Monthly Archives: December 2014

‘Tis the season for giving at the Charity Ball

With the conclusion of the semester comes the usual worries and routines such as final projects, tests and the stress of packing or moving out. But for the members of the St. Kate’s Activities Team, the holiday season means only one thing: the Charity Ball. The Charity Ball is an end-of-semester event that the St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT) puts on as a celebration of the semester’s end, as well as a chance to donate to a charitable cause. Continue Reading →

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Sustainable Fashion Preview – Patternmaking II Class

On Thursday, December 18 students from the chair of the Apparel, Merchandising and Design department and professor Anupama Pasricha’s Patternmaking II class presented their hand dyed, Global Organic Textile certified line of five ensembles. Urban Oasis was the name of the line, with a spring-summertime look. Each student had their own task in making the five ensembles come together. With detail-oriented sketches and inspiration from Pinterest, the five ensembles came to life thanks to the students’ hard work this fall semester. The students’ task was to make fashion designs out of 40 yards of blank, white, organic, certified fabric by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Continue Reading →

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Holiday without the hurt: Ethical shopping for the holidays

It’s that time of year when we put aside our differences and contribute to the oppressive corporate capitalist machine that only serves to further the degradation of human dignity to make money. Such fond images are presented these days of chestnuts roasting over an open fire, families coming together to celebrate the holidays, and people being trampled for toasters and televisions in a scene reminiscent of the work of Norman Rockwell. The holidays are about giving to loved ones and bettering the world, so why are we shopping with a ruthlessness and carelessness for whom we give our money to? Ethical buying is the name of the game. Avoid companies linked to the abuse of humans, animals and the environment. Continue Reading →

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When study abroad ends for some: An interview with another student in Argentina

Choosing to study abroad has been one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my life. Besides an array of benefits that include having the chance to improve upon a second or third language, having the opportunity to see how another part of the world lives, and opening your eyes to the beauty that this world has to offer, there is another major benefit: making friends from around the world as well as various parts of the United States. I have made great friends with fellow Americans in the same CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) study abroad program as well as Argentine friends. Since I am staying in Buenos Aires for a whole year, in a few days, I will have to painfully say goodbye to all of the friends I have made who will be returning to the United States. It will be especially difficult saying goodbye to someone with whom I have become inseparable with here and who has made my experience here so much more enjoyable since we did everything together (our host families live four blocks from each other). Continue Reading →

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Zeus, Athena and gods galore: Why Katies should take Classical Mythology

As the Fall semester draws to a close, I can’t help but feel a bit sad about leaving my current classes for a whole new schedule. One class that I will miss in particular is Classical Mythology. For me, mythology is always something that I have loved since I first read the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, and had a Greek mythology unit in my middle school English class. You can, of course, imagine my excitement when I found out there was a semester-long class entirely devoted to Greek Mythology. After three months of learning about everything from Zeus to Herakles, it will be strange to start off my next semester with no mythology whatsoever. Continue Reading →

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Volunteering Katies are the heart of St. Kate’s

Service work has been shown to be very important to St. Kate’s students, with Citizen Katie happening every year and numerous volunteer opportunities being turned into full-fledged chartered clubs. Listed below are a few of the activities that students should consider when pursuing volunteer opportunities. The Family Place
Hannah Saatzer ’16 began volunteering at The Family Place during her first year at St. Kate’s, before she transferred to Metropolitan State University in St. Continue Reading →

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De-stress yourself

With finals week approaching, St. Kate’s gave back to the students with “De-Stress Fest”.  Providing students with many ways to cope with added stress come finals time, St. Kate’s students were able to unwind and relax with many activities and delicious treats. The fun started Wednesday evening with gingerbread house making, veggies and chicken wings, or a mini mani, pedi or facial in The Pulse or with therapy dogs, hot cocoa bar, ping-pong and fun crafts in the library. Continue Reading →

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Jack Frost is nipping, but that won’t hold back winter fun

Cold winter weather is one down side to exciting and comforting activities surrounding the holiday season. Cookie baking, decorating and spending time with loved ones are great ways to stay warm and have fun, but what else is there to do around town? Ever wonder where a great place to go skating is? There happens to be three free outdoor ice rinks just a few blocks away from campus. Groveland Park Elementary School is home to three large and fun-filled ice rinks, available all hours of the day and into the evening as well. Continue Reading →

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Submission: St. Kate’s composting

By Kat Groshens and Brandon Long

Now that composting at St. Kate’s has become a reality, some reflection is in order. As a signatory to the Presidential Climate Commitment (PCC) since 2008, St. Kate’s president Sister Andrea “committed St. Kate’s to eliminat(ing) net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and promot(ing) research and educational efforts to re-stabilize the earth’s climate” (Child, 2010). Continue Reading →

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Kicking commercial chemical cleaners to the curb: Going homemade and non-toxic around the house

“Non-toxic homemade cleaning products aren’t just better for us; they can also help save us money and protect the environment,” according to greatist.com. Have you ever considered alternatives to household chemicals? Here are some ways you can go chemical-free around the house. What’s wrong with chemicals? For one thing, even products marked “non-toxic” can contain chemicals harmful to the body or irritating to the eyes. Continue Reading →

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