Repertory Dance Theatre’s Spring Show: LIVE IN COLOR

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The end of the semester is approaching and so is Repertory Dance Theatre’s semi-annual show! Repertory Dance Theatre  (RDT) is one of SSU’s largest and longest running dance groups with almost sixty dancers and choreographers this semester. Established since 1993, our club is completely run by students with some assistance from our faculty advisor, James Morrow. Each semester we put on a show with about twenty dances which are all student choreographed. The dances range in style each semester but usually include tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and even sometimes acrobatic or musical theatre numbers.

SiNo automatic alt text available.nce January, RDT has been working on our Spring show, Live in Color. A lot of people, time, and money goes into producing a show each semester. So in an effort to fundraise, we will be having a Dough Raiser at UNO’s in Swapscott where 20% of the bill will be donated back to us . Come to our show Saturday then enjoy some great food and company at UNO’s. Just make sure to screenshot this voucher or pick up a copy at the show. Thank you for your support!



The final number of our Spring show was created by this year’s graduating seniors. It’s bittersweet to have so many wonderful seniors. Though it’s sad to see them leave, we’re grateful to have had them. We will be performing in the Twohig gym of O’Keefe  on Friday April 21st & Saturday April 22nd at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm. Tickets are free at the door with an SSU ID and $5 otherwise. If you are a student that finds yourself wanting to be on stage (even if you don’t have any experience), consider auditioning for RDT next semester!  If you’re interested, follow us on Facebook (Repertory Dance Theatre) and Instagram (@ssurdt) to keep an eye out for our open dancer auditions in September. If you have any questions, please contact us at .


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10 Reasons to Participate in Elections at SSU

Either through specific student organizations or the Student Government Association there are many ways to be an active, participating student at SSU. Check out the following reasons to understand why your participation is valuable.

  1. If you don’t like the way an organization is run or want to change policies, run for a position so your voice can be heard! If you know you would be an asset, go for it.

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2. You pay for this–don’t waste your money! Everyone pays a student activities fee so to get your moneys worth, you might as well participate.

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3.  You can chose whoever’s platform suits your needs as a student and vote for them accordingly. For example, some platforms revolve around engaging commuters in more activities or changing the allocation of certain funds.


4.  You can input your opinion to create new clubs and ideas that don’t already exist.


5. You can help shape SSU into the community you want it to be.



6. It’s a great way to meet new people and make connections with different student organizations.

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7. By voting for your preferred candidate you can make sure your opinion is heard and represented. Ex: voting for someone you’re more comfortable talking to or in which you have more confidence can allow your opinions to be heard more easily.

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8. It’s a way to lead, help, and positively influence others.

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9. Resume builder. It’s a great experience that not only adds to useful work skills but applicable to general life skills as well.

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10.  Need money for school? You can earn it! There are scholarships designated for those specifically involved with SGA.

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Mental Health Awareness Week Kicks Off March 27

 Did you know that mental health problems affect one in four people? Given this fact, it is important that everyone is aware  of how to confront mental illness within themselves and with others. Luckily, Mental Health Awareness Week is going to be very active at SSU by hosting many events the week of March 27th to promote self-care in the community as well as helping to reduce stigmas and misconception surrounding mental illness. Take the following events as the opportunity to educate yourself and others on the subject.

Hope you’re as excited as I am!

Monday, March 27, 2017:

Glow Paddle Yoga Class
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: O’Keefe Complex Pool
Sponsored by: Gassett Fitness Center
Registration: Email Kelly Janos. Limited spaces available.
Contact: Kelly Janos, Gassett Fitness Center

Walking Meditation
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center 219
Sponsored by: Spiritual Life Office
Contact: Laura Biddle, Chaplain

The Art of Racial Trauma: Film Screening and Conversation
Time: 4-6:30 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center Underground (North Campus)
Sponsored by: CHS, Residence Life, the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office and the Psychology Department
Contact: Hakim Hill, Residence Life

Join us for a film viewing and discussion with filmmakers and faculty exploring themes of racial trauma and healing impacting undergraduates and graduate students.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh Check Day: Check-In with College Students
Time: 11 am- 2 pm
Location: Viking 123 (Central Campus, Starbucks)
Sponsored by: The Jordan Porco Foundation and departments across campus
Contact: Jazmin Ramirez, Residence Life

Stop by to participate in interactive booths, and get free food, prizes, and t-shirts focused on mental health awareness on campus
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Time: 3:30-5 pm
Location: Petrowski Room
Sponsored by: First Year Experience Office and Counseling and Health Services
Contact: Dan Dilling, GA FYE
Presenter: Allison Gagne

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a program designed for EVERYONE to learn what can be done to prevent suicide. QPR is an approach to confronting someone about their possible thoughts of suicide. It is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, instead a means to offer hope through positive action.”
Service Animals vs. Assistance Animals
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Viking 123
Sponsored by: Veterans Affairs, Residence Life and Disability Services
Contact: Ben Whelihan, GA Veterans Affairs Office

John Moon from the service dog company NEADS, Joseph Kelleher from Disability Services, and a representative from Residence Life will participate in a discussion panel that explores the similarities and differences between service animals and assistance animals.  

Wednesday, March 29:

Glow Paddle Yoga Class
Time: 8-9 pm
Location: O’Keefe Complex Pool
Sponsored by: Gassett Fitness Center
Registration: Email Kelly Janos. Limited spaces available.
Contact: Kelly Janos, Gassett Fitness Center

Community Events Line Up

Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Viking 123 (Central Campus, Starbucks)
Sponsored by: Active Minds
Contact: Meaghan Bransfield, Active Minds

#EndTheStigma is a social-media focused event in which participants can get their picture taken holding a short blurb explaining why they want to “end the stigma” surrounding mental health.  The pictures will be posted to the Salem State Active Minds social media accounts accompanied by the participant’s personal story of mental health if they choose to share. We will also be distributing “self-care kits” and will be discussing the importance of self-care.

Thursday, March 30, 2017:

Bereavement Support Group
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center 219
Sponsored by: Spiritual Life Office
Contact: Laura Biddle
Helping You Help Others: Careers in Mental Health
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Location: Viking 123 (Central Campus, Starbucks)
Sponsored by: Career Services
Contact: Charlie Haycook, GA Career Services

Career Services is conducting a panel of professionals in the field of mental health education for you to connect with and learn from. We will be moderating so that the employers and graduate students can talk about their own particular jobs, how they got to the point that they are at in their career, and how you can get there too. We’ll be sure to leave time for you to ask your own questions of our panelists and network with them after the event!
Paws-itive Yoga
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Northeast Animal Shelter (Yoga with animals!)
Sponsored by: Gassett Fitness Center
Registration: Contact: Cameryn Tierno before 3/23. Limited transportation available.

Feeling doggone stressed? Having a ruff week and find yourself barking at everyone?

Join Cameryn Tierno and the Gassett Fitness Center at the Northeast Animal Shelter for a fun-filled flow accompanied by some furry friends! We’ll start the class with sweaty, vinyasa style “doga”- leaving you dog tired and ready for a long savasana. By the end of the class, you’ll feel like the person your dog thinks you are. Please bring an old or new towel to donate to the shelter. Mats will be provided by the Gassett Fitness Center. Transportation is limited to the first 11. Space is limited to first 25 students.
If you are student seeking an accommodation for one of these events, please contact Disability Services at 978.542.6217 or


Ways to be involved on and off campus


Staying involved with the Salem State Community is more than hanging out on-campus or participating in student organizations. Though those are great ideas, there are plenty of ways to involve yourself socially both locally and with the community at large.

Donate your time to a good cause. There are plenty of people looking for help in and around Salem in their organization. Consider volunteering at the following locations.


Connecting with a classmate or upperclassman is important for making connections that you may need to rely on later in life. Grab coffee and chat at a hip coffee shop downtown like Front Street or Jaho.  (My personal favorite is an iced almond joy latte from Front Street)
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What better way to immerse yourself in surrounding culture than by attending festivals in Boston or Salem! There are plenty of events year round pertaining, to art, dance, music, film, food, and so much more.

. . . and if you’ve done all that, check out the University’s official list of:

100 Things to Do at Salem State Before You Graduate

Check off your to-do list with #SSU100things

  1. Spend Halloween night downtown
  2. Visit the Peabody Essex Museum (for FREE w/SSU ID)
  3. Walk around Forest River Park
  4. Visit the Writing Center for help with a paper
  5. Take the weekend shuttle service to the mall
  6. Figure out the Subway T system in Boston
  7. Cheer for a Salem State sports team
  8. Get a pizza from the Engine House
  9. Explore Museum Place and the Salem Visitors Center
  10. Study abroad
  11. Take your picture with the Salem State Viking
  12. Visit the shops in Vinnin Square
  13. Get a job on campus
  14. Take your picture with the Samantha statue from “Bewitched”
  15. Go to the Alliance’s Raspberry Swirl
  16. Have an apple cider donut at the Topsfield Fair
  17. Help a first year student
  18. Visit the Collins Observatory atop Meier Hall
  19. Study in the Berry Library and Learning Commons
  20. Get your ID picture taken
  21. Go on an Alternative Spring Break Trip
  22. Read the Salem State Log
  23. Work out in the Gassett Fitness Center
  24. Visit Pickering Wharf on a nice day
  25. Withstand the wait at Dunkin Donuts in Meier Hall
  26. Get an internship
  27. Meet the president
  28. Join a student organization
  29. Visit the courtyard in the middle of Meier Hall
  30. Skate in the O’Keefe Center Rink
  31. Watch a movie at the Cinema Salem
  32. Dance the night away at Program Council’s Winter Ball
  33. Take a dip in the O’Keefe Pool during open swim hours
  34. Get a Roastbeef three-way at Sammy’s
  35. Visit the Winfisky Art Gallery
  36. Attend an open mic night
  37. Go to the Witch Museum
  38. Play games at the Salem Willows
  39. Attend a Salem State Theatre production
  40. Play a game in the quad between Atlantic and Marsh Halls
  41. Attend a Speaker Series event
  42. Buy a Salem State Sweatshirt at the Bookstore
  43. Build your resume with the help of Career Services
  44. Attend a Darwin Festival Event
  45. Listen to WMWM Radio
  46. Attend a dinner sponsored by one or more of the student cultural groups
  47. Explore the Salem Woods behind Bates
  48. Visit the House of Seven Gables
  49. Go to an event during Welcome Week
  50. Find a parking space
  51. Walk downtown for lunch
  52. Go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation
  53. Take the Commuter Rail into Boston
  54. Go to Wing Night at Sidelines
  55. Help out at SGA’s Haunted Happenings
  56. Participate in the Domino’s Challenge at the Basketball game
  57. Declare a minor
  58. Attend one of the Think Pink sporting events
  59. Attend a Repertory Dance Theater show
  60. Visit the Enterprise Center
  61. Wear orange and blue to an athletic event
  62. People-watch in Alumni Plaza
  63. Walk or run the Salem Bike Path
  64. Play in an SMS Club Tournament (Dodge Ball or Softball)
  65. Go on a date with another student
  66. Attend a Grandma’s Third Leg show
  67. Volunteer on a Community Service Day
  68. Take a ghost tour
  69. Eat gigantic pancakes at Red’s Sandwich Shop
  70. Give directions to a tourist in October
  71. Take a photo of The Friendship in Salem Harbor
  72. Come to Family & Friends Weekend
  73. Eat at the Salem Diner
  74. Attend a Student Involvement Fair
  75. Live on campus
  76. March in the Haunted Happenings Parade
  77. Eat at an International Dinner
  78. Attend a Program Council event
  79. Thank a professor for helping you determine your future
  80. Play an intramural sport
  81. Use your ClipperCard off campus
  82. Go dancing at Murphy’s
  83. Go to a Red Sox game
  84. Try to find somewhere to sit in Upper Café during Community Time
  85. Thank a maintainer (custodian)
  86. Go to a Meet the Greeks event
  87. Make a friend from another state or country
  88. Smile and say hello to a stranger on campus
  89. Get your picture on the website
  90. Read the Police Log
  91. Make a poster for Earth Day
  92. Wait in the line at Bagel World
  93. Ride the Shuttle Bus
  94. Buy a calzone from White Dove
  95. Attend a “Meet Your Major” event
  96. Make friends with an RA
  97. Find a place to study in the library during finals week
  98. Eat at all eight campus dining locations
  99. Go to the International Student Association’s Cultural Night
  100. Wear your cap and gown with pride at Commencement!

Thinking about changing your major?

Did you start SSU with your mind 100% set on a certain career out come and a certain major or minor? Has that changed? If so. . .

that’s okay!

There are a few steps you will want to follow before making any changes.

1. Ask yourself: Are you sure?

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What makes you want to change your major? Is it a specific class, person, or subject? If so consider, how temporary the problem is. Does it affect how passionate you are for the subject as a whole, or is it a temporary block? Can you get through this with hard work or does your area of study no longer interest you as much as another does? You can use the “what if” feature of Degree Tracker (student home > academic home > what if) to see how your existing course work applies to the new major you want.

2. Meet with someone

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Whether it’s a professor, an Academic Mentor, or a faculty adviser-it helps to talk out the situation with someone. If you meet with a faculty member in the potential major, however, they’ll be able to give you an idea of what to expect in classes and in the field in general.  Meeting with someone may also bring up additional questions that you hadn’t considered before. You could also meet with someone in your old major. Similarly, they’ll be able to bring up points you might not have considered.

Consider alternate solutions like adding a second minor or even major if you’re still torn.

3. Check out your new flowsheet







Visit the department you’re interested in pursuing and obtain a major or minor flow sheet. You can also find the flow sheets listed by department in the Undergraduate catalog.

When looking over the required courses consider the following:

Do these courses excite you? Do you have enough time in your four years to complete the new or additional degree? If not, are you okay with spending the extra time?

4. Fill out the forms!

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Change of major forms should be filled out and ultimately dropped off at the Navigation Center. For extra help on completing the forms, you should go see academic advising located in the Center for Academic Excellence in the library. Forms can be provided through any given academic department, on the school website, or through the Center of Academic Excellence.


Mapworks Survey –Good for More than Just Prizes

Hey First Years!


The MapWorks survey is OPEN! That means there will be 15 days of giveaways from Janurary 28th to February 11th  meaning anyone who has taken the survey is entered into a drawing each day to win cool prizes like Salem State gear, Clipper Cash, a BOSE speaker, and so much more! You can claim your prizes at the Mapworks Office between 9am – 4pm on Monday through Friday in Meier Hall 245A. Grand prizes such as priority registration, commuter parking passes, meal plans, and housing deposit waivers will be drawn at the end of the survey


But taking the Mapworks Transition Survey is good for more than winning some cool prizes. After taking your survey, Mapworks will send you a student report specific to you filled with great information like your personal strengths and weaknesses based off of your results as well as tips on improving and a list of your Campus Connections and Resources. The survey also helps the university asses the well-being of their students and see what areas need to be focused on as a whole to improve the general student body’s experience.

In addition, First years, sophomores, and new transfer students who complete both the fall and spring survey are eligible to apply for a Salem State University Mapworks Scholarship at the end of the academic year. This scholarship application is relatively simple and requires a short essay explaining how the Mapworks survey was helpful. Keep your eyes open for this opportunity!



MLK Jr. Week at SSU: A way to inspire, gather, and stand for social justice as a community


It’s MLK week! In honor of this there will be a variety of events on campus brought to you by Student Involvement and Activities (SIA) in conjunction with other organizations. This week allows students to take advantage of the various events to stay inspired and reflect on ways to impact the community at large with the SSU community.

On Wednesday, January 18th from 5-7pm there will be “The Bayard Rustin Forum: Inclusion of Queer People of Color” a Latinx Reflection: Orlando Pulse taking place in the MLK room of the Ellison Campus Center. This forum will explore how Martin Luther King Jr. social activism is implemented in an intersectional era. All are welcome to join in reflecting with Latinx individuals on the tragedy at Pulse Orlando and how Latinx folks may be seen and supported.

This Thursday, January 19th from 3-4:30pm, answer to “A Call to Action: Creating a No Place for Hate Campus” where you will  join individuals from Salem and the No Place for Hate committee of the City of Salem to discuss mobilizing members of Salem State to challenge bigotry and to promote a prejudice-free community. This event is co-sponsored by the office of diversity and inclusion, the Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, first year experience, spiritual life, and the Salem State Hillel.

Coming up this Friday, January 20th, will be “Social Activism 101: Revolutionary Reflection” in the Petrowski Room (210) of Marsh Hall from 10:00-11:30am. This event will be dedicated to hearing thoughts and perspectives from revolutionary voices and leaders on what will be required for all of us to remain courageous and resilient in hopes of continuing our journey toward justice and equity. SIA will be bringing activists and legislators across Massachusetts together to share strategies and messages of hope.The second event to be hosted by SIA shortly after will be an opportunity to watch the inauguration together as a campus community from 12:00-2:00pm this Friday, January 20th at the Viking Hall Starbucks.

We are lucky to be so close to Boston where “Boston’s Women’s March for America” will take place from 11am-3pm on January 21st. There will be bus pick up provided from the Ellison Campus Center lobby at 8:30am the morning of. Any student is welcome to participate in uniting to travel to downtown Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation—among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. After the event, transportation back will also be provided for students.

On Monday January 23rd from 11am-1pm is the 27th annual MLK Jr. Convocation: The Courage to Create a Just World in Vets Hall of the Ellison Campus Center. This convocation serves as the conclusion of the weeklong celebration of the life and works of Dr. King. Members of the university community, representatives from area schools and the community at large will gather to be inspired together. Keynote speaker Dr. C.T. Vivian is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was National Director of Affiliates, and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) organization. He truly helped change the nation: his work in Birmingham helped win the Civil Rights Bill; in Selma, the Voting Rights Bill; and he was deeply involved in other movements such as Nashville, TN; Danville, VA; St. Augustine, FL; and Chicago, IL. Vivian had won his first non-violent direct action movement in 1947 opening restaurants in Peoria, IL. As they presented him with one of his many honorary doctorates, the New School for Social Research named Dr. C.T. Vivian a “… spiritual leader, apostle of social justice, strategist of the civil rights movement … For decades he has been in the vanguard of the struggle for racial equality in America”.

Please consider attending any of these events not only to further your learning but to support your peers in taking a stand for social justice.

Salem Dance Ensemble Presents: Dear Diary


The end of the semester is approaching and so is the Dance department’s semi-annual show: Dear Diary . This concert presented by the Salem Dance Ensemble (SDE) showcases most, if not all, of Salem State’s dance majors and minors. Throughout the semester, students created their pieces and received guidance from faculty members including Meghan McLyman, Jim Morrow, and Betsy Miller. Some faculty members will also present their own work in the showcase. Though the pieces may range in genre from hip-hop to lyrical, tap, or ballet, most are typically in the contemporary style.

Since September, SDE has been creating our Fall show. We will be performing in the Multipurpose Room of O’Keefe at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 10th and 2:00pm on Sunday, December 11th.  Though the performance is free to students with an SSU ID, there is a $10 suggested donation upon entrance for non-SSU students.

Dear Diary, Today I discovered…. Salem Dance Ensemble presents a program of choreography by students and faculty that reflects moments in our daily lives that are both mundane and extraordinary. Dear Diary investigates how those quotidian moments reveal our inner lives and intimate stories. Come share with us as we tell all!

Though SDE is composed primarily of majors and minors, we welcome other students with dance experience. If you are a student that finds yourself wanting to be on stage (even if you don’t have any experience), consider auditioning for SDE next semester!  If you’re interested, keep an eye out for our open dancer auditions in September. If you have any questions, please contact one of our Dance Program Associates who can be reached at, we would be happy to have you!

10 Things I learned in my First 2 Years of College

1. Never let someone invalidate you or your profession. Be unapologetically you. 

2. Accept everything and all things free that are offered at school events. Free things include but are not limited to candy, food, t-shirts, etc.


3. Equality is a beautiful thing. Safe spaces and symbols (like safety pins and pink triangles) that lets groups of people know they are loved and accepted is something I’m proud to have been a part of at SSU.



4. It’s okay not to be friends with everyone. You should be cordial, but you shouldn’t feel like you need to go out of your way to please everyone. It’s exhausting and will give you some extra time to get close to some really cool people.

5. Make sure your friends now how much you appreciate them.


6. Remember to put your health first. There’s only so much you can push yourself to do your homework to reach for your GPA until you have to relax and take a break

7. If you can work during your winter break, do it. As much as you might complain, it’s really nice to earn some money that you’ll need at the beginning of the Spring semester.


8. Buy. Winter. Boots. Yes, they’re expensive but you’ll be grateful when you’re not slipping on ice and arriving to your class covered in snow.

blog-snow9. Having an on-campus job is really convenient, especially when it gives you experience in your field, knowledge about resources that can help you and other people throughout your college career, and amazing recommendations for future job applications.

10. It’s easy to get caught up in your life at school, especially if you live on campus. But remember to make time for your family, otherwise, you might regret it.

States of Flow- A night of artistic expression


This semester the various Art departments on campus have been working on collaborating more. The Music and Dance department as well as the Art department are working to meld projections, improvisational dance, and improvisational music together for a unique and experimental performance. Our upcoming collaboration States of Flow will be taking place on November 14th at 6:00 pm in and around the Berry Library. We’re hoping that this performance will open up the creative process in a different way by breaking the fourth wall between creator and audience.

It’s important to support your peers and the Arts in general. It’s not easy to face your peers with raw and experimental material. Even stopping by just to look around for a short while would be appreciated. Come by for an evening of artistic expression, a Super Moon, and some cookies and hot cocoa!

Please come and support your peers at this free event as they venture to create an atypical performance.