Candlelight vigil memorializes Neil York, raises funds for suicide awareness

The brothers of Sigma Pi at Saint Joseph’s University gathered on the morning of Monday, April 25 to begin a 24/7, 105-hour-long event—the very first of its kind at the university.

The event was a candlelight vigil for deceased student Neil York, who died unexpectedly on April 25, 2015, exactly one year before the first day of the vigil.

Ad Hawk

I created the Ad Hawk column because I believe in the power of storytelling.

Over the past semester, we’ve reached out to various community members to ask, “What is a small moment that has had the biggest impact on your time at Saint Joseph’s University so far?”

The question is intentionally vague so that our guest writers can interpret it any way they please.

Grinds my Gears

Well ladies and gentlemen, after four semesters of “Grinds My Gears,” it is finally time for me to put down the figurative pen I have been writing with and retire.

LinkedIn or out?

Social media has changed the way society connects. It has the power to bring people together from all over the world, provide instant information on any subject, and even influence the course of one’s career.

In the workforce, social media is often a recruiter’s first impression of a candidate, according to Marissa Ferrante, a Human Resource specialist at Naval Sea Systems Command and former HR recruiter.

Queen of the nerds

The internet is an enormous place, which is partly why the concept of the “web celebrity” is so strange.

Good track record

Senior Sarah Fairbanks was the captain of the Saint Joseph’s University women’s basketball team this past season, and is one of the best players in the school’s history. Fairbanks is third all-time in blocked shots (113), tenth in rebounds (636), and 19th in points (1,064). She is also just the second player in school history with over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, and 100 blocked shots, according to SJU Athletic Communications.

After her final basketball season ended, Fairbanks joined the women’s track and field team as a walk on. She’s broken school records in each of her two meets so far this season.

Leaving the nest

What has been your favorite part of playing basketball here at Saint Joseph’s University?

Isaiah Miles: The fans. I’m definitely going to miss the atmosphere of Hagan Arena. I’ve also really enjoyed just playing with these group of guys.

Aaron Brown: Winning the Atlantic 10 Championship. It was a feeling like no other. It was incredible to be a part of.

Papa Ndao: Definitely my teammates. The chemistry we have in the locker room is special. But also the feel of the game, and getting to be a part of the energy and atmosphere of Hagan Arena has also been unbelievable.