Happy Halloween from GCC

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This week GCC had a lot of fun activities to do for students. By Wednesday, every office at college decorated their doors for Halloween. During the day on Thursday, students checked out the Halloween Book-cart, and decorated their own sugar skulls and cookies. From 8pm to midnight, there was the Annual Boo Ball at Student Union! There was food serving, music playing, and so many students with costumes!

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Door decorations by GCC staff

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Students decorating their sugar skulls and cookies

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Students having fun at the Boo Ball

There will be also a Halloween black light dancing party at the Root of College Village from 10 p.m. tonight! Have fun with that!

Happy Halloween!

5 Things I’m Excited About for Spring 2015 at GCC

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Last semester I made a list of 10 Things I was excited about for the semester so I thought I would revisit my list and improve it for Spring 2015. Last semester was my last full-time semester so I suppose it’s only appropriate that, as I transition into part-time study at GCC, my list is shorter than the last one. Enjoy!

5. One. More. Class.

400_F_47125909_X2LDGA4m4GKtUcI6R6NnCyPrTLdHQwznI have to say, I’m a little frustrated with fumbling the ball last semester with Managerial Accounting but now that this class will be my main academic focus, I have a renewed confidence that I can get through this last painful class. My degree depends on this last class and I cannot wait to finish.

4. Sledding Down That Hill

These awesome people know how to have fun in the snow.

These awesome people know how to have fun in the snow.

I’m not sure if my College Village friends will appreciate this as much as I do. They, unfortunately, have to suffer while they walk up and down the hill with rain, sleet and snow whipping in their faces. Most days I say a silent prayer for them. However, I can’t wait for the next big snowfall to arrive at GCC Batavia Campus so I can go sledding down that hill. I wonder if anyone will join in the fun with me…

3. Actual Spring.

1527083_10152897850578103_4748297676987475065_nIt seems kind of funny that the spring semester starts in the middle of January. I think a little part of me dies inside when I udder the phrase “spring semester” during the dead of winter because I honestly can’t stand the snow and cold past the Christmas holiday and/or my one and only sledding day of the year. I sometimes find myself fantasizing about driving in the nice warm days of spring rather than the snow drift war zone that I have to endure on my way to GCC. It helps but then I have to get out of the car and walk/run into campus and my happy little fantasy is gone.

2. The Annual GCC Fashion Show

Last year's Fashion Show theme was "Ethereal"

Last year’s Fashion Show theme was “Ethereal”

The annual GCC Fashion Show is always something to look forward to. We have an unbelievable amount of talented fashion students here at GCC. I cannot wait to see what these student have in store for the show. Another great aspect to the Fashion Show is the Fashion Show Reception that the Tourism and Hospitality students plan and execute on their own take of the theme that the fashion students have chosen for the show. The theme will be announced soon so stay tuned!

1. GRADUATION!!

I can't wait to be in that line!

I can’t wait to be in that line!

Although I dropped the ball last semester and I have to retake Managerial Accounting, I am slightly glad that I did. If everything went according to plan then I was not going to participate in Commencement in May after finishing courses in December. Now that I’m going to be making the trek to Batavia once a week, I figured that I may as well participate in the Commencement ceremonies and graduate with the wonderful group of friends that I have made while attending GCC.

Boo Ball, a Night of Fright Around the Corner.

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It’s the time of year where you don old costumes, pull out the excess rolls of toilet paper (to clean up parties), and lament the absence of the great pumpkin. Wax hands hasn’t stolen the creepiest thing for this month at GCC. Of course I’m speaking about Boo Ball. Now you can’t go around pranking anyone, so you may ask where are the scares. The scary thing is that you’ll actually help someone if you party at this event. The price of admission, and yes there is one, will cost you a dollar or one canned good. They send the food to the homeless here in the area, where I assume there are not as many awesome Harry Potter themed parties.

The theme of this year’s Boo Ball is in fact Harry Potter. Yes, you too can release your repressed inner nerd in this costume based eve of frivolity, which will leave some of us in tears, for better or for worse. Despite whatever dissension you think I follow I’ll set the record straight; I think it’s gonna be awesome, and this is with fandoms likes, and background aside. There are only a few of these dances in the near distant future, and for the overall year the amount is slimmer still. If you want the chance to participate then I personally invite you as a member of CAB supporting this thing.

If I have peaked your interest then allow me to sate your voracious mind, and the questions I know are bubbling in your brain. This event will have more than just dancing planned, we’ll have food for the hungry, the college students, and potions for the venturous. But we have more than just food and drink. Attend and you will learn that the college village members have been assigned a house corresponding to the their residency, oh, and there will be games. If you fancy yourself a dueler, a match may clear your head; if perhaps you have some Felix Felecis, and desire a chance to sport your luck, then partaking in the scavenger hunt is in order. However, even I can’t tell what fate awaits the winning house, and only time will tell the victors prize; and it surely awaits in candy, and glory.

For those who don’t want to pay then maybe some work will do the trick. The event could use volunteers to make this thing stand out, and of course you’d meet the men and women behind the scenes. Everyone at CAB has a heart of gold, and the price to pay, of time and effort, you’re rewarded with a company of those with the heart to hold all these college events, and the skill to organize them. If you can donate and volunteer you would be a hero in my eyes, and I am sure those you’d help would too.

The games and fright is on ghosts and ghouls, and I would be delighted to see any of you there that fateful night, to sit a spell, or show your dance moves. This event will be fun, and from what I know there will be enough sweets to satisfy your palate; you’ll gain your dollars worth of entry: that, I guarantee. Have some fun, share some laughs, and enjoy the Harry Potter themed madness. Halloween comes only once a year, so I always make the best of it. I hope to see you at the Boo Ball on Thursday, October 30th from 8-12pm.

Best Week Ever!

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The Student Activities Office is gearing up for, possibly, the Best Week of Welcome (WOW Week) EVER! WOW Week begins with Maps and Snacks on August 25th and will end with a Dive-In Movie at the pool on August 29th. Here’s a list of all the awesome activities that Student Activities has planned and you can find more details about WOW Week here.

Monday, August 25th

  • Maps and Snacks in The Forum from 8:00am-11:30am
  • Ice Cream and Lawn Games at the Clock Tower from 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Kindergarten Night in the Village Hall at College Village at 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 26th

  • Maps and Snacks in The Forum from 8:00am-11:30am
  • SpaGo! in the Student Union from 110:30am-3:00pm
  • Pizza Party and Karaoke in the Student Union from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Wednesday, August 27th

  • Board Game Dual in the Student Union from 8:30am-11:00am
  • Bamboo and Photos in the Student Union from 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Showtime Tonight with Brian Herberger in the student Union at 8:00pm

Thursday, August 28th

  • Wii Open Play in the Student Union from 8:30am-11:30am
  • Fall Fest Luau in The Forum from 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Drag Bingo in the Student Union from 7:00pm-10:00pm

Friday, August 29th

  • Board Game Dual in the Student Union from 8:30am-11:00am
  • Big-Time Fun in The Forum from 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Dive-In Movie in the Campus Pool from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Making the Call

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Original Article by Joanne Beck of the Daily News

Blue light phones are placed on campus at Genesee Community College for use during emergency situations. The phones automatically connect the caller with Campus Security. GCC officials believe the phones, video monitoring and the small campus atmosphere have kept dating and domestic violence incidents down at the Batavia campus.

Officials at GCC have begun to tally accounts of stalking, dating violence and domestic violence for a report to be filed this fall, Associate Vice President for Human Resources Gina Weaver says. Although GCC has dealt head-on with such incidents and making referrals for help, there is now one more layer to the task, she said.

“And also the education of what your resources are, the services that are available, that you have resources both internally in the college and externally, and education of what is consent, what are the different phases of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, along with the definition of it.” Weaver explained.

The state Education Department has proposed a new rule as part of the Clery Act (which requires colleges to report crime statistics on/near their campus) to provide more thorough numbers and give a better picture of how many of these incidents are happening on college campuses.

Though this change, which is to take effect in 2015, means more work for college officials, it has also prodded GCC to offer more social education to students.

“It does bring it to the next level. Title IX has some stipulations that require college campuses to follow … to make good faith efforts to provide resources to individuals that are affected by sexual assault, sexual misconduct, those types of things,” Weaver said. “We have the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and a lot of the information will be in that. It’s being updated now as a result of this.”

There will also be similar workshops given during orientation and throughout the year, she said.

Resources on campus include the counseling center and counselors in the Dean of Students Office for one-on-one consultation and the campus safety office. As for off-campus assistance, counselors will typically make referrals for students to visit Restore Sexual Assault Services, YWCA’s Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services and Genesee County Mental Health.

 Incidents can be reported to a counselor, a campus safety officer or other college official, a College Village Resident Assistant or by calling 911.

New to the college’s agenda will be including dating violence in its crime statistics. They have been documented but not totaled for comparative use. Numbers for 2013 will be posted online by Oct. 1 and each year will be available from now on, she said.

A new training program being considered for the 2014-15 school year is about bystander prevention. That would offer tips for what to do if one sees some type of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. Students would learn about how to intervene and knowing that it’s OK to do so.

Another training is one that Weaver believes should be more widespread. It’s focused on men and their roles in dating violence.

“To me, that’s the population you need to reach. When you think about sexual assault, we tend to gear all our education toward females: don’t walk alone, watch out about what you drink, make sure to go to a party with someone else,” she said. “When is somebody going to tell the males that it’s not appropriate? Where’s all the education for them?”

GCC’s student population can count on getting such lessons in the near future.

It’s crucial to get people talking about this issue and to stop blaming the victim. The perpetrator needs to be responsible for the crime, she said.

She agreed that education geared for men is every bit as important as those tips for women. By being told not to walk alone or having other good social behaviors, women victims often get the message that “I must be doing something wrong.” That’s not the case, she said.

“GCC has always been really good in education and outreach and in supporting victims,” Theresa Asmus-Roth, Restore area supervisor said. “My biggest concern is those schools that do the best job of … addressing these issues head on may have the most frightening numbers, because people feel safe to report.”

She sees about a handful of GCC students each year, which isn’t reflective of how many referrals are made. Many victims don’t follow through after talking to a college counselor, she said. And there may yet be others that don’t even go to the counselor.

Part of that is due to the professional not always knowing that a client is a student and that the incident was domestic or dating violence. Vallett has done case management for YW’s Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program, including visits to GCC.

YW Executive Director Jeanne Walton would like to strengthen her agency’s collaboration with GCC in order to best serve victims. “We want to provide services to students who need them, but we can’t do that if we don’t know about all of the domestic violence related incidents,” Walton said.

GCC’s safety director was hired last year and upgraded more recently to serve as a peace officer, which gives him the power to make on-campus arrests, Weaver said. There are six full-time safety officers plus seven part-time that work shifts for 24/7 coverage throughout the campus, including College Village.

There are also video monitors and emergency blue light phones throughout campus to help deter crime and help victims connect to campus security immediately.

Star Gazing

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Summer at College Village may seem boring, but we have roughly 30 students staying in this big dormitory under one building and most of them are new Japanese students who have just arrived at GCC. Because it is the summer, it may not the best time to explore GCC as an international student, but to me this is the summer of youth.

With not many people around, we learned everyone’s name very quickly and soon became friends. Friday was beautiful day with nice weather. I bought a big watermelon and invited the international students to come watch Batavia’s sky at night. We all sat at the basketball court as we enjoyed slices of watermelon, strawberry, snacks and green tea. Everyone brought a little something to contribute to this star gazing night and we all came with a smile!

It was a great opportunities for them to get to know more about all the other students. In addition, it was a chance for them to practice English. So, I had everyone introduce themselves, their major and hobbies. We talked through the night about how coming to GCC is a whole new experience with so many new things to learn about the American culture. We shared stories about our hometown and how different they are from Batavia.

The night ended with a challenge to eat dried salmon with whipped cream! We all had a good laugh at the reactions of our brave challengers. It was fun and we made it happen, after all, we are a community here at College Village!

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Party at College Village

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Get your green gear ready for College Village’s St. Patrick’s Day Party!

On Monday March 17, we’ll be celebrating in the College Village Basement with four hours of fun. Each hour will be a different party, so you’re always in for something new!

The party lasts from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm with a scavenger hunt, food, desserts, and pots of gold!