Student Government Association Inauguration 2015

The annual Student Government Association Inauguration was held on March 22, 2015 at 2 P.M. in the NHIOP Auditorium. The Inauguration is a ceremony to honor the President and Vice-President of the Student Body for the 2014-2015 school year, to inaugurate the 2015-2016 President and Vice-President as well as the class councils, and to honor the work that every SGA member did for this school year.

McKillop delivers his Farewell Address.

McKillop delivers his Farewell Address.

It was bittersweet to see David McKillop and Mackenzie Douglas pass the torch on to the new President and Vice-President, Nolan Varee and Brian Salvie. It was a great year for the “MckMack-Attack,” as Dean Finn likes to refer to the pair as. So many great things were done under the McKillop-Douglas Administration, not limited to the new water filtration systems, Anselmian Olympiad (being held on April 12th), parking resolutions, and many more. According to Douglas, “nothing that was done this past year could have been done without the help of each and every member of SGA.”

Douglas delivers his Farewell Address.

Douglas delivers his Farewell Address.

This was not an event just to honor the work of the McKillop-Douglas Administration, but also the work of all of the students in Student Government Association, and both McKillop and Douglas recognized that with gratitude.

In addition to the inauguration of President Varee, Vice-President Salvie, and the 2016, 2017, and 2018 class councils, various awards were given. After remarks given by Dean Finn, John “JJ” Courtney (’17) presented the Abbott Gerald McCarthy Award, otherwise known as “Professor of the Year,” to Dr. Joshua Tepley of the Philosophy Department. The Dr. Constance Richards Award was given to Michael “Mike” Murphy, an Area Coordinator for Residential Life and Education. Father Benet received the Dr. Alicia Finn award, the Best Buddies Club received the Fr. Peter Guerin Award, and lastly, Marcello Cugno (’15) was the recipient of the Dr. Joseph Horton SGA Member of the Year award. Congratulations to all award recipients and thank you for all of your hard work!

McKillop and Cugno embrace after Cugno receives Dr. Joseph Horton SGA Member of the Year Award

McKillop and Cugno embrace after Cugno receives Dr. Joseph Horton SGA Member of the Year Award

A special thank you to those who helped plan and run the Inauguration and thank you to all of those who dedicated their time and patience to SGA for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to David McKillop and Mackenzie Douglas and to Nolan Varee and Brian Salvie as well as all of the class councils. We are looking forward to a great 2015-2016 school year!

Varee being sworn into office by Douglas.

Varee being sworn into office by Douglas.

Salvie being sworn into office by Douglas.

Salvie being sworn into office by Douglas.

An Anselmian's Experience on Winter Break Alternative

By: Lauren Wanless '17

To say I learned a lot, met some great new friends, and had an overall amazing time would only be a few short ways to describe my WBA experience. A group of 19 Saint Anselm students, including myself, made Vineland, New Jersey our temporary home as part of the Winter Break Alternative program through Campus Ministry; this means that we voluntarily give up a week of our vacation to engage in service doing hands-on work to improve the lives of those less fortunate. With the help of the Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity organization, our week was packed with the perfect mix of work and play.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that relies mainly on volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to build and repair homes for those in need all over the world. With more than 1,500 local and 70 international affiliates, it is no surprise that the organization has helped over 2 billion people worldwide. Underprivileged families must apply to their local Habitat affiliate and are then chosen based on their level of need, their willingness to work with the volunteers to help build their new home, and their ability to pay back the loan. Even though my group did not get to personally meet the family we were building for, we were honored to help improve the lives of such deserving people.

With three vans packed full of bags, students, and plenty of snacks, we headed off on our nine-hour journey to Jersey at 9:30 AM on the first Saturday of the New Year. The long car ride was a great time to bond with our group members, which was just the beginning of the creation of our Habitat family.

When we finally arrived at the Pope John Paul II Retreat Center in Vineland around 6 PM, the friendly staff greeted us with smiles and a hot dinner. Next, we met Rob and Alyssa, our wonderful Habitat coordinators who planned the entire week for us. They welcomed us with gift bags filled with snacks (food seemed to be a reoccurring theme throughout the week) and an official Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity t-shirt. The more Rob and Alyssa talked to us about how awesome the week was going to be, the more excited we were to get started.

Monday was our first day working on the house. Upon arrival at the job site, we met Tom Baxter, a volunteer that helps with many Habitat projects in Cumberland County. Tom instantly became like a grandfather to everyone. We all loved him because of his quick wit, his stories about his wife and their adventures, and his kind, gentle, and selfless nature. Considering we were a group of students who knew little about home construction, Tom was incredibly understanding and answered every one of our millions of questions with patience. He not only taught us how to build a house, but he was great at sneaking plenty of life lessons in as well.

One of the best parts about working on the house was seeing how much our group grew as individuals and as a team. Someone was always there to hold a board steady, pass up materials to someone high on a ladder, or even something as small as cheering someone on if they were having a hard time hammering a nail into the wall. We learned new skills, overcame fears, and had a lot of laughs along the way.

With the help of Rob and Alyssa, we also got to explore some of the attractions the area had to offer. Everyday after work on the house was done, they had an outing planned for that evening. We visited the site of the restoration of the Palace of Depression, a building made completely of recycled materials, the Wheaton Arts Center and Glass Museum, a local Billiards hall, a Movement Lab where we got to channel our inner ninja warrior, Atlantic City, and many more. Other than working on the house, my favorite part of the week was going to Philadelphia. There, we met up with another WBA group from Saint Anselm doing service in Camden, New Jersey. It was fun to see friends and exchange stories, all while enjoying a delicious and authentic Philly Cheesesteak. Our group then headed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ended the night racing up the Rocky Steps. All of our nightly outings added even more excitement to an already fun week.

Together, the people, the work, and the adventures made for an overall unique experience for my first Alternative Winter Break trip. The week would not have been the same without every single one of our group members; it really is remarkable how much a group of strangers can bond in a short amount of time and how quickly they can become such close friends. After all of the fun I had during this week, I cannot wait to go on another WBA trip, and I encourage all Saint Anselm students to participate in such a life-changing program as well.

Club Showcase: Gluten-Free Club

By: Lauren Wanless '17

Whether it is an allergy or a personal choice, gluten-free diets are more popular than ever. Celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine when gluten is consumed, affects one in every 133 Americans. There is no medical cure for celiac disease, but those affected must follow a 100% gluten-free diet in order to fully alleviate the symptoms. Others who adhere to this diet choose to because of the belief that it will cause weight loss and overall better health.

Because of this, members of the Saint Anselm College community decided to gather everyone who wanted to have an input about the food options on campus for those who need, or want, to be on such a strict diet and created the Gluten-Free Club. At meetings, the group talks about what it is like to eat gluten-free at school and how they can improve and broaden their food options.

The club’s Vice President Canada Stewart explains, “The dining halls are tough when it comes to allergies so we decide what people like and don’t like in Davison and the Coffee Shop and try to fix it”. Already, the campus-wide gluten-free options consist of special pastas, breads, pastries, and more, many of which are made to order. There are also naturally gluten-free choices on the menu that are available without a special request. These items are marked with either the abbreviation “MGF”, for “made without gluten”, or “GF”, meaning “gluten-free”.

Although the gluten-free options on campus are improving, eating out at restaurants poses another a challenge. Many times, the options are not as laid out or as readily available as they are in Davison. Stewart discusses how the Gluten-Free Club works together to overcome this obstacle: “We talk about places around Manchester that have gluten-free options to help each other out”. Today, these types of restaurants are becoming more and more popular. Due to the growing gluten-free community, restaurants saw a 29% increase in the number of menu items made without gluten from 2012-2013.

The Gluten-Free Club is working to participate in preexisting events or even set up their own events on campus in order to spread the word about their club and the gluten-free community in general. With the growing number of gluten-free students at Saint Anselm College, the club hopes to gather opinions, ideas, and support from everyone participating in the gluten-free lifestyle.