Monday Morning Update
October 18, 2010
Mass Politics: As election-day approaches in Massachusetts, the Martin Institute will sponsor political debates involving candidates for the positions of state auditor and state treasurer. Tonight at 7 p.m., Republican Mary Connaughton will square off against Democrat Suzanne Bump in the auditor's debate. Next Monday at 4 p.m., Republican Karyn Polito will go up against Democrat Steve Grossman in the treasurer's debate. For more details on these events, visit here.
Successful Thinking: College is not about learning new facts or students filling their heads with new thoughts. For guest speaker Jonah Lehrer, whose book How We Decide was required reading for first-year students, it is about learning how to think. And, when he spoke in the Sports Complex recently, the bestselling author had five practical tips for how our students can become more successful thinkers. To read his advice, visit here.
High-Risk Drinking: For men, high-risk drinking means consuming five or more drinks over two hours. For women, it's four or more drinks over two hours. But, students underestimate the actual number of drinks they consume because to them a drink is often based on a 16 oz. Solo cup rather than in true ounces, which is 12 oz. for beer and 4 oz. for wine. Research shows that the more students drink, the more likely they are to get poor grades and the less interaction they will have with faculty. Going forward, the Alcohol Task Force wants to define the alcohol issue as a health and academic concern, one that needs a campus-wide solution. For more, visit here.
Campus Safety: A former major in the Massachusetts State Police Gerald (Chip) Coletta is the new detective sergeant for the Stonehill Police Department. Hired this summer, Coletta served in the State Police for almost 30 years and, when he left the force, he was overseeing 264 law enforcement professionals in areas from field operations to community relations. Coletta holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a J.D. from the New England School of Law. He joins Stonehill's police department, which is served by 20 officers, at a time when colleges nationwide are increasingly proactive and professional in their approach to campus security and safety.
Bauman Photos: An open house featuring the work of Brockton photographer Stanley Bauman will be held in the Martin Institute (Room 208) on October 26, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Whether you are looking for a photo of historic Brockton, pictures of boxer Rocky Marciano or a tour of the Collection, you will find many options. A selection of photos will also be on sale at 40% off regular prices. After the open house, at 7 p.m., author Jim Benson will discuss his new history of Brockton that features many Bauman photos. The Archives Department is working to preserve 500,000 negatives from the Bauman Collection. For more on the print sale, visit here.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.