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Sports Options at Stonehill College

June 20, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Sports

When you roll up on to Stonehill’s campus, you’ll see a lot of people wearing shorts, leggings, Stonehill sweatshirts, or general work-out clothes. To stay fit, we go to the Sports Complex to work out, run outside, or play a sport! I’m not exactly fluent in the language of sports, but I want to give you a little run down of everything that Stonehill has to offer, so you know your options even before you become a Skyhawk.

1. First, you have your sports teams. Men’s teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, and Track & Field. Our women’s teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Track & Field, Equestrian, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, and Tennis. We’re NCAA Division II, so we’re competitive and very good. I personally don’t play any sports, and I don’t understand how athletes have so many practices and games, and yet manage to keep their grades up. Being on a sports team is a giant commitment. I’ve heard many pros and cons. You’re forced to stay on campus for games and practices, and it can be stressful, but you end up making a lot of friends and still have fun. A team can become a family pretty quickly. Men’s football and women’s basketball are probably our best teams and most attended games. The football game against Bentley (our rival), and March Madness are always popular events.

2. Then, there are club sports. These are slightly less of a commitment and competitive, but are still taken seriously. Stonehill offers Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Wrestling, and Golf. Men’s Volleyball, Rugby, Lacrosse, and Frisbee. Women’s Rugby and Frisbee. Our Dance Team is extremely talented and they go to Daytona, Florida every year for the NDA national championships and are fifth in the nation.

I have a friend who plays on the women’s ultimate team and she loves it. She just became one of the captains too. The team has practice a few times a week, and then sometimes games or tournaments on the weekends. They spent spring break in Georgia hanging out and playing. The Rugby team is pretty popular, and they are usually treated as something more than a cub sport.  Basically what I’m saying is it’s a good time you should go for one.

3. Third is intramurals. These are only as competitive as the people playing make them. Whether you’re really good at the sport, or you’re like me (terrible), you can join a team. Really, anyone can play. Sometimes intramurals are more enjoyable than NCAA or club sports because there’s no pressure. It’s what you make it, and it’s usually super fun. There are so many to choose from, but some include Beach Volleyball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, or Indoor Floor Hockey.

If you’re vaguely into sports or just want to try something new, you should try out for or join a team. It’s an easy way to stay fit, do something fun, and make a lot of friends. If you’re like me, and you’re not quite coordinated enough or just are afraid of embarrassing yourself, there are a few other options. Other than Dance Team, you could try out for Dance Company or join Dance Club, each of which put on performances at the end of the semester. To stay fit, the Sports Complex offers group exercise classes including yoga, zumba, pilates, and a variety of cardio. There is also the Running Club, Ski/Snowboarding Club, High Adventure Club, and Swim Club. You could just stick to working out or running, or if you’re into marathons, you know, like marathons on Netflix, that’s fine too.

 

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Ten Ways to Become a Stonehill Skyhawk

May 23, 2014 in Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

My friends and I take on Boston

My friends and I take on Boston

One of the best things you can do in your first year is immerse yourself in the culture of the school and get involved. Here are ten fun and easy ways to get involved at Stonehill College.

1. Explore the City of Boston - Many Stonehill students are from Mass., but whether you’ve been to Boston a hundred times or have never been, it’s always enjoyable. First years can’t have cars on campus, so your source of transportation will be the shuttle. The schedule is available on Stonehill’s website or the Stonehill app. The shuttle will bring you to the Quincy Adams T station, where you’ll take the Red Line into Boston. You could go to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts), the Aquarium, shop at Newberry Street, Faneuil Hall, or just walk around the commons. It’s an incredible city, so take advantage of all it has to offer!

2. First Football Game - What better way to christen yourself as a Skyhawk than to throw on all the purple attire you can find and support our division II team. Walk over to the field with a group of friends and cheer along with our mascot Ace. The cheer and dance team are amazing, and never disappoint. Win or lose, you won’t regret going.

3. The Famous Stonebridge Challenge - If you haven’t got the memo yet, brunch is a pretty big deal to college students. This challenge is not such a triumph, but it’s fun nonetheless. Stay up all night with a bunch of friends, then head over to The Stonebridge Café (within walking distance of Stonehill) when it opens at 6 a.m. for some cheap, and delicious brunch. I’m not sure how or why the challenge started, but I’m glad it did. Totally worth it.

4. Activities Fair - Okay, this one isn’t as exciting as the others, but it’s still important. Getting involved shapes your college experience. You hear it all the time, but it’s true. There are tons of clubs at Stonehill, it’s impossible not to join at least one. I’ve been involved with Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN), The Rolling Stonehill (our student run culture magazine), The Summit (student run newspaper), dance club, and volunteering. There’s something for all interests, and you can make your own club if you want. Even if you’re not positive about joining, give out your student email, and at least go to the first meeting. It’s the easiest way to make friends.

5. Retreats: Christ Encounters and Women’s Retreat - I know you’re probably thinking something like “that’s not for me” or “I’m not even religious.” I’ll tell you that it is for you, and that you don’t have to be religious at all. You just have to bring a positive attitude and an open mind. Christ Encounters happens once each semester, and Women’s Retreat is in the spring. I had never been on a retreat before, and thought it wasn’t for me either, but Women’s Retreat has been one of my favorite experiences at Stonehill. Spending a weekend in a house in Cape Cod, going to the beach, and sharing meaningful stories was relaxing and more than I could have ever expected. I’ve heard great things from friends who went on Christ Encounters, too. You should try one because you might surprise yourself.

6. Halloween and Christmas Themed Parties - These are super big and super fun! No matter where you’re going, get creative and original, and make your own costume for the night. It’s interesting to see what everyone comes up with. By far, one of the most original costumes I’ve seen is by my friend who dressed up as the Snuggle Detergent Bear. Her homemade costume included mittens for paws, a headband with ears, with a brown felted top. She cut a hole in a laundry basket, and wore it around her all night. Inside the basket she carried her phone/wristlet, had a towel, and an empty bottle of the detergent in case anyone questioned what she was. She got so many compliments, all well deserved. Being creative makes a huge difference and builds excitement.

7. Participate in or Attend DiverCity - It’s one of Stonehill’s biggest events that celebrate the differences in all of us. It features social justice performances by various clubs on campus. This year I performed with Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN), and we put on a feminist fashion show. I represented a transgender woman in the punk scene, Laura Jane Grace, while others represented Wendy Davis, Demi Lovato, Jane Austen, and Eve Ensler. We were all so nervous about saying a few lines in front of a big audience, but we kicked butt. There were student choreographed salsa and Indian dances, and powerful spoken word poems just to name a few. Each piece was different and expressed an empowering message. Join us next time and be a “piece of the solution.”

8. Spring Weekend - Do I even have to say it? This is probably the biggest weekend at Stonehill. There’s a concert, a dance/mixer, and a carnival. We’ve had Matt & Kim, Cobra Starship, Andy Grammer, Dev, Timeflies, and many others perform. Even if it’s not your type of music it’s still fun to go and dance. And if you don’t like dances, just go. You won’t want to miss it, because you will be missing a lot.

9. Mr. Stonehill - Stonehill’s male pageant is a must see. There’s a swimsuit competition, question portion, and talent competition.  The contestants and the MCs will make your jaw sore from laughing so much. A tribute dance to the Jabbawockeez, interpretive dancing, performing “What Does the Fox Say” in a fox costume, rapping Dr. Seuss tongue twisters…what will you see at your first Mr. Stonehill?

10. Sledding Down Donahue hill - New England winter and Stonehill’s iconic Donahue hill are a great combination. Bundle up, grab a food tray, laundry basket, or an actual sled and hike up the hill. You can put the studying and homework on hold. Just because you’ve made it to college, doesn’t mean you can’t be a kid again for a little while.

My frozen friends and I after sledding down Donahue Hill.

My frozen friends and I after sledding down Donahue Hill

Choosing Stonehill is one of the best decisions I’ve made. No matter what school you end up choosing, be sure to take advantage of every resource available and get involved. It’ll only make your college experience that much more fun.

So Why Stonehill?

February 7, 2014 in Colleges

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The quad at Stonehill

I started my college planning in my junior year of high school. I spent majority of my summer before senior year traveling to several small liberal arts colleges in New England. I was able to narrow down my basic requirements for a school. I knew that I wanted a liberal arts school, a school that had a small faculty to student ratio, a school that was aesthetically pleasing(kind of shallow I know), and a school whose students genuinely enjoyed being there. It was very hard to find a school that fit all of these requirements but somehow I managed to find everything I wanted at Stonehill College.

The first time I visited Stonehill’s campus I was so scared. It seemed so large and different from anywhere else I had been before and everything was so green and perfect at times I wasn’t even sure it was natural. Despite my anxiety about being somewhere so foreign there was something about Stonehillthat made me feel safe and at home. I think it was a mix of seeing happy students playing on the quad, the beautiful

well-kept buildings, and the overall welcoming feeling I experienced when talking to various members of faculty and staff. Just from visiting Stonehill I got the sense that there was a place for everyone. There were people with so many different interests and hobbies yet they all seemed to have a place somewhere at Stonehill, which is surprising and impressive considering the fact that it is such a small school. I also loved the fact that despite being a Catholic college Stonehill was welcoming to people of all types of religions and was willing to make accommodations if needed.

There are so many different types of people here at Stonehill there is no one way to get accepted here. I know some people who could have done better in high school and I know people who maintained a 4.0 all four years, both are Stonehill students and both are equally important on this campus. So many people believe the only way to guarantee your acceptance into Stonehill is if you are an above average students but I believe Stonehill accepts students based more on who they are as a person instead of who they come off as on paper.

I think if someone is very serious about getting accepted into Stonehill they should take the time to get to know the school and do an interview. Stonehill offers so many opporitunities for prospective students to truly get to know the campus. Campus tours, events, and overnight stays offer a way for students to get to know the campus, but also a way for Stonehill to learn a little bit about the students.

Stonehill students are some of the kindest most passionate students I know so doing an interview and making it clear that you seriously want to be a part of the community will work in your favor when it comes down to getting accepted.