As the first few weeks of the semester dwindle down, it seems like the attention span of many students is doing the same. The first week or so of the semester students seem to pay attention, take notes and listen to what their professors say, but what I've noticed in my time at Seton Hall is that it does not tend to last.
Seton Hall is typically referred to as a suitcase school. Why? Because the bulk of students are from New York, New Jersey and other surrounding areas, and home is a convenient way to spend the weekend. Does Seton Hall have to be a suitcase school? Absolutely not, but it is.
Last week congressional Democrats finally managed to accomplish a decade-old goal: expanding the definition of federal hate crimes to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. President Barack Obama promptly signed this landmark civil-rights legislation into law, and civil-rights organizations hailed the accomplishment.
The last few years have seen the midpoint of the fall semester coincide with off-campus muggings. It's almost commonplace for us students, from the heightened security to the broadcast e-mails with safety tips that blast out to our inboxes following an incident.
The slogan for this year's University Day was "Come Home to the Hall." The slogan, along with the scheduled activities and parent weekend that occurring throughout the weekend, would seem to imply that University Day is almost like Seton Hall's homecoming.
We've detailed the ever-important relationship between Seton Hall and South Orange in recent issues, notably whether the university and the village can see eye-to-eye when it comes to students interacting in the community.
The search committee is all set. The group's chair has said they will proceed with a national scope and the advice of an outside firm.
The H1N1 virus has received so much publicity in the last few weeks that it has surpassed New York City as Twitter's "Trending Topic." Perhaps rightly so, as the start of school years and college semesters across the country this month has given the swine flu virus a comeback in the public consciousness.
There are many things I have learned during my time here at Seton Hall University. I could fill more than this space discussing my high and low points in college or complaining about the lack of interest in certain activities or the need for a greater sense of tradition at Seton Hall.
I have a small space to sum up my college experience, offer my parting wisdom and bow out of the best four years of my life graciously, so I have to choose what I say with extreme care. Here is my best attempt to squeeze in the most important things I've learned: