 

BY SAMANTHA MANCUSO // Oct. 12, 2017 //

The Katz Gymnasium is usually reserved for athletics, but Wednesday afternoon it was turned into a flu clinic.

Maxim Healthcare Systems brought nurses and vaccinations to Curry College to help prevent four different strains of the influenza virus.

One of those nurses, Richard Berman, elaborated on what their goal is.

“Our flu vaccine helps prevent four different strains of the flu virus,” Berman explained. “We come here with our vaccine, syringes, medical wipes and snacks for anyone who could use them.”

Maxim Healthcare comes to Curry College and other colleges and business annually to provide their services. The frequency of their visits does depend on the season according to Secretary Kathy Gallello.

“We come annually but if the campus asks us to come back at any point of the year, we do,” Gallello noted. “Last year we were here twice, it depends on the type of flu season. Sometimes the flu is resistant to the vaccines so we come back with more to help students here.”

It is extremely easy for a student to receive a flu shot. Vaccines are covered by most insurance including Aetna, Blue Cross of MA, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Neighborhood Health and ConnectiCare. Students simply have to provide their health insurance card and will be seen within minutes.

Gallello noted the traffic to their stations was a bit delayed, but a lack of insurance does not mean a lack of vaccination.

Gallello stated, “We just started getting busy around 1:00. The wait is usually 10 minutes long and every student who comes is seen. If a student is not covered by insurance we accept payment by cash or check for $28.”

The need for getting a shot to prevent the flu every year was expressed by Berman when he said, “Getting a flu shot often protects you from coming down with the flu. Although the flu shot doesn’t always provide total protection, it’s worth getting.”

One member of the junior class, Matthew Burrnett noted that he sees that value and annually gets vaccinated.

“I tend to get sick a lot during the fall,” Burrnett explained. “I’m happy that Curry has their flu clinic because it makes it easy for me to prevent getting sick.”

On the other hand, Burrnett feels like an opportunity by the wayside for those who chose not get their arms pricked by a needle and vaccination.

“I think it’s a mistake not to get one,” said Burrnett. “The shot is basically free so why not take advantage of that?”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months or older be vaccinated annually against the influenza virus.

President Quigley Officiates Public Forum Responding to Biased Incidents

BY SYVANNAH LOPEZ and COLE McNANNA // Sept. 30, 2017 //

Friday afternoon saw a Public Forum outside the Student Center, hosted by President Ken Quigley in response to the recent bias-related incidents.

All around were signs that stated, “Hate Has No Home Here,” although some had clearly infiltrated otherwise students wouldn’t have gathered in Westhaver Park.

President Quigley took the podium and introduced members of the Senior Staff and the Executive team as well as Public Safety and Milton Police Officers.

He continued into his speech where he made similar statements to ones already made following other incidents. He recited the College’s Diversity Statement and felt upset that students had not been following its policies.

 

He continued into his speech where he made similar statements to ones already made following other incidents. He recited the College’s Diversity Statement and felt upset that students had not been following its policies.

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Students and Faculty alike join arms to show solidarity during President Quigley’s Speech // Photo by Christianna Casaletto ’18

 

 

While making his speech, students just outside of the rock patio, on the walkway leading into the Student Center, formed an interlocking chain of diversity. Men and women; black and white; faculty, staff, and everything in between added onto the chain to show unity.

Vice President of Student Affairs Maryellen Kiley took the stage next and after a brief speech of her own, many students in the chain took a knee to signal this was not the end.

President Quigley offered his closing remarks and thus ended the Public Forum where only two members of the executive staff made speeches.

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Students take to a knee to protest the end of the Public Forum // Photo by Christianna Casaletto ’18

 

 

The students kneeling remained cemented while Quigley thanked other students for coming out, walking right around those hoping to chat.

He seemed to be running out of time to listen to the students protesting, checking his watch while attempting to walk in the direction of his office. However, he eventually circled back to the students with Vice President Kiley to hear their concerns.

After the brief conversation, the students stayed put for another chunk of time without much to feel good about.

A pair of philosophy professors, Bette Manter and Alan Revering, both explained their frustration that “students feel unsafe and unable to express themselves without fearing hate from others.”

“There will always be ignorant and hateful people but never be discouraged to be yourself,” Professor Manter continued.

On top of that, Professor Revering added that he wished students informed the faculty better around campus so they could do more to help.

Sophomore Jesse Warrington, a member of the Curry Football team, later stepped up and showed his support for all the students still protesting, regardless of their orientation or background.

“Many of my fellow teammates felt the same way but are less vocal about it since they don’t want to be ridiculed by those who oppose,” Warrington mentioned. “But I don’t really care who disagrees with me, it’s atrocious what occurred here at Curry and nobody should feel unsafe and insecure, especially where they live and go to school.”

Senior Hayden Lombardozzi knows that insecure feeling all too well, unfortunately.

“It’s too late for Quigley to start trying to make changes since these problems have been happening way before I started here,” Lombardozzi explained. “I’m transgender, my best friend is gay, and we feel like we’re prime targets for future biased attacks and incidents. Quigley has failed to respond to this behavior in the past and is only responding now due to the heavy amount of press on Curry.”

One sociology professor was heartened to see the kind of response from students supporting Lombardozzi and others, however. Professor Amanda Kennedy said, “There should be more focus on how students feel after these incidents happen and how it affects other students rather than just focusing on the incidents themselves.”

After gathering input from both students and staff it was clear that the majority of responses to these incidents was frustration, but more importantly, support for one another.

Many understand that the actions of the few do not represent the whole but it is safe to say that actions like these will not be tolerated in the future.

However, there is likely still more work to be done to be sure that hate truly has no home here at Curry College.