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3 posts from November 2015


2015 Pinkathon Raises $4,500 for Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation

Pinkathon #Dear Campus Community,

I would like to once again thank all of you who came out to Pink-a-Thon 2015 last month and hope you all had a great time!  Thanks to you all, we were able to raise $4,500 for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation!

I would like to also acknowledge some people.  First, thank you to SGA and all of the organizations who participated in our bake sale and hosted tables at the event.  Without you, Pink-a-Thon would not have been as successful and entertaining as it was.  Huge shout out to all of my staff who helped decorate for the event.  I never thought I could ever love anything that pink, but it turned out absolutely amazing!  Finally, I could not have done any of this without the ARC managers and professional staff.  It was a long journey, but you guys came through when I thought I couldn't do it.  Thank you for putting up with me and helping to keep Pink-a-Thon alive and successful as is tradition.

I hope everyone had a great time at Pink-a-Thon 2015 and you all come out next year!  Do you want to get involved next year? We will be having a planning meeting at the beginning of the semester, so please look out for that email.  We are always in need of help and support and it's a great way to get involved on campus and in the community.  I hope you all have a great rest of your semester, it's almost done!

P.S. We still have shirts available for sale at the ARC if you are interested in purchasing.   

-Shreena Chopra DPT'17


Students Inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society at USciences

Alpha Chi InducteesNearly 45 students at University of the Sciences were inducted into the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society during a special ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“Through involvement in our local chapter and the regional and national levels, Alpha Chi members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain experience in professional activities, such as making scholarly presentations,” said Alison Mostrom, PhD, Alpha Chi advisor and associate professor of biology.

During the ceremony, a select group of 44 inductees were introduced by their faculty advisers or department chairs who highlighted each student’s accomplishments. Alpha Chi is open to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students in all majors except pharmacy and psychology/health psychology. That’s because pharmacy students are eligible for Rho Chi and psychology/health psychology students are eligible for Psi Chi, which are both exclusive international academic societies for their respective disciplines.

Natalie Stella DPT'18, current president of USciences’ Alpha Chi chapter, addressed the students and congratulated them during the ceremony. Family members were also present to share in the dinner and ceremony, and were acknowledged for the support and encouragement that they have provided their children.

Click here to see all photos from the Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony: 11.03.15.


90s Nostalgia Explained


Pictures like this have become a trend dubbed 90s nostalgia. Even though there's overlap between 90s and 00s nostalgia, they chose 90s.  Some pictures are painfully accurate like this one and others were more optimistic about the past. On an unrelated point, when I was a kid I remember there being a huge outrage about headphones causing hearing loss from the media despite the fact that we grew up with VHS tapes that literally tried to destroy our ear drums. In retrospect, that discussion seems silly. Going back to the topic, some of the more optimistic things 90s nostalgia asserts is having to record events on VHS tapes was better than a DVR. Before I explain that, I should explain what a VHS is.


This is a VHS tape. It's big, bulky and uses a tape that wears out over time. Before DVR, you had to put one of these in a VCR, or the equivalent of a DVD player, and use it to record things. You had to hit a button when the program started and you couldn't change the channel until you were done. In addition, if you accidentally put in a tape that already had things recorded on it, those things disappears. There was no trash bin where you could just click recover and get back, it was gone until it was on TV again. Oh and while we are on the topic, your TV couldn't tell you what was on. You needed a paper copy (the internet wasn't mainstream back then) from a newspaper or magazine. If you didn't live through this time, I can already see the horror on your face. I know it's bad but it's okay. Here's a video of cats to calm you down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2H5YVfZVFw Better? Okay good. Somehow, in someone's mind, this is better than hitting a button and forgetting you did it. 90s nostalgia has a lot of things like this like missing portable CD players you couldn't fit into the pocket of your denim jackets and denim jackets. No idea how we decided to wear our pants over our shirts, but that is a thing that happened that, for reasons unbeknownst to me, people miss.

Some 90s nostalgia I can get behind.


This brings back many good memories. It reminds me when books were commonplace and going to the library after school was the norm. I am one of those people who are vehemently against e-books. There is no logic I can give you for why, I just have a lot of feelings (points if you got the reference). Something about having physical pages I turn makes me feel better about my life. Maybe it is nostalgia at work, but a physical book just feels right. Sadly, at some point in my life, these bound pieces of paper I have on my shelves will become relics my grandchildren mock, just as anything we use paper for today will. This movement from paper to digital explains why 90s nostalgia is a thing.


Many critics of the 90s nostalgia movement argue we haven't been alive for long enough to wax poetically about the long lost past. However, if we compare the rate of technological change in these generations, we will understand both sides. Over the course of twenty some years of their life, change was slow. They saw TVs changing size, maybe even cell phones were invented. The progression was slower than the first Internet Explorer. Shudders That'll give me nightmares. Meanwhile, when I was born, the internet was completely unknown to me. I have used computers with no internet access. Now the internet is literally everywhere. It's on people's cell phones, computers and now even their TVs. By the way, when I grew up the cell phones didn't have internet they had snake.


This rate of change has left us feeling older than we actually are. We've seen such rapid change that the not-so-olden days of Furbies (more nightmares, you're welcome) and Gameboys seem like the distant past. Some try to argue over 90s nostalgia like it's a good or bad thing. It's just memories people are fond of, whether it be because they were simpler times with less responsibility or because they miss physical books.

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