Get Out and Vote!


For many of you, this presidential election will be your first opportunity to voice your opinion in American politics. The very foundation of democracy is dependent on the willingness of people to voice their opinion.

It’s 2016 and the largest potential portion of the voting population now belongs to the Millennials!millennialnametag_0

It is time for us to take this nation by storm and tell our representatives what we want done. Politicians are in the business of getting votes and their biggest concern is always reelection. This means that they are going to be most concerned about the issues which matter to the largest portion of their potential voters. If we show Washington that our votes matter and that we can make or break them, then they will start to care about what we have to say.

I understand that this presidential election is causing a lot of discomfort for many potential voters, so much so that many people are even considering avoiding the polls all-together. But election day isn’t only about the presidential election!

There are four enormously important ballot questions in Massachusetts. The questions involve a new casino in the commonwealth, expansion of charter schools, farm animal welfare, and even the legalization of marijuana. Click here to see the official Massachusetts 2016 ballot questions.

Whoever you support or however you feel about the candidates, exercise the most important right that so many brave men and women have fought to defend.




Master and Margarita, or the Devil Comes to Moscow


SSU’s Theatre department just had their opening night of Master and Margarita, or the Devil Comes to Moscow, directed by Peter Sampieri. Seeing the show is a wonderful opportunity to see and appreciate the hard work of your fellow students.

“Experience the pulsing power of Mikhail Bulgakov’s surrealistic satire of Stalinist oppression in an intimate setting like you’ve never seen it before. This lithe ninety-minute adaptation features puppetry, magic, live music, and a masquerade ball, just in time for October in Salem.”

The show is for mature audiences only and contains nudity. Absolutely no photography is allowed.

Performances are:

October 20-22, 7:30 pm
October 23, 2 pm
October 27*-29, 7:30 pm

The final performance is at midnight on Saturday, October 29 and the audience is invited to come in costume. A pre-show conversation will also take place on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm, on Artistic, Spiritual, and Sexual Expression with a Regime of Oppression: Finding a Voice in Soviet Russia

Tickets: $15 general/$10 students and seniors
Salem State students admitted free with valid ID.

In order to reserve a free ticket with an SSU ID, be sure to call, visit or email Ashley Preston at apreston@salemstate.edu or 978.542.6290. The Theatre office is located in the Administrative building next to Upper North Dining.

As you watch the show, try to keep in mind all of the components of the show including performers, and students that provided and created lighting, sound effects, the set, and historical context. There are so many aspects of the show that we may not account for immediately but it’s important to keep in mind the hard work of everyone involved, whether those people are seen in the performance or not.

I got my ticket already, hope to see you there!

-FYM Angelina


5 Amazing Places to Eat in Salem!

1. Howling Wolf Taqueria

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Location: 76 Lafayette St.
(corner of Lafayette and Derby)
Salem, MA 01970

Phone Number: (978)-744-WOLF (9653)


Sunday- Thursday

11:30 a.m to 12:00 a.m

Friday- Saturday

11:30 a.m – 1:00 a.m

A Little Bit About: At Howling Wolf, you will find some of the BEST Mexican food in Salem! Howling Wolf is also a “scratch kitchen” meaning that all of their food is made from scratch or home made! Also, if you order a minimum amount of $20 worth of food, they will even deliver your food right to campus!

2. Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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Location: 247 Essex Street

Salem, MA 01970

Phone Number: (978) 740-8882

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m until 1:00 a.m!!!

A Little Bit About: At Gulu-Gulu  Cafe, they serve some of the best coffee in town, paired with some great food. Some of the meals that they offer are Crepes, Wraps, Sandwich’s, Salads, and really delicious Mac and Cheese. On the weekends, they also have a brunch menu!

3. Flying Saucer Pizza

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Location: 118 Washington Street

Salem, MA 01970

Phone Number: (978) 594-8189

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m- 11 p.m!!!

A Little Bit About: At the Flying Saucer, all of the ingredients used are fresh and local. The chef’s here take your ordinary pizza, and elevate it for a whole new experience! Many of the pizza’s they make will blow your mind, and they always have special pizzas for the day. A fun fact about Flying Saucer is that they even have their own graphic novel series, The Adventures of Charlie the Space Pug! For any of you graphic novel fans, definitely take a look!

4. Life Alive

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Location: 281 Essex Street

Salem, Ma 01970

Phone Number: (978) 594-4644

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m- 9 p.m!!!

A Little Bit About: Life Alive has been one of my favorite places to eat since before I even started school at Salem State. They have 3 locations in Salem, Lowell, and Cambridge, Ma and have some of the best vegetarian/vegan food I have ever eaten! You do not have to be a vegetarian or vegan to eat here but if you love vegetables or amazing smoothies its a must go food destination!

5. Salem Beer Works

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Location: 278 Derby Street

Salem, Ma 01970

Phone Number:  (978) 745-2337



11 a.m- 12 p.m


11 a.m- 1 p.m

A Little Bit About:  If you love an amazing burger, this is the place to go! Salem Beer Works takes your classic burgers, and makes them with fresh, gourmet ingredients. I personally have eaten here many times and would 10/10 recommend this restaurant to any burger-lover like myself! Also if you’re 21+, they brew their own beers and have a huge selection to choose from! If you are NOT 21+ no need to fear, you can still enjoy the delicious food they have to offer!

Feeling The Stress of Midterms?

Hey everyone!

You may be finding yourself stressed out about midterms. Or maybe you’re stressed about keeping up with a social life, work, school and being new to college… Here are a few tips to help keep you calm, cool and collected.

Have you ever tried yoga or meditation?

Meditating is a great way to focus your mind and center your breath. It does not even take that long! All you need is at least five minutes to yourself where you can sit down close your eyes and take a few breaths. One of my favorite exercises is 7-11 breathing. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position where your back is straight. Close your eyes or soften your focus. Breathe in for a count of seven and exhale for a count of eleven. Repeat this process just a few times to clear your mind and relax your breathing. Gassett Fitness Center  also offers free yoga classes that you can join in on! Or maybe another kind of exercise group like Zumba will get your blood flowing and help relax you. Classes can be found here!

Another tip is give time for yourself to relax. Reward your studying with breaks. Maybe you give yourself a snack for every hour you study. Or perhaps after you complete a few tasks you can hangout with your friends. Creating a task list and staying organized can help with managing stress.

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Not only will these methods help with dealing with midterms but they can also help later on in life too. I learned breathing techniques when I was in high school and I have been using them in my daily life, work and school.

Another thing you can do to clear your mind is do something you love. For me I go to Salem State’s radio station WMWM. There I can relax and listen or play music I love and get to talk to people who share the same interest as me. However, this method varies for other people. I know my roommate loves to create art when it comes to distressing.

When you are stressed out it is important to remember that you are a human being and taking care of yourself is more important than your work. So do the best you can, study hard and take a deep breath! You got this🙂



Going to events on campus is a great way to meet new people and learn new things. There is always something going on at SSU, so there should be no excuses when it comes to getting involved on campus.

One upcoming event that I think you all should check out is Urban Arts Theater (UAT)’s Unmasking event. UAT consists of 5 performance groups: Spoken word, Theater, Dance, Step, and Music. I am one of the members of the spoken word group and on Thursday (Oct. 27) UAT will be holding their first show for the semester, “The Unmasking”.

Come and join us to watch your peers perform their art at Vets Hall in the Ellison Campus Center building.


Happy National Coming Out Week!

This week is National Coming Out Week (NCOW) and here at Salem State University the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and the Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office are hosting many events to get students involved with the LGBTQIA+ community on campus! This is a great opportunity for you to become more aware of the diversity that Salem State has to offer and attend some great programs!

The week started with a Transgender Flag Raising Ceremony. During community time students, staff, faculty, and community members were welcome to gather outside of Ellison Campus Center for some quick regards from members of the Salem State community, the SGA President, and President Meservey herself. The flag was raised outside of the Ellison Campus Center for all to see. This is a very important moment for the University, as it shows that this campus is one that prides itself in diversity and acceptance for all students. It is also a big deal because Salem Sate is the first state school in Massachusetts to raise a Trans flag on campus! Community members were also able to dip their hand in paint to decorate a banner for the week!


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(photos from the SSU Alliance Instagram @ssualliance)


Later that night there was a Queer Talent show in Starbucks where students were able to perform and openly talk about their queer identity. There were 8 students who performed, and a full house for folks in the audience! The acts ranged from Slam Poetry, Singing, Comedy, Hypnosis, and much more!

Today, from 11-1pm there was a Rainbow Resource Fair in Alumni Plaza (outside of Ellison) for student to visit tables of local Queer Resources! The Alliance had a table, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and lots of great outside organizations including: NAGLY, North shore Pride, Fenway Health, HGBC, the Human Rights Campaign, and much more!

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Tomorrow there is going to be Coming Out stories in the MLK room of the Ellison Campus center starting at 4:30, this is an opportunity for students to get comfortable and talk about their coming out experience, if they’re comfortable, anyone is welcome to come and share! Last year, this was one of our biggest events and many folks were inspired to talk more freely about their Queer identity. This is a B.Y.O.B event (Bring Your Own Blanket!!!) because we try to make it very comfortable and relaxing for folks! There will be an array of drinks and snacks, so bring a story and an appetite!

The last event for NCOW will be on Thursday in Ellison Campus Center and it will be Queer Prom: Queery Night! This is alternative prom for folks who were not able to be themselves at their prom in high school. Many Queer individuals aren’t able to dress how they want to or bring the person they want to prom so this is an opportunity for students to truly be themselves in a safe and comfortable setting! Tickets are on sale in the Alliance Office (Ellison 206) for $10 for SSU students and $15 for non-SSU guest. Food will be served and formal wear is encouraged, but not necessary! For more information, check out the event link below!



(photos from the SSU Alliance Instagram @ssualliance)

After this week of events I encourage people to continue to seek out more knowledge and resources about this community of individuals. The more knowledgeable we are as a community, the more love and acceptance we can spread! With all of the great things happening around us like the legalization of gay marriage in the United States and a Trans protection bill, and even more locally, the Preferred Name Policy being implemented at Salem State, we are a leading example of what an institution should look like! Take pride in yourself and your University!

Staying Safe this Halloween – Know Your Resources!

Hey First Years!

Welcome to your first Halloween in Salem – I hope you are excited! Halloween in Salem is quite an experience, with people in costumes every day of October, parades of zombies, haunted houses on every corner, and psychics ready to tell you your future.

It is important to know your resources to stay safe this holiday – Salem is a large tourist attraction and a LOT of people are here, especially on Halloween night. Here are some tips and resources to make sure you and your friends have a fun night without any troubles!

  1. Salem State Police Escorts – if you are worried or are alone, maybe you do not want to walk through campus late at night and need an escort somewhere, SSU police will pick you up and drop you off right at the door.
  2. Student Run Shuttles – you don’t need to walk from campus to campus or even from campus to downtown; SSU shuttles can drive you! To request a Student Run Shuttle, call 978-542-7777, or 978-542-2623. Student Run Shuttles stay ON campus on weekdays, and go OFF campus on weekends. On Halloween night the shuttles commute back and forth from campus to downtown as well.
  3. Traveling in Groups – it is always a good idea to travel in groups during Halloween in Salem, especially if you don’t know the city that well. It is easy to get lost in the crowds. If there is no way to get out of traveling alone, share your location with a friend or text a family member where you are or plan to be, so in an emergency you can be found.
  4. Campus Blue Lights – you may have seen the bright blue lights around campus that say EMERGENCY on them. These are direct phone lines to the campus police emergency number. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation on campus grounds and there is a blue light near, push the button on the stand and the police will be on their way!
  5. Campus Emergency Phone Number – if you are not near a Blue Light and need to call for an emergency, the campus police emergency phone number is 978-542-6111. Never hesitate to call 911 in an emergency situation.

Halloween is about having fun, but make sure you are looking out for each other. Make sure you have a plan before you go out – you have everyone’s phone numbers, locations are shared, and you have a meeting place if you get separated. Stay hydrated and alert – know your surroundings.

Stay spooky,
FYM Kelly

How to Utilize Your Professor


Hi First-Years,

During your time here at Salem State, taking advantage of your professors is one of the best things you can do to ensure you succeed in all of your classes. I’m going to break down a few of the ways you can take full advantage of your professors so then you’ll be able to continue thriving here at SSU!

   Method 1: Using your Student Email/Canvas 

One of the BEST ways for you to get in contact with your professors is through email.Usually, your professor will have specified if they want you to email them through your regular Salem State email OR if they’d like to be emailed through Canvas specifically.  However, I should definitely mention that some professors only check their CANVAS email. So, make sure you’re aware of which email you should be using to communicate with a specific professor.

Method 2:  Office Hours 


Another awesome way for you to get in contact with your professors is to go to their office hours. All professors are required to have regularly scheduled office hours that are meant as a time that they are available as a resource to you. So, if you need some clarification on homework or class material, want to ask about extra credit opportunities, or you just want to pop by and say hello, their office hours are a great time for you to do all of those things! Most professors will have their office hours listed on their class syllabus. Otherwise, they will ask you to email them to make an appointment to meet up. It’s good practice for you to shoot your professor a quick email the day before stopping by their office hours so that they know you’re coming.

I hope that these 2 tips are helpful to you all so that you can effectively communicate with all your professors and thrive in all of your classes. This is a great skill for you to learn early on so that you can foster lasting relationships with the faculty here! Remember: all of the professors here want to see you succeed; utilize them for their advice, knowledge & guidance!

Wishing you continued success throughout the semester,

FYM Patrick

Don’t forget:

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How To Use The What-If Report

The What-If Report is a great way to see what your degree tracker would look like if you declared or changed your major or minor.

A What-If Report will give you a good look into if you could change your major, and what requirements you would still have to meet in order to obtain that degree.

To view your report, there are a few steps. First, log into Navigator. On the left-hand side, you’ll see your “Quick Links.”


You’ll want to click on “Full Menu”!


Then under “Full Menu,” click on “Academics.”


Followed by “View What-if Report.”


Now you’re at the What-If Report home screen! To create a new scenario, click on “Create New Report.”


When you scroll a bit you’ll see this screen. Select the area of study you are interested in along with the concentration. Protip: you can also select minors!


Once you already complete a What-If Report, you can view that exact report again without redoing it every time. Nifty, right?


Once you get further in your degree, this becomes more and more important. Discovering your passions and what minors you might want is hard, but the What-If report makes it easy!🙂

If you need any help with this, feel free to reach out to the First Year Experience office! You can visit us in Meier Hall 100A, call us at (978) 542-2618, email us at firstyear@salemstate.edu or message us on Facebook!

Have a great semester!

-FYM Kaitlynn

7 Tips For Balancing College and Life

College can often be overwhelming for anyone who is trying to balance multiple commitments, especially if it is a completely new experience for you.

These 7 tips are things that I have learned in my personal experiences through the first two and a half years of my college education.

  1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP! Seriously, nothing will benefit you more throughout your college education than sleep. If you are dozing off in the middle of class then you’re not really benefitting from being there to begin with. (P.S. This isn’t always easy, it’s still a work in progress for me.)sleep
  2. Don’t procrastinate– At the beginning of a week, try to plan out when you will have time to do homework, study, and work on any long-term projects that you have. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed on any single day.
  3. Find a convenient job– If you need/want to make money during the school year, find a job that is flexible and easily fits your schedule, and try not to over-work yourself. There are lots of employers who are open to hiring college students and understand that you will sometimes have a hectic schedule. Also, on-campus jobs are a great choice!
  4. Don’t “spread yourself too thin”– Before you commit your time to a new project, think ahead and contemplate whether or not you have the time to dedicate to it.spread-too-thin
  5. Education first– Completing a college education is no easy feat, so it needs to be your top priority.
  6. Save time to unwind– Always make sure that no matter how crazy life gets, you need to take some time to “stop and smell the roses.” Spend time with your family and friends, relax, just do something that you enjoy and let your brain rest. roses
  7. Take a deep breath– When all of the stresses of school and life get to you just take a step back and a deep breath, then come back to your life with a clear head.