Good morning, graduates

The Saint Joseph’s University class of 2016 will graduate under white tents on Maguire Campus. The ceremony will progress as usual—with one important change.

Grinds My Gears: Senior Bucket Lists

So ladies and gentlemen, for a solid chunk of us here on Hawk Hill, coming back for our spring semester is our last time returning for a new semester.  Yes, I’m pointing a finger directly at the senior class of 2016.

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I appreciate irony, so when The Hawk invited me to write about the small moment that has had its biggest impact on me at Saint Joseph’s University, I had to chuckle.

Catherine Murray Remembered

Catherine Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of graduate gerontology, died on Sunday Jan. 24. The Saint Joseph's University community has spent the past week mourning Murray's loss and remembering the contributions she made during her time here. A service will be hosted on Feb. 9 in the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center in tribute to Murray. Below is a compilation of her accomplishments and the work she did to better the Saint Joseph's community, from the perspective of her colleagues.

History: a blast from the past

A tall, middle-aged man with a salt-and-pepper beard, Christopher Dixon strolls out of his office on the first floor of the Francis A. Drexel Library and makes a sharp right past carts of books waiting to be shelved.

Leisurely, he opens a gray latched door and walks down the stairs to the basement of the old building that has undergone multiple renovations since it was built in the 1960s. He unlocks another door with a small window and an eye-level navy plaque that reads “Archives and Special Collections.”

As he enters the room, crisp air washes over him. He flips a switch, watches the fluorescent lights flicker on for half a second and checks for leaks (a problem he has been working closely with maintenance to fix), all to make sure the environment-controlled room stays that way.

“One of my goals is to make sure the archives are in a safe and secure environment,” he said.

Stretching out of your comfort zone

About a week ago, I lost my work-out class virginity.

Holding onto the comfort of my Nikes and dry-fit shirts for far too long, I decided it was time to deflower my usual fitness routine. For years, I stayed within the safe lines of the sidewalks, comforted by the non-judgmental eyes of the birds and the bees. Running was a solo sport that kept me healthy without having to murder my self-esteem next to the more experienced Jillian Michaels or Tracy Anderson.

'On the right track'

The Saint Joseph’s University men’s and women’s track and field teams had impressive weekends at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30. The two teams combined for 10 IC4A and ECAC Championship-qualifying times, in addition to a number of personal records for other athletes.

Isaiah Miles

“Absolutely! That’s one of my dreams—playing professional basketball. I’ve been dreaming of that since day one."